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Nakedly Examined Music Podcast
58 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
NEM#164: James McMurtry Doesn’t Have to Make Sense
…But he usually does. The legendary Texas singer-songwriter has put out 10 studio albums since 1989. We discuss “If It Don’t Bleed” (and listen to “Blackberry Winter”) from The Horses and the Hounds (2021), “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” from Complicated Game (2015), and “Be With Me” from It Had to Happen (1997). Intro: “Choctaw Bingo” from Saint Mary of the Woods (2002). For more see jamesmcmurtry.com. Watch the video from “How’m I Gonna Find You Now.” Here’s a long/live solo version of Choctaw Bingo.” Watch a whole live trio show from 2013. Here’s a tune from his first album. Photo by Mary Keating Bruton. Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixelbox Media. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM). Get 15% off at at MasterClass.com/examined.
77 minutes | Jan 7, 2022
NEM#163: Lilli Lewis Is Not Just a Jazz-Singing Pianist
Lilli is also an activist, folk-rock diva, record label executive, and daughter of a preacher man. She’s released 10 albums and 3 EPs since 2003. We discuss “Coffee Shop Girl” and listen to “Copper John” from Americana(2021), “Warm and Gentle People” from We Belong (2019), and “Song for the End of Days” from Castles of Her Crystalline (2005). Intro: “Lady” from The Coming of John (2003). Hear more at folkrockdiva.com and lillilewisproject.com. Watch her singing “My American Heart” from the new album live solo. See a live 2020 full-band gig. Here’s “Warm and Gentle People” live; you can hear the 2005 version of that song too. Here’s a tune by The Shiz. Listen to all of “Lady.” Hear all of the 2018 solo Henderson Sessions version of “Coffee Shop Girl.“ Listen to my previous interview with her producer Mark Bingham. Photo by Gabriel Barreto. Interview editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM).
59 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
NEM#162: Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel): Texas Swing for Half a Hundred Years
Ray started Asleep at the Wheel in 1969 and has put out 26 albums of original tunes and classic covers while touring constantly. We discuss the title track from Half a Hundred Years (2021), “Pedernales Stroll” from Keepin’ Me Up Nights (1990), and “Am I High” from The Wheel (1977). Intro: “The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)” from Texas Gold (1975). Closer: “The Road Will Hold Me Tonight” feat. Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, recorded in the early 80s but only released now on the new album. Learn more at asleepatthewheel.com. Watch the video for “Half a Hundred Years.” Watch “Am I High?” live on 80s TV. Here’s the band live recently at the Paste Studio and playing their 25th Anniversary show on Austin City Limits in 1996. Their most famous tune is “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Here they are with Willie Nelson. Here’s a very old TV performance of “Take Me Back to Tulsa.” Hear all of “The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read).“ Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Gift one annual membership and g Gift one annual membership and get one free at MasterClass.com/examined. Get 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited at Amazon.com/nempod.
60 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
NEM#161: Chuck Prophet Is On the Couch
Chuck joined Green on Red as guitarist in 1985 and has released 15 solo albums of tuneful guitar rock since 1990, touring constantly and doing a lot of co-writing. We discuss “Womankind” from The Land That Time Forgot (2020), “Your Skin” from Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins (2017), “Castro Halloween” from Temple Beautiful (2012, the extended single version). We conclude by listening to “Wish Me Luck” from Night Surfer(2014). Intro: “Summertime Thing” from No Other Love (2002). For more see chuckprophet.com. Another song from The Land That Time Forgot is “Marathon,” which has a video. Watch a full live show from 2018. Hear all of “Summertime Thing.” Here’s “Wish Me Luck” live. Watch a live Green on Red 2006 reunion show, and here they are back in 1986. We talk a little about his co-writing with Alejandro Escovedo that’s been discussed on NEM#60. I’ve had two other Green on Red members on the show: Dan Stuart and Chris Cacavas. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Gift one annual membership and get one free at MasterClass.com/examined. Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM). Hear Eddie Vedder on I Am Mine at audible.com/Vedder.
