Podcasts

  • 80/35 Music Festival and VIM Update
    by Velocities In Music on 08/08/2017 at 2:11 PM

    Jake and Tom discuss the future of the Velocities in Music podcast, and Tom talks about his experience at 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, Iowa. […]

  • May 2017 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 06/12/2017 at 6:08 PM

    Listen to the Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/6wdn1EQtwVtrA7aFjYCTgB Featured Albums: Forest Swords - Compassion (2:05) Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog (3:51) Perfume Genius - No Shape (7:03) Slowdive - Slowdive (8:34) The Afghan Whigs - In Spades (10:20) Oxbow - Thin Black Duke (12:21) At the Drive-In - Interalia (13:55) Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions (17:27) Honorable Mentions: Logic - Everybody (19:11) Juana Molina - Halo (20:39) Moon Duo - Occult Architecture, Vol.2 (21:37) Blondie - Pollinator (22:04) John Moreland - Big Bad Luv (22:51) Harry Styles - Harry Styles (23:17) Pwr Bttm - Pageant (24:26) Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind - Super Natural (25:16) Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution (25:58) Girlpool - Powerplant (26:38) The Mountain Goats - Goths (27:14) Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology (28:04) Don Bryant - Don't Give Up on Love (28:42) Paramore - After Laughter (29:15) Sun Kil Moon & Jesu - 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth (29:49) Pumarosa - The Witch (30:41) Aldous Harding - Party (31:14) Nick Hakim - Green Twins (32:06) Land of Talk - Life After Youth (32:59) (Sandy) Alex G - Rocket (33:37) Wavves - You're Welcome (34:40) Justin Townes Earle - Kids in the Street (35:15) Pokey LaFarge - Manic Revelations (36:14) The Charlatans - Different Days (36:45) The Heliocentrics - A World of Masks (37:11) Not Recommended: Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud (37:56) Black Lips - Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? (38:38) Pond - The Weather (39:07) Jlin - Black Origami (39:40) […]

  • Spoon - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 2 of 2 - 2005-2017)
    by Velocities In Music on 06/01/2017 at 2:10 PM

    Spoon has been a seminal indie/alternative rock band through the 2000s, with history going back to the early and mid 90s. In this podcast, we cover Spoon's most recent five albums, rank all nine albums, and discuss where we'd like to see the band go next. Best of Spoon Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1215237538/playlist/7EkcvHhVV4ZNGvv89N9sl2 […]

  • April 2017 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 05/10/2017 at 7:38 PM

    Listen to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/6uT1oe0dU6Oy5UidtchJrW Featured Albums: Father John Misty - Pure Comedy (2:06) Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. (27:57) Gorillaz - Humanz (32:47) The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions (41:14) Feist - Pleasure (43:25) Honorable Mention: Arca - Arca (46:12) Wire - Silver/Lead (47:19) Guided By Voices - August By Cake (48:22) Joey Bada$$ - All Amerikkkan Bada$$ (49:07) Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar (50:10) Andrew Combs - Canyons of My Mind (50:45) Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars (51:19) Future Islands - The Far Field (52:07) Robyn Hitchcock - Robyn Hitchcock (52:57) Fionn Regan - The Meetings of the Waters (54:11) Woods - Love Is Love (55:16) Actress - AZD (55:50) Maximo Park - Risk to Exist (56:25) Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution (57:19) The Black Angels - Death Song (58:47) Charly Bliss - Guppy (59:18) Tara Jane O'Neil - Tara Jane O'Neil (1:00:26) Little Cub - Still Life (1:00:58) Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child (1:01:53) Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory (1:02:32) Mew - Visuals (1:03:06) Ryuichi Sakamoto - async (1:04:11) Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness (1:04:40) BNQT - Volume 1 (1:05:38) Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle (1:06:38) Sylvan Esso - What Now (1:07:35) New Found Glory - Makes Me Sick (1:08:30) Not Recommended: Happyness - Write In (1:09:19) Little Dragon - Season High (1:10:07) Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good at This (1:11:03) Incubus - 8 (1:12:04) While She Sleeps - You Are We (1:12:53) […]

  • Spoon - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 1 of 2 - 1993-2002)
    by Velocities In Music on 04/27/2017 at 5:53 PM

    Spoon has been a seminal indie/alternative rock band through the 2000s, with history going back to the early and mid 90s. In this podcast, we follow Spoon through their formation and up to their 4th LP, Kill the Moonlight. Best of Spoon Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1215237538/playlist/7EkcvHhVV4ZNGvv89N9sl2 […]

  • April 2017 - Vinyl Update
    by Velocities In Music on 04/18/2017 at 3:14 PM

    On this podcast, Jake and Tom discuss the albums they purchased on their last few vinyl-buying excursions. […]

  • March 2017 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 04/04/2017 at 6:16 PM

