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Every other Tuesday, Jon and Harrison Porobil sit down for about an hour to discuss a full album of music. We will cover many genres from many different time periods—the only common theme is that we think these albums are interesting. We'll discuss concept albums, singles collections, genre explorations, all-time classics, buried treasures, interesting failures, and more.Follow us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcastSupport us on Pateron - https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast
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Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005), featuring Matt Latham, Part 2

Picking up right where part 2 left off, Harrison, Jon, and guest Matt Latham, discuss... The epic Britpop masterpiece "Biology" The album's overarching themes and concept The deceptive shallowness of "Swinging London Town" The sexual politics of "Racey Lacey" Our key tracks And a preview of our next episode of PLAY DISC Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

45 MIN2 d ago
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Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005), featuring Matt Latham, Part 2

Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005) Featuring Matt Latham, Part 1

For our eighteenth episode, Jon & Harrison welcome a guest to discuss an album for the first time. Matt Latham, host of the Pick A Disc podcast on the We Made This network, joins us to discuss Girls Aloud and their 2005 album Chemistry. Our discussion ran very long, so we cut it into two parts, each about 40 minutes, for your easier digestion. For the course of this first half, We discuss: The massive cultural differences between the US and the UK, and how none of us know whether any particular piece of culture is known in the other country The history of British reality TV that created Girls Aloud Brian Higgins and his songwriting team Xenomania The British tradition of following the annual quest for the Christmas Day #1 single The coded lyrics of "Models" The insane structure of "Wild Horses Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Subscribe to Pick A Disc here: https://www.spreaker.com/show/pick-a-disc Follow Pick A Disc on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pickadisc Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

40 MIN3 d ago
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Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005) Featuring Matt Latham, Part 1

Episode 017: Suburban Legends - Day Job (2012)

For our seventeenth episode, it’s time to pick it up pick it up pick it up! As Harrison brings Suburban Legends’ 2012 ska album Day Job for discussion. Ska is near and dear to Harrison’s heart, as he may have mentioned a time or two on the show before, so it was about time we covered a ska album! Over the course of the hour-long discussion, we touch on… What ska is and why it’s so important to Harrison The ways that Suburban Legends have chafed against their genre before settling into it The wild genre experiments on this album Musical allusions and borrowed melodies, and the layers of discovery they add to this album Suburban Lengends’ residency at DisneyLand and their relationship to Disney… ...Culminating in not just one, but two ska covers of songs from Disney musicals on this album! How “Arigato” combines Harrison’s love of ska with his weeaboo tendency Harrison’s translation of the Japanese lyrics in “Arigato” The surprising guest appearance by indie rapper Lyrics Born The PLAY DISC Request Lottery and a preview of our next episode Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

59 MINJUN 3
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Episode 017: Suburban Legends - Day Job (2012)

Episode 016: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (2003)

EFor our sixteenth episode, Jon & Harrison take on an album requested by one of their past interview guests! Patty Lynn of The Wind + The Wave requested Transatlanticism, the 2003 concept album by indie darlings Death Cab for Cutie. Over the course of an hour-long discussion, we cover… The silliness of “Death Cab for Cutie” as a band name, and other silly band names of the aughts Whether this truly counts as a concept album, and what even is a concept album, anyway? The occasionally clunky word choices permeating this album The contrasting energies of Ben Gibbard’s lyrics as Chris Walla’s expansive musical arrangements More bad impersonations by Jon - Millhouse van Houten, President Bill Clinton, and Zero Mostel How the lyrics do not show Ben Gibbard (or the character he’s playing) in a very flattering light Some speculation over different interpretations of “Tiny Vessels,” “Transatlanticism,” and “Passenger Seat” Harrison and Jon reveal their picks for Key Track The Request Lottery and a preview of next episode's album Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The dice roll from this episode's Request Lottery can be found here: https://youtu.be/tYc4_Z4HWk8 The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at any level. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

55 MINMAY 19
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Episode 016: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (2003)

Episode 015: Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind (1976)

