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  • Thumbnail for Episode 289: Van Halen – ‘1984’

    Episode 289: Van Halen – ‘1984’

    We conclude Van Halen Week with another huge-seller, the epic “1984.” Eddie plays the keys, and Dave eases the seat back.

    Thanks to Kevin Spain for joining the discussion all week.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 288: Van Halen – ‘Fair Warning,’ ‘Diver Down’

    Episode 288: Van Halen – ‘Fair Warning,’ ‘Diver Down’

    Today, we discuss two classic Van Halen albums — one for Eddie (1981’s “Fair Warning”) and one for Dave (1982’s “Diver Down”). Joining us all week is guest Kevin Spain.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 287: Van Halen – ‘Women and Children First’

    Episode 287: Van Halen – ‘Women and Children First’

    Have you seen Junior’s grades? Have you heard Van Halen’s third album, “Women and Children First” from 1980? We explore the album’s delights as part of Van Halen Week, with guest Kevin Spain.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 286: ‘Van Halen II’

    Episode 286: ‘Van Halen II’

    Van Halen Week continues. Today, we discuss the band’s second album, released in 1979. It sold millions and was still a bit of a commercial disappointment compared to the debut. But … “Dance the Night Away”!

  • Thumbnail for Episode 285: ‘Van Halen’

    Episode 285: ‘Van Halen’

    Van Halen’s debut album was released 40 years ago this month. And so we launch our latest album-by-album series. All week, we’re talking about this epic SoCal hard rock band, with guest Kevin Spain.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 284: Springsteen on Broadway

    Episode 284: Springsteen on Broadway

    Our friend Jesse Jackson, of the “Set Lusting Bruce” podcast, joins us by phone to talk about his recent experience seeing “Springsteen on Broadway.” We so want to go!

  • Thumbnail for Episode 283: Tug’s Deep Dive – Curtis Mayfield

    Episode 283: Tug’s Deep Dive – Curtis Mayfield

    The second of Tug Baker’s January “deep dives.” For this one, he spent a lot of time listening to the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield’s solo work.

  • Thumbnail for In Praise of (Some) Late Period Oasis

    In Praise of (Some) Late Period Oasis

      Since I’m holding tickets to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds this month, I’ve been on a bit of an Oasis jag lately.    I’ve…

  • Thumbnail for Episode 282: Tug’s Deep Dive – Patti Smith

    Episode 282: Tug’s Deep Dive – Patti Smith

    Each January, our friend Tug Baker takes a break from new music and does a deep dive into the catalog of a couple of classic artists. Today, he calls in to discuss his experiences listening to Patti Smith.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 281: January New Music – Shame, Jay Som, Hop Along

    Episode 281: January New Music – Shame, Jay Som, Hop Along

    It’s Jim’s turn to select choice cuts from January. He goes with “Concrete” by British post-punk band Shame and “Pirouette” by California indie rocker Jay Som. And Tug Baker calls in to talk about the new single from one of our favorites, Hop Along.