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Pearl Jam might have had the most ambiguous relationship with fame of any major rock band. In the early nineties, they were arguably the biggest rock band in the world, but the group gave few interviews, made no music videos, and were difficult to see live due to their ongoing refusal to work with Ticketmaster. 1994’s Vitalogy captures the band in …
 
At last, we're back in the Motor City! Put your speakers in the window and go on the roof and listen to the Miracles, as well as us talking about the triumphant return of Diana Ross, the inauspicious debut of the Commodores, and the most-used Motown song in pop culture history. The Miracles - Love Machine (Pt. 1) Diana Ross - Love Hangover Marvin G…
 
On this episode, we bring back a beloved segment, read some emails, and listen to a few recently release new songs! "Long Way" from Ed's soon(?)-to-be-released solo album, Earthling. We also check out three songs from the Sean Penn film, Flag Day...."My Father's Daughter" featuring Ed's own daughter, Olivia, on vocals, Flag Day (Eddie and Glen Hans…
 
In this episode, we cover the (short) career of a great country singer (maybe?) who made a few albums’ worth of transcendent country music (except for all the little touches that aren’t country music). Gram Parsons was a polarizing figure, but Ben loves his 1974 opus Grievous Angel - made in collaboration with the golden-voiced Emmylou Harris - and…
 
There is absolutely nothing Limahl-related in this episode, and it might be the best batch of songs in the whole comp. Coincidence? Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know Will Powers - Kissing With Confidence Genesis - That's All The Cure - The Lovecats Simple Minds - Waterfront Madness - The Sun and the Rain Culture Club - Victims Links: "They Don't Know…
 
This is Halloween, this is Halloween! But instead of pumpkins screaming in the dead of night, we’re throwing a Dead Man’s Party with the help of Danny Elfman and his punk-new wave-ska-pop-rock band, Oingo Boingo. This classic album from 1985 marks a transition from Oingo Boingo’s earlier yelping weirdness into a more mature and radio-friendly sound…
 
Sadly, Limahl and his mullet have left for good, but we still have Nick Beggs' mullet! There are also some non-Limahl bands in this batch, but they probably had mullets too. New Edition - Candy Girl Kajagoogoo - Big Apple Tina Turner - Let's Stay Together The Human League - (Keep Feeling) Fascination Howard Jones - New Song UB40 - Please Don't Make…
 
Of all the genre-flouting “alternative” bands scooped up by major labels in the mid-‘90s, Soul Coughing boasted arguably the most enduring listening power. Their second of three perfect albums, Irresistible Bliss, landed an unexpected hit with the aggressively funky depth charge “Super Bon Bon.” In this episode, Will enlists the help of Phil, Rich,…
 
STILL this is what the UK calls music, in which Paul Young comes up on this podcast AGAIN. Also Limahl is back! Kajagoogoo - Too Shy Mike Oldfield - Moonlight Shadow Men at Work - Down Under Rock Steady Crew - (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew Rod Stewart - Baby Jane Paul Young - Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home) Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Ben Marlin…
 
At last, we’re talking about the Decemberists, a band that has come up multiple times in other episodes! But instead of going for the more obvious choices like Picaresque or The Crane Wife, we decided on an album that we feel has been underappreciated (even by some of us). What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World may not sound quite like the D…
 
The next batch of chart hits from 1983, sadly with no Limahl! KC and the Sunshine Band - Give It Up Malcolm McLaren - Double Dutch Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart Culture Club - Karma Chameleon Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Jennifer Carman, Ben Marlin "Duck Rock" sonic essay, by Daniel Haaksman: https://soundc…
 
The career of jazz trumpeter and composer Miles Davis from the late 1940s through his (temporary) retirement in 1975 largely doubles as a tour of every significant stylistic development in the jazz world during this time. By the late 1960s, after taking acoustic jazz as far as he believed it could go, Miles chose to immerse himself in the world of …
 
As our UK listeners know, the Now That's What I Call Music! series started clear back in 1983, when a couple of major labels got together and decided to make some money by releasing a bunch of singles all at once. All of us born-and-bred Americans thought it would be fun to investigate the big chart hits from across the pond, so here's our next com…
 
On this episode, we look at back at the historic show from The Fox Theater in Atlanta from April 3rd, 1994. Old school fans probably listened to this one a million times after recording it from the live radio broadcast (I know we have!). New school fans need to seek it out! Apologies for being a week late, as always, we thank you for your patience!…
 
In 2009, 25 years into their career, the Oklahoma-based eccentric alt-rock band The Flaming Lips released a dark, terrifying double-album that nobody could have expected when "She Don't Use Jelly" landed them a cameo on Beverly Hills 90210. Embryonic is an album that prompts strong love-it-or-hate-it reactions in listeners, and John (host), Rich, a…
 
