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3 minutes | Dec 7, 2022
What Connects These Three Albums? - Part 4
Hello, friends. This is Alain from the Sonic Collective. Hope you're doing well! It is December 2022, and this is the fourth and final round our game "What's the connection between these albums?" I hope you've been enjoying it as much as we have. Some of these connections have been quite challenging to identify while some have been right under our noses. It's been a lot of fun hearing everyone take a guess at what our album selections had in common. Particularly those more nuanced takes. I've selected three albums with one or more mystery connections between them. But beyond the gamification of this round of picks, as always, we will be reviewing albums — though perhaps not as in-depth as we normally would, given there are three albums to discuss during our rounds of connected albums. This month's albums are, in order of release: Genesis A Trick of the tail - 1976 Faith No More The Real Thing - 1989 3 Days Grace Human - 2015 Friends, I hope you'll listen along with us and take a stab at guessing what these albums have in common. Join us at the end of the month to hear what the crew teased out, as well as what we generally thought of each album. Until then, on behalf of the Sonic Collective , Alain signing off.
2 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
What connects these three albums? – Part 3
Hey all you collectivists out there. This is Scott G from the Sonic Collective. How's it going? We're on round three of our game of "What's the connection between these albums?" I hope you've been enjoying it as much as we have. I've really enjoyed teasing out what the common threads are between the albums Darren and Scott C picked. Hearing what everyone thought were the direct links along with their more nuanced takes. So I've picked three albums that also have some very explicit connections I'm hoping everyone finds along with the different subleties we'll each key on and share. This month's albums are, in no particular order: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin III, Simon and Garfunkle, Bookends, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd. Now I know what you're thinking, "Hey these albums are practically identical, how are we supposed to pick just a couple similarities???" But I have faith you all will listen along, jot down some notes and join us at the end of the month to hear what the crew teased out too. Until then, this is Scott G from the Sonic Collective signing off.
34 minutes | Oct 30, 2022
THE REVEAL EPISODE: What Connects These Three Albums? – Part 2
Here we are at the end of our second round of Common Threads and what a month it was. We listened to Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath, The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses and Permission to Land by the Darkness. Three very different bands and albums and for the most part, everyone seemed to enjoy the musical journey.
29 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
THE REVEAL EPISODE - What connects these three albums? – Part 1
For the next four months we are changing up our format to try something fun. Each of us will pick three albums that share a common thread. We want you to listen to these albums and try to figure out what the common thread between them is. Member Darren Scott is up first and he chose The Modern Lovers self-titled album, R.E.M's Reckoning album and Sonic Youth's Goo album. We reveal the connection in this episode. You can listen here and we will put more content on our website at https://TheSonicCollective.com. Darren @ The Sonic Collective
1 minutes | Sep 30, 2022
What connects these three albums? – Part 2
This month brings the second instalment of our Common Threads round, where we choose three albums that ideally we like and/or are interesting and have one or more common threads that tie them together. I don’t want to say too much about these albums as I’ll likely then give away some of the common threads, but they have all been on my radar for some time and I finally dug in and had a listen. So, without further ado, get ready to strap in and hopefully enjoy Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath, The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses and Permission to Land by the Darkness. Check out https://TheSonicCollective.com site at the end of the month as we discuss what we thought of the albums and any common threads we were able to discover.
