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Not the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but certainly the one you want. We explore Dylan one random song at a time.

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Not the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but certainly the one you want. We explore Dylan one random song at a time.

    106 – "Trust Yourself"

    106 – "Trust Yourself"

    Sign on the Window isn't the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but it's definitely the one that you want! Each week we select a Dylan song at random, live with the song for a week (or two) and then get together to discuss. This week, we welcome back Kindra as our special guest on what is now our annual St. Patrick's Day episode. We stayed COVID-safe as we chatted "Trust Yourself" from 1985's Empire Burlesque.

    In this episode


    we catch up with Kindra (3:00)
    listen to our quick analysis of "Trust Yourself" from Ep. 66 over shots (6:40)
    Kelly articulates her mental breakdown (10:30)
    Song talk (18:20)
    Does this work in 2020? (30:30)
    Our world-renowned playlist (45:00)
    Recommendations featuring Birds of Prey, Frances Quinlan, and Spanish Love Songs
    Endings and original songs (1:03:00)

    As always, full show notes at our website. You can also follow along with our weekly real-time Spotify playlist – See That My Playlist is Kept Clean – or just listen to this episode's playlist and join the conversation on the usual suspects: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. And if you're loving us, consider our Patreon. For as little as one dollar you get early access to every episode we do as soon as they're edited (and a dedicated feed just for you) and exclusive content that'll only ever be on Patreon. Thanks!

    Next episode: we need to find Jesus, hearts of stone be damned

    • 1 hr 8 min
    105 – "Love Minus Zero / No Limit"

    105 – "Love Minus Zero / No Limit"

    Sign on the Window isn't the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but it's definitely the one that you want! Each week we select a Dylan song at random, live with the song for a week (or two) and then get together to discuss. This week we go back to what felt like seven years to our pre-quarantine past to bring "Love Minus Zero / No Limit" for our COVID present.

    This episode, brought to you by our newest Patron, Stan, looks at :


    Kelly's musical relationship with the song (4:00)
    Context (8:30)
    Cutting Edge, Live '66, Rolling Thunder, Budokan (12:30)
    Song Itself (28:30) – Verse 1 (31:00), Verse 2 (34:00), Verse 3 (40:20), Verse 4 (49:30)
    Does the song work? (56:00)
    Recommendations – featuring Portico Quartet, Iggy Pop, Ratboys (1:10:00)
    Endings (1:17:15)

    As always, full show notes at our website. You can also follow along with our weekly real-time Spotify playlist – See That My Playlist is Kept Clean – or just listen to this episode's playlist and join the conversation on the usual suspects: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

    And if you're loving us, consider our Patreon. You'll be like Stan and directly supporting an episode. For as little as one dollar you get early access to every episode we do as soon as they're edited (and a dedicated feed just for you) and exclusive content that'll only ever be on Patreon. Thanks!

    Next episode: our annual debaucherous St. Patrick's Day episode

    • 1 hr 19 min
    104 – "Baby Stop Crying"

    104 – "Baby Stop Crying"

    Sign on the Window isn't the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but it's definitely the one that you want! Each week we select a Dylan song at random, live with the song for a week (or two) and then get together to discuss. This week we're back in 1978 with "Baby Stop Crying," off Street Legal. 


    Kelly has been broken (3:00)
    "Baby Stop Frying" original song (7:00)
    Context (12:30)
    Song itself: storyline, lyrics, "Dog Bumped," choruses (16:45)
    A roleplay between Jonathan Cott and Bob Dylan (29:30)
    Playlist (40:30)
    Recommendations (47:00)
    Endings (57:00)

    As always, full show notes at our website. You can also follow along with our weekly real-time Spotify playlist – See That My Playlist is Kept Clean – or just listen to this episode's playlist and join the conversation on the usual suspects: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. And if you're loving us, consider our Patreon. For as little as one dollar you get early access to every episode we do as soon as they're edited (and a dedicated feed just for you) and exclusive content that'll only ever be on Patreon. Thanks!

    Next episode: Fractions!

    • 1 hr
    103 – "She's Your Lover Now"

    103 – "She's Your Lover Now"

    Sign on the Window isn't the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but it's definitely the one that you want! Each week we select a Dylan song at random, live with the song for a week (or two) and then get together to discuss. This week, we listen to the lost classic, "She's Your Lover Now."

    This week, we look at:


    context (2:30)
    the various versions – mostly Cutting Edge – of the song (8:45)
    Verse 1 (32:00)
    Verse 2 (43:00)
    Verse 3 (49:30)
    Verse 4 (55:15)
    Does it work today? (1:07:00)
    Recommendations (1:10:00)
    Next week (1:22:45)

    As always, full show notes at our website. You can also follow along with our weekly real-time Spotify playlist – See That My Playlist is Kept Clean – or just listen to this episode's playlist and join the conversation on the usual suspects: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. And if you're loving us, consider our Patreon. For as little as one dollar you get early access to every episode we do as soon as they're edited (and a dedicated feed just for you) and exclusive content that'll only ever be on Patreon. Thanks!

