Celebration Rock

Celebration Rock

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Rock Critic Steven Hyden (“Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me”, “Twilight Of The Gods”) talks with rock stars and the country’s biggest music writers about what’s happening in rock. Presented by 93X (www.93X.com) and Uproxx.com (http://uproxx.com/music/)


Celebration Rock: Best Albums of the Decade with Ian Cohen
Nov 4, 2019 • 128 min
Steve decided to take the podcast out of hibernation for this special one-off episode on the best albums of the 2010’s, with special guest Ian Cohen. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Our Favorite Albums of 2018
Dec 17, 2018 • 66 min
Every year of my professional life as a music critic, I’ve made year-end lists. Sometimes it was because I simply had to do it, but more often (especially when I was younger) I did it because I thought it was fun. Making a year-end list was like saying,…
Contrarian’s Canon: Joni Mitchell’s “Night Ride Home”
Dec 10, 2018 • 55 min
This week we return with another installment of Contrarian’s Canon, our semi-regular series with Ryley Walker where we talk about great albums that for some reason have been maligned or forgotten about in the course of music history. This time, we explore…
Fantasy A&R: The Ultimate Mid-’90s Oasis Album
Dec 3, 2018 • 57 min
Last month, we started a new game called Fantasy A&R, where we take a classic album and attempt to improve/mutilate it by making our own stupid suggestions, such as adding or subtracting songs, swapping in alternate versions, and other probably…
The 2nd Annual “Last Waltz” Holiday Special
Nov 19, 2018 • 53 min
Back in 2016, I wrote a column in which I declared that The Last Waltz is the best Thanksgiving movie. “It affirms the faith in the power of ritual to heal — at least temporarily — whatever is awkward or unresolved or plain broken about your familial…
Fantasy A&R: How To Make a 12-Track Version of the Beatles’ “White Album”
Nov 12, 2018 • 55 min
In the week’s episode of Celebration Rock we introduce a new game called Fantasy A&R, where we take a classic album and attempt to improve/mutilate it by making our own stupid suggestions, such as adding or subtracting songs, swapping in alternate…
Contrarian’s Canon: Dave Matthews Band’s “The Lillywhite Sessions”
Nov 5, 2018 • 59 min
In the late ’90s, the Dave Matthews Band was one of the biggest bands in the world. Each of their first three albums went multi-platinum, and their improvisational live shows made them a stadium headliner. And yet this hippie-friendly collective couldn’t…
October’s Top Indie Albums by Kurt Vile, Cat Power, and Pinegrove
Oct 29, 2018 • 49 min
On this week’s episode of Celebration Rock I invited Pitchfork senior editor (and now friend of the podcast) Stacey Anderson to discuss this month’s most notable indie-rock albums. Our discussion began with Pinegrove, who’s latest album Skylight is an…
Twenty One Pilots vs. Greta Van Fleet
Oct 22, 2018 • 57 min
In the past few weeks, two of 2018’s most anticipated rock albums have been released: Trench by Twenty One Pilots and Anthem of the Peaceful Army by Greta Van Fleet. In my review of Trench, I noted that Twenty One Pilots have created a deep and…
Contrarian Canon: Pink Floyd’s “The Division Bell”
Oct 15, 2018 • 50 min
Last month, I invited great indie-rock guitarist and hilarious Twitter user Ryley Walker on the podcast to talk about an album that impacted both of our lives as teenagers, dc Talk’s ’90s Christian-rock opus Jesus Freak. It was so much fun that it…
A Tribute To The Stills and Other Overlooked Bands of the Post-Strokes Boom
Oct 8, 2018 • 56 min
This month is the 15th anniversary of Logic Will Break Your Heart, the debut album by Montreal quartet The Stills, one of many scruffy, post-punk bands that followed in the wake of the Strokes in the early ’00s. For a while, any band that sort of looked…
The Status of Tom Petty’s Legacy
Oct 1, 2018 • 52 min
Last Friday, a career-spanning box set called An American Treasure was released delving into the work of Tom Petty, in time for the one-year anniversary of the venerable rocker’s death on Oct. 2. Unlike most retrospectives, An American Treasure largely…
How Michael Beinhorn Shepherded “Superunknown” and “Celebrity Skin”
Sep 24, 2018 • 59 min
If you’ve spent any time reading the liner notes of classic ’90s rock albums, there’s a very good chance you know the name Michael Beinhorn. As one of the era’s top record producers, his credits include some of the best and most popular records of the…
Recent “Under The Radar” faves by Low, the Lemon Twigs, Ruston Kelly, and more.