71 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
NEM#160: John McCutcheon Learns the Lessons of Folk
John has released 45 albums since 1975 of original folk, traditional folk, children’s music (garnering six Grammy nominations for those), and instrumentals: He is fluent on guitar, banjo, violin, dulcimer, and more. His songs very often tell stories, and we discuss several of those: “Atonement” from Bucket List (2021), “Soup” from John McCutcheon’s Four Seasons: Wintersongs (1995), and “Water from Another Time” from Gonna Rise Again (1987). We end by listening to “The Night John Prine Died” from Cabin Fever: Songs from Quarantine (2020). Intro: “Christmas in the Trenches” from Winter Solstice (1984). For more, see folkmusic.com. Watch a short film made explaining and presenting all of “Christmas in the Trenches.” See a whole recent concert where he plays all his instruments to present traditional folk music. See him sing “The Night John Prine Died” from his living room. Here he is playing one of his best-loved kids’ songs. Watch a video made for his new track, “Bucket List.” See him make sweet noise on the hammer dulcimer and then as part of an instrumental quartet. Here’s John on stage with Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton et al, and here he is harmonizing with Tom Chapin and others. Photo by Irene Young. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Gift one annual membership and get one free at MasterClass.com/examined. Get 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited at Amazon.com/nempod.
62 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
NEM#159: Steve Bartek (Oingo Boingo) Is a Writer, Not Just an Arranger
Steve is best known as guitarist/arranger for Oingo Boingo through their eight albums from 1981-1995 and for following its leader Danny Elfman into a life creating movie soundtracks, often for filmmaker Tim Burton. However, his activity as composer goes all the way back to the late ’60s and continues today. We discuss “Tango” by jackiO from their self-titled album (2019), “The Wake” and “Checking Out/Streets of Managu” from his soundtracks to Guilty as Charged (1991) and The Art of Travel (2008), and “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” by Strawberry Alarm Clock from Incense and Peppermints (1967), written with George Bunnell. We conclude by listening to “Nothing to Feel” by Fejj from Alive (1979) Intro: the title track to Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo (1985), written by Elfman, arr. Bartek. Watch Oingo Boingo live in 1983. Here are Danny and Steve reunited to play “Dead Man’s Party.” Hear jackiO’s 10+ minute jazz version of the song. Watch jackiO live, including some Bartek flute. Here’s the Oingo Boingo Former Members live band. Hear the 2012 Strawberry Alarm Clock album that Steve produced in full. The version of the Fejj track we discussed was filmed. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Upgrade your showering at nebia.com/nem (code NEM).
56 minutes | Oct 30, 2021
NEM-Pretty Much Pop Crossover: The Music of Your Youth w/ Jon Lamoreaux
What long-term effects do songs that we’re exposed to early have on our adult tastes? As children we (hopefully) learn to love music, but then our critical faculties and peer pressure kick in, and many early influences become unacknowledged or transformed into guilty pleasures. Is the generation gap in musical taste really just due to how styles change over time (and we old folks just don’t get the new sound), or are there more fundamental reasons why it’s easier for younger people to absorb new music? Mark, Erica, Brian and The Hustle podcast host Jon Lamoreaux share their own experiences, songs from yesteryear that they have complicated feelings about now, and get into related topics like the activities of former pop stars and nostalgia in film soundtracks. A few particular tracks that we mention are Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking,” Jo Boxers’ “Just Got Lucky,” Jethro Tull’s “Songs from the Wood,” and The Cars’ “Magic.” Can a pretty Steve Howe intro redeem this Asia cheesefest? Jon explains why the ’80s ROCK. A few articles we consulted included: “Why Old People Hate New Music” by Frank McAndrew“We Stop Discovering New Music at Age 30, a New Survey Suggests — Here Are the Scientific Reasons Why This Could Be” by Linsay Dodgson“Inside the Heads of People Who Don’t Like Music” by Divya Abhat Follow Jon’s podcast @thehustlepod. To get an idea of the formats of The Hustle as compared to Nakedly Examined Music, why not take a deep dive on Grand Funk Railroad’s amazing Mark Farner who appeared on both? …NEM, Hustle. Subscribe to Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast via prettymuchpop.com. This episode includes bonus discussion you can access by supporting the podcast at patreon.com/prettymuchpop. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support NEM on Patreon to sign up for the ad-free feed. You can get BOTH podcasts ad-free in one swoop if you use Apple Podcasts and sign up there via the Mark Lintertainment Podcasts Channel. Sponsor: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined.
