The Next Track - A podcast about how people listen to music today

The Next Track - A podcast about how people listen to music today

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A podcast about how people listen to music today.
#54 – Guitarist Woody Mann Talks about His Documentary on the Life of Rev. Gary Davis
May 26 • 35 min
Guitarist Woody Mann joins us to discuss his documentary about the life of the great blues and gospel musician Rev. Gary Davis. This week’s guest: * Woody Mann Show notes: * Harlem Street Singer (documentary) * Harlem Street Singer (album) * Empire Roots…
#53 – Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour
May 19 • 37 min
We welcome author and Dylanologist Andrew Muir to talk about Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour, and his recent concerts in the UK. Just a quick note: we’ve posted a brief survey about The Next Track, and we would love it if you could take the two minutes to…
#52 – It Was a Very Good Year
May 12 • 26 min
We mark the end of The Next Track’s first year with a review of our most interesting episodes. Just a quick note: we’ve posted a brief survey about The Next Track, and we would love it if you could take the two minutes to answer a dozen questions about…
#51 – Ask Andy: Is Vinyl Better than CD?
May 5 • 32 min
We welcome Andy Doe to discuss the pros and cons of vinyl versus CD. Just a quick note: we’ve posted a brief survey about The Next Track, and we would love it if you could take the two minutes to answer a dozen questions about the podcast, how you listen,…
#50 – Streaming Music in Your Home
Apr 28 • 34 min
Developer Paul Kafasis joins us to discuss in-house streaming: AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Google Cast. This week’s guest: * Paul Kafasis of Rogue Amoeba Software Show notes: * Episode #43 – Streaming Music 2.0 * Episode #47 – 10 Ways to Connect Your Computer…
#49 – Common Misconceptions about iTunes
Apr 21 • 29 min
Doug and Kirk take a look at common misconceptions people have about iTunes. iTunes is just a database. Show notes: * Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes * Kirkville * Missing Tracks and Stray Files * How to Set Up iTunes as a Minimalist Music Player Our next…
#48 – Musician Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE and the Dave Harrington Group on Music Between Genres
Apr 14 • 34 min
Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE and the Dave Harrington Group talks about music between genres. … finding the space between genres… This week’s guest: * Dave Harrington Show notes: * DARKSIDE * DARKSIDE: Psychic * DARKSIDE: Pyschic Live (DVD) * Other People *…
#47 – 10 Ways to Connect Your Computer to Your Stereo
Apr 7 • 29 min
We discuss the ten ways you can connect your computer to an amplifier or receiver. Show notes: * 10 Ways to Connect Your Computer to a Stereo * 1/8” headphone jack to dual RCA cable * Mini Toslink to Toslink optical audio cable * Digital coaxial…
#46 – Percussionist Colin Currie on Performing and Recording Steve Reich’s Drumming
Mar 31 • 32 min
We talk with percussionist Colin Currie, who discusses performing and recording Steve Reich’s seminal minimalist work Drumming. This week’s guest: * Colin Currie Show notes: * Steve Reich: Drumming (the original 1974 recording) * Steve Reich’s Clapping…
#45 – Ask Andy, Hi-Fi Equipment and Speaker Placement
Mar 24 • 33 min
We welcome Andy Doe for another Ask Andy episode, where we discuss hi-fi equipment and speaker placement. “If you have a valuable disc, always use a brand-new needle.” This week’s guest: * Andy Doe * Proper Discord Show notes: * Episode #41 - Whatever…
#44 – Bootlegs, Live Tapes, and Torrents
Mar 17 • 29 min
We discuss bootleg recordings, live recordings, and torrents. “Once we’re done with it, the audience can have it.” Jerry Garcia Show notes: * Charles Dickens copyright * International Copyright Act of 1891 * Bob Dylan: Great White Wonder * Bob Dylan: The…
#43 – Streaming Music 2.0
Mar 10 • 29 min
Chris Connaker joins us to discuss how music streaming service can make the next step. People just want to hear the song they want to hear. This week’s guest: Chris Connaker of the The Computer Audiophile website Show notes: This week’s guest: * Tidal *…
#42 – Song Are Atoms, and Playlists Are Molecules
Mar 3 • 30 min
We take a close look at playlists. What they are, where they came from, and what you can do with them. Show notes: This week’s guest: * High Fidelity, by Nick Hornby * High Fidelity (movie) * Elizabethtown * Yamaha CD-C600BL 5-Disc CD Changer * The True…
#41 – Whatever Became of EQ?