Sep 17, 2018 • 50 min
Last month, I did a Celebration Rock episode on my favorite sleeper albums of 2018. This week, I figured that the need to talk about lesser known records is so great that it could sustain a semi-regular series of episodes. So, I called up my friend Jeremy…
Can Liberals and Conservatives Still Bond Over Music?
Sep 10, 2018 • 61 min
There used to be an old saying about how you should never talk about politics or religion in friendly conversation, because those are the topics guaranteed to make any interaction decidedly un-friendly. However, in the past few years, it’s been seemingly…
DC Talk’s “Jesus Freak” and The Peak of ’90s Christian Rock
Sep 3, 2018 • 46 min
Back in May, I interviewed the hilarious and talented singer-songwriter Ryley Walker about his very good recent album, Deafman Glance. But one of the most memorable parts of the conversation was a tangent about Christian rock, which had been a part of…
New Albums By Interpol, Death Cab For Cutie, Mitski, and Foxing
Aug 27, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode, we review some of the most notable rock albums from the month of August, including the latest from two legacy acts and recent highlights by two of indie-rock’s brightest young acts. Joining me is “friend of the pod” Ian Cohen, whose name…
Former Pitchfork Editor Mark Richardson Discusses The Site’s Rise
Aug 20, 2018 • 65 min
If you have read any music writing at all online in the past 20 years, there’s a very good chance you have encountered Mark Richardson in some way. As a long-time writer and editor for Pitchfork, Richardson has been reviewing records for one of the…
Robbie Robertson On 50 Years of “Music From Big Pink”
Aug 13, 2018 • 55 min
Fifty years ago this summer, one of the greatest debut albums in rock history was released. Though when The Band put out 1968’s Music From Big Pink, they weren’t exactly unknown. Two years prior, they had backed Bob Dylan on his first “electric” tour,…
Favorite Sleeper Albums of 2018 So Far
Aug 6, 2018 • 56 min
Throughout the year, really good albums come and go with minimal attention. What happens to those records once they are sucked into the black hole of bottomless content? Are they gone forever? In this episode, we try to rescue some worthy recent releases…
Courtney Barnett Tells You How She Really Feels
Jul 30, 2018 • 45 min
One of the best things about being a music critic with a podcast is being able to ask an artist you’ve written about to confirm or deny opinions and theories you have about their music. For instance, when I reviewed Courtney’s Barnett latest album Tell Me…
25 Years of ‘Siamese Dream’
Jul 23, 2018 • 54 min
On July 27, one of the greatest rock albums of modern times turns 25. At least I count Siamese Dream as one of the best guitar records of the past quarter-century — it seems like the overall stature of Smashing Pumpkins has slipped a bit. The band’s…
Shawn Everett Probably Recorded Your Favorite Album
Jul 16, 2018 • 56 min
Even if you don’t know the name Shawn Everett, it’s very likely that you’ve enjoyed an album that he’s produced, engineered, or mixed in the past several years. In 2015, he rose to prominence for his work on Alabama Shakes’ Sound + Color, possibly the…
After 25 Years, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows Is Still Here
Jul 9, 2018 • 56 min
This summer, Counting Crows will be back on the road for their “25 Years And Counting” tour, celebrating a quarter-century since the release of 1993’s classic debut, August and Everything After. During that time, Counting Crows have maintained a sizable…
Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes Isn’t Interested in Fame
Jul 2, 2018 • 56 min
In the past decade. Starting with 2009’s North Hills, the quartet has been distinguished by strong, understated ensemble playing and Taylor Goldsmith’s earnest, narrative songwriting, which evokes the tenderness of Jackson Browne and the evocative…
Our Favorite Albums Of 2018 So Far
Jun 25, 2018 • 54 min
Can you believe that we’re already (almost) six months into the year? What better time to count down some of our favorite albums of 2018 so far. Joining Steve this week is friend of the pod Hanif Abdurraqib (They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us), who…
