283 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 • 84 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 #282: Embracing the CD Revival

    Episode #282: Embracing the CD Revival

    Continuing with our multi-episode arc, we discuss the joys of listening to CDs.


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    ‌Show notes:



    My New Vitsœ Shelves Have Freed Up Space in My Office
    Another Timbre
    Episode #155 - Running a Small Record Label: Another Timbre
    Dave's Picks Vol. 50: Palladium, New York City, NY 5/3/77
    Barenboim: Complete Wagner Operas


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    Emerson String Quartet: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Simple Minds: Empires and Dance




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    Episode #281: Kirk's New Audio Gear

    Episode #281: Kirk's New Audio Gear

    Kirk buys new audio gear for the first time in several years. Tech doesn't always work.


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    NAD C 3050 amplifier
    NAD BluOS module
    Cambridge Audio CXA61 amplifier
    Belkin SoundForm Connect AirPlay 2 Adapter
    CalDigit TS4 Thunderbolt 4 Dock


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    Durutti Column: Vini Reilly 35th Anniversary Edition
    The Sex Pistols: The Original Recordings






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    Episode #280: When CDs Won’t Play, and Other Tech Tales

    Episode #280: When CDs Won’t Play, and Other Tech Tales

    Tech is full of surprises.


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    NAD C 538 CD Player
    Episode #177 - Author Michael Connelly on Music in the Harry Bosch Novels and TV Series


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    Original Cast Recording: Girl from the North Country
    Thurston Moore: By the Fire






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    Episode #279: Lyrics

    Episode #279: Lyrics

    We discuss lyrics in popular music. Have they become simpler and angrier over the years?


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    Billie Eilish Clarifies Comments About ‘Wasteful’ Vinyl Variants: ‘I Wasn’t Singling Anyone Out’
    Song lyrics have become simpler and more repetitive over the last five decades
    Genius


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    Timo Andres: The Blind Banister
    The Hanging Stars: On a Golden Shore






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    Episode #278: Gear Acquisition Syndrome

    Episode #278: Gear Acquisition Syndrome

    Gear Acquisition Syndrome, or GAS, affects people with many interests: musicians, photographers, and audiophiles. We discuss how this syndrome can affect people, and why people just want to keep buying more gear.


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    ‌Show notes:



    Cambridge Audio: EVO 150 DELOREAN EDITION All-in-One Player
    The 7 key stages of Gear Acquisition Syndrome
    Kyusu


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    Max Richter: Sleep (Piano Edition)
    Little Village: Little Village






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    Episode #277: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Star, Part 2

    Episode #277: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Star, Part 2

    This time, Kirk chose three rock stars to discuss from David Hepworth's book Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994.


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    Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994


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    Vega Trails: Tremors in the Static
    Pan•American: The Patience Fader
    Gustaf: Package, Pt. 2)








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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
84 Ratings

84 Ratings

JohnHimm ,

Great podcast

If you like music, how we digest it, how it's made, check out this show. Gotta love Grumpy Kirk and Positive Doug

MacLoverIke ,

Review of The Next Track Podcast

I listen to The Next Track Podcast, very frequently. They have an extremely informative and entertaining Podcast, with an interesting twist on Music and how it’s consumed. They have vast experiences to draw from, but with a slight bias towards Rock, and Pop music. I enjoy alternate takes on Music, but I disagree with their reports on the use of A/M-Fm radio, and it’s ubiquity. Most Vehicles still have AM-FM radios, and they are still the most listened-to form of Music today. Radio stations and Record labels pushed the customers away from CD’s to prevent duplication and to reform the market for how Artists are paid, and many of us disagree about the so-called inconvenience of CD’s and DVD’s. I believe that Tge Next Track has more direct, in-depth, full understanding, knowledge of the Music business and the distribution of Music, than any other Podcast, and I highly recommend following and listening to their Podcast.

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.

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