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Episode 417: Bruce Hornsby's 'Absolute Zero'

Episode 417: Bruce Hornsby's 'Absolute Zero'

Over the course of his over 25-year career, Bruce Hornsby has been a pop star, avant-garde provocateur and jazz titan, folk hero, member of the Grateful Dead and more.

On his new album Absolute Zero, Hornsby is tapping into all of these facets of his talent and more and  result is a complex, dense, and immensely satisfying collection of songs that speak to the state of our world, and where we are going to go from here. Joining us to talk about Absolute Zero is Brokedown Pod host and Bruce Hornsby enthusiast Jonathan Hart. So kick back and open up your mind as we press play on a brand new episode of Discologist.


Episode 415: Avail's 'Over The James' at 21

Episode 415: Avail's 'Over The James' at 21

21 years ago and four albums into their career, Richmond, Virginia Hardcore legends Avail released what many consider to be their masterpiece, Over The James. The album was a love letter to the band’s hometown, and more importantly set the bar for an entire generation of musicians to follow. On this episode of Discologist, we’re discussing Avail’s legacy, their eye for a great cover, and more. So tune in and turn it up as we celebrate 21 years of Avail’s Over The James !   


Episode 414: Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell' at 25

Episode 414: Pink Floyd's 'The Division Bell' at 25

On this episode of Discologist, we’re celebrating 25 years of Pink Floyd’s swan song, The Division Bell. No matter what side of the Gilmour/Waters divide you find yourself on, The Division Bell’s return to form for the band has…ahem…divided fans of the band for decades. So we’re here to set the record straight on why this album stands alongside some of the bands’ best work, no matter who was at the helm.


Episode 413: Garcia Peoples' "Natural Facts" PLUS New-To-You Music from Phil Cook

Episode 413: Garcia Peoples' "Natural Facts" PLUS New-To-You Music from Phil Cook

On their second full length, Natural Facts, New Jersey’s Garcia Peoples are doubling down on everything that made 2018’s Cosmic Cash such a blast. Double the fuzz. Double the vibes. And, most importantly, double the fun, Natural Facts is the sound of a band cashing the advance on their future as rock and roll legends.

PLUS! Phil Cook released a surprise collection of unreleased/out-of-print sonic vignettes that gets not just to the heart of the music he has made, but the roots and inspiration behind it. As Far As I Can See: Instrumental Recordings 2009-2019 is a record you need in your life, and we’re spinning a track off of it to make sure you know why.


Episode 412: Ex Hex's 'It's Real' PLUS New Music from Loi Loi

Episode 412: Ex Hex's 'It's Real' PLUS New Music from Loi Loi

Washington, D.C’s Ex Hex are back, and on their sophomore release It’s Real (Merge Records) they’re unapologetically kicking out the mother f$%$ing jams, taking no prisoners, and still leaving room for some serious emotional heft just for good measure.

PLUS! Synth-rock band Loi Loi (also from Washington, D.C.) has a new album entitled Me Dystopia (Blight Records), and we’re spinning its latest single ”Do You Want To Start A War” that will have your ass moving for days, and then some.   


Episode 411: Mastodon's 'Crack The Sky' at 10 and The Healing Power Of Metal

Episode 411: Mastodon's 'Crack The Sky' at 10 and The Healing Power Of Metal

2009’s Crack The Skye was a high water mark for Atlanta metal quartet Mastodon. By doubling down on the sci-fi nerdery and adding in an extra dose of tragedy and pathos, the band crafted a masterpiece that secured their place at the top of the American metal scene.

Tune in as we’re joined by special guest Brian Gruner to discuss the album’s legacy, how Mastodon has evolved from this defining point in their history, and how contrary to what you may think metal can be some of the most healing and human music out there.


Episode 410: Jessica Pratt's 'Quiet Signs'

Episode 410: Jessica Pratt's 'Quiet Signs'

On her new LP Quiet Signs, Jessica Pratt continues to perfect her chilly yet hopeful update of English folk music, and her efforts – this was Pratt’s first album recorded in a proper studio – more than pay off. Quiet, contemplative, chilly, yet supremely comforting, Quiet Signs is Pratt at her very best.

On a new episode of Discologist, we’re discussing this unique artists latest, the future of folk in the modern era, much more.


Episode 409: The Comet Is Coming's 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery'

Episode 409: The Comet Is Coming's 'Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery'

The end is nigh, and The Comet Is Coming’s latest effort, Trust in the Lifeforce of The Deep Mystery, may be the perfect soundtrack for the end of the world. Since 2015 this jazz/dance/sci-fi trio featuring saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (“King Shabaka”) on saxophone, Dan Leavers (“Danalogue”) on keys, and Max Hallett (“Betamax”) on drums has mounted a sonic assault on the apocalypse and the forces of evil, and Lifeforce is their strongest salvo in the war of darkness versus light yet.

Special guest Wes Covey joins us to as we explore a new universe of sound and experience from a band whose inevitable ascension to legend is just getting started. It’s the end of the world as we know it and there’s nowhere to run because The Comet is Coming for us all.


