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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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From the The Carter Family to the Jackson 5 and the Jonas Brothers – families have found success in the music industry for decades. On today’s show we highlight some of our favorite family-made albums. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (Andy) The Isley Brothers – Go For Your Guns (Don) Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory (Dude) What do you think…
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Turns out 2012 wasn’t the end of the world, but it may have seemed like it at the time. With hurricanes, mass shootings and the music of Drake and Luke Bryan dominating the pop charts, I think we all felt the end was nigh ;). Join us as we discuss our favorite best selling albums from that year. The Black Keys – El Camino (Andy) Rihanna – Talk That…
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During the late 80s and early 90s, Yo! MTV Raps helped to bring the quickly evolving genre of hip-hop into the living room. On today’s show we talk over the TV program and a handful of records from artists featured on the initial run of episodes. Ultramagnetic MC’s – Critical Beatdown (Andy) Eric B. & Rakim – Follow the Leader (Don) Gang Starr – St…
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Plugin the synths and polish up that disco ball, we’re going electronic on today’s show. (Well, as electronic as we three rock fans can get). Join us as we explore albums that blend electronic components with familiar sounds. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (Andy) Editors – In this Light and on This Evening (Don) MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (Dude…
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Ireland’s rich cultural heritage has produced lots of great art, with music being no exception. On today’s show we highlight a handful of Irish artists that we’ve come to love. Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Nealo – November Medicine (Andy) Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (Don) Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (Dude) What do you think of these records? What Irish a…
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Great popular music is often a result of creative partnerships. From Gilbert and Sullivan to Lennon and McCartney, men have joined forces and inspired each other to amazing heights. Join us as we discuss records from some of our favorite bromances. Jan & Dean – Little Old Lady From Pasadena (Andy) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture & …
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As unique as each relationship is, all relationships go through stages. From infatuation to heartbreak and everything in between, music does a great job of expressing the emotions of love. On today’s show we discuss three albums that closely deal with the different phases of a relationship. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear (Andy) Meat Loaf…
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Sometimes the spark of making music together can kindle a romance. Bands like Fleetwood Mac, Abba, and Wings all had their romantic pairings – and oftentimes splits. Join us as we discuss some of our favorite records forged in the fires of romance. Tom Waits – Alice (Andy) Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (Don) The White Stripes – White Blo…
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What makes music sound sensual? A deep groove? Hazy production? Romantic lyrics? Of course its going to vary by listener, but on today’s show we try to find some common ground. Join us as we discuss three albums we think have sex appeal. Air – Moon Safari (Andy) Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex (Don) Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get it On (Dude) …
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Besides the fabulously be-dazzled Solid Gold Dancers, the TV show of the same name featured a wide variety of popular artists of the early to mid 1980s. Even though the performances were lip-synced, the program exposed audiences to all sorts of new music. On today’s show we discuss three albums from artists that appeared on the show, plus other 198…
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Over the last few decades, the VMA’s have been a plentiful source of meme-worthy moments from the day’s most popular musicians. On today’s show we discuss records from three Video of the Year winners and talk over some of our favorite music videos. Taylor Swift – Midnights (Andy)R.E.M. – Out of Time (Don)The Cars – […]…
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Country music is particularly great at telling a story. Whether it’s gunslingers in the old west, or troubled relationships in a modern day setting, country music is great at shining a light on the lives of everyday people doing everyday things. On today’s show we discuss 3 albums that have plenty of good stories to […]…
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Cover albums are essentially love letters from a band to their influences. Some pull from a variety of artists, others focus on one. Some even go as far as doing a track-by-track rendition of the entire record. On today’s show we explore one of each type of cover album. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light […]…
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As 2023 comes to a close, we look back and highlight the new releases that stood-out. Join us as we discuss honorable mentions and pick our fav albums of the year. Happy New Year! PJ Harvey – I Inside the Old Year Dying (Andy)Peter Gabriel – I/O (Don)Charles Wesley Godwin – Family Ties (Dude) What […]…
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Join us for our annual holiday extravaganza as we review some of the best selling Christmas albums of all time. Plus we get plenty of holiday album picks from friends and listeners. Cozy up by the fire and enjoy a warm cup of your favorite nerds. Happy Holidays! Susan Boyle – The Gift (Andy)Kenny G […]…
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Besides being known for rain and coffee, Seattle has a rich musical history. From as far back as Jimi Hendrix, through the grunge movement of the 90s, to the Sub Pop label that’s still relevant today – something about the city seems to inspire good music. On today’s show we discuss some of our favorite […]…
