My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan

My Favorite Album with Jeremy Dylan

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Each week filmmaker Jeremy Dylan chats with a musician/songwriter about their favorite album of all time - the songs, the history and how it has influenced their own music.

Episodes

197. Benmont Tench on playing with Dylan, Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams and what he's learned  

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

196. Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins) on Renee Geyer 'Moving Along' (1977) and the lessons Renee taught her  

One of Australia's busiest and most accomplished singer/songwriters Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins) joins me to tell the story of how Aussie soul legend Renee Geyer became her childhood mentor, the lessons and advice Geyer taught her and why neither of them fit comfortably in Australia's musical landscape.

Plus, should singers smoke?

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

 

195. The Shires on Lady Antebellum 'Own the Night' (2011)  

The Shires have brought contemporary country to the mainstream in the UK. They open up about the inspiration of US country superstars Lady Antebellum, the difference between US and UK perspectives on sincerity and being 'uncool' as performers, and their friendship with friend of the show Sam Palladio.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

194. Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits) on Beach Boys 'Love You' (1977)  

We celebrate a milestone today with first ever Scottish guest of the pod. Duglas T Stewart, founder and frontman of indie legends BMX Bandits, joins me to discuss the offbeat magic and beautiful naive emotion of Beach Boys 'Love You', the band's bizarre and compelling 1977 'comeback' album, which saw Brian Wilson and a host of wonky synthesisers create a sonic world completely different to the perfectionism of Pet Sounds.

We talk about how this record showcases Brian Wilson the lyricist, the simple sentiment of tune like 'Solar System', why the unfiltered emotion of the Beach Boys is more authentic than many modern overwrought overearnest bands, the hidden sadness in 'Johnny Carson', Duglas's conversations with Brian Wilson about the record, the BMX Bandits songs most inspired by the album, Big Star's Alex Chilton's love for the record and which Scottish movie would make the best name for an Australian band.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

193. Dan Soder on Queens on the Stone Age ‘Like Clockwork’ (2013)  

Standup comic, actor, co-host of The Bonfire, Dan Soder has followed an instinct to just ‘do cool shit’. His just ‘do cool shit’ idol is Josh Homme, frontman of Queens of the Stone Age.

We talk about how being uncool makes QOTSA the coolest band in the world, why Dan doesn’t care how many years it takes between Queens records, how Elton John talked Homme into letting him play piano on the album, the QOTSA song that could heal the divided America, how Josh Homme embraces ‘the Koppelman rule’ and what Dan’s dream QOTSA lineup would be.

 

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

192. Kingswood on The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' (1967)  

Kingswood are one of Australia's hottest rock bands, and I sat down with frontman Fergus and axeman Alex on release day for their new album ‘After Hours, Before Dawn’, to talk about why "everything comes back to the Beatles", studio experimentation, finding their own George Martin, mellotrons, the music teacher that made them appreciate the Beatles and the art of the album and translating dreams into songs, with horrifying results.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

191. Comedian Becky Lucas on Michael Jackson 'Bad' (1987)  

Standup comic, writer and self-described ‘hateful rat’ Becky Lucas on her childhood infatuation with the music of Michael Jackson, and arguably MJ’s last classic album, 1987′s ‘Bad’.

We talk about how Jackson still managed to connect to people through music when isolated from the everyday world, I tell a bizarre MJ studio story (courtesy of bass legend Guy Pratt), the death of mass culture in the modern world, why Becky bailed on a MJ gig mid-way through and our memories of the day MJ died.

My Favorite Album is a podcast about how the music you love influences you, and unpacking what makes a great album. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

 

189. PVT on Brian Eno 'Another Green World' and how you can use his oblique strategies to fire the creative process  

PVT drummer Laurence Pike joins me to discuss the iconic British producer, singer-songwriter, self proclaimed 'non-musician' and mad professor Brian Eno and his classic album Another Green World (1975).

We use Eno's classic 'Oblique Strategies' cards, we try to find insight into Eno's creativity, PVT's musical process and different ways of overcoming creative stumbling blocks and barriers.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

189. Middle Kids on My Brightest Diamond 'Bring Me The Workhorse' (2006) and the debt MK owe to Bach and Chopin  

Middle Kids frontwoman and chief songwriter Hannah Joy on the marriage of emotional indie folk and sophisticated classicism that is My Brightest Diamond's debut LP and how it has influenced her own approach to pop music. 

