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The Record Player

Jeff Giles and Matt Wardlaw

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Shuffling music has its rewards, but there's still nothing like listening to a good old-fashioned album, start to finish — and that's what The Record Player is all about. With every episode, we'll dig into the music of and story behind a single LP, with co-hosts Jeff Giles and Matt Wardlaw ("1991: The Year AOR Ate Itself") and special guests acting as your guides.
 
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Collective Soul will release Vibrating, their 11th studio album together, at the end of this week (August 12). Ed Roland is always a fun chat and we dug through a number of topics, including stories about Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen, performing at Woodstock '94 and a signature moment in "Shine" that came from a unique place. Matt and Ed also discus…
 
Robert Palmer's Riptide made the English singer-songwriter a household name worldwide, selling millions of copies on the strength of mega-hits like "Addicted to Love" and "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On." But what was the rest of the album like? Jeff and Matt share their recollections of buying Palmer's eighth studio album, the doors that purchase op…
 
Jeff and Matt are flying solo today as they explore Spin This, the 1998 album which found Danny Wilde briefly splitting away from his longtime songwriting partner Phil Solem. Billed as Danny Wilde + The Rembrandts, the record is an interesting entry in the group's overall discography and one which deserves a second look more than 20 years after its…
 
Kurt Neumann, the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer behind the BoDeans, is our guest this week. He shares his love for the music of Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson Trio. But beyond that, talks about how music has had a positive impact on his own mental health and how he seeks to spread that to others with his own songwriting. We discu…
 
We're thrilled to welcome Niko Stratis to the podcast. She joins Jeff and Matt to discuss Grandaddy's 2003 album, Sumday. We also talk about record stores, her articles about various '90s alt-rock bands (including Counting Crows), grocery stores and retail customers in general. If you enjoy the podcast, consider supporting our Patreon and becoming …
 
Steph Trivison joins Jeff and Matt to discuss her career as well as her latest album, Little Thrills. We dig into the work she's been doing as well with music placement, plus songwriting, production and there's even a bit of stray ukulele discussion. We also discuss Butch Walker's 2004 solo release, Letters. Steph talks about how formative Butch's …
 
On July 15th and 16th, Jim Messina will reunite with his old collaborative partner, Kenny Loggins, for two special shows at the Hollywood Bowl. The concerts are marking the 50th anniversary of the initial show that the duo played at that same venue in 1972. Messina got on the phone to chat briefly about the upcoming gigs and how the pair are prepar…
 
Jeff and Matt are joined by Howie Edelson to discuss Wild Honey, the 13th studio release from The Beach Boys. Howie is the creative consultant for The Beach Boys and their company, Brother Records, Inc. and brings a wealth of Beach Boys knowledge to today's discussion. Howie works with the band and their associates on all aspects of production for …
 
Jackyl's Jesse James Dupree is with Matt to discuss his upcoming appearance as one of the experts on The Booze, Bets and Sex That Built America, the new series that premieres Sunday night (06/12/22) at 8pm Eastern on The History Channel. We also talk about the new Jackyl song, "Get All Up in It (Another Round of Mother Funker)." Watch the music vid…
 
Author and journalist Mitchell Cohen joins Jeff and Matt to discuss Willie Nile's 1980 self-titled debut on Arista Records. The Buffalo, N.Y. singer-songwriter has enjoyed a long career that has been especially prolific in the last decade. Mitchell helps us trace the early days of Nile's career and how it all began. We also discuss Mitchell's new b…
 
Howard Jones joins Jeff and Matt to discuss the 30th anniversary of his album, In the Running. It was his fifth release and marked a departure from his signature synth-driven style. There was a vulnerability to both the sound and the songwriting which made the record a really engaging listen. To date, it's probably one of his most underrated releas…
 
It's been a minute since Jeff and Matt have gotten together for a Cassingle. With a holiday weekend looming, it was good to get together and discuss a busy week of new releases. Bruce Hornsby, Def Leppard, Wilco and others have new albums out. Top Gun: Maverick is in the theaters and the fourth season of Stranger Things has just been released. Find…
 
Singer-songwriter Bill Deasy joins Jeff and Matt to discuss Jackson Browne's third album, 1974's Late for the Sky. The discussion leads to the songwriting muse, how long to spend on a song before moving on and how Bill's own writing has changed. We also dig into the details behind If The Creek Don't Rise, the latest solo release from Bill. He discu…
 
Today's Bonus Track features a trio of short conversations. First, Kelly Carlin joins Matt to discuss George Carlin's American Dream, the new documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio which premieres this weekend in two parts on HBO Max beginning on Friday, May 21. '80s rocker Corey Hart shares the stage with the Go-Go's, Soft Cell and Cha…
 
