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Get Ready for Season 3! Listen in on Greg Koch's conversations with his guitar-hero friends. Every episode Greg unleashes his fiendish humor and unique perspective as "one of the most famous unknown guitar players in the world", asking his often-famous musical friends the questions that we all want to know the answers to! Each episode is brought to you by Fishman and Wildwood Guitars
 
Are you looking to keep sleep at bay? Then Tiredness Kills is the podcast for you! Join award-winning comedy double act, The Delightful Sausage (“a cult hit” The Guardian) for a hilarious mix of infectious chat and deeply unpleasant sketches. Warning: this podcast isn’t for dweebs, and it will keep you awake well after your bedtime. Learn more about Amy Gledhill and Chris Cantrill at www.thedelightfulsausage.com.
 
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In the wake of the passing of Mike Wells, we're discussing his legacy both as one half of the legendary Gridlock and as a mastering engineer. We're thankful to Alex Reed, Daniel Graves, David Dutton, Sharon Kyronfive, and Eric Oehler for sharing their thoughts and memories of Mike and Gridlock. We're also getting caught up to speed on the latest fe…
 
In March of 1978 The Buzzcocks release their first studio album. It features neither the single Orgasm Addict nor What Do I Get on account of the misguided British punk ethos “if a person buys the single and the record and the single is on there, they will feel like they’ve been ripped off”. That’s great for 1978, not so much for crate digging in t…
 
Inspired by last week's discussion of legacy acts, we have a very specific iteration of our two albums format for this week's episode of We Have A Technical. It's a 'masters of dark electro' themed ep, with discussion of the abrupt reunion and return to form from The Klinik's classic line-up on Eat Your Heart Out, and Claus Larsen's return to deep …
 
In the Summer of 1978, known Dino’s denizens and boys returning home, Thin Lizzy, released their Live double album. Compiled from various live recordings the world over and with the occasional studio overdub done by Tony Visconti, the resulting seventy six minutes and twenty six seconds of rock music has been rightfully hailed as one of the greates…
 
In September of 1978 Funkadelic released their 10th studio album. It was their most successful release, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Magazine’s R&B charts and number 16 on the Billboard 200. Lauded by critics, considered by many one of the best albums of all time, but it is as fun as Mothership Connection? Let’s talk Funkadelic, One Nation Un…
 
Hero to the working man and godfather of heartland rock, Bruce Springsteen, released his 4th studio album in the Summer of 1978. Gone are the good times of Born To Run, replaced instead by ruminations of crushed dreams and dashed hopes. Truly, this is the tale of New Jersey. Let’s talk Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town!…
 
In December of 1978, Public Image Limited released their 1st studio recording. The record is a mess. Brimming with the lyrical stylings of a young man desperate to show he’s got serious things to say, but delivered with the obnoxious air of one who just couldn’t be bothered. It is a juvenile master class in self-importance, masquerading as a grand …
 
In the year 1974, after two commercial failures with Radio City and #1 Record, Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens went back into Ardent studio to record some tracks. What came of those sessions was so depressive, ramshackle, and unmarketable that the recordings languished in rock n roll purgatory until PVC Recordings acquired and released them under Bi…
 
We're tying up some Year End odds and sods on this week's podcast, with a quick rundown of our Top 25, and then some discussion of a whopping twenty releases we're putting forth as honourable mentions. Finally, what are the larger trends which marked the year that was? How many self-released records made our list? What can we make of the artists ap…
 
One of Guitar World's Top 50 Guitarists, Gretchen Menn first grabbed everyone's attention with Zepparella, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band that has been turning heads for years. Gretchen's work goes far beyond Zeppelin, and today Greg and her get into the details! 2:51 - The joys of playing, being able to focus focus focus as a player durin…
 
“There hasn’t been anything like this since Gram Parsons was around to make Grievous Angel, or do I mean Gilded Palace of Sin?” – Robert Christgau In The year 1978, Joe Ely opened for The Clash in London and released his second studio album. It has been hailed as a must listen country record of the 1970s and who are we to argue? Let’s talk Joe Ely,…
 
It's a bit of an odd catch-up episode of the podcast this week, friends, as we're discussing three recent albums released too late to be given regular review coverage. Records by Deine Lakaien, The Necromancers Union, and HAEX are taking us through darkwave, goth rock, and industrial territory respectively. All that plus the skinny on the just anno…
 
An incredibly influential acoustic guitarist, Andy's "Drifting" YouTube video went viral long before "going viral" was a thing. Years later, Andy has easily cemented his place as the standard-bearer for modern, percussive guitar playing (pioneered by players like Michael Hedges, Don Ross, and others, and then brought to new heights by Andy). Greg a…
 
