The Ringing Ear Podcast

The Ringing Ear Podcast
The Ringing Ear Podcast (brought to you by is a show hosted by two middle aged music nerds who like to discuss all things music and serve as your metaphorical captains, navigating the murky waters of the auditory sea. Co-hosts Jeff & Jobe are hear to let you know what to avoid and what will keep your ears ringing.
203: Travelling
Feb 18 • 69 min
Head out on the highway and hit the open road as Jeff and Jobe discuss songs about traveling—planes, trains, automobiles, and more. Jeff gives his review of the 1976 debut album from Boston, music from political punks Redbait from St. Louis, and…
202: The Love Episode
Feb 11 • 73 min
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jeff and Jobe bust out the Axe Body Spray to tackle the single most covered topic in all of music: Love. From wanting someone, to being in love with someone, to the fallout after a breakup, the guys cover all the bases…
201: One Hit Wonders
Feb 4 • 65 min
The Ringing Ear is back! In their Season Two debut, Jeff and Jobe talk about their favorite one hit wonders—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Also, music from Azusa and Ezra Furman, Keith Fallico from Chicago in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and the…
***BONUS EPISODE: Greta van Shit
Jan 17 • 17 min
Jeff And Jobe air their grievances with one of the hottest new buzz bands around: Greta Van Fleet.
134: Season Finale—Best of 2018
Dec 10, 2018 • 92 min
It’s the final episode of Season One and the final episode of 2018, so the guys run down their favorites of the year—Albums, Songs, Live Shows, Unsigned, you name it! This episode is packed wall-to-wall with music, with a lot of songs played in their…
133: Christmas Music That Doesn’t Suck
Dec 3, 2018 • 93 min
It’s beginning to look like (a Ringing Ear) Christmas! Jeff and Jobe deck the halls and try to trap each other under the mistletoe as they set out to find Christmas music that doesn’t suck. Also, Jobee tries to muster the energy to give his…
132: Housecleaning
Nov 26, 2018 • 105 min
Over the course of Season One the guys ended up with more music than they were able to get to, so Jeff and Jobe devote an episode to all the Musical Currents they couldn’t get to. Jeff gives his reaction/review to the debut EP from supergroup Boygenius, a…
131: Gratitude
Nov 19, 2018 • 105 min
Jeff and Jobe talk about the music-related things they’re grateful for. Plus, Jeff gives his review/reaction to You Won’t Get What You Want from Daughters, music from LOOPRAT out of St. Louis, NYC’s Jeff Baker Sounds in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and…
130: Cold Music
Nov 12, 2018 • 82 min
Jeff and Jobe get in front of a warm fire and talk about music that evokes the cold, in more ways than one. Jobee gives his take on Capture the Flag from War on Women, Jeff talks about his experience at Dia de Los Deftones, music from San Diego’s Blood…
129: 420 Music
Nov 5, 2018 • 92 min
Puff puff pass! Jeff and Jobe elevate the show to another level as they discuss songs to listen to while getting (or being) high. Plus, music from Australian punks C.O.F.F.I.N., Burbot in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, the guys discuss Anthrax’s sixth…
128: Skeletons in Our Closet
Oct 29, 2018 • 89 min
Jeff and Jobe reveal some deep dark secrets from their musical past on Episode 28: Skeletons in Our Closet —music they might be ashamed they like…or are they? Plus The guys talk about Mule Variations from The Hobo Philosopher, the one and only Tom Waits,…
Oct 22, 2018 • 96 min
It’s a super spooky episode! Just in time for Halloween, Jeff and Jobe share songs they find, dark, diabolical, disturbing, and dastardly. Jobe shares his review/reaction to LP5000 from Restorations, Italian death metal in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight…
126: Murder Songs
Oct 15, 2018 • 99 min
In a sinister new episode, the guys discuss songs of a nefarious nature—Murder. Plus, Jeff has a retrospective review of Late Registration, and the guys discuss the difficulty in separating art from artists. Also, music from Japan’s Mass of the Fermenting…
125: Songs From Stephen King
Oct 8, 2018 • 98 min
The guys join The Losers’ Club as they dig into songs mentioned in the works of the Master of Horror, Stephen King. Plus, Jobee gives his review/reaction to Mith by Lonnie Holley, music from Mitski, the Spotify Wager, music from France’s Jerome B. Sedeyn…
124: Ruined Songs
Oct 1, 2018 • 107 min
In a very personal and at times dark episode, Jeff and Jobe discuss songs that, for whatever reason, they can no longer listen to—songs that have been ruined for them. Plus music from The Bullseyes, Jeff’s review/reaction to Negro Swan from Blood Orange,…
123: World Music
Sep 24, 2018 • 92 min
Bienvenidos to a special international episode! Jeff and Jobe discuss some of their favorite music from outside the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Music from Mexico, Africa, Cuba, and more, plus music from De La Soul, the Spotify Wager, The Family Fued in the…
122: Our Kids’ Songs
Sep 17, 2018 • 97 min
From the mouths of babes: Jeff and Jobe step out of their comfort zone to tackle their kids’ 3 favorite songs—aged 10 and 15, respectively. Can they meet the self-imposed challenge of completing the episode without cursing? Plus Jobee’s reaction/review of…
121: Funny or Die Presents The Poop Episode
Sep 10, 2018 • 84 min
It’s a very special episode of The Ringing Ear, brought to you by the fine folks at Funny or Die! Inspired by Season 2 of the Netflix hit American Vandal, Jeff and Jobe look at poop in music—both literal and metaphorical. Jeff gives his reaction/review of…
120: Songs About Work
Sep 4, 2018 • 89 min
Jeff and Jobe celebrate Labor Day by discussing songs about work, working, etc. Jobe gives his review/reaction to Turn to Gold by Diarrhea Planet, plus music from Doc Hammer, the Spotify Wager, and the absolute worst act ever featured in the Unsigned…
