Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast

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Two lifelong friends discuss the albums of their favorite band, RUSH

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Ep. 49: RushCon Creative Director Jillian Maryonovich

You probably know Jillian Maryonovich  from the documentary Time Stand Still, where she talked about RushCon and working in the Obama White House. This week, we delve a little deeper into how her obsession with Rush began, the impact Rush has had on her life, and where her fandom will take her in the future.

Aug 03, 2020
Ep. 48: David Calcano of Fantoons

David Calcano melded his lifelong love of music and comics when he founded Fantoons in 2012. His Kickstarter in 2015 for a collection of Rush comics and art was 100% funded in its first day and ended up raising 10 times its original goal. Since then, Fantoons has created official Rush merchandise--including the spectacular graphic novel of the making of A Farewell to Kings--and recently released an animated video of The Spirit of Radio to coincide with the release of the 40th anniversary editions of Permanant Waves. And you can hear all about it in this week's episode!

Jul 27, 2020
Ep. 47: Howard Ungerleider

The week, we talk with the man who lit Rush's lighted stage for decades, Howard Ungerleider.   Howard hopped on the Rush train in 1974, when he accepted the role as tour manager to help keep life on the road running smoothly. The hats began to pile on--tour manager, lighting director, accountant--until he decided to wear just one: lighting director. Anyone who has ever witnessed a live Rush show has seen and appreciated Howard's work. We break down some of his favorite lighting tricks and find out which songs he's always wanted to see in the setlist. Join us!

Jul 20, 2020
Ep. 46: John Patuto of

This week we talk with John Patuto, the man who runs one of the go-to websites for Rush fans, From the germ of an idea on early fan bulliten boards to the sprawling site has become, we cover it all. And we try to answer the question, what's the best Rush album closer of all time?

Jul 13, 2020
Ep. 45: Moving Pictures, Pt. 4

Well, here we are: the fourth and last episode of our Moving Pictures discussion. This time, we cover Witch Hunt and Vital Signs--two great songs that go great together! We hope you enjoy it!

Jul 06, 2020
Ep. 44: Moving Pictures, Pt. 3

This week, we continue our tetralogy (I looked it up!) on Moving Pictures with our discussion of Limelight and The Camera Eye. Is Alex's solo on Limelight the best he ever recorded? Is The Camera Eye more cinematic that Jacob's Ladder? Tune in to see what we think!

Jun 29, 2020
Ep. 43: Moving Pictures, Pt. 2

We're back with more Moving Pictures, specifically, Red Barchetta and YYZ! Two great cinematic songs about different modes of transportation. So help us evade the Eyes, get far outside the Wire, and outrun the gleaming alloy air-cars by recommending Something For Nothing to a friend!

Jun 22, 2020
Ep. 42: Moving Pictures, Pt. 1

Moving Pictures is Rush's best-selling album, and for good reason. It contains arguably the band's most famous song, Tom Sawyer, a concert mainstay since the Moving Pictures tour onward. This week, in the first of our 4-part discussion on the album, we tackle only 2 things: the album art and the aforementioned Tom Sawyer. Catch the witness, catch the wit, catch the spirit, and catch the spit with us! 

Jun 15, 2020
Ep: 41: Ed Stenger, Rush Is A Band blog

This week we talk to Ed Stenger, who runs the ever popular Rush Is A Band blog. We cover the beginnings of the blog, how it grew to be so successful, and how it's changed over the years. We also name our top 3 Rush album openers. It's a harder exercise than you'd think it would be!

Jun 08, 2020
Ep 40: Ray Wawrzyniak and the 40th Anniversary of Permanent Waves

Thi week we have a great conversation Ray Wawryzniak--the Rush uber fan in Time Stand Still with the enormous collection of Rush memorabilia. Now Ray has something else to add to his collection: the 12,000-word liner notes that he wrote for the recently released deluxe edition of the 40th Anniversary of Permanent Waves. Ray takes us on a deep dive into the making of this Rush Masterpiece, his feelings about each song on the album, and what it was like to be asked to write the liner notes for Permanent Waves.