    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/50GI8eRZ5eRxF4ResrCpjK Featured Albums: Grandaddy - Last Place (1:59) The Shins - Heartworms (3:11) Jay Som - Everybody Works (5:12) Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me (6:44) Laura Marling - Semper Femina (9:38) Spoon - Hot Thoughts (11:19) Mastodon - Emperor of Sand (12:12) Desperate Journalist - Grow Up (16:47) Tennis - Yours Conditionally (18:10) Honorable Mentions: Temples - Volcano (19:53) Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai (20:36) Why? - Moh Lhean (21:15) Nadia Reid - Preservation (2:13) Blanck Mass - World Eater (22:55) Sondre Lerche - Pleasure (23:43) Chicano Batman - Freedom is Free (24:12) Spectres - Condition (24:54) Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Navigator (25:31) Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir (26:02) Valerie June - The Order of Time (27:01) Depeche Mode - Spirit (27:45) Idles - Brutalism (28:49) Obituary - Obituary (29:16) Pulled Apart by Horses - The Haze (30:03) Sorority Noise - You're Not As ___ As You Think (30:36) The Bug & Earth - Concrete Desert (31:15) Pallbearer - Heartless (31:51) Craig Finn - We All Want the Same Things (32:49) Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens (33:23) Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms (33:56) Saltland - A Common Truth (34:42) British Sea Power - Let the Dancers Inherit the Party (35:32) Pharmakon - Contact (36:15) Aimee Mann - Mental Illness (37:14) Real Estate - In Mind (37:55) The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy (39:02) Les Amazones d'Afrique - Republique Amazone (39:43) Not Recommended: Sleaford Mods - English Tapas (40:03) Minus the Bear - Voids (41:35) Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales- Room 29 (42:19) Conor Oberst - Salutations (43:18) The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics (44:20) Jamiroquai - Automaton (45:21) […]

  • Top 20 Albums of the Decade (So Far)
    by Velocities In Music on 03/29/2017 at 9:20 PM

    Velocities In Music started at the beginning of 2010, and since then we've had the privilege of witnessing the release of some monumental albums. In this podcast, we highlight our top 20 albums of the decade so far. Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/41qlohpNu8qObXNg9hcMnw Full List: http://www.velocitiesinmusic.com/lists/best-albums-of-the-decade-so-far/ […]

  • How To Start a Music League
    by Velocities In Music on 03/20/2017 at 7:26 PM

    On this show, we talk a lot about ways of discovering new music. One way that we discover new music is through Music Leagues: friendly, competitive events where everyone playing submits a song and votes for the other songs that they liked. If this sounds like something you and your friends (or coworkers) would enjoy, take a look at our example documents and start a Music League of your own: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BxPjHMrv-jexdVBKVnpzWnlqNE0 […]

  • February 2017 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 03/07/2017 at 5:06 PM

    Listen to the playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/1xzK543YVcqiMbBODahmgP Featured Albums: Elbow - Little Fictions Sampha - Process Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now Lowly - Heba Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors Ryan Adams - Prisoner Sun Kil Moon - Common as Light and Love are Red Valleys of Blood Honorable Mentions: The Menzingers - After the Party Eliza Carthy - Big Machine Moon Duo - Occult Architecture, Vol.1 Duke Garwood - Garden of Ashes Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Backlash The Sadies - Northern Passages Chuck Prophet - Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins Tinariwen - Elwan Noveller - A Pink Sunset for No One Los Campesinos! - Sick Scenes King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy The Feelies - In Between Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism Molly Burch - Please Be Mine Moire - No Future The Necks - Unfold Xiu Xiu - Forget PVT - New Spirit Dutch Uncles - Big Balloon Peter Silberman - Impermanence Sherwood & Pinch - Man vs. Sofa Immolation - Atonement Thundercat - Drunk Not Recommended: Surfer Blood - Snowdonia Lupe Fiasco - Drogas Light Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now King Woman - Created in the Image of Suffering Acceptance - Colliding By Design […]

  • Blur - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 2 of 2 - 1997-2015)
    by Velocities In Music on 02/20/2017 at 3:40 PM

    As music in the latter half of the 90s drifted away from the Britpop style Blur had helped popularize, the band shifted into a noisier and more aggressive style of music. In this episode, we cover Blur's 1997 self-titled album through 2015's The Magic Whip, a period filled with inner conflict, departures, reunions, and transformations from a band who never seemed comfortable doing the same thing twice. […]

  • Blur - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 1 of 2 - 1991-1995)
    by Velocities In Music on 02/14/2017 at 2:50 PM

    Starting as a young band in London in the late 80s and early 90s, Blur rose to fame in a few short years and helped the Britpop movement reach its peak. In the first episode of this two-part series, we cover their first four albums: Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, and The Great Escape. […]

  • January 2017 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 02/08/2017 at 7:19 PM

    Listen to the songs featured in this episode here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/2333pXtn664J7VXlysgsC1 Featured Albums: Bonobo - Migration The xx - I See You The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody Foxygen - Hang Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound Allison Crutchfield - Tourist in This Town Honorable Mentions: Sohn - Rennen Code Orange - Forever Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day Throwing Snow - Embers William Basinski - A Shadow In Time Michael Chapman - 50 Tycho - Epoch The Proper Ornaments - Foxhole Ronika - Lose My Cool Gabriel Garzon-Montano - Jardin Emptyset - Borders Tift Merritt - Stitch of the World Sacred Paws - Strike a Match Piano Magic - Closure Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness Not Recommended: Sundara Karma - Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect AFI - AFI (The Blood Album) Mark Eitzel - Hey Mr Ferryman […]

  • January 2017 - Vinyl Update
    by Velocities In Music on 01/23/2017 at 3:01 PM

