First off, I want to apologize for the lack of content lately at BDWPS.com. I started a new job in September, and as a result, I find myself taking work home with me. If you follow my podcasts on iTunes or Stitcher, you are still getting updates on when they are posted, but I often forget to share the updates here also. The following two podcasts were shared weeks ago, but I forget to share them hear. Hopefully once I get comfortable in my new job, I can get back on track here at BDWPS. Thank you for your understanding. Here are the latest podcasts:
Year of the Neil: Episode #6
In this episode, we take a look at Neil Young’s battle with depression and the creation of two of his greatest albums. Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher (search: Year of the Neil).
BDWPS Podcast: Episode #63
In this month’s episode of BDWPS Podcast, we check out some of the best new genre-bending metal albums to come out in 2017, including Ex Eye, Heaven in Her Arms, Cloakroom, BIG/BRAVE, and Boris. Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher (search: BDWPS).
In the past couple weeks we’ve seen the passing of three unheralded sidemen: Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Holger Czukay of Can, and Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü. These three stalwarts played integral parts in the success of their influential bands yet were often underappreciated for their contributions. I’ve felt more and more disappointed by the coverage of each legend’s passing, feeling like they aren’t getting their due simply because they opted to remain in the shadows rather than bask in the spotlight. At the very least, I’d like to take a moment and pay my respects to three silent assassins whose impact can still be heard in music today.
In this month’s episode we check out new music from Thunder Dreamer, This is the Kit, Rozwell Kids, Sleaford Mods, MIKE, Afghan Whigs, Avey Tare, and Nine Inch Nails. We also continue our track by track look back at Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin’.
Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or GooglePlay (search: BDWPS).
Thunder Dreamer “You Knew Me”
This is the Kit “Hotter Colder”
Rozwell Kids “Wendy’s Trash Can”
Seaford Mods “Just Like We Do”
MIKE “Victory Lab”
Afghan Whigs “Demon in Profile”
Avey Tare “Season High”
Nine Inch Nails “Less Than”
Bob Dylan “Restless Farewell”
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard
Murder of the Universe
All signs would suggest that Murder of the Universe, the 11th release from Australian psych outfit King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, should be a disappointment. It’s 21 tracks long. It’s a concept album centered around the creation of outlandish altered beasts. And it’s the second release in a year where the band has promised to release five albums, resulting in possible oversaturation and carelessness (update: they released their third album of the year today). Yet somehow, all of these negative precursors somehow propel this album to new heights, making for one wild listen.
In this month’s episode of “Year of the Neil”, Young’s tumultuous relationship with CSN continues. We also take a look at his mainstream success on “Harvest” and begin seeing the impact drugs would have on Neil and the people around him.
Listen HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and GooglePlay (search: Year of the Neil).
[Dead Oceans; 2017]
For over a decade, journalists have been writing think-pieces on the death of rock and roll, but not until the past couple years have their omens seemed possible. Two weeks ago Nielsen announced that for the first time in the rating system’s existence, rock music was not the most popular genre in their mid-year report. There’s no need for concern (yet). Rock music is closely trailing R&B/hip hop overall and in the category of albums, rock reigns supreme making up 40% of sales. Regardless, it does seem like rock and roll is on the down swing in popularity. For those in need of comfort during rock’s decline, Kevin Morby’s City Music plays as a perfect album of appreciation and reflection on the genre’s adventurous past.