Latest Episodes

Episode 021: Sturgill Simpson's "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music"
May 10, 2019

One cowboy’s journey to clean out the darkest corners of his mind led him through a wormhole and into the light. The result is "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music", a cosmic country hitchhiker’s guide to the myth we all call space and time.

Episode 020: Converge's "Axe to Fall"
April 26, 2019

"Axe to Fall" finds one of heavy music’s most consistent, celebrated bands transcending into the legends they’re known as today, calling on friends to provide fresh perspective on their sound and push them to peerless new heights.

Episode 019: Run the Jewels's "Run the Jewels 3"
April 12, 2019

What happens when, after years grinding underground solo, two hip-hop heavyweights discover they make a perfect team? They strike G-O-L-D, finally stepping into the pop culture spotlight and using it to speak the language of the unheard.

Episode 018: Janelle Monáe's "The ArchAndroid"
March 29, 2019

Picasso said that “art is a lie that makes us realize truth.“ Grand artistic statements like "The ArchAndroid" reveal intimate ideas beneath layers of disguise, drawing in the audience to connect to the story’s feelings rather than its facts. This...

Episode 017: Björk's "Homogenic"
March 15, 2019

For an artist as creative as Björk, finding the essence of her sound meant pushing farther out than ever before. Ideas, sounds, and approaches that seemed at odds added up to something greater on "Homogenic". The result was vast, nuanced “emotional...

Episode 016: Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"
January 11, 2019

There’s little doubt at this point that "Miseducation" is a great album, but after really spending time with it, we came away with a deep belief that it’s one of the best ever, full stop. It’s a perfect record — albeit from an imperfect vessel —...

Episode 015: The Mars Volta's "Frances the Mute"
December 28, 2018

"Frances the Mute" is a sonic séance, conjuring spirits buried beneath stories left behind by lost souls. The album finds restless living spirits walking a hallucinatory hall of mirrors of space and time, trying to find light beyond the darkness of a...

Episode 014: BADBADNOTGOOD's "IV"
December 14, 2018

If you’re worried about kids these days and/or the pitfalls of technology, we’d like to point to an antidote to all those fears. Meet BADBADNOTGOOD, the jazz quartet you can crowdsurf to, and IV, the album where they found their own voice. What a time...

Episode 013: Cream's "Wheels of Fire"
November 30, 2018

Clapton. Bruce. Baker. This supergroup was a strange brew that was simply too potent for the world (not to mention the band themselves), and we see that on display in "Wheels of Fire". The double album finds the trio at—ahem—a crossroads, the contrast...

Episode 012: Mono's "You Are There"
November 16, 2018

File "You Are There" under evidence for Huxley’s thesis that, “after silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.“ We gave our best effort trying to capture Mono’s magic, who don’t utter a single world but manage to say...