Music A To Z



Understanding music, one band at a time


  • P Is For Papadosio

    P Is For Papadosio


    We're back with an all new episode on the boys from North Carolina, Papadosio! Steve and Doug catch you up on what's been going on the last couple years, chat about geography, muse about copyright (again), and how to nail a double album.Music featured this week:Unparalyzer - By The Light Of The Stars EPGarden - T.E.T.I.O.S.All I Knew - Observations​Mr. Turtle's Cloud Kingdom - Pattern Integrities ppp5.mp3File Size: 203266 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 6:04 - Around h [...]

  • O Is For Our Lady Peace

    O Is For Our Lady Peace


    Doug and Steve look at Canadian rock legends Our Lady Peace. The fellas also discuss advertising, teenage rebellion, and commercial versus critical success.​Music featured this week:Thief - Happiness... Is Not A Fish That You Can CatchSomewhere Out There - Gravity​Clumsy - ClumsyIf You Believe - Spiritual Machines ooo5.mp3File Size: 175590 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 3:00 - Hi Past Steve!​6:51 - If you're interested, here's a story on Rob Ford and his v [...]

  • N Is For New Order

    N Is For New Order


    *Originally released March 21st 2019*Doug and Steve come barreling back with the follow-up to their Joy Division episode, looking at the off-shoot band New Order. The boys talk about the evolution of pop music, Rhino Entertainment, and the rise of the Lizard People.Six Degrees From King Crimson:New Order -> Stephen Hague -> Pet Shop Boys -> Andy Mackay -> Roxy Music -> Brian Eno / Bryan Ferry -> King CrimsonNew Order -> Flood -> U2 -> Brian Eno -> Robert Fr [...]

  • M Is For M83

    M Is For M83


    *Originally released January 19th 2019*This episode, Steve and Doug tackle French act M83, from their humble electronica roots up through soundtracks, rock ballads, 70's infomercial themes, and haunting car chases in the middle of the night. Do it, try it!Music featured this week:Midnight City - Hurry Up, We're DreamingOblivion - Oblivion [soundtrack]Don't Save Us From The Flames - Before The Dawn Heals UsWhere The Boats Go - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming mmm5.mp3File Size: 154331 kbFile [...]

  • L Is For Lydia

    L Is For Lydia


    *Originally released December 22nd 2018*Doug and Steve look at a special request this week with Gilbert, Arizona, band Lydia! The guys chat about line up changes, preserving a band's image, forming a distinct voice, and whatever emo skaters are up to these days. Also, Steve discovers new ways to sleep.Music featured this week:Goodside - LiquorSmile, You've Won - This December; It's One More And I'm FreeHave Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas [sing [...]

  • K Is For Kasabian

    K Is For Kasabian


    *Originally released October 18th 2018*Steve and Doug are back to tackle the UK electronic rock band Kasabian. What does visual aesthetic have to do with an album? Where does politics end and the club begin? What does production work really do for an album's sound? And how awesome can facial hair truly be? Believe it or not, the guys manage to chat about it all!Music featured this week:​Empire - EmpireGoodbye Kiss - Velociraptor!You're In Love With A Psycho - For Crying Out LoudU- [...]

  • J Is For Joy Division

    J Is For Joy Division


    *Originally released September 22nd 2018*Let's kick off the fall with a look at the short-lived but acclaimed career of Joy Division. Steve and Doug talk about the punk scene in blue-collar UK, destroying stages and manic dancing, and the effects of a fast-paced musician's lifestyle. Stay tuned for part 2 in a few months when we continue the story with New Order!Music featured this week:Atmosphere - Licht Und Blindheit [single]Love Will Tear Us Apart - Love Will Tear Us Apart [single]Sh [...]

  • I Is For Incubus

    I Is For Incubus


    *Originally released August 29th 2018*​This episode, Doug and Steve look at California alternative rock band Incubus, known for their high energy anthems and beach-vibe guitar. Steve muses on lead singer Brandon Boyd's vocal mixing, Doug reflects on the film Stealth (or, as he calls it, "Danger Danger Death Plane"), and the two talk about album certifications, in case you aren't sure what platinum sales are - here's a hint: it depends on the country.Music featured this week:Wish Y [...]

  • H Is For The Helio Sequence

    H Is For The Helio Sequence


    *Originally released July 2nd 2018*This episode, Steve and Doug look at Beaverton, Oregon, band The Helio Sequence! The fellas also chat about the rise of Modest Mouse, and working in a record shop, while Doug continually tries to sidetrack Steve with Menamena.Music featured this week:Don't Look Away - Love And DistanceJust Mary Jane (Calypso) - Com PlexRed Shifting - The Helio Sequence hhh5.mp3File Size: 193383 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 35:07 - Modest Mouse had a huge [...]