Jun 01, 2020
Ep. 39: Permanent Waves, Pt. 2

This week we finish up our discussion of Permanent Waves. Only Rush can follow up the genius that is side 1 of Permanent Waves with the genius that is side 2 of Permanent Waves! And, of course, side 2 contains one of the craziest songs in all of Rushdom: Natural Science. Buckle in, because it's a wonderful ride.

May 25, 2020
Ep. 38: Permanent Waves, Pt. 1

This week we discuss one of greatest albums in rock history, 1980's Permanent Waves. The album marks a turning point in Rush's career trajectory. Shorter songs--well mostly--that are more accessible, all without skimping on the songwriting that makes Rush the best band in all the land! Plus, Permanent Waves tees up its follow-up. But more on that in a future episode. 

May 18, 2020
Ep. 37: Martin Popoff, Author of "Anthem: Rush in the '70s"

This week we talk with author Martin Popoff. Popoff has written over 90 books about hard rock and heavy metal, including the acclaimed "Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home & Away." His latest is "Anthem: Rush in the '70s," which charts the course of the band from their earliest days through Hemispheres. This is one interview you don't want to miss!

May 11, 2020
Ep. 36: Rush Concert Memories With Mark Irwin

Listeners have been asking us to talk more about our favorite Rush concert memories, so this week we called up friend of the show Mark Irwin to do just that. Mark is Executive Editor at Insight Editions (publisher of Wandering the Face of the Earth and Clockwork Lives, the follow up to the Clockwork Angel's novel), has worked with Fantoons on The Making of A Farewell to Kings graphic novel, has worked with DC and Marvel Comics as an inker and artist, is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art--I'm running out of room! Join us as we take a stroll down concert-memory lane!

May 04, 2020
Ep. 35: Hemispheres, Pt. 2

Circumstances! The Trees! La Villa Strangiato! It's side 2 of Hemispheres! 'Nuff said!

Apr 27, 2020
Ep. 34: Hemispheres, Pt. 1

This week we pass into Olympus as was told in tales of old! That's right, it's Hemispheres! We've called various Rush albums masterpiece, but Hemispheres is a masterpiece's masterpiece. The album marks the end of the (really) long-form Rush song, and it's some send off! And we find out what makes the Lifeson (or Hemispheres) chord sound so amazing. So run to build your cities and converse among the wise with us!

Apr 20, 2020
Ep. 33: Writer and Philosopher Liz Swan

When we came across writer and philosopher Liz Swan's tribute to Neil Peart in Psychology Today, we knew we had to interview her. In this wide-ranging talk, Swan describes how Rush shaped her professional life, how the band's ethos gave her the courage to follow her heart, and how Hemispheres tackles one of the most difficult questions in all of philosophy.

Apr 13, 2020
Ep. 32: Interview with John from Rush Graphs @xyyzgraphs

This week, we talk to the man who is crunching the numbers and pulling interesting information from raw data, John from Rush Graphs. John's Twitter (@xyyzgraphs) is a favorite among Rush fans because it offers a not so typical take on the band. John talks us through 9 different graphs, all of which are available on our Instagram (@therushcast) and Twitter (@rushfancast).

Apr 06, 2020
Ep. 31: A Farewell to Kings, Pt. 2

This week, we get closer to the heart of the black hole of Cygnus-X1 with part 2 of A Farewell to Kings! Topics include Frank Capra, honest to goodness love songs, and what would happen to you if you fell into a black hole. (Spoiler: nothing good.) So when the dragons grow too mighty, listen to Somethi g for Nothing: The RUSH Fancast

Mar 30, 2020
Ep. 30: A Farewell to Kings, Pt. 1

With this episode, we enter the most interesting, creative, and imaginative phase of Rush's career. A Farewell to Kings, in our humble opinions, is about as perfect as any Rush album gets--or any album in the history of Rock. OK, maybe we gush a little too much, but can you blame us? It's A Farewell to Kings!

