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July 10, 2018 07:19 AM PDT

We've got two very different, but equally exciting new releases to share with you on the show today.

The first is a relatively short collection of tracks from the hip-hop super group Kids See Ghosts. Kanye West and Kid Cuddi are back together and putting out some of their best material on this fresh and moody collection songs.

We then shift over to the heavier side of the spectrum and discuss Salt Lake Cities very own Visigoth and their new power metal album Conqueror's Oath. It features excellent dual guitar work that'll get your heart racing and fist pumping.

Tell us your thoughts and what you've been listening to - podcast@albumnerds.com.

June 26, 2018 04:06 PM PDT

How are Led Zeppelin and Beck connected? Find out as we discuss their classic records III and Sea Change. 

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!

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