Feb 24 • 28 min
Andy Doe joins us to talk about EQ. What is it, how does it work, do you need it, and where did it go? This week’s guest: * Andy Doe * Proper Discord Show notes: This week’s guest: * Equalization on Wikipedia * The Mysterious Loudness Control: What Does…
#40 – The Revenge of Analog, with David Sax
Feb 17 • 34 min
Author David Sax talks about his book The Revenge of Analog: why people like vinyl, and why other analog technologies are popular today. This week’s guest: * David Sax, The Revenge of Analog: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/features/revengeofanalog/ Show…
#39 – Storing Media on a Network-Attached Storage Device
Feb 10 • 27 min
Doug and Kirk discuss storing a media library on a network-attached storage device. We focus on using a NAS with iTunes, but there’s some useful information for those using a NAS with other media software. Show notes: * WD MyCloud EX2 * Plex * Doug’s…
#38 – New in Audio at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)
Feb 3 • 36 min
Chris Connaker went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He reports for us on new audio equipment and the MQA music format. This week’s guest: Chris Connaker of the The Computer Audiophile website Show notes: * Chris Connaker’s Long Strange Trip…
#37 – Ripping DVDs and Blu-Rays, with Rob Griffiths
Jan 27 • 30 min
Mac writer Rob Griffiths tells us how to efficiently rip DVDs and Blu-Rays. This week’s guest: * Rob Griffiths Show notes: * The Committed podcast * The Complete West Wing on iTunes (in HD) * Revisiting ripping Blu-Ray discs * Detailed instructions for…
#36 – Music Consumption in an Era of Media Fragmentation
Jan 20 • 32 min
Andy Doe returns to discuss how music consumption has changed in this era of fragmented media. “We are the acquisitors.” This week’s guest: * Andy Doe * Proper Discord Show notes: * Chris Anderson: The Long Tail, Free Our next tracks: * Kirk: Pink Floyd:…
#35 – Musician and Developer Peter Chilvers on Brian Eno’s Album and App Reflection
Jan 13 • 32 min
Musician and developer Peter Chilvers discusses making apps with Brian Eno, including the new generative music composition Reflection. “Imagine lots and lots of theremins looping back at you…” Show notes: * Peter Chilvers’ website * Ten years working with…
#34 – The Cloud vs Syncing: Pros & Cons
Jan 6 • 29 min
We take a look at the pros and cons of syncing music to your portable device versus using the cloud to store your music. Sponsor: Waltr 2: transfer virtually any media files to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, without using iTunes. Safe 15% on Waltr 2 with the…
#33 – This Was the Year that Was, 2016
Dec 30, 2016 • 59 min
In this special, one-hour, year-end episode, we feature clips from some of our more popular episodes. If you’re just discovering The Next Track, this highlight reel will give you an idea of the topics we cover in the show. * Alex Ross on classical music *…
#32 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about DACs (Digital-Analog Converters)
Dec 23, 2016 • 34 min
Chris Connaker of the Computer Audiophile website explains what a DAC is, how it works, and a whether you need one. (And how you already have lots of them.) Sponsor: Waltr 2: transfer virtually any media files to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, without using…
#31 – Jim Dalrymple on Apple Music
Dec 16, 2016 • 36 min
We welcome Jim Dalrymple of The Loop to discuss his experiences with Apple Music. Sponsor: Waltr 2: transfer virtually any media files to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, without using iTunes. Save 15% on Waltr 2 with a discount code from The Next Track. Check…
#30 – Christmas Gift Guide
Dec 9, 2016 • 30 min
Why not spread a bit of holiday cheer? Doug and Kirk pick their selections for great Christmas gifts. Sponsor: Drobo, simple to use storage arrays designed to protect your important data forever. Listen to the podcast for a discount code to save 20% on a…
#29 – Tagging Audio Files
Dec 2, 2016 • 32 min
Doug and Kirk explain everything you need to know about tagging your digital audio files. Sponsor: Drobo, simple to use storage arrays designed to protect your important data forever. Listen to the podcast for a discount code to save 20% on a new Drobo.…
#28 – Music and Mystery: Author Peter Robinson on Music in His Novels
Nov 25, 2016 • 26 min