Jim James Wants To Purify Himself
Jun 18, 2018 • 48 min
On June 29, Jim James will release his third solo album, Uniform Distortion. It’s a loose, raw collection of guitar-heavy songs that rail against the darkness of modern times. James is trying to fight that darkness in his personal life, too. In our…
Rock 101: Intro To Townes Van Zandt
Jun 11, 2018 • 64 min
The best part of having a podcast is that it gives me an excuse to reach out to people who I think are smart or interesting, and talk to them about topics that I find fascinating. Last month, when I was holed up in a Nashville hotel room for several days…
Kanye Hot Takes, Plus Father John Misty and Parquet Courts
Jun 4, 2018 • 62 min
On June 1, big albums dropped by Kanye West and Father John Misty, and one of them was much better than the other. I talked about both records with Jeremy Larson of Pitchfork, who also shared his thoughts on how both artists’ careers have evolved this…
Let’s Talk About Hockey And Guitar Shredding with Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan and Alvvays’ Molly Rankin
May 28, 2018 • 64 min
Recently, I had the chance to talk with two of the leading lights in contemporary indie rock. First, we visit 19-year-old phenom Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail, whose full-length debut due next month, “Lush,” is one of the most anticipated indie releases of…
Let’s Talk About New Albums By Courtney Barnett, Arctic Monkeys, and Beach House
May 21, 2018 • 51 min
May has been a good month for notable rock releases, including albums by Arctic Monkeys, Courtney Barnett, and Beach House. For this episode, I contacted friend of the podcast Ian Cohen, whose writing has appeared at Pitchfork and Stereogum, to go over…
Chuck Klosterman On The Rise And Fall Of Classic Rock
May 14, 2018 • 52 min
Last week, I released my new book, Twilight Of The Gods: A Journey To The End Of Classic Rock. It’s about the generation of rock stars from the ’60s and ’70s that is currently in the process of either retiring or passing away. (You can check out an…
Matt and Aaron from The National, live from the Homecoming Festival
May 7, 2018 • 50 min
In late April I visited Cincinnati to attend the first ever Homecoming, a festival headlined and curated by The National that also featured Father John Misty, Feist, Alvvays, The Breeders, Julian Baker, Moses Sumney, and many other great acts. I had a…
Who is Better: The Smiths or The Cure?
Apr 30, 2018 • 52 min
In 2016, I published my first book, Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About the Meaning of Life. For all of the famous rivalries that I wrote about — The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones, Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift, Tupac…
Pete Yorn Has Endured Well Past “The Morning After”
Apr 23, 2018 • 54 min
A few months ago, I was on a serious Pete Yorn kick. The singer-songwriter, whose best-known album is his 2001 debut Musicforthemorningafter, has put out several quality LPs over the past two decades, including 2003’s Day I Forgot and 2006’s Nightcrawler.…
It’s Our 100th Episode!
Apr 16, 2018 • 65 min
Way back in January 2016, I launched a podcast. Over the course of 99 episodes, I’ve interviewed musicians, writers, and lots of other interesting people. It’s been a blast. For the 100th episode, I invited one of my favorite guests ever, Rolling Stone…
Gang Of Youths Are Slowly Taking Over America
Apr 9, 2018 • 60 min
Last fall I wrote about Go Farther In Lightness, the second album by Australian indie band Gang Of Youths. At the time, Gang Of Youths had a low profile in the United States in spite of great success at home. While the band plays arenas, tops the albums…
What’s Your Favorite Album Of 1998?
Apr 2, 2018 • 61 min
Let’s go back 20 years to a fascinating time in music history. In 1998, the internet had not yet become the hub of how we listen to music — Napster was still one year away from taking over college campuses, and listeners were still required to fork over…
Is Jack White’s New LP A Good Trainwreck Or a Bad Trainwreck?