  • G Is For Grand Hallway

    G Is For Grand Hallway


    *Originally released June 7th 2018*The fellas take a jump over to Seattle to look at Grand Hallway, the chamber pop project spearheaded by Tomo Nakayama. The guys talk a bit about Spotify, Sasquatch Music Festival, and doing chores.Music featured this week:​Blessed Be, Honey Bee - PromenadeLittle Sister - Winter CreaturesPiano Room - Yes Is The Answer ggg5.mp3File Size: 154467 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 2:00 - As of April 9th 2020, "Allie Hasn't Seen The Lion King [...]

  • F Is For First Aid Kit

    F Is For First Aid Kit


    *Originally released May 11th 2018*We're back after a quick April break and looking at Swedish sisters First Aid Kit. Steve and Doug talk about musical families, the resurgence of folk into the pop world, and the return of ABBA!Music featured this week:​It's A Shame - RuinsThe Lion's Roar - The Lion's RoarThe Bell - Stay Gold fff5.mp3File Size: 115574 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 7:14 - I'm sure we've all seen it, but just in case you haven't here's "This Is America [...]

  • E Is For Elliott Smith

    E Is For Elliott Smith


    *Originally released April 1st 2018*A! What is ‘E up to?”, said A to Z.  Long story short, Z replied “Elliott Smith”, and then the fun began.  Join us as we take on the influential indie / lo-fi darling of the 1990s, and chat about songwriting tactics, substance abuse, experimentation, and the ever-controversial “posthumous release.”Music A To Z says: "Hi."Music featured this week:Everything Means Nothing To Me - Figure 8Condor Ave - Roman C [...]

  • D Is For De Lux

    D Is For De Lux


    *Originally released March 20th 2018*From sunny Los Angeles, Doug and Steve look at New Wave (new New Wave? Newest Wave?) duo De Lux, and chat about awesome videos, observational lyrics, and how track length effects an album. It's hard not to show your influences, but while some bands are derivative, De Lux excels at keeping their voice.Music featured this week:Better At Making Time - VoyageSomeday Now - Generation875 Dollars - More Disco Songs About Love ddd5.mp3File Size: 127672 k [...]

  • C Is For Chairlift

    C Is For Chairlift


    *Originally released March 6th 2018*Doug and Steve tackle another long-awaited request this week with Chairlift. The guys chat about the influence of Beyoncé, the power of singles, and visually awesome music videos, while Sidewalk Safari plays on repeat in their heads.Music featured this week:Bruises - Does You Inspire YouMet Before - Something​Ch-Ching - Moth ccc5.mp3File Size: 75317 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 7:13 - No, your YouTube isn't broken. This is [...]

  • B Is For Bee Gees

    B Is For Bee Gees


    *Originally released February 3rd 2018*​Steve and Doug tackle one of the biggest challenges of their podcast history: the monstrous discography of pop act Bee Gees. The duo cover five decades worth of album releases and weigh the different eras of Bee Gees music against each other. They also chat about soulful love ballads, the evolution of cover art, and the Night Disco Died.Six Degrees From King Crimson:Bee Gees -> Arif Mardin -> Hall & Oates -> Robert Fripp -> K [...]

  • A Is For The Alan Parsons Project

    A Is For The Alan Parsons Project



  • An Interview With Maya Rae

    An Interview With Maya Rae


    *Originally released November 19th 2017*We kick off a new alphabet cycle by interviewing the lovely and talented Maya Rae! The group chat about the impact of social media on distribution, making connections with independent artist, and pursuing art just because you love it. Also, Steve quizzes Maya with a word association game.Music featured this week:​Sapphire Birds - Sapphire Birds interviewmayarae.mp3File Size: 89802 kbFile Type: mp3Download File Maya Rae's Offici [...]

  • First Run Follow Up

    First Run Follow Up


    *Originally released December 4th 2017*It's been three and a half years since we started this podcast, and almost all the artists we covered in our first run have gone on to release more material - let's check it out!Music featured this week:Back In Time - Huey Lewis and The News followup4.mp3File Size: 197582 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 7:55 - B Is For Belle and Sebastian has now also been remastered, so it's probably the best it'll ever be at this point30:54 - Actually [...]

  • 1 Is For The 1975

    1 Is For The 1975


    *Originally released October 13th 2017*Straight from Manchester comes the four fellas of The 1975. Listen as Steve and Doug chat about how a band can find it's identity, where they show off their influences, and why track order is critical for an album.Music featured this week:Chocolate - The 1975Robbers - The 1975Somebody Else - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It 1975.mp3File Size: 130730 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 1:38 - Do they ha [...]

  • Z Is For ZONK

    Z Is For ZONK


    *Originally released September 22nd 2017*From San Francisco are the eclectic and fun ZONK! Steve and Doug chat about genres, live shows, productions, and Blade Runner.Music featured this week:Tittle Tattle - Our Five Worst Songs [EP]Hard. Full. Often. - Tongue In CheeksNervous Excited Delighted (Dangerous) - Half Human zzz4.mp3File Size: 122531 kbFile Type: mp3Download File 2:25 - Not anymore though! If you want to check out Kurtis' work, go to The Epic Marvel Podcast!35:4 [...]

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