Hello my little chickadees, and welcome to Somebody Likes It. Each week, we gather to talk about an album that, while very important to a lot of people, none of us really know that well. This doesnt mean that said record is a cult classic, nay dear reader, as our intent is quite contrary to that line of thinking.


  • Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger

    Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger

    31/08/2020 Duración: 53min

    It can be difficult to recall on occasion that Willie Nelson is more than just the proverbial Kevin Bacon of country music: true, he's recorded with everyone, true, he's become revered beyond his wildest dreams among a large swath of the American music loving public, and true, he once managed to wrangle his way out of trouble with the IRS, in part, by cutting some Doritos commercials. It's been a weird ride. But there was a time when he found himself at the crossroads to a great enough extent that he laid down in the street in hopes that he might not get up again. This was more than the act of a man who wrote Patsy Cline's breakout hit "Crazy." It was, at the time, an act of desperation. And how delightful it must have felt, then, years later, when he worked his industry position into an album delivered the way that he wanted it, on his terms. He delivered something Nashville brass had no concept might work: a stripped down, road weary tale of a man looking for answers is a world that kept them just out of re

  • Singles of 2019 - Mixtape

    Singles of 2019 - Mixtape

    27/01/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    This sometimes happens when life intervenes, and if we're being honest there's a lot of that that's been happening lately. Shane's been touring, Mark's been on the road for work (I suppose that's touring too, of sorts), and Ryan and Kevin have been juggling schedules. We figured the perfect antidote to the layoff was a brand new mixtape show, and no better excuse than a re-examination of 2019's best.Some of the tracks here are to be expected (Billie Eilish is clearly having a moment), and Clairo's more recent work follows her video with 45 million downloads, but we also mixed in some of the Front Bottoms (which gave us occasion to riff on old band names), Soccer Mommy makes an appearance with chops, and who knew The Raconteurs were at it again. Brendon Benson, I suppose.All in all mixtape shows are a breezy way to get back into things, take the pulse, talk a little current events. And remember why, even if we're lagging, great tracks remain timeless.

  • Barrie - Happy To Be Here

    Barrie - Happy To Be Here

    01/10/2019 Duración: 47min

    It's a weird byproduct of doing this podcast that occasionally —and I realize that this idea is counterintuitive—finding a record square in the midst of all of our collective sweetspot may affect our banter when we lay down the show. It's rare when it happens, but it happens. We ran into an interesting set of circumstances with Barrie and their initial release Happy To Be Here, from the SXSW set Mark and I caught in a Mezcal bar (with a local weatherman) to the fact that through dumb luck they came through Austin literally the night before recording, and Mark and I cornered Barrie (the person this time, not the band) to ask her a few questions about their music and her songs. And of course she was delightful, and the record is often delightful, and the whole thing tends to play like a nostalgic trip to somewhere you already know that you fancy. Which may make for a little bit of a one note sounding commentary.  But don't listen for hand wringing (there really isn't much of that anyway), lend an ear for the tr

  • Labor Day Mix Tape Vol. 2

    Labor Day Mix Tape Vol. 2

    02/09/2019 Duración: 01h11min

    Mixtape shows are funny (beyond whatever shenanigans actually happen during the taping itself): you tend to think about the songs you're going to add to the show via the unique prism of that song's application to a given theme. For our Labor Day Mixtape Show, we decided (cleverly? You decide-) that we'd bring to bear songs specifically about Work, Birth (or Babies) and/or British Parliament (though that Labour has a U in it). Who knows if it works, but it sure does make the searching and ensuing chatter greater than dull. Pull up your favorite chair, grab the beverage of your choosing, and hold on. Also, We've created a playlist for this mixtape so that you can enjoy all of the songs in their entirety. You can check that out on Spotify or on Apple Music. ##In This Episode:## R.E.M. - Finest Worksong Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 The Beatles - Birthday Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Isn't She Lovely They Might Be Giants - Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go To Work) Eddie Rabbitt - Driving My Life Away Loverboy - Wor

