Tunestiles Podcast
Ep. 48: Concert Etiquette With Comedian Sean Morton

Ep. 48: Concert Etiquette With Comedian Sean Morton

January 19, 2020

We usually try to keep things positive on Tunestiles, but that all changes this week! As self-proclaimed music-nerds, we've all been to our fair share of concerts, and at those we've witnessed some pretty insane things...outside of music.  

In this episode: Comedian Sean Morton joins us to talk about our collective concert pet peeves and what proper concert etiquette should be. We won't spill everything here, but we will state the obvious in two simple words: common sense!!!

 

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Ep. 47: Sons Of Apollo’s Jeff Scott Soto Outlines “MMXX” and What 2020 Has In Store For This Prog Supergroup

Ep. 47: Sons Of Apollo’s Jeff Scott Soto Outlines “MMXX” and What 2020 Has In Store For This Prog Supergroup

January 12, 2020

In this episode: we talk with Sons Of Apollo’s lead singer Jeff Scott Soto about the band’s upcoming studio album “MMXX,” their performance with a full symphony orchestra (which was released as a concert film and CD in 2019), and what it’s like to work within this prog rock supergroup along side Mike Portnoy, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Billy Sheehan, and Derek Sherinian.

We also dive into Jeff’s amazing body of work outside of SOA, including his work with Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, W.E.T., S.O.T.O., Kryst the Conqueror (which featured Jerry Only And Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstien), and Steel Dragon (the fictional band that’s the centerpiece for the movie “Rock Star.”)

 

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Ep. 46: Spotlighting The Most Underrated Bands With Jim Santora, Author Of “Underrated Rock Book”

Ep. 46: Spotlighting The Most Underrated Bands With Jim Santora, Author Of “Underrated Rock Book”

January 5, 2020

When it comes to rock bands, how do you define "success?"

In this episode: Jim Santora, author of "Underrated Rock Book: The 200 Most Overlooked Albums 1970-2015," joins us to re-discover some amazing rock bands that simply aren't as well known as maybe they should be. 

 

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Ep. 45: The Last Waltz of 2019: The Best Concert Albums, Part 2

Ep. 45: The Last Waltz of 2019: The Best Concert Albums, Part 2

December 29, 2019
 

In this episode: we close out 2019 by continuing to comb through your picks for the greatest live albums of all time. 

We also include a heated discussion on who reigns supreme in the ultimate Muppet Music Band: Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem or The Riverbottom Nightmare Band. 

 

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Ep. 44: Double Live (Albums) Gonzo: The Best Concert Albums, Part 1

Ep. 44: Double Live (Albums) Gonzo: The Best Concert Albums, Part 1

December 22, 2019

In this episode: we crank up the intensities in 10 cities, calm down for those unplugged moments, and opine on the live albums that are so good, they stand out vs. a band's studio work.

We also include all of your favorite live album picks, and talk about the un-needed doctoring of live albums in the studio.

 

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Ep. 43: Lawrence Gowan of Styx on “The Mission” of The Band’s Legacy

Ep. 43: Lawrence Gowan of Styx on “The Mission” of The Band’s Legacy

December 15, 2019

In this episode: We check in with Lawrence Gowan, the lead singer and keyboardist for Styx, to talk about the longevity of "The Grand Illusion" called rock music, what makes Classic Rock "classic," future Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions and bringing his "Renegade" progressive rock influence to one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time!

...and you're fooling yourself, if you don't believe it!

 

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Ep. 42: All Things Billy Joel With The Songs From The Attic Radio Program

Ep. 42: All Things Billy Joel With The Songs From The Attic Radio Program

December 8, 2019

"Three musicians and a teacher walk into an Italian Restaurant...."

In this episode: we're joined by two the biggest Billy Joel Fans in Central New York, Melissa and Teddy Boileau, hosts of "Songs From the Attic" (which can be heard on WVOA-FM) to discuss our favorite Billy Joel concerts, songs and albums, plus some unique behind-the-scenes stories from some of Joel's bandmates.

Are you in a "New York State of Mind" yet? Because we sure are!!

 

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Ep. 41: Format Wars - The Ultimate Showdown Of Physical vs. Digital

Ep. 41: Format Wars - The Ultimate Showdown Of Physical vs. Digital

December 1, 2019

In this episode: we take a break from discussing the music we consume, and switch the focus to HOW we choose to consume it.

