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Author: Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn

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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.
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We didn't all do our homework, but Doug discusses three chapters from David Hepworth's book Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 (https://amzn.to/3IpfKsd) Black Sabbath: The Ballet review (https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2023/sep/28/black-sabbath-the-ballet-review-heavy-metal-birmingham-royal-ballet) Introducing the Violoncello Da Spalla (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD4kNY34AoE) Our next tracks: Sigiswald Kuijken: Solo (https://amzn.to/3TeIdXC) New Order: Substance 1987 (2023 Expanded Reissue) (https://amzn.to/49w3zp4) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
We have a “two guys in a pub” episode, in which we talk about the next musical artist to perform at The Sphere: Dead & Company. We also discuss Apple’s new Vision Pro, the Grammys, Taylor Swift, the Superb Owl, and more. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Dead & Company, Dead Forever, at The Sphere (https://www.thespherevegas.com/shows/dead-and-company) Apple Vision Pro review: magic, until it’s not (The Verge) (https://www.theverge.com/24054862/apple-vision-pro-review-vr-ar-headset-features-price) Taylor Swift, QAnon, and the Political Weaponization of Fandom (https://www.wired.com/story/taylor-swift-psyop-conspiracy-theory-person-of-the-year/) Monte-Carlo Summer Festival (https://www.montecarlosbm.com/en/shows/monte-carlo-summer-festival) Our next tracks: The Passions: Thirty-Thousand Feet over China (https://amzn.to/42FNN8H) The Rolling Stones: A Bigger Bang (https://amzn.to/3SwleWA) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode #274: OMD

Episode #274: OMD

2024-01-3128:21

We discuss the first album by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, aka OMD, called Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. This was a foundational album in the synth-pop movement that started in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the UK. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orchestral_Manoeuvres_in_the_Dark_(album)) Synth Britannia (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lVljmH0yUw) Our next tracks: Brian Eno: 77 Million Paintings (https://music.apple.com/us/album/77-million-paintings/1691826679) Dr. Feelgood: Down by the Jetty (https://amzn.to/3OoReuG) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Doug has long been a fan of Frank Zappa’s music, yet we’ve never spent an episode discussing it. In our irregular series looking at individual albums, we look at Zappa’s best-selling record, the 1979 Sheik Yerbouti. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Frank Zappa: Sheik Yerbouti (https://www.zappa.com/releases-archive/sheik-yerbouti/#/) Episode #268: Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (https://www.thenexttrack.com/273) Robert Christgau on Sheik Yerbouti (https://www.robertchristgau.com/get_album.php?id=8200) Zappa (https://www.thezappamovie.com) (documentary) Our next tracks: Genesis: Wind and Wuthering (https://amzn.to/3tX6IyQ) Frank Zappa: Sheik Yerbouti (https://amzn.to/3HnsMFS) "> If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode #272: Keef

