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The Broken Record Player Podcast
111 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
My Bloody Valentine-Loveless
On this new episode I’m sitting down with Tracey Bowen from the We Dig Music Podcast. We’re going to talk about one of her favorite albums, and mine as well, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine! Released in 1991, My Bloody Valentine’s second studio album changed the game. It inspired some of the biggest acts of the 90s, helped to create an entire subgenre of music, and would be on every critics top albums of the 90s list. Combining both dreamy, drowsy sounds with aggressive and distorted guitar, Loveless was a noisy yet beautiful journey that left your ears ringing, but your mind and body uplifted.
91 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
For this latest episode of The Broken Record Player Podcast, I am joined by Necrotic Nick and Jammin Jon from the YouTube channel Thralls of Metal. We’re taking a look at one of the classics from the Florida Death Metal scene: Death’s 1988 masterpiece Leprosy! We take a look at every song, talk about the mad scientist behind Death, Mr. Chuck Schuldiner, as well as discuss how Leprosy really helped to put Death Metal on the map. Leprosy expanded Death’s sound from their debut, Scream Bloody Gore, and really showcased the talent of Chuck. Sadly, as we discuss in the episode, Chuck’s life was cut short due to cancer, but through albums like Leprosy, he left behind a legacy that will never die.
114 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Back with me on this new episode of The Broken Record Player Podcast is Anuj Rajkumar, the creator of The Legends of Music page on Instagram! We’re discussing Soundgarden’s 1994 masterpiece Superunknown. We look at how this album took Soundgarden’s sound to another level, how they retained their heavy gritty roots while appealing to a wider audience with radio friendly songs, and how varied the album is compared to their previous releases. We also reflect on the life of Chris Cornell, and what separated him from other rock singers of the 90s. Superunknown is a masterpiece, one of the greatest albums of the 90s. It combined the heavy sludgy riffs they were accustomed to, with more melodic, diverse sounds to make a truly unique album that stands out from their peers. Be sure to visit Anuj’s page The Legends of Music on Instagram where is always posting great stories about the artists, songs, and albums of history.
70 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
The Sisters of Mercy-Floodland
Ryan has a very special guest for this episode of The Broken Record Player Podcast! Matt Vowles, the man behind the Gothic Rock band Black Angel, is here to talk about one of his favorite albums of all time: Floodland by The Sisters of Mercy. Ryan and Matt talk about how The Sisters of Mercy, and this album in particular, influenced Matt’s music, how the record was mostly an Andrew Eldritch solo record, and how he’s not too fond of his music being labeled as goth. Ultimately, Floodland is a catchy, dark, and timeless album that took The Sisters of Mercy to new heights, and created hit songs played in Goth clubs all over the world. Black Angel’s third album Prince of Darkness is out June 18. Be sure to pick up a copy here: www.blackangelmusic.bandcamp.com
81 minutes | May 28, 2021
Ryan sits down once again (third time to be precise, which is a BRPP record!) with guitarist Ryan Musser, and Bill Van Veghel (host of the podcasts Land of the Creeps and Phantom Galaxy) to discuss Canadian prog rock titans Rush, and their most successful record Moving Pictures. Bill hosts two fantastic podcasts about horror and sci fi. Land of the Creeps focuses on all things horror movies. Land of the Creeps can be found here: http://landofthecreeps.blogspot.com/ Phantom Galaxy is a podcast that looks at horror, sci fi, and all things strange in our culture. You can find Phantom Galaxy here: https://phantomgalaxy.podbean.com/In fact, Bill did an episode on Rush’s 2112 on Phantom Galaxy. You can find this podcast episode here: https://phantomgalaxy.podbean.com/e/strange-frequencies-12112-by-rush-and-the-devils-candy/
81 minutes | May 14, 2021
Alice Cooper-Billion Dollar Babies
On this latest episode of The Broken Record Player Podcast, I am joined once again by the host of the Metal From the Inside podcast, Sydney Taylor! Sydney sits down with me to discuss an iconic album from her favorite artist of all time, Alice Cooper! In fact, on her podcast Metal From the Inside, Sydney recently sat down with Alice Cooper and interviewed him. Make sure you check that interview out because it’s really fascinating, and Alice is on point as always. Billion Dollar Babies was the biggest, most epic, and most successful album the Alice Cooper band released up to that point. Featuring hit songs like “No More Mr. Nice Guy,” ''Billion Dollar Babies,” “Elected,” and “I Love the Dead,” Billion Dollar Babies told one story after another ranging from politics to bad dental trips, from road trips gone wrong to the real life controversies created by uptight politicians and parents. At the end of the day, this album is fun, theatrical, hard rockin, and makes you feel like you’re at some macabre carnival where only you, the audience, the band, and Alice, are in on the joke.
