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

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.

180. Brian Koppelman on Bruce Springsteen ‘Nebraska’ (1982)  

Filmmaker (Rounders, Ocean’s 13, Solitary Man), showrunner (Billions) and podcaster (The Moment) Brian Koppelman returns for his fourth appearance on the show, to open up Bruce Springsteen’s devastating classic Nebraska (1982).

We talk about how Brian turned to the album during a period of personal pain as a young man, how the stories resonate in the age of Trump and point to some of the factors behind his election, the hope Springsteen finds amongst the devastation of his characters, how he stands as an aspiration and relatable figure to his audience, whether it’s a good idea to turn Bruce’s songs into movies and the empathy that is key to the Boss’s music.

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.

179. Nick Allbrook (POND) on Outkast 'Love Below' (2003)  

Singer/songwriter and POND frontman Nick Allbrook takes me backstage before the band's recent LA show to reveal his long-term infatuation with Outkast's 2003 classic 'Love Below', the complex and endlessly inventive record helped teach Nick it was ok to love pop bangers.

We talk about how the album is structured like a concept record, the wonderfully weird production choices, how Andre 3000 and Outkast evolved from their early Atlanta rap days into the genre blending of 'Love Below', the Outkast cover Nick did with Tame Impala on triple J, stories about foisting the record on the Tame boys in their old sharehouse, the pop anxiety some psych fans have about the evolution of Pond's sound and what to expect from the new Pond record.

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.

 

2016: What the fuck? ft Brian Koppelman, Lisa Mitchell, Mark Hart (Crowded House), Jeff Greenstein, Emma Swift, Davey Lane, Alex Lahey, Melody Pool, Cookin on 3 Burners and more  

10 conversations about the highs and lows of music in 2016

Emmy winner Jeff Greenstein on when David Bowie guest starred on his first TV sitcom. How Melbourne indie soul band Cookin' on 3 Burners had a smash hit on the French dance charts. Americana singer/songwriter Melody Pool on finding her way back to her darkest emotional places to write her stellar album Deep Dark Savage Heart. ARIA-nominee Lisa Mitchell on struggling with how to listen to music in the modern age. Nashville-based Aussie ex-pat Emma Swift on being artistically radicalised by the election of Donald Trump. Filmmaker Brian Koppelman (Billions, Rounders, Ocean's 13) on what music to listen to to get through the Trump blues, and what to expect from music in the coming years. Crowded House guitarist/keyboardist Mark Hart on the inside story of their triumphant reunion shows at the Sydney Opera House forecourt. You Am I guitarist Davey Lane on a year of playing with his living heroes and paying tribute to his dead ones. Singer/songwriter Alex Lahey on writing some of the year's best songs for her debut EP and what to expect from her imminent debut album. Host Jeremy Dylan reveals his 10 favorite albums of 2016.

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.

177. Harper Simon on The Beatles 'White Album' (1968)  

We kick off 2017 at the Chateau Marmont, where I join Harper Simon for bacon, eggs and coffee to talk about the most iconic double album in pop history - the Beatles White Album. 

We talk about how the album shows George Harrison coming into his own, the incredible musical diversity on the record, Eric Clapton and outside players guesting on Beatles records, whether knowing the Beatles personally changes how you listen to their music, whether or not ‘Revolution 9′ should’ve been cut from the album, the lyrical directness of the songs and that time Paul McCartney taught Harper how to play ‘Mother Nature’s Son’.

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.

176. Andrew P Street on Models 'Pleasure of Your Company' (1983)  

Sydney Morning Herald columnist, author and podcaster (Double Disillusionists) Andrew P Street on the Aussie new wave classic 'Pleasure of Your Company', what makes a band like Models a band when the lineup is constantly changing, how this album changed the way he thought about Australian music, using musical taste to define your identity and how going from writing about music to writing about politics changed the way he listens and experiences music.

There's almost no discussion of Peter Dutton.

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.

RIP George Michael - Rob Draper on 'Faith' (1987) - repost  

RIP George Michael, who shockingly passed away today at 53. Reposting this episode from January 2015 in his memory, about his classic solo album 'Faith'.

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We kick off our second year of podcasting with a visit to the podbooth from our returning champion Rob Draper. Rob, who appeared on the very first My Favorite Album a year ago talking Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited, stops by to chat with host Jeremy Dylan about George Michael's 1987 raunchy smash album Faith.

Along the way, they break down classic tracks Faith, Father Figure, I Want Your Sex and Kissing A Fool, debate sexually explicit lyrics in pop music, learning to tolerate 80s production techniques and outline the story for a Broadway adaptation of the album.

The episode closes with Rob performing a rockin' rockabilly rendition of the classic title track.

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.

How do you write a good Xmas song? ft Kristian Bush, Lee Brice, Corb Lund and Tim Byron (REPOST)  

This episode was originally released December 2015.

For the first ever My Favorite Album Christmas special, I delve into the origins of the Christmas pop songs we all know today with musicologist and Sydney Morning Herald journalist Tim Byron - how did we go from religious music to songs about cold weather? Why were all the best Christmas songs written by Jewish guys? And why is an album of Christmas standards by Michael Buble outselling ever album but Adele?

I also check in with friend of the show Kristian Bush (Sugarland) to talk about his new original Christmas song ‘Thinking About Drinking For Christmas’ - what Christmas music did he dig growing up? How do you write a great Christmas song? And what are the essential elements of Christmas music?

