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June 11, 2018 11:57 AM PDT

Whoa - we're back.

After a bit of an extended vacation, we're back to discuss new releases from psychedelic rocker King Tuff and country artist Brent Cobb.

Aaaaand we're stoked to introduce a new member to the show - our longtime friend Scott! He'll be helping keep us on track and adding in some flavor from his own music background.

As always, thanks for listening.

May 08, 2018 09:27 AM PDT

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. 

April 23, 2018 04:17 PM PDT

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. 

Want a free album recommendation? Hit us up on albumnerds.com and tell us what you're listening to.

April 10, 2018 12:00 PM PDT

How is Pink Floyd connected to Mastodon? They're both fans of great works of fiction. Join us as we breakdown 2 classic albums based on famous literature. 

Nerd it!

April 02, 2018 04:52 PM PDT

In honor of the Easter holiday, we're counting down our Fav 5 comeback albums. Join us as we talk over the albums that put these popular bands back on the map.

It's Nerd or Nothin!

March 26, 2018 11:39 AM PDT

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.

Keep that nerd fresh and crispy!

March 19, 2018 11:20 AM PDT

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. 

Turn up that nerd to get your recommended dose of essential NWOBHM and Funk!

March 12, 2018 06:01 PM PDT

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.

Get hooked-on-sonics with your favorite nerds!

March 06, 2018 03:37 PM PST

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. 

February 26, 2018 01:15 PM PST

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!

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