137 episodes

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

Vinyl Emergency Jim Hanke

    • Music Interviews
    • 4.6, 141 Ratings

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

    Episode 129: Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms

    Episode 129: Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms

    Influenced heavily by The Smithereens, The Replacements and R.E.M., Arizona mainstays Gin Blossoms became one of the biggest bands of the early and mid-90's. Single after single from their major label debut New Miserable Experience -- "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You," "Until I Fall Away" and more -- caught fire on MTV as well as on pop, alternative and college radio. Now recognized as a modern power-pop classic, the record eventually sold over five million copies and spent a remarkable three years on the charts. The quintet found additional success with their follow-up LP, 1996's Congratulations I'm Sorry, and hits like "Follow You Down" and "Til I Hear It From You." In 2017, both full-lengths were finally pressed to vinyl for the first time, in honor of former album's 25th anniversary. Today, Gin Blossoms lead vocalist Robin Wilson talks about working at record stores through the 80's, his obsession with Urge Overkill, fronting his childhood heroes Kiss on Letterman, and fighting for what became New Miserable Experience's now iconic album art. Keep up on band news, music, social media and more at ginblossoms.net.

    • 58 min
    Episode 128: The Decemberists' Chris Funk

    Episode 128: The Decemberists' Chris Funk

    An accomplished producer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with everyone from The Shins to The Chieftains, Chris Funk is a founding member of beloved Pacific Northwest quintet The Decemberists, who mark their 20th anniversary this year. Known for a narrative heart that's half-Morrissey, half-Herman Melville, Rolling Stone has called their work "a triumph of theatrical imagination." On today's show, we discuss the formation of the band, how Chris recorded the entirety of their epic song cycle The Tain with a broken leg, and how Carson Ellis' visual components have played into the band's mystique for over two decades. We also get into Chris' production of the latest Stephen Malkmus LP and his globetrotting video series Funk Plus One, which exposed him to culture on a broader level through shared musical experiences. Visit thedecemberists.com for 20th anniversary tour dates and more. Get Chris' new solo album The Painted Porch via chrisfunk.bandcamp.com, with an exclusive vinyl variant limited to 250 copies and proceeds benefitting The Jeremy Wilson Foundation. You can also follow Chris on Twitter, @mrchrisfunk.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 127: Lilly Hiatt #2 / Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum

    Episode 127: Lilly Hiatt #2 / Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum

    Nashville singer/songwriter Lilly Hiatt returns to Vinyl Emergency to discuss the loss of the legendary John Prine, her new album Walking Proof, records she added to her collection since her last time on the show and the positivity she's finding between Nashville's recent destructive tornado and the current pandemic crisis. Dig back to Episode 75 for Lilly's first appearance. Then, Soul Asylum leader Dave Pirner joins us to talk about the band's new album Hurry Up And Wait, the lasting impact of the revolutionary music video for "Runaway Train" and which Soul Asylum vinyl release -- of which there's only one sole copy in existence -- he owns. Dave's new book of lyrics spanning his career, Loud Fast Words, is available wherever you buy literature. For music, social media and updates visit lillyhiatt.com and soulasylum.com.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 126: Ryan Grisham of Mock Orange (+ NEW SINGLE PREMIERE!)

    Episode 126: Ryan Grisham of Mock Orange (+ NEW SINGLE PREMIERE!)

    Formed in Evansville, IN during the late 90's, Mock Orange gained a devoted following amongst indie-rock circles for progressive, whiplash time signatures, buoyed by sentimental yet urgent lyrics. Though the quartet's debut album Nines & Sixes provided an addictive and aggressive spark, 2000's The Record Play delivered a deeper and more nuanced emotional payout: Singer/guitarist Ryan Grisham's wordplay (drenched in poetic metaphors on time and distance), drummer Heath Metzger's prog-like precision and the clear, masterful production style of Mark Trombino made the album somewhat of an underground touchstone for early 2000's emo. On today's show, Ryan talks about piecing together the thematic nature of The Record Play two decades later, why turning 40 gave him a new outlook on the band's first album and how he managed -- long before iPods -- to play his beloved 7" collection on the road. This episode also features the WORLD PREMIERE of the band's new single "So Maybe," from their upcoming EP The Bridge, their first release in nearly four years. Vinyl for both The Bridge, as well as a 20th anniversary repress of The Record Play, will be available for pre-order via mockorange.net later this month. Follow @mockorange on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

    • 56 min
    Episode 125: Rhett Miller of Old 97's

    Episode 125: Rhett Miller of Old 97's

    For over 25 years, Texas native Rhett Miller has fronted the Old 97's, recognized as one of the most acclaimed staples within Americana or alt-country music. Still, he's found plenty of time over that span to step out on his own: Hosting the podcast Wheels Off, writing children's books and recording seven solo records containing collaborations with Jon Brion, Aimee Mann, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, longtime session drummer Jim Keltner and members of the Decemberists. Recorded at Vance Powell's renowned Sputnik Sound in Nashville (as the Old 97's began work on their 12th proper album), Rhett muses on his early fascinations with Joan Jett, the Kingston Trio and ZZ Top, pumping quarters into the vinyl jukeboxes of his local diner, how patterns in genre fiction influence his solo albums and what Wheels Off has taught him about the creative process. Visit old97s.com and rhettmiller.com for tour dates, music, social media and more. Plus, subscribe to Wheels Off however you get podcasts.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 124: The Presidents of the United States of America

    Episode 124: The Presidents of the United States of America

    The Presidents of the United States of America garnered acclaim throughout the grunge-heavy 90's for performing humorous, rocket-fueled earworms about chickens, kittens and bugs in a style that showcased both punk ethos and stadium rock showmanship. Hits like "Peaches," "Lump" and "Mach 5" dominated both alt-rock radio and MTV at the time, even scoring the Seattle trio the ultimate seal of legitimacy: a parody from "Weird Al" Yankovic. Recently, the group -- though no longer performing as a unit -- reconvened to launch a Kickstarter campaign to get their self-titled, triple-platinum, Columbia Records debut officially pressed to vinyl for the first time in the US. And fans were ready -- since the announcement (on Presidents Day, no less), listeners have funded over ten times the amount of PUSA's original goal. On this episode, drummer Jason Finn talks about recently hearing the album's new test pressing (and why it's taken 15 years for this vinyl campaign to become a reality), how an infamous band photo with then President Bill Clinton made it onto the cover of a Spanish pressing of the LP and lots more. Follow @jasonfinn on Twitter, @finnbot3000 on Instagram and pre-order the vinyl reissue, as well as check out the band's social media, at presidentsrock.com. 

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

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

CyberBobCity ,

For music lovers, not just vinyl lovers!

This podcast is for all fans of music. It’s filled with great stories, great albums and it can really help introduce you to artists you might not have ever heard of. Awesome for music discovery! Keep up the good work and I’ll keep listening!

ds6154 ,

Great podcast!

Love the variety of guests and the host is very well versed in asking the correct questions. I even like the sponsors, each one makes sense for me as a listener and I plan on supporting at least one in the future. Great show!

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