Episode #272: Keef

2024-01-0330:09

Keith Richards is still alive. We recorded this episode on his 80th birthday, and we discussed how he is one of the most important guitarists in rock music, and the backbone of The Rolling Stones Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: @officialKeef (https://twitter.com/officialkeef) - Keith Richards an Twitter Keith Richards Shows Off His Guitar Skills by Playing Some Rolling Stones Hits | The Tonight Show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiSCebNwsdc&t=56s) Keith Richards: A life in guitars (https://www.guitarworld.com/features/keith-richards-a-life-in-guitars) Keith Richards: “They haven't really improved the electric guitar since Les Paul and Leo Fender put their touch to it. Everything else is trying to sound like them” (https://www.guitarworld.com/features/keith-richards-interview-electric-guitar-les-paul-leo-fender) Peter Gabriel - Here Comes The Flood video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlRLvaXVyk8) Our next tracks: Peter Gabriel: I/O (https://amzn.to/3RNctaa) X-Ray Spex: Germfree Adolescents (https://amzn.to/3RK6umv) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Apple’s recent operating system updates have added some changes to the Music app. We look into these features and how they affect the way you manage your music. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Take Control of Mac Media Apps (https://www.takecontrolbooks.com/media-apps/) Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack) Doug’s Apple Scripts (https://dougscripts.com) Our next tracks: The Cure: Three Imaginary Boys (https://amzn.to/3GOM9HG) Red Devils & Mick Jagger: The Blues Session (https://amzn.to/4ar14p4) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Composer and pianist Timo Andres worked on a new edition of Philip Glass’s piano études. He talks about these works, about what piano études are, and about Glass’s music. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! Guest: Timo Andres (https://www.andres.com) Timo Andres’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/timoandres) ‌Show notes: Timo Andres’s other episodes of The Next Track (https://www.thenexttrack.com/guests/timo-andres) Philip Glass Piano Etudes: The Complete Folios 1-20 & Essays from 20 Fellow Artists (https://amzn.to/3Rrj770) Philip Glass: Complete Piano Études, Maki Namekawa (https://amzn.to/3GtEvlJ) Our next tracks: Brian Eno: Ambient 1:Music For Airports (https://amzn.to/3GvjeZ1) Carla Olson & Mick Taylor - Sway: The Best of Carla Olson & Mick Taylor (https://amzn.to/3Gw161d) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast. Special Guest: Timo Andres.
Apple is slowly phasing out iTunes on Windows, after having done so four years ago on Mac. Is it the end of the iTunes brand? Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Apple is finally killing off iTunes—for real this time (https://www.intego.com/mac-security-blog/apple-is-finally-killing-off-itunes-for-real-this-time/) Episode #162 - Apple's New Improved macOS Media Apps (https://www.thenexttrack.com/165) Our next tracks: Morton Feldman: Piano & String Quartet (https://amzn.to/3SW5SMP) The Who: Quadrophenia (https://amzn.to/3RbOy5p) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
We discuss Miles Davis's groundbreaking 1970 album Bitches Brew. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Bitches Brew (https://amzn.to/3QwZXLu) The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (https://amzn.to/3ubRJ3D) Rolling Stone review of Bitches Brew (https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/bitches-brew-186433/) Guardian review of Bitches Brew (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/jul/28/miles-davis-bitches-brew-reviewed-jazz-1970) Miles Runs the Voodoo Down - 8/18/1970 - Tanglewood (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3BaGMevjeM) Black Beauty: Miles Davis at Fillmore West (https://amzn.to/465SiJQ) About the 4/10/70 concert (http://cryptdev.blogspot.com/2011/06/miles-davis-and-dead-41070.html) Our next tracks: Phillip Glass and Paul-Leonard Morgan: The Pigeon Tunnel (https://embed.music.apple.com/us/album/the-pigeon-tunnel-soundtrack-from-the-apple-original-film/1709715156) Medicine Head: New Bottles, Old Medicine (https://amzn.to/462QtNF) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Roger Waters decided to make a new version of Dark Side of the Moon. It's a mistake. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Dark Side of the Moon Gets Rogered (https://kirkville.com/dark-side-of-the-moon-gets-rogered/) -Episode #235 - 1973 (https://www.thenexttrack.com/239) The Wall: Film (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Waters:_The_Wall) Rolling Stones: Hackney Diamonds (https://amzn.to/3tULGQQ) Our next tracks: Bach: Art of the Fugue, Angela Hewitt (https://amzn.to/3QuA8Nf) Hot Tuna: Hopkorv (https://amzn.to/3tI65bX) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
The Sphere is a huge new venue in Las Vegas, with a massive scene that provides an immersive video experience. U2 has been playing there, with concerts that combine their music with innovative visuals. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: The Sphere (https://www.thespherevegas.com) Behind the scenes at U2's Las Vegas Sphere residency (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-SqberQ2d0) (CBS This Morning) Behind U2's Residency at Sphere Las Vegas: Apple Music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=El-a0rbmAIA) Macbeth, RSC (https://www.rsc.org.uk/macbeth/past-productions/polly-findlay-2018-production) Gilles Deleuze: Proust and Signs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proust_and_Signs) Our next tracks: Henry Purcell: Fantasies for the Viols (https://amzn.to/46EJXxg) The Flatmates: Potpourri: Hits, Mixes and Demos '85-'89 (https://amzn.to/3tpDDvf) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Recordings change music by freezing it in time. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Hubbub (https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v17/n13/nicholas-spice/hubbub) (Paywall, free to read with account creation) Episode #126 - Background Music and Muzak (https://www.thenexttrack.com/129) How Daydreaming Can Enhance Creativity for Fiction Writers (https://www.literatureandlatte.com/blog/how-daydreaming-can-enhance-creativity-for-fiction-writers) Episode #187 - Live Performances during Covid-19, and After (https://www.thenexttrack.com/190) (John Wyver on filming theater) Our next tracks: Starfield: Original Game Soundtack (https://music.apple.com/us/album/starfield-original-game-soundtrack/1702368331) The Adverts: Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts (https://amzn.to/458TSKc) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
A new documentary about Hipgnosis, the design team that is famous for covers of albums by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and many others, looks at the period when album artwork became an important element of rock albums. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art. - The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue (https://amzn.to/487LIVv) Squaring the Circle (https://releasing.dogwoof.com/squaring-the-circle/) Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE and the Dave Harrington Group on Music Between Genres (https://www.thenexttrack.com/49) Our next tracks: Darkside (https://www.darksidetheband.com) Mud: Use Your Imagination (https://amzn.to/3sN56Xn) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
It's been a while since we've talked about Dolby Atmos, so we decided to discuss how much it has changed the way we (well, Kirk) listen to music. (Doug doesn't have an Atmos setup yet.) Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Episode #214 - Chris Connaker on Music with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio (https://www.thenexttrack.com/218) Sonos Arc (https://amzn.to/3L37LCR) Sonos Sub mini (https://amzn.to/3OTGYKd) Gerard Cousins: The Poet Acts (https://music.apple.com/us/album/1678764386) The Dark Side of the Rainbow (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Side_of_the_Rainbow) Brian Eno: FOREVERANDEVERMORE (https://music.apple.com/us/album/foreverandevernomore/1635589174) Grateful Dead: Reckoning (https://music.apple.com/us/album/reckoning-live/291317412) Our next tracks: The Necks: Sex (https://amzn.to/3L4cfc9) Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Deluxe Edition) (https://amzn.to/3P0r94m) Note: I've listened to Sex, by The Necks, several times recently. When I went to prepare the show notes, I couldn't find it on Apple Music any more. For some reason the artist has removed this from streaming. If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Doug bought a Sony Walkman (not one that plays cassettes), and we discuss personal music players, as well as boom boxes, which were collective listening devices. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: The Zen of Everything, Buddha Basics 02: Dukkha Sucks (https://www.zen-of-everything.com/80) Rude Boy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rude_Boy_(film)) (don't watch this movie) Our next tracks: Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight (https://amzn.to/3KCRhBa) ABC: The Lexicon of Love (https://amzn.to/3KH9z4f) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Classic rock is back. Its influence is extending, in part because of its presence in movies and TV shows. It is the lingua franca of popular music. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Rock’s Resurgence (https://lefsetz.com/wordpress/2023/07/17/rocks-resurgence/) Fred Jacobs (https://www.radiohalloffame.com/fred-jacobs) Simon Reynolds's Notes on the noughties: The musically fragmented decade (https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2009/dec/07/musically-fragmented-decade) Yacht Rock (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yacht_rock) Our next tracks: Eraldo Bennochi & Harold Budd: Music for "Fragments from the Inside" (https://amzn.to/3OgAvsl) Apple Music Alternative - Post-Punk Deep Cuts (https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/post-punk-deep-cuts/pl.7c82312b653f4eb48301cf2f34fe6319) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Live albums are very different from studio albums, but also sound very different than what we hear when we attend concerts. We talk about how live albums work, what sort of artist makes live albums, and whether anyone would want to hear a Taylor Swift live album. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Episode #19 – Live Recordings and Studio Recordings (https://www.thenexttrack.com/20) Rolling Stones: Four Flicks (https://amzn.to/3K2Aya1) Bob Dylan: Supper Club, 1993 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu7b-i2yzHI) Our next tracks: Grateful Dead: Here Comes Sunshine (https://store.dead.net/en/grateful-dead/special-collections/here-comes-sunshine/here-comes-sunshine-1973-dead.net-exclusive-[alac-digital-download]/081227847043.html) Frank Zappa: You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol.2: The Helsinki Concert (https://amzn.to/43rl8Ty) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
It's summer, and there are music festivals. We discuss the Glastonbury Festival, attending live concerts, and more. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: Glastonbury Festival (https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk) Glastonbury Festival on the BBC iPlayer (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b007r6vx/glastonbury) MUBI (https://mubi.com/t/web/global/8cTPc-E6) Annette (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annette_(film)) Our next tracks: Pat Metheny: Dream Box (https://amzn.to/44t028j) Beck, Bogert & Appice: Live 1973 & 1974 (https://amzn.to/3pzy3oE) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode #258: Opera