Mar 23, 2020
Ep. 29: Feedback

On this episode, we're talking about Rush's 2004 covers album, Feedback. This 8-song EP clocks in a brisk 27 minutes and features songs from the 1960s that influenced the band. Once the tracks are discussed, we give our own suggestions for what the guys could have also covered. 

Mar 16, 2020
Ep. 28: Counterparts, Pt 2

This week on Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we finish our discussion of 1993's Counterparts. Again, one of us likes side 2 more than the other one does. Who falls on which side? Listen to find out!

Mar 09, 2020
Ep. 27: Counterparts, Pt. 1

On this week's show, we dissect side one of 1993's Counterparts. In many ways, Counterparts, with its heavy guitars and full sound, is a return to form for Rush, a sonic goodbye to the 1980s. Still, we disagree on the overall merits of the album. Who like Counterparts more, Steve or Gerry? There's only one way to find out!

Mar 02, 2020
Ep 26: Interview with @RushFans

This week, we talk to two of the mods of the @RushFans Instagram account, Ryan and Alex. @RushFans is incredibly popular, with over 29 thousand followers, and has recently started a video series called Rush Roundtable. We discuss the history of the account and the top 5 songs that Rush never played live that we would've wanted to hear. 

Feb 24, 2020
Ep. 25: Roll the Bones, Pt. 2

This week, we tackle the second half of Roll The Bones. Feedback on part 1 has been mixed, and we can only assume that the same will hold true for this episode. Oh, and we talk about a fascinating truth about the Berlin wall. So let the games begin!

Feb 17, 2020
Ep. 24: Roll The Bones, Pt. 1

This week, we take on 1991's Roll The Bones. RTB went platinum, and the singles charted well, but only one of us thinks the album holds up to scrutiny 29 years later. But all is not lost: we get to talk about the science show Nova, what Where's My Thing has in common with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and what a parallax is. 

Feb 10, 2020
Ep. 24: Interview With Richard Baxter on Saving Le Studio

Rush recorded 7 albums at Le Studio--Permanant Waves, Moving Pictures, Signals, Grace Under Pressure, Presto, Roll The Bones, and Counterparts. The studio closed down in 2003 and fell into disrepair. In 2017, the building was partially destroyed in a fire, but the recording studio still stands. This week, we talk with Richard Baxter, the current caretaker of the property who is renovating it with plans to open a museum and studio recording school. You can help by purchasing souvenirs or a t shirt at 

Feb 03, 2020
Ep. 23: The Inboxer Rebellion

This week, we have a little housekeeping to do. We read gentle corrections from listeners, continue discussions begun on earlier podcasts, and fill in some gaps left behind by incomplete research. Did we mention there are corrections? And something to look forward to: another installment of The Inboxer Rebellion that does all of the above for this episode!

Jan 27, 2020
Ep. 22: Interview With Nathan Santos, "Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society"

This week, we speak with Director of Commercial Music and Instructor of Music at Tiffin University in Ohio, Nathan Santos. Nathan made news when he taught a course called "Rush: Progressive Rock and Modern Society" in the spring of 2014 and the fall of 2016. Our discussion ranges from Nathan's first exposure to Rush, how Rush's ability to reflect the times in their music contributed to their longevity, and what Rush has to say to the Millennials who took the class.

Jan 20, 2020
Ep. 21: Afterimage: a Celebration of the Life of Neil Peart

Last week we heard the heartbreaking news of Neil Peart's death. Upon joining Rush in 1974, Neil changed the trajectory of the band and of every Rush fan's life. His contributions to music cannot be overstated, and his effect on the lives he touched will never be forgotten. In this episode, we reflect on what The Professor means to us, and we read tributes to and memories of Neil from our listeners.