For our fifteenth episode, Jon brings for discussion the 1976 Linda Ronstadt album, Hasten Down the Wind. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, we cover… The unjust preconception that Linda Ronstadt’s music is uncool or for the out-of-touch Ronstadt’s surprising choice to name her album after a song by Warren Zevon The unbelievable “hot streak” of platinum selling albums this was part of Ronstadt’s choice to work with more “up and coming” songwriters for this album, like Zevon and Karla Bonoff David Geffen and his second record label, Asylum The “Laurel Canyon Sound,” and other artists who have exemplified it over the years Ronstadt’s relationship with her producer, Peter Asher The surprising presence of a Spanish-language song penned by Ronstadt herself The even more surprising presence of an actual Rastafari anthem followed by a "reggae" song… with "reggae" in quotes Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at any level. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINMAY 5
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Episode 015: Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind (1976)

Episode 014: Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady (2013)

For our fourteenth episode, Harrison brings for discussion Janelle Monáe's 2013 sophomore album, The Electric Lady. Over the course of our hour-long discussion, we cover... The album's place in Monáe's ongoing science fiction epic Metropolis How much importance to place on the "plot" of these concept albums The incredible feat of roping both Prince and Erykah Badu into guest spots How much Jon loves Yo Gabba Gabba How Janelle Monáe embodies the ethos of dancing our way through difficult times, and how that might be counterproductive in 2020 What is and is not an "Overture" The similarities between this album's "Ghetto Woman" and Jon's key track from Atmosphere's When Life Gives You Lemons, "Dreamer" "Sally Ride" and its expression of the "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" feeling Our picks for the key track Rolling the dice for the PLAY DISC Request Lottery and a preview of next week's episode! Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Here's the video for this episode's dice roll: https://youtu.be/GNpu-Pp9Low The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINAPR 21
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Episode 014: Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady (2013)

BONUS DISC - Jon Interviews Dan Bern!

Included free with last week's episode on Dan Bern, today's BONUS DISC is an interview with Bern himself! Harrison was unable to join, but Jon and Dan spoke on the phone about a number of things, including... Coping with a pandemic The politics of Regent Street Dan's work as a songwriter-for-hire for movies and TV The changes in songwriting process brough about by Dan's hand injury How difficult it was to set the track order for Regent Street His relationship to his earlier material Dan puts Jon on the spot and asks about Harrison's reaction to Regent Street And more! Due to being recording from a phone, the audio quality on this episode is below the standards of previous episodes. We think it's still audible, but have included a transcript of this episode for the purposes of accessibility. The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINAPR 14
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BONUS DISC - Jon Interviews Dan Bern!

Episode 013: Dan Bern - Regent Street (2019)

For our thirteenth episode, Jon breaks a rule by bringing a recent album to the table - Dan Bern's 2019 album Regent Street. Over the course of an hour, we discuss: Jon's recent cross-promotional apperance on Pick A Disc with Matthew Latham, in which they discussed a different Dan Bern album. Why such a recent album was chosen when PLAY DISC is usually a retrospective Dan Bern's hand injury, how changing his instrument imbued Bern's music with new energy, and how Jon could relate to it "Dear Tiger Woods" and Bern's career-long fascination with the golfer The political messages in the songs of Regent Street and the extent to which we agree or disagree with them How Dan Bern publicly expresses his Jewish identity and our relationship to Judaism (and, sadly, antisemitism) Whether "Negotiation" is about politics or sex... or both? What Dan Bern has in common with the Romantic poets of the 18th century Our picks for the KEY TRACK of Regent Street The PLAY DISC Request Lottery and a preview of our next episode Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! RIP Adam Schlesinger. 1967-2020. One of the best and most prolific songwriters in recent memory, taken from us too soon. Hear Jon's guest appearance on Pick A Disc here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/wemadethis/1x32-db Here is the link to the video of the dice roll: https://youtu.be/IIu1K5e0YAo The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

