8 episodes

Classic albums, told by the people who made them.

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Classic albums, told by the people who made them.

    The Making of ONE MISSISSIPPI - featuring Brendan Benson

    The Making of ONE MISSISSIPPI - featuring Brendan Benson

    For the 25th Anniversary, Brendan Benson looks back on the process of making his debut album, ONE MISSISSIPPI. 

    In this episode, Brendan Benson reflects on the experience of unexpectedly being signed to a major label at a young age and all of the pressures that came along with that. After initially recording 4-track cassette demos with Jason Falkner, Brendan takes us through the process of making the record in New Orleans, controversially scrapping it, and then remaking the record again in San Francisco with a new band and a young Ethan Johns as the producer.

    From the competitive songwriter scene in Los Angeles, to touring with no experience as a frontman, to falling in love while having to work a record, we’ll hear the stories around how ONE MISSISSIPPI came together.

    • 55 min
    The Making of PLEASED TO MEET ME by the Replacements - featuring Bob Mehr and Luther Dickinson

    The Making of PLEASED TO MEET ME by the Replacements - featuring Bob Mehr and Luther Dickinson

    In celebration of the PLEASED TO MEET ME Deluxe Edition, we look back at the unique circumstances around how the record was created. 

    Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements, offers a detailed perspective of this uncertain period when the Replacements entered Ardent Studios after splitting with guitarist Bob Stinson. Luther Dickinson, son of the late producer, Jim Dickinson, reflects on his father’s contribution to the album, as well as his own experience of joining the band in the studio as a teenager. Additionally, we’ll hear from Paul Westerberg himself, in a 1987 Warner Bros. interview with Julie Panebianco, where he shares his thoughts on the writing and recording of PLEASED TO MEET ME. 

    From alcohol-fueled and trick-filled sessions in Memphis to the controversy of using horns and strings to the existential conflict of being an underground rock band in a major label world, the episode offers a unique look at this pivotal moment in the Replacements’ history.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    The Making of ELLIOTT SMITH (Self-Titled) - featuring Larry Crane, JJ Gonson, Tony Lash, Slim Moon and Leslie Uppinghouse

    The Making of ELLIOTT SMITH (Self-Titled) - featuring Larry Crane, JJ Gonson, Tony Lash, Slim Moon and Leslie Uppinghouse

    For the 25th Anniversary, Elliott Smith’s friends and collaborators, including Larry Crane, JJ Gonson, Tony Lash, Slim Moon and Leslie Uppinghouse, offer a unique oral history of how the Self-Titled record was created.

    With many new details that have never been heard before, Tony Lash and Leslie Uppinghouse describe the DIY processes that Elliott used while recording songs at their homes. From Elliott teaching himself how to play cello, to using cracked and out of tune guitars, to calling family members for help remembering lyrics, you’ll hear stories about how the album came together. Larry Crane, JJ Gonson and Slim Moon also reflect on where Elliott was at during this period, when the Self-Titled record ended up becoming a turning point in his solo career.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    The Making of PENTHOUSE by Luna - featuring Dean Wareham

    The Making of PENTHOUSE by Luna - featuring Dean Wareham

    For the 25th Anniversary, Dean Wareham looks back on the process of making Luna’s third record, PENTHOUSE. 

    In this episode, Dean Wareham reflects on recording at Sorcerer Studios in New York City with engineer Mario Salvati and producer Pat McCarthy. Dean Wareham gets into the process of pushing for better performances, major label pressure, the grunge era and working with Tom Verlaine.

    • 46 min
    The Making of ESCONDIDA - featuring Jolie Holland

    The Making of ESCONDIDA - featuring Jolie Holland

    For the 15th Anniversary, Jolie Holland looks back on her first studio album, ESCONDIDA.

    In this episode, Jolie Holland reflects on recording in the redwoods with Lemon DeGeorge and her band of San Francisco musicians. Jolie Holland gets into the process of going from the lo-fi aesthetics of Catalpa to the studio environment and finding new fans like Bob Dylan and Daniel Lanois along the way.

    • 39 min
    The Making of BOWS & ARROWS by The Walkmen - featuring Paul Maroon, Walter Martin and Peter Bauer

    The Making of BOWS & ARROWS by The Walkmen - featuring Paul Maroon, Walter Martin and Peter Bauer

    For the 15th Anniversary, Paul Maroon, Walter Martin and Peter Bauer look back on writing, recording and touring the classic Walkmen record, BOWS & ARROWS.

    In this episode, members of The Walkmen reflect on recording in the south during a hurricane, opening for Incubus after 9/11, a tiger balm incident with Hamilton Leithauser, and the contentious process behind their biggest song, "The Rat."

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Miss Susi ,

Brendan Benson interview was Outstanding

In-depth stories from the artist, Brendan Benson, bring personal memories from the start of his career. I’m so happy to learn these cool details. Such vivid words bring me back to the 90’s and my 20’s🤍💜🤍

everythingisaok ,

Well done!

Just finished listening to episode 3 and I enjoyed it immensely. This was really well put together and I appreciate the insight into the album. Looking forward to listening to more episodes.

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