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Interviews and anecdotes with musicians, album collectors, LP manufacturers and beyond about our connection to vinyl records.

Vinyl Emergency Jim Hanke

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    • 4.6 • 153 Ratings

Interviews and anecdotes with musicians, album collectors, LP manufacturers and beyond about our connection to vinyl records.

    Episode 175: Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan

    Episode 175: Travis Morrison of The Dismemberment Plan

    If any band personified a record collection with ADHD, it was The Dismemberment Plan. Connecting the dots between soul, post-punk and experimentalism, the quartet also brought dark humor, deep grooves and an appreciation for music history to the forefront, over five albums and millions of miles on the road. On today's show, vocalist Travis Morrison delves into the go-go scene of Washington DC, the artists that influenced his improvisational nature on stage, and a long-lost reel-to-reel that connected Travis' parents during the Vietnam War. The Dismemberment Plan's 2001 album Change will be reissued on sky blue vinyl for this year's Record Store Day, April 22nd. Follow both @travismmorrison and @thedplan on Instagram, and visit recordstoreday.com for more details.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    REPOST: Robert Fisher, Art Director for Nirvana (July 2020)

    REPOST: Robert Fisher, Art Director for Nirvana (July 2020)

    Enjoy this encore presentation of a July 2020 episode of Vinyl Emergency. 
    Los Angeles native Robert Fisher has designed records for some of the most popular acts of the alternative rock boom, including Beck, Weezer and No Doubt. But starting with 'Nevermind' onward -- including all posthumous releases following Kurt Cobain's death -- Robert is most recognized for being Nirvana's sole art director, creating iconic album covers, sleeves for singles, box set packaging and anything else relating to arguably the most important band of the last 30 years. Recently, Robert launched the @NirvanaBucket Instagram feed, dedicated to his body of work for the group and showcasing rare flyers, tapes, scrapped ideas and even items Kurt provided him for inspiration throughout their partnership. 
    On today's show, Robert discusses how the final version of 'Nevermind' came to be, as well as stories surrounding Beck's 'Odelay' and Urge Overkill's 'Saturation'. His latest project for Nirvana is on the 'Live & Loud' 2LP set, released last summer, capturing the band's 1993 performance in Seattle for MTV. Visit flyingfishstudio.us to check out more of Robert's work.

    • 47 min
    Episode 174: Jaimee Harris and Mary Gauthier

    Episode 174: Jaimee Harris and Mary Gauthier

    NPR has separately crowned both Jaimee Harris and Mary Gauthier with some well-deserved accolades over the last few years: The former was recently referred to as "the next queen of Americana-folk" (thanks to a new album, Boomerang Town, dropping on February 17th), while the latter's "The War After The War" (from her record Rifles & Rosary Beads, co-written entirely with U.S. veterans and their families) won the organization's coveted Song of the Year prize in 2018. Together, they've forged an artistic and romantic relationship that has helped their individual careers thrive. On this episode, the pair discuss their appreciation for vinyl, supporting each other in sobriety, and how artificial intelligence will change the future of songwriting. 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 173: Anthony Mason of CBS News

    Episode 173: Anthony Mason of CBS News

    After a number of years in small-market television journalism, 7x Emmy-winner Anthony Mason joined CBS News in 1986 and has quite literally done it all: from being a chief correspondent in London and Moscow, to handling Q&A's with American presidents. But maybe most notably, Anthony has now become a go-to confidant for musicians of all stripes. Carving his own path on the network thanks to a lifelong passion for songwriting, he's profiled legends like Elton John, Mick Jagger, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell and Aretha Franklin. Plus, for up-and-comers seeking credibility, an interview with Anthony can rival a glowing review from Pitchfork or Rolling Stone, so non-household names like Charley Crockett and King Princess are given a new, nationwide audience courtesy of a conversation with today's guest. On this episode, Anthonly divulges how UPS once lost his entire record collection, what momento he took from a then-shuttering Tower Records in the late 2000's, and how he's navigated some incredibly personal moments with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond and John Mellancamp. Follow @anthonymasoncbs on Twitter and Instagram. 

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 172: Greg Graffin of Bad Religion

    Episode 172: Greg Graffin of Bad Religion

    With razor-sharp guitars, breakneck rhythms, unrivaled harmonies and a socio-political worldview that disavows much of punk rock's anarchistic nature, Bad Religion has inspired countless bands over their 40+ year existence. Even their iconic logo, known by fans worldwide as "the cross-buster," has become synonymous with the genre itself. This is all without mentioning the inspirational trajectory of vocalist/songwriter Greg Graffin, who is seen as one of the genre's most vibrant and educated minds, earning a PhD in zoology from Cornell University and having written multiple books on evolution and theology. On this episode, Greg discusses the influence of his parents' divorced record collections, refining his vocal delivery over the years, and why he classifies his latest book, Punk Paradox: A Memoir (available now, wherever you get literature) as a "novelistic biography." The band also released their own collaborative autobiography, Do What You Want, in 2020.

    • 53 min
    Episode 171: Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

    Episode 171: Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

    Even during their 90's heyday -- with popular singles like "Fall Down," "Walk on the Ocean," "Something's Always Wrong" and "All I Want" ruling the radio -- Toad the Wet Sprocket vocalist and songwriter Glen Phillips recognized that they weren't "the cool kids," often being the least edgy band on any alt-rock marquee. But Glen says it's that same overt self-awareness that has both kept Toad fans around and stirred his current creativity: Releasing a new album based solely on minimal songwriting prompts, and leading a community choir made up of all genders, ages and backgrounds. On this episode, Glen discusses an early love of disco, the visual aesthetics of the 4AD label, his brother's forensic devotion to synthesizers, and why the cover art for Toad's second album Pale is still being studied in graphic design classes. Visit glenphillips.com for social media, tour dates and to get his latest solo release, There Is So Much Here.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
153 Ratings

153 Ratings

blaineduncan ,

For Vinyl Love and Beyond

Jim’s podcast is excellent for vinyl lovers, but each guest brings a lot more to the table than just records. It’s a great music podcast as a whole! Love it.

jmbenishek ,

Great Podcast

Jim does an amazing job interviewing artists/musicians from all genres. He has a vast background of all types of music and his research for each show is evident. Well done and highly recommended!

OlWiggum ,

A great podcast

Jim does a great job with this podcast. I love hearing his guests talk about their experience with vinyl whether it be stuff in their collection, memories from their childhood, or hearing themselves on a record for the first time. The host has great questions and you can tell he has done his homework on the subjects. Keep up the great work! - CH

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