36 minutes | Sep 2, 2022
Review of Lady Gaga - Born This Way
While the entire team has a deep appreciation for Lady Gaga's talent as a musician and note her unique style, there's some differences of opinion on just how good the album is. Some of the highlights: - Lady Gaga pushed many boundaries with her lyrics on this album. - Her support for marginalized groups is clearly demonstrated on several tracks adopted as anthems by the LGBTQIA2s+ communities. - Age/generation was an influence on how we enjoyed this album. Is this album for you? Have a listen to our review and see how the strengths and weaknesses line up with your own impressions. Scott G The Sonic Collective
8 minutes | Aug 31, 2022
What connects these three albums? – Part 1
For the next four months we are changing up our format to try something fun. Each of us will pick three albums that share a common thread. We want you to listen to these albums and try to figure out what the common thread between them is. Member Darren Scott is up first and he chose The Modern Lovers self-titled album, R.E.M's Reckoning album and Sonic Youth's Goo album. Listen to the full details of this fun music lovers challenge in this episode and to hear Darren's first pick. There are definitely some hints in this episode. Join us for the next episode to hear the discussion, the guesses and the reveal of what the common thread is. Good luck! For full show notes and access to all our shows and media, please join us at https://TheSonicCollective.com. Darren @ The Sonic Collective
2 minutes | Aug 6, 2022
Album selection: Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Born This Way was released May 23, 2011 to critical fanfare. Lady Gaga's second studio album was said to push boundaries even further than her first, and tackled themes of sexuality, freedom, and feminism among others. Many of the tracks became anthems for marginalized communities, pushing important topics into public discourse. So if you're like me and know Lady Gaga mostly from the radio singles rotation, I really hope you join us on this month's journey where we experience her now at the album level. From all I've read she's one of the artists still committed to building full experiences, taking us on a journey from song to song and weaving a greater story than any individual track provides. So come along for the ride and join Darren, Scott, Alain and I at the end of the month when we dicuss Lady Gaga's 2011 album, Born this Way. Be sure to check out theSonicCollective.com for full show notes and access to more media and all our episodes. Enjoy! Scott The Sonic Collective
32 minutes | Jul 29, 2022
Review of Alice in Chains - Dirt
While all of us enjoy Alice in Chains in general, this was the first time any of us had taken a deep-dive into a full album. You'll have to listen to get all nuances of our perspectives, but here's some standout talking points we could all agree on: - The vocal harmonies and instrumentation are rock solid on this album, presenting a very unique take on the Seattle Grunge music sound. - This album and the songwriting was incredibly dark, chronicling issues such as addiction, depression, violence, and PTSD. - We all strongly recommend this album for anyone who likes grunge music, and has even a passing familiarity of Alice in Chains. Listen along and let us know what you think! Alain The Sonic Collective
23 minutes | Jul 2, 2022
Review of Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
Review of Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division The boys overall were underwhelmed with Joy Division’s debut album Unknown Pleasures. All in all it was a bit too glum, the musicianship was that of a college band and there were no standout, catchy tracks that led any of us back to revisit them regularly. While we have some appreciation for the band’s stamp on that time period, we’re not so sure the legendary status of this album is deserved, nor are we inspired to seek out more of the band’s work. But we enjoyed the exposure and learning about the band and their sound. For full show notes and access to more reviews, interviews and music shenanigans, please visit us at https://TheSonicCollective.com
12 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Album Selection: Alice In Chains - Dirt
Alain here, with our pick for July 2022. This month, we explore Alice in Chains' celebrated and highly praised sophomore album, Dirt. What makes it so great? Does it stand the test of time? Apparently even Elton John likes this band, so we pretty much have to explore it, right?
34 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Review of Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson
The Sonic Collective member Darren Scott picked this album from a recent vinyl collection he acquired. Little did he know, that this was one of the most interesting album picks we ever had. We discovered a legend in Harry Nilsson and our opinions and reviews were as crazy as his life was. How had we never known this artist? Listen and enjoy. For more reviews and music content visit us at https://The SonicCollective.com.
4 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Album Selection - Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
I’ve heard the strange legacy of Ian Curtis, who committed suicide in May 1980, mentioned on a number of episodes of The Ongoing History of New Music with Alan Cross and been intrigued. When I started out as a DJ at Lloyd’s Recreation in Calgary as a teenager, Blue Monday and Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order were huge and some of the original 12-inch singles I learned how to beat-mix on. I had no idea that Joy Division was the precursor to New Order back then and it’s time to see where their roots came from. Listen to why I picked this album and join us at the end of the month for our full review. Join us at https://TheSonicCollective.com for review notes and much more.
