Andrew Hickey presents a history of rock music from 1938 to 1999, looking at five hundred songs that shaped the genre.
Release date: 2023-02-21
1. Never less than stars - I look forward to Andrew’s podcast more than any other show that I follow. His research is well done. His presentation is without pretense. He presents without inserting himself into the story (unless he has to put in disclaimers). I hope he finds more songs after this show gets done!
2. The Rock And Roll Puzzle Assembled - As a fan of the the Rock And Roll ( or just Rock ) music genre since the very early s this podcast is one of many sources I’ve dipped into in search of its history. The beautiful thing about the podcast technology is that we couldn’t have imagined a source this engaging besides reading a book just a few years ago. Very in depth links made between artists, songs, genres, social commentary etc but all of it worth listening to. If you are curious about how rock music began, this podcast is a must listen. Can’t wait till I get to the s…
3. Now THIS is What I Call a Music Podcast - Exhaustively researched, meticulously edited, professionally delivered. An absolutely fascinating dive into songs and artists we’ve heard of but may not have known the whole story. Better than many audiobooks I’ve listened to on the same subjects. Wish I could give more than stars. Will check to see if Andrew has a Patreon because this podcast is worth supporting - keep up the great work!
4. A towering achievement - This is the greatest music podcast hands down. I see people likening it to Cocaine and Rhinestones, which is a valid comparison, but doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. It’s exhaustively researched, lovingly presented, and brilliantly details the story and development of the music and musicians. It’s careful, insightful, and joyful. Thank you so much, Andrew, for your work on this.
5. Songs - General Review - REALLY love this podcast! I have learned a lot, and I thought I knew a lot before. Very well done, and I appreciate it. My only criticism is for the warnings that come at the start of many of the episodes due to parts of the story dealing with drugs, misogyny, violence, etc. I get it. But in my mind, if you’re listening to this podcast and don’t already have an idea of what’s coming, and are offended by these topics, you probably don’t like rock and roll anyway. Thanks!
6. Fabulous podcast - The research Andrew puts into the podcast is beyond incredible. Songs is my absolute favorite podcast. The amount of learning is off the charts Backstories, connecting artists, music theory… it has it all! I highly recommend it. Check out the episode summaries. Become a patron! Thanks so much for providing this much needed diversion!
7. Gold standard - This podcast is so amazing, sometimes I read other material in Andrew Hickey. This comment is being written in Andrew Hickey, actually. This podcast has hit on something astounding; rich, uncompromising miconarratives that give — sometimes good, sometimes bad — severe depth to the previously one-dimensional and carefree hits we all thought we knew from the pantheon of th century pop singles. I would say this podcast is “effortlessly entertaining”, were it not for the galactic amount of work that goes into the show, its episodes, and every sentence spoken. Andrew’s citation standards for information are almost scientific, and his ability to weave gripping stories out of the material is almost poetic. I look forward to listening & learning every day. Truly an achievement that any enthusiast of any interest can and should model their own infotainment podcasts by. My only real complaint is how performative it can get at times with identity politics. Thankfully this is only occasional. I also wish the coverage went up to year and beyond, though that’s easy to ask for & hard to provide… and now that I think about it, maybe Kid A is the perfect place to snap the pseudo-canonicity of rock music as pop.
8. Getting better all the time - Episode “Good Vibrations” was the best written & wide ranging of the all the episodes so far. My favorite so far is “River Deep, Mountain High”, which spans Ike and Tina’s lives and careers so well. This podcast keeps getting better and better. I wish Andrew wasn’t so stressed about getting these out once a week - the research, storytelling, and care put into each episode make them worth the wait. Another shout here for an amazing episode giving a deep and contextualized appreciation of Love.
9. Excellent - Andrew Hickey presents the history of rock n roll in tremendous detail. He names so many writers, musicians, producers, promoters, managers that sometimes I get lost in the story. But that’s the point: every great song and performer became well known because so many people contributed to it over time. I have learned so much about frequently twisted tortuous paths that lead to the creation of songs that have since become legendary. I especially appreciate how Andrew includes stories of how much the disenfranchised of society contributed to music that has become embraced by millions.
10. Devil/God in the Details - This podcast is to rock what Cocaine & Rhinestones is to country. Andrew is a fantastic storyteller, superlative researcher, and kind soul. For those of for whom music - particularly rock and roll - fills the God-shaped hole in our lives, Andrew is the Talmudic scholar. He brightens the corners, invests his time and considerable energy in excavating the truth, and conveys the histories not only of the stars who created the work, but those who aided and abetted along the way. I.e. the unsung, the obscure, the idolmakers, the enablers who rarely get their due. Andrew exposes their crucial roles while also adding new color to the well-worn narratives the stars and their people have peddled for decades. In sum, the best music podcast available.
11. All that and “a little extra” - This is incredible. What an undertaking—so ambitious and thorough. I only wish that I had a massive flowchart that displays all of the webs of developments, intersections and cross-pollinations as a visual support to accompany the narrative. Mr. Hickey is clearly a gifted and tireless researcher who is focused on producing an immensely fascinating resource that will last for generations to come. Mission accomplished/in progress! Bravo! As for “a little extra”…. It seems odd to me that concentrated bits of social contexting jar an episode’s narrative flow now and then. (For example, “I’m not black so my perspective is likely not a reliable representation here…,” or “Although [artist’s] contribution to music indisputably belongs here, his abusive behavior to others was reprehensible and is certainly not endorsed thereby…”) The substance of these moments is certainly germane to the topic and absolutely worthy of inclusion. It just seems that there is a kind of desperation to park there and make sure a quota of additional qualifying statements ensure that that the essence of the information and an appropriate posture towards it have been made clear. In most, if not all of these cases, the salient point and posture are communicated rather clearly right off the bat. I would suggest that Mr. Hickey allow his audience to feel his trust a little more at these times and let these informative moments succinctly make their point with reasonable economy (as they always initially do), but yet also maintain the established flow with all of the other information being shared. That said, this is certainly not a -star vs. -star issue. The scope, scholarship, depth and (overall) consistency of this project are, without a doubt, first-rate!
12. Woke Podcast on Rock n Roll - Woke and rock & roll do not go together They just don’t Rock is the opposite of woke If the podcaster would stop the nonsense, the show would be immensely more enjoyable In any case, we see right though you, Mister. You are not changing anyone’s world view with your overt political slant Because I have a life long love affair with rock music, I will continue to listen to the truthful and interesting information for now and roll my eyes at the silly political commentary
13. Every episode leaves me hungry for more… - These episodes are jam-packed with incredibly well researched facts and legends. Andrew’s podcast is delivered in a professional quality. I’ve been collecting records since I was years old and discovered my dad’s Kiss, “Destroyer” album. I am now and began selling records online about years ago. In the last year, I have taken a deep dive into selling s. I am just so very fascinated by Andrew’s expert delivery of the history behind the music. The knowledge I have gained has helped me immensely. Thank you so, so, so, very much, Andrew! With Gratitude,
14. Here we go, the San Francisco scene, at last to Zac a - First of all, Andrew, great podcast ! I have been enjoying being able to binge listen (perfect for listening at the gym), but now I am unfortunately caught up :-(, but at least it is about one of my favorite eras in California Rock music. While not born in CA, I have been here since , so I definitely remember The Summer Of Love, although I didn’t really understand it, being ten years old at the time. Both from afar (grew up in LA) and later from up close (college in the greater Bay Area), this was always one of my favorite musical eras. However, you are right, my best friend is from Detroit, and while he is very into music, it is only in his sixties that he is hearing a lot of this music, as I guess that this music didn’t travel as well as I would have expected. Keep up the good work, Andrew, it is appreciated, not only by me, but everyone else that I have told about this podcast. And take care of yourself ! While I would like a new episode every day, I am happy to wait as long as it takes. I want you there with us for the th song (although I wonder if I will be :-) ). It gives us both something to live for, and that is a very good thing. Finally, I have been listening to Jefferson Airplane from their beginning and I have always heard Marty Balin’s name pronounced the way that you do in the episode. So, if it is incorrect, don’t feel too bad, most of us are right there with you.
15. Incredibly informative - I’m and just a casual listener of music. I played clarinet in high school band but never had deep understanding of music theory etc. This podcast’s deep dives into history of origins of music that I remember hearing in ’s, ’s and ’s both resurrected fond memories but also were fascinating/illuminating about how that music was inspired/constructed. So much stuff I never knew and which now helps me better appreciate those oldies.
16. Fantastic podcast! Entertaining and well researched. - A fellow music lover told me about this podcast a few months ago, and I have been devouring the episodes (although a little out of order). Incredibly well done! As the creator of the Deconstructing the Beatles series, I know how hard it is to research the creative process and its surrounding history. Hickey does a remarkable job. Highly recommended!
17. Possibly the greatest music history podcast ever made - Title says it all… I thought I was a music-nerd… but now I just feel humbled. This podcast is absolute genius. I tore through all episodes within months and I’ve gotten to the point where I’m re-listening to eps just because I need a fix!! Andrew is literally a staggering mind and an absolute gentleman. I’ve spent months demanding my record-collecting friends listen.