In his early days as a singer-songwriter, Dan Miraldi met Matt. While the wise thing would have been to run away screaming, Dan did one better than that -- he moved to New York City. But in the years since that initial meeting, Dan and Matt continued to cross paths occasionally and one thing that was always consistent was that they were guaranteed …
 
Not long after we launched this podcast, we got an email from Matt Sledge, suggesting that if we ever wanted to discuss R.E.M.'s New Adventures in Hi-Fi, he'd love to be the one to sit in with us. So here we are, Jeff, Matt and Matt, discussing the tenth studio album from the Athens band. It's arguably one of the most interesting records in their c…
 
Today's Bonus Track features Steve Forbert, who joins Matt to share stories from his career and he also performs a couple of songs from his new record acoustically. They discuss his latest album as well as his recent memoir. Steve is currently on tour and perhaps he's headed your way. Join our Patreon to become a preferred subscriber to this podcas…
 
We're sticking around in 1990 for one more week after our episodes about REO Speedwagon and Eric Johnson. This week, Jeff and Matt are discussing Michael McDonald's third solo album, 1990's Take it to Heart. The album featured a variety of collaborations and guest players and big names like Don Was and Diane Warren in the mix behind the scenes. If …
 
Jesse Harms began writing songs in 1989 with REO Speedwagon vocalist Kevin Cronin who had been exploring some creative projects outside of the group. The chemistry between the pair was good and Harms was invited to join REO Speedwagon. Though his stint in the group was a short one, he ended up co-writing six out of the 11 tracks on the band's next …
 
What an absolute thrill it is to welcome guitar legend Eric Gales to our program today to discuss Eric Johnson's pivotal Ah Via Musicom album. Gales joins Matt and Jeff to dig into his love of the Austin guitarist's music and how Johnson's playing influenced his own path as an artist. Both guitarists have new music that you should be aware of. Gale…
 
Irish-born/NYC-based rocker Pierce Turner joins Matt for today's Bonus Track to discuss Terrible Good, his latest album, which was released in late February on StorySound Records. The songs for the album came together over a four year period and Turner paired up with guitarist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega) to bring the…
 
Matt and Jeff are joined by author Daryl Gregory to discuss David Bowie's classic 1971 album Hunky Dory. They get into a number of other stray topics including the Hardy Boys and Daryl's latest book, Revelator. Show notes for this episode are right here. Remember, only you can prevent forest fires. Which is why it's probably a good idea for you to …
 
Jeff and Matt are joined by longtime friend Michael Fortes, the biggest Weather Report fan they've encountered in this life. As they'll learn, he's not the holder of that title for the world. That is an honor that surely must go to the guy who wrote a book about the band (along with running the most impressive fan site on the internet for many, man…
 
Guitar maestro Andy Timmons joins Jeff and Matt for a unique conversation about the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Having recorded his own version of the album, Timmons has spent a good amount of time exploring the music of the Liverpool group, both as a musician and many times, simply a music fan. He brought his guita…
 
Jeff and Matt are joined by Miles Francis and Lizzie Loveless (and their dog, Tony) for a special Bonus Track. They both have new albums that deserve your ears. Check out Miles' Good Man and Lizzie's You Don't Know (which Miles produced). The journey that each of them took to arrive at the albums that they ended up with is a pretty compelling story…
 
The incredible Rax King is our guest to discuss Sleater-Kinney's 1997 album Dig Me Out. But we're also talking about the other Rax King, a restaurant called Rax, the band Creed and the Lazarus of Christian rock. Rax has a great new book called Tacky: Love Letters to the Worst Culture We Have to Offer. It's awesome, but don't take our flimsy word fo…
 
There's a new Cowboy Junkies collection on the horizon and it's one to be excited about. Guitarist and songwriter Michael Timmins joins Matt to discuss Songs of the Recollection, which will be released on March 25. Michael shares a lot of good stories, including his memories of Vic Chesnutt, and also, the band's collaboration with Garth Hudson of t…
 
Del Amitri's Justin Currie is our guest to discuss all things Dels-related, including Change Everything, the band's third album, which turns 30 this year. On March 26th, Del Amitri will launch their first U.S. tour in 25 years. We discuss the upcoming trek with Justin and he shares the details behind Fatal Mistakes, the band's newest album, which h…
 
We enjoyed having guitarist George Marinelli on the podcast earlier this year to talk about some of his favorite music, including Ahmad Jamal. He's back for a special Bonus Track to discuss Sign Here, his new solo album that's being released on March 10. You can pre-order the album now and all proceeds are being donated to the Southern Poverty Law …
 