Mar 26, 2018 • 56 min
“Boarding House Reach” is an utterly unique Jack White album — made with the assistance of ProTools, it’s as layered and overstuffed as the White Stripes were austere and straight-forward. Unsurprisingly, some people love it and some people hate it. Steve…
Dean Ween Continues To Wave The Ween Flag
Mar 19, 2018 • 69 min
Of course Dean Ween is one of the founders of Ween, a band that has been putting out albums since 1990, though they haven’t had any new albums in a while. But he’s also the leader of the Dean Ween Group, which just put out a new record, called “Rock 2.”…
Robert Plant Is Still A Golden God
Mar 12, 2018 • 67 min
If Robert Plant had stopped making music after 1980, his legacy would still be eternal as the lead singer of perhaps the greatest rock band ever, Led Zeppelin. But Plant has spent the past nearly 40 years following his own path, building a solo career…
20th Century Boss Part 8: ’90s Bruce with Tim Showalter
Mar 5, 2018 • 67 min
The ’90s are easily the least well-regarded decade of Bruce’s career. If people make note of this period, it’s to illustrate how far he fell without the E Street Band, who finally reunited with Bruce at the end of the decade to great acclaim and popular…
20th Century Boss Part 7: “Tunnel Of Love” with John Darnielle
Mar 5, 2018 • 52 min
Released on Oct. 9, 1987, “Tunnel Of Love” has a reputation among some Springsteen fans as his “soft rock, baby boomer divorce record.” It’s true that “Tunnel Of Love” doesn’t exactly rock, and it’s definitely not guitar-heavy. Instead, it’s dominated by…
20th Century Boss Part 6: “Born In The U.S.A.” with Patterson Hood
Feb 26, 2018 • 51 min
After the stripped-down “Nebraska,” Bruce Springsteen went in the opposite direction for 1984’s “Born In The U.S.A.,” one of the most popular rock albums ever made. Springsteen was so popular at this time that he was inevitably commodified and turned into…
20th Century Boss Part 5: “Nebraska” with Phoebe Bridgers
Feb 26, 2018 • 48 min
In 1982, Bruce Springsteen released “Nebraska,” a stark collection of acoustic songs recorded at home on a four-track in one marathon session. It’s an album about criminals and economic hardship and flawed father figures, with lots of spooky echo and…
20th Century Boss Part 4: “The River” with Patrick Stickles
Feb 19, 2018 • 82 min
For Bruce Springsteen 1980 double-album “The River,” I spoke with Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus, whose latest album, “A Productive Cough,” comes out March 2. I met up with Stickles at his apartment in Brooklyn right after my plane landed, and…
20th Century Boss Part 3: “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” with Julien Baker
Feb 19, 2018 • 63 min
Our Bruce Springsteen series continues with Julien Baker, a wonderful artist whose 2017 album “Turn Out The Lights” was one of my favorite LPs of that year. Even though she was born almost 20 years after it was released in 1978, Baker is a huge fan of the…
20th Century Boss Part 2: “Born To Run” with Jeff Rosenstock
Feb 12, 2018 • 55 min
In episode two of our special Bruce Springsteen series, Jeff Rosenstock dives into the first true masterpiece of Springsteen’s career, 1975’s “Born To Run.” While Rosenstock was raised on punk and ska music, he was also drawn to Springsteen’s most…
20th Century Boss Part 1: Early Boss with Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem
Feb 12, 2018 • 58 min
Welcome to 20th Century Boss, our in-depth series on the albums that Bruce Springsteen released in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. In episode one, Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem joins us to discuss 1973’s “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.,” and “The Wild,…
37: Raising A Toast To St. Joe Strummer With Craig Finn
Dec 18, 2017 • 49 min
On Dec. 22, 2002, Joe Strummer of The Clash returned home after walking his dogs and died suddenly at the age of 50. The cause of death was a defective heart artery — who would’ve thought that Joe Strummer of all people would have a defective heart? A …
36: Mac McCaughan Explains How Superchunk Has Stayed Great For Decades
Dec 11, 2017 • 50 min
As the leader of Superchunk and the co-founder of Merge Records, Mac McCaughan is a key player in the history of American indie rock. He tells Steve about how hardcore inspired him to start his own band in the ’80s, and how it also informs Superchunk’s…
35: Our Favorite Albums Of 2017
Dec 4, 2017 • 66 min
This one is self-explanatory — Steve counts down the best LPs of 2017 with his colleague and friend Caitlin White from URPOXX.com.
