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50 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
88: Misogyny in the Music Industry
Female artists have had to battle misogyny in the music industry since the very beginning. This week we’re shining a spotlight on just a small handful of some of the most egregious ways women in music have been treated by the media, music executives, and even their own fans. We’ll be going on a little hiatus after this episode, so pour your favorite drink and settle in with us for the last time for a while!
52 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
87: Black History is Human History
The impact of Black culture is present in every single popular art form, and this seems doubly true for music. In this week's episode, Chris tells the story of several black composers who were overlooked by the history books in spite of their wildest stories and successes. From fencing-master violinists to international superstars you've never heard of, get yourselves ready! Black history is Human history, and these folks have made it happen.
42 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
86: From the Bottom of my Broken Heart
Some of the best music has come out of the worst heartbreak, an experience we’re all familiar with. This week we’re pouring some strong drinks (very necessary!) and looking at the other side of love and some of the iconic music it influenced.
38 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
85: What's the Deal With Music at Sporting Events?
One of the most inescapable parts of any live sporting event is the music that accompanies it. From the loudest stadium anthems, to singing along (however poorly and/or drunkenly) to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” This week, Heather takes a look at the history behind some of our best-loved arena music traditions and how they came to be, so pour yourself a beer and gain some fun musical facts before the upcoming big game.
44 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
84: Music 102
We’re back with part 2 of our crash course in music appreciation! This week we’re talking about the remaining 3 "pillars of music," and how understanding them can make us better music listeners. Make yourself a drink and get ready to be able to listen to your favorite songs with a new perspective.
40 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
83: Music 101
This week we’re going back to basics with a crash course in the fundamentals of music. In part 1 of this 2-part episode, we’ll get into why this helps us be better listeners, and analyze first of what we consider the 4 pillars of music. Pour a drink and settle in for the not-as-sober version of the Music Appreciation class you skipped in college.
26 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
82: Do You Believe in Magic?
We often describe music as magical, but beyond how it makes us feel, music and magic have been tied together since before written history. From magical instruments in folklore to megalomaniac composers trying to imbue their music with mystic properties, there's more to this connection than meets the eye. Settle in as Heather (with the help of a mind-blowing margarita!) explores the connection between music and magic.
43 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
81: New Year, New Memes
Who doesn’t love a good meme? And they're even better when music is involved! This week, we’re looking at some of the most iconic musical memes (they go back farther than you’d think!). Grab yourself a drink, kick back, and learn about the shockingly long history of the musical meme.
51 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
80: Oh S@!# A New Year Already?!
It's the end of 2020 (FINALLY) and we're taking a look back at this truly unprecedented year in the music world. Pop some champagne and get pouring with us as we look at some of the biggest hits and how the music industry changed over the last year.
43 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
79: The Christmas Carols We All Forgot
Love it or hate it, Christmas music fills the air every year. Some songs are classics, some are total garbage, but there are rarely any surprises among the bunch. This week, Heather and Chris examine some of the overlooked, underplayed, and completely forgotten tracks in this wide field of "Christmas Music."
45 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
78: The Music of Mexico
As non-experts on the music of Mexico, we're definitely guilty of lumping it all together as "mariachi." This week Heather puts that ignorance to rest, and gets into the rich and varied history of Mexican music. Join us as we kick back some micheladas while exploring the incredible music culture from our neighbors south of the border.
33 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
77: Why does everyone love tenors?
It seems like every popular male singer is a tenor (or sings high) lately. It turns out, though, that this isn’t a new thing at all. This week we make a couple of Purple Rain cocktails (thanks, Prince!) and speculate on why this preference for high male voices has persisted throughout music history.
35 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
76: Why aren't there any Thanksgiving songs?
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in America, but for some reason, there's a shocking lack of Thanksgiving music. This week, Heather and Chris examine a few "Thanksgiving classics,"sip spiked apple cider and try to answer the questions: Why aren't there any Thanksgiving songs?
37 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
75: You Used to Call Me on My Cell Phone
We're more likely to set our phones to vibrate nowadays, but for a large chunk of their existence, our ringtones were one of the most visible ways to show off a little bit of our personalities. Pour yourself a drink and listen in to the strangely interesting history of ringtones and how they met their eventual demise.
62 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
74: How did you know it was time to quit music?
This week, guests Emily Langton and Drew Sheehy talk through their experiences with falling in love with music, passionately performing, flirting with music as a career, then ultimately deciding to step away from the musician's life. Settle in, grab a beer, and follow the trajectory of our friends as they share what is perhaps the most common trajectory of the serious amateur musician - falling in love with music, then eventually, choosing to step away from it.
48 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
73: The Cult Musical Drinking Show
This week is all about cult classic musicals, from legendary favorites to ones that are a bit more obscure but have a rabid fan following nonetheless. Pour yourself a cult classic drink and settle in for a look at some of our favorite shows.
52 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
72: The Devil Loves Opera
51 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
71: The Voyager Golden Record, Part 2
From Senegal to Peru, human music is as varied as our societies. In the second part of our dive into The Voyager Golden Records, Chris and Heather dig in to musical selections from all around the world, and propose some revisions for the modern era. Cheers!
49 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
70: The Voyager Golden Record, Part 1
If you had 90 minutes to represent all of the music mankind has created through its existence, what would you choose? How would you choose it? In 1977, The Voyager Golden Records were created with this goal in mind. This week, Heather and Chris kick back some "out of-this-world" beers, and talk about one of the most captivating musical projects of all time.
39 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
69: Legendary Instrument Makers
It's so easy to hop online and find an endless number of instruments for sale, but only a few brands are truly legendary. This week, Chris takes us through the fascinating backstories of some of the best-known makers and the artisans behind them while we down a couple of Hugo Spritzes.
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