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029: Sunn O)))’s “Black One”
Nov 29 • 50 min
”Dark is the light, and everything is black.” For Black Friday, we thought it fitting to reach for the darkest and most transcendent piece of music we know. Sunn O)))’s thundering vibrations are meditation through force for anyone willing to listen…
028: Radiohead’s “Kid A”
Nov 15 • 58 min
Is it possible to be both overrated and underrated? With “Kid A”, Radiohead cemented their mythos simply by artfully engaging a very specific cultural crossroads. We reexamined both the music and the moment, and gained new perspective than we expected…
027: Tom Waits’s “Rain Dogs”
Nov 1 • 59 min
Dance and swallow the night with us as we go down, down, down, downtown. This one finds us following a beatnik as he washes away the scent of his past and goes feral in search of wild new sounds. (We’ve always been out of our minds.)
026: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders”
Oct 18 • 66 min
Most artists would’ve crumbled under the pressure of following up an instant classic like The “Low End Theory”, but Tip, Phife, and Shaheed dug even deeper, delivering an even more “precise, bass-heavy, and just right” work in sound and in spirit.…
025: Can’s “Tago Mago”
Oct 4 • 55 min
We launch Season 4 by blasting off toward Inner Space, exploring the wild dimension that one German-based collective occupied all on its own. Enjoy the mind-bending magic of pure cosmic inspiration with us.
BONUS TRACK: How We Got Here
Sep 27 • 28 min
We got a bunch of interesting listener feedback in our off-season, and it encouraged us to shed some light on why we do things the way we do ‘em. Also, we reflect on our first writeup, which was … interesting.
Season 4 Trailer
Sep 19 • 5 min
This one’s simple: we run down the next batch of albums we’re covering. Check out the song clips and get psyched! First episode of season 4 drops Friday, October 4—new ones every other Friday after that.”Tago Mago” - Can”Midnight Marauders” - A Tribe…
024: Prince and the Revolution’s “Purple Rain”
Jun 21 • 40 min
Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate a precious moment. This moment in history “Purple Rain” made is an electric thing — it’s music at the height of music’s power, creating a space in time for everyone to be in together.There will never…
023: Queens of the Stone Age’s “Rated R”
Jun 7 • 32 min
Y’all lookin’ for freedom? Boy, do we ever have the pill for you. Slip on your boogie shoes, put this episode on your tongue, and slither out into the darkness with us as we howl at the neon moon.
022: Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange”
May 24 • 36 min
We tune into an Oceanic innervision of crystal-clear Criterion Collection F E E L I N G, frequency after frequency for 55 minutes. Like us, you won’t be able to change the channel.
021: Sturgill Simpson’s “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”
May 10 • 28 min
One cowboy’s journey to clean out the darkest corners of his mind led him through a wormhole and into the light. The result is “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”, a cosmic country hitchhiker’s guide to the myth we all call space and time.
020: Converge’s “Axe to Fall”
Apr 26 • 33 min
“Axe to Fall” finds one of heavy music’s most consistent, celebrated bands transcending into the legends they’re known as today, calling on friends to provide fresh perspective on their sound and push them to peerless new heights.
019: Run the Jewels’s “Run the Jewels 3”
Apr 12 • 28 min
What happens when, after years grinding underground solo, two hip-hop heavyweights discover they make a perfect team? They strike G-O-L-D, finally stepping into the pop culture spotlight and using it to speak the language of the unheard.