    Next episode: Some a*****e hurt you, I'll avenge you and love you, But please be quiet.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    102 – SELF PORTRAIT

    102 – SELF PORTRAIT

    Sign on the Window isn't the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but it's definitely the one that you want! Each week we select a Dylan song at random, live with the song for a week (or two) and then get together to discuss. This week we celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, by lucky accident tbh, 1970's infamous Self Portrait. 

    We talk context (3:00), baggage or lack thereof with this record (8:00), what makes a bad album segueing directly into the record (17:00). For song beats, see below. We recommend Terminator, Teebs and Ken Burns' Country Music (1:09:00) and pick our next episode (1:16:00).


    All the Tired Horses (25:00)
    Alberta #1 and #2 (29:30)
    I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know (30:30)
    Days of '49 (33:00)
    Early Mornin' Rain (34:00)
    Little Sadie/In Search of Little Sadie (34:20)
    Let It Be Me (35:35)
    Woogie Boogie (36:00)
    Belle Isle (37:15)
    Living the Blues (39:15)
    Isle of Wight cuts: Rolling Stone, Quinn, Minstrel Boy, She Belongs to Me (40:00)
    Copper Kettle (43:00)
    Gotta Travel On (45:30)
    Blue Moon (46:30)
    The Boxer (49:30)
    Take Me As I Am & Take a Message to Mary (54:10)
    It Hurts Me Too (57:40)
    Wigwam (59:00)

    As always, full show notes at our website. You can also follow along with our weekly real-time Spotify playlist – See That My Playlist is Kept Clean – (we didn't do a playlist this week because we have a whole album to listen to, duh) – and join the conversation on the usual suspects: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. And if you're loving us, consider our Patreon. For as little as one dollar you get early access to every episode we do as soon as they're edited (and a dedicated feed just for you) and exclusive content that'll only ever be on Patreon. Thanks!

    Next episode: Can't you reach?

    • 1 hr 20 min
    101 – "New Morning"

    101 – "New Morning"

    Sign on the Window isn't the Bob Dylan podcast you need, but it's definitely the one that you want! Each week we select a Dylan song at random, live with the song for a week (or two) and then get together to discuss. This week we start our 4th (!) season with the appropriate "New Morning."

    We talk context (3:00), the song itself and its horn overdubs, earnestness and chord structure (5:00). We talk our fantastic playlist (29:00) and recommendations for you (35:30)

    As always, full show notes at our website. You can also follow along with our weekly real-time Spotify playlist – See That My Playlist is Kept Clean – or just listen to this episode's playlist and join the conversation on Twitter, message us on Facebook, and like on Instagram. And if you're loving us, consider our Patreon. For as little as one dollar you get early access to every episode we do as soon as they're edited (and a dedicated feed just for you) and exclusive content that'll only ever be on Patreon. Thanks!

    Next time: "What is this s**t?"

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

GumshoeAndy ,

I might be done

Cool, a podcast named after my favorite Dylan song.
Buuuut
LOL one host just compared Dylan playing the Isle of Wight to Postal Service (a fine band) playing Portland in 2013. And The Band to a cover band!
I know the whole shtick is one person who doesn't know Dylan and one who does - but that's gotta be the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
After her complete blase dismissal of Like a rolling Stone, I don't know if there's a point in listening anymore. It's not that I disagree -I'm fine with that - and I really liked the idea of someone being introduced to Dylan in front of our ears.
It's just that her takes never add anything that I find to be of any insight - sorry. That's more rude than I wanted to be but yeah. It's the way I feel

stewart perry ,

5 stars

5 stars for effort.
The subject matter is listenable.
The audio is not.
Guys get a sound engineer and professional recording equipment.
You are shooting yourselves in the foot with
audio levels to low or to high depending on which one of you is speaking.
It’s ironic you have the chops
but fall short producing almost
unlistenable shows..
JSYK, Podcasts in 2019 are evolving including production quality to match subject matter.
You need a professional producer/engineer.

Dtklola ,

This is definitely what I’ve been wanting

I’ve been listening to Bob Dylan almost non-stop for a year exploring all of his different songs. Ever since I started listening to him, I always wanted to have a place where I could discuss some songs and get a better understanding of them. About two weeks ago, I was looking for different versions of “Seven Curses” on Spotify and I found the Seven Curses episode. I was instantly hooked, this is exactly what I was wanting. This podcast has helped me understand some Bob Dylan tracks, and it has also shown me some new songs (like “Boots of Spanish Leather”)that are now some of my favorite Dylan tunes. Thank you!

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