57 MINAPR 7
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Episode 013: Dan Bern - Regent Street (2019)

Episode 012: King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

For our 12th episode, Jon and Harrison are listening to someone else's recommendation...what?! At the request of listener Billy Callis (through the magic of our Play Disc Request Lottery!), today we discuss King Crimson's debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King. Over the course of an hour, join us as we: Discuss the little observed fact that Kanye West listens to King Crimson Hear Jon's impersonations of Casey Kasem, Sir Patrick Stewart, and (after a fashion) Kanye West Talk about the virtues and vices of flute solos Marvel at the gall of someone showing up to a job interview without any of the requested qualifications Experience Harrison's shock upon discovering Robert Christgau's evaluation of King Crimson Have a brief discussion to talk about who the best drummer of all time is Wax poetic about the slowly disappearing art of the album, and Harrison maybe comes around a little bit on vinyl Listen to Harrison learn what a mellotron is in real time Elucidate a slight tension between Jon and Harrison and how they critically approach music Entertain Harrison whining about people who Oppenheimer and Nietzsche Get into a brief argument about whether or not each note needs to justify its existence and whether or not you can miss an absence of something Discuss our key track, while Harrison does a bit of metagaming Preview our next episode Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Find Billy Callis on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Billy_Callis/ And find Billy's band Nailhouse at https://www.instagram.com/Nailhouse___ The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINMAR 24
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Episode 012: King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

Episode 011: Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind (1983)

It's our 11th episode, and Harrison has brought metal gods Iron Maiden to the table with their third album, Piece of Mind. Over the course of our hour-long discussion, we cover... The comforting feeling of getting exactly what you want from a familiar artist Iron Maiden's changing lineup, and how this album showed them "becoming Iron Maiden" Can one great song save an otherwise unremarkable album? The backmasking at the beginning of "Still Life" Jon picks on Harrison's inappropriately long-lived love of ska, and Harrison picks on Jon's completely appropriate enduring love of The Beatles How weird it is that we don't hear much about the Satanic Panic of the 1980s anymore Iron Maiden's fandom of Frank Herbert's Dune... and how they were rebuffed by Frank Herbert Jon dunks on Lord Tennyson with a 170-year-belated sick burn Jon & Harrison pick their key tracks! The PLAY DISC Request Lottery (now with its own theme song!) A preview of next week's episode! Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Here is the video of Jon rolling the dice for the Request Lottery: https://youtu.be/N-sIf6N3xNU The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

56 MINMAR 10
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Episode 011: Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind (1983)

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Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005), featuring Matt Latham, Part 2

Picking up right where part 2 left off, Harrison, Jon, and guest Matt Latham, discuss... The epic Britpop masterpiece "Biology" The album's overarching themes and concept The deceptive shallowness of "Swinging London Town" The sexual politics of "Racey Lacey" Our key tracks And a preview of our next episode of PLAY DISC Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

45 MIN2 d ago
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Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005), featuring Matt Latham, Part 2

Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005) Featuring Matt Latham, Part 1

For our eighteenth episode, Jon & Harrison welcome a guest to discuss an album for the first time. Matt Latham, host of the Pick A Disc podcast on the We Made This network, joins us to discuss Girls Aloud and their 2005 album Chemistry. Our discussion ran very long, so we cut it into two parts, each about 40 minutes, for your easier digestion. For the course of this first half, We discuss: The massive cultural differences between the US and the UK, and how none of us know whether any particular piece of culture is known in the other country The history of British reality TV that created Girls Aloud Brian Higgins and his songwriting team Xenomania The British tradition of following the annual quest for the Christmas Day #1 single The coded lyrics of "Models" The insane structure of "Wild Horses Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Subscribe to Pick A Disc here: https://www.spreaker.com/show/pick-a-disc Follow Pick A Disc on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pickadisc Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

40 MIN3 d ago
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Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005) Featuring Matt Latham, Part 1

Episode 017: Suburban Legends - Day Job (2012)

For our seventeenth episode, it’s time to pick it up pick it up pick it up! As Harrison brings Suburban Legends’ 2012 ska album Day Job for discussion. Ska is near and dear to Harrison’s heart, as he may have mentioned a time or two on the show before, so it was about time we covered a ska album! Over the course of the hour-long discussion, we touch on… What ska is and why it’s so important to Harrison The ways that Suburban Legends have chafed against their genre before settling into it The wild genre experiments on this album Musical allusions and borrowed melodies, and the layers of discovery they add to this album Suburban Lengends’ residency at DisneyLand and their relationship to Disney… ...Culminating in not just one, but two ska covers of songs from Disney musicals on this album! How “Arigato” combines Harrison’s love of ska with his weeaboo tendency Harrison’s translation of the Japanese lyrics in “Arigato” The surprising guest appearance by indie rapper Lyrics Born The PLAY DISC Request Lottery and a preview of our next episode Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