    It's official--Jake finally got a record player. In this podcast, we go through the records we bought on Jake's maiden record-shopping voyage.&nbs […]

  • 2016: Misses and Honorable Mentions
    by Velocities In Music on 01/17/2017 at 3:00 PM

    Listen to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/1QcB6L0iHx5DskJfkvFkED In this podcast we recommend albums from 2016 that we didn't include in a monthly wrap-up throughout the year. Albums included are: Featured Albums: Beyonce - Lemonade Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner The Amazing - Ambulance Frank Ocean - Blonde Ka - Honor Killed the Samurai Solange - A Seat At the Table Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!" Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3 Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat Honorable Mentions: Rihanna - Anti Basement - Promise Everything Matmos - Ultimate Care II Radical Face - The Family Tree: The Leaves Lucius - Good Grief Gnod - Mirror Autolux - Pussy's Dead The Hotelier - Goodness Vektor - Terminal Redux Little Scream - Cult Following Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life Nicolas Jaar - Sirens Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason The Rolling Stones - Blue and Lonesome Nine Inch Nails - Not the Actual Events (EP) J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only Noname - Telefone Jeff Rosenstock - Worry The Dear Hunter - Act V Street Sects - End Position Kevin Morby - Singing Saw Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp &nbs […]

  • Top 30 Songs of 2016
    by Velocities In Music on 01/05/2017 at 7:26 PM

    2016 may have been an even better year for songs than it was for albums. We listened to thousands of tracks throughout the year, and in this podcast we cover the 30 of them that impacted us the most. Listen to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1215237538/playlist/6e3mK7YoGU7drMJ2ShaWpC […]

  • Top 20 Albums of 2016
    by Velocities In Music on 01/02/2017 at 9:27 PM

    In this podcast we cover our 20 favorite albums of 2016. See our top 70 list here: http://www.velocitiesinmusic.com/lists/top-albums-2016/ […]

  • Metallica - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 3 of 3 - The 2000s and Beyond)
    by Velocities In Music on 12/27/2016 at 7:40 PM

    In the third and final installment of our Metallica deep-dive, we explore the music the band has put out since the year 2000, as well as where we would like to see Metallica go in the future. Albums covered include: - St. Anger - Death Magnetic - Lulu (with Lou Reed) - Hardwired... To Self Destruct […]

  • Metallica - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 2 of 3 - The 1990s)
    by Velocities In Music on 12/16/2016 at 4:29 PM

    In the second installment of our Metallica deep-dive, we follow the band into the 1990s, where they polish their sound further, achieve massive mainstream success, and continue to change their style. Albums include Metallica (Black Album), Load, Reload, Garage Inc, and S&M. […]

  • Artist Interview - Cross Record
    by Velocities In Music on 12/08/2016 at 7:19 PM

    We're joined in this episode by Emily and Dan from Cross Record, who share insights on their songwriting and recording process, what it's like to perform as a duo, and the future of their band. If you haven't, be sure to check out their new album, Wabi Sabi: https://open.spotify.com/album/4NtiklQ1pE4FHngLr5pKw8 http://www.crossrecord.com/ […]

  • November 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 12/05/2016 at 6:58 PM

    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/3kGURT4gOQ5ZJ2xNzCNBv7 Not Recommended: Justice - Woman Bruno Mars - 24K Magic The Weeknd - Starboy Featured Albums: Lambchop - FLOTUS Jim James - Eternally Even Common - Black America Again Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit Loscil - Monument Builders A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service Honorable Mentions: Shirley Collins - Lodestar American Wrestlers - Goodbye Terrible Youth Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Until the Hunter STRFKR - Being No One, Going Nowhere Alicia Keys - Here Martha Wainwright - Goodnight City Romare - Love Songs, Pt. 2 Emeli Sande - Long Live the Angels Sad13 - Slugger Animals as Leaders - The Madness of Many Wolf People - Ruins Daniel Bachman - Daniel Bachman […]

  • Metallica - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 1 of 3 - The 1980s)
    by Velocities In Music on 11/24/2016 at 3:24 PM

    Metallica has always been one of the most celebrated and yet divisive bands in hard rock and metal music. In this episode, we dig into the four LPs they released in the 1980s, starting with their debut, Kill Em All, and ending with ...And Justice For All. […]

  • October 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 11/10/2016 at 3:20 PM

    In this podcast, we cover albums that were released in October 2016. Listen to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/30QacVauM8vnCqy5vxCzMu Albums covered in this wrap-up include: Phantogram - Three Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee Conor Oberst - Ruminations D.D. Dumbo - Utopia Defeated Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos Goat - Requiem Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds Julia Jacklin - Don't Let the Kids Win Phish - Big Boat Norah Jones - Day Breaks Green Day - Revolution Radio Kings of Leon - WALLS The Orb - COW / Chill Out, World! Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere Two Door Cinema Club - Gameshow The Early Years - II The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation C Duncan - The Midnight Sun Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then The Dean Ween Group - The Deaner Album Katie Gately - Color Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle Moby & the Void Pacific Choir - These Systems Are Failing Syd Arthur - Apricity NxWorries - Yes Lawd! Pretenders - Alone Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth The Radio Dept. - Running out of Love Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues Lady Gaga - Joanne American Football - American Football (LP2) John K. Samson - Winter Wheat Tanya Tagaq - Retribution Frank Iero and the Patience - Parachutes Helmet - Dead to the World The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World Pyramid Marching Church - Telling It Like It Is Alejandro Escovedo - Burn Something Beautifu […]