We dish on everything from: vinyl's long-and-steady resurgence, cassette's niche appeal, CD's holding on for dear life, the rise (and fall?) of digital downloads, the overwhelming number of streaming options, and the attempt to bring true high-resolution audio into the digital realm). 

 

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Ep. 40: Bands Reunited (And It Feels So Good???)

Ep. 40: Bands Reunited (And It Feels So Good???)

November 24, 2019

In this episode: They're gettin' the band back together, man! And we take a look into their motivations...Groups like My Chemical Romance, Rage Against The Machine, The Black Crowes, and even Motley Crue all announced tours this year.

Are they cashing in on the nostalgia factor of their fans? Or, could there be something more of a marketing strategy behind it? Hot takes on the concert scene!

 

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Ep. 39: Tom Keifer, Formerly Of Cinderella, Outlines The “Live” Approach He Took On “Rise,” His New Studio Album!

Ep. 39: Tom Keifer, Formerly Of Cinderella, Outlines The “Live” Approach He Took On “Rise,” His New Studio Album!

November 17, 2019

In this episode: special guest Tom Keifer, formerly of Cinderella, joins us to talk about his new studio album "Rise;" the live-in-studio approach he took to recording the effort; the struggles he's faced (and overcome) with vocal cord paralysis; the way Cinderella's sound evolved to include elements of hard rock, the blues and roots music; his re-recording of the Cinderella classic "Nobody's Fool" with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm; and how he feels the state of rock music has evolved since "Night Songs" was first released. 

 

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Ep. 38: The Turkey Trot (a.k.a. The Episode Good Enough To Eat)

Ep. 38: The Turkey Trot (a.k.a. The Episode Good Enough To Eat)

November 10, 2019

In this episode, just in time for Thanksgiving Festivities, our two turkeys dish on all your favorite food songs! Indulge in some of the all-time classics, but eat what you take! Pass the salt...?

 

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Ep. 37: The iPod Generation - Classic Albums Released After 2000

Ep. 37: The iPod Generation - Classic Albums Released After 2000

October 27, 2019

In this episode: thanks to the huge amount of feedback from the riders, we talk about dozens of albums, released after the year 2000, that are considered "classic" (meaning, they'll still be well-regarded decades from now). 

 

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Ep. 36: The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees And (Of Course) Snubs!

Ep. 36: The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees And (Of Course) Snubs!

October 20, 2019

In this episode: We breakdown the 2020 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame nominees, discuss the various genres that fall under the term "rock and roll," and shine a light on this year's nominee snubs (Seriously?! No Iron Maiden?! Again?!)

 

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Ep. 35: Visually Speaking - Iconic Album Art

Ep. 35: Visually Speaking - Iconic Album Art

September 2, 2019

In this episode: we talk about the album artwork that tells you a story, before you even hear the first song on the record! 

 

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Ep. 34: Music Festivals - The Good, The Bad & The Costly

Ep. 34: Music Festivals - The Good, The Bad & The Costly

August 18, 2019

With this weekend being the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, in this episode: we discuss the recently failed Woodstock 50, the Fyre Festival debacle, and what our (and your) thoughts are on music festivals in general! 

 

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Ep. 33: G. Love Pours On “The Juice,” His Upcoming, Keb Mo Produced Album

Ep. 33: G. Love Pours On “The Juice,” His Upcoming, Keb Mo Produced Album

July 28, 2019

In this Episode: G. Love of G. Love & Special Sauce joins us to talk about "The Juice," his upcoming solo album that was produced by Keb Mo, spending the summer out on the All Roads Runaround tour with Blues Traveler & moe., and celebrating the 25th anniversary of the band’s eponymous debut.

 

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Ep. 32: Musing On Music Videos

Ep. 32: Musing On Music Videos

July 21, 2019

In this episode: we break down all of the music videos that were the eye-candy accompaniment to our favorite songs. From the early days of MTV (remember when they played videos?) to more current viral video superstars (OK Go comes to mind many times over) we cover all of the bases.

We also celebrate Tunestiles’ one year anniversary & discuss John & Kevin’s Big Stupid Podcast’s music video episode in our own “big stupid” way!

 

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Ep. 31: From Good Homes’ Patrick Fitzsimmons Discusses “Time & The River,” The Band’s First Studio Album In Over 20 Years!