34: Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt on How Wilco Became Wilco
Nov 27, 2017 • 57 min
Wilco is now recognized as one of the best and most beloved American rock bands of the last 25 years. But once upon a time, Wilco was a burgeoning project started by Jeff Tweedy in the aftermath of Uncle Tupelo’s acrimonious breakup. Teaming up with Jo…
33: How To Celebrate Thanksgiving With “The Last Waltz”
Nov 20, 2017 • 52 min
Every year at Thanksgiving time Steve tries to watch “The Last Waltz,” Martin Scorsese’s classic 1978 documentary about the final concert performed by the original incarnation of The Band. It’s his favorite Thanksgiving movie: Other films have used Tha…
32: An American’s Guide To The Tragically Hip
Nov 13, 2017 • 51 min
On Oct. 17, Gord Downie died from brain cancer, sparking widespread mourning in his native country of Canada. Across the country for days afterward, there were candlelit vigils in his honor. For Canadians, this wasn’t just the death of a beloved rock s…
31: How Jann Wenner Shaped Rock History In His Own Image
Nov 6, 2017 • 51 min
More than any other writer or editor, Jann Wenner has shaped the narrative of rock history from his perch at “Rolling Stone” and, later, as one of the gatekeepers at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. In Joe Hagan’s new book, “Sticky Fingers: The Life And…
30: Revisiting Ancient Teenaged Feelings About Weezer
Oct 30, 2017 • 61 min
For several generations of rock fans, Weezer’s “Blue Album” and its follow-up, “Pinkerton”, are foundational albums of adolescence. What is it about Rivers Cuomo’s socially awkward anthems that connects with so many misfits? In the wake of a new Weez…
29: Julien Baker Will Make You Cry
Oct 23, 2017 • 46 min
On Friday, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Julien Baker will release her second album, “Turn Out The Lights,” one of the most emotionally overpowering albums of 2017. A native of Memphis, Baker came up in the city’s local punk scene, playing in the b…
28: The Five-Albums Test With Rob Sheffield
Oct 16, 2017 • 64 min
In 2011, back when I was a writer for The A.V. Club, I invented a game called The Five-Albums Test, in which I listed artists and bands that have at least five consecutive very good-to-great albums. Over the years, readers kept bringing up this column,…
Season 2 Episode 27: Automatic For The People At 25
Oct 9, 2017 • 57 min
On October 5, one of the great albums of the ’90s turned 25 years old. R.E.M.’s “Automatic For The People” sold four million copies in the U.S. and spawned hits like “Man On The Moon” and “Everybody Hurts,” even though the album’s somber chamber-folk s…
Season 2 Special Episode: RIP Tom Petty
Oct 3, 2017 • 38 min
In this special “emergency” episode we play tribute to the late classic-rocker.
Season 2 Episode 26: Dan Bejar of Destroyer Loves ’80s Dylan and The Doors
Oct 2, 2017 • 52 min
For more than 20 years, Dan Bejar has been putting out albums under the name Destroyer, a moniker that hints at Bejar’s habit of reimagining his music with each new release. The trend continues with Destroyer’s forthcoming album, “ken,” due Friday, in …
Season 2 Episode 25: Are The Killers Good Or Terrible?
