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Album picks on a range of topics selected by the all knowing Wheel of Musical Destiny. Three friends and music nerds discuss classic albums across a variety of genres including rock, metal, country, hip-hop, rnb and pop. Nostalgia, nonsense and general nerdery ensue. New episodes every week. Join the conversation on Discord, albumnerds.com/discord.
 
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Everyone’s favorite homeless Santa, Rick Rubin has produced some of the most iconic records of the past few decades. On today’s show we discuss three Rubin produced albums that highlight his work across our favorite genres. The Mars Volta – Deloused in the Comatorium (Andy) Donovan – Sutras (Don) Slayer – Reign in Blood (Dude) What do you think of …
 
On paper, they should be amazing, but how does a band packed with greatness actually sound? We discuss three super groups that we think worked well and talk over the concept in general. Derek & The Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Andy) The Highwomen – The Highwomen (Don) Audioslave – Audioslave (Dude) What do you think of these recor…
 
Hello Cleveland! As much as we love our studio albums, its time we gave credit to some great live albums. Today’s selections all happen to come from the 1960s and in true Album Nerds fashion, cover a range of genres. James Brown – Live at the Apollo, 1962 (Andy) Simon & Garfunkel – Live from New York City, 1967 (Don) MC5 – Kick Out the Jams (Dude) …
 
Time to put a bow on 2022 with our top album picks of the year. Join us for honorable mentions, as well as our number 1s: Tears for Fears – The Tipping Point (Dude) Wormrot – Hiss (Andy) Robyn Hitchcock – Shufflemania (Don) What do you think of these records? What is your fav record of the year? Tell us on the Album Nerds Discord, albumnerds.com/di…
 
For the holidays this year, we’re doing an Album Nerds-style Secret Santa album exchange. Join us for those picks, plus plenty of special guest and listener messages. Geri Allen – A Child is Born (Andy) John Fahey – The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album (Don) Rob Halford and Friends – Celestial (Dude) What do you think of th…
 
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi, Oi, Oi! Australia has a rich musical history – from the traditional sounds of the didgeridoo all the way to modern acts like AC/DC. Join us as we discuss 3 records from prominent pop-rock artists from the land down under. INXS – Kick (Dude) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (Don) Hoodoo Gurus – Stoneage Romeos …
 
The year 1980 brought with it the Miracle on Ice, Ronald Regan and Pac-Man. Not to mention, a bunch of good albums across a variety of genres. On today’s show we talk about three of them: Bob Marley – Uprising (Andy) Talking Heads – Remain in Light (Don) AC/DC – Back in Black (Dude) What do you think of these records? What records from 1980 do you …
 
‘Once upon a time’ and ‘happily ever after’ are the fairly tale standards, but what about for music? Which albums have the best opening and closing cuts? On today’s show, we talk over 3 albums that start and finish with moments of greatness. Grateful Dead – American Beauty (Don) Nina Simone – Pastel Blues (Andy) Nirvana – Nevermind (Dude) Don’t for…
 
The British Invasion brought a wave of psychedelic rock and pop to the US in the mid-60s. With it came a plethora of classic albums that would come to define the movement. On today’s show we discuss 3 classic British Invasion albums: The Beatles – Revolver (Dude) The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (Don) The Yardbirds – Roger the Engineer (Andy) Don’t…
 
Top 40 can be hit or miss – usually a miss, in this humble podcasters opinion. This is especially true when you’re talking about the early 2000s. On today’s show we take on the daunting task of recommending albums with a top 40 single from that year. Here’s the records that are up for discussion: Outkast – Stankonia (Andy) Staind – Break the Cycle …
 
The Lollapalooza festival helped bring attention to the alternative music scene in the early 90s and laid the groundwork for many of the popular tours to come. On today’s show we discuss 3 albums from artists on that first Lollapalooza tour. Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual (Dude)Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes (Andy)Siouxsie and […]…
 
Southern rock is kind of a tricky genre to pin down. It had it’s hey-day in the 70s, but lives on today in various forms and fusions with other genres. On today’s show we discuss a foundational southern rock record, as well some modern day interpretations of the sound. Here’s the albums: Lynyrd Skynyrd – […]…
 
