Hosts Nate Wilcox and Justin Bankston discuss the long-unreleased documentary "A Poem Is A Naked Person" to launch our new mini-series "We Dig Rock Docs." The series debut looks at filmmaker Les Blank and his documentary treatment of Leon Russell at work on an album in Nashville, playing live in LA and NOLA and at home in his studio complex in Oklahoma.
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness discuss Simon Reynolds' "Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture." This week Nate & Ryan discuss "America The Rave: US Rave Culture 1990-1997" an era when rave became a significant underground youth music in the US but never reached the mainstream nor did American EDM make much of an impact internationally.
An interview with Doug Brod author of "They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll." Host Nate Wilcox talks to Doug about how "four flamboyant bands that reveled in revved-up anthems and flaunted a novel theatricality" got major-label backing to try something a little different than the serious denim & leather stuff that dominated the early 70s.
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness discuss Simon Reynolds' "Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture." This week the discussion turns to to chapter entitled "Marching Into Madness: Gabba and Happy Hardcore." A time when the sounds in Holland and Scotland got more martial and extreme while a backlash against Jungle sent many UK dancers into the arms of Happy Hardcore.
.An interview with Matt Brennan author of "When Genres Collide: Down Beat, Rolling Stone, and the Struggle between Jazz and Rock." Host Nate Wilcox asks Matt about the role of music magazines such as Downbeat and Rolling Stone in the creation of a strict separation between the genres of jazz and rock which were so closely related that in 1955 Duke Ellington called rock & roll “the most raucous form of jazz, beyond a doubt.”
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of Simon Reynolds' "Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture" with a look at how hardcore breakbeat evolved into Jungle in London in the early 1990s, changing the sound and bringing more Black dancers into the scene.
An interview with Mark Doyle author of "The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached." Host Nate Wilcox and Mark discuss Ray Davies and the Kinks and their unique status among British Invasion artists.
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue our discussion of Simon Reynolds' "Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture." This week the focus is on Pirate Radio in the UK and the outsize role in played in laying the groundwork for Jungle's triumph.
Let It Roll is a series of in-depth interviews with music writers like Ed Ward, Robert Gordon, Paul Trynka, Peter Doggett, Elijah Wald and more.