68 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
NEM#158: Dar Williams: Songs as Thought Processes
Dar has released 11 albums on labels since 1993 of highly literate, introspective folk-pop songs. We discuss “Berkeley” (and listen to “Today and Everyday”) from I’ll Meet You Here (2021), “Empty Plane” from Emerald (2015), and ” Are You Out There” from End of the Summer (1997). Intro: “As Cool As I Am” from Mortal City (1996). For info see darwilliams.com. See the new video for “Today and Every Day.” Watch videos for her break-out song “When I Was a Boy” and the biggest hit, “As Cool as I Am,” as well as a re-recording of the latter with Gary Louris for Dar’s 2010 compilation Many Great Companions. Another classic tune with video from her Lilith years is “What Do You Hear in The Sounds.” Here she is playing “Are You Out There” live in 2010. Here’s a full solo concert from 2018, and one from all the way back in 1994. Here she is live with a collaboration Cry, Cry, Cry. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Photo by EBRU YILDIZ. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop. Sponsor: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined.
64 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
NEM#157: DEVO’s Gerald V. Casale: Guises of Social Critique
Jerry has co-fronted Devo since its founding in the mid-70s, releasing nine albums with them, but his solo career has been sporadic, with a release as Jihad Jerry & the Evildoers in 2006 and a few singles. We discuss his new song and video “I’m Gonna Pay U Back,” and one of those Jihad Jerry tracks (that album now reissued to include the new track) “The Owl,” and the 1979-recorded Devo track “Fountain of Filth” (co-written with Bob Casale and released on Hardcore Devo Vol. 2). We conclude by listening to his 2016 single “It’s All Devo.” Intro: “Whip It” by Devo from Freedom of Choice (1980). For more see geraldvcasale.com. Watch the new video and the one for “It’s All Devo.” Hear the Hardcore Devo Live! version of “Fountain of Filth,” and watch the band play it on that 2014 tour. Watch the original video for “Whip It” (Jerry sings the opening line of each verse, while Mark Mothersbough has the whip and sings the answering part). Another important Devo track that Jerry sang was “Beautiful World.” If you aren’t familiar with the reunited Devo 2010 album, check out “What We Do.” The first single and video released for Jihad Jerry in 2006 was “Army Girls Gone Wild.” Here’s Devo live very very recently, at the tail end of their main output in 1996, and in their original conception back in 1978. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop. Sponsors: Save 10% on Nebia shower stuff by using code nem at nebia.com/nem (excludes pre-order products). Get 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited at Amazon.com/nempod.
76 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
NEM#156: Emma-Jean Thackray’s Modern Mix of Jazz, R&B, and More
Emma-Jean is a trumpeter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, techie… She even runs her own record label. She’s had five releases since 2016. We discuss “Say Something” (and listen at the end to “Spectre” from Yellow (2021), “Open – Remix feat. Blu” (a 2020 single), and “Um” from Um Yang (2020). Intro: “Baro Bop” from Walrus (2016). For more see emmajeanthackray.com. See a full EJT band live-in-studio show from 2020. Here’s a very different show with orchestra instruments at the London Jazz Festival 2018. Watch the “Say Something” official video. Here’s “Spectre” played live. Listen to the original version of “Open” where Emma-Jean reads poetry. And here’s “Open Again” which provided the sampled bed that served as foundation for “Open.” Hear all of “Baro Bop.” We talk about a couple of the videos that Emma-Jean put together herself with pre-existing footage: “Movementt” and “Walrus.” Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop. Sponsors: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined. Get 3 months free of Amazon Music Unlimited at Amazon.com/nempod.
