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This episode features Billboard journalist Eric Renner Brown, who has spent a lot of the past few years covering the concert industry for Pollstar. We talk about his experience of covering the industry through the chaos of the first phase of the pandemic, and what's been happening since things have mostly resumed in the current phase of the pandemi…
 
This episode is a marathon of all four episodes of FLOPUARY, a miniseries meditation on the concept of flopping by myself and Molly O'Brien of And Introducing. The miniseries was previously behind the paywall on the Fluxblog Patreon and originally came out in February of this year. We cover a lot of interesting ideas in this one, I'm really proud o…
 
Everyone's favorite sporadically produced and confusingly released Steely Dan podcast is back! This time Jesse Hawken and I are joined by the writer Carrie Courogen to talk about recent Dan shows, the whole Aimee Mann thing, a recently unearthed Dan cover of Joni Mitchell, and a bunch of classic songs including "Deacon Blues," "Glamour Profession,"…
 
This episode features Brian Hiatt, the host of the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast and one of the most prolific features writers in the history of that magazine. In this conversation we talked about his long career at Rolling Stone, how he approaches talking to some of the most famous people in the world, and changes in what people want from artist…
 
This week’s episode features Briana Cheng, an A&R for 4AD and owner of the artist management company B4. We talk about what she does, how she works with new artists, and how high personal stakes put her in the position to take working in the music industry very seriously from a young age. There’s some clips of songs by artists Briana works with thr…
 
And introducing…the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley! We welcome Atlantic movie critic and co-host of the Blank Check podcast David Sims back to the pod to discuss Baz Lurhmann’s new biopic ELVIS. We talk about the King’s legacy, Baz’s filmography, Tom Hanks going sicko mode, whether the music biopic genre can be transcended (or if it’s been fu…
 
This episode features Karina Longworth, creator and host of the long-running film history podcast You Must Remember This. In this conversation we talk about her current ongoing series Erotic 80s/90s, the formative influence of Madonna, MTV's The Real World, art school, the fallout of the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial, and her approach to curating h…
 
On this episode of And Introducing, we meet a new type of guy: human vampire, Polish legend, gentle giant, Parks Department tree-hugger, Slim-Fast guzzler, melodramatic romantic, Brooklyn baby, cat dad, and overall agent provocateur Peter Steele. Most famously of the 1990s gothic metal band Type O Negative, Peter achieved a long list of accomplishm…
 
On a very special episode of And Introducing, we bring back Matthew Perpetua for his third pod appearance to talk about something a little more personal than Donald Fagen or Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas: Fluxblog, Matthew's mp3 blog that has now reached its landmark 20th year of existence. Gird your loins for a rich and digressive conversation th…
 
And Introducing…we are taking a brief but fertile trip to Key West to visit a friend of quite a few folks: that's right, it's Jimmy Buffett. A son of a son of a sailor, a blender-drink connoisseur, a schooner crooner, a Conch Train stowaway, a vacation virtuoso, and an escape artist on the level of Houdini, Jimmy Buffett's life and career are truly…
 
And introducing, a guy who nobody knows at all, someone who has released music that literally not a soul cares about...it's Bob Dylan! Just kidding, we are aware he's very popular. And he had a very popular...memoir? autobiography? autofiction? book to prove it. On this episode, we discuss Bob's 2004 "tome" Chronicles, Vol 1 with two guys who certa…
 
This episode features my old friend Daniel Ralston, who talks a bit about his forthcoming podcast investigating the bizarre disappearance of a former member of Iron Butterfly, and then a lot about his experience as a bartender in Malibu. Along the way we talk about Bob Dylan, California music generally, Paul McCartney, and Oasis.…
 
This episode features Ryan and Troy from __antiart__, an excellent new music publication that mainly lives on Instagram. We talk about how they got the blog started, discuss Kanye West and Phoebe Bridgers a bit, and then get into some of their favorite records of 2021 including Arca, Japanese Breakfast, Drakeo the Ruler, Tyler the Creator, JPEGMAFI…
 
Can we pod you a cast? Today's episode focuses on T-Pain, a talented musician and a notable bon vivant with a taste for the good life. Said taste is displayed in a new book of cocktail recipes and general drinking wisdom called Can I Mix You a Drink?, which T-Pain collaborated on with noted hospitality pro Maxwell Britten (curated by Kathy Iandoli)…
 
This episode features Lila Ramani and Bri Aronow of the band Crumb, who discuss the experience of making their excellent new album Ice Melt before and after the pandemic hit, their methods and creative inspirations, and their decision to self-release all of their music. The Crumb songs featured in this episode are "BNR," "L.A.," and "Balloon," all …
 
And introducing….OPPRESSED by the music industry! Silenced for their ART! It’s Jared Leto and Thirty Seconds To Mars!! Yes this week is a mmmmmmovie episode. We’re joined by Matty Monroe and Gavin Wilks of the Indieheads Podcast to dive into the wildly mediocre world of Oscar Winner Jared Leto’s alt rock act and its struggle with their label EMI, t…
 
Jesse Hawken of Junk Filter is back for another episode of Danpilled, our sporadically produced Steely Dan series! This episode covers the new live albums plus discussion of the songs "Aja," "Dirty Work," "Razor Boy," "Night by Night," "Your Gold Teeth II," "Everything You Did," "Time Out of Mind," "The Second Arrangement," and "The Goodbye Look."…
 
And introducing, bands of brothers! We’re joined by brothers Max and Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts to discuss the phenomenon of bands with brothers, including a special look at two of rock n’ roll’s most contentious brothers, Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis. We also discuss Parquet Courts’ new album, their upcoming tour, and Max & Andrew’s exper…
 