  • What Music Do You Come Back To Each Season?
    by Velocities In Music on 10/31/2016 at 2:05 PM

    Humans are creatures of habit. We create our own rituals and traditions to look forward to, and music can play a big part of that. Aside from specific holiday music that society has pushed on us for generations, we all have music that we associate with specific seasons or times of the year that is much more personal. In this podcast, Jake and Tom share the music they come back to every spring, summer, fall, and winter, and give their stories on why. What music do you come back to around the same time each year? […]

  • September 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 10/11/2016 at 4:27 PM

    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/5KVhzgoqiJG07O8hy9j5kF Helms Alee - Stillicide James Vincent McMorrow - We Move Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Angel Olsen - MY WOMAN Eluvium - False Readings On Local Natives - Sunlit Youth Jack White - Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 Drugdealer - The End of Comedy Teenage Fanclub - Here Okkervil River - Away Wilco - Schmilco MIA - AIM Clipping - Splendor & Misery Preoccupations - Preoccupations Touche Amore - Stage Four Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years The Handsome Family - Unseen Against Me! - Shape Shift With Me Pixies - Head Carrier Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch Kishi Bashi - Sonderlust July Talk - Touch How to Dress Well - Care Warpaint - Heads Up Beach Slang - A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings Devendra Banhart - Ape In Pink Marble Merchandise - A Corpse Wired for Sound Flock of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine Grouplove - Big Mess Banks - The Altar Opeth - Sorceress Bon Iver - 22, A Million Public Access T.V. - Never Enough Drive-By Truckers - American Band S U R V I V E - RR7349 Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition […]

  • Ween - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 09/30/2016 at 1:55 PM

    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/7abxk7nBZ77Hza79o3XlT4 Jake and Tom have been touched by the Boognish to create the brownest episode of Velocities In Music yet. Join them as they explore Ween's nine studio albums, from the inane absurdity to the struggling heartbreak that their music represents. It'll be a real good time, mang. […]

  • August 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 09/05/2016 at 3:18 PM

    Listen to the playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/2kpFNDXxf4nniaBDxUqqW2 Albums covered in this podcast: Wye Oak - Tween Haley Bonar - Impossible Dream Russian Circles - Guidance 65daysofstatic - No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe (Soundtrack) Wild Beasts - Boy King Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not Nonkeen - Oddments of the Gamble Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's of Imhotep Blossoms - Blossoms Factory Floor - 25 25 Ed Harcourt - Furnaces Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits Lydia Loveless - Real Horseback - Dead Ringers The Moles - Tonight's Music Young the Giant - Home of the Strange Of Montreal - Innocence Reaches Black Foxxes - I'm Not Well Bayside - Vacancy Lisa Hannigan - At Swim Gonjasufi - Callus Cass McCombs - Mangy Love De La Soul - And the Anonymous Nobody Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I) Britney Spears - Glory The Album Leaf - Between Waves Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being &nbs […]

  • Sunny Day Real Estate - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 08/28/2016 at 3:48 PM

    Today, Sunny Day Real Estate may be considered a staple in the emo genre, but what they accomplished during their relatively short time as a band spans far beyond the confines of that genre. In this deep-dive, we discuss the band's successes and shortcomings, and what makes them one of today's most influential yet underappreciated bands. Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/04FgMPfmA7VGpJtHobDRj0 […]

  • July 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 08/08/2016 at 1:09 PM

    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/3hVnxbxLt8DwSjoVxkaTdB Albums covered in this wrap-up: Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night Metronomy - Summer 08 Blink-182 - California Bat for Lashes - The Bride GOGGS - GOGGS The Avalanches - Wildflower Junius Meyvant - Floating Harmonies Aphex Twin - Cheetah (EP) Ian William Craig - Centres BadBadNotGood - IV Shura - Nothing's Real The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset Snoop Dogg - Coolaid Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP Omni - Deluxe Big Business - Command Your Weather Clams Casino - 32 Levels Amanda Palmer - You Got Me Singing Chevelle - The North Corridor Rhyton - Redshift Elysia Crampton - Demon City Viola Beach - Viola Beach Billy Talent - Afraid of Heights Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate Owen - The King of Whys Nao - For All We Know &nbs […]

  • Joe Vickers of Caspian - An Artist Interview
    by Velocities In Music on 07/28/2016 at 1:58 PM

    We're joined this episode by Joe Vickers, drummer and founding member of Caspian. Joe takes us through Caspian's songwriting and album-crafting process, along with his thoughts on the post-rock genre, touring, and Pokémon Go. Be sure to check Caspian's touring schedule to see if they're coming to a city near you this summer or fall: https://www.facebook.com/CaspianTheBand/events &nbs […]

  • Should Music Be Free?
    by Velocities In Music on 07/22/2016 at 1:50 PM

    Today in 2016, for all practical purposes, music is free. But should it be? As technology has evolved and music has become more easily accessible to the masses, it has drastically changed the way people listen to music, as well as the way artists write and release music. In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of these changes and how the cost associated with music has gotten to where it is now. […]

