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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.

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255. Gretchen Peters on Bob Dylan 'Blood on the Tracks' (1975)
29:24

Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters joins me to talk about the every songwriter's favorite Bob Dylan record, 1975's 'Blood on the Tracks'.

Gretchen talks about how she fell in love with the album as she was getting divorced, the unusually soft edges of Dylan’s songwriting on this record, how he treats women in his lyrics, how his songs always bring you to a place of empathy and the importance of being brutally honest with yourself as a songwriter.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Aug 31, 2018
254. Georgia Maq (Camp Cope) on Lady Gaga 'Joanne' (2016), depression, the Dixie Chicks and more
43:03

Today I'm joined by Camp Cope guitarist/singer/songwriter Georgia Maq backstage at LA's Bootleg Theatre to talk Lady Gaga's 2016 album 'Joanne', which saw the dance-pop superstar take a turn towards more intimate production and songwriting.

We also talk about depression, grief, the Dixie Chicks, noses, why neither of us look good in hats, Gaga's vocal health, celebrating female friendships in art and more.

Subscribe to the podcast in Apple Podcasts here or search 'My Favorite Album' wherever you listen to podcasts.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Aug 23, 2018
253. 'Her Sound Her Story' filmmakers shining a spotlight on gender equality in music
38:47

Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore and Michelle Grace Hunder have spent four years creating the totally independent documentary 'Her Sound Her Story', a staggering achievement that brings together dozens of incredible female figures from the Australian music industry to unpack their shared and distinct challenges and hopes for change.

Claudia and Michelle join me to break down the process of how the film evolved from a photo series to a fully-fledged feature, who they think needs to see the film, the reactions so far and keeping emotion front and center in a film that could've just been a dry list of statistics.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Aug 18, 2018
252. Amanda Shires on Leonard Cohen 'Songs of Love and Hate' (1971)
40:33

Singer/songwriter/fiddle wizard Amanda Shires joins me over chicken-fried steak to talk/argue about the great Leonard Cohen and his 1971 masterpiece 'Songs of Love and Hate'.

Is the album depressing? What is Leonard Cohen's best song? Is co-writing good and should Amanda do it? Did she steal one of Cohen's coat hangers? Why did she write a song about wanting to hang out with Cohen? What about the cover of 'I'm Your Man' she did? 

It's a rambling, insightful, funny and sometimes contentious chat from one of today's most engaging performers. Listen to it and then check out her new album 'To The Sunset'.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jul 31, 2018
251. Steve Jordan on his biggest influences and playing with James Brown, Keith Richards and Neil Young
01:10:58

Today's episode is one of my favorite conversations I've had for the podcast. Legendary drummer/producer/songwriter Steve Jordan surveys his incredible career, from the albums that first inspired him to pick up drumsticks as a child to the songwriting lessons he was taught by Keith Richards, being put through his paces by James Brown on the Letterman show, why he became a producer, his band The Verbs, his love of punk rock, why he loves playing with Neil Young and much more.

It's a wide-ranging chat filled with great anecdotes and insight from one of my all-time favorite musicians, and I could've talked to Steve for ten times as long easily.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jul 24, 2018
250. The Beatles 'Help!' with guest host Jeff Greenstein and Jeremy Dylan, plus the untold history of My Favorite Album
01:25:36

To celebrate 250 episodes of My Favorite Album, Emmy-winning writer/director and friend of the pod Jeff Greenstein steps into the host chair and Jeremy Dylan slouches into the guest chair, for a deep dive into one of the Beatles best but most underrated albums, 'Help!'

We talk about how this captures the Beatles in a transitionary period, how they are starting to break out of the mop top era into more sophisticated and diverse musical and lyrical adventures. 

Plus Jeff and Jeremy open up about the how and why of My Favorite Album's existence, dream guests, the best episodes for newcomers to start with and more.

Thanks to everyone who's been with us for the past five years, or even just for one episode, and hopefully we'll be here for another 250 episodes and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

 

Jul 17, 2018
249. Lindsay Ell re-recorded John Mayer's 'Continuum' in full. This is how she did it and what it taught her.
43:35

While making her 2017 album 'The Project', Canadian country star Lindsay Ell was given an assignment by her producer, Sugarland's Kristian Bush. Take her favorite album - John Mayer's 'Continuum' - and re-recorded it front to back, playing every part herself.

Today Lindsay takes us through the process of breaking down the album that has most inspired her, how she created her own version of the songs and what the process taught her as a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and fan.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jul 11, 2018
248. Augie March on Dire Straits 'Dire Straits' (1978)
33:53

Dave Williams, drummer of one of Australia's most acclaimed bands Augie March, joins me to discuss the debut self-titled album of idiosyncratic British rockers Dire Straits.