Author Peter Robinson joins us to discuss how he uses music in his DCI Banks series of mystery novels. This week’s guest: * Peter Robinson Show notes: * DCI Banks * Girl from the North Country * Playlists for Peter Robinson’s novels * Martin Carthy Our…
#27 – Composing Music for Stage and Screen, with Paul Englishby
Nov 18, 2016 • 31 min
Paul Englishby talks about composing music for stage and screen, including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of The Tempest. This week’s guest: * Paul Englishby * Paul Englishby on IMDB Show notes: * The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare…
#26 – Andy Doe Answers Your Questions about Audio Equipment and Technology
Nov 11, 2016 • 27 min
Andy Doe answers listener questions about audio equipment and technology in our first Ask Andy episode. Sponsor: Drobo, simple to use storage arrays designed to protect your important data forever. Visit Drobo.com. This week’s guest: * Andy Doe * Proper…
#25 – Composer Timo Andres on Contemporary Classical Music, Part 2
Nov 4, 2016 • 33 min
The second and final part of our interview with Timo Andres, discussing his compositions, and the business of classical music. Listen to part one. Sponsor: Drobo, simple to use storage arrays designed to keep your data safe forever. Visit Drobo.com. This…
#24 – Composer Timo Andres on Contemporary Classical Music
Oct 28, 2016 • 31 min
Doug and Kirk welcome Timo Andres, composer and performer of contemporary classical music. This is the first part of a two-part interview. One of the ways that […] any type of musician finds their style is by setting out to imitate something and failing.…
#23 – David Browne on the History of the Grateful Dead
Oct 21, 2016 • 34 min
Doug and Kirk welcome David Browne, author of So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead to discuss the history of this iconic band. Sponsor: Drobo, simple to use storage arrays designed to keep your data safe forever. Visit Drobo.com. This…
#22 – In Praise of the iPod Classic
Oct 14, 2016 • 30 min
Doug and Kirk wax nostalgic about the iPod classic, and other one trick pony music players. And Bob Dylan. Sponsor: Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes. Make sure your iTunes management tools are updated for latest version of iTunes and for macOS Sierra at…
#21 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Subwoofers
Oct 7, 2016 • 33 min
Doug and Kirk had some questions about subwoofers. So they invited Andy Doe to explain how they work, how to set them up, and why we might want to use them. Sponsor: Drobo, simple to use storage arrays designed to keep your data safe forever. Visit…
#20 – You Think You Know about the Blues? Eliah Wald on the History of the Blues
Sep 30, 2016 • 30 min
We welcome musician, historian, and author Elijah Wald to discuss the history of the blues. Sponsor: Master iTunes with Kirk’s ebook and save 30% on Take Control of iTunes 12: The FAQ, the indispensable guide to iTunes. Show notes: * Elijah Wald’s website…
#19 – Live Recordings and Studio Recordings
Sep 23, 2016 • 28 min
Doug and Kirk discuss the pros and cons of live recordings vs. studio recordings. And, are live recordings really live? “Bravo!” Sponsor: Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes. Make sure your iTunes management tools are updated for latest version of iTunes and…
#18 – New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross Discusses Listening to Classical Music
Sep 16, 2016 • 41 min
We welcome New Yorker music critic Alex Ross for a long discussion about listening to classical music today. This episode runs a bit longer than usual, but we think you’ll enjoy the whole show. “I mix the familiar and the obscure.” Sponsor: Master iTunes…
#17 – Jacks, Pods, and Music
Sep 9, 2016 • 29 min
Doug and Kirk look at the audio-related elements of this week’s Apple product announcement. The headphone jack, AirPods, and Apple Music. “Frankly, I don’t listen to a lot of new music. I’m still trying to catch up on a lot of old music.” Sponsor: Master…
#16 – Managing and Storing Digital Media Files
Sep 2, 2016 • 30 min
Doug and Kirk discuss some news and some music and audio technology history, then examine the best ways to manage and store a digital media collection. Show notes: News: * Rudy Van Gelder, Renowned ‘A Love Supreme’ Engineer, Dead at 91 - Rolling Stone *…
#15 – What is Mastering and Remastering?
