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Modern Musicology covers topics on rock and pop ranging mostly from 70s, 80s and 90s (with occasional excursions into 60s and 00s). Anything is fair game -- classic rock, R&B, folk, punk, prog, rap, metal, and more. Hosted by DJ and author Rob Levy, solo artist and former Aquanettas drummer Stephanie Seymour, drummer and author R. Alan Siler, a guy from London, Anthony Williams.
 
Tracing over five decades of musical influences, and how those influencers of the past, continue to inspire contemporary creatives. Examining popular and not so popular music in a contemporary sense, as well as cultural norms, fads and controversies as they helped to broaden musical perspectives and sounds. Follow the Musicologybyeric Playlist on Spotify at: Musicologybyeric Playlist by Eric Wilson https://open.spotify.com/playlist/26wzwhCuZVVjVZIMyM7yxS?si=wgEVkSuVTQOuNdbgT2g6EA
 
Sometimes mixed together, sometimes crafted together but all in all a return to the feel good factor we all lost somewhere in the airwaves. You will hear DJ Ash speak on some Podcasts and on other occasions he will let the music do the talking. ZooBoo will cross many musical genres as he believe music crosses all boundaries, knows no borders, does not discriminate on colour or race but when it hits you hard, your soul lightens up. Leave all your inhibitions behind and get ready for a story t ...
 
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Court is in session and the Modern Musicology gang has been found GUILTY of liking some of the most un-hip and embarrassing stuff EVER! This is us confessing our Guilty Pleasures! We unrepentantly bask in our love of Shaun Cassidy, Donnie and Marie, The Spice Girls, The Bee Gees, The Monkees, Liberace, and even opera, plus a whole lot more. What ab…
 
This week the Modern Musicology crew ignores what's good for society and celebrates banned songs! These are the tunes that are too sexual, too controversial, too inflammatory or too revolutionary to be heard on the radio or anywhere else! These subversive tracks include obvious and important things like "Fuck the Police" by NWA and "Cop Killer" by …
 
This week the Modern Musicology gang relives some favorite concert experiences -- from the good to the bad to the truly bizarre. Stephanie talks about touring with the Aquanettas, Alan tells the story of playing a show in a roller skating rink, Anthony saw Iron Maiden play soccer on stage, and Rob talks about his favorite soundcheck experience. No …
 
This year we dip back in time to discuss the albums that celebrate 30th Annivesaries this year -- the albums of 1992! How can these be thirty years old??? We dig in deep with things like Dirt by Alice in Chains, Automatic for the People by REM, Henry's Dream by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Rage Against the Machine, Body Count, Check Your Head by th…
 
It's the Great Pumpkin, Modern Musicology! Yes, this is our Halloween special, where we talk about all the great music that's associated with the spookiest season of the year! We cover classics from rock, hip-hop, jazz, soul, goth, and metal. If you're wanting to put together a great Halloween playlist, we've got suggestions for you. 00:00 - Introd…
 
This week the Modern Musicology gang celebrates some of the greatest musical collaborations of all time! What happens when two artists, two songwriters, an artist and a producer, or two bands come together to create something entirely new? The results are always amazing, right? Well, most of the time, but not always! We cover it all -- the good and…
 
1977 was a landmark year for a lot of reasons: Disco is in full swing, culminating in the release of Saturday Night Fever and the opening of Studio 54, but along with that we have punk rock making a huge global push, the release of one of the biggest selling albums in music history, one artist having to follow up the surprise hit of the previous ye…
 
This week the Modern Musicology gang is joined by guitarist / songwriter / solo artist BOB PERRY to talk about some of our favorite releases from the crazy year that was 1972! Some of the artists that get a mention are Bowie, Michael Jackson, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, The Eagles, King Cr…
 
This week the Modern Musicology team takes a look at two documentaries about Woodstock '99: the two-hour film Woodstock '99: Peace, Love and Rage (HBO 2021) and the three-part series Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 (Netflix 2022). Both tell a similar story but each one reveals different details. How did an event supposedly dedicated to peace go so wrong?…
 
