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Episode 104: Everyday I Write the Book

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BIG thanks to Josh Kennedy (aka Thunder Comb) for joining us this week, and contributing music to the episode! You can listen above, and download the episode right here.

Topic:

  • Music biographies (and other books about music)
  • What pushes us to want to read about the bands and musicians we love?
  • Are books about bands better when written by the musician, or by an outside source?
  • How much detail is too much? Do we need to know absolutely everything about the musicians?
  • Which ones are our favorites? Which ones are our least favorites?

Songs:

  • Cream – “White Room”
  • Father John Misty – “I’m Writing a Novel”
  • The Undertones – “Teenage Kicks”
  • Exuma – “Obeah Obeah”

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Episode 103: Britpop

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Thanks to Michael Mannheimer and Jeremy Petersen for joining us this week! You can listen to this one above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • Britpop!
  • What does Britpop look like? What separates a typical British rock band from a britpop band?
  • Is “Britpop” as a genre an actual genre, or just a buzzword?
  • What killed Britpop?

Songs:

  • Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds – “In the Heat of the Moment”
  • Blur – “Parklife”
  • Bob Dylan – “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
  • The Mars Volta – “This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed”

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Bob Dylan Announces Tour, Will Play Keller Auditorium October 21st

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By Hollister Dixon

When I sat down to write this post, I tried to imagine a way to talk about Bob Dylan in a way that somehow conveys his importance without sounding sycophantic. But you know what? That idea is preposterous. It’s almost impossible to talk about Dylan from a neutral perspective. So let’s cut it out and be frank here, shall we?

Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, MN, is the world’s greatest living songwriter, and one of the best of all time. There will never be anybody better than Dylan, only people on the same level as him. He wrote “Like a Rolling Stone”, and “The Times They Are a-Changing”, and “Tangled Up in Blue”, and “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, and hundreds more. He made Blood on the Tracks and Highway 61 Revisited. He’s often credited as being the guy who turned The Beatles onto marijuana, and look how that turned out for their music. Do I really need to say anything else to convince you? Probably not. So I’m going to save my breath. And if you’re unconvinced… I don’t know what there is left to do.

So, we’re on the same page now, right? Good. Here’s the thing about Bob Dylan that you probably know: he never stops touring. He’s a dynamo that should be harnessed to power cities, and while a lot of people are on the fence about his abilities as a showman this late in his life, he’s still Bob effing Dylan, and he deserves to do what he wants. And what he wants is to embark on a 31-date tour, simply because he can (he hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Tempest). The last handful of times Mr. Dylan stopped by Portland, he (rightfully) played the Rose Garden, but… that’s a little bit much, don’t you think? Why not something more warm and inviting, like, say, the Keller Auditorium? Well, you’re in a lot of luck, dear friend. Amidst all of the three-night engagements, he’ll be taking October 21st to play an almost certainly magnificent show at our very own Keller Auditorium, with its beautiful architecture and almost unbeatable acoustics. Is that heaven? Absolutely it is.

Keep an eye out right here for more information on buying tickets, and continue below for the rest of his tour dates around the country.

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Episode 94: Magazines

Thanks to David Harris and Matthew Sweeney for joining us this week! You can listen to this episode above, or download it right here.

Topic:

  • Music magazines (and the future of music journalism)
  • Who are some of the biggest names in this field?
  • Are music magazines still relevant?
  • Is digital media the way of the future? Or is a physical item still better?
  • What is the role of the music critic today?
  • Do music writers still have the same power they used to?

Songs:

  • A tribute to Robin Williams: clips from Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society
  • Dr. Hook – “Cover of the Rolling Stone”
  • Bob Dylan – “My Back Pages”
  • Robin Williams in Aladdin – “A Friend Like Me”

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Episode 82: Tangled Up In Blue

Welcome back everybody! Big thanks to Todd Gleason for joining us for this episode, which you can listen to above, and download here.

Topic:

  • Bob Dylan: a (brief) retrospective
  • Where did we start with his music? What are our earliest memories?
  • Why has Dylan’s music drawn so many people in? What has pushed people away?

Songs:

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Episode 65: Reasons to Believe

Many thanks to Kaila McCluskey for joining us this week! You can listen up top, or download it here.

Topic:

  • What makes certain music resonate for us?
  • What qualities does an artist need to possess to connect with us?
  • Is there a clear pattern, or is it more about being in the right place or the right time?

