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My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan

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Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.

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Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.

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By Trig trying - Aug 21 2019
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Great concept, well executed, very enjoyable👌. Jeremy has a pleasant, engaging interview style.

So glad I found this podcast!

By mindcentric - Apr 11 2019
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So glad I found this podcast! Loved the Benmont Tench interview.

iTunes Ratings

117 Ratings
Average Ratings
79
22
8
5
3

Awesome!

By Trig trying - Aug 21 2019
Read more
Great concept, well executed, very enjoyable👌. Jeremy has a pleasant, engaging interview style.

So glad I found this podcast!

By mindcentric - Apr 11 2019
Read more
So glad I found this podcast! Loved the Benmont Tench interview.
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My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan

Latest release on Jan 19, 2020

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Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.

Rank #1: 250. The Beatles 'Help!' with guest host Jeff Greenstein and Jeremy Dylan, plus the untold history of My Favorite Album

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To celebrate 250 episodes of My Favorite Album, Emmy-winning writer/director and friend of the pod Jeff Greenstein steps into the host chair and Jeremy Dylan slouches into the guest chair, for a deep dive into one of the Beatles best but most underrated albums, 'Help!'

We talk about how this captures the Beatles in a transitionary period, how they are starting to break out of the mop top era into more sophisticated and diverse musical and lyrical adventures. 

Plus Jeff and Jeremy open up about the how and why of My Favorite Album's existence, dream guests, the best episodes for newcomers to start with and more.

Thanks to everyone who's been with us for the past five years, or even just for one episode, and hopefully we'll be here for another 250 episodes and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Jul 17 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #2: 258. Bill Wyman on The Clash 'London Calling' (1979)

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The real Bill Wyman - co-creator of Sound Opinions, writer for Vulture, New York Magazine, Salon, the New Yorker and more - joins me for a deep dive into one of rock's most iconic double albums, The Clash's 1979 masterpiece 'London Calling'.

The inspiration for the iconic cover, why the biggest hit wasn’t listed on the track listing, the contributions of producer Guy Stevens, what made this more than ‘just’ a punk record, the underrated contributions of the non Joe Strummer members of the band, whether the Clash would’ve ever reunited, why they included covers on the record, whether it should’ve been a single album and why he didn't rank 'London Calling' as the Clash's #1 song.

Bill also tells the story of being threatened by the other Bill Wyman's lawyers for using his own name, our conflicted feelings on Keith Richards' memoir and how he puts together his popular 'All Songs Ranked' features for Vulture.com

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

Additional editing by Ellie Willoughby.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Oct 03 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #3: Top 5 of 2017 - Robyn Hitchcock on Bob Dylan 'Blonde on Blonde'

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Our countdown of 2017 episodes continues with our most downloaded podcast of last year - Robyn Hitchcock on the Dylan classic 'Blonde on Blonde'

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Legendary English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock returns to the podcast to talk about an artist who’s influence has shaped his entire career - Bob Dylan and his iconic 1966 double album ‘Blond on Blonde’.

We talk about why some people are obsessed with finding the literal inspiration behind every Bob line, how Robyn fell in love with Dylan at boarding school, why David Bowie was the British Bob Dylan, how the Nashville session players changed the way Dylan made records, Dylan’s knack for song titles, whether it matters what order you sing the verses to these songs in, why Visions of Johanna is Robyn’s favorite song and the difference between being ‘a Bob Dylan’ instead of ‘the Bob Dylan’.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Jan 02 2018

40mins

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Rank #4: 262. Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield on new The Beatles White Album box set, why Paul won't stop, Taylor Swift and more

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“People often dismiss [Paul] as soft and lazy and complacent. In so many ways, he’s the exact opposite of that, to a frightening extreme.” - Rob Sheffield

Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles, joins me to preview the new White Album box set and for a wide ranging discussion on all things Fab Four - the way our perception of the Beatles change as we age, how the Rock Band video game got 90s kids into the Beatles, rethinking the story of the White Album, why we see aspect of ourselves in the Lennon McCartney friendship, how George was treated like John and Paul's kid brother, the way the Beatles drug use effected their relationships with each other, what McCartney and Mick Jagger have in common, why Taylor Swift is the modern day Paul McCartney, Rob’s 90 minute cut of Hey Jude, the eternal youthfulness of Ringo Starr and why he is in denial about the prospect of Paul’s eventual death... (and more if you can believe it)

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Oct 30 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #5: 235. Sticky Fingers author Joe Hagan on interviewing Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, the future of Rolling Stone and the Jann Wenner / Trump parallels

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On this off-formate episode, journalist Joe Hagan joins me to talk about one of the best music books of last year, his biography of Rolling Stone magazine and its founder Jann S Wenner.

We discuss his unique experiences interviewing Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, the mutually exploitative relationship between Wenner and Mick Jagger, the future of both Wenner and Rolling Stone, how he found an ending to a story that is arguably not yet over, and the parallels between Jann Winner and a certain orange haired President.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Feb 21 2018

23mins

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Rank #6: Kacey Musgraves on John Prine 'John Prine' (repost)

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To celebrate great new records from both Kacey Musgraves and John Prine, here's the former celebrating the latter.

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves talks her love iconic iconoclast John Prine and his self-titled debut album. Kacey talks about performing with Prine, playing him the song she wrote about him, how his approach to lyric writing inspired her own songs, why she put her Grammy in a Prine exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and wonders why people keep thinking her and Prine’s songs are about weed.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Apr 16 2018

18mins

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Rank #7: 242. Phoebe Bridgers on Bright Eyes 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' (2005)

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LA singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers joins me to celebrate a classic album of the mid-naughties, Bright Eyes 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning'.

We talk about why Phoebe resisted listening to the album before falling in love with it, how it changed the way she writes songs, where Bright Eyes fits in the 'emo' pantheon, why she can't listen to the songs on shuffle and whether the current political nightmare is influencing her writing the same way the Bush administration influenced Bright Eyes in 2005.

Plus we talk about her friendship with Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst - what it's like to play Bright Eyes songs with him on tour, how Emmylou Harris inspired Phoebe to duet with Conor on her own album, how knowing Conor changes the way she listens to Bright Eyes and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the filmBenjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

May 15 2018

29mins

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Rank #8: 228. Old Crow Medicine Show on Bob Dylan 'Infidels' (1983)

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Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor joins me to relive his Bob Dylan awakening, as we delve into the underrated 1983 classic 'Infidels'.

Ketch explains how his 12 year old brain was primed to fall for the record, how it awakened new emotions in him when he didn't really understand the lyrics, why middle-aged Dylan was his epitome of cool, how 'Union Sundown' fits amongst the union song tradition, what it's like to co-write with Dylan twice in the same unconventional way and whether the next OCMS album will be their 'Infidels'.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Nov 25 2017

44mins

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Rank #9: 289. Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt on 'Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs'

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MFA Book Month continues as Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt joins me to talk about his exhaustive book chronicling the stories behind every single song Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded. We delve into both the stories behind the songs and the stories behind the book, how Brian made sure it had something new both for die hard fans of the Boss and those who only knew the hits - from conflicting stories behind some tracks, the underappreciated gems in Bruce's catalogue, Springsteen's attempt to not sound like "Bruce Springsteen" anymore, how his depression bled into his songwriting, the battle between live and studio versions of some songs and, because I can't help myself, Taylor Swift.

Oct 22 2019

34mins

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Rank #10: 273. Leslie Stevens on Neutral Milk Hotel 'In The Aeroplane Over the Sea' (1998)

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LA Singer/songwriter Leslie Stevens joins me to chat about Neutral Milk Hotel's classic 1998 album 'In The Aeroplane Over the Sea'. We talk about The Diary of Anne Frank and it's influence on the album, authenticity in music and innocence lost. We unpack our teenage superiority complexes and debate whether genre labels are essential in the music world.   Leslie plays us an impromptu rendition of Norwegian Wood on her saw and we discuss vulnerability in song writing, whether 'Aeroplane Over the Sea' has dated and the album's hipster following.

