The Sound and the Story

The Sound and the Story

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Your favorite albums explained.


19: Sincere Engineer with Deanna Belos
May 30 • 50 min
I interview the very talented and very funny Deanna Belos of Sincere Engineer about her debut album Rhombithian. We talk about the expectations of growing up, lab mice, relationships, and the time Deanna almost died getting coffee. Full chronilogical…
18: blink-182’s Untitled
Apr 29 • 59 min
blink-182, the band every punk pretends they hate, grows up on their untitled album. All songs by blink-182 unless otherwise noted: Here’s Your Letter Circle Jerks - I Just Want Some Skank Frank Turner - Dammit - Live at Salty Dog Cruise 2006 Going Away…
17: Spanish Love Songs with Dylan Slocum
Feb 11 • 105 min
In a Sound and the Story first, I interview Dylan Slocum of Spanish Love Songs about their album schmaltz. We talk about Dylan’s painful journey south and the mechanics of mediocrity. Full chronilogical playlist (all songs by Spanish Love Songs): Beer and…
16: The Depression Issue
Dec 31, 2018 • 59 min
Today we talk about depression. Full chronological playlist: The Weakerthans - Virtute at Rest Bright Eyes - Poison Oak The Good Life - O’Rourke’s, 1:20 A.M. Laura Jane Grace - Manic Depression Phoebe Bridgers - Funeral Elliott Smith - 2:45 am Frightened…
15: The Wonder Years’s Suburbia, I’ve Given You All, and Now I’m Nothing
Oct 22, 2018 • 68 min
The Wonder Years deliver a genre-defining album about surburbia and coming home. Full chronilogical playlist (all songs by The Wonder Years unless otherwise noted) Local Man Ruins Everything Came Out Swinging Buzz Aldrin: The Poster Boy for Second Place…
14: Jawbreaker
Sep 3, 2018 • 57 min
The iconic grandfathers of emo and saints of the East Bay scene get the full Sound and the Story treatment. Full playlist (all songs by Jawbreaker unless otherwise listed): The Boat Dreams from the Hill Lurker II: Dark Son of the Night Shield Your Eyes…
13: The Menzingers’s After the Party
Feb 6, 2018 • 42 min
The Menzingers and I take a good, hard look at who we’ve been and who we want to end up with after the party.
12: Julien Baker’s Sprained Ankle
Oct 27, 2017 • 39 min
In the Sound and the Story, I tell the stories of your favorite records. In this episode, I explore the pain and faith in Julien Baker’s Sprained Ankle. Songs in order (all songs by Julien Baker unless otherwise noted) Something The Get Up Kids - I’ll…
11: Counting Crows’s August and Everything After
Jun 15, 2017 • 43 min
In the Sound and the Story, I tell the stories of your favorite records. In this episode, I contemplate the end of adolescence with the Crows’ debut album, August and Everything After. Songs in order (all songs by Counting Crows unless otherwise noted)…
7 Inch Singles Club: Brand New vs. Taking Back Sunday
Jun 15, 2017 • 21 min
The 7 Inch Singles Club takes a dives as deep we can into one song. Exclusive for Patreon members, this first episode is available for everyone! In this episode, we compare Brand New’s “Seventy Times Seven” and Taking Back Sunday’s “There’s No ‘I’ in…
10: Rilo Kiley’s More Adventurous
Apr 3, 2017 • 42 min
In the Sound and the Story, I tell the stories of your favorite records. In this record, I dive deep into Rilo Kiley’s best record, More Adventurous, an indie rock record with major label ambitions. Songs in order (all songs by Rilo Kiley unless otherwise…
Special Announcement
Feb 8, 2017 • 7 min
www.patreon.com/thesoundandthestory I want to keep this show free without having obnoxious ads. I want to keep spending hours researching, writing, recording, and editing. I want to bring you more and more albums. I want to create a new type of episode,…
9: The Gaslight Anthem’s The ‘59 Sound
Jan 31, 2017 • 36 min
In the Sound and the Story we go behind and inside the meaning of your favorite records. In this episode we dive deep into The Gaslight Anthem’s The ’59 Sound, a rock trying to capture a time gone by. Songs in order (all songs by The Gaslight Anthem…
8: Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago
Dec 23, 2016 • 40 min
In the Sound and the Story we go behind and inside the meaning of your favorite records. In this episode we dive deep into Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, a minimalist masterpiece born out of a Wisconsin winter. Songs in order (all songs by Bon Iver…
7: Say Anything’s …Is a Real Boy
Nov 15, 2016 • 38 min
In the Sound and the Story we go behind and inside the meaning of your favorite records. This month, we dive in to Say Anything’s …Is a Real Boy, a manic, incessant almost rock opera. Songs played in order: Say Anything - Belt Say Anything - The Futile…
6: Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Oct 10, 2016 • 40 min
In the Sound and the Story we go behind and inside the meaning of your favorite records. This month, we dive in to Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me, a treatise on death, loss, and heartbreak. Songs played in order: Brand New - “Sowing…
5: Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Aug 17, 2016 • 34 min
With My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy __ Kanye stopped making hip-hop records and started making Kanye records. Find out the story behind and inside his masterpiece.
4: Death Cab For Cutie’s Transatlanticism
Jun 22, 2016 • 34 min
Death Cab For Cutie’s Transatlanticism changed the indie rock scene for the better. Find out the story behind and inside the record, including why Ben Gibbard was so dang sad.]]>
3: The Mountain Goats’ The Sunset Tree
May 12, 2016 • 49 min
In this episode we dig deep into The Mountain Goats’ haunting, hopeful tale of sex, abuse, and music. Come, come, come to The Sunset Tree, there’s lots of find here.]]>
2: The Hold Steady’s Separation Sunday
Apr 5, 2016 • 35 min
The Hold Steady has been named America’s bar band, which is accurate only if your local bartender is reading Kerouac, the Catechism, and Infinite Jest. In this episode of The Sound and the Story, I take a look at the gospel according to Craig Finn:…
1: Weezer’s Pinkerton
Feb 28, 2016 • 28 min
Weezer’s Pinkerton was voted the second worst album of 1996 by Rolling Stone readers. But now, almost every rock band cites it as an influence. What happened? Why was Rivers so sad? And how is it all connected to a Puccini opera? Find out in the inaugural…