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Modern Musicology #94 - Great Producers

#94 – Great Producers

Great Producers No matter how good a band or artist is, a producer can make or break them. A good producer can elevate mediocre material, and a bad producer can turn great songs into sludge. This week we’re talking about some of the GREAT producers, those geniuses who work magic

Modern Musicology #93 - The Beatles "Now and Then"

Modern Musicology #93: “Now and Then”

“Now and Then” We’re at a moment in history — the release of “Now and Then”, the very last new recording by the greatest rock band in history, The Beatles. We’re joined by Ira Elliot, the drummer of Nada Surf and the Beatles tribute band Bambi Kino, to analyze this old/new track and the “long and

Modern Musicology #91 - GHOST

Modern Musicology #91 – GHOST

GHOST (and Other Horror Bands) In time for Halloween, we thought we’d do a show all about our favorite spooky band, Ghost! Alan and Anthony are joined by our good friend Vicki Hudson, lead singer of the Atlanta-based Rush tribute band, The Spirit of Rush, to do a deep dive into the culture of Ghost; seeing the

Modern Musicology #89 - The Albums of 1993

Modern Musicology #89 – The Albums of 1993

1993 This week we take our musical time machine back to the year 1993! It’s a crazy year with a lot of competing styles and genres, which makes it exciting! We talk about great albums by bands like Nirvana, Mazzy Star, Sarah MacLachlan, Crowded House, Daniel Lanois, Prince, David Bowie (two of

Modern Musicology #88 - The Art of Hipgnosis

Modern Musicology #88 – The Art of HIPGNOSIS

HIPGNOSIS — the graphic design team comprised of Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell — dominated the music scene in the 70s and 80s and created some of the most iconic album covers ever. Their client list included Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney & Wings, Peter Gabriel, Def Leppard, T. Rex, the Pretty Things,

Modern Musicology #83 - Music Books

Modern Musicology #83 – Music Books

Music Books Rob and Alan geek out on one of their favorite topics: music books! Both are avid readers of books of all types about music — biographies, analyses, histories, what have you. The discussion goes from recent reads of books by John Robb, Richard Evans, Nick Hornby, Nick Griffiths, Jann

Modern Musicology Podcast #82 - The Music of 1988 (Part 2)

Modern Musicology #82 – The Music of 1988 (Part 2)

Music of 1988! We continue on our journey through 1988 with the albums released in the second half of the year (June through December). We hit the highlights in rock (Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Crowded House, Nick Cave), rap (NWA, Public Enemy, Fat Boys, Stetsasonic), metal (Metallica, Slayer, Helloween, Anthrax), alt and

Modern Musicology #81 - The Music of 1988 (part 1)

Modern Musicology #81 – The Music of 1988 (Part 1)

The Music of 1988 The Modern Musicologists (Anthony, Rob, Stephanie and Alan) take a look at the albums that were released in the first half of 1988! We hit the highlights in rock (Robert Plant, Cinderella, Van Halen), rap (Boogie Down Productions, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Run DMC),

Modern Musicology #80 - MTV

Modern Musicology #80 – MTV!

MTV This week we celebrate the anniversary of one of the most important and iconic phenomena of the modern music era: MTV. It began life on August 1, 1980 and within a few years changed the entire cultural landscape, from music and fashion to advertising to television. In this show we

Modern Musicology #79 - Reviewing the Wham! Documentary

Modern Musicology #79 – WHAM!

WHAM! This week your hosts Rob and Alan, joined by our good buddy JM Tuffley, do the jitterbug as we take a peek at the new Wham! documentary on Netflix. Described by Decider as “a buddy film disguised as a music documentary, Wham! tells the story of how Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael met, became besties, formed a

Modern Musicology #78 - METAL!

Modern Musicology #78 – METAL!!!

METAL!!! This week the MM gang (Stephanie Seymour, Anthony Williams and R. Alan Siler) is joined by Matt Alschbach of The Rock and Metal Profs Podcast to talk all things hard rock and heavy metal! We talk about where our love of metal began (for Alan and Matt it was two different shows on the same tour in 1979),

Modern Musicology #77 + Tommy Stinson Interview

Modern Musicology #77 – Tommy Stinson

Tommy Stinson Interview This week we’re honored to be joined by Tommy Stinson, former member of The Replacements, Soul Asylum, Guns N’ Roses, and Bash & Pop, to talk about his new album with Chip Roberts, Wronger. We talk about Tommy’s songwriting process, writing songs so good they make your butt pucker, creating music in the

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