Plus Canadian Corb Lund on why he’ll never make a Christmas album and Lee Brice on why he will.

Come back for our next episode - an emotional deep dive on the greatest Christmas album of all time.

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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.

175. Matt Farley on Beach Boys 'Love You' (1977)  

The man behind 'Pappa Razzi and the Photogs', 'The Passionate and Objective Jokerfan' and an array of other musical identities in the Motern Media stable, Matt Farley, welcomes me into his Danvers MA studio to convince me that the greatest Beach Boys album is not 'Pet Sounds' but actually their 1977 cult album 'Love You'.

We delve into the weird and murky circumstances of its creation, how it served as a sort of 'comeback album' for the band who had been in danger of relegation to the oldies circuit, how Brian Wilson functioned without a lyricist, how the band ageing gives some of their songs a creepy edge 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.

 

174. Lisa Mitchell on Regina Spektor 'Being to Hope' (2016)  

ARIA-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Mitchell on Regina Spektor's 'Begin to Hope' and how it celebrates intelligence, eccentricity and imperfection. Plus, Lisa reveals the albums that inspired her latest record 'Warriors' and reveals her favorite album of 2016, and how she balances creativity and social media.

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.

REPOST - Crowded House 'Temple of Low Men' with producer Matt Fell  

To celebrate the recent Crowded House reunion shows, reposting this great early episode about the Crowdies' second album:

Golden Guitar winning and ARIA nominated producer/musician Matt Fell (Tim Freedman, John Williamson) joins host Jeremy Dylan for a breathless exploration of Temple of Low Men, an underrated album by the best band of the 80s - Crowded House.

Along the way, they break down classic tracks I Feel Possessed, Into Temptation, Sister Madly, Better Be Home Soon, Kill Eye and When You Come, delve into how Neil Finn’s lyrics can hit too close to home for some, the genius of producer Mitchell Froom, the underplaying of Nick Seymour and Paul Hester and why Neil Finn is a funk-soul brother.

 

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.

173. Peter Bibby on Sleep 'Dopesmoker' (2003)  

Peter Bibby and I pull up a pew at a Newcastle church to talk about the stoner metal epic 'Dopesmoker' by Sleep. One song over an entire album, a peon to weed.

We delve into the bizarre story of its creation and release, whether you need to be high to appreciate the album, whether it's a good record to have sex to, and why it makes a good soundtrack to Donald Trump's ramblings.

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.

 

172. Slate's Jack Hamilton on Stevie Wonder 'Innvervisions' (1973)  

Slate media critic Jack Hamilton joins me to discuss Stevie Wonder's sometimes overlooked classic album 'Innervisions', how it showcases Stevie's political side, how he balanced sophisticated artistry with massive commercial success, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers version of 'Higher Ground' and the remarkable dynamic Stevie has with his live audiences and what we might expect from Stevie in the age of Trump

Buy Jack's excellent book 'Just Around Midnight: Rock'n'Roll and the Racial Imagination' if you care at all about pop music, pop culture or knowing things.

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.

Blake Masters on Drive-By Truckers 'The Dirty South' (2004)  

Writer/producer Blake Masters (Falling Water, 2 Guns, Brotherhood) steps out of his edit suite to talk about the Drive By-Truckers 2004 masterwork 'the Dirty South'.

We talk about way the album plays to the strengths of the bands three songwriters - Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell, the continuing resonance of the Truckers work post-Trump, how they played against the stereotypes of a Southern Rock band, writing empathetic songs about 'bad guys' and how rock music is used in TV shows. Plus Blake and I hatch plans for a TV series based on the 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.

 

170. Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith on their new album 'We're All Gonna Die', loving LA and the albums that inspire him  

Presenting a conversation between myself and Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith, on bulletproof coffee, how welcoming ex-bandmate Blake Mills into the producer chair changed the band's approach to record making for "We're All Gonna Die", why the hipsters are wrong about LA, the albums that have been his biggest inspiration and whether he feels like part of a creative community.

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.

169. Sadler Vaden on Rolling Stones 'Goats Head Soup' (1973)  

Singer/songwriter Sadler Vaden, guitarist with Jason Isbell's 400 Unit and ambassador for the timeless spirit of rock'n'roll, joins me to shine a light on an underrated classic from the Rolling Stones catalogue, 1973's Goats Head Soup

Why has this album always lived in the shadow of Exile on Main St? How did the guest musicians like Billy Preston influence these songs? Do Sadler and Jason Isbell fight over what the best Stones album is? Which song of Sadler's is directly inspired by 'Angie'? Why did the Stones record Goats Head Soup in Jamaica? Why don't the Stones play most of these songs live? What lyric in 'Winter' has Sadler been mishearing for years, and how does The Wire fit in?

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.

168. Guy Clark biographer Tamara Saviano on 'Dublin Blues' and Guy's legacy  

Guy Clark biographer Tamara Saviano joins me to discuss Guy's classic album 'Dublin Blues', which artists are carrying on Guy's legacy, his impact on the development of Americana music, Guy's relationships with his wife and muse Suzannah and friend and co-writer Rodney Crowell, the timeless quality of Guy's songwriting, how Guy and his friends used their music to talk to each other and why Tamara hasn't been able to listen to Guy's music since he passed away earlier this year.

'Without Getting Killed or Caught' by Tamara Saviano is out now.

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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