18. Scholarly and Intuitive - Many music and film podcasts are hosted by someone with little knowledge about their subject. This is NOT one of those. Andrew Hickey presents an in depth history that is both scholarly and intuitive. Here you will learn the inside story of popular (and some not so popular) music created in the nd half of the th century. He discusses Rock’s roots, theories, and place in culture. A must for any audiophile.
19. Full of everything I want - I am so happy that I stumbled into this website. I found it as a suggestion by Spotify. Besides loving music, I love looking at it through the lens of culture and the individual artist and how these forces act upon each other. Andrew Hickey has surely done his research! I learn multiple things each episode I listen to. I also very much appreciate his respect for the artists and even more for people who’ve been hurt by musicians’ narcissism. He is careful not to sanctify his subject matter, and he also doesn’t demonize. He walks the line.
20. virtue signaling disconnect - Could easily be a star podcast. Unfortunately the host has stubbordly refused take heed of any the critisms towards the show. Namely the host will often infuse his prescribed ultra-left woke politics, skewing facts and prescribing modern sensibilities into these narratives without proper context. percent interesting analysis and research vs percent host's modern political slanting. This is your brain on CNN. If the listener can differentiate between the actual truth vs. the host's diatribes then you might find some enjoyment out of it. Has a pateron, like how many late night comedy has now become nothing more than leftist talking points, then maybe this is how he gets his bread buttered. Tomorrow Never Knows, Buddy Holly shows I enjoyed, caveat the politcal slanting. Good Vibrations episode host lost the thread too much of it focused on the inventor of the therein. some inconsistencies with quality of the episodes.
In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. Join us for a 9-episode journey into the Dollyverse. Hosted by Jad Abumrad. Produced and reported by Shima Oliaee. Dolly Parton’s America is a production from OSM Audio and WNYC Studios.
Release date: 2021-07-06
1. Outstanding - I binged all episodes on a cross country road trip. So engaged I blew past my scheduled hotel stop & kept driving until the last episode was over. ( Which left me looking for a hotel in no where Texas at am). I thought I knew everything there was to know about Dolly but I clearly did not. Great storytelling!
2. More Dolly, less host opinions please. - I am a huge fan of Dolly and her ability to appeal to so many different people around the world. Anytime she was interviewed or when they concentrated on her history, I loved every minute. I was disappointed that some didn’t like her answers, they tried to fit her in their version of Dolly. I loved that Jad was moved by her so many times, that was delightful to hear. The episode about the song Jolene was ridiculous. What about finding that little girl she met and ask her how it feels to be in a famous song? I wish journalists would just listen and let the listener make up their own mind. Dolly doesn’t need you to explain her, she does a great job all by herself.
3. Self Absorbed hand wringing - As others have stated, the interviewer and producer use Dolly as little more than a springboard for their own agenda and navel gazing. From an academic stating that Dolly doesn’t call herself a feminist simply because she’s not educated enough, to the ravings of political zealots furious that Parton won’t worship at their altar of activism, the podcast is a waste of a great interview with a genuinely interesting person.
4. Starts strong, veers off course - Dolly Parton, as we can know her, is a musical genius and a brand. Dolly Parton the Person is elusive and contradictory. While I appreciate the podcast-makers’ passion for seeing Dolly as an apolitical world healer, she’s a tycoon who will continue to amass fortunes even after death. On that note, the interview in which she discusses the technology for selling her post-mortem “click tracks” is both revelatory and disturbing. Still, the best episodes in this series analyze her comments rather than the host’s own navel-gazing.
5. Great podcast - For the most part this is an incredible podcast. Trying to pin Dolly down on her politics was very off putting. There was a level of disrespect there that was uncalled for. Why should she have to speak out for what you think she should say? The Dollitics episode was a dark spot in the series. Everyone knows that Dolly is off limits for politics. There tends to be a lot of patronizing throughout the podcast, especially from the producer. The Tennessee Mountain Home episode was beautiful. As a life long east Tennessean, it spoke to me in a personal way. Thank you for sharing that episode with us.
6. Enjoyable, but too much of the hosts - I think anyone who enjoyed this podcast would really like the audiobook Dolly Parton wrote and narrated titled Songteller. There are some similar themes/stories discussed in that book. I liked parts of this podcast, but the hosts inserted themselves into the story a bit too much for my tastes.
7. Our national treasure - Great look into Dolly, her life, and her impact. I appreciate that she wasn’t just the subject, but also a participant in the podcast. I would’ve liked to have seen more exploration into defining her America like the type of content in the episode with the university students. Overall well done. Quite a few ads that were repetitive; kind of tone deaf for the final episode to ask for listener support — haven’t we supported enough by listening through the long ad breaks?
8. I can’t stop listening. - I grew up in Charleston, Tennessee, about minutes away from Seviervulle I lmoved to San Francisco after college. This was a treasure for me to comb through my own personal nostalgia of the precious Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Thank you for this precious gift. Dolly Parton, is indeed, a goddess!
9. Surprisingly brilliant - You know… I feel like a lot of people (including myself) see the superficial side of Dolly. She kind, and sweet, and doesn’t mind looking cheap. Although those are true… this podcast shows how much more she is. She’s a brilliant strong female, businesswoman during a time when women were not views as such. She is also extremely empathetic. Even if you don’t like her music, this podcast will make you have respect for her as a human, and show you how true my empathetic she is. She’s a national treasure. I didn’t know that much before this but now I am a huge fan of hers.
10. Incorrect Subject Matter - This podcast is not about Dolly Parton. They are using the popularity of a beloved icon as a vehicle to discuss various other topics on their personal agenda. The only pleasing part of the podcast is when you actually hear Dolly directly answer questions. Her answers are often met with disappointment to the interviewees. But, they rationalize her out of the answer and keep pushing their agenda.
11. Unfortunate discussions - I really enjoyed this podcast until discussions came up about politics and racism. It’s unfortunate that no one can seem to have a pleasant and cheerful discussion these days without bringing something so negative into the conversation. Dolly deserved more of the focus to be on HER.
12. Boring - Don’t bother if you are a genuine Dolly fan. These narrator clowns will do anything for a penny. They bore us for minutes as they desperately dig around trying to find homoerotic meaning in Jolene, even though the artist tells them in exact terms the origins of the piece. This podcast is more about them than Dolly & they are frankly boring subjects.
13. These people don’t understand the South at all - The people writing this story of Dolly are so naïve and so influenced by Southern stereotypes that they can’t really understand the region. A lot of this is misleading. They don’t get the nuance or the complexities. I was angry many times while I was listening to this, but I love Dolly.
14. Fantastic Podcast - I’ve alway loved Jad Abumrad, being a radio devotee and casual podcast listener for years. Four yo G’son just asked me what NPR was in car the other day. I told him “National Public Radio”, and he asked if that were PBS Kids for grown ups. I told him he was right! I have some favorite Dolly Parton songs, love her movies and her charities, so although I’m not a dedicated fan, I decided to give this a whirl. My particular long Covid affliction is tinnitus, so I’m burning through podcasts when the noise keeps me awake at night. Once upon a time, I might have thought this would be too much about Dolly Parton, despite regard I have for her. But now I look for length. I will listen to all the ancillary episodes on other radio shows, but I liked Dolly Parton’s America so much, I’m going to listen to whole podcast again first!
15. What a beautiful labor of love - Dolly has been around my whole life and as I’ve grown my appreciation for her as a woman has changed from a character into a brilliantly strong person. This podcast brought tears to my eyes. Hearing her fight for the life she wanted and seeing her stand strong in her personal convictions while being undermined at every turn. We are all a little better for her presence in this world and I am now officially a Dolly fan.
16. Long live Dolly! - Loved this podcast. Really well done, learned lots of new things about Dolly and it was fun to hear her speak on rumors I’d heard for years. To those UT students who felt the need to hide their accents, don’t change yourself because of others preconceived notions. You are only reinforcing the negative connotations associated with that accent.
Reggie Wright Jr., MOB James and John Hyland discuss the past and present topics surrounding the streets, music, and pop culture.
Release date: 2023-03-06
“Every Voice with Terrance McKnight” is a show that spotlights the vibrant stories and perspectives that reflect the whole of the American musical experience. There are many different kinds of classical music, depending on where you are in the world. While this music typically preserves the traditions of a given society, classical music in America remains wedded to its Western European roots. On this show, we want to know why — and what America’s classical music really sounds like. Thr...
Release date: 2023-02-23
No Dogs In Space is a music history podcast featuring Marcus Parks and Carolina Hidalgo of the Last Podcast Network. Season 1 - Punk Season 2 - Alternative
Release date: 2022-12-22
1. Just the best music history podcast - I’m a huge Last Podcast fan, but No Dogs has become my new must-listen. I finally understand the music that has intrigued and/or confused me over the years. Marcus and Carolina do an amazing job of putting music in the context of the era, the musicians’ personalities and influences, and the scene at the time. Carolina is hilarious, so smart, and an excellent researcher. I’ve discovered so much. Who knew I’d become a fan of The Stooges and The Slits? Can’t wait to methodically listen to the rest of the seasons.