This week the Modern Musicology crew sits down with GINA SCHOCK, the drummer of The Go-Go's! We chat with Gina about her role as an influence on the music industry, being inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, her musical influences, her beginnings as a photographer, her successes as a songwriter, band dynamics, some of the current artists tha…
 
Artists We Wish We Had Seen We all have those artists that we regret never having seen live for whatever reason -- work, proximity, cost, or not having been born yet. The Modern Musicology gang talks about some of theirs, including Prince, Bowie, Roxy Music, ELO, Elvis, the Beatles, the Clash, and many more. How about you? What are some of the band…
 
This was supposed to be a week off for the Modern Musicology gang! Alan, Rob and Anthony were at Dragon Con in Atlanta all weekend, and there wasn't an opportunity for the four of us to record a new episode. But I came home from the convention on Monday and had the opportunity to watch the entire Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert, and I really wanted …
 
The spotlight is on the drummers this week as Anthony, Stephanie and Alan are joined by IRA ELLIOT, the drummer from the band NADA SURF, to talk about what makes a great drummer! We debate the qualities that a good drummer needs to have and cite some of our favorite players, like Neil Peart (Rush), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Phil Collins (Genes…
 
Songs We Love by Artists We Don't Love Even bands we can't stand get lucky sometimes and craft a song so good that we can't deny them! That's the topic this week for the Modern Musicology Team -- finding that oasis in the desert. Stephanie, Rob, Anthony and Alan excavate some unexpected treasures from bands and artists like Mariah Carey, Miley Cyru…
 
Bad Albums (or Songs) by Great Artists! Every artist or band, no matter how great they are, have that one (hopefully only one!) album that just doesn't stack up to the rest of their output. Or, maybe that artist or band has a great album, but right in the middle is that one track that you just don't care for. That's the topic this week as Stephanie…
 
Travel Music! The Modern Musicology Team is joined by Julianne Wurden, a travel advisor for Rick Steves Europe and a host of Monday Night Rick, to talk about the role music can play in international travel as a way of learning a language, immersing in a culture, and getting to know the locals. She also tells us about her new album, Goodbye, Forget …
 
Killer B-Sides - In our last episode we talked about songs that should have been released as singles. This week, we flip the 45 over to talk about some of our favorite B-Sides: exclusive tracks, live recordings, alternate versions, Part 2s, and more. We go all the way to the very first rock single by Bill Haley and His Comets, and along the way we …
 
We know that this has happened to you -- you're listening to an album, you hear a great song, and you think "Damn, that should have been a single!" Yep, we all have examples that come immediately to mind. This week, the MM Gang, joined by solo artist and former Aquanettas drummer Stephanie Seymour, discuss some of our favorites, including songs by …
 
Rob and Alan sit down for a chinwag with Tony Fletcher, author of books like Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend, Perfect Circle: The Story of REM, In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett, a memoir called Boy About Town, and his newest, The Best of Jamming!: Selections and Stories From the Fanzine That Grew Up, 1977 - 1986, an…
 
Kate Bush is having an extraordinary resurgence due to one of her most iconic songs, "Running Up That Hill", being used in the new season of Stranger Things. A whole new generation is being introduced to the mysterious, reclusive rock chanteuse. Here, we delve into the career of this extraordinary artist and unveil all the weird quirks that we love…
 
This week we pay a visit to Somerset, England to recap this year's Glastonbury Festival! We review the major performances (McCartney, Crowded House, Diana Ross, etc) and talk about some of our other faves (Wet Leg, IDLES, Skunk Anansie, Phoebe Bridgers, HAIM, Jack White, Sam Fender and more). First, though, we talk about some new releases we're int…
 
IRS! Motown! WaxTrax! Island! Megaforce! Alternative Tentacles! The Modern Musicology team (Rob and Alan, joined once again by the amazing Stephanie Seymour) talk about the labels that we love and why we love them. Labels that have a specific identity, that have an identifiable sound, or that champion new or cutting-edge artists. 1:00 - Catching up…
 
Thriller! 1999! Vacation! Hot Space! This week the Modern Musicology gang (joined once again by former Aquanettas drummer and solo artist Stephanie Seymour) jumps into our time machine and sets the controls for 1982! We talk about that year's biggest releases and some of the most significant debuts, as well as some of the less obvious things that w…
 