Mar 05 2019

47mins

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Rank #11: 244. Bebe Buell on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 'Damn the Torpedoes' (1979)

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Rock'n'roll singer/songwriter, fashion model and best selling author Bebe Buell joins me to talk about the classic album 'Damn the Torpedoes' from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Bebe talks about her first meeting with Petty (and Bob Dylan) at an early Heartbreakers gig, the skillful simplicity of Petty's lyrics, the crucial contributions of the Heartbreakers, why she misses organs in rock music, why so many people could identify with Tom Petty songs, what it is like to listen to Heartbreakers songs since Petty's passing and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Jun 04 2018

35mins

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Rank #12: 252. Amanda Shires on Leonard Cohen 'Songs of Love and Hate' (1971)

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Singer/songwriter/fiddle wizard Amanda Shires joins me over chicken-fried steak to talk/argue about the great Leonard Cohen and his 1971 masterpiece 'Songs of Love and Hate'.

Is the album depressing? What is Leonard Cohen's best song? Is co-writing good and should Amanda do it? Did she steal one of Cohen's coat hangers? Why did she write a song about wanting to hang out with Cohen? What about the cover of 'I'm Your Man' she did? 

It's a rambling, insightful, funny and sometimes contentious chat from one of today's most engaging performers. Listen to it and then check out her new album 'To The Sunset'.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Jul 31 2018

40mins

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Rank #13: Brian Koppelman on The History of the Eagles, rock docs and justified hubris (REPOST)

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Returning champion, filmmaker (Ocean’s 13, Solitary Man, Rounders), podcaster (The Moment - it’s great, subscribe) and Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman joins me to celebrate Alison Ellwood’s fantastic film The History of the Eagles, to make a case for it as one of the best rock docs of all time and to pay tribute to recently departed Eagles legend Glenn Frey.

We talk about how the film avoids the pitfalls and predictability of many other rock docs, the creative partnership between Glenn Frey and Don Henley, what the subject of Brian’s music documentary would be, confident musicians and backlashes, the ‘tall poppy syndrome’, cocaine, heroes and villains in documentaries, and why so many people just fuckin’ hate the Eagles.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Nov 07 2017

36mins

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Rank #14: 227. Elizabeth Cook on Neil Young 'Zuma' (1975)

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My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Oct 19 2017

36mins

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Rank #15: 268. Tom Champion on Neil Young 'Tonight's the Night' (1975)

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Groove master and bassist Tom Champion (The Preatures) joins me to chat about Neil Young's classic 1975 album 'Tonight's the Night'. We discuss how Tom first discovered the album, the sad story behind the album and the different incarnations of Neil Young, including whether Neil should be considered a cat or a dog.

We compare the recording methods of Neil Young and The Preatures, how drunk the band was while recording 'Tonight's the Night' and more.

Jan 22 2019

54mins

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Rank #16: Kacey Musgraves on John Prine (repost)

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Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves talks her love iconic iconoclast John Prine and his self-titled debut album. Kacey talks about performing with Prine, playing him the song she wrote about him, how his approach to lyric writing inspired her own songs, why she put her Grammy in a Prine exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and wonders why people keep thinking her and Prine’s songs are about weed.

Feb 04 2019

18mins

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Rank #17: 274. Christian Lee Hutson on Elliott Smith 'XO' (1998)

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LA singer/songwriter Christian Lee Hutson joins me to talk about Elliott Smith's classic 1998 album XO. We chat about how XO was Elliott's first album produced with a major label, retrospective listening and how many fans have hunted for hidden messages in the album's lyrics post Elliott's suicide and how a collision of musical worlds helped Christian bond with his Dad.  Christian tells me about an Elliott Smith tribute show he recently contributed to, how XO gave Christian courage to get into solo songwriting, plagiarism predicaments and we pledge to produce an Elliott Smith tribute record performed entirely by Hank Williams Jr.