2. I want to love this podcast, but… - Ok, I found this on the recommendations page after listening to another show focused on the Replacements, and that is all I’ve listened to up to this point. The hosts are CLEARLY music nerds and also clearly put in the work to research their subject. There is an enthusiasm for the ‘Mats that shines through. The only reason I left this at stars instead of … does every third word have to start with “f”? I mean, it’s a rock n roll podcast so I expect some colorful language. A well place f-word is a way to really sell a point or cap a great story, but when it sounds like you’re using the word just to say it, it wears thin (and overshadows the spots where it is perfectly placed). That said, a good show overall, lots of good info and worth your time if you’re a music nerd.
3. Excellent show with tremendous research - There are enough ridiculous one star reviews where someone says something vague as if Marcus and Carolina are going to reply to them without any elaboration on their vagaries, so here’s stars for the brilliance of the research, which is always cited in the show.
Also, here’s stars for those who show up for one deep dive into their favorite band, got upset because it wasn’t to their precise liking and gave it a star while personally attaching the hosts. People need to grow up and move along if something isnt to their liking. Also, no one owes you a guaranteed schedule on a free podcast. The dude was extremely sick for a long time. They needed time. Be thankful they returned.
4. Thank you - Thank you for showcasing these bands amd providing these in-depth histories and reviews. Many of these had little mainstream appeal which has to make it difficult to research and find information on. Dead Kennedys were my favorite band in growing up and I learned a lot. Looking forward to moving onto the Misfits, Cramps, and Joy Division as well as others.
5. Maddening schedule… is this pod a nepotism baby? - Sorry I tried for a long time but no new episodes in three weeks? This sort of puts me off not just this show but LPOTL as a whole bc this schedule so sloppy and messy and spoiled… is that who LPOTL has become now? Like MFM or Crime Junkie? Just another lazy entitled network making money off of victims and not holding the creators who are their friends and family to any kind of a real deadline. It’s sad they use to be different. I adore Marcus Parks, I love his research work on LPOTL, I own three different copies of his book, and lots of LPOTL merch. I’m a fan like a big fan. I also love this era of music. I also hate inconsistencies. This podcast is wonderfully researched, adorably produced in such a way that it feels like an informative dinner with your cool music friends. However, there is no upload schedule, they sort of drop episodes whenever they feel like it. Which is maddening , and it’s hard to believe Parks would allow anyone else other than his wife to be this haphazard with programming. months between substantial uploads and two weeks between smaller shows, is just bordering on disrespectful to the audience and again it’s hard to believe the network would allow it from anyone other than Carolina… five star content, (and this breaks my heart bc if they had a Patreon where they released it sooner or more I’d pay for it, but they don’t ) star programming.
6. Needs More Cursing, Banter, and Referential Inside Jokes - Marcus and Carolina’s research is among the best of the best, deep-dive podcasts focused on the origins, influences, evolution, and impact of mid-to-late th century music genres. My only complaint is the tonal conflation of the Beastie Boys with the apex of Hip-Hop/Rap music and culture. I’m not suggesting this was a deliberate attempt to minimize the broader world Hip-Hop/Rap music and culture. It’s more akin to the commonplace biased oversight that exists in all ‘infotainment’ content. Regardless, I love the show and eagerly await future seasons. Much love to NDIS and the entire LPN family,
7. Thank you - Your storytelling style. Really resonates with me. I love your personalities, your passion for music is translated in the stories & research.
love the playlist idea. I also appreciate your introduction and incorporating of music from the band timeline as well as relevance, and inspiration.
8. So disappointing - Are y’all kidding me!? I listened to all of the Velvet Underground episodes before getting to the Stooges. The way you talk about child rape is honestly disgusting. Also the way you skirt around race and its role in music is tone deaf for a modern day podcast. I deeply regret giving your work any attention. Please educate yourselves and do better.
9. Deep dive on Joy Division - The Joy Division deep dive was my first experience with this podcast and I learned a lot, even having read Hooky’s book. But you do have to grit your teeth through two of the most irritating podcast hosts I’ve come across. What is this guy laughing at? Everything he hears is the funniest thing ever: lame joke, declarative sentence, you name it. Having said that, I’m looking forward to the Velvet Underground episodes.
10. This is my favorite podcast - There straight up isn’t a podcast out there that has expanded my musical taste quite as much as this one. I love both of the hosts, they are genuinely wonderful and intelligent humans. They have a beautiful relationship, and they have the most expansive and entertaining podcast network I’ve ever found. LPN changed my life, and I really can’t thank them enough! Thank you! I even sent in my own music in hopes they play it on one of their episodes! Sincerely, please keep making this podcast. Your loyal listener, Daymie
11. The Replacements - Like every other band that they have covered, I learned more about this band from this podcast than any documentary I’ve ever watched. They are informed and entertaining and you can absolutely tell how much work and research goes into each episode. Just really great stuff, and can’t wait for the next one!
12. Great - Very cool concept and fun to hear about all the stories and history. I don’t really enjoy Punk or Alternative for that matter but despite not listening to these bands on my own it’s still interesting to learn about the more famous or important bands. I’m sure it will be even better once they get to a genre I truly like.
13. Absolutely love - This has to be, hands down, my favorite podcast. I learn so much about some of my favorite bands and really enjoy the curated playlists. So intelligent, well researched, and the little details really make the connections with the bands to special. And their banter makes listening so joyful. So happy they are back (and feeling better).
14. Ry Ruv Roo! - I’m still on ep & am surprised I haven’t cried. I’ve always wondered why Paul Westerberg felt like a cousin. Our early lives were a decade apart, yet eerily similar.
My mom was when I was born in so we were raised by the same generation.
And the details line up in a weird way with the introduction to punk.
15. Consistently Brilliant - Quite simply the best rock music podcast out there of them all! The Replacements were
a genius transition from the VU. Lots of my favorite bands ever have been covered in depth here. And some less familiar to me with nice deep dives ( I.e, DKs and Slits.) where I am learning a lot as well. Keep it up and thanks for all of it! The music means so much to so many of us as I know it does to the both of you! Stay punk and stay beautiful!
16. If you love music you’ll love this podcast - This podcast has reanimated my love for music history. It reminds me of when I was younger and every classic band was new to me. I would research and read up about the bands on allmusic.com. I would get lost in the stories, clicking on each band member, seeing how other bands were connected or not. As I’ve gotten older, less and less bands are new to me, and I’ve stopped discovering. This podcast has brought back that love of discovery and even though I know a lot about some of the bands they talk about, hearing the stories gets me so hyped and reminds me to binge their music library. Sometimes they even introduce or remind me of a forgotten band or song. Love love love this podcast and the people making it.
17. Incredibly Fun Way to Learn More About the Bands We Love - Carolina and Marcus have made me snort laugh so hard while listening to them! (I do not generally laugh out loud while listening to podcasts, let alone laugh uncontrollably). Their energetic, loving deep dives into musical history are both entertaining and informative! I also deeply appreciate the ability to listen to a lot of the tracks discussed during an episode by going to Marcus’s Spotify playlists! Such a great idea that makes it easy to immerse oneself in the music of the band that has just been thoroughly dissected. My favorite series so far are the Velvet Underground (chef’s kiss!) and Joy Division (Who knew that those lads were hilarious?)
18. The Best Music Podcast Ever - This podcast is great! Super informative and entertaining. Carolina and Marcus have an amazing energy and love of music that’s infectious. It’s a great way to learn about music you love and to find new music to love. Also listen to Side B by Neo Hippie Salivator of Love.
19. My Favorite Music Podcast - If you are into the history of punk, underground, and independent music, this is the podcast for you. Each series of podcasts is focused on the history of a particular band, and wow, the hosts really do their homework. The research is so well done, and the hosts' love of music comes through in every episode. I look forward to each new band! Great job Marcus and Carolina!
What makes a song a smash? Talent? Luck? Timing? All that—and more. Chris Molanphy, pop-chart analyst and author of Slate’s “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series, tells tales from a half-century of chart history. Through storytelling, trivia and song snippets, Chris dissects how that song you love—or hate—dominated the airwaves, made its way to the top of the charts and shaped your memories forever.
Release date: 2023-02-24
1. Good but a little stiff - It’s a good podcast. If you love music and are interested in what makes one song or genre a “hit” on the charts, how music is influenced, etc this podcast is very informative. The host is incredibly knowledgeable but very dry. It might be better if he had a co host who was a bit looser, funnier. Or maybe an after show for those of us hankering for more humor? Hearing him talk about rap and R&B is inherently funny as it’s like listening to a very white professor/uncle discuss hip hop culture. He does truly love music and appreciates that popular music is worthy when many music critics downplay what charts. I especially love the episodes about Bon Jovi where the host unabashedly hates the band but clearly understands that many people do appreciate them. He validated my fandom of Chic and the influence of Nile Rodges & Bernard Edwards. I look forward to more episodes - the year end episodes count down all of the year end s since Billboard started and it was clear to me that there is so much left to uncover, dissect and discuss about popular music. I’m looking forward to many more years of this podcast. Thank you Chris for what you’ve done so far and what will come.