Ep. 31: From Good Homes’ Patrick Fitzsimmons Discusses “Time & The River,” The Band’s First Studio Album In Over 20 Years!

July 14, 2019

In this episode: Patrick Fitzsimmons, drummer of From Good Homes joins us to talk about “Time & The River,” the band’s first studio album since their 1998 self titled release for RCA records, the band's beginnings in the New Jersey music scene up through their original split in 1999, and how a weekend of reunion shows in 2009 helped set the stage for this new music!

 

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Ep. 30: Green Jello’s Bill Manspeaker Dishes On Guinness World Records, The Tool Connection & “Three Little Pigs”

Ep. 30: Green Jello’s Bill Manspeaker Dishes On Guinness World Records, The Tool Connection & “Three Little Pigs”

July 7, 2019

In a VERY NSFW episode: Bill Manspeaker, the head puppet master for Green Jellö (or Green Jellÿ, as most see itjoins us to unravel the "world's worst band," bite by bite.

Among the many topics we discuss: the band celebrating its (wait for it) 39th anniversary; the “Three Little Pigs” video sensation; holding the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest band (currently over 900+ members!); securing a record contract without the label hearing a single note of the band’s music; being hated by The Ramones; writing and recording a cover of a Gary Glitter song, featuring Hulk Hogan on vocals; directing videos for Tupac, Weird Al, and Marilyn Manson (among many others!); their connection to hard rock band Tool; and of course, challenging anyone to try and de-throne them from their "world's worst band" title (here's a hint...you can't!)

 

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Ep. 29: The (Spin) Doctor Is In…Eric Schenkman Opens The Vault On The Band’s 30-Year History

Ep. 29: The (Spin) Doctor Is In…Eric Schenkman Opens The Vault On The Band’s 30-Year History

June 30, 2019

In this episode: Eric Schenkman, lead guitarist for the Spin Doctors joins us to talk about the bands 30-year history and what the future holds in store! We dive into everything from: the story behind how the core lineup came up to light; their history with legendary NYC night club The Wetlands; the "Spinning Traveler" shows the played with Blues Traveler; the origins of the H.O.R.D.E. festival; the massive success of "Pocket Full Of Kryptonite" & the pressures to follow up an album of that magnitude; Eric's approach to writing and recording his new solo album "Who Shot John?;" his many musical collaborations outside of the Spin Doctors (including Natalie Merchant, Carly Simon, Corky Lang of Mountain and Noel Redding of The Jimi Hendrix Experience); and how the music industry has changed in the last 30 years. 

 

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Ep. 28: Bands Who’ve Had Success After Changing Lead Singers

Ep. 28: Bands Who’ve Had Success After Changing Lead Singers

June 23, 2019

In this episode: we outline the bands who've had successful runs after replacing their lead vocalist, be it over creative differences or when the band has no other choice (in the the case of the original singer's passing). And don't worry, we didn't forget to Van Halen in this debate! 

 

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Ep. 27: Hinder Outlines Their Approach To Longevity Within The Current “(D)evoloving” Hard Rock Scene

Ep. 27: Hinder Outlines Their Approach To Longevity Within The Current “(D)evoloving” Hard Rock Scene

June 16, 2019

In this episode: Cody Hanson, Marshall Dutton & Joe "Blower" Garvey from the hard rock band Hinder, discuss how the genre has (d)evolved since they came on to the scene with 2005’s “Extreme Behavior;” the pressures of following up their # 1 single “Lips Of An Angel;” the transition of Marshall’s role as co-writer/producer to the band’s lead vocalist; going independent from the major labels, and how all of this has influenced their songwriting process moving forward.

 

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Ep. 26: Record Store Day Co-Founder Carrie Colliton On Marketing This Indie Record Store “Holiday”

Ep. 26: Record Store Day Co-Founder Carrie Colliton On Marketing This Indie Record Store “Holiday”

June 9, 2019

In this episode: Carrie Colliton, Co-founder of Record Store Day joins us to talk about how this yearly "holiday" for independent music stores has evolved since its inception, the marketing challenges involved in organizing a simultaneous worldwide event, the challenges of dealing with RSD Exclusive title flippers, and how some of the most famous RSD Ambassadors came to fruition. 