Mar 21 2019

40mins

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Rank #18: 255. Gretchen Peters on Bob Dylan 'Blood on the Tracks' (1975)

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Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters joins me to talk about the every songwriter's favorite Bob Dylan record, 1975's 'Blood on the Tracks'.

Gretchen talks about how she fell in love with the album as she was getting divorced, the unusually soft edges of Dylan’s songwriting on this record, how he treats women in his lyrics, how his songs always bring you to a place of empathy and the importance of being brutally honest with yourself as a songwriter.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

If you've got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Aug 31 2018

29mins

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Rank #19: 282. Don Was on Wayne Shorter 'Speak No Evil' (1966)

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This week I chat to producer, bassist, songwriter, documentarian and president of iconic jazz label Blue Note Records, Don Was about Wayne Shorter's classic album 'Speak No Evil' (1966). We talk about how the album gave Don a sense of purpose, that a piece of music doesn't need lyrics to speak to someone, how great artists seem to appear from a creative ether and Don explains how engineer Rudy Van Gelder achieved the classic jazz sound that unifies all Blue Note albums and how Don aims to continue that legacy by pursuing the artists' vision. Plus Don tells me some fantastic anecdotes about his time working with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Benmont Tench and more.

Jun 26 2019

53mins

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Rank #20: 288. Nick Lowe biographer Will Birch on the twists and turns of Nick's life and career

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It's the My Favorite Album book club for the next month, trading musicians in for authors of the most exciting books about music and musicians. We kick things off with Will Birch, founding member of The Kursaal Flyers turned journalist and biographer, on his new book 'Cruel to Be Kind', the definitive look at the legendary Nick Lowe's life and career. We talk about Nick's late career reinvention of his sound and image, the infamous Brinsley Schwartz press launch fiasco, Nick's relationship with Elvis Costello, how What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding ended up on the Bodyguard soundtrack, the process of writing the book and much more.

Oct 14 2019

51mins

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Hrishikesh Hirway on Bjork 'Homogenic' (repost)

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Jan 19 2020

41mins

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Stella Donnelly on Broadcast 'Tender Buttons' (repost)

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Jan 13 2020

31mins

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Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) on Mothers of Invention 'We're Only In It For the Money' (repost)

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Jan 06 2020

39mins

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Steve Jordan on his biggest influences and playing with James Brown, Keith Richards and Neil Young (repost)

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Dec 29 2019

1hr 10mins

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Stephen Tobolowsky on David Bowie 'Ziggy Stardust' (repost)

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Dec 23 2019

55mins

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295. Ben Lee on Jonathan Richman 'Modern Lovers Live' (1977)

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This week, multi-multi-ARIA-winner Ben Lee welcomes me into his Laurel Canyon home to talk about Jonathan Richman and 'Modern Lovers Live'. We delve into the arc of Richman's career, how his music became more and more stripped back and seemingly innocent, the inherent joy that Ben has tried to carry into his own work and some weighty digressions about the artists responsibility to pose questions to their audience, our mutual distaste for unsolicited advice and knowing whether to continue a music career when your best days could lay behind you.

Dec 11 2019

44mins

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294. John Leventhal on Ry Cooder 'Paradise and Lunch' (1974)

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John Leventhal is a master of tastefulness, over decades as a producer, guitarist and songwriter with everyone from Shawn Colvin to Marc Cohn to William Bell and his wife Rosanne Cash. Today he welcomes me to his home studio in New York to talk about Ry Cooder’s 70s classic ‘Paradise and Lunch’. We delve into Ry’s genius as an arranger and reinterpreter of songs, his influence as a musician, how the album puts songs first over guitar flexing, how Ry has influenced John’s playing and production and what it was like for John and his wife Rosanne to collaborate with Ry on new arrangements of Johnny Cash songs.