2. Right up my alley - Such a good podcast. Amazingly researched, well-written, and calmly delivered. I have been a fan of top countdowns since my childhood in the a, and I still enjoy following pop music. I really appreciate Chris’s scholarly take on countdowns and music history, and each episode is fascinating. Even episodes that feature genres that aren’t my favorites are great. I especially enjoyed the Point of No Return episode for a deep dive into Freestyle music.
3. Unexpectedly unique - I have never thought much about the Billboard charts - not in my peak pop-listening years (middle school) nor my later music-buying years. Yet I am fascinated by Chris Molanphy’s scholarly, charts-based approach to analyzing musical hits that is both educational and fun to listen to.
4. Top of the Pods - Chris Molanphy is a master of writing for audio. The pod's economical layering of music clips with Molanphy's calm, concentrated delivery make for a transporting listening experience. Hit Parade and its bonus episodes for subscribers are not the only reason I subscribe to Slate Plus, but this one show is worth it alone. It also helps me discover and rediscover music.
Molanphy's work combines a music expert's enthusiasm and knowledge with a genial voice, and a universe of popular music ranging from this week to the late s. I love hearing him talk to music critics and listeners who call in to bonus episodes because he's smart, modest, kind, broad-minded, and trustworthy.
5. Masterful Story Telling of th Century Popular Music - As someone who has often felt completely illiterate about cultural history of th century popular music, Hit Parade has been a powerful "litterating" agent and as a result listening to each episode is an absolute joy. Written and hosted by Chris Molanphy, Slate's music critic. The podcast highlights chart-topping songs over the years of Billboard. Don't be put off by the topic or Chris's dry delivery. He's a fantastic story teller and every month he paints a masterful picture of a specific artist (or group of artists) and their journey from obscurity to chart success (and often back again). I love this approach because as you listen to more episodes you begin to see the stories interweave and play off each other, as each artist seeks success. This month's two part show on Billy Joel, has been particularly interesting. I've heard his songs thousands of times, but because his music is so diverse, I often never associated it to a single artist. The podcast talks about each of his albums, how Joel became successful, and what it took for him to stay at the top despite often being panned by critics. Highly Recommend!
6. Point Of No Return - Finally! Freestyle from the 's is documented and respected!! - I have been waiting for what may as well be an entire lifetime for 's Freestyle Music, its artisits, producers, songs, and influence on mainstream pop artists and their music personnas. Your delivery and refusal to leave off any tidbit of history and recognizing how artistic contributions, big and small, collectively impact those that follow. Thank you so much for such a well researched, detailed, and thoughtfully produced piece of music history, even iff the music industry fails miserably at recognizing Freestyle's importance in influencing their pop music money makers.
7. Great - Great show. I love that his knowledge on r&b,funk, disco and hip hop is just as good as his knowledge on rock and pop. He doesn’t stray away from the more urban genres. This guy knows his stuff, and just when I thought i knew everything as far as music and trivia, Chris teaches me so much more. Great show, great episodes
8. Point of No Return - Wow - You Nailed This. - I wasn't subscribing at the time, but listening occasionally to your podcast Hit Parade and decided to listen again and WOW! You nailed this genre and time period flawlessly. It's almost as if you were in the clubs in the 's and 's, Freestyle evolution perfectly laid out, Shannon, Let the Music Play, so big, then the 's...wow. I was there and you took me there again. I am now a subscriber.
9. One of my faves! - My husband introduced me to Hit Parade about years ago. It has quickly become one of the podcasts I look forward to the most. I love that I get to learn more of the backgrounds on the songs and artists I love. I have learned so much about tons of different artists. I share this podcast with anyone who will listen. Thank you, Chris Molanphy, for starting this podcast I enjoy so much.
10. Love the podcast, but hate the hate - I’ve listened to every episode. Overall, I love the podcast, but I’m getting tired of Chris repeatedly talking about how much he hates Bon Jovi and other artists. It’s getting tiresome. It makes him seem petty and small. Not sure what’s to be gained by offending many of his listeners. Stick to the charts and the great stories. That’s what you do best. No need to rip on artists you don’t like.
11. High Five! - Congratulations on celebrating your th anniversary, and thank you for putting out a podcast that is as entertaining as it is informative. As other listeners have said, some of my favorite episodes have been the ones that on the surface were about acts that I usually wouldn't give a second thought. What keeps me listening is how you tie each act to its place in the greater context of musical history, and how you illustrate the arc of each act. Here's to another five years of solid music journalism. Keep on marching on the one!
12. Robotic slow voice… - Why. Does. He. Speak. As. If. There. Is. A. Period. In. Between. EVERY. FREAKING. WORD?? Even speeding it up doesn’t help as he sounds like a soulless robot and the music becomes distorted. I highly encourage him to be more natural, it seems like he’s got interesting things to say…
13. Awesome, Awesome Podcast! - Over the last few weeks since I’ve discovered this podcast, I appreciate it even more having heard pretty much every episode at this point. Chris does a masterful job writing and producing these shows and as a Casey Kasem fan who is about the same age as Chris, I very much appreciate the tip of the hat to Casey as well. Something I look forward to each month now!
14. Fantastic - This podcast is such an engrossing & meticulous dive into pop chart history. It is so fantastic. Each episode is woven together so wonderfully. You just want to hear more & more. Chris does an awesome job of taking the listener along on a fantastic journey. Highly recommend for any music enthusiast.
15. Keeps getting better - I discovered Hit Parade a couple years ago, and I can’t shake it! Normally podcasts start to feel tired after a while, but to my ears, Chris is at his prime. The writing is full of well-researched anecdotes and tasty tidbits of information, each with all the perfect adjectives. The editing is sublime, with a cadence of text/song that always feels right. Chris knows exactly how much of a song to play, in order to satisfy the ear, but never over-stay its welcome. Through Hit Parade, I learn so much about not only music and the music industry, but also life itself! Each episode feels like a journey. The current episode on Hall & Oates is a perfect example. I knew every hit of theirs, and I surely once owned an LP of theirs (I’m ). But just a couple minutes into the ep, I soon realized that I knew NOTHING about them. And their story is fascinating! Seriously — it should be a movie, or a stage musical. It’s at LEAST as interesting as “Jersey Boys” — and with more hit songs, I’d venture. Another example of Chris being at the top of his craft are the two recent episodes on holiday music. I spent the whole hours listening CLOSELY (for the first time) to all these “background” tunes I thought I knew, and being wowed by often shocking industry-themed facts about their relative success. Chris actually makes a convincing case that the Beatles will one day, for future generations, only be known by their Xmas tunes. Huh? Well, listen the the show folks! Anyway, I could go on, but the only people still reading are probably the show’s creators. LOL If Chris ever wants to delegate some of the editing of the show (or another), I’m an accomplished TV editor with some emerging pockets of extra time (as the kids get older). I’d be happy to help. Three ONE OH, for nine seen, . - Louie
16. Just stumbled onto this podcast today… - With the episodes about Yacht Rock, a genre I thought I knew well. Boy was I wrong! Such fun to listen to, bop along with, reminisce about. A great pod for anyone with even a passing interest in pop! Have already recommended to three other music-loving people.
17. Best Music Podcast You Can Find - If you enjoy well-written music biographies, music history, and musicology, you will love this podcast. Is it intellectual? Yes! It is entertaining? Yes! Is it pandering? No!
Listening to Chris you never feel like you’re being entertained by some DJ’s clown show, and you never feel like you’re being told what you should like. What you get is something between a TED Talk and having a beer with a friend who knows a lot about music.
As a music teacher and professional musician, this podcast is almost always the first one I reach for because I always learn something new. It inspires and informs the music I listen to; and the books referenced have become personal favorites as well as recommendations for students and friends.
All this and I never feel like I’m wasting my time waiting for the good bits!
18. A bingeable joy - Always satisfying, entertaining and enjoyable. If you like music history and want a long, immersive podcast you can sink your teeth into, this is for you. My one criticism is that the host is a little wooden in his delivery style and usually sounds like he’s reading off a script; however, he more than makes up for that with an amazing breadth of music industry knowledge and great storytelling. I always learn something new from every episode, and would definitely recommend this podcast to any music lover!
19. Nice content.. sooo.. many.. in pod ads.. - JFC I know it takes $ to make a pod and this is not free.. I get it.. make the ads in front and behind the pod so I can skip them SKIP.. Skip all the ads or make a one stop shop service I have let’s see.. Disney , Netflix, Hulu, Apple One with Family and OneDrive, Amazon.. Audible Your Freaking killing me here just stop One service all Pods no ads..
