Columbia House Party

Columbia House Party

Come one, come all, to this tragic affair, and subscribe here for the best music show in your podcast library. Hosted by Blake Murphy and Jake Goldsbie, Columbia House Party is your home for Riots and Black Parades, Cork Trees and Significant Others. At times it will showcase the very finest the music industry had to offer, often around the pop-punk and emo boom of the early-to-mid 2000s. At its worst, it will indulge in those forgotten records we all have lurking in our collection. All the while, it promises to provide the information, entertainment and self-deprecation you’ve come to expect from two of Toronto’s favourites. Welcome to our living mixtape.

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January 17, 2022 62 min
In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad, abdurraqib.com) to discuss the seminal 1982 Descendents album Milo Goes to College. It’s a wider-ranging chat than usual, thanks to Hanif’s incredible insight and thoughtfulness about how and why we connect with music at different stages. Find out more about the al...
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It's January which means... we're one day closer to summer! It also means that the monthly mailbag is up. Blake and Jake combed through all of your awesome questions (Blake created a document) and answered as many as they could on tonight's pod. Let's just say we gotta little bit of karaoke talk and a whole bucket of nostalgia when it came to video game soundtracks.
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Steve Sladkowski (@sladkow) of PUP (@puptheband) to discuss one of the most important albums of all time, The Clash's London Calling. Find out more about The Clash's slower path to a monstrous third-album success, how London Calling pulled from dozens of sounds to influence dozens more, and why it's so necessary to ...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy dive into one of a handful of blink side-projects, +44’s lone album, When Your Heart Stops Beating. The unofficial follow-up to blink’s untitled album, +44 sees Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker continue down that same road, with Hoppus trying to extend himself creatively but ultimately reining himself back in. Find out more about where +44 ...
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December 20, 2021 60 min
In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy dive in on the band's untitled 2003 album. It also happens to be both hosts' favorite blink-182 offering. Find out more about what led to the dramatic shift in sound, how the rift between Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge continued and led to their eventual separation, and what made this era of blink the best live-show era of blink on this week...
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December 13, 2021 55 min
In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy discuss the self-titled 2002 album from Box Car Racer. Find out more about what led Tom DeLonge to embark on a solo project after Take Off Your Pants and Jacket, how Travis Barker got involved but Mark Hoppus was excluded, and how Box Car Racer paved the way for the best of blink-182 on this week's podcast.

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Breathing deeply, walking backwards. In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy dive back into one of the seminal works of not only the pop-punk explosion but of all of early-2000s pop culture, Blink-182’s Take Off Your Pants and Jacket. It was time for a blink episode, as a key moment in the podcast’s origin story involved our hosts quite lubricated on the first tour with Matt Skiba. Find o...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Jeff Rosenstock (@jeffrosenstock) to discuss Rilo Kiley’s excellent 2004 album More Adventurous. Is there a cooler band than Rilo Kiley, and a cooler singer than Jenny Lewis? It’s hard to figure.. Find out more about which Rilo Kiley song Jeff had his first dance too, which Rilo Kiley song Jeff has covered, and why the guys think R...
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We are three Canadian aquarium drinkers. In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Steve Sladkowski, the guitarist from PUP, to discuss Wilco’s 2004 album, A Ghost is Born. The album that necessitated the addition of Nels Cline – first as a touring guitarist and later as a full-time member – A Ghost is Born sees Jeff Tweedy take a necessary leap as a guitarist while his songwr...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Densil McFarlane of The OBGMs (@theobgms) to discuss N.E.R.D.’s 2004 album Fly or Die. Obscured to some degree by the immense success of the group as producers (The Neptunes) and Pharrell Williams’ eventual solo work, N.E.R.D. is more than deserving of their own oxygen as a bridge between hip hop and rock. Find out more about the i...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Chris Cresswell (@crustcrustwell) of The Flatliners (@theflatliners) and more to discuss one of his major influences, Gob’s 1998 album How Far Shallow Takes You. Find out more about the path Gob paved for a generation of Canadian punks, what changed in their sound with each successive album, and whether any of the guys followed...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Nick Dika (@NickDika) of Arkells (@arkellsmusic) to discuss Silverchair's debut album Frogstomp. It was Blake's first album purchased with his own money, at $1 from Columbia House. How fitting. Find out more about Silverchair's unlikely and meteoric rise as 15-year-olds, where they fit in the grunge scene with the b...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Christina Squiers (@flooezyesq) to discuss Paramore's sophomore album Riot! The album had a major influence not only on one host and our guest but on the makeup and accessibility of the post-blink pop-punk scene as a whole. Find out more about Hayley Williams bucking label pressure to be a top-40 singer as a teen, the role Warp...
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Other podcasts don’t love you like we love you. In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by culture writer Sarah MacDonald (sarahsmacdonald.com) to discuss the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s 2003 debut album Fever to Tell. Karen O features heavily in Lizzy Goodman’s Meet Me In The Bathroom, an exploration of the early-2000s New York rock scene, and for good reason: not only is she unspeakably...
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October 11, 2021 59 min
In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, Jake and Blake travel back to Blake’s most heartbroken shifts at the Cambridge Home Hardware and fire up Avril Lavigne’s 2003 debut Let Go. Armed with four massive singles one-through-four on the album, Let Go was a tour de force at the time and feels no less significant in retrospect. Find out more about the changes in writing process (and partners) Lavigne went through to find her so...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, Jake and Blake are just two boys talking about Just A Girl as they dive deep on No Doubt’s 1995 classic Tragic Kingdom. They’re also joined briefly by Cassie Leigh Clancy (@cassleigh, co-host of the @restingonpod podcast) to discuss the fashion side of Gwen Stefani’s legacy. Find out more about some of the controversy around Stefani’s more problematic choices in that regard, ho...
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Watch Out! In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Sam Sutherland (@SamSthrlnd) of the blink-155 podcast to talk about…not blink-182, surprisingly. Instead, the trio takes a deep look at alexisonfire’s sophomore 2004 album Watch Out! Sam’s choice of album surprised, but explained through the lens of that moment in Canadian music history, it was the right choice. Find out...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by Arkells frontman Max Kerman (@arkellsmusic) to discuss Shine A Light, the 2003 sophomore album from Constantines. The Cons had a huge influence on Max and his bandmates, and this episode allows us to explore how influences make their way into a band’s sound, consciously and subconsciously. Find out more about The Cons’ 519 roots, h...
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In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy are joined by comedian John Cullen (@cullenthecomic, @blockedpartypod, @thePOD_Kast) to discuss Broken Social Scene’s sophomore album You Forgot It In People. But not before they get derailed talking about Disturbed, Korn, labret piercings, and John’s love of nu-metal. The guys eventually talk BSS, we promise. Find out more about the way...
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Isn’t it ironic? In the latest episode of Columbia House Party, hosts Jake Goldsbie and Blake Murphy go deep on a Canadian classic, Alanis Morissette’s incredible 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Not only is the album excellent, it’s credited with facilitating important change in the rock scene for the late-90s and beyond. Find out more about Alanis’ roots as a child star in Ottawa, why and how she changed her approach for Jagged Lit...
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