Episode #258: Opera

2023-06-2130:06

Doug and Kirk don't know a lot about opera, but they discuss it anyway. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV (https://amzn.to/3phxQ9t) Mezzo (https://www.mezzo.tv/en) Carnegie Hall+ (https://www.carnegiehallplus.com) Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall (https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en) OperaVision (https://www.youtube.com/@OperaVision/videos) Audience member banned from Royal Opera House after he loudly booed child singer during aria (https://www.classicfm.com/artists/royal-opera-house/audience-member-banned-booing-child-singer/) Our next tracks: Lully: Atys (https://amzn.to/3JqtBzk) Motorbike: Motorbike (https://motorbikernr.bandcamp.com/album/motorbike) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
We discuss home automation and using music listening music devices around the home. Help support The Next Track by making regular donations via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/thenexttrack). We're ad-free and self-sustaining so your support is what keeps us going. Thanks! ‌Show notes: FreeForm (https://www.apple.com/uk/newsroom/2022/12/apple-launches-freeform-a-powerful-new-app-designed-for-creative-collaboration/) OmniGraffle (https://www.omnigroup.com/omnigraffle) Philips Hue light bulbs (https://amzn.to/3Ng2Mjz) Eve Energy (https://amzn.to/3OXts9U) Our next tracks: Succession (https://www.hbo.com/succession) Curved Air: Air Conditioning (https://amzn.to/3oPRFVc) If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
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