You might know Sam Phillips from those lovely "la la la"s on the Gilmore Girls soundtrack, or as Katya, the silent assassin in Die Hard: With a Vengeance. But she's also a fiercely talented songwriter with an encyclopedic knowledge of music and a literary lyrical sense. She first cut her teeth in the contemporary Christian music world (as Leslie Ph…
 
In which we exceed the prescribed number of twos. Genesis - That's All Madonna - Open Your Heart The B-52's - 52 Girls Tool - Eulogy Heart - Alone Mark Knopfler & James Taylor - Sailing to Philadelphia Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Amanda Rodgers Get early access to bonus episodes on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/discordpod Rich's blog post explaining …
 
This week, we’re throwing away our hard-earned indie cred and dropping in a few more words from our sponsors than usual. We have some great new products to tell you about, and along the way, we will be discussing the 1967 classic The Who Sell Out. Conceptualized as a tribute to the UK pirate radio culture of the mid-60s, The Who go all-in on the co…
 
The Track 2 journey continues! This time we're taking a detour through Indie Rock World. The Chap - Fun & Interesting Sleater-Kinney - Ironclad Pony Up! - The Truth About Cats and Dogs (Is That They Die) CHVRCHES - Leave a Trace Von Sudenfed - The Rhinohead Pet Shop Boys - This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Chris …
 
We're taking a break after our giant Genesis episode, so we decided to share one of our Patreon bonus episodes with everybody: the one where we found another excuse to talk about the Beatles! So please enjoy this conversation about Beatles songs covered by other artists: the good, the bad, and the really, really weird. Cohosts: Mike DeFabio, John M…
 
More of our favorite Track 2s! Tracks 2? Who knows. Songs in this episode: Motörhead - Love Me Like a Reptile The Byrds - Have You Seen Her Face? The Isley Brothers - Footsteps in the Dark Television - Venus Sly and the Family Stone - Chicken Ween - Flutes of Chi Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, John McFerrin Rich's blog post explaining this concept: https:/…
 
What kind of band was Genesis - strange, artsy prog-rock masters, or catchy, commercial pop stars? In this very special episode of Discord and Rhyme, we brought in returning guest Jeff Blehar to help make the case that they did both equally well - and not only that, but the presence or absence of Peter Gabriel was not the main influence on their so…
 
You might have noticed how we're always talking about a good track two - but what the hell does that mean? Rich and Mike are here with the extremely detailed answer to that question! Tracks included in this episode: Stereolab - Cybele's Reverie Radiohead - Pyramid Song Bruce Springsteen - Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out The Cure - Primary "Weird Al" Yankov…
 
The phrase “so-and-so band needs no introduction” is incredibly overused, but if there’s a single band for whom the phrase holds true... it’s the Beatles. However, if there are two bands that it holds true for, it’s the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Many associate the Stones with “good old-fashioned rock and roll,” but that isn’t really true. Sur…
 
Buckle up and run a systems diagnostic, because this is a long one. Where do you go after revolutionizing electronic dance music twice in a row? Daft Punk’s albums Homework and Discovery spawned a whole generation of imitators, way too many of whom were content to just copy their source code. The duo’s response was to load up Random Access Memories…
 
It's the last episode of this Motown disc! This one includes the theme song from Berry Gordy's directorial debut, the last we'll hear from any of the Temptations for quite a while, and that time Motown decided to be a country label for a hot second. •The Commodores - Slippery When Wet •The Jackson 5 - Forever Came Today •David Ruffin - Walk Away Fr…
 
Born in the USA isn't Ben's favorite Bruce Springsteen album. In fact, it's not even his favorite Bruce Springsteen album whose name begins with Born. So why the heck are we covering it here? Well, despite selling 30 million copies in the last 37 years, it's sometimes unfairly dismissed as Bruce's vapid radio album. But there's real depth on Born i…
 
Continuing our Motown party with the next batch of songs you never hear on the radio anymore (but are largely awesome). • The Miracles & Billy Griffin - Do It Baby • Stevie Wonder - You Haven't Done Nothing • Stevie Wonder - Boogie On Reggae Woman • The Temptations - Happy People • Eddie Kendricks - Shoeshine Boy • The Temptations - Shakey Ground •…
 
As we’ve discussed on this show before, rock critics are sometimes terribly, terribly wrong. When Paul and Linda McCartney released Ram in 1971, not only was everyone still mad about the Beatles breaking up, but the album was just innovative and groundbreaking enough that plenty of the tastemakers of the time just didn’t get it. Fortunately, the ge…
 
