Who Cares About the Rock Hall?: The B-52's with Oscar Montoya
Comedian and fellow podcaster Oscar Montoya (Inside the Disney Vault) joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of campy New Wave all-stars The B-52's. Also discussed in this episode are the hosts' recent concert adventures, the origin of Steely Dan's name, and nostalgia by the decade. Find all the .
Deeper Digs in Rock: Nothing's Bad Luck: The Lives of Warren Zevon with C.M. Kushins
Join Christian and author/musician C.M. Kushins as they discuss his new biography of legendary singer-songwriter Warren Zevon. The bio spans his nomadic youth and early recording career to his substance abuse, final album, and posthumous Grammy Awards As is the case with so many musicians, the life of Warren Zevon was blessed with talent and opportunity yet also beset by tragedy and setbacks. Raised mostly by his mother with an occasional cameo from his gangster father, Warren had an affinity and talent for music at an early age. Taking to the piano and guitar almost instantly, he began imitating and soon creating songs at every opportunity. After an impromptu performance in the right place at the right time, a record deal landed on the lap of a teenager who was eager to set out on his own and make a name for himself. But of course, where fame is concerned, things are never quite so simple. Drawing on original interviews with those closest to Zevon, including Crystal Zevon, Jackson Browne, Mitch Albom, Danny Goldberg, Barney Hoskyns, and Merle Ginsberg, Nothing's Bad Luck tells the story of one of rock's greatest talents. Journalist C.M. Kushins not only examines Zevon's troubled personal life and sophisticated, ever-changing musical style, but emphasizes the moments in which the two are inseparable, and ultimately paints Zevon as a hot-headed, literary, compelling, musical genius worthy of the same tier as that of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. In and use the code: *ddir* at checkout to get 15% off!
Rock Candy Ep. 77: Madonna Part 2 - Primetime Butts
We conclude the tale of total pop icon Madonna with her boom into the 90's that turned into her current presence in today's music scene. With more hot takes than we initially thought possible. Her movie career takes off, she finds love and family, and after her music career takes a turn for the mature, she ends up losing herself along the way with questionable decisions both in music and in life. But she is still as significant today as she was in the 80's, so she's doing something right. We suggest grabbing a can of Madonna from Zero Gravity Brewery while you take all this in. Sources: Like An Icon by Lucy O'Brien Check out all the podcasts at
History in Five Songs: Doom Metal
This is the show that aims to make grand and often oddball hard rock and heavy metal points through a narrative built upon the tiny idea of a quintet of songs. Buttressed with illustrative clips, Martin argues quickly and succinctly why these songs—and the specific sections of these tracks—support his mad professor premise, from the wobbly invention of an “American” heavy metal, to the influence of Led Zeppelin in hair metal or to more succinct topics like tapping and twin leads. The songs serve as bricks, but Martin slathers plenty of mortar. At the end, hopefully he has sturdy house in which this week’s theory can reside unbothered by the elements. In this episode Martin tells the history of Doom Metal in these Five Songs: Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath Angel Witch – Confused Witchfinder General – Invisible Hate Trouble – Victim of the Insane Candlemass – Crystal Ball To connect or learn more about Martin head over to:
The Career Musician Ep. 21: Possible Chops with Dave Hooper pt.1
Dave Hooper is not only a first call LA session ace and touring drummer, but also a great teacher of the drumming chops he's so diligently cultivated. With the launch of his new site Dave breaks down drumming riffs or 'chops' into easily digestible short phrases, then slows them down to half speed on video with normal speed audio. Although this may not sound like a breakthrough, it actually is for the discerning musician who's always trying to learn the nuances of their craft. To boot, PossibleChops.com does this with some of the industries most sought after drummers! On the flip side, Hoop & Nomad talk about all of the mundane rigors of the Career Musician as it pertains to real life situations on the gig. In this 2 part interview these muzoids go deep into the ether of chasing the dream while living the reality of the music biz! Episode references: Gary Novak Les Hooper Chaka Khan Toni Braxton John Tesh Donny Osmond The Rippingtons Lee Ritenour Larry Graham Sheryl Crow The Baked Potato