May 18, 2014
by Richard J. Anderson
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Crush On Radio Returns!

To all our dozen fans, Crush On Radio is back, and now it’s on Constellation.fm. They’ve graciously offered to add the show to their network, including taking over the funderful task of audio editing. So, I’m glad to announce that “Season 3” of Crush On Radio is now live!

As you may remember from our final episode of Season 2, the format for Crush On Radio has changed a bit. Instead of a three-person conversation, it’s now a one-on-one interview with really cool people about the albums that are important to them. You’ll probably hear from Andrew and Matt again in the future, but for now, it’s just me and my guest.

The first guest, by the way, is a doozy: Merlin Mann. He’s half of the amazing podcasts Back to Work, and Roderick on the Line. He wrote 43 Folders, the site that got me to switch to the Mac. He was also in a band, Bacon Ray, who once opened for the band we talk about on the inaugural episode: The Wrens.

Merlin is a huge fan, and he joined me to talk about The Meadowlands, the Wrens third album, released in 2003, seven years after their last one. He played it incessantly while building 43 Folders, and it has a lot of lessons about how hard it is to be a grown-up, make art, and get paid. It’s also a really awesome rock and roll album.

So, check it out and leave us a review on iTunes! If you’re already subscribed, the feed should switch over automatically.

January 19, 2014
by Richard J. Anderson
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S2E20: The Best of 2014

We’re back with our Best of 2014 show! Rich, Andrew, and Matt share their favorite songs of 2013, with all the attendant ratholes and sidetracks you’ve come to expect.

This is also our final episode of Season 2, and we’ll be taking a break to rejigger the program. Details in the show!

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December 1, 2013
by Richard J. Anderson
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S2E18: Half-Stars

Andrew’s Mom is celebrating her birthday, leaving Rich and Matt to go it alone this week. Cue discussion on the Christmas Music Switchover, Boardwalk Empire (some spoilers there), Todd Rundgren’s production methods, star rating systems in iTunes, and a few other ratholes. Oh, and some album picks.

Picks this week: XTC, and POLYSICS.

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November 17, 2013
by Richard J. Anderson
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S2E17: The Innuendo Episode

With Matt out due to Christmas Music-induced Insanity (it’s temporary), Rich and Andrew hold down the fort to talk Christmas music, TV show soundtracks, streaming music, and a couple of album picks.

Picks this week: Junip, and CHVRCHES

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November 3, 2013
by Richard J. Anderson
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S2E16: The Compliment It’s Intended to Be

Happy belated Halloween! Crush On Radio returns to a spooky discussion of spooky, scary, creepy music. Also discussed: Rich’s October Concertapalooza (he’s so very tired), the passing of Lou Reed, bands you’d think you’d like but don’t, how not liking a band’s new work doesn’t mean you can’t like the old work, Andrew’s new in-ear headphones, and probably a lot more.

Picks this week: Pere Ubu, The Flaming Lips, and Fad Gadget

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October 20, 2013
by Richard J. Anderson
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S2E15: Have You Not Ears?!

Andrew and Rich describe seeing The Long Winters in concert, performing their album When I Pretend to Fall, which is (not coincidentally) Andrew’s pick. Rich describes seeing Savages in concert, and Matt talks about stuff too. Also: post-punk bands, Eleanor Friedberger, a lot of french fries, transportation woes, science-fiction, and more in a densely packed episode.

Picks this week: The Long Winters, Savages, and Janelle Monáe

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October 6, 2013
by Richard J. Anderson
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S2E14: The Fuzzy Side of the Velcro Tape

A brief repeat discussion of misogyny in music fandom, followed by talk of headphones and the upcoming Long Winters concert in NYC lead off this jam-packed episode. Also discussed: music piracy, the origins of Krautrock, subscription services vis-à-vis iTunes Radio, and the usual set of digressions and ratholes as Crush On Radio returns.

Picks this week: Nine Inch Nails, Band of Horses, and Can.

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September 8, 2013
by Richard J. Anderson
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S2E13: Hornographic

This week, a long discussion on separating art and artists, vis-à-vis John Mayer and Kanye West. Also, discussion of our fall concert schedules, the upcoming Long Winters show in NYC, big concert lineups, Adult Album Alternative radio, what is and isn’t “country”, punk vocals, and not much else in this jam-packed episode.

This week’s picks: Franz Ferdinand, John Mayer, and X-Ray Spex.

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September 4, 2013
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Janelle Monáe – The Electric Lady full album stream

Singer Janelle Monáe performing in Atlanta, Ge...

Singer Janelle Monáe performing in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you probably gathered from Episode 8, the new Janelle Monáe album is one of my most anticipated albums of 2013.  And, spoiler alert, it’s probably gonna be on my top 5 list of the end of the year.  If not #1.

It officially hits the stores next Tuesday, but right now Stereogum has a full-album stream available for the listening to.

If there was any doubt, let me tell you.  It is AMAZINGLY GOOD.  Seriously.  If I were you, I’d stop what I was doing right now, set aside an hour and 7 minutes, and LISTEN TO THIS.

So, yeah.  I think I like it. Continue Reading →