Sep 25, 2017 • 48 min
The Killers put out a new album last Friday called “Wonderful Wonderful.” It’s not very good. In my review for Uproxx.com, I tried to make sense of the band’s career, ultimately suggesting that the Killers sound like a band on its last legs. Is that a …
Season 2 Episode 25: Mike Gordon of Phish Is A Nice Guy
Sep 18, 2017 • 56 min
Last month I wrote about The Baker’s Dozen, an historic run of 13 concerts at Madison Square Garden in which the long-running jam band Phish played more than 200 songs without any repeats. It was a blast to watch unfold. When I was offered an inter…
Season 2 Episode 24: The National Is Back With “Sleep Well Beast”
Sep 11, 2017 • 49 min
Last month I wrote a profile for Uproxx.com that detailed the making of The National’s latest album, Sleep Well Beast, which came out on Friday. The band worked at guitarist Aaron Dessner’s studio in upstate New York. What else is there to say about ye…
Season 2 Episode 23: The Rise and Fall and Rise Of LCD Soundsystem
Sep 5, 2017 • 53 min
On Friday, LCD Soundsystem released its “comeback” album, “American Dream.” My feelings on it are mixed — I love the music, but James Murphy can be a prickly, even annoying presence. To get to the bottom of LCD Soundsystem, I called up someone who know…
Season 2 Episode 22: How The War On Drugs Became The War On Drugs
Aug 28, 2017 • 52 min
On Friday, The War On Drugs’ released their fourth LP, A Deeper Understanding, and it’s one of my favorite albums of the year. How did The War On Drugs get to this point, with a brilliant new LP that has many critics calling them America’s next great b…
Season 2 Episode 21: A Short History of Queens Of The Stone Age
Aug 21, 2017 • 51 min
Originally formed in 1996, QOTSA has been an anomaly in the past few decades: A smart, critically acclaimed hard-rock band that’s not really indie, not really metal, and nowhere close to mainstream rock groups such as Nickelback and Five Finger Death P…
Season 2 Episode 20: 1987 Is One Of Rock’s Best Years
Aug 14, 2017 • 49 min
You might have recently noticed a surge in anniversary stories about albums that came out in 1987: U2’s The Joshua Tree, Guns N’ Roses Appetite For Destruction, Prince’s Sign Of The Times, Michael Jackson’s Bad, George Michael’s Faith, and Def Leppard…
Season 2 Episode 19: Top 10 Best Live Albums Ever
Aug 7, 2017 • 68 min
Given how commonplace live recordings have become online, the traditional live album has become somewhat of a dying format. But I’ve always had affection for live albums like The Who’s Live At Leeds and Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged In New York and dozens of…
Season 2 Episode 18: The New Arcade Fire LP is one of 2017’s Biggest Disappointments
Jul 31, 2017 • 49 min
Last week, Arcade Fire released its fifth album, Everything Now. In my review for UPROXX.com, I called the LP “cranky” and “condescending.” Was I too harsh? I solicited a second opinion from Jeremy Gordon from Spin and found … that he basically agree…
Season 2 Episode 17: How Does Mitski Write Such Great Songs?
Jul 24, 2017 • 44 min
One of the best artists working in indie rock today is Mitski Miyawaki, a 26-year-old singer-songwriter who released her breakthrough LP, Puberty 2, in 2016. Mitski recently played at the Pitchfork Music Festival as part of her summer tour. The day aft…
Season 2 Episode 16: Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra Was A Teenaged Rock Star
Jul 17, 2017 • 51 min
By the time Andy Hull was 19, he was known among teenaged music fans as one of the scene’s most admired singer-songwriters. But being the frontman of the venerated emo band Manchester Orchestra hasn’t been all smooth sailing. On this week’s pod, Hull t…
Season 2 Episode 15: Have I Finally Come Around On Nü-Metal?
Jul 10, 2017 • 65 min
Lately there’s been a lot of nostalgia for 90s alt-rock and early ’00s indie rock from New York. However, there was another music movement that took place between the early ’90s and the early ’00s that people aren’t talking about, even though it was ju…
Season 2, Episode 14: Radiohead’s “OK Computer” Is The Best LP Of The Last 20 Years … Or Not
Jun 26, 2017 • 67 min
Last week I wrote a column about how I believe that Radiohead’s OK Computer is the best album of the last 20 years. One person who did not agree with me is my friend and Celebration Rock podcast producer Derek Madden, a longtime Radiohead fan who’s bee…
Season 2 Episode 13: The Return Of ’00s Indie Rock in 2017
Jun 20, 2017 • 68 min
Last week, Fleet Foxes became the latest band associated with ’00s indie-rock to make a long-awaited comeback in 2017. Earlier this year there were new albums from Dirty Projectors, Spoon, and Phoenix, and later this summer there were will be new LPs f…
Season 2 Episode 12:Har Mar Superstar Was Julian Casablancas’ Bodyguard
Jun 12, 2017 • 61 min
No book about rock music in 2017 has generated more conversation than Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me In The Bathroom, a wildly entertaining and unrepentantly gossipy oral history of the New York City music scene from 2001 to 2011. Among the dozens of intervie…
Season 2 Episode 11: The Best Albums Of 2017 So Far
Jun 5, 2017 • 75 min
I talked about the year in music so far with critic and author Dan Ozzi of Noisey. In this podcast, we debate the merits of 2017’s offerings from Japandroids and Cloud Nothings (I love the former and he loves the latter), we touch on the weird Diet Cig…
Season 2 Episode 10: The Grateful Dead Are Alive!
