It's All Dead - Music Podcast


It's All Dead is a free-flowing music conversation featuring a variety of guests, bands, artists and music aficionados discussing the music they love and why they love it.


  • Making Sense of Childish Gambinos 3.15.20

    Making Sense of Childish Gambino's "3.15.20"

    20/04/2020 Duración: 48min

    Last month, a surprise new album from Childish Gambino hit the web with little promotion and few details. A month later, we're still trying to figure out 3.15.20. On this episode of the podcast, Kiel Hauck is joined by Richard Clark to discuss the twists and turns of the new album and debate 3.15.20's place in Childish Gambino's discography. They also take a look back at the artistic growth of Donald Glover, one of the most fascinating pop culture figures and artists of our time. Take a listen!

  • Dua Lipas Rise to Pop Stardom with Evan Sawdey

    Dua Lipa's Rise to Pop Stardom with Evan Sawdey

    06/04/2020 Duración: 53min

    A new album from Dua Lipa is here - and it is good. Future Nostalgia sees the U.K. singer rising to pop stardom amidst an array of disco hits. Kiel Hauck welcomes Evan Sawdey of PopMatters onto the podcast to discuss Future Nostalgia and how Dua Lipa's new music arrives at the perfect time. The two break down the album's highlights, discuss what could be the strangest summer for music in history, and share their way too early album of the year candidates. Listen in!

  • Music Therapy During the Covid-19 Lock-In

    Music Therapy During the Covid-19 Lock-In

    20/03/2020 Duración: 34min

    It's been a strange few weeks, to say the least. As the country takes measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus, we take some time on our podcast to discuss how we're handling a new reality. Kiel Hauck, Kyle Schultz and Nadia Paiva discuss how music is providing comfort during this time, debate the best band discographies to binge, and share some of the new music released in 2020 that has left its mark. Take a listen.

  • Interview with Telle Smith of The Word Alive

    Interview with Telle Smith of The Word Alive

    02/03/2020 Duración: 35min

    It's been over 10 years since Phoenix metalcore act The Word Alive dropped their debut album, Deceiver. Since that time, the band has evolved into something completely new, as best captured on their latest release, Monomania. Lead vocalist Tyler "Telle" Smith joins Kiel Hauck to discuss the band's sixth album and how The Word Alive has continued to push themselves to create something that not only impacts their fans but stands the test of time. Smith also discusses how data now informs touring schedules and setlists and what it feels like to share new songs on stage. Listen in!

  • Interview with Shane Told of Silverstein

    Interview with Shane Told of Silverstein

    19/02/2020 Duración: 34min

    Believe it or not, Canadian post-hardcore act Silverstein are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Lead vocalist Shane Told joined the It's All Dead Podcast to discuss the band's longevity and growing legacy. He also shares details about Silverstein's upcoming album A Beautiful Place to Drown, the band's 20th anniversary tour with Four Year Strong, and his highly successful Lead Singer Syndrome podcast. Listen in!

  • The Rebirth of Hayley Williams

    The Rebirth of Hayley Williams

    05/02/2020 Duración: 35min

    This week, a new EP from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams titled Petals for Armor is expected to drop. After having time to sit with the first two official solo tracks of her career, Kiel Hauck and Nadia Paiva hop on the podcast to break down their thoughts on "Simmer" and "Leave it Alone". They also discuss their expectations for the new release, what sonic direction they anticipate Williams taking, and how her growth as an artist over the past 15 years have led us to this moment. Listen in!

  • The Best Albums of the 2010s

    The Best Albums of the 2010s

    02/12/2019 Duración: 51min

    With the 2010s about to come to a close, we recently took on the task of ranking what we believe to be the Best 30 Albums of Decade. But of course, the written word can only convey so much about how we feel about these albums, so Kiel, Nadia and Kyle hopped on a podcast to break down their choices and discuss the sounds that defined the decade. The trio discuss their parameters for making the list and share the albums that just missed the cut. They also debate between albums from The Wonder Years, Paramore and Kendrick Lamar that could have made the list instead of the actual choices and give a nod to a few bands that made a splash in the 2010s but didn't land in the top 30. Take a listen!

  • Cove Reber Reflects on Saosins In Search of Solid Ground

    Cove Reber Reflects on Saosin's "In Search of Solid Ground"

    16/10/2019 Duración: 39min

    Ten years have passed since post-hardcore act Saosin released In Search of Solid Ground, the final album to feature lead vocalist Cove Reber (now in Dead American). On the latest episode of It's All Dead, Reber joins Kiel Hauck to reflect on the events leading up to and during the recording of the album and discuss why its legacy has changed so dramatically over the past decade. Reber shares stories from the studio and explains how tensions within the band, and with their record label, impacted his experience in creating the record. Listen in!

  • Making Sense of Blink-182s Nine

    Making Sense of Blink-182's "Nine"

    09/10/2019 Duración: 43min

    It's been three weeks since the release of Blink-182's new album Nine, so Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz hop on the podcast to break down the release. The two discuss their opinions on the new album, break down their favorite tracks, and attempt to rank it within the rest of Blink-182's discography. They also share their opinions about the band's music since their 2009 reunion and discuss the band's legacy after two solid outings in Nine and California. Listen in!

  • Summer 2019 and the Death of Genre

    Summer 2019 and the Death of Genre

    18/09/2019 Duración: 52min

    This year's song of the summer is undeniable, but what does it tell us about the future of music? Evan Sawdey of PopMatters joins Kiel Hauck to break down the success of "Old Town Road", the rise of Billie Eilish, and the odd absence of some of pop music's biggest stars on the charts this summer. They also discuss Taylor Swift's new album, Lover, break down their "deserted island discographies," and share their most anticipated albums set to release in the back half of 2019. Listen in!