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We often end up focusing on albums from early in the careers of our favorite artists, when they’re at the supposed peak of their creative powers. On today’s show we take a listen to the latest releases from some of our favorite legendary artists. Nas – Magic 3 (Andy)Sting – The Bridge (Don)Metallica – 72 […]…
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The 2010s saw country music continue to thrive as it increasingly merged with other popular genres. On today’s show, we talk over 3 records from Billboard’s staff list of the top country albums of the decade. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (Andy)Keith Urban – Ripcord (Don)Luke Combs – This One’s for You (Dude) What do […]…
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Sometimes songs are as important to a film as the images. Iconic scenes are often paired with a classic song. On today’s show we talk about albums that feature a song that’s forever etched into our memories by a movie. Stealers Wheel – Stealers Wheel (Andy)The Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me (Don)Queen – A […]…
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This just in – it’s new release time! Every few months we like to take a moment to see what’s shaking in the world of new releases. We picked out a choice few to share with you: Corinne Bailey Rae – Black Rainbows (Andy)Wilco – Cousin (Don)Zach Bryan – Zach Bryan (Dude) What do you […]Album Nerds
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One of the most iconic aspects of the metal genre are the epic guitar riffs and solos. Known for being loud, fast and intricate, metal guitarists are amazing to behold – somehow pulling off complex passages while headbanging in a cloud of hair. Join us as we discuss three records that feature guitar shredding capable […]…
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The top of the Billboard charts in the mid-80s is packed with a surprisingly diverse collection of stars like Whitney Houston, ZZ Top and Phil Collins. If you love squeaky clean production (and who doesn’t), get on your legwarmers and settle-in as we revisit some of the top albums from 1986. Dire Straits – Brothers […]…
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Protest songs are a pivotal part of social and political change. Issues ranging from human rights to war and prohibition have benefited from music written about their causes. On today’s show we dive into 3 albums that focus on creating change. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine (Andy)Phil Ochs – I Ain’t […]…
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Prince’s classic album Purple Rain is often lauded not only as a high point in his career, but also in popular music. The album acts as a soundtrack of sorts for the film of the same name, but ultimately its an intimate record about Prince himself. Join us as we dive deep into Purple Rain. […]Album Nerds
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Funk largely grew out of 60s rock and RnB, but its influence can be heard in many of the surrounding genres. On today’s show we explore funk-infused records. Here’s our album picks: Jaco Pastorius – Jaco Pastorius (Andy)Chic – Risqué (Don)Living Colour – Vivid (Dude) What do you think of these records? What’s your favorite […]…
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This one goes out to all the late night FM radio dial explorers. The Quiet Storm radio format originated back in the 1970s and gave rise to a new RnB sub-genre. On today’s show we discuss albums from the genres creation through modern day. Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm (Andy)Roberta Flack – Killing Me […]…
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Few of the sub-genres we cover on the show are as nerdy as prog rock. From the intricate, long compositions to the sci-fi infused lyrics – 70s prog rock pushed the boundaries of rock music and helped bring nerds into the limelight. On today’s show we discuss 3 iconic prog rock albums from the era. […]…
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1990 was a transitional year in music. The synth heavy sound of the 80s was transforming, hip-hop and new jack swing were becoming part of mainstream culture and a new ‘dirty’ type of rock was taking shape out west. Join us as we recount some memories of the era and discuss some of our favorite […]Album Nerds
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One of the few things George Gershwin and DJ Jazzy Jeff have in common is writing songs called “Summertime.” They sound a little different, but they both work well with the season. On today’s show we talk about albums we associate with summa summa summertime. Weezer – Blue Album (Andy)Roxy Music – Avalon (Don)John Mellencamp […]…
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The cover of Rolling Stone magazine has been the face of music and pop culture in the US for over 50 years. On today’s show we discuss albums from artists who’ve been featured. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (Andy)Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On […]Album Nerds
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The late 80s and early 90s can arguably be called the golden age of hip-hop. The genres popularity was rising, but hadn’t been overly commercialized yet. On today’s show we talk about 3 classic albums from the era. Nas – Illmatic (Andy)Organized Konfusion – Stress: The Extinction Agenda (Don)Guru – Jazzmatazz Volume 1 (Dude) What […]…
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Well, its a little more than halfway through 2023, so its about time to check-in on and what’s good in the world of new releases. Join us as we discuss 3 new albums from some new and established artists. Home Is Where – The Whaler (Andy)Boygenius – The Record (Don)Foo Fighters – But Here We […]Album Nerds
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Being a one-hit wonder can mean a lot of things. Some went on to have long, successful careers, others were only together briefly. One things for sure though, they had a hit that left a lasting impact on our culture. On today’s show we discuss 3 albums known for their big single. Gnarles Barkley – […]…