71 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
NEM#155: Melvin Gibbs Protests w/ Bass, Jazz Composition, Production, Sound Design
Melvin has played bass on over 200 albums since 1980 in the worlds of jazz, rock, and hip-hop, and has numerous songwriting credits, doing stints with Defunkt, Arto Lindsay, Rollins Band, SociaLybrium (with Bernie Worrell), The Zig Zag Power Trio (with Vernon Reid), etc. We discuss his solo tune featuring Kokayi “Get Some” from 4+1 Equals 5 for May 25 (2021), the title track from The Terror End Of Beauty (2018) by his trio Harriet Tubman, and “Howard Beach Memoirs” by Power Tools (with Bill Frisell and Ronald Shannon Jackson) from Strange Meeting (1987). We end by listening to “Canto por Odudua” by Melvin Gibbs’ Elevated Entity from Ancients Speak (2009) Intro: “Melvin’s Tune” from Defunkt (1980). More at music.melvin-gibbs.com. Watch a video for another off the new EP, “Message from the Streets” with Kokayi. Listen to “Melvin’s Tune” in full. Here he is live in 2016 with Vernon Reid and Will Calhoun as the Zig Zag Power Trio. Watch Harriet Tubman live. Melvin co-wrote and plays on one of Henry Rollins’ biggest post-Black-Flag tunes, “Liar.” Here he is soloing with The Sonny Sharrock Quartet in the 80s. Here’s Power Tools live. He’s one of two bassists playing in a large band with Ronald Shannon Jackson. Here’s some of his own Melvin Jackson’s Elevated Entity live. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Audio editing for the interview by Tyler Hislop. Sponsors: Visit HelloFresh.com/examined14 and use code examined14 for up to 14 free meals with free shipping. Save 10% on Nebia shower stuff by using code nem at nebia.com/nem (excludes pre-order products).
78 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
NEM#154: Chris Connelly (ex-Revolting Cocks/Ministry): From Apocalyptic Industrials to Poets in Love
Chris started in the Scottish electronic band Finitribe in the early '80s and then moved to Chicago in 1988, doing stints in Revolting Cocks, Ministry, Pigface, et al, before embarking on a 23-album solo career. We discuss "A Phantom Marriage" from The Birthday Poems (2021) feat. Monica Queen, the title track from Bloodhounds (2018), "De Testimony" by Finitribe from Let the Tribe Grow (1986), plus we listen to "God Gets Religion" by Cocksure from Operation C.O.C.K.S.U.R.E. (2020). Intro: "Stowaway" from Whiplash Boychild (1991). For more see chrisconnelly.com and thebirthdaypoems.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Visit HelloFresh.com/examined14 and use code examined14 for up to 14 free meals with free shipping. Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined.
89 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
NEM#153: Steve Kilbey (The Church) Reveals the Secrets to Being Prolific
Steve has written over 1000 songs across 17 Church albums starting in 1980, 13 solo albums and numerous collaborations. His style is theatrical and psychedelic, and his lyrics aim for "maximum ambiguity." We discuss "Love Song Yet to Be Named" from The Hall of Counterfeits (2021) and some tunes by The Church: "Another Century" from man woman life death infinity (2017) and "Is this Where You Live?" from Of Skins and Heart (1981). Intro: "Under the Milky Way" from Starfish (1988). We conclude with the title track from Steve's solo album Sydney Rococo (2018). More at thechurchband.net and thetimebeing.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Use code NEMPOD to get 30 days free of Amazon Music Unlimited. Get 15% off the Nebia by Moen Shower Spa and other Nebia products at nebia.com/NEM.
73 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
NEM#152: Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) Builds His Capacity
Glen led smooth alt rock legends Toad the Wet Sprocket from '88 to '97 through six albums, has released 7 often folky solo albums (and 3 more Toad albums since their reunion) since then plus various side projects. We discuss "Old Habits Die Hard" by Toad (a 2020 single), "Leaving Oldtown" from Swallowed by the New (2016), and "One Wind Blows" from Toad's Bread and Circus (1988). We end with the title track from the 2021 Toad album Starting Now. Intro: "All I Want" from fear (1991). For more see glenphillips.com and toadthewetsprocket.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Visit HelloFresh.com/examined14 and use code examined14 for up to 14 free meals with free shipping. Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined.
69 minutes | Jul 10, 2021
NEM#151: Cathal Coughlan (Fatima Mansions, Microdisney): Pyschogeographic Tales
Cathal started in Ireland in 1980 with Microdisney, and after five albums with then broke that up to form Fatima Mansions in 1988. After seven albums with them, he started a solo career and has now after a decade-long hiatus (during which he released a few collaborations) has come back with his sixth solo release Song of Co-Acklan. We discuss "Unrealtime" and (in closing) hear the title track from that album, plus "Denial Of The Right To Dream" from The Sky's Awful Blue (2002) and "Valley of the Dead Cars" by The Fatima Mansions from Against Nature (1989). Intro/outro: "Town to Town" by Microdisney from Crooked Mile (1987). For more, see cathalcoughlan.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined.