Trace the American and English influences of the band, Dave makes the case for the record as a concept album, he reveals which members of Augie March like and hate the band, we speculate about Dire Straits' recent bizarre induction ceremony for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, talk through the Spinal Tap like list of Dire Straits drummers, the journalist eye of Mark Knopfler's lyric writing and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jul 03, 2018
247. Trainwreck author Sady Doyle on Tori Amos 'Boys for Pele' (1996)
55:53

Sady Doyle is the author of "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear . . . and Why". She joins me on the podcast for a deep dive celebration of the great Tori Amos and her classic album 'Boys for Pele'.

We get into it all - gendered slagging off of Tori's music, why her live shows were the original safe space for traumatised outsiders, the conceptual underpinnings of the album, Sady's cameo on one of Tori's live albums, Tori's unheralded influence in modern pop music and much much more. Plus we recap the Twitter furor ignited by a seemingly innocent tweet from Sady about REM.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jun 26, 2018
246. Terra Lightfoot on Jackson Browne 'Running on Empty' (1977)
34:09

Canadian singer-songwriter-guitarist Terra Lightfoot joins me to talk about Jackson Browne's classic chronicle of life on the road 'Running on Empty'.

We talk about how the album was recorded live across Browne's US tour, the different aspects of touring life reflected across the songs, discuss what is the best song named 'Cocaine Blues', why Browne sued the Republican Party for using the title track and Terra recounts her night-long tequila-fueled jam session with Jackson himself.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jun 21, 2018
245. The Replacements biographer Bob Mehr on 'Tim' (1985) and writing 'Trouble Boys'
51:10

Today's guest literally wrote the book on The Replacements, and today he reveals the inside story of the making of 'Tim', their 1985 album that marked a significant step forward in the band's music and career.

Bob explains how the album reflects the power shift between Bob Stinson and Paul Westerberg, what Bob uncovered about the making of Tim while writing ‘Trouble Boys’, why Paul Westerberg is smarter than he wants to let on, why the rest of Bob’s life will be forever linked to the Replacements, how writing the book changed Bob’s relationship with the album, what not to do when writing a music book and more stories and insights in to the personalities and music of the 'Mats.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jun 15, 2018
244. Bebe Buell on Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 'Damn the Torpedoes' (1979)
35:25

Rock'n'roll singer/songwriter, fashion model and best selling author Bebe Buell joins me to talk about the classic album 'Damn the Torpedoes' from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Bebe talks about her first meeting with Petty (and Bob Dylan) at an early Heartbreakers gig, the skillful simplicity of Petty's lyrics, the crucial contributions of the Heartbreakers, why she misses organs in rock music, why so many people could identify with Tom Petty songs, what it is like to listen to Heartbreakers songs since Petty's passing and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jun 04, 2018
243. Sarah Blasko on Bjork 'Homogenic' (1997), bad hero encounters, the joy of loneliness and more
27:36

ARIA-winning Australian singer/songwriter Sarah Blasko takes us back to 1997, when she fell in love with the strength and dynamism of Bjork's album 'Homogenic'.

We talk about inheriting a love of Bjork from her older sister, her unfortunate encounters with Bjork in 2008 when they were sharing a festival bill, the icy sonic world Bjork creates on the album, and how the humor and life ambition gave her inspiration in her own path.

Australian listeners can catch Sarah on her national tour over the coming weeks. Head to https://www.sarahblasko.com/shows/ for details.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the filmBenjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

May 20, 2018
242. Phoebe Bridgers on Bright Eyes 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning' (2005)
29:03

LA singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers joins me to celebrate a classic album of the mid-naughties, Bright Eyes 'I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning'.

We talk about why Phoebe resisted listening to the album before falling in love with it, how it changed the way she writes songs, where Bright Eyes fits in the 'emo' pantheon, why she can't listen to the songs on shuffle and whether the current political nightmare is influencing her writing the same way the Bush administration influenced Bright Eyes in 2005.

Plus we talk about her friendship with Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst - what it's like to play Bright Eyes songs with him on tour, how Emmylou Harris inspired Phoebe to duet with Conor on her own album, how knowing Conor changes the way she listens to Bright Eyes and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the filmBenjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

May 15, 2018
Drummer Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett) on Nirvana 'Nevermind' (1991)
37:24

Revisiting my conversation with drummer Dave Mudie in celebration of his latest album with Courtney Barnett being released this week.

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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 format 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 on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the filmBenjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

May 12, 2018
241. Jay Watson (GUM, Pond, Tame Impala) on Sly & the Family Stone 'There's A Riot Going On' (1971)
42:56

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and one of Western Australia's favorite sons Jay Watson (GUM, Pond, Tame Impala) joins me to talk about how the sonic world of Sly and the Family Stone's classic 'There's A Riot Going On' has inspired him through the years.