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For a country that is perpetually frozen and overrun by moose (?), Canada has made a significant contribution to popular music. So many great artists (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion) and bands (The Band, Rush, Tragically Hip) are from our neighbors to the north. On today’s show we discuss three albums from some of […]…
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Marvin Gaye’s landmark album What’s Going On has left a lasting impact on not just RnB, but our entire culture. Few records so beautifully pair a message of social concern with an inspired, genre bending sound. On today’s show we revisit the classic 1971 album and discuss how our experience with the record has changed […]…
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Country music, perhaps better than any other genre, does a great job of looking back to the past. On today’s show we explore albums from recent country albums and discuss the things that make us a little bit country. Billy Strings – Me / And / Dad (2022)Ashley McBryde – Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville (2022)Lainey […]…
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Bang your head! No show better captured the excitement of the 80s and 90s metal scene than MTV’s Headbangers Ball. Join us as we discuss albums from artists featured on the show and recount our headbanging glories. Faith No More – The Real Thing (1989)King’s X – Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989)Megadeth – Rust in […]…
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Cue the screaming teenage girls – it’s our boy bands episode. Join us as we explore the sounds of boy bands new and old. SHINee – 1 of 1 – The 5th AlbumJonas Brothers – The AlbumThe Monkees – The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees What do you think of these records? What your […]Album Nerds
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There’s nothing better than a rainy afternoon and a good record to get all up in your feelings. What makes a great rainy day record though? On today’s episode we discuss a batch of records that get us drenched. The National – Boxer (2007)Philip Glass – Glassworks (1982)Ours – Precious (2002) What do you think […]…
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Hey, guess what – its our 200th episode! To celebrate the landmark achievement, we’ve decided to take a look at a landmark list – Rolling Stones top 200 albums. As a fun little twist, we only picked records from artists we’ve never featured on the show. Here’s our selections: Otis Redding – Otis Blue (1965)T. […]…
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Ahoy there album lovers. On this episode, the SS Album Nerd is headed for all things yacht rock as we try to answer the eternal question – is it yacht or (k)not? Grab some boat shoes and tie your sweater around your waist, here’s the yacht rock albums on deck. Chaka Khan – I Feel […]Album Nerds
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Time to rectify some past wrongs. When we last spoke about De La Soul’s landmark 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising, we failed to nominate it for the prestigious Album Nerds Hall of Fame. On today’s show we revisit our thoughts on the record and (spoiler) solidify its place in history. What do you […]…
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Some singers have voices so incredible, they border on angelic. On today’s show we discuss albums by vocalists who bridge the gap divide between heaven and earth. Michael Jackson – Off the Wall (1979)Judy Collins – Wildflowers (1967)Led Zeppelin – IV (1971) What do you think of these records? What singer do you think has […]…
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Changing lead singers is usually a make-or-break moment for a band. Occasionally it goes smoothly, but often it results in a shift in sound and perhaps fan base. On today’s show we discuss albums from lead singer switches that we think went well. Kvelertak – Splid (Andy)Echo & the Bunnymen – Reverberation (Don)Van Halen – […]…
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Pull a seat up to the table – time for our new release quarterly report. Join us as we discuss three new albums we’ve been enjoying. Yves Tumor – Praise a Lord Who Chews but Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds) (Andy)Depeche Mode – Memento Mori (Don)Iggy Pop – Every Loser (Dude) […]…
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Not only did 1974 give us the UPC barcode, it also graced us with a quite diverse collection of popular music. Everything from rock, folk, rnb and country charted on Billboards top selling albums list. On today’s show we discuss 3 very different sounding albums from the year. Frank Zappa – Apostrophe(‘) (Andy)Barry White – […]…
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Album artwork is an important part of what makes the album experience so special. A great album cover not only compliments the music, but tells its own story. On today’s show we discuss 3 albums with iconic album artwork. Tool – Lateralus (Andy)The Band – Music From The Big Pink (Don)The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s […]…
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Besides goofy skits, Hee Haw was known for featuring some of the top artists in country music during the 70s and 80s. On today’s show we discuss albums from 3 artists featured on the hit TV show. Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown – Alright Again! (Andy)George Jones – I Am What I Am (Don)Garth Brooks – No […]…
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The year 1981 was rich with pop culture icons – everything from Donkey Kong, to Princess Diana, to the launch of MTV. Even the top 40 charts were packed with quality hits. On today’s show we discuss records that featured hits from the glorious year that was 1981. Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna (Andy)The Police […]…
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A music fan’s first concert is a big deal. Getting to see the songs you’ve sung hundred of times in your bedroom, performed right in front of you is a powerful experience. On today’s show we share memories from our first concerts and discuss the merits of records from those artists. Less Than Jake – […]…
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