A gabfest podcast on all things music-related. This listener-interactive pod encompasses the ever-expanding universe of popular music and touches on everything from interviews with well-known musicians to episodes debating the legacies of bands spanning dozens of genres. For any fan of music, it's a must-listen.
Episode 21: Bob Mould + Hüsker Dü + Sugar
I’m thrilled to have noted author, Chopped champion and robe enthusiast Drew Magary join the pod. His most recent novel, Point B, is available in electronic and print form now. If you’d like to purchase a copy — and I do recommend that! — there are multiple ways to do so, but print versions can be found at Barnes & Noble here and at Amazon here. Most importantly, it was a joy to do this podcast with Drew, considering the brain hemorrhage, and subsequent coma, he suffered in late 2018. He eventually wrote a gripping, vital recollection of that incident, and so much more, for Deadspin in 2019. I can’t recommend it enough; the piece was so good, Magary’s next book will be centered around the near-death experience. This episode begins with some writing and book chat, then soon enough delves into Magary’s favorite artist: Bob Mould. He of Hüsker Dü and Sugar. Why is Mould’s work worth a deep dive? The reasons are many, led by his steadfast consistency at putting out heartfelt records that seem incapable of ever letting his fortified fan base down. And as usual, if we’re talking about an artist, we’re ranking the best records. That comes at the end of the podcast. Magary’s got a couple of curveballs in there, for sure.
Episode 20: Bob Dylan (The Lost Episodes)
The Records & Riffs Lost Episodes series includes years-old conversations that have finally made their way to publication on the R&R feed. This particular episode is a special one, as the featured guest, Chris Chase, is sadly no longer with us. Chase was a sharp, masterly sportswriter who tragically died due to health issues in December 2018 at the age of 37. This Dylan episode was recorded in May of 2016. In it, Chase explains his humongous fandom of Dylan and lays out what made Dylan such a star from a young age and then navigates the peaks and valleys of his career. He also ranks his 12 favorite Dylan LPs, with some surprises thrown in for good measure. There is even more discussion on what makes Dylan a hard code to crack for many music lovers.
Episode 19: The jam-band scene seems to fade more with each passing year. Why?
Relix co-editor-in-chief Dean Budnick joins R&R to look at the legacy of the Grateful Dead, discuss what's changed with the jam-band scene and offers up thoughts on how the genre has evolved -- and not.
Episode 18: The Rolling Stones (The Lost Episodes)
Records & Riffs returns from hiatus with a surprise: a batch of old episodes, recorded in 2016 and 2017, will be published in the coming weeks before new episodes go into the feed. This episode doesn’t just discuss the Rolling Stones and their discography, but also features a conversation and behind-the-scenes details about the band from writer/author Rich Cohen, who’s written a book on the Stones and previously documented the band in Rolling Stone magazine.
Steve Lillywhite on Before These Crowded Streets (Part 2)
Before These Crowded Streets was a game-changer for DMB. The band never made another record like it.
In this episode, Lillywhite talks with host Matt Norlander not just about the intricate details of each song, but gets into the working and musicianship dynamic of every member of the band. He opens up about how he got the best out of Boyd Tinsley in the studio, his appreciation for Stefan Lessard’s approach to the bass, and what made LeRoi Moore a beautiful but complicated person.
Steve Lillywhite on Before These Crowded Streets (Part 1)
The most celebrated album of Dave Matthews Band's career is 1998's reputation-bending Before These Crowded Streets, a 70-minute magnum opus that features the band at its biggest and best. Steve Lillywhite produced the album, in addition to other DMB records from the 1990s, and joins the podcast for two episodes to discuss so much of what makes this album the band's most respected -- and yet still doesn't get its mainstream due 20 years removed from its release.
This episode details Lillywhite's approach to producing DMB and what designs he had on the album well before he even knew what songs the band was bringing to the table. He also gets into why he got sober and how, ironically, this record is what he feels is his most psychedelic despite the fact he was not on drugs or alcohol while producing it.
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Very informative ,hardly kitsch-nostalgic, deposition with producer Steve Lillywhite and Before These Crowded Streets recording sessions. Great content, good editing. Maybe the only gripe was the never-ending 'To Be Concluded' follow-up podcasts T E A S E S that never materialized; Rumored moratoriumed in favor of possible (upcoming) book instead. Which Norlander shouldn't be faulted for if this is indeed Lillywhite's wishes; Still some amended footnote might be in order, considering [?] Thanks again!
Do we only get two pods per year? More please.
Norlander has great knowledge and a love for music...good music...and I wish there were more episodes!