Jan 13, 2020
Ep. 20: Presto, Pt. 2

It's a new year, and that can only mean one thing: it's time to talk about side 2 of Presto! Fewer keyboards, more guitars, and a song called "Anagram (For Mongo)" that contains precious few actual anagrams but is nonetheless one of the most awe-inspiring songs in the RUSH catalogue. Gerry really, really, REALLY loves "Anagram (For Mongo)." A lot. Like, a lot!

Jan 06, 2020
Ep. 19: Presto, Pt. 1

On this week's show, we dive into one of our favorite Rush albums, 1989's Presto. The album sees the band stepping away from the heavy keyboards on their previous two albums while maintaining the quality songwriting that made Power Windows and Hold Your Fire exceptional entries in Rush's discography. "The Pass," "War Paint," and "Scars"? Who could ask for anything more?

Dec 30, 2019
Ep. 18: Fly By Night, Pt. 2

This time around, we finish our discussion of what many will, in time, regard as the first true Rush album, Fly By Night. Side 2 contains some classic Rush tunes, and the album as a whole signals the trajectory of the band's career for decades to come. The guys are flying high on this one, so let's go along for the ride!


Dec 23, 2019
Ep. 17: Fly By Night, Pt. 1

The New Guy, a Snow Dog, and an angry owl. It's Fly By Night!

In this episode, we talk about the man who helped Rush become Rush: Pratt, The Professor, Bubba--Neil Peart! With Peart on the Throne, the band began its journey into the beautiful weirdness of their prog days that began with "By-Tor and the Snow Dog," and we ask the question, "How did Geddy wrap his mouth around the lyrics to 'Beneath, Between, and Behind'?"

Dec 16, 2019
Ep. 16: Rush, Pt. 2

On this week's show, we finish up our discussion of Rush's first album, the appropriately titled Rush! Side 2 contains the band's first big song, the crowd favorite "Working Man." Gerry also shares his thoughts on who gets into Rock and Roll of Fame and why. So grab yourself an ice-cold beer and join us!

Dec 09, 2019
Ep. 15: Rush, Pt. 1

This week, we go back to the one that started it all: 1974's self-titled debut, Rush! The guitars are loud, the voice is high, and the drums thunder. Rush is the only album to feature original drummer John Rutsey. And make no mistake about it, John is a fantastic player. So put on your platform shoes, pop those shirt buttons, and throw on your bell bottoms, we're listening to Rush!

Dec 02, 2019
Ep. 14: Vapor Trails, Pt. 3

Here it is, the the last episode of our Vapor Trails triptych. The final five songs are heavy with symbolism and metaphor. There's also part four of the Fear Trilogy. Hold on. *checks notes* Yup. Part four. Douglas Adams would be proud. 

Nov 25, 2019
Ep. 13: Vapor Trails, Pt. 2

This week on the show, we continue working through Vapor Trails, this time covering "The Stars Look Down," "How It Is," "Vapor Trail," and "Secret Touch." There's a lot to process on this album, which is why we'll finish it up in the next episode.

Nov 18, 2019
Ep. 12: Vapor Trails, Pt. 1

Welcome back to Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast! This week we begin our 3-part discussion of 2002's "Vapor Trails." This album sees Neil coming to terms with the deaths of both his 19-year-old daughter and his common-law wife within a 10-month period, with songs inspired by the 55,000-mile motorcycle trip he took following the tragedies. Geddy and Alex rise to the challenge presented by Neil's heartbreaking and insightful lyrics, and the result is a masterpiece.

Nov 11, 2019
Ep. 11: Skip Daly and Eric Hansen, Authors of "Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History"

This episode we welcome Skip Daly and Eric Hansen, authors of the fabulous book "Rush: Wandering the Face of the Earth: The Official Touring History"! Their meticulously researched book chronicles the life of Rush on the road, from their inception in 1968 to their last show in 2015. It's a must read for every Rush fan, which means this episode is a must listen! 