20. If you love music history - Hit Parade has become my favorite podcast. It takes turns you wouldn’t expect and always with depth and intelligence. It’s also beautifully produced and Chris is an excellent, informed host. If you love learning about popular music history, the cultural trends and artists that made that history all done with smarts and humor, this is for you.
Dig deep into the lyrics of classic rock songs and the storytellers that created them in "Behind The Song," a podcast by The Drive's Janda Lane. Hear what was happening behind the scenes while some of the most iconic songs in rock history were being written.
Release date: 2023-02-08
1. almost good - From the few I've heard so far, they just need a couple of more sentences added to each story/review on an episode! The facts are right but lacking a few major details in the ones I heard. They need to push it a bit more to - minutes and just get it right. This is by no means a History of Rock Music in songs. I prefer that podcast for full accurate information!!
2. Exquisite - Janda’s through research coupled with her keen intuition cuts these iconic songs to the bone. You’ll be sure to learn something you didn’t know or had never occurred to you to consider before. And you get to hear it all spoken to you in a voice that’s dark, like tinted glass yet beautiful and rhythmic.
3. Guessing at the meaning of lyrics? - Love the concept of the show and getting the scoop of what the song writer really meant when writing the song. Which does periodically happen in this podcast. But when this narrator of this show periodically says things like “hazarding a guess” about what a lyric means, I kind of feel that defeats the purpose of this podcast. I could guess all day what the lyrics mean and really don’t care what other people “guess” it means. Maybe skip those lyrics you don’t know or choose a different song.
The most chaotic stories from touring life are discussed with weekly guests and hosts Colin Young (God's Hate) & Bo Lueders (Harms Way).
Release date: 2023-03-02
A party in the Bronx on August 11th, 1973 is widely considered to be the birthplace of hip-hop. The art form has since touched every corner of our world and evolved into one of the most significant cultural forces today. 50 Years of Hip-Hop, hosted by KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr, celebrates the anniversary by highlighting a different year of its history each week. Jumping around the timeline from 1973 to today, expect personal reflections, iconic tracks and albums, and conversations around the gene...
Release date: 2023-02-22
1. Larry Mizell Jr teaches through joy - KEXP’s team has done it again. Amazing podcast. I didn’t have any idea about the history and significance of Hip Hop in music history until tuning into Larry’s new show. Highly recommend! You’ll enjoy listening to the genre even more once you gain the full scope of it’s influence.
“The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast,” the official Grateful Dead podcast, is a series devoted to exploring the music and mythology behind one of the most enduring, progressive, and influential bands in the history of recorded music. The podcast’s tagline is “For The Committed And The Curious,” as episodes will invite new fans to explore the band’s enormous mythology in digestible chunks and enlighten life-long Dead Heads about corners of the band’s history they never knew existed. No...
Release date: 2022-11-10
1. Keeps the love alive - Such a great way to remain engaged with the music of the Grateful Dead. Provides insights, great stories, music and interviews that remind us how great the music is. Started with the Europe season because that’s the album that got me hooked and now I’m sure I’ll listen to every episode.
2. Thankful for This - This Podcast is excellent. For someone who got into the Dead later in life it has provided me with insight and first hand knowledge of what it was like during the hay-day of the band. Having never been to one of their concerts I feel like I was there at one. I am binge listening to catch up to the current season which I’ve already listened to. I can’t get enough of it. Excellent job on the podcast.
3. Deep Dive! - I really like all the different takes on the material, that range from factual to remembrances to analytical, all contributing to my appreciation for GD Music continuing to grow. Looking forward to the late 's up to summer , my generation's Peak Dead. As a former professional live sound engineer, I especially enjoy hearing about the genesis of Alembic, the Wall of Sound, and I suppose we will get to Meyer Sound Labs and Ultra Sound soon enough.
Thanks for the hard work guys!
4. Definitive Work - It’s hard to overstate the quality of this work. Whether you are a musician who loves the Grateful Dead’s music, or a fan, or someone who is interested in the cultural history of that time, there is nothing else out there I’ve found that presents this information in such an entertaining, relevant and authoritative way. From the interviews to the stripped tracks, there is something for everyone. It’s truly delightful. Thank you so much for putting this work out there.
5. So much information - A lot of recollections from the guests of the Europe ‘ season meld fact with fantasy, but that is part of the whole Dead experience. You could never be quite sure what actually happened at a Dead show, or what you imagined. Like a good work of literary fiction there was more truth in them than than what happens in non fiction or real life. I love that they saved Ramble On Rose for one of the last deep song dives of the season. This song, which I was originally indifferent to after hearing it for the first time in , has become a perfect representation of what their sound was all about. That shuffling beat, those disparate lyrics, and the deep groove- it all became so apparent about one year ago when I was hiking listening to a fall version. Flash! I thought it is truly the “Deadiest” song.
6. Amazing every week - I hope every Deadhead listens with the same passion they listen to a // or a // or a // or whatever floats their fancy. Rich and Jesse and everyone else involved do an excellent job of bringing the Grateful Dead’s history alive. The interviews, the music theory, the trivia is all so rich and exciting. I look forward to every episode. Great job!
7. More Pransters, Fewer Scholars - I love this podcast for the great I-was-there-when-it-all-went-down story telling, and also the great historical and geographical contexts! But, please no more Grateful Dead “scholarship!” God bless the scholars being who they are, but it sure does take the fun out of an otherwise good time!
8. Thank you!!! - I love this show more than words can tell. Despite having a four-plus decade relationship w the music, l learn so much and, at times, I laugh out loud! The stories told by guys like Parish and Cutler, and the sweet memories from Donna Jean and some of the lesser known characters…it is simply wonderful in every way. Jesse—you da man!
9. Absolutely great but missing actual members - Everything about this is great, from research and writing, the host Jesse Jarnow voice is amazing. Only thing missing is actual interviews and stories from members Bob, Phil, Billy & Mickey. Would be nice to get them seeing as their financially benefiting from the sales on releases of music these shows are promoting
10. A podcast almost beyond description - This vibrant podcast is a fabulous time machine that sprinkles joy and whimsy in equal parts episode after episode. Thursdays have never been so much fun! I’d give it a ten if Phil and Billy could be corralled to record new insights. A big tip of the hat to Donna Jean and Sam Cutler for their numerous and wonderful contributions.
11. Love Dead - I am really enjoying the podcasts. Truly appreciate all the work you all put into this. My only criticism. Please stop with Graham Boone. His assumptions about what musicians are thinking/feeling/ planning etc are cringeworthy. But the singing is down right painful. Why do you think we’d rather hear him sing when we could just listen to the band play?! But, it’s a small (irrelevant) thing overall. The podcasts are wonderful.
12. Fantastic gateway to the Dead - I’m a relatively new, burgeoning Dead fan. I grew up appreciating them as my Uncle was a traveling Deadhead for a bit and always wondered what was in those neon colored cassettes on his book shelf. The Dead can be a tough band to crack from the outside-do you start with Live Dead or studio stuff? I recently did a cross country road trip and threw on the dead cast to accompany me on my journey and was immediately sucked into the dead universe. Jesse is a fantastic tour guide, connecting the intricate dots and bringing in incredible guests to help flesh out the story behind these iconic albums/moments in Dead history. I’m sure this cast is great for the lifetime fan, but I also think this show is the perfect entry point for any Dead curious onlooker. Thanks for the great show and keep ‘em coming! Ian
13. A Podcast that Dominates the Rap Jack! - This show is truly amazing. I’ve listened to each & every episode at least once. I was looking for a deep dive into more than the culture and social lives of the Dead. Chord changes, time signatures, all the music geek fodder with juicy bits from folks who were there. Are you committed? Are you curious? Listen to the podcasters sing sweet songs to rock your souls!
14. What a fun, insightful trip it is - I love the format. It is very informative and gives you the “fly on the wall” perspective. Having a script and direction is better than a live discussion in my opinion. Their non-overbearing voices have a warm, friendly feeling. Every piece of each offering is perfectly placed with an amazing level of description that somehow leaves you craving more. They need to do more as they are doing an amazing job, telling the story for record and entertainment. Their sense of music structure and ability to ask/answer the right questions leaves them the right folks for the job. Like any passing song bird, we need all we can get in the short time we have together. Thank you for your time.
15. Real Deadhead pcsast w trivia even this yr Head can’t claim tho kim a FB friend of Billy K! - Best overall fan related info that balances fans and band info with proper respect. dignity and above all - spiritual reverence needed imho o be a fan podcast .. I’m (almost) not worthy lol
but Jerry sez I am n Dead Sea Scrolls is my podcast copyright name ok? ok! tbd
16. If you get confused, listen to the Deadcast play - Forty years into my journey with the Dead, I just can’t get enough of the Deadcast. It is super well produced, deeply informative, and gives a wonderful look into the people, the events, the history, and the happenstance that led to the music and the band. No matter how much you think you know, there’s just so much more and lots of musical treats along the way. It’s captivating.
The Know Your Gear Podcast with Phillip McKnight is a weekly show where he answers about 30 to 40 guitar related questions while keeping it fun and informative.
