203 episodes

Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

The Next Trac‪k‬ Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn

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    • 4.8 • 78 Ratings

Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

    Episode #203 - Keith Miles on Bob Dylan in London

    Episode #203 - Keith Miles on Bob Dylan in London

    Dylanologists Jackie Lees and Keith Miles have written a book about Bob Dylan in London, highlighting the importance of the city to Dylan's career and growth as an artist. Keith Miles joins us to discuss this book, and tell some tales of the troubadour in the city.


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    Guest:



    Keith Miles
    Bob Dylan in London: Troubadour Tales


    ‌Show notes:



    Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues (video)
    Bob Dylan: Blood in My Eyes (video)
    Bob Dylan: The complete Supper Club soundboards
    The Lone Star Café
    Fur Peace Ranch Quarantine Concerts


    Our next tracks:



    Hot Tuna: 2001-07-27, Kent Connecticut
    Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris: The Complete Trio Collection












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    • 39 min
    Episode #202 - Guitarist Gerard Cousins on His New Album of Music by Phillip Glass

    Episode #202 - Guitarist Gerard Cousins on His New Album of Music by Phillip Glass

    There haven't been many transcriptions of Philip Glass's music for guitar, and Gerard Cousin's new album, Escape, shows just how ideal Glass's music is for this instrument. We talk with Gerard Cousins about the classical guitar, its repertoire, and the long process of transcription necessary to create this recording.


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    Guest:



    Gerard Cousins
    Escape
    Philip Glass: Opening (YouTube)


    ‌Show notes:



    Julian Bream: 20th Century Guitar
    Narcisco Yepes: Bach, Works for Lute I; Works for Lute II
    Paul Galbraith: Nocturnal (YouTube)
    Orange Mountain Music
    Biber: Rosary Sonatas
    Larry Coryell: European Impressions
    Eric Whitacre: This Marriage (YouTube)


    Our next tracks:



    Brian Eno: Film Music
    Bobby Keys: Bobby Keys












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    • 43 min
    Episode #201 - Kurt Andersen on Why Music Hasn't Changed in Decades

    Episode #201 - Kurt Andersen on Why Music Hasn't Changed in Decades

    In his recent book Evil Geniuses, Kurt Andersen noted that people have dressed the same for decades, and that music has barely changed since the 1980s. We discuss this decades long stasis, and why it may have happened.


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    Guest:



    Kurt Andersen
    Studio 360
    Fantasyland
    Evil Geniuses


    ‌Show notes:



    Episode #48 – Musician Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE and the Dave Harrington Group on Music Between Genres
    New York City blackout of 1977
    Setlist.fm, July 13, 1977
    Hasta la Vista, America: Trump’s Farewell Address
    The Zen of Everything, Episode 40: Change
    Robert Fripp: Music for Quiet moments


    Our next tracks:



    Anouar Brahem: Blue Maqams
    The James Gang: Miami












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    • 37 min
    Episode #200 - This Was the Year that Wasn't

    Episode #200 - This Was the Year that Wasn't

    Another year is gone, and what a year. Four the 200th episode of The Next Track, we take stock of what 2020 meant for us musically, talk about some of the wonderful musicians we were able to interview in lockdown, and mention a couple of musical discoveries we have made.


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    ‌Show notes:



    Frank Sinatra: It Was a Very Good year
    We won't link to all the episodes we mention, so just go to The Next Track website and see all the interesting topics and interviewees of the past year
    Uncertain Times, with TJ Connelly
    Dropkick Murphys
    Eric Clapton and Van Morrison Release Their Anti-Mask Anthem (Vanity Fair)
    A Certain Ratio: ACR LOCO
    Jo Jo Gunne
    Material: Memory Serves
    Massacre: Killing Time
    Shadowman - documentary about Richard Hambleton


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    • 30 min
    Episode #199 - Do You Know It's Christmas?

    Episode #199 - Do You Know It's Christmas?