Dec 03 2019

36mins

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I want your help on episode 300

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Nov 23 2019

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293. Kira Puru on Amy Winehouse 'Back to Black' (2006)

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Today Australia's queen of the dance floor bangers Kira Puru joins me for a long-awaited discussion of Amy Winehouse's classic neo-soul masterpiece 'Back to Black'. We dig into how this record sparked a soul revival and how the music that came in its wake measures up, how Winehouse's artistic sophistication was sometimes masked by her image, the definition of 'cool', what makes Winehouse's lyrics so effective and how producer Mark Ronson helped shaped the album, as well as reflecting on the untimely loss of Amy Winehouse and whether suffering is endemic to great art.

Nov 19 2019

37mins

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292. Tom Ballard on Midlake 'The Trials of Van Occupanther' (2006)

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This week comedian and podcaster Tom Ballard joins me to chat about Midlake's concept album 'The Trials of Van Occupanther'. We talk about how the album manages to be timeless but not retro, the conceptual substance behind the lyrics, the 60s and 70s rock influences on the album and we dredge up Tom's 2013 list of the best songs of the past 20 years and hold him accountable for it. We discuss the changing dynamics of a band who has lost its lead singer, solo creative work vs collaboration and I challenge Tom to turn this album into a musical.

Nov 11 2019

36mins

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291. Empire's Helen O'Hara on the musical evolution of superhero cinema

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MFA Book Month concludes this week with journalist, author and Empire podcast geek queen Helen O'Hara joining me for a journey through the music of superhero cinema, from John Williams' magisterial score for SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE through to Kendrick Lamar's BLACK PANTHER soundtrack and much in between. We discuss the evolution from theme driven symphonic scores to the intense blare of Hans Zimmer, the use of pop music in superhero films from Prince's BATMAN music to the toe-tapping GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, how Marvel found its footing with the scores of the MCU after a slightly muddled beginning and we plug Helen's new book THE ULTIMATE SUPERHERO MOVIE GUIDE. We also get into it about JOKER (no spoilers), what almost drove Helen off Twitter, I offer some lightly controversial takes and it all ends on a very silly note.

Nov 06 2019

1hr 14mins

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290. Dr. Mark Kermode on his life of musical misadventures and new memoir 'How Does It Feel?'

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Book month continues as I chat to superstar film critic, double bassist and friend of the pod Dr. Mark Kermode about 'How Does It Feel', his memoir of his life and musical misadventures. We chat about Mark's 'how hard can it be?' approach to potentially intimidating musical challenges, the self belief that has sustained his music career and his lifelong desire to become a pop star. We talk about the nature of memory and the process of writing memoirs, details that had to be legally redacted, how skiffle music transformed his musical career, his short-lived stint as musical director for a prime time BBC chat show and that time he launched my career as a filmmaker.

Oct 29 2019

43mins

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289. Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt on 'Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs'

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MFA Book Month continues as Rolling Stone's Brian Hiatt joins me to talk about his exhaustive book chronicling the stories behind every single song Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded. We delve into both the stories behind the songs and the stories behind the book, how Brian made sure it had something new both for die hard fans of the Boss and those who only knew the hits - from conflicting stories behind some tracks, the underappreciated gems in Bruce's catalogue, Springsteen's attempt to not sound like "Bruce Springsteen" anymore, how his depression bled into his songwriting, the battle between live and studio versions of some songs and, because I can't help myself, Taylor Swift.

Oct 22 2019

34mins

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288. Nick Lowe biographer Will Birch on the twists and turns of Nick's life and career

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It's the My Favorite Album book club for the next month, trading musicians in for authors of the most exciting books about music and musicians. We kick things off with Will Birch, founding member of The Kursaal Flyers turned journalist and biographer, on his new book 'Cruel to Be Kind', the definitive look at the legendary Nick Lowe's life and career. We talk about Nick's late career reinvention of his sound and image, the infamous Brinsley Schwartz press launch fiasco, Nick's relationship with Elvis Costello, how What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding ended up on the Bodyguard soundtrack, the process of writing the book and much more.

