The New Dad Rock

The New Dad Rock

They were college radio DJs during the 90s. They helped expose bands like Nirvana, Pavement and PJ Harvey to the masses. They went to shows, interviewed musicians and reviewed albums. They worked security at concerts and once, even did load-in for a Phish show. Now they’re dads. Whether you want to explore lesser-known music or take a trip down memory lane tune in to The New Dad Rock. Hosts, Steve and Keith, share their love of music across eras and genres while helping you, the listener, to find new songs to rock out to. From deeper cuts by familiar artists to cult musicians who never earned their due and everything in between, The New Dad Rock will expand your mind.

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April 20, 2021 25 min

The title says it all. In this episode The Dads countdown the top ten albums by Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer.

10. ...and Justice For All
9. Kill 'em All
8. Peace Sells...but Who's Buying
7. South of Heaven
6. Among the Living
5. Seasons in the Abyss
4. Rust in Peace
3. Ride the Lightning
2. Reign in Blood
1. Master of Puppets

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Do you remember live albums? What were they: cash grabs, greatest hits packages, contract fulfillers or maybe a little of each. Any way you slide it, live albums are a staple in Dad Rock.  

From the classic live albums of the 70s and 80s to bootlegs and live concert recordings, and file sharing on Napster & YouTube to livestreams now, what does it all mean? Are live albums dead?

The list of live albums goes on and on and on. Here...

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March 23, 2021 20 min

Dave Lowery is the mastermind behind two legendary indie rock bands, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker.

Join the Dads as they delve into these two bands, check in on Dave's current gig as a professor at University of Georgia and solve the digital streaming royalties conundrum, among other subjects.

A few Camper Van Beethoven songs you may dig on:
Take the Skinheads Bowling
One of These Days
When I Win the Lottery
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It's been almost 15 years since Arab Strap released an album and nearly that long since Steve was taken in by The Hold Steady. In the past couple of weeks, each band released a new album that harkened back to a decade we were uncertain how to name. Listen in as the Dads take a deep dive into the seedy words these literate lyricists create.

Songs mentioned in the episode:
The Shy Retirer by Arab Strap
The Feelers by The Hold Steady
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February 16, 2021 27 min

On paper, Tool would seem like the perfect band for The New Dad Rock. And perhaps they are. It's just that Steve and Keith never really got into them beyond Sober or after 1993. To remedy this, Keith invited his friend Eric in for a discussion on all things Tool. Included are steps on how to get into Tool and a first-hand testimonial on their brilliance. Also, one of their most popular songs is called Stink Fist.

If you are inte...

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February 2, 2021 58 min

A wise man said, a little less talk a little more action. Not wanting to upset Elvis, the Dads spend most of this episode listening to Polygondwanaland, the 12th studio album from Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. (For a further dive into KG&LW, please check out EP 31.)

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The episode title says it all! It is finally time to delve into the miasma of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard an Australian rock band known for rollicking live shows and their prolific output.

Join our intrepid hosts as they navigate the open water of a band that should fit well within the warm confines of New Dad Rock. Jangling guitars, metronomic drumming, psychedelic outbursts, terrible canyons of metal, scientific exploration...

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January 12, 2021 23 min

Another quest to define the boundaries of the obscure realm known only as The New Dad Rock. This week, the Dads' focus is on the New as Keith introduces Steve to a grab bag of recent artists each seeking to join the pantheon of The New Dad Rock.

The contenders are:
Fall Out Boy
Sturgill Simpson
Darius Rucker
HARDY
Senking
Jon Hopkins
Basti Grub
Dogleg
Chicano Batman
Sufjan Stevens
Bring Me the Horizon
Waxahatchee
Bonny Doon

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The twenty-first century. Two decades down and our intrepid hosts are far too wise to make a "Best of Two Decades" list. But they sure try their darnedest. Tune in to their longest episode yet as they try to encapsulate the last twenty years of music. So grab a mug of egg nog and nod your head along as they explore everything from Drake to Disappears.

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The New Dad Rock's take on the contractually obligated 'Best Of' list.

Join Keith and Steve as they rattle off descriptions of a few albums that they remembered came out in 2020.  By no means, is it an exhaustive or comprehensive list. Along the way they revive their idea for music based game show and this time, they cast a host.