8 minutes | May 6, 2022
Album Selection - Nilsson Schmilsson: Harry Nilsson
For our music review pick for May, 2022, member Darren Scott reveals he recently acquired a large record collection that had been entombed for 40 years. He decided that he would pick one of the albums from this collection to review. Join Darren and listen to all the options he had and how he ended up landing on Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson album. Be sure to listen in early June 2022 for the review of this album and how it stands the test of time. For access to the full show notes, more supporting media, and access to all our episodes, be sure to check out http://thesoniccollective.com or search for us on all your favourite podcast platforms. Enjoy. Darren from The Sonic Collective
26 minutes | May 3, 2022
Review of Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview
Closing out the round of Soul selections, the Sonic Collective team shares their thoughts on Van Morrison's album Saint Dominic's Preview. We all had our favourite tracks and picked out the things that didn't land quite right. See who liked blue eyed soul and how we all found Van Morrison's sound hard to pin down. Listen along and let us know what you think!
3 minutes | Apr 5, 2022
Album selection - Saint Dominic's Preview by Van Morrison
As we enter our eighth year of our podcast blazing into 2022, we decided to have each of the four Sonic Collective members choose from the genre of 'Soul'. We’ve gone pretty far afield starting with a taste of neo soul, sliding into a lounge/chillhop and rounding out with a modern throwback to the roots of the genre. Scott is going to take us back as well and give us a taste of blue eyed soul with Van Morrison’s 1972 album Saint Dominic’s Review. Van Morrison is a really hard artist to pin down and fuses so many genres into his albums. It's going to be really interesting trying to unravel this one! Be sure to check out theSonicCollective.com for full show notes and access to more media and all our episodes. Enjoy! Scott G The Sonic Collective
21 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
Review of Dap-Dippin' - Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings
As we continue to explore the musical genre of Soul, Sonic Collective member Alain Dupuis has chosen for us to review Dap-Dippin' by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. This album was released in 2002, but you'd never know it by listening to it. As part of the Brooklyn soul revivalist movement that kicked off in the early 2000s, this album sounds like it belongs straight out of the 1960s. Listen along to hear what we thought of this album. Enjoy!
5 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Album Selection - Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
As we enter our eighth year of our podcast blazing into 2022, we decided to have each of the four Sonic Collective members choose from the genre of 'Soul'. It's Alain's turn to pick the album for us to listen to and review, and he's chosen Dap Dippin’ with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Dap Dippin' was released in 2002 as part of a revivalist movement of Funk and Soul in the New York music scene, but it sounds like something straight out of 1969. This debut album was self-recorded and released on Daptone Records, owing to the fact that two of the the founding members of label are also part of the Dap-Kings. This one should be a lot of fun! Be sure to check out https://theSonicCollective.com for full show notes and access to more media and all our episodes. Enjoy! Alain The Sonic Collective
19 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
Review of Thievery Corporation - The Mirror Conspiracy
The gang was not united in their feelings about our pick for February, Thievery Corporation’s, The Mirror Conspiracy, which was originally released in 2000. Half of us loved it, while the other half were not so enthusiastic and for a variety of reasons. One of the things we enjoy about reviewing music is the different responses we all have to it and how each person interprets a musical work in a different way and this month was no exception. Listen to our conversation to get an idea of where we came in on the album and why. Overall Scores Influenced: 3.25 Recommend: 3.5 Overall: 3.3
22 minutes | Jan 30, 2022
Review of Erykah Badu: Baduizm
To kick off the new year, and our 8th year of The Sonic Collective, our four members have decided to select an influential album within the genre of soul. The first selection from member Darren Scott is the highly regarded Baduizm album from Neo Soul artist Erykah Badu. Listen along to hear what we thought of this album and if we felt it stood the test of time. We may have also made fun of Adam Levine, but he probably deserves it. Ha ha. Enjoy! Darren
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