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The Radio Ga Ga Podcast

Radio Ga Ga

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The Radio Ga Ga Podcast
The Radio Ga Ga Podcast

The Radio Ga Ga Podcast

Radio Ga Ga

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The Radio Ga Ga Podcast is a weekly album review podcast that explores why we like the music we like. Host Justine Piehowski dives into each album in depth, with artist backgrounds, song-by-song meanings, and notes from the recording studio. The goal of the Radio Ga Ga Podcast is to help you as the listener feel more knowledgeable and connected to the music you love, and maybe even music you didn't know you would.Available wherever you listen to podcasts.https://radiogagapodcast.com/

Latest Episodes

Neutral Milk Hotel, "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"

At the beginning of 1998, Jeff Mangum released his masterwork, "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea," now one of the all-time indie records. But by year's end, he would walk away from music, only to be heard from on rare occasion for the next two decades. In today's episode, we discuss how to create distortion without an electric guitar, why Mangum was completely derailed by Anne Frank's diary, and why I've changed my tune about Neutral Milk Hotel. Kind of. My King of Carrot Flowers, D.J. Piehowski, guests.

111 MIN1 w ago
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Neutral Milk Hotel, "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"

Production Profiles: Storm Thorgerson

One of the most important album art designers of our time, Storm Thorgerson counts amongst his credits "Dark Side of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here," "Houses of the Holy" and about a million more. In this episode, we're diving into Storm's history as a high school friend of Pink Floyd, and we'll detail how he concepted and shot some of his most iconic album covers. We've got 40-foot pig balloons flying high over Heathrow, a mustache getting burned off, inspiration from Arthur C. Clarke... this is a fun one.

55 MIN3 w ago
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Production Profiles: Storm Thorgerson

The Shins, "Wincing The Night Away"

The Shins had a lot to prove with "Wincing the Night Away." This was the album that would decide whether the Shins would stay in the indie pop conversation, or if their inclusion in Zach Braff's film "Garden State" was just a brief lucky break. The Shins are a band I'm literally always in the mood to listen to, so we'll explore why that is. We'll also discuss the meanings I find in the cover art, James Mercer's songwriting style, and how his insomnia affected the writing and recording of "Wincing."

61 MINSEP 17
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The Shins, "Wincing The Night Away"

The Carpenters, "Carpenters"

Karen Carpenter's voice is one you know instantly, and makes you feel like the only one listening. Though on the surface the Carpenters seemed like a squeaky clean brother-sister duo, their story is wrought with family drama, painful emotional scarring, and tragedy. We'll discuss the Carpenters' rise to popularity, as well as Karen's eating disorder, her mother, failed relationships, and Sonic Youth. Karen is one of my biggest influences as a musician, so this is a special and emotional episode for me.

79 MINSEP 10
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The Carpenters, "Carpenters"

Ween, "The Mollusk"

Ween can feel very overwhelming to get into. Their discography is endless, their music odd, and there's an intimidating amount of vocabulary words, culture, and backstory related to these two best friends from New Hope, PA. I'm hoping to detangle it all in this episode with guest Paul Gutkowski, long-time Ween fan and host of the "God Ween Evan" podcast. We discuss lyrics, pants-pooping, love songs, voice modulation, the concept of brown, and the popular cartoon that "The Mollusk" inspired. Hail Boognish!

102 MINSEP 3
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Ween, "The Mollusk"

Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head

We've all had those songs that lodge themselves into our brains and refuse to get out. Why are we so prone to this happening, and what certain types of songs are more commonly sticky? We'll discuss a number of factors, plus the science behind what's happening in our brain when a song gets stuck, and how repetition in music feeds into a basic human need for comfort and safety. We'll also talk about supposed cures for earworms - and one thing that is scientifically proven to get rid of them.

25 MINAUG 20
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Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head

Jason Isbell, "Southeastern"

"Southeastern" is a stunningly beautiful album, one that will grow with me as I go through life. In this episode, we talk about Jason's upbringing in Muscle Shoals, living hard in the Drive-By Truckers, and getting sober with the help of his now-wife, Amanda Shires. We talk love songs, family, the South, Pedialyte, anchors, and redemption. I'm so happy to welcome Kevin Van Valkenburg again to the podcast! We saw Isbell in concert together, and he's the biggest fan I know. This one's a must-listen.

99 MINAUG 13
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Jason Isbell, "Southeastern"

The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. II

In Pt. II of our series, we talk about all the new characters and concepts introduced on Side B of "Village Green" and how the album became so popular after commercially failing upon release (on the same day as the Beatles' White Album, too.) We'll also discuss the Kinks' career after "Village Green," including "Lola," their transition to arena rock, and final show in the mid-90s. It's also possible we'll see a rare Kinks revival by the end of 2019, so I'm sharing details on that as well!

42 MINAUG 6
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The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. II

The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. I

In the two years Ray Davies took to write this album, the Kinks went from global stars to has-beens. By 1968, focus had shifted to Jimi, The Stones, and the Beatles, and there was no place for the twee "Village Green." So how has the album since become so legendary? In this episode, we'll talk about the rocky history of the Kinks, and why they got banned from playing in the U.S. at the peak of the British Invasion. We'll also meet the characters on Side A of "Village Green" and explore the place a bit.

52 MINJUL 30
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The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. I

Song Stories: "Old Town Road"

In this episode, we dive deep into the viral hit "Old Town Road" and how it has become the most popular song of 2019. We'll discuss the artist, Lil Nas X, how he used the power of internet memes to get this song off the ground, and what happened when Billboard unfairly pulled "Old Town Road" from the Country charts a few months ago. Get some Wranglers on your booty, pour some Yeehaw Juice, and get ready to fall in love with this song if you haven't already.