 

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Ep. 25: Indigenous’ Mato Nanji Paints His Shade Of The Blues

Ep. 25: Indigenous’ Mato Nanji Paints His Shade Of The Blues

June 3, 2019

In this episode: we're backstage at the Stanhope House (in Stanhope, NJ) with blues rock extraordinaire Mato Nanji of Indigenous to talk about the band's evolution over their 20+ year history, his (ahem) "experience" being a regular on the annual Experience Hendrix Tour & the state of the blues music scene today! 

 

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Ep. 24: The “Dynamic Duos” Of Music w/ John & Kevin’s Big Stupid Podcast

Ep. 24: The “Dynamic Duos” Of Music w/ John & Kevin’s Big Stupid Podcast

May 27, 2019

In this episode: the namesakes of John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast join us for a hilarious round-table discussion on the "dynamic duos" of music (including artists such as: Simon & Garfunkel, Hall & Oates, Ike & Tina Turner, Sonny & Cher, White Stripes, Black Keys, Milli Vanilli, Insane Clown Posse and Kermit The Frog & Rowlf The Dog).

We also come to learn that Kevin has never heard a Tenacious D song and how Kiss has found a way to market their b(r)and in every way, shape and form!

 

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Ep. 23: Tell Me More…The Songs Of Summer (Both Days & Nights)

Ep. 23: Tell Me More…The Songs Of Summer (Both Days & Nights)

May 19, 2019

When you think of a bright sunny Summer day, what kind of music comes to mind? The Beach Boys? Tom Petty? Don Henley? Billy Idol (wait...what?!)

In this episode: we reveal the top song choices for a day at the beach, a drive with the top down, BBQs & late night bonfires. These are the songs of summer!

 

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Ep. 22: Children’s Music Icon Laurie Berkner On Her “Rocketship Run” To The Top Of The Kindie Music Scene

Ep. 22: Children’s Music Icon Laurie Berkner On Her “Rocketship Run” To The Top Of The Kindie Music Scene

May 15, 2019

If you have children, then the name Laurie Berkner will be very familiar to you, as she has been a staple of children's music for the last 20 years. In this episode: We sit down with Laurie to discuss her entrepreneurial roots as a musician and indie label owner, the fact that she graduated high school with John Popper from Blues Traveler and Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors, her approach to writing music for children that resonates with parents, her work on off-broadway musicals and her views on streaming music vs. the physical medium for the indie artist. We also dig deep and FINALLY get to the bottom of who Victor Vito and Freddie Vasco REALLY are (you're welcome parents!)

 

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Ep. 21: The Next 50 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Should Be…

Ep. 21: The Next 50 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Should Be…

May 5, 2019

We put together a list of 50 groups and/or artists you could very well see on next year's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee ballot, along with some who might never even be considered!

Also, Jay FINALLY saw Motley Crue's "The Dirt," so we take some time to dish on that as well!

 

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Ep. 20: “Riffing” On The Greatest Guitar Riffs

Ep. 20: “Riffing” On The Greatest Guitar Riffs

April 29, 2019

In this episode: we plug in, turn it up (to eleven of course) and "riff" on the riffs that instantly forecast the awesomeness coming your way!

We're talk all the heavy hitters such as: AC/DC, Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica, just to name a few. Plus, thanks to the incredible input from the riders, we dive into a ton of bands that you would never expect to hear in this list, so expect the unexpected. 

 

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Ep. 19: I’ve Heard That Before (The “Musical Ripoffs” Debate)

Ep. 19: I’ve Heard That Before (The “Musical Ripoffs” Debate)

April 22, 2019

ALL ABOARD! Attention, Riders: This episode features an in-depth look at the age-old question (the ‘Who Wore It Better’ of the music scene) “DID YOU JUST RIP ME OFF?!”

Dr. David Crider, of Upstate NY’s Oswego State University, joins us on a discussion of a few of the notable artists who…ahem…”borrowed” from another artist, and often got slapped with a lawsuit for it!

So, lawyer up, and get ready for the Royal Rumble of the RIAA! NEXT STOP: RIPOFFS! Stay back from the closing doors…

 

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Ep. 18: Musical Guilty Pleasures (Guilt Or No Guilt)

Ep. 18: Musical Guilty Pleasures (Guilt Or No Guilt)

April 16, 2019

In this episode: we open up the rider line to hear about all the songs we consider our “guilty pleasure” tunes, even if there isn’t the slightest amount of guilt involved. Hell, by reading that description alone, you knew EXACTLY the kind of songs we are referring to. Had we called it “songs that don’t exactly fit into your normal musical wheelhouse,” we may not have gotten a single call!!