59 MINJUN 3
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Episode 017: Suburban Legends - Day Job (2012)

Episode 016: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (2003)

EFor our sixteenth episode, Jon & Harrison take on an album requested by one of their past interview guests! Patty Lynn of The Wind + The Wave requested Transatlanticism, the 2003 concept album by indie darlings Death Cab for Cutie. Over the course of an hour-long discussion, we cover… The silliness of “Death Cab for Cutie” as a band name, and other silly band names of the aughts Whether this truly counts as a concept album, and what even is a concept album, anyway? The occasionally clunky word choices permeating this album The contrasting energies of Ben Gibbard’s lyrics as Chris Walla’s expansive musical arrangements More bad impersonations by Jon - Millhouse van Houten, President Bill Clinton, and Zero Mostel How the lyrics do not show Ben Gibbard (or the character he’s playing) in a very flattering light Some speculation over different interpretations of “Tiny Vessels,” “Transatlanticism,” and “Passenger Seat” Harrison and Jon reveal their picks for Key Track The Request Lottery and a preview of next episode's album Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The dice roll from this episode's Request Lottery can be found here: https://youtu.be/tYc4_Z4HWk8 The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at any level. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

55 MINMAY 19
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Episode 016: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (2003)

Episode 015: Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind (1976)

For our fifteenth episode, Jon brings for discussion the 1976 Linda Ronstadt album, Hasten Down the Wind. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, we cover… The unjust preconception that Linda Ronstadt’s music is uncool or for the out-of-touch Ronstadt’s surprising choice to name her album after a song by Warren Zevon The unbelievable “hot streak” of platinum selling albums this was part of Ronstadt’s choice to work with more “up and coming” songwriters for this album, like Zevon and Karla Bonoff David Geffen and his second record label, Asylum The “Laurel Canyon Sound,” and other artists who have exemplified it over the years Ronstadt’s relationship with her producer, Peter Asher The surprising presence of a Spanish-language song penned by Ronstadt herself The even more surprising presence of an actual Rastafari anthem followed by a "reggae" song… with "reggae" in quotes Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at any level. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINMAY 5
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Episode 015: Linda Ronstadt - Hasten Down the Wind (1976)

Episode 014: Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady (2013)

For our fourteenth episode, Harrison brings for discussion Janelle Monáe's 2013 sophomore album, The Electric Lady. Over the course of our hour-long discussion, we cover... The album's place in Monáe's ongoing science fiction epic Metropolis How much importance to place on the "plot" of these concept albums The incredible feat of roping both Prince and Erykah Badu into guest spots How much Jon loves Yo Gabba Gabba How Janelle Monáe embodies the ethos of dancing our way through difficult times, and how that might be counterproductive in 2020 What is and is not an "Overture" The similarities between this album's "Ghetto Woman" and Jon's key track from Atmosphere's When Life Gives You Lemons, "Dreamer" "Sally Ride" and its expression of the "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" feeling Our picks for the key track Rolling the dice for the PLAY DISC Request Lottery and a preview of next week's episode! Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Here's the video for this episode's dice roll: https://youtu.be/GNpu-Pp9Low The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINAPR 21
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Episode 014: Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady (2013)

BONUS DISC - Jon Interviews Dan Bern!

Included free with last week's episode on Dan Bern, today's BONUS DISC is an interview with Bern himself! Harrison was unable to join, but Jon and Dan spoke on the phone about a number of things, including... Coping with a pandemic The politics of Regent Street Dan's work as a songwriter-for-hire for movies and TV The changes in songwriting process brough about by Dan's hand injury How difficult it was to set the track order for Regent Street His relationship to his earlier material Dan puts Jon on the spot and asks about Harrison's reaction to Regent Street And more! Due to being recording from a phone, the audio quality on this episode is below the standards of previous episodes. We think it's still audible, but have included a transcript of this episode for the purposes of accessibility. The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINAPR 14
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BONUS DISC - Jon Interviews Dan Bern!