  • June 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 07/11/2016 at 2:32 PM

    Spotify playlist of all included song clips: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/269DlAU2eCH5SuSSrtesEM Albums covered in this podcast: Melvins - Basses Loaded The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos William Tyler - Modern Country Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger Moonface - My Best Human Face Amber Arcades - Fading Lines Cat's Eyes - Treasure House The Kills - Ash & Ice Tegan and Sara - Love You To Death The Strokes - Future Present Past (EP) Sumac - What One Becomes Dan Lissvik - Midnight Band of Horses - Why Are You OK? Brandy Clark - Big Day In a Small Town Diarrhea Planet - Turn to Gold Peter Bjorn and John - Breakin' Point Garbage - Strange Little Birds Swans - The Glowing Man The Low Anthem - Eyeland Mitski - Puberty 2 The Invisible - Patience Gemma Ray - The Exodus Suite case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room Lone - Levitate Gojira - Magma YG - Still Brazy NAILS - You Will Never Be One of Us Hot Hot Heat - Hot Hot Heat Christian Fennesz - It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall The Avett Brothers - True Sadness Deerhoof - The Magic Broods - Conscious Blood Orange - Freetown Sound […]

  • Post-Rock - A Genre Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 06/24/2016 at 1:48 PM

    While post-rock has become a better-known genre over the last decade, it's actually been building since the late 80s and has its roots in a wide variety of older musical styles. Post-rock tends to be emotionally potent, captivating, and experimental-- all things that we at Velocities in Music love to hear. In this podcast, we go through the history of post-rock and highlight some bands that have shaped the genre into what it is today. If you'd like to hear all the songs featured in this podcast in their entirety, listen to our Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/3qeeG0OxoPorW9DmEEJkzW […]

  • May 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 06/04/2016 at 2:57 PM

    In this podcast, we cover the following albums that came out in May 2016: James Blake - The Colour In Anything Death Grips - Bottomless Pit Anohni - Hopelessness White Lung - Paradise Kaytranada - 99.9% Twin Peaks - Down in Heaven Julianna Barwick - Will LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers To Sing Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards - Memory Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun Yoni & Geti - Testarossa David Bazan - Blanco Fruit Bats - Absolute Loser Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall Grass Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds Hard Working Americans - Rest in Chaos Kvelertak - Nattesferd Islands - Should I Remain Here At Sea? Islands - Taste Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau Jessy Lanza - Oh No Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book Wolf Parade - EP 4 (EP) Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman Mutual Beneift - Skip a Sinking Stone Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial Marissa Nadler - Strangers Andy Shauf - The Party Mudcrutch - 2 Saosin - Along the Shadow Real Friends - The Home Inside My Head Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere PUP - The Dream is Over Big Thief - Masterpiece Holy Fuck - Congrats Pelvis - R.I.P. Tom Hummer - Dystopian Blues […]

  • Radiohead - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 3 of 3 : A Moon Shaped Pool)
    by Velocities In Music on 05/28/2016 at 7:52 PM

    In the final installment of this artist deep-dive, we go track by track through Radiohead's newest LP, A Moon Shaped Pool, including our thoughts on the album overall and our individual experiences with it. […]

  • Radiohead - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 2 of 3)
    by Velocities In Music on 05/25/2016 at 2:42 PM

    In the second installment of this three-part series on Radiohead, we cover the years 2000 - 2011, including the albums: - Kid A - Amnesiac - Hail to the Thief - In Rainbows - The King of Limbs […]

  • Radiohead - An Artist Deep-Dive (Pt 1 of 3)
    by Velocities In Music on 05/23/2016 at 3:04 PM

    In this episode of Velocities in Music, we dive into the astounding career of one of our favorite bands, Radiohead. The first part of this three-part series covers their formation and early years through the creation of their 1997 classic, OK Computer. […]

  • April 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 05/05/2016 at 2:05 PM

    Another month has come to an end! Here are the albums we cover on this wrap-up: Yeasayer - Amen & Goodbye Andrew Bird - Are You Serious Charles Bradley - Changes Bibio - A Mineral Love Black Mountain - IV Weezer - Weezer (White Album) Mogwai - Atomic Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project Tacocat - Lost Time Pet Shop Boys - Super Bombino - Azel Explosions in the Sky - The Wilderness Kanye West - The Life of Pablo (for real this time) Deftones - Gore M83 - Junk Tim Hecker - Love Streams Hammock - Everything and Nothing Future of the Left - The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of Light The Lumineers - Cleopatra Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Love Letter for Fire Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth Suuns - Hold/Still The Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity Greys - Outer Heaven Nicolas Godin - Contrepoint Wire - Nocturnal Koreans A$AP Ferg - Always Strive and Prosper Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks Kowton - Utility Parquet Courts - Human Performance Ben Watt - Fever Dream Deakin - Sleep Cycle Brian Eno - The S […]

  • How I Write Music: A Personal Story from Tom Hummer
    by Velocities In Music on 04/14/2016 at 4:14 PM

    We often discuss what attributes make a song or an album great, but how do you go about actually writing a great song or a great album? In this podcast, Velocities In Music’s very own Tom Hummer is put on the spot to tell his story of how he started writing music and the process he goes through when writing and recording material. From there, Tom gives us his personal take on how and why he writes music as he walks us through his personal discography. […]