 

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Ep. 17: A Musical Smorgasbord Of Sorts

Ep. 17: A Musical Smorgasbord Of Sorts

April 7, 2019

In this episode: we leave the comfort of the Tunestiles’ studio and head upstairs to Brian’s back deck, for a round table / post birthday party pow-wow with several friends of the show: Alex Gomez, Jason Alexander (drummer for Colburn & Co.), frequent C&C collaborator Jason Gecek, as well as our kids randomly running amuck.

What starts out as a 80’s & 90’s Rap / Hip Hop themed episode soon branches out into rock, punk, soundtracks, bro-country, non-bro-country and some old band tales that put Motley Crue’s “The Dirt” to shame (at least in our minds!)

 

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Ep. 16: Guitar Solos So Hot, They Can’t Be Frozen In Carbonite

Ep. 16: Guitar Solos So Hot, They Can’t Be Frozen In Carbonite

March 31, 2019

Have you ever heard a guitar solo that takes an otherwise fantastic song to a whole new stratospheric level of awesome? Us too! In this episode: we discuss the guitar solos that leave you no choice but to stop whatever it is that you're doing, pick up your favorite air guitar and shred along!

 

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Ep. 15: Power (Ballads) To The People

Ep. 15: Power (Ballads) To The People

March 17, 2019

Put your lighter in the air, and be ready to sing at the top of your lungs, because whether you want to admit it or not, we each have a special place in our collective hearts for the almighty power ballad! In this episode: we expound on all of the great 80’s tracks that gently rocked us to our core, and further opened the door to rock’s sensitive side. 

 

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Ep. 14: Sounding Off On Soundtracks (ack ack ack ack ack ack acks) Part 2

Ep. 14: Sounding Off On Soundtracks (ack ack ack ack ack ack acks) Part 2

March 1, 2019

Which sequels do you think are better than the original? Maybe: "Godfather II," "Back To The Future Part II" or "The Empire Strikes Back?" Well then: consider this the "Teen Wolf Too" of podcast sequels!

In this episode: continue to dive down the soundtrack rabbit hole and sound off on some more classics that you guys sent our way! 

 

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Ep. 13: Sounding Off On Soundtracks (ack ack ack ack ack ack acks) Part 1

Ep. 13: Sounding Off On Soundtracks (ack ack ack ack ack ack acks) Part 1

February 14, 2019

It's a proven scientific fact that a soundtrack is more important than the actual movie. Case & point: "Eddie & The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives" exists!!

In this episode: we put down the popcorn, skip the previews and don't even bother with the post-credit scene...just so we can focus on the important stuff: the tunes that make the movie. Seriously, can you imagine "Top Gun" without "Danger Zone" or "The Breakfast Club" with "(Don't You) Forget About Me?" Don't worry, we can't either! 

 

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Ep. 12: Flying Beneath The Radar w. Jim Santora, Author Of “Underrated Rock Book”

Ep. 12: Flying Beneath The Radar w. Jim Santora, Author Of “Underrated Rock Book”

January 31, 2019

An album's sales doesn't necessarily equate to how it will stand against the test of time. In this episode: Jim Santora, author of "Underrated Rock Book: The 200 Most Overlooked Albums 1970-2015," joins us to re-discover some amazing rock albums that simply aren't heralded like they maybe should be. We dive deep into the book to dish on underrated classics from bands such as: Kiss, Boston, Beastie Boys, Styx, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Kings X, Our Lady Peace, The Cars, AC/DC and...Kelly Clarkson?! Maybe we're kidding, maybe we're not, you'll have to tune in (or, more importantly, read the book) to find out!!

 

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Ep. 11: Toto, I’ve A Feeling We’re Not In Kansas Anymore (aka The Many Versions of Africa)

Ep. 11: Toto, I’ve A Feeling We’re Not In Kansas Anymore (aka The Many Versions of Africa)

January 24, 2019

I think we can all agree that Toto's "Africa" is an amazing song (if you disagree, well...you're wrong, but we won't hold that against ya!).