Most artists have their creative peak and that’s it. Some of the greats though, get a second wind and put out records that stand among their best. Today on the show we discuss 3 such records from a variety of genres. Horace Andy – Midnight Rocker (Andy)Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow (Don)Metallica – […]…
 
Well it’s time we gave some props to our great listeners and recommend some of their album picks. All these selections come from our Discord (which is free to join, by the way). Fortunately for us – our listeners have exquisite taste. Today on the show we get to talk about these 3 classic records. […]…
 
Traveling Wilburys were about as super of a group as you can get. Combining the talents of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lyne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty they represented a powerhouse of musical talent from the past few decades. On today’s show we discuss Wilbury-related albums – from the group itself and from its […]…
 
Along with the new millennium, the year 2000 brought with it a lot of questionable popular music – boy bands like N-sync and Backstreet Boys were at the top of the charts and alternative rock had morphed into an unholy abomination called nu-metal. Luckily, it wasn’t all bad. On today’s show we discuss 3 albums […]…
 
The year 1962 finds us in a transitional time in music. While ‘The Twist’ may have been all the rage in pop culture, there was an undercurrent of change seeping to many of the fringe genres. Today on the show we explore the wide variety of the sounds that helped define the early part of […]저자 Album Nerds
 
Well it’s about that time – time to take a moment to scratch our ANHoF itch. Some albums are just so good, we like to give them special praise by nominating them for the prestigious Album Nerds Hall of Fame. Today on the show we have 3 such nominees for consideration: The Jimi Hendrix Experience […]저자 Album Nerds
 
Love them or hate them, TV singing competitions are a big part of pop culture. Shows like American Idol, Star Search and the Eurovision Song Contest have garnered plenty of buzz and even produced a few stars. Today on the show we discuss 3 albums from artists who were featured on TV singing competitions. Beyoncé […]…
 
The 1960s saw country music become increasingly more popular, spreading from its roots in the Southern US to suburban homes across the country. On today’s show, we discuss 3 iconic (and very different) country albums from the decade. Loretta Lynn – Fist City (Andy)Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (Don)Johnny Cash […]…
 
Though the broadcast signals may be weak and the DJ budgets minuscule, college radio played a big part in the rise of the alternative music genre and in shaping many a 20 somethings musical taste. Today on the show we discuss 3 albums from the heyday of college radio. Sisters of Mercy – Floodland (Andy)New […]…
 
Every so often, we like to check-in and see what’s good in the world of new releases. On today’s show we tout a few honorable mentions as well as discuss our top albums of 2022, so far. Genres covered include industrial, indie rock and metal. Carpenter Brut – Leather Terror (Andy)Arcade Fire – We (Don)Bastardane […]…
 
The Great American Songbook is comprised of the most significant work of top early 20th-century American jazz, pop and show tunes artists. Folks like Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin are responsible for writing many of the standards that American culture was built on. Today on the show we honor their legacy and discuss 3 […]…
 
We’ve all had it happen – a member of your favorite band decides to go out on their own. But do they have what it takes to make compelling music on their own? Often times the answer is not so much, but on today’s show we discuss 3 albums from solo artists who did find […]저자 Album Nerds
 
The Motown record label has produced some of the most iconic American music from the last 50 years. Under the direction of producer Berry Gordy, artists like Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and Smokey Robinson brought RnB music to a mainstream pop audience. Today on the show we discuss 3 Motown records that have plenty of […]…
 
The 1960s saw a lot of change for the jazz genre. Big-name artists released influential records and the sound started to creep into other genres. Today on the show, we discuss records from the beginning, middle and end of the decade to see just how things progressed. John Coltrane – Giant Steps (Andy)Herbie Hancock – […]…
 
In the early 90s, the idea of a female only music festival didn’t seem plausible. Sarah McLachlan and friends helped to make it a reality with the Lilith Fair tour. Running for three years in the late 90s, plus a revival in 2010, the festival helped to bring women-led music to a larger audience. Today […]…
 
Yeeeaaaaaaaaaaaah! The 80s hair metal scene left its mark not only with glass shattering vocal performances, but also plenty of glam, partying and general craziness. Today on the show we explore 3 hair metal albums that helped define The Decade of Decadence. Saigon Kick – The Lizard (Andy)Whitesnake – Whitesnake (Don)Mötley Crüe – Shout at […]…
 