018: Janelle Monáe’s “The ArchAndroid”
Mar 29 • 28 min
Picasso said that “art is a lie that makes us realize truth.“ Grand artistic statements like “The ArchAndroid” reveal intimate ideas beneath layers of disguise, drawing in the audience to connect to the story’s feelings rather than its facts. This one’s…
017: Björk’s “Homogenic”
Mar 15 • 36 min
For an artist as creative as Björk, finding the essence of her sound meant pushing farther out than ever before. Ideas, sounds, and approaches that seemed at odds added up to something greater on “Homogenic”. The result was vast, nuanced “emotional…
016: Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”
Jan 11 • 30 min
There’s little doubt at this point that “Miseducation” is a great album, but after really spending time with it, we came away with a deep belief that it’s one of the best ever, full stop. It’s a perfect record — albeit from an imperfect vessel — delivered…
015: The Mars Volta’s “Frances the Mute”
Dec 28, 2018 • 29 min
“Frances the Mute” is a sonic séance, conjuring spirits buried beneath stories left behind by lost souls. The album finds restless living spirits walking a hallucinatory hall of mirrors of space and time, trying to find light beyond the darkness of a…
014: BADBADNOTGOOD’s “IV”
Dec 14, 2018 • 28 min
If you’re worried about kids these days and/or the pitfalls of technology, we’d like to point to an antidote to all those fears. Meet BADBADNOTGOOD, the jazz quartet you can crowdsurf to, and IV, the album where they found their own voice. What a time to…
013: Cream’s “Wheels of Fire”
Nov 30, 2018 • 31 min
Clapton. Bruce. Baker. This supergroup was a strange brew that was simply too potent for the world (not to mention the band themselves), and we see that on display in “Wheels of Fire”. The double album finds the trio at—ahem—a crossroads, the contrast…
012: Mono’s “You Are There”
Nov 16, 2018 • 27 min
File “You Are There” under evidence for Huxley’s thesis that, “after silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.“ We gave our best effort trying to capture Mono’s magic, who don’t utter a single world but manage to say…
011: Rage Against the Machine’s “Rage Against the Machine”
Nov 2, 2018 • 30 min
On the eve of an opportunity for Americans to lift their voices in demand of a more perfect union, we seek wisdom for this moment from the uncompromising, incendiary vision of our generation’s most effective revolutionaries. Troubling as it may be that so…
010: Kanye West’s “The College Dropout”
Oct 19, 2018 • 30 min
The Kanyepalooza™ of the past few months made us question if Ye ever actually made anything that made him worth all this fuss. (SPOILER: He did.) This investigation wasn’t as simple as missing the old Kanye — because every Ye fan seems to have a different…
009: Norma Jean’s “Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child”
Oct 5, 2018 • 25 min
Local scenes are forces of nature, catching fire and burning out as people come and go. We kick off season 2 close to home, looking back at a scene stoked by an abrasive, electric mess of a thing from little ol’ Douglasville, Georgia, setting our…
008: John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”
Jul 27, 2018 • 33 min
All paths led to this. Season 1 closes on a sublime note, exploring the profound power of one of the most important albums in American history, full stop. We give thanks to Coltrane’s cosmically attuned hymn of gratitude for the holy spirit he saw flowing…
007: Hüsker Dü’s “Zen Arcade”
Jul 13, 2018 • 29 min
The antagonistically long, spastically eclectic Zen Arcade is about growing out of where you’re from and into a form you don’t yet fit. For better or worse, it’s as punk as punk gets.Join the fun as two grown-up punks reckon with the good, the bad, and…
006: Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!”
Jun 29, 2018 • 42 min
Consider this our RT of FX’s John Landgraf, who warned the world to “underestimate Donald Glover at your own peril.” This episode finds us talking a little about Gambino’s afro-futurist awakening on “Awaken” as a vehicle to talk a lot about Glover’s many…
005: Soundgarden’s “Superunknown”
Jun 15, 2018 • 29 min
The spirit of Superunknown perhaps is best captured by an offhand press quote from Kim Thayil: “Human beings are a wild composite of temporal events and insights and motivations and restrained behaviors … and memories both delusional and accurate.” In…
004: Sleep’s “Dopesmoker”
Jun 1, 2018 • 30 min
It’s easy to make a punchline out of this “album” (read: single 63-minute song) and the circumstances surrounding it, but as we explore the music that wound up becoming a heavy music landmark, we found something profound. On Sleep’s “Dopesmoker”, the…
003: Portishead’s “Dummy”
May 18, 2018 • 27 min
Portishead’s dark, timeless mystique is hard to capture, so instead we mostly meditate on “the air around the thing.” Venture into the fog with Bristol’s anti-heroes and the cinematic landscape of what the BBC called “quite simply one of the greatest…
002: Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”
May 4, 2018 • 38 min
Led Zeppelin’s follow-up to “IV” arrived as they were becoming the biggest rock band in the world—but they didn’t choose to play it safe. We discuss all the twists and turns amassed on this behemoth of an album and give you some new ways to hear these…
001: Outkast’s “Stankonia”
Apr 20, 2018 • 36 min
We kick off the podcast with one of our all-time favorite records, embedded deeply in our hometown. It turns out the south did have something to say, and it’s influenced decades of music just as much as it borrowed from the funkiness of the past.