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Jul 27, 2021

Scott, Karl, and Trent discuss Depeche Mode's 1990 album Violator, a synth-pop smash.

Featuring nine tracks of synthesizer dominant grooves, this English electronic music band created what Trent calls "a perfect album." 

The trio discusses how this highly stylized exploration of the dark side of human emotion became a...


Jul 13, 2021

Buckle up! In this much-anticipated episode, Scott, Karl, and Trent discuss outlaw country music.

Starting as a movement about freedom, authenticity, and rebellion, outlaw country is all about breaking the rules.  

During the 1970s, Nashville's country music stars had to fight for creative control of their songs. When...


Jun 29, 2021

Da-Da-Da-DUM — hardly any succession of notes is as famous as Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. 

This week, Scott, Karl, and Trent discuss the life and legacy of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the most admired composers in the history of Western music. 

Trent says, "I hear him having all of the virtuosity and command of the...


Jun 16, 2021

In today's episode, Trent orients Scott and Karl to Indian classical music. 

To a novice listener, the complexity of Indian music might seem overwhelming, but knowing just a few basics can give you the tools to appreciate the melodic richness. Scott admits, "We have never done a show which we know so little...


Jun 2, 2021

Scott, Karl, and Trent introduce us to one of America's premier art forms— jazz. To better understand this music genre, the trio listens to the Clifford Brown and Max Roach album Study in Brown. 

Jazz is a language on its own: it's explorative, improvisational, and an aesthetic experience. "Brilliant, beautiful things...