In this episode: we dive into the many, many covers of this timeless 80's classic. From Weezer's current hit version of the song to some guy playing it on a sweet potato (seriously), we touch on each and every drop of rain that's been blessed by another artist. Oh yeah, we also expound on why Pitbull's re-imagining of the song is the final nail in the coffin of the entire DC Universe.  

 

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Ep. 10: Musical Pickup Lines (aka Memorable Opening Lyrics)

Ep. 10: Musical Pickup Lines (aka Memorable Opening Lyrics)

January 17, 2019

In this episode: we break down the lyrics that hit you with the feels from the very first word. 

 

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Ep. 9: Anything But Traditional Holiday Jingles

Ep. 9: Anything But Traditional Holiday Jingles

December 23, 2018

Happy Holidays riders! In this episode: we spread some Christmas cheer through our (and more importantly, your) favorite non-traditional holiday music: If your Christmas Music playlist starts with “Christmas In Hollis” by Run D.M.C., than this is the episode for you!

 

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Ep. 8: Bastardizing Song Lyrics (Misheard Is Too Gentle Of A Word)

Ep. 8: Bastardizing Song Lyrics (Misheard Is Too Gentle Of A Word)

November 28, 2018

Wait, what was that again? In this episode: we reveal our personal lyrical mishaps, defend those incompetent interpretations, and call out the songs we've all slaughtered the words to...or, have we? Manfred Mann, we're looking at you!!

 

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Ep. 7: Uncovering The Covers That Transcend The Original

Ep. 7: Uncovering The Covers That Transcend The Original

October 30, 2018

What does it take for a cover versions of a song become “the” definitive version? In this episode: we head down the rabbit hole known as cover songs, by uncovering (see what we did there?) which remakes we prefer more than the original. We also touch on songs that, while not better than the original, are awesome in their own right.

 

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Ep. 6: Combing Through The Best Selling Albums Of All Time

Ep. 6: Combing Through The Best Selling Albums Of All Time

September 20, 2018

If we were going to use clickbait to describe this episode, we would write something like: "You Won't Believe Which Bands Did NOT Make The Top 100 Best Selling Albums Of All Time List!" But we're not the clickbait type.

That being said, you probably WON'T believe which bands did not make the top 100 best selling albums of all time...because even we were surprised!! 

 

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Ep. 5: One Hit Wonders Of The 1990’s

Ep. 5: One Hit Wonders Of The 1990’s

September 3, 2018

Tripping Daisy, Concrete Blonde, The RefreshmentsJames, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Aqua, Spacehog, Del Amitri, The Breeders, and Dada -- those ten bands don't even scratch the surface of what the 1990's had in terms of one-hit-wonders.

In this episode: Brian & Jay each revel their top 5 one-hit-wonders of the 1990's, as well as riff on some of the submissions that came in from listeners!

 

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Ep. 4: One Hit Wonders Of The 1980’s

Ep. 4: One Hit Wonders Of The 1980’s

August 27, 2018

Do the names Martika, Quarterflash, or Buckner & Garica ring a bell to you?

In this episode: special guest Kevin from "John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast" joins Brian & Jay as they each revel their top 5 one-hit-wonders of the 1980's, along with testing the limits of each other's music / pop-culture vernacular. 

 

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Ep. 3: Musical 180s - When A Band Abandons A Signature Sound

Ep. 3: Musical 180s - When A Band Abandons A Signature Sound

August 19, 2018

What happens when a band completely ditches the sound that made you like them in the first place? Is it a natural evolution or an insult to listeners?

In this episode: Brian & Jay break down "musical 180s."

 

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Ep. 2: The Bands People Love To Hate

Ep. 2: The Bands People Love To Hate

July 27, 2018

In this episode: We dissect the reasons why some bands seem to show up on every “worst bands” list (we’re looking at you Nickelback and Creed); and why some bands can simply do no wrong.

 

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Ep. 1: The Lost Art Of The Mixtape

Ep. 1: The Lost Art Of The Mixtape

July 15, 2018

In the premiere episode of Tunestiles: We dive in the lost art known as the mixtape.

From recordable 8-track tapes (yes, those actually existed) to modern-day streaming, the concept of a mixtape (as well as the impetus behind them) has certainly evolved.

The question is: has the impact of the mixtape been replaced by the convenience of a playlist?

 

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