Episode 013: Dan Bern - Regent Street (2019)

For our thirteenth episode, Jon breaks a rule by bringing a recent album to the table - Dan Bern's 2019 album Regent Street. Over the course of an hour, we discuss: Jon's recent cross-promotional apperance on Pick A Disc with Matthew Latham, in which they discussed a different Dan Bern album. Why such a recent album was chosen when PLAY DISC is usually a retrospective Dan Bern's hand injury, how changing his instrument imbued Bern's music with new energy, and how Jon could relate to it "Dear Tiger Woods" and Bern's career-long fascination with the golfer The political messages in the songs of Regent Street and the extent to which we agree or disagree with them How Dan Bern publicly expresses his Jewish identity and our relationship to Judaism (and, sadly, antisemitism) Whether "Negotiation" is about politics or sex... or both? What Dan Bern has in common with the Romantic poets of the 18th century Our picks for the KEY TRACK of Regent Street The PLAY DISC Request Lottery and a preview of our next episode Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! RIP Adam Schlesinger. 1967-2020. One of the best and most prolific songwriters in recent memory, taken from us too soon. Hear Jon's guest appearance on Pick A Disc here: https://www.spreaker.com/user/wemadethis/1x32-db Here is the link to the video of the dice roll: https://youtu.be/IIu1K5e0YAo The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

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Episode 013: Dan Bern - Regent Street (2019)

Episode 012: King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

For our 12th episode, Jon and Harrison are listening to someone else's recommendation...what?! At the request of listener Billy Callis (through the magic of our Play Disc Request Lottery!), today we discuss King Crimson's debut album, In The Court Of The Crimson King. Over the course of an hour, join us as we: Discuss the little observed fact that Kanye West listens to King Crimson Hear Jon's impersonations of Casey Kasem, Sir Patrick Stewart, and (after a fashion) Kanye West Talk about the virtues and vices of flute solos Marvel at the gall of someone showing up to a job interview without any of the requested qualifications Experience Harrison's shock upon discovering Robert Christgau's evaluation of King Crimson Have a brief discussion to talk about who the best drummer of all time is Wax poetic about the slowly disappearing art of the album, and Harrison maybe comes around a little bit on vinyl Listen to Harrison learn what a mellotron is in real time Elucidate a slight tension between Jon and Harrison and how they critically approach music Entertain Harrison whining about people who Oppenheimer and Nietzsche Get into a brief argument about whether or not each note needs to justify its existence and whether or not you can miss an absence of something Discuss our key track, while Harrison does a bit of metagaming Preview our next episode Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Find Billy Callis on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/Billy_Callis/ And find Billy's band Nailhouse at https://www.instagram.com/Nailhouse___ The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

58 MINMAR 24
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Episode 012: King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

Episode 011: Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind (1983)

It's our 11th episode, and Harrison has brought metal gods Iron Maiden to the table with their third album, Piece of Mind. Over the course of our hour-long discussion, we cover... The comforting feeling of getting exactly what you want from a familiar artist Iron Maiden's changing lineup, and how this album showed them "becoming Iron Maiden" Can one great song save an otherwise unremarkable album? The backmasking at the beginning of "Still Life" Jon picks on Harrison's inappropriately long-lived love of ska, and Harrison picks on Jon's completely appropriate enduring love of The Beatles How weird it is that we don't hear much about the Satanic Panic of the 1980s anymore Iron Maiden's fandom of Frank Herbert's Dune... and how they were rebuffed by Frank Herbert Jon dunks on Lord Tennyson with a 170-year-belated sick burn Jon & Harrison pick their key tracks! The PLAY DISC Request Lottery (now with its own theme song!) A preview of next week's episode! Come join us for an hour of thoughtful and good-humored commentary, and we'll catch you on the B-side! Here is the video of Jon rolling the dice for the Request Lottery: https://youtu.be/N-sIf6N3xNU The spreadsheet Request Lottery picks and their associated numbers can be seen here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xOiYNZduLxz7L2CtNUPK1YOu63ni2XTWpcy1cdB6EQw/edit?usp=sharing You can get your request on this list by donating to our Patreon account at the $5 level or above. Support us on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/PlayDiscPodcast Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/PlayDiscPodcast/ Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/PlayDiscPodcast Email us at playdiscpodcast@gmail.com This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.Support PLAY DISC

56 MINMAR 10
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Episode 011: Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind (1983)
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