Modern Musicology #105 - KISS 50th Anniversary

Modern Musicology #105 – 50 Years of KISS

KISS The first KISS album was released on February 18, 1974! To help celebrate that momentous occasion, Alan is joined by good friend Matt Alschbach of the Rock and Metal Profs Podcast! We talk about the brilliance of that debut album and how it set the template for everything that followed; Matt tells us about seeing the End

Modern Musicology #101 - She's a Badass

Modern Musicology #101 – She’s a Badass!

She’s a Badass! We’re very excited to have the opportunity to chat with Katherine Yeske Taylor, author of the new book She’s a Badass: Women in Rock Shaping Feminism, available now from Backbeat Books. In the book, Katherine talks to 20 musicians, from legends like Ann Wilson, Gina Schock, Suzi Quatro, Exene Cervenka,

Modern Musicology #99 - Holiday Music

#99 – Holiday Music

Holiday Music The Winter Holidays are full of great music! Anthony, Stephanie and Alan share some of their favorite holiday traditions and talk about their favorite Christmas music. And as you’d expect, it’s an eclectic mix to say the least, ranging from traditional Latin hymns to heavy metal holly! We have a couple of

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 #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 Podcast #84 - Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon

#84 – Dark Side of the Moon at 50

Dark Side of the Moon This week we celebrate the (belated) 50th Anniversary of arguably the greatest rock album ever recorded, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. We’re joined by DJ, journalist, and self-professed Floydian Widgett Walls of to discuss the history and impact of this groundbreaking album, its importance, and its legacy. It’s the

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 #74 - The Music of 1983 Part 2

Modern Musicology #74 – Music of 1983 (Pt 2)

1983 Part 2 This week we talk about the second half of 1983 — July through December. With incredible debuts by Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Wham!, Metallica, Slayer and more, plus major releases from Yes (90125), Genesis (Genesis), Huey Lewis and the News (Sports), KISS (Lick it Up), Motley Crue (Shout at the Devil), Lionel Richie (Can’t Slow Down), John Cougar Mellencamp (Uh Huh), Paul McCartney (Pipes of Peace), Eurythmics (Touch), Duran Duran (Seven

Modern Musicology #72 - Rob and Steph Show

Modern Musicology #72 – Rob and Steph

Rob and Steph Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show! What do you do when two of your co-hosts are absent and you had a guest cancel at the last minute? You improvise! That’s exactly what happened this week as Stephanie Seymour and Rob Levy find themselves in the Modern Musicology studios alone! So what did they do?

Modern Musicology #71 - Ricky Byrd Interview

Modern Musicology #71 – Ricky Byrd Interview

Ricky Byrd This week we have the pleasure of chatting with RICKY BYRD — guitarist, songwriter, current solo artist, former member of the classic line-up of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee. In this interview, Ricky talks about learning Beatles and Stones songs off the radio as a kid, seeing bands

Modern Musicology #69 - John Robb Interview

Modern Musicology #69 – John Robb Interview

This week on Modern Musicology we have the extreme pleasure of chatting with bassist, author, radio and TV presenter, journalist, DJ, publisher, and founder of Louder Than War JOHN ROBB, talking about his new book The Art of Darkness: The History of Goth, which releases in the US on Tuesday, May 16. We chat with John

Modern Musicology #68 - Rock's Greatest Comebacks

Modern Musicology #68 – Greatest Comebacks

Greatest Comebacks This week we recount the stories of the greatest comebacks ever in pop music! The discussion includes bands and artists that actively left music and then reentered the scene, as well as those who bounced back from disastrous periods in their career. Our topic ranges from Elvis (of course) and Tina (of

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