May 30, 2017 • 64 min
Perhaps the greatest cult band in rock history is the Grateful Dead, a band that somehow keeps on trucking along more than 20 years after the death of Jerry Garcia. Coming up on Friday, June 2, an incredible four-hour documentary on the Dead, “Long Str…
Season 2 Episode 9: The National’s “Boxer” Just Turned 10
May 22, 2017 • 58 min
Last week, I wrote a piece for Uproxx weighing the strengths of 2007’s “Boxer” against the other albums in The National’s formidable catalog. In spite of strong contenders like 2005’s “Alligator,” 2010’s “High Violet”, and 2013’s “Trouble Will Find Me,…
Season 2 Bonus Ep: R.I.P. Chris Cornell
May 19, 2017 • 34 min
The rock world lost one of the best frontmen of the last 30 years this week, so Steve decided to record a special emergency episode to memorialize the great Chris Cornell. Joining him are Celebration Rock producer Derek Madden and critic and poet Hanif…
Season 2 Episode 8: The Black Crowes Were The Most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band of the ’90s
May 15, 2017 • 91 min
A crucial touchstone in ’90s rock that’s often overlooked is Shake Your Money Maker, the 1990 debut by the Black Crowes. Thanks to singles such as “Hard To Handle” and “She Talks To Angels,” Shake Your Money Maker became a multi-platinum smash right be…
Season 2 Episode 7: Father John Misty DM’ed Me And Then We Talked For 80 Minutes
May 8, 2017 • 90 min
About a week ago, Steve received a DM on Twitter from none other Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty. This was not the first time he reached out to him — Josh also messaged Steve after last month’s episode on “Pure Comedy” with Pitchfork’s …
Season 2 Episode 6: We Finally Talk About The Beatles with Rob Sheffield
May 1, 2017 • 57 min
This is a rock podcast, so it’s about time we finally get around to talking about perhaps the greatest rock band of all-time, The Beatles. Our excuse is a great new book called “Dreaming The Beatles” by venerated rock critic (friend of the pod!) Rob Sh…
Season 2 Episode 5: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Is Still Trying To Break Your Heart
Apr 24, 2017 • 57 min
This past weekend, one of the most revered rock records of the past few decades turned 15, which seemed like a good excuse to revisit Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” Back in the early 2000s, “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” was celebrated for many reasons — as a…
Season 2 Episode 4: Don’t Look Back In Anger At Britpop
Apr 17, 2017 • 60 min
In the mid 90s, some of the best and most exciting rock records came out of U.K., thanks to a generation of bands with tremendous style, spirit, and smarts. This movement was dubbed Britpop, and it was spearheaded by bands such as Oasis, Blur, Pulp, an…
Season 2 Episode 3: Brann Dailor of Mastodon
Apr 12, 2017 • 49 min
For 15 years, Mastodon has been one of America’s most consistent bands, whether they’re making concept records based on “Moby Dick” or catchy hard-rock anthems in the mold of classic bands from the 70s and 80s. It hasn’t always been easy — the making o…
Season 2 Episode 2: Is Father John Misty A Genius Or A Charlatan (Or A Bit Of Both)?