73 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
NEM#150: Josh Caterer (Smoking Popes): Punk + 40s Melodies (+ Occasional Jesus)
Josh released three albums and some EPs in the 90s with his brothers as the Chicago-area punk band Smoking Popes, then became a Christian and released an album and a half as Duvall, then reformed the Smoking Popes to release three more albums since 2008. He's also released some religious material as a solo artist, and his new album is composed of live covers of classic songs and reworkings of his own material. We discuss "Need You Around," originally from Born to Quit (1995) and re-arranged for The Hideout Sessions (2021). We then turn to the Popes' "Amanda My Love" from Into the Agony (2018) and Duvall's "Taking Me Home" from Volume & Density (2003), and we conclude with another new recording, "My Funny Valentine" (Rodgers/Hart). Intro: "Megan" from Destination Failure (1997). More at smokingpopesmusic.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Visit HelloFresh.com/examined14 and use code examined14 for up to 14 free meals with free shipping. Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined.
64 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
NEM#149: Rod Abernethy’s Return to Acoustic (from Video Game Soundtracks)
Rod released his first album "Solo" in 1975, played in some bands, but after losing on Star Search, turned to soundtrack work, emerging only in 2018 with three straight albums of acoustic singer-songwriter and instrumental material. We discuss "My Father Was a Quiet Man" (and listen to "Whiskey & Pie") from Normal Isn't Normal Anymore (2021), "How to Forget" from The Man I'm Supposed to Be (2018), and "Working the Mill" and "Battle in Laketown" from The Hobbit Official Soundtrack (2003). Intro: "Driving to Dan’s" from Rage Original Game Soundtrack (2011). For more, see rodabernethy.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon.
81 minutes | May 21, 2021
NEM#148: David Cross (ex-King Crimson): Electric Violin Dinosaur Battles
David played in perhaps the most revered line-up of King Crimson at the end of its original run from '72-'74. He released his first "solo" album (as Low Flying Aircraft) in '87, then eight more under his own name plus several collaborations. We discuss "Predator" by Cross and Jackson from Another Day (2018), "The Pool" by The David Cross Band from Sign of the Crow (2016), and "Awful Love" from Closer than Skin (2005). We conclude with the title track from Crossover by David Cross and Peter Banks (2020). Intro: "Exiles" by King Crimson from Larks' Tongues in Aspic (1973). For more, see davidcrossband.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined. Visit nebia.com/nem and use code NEM for 10% off your shower upgrade and accessories.
55 minutes | May 7, 2021
NEM#147: Steve Almaas: From Punk to the Rodeo
Steve was in one of Minneapolis' first big punk bands, The Suicide Commandos, but after one album in 1977, he soon left for New York City and eventually hit it relatively big with two records on IRS as Beat Rodeo, with a solo career continuing the country-rock style beginning in 1992 through nine albums. We discuss "The Way I Treated You" (and listen to "Goodbye Nicolina," featuring The Jayhawks' Gary Louris) from Everywhere You’ve Been (2021), "Try Again" by The Suicide Commandos from their reunion album Time Bomb (2017), and the title track from Steve's first solo record East River Blues (1992). Intro: "Just Friends" from Staying Out Late w/ the Beat Rodeo (1984). Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsor: Visit nebia.com/nem and use code NEM for 10% off your shower upgrade.
84 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
NEM#146: Nels Cline Writes Jazz Fusion (And Plays Guitar for Wilco)
Though best known as lead guitarist for Wilco since 2004, Nels has recorded 30+ instrumental albums, often as band leader. We discuss "Headdress" by The Nels Cline Singers from Share the Wealth (2020), "The Nomad’s Home" from Coward (2009), and "Fives & Sixes" from his first solo release, Angelica (1987). We conclude by listening to "Imperfect Ten" by The Nels Cline 4 from From Currents, Constellations (2018). Intro: "You Are My Face" by Wilco from Sky Blue Sky (2007), co-written with Jeff Tweedy. More at nelscline.com. Hear more Nakedly Examined Music. Like our Facebook page. Support us on Patreon. Sponsors: Get 15% off an annual membership at MasterClass.com/examined. Visit nebia.com/nem and use code NEM for 15% off your shower upgrade.
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