The Record Player

The Record Player

Shuffling music has its rewards, but there's still nothing like listening to a good old-fashioned album, start to finish — and that's what The Record Player is all about. With every episode, we'll dig into the music of and story behind a single LP, with co-hosts Jeff Giles and Matt Wardlaw ("1991: The Year AOR Ate Itself") and special guests acting as your guides.

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July 1, 2022 80 min

Steph Trivison joins Jeff and Matt to discuss her career as well as her latest album, Little Thrills. We dig into the work she's been doing as well with music placement, plus songwriting, production and there's even a bit of stray ukulele discussion.

We also discuss Butch Walker's 2004 solo release, Letters. Steph talks about how formative Butch's work as as producer and songwriter was to her own eventual music outpu...

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On July 15th and 16th, Jim Messina will reunite with his old collaborative partner, Kenny Loggins, for two special shows at the Hollywood Bowl. The concerts are marking the 50th anniversary of the initial show that the duo played at that same venue in 1972.

Messina got on the phone to chat briefly about the upcoming gigs and how the pair are preparing for them. He also shares some thoughts on Kenny's memoir -- and stories of the...

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June 11, 2022 71 min

Jeff and Matt are joined by Howie Edelson to discuss Wild Honey, the 13th studio release from The Beach Boys. Howie is the creative consultant for The Beach Boys and their company, Brother Records, Inc. and brings a wealth of Beach Boys knowledge to today's discussion.

Howie works with the band and their associates on all aspects of production for their archival releases, including the newly expanded Sounds of Summer, which is b...

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Jackyl's Jesse James Dupree is with Matt to discuss his upcoming appearance as one of the experts on The Booze, Bets and Sex That Built America, the new series that premieres Sunday night (06/12/22) at 8pm Eastern on The History Channel.

We also talk about the new Jackyl song, "Get All Up in It (Another Round of Mother Funker)." Watch the music video here.

Jesse shares additional Jackyl news, an Aerosmith story and reflec...

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June 4, 2022 74 min

Author and journalist Mitchell Cohen joins Jeff and Matt to discuss Willie Nile's 1980 self-titled debut on Arista Records. The Buffalo, N.Y. singer-songwriter has enjoyed a long career that has been especially prolific in the last decade. Mitchell helps us trace the early days of Nile's career and how it all began.

We also discuss Mitchell's new book, Looking for the Magic: New York City, the '70s and the Rise of Ar...

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Howard Jones joins Jeff and Matt to discuss the 30th anniversary of his album, In the Running. It was his fifth release and marked a departure from his signature synth-driven style. There was a vulnerability to both the sound and the songwriting which made the record a really engaging listen. To date, it's probably one of his most underrated releases, so it was a pleasure to get a chance to discuss it with Howard.

We also dig in...

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May 27, 2022 34 min

It's been a minute since Jeff and Matt have gotten together for a Cassingle. With a holiday weekend looming, it was good to get together and discuss a busy week of new releases. Bruce Hornsby, Def Leppard, Wilco and others have new albums out. Top Gun: Maverick is in the theaters and the fourth season of Stranger Things has just been released.

Find the show notes for this episode right here.

If you enjoy this podcast, consider jo...

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Singer-songwriter Bill Deasy joins Jeff and Matt to discuss Jackson Browne's third album, 1974's Late for the Sky. The discussion leads to the songwriting muse, how long to spend on a song before moving on and how Bill's own writing has changed.

We also dig into the details behind If The Creek Don't Rise, the latest solo release from Bill. He discusses his past work with the Gathering Field, meeting Michael Stanley a...

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Today's Bonus Track features a trio of short conversations. First, Kelly Carlin joins Matt to discuss George Carlin's American Dream, the new documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio which premieres this weekend in two parts on HBO Max beginning on Friday, May 21.

'80s rocker Corey Hart shares the stage with the Go-Go's, Soft Cell and Charli XCX as part of a special virtual concert happening on June 23 pres...