Okay, so on today's episode, we actually discuss two albums by Mew, 2005's And the Glass Handed Kites and 2009's No More Stories. Our show intro features "Introducing Palace Players" from the latter album. Yvette Young is our guest to discuss these records from the Danish band that provided interesting influence on her own career as a musician and …
 
Podcasting pioneer, funny guy and fellow music nerd Jimmy Pardo (Never Not Funny, The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien) is our guest to discuss Peter Cetera's third solo album, One More Story. A fellow lifelong Chicago fan, Jimmy has seen the band a zillion times and appeared in the documentary film, Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago. He also w…
 
On the heels of our conversation with David Wild regarding Ringo Starr's Time Takes Time album, which turns 30 this year, we went a bit deeper. (As if David's great interview with Don Was in that same episode wasn't impressive enough....) Former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch (a talented producer and songwriter himself) had the …
 
Legendary rock scribe David Wild joins Matt and Jeff to discuss Ringo Starr's Time Takes Time on the brink of the album's 30th anniversary. But that's not all -- David came armed with audio from Ringo Starr and additional audio of a conversation he had with Don Was to revisit Don's experience as one of the producers on Time Takes Time. While David'…
 
Mike Errico joins Jeff and Matt to discuss Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot, the 1995 debut album by Sparklehorse, the banner which the late Mark Linkous used to bring his music into the world. Nearly 30 years after the record first hit the shelves, it remains an extremely compelling listen. We enjoyed having the chance to revisit the album with …
 
Matt speaks with Mitchell Stuart, writer/director of the new film, Worst to First: The True Story of Z100 New York. The movie is now available to stream and also can be found on select cable networks. Highly recommended for radio nerds, music fans and anybody who loves a good documentary watch. Stuart details his experiences working on the film wit…
 
We weren't planning on venturing back to Hiatt Country so soon (after our initial episode on John Hiatt's Bring the Family), but we got an email from Michael Elliott, author of the new book, Have a Little Faith: The John Hiatt Story with an interesting idea. He pointed out that February 18 is the 30th anniversary of the release of Little Village by…
 
Rickie Lee Jones' 1981 album Pirates emerged on the other side of what had been a complex period for the artist. Her 1979 self-titled debut charted top five on the Billboard Album Charts and her single "Chuck E.'s in Love" performed similarly well. Touring extensively, her popularity continued to rise as additional media exposure, including a perfo…
 
Another week has come and gone and Jeff and Matt are back to try to make sense of it all. There's plenty for you to listen to and read, as you'll hear (and read in the show notes below). The guys preview the next two episodes that are on tap for this week. Join our new Record Club! Cassingle Notes: Mary Chapin Carpenter - Songs from Home Mike Campb…
 
The great Bill Lloyd of Foster & Lloyd fame is our guest for today's edition of The Record Player. Bill beamed in from Nashville to discuss one of his favorite albums from the McCartney catalog, 1971's Ram. Ram emerged as the Beatles were in the process of legally dissolving their existence as a band. Credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, the album…
 
Guitarist George Marinelli, known for his years of work with both Bonnie Raitt and Bruce Hornsby, as well as many others, joins Matt and Jeff to discuss one of his favorite albums. Ahmad Jamal's At the Pershing: But Not for Me, recorded live in January of 1958 and released later that same year, is an album which carries some interesting history -- …
 
Matt and Jeff are discussing John Mellencamp's new album, the press he has been doing around it (which you should listen to) and why Brian Boone (longtime friend of the podcast) needs to come on to discuss John Mellencamp. There's a new Patreon for the show which you can read about here, where we're planning to share materials related to the podcas…
 
Styx's Lawrence Gowan joins up with Jeff and Matt to nerd out about progressive rock. Specifically, Genesis and 1973's Selling England by the Pound, arriving as the prelude to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, which would be released the following year. Lawrence and Matt also dig deep to share their thoughts on the current Genesis tour which is proba…
 
On the heels of the news regarding the passing of Meat Loaf, Jeff and Matt share some of their individual memories and experiences with his music. We're also discussing carbonated beverages (thanks, Sloane Spencer!), a recent book by Daryl Gregory that's worthy of your reading time, Dweezil Zappa's excellent Van Halen podcast and other topics. See …
 
Jeff had the idea to do "minisodes" to discuss random things we're digging and who knows what else. We're contrary and also nostalgic, so we decided to call them "cassingles." it's a way to share feedback we get about the episodes, things we got wrong, things we forgot about and maybe occasionally, some wisdom. For today's inaugural run, we read so…
 
Jeff and Matt are discussing (Breach), the album that Jakob Dylan and the Wallflowers released in 2000 after the mega-success of Bringing Down the Horse, the group's breakout second record that was released in 1996. Journalist Allison Rapp in on board to talk about (Breach) and the interesting evolution of the band through the years.…
 
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