It's the musical battle of the 90s -- BLUR vs. OASIS -- winner takes all! This week on Modern Musicology we talk all things BritPop! The bands that set the stage and inspired the movement, the "Big Four" (Blur, Oasis, Suede and Pulp), the big BritPop chart war, some of the other BritPop bands like Echobelly, Kenicki, Corner Shop, Ocean Color Scene,…
 
We're talking about women in music, specifically all-girl bands, and we're joined by someone who used to be in an all-girl band, former Aquanettas drummer Stephanie Seymour! We cover the gamut -- we talk about our favorite all-girl bands, what the term "girl group" means to us, why we label women in music, and how we can celebrate women's contribut…
 
Does rock 'n' roll have an expiration date? When does an artist outstay his or her welcome? Are there bands that should have hung it up a few years earlier? Should Grace Slick really have retired from music at 50? Are holograms and avatars the path to the future of performance? Anthony, Rob and Alan delve into these and more burning questions in "H…
 
Festival Season is here! Rob, Anthony and Alan talk about recent and upcoming festivals and recall some great stories from festivals past. We talk about what makes a great festival for us, extol the virtues of streaming shows, and Anthony discovers the funniest band name in human existence. But first, we talk about what we've been listening to this…
 
Anthony, Rob and Alan analyze the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of '22 inductees! We talk about who we're excited to see go in, who wish we wish had gone in, who will induct who, what performances we're looking forward to, and much more! But first we reveal what we've been listening to the past week and take a brief look at the 2022 Eurovision S…
 
In this episode, Alan and Rob sit down for a chat with stage and road manager Ken Brown, who has worked for numerous bands and festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, RiotFest, The Smashing Pumpkins, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and more. Here some backstage stories of life on the road from a man who has lived it. Let us know what you think! Email us a…
 
Murder! Satanism! Unexplained tragedies! Cover ups! Cow tongues! This week's topic: Rock 'n' Roll Conspiracy Theories and Urban Legends! Our guest Ashley Raburn about the "Paul is Dead" story, and we'll be sharing other incredible and macabre tales from rock history as well!modernmusicology
 
Delayed by internet woes, we're back with our review of the 2022 Grammy Awards! We talk about our favorite performances, the worst performance, the big award winners of the night, the In Memorium segment, and whether the Grammys actually matter. Alan and Rob are joined by our good friend JM Tuffley (@tuffley on the Twitterbox) as our regular co-hos…
 
This week the MM gang have a chin wag with Stephanie Seymour -- singer, songwriter, solo artist, former drummer of the Aquanettas! We chat about her career at record labels, her crazy stories with David Bowie, Gina Schock, the Pogues and Peter Buck, her time with the Aquanettas, and life as an independent solo artist! Let us know what you think! Em…
 
An opening track should be more than simply the first song you hear on an album. A really good opening track sets the tone; it tells you what to expect from the rest of the album. But the BEST opening tracks are a statement of intent. It's a declaration. It's shots fired. We talk about some of our favorite opening tracks ever with our friend Courtl…
 
Woodstock... The Sparks Brothers... Get Back... Summer of Soul... We love ROCK Documentaries! We talk about some of our favorites and name subjects that we wish would get the documentary treatment! Let us know your favorite Glam artist, album or song! Email us at modernmusicology1@gmail.com or leave us a comment wherever you're listening! https://w…
 
Sprinkle your glitter, strap on your guitar, and put on your tallest pair of platform boots, because this week we're talking all about GLAM! From the genius of Bowie, Bolan and Roxy to the unbridled fun of Slade, Quatro and Sweet and lots of other artists in between, we cover the original Glam scene as well as Glam's lasting influence in the musica…
 
The Wall ... Tommy ... Sgt Peppers ... The Lamb Lies Down ... We delve into the world of concept albums. We talk about what makes a successful concept album and name some of our most and least favorites. Let us know your thoughts! Did we not mention one that you love? Do you disagree with our summation of one that we discussed? Let us know by dropp…
 
