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Music Podcasts: The Thing of the Future

By Lexi Ashbury
Music Journalist

Let’s be real, no matter the topic, us millennials love to pop on a podcast anytime of the day. Guilty as charged! I’m sure we’ve all tried to get a family member or friend to listen to our favorite podcast, which may or may not have gone on without a hitch. In recent years, we have begun to ditch the usual driving playlists for a podcast to soothe us while sitting in rush hour traffic. 

While people are distracted by the political and true crime podcasts that are a part of everyone’s daily routines, podcasts that explore the depths of musicians, albums and lyrics are on the rise. Being the professional podcast reviewer that I am, I have compiled a top-tier list of the music podcasts that are must-listens. Sit back, relax and get ready to discover your new favorite listens.

1. Your Favorite Band Sucks

This one is a personal favorite of mine because it mixes comedy and music knowledge perfectly. Hosts Mark Mosley and Tyler Mahan Coe recommend that you actually start with a band you hate, that way you don’t get offended right off the bat. Each episode tackles a new artist and focuses on making the listener understand why they are overrated – sounds riveting, I know. But hear me out – get in the groove of their jokes, find a rhythm, then take a deep breath and click play on one of your favorite all-time bands.

Take it with a grain of salt and laugh through the tearing apart of your beloved band. With over 60 episodes, they have spanned over bands like The Who, Fleetwood Mac, The Smiths, Green Day, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins and dozens more. Every episode drawing the same profound conclusion: the band sucks. 

2. Disgraceland

This is an absolute classic that focuses more on true crime and music history. Each 30-minute episode tells the criminal tales that surround the most famous (or infamous) pop stars. While the true crime stories are explored, the musician’s music career is always touched on. It balances the alleged antics with the sounds that made us all, at one time or another, love these particular artists.

If you want to start off with a heavy hitter, I would try the Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love two-parter; we all know the story. I would then dive into something slight and try The Rolling Stones episode. That episode delves deep into the trouble the band stirred up in the 60s and 70s (the glory days, am I right). Producing two episodes a week, there is plenty of time to jump on the bandwagon and binge the entire show in record time. 

3. All Songs Considered 

Before I begin, I would like to disclose that I’m biased to this podcast because NPR produces it, which means if anyone from NPR is reading this… please hire me. All jokes aside, this podcast is the one to put on while you’re getting ready to start your day.

Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are going to become your new best friends while they discuss the best of new music, up and coming artists and more. Every Friday they put out an episode titled “New Music Friday” that focuses on the brand-new music that was released that week (kind of self-explanatory, I know). You can’t go wrong with this podcast, and it’s not one where you have to listen to every episode to get the full effect. Pick your poison, AKA episode, and get listening! 

4. And The Writer Is…

Have you ever wondered how your favorite songs have come to be? How exactly your favorite lyrics were thought of?  This podcast focuses strictly on the people behind the magic, the songwriters. I’m sure we all think we could write a hit song; I mean how hard could it really be? Well let me tell you a secret, it takes a great amount of talent to produce songs that teenagers use to define their adolescence, so mad props to all the guests on this podcast, truly doing the Lord’s work.

Every week, host Ross Golan sits down with a writer as he picks their brains about their experiences in the music industry. With five seasons produced and over 70 episodes recorded, this podcast is an essential for those who want to discover the puppet masters behind their favorite top hits.  

Every one of these podcasts makes day to day activities more bearable while giving the listener insight into different realms of the music industry. Podcasts are taking over and it’s about time we all realize it. Follow this little guide and I promise you’ll become a music podcast pro in no time.

Featured image via Disgraceland.

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