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May 15, 2022 99 min

In his early days as a singer-songwriter, Dan Miraldi met Matt. While the wise thing would have been to run away screaming, Dan did one better than that -- he moved to New York City. But in the years since that initial meeting, Dan and Matt continued to cross paths occasionally and one thing that was always consistent was that they were guaranteed to spend some time nerding out about music.

Today, we continue that tradition, diggin...

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Not long after we launched this podcast, we got an email from Matt Sledge, suggesting that if we ever wanted to discuss R.E.M.'s New Adventures in Hi-Fi, he'd love to be the one to sit in with us. So here we are, Jeff, Matt and Matt, discussing the tenth studio album from the Athens band.

It's arguably one of the most interesting records in their catalog in the sense that it found the group taking a really intriguing jo...

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May 2, 2022 60 min

Today's Bonus Track features Steve Forbert, who joins Matt to share stories from his career and he also performs a couple of songs from his new record acoustically. They discuss his latest album as well as his recent memoir.  Steve is currently on tour and perhaps he's headed your way.

Join our Patreon to become a preferred subscriber to this podcast and you'll receive access to a wealth of materials related to the show...

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We're sticking around in 1990 for one more week after our episodes about REO Speedwagon and Eric Johnson. This week, Jeff and Matt are discussing Michael McDonald's third solo album, 1990's Take it to Heart. The album featured a variety of collaborations and guest players and big names like Don Was and Diane Warren in the mix behind the scenes. If you haven't heard this album, it's time for you to hear this albu...

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Jesse Harms began writing songs in 1989 with REO Speedwagon vocalist Kevin Cronin who had been exploring some creative projects outside of the group. The chemistry between the pair was good and Harms was invited to join REO Speedwagon.

Though his stint in the group was a short one, he ended up co-writing six out of the 11 tracks on the band's next album as well as co-producing the record.

Harms joins Jeff and Matt to discuss hi...

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April 16, 2022 73 min

What an absolute thrill it is to welcome guitar legend Eric Gales to our program today to discuss Eric Johnson's pivotal Ah Via Musicom album. Gales joins Matt and Jeff to dig into his love of the Austin guitarist's music and how Johnson's playing influenced his own path as an artist.

Both guitarists have new music that you should be aware of. Gales has been turning a lot of heads this year (yet again) thanks to the arri...

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April 11, 2022 63 min

Irish-born/NYC-based rocker Pierce Turner joins Matt for today's Bonus Track to discuss Terrible Good, his latest album, which was released in late February on StorySound Records. The songs for the album came together over a four year period and Turner paired up with guitarist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega) to bring them to life.

The two Irishmen, who have spent the greater part of their lives living...

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April 9, 2022 97 min

Matt and Jeff are joined by author Daryl Gregory to discuss David Bowie's classic 1971 album Hunky Dory. They get into a number of other stray topics including the Hardy Boys and Daryl's latest book, Revelator.

Show notes for this episode are right here.

Remember, only you can prevent forest fires. Which is why it's probably a good idea for you to join our Record Club on Patreon. We appreciate your support of this podcast...

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April 3, 2022 119 min

Jeff and Matt are joined by longtime friend Michael Fortes, the biggest Weather Report fan they've encountered in this life. As they'll learn, he's not the holder of that title for the world. That is an honor that surely must go to the guy who wrote a book about the band (along with running the most impressive fan site on the internet for many, many years).

Michael stopped by The Record Player to discuss Sweetnighter, th...

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Guitar maestro Andy Timmons joins Jeff and Matt for a unique conversation about the classic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Having recorded his own version of the album, Timmons has spent a good amount of time exploring the music of the Liverpool group, both as a musician and many times, simply a music fan. He brought his guitar and it was a true joy to talk with Andy.

His new album, Electric Truth, is out t...

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March 25, 2022 24 min

Matt and Jeff are talking about the Eagles, both solo and together. We discuss a few of the week's new releases very briefly and give a nod to the Low Culture Boil podcast (they're talking about Twinkies and ramen and we couldn't look away).

Show notes as always are right here.

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