This episode is an interview with arts critic Douglas Wolk, covering his career as a music critic going back to the early 1990s on through his transition to writing mainly about comics. We discuss his new book All of the Marvels, which he wrote after reading virtually everything Marvel Comics has ever published. Come to get a glimpse into the music…
 
And introducing, on the mic, it’s Mariah Carey! We’re joined by Jasmine Danielle (@ItsAJasmine) to talk about THE Diva of Divas, the superstar who’s unstoppable voice dominated the charts of the 90’s and 2000’s, making her one of the best selling and most respected vocal artists of all time. We’ll be taking a look at her traumatic but resilient lif…
 
Recurring guests Molly O'Brien and Chris Wade of And Introducing are back to talk about their recent experiences at two festivals aimed at very different demographics - middle aged rock fans at Riot Fest in Chicago and NYC area teenagers at Governor's Ball in Queens. Artists discussed include Patti Smith, Morrissey, The Smashing Pumpkins, Motion Ci…
 
We welcomed Maria Sherman back to the pod, this time not to talk about Calvin Johnson and his merry band of yogurt-drum twee dreamers, but to talk about THE HISTORY OF BOY BANDS — as detailed in Maria's book Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS. From shady '80s managers screwing New Edition out of their hard-earned dough, to t…
 
And Introducing...Psychic Dairy! On this bonus episode of And Introducing, Molly chatted with Sebastian Keim and Ben Green, two of the five poets who joined forces to create a book of poems inspired by everyone's favorite genre-freak troubadour Beck, called, appropriately, Beck Poems, as the first release of their Brisbane-based indie press Psychic…
 
This episode features one of my favorite podcast/radio guys Bryan Quinby, the co-host of Street Fight Radio and The P.O.D. Kast. We talk a bit about his experience at this year's Gathering of the Juggalos and then get into a bunch of rock music he's loved over the years including Korn, Radiohead, The Cars, Ty Segall, King Khan & BBQ Show, Type O Ne…
 
This episode features the comic book writer Sam Humphries and it's basically a freeform "dudes hanging out" episode of the show. We talk about a lot of things including experiences at shows, Prince, U2, Radiohead, Beck, 90s drum and bass, collecting imports, the importance of preserving live venues, and an awful but memorable experience I had at a …
 
And introducing, in therapy, it’s Metallica: Some Kind of Monster! For our 100th EPISODE we’ve decided to return to our roots in HARD ROCK, but instead of looking at it’s decadent heights, examining it at it’s most grinding, tedious, bureaucratic lows. We’re talking about the fantastic 2004 documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, following the…
 
This episode features returning champ Larry Fitzmaurice, the author of the excellent music criticism newsletter Last Donut of the Night. This time around we discuss his recent essay about "pop's new emotionalism" starting around 2017, which serves as a good springboard into some other adjacent topics in music and music writing over the past few yea…
 
This episode features the photographer Laura June Kirsch, whose forthcoming book Romantic Lowlife Fantasies collects a body of work in which she documented DIY music scenes, musical subcultures, and music festivals from 2008-2016. We talk about her background in photographer, her approach to environmental portraiture, and how photography has change…
 
This is a hangout episode featuring Jill Krajewski, a music critic and senior social editor for Vice. We talk about Halsey's forthcoming collaboration with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, the abuse allegations against Marilyn Manson and Rhye, St. Vincent, Jack Antonoff, late period U2, and the "Dave Grohl industrial complex."…
 
And Introducing...Andrew Low! The lead singer and guitarist for the fundamental Pennsylvania emo band The Jazz June, Andrew joined Molly for a very special solo episode, aka one where no books were read but music was certainly discussed. Topics of conversation include embracing vs. rejecting the emo label, playing DIY shows in the late '90s, and ro…
 
Here's the second half of my hangout episode with Sean T. Collins, which was originally only available for Patreon subscribers. We talk about a lot of things in this one, including Primal Scream, Peaches, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Cake, Moby, Deftones, Kenny Rogers, Kiss, The Killers, Benny Mardones, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Live, …
 
AND introducing WE POD ECONO: an Our Band Could Be Your Life miniseries! We’re joined by the Michael Azerrad, the author of Our Band Could Be Your Life to discuss the book’s legacy, DIY in the 21st century, and #RockCriticLaw. Then, Chris and Molly share some final thoughts on our first miniseries, pitch some movie ideas, share listener mail, and t…
 
AND introducing WE POD ECONO: an Our Band Could Be Your Life miniseries! We are taking a journey through Michael Azerrad’s chronicle of the 1980’s American underground rock scene, FINISHING today with Chapter Thirteen: Beat Happening! We’re talking Calvin Johnson, K Records, and exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the c…
 
Molly O'Brien from And Introducing and Rebecca Alter from Vulture join me to discuss the past, present, and future of fast food/pop star collaborations. We talk about BTS, J Balvin, and Travis Scott's meals with McDonald's, Shawn Mendes' Chipotle burrito bowl, and Mariah Carey's cookies, and game out what other musicians and chains should do in the…
 
AND introducing WE POD ECONO: an Our Band Could Be Your Life miniseries! We are taking a journey through Michael Azerrad’s chronicle of the 1980’s American underground rock scene, continuing today with Chapter Twelve: MUDHONEY! For the last leg of our trip, we turn to the Pacific northwest to cover Mudhoney, Sub Pop records, the origins of “Grunge”…
 
AND introducing WE POD ECONO: an Our Band Could Be Your Life miniseries! We are taking a journey through Michael Azerrad’s chronicle of the 1980’s American underground rock scene, continuing today with Chapter Eleven: FUGAZI! Back in DC, Ian MacKaye is looking for something new out of hardcore. Enter Rites of Spring frontman Guy Picciotto, who alon…
 
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