Release date: 2023-03-03
1. Knowledgeable, jovial, informative and fun - I have been watching Phil’s videos on YouTube for months. He combines industry insight, hardcore guitar geekiness, and a candid communication style that makes his content a pleasure to listen to and watch. I particularly appreciate how even in the rare cases when he’s opinionated about something and with all the authority he could appeal to because of years and years of experience, he’s very open to different opinions. This makes for a very healthy exchange of ideas and a great atmosphere in the community who follows him. The content and tone is varied (within the bounds of guitar and the music gear industry) and frequently updated and relevant. I find myself listening to this during commutes, workouts, as background chatter, or doing house chores all the same.
2. Know Your Gear Podcast - Personally, for me this is my favorite pod. Phil is a great resource to us guitar players! I learn something every time I listen to KYG. I’ve done a lot of guitar repairs I usually would pay other people to do thanks to Phil. Took me a few to warm up to Phil, but he grows on you. You realize “there’s no stupid questions” with him and he always treats people with respect with their questions. I wish the guy all the success in the world. He’s put in the work and he deserves it! Subscribe to this channel if you play guitar!!!!!!
3. On and Off - I watched Phil a few times on YouTube and listened to him “on and off” periodically... I listened him the the other day and besides the fact that we have almost the exact same amps, he said a few things that struck me and revealed to me who this guy really is - first and for most he seems like a very genuine and caring person and that’s awesome and immediately made me a fan! I learned so much about him during the episodes that just made me want to watch more. Phil is extremely knowledgeable, great content and a pretty darn good player when he plugs in. I’ve been binging and will continue to support this guy! Thank you for everything Phil - GREAT show!!!
4. Great guitar/amp/pedal/gear podcast!! - Each episode, about an hour long, is an entertaining adventure into the world of guitar gear. Brands, models, years, amps, pedals, working rigs, studio rigs, current and historic guitar builders/ players, you name it- AND... it's all based on YOUR (and my) questions! The live shows are spontaneous and fun, generated weekly in real time on YouTube using the chat feature to talk to Phil. The Podcast is an additional weekly program where he shares his response to emails, messages from Facebook/Instagram/Patreon, and his thoughts about topics that may be in the news related to the industry. Phil is fun, spirited, and positive, is honest in his reviews, and is candid with his thoughts. His stated goal is to bring together a community of people who gather and interact with each other, all based on their love and passion for guitars and gear. He leads by example, and I'm happy to be included!
5. Its a Community - As Phil says on his channel, what we've all built is a place to come together without the distractions and things that divide us and come together for a love of music and the tools used to create it. One of the most casual and family friendly podcasts and channels on the internet. Say hi!
An anthology of the understated moments of Hip-Hop history that helped propel the once underground culture to become the biggest genre of music in the world. Hosted by esteemed Hip-Hop journalist, Sean Kantrowitz (Okayplayer, The Questions).
Release date: 2023-02-28
The Classic Rock Album-By-Album Podcast is the podcast that endeavors to review, dissect and discuss rock albums and to answer the burning question... Is it a classic?
Release date: 2023-02-26
1. Great, but with exception. - I love this podcast! It has great information and is very entertaining. Although I think they should try to be less loud and try not to laugh so much? I just think lee laughs too much and too loud. Also i think the audio could be better. Lots of ambient noise. Other than that, great podcast guys! Keep doing it!
2. Why Podcasts Exits - This podcast is exhibit A as an example of the reason podcasts are valuable: knowledgable hosts with informed opinions, a subject outside the narrow confines of mainstream news/opinion topics, a healthy disregard for the ‘rules’ of time that compress content. The flow of conversation has enough structure to cue the listener to the subject’s different aspects, but doesn’t take the entire process so seriously. They say so right in the opening! Also important: The interplay between host keeps this entertaining!
3. Addicted - Theses guys are awesome! Don’t care about Lee’s laugh, have grown to love it. The tangents they go off on are awesome too. The more you listen, like a new record, the better these guys get. They are knowledgeable, real, in-depth and they don’t lose the audience. Keep them going, guys! Appreciate it!
4. I want to like it... - I try so hard to listen, because the info is great. But I typically can’t take more than five minutes due to Lee’s laugh. Also he’s twice as loud as the other guy who needs to move closer to his mic... way too much room ambience and very hollow sounding. But the content is great!
5. Honest, Knowledgeable Musicians - Chris and Lee bring a long collaboration and friendship to this podcast. They have great chemistry. As musicians, they "nerd out" on the equipment and gear, and discuss in depth the production side of music. This insider's look into music makes this podcast really interesting, and different from most I hear. Also, they don't choose the most obvious albums to review, resulting in new discoveries of old hits for many of us fans. They don't choose albums or artists they simply want to gush about either, and many of their best (and funniest) insights are when they think a record is not good. Last, what separates this from other podcasts is the inclusion of the listeners through the feedback. They have built a loyal following of Crabs.
6. Update - Jazz, If you don’t like melody that’s the way to go Cris Karson I’m borrowing that Chris, hope ya done mind (nd Review) I realize I’m probably having a conversation with myself but I want to amend my more negative review below. I think what bothered me was Lee’s essentially opening the show by letting us know his negative feelings about the band and then going on and on about it. I have absolutely zero problem with his not liking a band, I totally respect his options and thoroughly enjoy listening to him. This Frank Marino episode was great and I really like hearing both the guys opinions (although I’ve never even heard of Marino). Anyway I guess all I’m saying is Lee don’t dump your thoughts on a band you dislike in the first seconds of a show. Spread it out a little. (st Review) But you’ve got to replace Lee. Otherwise the deep dive and show format is great. He seems to have a vendetta against certain bands which is just ridiculous. I’m sure he doesn’t actually have personal problems with these bands, he’s a grown man after all. But I guess it’s his shtick/gimmick and it really hurts the show. You can hear it in Chris’s voice how painful it is to listen to. Sorry guys.
7. Educational & Entertaining... fun stuff! - These guys are knowledgeable musicians and true rock fans. They put research and perspective into all of these diverse album reviews that results in an educational and entertaining walk through of each record. The discussion is sprinkled with some history of the band, the time period, the gear & techniques used, the producers, engineers, etc. These are each a fun listen, expand my knowledge and keep my love of classic rock alive.
8. Not great, not terrible - Discovered the podcast a couple weeks ago. I think there are some good points and conversations but wow these guys come across as pretentious. Also get really bored with the half hour rambling about stuff that honestly don’t have anything to do with the topic of the album. I think he just likes to hear himself talk. Again, they make some good points and I learned a few facts about bands I didn’t know. Only problem was it took hours of listening to accomplish that when it could’ve been shortened up to maximize time.
9. Suggestions - I recently discovered this podcast and so far I thoroughly enjoy every episode. I’ve heard these albums before but I’ve never really deeply listened to them like they way you analyze them. It makes me have a deeper appreciation for these albums. Except for Led Zeppelin haha I hope you see this but if you do I have a handful of suggestions if you’re interested. Beatles - revolver Beach boys - pet sounds Black Sabbath - Sabbath bloody Sabbath Eagles - desperado
Stevie nicks - Bella Donna Your podcasts make my work day so much more tolerable. Keep up the good work
10. They sound a bit too bitter. Not constructive criticism - Sorry. They did nothing to impress me with their reviews. It's easy to crap on things and give your biased opinions be because you "don’t like fuzz tones", but then you dont let it go it's just annoying. They arent funny, insightful or interesting. They sound like all the failed musicians I've ever spoken to.
11. Great podcast for lovers of rock music - This podcast is fantastic. The two co-hosts are a lot of fun to listen to, they are both musicians and very knowledgeable. In spite of their expertise they aren’t pretentious or snobbish - never taking themselves TOO seriously. I really like their mix if choices as well - lots of different flavors to choose from. At first I was a little intimidated by the length of these episodes, but they go into such depth in their reviews that the time doesn’t drag at all. Both of the hosts are fun to listen to, and they have really good chemistry talking together, Chris is a little more serious and Lee is a little sillier overall, their reviews come off a bit like a good sports broadcast - you have a play by play announcer and a color commentator. (In a good way) If you love rock music, give this podcast a try. You’ll be glad you did.