99 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
On this next episode of The Broken Record Player Podcast, my buddy Tim Guill and I pay homage to the Purple One, Prince, as we dive deep into the masterpiece that is Purple Rain. Coming off the success of 1999, Prince was looking to push the envelope further. Already a star, Prince would cement his legacy with Purple Rain. It was not just an album, rather it was a testament to the genius that was Prince. Filled with classics such as the title track itself, “When Doves Cry,” “Let’s Go Crazy,” “I Would Die 4 U,” and more, Purple Rain is as close to perfection in an album as it gets. It was a more grand sound for Prince, and it brought him to superstar status on the same level as his peer (and occasional rival), Michael Jackson. What makes this album so unique, besides the epic and grand production and quality, is that Prince is working with a band: The Revolution. Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Dr. Fink, Brown Mark, and Bobby Z, worked tirelessly with their mad scientist leader to craft an album that featured funky bass lines, shredding guitar solos, electronic effects, pounding drum beats, beautiful ballads, and the shrieks, screams, wails, and heartfelt vocals of Prince. As if a groundbreaking album wasn’t enough, to showcase how ambitious Prince was in 1983, a movie of the same name was made. Tim and I discuss both as we take a look at one of the most celebrated albums, and artists, of all time.
86 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
On this next episode of The Broken Record Player Podcast, I sat down with fellow music podcaster Ian Clarke to discuss one of the most iconic albums of the 90s. Ian is involved in two podcasts related to music: We Dig Music and Free With This Month’s Issue! We Dig Music is a podcast where Ian and his friends get together to talk about what they love, music. Free With This Month’s Issue is a little more random. Taking those sampler CDs that come with music magazines, Ian and his co-hosts listen to them and discuss. It’s a mixed bag and you never know what you’re going to get! For Massive Attack and their 1998 masterpiece Mezzanine, Ian and I knew what we were getting. One of the most melodic, atmospheric, sonically complicated, but also chill to the point of creepy, albums ever made. Mezzanine was a massive success, but the band had their doubts. It was a major departure from their previous two records, which were instrumental in setting forth the Trip Hop sound. Mezzanine was darker, less soulful, and felt like something was not quite right. There’s a feeling of paranoia, loneliness, and a little bit of anxiety, but mixed with ethereal and otherworldly vocals from Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser, and the angelic yet eerie vocals of reggae legend Horace Andy. Mezzanine, simply put, is an album that could have come out today and few would have known the difference. It’s that well made. Ian and I discuss the tense making of this album, how this album makes us both feel when we listen to it, and how for a band known for making Trip Hop mixed with R&B and Soul, this was a step in a new direction, and it was one that both exhausted the band, but also brought them to a new level.