Episode 408: Wilco's 'Summerteeth' at 20

Episode 408: Wilco's 'Summerteeth' at 20

Twenty years ago, riding high off of the dual successes of their second album Being There and Billy Bragg collaboration Mermaid Ave, Wilco was still 2 years away from becoming one of the most revered band’s of their generation. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot would propel Jeff Tweedy and crew into the stratosphere, but it was on 1999’s Summerteeth that they truly found their voice. Experimental, lush, and heartbreaking to its core, Summerteeth is a record that captured the soul of Wilco like nothing they have created before or since. 

Tune in as guests Casey Rae and Eduardo Nunes join us in celebrating twenty years of the album that changed Wilco, and arguably modern music, forever.


Episode 406: Cass McCombs's 'Tip Of The Sphere'

Episode 406: Cass McCombs's 'Tip Of The Sphere'

On his latest release Tip Of The Sphere, songwriter/man of mystery Cass McCombs is embracing spontaneity and delivering one of his most vibrant sets of songs to date. Recorded relatively quickly at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, Sphere captures the looseness of his collaboration with The Skiffle Players (and associations with members of the Grateful Dead) and breathes new life into McComb’s trademark wit and incisive commentary on the world today.

On the latest episode of Discologist, we’re reviewing this newest slice of weird Americana PLUS spinning a new track from trippy up-and-comers Garcia Peoples!


Episode 405: Bob Mould's 'Sunshine Rock'

Episode 405: Bob Mould's 'Sunshine Rock'

Bob Mould is one of the pioneers of indie rock, and on his latest LP Sunshine Rock, he’s looking back to better times and making one of the best albums of his careers in the process. Guest PJ Sykes joins us to discuss why the album is an essential ray of light in these dark times, how to learn to love an icon, and much more!


Episode 404: Julian Lage's 'Love Hurts'

Episode 404: Julian Lage's 'Love Hurts'

On his latest release Love Hurts, jazz guitar wunderkind Julian Lage is making bold steps towards furthering his reputation of being one of the most visible and respected figures the ongoing jazz renaissance of the past few years. Presenting classics of American jazz, folk, and even some rock and roll through the lens of his trio (featuring Jorge Roeder on bass and Dave King on drums) Lage draws listeners old and new into some familiar territory while still managing to get some of his exquisite ya-ya’s out in the process.

Join us as we make a jazz with our guest Casey Rae and dig into the latest from one of the modern eras most exciting and talented voices in jazz, or any other genre.


Episode 403: Robert Ellis's 'Texas Piano Man'

Episode 403: Robert Ellis's 'Texas Piano Man'

If Robert Ellis’s self-titled 2016 album announced him to the world as a songwriting force to be reckoned with, then is new LP Texas Piano Man makes the case that he is the stuff of legend. Swapping his six strings for eighty-eight keys, Ellis’s latest finds him pairing his trademark gut-wrenching honesty and melodic sophistication with the panache of late 70’s pop rock (think Elton John and Leon Russel), and the result is undeniably the best album of his career.

Tune in to the this latest episode of Discologist as we dive deep into this rock and roll masterpiece and try to come back with some of it’s truth’s on the other side.


Episode 402: Aaron Abernathy's 'Epilogue'

Episode 402: Aaron Abernathy's 'Epilogue'

Aaron “Ab” Abernathy is a singer, a music director, an activist, a man of faith, and, most importantly, a man trying to do and BE his best. His journey towards this end chronicled on 2016’s Monologue and 2017’s Dialogue, now comes to its conclusion on his latest album Epilogue. Bursting with soul, raw emotion, and honest truth Epilogue tells the tale of two people finding love despite years of heartache through self-reflection, honesty, and kindness.

Join us as we dig into this instant classic on the latest episode of Discologist!


Episode 401: Aaron Abernathy Returns

Episode 401: Aaron Abernathy Returns

On the inaugural edition of Discologist, we’re hanging out in the basement one last time with our friend Aaron Abernathy to discus his remarkable, trilogy-capping new album Epilogue, love, faith in the modern era and much, much more.

Change is good friends.

RIP ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.

Long live DISCOLOGIST!


Episode 400: The End (For Now)

Episode 400: The End (For Now)

We’ve run our mouths from a basement in Washington, D.C. for four hundred episodes now, but sadly it is time to say goodbye.

Please join us for a bittersweet final hang in the basement with the people that we hold most dear saying goodbye to this chapter the only way we know how: Talking about Boston’s Third Stage.

Thanks for listening. Y’all are the goddamn best.


Episode 399: How To Make Friends And Influence People By Becoming A Steely Dan Fan

Episode 399: How To Make Friends And Influence People By Becoming A Steely Dan Fan

For many, the music of Steely Dan is an enigma. For us…it’s our lifeblood.

On our penultimate broadcast from a basement in Washington, D.C., Dead To Me’s Casey Rae and Eduardo Nunes are sitting in to fulfill a promise that Kevin made long ago, and turning up the nerd to nigh impossible levels in the process. Any major dude will tell you that whether you’re a super-fan or just Steely Dan curious, this episode is probably your destiny.

It sure as hell was ours.


Episode 398: A Look Back At The Music of Washington, D.C. in 2018

Episode 398: A Look Back At The Music of Washington, D.C. in 2018

Washington, D.C. has been our home for over a decade now, but our time here is rapidly coming to a close. In one of our final broadcasts from our nation’s capital, Kevin sits down with Lindsay Hogan (Music Journalist/DIY maven) and Paul Vodra (Hometown Sounds) to talk about some of the music that moved us in 2018, how we got to this point, and where we’re going from here.