Oct 14 2019

51mins

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287. Colin Hay on Chris Whitley 'Dirt Floor' (1998)

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This week I chat to singer-songwriter and Men at Work frontman Colin Hay about Chris Whitley's 'Dirt Floor'. We talk about the allure of the back to basics record, the appeal of living in oft-derided LA, discovering art that deeply affects you far into your career, code-switching as a Scot growing up in Australia and finding comfort in isolation. We also talk about Colin's favourite venues to play, what it's been like to play with Ringo and his All Star Band and writing the title track on Ringo's latest album, plus a bonus story about the time Paul McCartney did his dishes.

Oct 09 2019

48mins

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286. Max Weinberg on Maxwell Davis and his All Stars 'Persistent Percussion' (1960)

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This week I chat to the king of late night TV and rock n' roll legend Max Weinberg about 'Persistent Percussion' by Maxwell Davis and his All Stars (1960). Max explains how the pop exotica album taught him to take an all rounded approach to drumming, how it encouraged him to learn about the history of drumming in popular music, mono vs stereo and what it's like to hear others reinterpret his own drum parts. Max tells me about his friendship with Irv Cottler, meeting Frank Sinatra and the successful career of his son Jay.

Oct 02 2019

1hr 4mins

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285. Jack River on MGMT 'Oracular Spectacular' (2007)

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This week I talk to Australian singer/songwriter Jack River aka Holly Rankin about MGMT's debut album 'Oracular Spectacular' (2007). We talk about the ubiquitous and inescapable singles on this era defining record and their matching video clips that envision a utopian world, the album's political message and the impact psychedelic drugs have had on music. Holly tells us about her career arc, what it was like to meet MGMT's Andrew Van Wyngarden and how fans can find meaning in a song that goes beyond the original intent of the artist.

Sep 25 2019

32mins

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284. Not A Boy's Name on Weezer 'Pinkerton' (1996)

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This week we finally get to a Weezer record as I chat to Australian singer-songwriter and master of a thousand instruments Dave Jenkins Jr aka Not A Boy's Name about the classic 1996 album 'Pinkerton'. We talk about the band's dramatic identity change from their previous album, the poor reviews 'Pinkerton' originally received and frontman Rivers Cuomo's complicated relationship with the album. Dave opens up about about his early disastrous recording experience that coincided with discovering the album, whether the legacy of great art can be tarnished by the quality of subsequent work and 'Pinkerton's' connection to the opera.

Sep 16 2019

34mins

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283. Kristina Murray on Lucinda Williams 'Lucinda Williams' (1988)

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My Favorite Album returns from hiatus for a special Americana Fest edition of the show, featuring one of the most compelling young Americana artists talking about a formative record of the genre. The devastating Kristina Murray joins me to chat Lucinda Williams' 1988 self-titled album. We discuss how this record was overshadowed by Lucinda's classic album 'Car Wheels On A Gravel Road' and the birth of the Americana genre. Kristina tells us how Lucinda's music helped to craft her own sound, what it's like to cover songs from the album and she treats us to a special acoustic rendition of 'Crescent City'.

Sep 10 2019

41mins

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282. Don Was on Wayne Shorter 'Speak No Evil' (1966)

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This week I chat to producer, bassist, songwriter, documentarian and president of iconic jazz label Blue Note Records, Don Was about Wayne Shorter's classic album 'Speak No Evil' (1966). We talk about how the album gave Don a sense of purpose, that a piece of music doesn't need lyrics to speak to someone, how great artists seem to appear from a creative ether and Don explains how engineer Rudy Van Gelder achieved the classic jazz sound that unifies all Blue Note albums and how Don aims to continue that legacy by pursuing the artists' vision. Plus Don tells me some fantastic anecdotes about his time working with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Benmont Tench and more.

Jun 26 2019

53mins

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Awesome!

By Trig trying - Aug 21 2019
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Great concept, well executed, very enjoyable👌. Jeremy has a pleasant, engaging interview style.

So glad I found this podcast!

By mindcentric - Apr 11 2019
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So glad I found this podcast! Loved the Benmont Tench interview.