In this episode, McCoy and Blair discuss Ode to Joy, Wilco's most subdued record to date. Light on cymbals and heavy on symbolism, even the album cover seems a kind of signifier of the negative space that the songs employ.
Episode 11 finds our hosts discussing Wilco's tenth studio album, Schmilco. Featuring mellow instrumentation and personal lyrics, Schmilco finds the band pulling back on the guitar wizardry and amping up the intimacy.
From 2016 to 2018, Alex and Seth discussed over 100 different Bruce Springsteen songs in harrowing detail. Like over an hour each. "Best of" is relative. This time, they discuss "Happy" and other songs that share that name.
Tycho's intoxicating songs conjure meditative images of waves crashing on secluded island beaches, warm summer breezes blowing over a field of blossoming flowers, a gentle rain nourishing an old growth forest...
Elliott Smith's breakthrough third LP,Either/Or, has seen its cultural appreciation grow tenfold in the 17 years since his passing but Either/Or was treasured from the moment it was unveiled in February ‘97.
The Great Escape may have signaled the end of “The Life Trilogy,” but if any album in the band’s catalog is such a grand getaway, it’s the self-titled 1997 follow-up that finally introduced Blur to the American mainstream.