  • miles davis - kind of blue

    miles davis - kind of blue

    28/08/2019 Duración: 01h04min

    At some point during the week before we laid down this episode, one of us circulated a Honda scooter ad starring Miles Davis from the 1980s. If you've ever seen it, it's more or less...terrifying, which is a helluva thing to accuse of a Honda scooter commercial from the 1980s. Miles could be well and truly ominous when he wanted to be, even when (sort of) pitching something. He was, after all, known in his later years for playing entire sets with his back to the paying audience. He wasn't here, specifically, for you. In 1959, sixty or so years (almost to the day) prior to this episode, Davis assembled a team of players in the stratosphere of their careers: John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley on sax, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and new band pianist Wynton Kelly, who sat in for a track. It was heady company, and by the time they hit the studio, Miles had considered the ideas and signatures behind Kind of Blue thoroughly. The result was a legendary "conversation" bet

  • spacehog - resident alien

    spacehog - resident alien

    27/08/2019 Duración: 50min

    I don't really know how to explain this other than the way that I'm about to, but the first time I heard In The Meantime, I had a pretty good idea that this track was pretty much the best that Spacehog had to offer. And I don't mean that it's because the song is a transcendent masterpiece, a triumph to eclipse all of their others. It sounded, for lack of a better term, like a band poured everything into making one radio ready song, and then realized that they needed to cut nine more before the record came out. There is a lot (I mean a LOT) of teeth gnashing in this episode - we worry about Liv Tyler (who up and married one of these guys), and we somehow find time to mention that there were other albums, which is frankly somewhat astonishing. But they had their fifteen minutes. Which is about a quarter of the time they get here. Find it on Amazon A Few Minutes With [The Kingsmen - *Louie, Louie*]( A Current Affair [Charly Bliss - *Chatroom*](

  • the libertines - up the bracket

    the libertines - up the bracket

    07/08/2019 Duración: 58min

    So to be completely fair (and you'll notice this straightaway), there's an elephant in the room in this episode. We ran into a weird situation - Mark actually left his usual recording array at home accidentally, and we decided to soldier on rather than go home and get it. The result is a sort of weird "conference call" quality to the broadcast (a fact that we lampoon for probably too long here), but we're in lemonade out of lemons territory, and we were eager to have some fun talking about the band at hand, in this case, The Libertines, whose very sound seems to celebrate a certain level of sonic disaster on the regular. We're joined by our music writer friend Chad who steps in for Shane this go round, and Ryan makes him re-canvass his story the launch of the White Stripes UK hype machine, and how that started with a music missive from The D. There's lots of talk about what pub bands sound like and how many teeth Shane McGowan has these days, but mostly we shake up the snow globe that is The Liberti

  • Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

    Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

    05/08/2019 Duración: 01h02min

    It's hard to escape your own predispositions, and come to think of it, that's probably why we call them that. We each bring the tapestry of our unique experience into the ear we lend to a record, and it's as important as the record is itself in determining our ability to fall for it. Music can be a complicated bundle, but falling in love with an act is always collaborative. The listener, by the very act of listening, participates. And so we find ourselves at the doorstep of Whitney's debut release Light Upon The Lake, and Shane Is Not Having It. He struggles to abide the vocal register of Julien Ehrlich (which, admittedly to some, can scan a little Muppetastic), but half of us see the late afternoon sun shining through the Laurel Canyon tinged hills and the Wes Anderson backstory and bask. Ryan makes the point that in an age of digital singles this record is, most assuredly, an Album. They've got a new one in the can and the dates have been lined up and it's supposed to drop in August. But if you want to see

  • Ozzy - Diary of a Madman

    Ozzy - Diary of a Madman

    27/07/2019 Duración: 57min

    Long before he found himself wandering around emitting, out loud, sounds associated with brain cell loss, Ozzy Osbourne leapt into a solo career that, one might competitively say, is more responsible for his legacy than his work in Black Sabbath. Oh sure, some things remain constant - he still doesn't linger in the recording studio - and he’s surrounded here by musicians that would prove iconic — including some, like Randy Rhoads, whose legacy cemented through prowess and tragedy alike. There are ugly legal battles that linger, but in the moment Diary of a Madman captures the touchstone of an artist’s trajectory. Just the kind of thing metalheads never forget. Find it on Amazon A Few Minutes With [Squeeze - *Cool For Cats*]( A Current Affair [Vampire Weekend - *This Life*](