Aug 26, 2016 • 35 min
Doug and Kirk welcome Sangwook “Sunny” Nam, two-time Grammy nominated mastering engineer. He explains what mastering and remastering are, and we learn a lot about the magic that mastering engineers perform. “All the processing I’m doing is done on the…
#14 – Audiophile Utility Poles and Other News
Aug 19, 2016 • 28 min
Doug and Kirk take a look at recent news in the music and audio world. From audiophile utility poles to iTunes news, from record stores to car radios, this news and views episode keeps you up to date on what matters in music listening. And Kirk gives an…
#13 – Which Streaming Service Is Right for You?
Aug 12, 2016 • 32 min
Doug and Kirk welcome back Chris Connaker to discuss music streaming services. Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, or another; which is right for you? What are the pros and cons of the various streaming services? “I have never heard a song by Pearl Jam.” Show…
#12 – iTunes & AppleScript
Aug 5, 2016 • 28 min
Doug and Kirk discuss iTunes and AppleScript. This was bound to come sooner or later, since Doug is the AppleScript ninja. We look at what AppleScript does, and discuss more than a dozen of the most useful AppleScripts to use to manage your iTunes…
#11 – Audio Myths & Superstitions
Jul 29, 2016 • 32 min
Doug and Kirk welcome back Andy Doe, digital music consultant, to discuss myths and superstitions around audio: cables, breaking in hardware, digital audio, and more. But first we discuss classical music playlists on streaming services. “Hooray, good for…
#10 – Setting Up a Home Media Server
Jul 22, 2016 • 27 min
Have you ever wanted to set up your own home media server? Doug and Kirk discuss the pros and cons of doing this, and explain how to set up a Mac mini as a media server. Show notes: Discovering new music: * Apple’s Mac mini * OS X Server * I wish there…
#9 – Will Hermes on Discovering New Music
Jul 15, 2016 • 30 min
In the latest episode of The Next Track, Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn welcome NPR and Rolling Stone music critic Will Hermes. We take a brief stroll down memory lane, then discuss music discovery: how does a music critic, overwhelmed with choice,…
#8 – Listening to Words: Audiobooks and Spoken Word Recordings
Jul 8, 2016 • 30 min
In the latest episode of The Next Track, Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss spoken word recordings. How to get them, how to manage them, and how to listen to them. And we discuss how the history of recording started with recordings of spoken word…
#7 – Music and Genres
Jul 1, 2016 • 29 min
In the latest episode of The Next Track, Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn analyze the rumor that Apple is planning to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone, and then discuss how people organize music by genre. “No matter where we steer this thing, we…
#6 – What Is High-Resolution Audio?
Jun 24, 2016 • 31 min
In the latest episode of The Next Track, Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn welcome special guest Chris Connaker who runs the Computer Audiophile website to discuss high-resolution audio. What are the pros? The cons? Is high-res for you? “Is high-resolution…
#5 – Headphones or Speakers?
Jun 17, 2016 • 29 min
In the latest episode of The Next Track, Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn take a quick look at the new features coming to Apple Music, and then discuss how we listen to music with headphones and speakers. What’s the best kind of headphones? When should you…