Songs:

  • Sun Kil Moon – “Ben’s My Friend”
  • Karen Dalton – “Reason to Believe”
  • Bustling Townships – “Babysitters Will Only Break Your Heart”

Bands:

  • Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon
  • DJ Shadow
  • Amenta Abioto
  • Paul Westerberg / The Replacements
  • Wilco
  • Sun Ra
  • Tool
  • Skinny Puppy
  • Daft Punk
  • Massive Attack
  • Nas
  • The Smiths
  • Gwar
  • Bono / The Edge / U2
  • Bruno Mars
  • Flea / Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • John Frusciante
  • Madonna
  • M.I.A.
  • Arcade Fire
  • OutKast
  • Kanye West
  • The Knife
  • Bryan Ferry
  • Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Britt Daniel / Spoon
  • Dearhunter
  • Divine Fits
  • Black Joe Lewis
  • Modest Mouse
  • Karen Dalton
  • The Mountain Goats
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • The Antlers
  • Bob Dylan
  • Joni Mitchell
  • The National
  • Otis Redding
  • Ray Charles
  • Paul Simon
  • Elvis Costello
  • Talking Heads
  • David Byrne
  • Roscoe Holcomb
  • Jean Ritchie
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Spiritualized
  • Philip Glass
  • Ólafur Arnalds
  • Nils Frahm
  • Michael Jackson
  • Edward BoDean / Bustling Townships
  • Nicole Perry
  • Radiation City
  • Mo Troper / Your Rival
  • Pulp
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Phil Anselmo
  • Author & Punisher
  • Hymns
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Episode 50: Cover Stories

Thank you to Joey Gerber for joining us for this episode! You can listen at the top, or download HERE.

Topic:

  • Covers!
  • Where did the tradition of covering songs begin?
  • What are some of the best covers of all time?
  • What covers are more well-known than the original versions?
  • Is there a problem with not writing your own songs?
  • Is it better to play your own take on someone else’s song, or is it better to play it straight?

Songs:

Bands Mentioned:

  • The Cranberries
  • Faye Wong
  • India.arie
  • Tom Petty
  • Rolling Stones
  • Nels Cline
  • Ben Goldberg
  • Huey Lewis & the News
  • Chess Smith
  • Bob Dylan
  • Savages
  • Suicide
  • St. Rich
  • Wild Belle
  • Jackson Scott
  • Delicate Steve
  • Grateful Dead
  • The Strokes
  • Stephen Malkmus
  • Duke Garwood
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Ian Curtis / Joy Division
  • Siouxie & the Banshees
  • Peter Hook / The Light
  • Slaves of Venus
  • New Order
  • Light Asylum
  • Father Strangeluv
  • Noble Firs
  • Wild & Scenic
  • Neil Young
  • Joan of Arc
  • Arrington de Dionyso’s Songs of Psychic Fire
  • Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat dan Singa
  • Old Time Relijun
  • Cap’n Jazz
  • Jarboe
  • Behalf
  • Skinny Puppy
  • Lost Lockets
  • Helen Money
  • Steve Albini / Shellac
  • John Cale
  • Swans
  • MIA
  • Madonna
  • Janet Jackson
  • Elvis Presley
  • The Clash
  • Carl Perkins
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Marianne Faithful
  • John Lennon / Paul McCartney / The Beatles
  • Phish
  • Joe Cocker
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Burt Bacharach
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • Gwar
  • Sonny & Cher
  • The Byrds
  • Joan Baez
  • David Bowie
  • Pixies
  • Nirvana
  • Scott Walker
  • Mott the Hoople
  • Johnny Cash
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • Depeche Mode
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Porter Wagoner
  • Dolly Parton
  • Sam the Sham
  • The Pharaohs
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Dirty Projectors
  • Black Flag
  • Solange Knowles
  • Otis Redding
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Nouvelle Vague
  • The National
  • Perfume Genius
  • Elvis Costello
  • Nick Lowe
  • Sting
  • P. Diddy
  • 2Pac
  • Biggie Smalls
  • Jimmy Page / Led Zeppelin
  • Queen
  • Kanye West
  • Daft Punk
  • Nina Simone
  • thom Yorke / Radiohead
  • Sparklehorse
  • Modest Mouse
  • The Stone Roses
  • Interpol
  • U2
  • Mark Kozelek / Sun Kil Moon
  • Joey Ramone / The Ramones
  • Wilco
  • Billy Bragg
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Hank Williams
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Tom Waits
  • Sebastian Cabot
  • The Walkmen
  • Harry Nilsson
  • Crass
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Elzhi
  • Nas
  • Danger Mouse
  • Jay-Z
  • The Clash
  • Ben Fold
  • Ke$ha
  • Steven Page / Barenaked Ladies
  • Parenthetical Girls
  • The Animals
  • Dave van Ronk
  • Elliott Smith
  • The Bad Plus
  • Apocalyptica
  • The Smiths
  • This Charming Man
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Glenn Tilbrook / Squeeze
  • Steve Earle
  • Fiona Apple
  • Pet Show Boys
  • Tom Odell
  • Nine Inch Nilina
  • Stereophonics
  • Rod Stewart
  • Michael the Blind & the Moonshine
  • Iam MacKaye
  • John Cale
  • The Evens
  • Minor Threat
  • Fugazi
  • Greil Marcus
  • Arcade Fire
  • Soft Skills
  • Mo Troper / Your Rival
  • Our First Brains
  • Paul Simon
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