96 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
On this episode, I am joined by podcaster Bárbara Mendes Jorge, who hosts the music podcast Over/Underrated with her friend Fran. Each episode, they pick a theme (a genre, music scene, decade, etc) and pick two bands: one that is overrated, and one that is underrated and they try to get each other to see their POV. However, Bárbara is not here to debate, she’s here to share her love for PJ Harvey and her 1992 debut album Dry. Featuring a guitar heavy blues punk sound, Polly Jean Harvey crafts elaborate stories about love, heartbreak, lust, power, sexuality, gender roles, adds biblical references, and caps it off with a twist of humor. We discuss the genius behind the songs, as well as how, despite both being late to the PJ Harvey fanbase, she became one of our favorite artists of all time. Be sure to check out Over/Underrated: https://podcasts.apple.com/be/podcast/over-underrated-a-music-podcast-with-fran-and-babs/id1544600726
94 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
Alice in Chains-Dirt
On this episode, my good friend, and history tour guide (focusing on macabre history of Boise, Idaho), Mark Iverson sits down with me to talk about one of our favorite albums: Dirt by Alice in Chains. Mark also happens to be from Seattle, giving him an insight into this band/music scene that few have. Released in 1992 at the height of the Grunge explosion out of Seattle, Dirt (the second studio album by the band) took 90s rock to a whole new level of grittiness and darkness. With themes exploring drug addiction, depression, and death, and featuring the haunting and melodic vocals of Layne Staley, and the backing vocals/sludgy guitar work of Jerry Cantrell, Dirt was able to present heavy subject matter packaged in a painful, yet beautiful, manner. We discuss the emotions in this album, the tragedies, the beauty, and Mark takes us through some of his old haunts in Seattle that are related to Alice in Chains.
91 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Queen-A Night at the Opera
A Night at the Opera, Queen's 4th studio album, is one of the most ambitious, diverse, unique, and iconic albums ever recorded. A rock album that features just about every genre you can imagine (well besides rap), it took the band to new heights, not to mention they weren't broke after this record. Joining me to discuss this eclectic masterpiece is Scott Ferrara. Scott hosts a podcast called The Rugby Rant where they talk all things rugby. It's a perfect combo, sports and Queen. I mean we are talking about the band that pretty much invented the sports anthem years later with "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions." We talk about the tracks, what each band member contributed, the diversity on this record, and if we're sick of "Bohemian Rhapsody" yet or not.
84 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Things get a little political on this episode as my friend Larry Santiago (who is also a teacher and a musician) returns to discuss Vivid, the 1988 debut from Living Colour. We talk about how this album was able to blend so many different styles together from funk, jazz, pop, metal, hip hop, and even a little country, but also touch on the messages that are still relevant today, from gentrification and racism, to cults and how our political leaders brainwash us and lead us astray. This album paved the way for bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, and System of a Down, and still holds up to this day as a catchy, heavy, and relevant album. Larry's latest musical project is Big Lair and the Brown Sound. Check them out if you're into hard rock!
93 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
The Doors-The Doors
On this episode, it's all about one of the best debut albums of all time! We're talking about The Doors and their 1967 self titled album! Sitting down to talk about this breakthrough album is Anuj Rajkumar, the creator of the Instagram page, The Legends of Music. Anuj is a massive music fan, and as seen through the Legends of Music, he knows quite a bit about it as well! We discuss how this album fit in (or didn’t) with the 1960s Flower Power movement, what each member brought to the band, the controversies surrounding some of these songs, and what made Jim Morrison arguably the greatest frontman of all time. Check it out!
58 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Emperor-In the Nightside Eclipse
Going in a little different direction for episode 2 of this new season! It's still winter, and so I decided to pick one of my favorite winter albums: In the Nightside Eclipse by Norwegian black metal giants Emperor. Joining me to talk about this beautiful album is my friend, black metal fan, and former record store co-worker, Matt Kramer. We talk about the reasons this album stands out from its peers, the black metal image, Tolkien and his inspiration on this album, and more. Combining beautiful symphonic and atmospheric sounds with harsh, cold, black metal music, In the Nightside Eclipse moved black metal to new heights and inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of new artists to do the same.
88 minutes | Jan 8, 2021
David Bowie-The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Welcome to 2021! First episode of the new year, and we're taking a look at David Bowie's 1972 landmark classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust!We're also doing this to commemorate the fact it has been five years since David Bowie's passing back in 2016. The world lost a genius that day. This album is a testament to that. Joining me to discuss this album is Don Grant. Don is the host of a podcast called Three Interesting Things, a podcast where they look at three of the most interesting internet stories of the week.You can check it out here: https://threeinterestingthings.captivate.fm/ and wherever podcasts are available. Also, don't forget we're still doing a record giveaway of Alice in Chains and their debut album Facelift! Head over to our Instagram page and like the post, follow our page, and tag a friend and you're entered to win!
