Record Roulette: A Music Appreciation Podcast

Record Roulette: A Music Appreciation Podcast

This is a podcast about the greatest music of all time. Every two weeks we choose an album from the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums to discuss with a rotating cast of guests - everything from physicists and journalists to politicians and musicians.

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May 29, 2024 10 mins

This is the FINAL episode of Record Roulette, so we asked the full crew to answer the following questions:

  • What is your dream concert?
  • Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with?
  • What is your favourite album?
  • Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves?
  • What is one song you wish you could take credit for writing?


Have questions? Let us know on Twitter,...

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As we close down the show, it's sad to think of the many, many albums we won't cover on Record Roulette. Which album would Eamon, Nathan and Sonya like to cover? Find out. 

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This is the series finale!

To mark the occasion, we've welcomed former co-host Sonya Walton back to the show to talk about TWO albums at one time - Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." During this episode we cover:

  • Which type of album would be harder to make
  • How the two albums showcase the vocal talents of their creators
  • How these two albums ar...
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May 8, 2024 8 mins

Don't know anything about two of the greatest albums of all time? Don't worry, we're here to help fill a gap or two before our episode about Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."

In this episode you will learn:

  • the basic info about the album
  • its critical and commercial reception
  • why Rolling Stone thinks it's one of the greatest albums of al...
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We asked Gia Mora to answer the following questions:

  • What is your dream concert?
  • Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with?
  • What is your favourite album?
  • Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves?
  • What is one song you wish you could take credit for writing?


Have questions? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @rrmusicpod.

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We have an actress, Gia Mora, on the show this week, so it's the perfect time to mix film and music - what's the best musical performance in a film? Eamon, Nathan and Gia give their answers.

Who would you like to see on VH1 Storytellers? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @rrmusicpod.

Music by lemonmusicstudio from Pixabay.

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We asked Gia Mora - actress, writer, musician and most prolific Record Roulette guest! - to pick an album and she went with... improvisational jazz? We're talking about John Coltrane's 1960 banger, "Giant Steps," which is on the Rolling Stone list at #232. During this episode we cover:

  • What makes a jazz album good/bad
  • How neophytes should prepare for their first foray into jazz
  • The incredible musical ability ne...
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April 10, 2024 9 mins

Don't know anything about improvisational jazz? Don't worry, we're here to help fill a gap or two before our episode on John Coltrane's "Giant Steps," which turns up on the Rolling Stone list at #232.

In this episode you will learn:

  • the basic info about the album
  • its critical and commercial reception
  • why Rolling Stone thinks it's one of the greatest albums of all time

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We asked Michael Simon to answer the following questions:

  • What is your dream concert?
  • Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with?
  • What is your favourite album?
  • Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves?
  • What is one song you wish you could take credit for writing?


Have questions? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @rrmusicpod.

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We have Michael Simon - creator of VH1 Storytellers - on the show, so we figured we'd ask him about... VH1 Storytellers. Specifically, we gave him a hypothetical - if the show came back today, who would you feature on it?

Who would you like to see on VH1 Storytellers? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @rrmusicpod.

Music by lemonmusicstudio from Pixabay.

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We asked all-star guest Michael Simon - the creator of VH1 Storytellers - to FINALLY pick an album that makes him happy, after previously chatting with us about The Cure, NWA and The Velvet Underground. This is what he picked - a "compilation" by semi-obscure punk rockers Buzzcocks, which comes in at #250 on the Rolling Stone list. On this episode we cover:

  • Whether this is a compilation or not
  • Whether this is punk or no...
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March 13, 2024 10 mins

Who were the Buzzcocks? What was a Buzzcock? Is Singles Going Steady a compilation album? Want answers to these questions? Check out our 101 about the Buzzcocks and their 1979 album, Singles Going Steady, which appears on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums list at #250.

In this episode you will learn:

  • the basic info about the album
  • its critical and commercial reception
  • why Rolling Stone thinks it's one of the grea...
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We asked Alex Kinsella to answer the following questions:

  • What is your dream concert?
  • Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with?
  • What is your favourite album?
  • Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves?
  • What is one song you wish you could take credit for writing?


Have questions? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook at @rrmusicpod.

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If it's too loud you're too old! Music is at its most impactful when we're teenagers. It shapes our attitudes, opinions and even our groups of friends. We self-select who we want to be based on who we want to listen to. That made us wonder - what's the one album that resonated most with you as a teenager?

It's a highly personal question that we asked our guest, Alex Kinsella, to answer.

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We asked Alex Kinsella to pick an album from the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest list and he went with a juvenile little disc called "Licensed to Ill" by the Beastie Boys, which just so happens to also be one of the most important albums in hip hop history.  On this episode we cover:

  • The group's unique place in the early days of hip hop
  • Cultural appropriation and why this album IS NOT a good example
  • The use of humour and...
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February 14, 2024 10 mins

Were the Beastie Boys really important enough to have three albums on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums list? A good place to start is a conversation about their 1986 debut album, Licensed to Ill. Don't know anything about it? Well, we have you covered.

In this episode you will learn:

  • the basic info about the album
  • its critical and commercial reception
  • why Rolling Stone thinks it's one of the greatest albums...
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We asked Tyrell Lisson - host of The Band: A History - to answer the following questions:

  • What is your dream concert?
  • Who from the music world - dead or alive - would you most want to have a beer or coffee with?
  • What is your favourite album?
  • Which album doesn't get the credit or recognition it deserves?
  • What is one song you wish you could take credit for writing?


Have questions? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Fac...

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If there's one album from The Band that everyone knows, it'd The Last Waltz. An epic, iconic moment in rock and roll history, The Last Waltz stands at a pivotal time in history. But is that enough to earn it a spot on a greatest albums list? Should live albums ever be on greatest albums lists?

Our newest episode tries to answer that question through the prism of The Band with Tyrell Lisson, host of The Band: A H...

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We asked the guy with a podcast called "The Band: A History" to pick and album and... he picked an album by The Band. We're talking Music from Big Pink with Tyrell Lisson. On this episode we cover:

  • The group's unique vocal capabilities
  • The "rural and rustic" nature of The Band's sound
  • The reasons why they were so influential
  • Publishing rights, publishing rights, publishing rights.

If you don&a...

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January 17, 2024 12 mins

A band so important they're called THE Band released Music From Big Pink in 1968 and it shook up the whole rock and roll establishment. Do you know which Beatle cited this album as a reason he decided to leave the Fab Four? Do you know why it's called Music From Big Pink? Was it a hit? Was it a flop?  If you don't know the answers to these questions, this 101 is for you!

In this episode you will learn:

  • th...
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