12. The music podcast I didn’t even know I was looking for! - I have a long commute - I drive about . hours per day. As a result, I listen to a LOT of podcasts. I have been lucky to find many which are about my interests: movies, science, trivia game shows, politics, etc., but one of my most beloved interests is music. I grew up on rock and roll, I have built a massive music collection of all genres, and I’ve been playing guitar (very amateurishly) since the ’s. And yet, every music review podcast I’ve found left me unsatisfied. Either the hosts didn’t have a good chemistry, or they wanted to talk about everything BUT the music, or maybe it was something else entirely, but they never felt RIGHT. CRABA was the podcast I didn’t realize I was looking for until I discovered it. The hosts are both Canadian rock and roll guitarists, who have played together, and have clearly known each other, for some time - they have a great chemistry together. Their main focus is the music, and they research all sorts of details about the albums they review - details about the band, the songwriting, the music production, arrangements, the instruments used, and more. It all comes together to feel almost encyclopedic (in a good way). They break things down, track-by-track, and sometimes, song section by song section. Their (ridiculously ambitious) goal is to review every Classic Rock album ever recorded, and while their picks for the first album to cover by some bands might strike me as an odd choice, I’ve really enjoyed every episode I’ve listened to, even with albums I’m not very familiar with. When they cover albums I am already familiar with, I always come away feeling like I’ve learned something cool about the music I didn’t already know, and I notice things about these songs which previously escaped me. Yes, each episode is really long, but they rarely drag. All in all, I’m really happy I discovered this podcast, and I can’t wait to see what records they pick next!
13. Classic Rock Album by Album - Great podcast. These guys know there music. Great impartial reviews where they discuss lyrics, production, and the entire musical creation process. Would love to hear them review Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Land, Aerosmith’s first Album, Grand Funk the Red Album, and Walter Trout Relentless. Keep it going strong!
14. Good Times and Classics New and Old - This is a great podcast. Chris and Lee are passionate yet humorous about what's involved with making a classic rock album. As muscians and recording artists, they dig into the nitty gritty tech stuff as well as the big sonic picture to give a balanced take on each album -- at least between the two of them! I really appreciate the fact that they review albums from the teens as well as from the s through the millennium. Laisses les bons temps rouler!
15. Guy makes it worthwhile but... - I listened to about hours so far due to sensible intelligence of guy , perfect subject matter, great gear talk, seem to do good research, what is there to not like? Guy excessively whoops and howls at everything that he (guy ) says. If the loud forced laughter could be cut to a minimum this would be an easy five stars for me. Everybody in podcasting wants to be Chris Rock instead of Dan Carlin. I will probably keep listening though to see if they grow a bit because I do enjoy the music trivia. Guy seems to just hate everything and it is repulsive. Did I mention that each time he guffaws the entire show stops dead in its tracks? So he can laugh some more. About something that is not funny. Which eats up time. Then he ridicules Van Halen for putting useless filler on their multi-million selling albums. It’s really quite amazing how condescending Guy is, laughing at and ridiculing Kiss, Zeppelin, Jagger, etc. They aren’t perfect to be sure. However, if those musicians made such poor choices making albums they must have really had the industry, fans and their bankers fooled. At least we now have Guy to set us all straight. He acts like he has sold more records than The Beatles and Elvis combined. If this was a movie podcast he would second guess Citizen Kane, Wizard of Oz and Goodfellas. While laughing maniacally.
16. What I’ve been looking for! - If you want actual in-depth discussion of rock albums then you have found it. I love listening to these guys, both are musicians and give great feedback on playing and producing. I plug in my headphones and just get lost in my favorite music. My one complaint would be that they are reaching on a couple of these albums by calling them classic rock, but overall it’s excellent. Thanks guys!
17. Deep dives on classic (and newer) albums - Just got turned on to the podcast, and I’m enjoying the guys’ breakdown of some really influential albums (warts and all.) As professional musicians, Chris and Lee notice details in the production and performance that might escape the casual listener. I’m glad that the album selections thread the needle between the obvious hits and obscure records that maybe five people have heard. After listening to the episodes on blues influenced albums like Arc Angels and the Vaughan Brothers Family Style, I’d love to hear a breakdown of the Black Crowes Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, or maybe Govt Mule. Either way, keep recording, and I’ll keep listening.
18. Lotsa fun, great musical insight - I’m a musician and I really enjoy this podcast. These guys obviously know their craft and the insight they have as far as recoding techniques, instrumentation, arrangement etc. is fascinating. I’m a little perplexed by their album choices, because I feel that some of them don’t fall into the category of “classic rock”. However, they will find their groove as they discover what resonates with their audience. In my opinion, the best episodes are the ones in which they dissect albums that are considered to be masterpieces, yet they find the flaws. For example, they heavily criticize Led Zeppelin , and deservedly so. I feel that they have barely tapped into the wealth of “classic” albums that could fall into this same category. I hope they open up their repertoire to include grunge, because there is a wealth of diamonds from which to mine. If they are going to include a band U as “classic rock”, certainly grunge should fall under the umbrella. Finally, they seem to consciously avoid the obvious classic albums in favor of the more obscure ones, but I think they will find that their audience will want to hear them dissect the more popular ones, particularly if there is some criticism to be found. They talk like Bob and Doug Mackenzie with an extra hundred IQ points. Keep it up, guys, good fun!
19. Joe the Librarian - Hey guys love everything about your show. Just discovered it. I understand you cant play much of a song due to copyright but did you ever consider plugging in and playing examples of what you hear on an album. It doesnt even have to come from the album exactly but you can give similar examples from your experiences. A list of albums to consider: Emperor of Sand: Mastodon
Empy Glass: Pete Townshend
Songs from the Wood: Jethro Tull
Anything by Alter Bridge
Don't Say no: Billy Squier
Captain Beyond: Captain Beyond
Anything by Gentle Giant
Anythng by Audioslave
Pyromania: Def Leppard
Metal Health: Quiet Riot
Fly Me Courageou: Drivin and Cryin
Purple Rain: Prince and the Revolution
Big Country: Big Country
Rio: Duran Duran
Deliverance: Corrosion of Conformity
20. Fun stuff and interesting - Loving the podcast so far. I like the musician viewpoint that you bring as you dive into the production, mix and guitar style more than most other reviewers. My music theory isn’t strong but I get most of it. I think it’s a good balance. I’m playing catch-up and listening in order as to not hear the feedback before I hear your reviews. A couple albums/artists to consider, “...and Out Come The Wolves” by Rancid, “Bleach” by Nirvana, “Meddle” by Pink Floyd, anything by Edgar Winter Band, anything by Frank Zappa or solo Iggy Pop. Keep up the good work.
21. Class sick! - You guys are doing it right! Great podcast and the hosts keep it interesting. I’ve heard them all except for the Weezer one which I’m doing tomorrow. Here’s some “feedback”. I’d love to hear you guys talk about Pink Floyd, The Verve, Red Hot Chili Peppers, INXS, The Cure, or even Spanish rock icons Soda Stereo (check them out, you’ll be pleasantly surprised). You guys turned me on to Sass. Never heard her before. She’s a monster! One last thing: The listener that told the story about crashing his car to AC/DC reminded me of a big accident I was involved in when I was . I suffered a concussion that left me with no memory of the crash or the hospital stay but the only memory (and it’s a very clear one) was listening to Eric Clapton’s Unplugged record. Layla specifically right as the other car hit mine. I can’t hear anything off that record with triggering thoughts of that night. Strange...
The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers counts down Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time with comedians, actors, and musicians.
Release date: 2023-02-22
1. Enjoy the Journey - Been listening to this show for over years and have loved every minute of it. We all get stuck listening to the same music we loved in High School. This show is a great way to experience different types of music and artists. This is not a music history show. It is more like a book club, the host is going though these albums for the first time and talking to guests, who are often fans of the bands, discussing what the album means to them. This show is about the experience of listening to these classic albums and discussing with friends. Josh is a great host, he doesn’t get caught up in the rankings debate, just having fun listening to the best albums of all time. It’s a fun silly show, don’t take it too seriously, and enjoy the journey Fleece Army.
2. Great topics. Garbage host. - Exactly that. The topics are epic. The guests are rad. The host is the absolute worst. He has quite the musical superiority complex and interrupts with absolute gibberish and the dumbest comments you could imagine. And that voice. I get it, you snorted and smoked everything in sight. Please just let the guest talk. I keep trying to give these episodes a chance but Josh Adam meyers nosedives every single episode at one point.
3. What are you talking about?! - Just slogged through the Jane’s Addiction episode. Josh and Matt mention the album but keep referencing “Been Caught Stealing” a handful of times?! That’s not a song from Nothing Shocking! They didn’t do a breakdown of the tracks but kept going on about their misadventures surrounding the late ’s and early ’s shenanigans. Am I missing something here?!?
4. Excellent review of Rolling Stones top albums all time with comedy too!!! - I’ve been listening to this The podcast for the past years now. I caught up on all the podcasts from down to . Josh and his crew make this podcast fun with great comedic, music, TV and movie stars. Josh brings the unique perspective with comedy and his knowledge of music, along with his guest stars (mostly from the comedy arena), he makes us laugh, cry, have fun, and has great guest-stars each week. His hard-hitting questions to his guests are tough but fun. You should definitely listen to this podcast. I look forward to the next years of this podcast. Hope to have some of the music artists, politicians, actors when we get into the low s and how they influenced their lives. As a music lover for nearly years ( now) I know how power laughter, curiosity and music are to the human experience. This show encapsulates it all!
5. Love this show - Big music fan and I love the way this show is framed. The fact that JAM digs into many albums he’s unfamiliar with makes it so interesting. Learning in real time is quite a challenge and he does it well. I find myself even listening to some of these albums that I truly despise. Many thanks Josh. Hope you can keep it up.
