Episode #201 – Kurt Andersen on Why Music Hasn’t Changed in Decades

In his recent book Evil Geniuses, Kurt Andersen noted that people have dressed the same for decades, and that music has barely changed since the 1980s. We discuss this decades long stasis, and why it may have happened.

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The Next Track, Episode #200 – This Was the Year that Wasn’t

Another year is gone, and what a year. Four the 200th episode of The Next Track, we take stock of what 2020 meant for us musically, talk about some of the wonderful musicians we were able to interview in lockdown, and mention a couple of musical discoveries we have made.

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The Next Track, Episode #199 – Do You Know It’s Christmas?

We again re-run our much-loved Christmas show, because it was so good that we couldn’t imagine doing a better Christmas show. And because we really don’t want to do a new Christmas show. And because we’re really proud of the extensive show notes that took so long to collate.

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The Next Track, Episode #198 – Casey Rae on William S. Burroughs and Rock and Roll

William S. Burroughs was an author who had a huge influence on rock musicians. Casey Rae’s new book charts this influence through the years, as Burroughs met with many of the great musicians of his time.

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The Next Track, Episode #197 – I’m Not an Audiophile, But…

A comment by a tech reviewer incited us to discuss who is qualified to pass judgment on the audio quality of devices. We discuss this with our favorite audiophile, Chris Connaker.

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The Next Track, Episode #196 – Really Don’t Mind if You Sit This One Out

Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick is arguably the best progressive rock concept album of all time. Doug and Kirk have long been fans of this record, and discuss the genesis of the recording and the music, which still stands, nearly 50 years after its release, as one of the great albums of all time.

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The Next Track, Episode #195 – Timo Andres: Making Home Videos and the Creative Process

We last spoke with composer and pianist Timo Andres early in the lockdown, after he made a series of videos for a recital program that had been cancelled at Carnegie Hall. Over the past few months, Andres has refined the art of filming himself at the piano, and uses both audio and video recording as part of his creative process.

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The Next Track, Episode #194 – Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein used the lockdown to record an album of music by Philip Glass and Franz Schubert. We discuss how she built her career, how she recorded this album, and talk about Schubert’s wonderful last piano sonata.

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The Next Track, Episode #193 – Is Stereo Wrong?

Is stereo the right way to listen to music? After all, it is an artificial attempt to reproduce the sound of live music. Perhaps we should revolt against the tyranny of the sweet spot.

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The Next Track, Episode #192 – The Same as It Ever Was

Following our discussion of CDs in episode #190, we continue our discussion about these plastic discs, mainly because Doug bought some new audio gear and is now CD-obsessed.

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