Why are all modern rockers in debt to Bach and Chopin (and where does ABBA fit in)? What does it mean to see yourself as only a part of the greater story of pop music? What's with all the animal metaphors on this album? What is the most embarrassing thing Middle Kids drummer Harry Day has done on tour?

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

 

188. Bitter Script Reader on 'That Thing You Do', Tom Hanks' classic rock film and soundtrack  

Film author and blogger the Bitter Script Reader joins me to celebrate Tom Hanks' classic 1996 film That Thing You Do, the best rock'n'roll biopic to only feature fictional pop bands.

We talk about how the film embodies the spirit of early 60s rock, as well as the spirit of Tom Hanks, how Hanks used his leverage as the biggest movie star on earth to get this idiosyncratic little film made, how the original songs in the film feel authentic to the period without feeling like parodies of real 60s rock, the trick of creating fake historical stars in films set amongst real history, how Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger was responsible for the title song and how the film morally diverges from almost all other rock'n'roll movies.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

187. Carly Rae Jepsen 'Emotion' (2015) with CRJ Dream Team Jess Gleeson, Adam Lewis and Geordie Gray  

How does the woman behind one of the biggest mainstream pop singles of the decade follow it up with a cult album beloved by critics and hipsters alike? I assembled a dream team of Carly Rae Jepsen fans, from photographer and record company staffer Jess Gleeson to Secret Garden music festival programmer Adam Lewis and emo social media influencer (and my flatmate) Geordie Gray. 

Sit back and listen as we unwind the story of one of the most unexpectedly beloved records of recent years, why it didn't achieve the mainstream success it deserved, the differences between CRJ and other more controversial pop stars, what's behind the emotional relationship we all have with this album - and much more...

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

 

Legendary rock photographer Danny Clinch on Bruce Springsteen 'Greetings from Ashbury Park NJ' (1973) and how he became Bruce's go to photographer (REPOST)  

Note: This episode originally aired in March 2016.

Danny Clinch, harmonica player and the greatest rock photographer of the past 25 years, joins me to talk about the debut album of his idol and frequent collaborator Bruce Springsteen - ‘Greetings from Ashbury Park NJ’.

Danny talks about the parallels between his NJ upbringing and the characters on the album, why Springsteen’s managers have also produced his records, the album’s youthful energy, how he went from Bruce fan to his go-to photographer, jamming with the Boss on stage, introducing Bruce to Jason Isbell and how he manages to capture so many intimate, iconic moments with Springsteen and other legendary artists.

 

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Jake Clemons on Sarah McLachlan 'Surfacing', Springsteen songwriting advice and balancing his solo work with the E Street Band (REPOST)  

Reposting this episode on request from two lovely fans of the pod I met at a Bruce Springsteen gig last night.

Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and E Street Band saxophonist Jake Clemons joins host Jeremy Dylan to chat about his love for Sarah McLachlan’s 1997 album “Surfacing”.

Why did this album inspire Jake to become a songwriter? How did McLachlan and producer Pierre Marchand create a unique sound for the album? Why doesn’t Jake play all the instruments on his own records? Does Jake think his and Sarah McLachlan’s classical training is an asset or hindrance in creating great pop music? What key piece of songwriting advice that Bruce Springsteen gave Jake is reflected in this album?

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

186. Sarah Belkner on Peter Gabriel 'So' (1986)  

Sydney singer-songwriter makes music that's complex, compelling and controlled, and bathed in the influence of 80s new wave pop. Today she joins me to talk Peter Gabriel's solo album 'So', the 1986 juggernaut that dominated MTV and established his commercial resilience after a series of acclaimed, less populist records.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

Neil Finn (Crowded House) on Beatles, Bowie, Neil Young & Radiohead (REPOST)  

Reposting this episode on request to compliment the most recent chat with fellow Crowded House member Mark Hart.

The first Kiwi on the podcast waxes lyrical on four of the most influential albums in his record collection.