  • March 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 04/02/2016 at 2:56 PM

    March saw a lot of great new album releases as 2016 is starting to pick up. Here are the albums we cover in this podcast: Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered Robert Pollard - Of Course You Are Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution Lapsley - Long Way Home M. Ward - More Rain The Coral - Distance Inbetween Miike Snow - III Loretta Lynn - Full Circle Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything Polica - United Crushers Wussy - Forever Sounds Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion Aurora - All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend Flatbush Zombies - 3001: A Laced Odyssey Into It. Over It. - Standards Emmy the Great - Second Love Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression Glenn Jones - Fleeting Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land Primal Scream - Chaosmosis Lucy Dacus - No Burden The Range - Potential Anna Meredith - Varmints Thug Entrancer - Arcology Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive RJD2 - Dame Fortune The Thermals - We Disappear Bob Mould - Patch the Sky Open Mike Eagle - Hella Personal Film Festival White Denim - Stiff Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter […]

  • Grunge - A Genre Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 03/27/2016 at 3:25 PM

    In the early 1990s, grunge music found an unlikely place in mainstream radio and started selling albums in a way that "alternative" music had never seen in previous decades. In this podcast, we trace grunge's history and musical evolution, diving into its major influencers and key albums, and exploring how it has impacted music today. […]

  • Genre Bias: What Is It, Where Does It Come From, and How Does It Affect Us?
    by Velocities In Music on 03/17/2016 at 4:55 PM

    There's always at least one genre that each of us just doesn't like. But where does this aversion come from? Is it preventing us from digging into an artist or album that we might otherwise like? In this podcast, we discuss the concept of genre bias and how it affects the average listener, as well as some ways of potentially getting around it. […]

  • Coheed and Cambria - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 03/11/2016 at 9:09 PM

    Since 2002, Coheed and Cambria have been putting out albums in their unique blend of pop-punk, emo, post-hardcore, prog, and metal. So far, their career has displayed an ambition and musical variety that very few bands have been able to match while maintaining a similar level of quality. In this artist deep-dive, we go through every Coheed and Cambria album released to date and highlight where they succeed, where they fail, and where we hope to see them go next. […]

  • February 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 03/04/2016 at 9:36 PM

    In this monthly wrap-up, we discuss the following albums: Field Music - Commontime Peter Astor - Spilt Milk DIIV - Is the Is Are Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony Sidestepper - Supernatural Love Junior Boys - Big Black Coat Nonkeen - The Gamble Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night Dr. Dog - The Psychedelic Swamp Future - EVOL The Black Queen - Fever Daydream Rokia Traore - Ne So Radiation City - Synesthetica Pinegrove - Cardinal Yoko Ono - Yes, I'm a Witch Too Cavern of Anti-Matter - Void Beats / Invocation Trex Animal Collective - Painting With School of Seven Bells - SVIIB Bonnie Raitt - Dig In Deep Steve Mason - Meet the Humans Emma Pollock - In Search of Harperfield Santigold - 99 Cents Barry Adamson - Know Where To Run Wild Nothing - Life of Pause Memoryhouse - Soft Hat […]

  • The 2016 Grammys In Review
    by Velocities In Music on 02/25/2016 at 8:31 PM

    This year, we swallowed our pride and watched The Grammys in their entirety. There were some good performances, even more terrible performances, and a relatively small number of awards given, considering it's, um, supposed to be an awards show? We think? In this podcast, we give our thoughts on the year's most commercial night of music, and give a play-by-play breakdown of what happened. […]

  • Grammys 2016: Pre-Show Thoughts and Predictions
    by Velocities In Music on 02/14/2016 at 4:16 AM

    Once again, the Grammys are upon us. It's one musical night we tend to get cynical about, and yet we can't help but watch the train wreck of fake smiles, awkward performances, and undeserved acclaim. In this podcast, we go through our general thoughts of the Grammys and highlight a handful of the notable categories, along with who we believe will win and who we think deserves to win. […]

  • January 2016 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 02/09/2016 at 4:53 PM

    In this podcast, we discuss albums that were released in January 2016, including: David Bowie - Blackstar Hinds - Leave Me Alone Savages - Adore Life Tortoise - The Catastrophist Eleanor Friedberger - New View Panic! At the Disco - Death of a Bachelor The Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum Tindersticks - The Waiting Room Daughter - Not To Disappear Cauldron - In Ruin Anderson Paak - Malibu Megadeth - Dystopia Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow Suede - Night Thoughts Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger Chairlift - Moth Cross Record - Wabi Sabi Nevermen - Nevermen Cian Nugent - Night Fiction Turin Brakes - Lost Property Saul Williams - MartyrLoserKing MONEY - Suicide Songs Bloc Party - Hymns Sia - This Is Acting Dream Theater - The Astonishing Milk Teeth - Vile Child Your Friend - Gumption Night Beats - Who Sold My Generation Wet - Don't You The Han Solo Project - The Force Hits Snooz […]

  • The Beatles (Later Years) - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 01/28/2016 at 2:49 PM

