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The stories behind some of the most essential albums of all time, told by the artists who made them and Rolling Stone’s writers and editors. Each episode focuses on one album from the brand-new, updated version of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums list, featuring fresh conversations with the people who made the music, classic interview audio and expert commentary. Episodes include the late Tom Petty on his solo classic Wildflowers, Taylor Swift talking about her career-changing 2012 album ...
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The Coda: A Music Podcast

Brian Hastie, Rob Kristoffersen

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End your week on a high note with the Coda, a brand new music podcast from Brian Hastie and Rob Kristoffersen. Each bi-weekly episode will touch on music news and rumours, an in-depth look at a specific topic, as well as recommendations to fill your earholes with after each episode is done. We'll be discussing artists ranging from Aaron Carter to Frank Zappa, and you can count on Brian waxing poetic for his love of nu-metal. The Coda, available every second Friday on every platform where pod ...
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Don't know anything about improvisational jazz? Don't worry, we're here to help fill a gap or two before our episode on John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," which turns up on the Rolling Stone list at #232. In this episode you will learn: the basic info about the album its critical and commercial reception why Rolling Stone thinks it's one of the greates…
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In a record-breaking tenth appearance, 500 favorite Wayne Federman is back to break down the ballads of Bobby "Blue" Bland's 1961 album Two Steps from the Blues. Follow Wayne on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instafederman/ Follow Wayne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/federman Check out Wayne's website: http://www.waynefederman.com/ Follow Jo…
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We asked Michael Simon to answer the following questions: What is your dream concert? Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with? What is your favourite album? Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves? What is one song you wish you could take credit for writing? Have questions? …
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Comedian Matt Braunger returns to wallow in the lovesick sadness of The Smith's 1986 album The Queen Is Dead. Follow Matt on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/braunger/ Follow Matt on Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/braunger Check out Matt's website: https://www.mattbraunger.com/ Follow Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshadamme…
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We have Michael Simon - creator of VH1 Storytellers - on the show, so we figured we'd ask him about... VH1 Storytellers. Specifically, we gave him a hypothetical - if the show came back today, who would you feature on it? Who would you like to see on VH1 Storytellers? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @rrmusicpod. Music by lemonmusic…
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Beastie Boys' DJ Mix Master Mike reveals that joining the hip-hop group was his calling after hearing their 1986 album Licensed to Ill. Follow Mike on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mixmastermike/ Follow Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mixmastermike Listen to Mike's latest album "Opus x Magnum": https://open.spotify.com/album/4jgBQ54FMU5…
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We asked all-star guest Michael Simon - the creator of VH1 Storytellers - to FINALLY pick an album that makes him happy, after previously chatting with us about The Cure, NWA and The Velvet Underground. This is what he picked - a "compilation" by semi-obscure punk rockers Buzzcocks, which comes in at #250 on the Rolling Stone list. On this episode …
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Comedian and actress Marsha Warfield gets into the abstract instrumental groove of The Meters' 1970 album Look-Ka Py Py. Follow Marsha on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marshawarfield Follow Marsha on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarshaWarfield Listen to Marsha's audio special "This Is Not Gross, This Is Important": https://music.apple.com/us…
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Who were the Buzzcocks? What was a Buzzcock? Is Singles Going Steady a compilation album? Want answers to these questions? Check out our 101 about the Buzzcocks and their 1979 album, Singles Going Steady, which appears on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums list at #250. In this episode you will learn: the basic info about the album its critical …
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Comedian Dina Hashem drifts away into the hazy fugue state created by shoegaze innovators My Bloody Valentine's 1991 album Loveless. Follow Dina on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dinahashem_/ Follow Dina on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dinahashem_ Watch Dina's debut special "Dark Little Whispers" on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Dina-H…
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We asked Alex Kinsella to answer the following questions: What is your dream concert? Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with? What is your favourite album? Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves? What is one song you wish you could take credit for writing? Have questions? …
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500 Allstar Wayne Federman is back to shed some light on the unfairly obscure career of jazz legend Professor Longhair and his 1972 album New Orleans Piano. Follow Wayne on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/instafederman/ Follow Wayne on Twitter: https://twitter.com/federman Check out Wayne's website: http://www.waynefederman.com/ Follow Josh on…
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If it's too loud you're too old! Music is at its most impactful when we're teenagers. It shapes our attitudes, opinions and even our groups of friends. We self-select who we want to be based on who we want to listen to. That made us wonder - what's the one album that resonated most with you as a teenager? It's a highly personal question that we ask…
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Comedian and musician Reggie Watts returns to bust out the bright, bombastic pop rock/post-punk of U2's seminal third album: 1983's War. Follow Reggie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reggiewatts Follow Reggie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/reggiewatts Pick up a copy of Reggie's autobiography "Great Falls, MT": https://sites.prh.com/greatfa…
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We asked Alex Kinsella to pick an album from the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest list and he went with a juvenile little disc called "Licensed to Ill" by the Beastie Boys, which just so happens to also be one of the most important albums in hip hop history. On this episode we cover: The group's unique place in the early days of hip hop Cultural appropri…
