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Jun 30, 2020

This week, Scott and Karl are joined by Producer Trent Jones to discuss the best-selling jazz record of all time, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Recorded in 1959 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City, this album brings together six other now-legendary musicians in the prime of their careers: tenor saxophonist...


May 26, 2020

In this week's episode, the trio discusses the themes and song stylings of the original blue yodels, a series of thirteen songs written and recorded by Jimmie Rodgers during the period from 1927 to his death in May 1933. 

Known during his career as “The Singing Brakeman" and later "The Father of Country Music," Jimmie...


May 12, 2020

Did Toto create the most perfect pop song ever?

According to Karl, "You can uncover a lot more beauty in just regular old pop music if you shift your focus from that first hit that it gives you— listen a little deeper and you’ll find neat stuff.”

Although the three hosts disagree on the best Toto song, they all...


Apr 28, 2020

Scott, Karl, and Michelle listen to and discuss Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 846-847. It is the first prelude and fugue in the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier, a series of 48 preludes and fugues by the composer.

What is a fugue? As Michelle points out, a fugue's purpose is, "to...


Apr 14, 2020

This week, Michelle, Scott, and Karl listen to the Prelude Op. 28, No. 4 by Frédéric Chopin in E minor. We are listening to the Nino Gvetadze version which you can access here.

As Michelle points out, "This is the clearest example of what happens when you put notes together and you just change them little by little."...