    We again re-run our annual Christmas show, because it was so good that we couldn't imagine doing a better Christmas show. And because we really don't want to do a new Christmas show. And because we're really proud of the extensive show notes that took so long to collate. If you've already heard it and don't want to listen again, we'll understand.


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    There’s got to be a German word for this. It’s that feeling, that first second, when you heard Jingle Bells in the middle of summer.



    Show notes:



    Episode #58 – David Weigel on the History of Progressive Rock
    Trio Mediaeval: Folk Songs
    Bruce Springsteen: Santa Claus is Coming to Town
    Do They Know It’s Christmas
    We Are the World
    Bob Dylan: Christmas in the Heart
    Bob Dylan: Must Be Santa (video)
    The Jethro Tull Christmas Album
    Apple Music Christmas Playlist
    Die Hard
    It’s a Wonderful Life
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas
    I Wish it Could Be Christmas (article)
    The Kinks: Father Christmas
    Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer: I Believe in Father Christmas
    Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas
    Ghosts of Christmas Past
    Roomful of Blues: Roomful of Christmas


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    • 29 min
    Episode #198 - Casey Rae on William S. Burroughs and Rock and Roll

    Episode #198 - Casey Rae on William S. Burroughs and Rock and Roll

    William S. Burroughs was an author who had a huge influence on rock musicians. Casey Rae's new book charts this influence through the years, as Burroughs met with many of the great musicians of his time.


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    Guest:



    Casey Rae
    William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'n' Roll
    Dead to Me podcast


    Show notes:



    Beat Godfather Meets Glitter Mainman: William Burroughs Interviews David Bowie
    RE/Search
    Call Me Burroughs
    The Best of William Burroughs from Giorno Poetry Systems
    Break Through in Gray Room
    A Thanksgiving Prayer
    William S. Burroughs and Bill Laswell: The Road to Western Lands
    It's 10pm, Do You Know Where Your Children Are?


    Our next tracks:



    From Brussels With Love
    The Network: Trans Am EP







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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

DCNYer ,

Equal to my level of "audiophile" skepticism

I found this podcast after reading a Q&A from one of the hosts in an "audiophile" forum. After looking at the list of episodes, I was happy to see that they included interviews with classical music artists and journalists. The hosts evince a nice balance of "audiophile" skepticism with appreciation of quality sound reproduction. I'm working my way through back episodes and already enjoy their interviews with Andy Doe. Keep up the good work and I'm glad this podcast has maintained a consistent publication schedule, unlike other audiophile podcasts that peter out.

nrcyclist ,

Death of the Stereo?

As a single "thing" to buy, you are right that the "stereo" is dead. In my home, I have the video system setup in living room. We have streaming through the home, but single speakers. Its the new 'radio' in our home. Then I have a 2-channel system with streamer, DAC and integrated amp. There is a second input from the PC. This is a near field setup... $2,500 of components. The new stereo and the best sound in the house. Thanks for the show. Great exchanged between the two of you.

sadiecaptain ,

Authentic??

There are some very positive qualities related to this podcast. For example, the quality of the audio voices of both hosts. Now, when I first started listening, I was impressed by the apparent diverse musical interests of the hosts. However, the longer I listened, I became genuinely suspicious that your talking with enthusiasm about pop music and, for example, the music of John Cage, is a cheap marketing ploy. An attempt, perhaps, to be the “Renaissance Men Of Music” (and books, philosophy, equipment, formats, style, etc.)? I’m just not buying this. This is not, I think, authentic. As one other reviewer suggested, it is absurd to negatively portray the skills of a composer like Rachmaninoff and at the same time wet your pants about some of that entertaining pop music that you do often mention. I just can’t take you seriously any longer...finding it difficult to listen with any sense of belief or purpose. Are you just looking stuff so that you can pontificate on an episode? Often sounds like it...rather manufactured approach. Please...find a niche that is authentic to your skills, experiences, etc., and run with that versus trying to portray yourselves as the Renaissance Men that you so obviously are not. You COULD have a good show...but...

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