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Comedian Brad Williams celebrates the man in black Neil Diamond's 1999 sparkling retrospective The Neil Diamond Collection. Follow Brad on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bradwilliamscomic/ Follow Brad on Twitter: https://twitter.com/funnybrad Check out Brad website for tickets to see him live: https://www.bradwilliamscomedy.com/ Follow Josh o…
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Were the Beastie Boys really important enough to have three albums on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums list? A good place to start is a conversation about their 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill. Don't know anything about it? Well, we have you covered. In this episode you will learn: the basic info about the album its critical and commercial r…
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Comedian Mike Cannon unironically embraces the on-the-nose political commentary of pop punk progenitors Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot. Follow Mike on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iammikecannon/ Follow Mike on Twitter: https://twitter.com/IamMikeCannon Check out Mike's website for tickets to see him live: https://www.mikecannoncomedy…
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We asked Tyrell Lisson - host of The Band: A History - to answer the following questions: What is your dream concert? Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with? What is your favourite album? Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves? What is one song you wish you could take cred…
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Comedian James Mattern returns to enjoy some peaceful reflection on the quiet sadness of Bruce Springsteen's 1982 album Nebraska. Follow James on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thejamesmattern/ Follow James on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamesLmattern Follow Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshadammeyers/ Follow Josh on Twitter:…
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If there's one album from The Band that everyone knows, it'd The Last Waltz. An epic, iconic moment in rock and roll history, The Last Waltz stands at a pivotal time in history. But is that enough to earn it a spot on a greatest albums list? Should live albums ever be on greatest albums lists? Our newest episode tries to answer that question throug…
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Comedian Patton Oswalt returns to dissect indie rock darlings Pixies' 1988 album Doolittle with a special surprise drop-in from the band's lead guitarist Joey Santiago. Follow Patton on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pattonoswalt/ Follow Patton on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pattonoswalt Check out Patton's website: https://pattonoswalt.com/ …
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We asked the guy with a podcast called "The Band: A History" to pick and album and... he picked an album by The Band. We're talking Music from Big Pink with Tyrell Lisson. On this episode we cover: The group's unique vocal capabilities The "rural and rustic" nature of The Band's sound The reasons why they were so influential Publishing rights, publ…
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Radio DJ extraordinaire and hip-hop connoisseur Ed Lover brings it back to the old school for Eric B. & Rakim's 1987 debut album Paid in Full. Follow Ed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edlover/ Follow Ed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrEdLover Follow Josh on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joshadammeyers/ Follow Josh on Twitter: http…
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A band so important they're called THE Band released Music From Big Pink in 1968 and it shook up the whole rock and roll establishment. Do you know which Beatle cited this album as a reason he decided to leave the Fab Four? Do you know why it's called Music From Big Pink? Was it a hit? Was it a flop? If you don't know the answers to these questions…
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GaS Digital co-founder Ralph Sutton dusts off his box of scarves and hairspray, and prepares to hit the high notes in sleaze rock heroes Aerosmith's 1975 album Toys in the Attic. Follow Ralph on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamralphsutton Follow Ralph on Twitter: https://twitter.com/iamralphsutton Go to his website to find his podcasts "The…
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We ask actress, comedian and Twitter miscreant Clare Blackwood to answer the following questions: What is your dream concert? Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with? What is your favourite album? Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves? What is one song you wish you could t…
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Comedian Dan St. Germain sheds all pretentiousness and gives in to the ol' fashioned grooves of roots rocker Bonnie Raitt's 1989 album Nick of Time. Follow Dan on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danst.germain/ Follow Dan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DSGermain Go to his website for tickets to see him live: https://danstgermain.net/ Follow Jo…
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Comedian, actor and author Craig Ferguson claims every last drop of joy you can get out of arena rockers Queen's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. Follow Craig on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/craigyferg/ Follow Craig on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CraigyFerg Listen to "Joy, A Podcast." hosted by Craig: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-jo…
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Actor and comedian Adam Ferrara returns to contemplate a pivotal period in British rockers The Kinks' career, compiled in the 1972 record The Kink Kronikles. Follow Adam on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adamferrara/ Follow Adam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/adamferrara Check out Adam's website: https://www.adamferrara.com/ Follow Josh on I…
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It's that time of year, when the world falls in love... every song you hear, seems to say... Merry Christmas... Our newest episode meets the challenge of the season by asking our co-hosts and guest Clare Blackwood to name the MOST ICONIC CHRISTMAS SONG. Listen to find out what they pick. What's the most iconic Christmas song in your opinion? Let us…
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Comedian and writer Judy Gold shamelessly shows off her jangle pop roots while dancing "like no one is watching" to The Byrds' 1965 record Mr. Tambourine Man. Follow Judy on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jewdygold/ Follow Judy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JewdyGold Go to her website for tickets to see her live: https://judygold.com/ Liste…
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We asked funny internet lady Clare Blackwood to pick an album, she said she didn't know anything about music, so we ended up with a Creedence Clearwater Revival album, but what an album! Cosmo's Factory was released in 1972 and makes the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums list at #413. Listen as we cover: The similarities between comedy and music pe…
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