6. Slipping?? - Last few recent podcasts with big guests (!!) are interesting, but have listened to two: David Duchovny and Stop Making Sense (forgot guest) where virtually no music from album was played. Confused, thought that was % of the show, guest interview being the other %. Also confused by more recent shows where guest has never listened to album, like when you had the Young Bull Shane G (shoutout Shane) on. But y’all listen to Jerry Harrison, of best shows ever.
7. Positive additude on new music - John Adam Meyers is very uplifting about the new music he tries, but will also let you know if he doesn't like something. Don't take the music review so seriously, a lot of it is based on an emotioanl level. He also provides facts and intersting tid bits about the album. He's a comedian!
8. Funny, informative and fun - I love listening to this show. JAM is funny and always has great guests. This isn’t some snobby music critic picking apart things you’d never notice in a song. JAM and his guests discuss what they like and what they’d change about each album. Would highly recommend!
9. Enjoy the ride - I really like going on this long journey through music I know and love and new music that I probably would never hear unless I followed a list like this. Do I love all the albums, no, but I am glad to have opened myself up to listening. I think this podcast does a really good job discussing how the music makes you feel which is really what it’s all about. Plus having a comedians perspective keeps it interesting and it’s always fun to see who the next guest will be. Keep it up, I plan on listening until the end…
10. What a blast - Had a blast listening to number … The Doors. When you guys were describing coming down the Grapevine into Valencia, listening to Riders on The Storm and LA Woman, you hit the nail squarely on the head for me. I was on a road trip from Northern California to Southern California two years ago and the exact example you gave is what occurred for me. I enjoy listening to this podcast. Keep up the good work.
11. Keep this podcast alive - Been a fan since the beginning but the podcast has changed since the beginning. Early on, Josh seemed a lot more inspired and passionate and hopeful about the project. Lately the energy of the episodes is much more varied and unpredictable. Some episodes are great and some are not. When Josh gets a fan of the album on that really knows their stuff it’s lightning in a bottle and I think what truly makes this show great (see LA Woman/Jackson Browne episodes). On the other hand, when Josh brings on comedians that aren’t really interested in the album it really does the music a disservice. I understand that it’s probably difficult to find guests that are passionate about every album on this list, but I think that those episodes where you hear about the impact these records have on the guests and Josh are what makes the show special. Overall, this is a great podcast. It makes me sad to hear Josh in these new episodes seem worried about the future of the project. He has a winning formula, it’s just about getting the right guests.
12. Hmm - Update - the Doors LA Woman / David Koechner episode was awesome and exactly why I liked this ‘cast from the beginning. Thanks! Been listening since the beginning. The pod’s changed a bunch trying to land its footing and vibe from then til now. Lately it seems to be less about the music and more about the guest, like it’s just another typical podcast. Lots more schtick as opposed to thoughtful dives into the albums, lately as well. And the episode on RATM’s self titled debut - a monumental and still highly relevant record - reduced to a guest who knew them as a “Tony Hawk band” and a bunch of generic “blah blah blah” from a couple of suburban white dudes… lol. Came off more as a softball PR episode for the guest rather than a celebration and insightful look into the music. The show energy as of late feels like it’s getting a little stale and complacent. The passion doesn’t feel like it’s there anymore.
13. The - I love this podcast. I feel like I am sitting with a group of friends and talking about music when I listen to it. It has opened up my mind to music that I didn’t think I would like. Josh has a sincere enthusiasm for the music. I always look forward to hear what he thinks about my favorite albums. Join The Fleece Army and help keep this great podcast rolling!
14. This is my favorite podcast out there. - I have been a listener of the podcast since the beginning and I am a huge fan. Thank you Josh for doing this podcast. I look forward to listening to the records every week. Also, thanks to you my year old son is going to have better musical taste than any other kid in kindergarten.
Ongoing History of New Music looks at things from the alt-rock universe to hip hop, from artist profiles to various thematic explorations. It is Canada’s most well known music documentary hosted by the legendary Alan Cross. Whatever the episode, you’re definitely going to learn something that you might not find anywhere else. Trust us on this.
Release date: 2023-03-01
1. Weird condescending tone on the female episodes - I absolutely love this podcast and I’ve learned so much, but the way this guy speaks about women on specifically the s Part A & B: Solo & Front Women podcasts is so condescending and really rubs me the wrong way. He hypes up each woman for their musical talents, but then when he gets to Courtney Love’s stripping career he’ll pause, lower his tone, and say “…stripping…” or how about when he talks about Donita Spark’s feminist performance: “There were many stories about her pauses….fearlessness…the most tame one being a time when L played on British TV show The Word. During her performance, she stripped off all her clothes from the waist down…just to make…some kind of point.” He makes remarks like this for just about every single female performer. How about you stick to the music history and leave your personal sexist remarks to yourself.
2. money pit - This podcast is costing me money. How? It keeps turning me on to great music that I just have to buy. Not a bad thing, but my music library is large enough as is. Passing thought: In the old days, I used to peruse record stores for interesting album covers hoping that the music contained therein was interesting also. Total hit & miss. This podcast is more or less the same thing. I'm listening to this podcast only to have my interest piqued by song bytes, which in turn, causes me to buy more music. Anyway.................... I would give this fellow stars if he would quell his personal opinion abit. Yes, I know it's his podcast, but he does come off abit judgmental at times.....to me.
3. Latest is your greatest! - Your latest on Canadian content (feb ), has all the hallmarks of great journalism! It’s slightly different in delivery and maybe polish, you’re back and inspiring! I’ve listened since my son as a child would listen with me while I drive him home to Barrie on a Sunday night... he’s now, today I’m listening while cooking for my folks, and I know they keep turning the tv down in the other room to listen in.
You’ve become family, thank you for keeping it going, for feeling local. truecanadianpassion
4. Fascinating and Informative. - I recently stumbled across this outstanding podcast, and I am so happy I did. I've always been a casual fan of rock and alt rock music, enjoying the songs but not caring enough to learn about the artists, the songs, or how music is made. This podcast has made me enjoy learning more about the music I listen to, and it has also introduced me to or reminded me of music I like to hear again. The host, Alan Cross, is truly an expert and is also wonderfully interesting to listen to. Highly recommended.
5. The absolute best! - This is the best music podcast I have found, especially for an alternative music titled podcast. It is professional, thorough, and worldly without ever being too commercial or slick and pandering. If radio shows like this still existed on FM maybe we all wouldn’t be looking for podcasts to listen to on our drives.
6. Fantastic podcast - I put one of these on during a road trip with my friend...and we ended up listening to them for the entire trip. Fantastic podcast, been listening for years. I’d love to hear some more stuff on “emo” years of alternative (panic at the disco, my chemical romance, the used). They’re my fiancée’s favorite niche of music....and I don’t know enough about them lol
7. Alan Cross is a music-history god! - I lived in Buffalo, NY during the ’s and early ’s and never missed this show on Sunday nights when it aired on Toronto’s . CFNY. When I moved out to the west coast after college, I felt an immediate void! Until I found the streamable shows on the CFNY website, which disappeared shortly after I discovered them. I can’t tell you how THRILLED I am that these are now in the form of podcasts. Alan Cross is a music-history god and has a delivery that rivals even the most accomplished musicians when masterfully weaving these tales. The topics range from the history of individual bands to cult music phenomena to technological advancement in music. You will not be disappointed.
8. Amazing - If you like Music this is the podcast for you .Alan cross’ knowledge and passion for alt rock is amazing. You should definitely check it out, scroll through find an episode and you’ll be sucked right in. Next thing you know, you will have listened to all the available episodes, and you’ll be impatiently waiting for next weeks episode.
9. Always a favorite!! - I’ve been listening to Alan Cross since the beginning of his show on . The Edge out of Toronto. Being from WNY, we are lucky to have Canadian broadcasting from over Lake Ontario. As a s kid mesmerized by all things rock, Alan made sense of this love. Now a mom of teens who were force to grow up listening to The Ongoing History of New Music, their appreciation and curiosity tends to far exceed mine. My oldest, now in college in Austin, TX, is so happy to have the podcast - not just for the knowledge that she hungers for, but also as a reference for her chosen field of study in political/sociological journalism with a concentration in music journalism. Thanks to Alan Cross for letting me pass on my happy place to my offspring (pun intended).
10. Always interesting! - Allen Cross does an amazing job of researching and telling the stories of your favorite musicians, and even when you are not a fan of the musician, genre, or particular topic, he still weaves a story that you will probably find very interesting. The Ongoing History was a long running radio show on CFNY in Toronto, and has only been available in podcast form in recent years. Allen Cross has hundreds of great stories and I am sure that you will enjoy to listening to them!
11. The best Podcast out there - I started listing to Allen Cross when I lived in Buffalo when I was a young adult. He has such great insight and knowledge on music, especially alternative. I have learned so much about the artist I listen to and whom music I love. This is a must listen to podcast for any alternative music fan!