In November of 1978 known Mods (and maybe cons?), The Jam, released their 3rd studio album. Coming off a less than well received US tour supporting BÖC and the record label demanding a hit, The Jam went into the studio and through sheer force of will cobbled together what NME considers to be the 219th best album of all time. Let’s talk The Jam, All…
 
In the late Winter of 1978, Elvis Costello released his second album. Nary a sophmore slump to found here. With the addition of his backing band, The Attractions, Costello was able to create what many consider to be one of the finest albums of the 70s. Let’s talk Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model! Intro music by Bullet Points Buy Merch Buy Digital …
 
What do Etta James and Paul McCartney have in common? The answer is Brian Ray, the talented guitarist (and bass guitarist) who has been an essential piece of both of their bands! Brian also has an extensive vintage guitar collection, so get ready for some gear talk with Greg! 1:06 - Brian’s INSANE guitar collection, and the allure and beauty of vin…
 
As selected by our Patreon backers, an album which needs no introduction whatsoever is the subject of this month's We Have A Commentary podcast. We're discussing 20 Jazz Funk Greats' recurring theme of manipulation, the ways in which it presaged the various post-TG projects each member of the band would pursue, and its eternal position at a strange…
 
Jazz guitar potentate Bruce Foreman is not only a monster player. He is also an extremely funny and entertaining individual with some great stories. Dig in as Greg and Bruce chew it up good! 2:12 - Monterey, California - the beauty, the mystique, and the home of one Bruce Foreman 6:26 - Where and how it started for Bruce (guitar and music, that is)…
 
We're talking about the changing roles served by vocals in industrial and post-industrial music in this week's episode of the podcast. Whether tilting towards pop conventions or serving to explode the control machines, how has the human voice been deployed in music ranging from Throbbing Gristle to futurepop? Lock your eyes on your navels and prepa…
 
Proudly brandishing the moniker of "Guitar Nerd", Pete Thorn is among the most revered guitarists on the interwebs, where his reviews and how-to videos garner thousands of views on YouTube and Instagram. Pete built his guitar reputation as a go-to session guitar guy with famed producer Linda Perry in LA and also spent years on the road with the lik…
 
Was 1998 a peak year for darkwave? You decide after listening to this episode of We Have A Technical, which discusses the broad-reaching electro-acoustic laments of Deathwatch Beetle Repairman's Hollow Fishes and the foray into chill breaks which was Love Spirals Downwards' Flux. All that plus a run-down of the lineup for the upcoming Terminus: Fra…
 
From an uncertain electroclash hangover to an experiment in pure drone, this week's two albums formatted episode covers a lot of ground. First up it's a discussion of Mount Sims' 2004 Wild Light LP, and then a dive into 2, the 1996 LP by Justin Broadrick's solo project Final. We also touch upon a recent interview with Steve Albini in which the infa…
 
Israeli-born and Chicago-based blues and jazz guitarist Guy King has spent decades wowing audiences with his unique style and unusual approach. Greg and Guy get into his tone and many other varieties of gristle! 3:16 - The meeting of the musicians - when Greg and Guy met to jam with Nick Moss, Josh Smith, and Dave Spector, and Guy’s new record 4:33…
 
Veron has long defied guitar genres, expectations, and conventions. His explosive work leading Living Colour turned everyone's head in the age of hair metal, and ever since he has never stopped innovating and creating in new and unexpected ways. Greg and Vernon Reid get deep into music and metaphysics in ways that only they can. Get ready! 1:30 - U…
 
In the summer of 1977, Elvis Costello released his debut album. It was recorded over the course of twenty four hours in four different sessions by Nick Lowe; and with backing band Clover on board, it is serviceable starting point for one of the most important songwriters of the era. Lets talk Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True! Intro music by Murder by…
 
This month's commentary podcast conveniently coincides with news of a new Boy Harsher LP and tour as we discuss the duo's 2017 EP, Country Girl. Though short in run-time, the EP's sound and mood served as a flashpoint for the explosion of interest in Boy Harsher's approach to classic darkwave and electronic sounds, catapulting them to their current…
 
Sentient baked meat dish known for his villianous turn as Red in the film, Black Dog, Meat Loaf, released his debut album in October of 1977. Produced by Todd Rundgren who was under the false assumption that the record had major label backing (it didn’t and he paid for it all himself), it has since become one of the best selling albums in the histo…
 
Tomo Fujita is one of the most well-known guitar teachers on the planet, famously beloved by his current and former students at Berklee College of Music (including John Mayer). His YouTube and Instagram channels have a treasure-trove of useful lessons for guitarists of all levels, and their popularity led Guitar World to name him among "15 of the g…
 
In February of 1977, possibly the best band to come out of the New York City scene, Television, released their debut album. Recorded in September of the previous year at A & R Recordings, the album has been lauded by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. Who are we to argue? Let’s talk Television, Marquee Moon! Intro music by Murder by…
 
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