Apr 10, 2017 • 52 min
Last Friday, Josh Tillman released his third album as Father John Misty, “Pure Comedy,” a sprawling fire-and-brimstone sermon about the state of Trump’s America. Steve thinks it’s a work of genius — but he also understands if people find it exhausting….
Vitalogy-ology Part 7: Pearl Jam’s Legacy Band Years
Apr 5, 2017 • 61 min
We wrap up our series on Pearl Jam by looking at the band’s three most recent albums — 2006’s “Pearl Jam,” 2009’s “Backspacer,” and 2013’s “Lightning Bolt.” For a band whose career often teetered on the brink of dysfunction and chaos, Pearl Jam has set…
Vitalogy-ology Part 6: Pearl Jam’s Binaural and Riot Act
Apr 3, 2017 • 64 min
The alternate title of this episode is: “Pearl Jam: The Lost Years.” Many PJ fans stopped following the band in the early ’00s, leaving a core of diehards who continue to support Pearl Jam to this day. But has the rest of the world been missing out? St…
Vitalogy-ology Part 5: Pearl Jam’s Yield
Mar 29, 2017 • 58 min
Is the fifth Pearl Jam album the beginning of an era, or the end of one? Actually, it’s probably a bit of both. Steve delves into one of the most underrated Pearl Jam albums, which was both the last PJ album to go platinum and the marker of a new era o…
Vitalogy-ology Part 4: Pearl Jam’s No Code
Mar 27, 2017 • 65 min
Our series on Pearl Jam continues with possibly the most fascinating record in the band’s catalogue, “No Code.” Released in 1996, “No Code” competed on the charts with a host of poppy alt-rock rip-offs by artists such as Alanis Morissette, Live, Bush, …
Vitalogy-ology Part 3: Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy
Mar 20, 2017 • 62 min
The third Pearl Jam record is a favorite for many Pearl Jam fans, even if it is a chaotic document of a chaotic time in the band’s history. To help make sense of this willfully scattershot but frequently brilliant LP, Steve called upon Chuck Klosterman…
Vitalogy-ology Part 2: Pearl Jam’s Vs.
Mar 20, 2017 • 58 min
Our series on Pearl Jam continues with the band’s second album, Steve’s personal favorite PJ record. This was the album that truly heralded Pearl Jam’s arrival as one of the biggest bands, selling nearly 1 million records in its first week. But does it…
Vitalogy-ology Part 1: Pearl Jam’s “Ten”
Mar 13, 2017 • 92 min
Our seven-part series on Pearl Jam begins at the most obvious point: The band’s wildly popular 1991 debut, “Ten.” Is it possible that one of the biggest selling rock albums of the 90s is actually underrated? Steve delves deep into very early 90s Pearl …
Season 2 Episode 1: Japandroids
Mar 6, 2017 • 63 min
Celebration Rock makes its triumphant comeback from a long paternity leave with none other than the band that inspired our name. Steven sat down with Brian King of Japandroids at the start of the band’s latest tour to discuss its great new album, “Near…
2016 Year In Rock Holiday Special
Dec 29, 2016 • 76 min
Steve takes a hiatus from his hiatus to talk with Ian Cohen about 2016’s best rock albums and worst “is rock dead?” thinkipieces, and Rob Mitchum about the science of year-end-best-of-albums lists
Episode 38: Alex G and Ryley Walker
Oct 10, 2016 • 65 min
Season 1 finale! Before Steve takes off for the rest of 2016, he talks with two great young singer-songwriters. Alex G has made his name as an indie-pop tunesmith via his Bandcamp releases, but he’s making in-roads toward the mainstream, including a re…
Episode 37: Joyce Manor
Oct 3, 2016 • 43 min
One of the sharpest bands operating in the punk realm at the moment is Joyce Manor, a SoCal outfit that specializes in succinct songs that delve insightfully into the minutia of daily life. But as Steve learned when he talked to the band’s singer/songw…
Episode 36: An Inside Look at Rolling Stone
Sep 26, 2016 • 45 min
As a profile writer for Rolling Stone, Brian Hiatt has interviewed virtually every musician of consequence, from Bruce Springsteen to Mick Jagger to Prince to Adele. Steve invited Brian on the podcast to talk about his process of “getting the story” wh…