66 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
Motörhead-Ace of Spades
Merry Christmas everyone! For the final episode of the year, Sydney Taylor, the host of the Metal From the Inside Podcast, sits down to discuss Motörhead and their classic album Ace of Spades. Released 40 years ago, Ace of Spades is a badass, to the point, hard rocking album that is sure to get you pumped up. We discuss all that, the legacy of the iconic frontman Lemmy on the 5 year anniversary of his passing, and why the album still holds up today. Check it out!Also check out Sydney’s podcast Metal From the Inside, and be sure to check out Sea of Tranquility over on YouTube which Sydney is a part of as well. Metal From the Inside Podcast: https://metalfromtheinside.com/podcast/Sea of Tranquility: https://www.youtube.com/user/SeaofTranquilityProg
78 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
Jay Z-The Black Album
Ryan is once again joined by Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego, the founder of Niche on Demand (a place where black creativity, capital, and culture meet), to talk about The Black Album by Jay-Z. Supposed to be his "retirement" album, The Black Album saw Jay-Z look back on everything he's achieved, all the friends, and enemies, he's made, and his roots that made it all possible. Featuring a more grand and mature sound, The Black Album allowed Jay-Z to achieve even greater success and prove that he still had more to accomplish. If you'd like to know more about Niche on Demand visit https://www.nicheondemand.com/
56 minutes | Nov 27, 2020
Kate Bush-Hounds of Love
Ryan is joined by Amanda Stilwell, the founder of Last Craft Designs, to talk about a masterpiece in musical storytelling. Hounds of Love by Kate Bush is an emotional rollercoaster that takes the listener on a journey of love, fear, death, life, and reflection. Critically acclaimed, and commercially successful, Kate's fifth album reached wider audiences due to its hit single "Running Up that Hill," yet it still retained the experimental, artistic, and avant-garde aspects that made Kate Bush stand out from the rest. Join us as we dive into this incredibly beautiful album! Last Craft Designs is a small business that makes a variety of products such as witchy homegoods, candles, tarot cards, incense, pins, and more. Check them out at: https://lastcraftdesigns.com/ They have a ton of great products, especially the beautifully designed pop culture candles (and yes there is a Kate Bush one!).
57 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
Ryan is joined by guitarist Ryan Musser, and fellow podcaster Bill Van Veghel, to pay tribute to Eddie Van Halen and Van Halen's masterpiece album, 1984. This album was the 6th studio album released by Van Halen, and it was a more epic and diverse record than their previous releases. Featuring keyboards, but still keeping that hard rock sound, 1984 shows the band's talent as a group more than any other Van Halen record. Eddie was a guitar virtuoso, and some of his best riffs and solos are on this record. So sit back, relax, and raise a glass to Eddie Van Halen as you listen. RIP Eddie Van Halen Bill Van Veghel co-hosts two great podcasts on horror and sci-fi. Land of the Creeps is a podcast about all things horror, and Phantom Galaxy is about horror and sci-fi. If you're into horror and sci-fi movies, books, stories, etc, be sure to check them out in the links below!Land of the Creeps: http://landofthecreeps.blogspot.com/Phantom Galaxy: https://phantomgalaxy.podbean.com/Also, don't forget to check us out on Instagram and follow us! Might be doing some record giveaways soon, so check us out there!
65 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Misfits-Walk Among Us
Happy Halloween!! On this episode, musician, music teacher, and therapist, Larry Santiago, sits down with us to talk about Walk Among Us by The Misfits, one of the most fitting albums to listen to on Halloween. Fast, catchy, campy, heavy, this 24 minute album is filled with throwbacks to horror and sci-fi movies of the 50s and 60s, stories of monsters, and ghoulish tales of destruction. If you listen to any music this Halloween, you have to listen to The Misfits.
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