Nov 04, 2019
Ep. 10: Test for Echo, Pt. 2

We're back with out most rounded episode number to date: episode 10! On the aluminum-anniversary episode of Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we wrap up our discussion of Test for Echo. Topics include the dog days of summer, a little bit of Einstein, and a fun dance. Join us!

Oct 28, 2019
Ep. 9: Test for Echo, Pt. 1

The album discussed in episode 9 of Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast was chosen by you, our loyal listeners: Test for Echo! This is a late-career gem that didn't grab Gerry back in 1996, but sure did this time around. Steve and Gerry delve into Neil's deep commentary on the state of the world and marvel at the peerless musicianship. In other words, we listen to a RUSH album!

Oct 21, 2019
Ep. 8: 2112, Pt. 2

This week on Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we wrap up our discussion of arguably the greatest RUSH album of all time: 2112! From Passage to Bangkok to our title song (Something for Nothing, natch) and all that lies between, there's more to 2112 than side 1. Namely, side 2! 

Oct 14, 2019
Ep. 7: 2112, Pt. 1

This week on Something for Nothing: A  RUSH Fancast, we tackle side one of the granddaddy of all RUSH albums, the career-making 2112! 

Listen as we break down the title track and hit upon Ayn Rand's "Athem" (obviously), Gerry's fringe theory about what the number 2112 refers to, and what actually happens to the song's protagonist before control is assumed.

Oct 07, 2019
Ep. 6: Caress of Steel, Pt. 2

Welcome back to Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast! This week we finish off Caress of Steel with a looong take on the album-side song The Fountain of Lamneth. Other topics include The Odyssey, perfume, and how Gerry's brain misfired when he said his favorite RUSH font is the one from AFTK but then describes the one from Hemispheres! Please don't yell at me! I sometimes call my kids by the dogs' names!

Sep 30, 2019
Ep. 5: Caress of Steel, Pt. 1

On this very special episode of Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we discuss the under-appreciated--even by Alex, Geddy, and Neil--Caress of Steel. The album has some amazing highlights and some not so amazing highlights, but highlights all the same. Topics include the Necronomicon, Victoria Day, and the French Revolution. And, of course, we discuss the songs. Join us as we go down the tubes with Caress of Steel!

Sep 23, 2019
Ep. 4: Hold Your Fire, Pt. 2

In this week's episode of Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we finish our discussion of Hold Your Fire. Topics include why someone would put every song on the album near the bottom of their list of favorite RUSH songs, the proper way to juggle, and why Tai Shan is at the bottom of Gerry's list. 

Sep 18, 2019
Ep. 3: Hold Your Fire, Pt. 2

In this week's episode of Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we finish our discussion of Hold Your Fire. Topics include why someone would put every song on the album near the bottom of their list of favorite RUSH songs, the proper way to juggle, and why Tai Shan is at the bottom of Gerry's list. 

Sep 16, 2019
Ep. 3: Hold Your Fire, Pt. 1

In this episode of Something For Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we discuss the merits of 1987's synth-heavy Hold Your Fire. Topics include the Beaufort Scale, what happened to us the summer before the album came out, and what does "hold your fire" mean anyway? Oh, and we discuss the songs, too

Sep 09, 2019
Ep. 2: Power Windows, Pt. 2

Can you believe we're celebrating the second episode of Something for Nothing: A Rush Fancast? How time flies. This time, we finish our discussion of Power Windows, and learn why Steve loves "Middletown Dreams" so much.

Sep 02, 2019
Ep. 1: Power Windows, Pt. 1

In this, the premiere episode of Something for Nothing: A RUSH Fancast, we discuss the divisive Power Windows. Seeing RUSH on the Power Windows Tour turned us into the fans we are today, so spoiler alert: we love Power Windows!

Sep 02, 2019