Episode 42: My Favorite Albums of 2017

I didn’t listen to as much music as I normally would in this past year. However, I don’t really think I listened to an album that I felt wasted my time.

This is not a best of list, but just a podcast on my favorite albums of the year.  The higher the ranking the more I listened to the album is how I ranked them.

Spoilers: My top five after the jump:

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Episode 39: The Afghan Whigs, The Mountain Goats, Singles Soundtrack, and Chris Cornell

I’m finally back with a music podcast! This one gives short impressions of the latest from Kendrick Lamar, Father John Misty, The Afghan Whigs, and the Mountain Goats.  I also talk about how my anticipation of the Singles soundtrack changed with the suicide of Chris Cornell.  Finally, I attempt to sum up why music is important in my life and how it has saved from a few bouts of real anxiety and depression, how I’ve spent more time with people like Chris Cornell or Paul Westerberg than some family members, and how concerts should be safe places.

Show Notes:

Kendrick Lamar Damn (explicit)

Father John Misty  Pure Comedy

The Afghan Whigs In Spades

The Mountain Goats Goths

You can by tickets to The Mountain Goats show at the Republic NOLA here.

Singles Soundtrack (it’s partially on spotify, but the link doesn’t work, so here is the iTunes link.)


Episode 35: Shortened Radiohead and What the Hall of Fame Gets Wrong

Radiohead is like a handful of sand: everytime I think I have them in my grasp; they slip away.  In this Mr. Nola Nerd Couple Music Podcast, I talk about how I have not seen an entire set of Radiohead even though I’ve been to two of their concerts.  I also give my unsolicited opinion on the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, with a huge amount of praise to Jeff Ament’s shirt that he wore to the ceremony.

Show Notes:

Jeff Ament’s Shirt:

Jeff’s RRHOF shirt.

A post shared by Pearl Jam (@pearljam) on Apr 8, 2017 at 12:13pm PDT


Intro and exit music for the podcast (and all podcasts):

Lady of the Punks by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. Ft: Doxent Zsigmond

Lady of the Punks by Martijn de Boer (NiGiD) (c) 2015 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/NiGiD/49068 Ft: Doxent Zsigmond

Episode 33: Brian Wilson and How I Learned to Love EDM

In a short podcast about music, I talk about Brian Wilson’s concert recently at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans.  I also discuss how I completely changed my mind on EDM.  I will be back next week with my thoughts on Radiohead’s show, and then the music podcast will take a break until the end of April.

Show Notes:

Episode 31: Old 97s’ Graveyard Whistling and Ryan Adams in Concert

I asked Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple to marry me with an Old 97s song playing in the background.  Obviously, they are an important band to us and a new release is always a big deal in at Nola Nerd Couple headquarters.  Another important artist to us is Ryan Adams.  In fact, he is the one artist that I would say we are equal fans.  He was awfully sick for this show and he canceled his next performance.  You couldn’t tell until he told us at the show we attended.

Show Notes:

Old 97s Graveyard Whistling

Ryan Adams setlist at the Orpheum in New Orleans

Ryan Adams Setlist Orpheum Theatre, New Orleans, LA, USA 2017, Prisoner

Episode 26: Angel Olsen in Concert, The Republic NOLA, and Sun Kil Moon’s Latest Album

In this week’s music podcast, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple reviews the recent Angel Olsen concert as well as the venue the show was held, The Republic in New Orleans.  He also tells you why he listening to Sun Kil Moon is like a boxing match. When the punches land, they are devastating.


Show Notes:

Angel Olsen’s My Woman:

Republic NOLA

Sun Kil Moon’s Common as Light and Love are Red Valleys of Blood:

I noticed when I recorded the podcast, that I found myself contradicting what I originally thought of this record. I thought it was unfocused, but the more I think about it, the more I think I’m wrong.  He seems to be unfocused but he knows what he is doing.  Again, I think the boxing metaphor applies.  He does feign a lot, he throws body punches to wear you out, but when he wants to land a knockout punch, he does with skill and percision.

Episode 26: Bash & Pop


Mr. Nola Nerd Couple discusses Tommy Stinson’s new album, Anything Could Happen, which was recorded under his old band name, Bash & Pop.

Show Notes:

Tommy Stinson’s Website