24 MINJUL 23
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Song Stories: "Old Town Road"

Latest Episodes

Neutral Milk Hotel, "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"

At the beginning of 1998, Jeff Mangum released his masterwork, "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea," now one of the all-time indie records. But by year's end, he would walk away from music, only to be heard from on rare occasion for the next two decades. In today's episode, we discuss how to create distortion without an electric guitar, why Mangum was completely derailed by Anne Frank's diary, and why I've changed my tune about Neutral Milk Hotel. Kind of. My King of Carrot Flowers, D.J. Piehowski, guests.

111 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Neutral Milk Hotel, "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea"

Production Profiles: Storm Thorgerson

One of the most important album art designers of our time, Storm Thorgerson counts amongst his credits "Dark Side of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here," "Houses of the Holy" and about a million more. In this episode, we're diving into Storm's history as a high school friend of Pink Floyd, and we'll detail how he concepted and shot some of his most iconic album covers. We've got 40-foot pig balloons flying high over Heathrow, a mustache getting burned off, inspiration from Arthur C. Clarke... this is a fun one.

55 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Production Profiles: Storm Thorgerson

The Shins, "Wincing The Night Away"

The Shins had a lot to prove with "Wincing the Night Away." This was the album that would decide whether the Shins would stay in the indie pop conversation, or if their inclusion in Zach Braff's film "Garden State" was just a brief lucky break. The Shins are a band I'm literally always in the mood to listen to, so we'll explore why that is. We'll also discuss the meanings I find in the cover art, James Mercer's songwriting style, and how his insomnia affected the writing and recording of "Wincing."

61 MINSEP 17
Comments
The Shins, "Wincing The Night Away"

The Carpenters, "Carpenters"

Karen Carpenter's voice is one you know instantly, and makes you feel like the only one listening. Though on the surface the Carpenters seemed like a squeaky clean brother-sister duo, their story is wrought with family drama, painful emotional scarring, and tragedy. We'll discuss the Carpenters' rise to popularity, as well as Karen's eating disorder, her mother, failed relationships, and Sonic Youth. Karen is one of my biggest influences as a musician, so this is a special and emotional episode for me.

79 MINSEP 10
Comments
The Carpenters, "Carpenters"

Ween, "The Mollusk"

Ween can feel very overwhelming to get into. Their discography is endless, their music odd, and there's an intimidating amount of vocabulary words, culture, and backstory related to these two best friends from New Hope, PA. I'm hoping to detangle it all in this episode with guest Paul Gutkowski, long-time Ween fan and host of the "God Ween Evan" podcast. We discuss lyrics, pants-pooping, love songs, voice modulation, the concept of brown, and the popular cartoon that "The Mollusk" inspired. Hail Boognish!

102 MINSEP 3
Comments
Ween, "The Mollusk"

Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head

We've all had those songs that lodge themselves into our brains and refuse to get out. Why are we so prone to this happening, and what certain types of songs are more commonly sticky? We'll discuss a number of factors, plus the science behind what's happening in our brain when a song gets stuck, and how repetition in music feeds into a basic human need for comfort and safety. We'll also talk about supposed cures for earworms - and one thing that is scientifically proven to get rid of them.

25 MINAUG 20
Comments
Why Songs Get Stuck In Your Head

Jason Isbell, "Southeastern"

"Southeastern" is a stunningly beautiful album, one that will grow with me as I go through life. In this episode, we talk about Jason's upbringing in Muscle Shoals, living hard in the Drive-By Truckers, and getting sober with the help of his now-wife, Amanda Shires. We talk love songs, family, the South, Pedialyte, anchors, and redemption. I'm so happy to welcome Kevin Van Valkenburg again to the podcast! We saw Isbell in concert together, and he's the biggest fan I know. This one's a must-listen.

99 MINAUG 13
Comments
Jason Isbell, "Southeastern"

The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. II

In Pt. II of our series, we talk about all the new characters and concepts introduced on Side B of "Village Green" and how the album became so popular after commercially failing upon release (on the same day as the Beatles' White Album, too.) We'll also discuss the Kinks' career after "Village Green," including "Lola," their transition to arena rock, and final show in the mid-90s. It's also possible we'll see a rare Kinks revival by the end of 2019, so I'm sharing details on that as well!

42 MINAUG 6
Comments
The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. II

The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. I

In the two years Ray Davies took to write this album, the Kinks went from global stars to has-beens. By 1968, focus had shifted to Jimi, The Stones, and the Beatles, and there was no place for the twee "Village Green." So how has the album since become so legendary? In this episode, we'll talk about the rocky history of the Kinks, and why they got banned from playing in the U.S. at the peak of the British Invasion. We'll also meet the characters on Side A of "Village Green" and explore the place a bit.

52 MINJUL 30
Comments
The Kinks, "The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society" Pt. I

Song Stories: "Old Town Road"

In this episode, we dive deep into the viral hit "Old Town Road" and how it has become the most popular song of 2019. We'll discuss the artist, Lil Nas X, how he used the power of internet memes to get this song off the ground, and what happened when Billboard unfairly pulled "Old Town Road" from the Country charts a few months ago. Get some Wranglers on your booty, pour some Yeehaw Juice, and get ready to fall in love with this song if you haven't already.

24 MINJUL 23
Comments
Song Stories: "Old Town Road"