Modern Musicology

Modern Musicology covers topics on rock and pop ranging mostly from 70s, 80s and 90s (with occasional excursions into 60s and 00s).

Anything is fair game — classic rock, R&B, folk, punk, prog, rap, metal, and more.


Modern Musicology #34 - Songs We Love by Bands We Don't Love

Modern Musicology #34 – Songs We Love, Bands We Don’t

Songs We Love by Artists We Don’t Love Even bands we can’t stand get lucky sometimes and craft a song so good that we can’t deny them! That’s the topic this week for the Modern Musicology Team — finding that oasis in the desert. Stephanie, Rob, Anthony and Alan excavate some unexpected treasures from bands and

Modern Musicology #33 - Bad Albums by Great Artists

Modern Musicology #33 – Bad Albums by Great Artists!

Bad Albums (or Songs) by Great Artists! Every artist or band, no matter how great they are, have that one (hopefully only one!) album that just doesn’t stack up to the rest of their output. Or, maybe that artist or band has a great album, but right in the middle

Modern Musicology #32 - Travel Music

Modern Musicology #32 – Travel Music

Travel Music! The Modern Musicology Team is joined by Julianne Wurden, a travel advisor for Rick Steves Europe and a host of Monday Night Rick, to talk about the role music can play in international travel as a way of learning a language, immersing in a culture, and getting to know the locals. She also tells us about

Modern Musicology #31 - Killer B-Sides

Modern Musicology #31 – Killer B-Sides

Killer B-Sides – In our last episode we talked about songs that should have been released as singles. This week, we flip the 45 over to talk about some of our favorite B-Sides: exclusive tracks, live recordings, alternate versions, Part 2s, and more. We go all the way to the very

Modern Musicology #30 - Should Have Been a Single!

Modern Musicology #30 – “Should Have Been a Single!”

We know that this has happened to you — you’re listening to an album, you hear a great song, and you think “Damn, that should have been a single!” Yep, we all have examples that come immediately to mind. This week, the MM Gang, joined by solo artist and former

Modern Musicology #29 - Tony Fletcher Interview

Modern Musicology #29 – Tony Fletcher Interview

Rob and Alan sit down for a chinwag with Tony Fletcher, author of books like Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend, Perfect Circle: The Story of REM, In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett, a memoir called Boy About Town, and his newest, The Best of Jamming!: Selections

Modern Musicology #28 - Kate Bush

Modern Musicology #28 – Kate Bush

Kate Bush is having an extraordinary resurgence due to one of her most iconic songs, “Running Up That Hill”, being used in the new season of Stranger Things. A whole new generation is being introduced to the mysterious, reclusive rock chanteuse. Here, we delve into the career of this extraordinary artist and unveil all

Modern Musicology #27 - Glastonbury 2022

Modern Musicology #27 – Glastonbury 2022

This week we pay a visit to Somerset, England to recap this year’s Glastonbury Festival! We review the major performances (McCartney, Crowded House, Diana Ross, etc) and talk about some of our other faves (Wet Leg, IDLES, Skunk Anansie, Phoebe Bridgers, HAIM, Jack White, Sam Fender and more).  First, though, we talk

MM #26 - Favorite Labels

Modern Musicology #26 – Our Favorite Record Labels!

IRS! Motown! WaxTrax! Island! Megaforce! Alternative Tentacles! The Modern Musicology team (Rob and Alan, joined once again by the amazing Stephanie Seymour) talk about the record labels that we love and why we love them. Record labels that have a specific identity, that have an identifiable sound, or that champion new or

MM#25 - The Albums of 1982

Modern Musicology #25 – The Albums of 1982 (Part 1)!

The Albums of 1982! Thriller! 1999! Vacation! Hot Space! This week the Modern Musicology gang (joined once again by former Aquanettas drummer and solo artist Stephanie Seymour) jumps into our time machine and sets the controls for 1982! We talk about that year’s biggest releases and some of the most significant debuts, as well as some of the less

MM#24 - BritPop

Modern Musicology #24 – BritPop!

It’s the musical battle of the 90s — BLUR vs. OASIS — winner takes all! This week on Modern Musicology we talk all things BritPop! The bands that set the stage and inspired the movement, the “Big Four” (Blur, Oasis, Suede and Pulp), the big BritPop chart war, some of the other BritPop bands like

Modern Musicology #23 - Girl Groups

Modern Musicology #23 – Girl Groups!

Girl Groups! We’re talking about women in music, specifically all-girl bands, and we’re joined by someone who used to be in an all-girl band, former Aquanettas drummer Stephanie Seymour! We cover the gamut — we talk about our favorite all-girl bands, what the term “girl groups” means to us, why we

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