Neil and host Jeremy Dylan delve into The Beatles’ “Beatles for Sale” and Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush” and along the way talk about their shared memories of a bizarre Crowded House gig in Hyde Park, covering the Beatles with Paul Kelly, the Finn family record collection circa 1964, Neil’s planned first name-based supergroup, singing in falsetto and why he’s a self-described “perverse bastard”.

They delve in to David Bowie’s “Hunky Dory” and Radiohead’s “In Rainbows”, try to resolve the Bowie vs. Bowie debate, why Bowie is as important to Neil as the Beatles, what Radiohead’s favorite card game is, the time and place to be methodical in rock'n'roll and Neil reveals his next musical project.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

 

185. Mark Hart (Crowded House) on XTC 'Drums & Wires' (1979)  

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental wizard Mark Hart (Crowded House, Supertramp) joins me for a freewheeling journey through the records that inspired him through his formative years, particularly XTC's nervy new wave classic 'Drums & Wires'.

We talk about how XTC hid their intricacy and sophistication through canny pop songwriting, whatever happened to Oingo Boingo, driving to Woodstock on acid, how some Crowded House songs changed after they played them live, Mark’s possibly terrible childhood bands, a cover of “Louie Louie” in the style of Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”, the time Nick Seymour almost introduced Mark to XTC guitarist Dave Gregory on a boat, why Mark’s height got him fired from Jackshit and much more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

184. Emma Swift on Marianne Faithfull 'Broken English' (1979)  

In a moment of history where pissed off women are rising up, Queen of the Sadcore Bangers Emma Swift returns to the show to talk about Marianne Faithfull's brittle, confronting classic 'Broken English'.

Faithfull started her career being exploited as a folk-pop starlet, hitting rock bottom with drugs and homelessness and then taking control of her life and identity with this album. Emma and I talk about the cock forrest of the punk / new wave scene, how women are often written out of pop history, the inappropriate way Emma discovered the album, how it's influencing the shift in her music from despair to rage, and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

183. Owen Rabbit on Kate Bush 'Hounds of Love'  

On today's episode, I explore the link between Kate Bush's 1985 classic 'Hounds of Love' and modern electronic pop with Sydney singer-songwriter/producer Owen Rabbit. 

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

182. Robyn Hitchcock on Bob Dylan 'Blonde on Blonde' (1966)  

Legendary English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock returns to the podcast to talk about artist who’s influence has shaped his entire career - Bob Dylanand his iconic 1966 double album ‘Blond on Blonde’.

We talk about why some people are obsessed with finding the literal inspiration behind every Bob line, how Robyn fell in love with Dylan at boarding school, why David Bowie was the British Bob Dylan, how the Nashville session players changed the way Dylan made records, Dylan’s knack for song titles, whether it matters what order you sing the verses to these songs in, why Visions of Johanna is Robyn’s favorite song and the difference between being ‘a Bob Dylan’ instead of ‘the Bob Dylan’.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

181. Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett) on Nirvana 'Nevermind' (1991)  

Dave Mudie, the deft powerhouse drummer who has been the engine room of Courtney Barnett's CB3 since 2012, joins me to talk about the album that changed music for him - and the rest of the world - Nirvana's iconic album Nevermind.

We talk about how a love for Nirvana united Dave, Courtney and bassist Boanes Sloane when they first played together in country-psych band Immigrant Union, the influence of Dave Grohl on his playing in songs like Pedestrian at Best and Depreston, being gifted a bottle of scotch by Grohl at a gig, running after a Krist Novoselic lookalike by mistake, the unique perks of the power trio formate that Nirvana, Led Zeppelin and the CB3 all used to their advantage - and what Dave, Boanes and Courtney have been playing in the tour bus while traversing the globe for the past few years.

We also delve into how producer Butch Vig used the ghost of John Lennon to convince Kurt Cobain to embrace more refined production, why Cobain later disavowed many aspects of the album, the track that almost didn't make it on the album due to human error, how the record label underestimated the demand for the album, and whether an album like Nevermind could have the same impact on the direction of music today.

My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos.

If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at myfavoritealbumpodcast@gmail.com.

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