  • Perusing Our Spotify Made For You Playlists

    Perusing Our Spotify "Made For You" Playlists

    09/09/2019 Duración: 37min

    As summer winds down, Kiel Hauck and Nadia Paiva pull open the Spotify app to walk through their playlists. A few years ago, the streaming service began utilizing machine learning to curate a variety of endless playlists based on your listening habits. Kiel and Nadia discuss how this technology has changed the way they listen to music and helped them discover new artists before debating whether these advances are inherently good in terms of our overall experience with art. Take a listen!

  • Talking Emo Music with Taylor Markarian

    Talking Emo Music with Taylor Markarian

    28/08/2019 Duración: 33min

    On the latest It’s All Dead podcast episode, Kiel Hauck is joined by Taylor Markarian, author of From the Basement: A History of Emo Music and How it Changed Society. Taylor has written for publications like Alternative Press, Kerrang, and Revolver and also served as an intern at Epitaph Records. Her new book explores the cultural, social, and psychological factors surrounding emo and indie music. On the podcast, Taylor shares about her years growing up in the New Jersey punk and emo scene and the importance of music in mental health. Take a listen!

  • The Best of Eisley

    The Best of Eisley

    29/07/2019 Duración: 48min

    Over the past decade and a half, Tyler, Texas, band Eisley have made a habit of releasing delightful, poignant, purposeful indie pop. On this episode of It's All Dead, Kiel Hauck and Nadia Paiva break down the band's discography, ranking all five full-length albums and sharing their top 10 songs. They also discuss the band's wild ride from their early major label breakthrough to their return to their indie roots. Listen in!

  • Interview with John Floreani of Trophy Eyes

    Interview with John Floreani of Trophy Eyes

    08/07/2019 Duración: 25min

    Summer is in full swing, and with it comes an avalanche of summer music festivals. In its inaugural run, the Rockstar Disrupt Festival hosts a stacked lineup, including Newcastle, Australia, rock act Trophy Eyes. Vocalist John Floreani took some time out after one of the band's recent sets to chat with Kiel Hauck about his new solo album Sin, the sonic evolution of Trophy Eyes, and how festival life compares to a typical tour. Listen in!

  • The Best of Emery

    The Best of Emery

    17/06/2019 Duración: 49min

    Last month, Emery released a new 4-song EP as part of Emeryland, an interactive online community that promises exclusive new music leading up to the band’s eighth full-length album. Nadia Paiva joined Kiel Hauck on the pod to break down the band’s discography and discuss how their unique evolution has helped sustain their career and make them one of the most interesting bands to come from the modern post-hardcore genre. Listen in!

  • Carly Rae Jepsen Bracketology

    Carly Rae Jepsen Bracketology

    29/05/2019 Duración: 58min

    Recently, Buzzfeed asked Carly Rae Jepsen to fill out a bracket to choose the best Carly Rae Jepsen song. We thought this was funny, cool and interesting, so Kiel invited Carly Rae superfan Richard Clark to join the podcast and break down every matchup on the bracket. While dissecting some of Carly Rae's best tracks, the two discuss what has made her such a compelling pop artist, how her music has rapidly evolved since her breakout single "Call Me, Maybe", and how her recent album, Dedicated, holds up against some of her best work. Which song took home the crown? Listen in and find out!

  • Decade Rewind: Who Won the 2009 Hip Hop Title Belt?

    Decade Rewind: Who Won the 2009 Hip Hop Title Belt?

    13/05/2019 Duración: 58min

    Crossover episode! In our latest podcast, we share another podcast (meta, right?) Kiel Hauck and Brock Benefiel recently launched a new show called Decade Rewind, and in the latest episode, the two discuss which rapper took home the hip hop title belt in 2009. We look back on the year that gave us Drake, Kid Cudi and Gucci Mane's breakout albums, a flurry of mixtapes, comeback attempts by Jay-Z and Eminem, and much, much more! We determine our favorite tracks, the biggest moment of year, and, yes, we decide who won the belt! Follow the podcast on Twitter @DecadeRewind and email us at

  • Diving into Taylor Swifts New Track Me

    Diving into Taylor Swift's New Track "Me"

    02/05/2019 Duración: 37min

    There is new music from Taylor Swift and it is in the form of a song called "Me". Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz dive in to unpack the new single and talk about the career trajectories of Swift and Brendon Urie. They also break down the gorgeous music video for the track and speculate wildly on what Swift's upcoming album might bring. Listen in!

  • The Best of Copeland

    The Best of Copeland

    25/02/2019 Duración: 51min

    Recently, heralded indie rock act Copeland released their sixth full-length album, Blushing. On our latest podcast episode, Kiel Hauck is joined by Kyle Schultz and Nadia Paiva to discuss the band's fantastic new record and the 16-year journey that brought them here. The trio also rank each Copeland album, break down their favorite songs from the band's discography, and discuss the legacy of a band that has clearly carved out its own place in indie music history. Listen in!

  • Who Won the 2018 Hip Hop Title Belt?

    Who Won the 2018 Hip Hop Title Belt?

    22/01/2019 Duración: 56min

    With another year in the books, Brock Benefiel drops by the It's All Dead podcast studio to chat with Kiel Hauck about which rapper took the Hip Hop Title Belt in 2018. The two discuss some of hip hop's hottest storylines of the year, break down 2018's best hip hop tracks, and look ahead to what might come in 2019. So who won the belt? The conversation includes candidates such as Cardi B, Drake, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Pusha T, and many more. Listen in!

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