In this episode we're joined by author Nick Griffiths, whose new book DeadStar: Who the Hell Was Garth Tyson? was released January 2022. We also discuss some of our favorite music books, fiction and non-fiction, that we've read in recent years. About DeadStar: Garth Tyson wanted to be the next David Bowie. He fell short. Waaaay short. Burnt out, he…
 
We tackle a tricky topic in this episode. We all know artists who have either done awful things or who turn out to be awful people in general. Does that affect the way you listen to their music? Do you no longer monetarily support that artist? How bad is too bad? We do our best to discuss the situation from all angles. Let us know what you think of…
 
The Modern Musicology team takes on two of the biggest news stories in recent weeks! First we review the list of 2022 nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Second, we break down the very interesting situation of the current wave of artists selling off the rights to their catalogs. We'd love to hear your feedback! What do you think of this yea…
 
Co-Hosts Anthony and Alan talk two Heavy Metal classics -- the 40th Anniversary of Iron Maiden's Number of the Beast and the 30th Anniversary of WASP's The Crimson Idol! Let us know your thoughts about these two great albums\! Email us at modernmusicology1@gmail.com or comment on our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/modernmusicology)…
 
Anthony, Rob and Alan take chisel and hammer in hand to add five (no, six!) faces to their own personal Mt. Rushmore of ROCK. Who do they each select as their representative guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, vocalist, drummer and producer? Which Deep Purple line-up does Anthony prefer? Who is the big curveball that Rob throws in the vocalist categor…
 
We weren't able to record a new episode this week because of power outages (thanks a lot, snow), so we're presenting a show from the archives. This show comes from November 2021 (originally on our YouTube Channel) on the weekend of the release of "Red (Taylor's Version)'. We review the new version 'Red', talk about the reasons that she has launched…
 
I nuovi album di Evanescence, Garbage e Abba sono già usciti. E in arrivo ci sono i nuovi lavori di nomi come Red Hot Chili Peppers e Porcupine Tree. Insomma, c'è tanta voglia di 'usato sicuro'. Ecco dunque i come back più (o meno) attesi di questi mesi. La playlist dei brani citati in questo episodio: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4jY82cyoBWoT…
 
This week Anthony and Alan talk their love of both classic and modern progressive rock, from our roots in Genesis, Rush and Yes into later bands like Porcupine Tree, Marillion, and Spock's Beard. This show was originally recorded on October 17, 2021, right after the first show of Genesis' farewell tour.…
 
In this episode Anthony, Rob and Alan list their top picks from 2021 -- albums, music documentaries and books that were released in 2021 that we enjoyed most -- as well as some things we're looking forward to in 2022. Our picks are all over the place, ranging from Iron Maiden, Styx and Nancy Wilson to Idle, Battle Beast, The Umbrellas, Sea Power an…
 
This week on Modern Musicology we discuss the Rolling Stone list of the Top 80 Albums from 1980 before offering tributes to Michael Nesmith of the Monkees, Steve Bronski of Bronski Beat, Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, and Anne Rice, all of whom passed away this week. But first we cover some music news and new releases (Dean Martin, Beach Hou…
 
After a long wait, we finally have the Peter Jackson-edited documentary The Beatles: Get Back! Two of the hosts of Modern Musicology (Rob Levy and R. Alan Siler) along with guest Ashley Raburn share thoughts about this historic document. What parts impressed us the most? What surprised us the most?modernmusicology1
 
Il Black Album dei Metallica, Nevermind dei Nirvana, i due Use Your Illusion dei Guns n' Roses. Tre "pezzi da 90" del rock che hanno un elemento in comune: sono tutti usciti nell'autunno del 1991. Ma non sono gli unici dischi epocali pubblicati in quell'anno: scopriamoli insieme nella prima puntata della seconda stagione di MusicologyLa playlist de…
 
Cosa ci fa la sobria eleganza di Tony Bennet insieme all'eccentrica Lady Gaga? E quei metallari impenitenti dei Saxon con il pianoforte di Elton John? Per non parlare dell'R&B di Fergie unito al rock stradaiolo di Slash... E i duetti improbabili non finiscono qui. La playlist per ascoltare le canzoni di questa puntata: https://open.spotify.com/play…
 
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