***Bonus Episode***—Exclusive Interview with Barney from Napalm Death!
Aug 31, 2018 • 23 min
In this Ringing Ear Exclusive, Kill Boring Music correspondent Liliana chats with Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway before their recent headlining show in San Diego. They (plus Ringing Ear co-host and Kill Boring Music Senior Music Critic Jeff)…
119: Car Songs
Aug 27, 2018 • 87 min
Jeff and Jobe kick things into high gear and hit the road for songs about the automobile. Jobe gives his review/reaction to Queen from Nicki Minaj, plus Musical Currents, the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and the infamous Spotify Wager.
118: The Drinking Episode
Aug 20, 2018 • 97 min
In their infinite wisdom, Jeff and Jobe decide that if they’re going to talk about drinking music they should do so while drinking themselves. The guys proceed to drink liberally as they discuss songs about booze, Jobee recaps his trip to OKC to see…
117: “Hot” Songs
Aug 13, 2018 • 79 min
With summer drawing to a close, Jeff and Jobe turn up the heat and check out “hot” songs—songs with hot in the title, or generally dealing with heat, fire, etc. What made the cut? Listen in to find out! Plus Jeff’s album review/reaction to Semi Crazy by…
116: Country Music
Aug 6, 2018 • 92 min
Jeff and Jobe finally tackle country music! The guys play some of their favorites songs from the genre, and talk a little about where country music lost its way. Plus Jeff’s album review/reaction to Mama Said by Lenny Kravitz, music from France’s Grauss…
115: Best Sophomore Albums
Jul 30, 2018 • 104 min
No sophomore slumps here! Jeff and Jobe review their picks for the second albums from artists who really knocked it out of the park. As always, we have our Spotify Wager and Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and there’s a new feature, too! In the first ever…
114: Best Live Sets
Jul 23, 2018 • 114 min
This week Jeff and Jobe share up their picks for favorite live performances. Be it live album or bootleg, the guys run the gamut from alternative to punk to hip hop to straight ahead Rock ‘n’ Roll and let you know what live sets will get your ears…
113: Movie Music
Jul 16, 2018 • 103 min
The guys countdown their favorite songs featured in a film—from comedy to horror to mind-bending thriller, see what Jeff and Jobe pick as their Top 3. Plus, Jobee’s reaction/review of Errorzone from Vein, music from Iceage, Alley Cats in the Unsigned…
112: Dead Heroes—Kurt Cobain
Jul 9, 2018 • 98 min
A new feature on the show, Dead Heroes, finds Jeff and Jobe shining a light on one of the most iconic rock stars of the 90s—Nirvana’s Kurt Donald Cobain. Plus, the guys discuss the uncertain future of Tool in the face of allegations against Maynard James…
111: The Heaviness of Our Youth
Jul 2, 2018 • 93 min
It’s A Very Special Episode of The Ringing Ear, as Jeff and Jobe talk about the music that made them the weirdos they are today—Metal. From the early days of thrash’s Big Four through the changing tide of metal in the 90s, the guys talk about the metal…
110: Best Debut Albums
Jun 25, 2018 • 94 min
Jeff and Jobe discuss their picks for top 3 debut albums of all time, plus Jeff’s review of Daytona from Pusha-T, music from Black Math, and a brief discussion of the transgressions of the band Pinegrove. All that plus Absinthe Father in the Unsigned…
109: Funny Songs
Jun 18, 2018 • 79 min
Jeff and Jobe share their picks for favorite funny songs, plus music from The Decemberists and Babymetal.
108: Chef’s Choice
Jun 11, 2018 • 88 min
Put away the menus and let renowned Chefs Jeff and Jobe make the picks they want you to hear. Some picks are bold, some are daring, and one of Jobe’s picks almost broke up the duo and ended the show!
107: Songs About Fucking
Jun 4, 2018 • 80 min
Pour some wine, light some candles, turn your lights down low…and listen to Jeff and Jobe’s picks for songs involving sex—songs about it, and songs to playing while doing it. Steve Empire is featured in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and find out how the…
106: Breakup Songs
May 28, 2018 • 86 min
What can mend a broken heart? Maybe Jeff and Jobe’s picks for best breakup songs! Episode 6 is up now, featuring the guys’ Top 3 breakup songs, plus Musical Currents, the Spotify Wager, and music from The Stranger in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.
105: Song of the Year for the Past 3 Years
May 21, 2018 • 76 min
Jeff and Jobe give their picks for Song of the Year for 2015, 2016, and 2017, plus Musical Currents and music from Nolander in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.
104: Killing Sacred Cows
May 19, 2018 • 102 min
Jeff and Jobe air their grievances with a few of the biggest names in music, taking some revered acts down a peg or two. Plus musical currents and the debut of the Spotify Wager.
103: Top 3 Albums of 1993
May 14, 2018 • 92 min
Jeff and Jobe offer up their top 3 albums of 1993, plus Musical Currents.
102: Our Top 3 Cover Songs
May 14, 2018 • 85 min
In this episode, Jeff and Jobe each countdown their top 3 cover songs and let you know what they’re listening to right now.
101: Good Songs by Bad Artists
May 14, 2018 • 88 min
The Ringing Ear Podcast is live, everybody! In the premiere episode, Jeff and Jobe set out to prove that if you look hard enough you can still find good music, even in the unlikeliest of places.