    In 1966, The Beatles played their last official concert and holed up in the studio for the remainder of their musical career. The result? Some of the most genius and groundbreaking recordings that the world had heard and likely ever will. But as the 60s came to a close, relations within the group began to erode until personal and creative differences between the members became irreconcilable. In this podcast, we cover the last five years of The Beatles' career, from the recording of Revolver to the release of Let It Be. […]

  • The Beatles (Early Years) - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 01/21/2016 at 3:54 PM

    The Beatles are arguably one of the greatest and most influential bands in music history, releasing 13 studio albums over just eight years. While they certainly weren't the only big act in 60s Britain, there were several things that set them apart from other artists of the time and allowed them to reach the unmatched levels of acclaim they did. In this podcast, we cover The Beatles' first six albums and discuss how their sound evolved in terms of lyrical content, instrumentation, production, and performance.&nbs […]

  • What Makes an Album Great?
    by Velocities In Music on 01/14/2016 at 3:37 PM

    Everyone defines their criteria for a "great" album differently. However, there are certain aspects of an album that will always be present-- people just prioritize them differently. In this podcast, we talk about album attributes, how important each of them are to us, and some examples of great albums. List of albums mentioned in this podcast: http://www.velocitiesinmusic.com/lists/what-makes-an-album-great-mentioned-artists/ […]

  • 2015 :Total Misses and Honorable Mentions
    by Velocities In Music on 01/07/2016 at 5:14 PM

    2015 had a lot of great albums, and naturally we weren't able to listen to all of them. Thanks to your terrific feedback, we found some key albums to highlight as honorable mentions from the year, and even some that we just missed altogether. However, each year also comes with some major disappointments-- albums that you expected and hoped would be better, but just fell flat. In this podcast we talk through some key albums from 2015 that fit into those categories for us. […]

  • Top 30 Songs of 2015
    by Velocities In Music on 12/31/2015 at 2:31 PM

    In this podcast we highlight our 30 favorite songs from 2015. To listen to the top 70, check out our Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1213031281/playlist/4xa2h2nMAukmVX89UgndZg […]

  • Top 20 Albums of 2015
    by Velocities In Music on 12/21/2015 at 4:18 PM

    As 2015 comes to an end, we went through and relistened to the albums we were loving throughout the year, as well as some late newcomers. In this episode, we talk through how we go about making lists, what they mean to us, and dig into our 20 favorite albums of 2015. Here's a link to that Liam Neeson bit we're always referring to: https://youtu.be/sqA577_IoBk Our full 2015 list: http://www.velocitiesinmusic.com/lists/favorite-albums-2015/ […]

  • Musical Duos: What Makes a Duo, The Classics, and Our Modern Day Top 10
    by Velocities In Music on 12/16/2015 at 6:34 PM

    Musical duos have a very unique dynamic compared to solo artists and larger bands. A duo indicates a partnership, with some kind of give and take or checks and balances within the creative process. While defining what makes a duo may seem like a simple task, it becomes more complicated when we take into account the roles each member play and the contributions they make. Here are some great duos that you will NOT hear on this podcast but we would still recommend you check out: - The Black Keys - Suicide - Richard and Linda Thompson - The Kills - Death From Above 1979 - Lightning Bolt - Blood Red Shoes - Rodrigo y Gabriela - Cults - Department of Eagles - Majical Cloudz - Matt and Kim - No Age - Ratatat - Hall and Oates […]

  • Christmas Music: The Good, the Bad, the Top 10 Albums
    by Velocities In Music on 12/07/2015 at 2:58 PM

    Christmas music is a divisive subject this time of year, and not just for music aficionados. It's an inescapable part of the holiday season that some choose to embrace, while others strive to avoid. In this podcast, we go through our favorite Christmas songs, our most hated, and our favorite 10 Christmas albums. […]

  • November 2015 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 11/30/2015 at 3:38 PM

    November usually shows a decline in album releases as we approach the end of the year, but there were still a few great albums released this month. Here are the ones we highlight: Khruangbin - The Universe Smiles Upon You Grimes - Art Angels Floating Points - Elaenia Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary Teeth of the Sea - Highly Deadly Black Tarantula Cee Lo Green - Heart Blanche Justin Bieber - Purpose Lanterns on the Lake - Beings Wreckless Eric - America Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous Adele - 25 Arca - Mutant Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt Chorusgirl - Chorusgirl TRAAMS - Modern Dancing Shye Ben-Tzur - Junun Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe Enya - Dark Sky Island Ringo Deathstarr - Pure Mood King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache Dream Balloon Logic - The Incredible True Story s […]

  • Top 10 Double Albums
    by Velocities In Music on 11/25/2015 at 2:32 PM

    Double albums are naturally a very high-risk, high-reward venture for a musical artist. It can be an opportunity to wow listeners with your songwriting variety and conceptual prowess, or turn them away with a self-indulgent epic that simply could have been trimmed down to a single LP. Despite the risk, double albums are a medium that some of the best artists in history have chosen to tackle, and the successes end up being some of the most memorable moments in music. In this podcast, Jake and Tom talk through their top ten double albums, what makes a double album successful, and how we define them.   See the full list here: http://www.velocitiesinmusic.com/lists/favorite-double-albums/ […]

  • The Smiths - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 11/16/2015 at 2:39 PM