Everyone loves a good story. Combine that with some good music and you have the potential for magic. Today on the show we look at 3 albums that both sound great and tell a compelling story. Mike Watt – Contemplating the Engine Room (Andy)Roger Waters – Radio K.A.O.S. (Don)David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust (Dude) What […]…
 
Every once in a while, we like to take a moment to reflect on some truly classic albums that deserve some extra praise. For that we have the Album Nerds Hall of Fame (aka ANHoF). Our nominees are: Radiohead – OK Computer (Andy)Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (Don)Willie Nelson – Red Headed […]저자 Album Nerds
 
Good things rarely last, especially when it comes to the bands featured on this week’s episode. All of these groups burned brightly for a single album and then *poof* they were gone. Join us as we discuss some of our favorite one and done albums: Operation Ivy – Energy (Andy)The La’s – The La’s (Don)Temple […]…
 
As the 90s came to a close, the youth of America gathered in central New York to celebrate crappy music, overpriced water and poor sanitation. Woodstock ’99 served as a who’s-who of the shifting music scene at the time. Join us as we discuss 3 classic albums from artists who played the festival. Metallica – […]…
 
For a few years in the late 80s and year 90s, new jack swing dominated the charts and pop culture. This fusion of RnB, pop and hip-hop was not only commercially successful, but it also produced some of the most iconic records of the time. Today on the show, we discuss three of those albums. […]저자 Album Nerds
 
We all come from somewhere, even us nerds. On today’s show we dive into our folks record cabinets to explore where our tastes originated. Not surprisingly we came up with 3 quite different, though clearly influential albums from the late 60s. Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now (Andy)Elvis Presley – How Great Thou Art (Don)Ten Years […]…
 
Ah the saxophone, a surprisingly versatile, though often under utilized instrument in modern music. This week we discuss albums that embraced the woodwind to its full potential. Let’s get saxy… Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (Andy)Roxy Music – Roxy Music (Don)Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – Born to Run (Dude) Want to win […]…
 
What’s new Nerds? We’ve got a few new releases to share with you fine folks. Andy’s pick comes from indie rock veteran Elvis Costello and his band The Imposters. The record finds Costello channeling his early straight-ahead rock sound – and doing it well. Don’s selection is a folk rock record from Minneapolis-based duo The […]…
 
Andy’s new release recommendation comes from Canadian punk rock group Bad Waitress. Their debut blends punk and 90s alternative rock in an exciting and dare I say, artsy way. The Dude’s old dog selection features a very artsy album from punk rock influencer Patty Smith. The record deals with heady issues like rebellion and isolation […]…
 
Ho, ho, ho, yo! For this year’s Christmas Quickie, we’re highlighting two classic holiday records that were featured on TV specials. The Dude’s selection is a far-out collection of holiday standards and originals from folk artist John Denver. The album’s calm, soothing sound and focus on the majestic Rocky Mountains will transport you to a […]…
 
The Dude’s new release recommendation is the new Mastodon release Hushed and Grim. It’s an ambitious record that largely focuses on the death of band manager Nick John. Andy’s old dog selection comes from UK rock greats Pink Floyd and their follow up to Dark Side of the Moon. The record is a reaction to […]…
 
Andy’s new release recommendation is the debut record from singer, trumpeter and DJ Emma-Jean Thackray and her record Yellow. Her house infused take on a classic jazz sound is grand and propulsive. Dude’s Old Dog selection comes from the legendary Stevie Wonder and his classic 1973 record Innervisions. The record showcases Wonder’s mastery of numer…
 
Get out your eyeliner – this week we’re talking about two gothic rock records The band formally known as Idle Hands are back with the follow up to their acclaimed 2019 record Mana. This time around their sound is a little less metal and a little more goth rock, pulling heavily from the 80s. For […]저자 Album Nerds
 
This week we discuss two records the deal with what could have been. Marisa Anderson and William Tyler’s first collaborative record was created in the midst of riots, a pandemic and wildfires. They use this backdrop, along with their excellent guitar instrumentals and interesting use of electronics to paint a sonic picture of an alternate […]…
 
This week we explore two modern metal groups that use their art to tell the story of their ancestors. The Dude brings the new Alien Weaponry record to the table. On it, the band continues to explore their Māori roots – telling many mythical and historical stories of their people. Andy’s Old Dog pick is […]…
 
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