  • Jenny Lewis - On The Line

    Jenny Lewis - On The Line

    24/07/2019 Duración: 49min

    By now the Jenny Lewis story has been told far and wide: child actress becomes indie darling, and is anyone really surprised when she assembles an allstar team to pull together her latest record (helmed by Beck)? Probably not. But behind the polished veneer of her most recent release, a few of us wonder if she's been comfortable too long. Too many high fives and back slaps (is that still a thing?) and afternoons by the pool, with a rolodex (is that still a thing?) of anyone she can imagine as collaborator. When that formula lands, the results can be mesmerizing. And when it doesn't, you may just end up with something...pleasant. And maybe this album is both. We agree on this: there's only one way to find out. Buy Jenny Lewis On The Line A Few Minutes With [Tony!Toni!Toné! - If I Had No Loot]( A Current Affair [Empath - Roses That Cry](

  • Adam Ant - Friend or Foe

    Adam Ant - Friend or Foe

    23/07/2019 Duración: 47min

    Adam and the Ants, perhaps the birthplace of the of the Sexy Revolutionary War Guy costume, is our focus as we welcome back our full complement of goofballs back into the fray. There's lots to discuss - Malcolm McLaren, dream journals, Jerry Reed comes up for some reason, and a girl who is reviewing all of the LPs in her husband's "Stupid Record Collection." All in all, it's not hard to see why this act became a thing in the nascent days of MTV, and why, after all these years, it still sounds fun. And you can wager that revolutionaries dressed like Adam Ant might not have won most wars, but  then again, you probably need to ask yourself, who wants to fight with all this dancing going on? Pick up Adam Ant's Friend or Foe A Few Minutes With [Richie Havens - Follow]( A Current Affair [Sasimi - Not The Time](

  • the roots - things fall apart

    the roots - things fall apart

    16/05/2019 Duración: 54min

    Pinning down the Roots' legacy isn't quite as simple as acknowledging their current role slow jamming the news on The Tonight Show: in fact, before they were invited into our daily national households, The Roots had to first shake folks up. Things Fall Apart became the ascendant touchstone for a band that always had chops but never felt dangerous - from the fiery Jim Crow imagery stamped on the cover to the grab you by the throat lyrical turns held within, Questlove, Black Thought and company laid down somewhere in the neighborhood of 145 tracks to whittle down to a final take-no-prisoners fourteen songs, and once the interludes and transitions were sifted in, the record felt like a full on protest - of history, of their careers. How does it hold up twenty years down the road? Lend an ear and let's see.

  • boygenius - boygenius

    boygenius - boygenius

    08/03/2019 Duración: 58min

    Generally speaking, most super groups aren’t that Super. They tend to trend toward a collective of famous parts that almost never eclipse the sum of the whole. As a result, most of these efforts come off looking like what they are, vanity projects that draft off of the disparate fog of fame. Not so with boygenius, the clever by way of earnest moniker that is Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker as one. Recorded in four days, this EP showcases artists who may mine familiar territory (loss, longing, challenges in confidence) but carve out unique and complimentary roles to weave their arresting and forlorn tales. The chief complaint about this release was that it was too short. Let's see if that's true - boygenius - boygenius A Few Minutes With [Slaughter - *Up All Night*][2] A Current Affair [The Beths - *Future Me Hates Me*][3]

  • Superorganism - Superorganism

    Superorganism - Superorganism

    02/03/2019 Duración: 49min

    After a time there is a conventional wisdom that Bands become Brands, and all too often (we'd wager most of the time), if you think critically about what a band is called, it's typically a total disconnect against the name (no one really expects, for example, Arcade Fire to canvass precisely that). Which brings us to Superorganism, an originally far flung collection of musicians who bonded in person but also, primarily, over email and Skype and who now largely share the same residence in London, except for that one who lives in Australia. Of course. That moniker syncs, but what does it mean? Their pop pastiche caught the indie world's attention and held it—and that clever grab bag approach makes intriguing bedfellows of a litany of effects and musical genres. It's a little slacky but often undeniably fun, seasoned with a variety that begs surprises. Like opening a present. Let's unwrap. Superorganism - Superorganism Video for Something For Your M.I.N.D. Video for Everybody Wants To Be Famous Video for Reflect