    The Smiths were one of the defining alternative rock bands of the 1980s. Over a span of only four years they left an indelible mark on music that still hasn't been matched in terms of wit, identity, and songwriting craft. In this podcast we'll take you through the highs and lows of The Smiths' discography and legacy. […]

  • October 2015 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 11/09/2015 at 1:24 AM

    October 2015 was full of terrific new releases, but also a few disappointments. In this album wrap-up, we discuss: Guy Garvey - Courting the Squall Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Like Us Evil Blizzard - Everybody Come to Church Vhol - Deeper Than Sky Shining - International Blackjazz Society Fuzz - II Killing Joke - Pylon The Game - The Documentary 2.5 EL VY - Return to the Moon Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars Joanna Newsom - Divers Patty Griffin - Servant of Love Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks Son Little - Son Little !!! - As If Borns - Dopamine Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone? Dan Friel - Life Luke Haines - British Nuclear Bunkers Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School Deerhunter - Fading Frontier Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before the Sun Israel Nash - Silver Season John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure Editors - In Dream Wavves - V Mercury Rev - The Light In You Shopping - Why Choose Hey Colossus - Radio Static High Kylesa - Exhausting Fire Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land Deafheaven - New Bermuda […]

  • How Does an Artist's Personality Affect Listeners?
    by Velocities In Music on 11/02/2015 at 2:51 PM

    The musical world is full of larger-than-life personalities. Some are politically minded, some are egotistical, and some are just rude. In today's culture, where artist's are given a platform not only for their music to be heard, but also for their thoughts and opinions to have a far reach, these non-musical factors can play a big part of the way we hear their music. In this podcast, we discuss the overall impact of this phenomenon and discuss high-profile examples such as Kanye West, John Lennon, and Miley Cyrus. […]

  • Joy Division - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 10/26/2015 at 2:19 PM

    Thirty-five years after vocalist Ian Curtis's untimely death, Joy Division continues to inspire artists in the post-punk and rock genres. With only two masterful LPs created in two short years, they stand as a testament to the fact that music doesn't need exuberant personalities and prolonged careers to make a significant impact. In this artist deep-dive, Jake and Tom go through Joy Division's history, discography, and influence on the last four decades of music. […]

  • Nick Drake - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 10/19/2015 at 3:32 PM

    Despite his tragically short musical career, Nick Drake remains one of the most influential albeit underrated figures in acoustic and folk music. In this artist deep-dive, we walk through Nick's discography, discuss his character and how it affected his music, and the impact he's had since he passed away over forty years ago. […]

  • How Do You Discover New Music?
    by Velocities In Music on 10/12/2015 at 7:00 PM

    Let's talk about how to get into new music, and how technology has changed that process. This includes word of mouth, music clubs, radio, magazines and other publications, best-of lists, blogs, streaming sites, and a fun game you can play with your friends called Music League. […]

  • Modest Mouse - An Artist Deep-Dive
    by Velocities In Music on 10/06/2015 at 6:31 PM

    Jake and Tom go through Modest Mouse's discography, discussing high points, low points, style, and general impact on modern music. […]

  • September 2015 - New Album Wrap-Up
    by Velocities In Music on 10/01/2015 at 4:01 PM

    Jake and Tom give their thoughts on some albums that came out in September 2015. Albums include: Bring Me the Horizon - That's the Spirit CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down Youth Lagoon - Savage Hills Ballroom Battles - La Di Da Di David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock FIDLAR - Too Widowspeak - All Yours The Dear Hunter - Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon Ryan Adams - 1989 Metric - Pagans In Vegas Iron Maiden - Book of Souls Idjut Boys - Versions Slayer - Repentless Disclosure - Caracal The Wonder Years - No Closer to Heaven New Order - Music Complete Big Grams - Big Grams (EP) Mac Miller - GO:OD AM Motion City Soundtrack - Panic Stations Blackalicious - Imani, Vol. 1 The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn Silversun Pickups - Better Natur […]

  • What Makes a Concert Great?
    by Velocities In Music on 09/29/2015 at 3:44 PM

    Jake and Tom discuss the different factors that can make or break a concert experience. What are some of the best concerts you've been to, and more importantly, why? […]

  • Why Buy Vinyl Records?
    by Velocities In Music on 09/24/2015 at 6:31 PM

    Jake and Tom talk about why, in the age of music streaming and downloads, people have begun buying records. Is it an issue of sound quality, is it nostalgia, or both? […]

  • Led Zeppelin: An Artist Deep-dive
    by Velocities In Music on 09/23/2015 at 6:55 PM

    Rock Legends.  These guys redefined rock and roll in the late 1960's and 1970's.  In this artist deep-dive, Jake and Tom from Velocities in Music break down the history, style, influence, and most importantly, the discography of Led Zeppelin. &nbs […]

  • Who can talk about music?
    by Velocities In Music on 09/23/2015 at 6:32 PM

    What qualifications does a person need to review music? Does a person need experience to give there opinions on an album or artist?  Velocities in Music dives deep into this question as they reflect on their experiences reviewing albums and the feedback they received.&nbs […]

  • Podcast 1 - VIMTV Epilogue
    by Velocities In Music on 09/20/2015 at 5:17 PM

    Jake and Tom discuss what they've been up to over the last year, why they stopped posting album reviews, and their plans for the future. […]

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