Spring is upon us and it's brought with it some great new music. We've got 2 new album recommendations for ya this week- one from southern rockers Blackberry Smoke and the other from underground hip-hop duo Jean Grae and Quelle Chris.
Essential listening is what we do. This week on the show we have another installment of our essential New Wave of British Heavy Metal and Funk series. We discuss influential thrash metal group Diamond Head and their stellar debut record Lightning to the Nations. Also on the show we talk over George Clinton spin-off project Parlet and their 1979 album Invasion of the Booty Snatchers - a fun listen from the P-funk crew.
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We were so excited about these 2 new records, that we had to break from our usual routine to talk about them ASAP.
Longtime rockers, Judas Priest have emerged with a new energy and a great new record called Firepower. The Dude discusses what the band has been up to as of late and what makes this record so special.
Andy brings up a more recent success story in the form of left-field hip hop group Young Fathers. They have a new full length titled Cocoa Sugar that has been receiving critical praise and rightly so. Hear a bit about who they are the direction they're taking on this new album.
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Time for another entry in our New Wave of British Heavy Metal and Funk genres Essential Project! This week we dive into two classic albums from 80s rockers Def Leppard and funk master supreme Bootsy Collins and his backing group the Rubberband.
In the early 80s Def Leppard was young and looking for a sound to set them apart of from their NWOBHM contemporaries. Their second full length record, High 'N' Dry finds them taking the early steps from heavy metal to the pop metal sound that would propel them to stardom. Tracks like 'Bringing on the Heartbreak' hint at the polished, stadium-ready sound they would soon make popular. The solid songwriting and improved production on this record set them up perfectly for the future success of records like Pyromania and Hysteria.
Bootys Collins was already an influential part of the 70s funk scene before he set out on his own in 1976. He had played bass with both James Brown and George Clinton earlier in the decade, so it was safe to say he knew how to funk. His second full length record beautifully captures the fun-loving, party atmosphere that he would come to be known for. Tracks like The Pinocchio Theory and Munchies for Your Love lay down tight grooves and provide plenty of comedic gold.
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This week on the show we discuss two loosely connected albums - The Cult's 1989 smash hit Sonic Temple and The Sonics 1965 debut full length, Here's Are the Sonics!!! - both 'sonic' albums.
Sonic Temple finds The Cult trying several different musical styles - from crunchy 70's grooves to mellow ballads and commercial '80s hard rock. The standout tracks like Fire Woman, American Horse, New York City, and CD-only track Medicine Train make the album worth returning to after all these years.
Here are the Sonics!!! is a raw, loud record that captured the excitement of a new sound that was taking shape in the northwest mid-60's. Recorded with the most minimal production possible, the energy and pure novelty of the sound are what make this record special.
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On this edition of the Album Nerds Podcast, we recommend a new release from one of our favorite bands - southern rockers The Sheepdogs and their new record Changing Colours.
The group was first brought to our attention when they won a Rolling Stone contest back in 2011. We discuss the publications relevance in today's music scene as well as our personal history's with the magazine.
Then we dive head first in the new album, highlighting our favorite tracks, talking about the recording process and other changes to the band. Feel-good 70s vibes abound.
Keep those colours a-changing and that nerd up to 11.
1980 was a transitional year for music. Punk was slowly giving way to a new type of sound - you might even call it a new wave. Join us as we count down our top 5 favorite albums from that year.
#5 U2 - Boy
The debut record from a band that seemingly has always existed. They earn our this position for sounding amazingly well formed and polished at this early stage of their career.
#4 The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
A lesser known NYC indie rock staple that would go on to influence some of the more popular bands in the decades to come.
#3 AC/DC - Back in Black
An iconic record from a band in the midst of trauma and stardom. Packed with some of the decades most approachable, yet hard rocking guitar tracks.
#2 DEVO - Freedom of Choice
The innovative outsiders fully embrace the synthesizer on this, their most memorable release. The music videos would become ingrained into our culture.
#1 Talking Heads - Remain in Light
The record that solidified Talking Heads in rock music history. David Byrne, Brian Eno and friends created a classic that still sounds fresh and inventive almost 40 years later.
Get our your day-glow and nerd it!
Join us for our second installment in this years Essential project - where we dig deep into a genre and bring you the albums that matter most. This year we're covering the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and Funk genres. Today on the show we talk about records from two very influential and well-known bands - Iron Maiden and Parliament.
In 1980, Iron Maiden released their debut record to much critical and commercial success. Their combination of punk and progressive rock sound was perfectly fitted for audiences in the UK and Europe looking for the next thing after punk music.
A few years prior, the George Clinton led Parliament group was poised to release their defining record. By building on the sound of James Brown (and stealing a few of his band members), they were ready to start a musical movement. Hits like Mothership Connection and Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) would go on to become mainstays in the genre and help define much about modern day hip-hop. Not to mention the amazing live shows they would become famous for.
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