  • Flasher - Constant Image

    Flasher - Constant Image

    18/02/2019 Duración: 46min

    All three members of Flasher grew up in the Washington, DC area, a metro recently referenced in one review as both 'beautiful' and a 'clattering hellscape' pretty much in the same paragraph. It's safe to say that it's a complicated place to come of age, and as of recently, they still hadn't actually quit their day jobs, all three of them continuing to wait tables in addition to being label mates with the likes of Arctic Monkeys. There's a chance Constant Image, their fist full length, could change all of that. And it should be said that the thrill of records like this, occasionally, is that even the band isn't totally sure of what they're supposed to be: that they'll stick the landing is far from assured. Still, that's the thing about the intersection of youth and ambition - occasionally, the chances you take are incendiary. Flasher - Constant Image Video for Material A Few Minutes With [sElf - So Low][3] A Current Affair [Rhett Miller - Total Disaster][4]

  • The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

    11/02/2019 Duración: 54min

    In this episode, we discuss one of several eponymous albums by the Velvet Underground. This is the one with them sitting on a dingy couch. There's some solid tunes on here and then, there's not. Definitely a departure from 1968's White Light/White Heat with John Cale being replaced by Doug Yule and several songs that could use further editing. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground A Few Minutes With [R.E.M. - Pale Blue Eyes][2] A Current Affair [Zettajoule - No Thank You][3]

  • The Soundtrack Singles Mixtape

    The Soundtrack Singles Mixtape

    10/02/2019 Duración: 01h15min

    After a 2 month hiatus from the show, we decided to kick things back into gear with another mixtape. This go around, Kevin suggested we select songs that we love from motion picture or theatre soundtracks. It's always fun to share songs that we're familiar with and hold a special place in our catalog. ##In This Episode:## Survivor - Eye of the Tiger from Rocky 3 Echo and the Bunnymen - Bring On The Dancing Horses from Pretty In Pink Modern English - I Melt With You from Valley Girl Happy Mondays - Loose Fit from 24 Hour Party People Joe Esposito - You're The Best Around from Karate Kid The Replacements - Within Your Reach from Say Anything Elliott Smith - Needle In The Hay from The Royal Tennenbaums Sing Street - Brown Shoes from Sing Street Suzanne Vega - Caramel from The Truth About Cats And Dogs Pulp - Mile End from Trainspotting Ocean Colour Scene - Hundred Mile High City from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels Teenage Fan Club & De La Soul - Fallin from Judgement Night Sammy Hagar - Winner Takes A

  • Hank Williams III -Straight to Hell

    Hank Williams III -Straight to Hell

    10/02/2019 Duración: 51min

    Being the grandson of the progenitor of 20th Century Country doesn't give you a free pass to the music hall of fame–unless we're talking about the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville, it probably gets you a couple of free tickets there–but one thing it apparently give you is an incredible genetic tendency toward extreme musical talent. We were a little divided on how well we think that talent comes across on Straight To Hell, but with a tip of the hat to his Grandfather's legacy, "Three" packages up a little something for all of us. Hank Williams III - Straight To Hell A Few Minutes With [Earth Wind & Fire - September][2] A Current Affair [Flight of the Conchords - Father and Son][3]

  • Ariana Grande - Sweetener

    Ariana Grande - Sweetener

    07/02/2019 Duración: 54min

    It's difficult to really compare Ariana Grande to other female pop and R&B starlets of recent history; part Mariah, part Brittney, part Christina, part Pete Davidson, but none of these at the same time. It's safe to say the past couple of years haven't been necessarily smooth sailing for the 25 year old. Still, she sings. And walks and breathes like a living actual ingenue. She's typically framed in soft light until the chorus, and then, presumably, there's shopping. Ariana Grande - Sweetener A Few Minutes With [Veruca Salt - Seether][2] A Current Affair [The Sneaks - Future][3]

  • Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix

    Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix

    12/09/2018 Duración: 52min

    We had limited purview. Bandwagonesque was the record we knew, framed by the apparently unforgivable historical fact that any band with any album might edge Nirvana's Nevermind for an Album of the Year designation. That happened. Some still haven't gotten past it. Voting on things brings controversy. But this isn't that album. It's not even that argument. Here we canvass Grand Prix, widely regarded as perhaps the pinnacle of Teenage Fanclub's jangly alt-pop catalogue: not so breakneck as the racer on the cover might suggest, not as European either, come to think of it. But it does sound like a band accelerating in pursuit of the act they're meant to be. Breathtaking, dynamic, harmonious. Buckle up. Teenage Fanclub - Grand Prix A Few Minutes With [Bronze Whale - Shrubbery][2] A Current Affair [Interpol - If You Really Love Nothing][3]

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