Motown time is here again! Listen as we discuss some mediocrity, some absolute trash, and two of Stevie Wonder's best songs. • Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground • Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' • Stevie Wonder - Living for the City • The Temptations - Let Your Hair Down • Eddie Kendricks - Boogie Down • Diana Ross - Last Time I Saw Him • The Jackso…
 
Mahavishnu Orchestra, the brainchild of guitarist and prominent Miles Davis sideman John McLaughlin, spent roughly two years (1971-73) playing an incredibly intense brand of cutting-edge jazz-rock fusion and became bonafide rock stars in the process, before their comet-like rise to fame led to the group members hating each other and going their sep…
 
Time for our third annual Q&A episode! In this one, we talk about whether we'll take album recommendations from listeners, the art of album sequencing, how to separate music from lyrics, and our favorite TV theme songs, among other important topics. Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Amanda Rodgers, Chris Willie Williams Theme music: The Moody Blues - Question…
 
Since this podcast's very beginning, there was only one real option for our 69th album: 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt’s three-disc 1999 opus. It's a seemingly impossible romp through dozens of musical styles that could be hilarious, heartbreaking, mocking, sincere, or all of the above in one big clump. This is the third and last episode of this se…
 
Since this podcast's very beginning, there was only one real option for our 69th album: 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt’s three-disc 1999 opus. It's a seemingly impossible romp through dozens of musical styles that could be hilarious, heartbreaking, mocking, sincere, or all of the above in one big clump. This is the second of three episodes we've re…
 
Since this podcast's very beginning, there was only one real option for our 69th album: 69 Love Songs, Stephin Merritt’s three-disc 1999 opus. It's a seemingly impossible romp through dozens of musical styles that could be hilarious, heartbreaking, mocking, sincere, or all of the above in one big clump. We've recorded one episode for each disc, whi…
 
Finishing up the Yellow Pills series! We hope you've enjoyed our discussion of great power pop songs no one has ever heard of. Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/67MbIIImCx9MRdYZuel6MG?si=wdezwl38ReuBtYAb36rgZw Co-hosts: Rich Bunnell, Amanda Rodgers, Dan Watkins • The Trend - She's Hi-Fi • LMNOP - Forever Through the Sun • Jack Stack a Tra…
 
One day in September 1976, fueled by cocaine, peppers, and milk, David Bowie entered a Los Angeles recording studio, and then emerged a couple months later remembering nothing about what had just happened. Discord & Rhyme is here to fill in the blanks for you: He spent those two months recording Station to Station, a transitional album between his …
 
Finishing up the Yellow Pills comp, this is the first batch from disc 2. Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/67MbIIImCx9MRdYZuel6MG?si=wdezwl38ReuBtYAb36rgZw Co-hosts: Rich Bunnell, Mike DeFabio, Dan Watkins • The Toms - (I Wanna Be A) Teen Again • The Bats - Not Easy For Me • Treble Boys - Julie-Anne • Tommy Rock - Dream Rocker • The Spons…
 
This week, Dan, Mike, and Rich take a break from the usual state-of-the-art Discord & Rhyme studio, dust off the four-track, and head down to the basement with a case of beer for a no-frills chat about Guided by Voices. After percolating as 37-year-old school teacher Robert Pollard’s side hustle for over a decade, GBV (as we refer to them for 99% o…
 
Continuing our series on the Yellow Pills compilation, featuring returning special guest Dave Weigel! Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/67MbIIImCx9MRdYZuel6MG?si=wdezwl38ReuBtYAb36rgZw Co-hosts: Rich Bunnell, John McFerrin, Dave Weigel • Randy Winburn - Somebody Else's Girl • Luxury - One in a Million • The Toms - Sun • Luxury - Countdown…
 
Frank Zappa is an awfully difficult man to summarize. He recorded dozens and dozens of albums with numerous different bands in countless different genres. He was a relentless innovator, never sticking with one style for long and always pushing forward into completely new musical territory, whether he thought his audience would be willing to follow …
 
Time for a new comp series! This time around we're tackling Yellow Pills: Prefill, a collection of overlooked power pop songs. Come for the insightful commentary, stay for the catchy pop music. Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/67MbIIImCx9MRdYZuel6MG?si=wdezwl38ReuBtYAb36rgZw Cohosts: Rich Bunnell, Mike DeFabio, Chris Willie Williams • Lu…
 
Can you hear those towering walls of amped-up guitars in our latest episode, accompanied by aching lyrics you can barely hear? That’s because we’ve loaded it with Sugar! After pioneering alternative rock in the hardcore punk band Hüsker Dü, frontman and guitarist Bob Mould briefly went solo, then formed a new power trio named after a stray packet o…
 
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