Here are some of the releases they dug on:
Bartees Strange
Osees
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wi...

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November 24, 2020 23 min

It finally happened. You knew it was bound to. One of the dads got one of their kids on the show.

Keith and Steve are joined by Steve's 14-year-old daughter to talk about the quarantine-based resurgence of One Direction fandom. 1D!

Sadie takes us through One Direction's roots on X-Factor to their surprising hiatus in 2015, parrying questions from Keith along the way.  And when you're done, check out these songs from 1D a...

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One of the perks of being a parent is the ability to exert your influences on them. You literally have the power to determine what language they use, their view of the world, whether to call them Kleenex or tissues, and most importantly--what kind of music they listen to.

Do you just blast them with Kids Bop, Disney Radio and Little Einsteins? Or do you survey the history of music, culling the best sounds from the past seven decades...

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H.A. Eugene is back and that means we're going deep. Deep into the world of trap, electro, ambient, soundtracks and nothingness. And since it's just about Halloween, he focuses on some of the spookier aspects.

You won't hear it if you don't listen.

As we age the anger of industrial gives way to a mellower though no less dark pathway through witch house and on to trip hop, trap and post punk. Don't worry, we'll...

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Despite being a child of the 80s and hip to the freaky stylings of such pranksters as Ween, Primus and Extreme Elvis, Keith still doesn't quite understand the Butthole Surfers. Fear not, Steve can take him gently off the rails into the annals of this acid-soaked punk miasma. This one is not for the faint of heart.

That being said, here is a selection of some of the prettier Butthole Surfers songs:
Einhoven Chicken Masque From Hu...

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Happy Rock-tober everyone!

Steve is back to work and back behind the wheel commuting. And what is a commuting man to do but catch up on some recent releases? Join Keith and Steve as they drive the latest additions to The New Dad Rock canon your way:

  • Two rare live Pavement albums new to streaming services;
  • The latest by San Francisco psych rockers The Osees
  • Perennial New Dad Rockers The Flaming Lips
  • A LOVE-ly covers homage by Deerhoo...
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    September 22, 2020 18 min

    Vinyl is poised to outsell CDs this year (2020) for the first time since 1986.

    A big part of that can be attributed to Record Store Day which has been raising the profile and interest in music on vinyl since 2008. From humble beginnings with just 10 special releases to this year's COVID-inspired four consecutive months of Record Store Days featuring hundreds of unique, exclusive, and early releases, it has grown into a global ph...

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    September 15, 2020 22 min

    By the late 80s, the halcyon sound of synthesizers and electronic drums had become ubiquitous. No artist was safe from the effervescent mechanical march that swept up Rush and resulted in Judas Priest's make most controversial album (Turbo). But this episode has literally nothing to do with any of that.

    You're welcome.

    No, this week The New Dad Rock delves deep into the uncanny valley. From innocent beginnings in machine lear...

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    September 8, 2020 18 min

    I just heard a new band called the Osees. No, not Thee Oh Sees, or Oh Sees, or OCS, Osees.

    For the past 20-plus years, John Dwyer has been a musical chameleon appearing in several bands, half of which have a very similar sounding name. He's the musician Keith has seen live most often and no matter the venue or the band around him, he puts on a stellar show. We tell you all about it here.

    Alas, during these chaotic and troubling ...

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    September 1, 2020 20 min

    Much to Keith's chagrin, it's time for another episode about metal. This time we take on perennial dad favorite: 80s thrash. While the average TNDR listener may know a couple Metallica songs, have heard of Megadeth and Anthrax, or even shouted, "Slayer!" at a concert, there is much more to the genre than just The Big Four.

    Steve conducted some market research (i.e., texted a few friends) to come up with a list of the...

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    Steve sings his way through Keith's slide show of his recent camping trip (and drive) to Lassen National Park. Along a meandering drive through the Sierras, they uncover more constituents of The New Dad Rock including Depeche Mode, Bauhaus, Death From Above 1979, Jay-Z, and American Music Club.

    As Keith describes the scenic wonder, they reminisce on the halcyon days when every computer had a CD burner and a hard drive full of so...

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