We talk about why his uncool taste as a kid has become retroactively cool, liking music because of the context around it, glamorizing self-abuse in musicians, whether you’d be willing to sacrifice great art for the health of your musical heroes, the importance of making creative mistakes, people whose whole identities are defined by their musical taste, which band the fans at his gigs look like and why he thinks time is kind to almost all music.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

May 03, 2018
240. 7 Aussie artists you should be listening to right now (with co-host Eilish Gilligan)
01:01:01

In a special episode, returning guest Eilish Gilligan joins me to rave on six Aussie artists who are on the verge of making it in the US and why our international listeners should jump on them right now!

Alex Lahey
Middle Kids
Jack River
Stella Donnelly
Camp Cope
Gang of Youths

Plus I talk to Eilish about her own great new single and the arresting visuals that go along with it.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the filmBenjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Apr 24, 2018
Kacey Musgraves on John Prine 'John Prine' (repost)
18:11

To celebrate great new records from both Kacey Musgraves and John Prine, here's the former celebrating the latter.

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves talks her love iconic iconoclast John Prine and his self-titled debut album. Kacey talks about performing with Prine, playing him the song she wrote about him, how his approach to lyric writing inspired her own songs, why she put her Grammy in a Prine exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and wonders why people keep thinking her and Prine’s songs are about weed.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Apr 16, 2018
239. Oh Mercy on The Go-Betweens 'Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express'
37:03

Oh Mercy, aka Melbourne singer-songwriter Alexander Gow, joins me for our first examination of one of Australia's most beloved bands, the Go-Betweens, and their album 'Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express'.

Alex talks about discovering the Go-Betweens in high school as he was just starting to write songs, their ‘inviting, un-elitist’ magic, Lindy Morrison’s amazing atypical drumming, the thread between the Go-Betweens and Burt Bacharach, whether Alex is a Grant or Robert guy, the influence of the humor and literary quality of Go-Betweens lyrics and the best thing about imitating greatness unsuccessfully.

Plus, we talk about how he comes up with the unique titles of his records, why he still issues his albums on vinyl and what it's like to have your records reviewed by your musical heroes.

Oh Mercy's latest album 'Cafe Oblivion' is out now.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the filmBenjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Apr 13, 2018
238. The 50 Songs that Made Australia, with Andrew P Street, author of 'The Long and Winding Way to the Top'
43:09

Journalist, podcaster, author and friend of the pod Andrew P Street returns to My Favorite Album to delve into the subject and process of his new book 'The Long and Winding Way to the Top: 50 or so songs that Made Australia'. Andrew takes us on a musical history of Australian culture since the birth of rock'n'roll, from JOK to AC/DC, Yothu Yindi to The Presets - telling the story of tectonic shifts in society, politics and more through the iconic songs that soundtracked those shifts and more.

This episode should be a great entry point into the classic songs of Aussie rock and pop for our international listeners and might make some of our Australian listeners see some of these songs in a new light.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

 

Apr 03, 2018
237. Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont on James McMurtry 'Too Long in the Wasteland' (1989)
26:54

Australian country music's premiere power couple, Adam Eckersley and Brooke McClymont, join me to discuss their join favorite album - James McMurtry's 'Too Long in the Wasteland'.

They talk about how they each fell in love with the album, the music they each love and that gets on the other one's nerves, Adam's passion for McMurtry's lyrics, the John Mellencamp production, why they've avoided finding out too much about McMurtry's personal life and why they will never cover any of these songs live.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Mar 25, 2018
International Women's Day - Melody Pool on Joni Mitchell 'Blue'
43:55

Celebrating International Women's Day 2018 by reposting a chat with one of my favorite contemporary female artists about my all-time favorite female artist.

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Badass white witch of Australian roots music, Melody Pool, wears the influence of Joni Mitchell’s classic “Blue” album like a badge of honour.

In a frank and generous conversation, Melody talks about how discovering Joni from an unexpected source helped revolutionise her songwriting, the influence of depression on ‘Blue’, Joni’s European travels, sustaining emotional connections with your own music and how she deals with dredging up traumatic memories and the ghosts of her pain when recording and performing some of her best songs.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Mar 08, 2018
236. Sticky Fingers author Joe Hagan on The Specials 'The Specials' (1979)
35:20

Journalist and Jann Wenner biographer Joe Hagan returns to the podcast to talk about his favorite album, the 1979 self-titled debut of new wave ska revivalists The Specials, and how the mixed-race British band spoke to Joe as a kid in the rural mid-west.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Mar 06, 2018
235. Sticky Fingers author Joe Hagan on interviewing Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, the future of Rolling Stone and the Jann Wenner / Trump parallels
23:46

On this off-formate episode, journalist Joe Hagan joins me to talk about one of the best music books of last year, his biography of Rolling Stone magazine and its founder Jann S Wenner.

We discuss his unique experiences interviewing Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan, the mutually exploitative relationship between Wenner and Mick Jagger, the future of both Wenner and Rolling Stone, how he found an ending to a story that is arguably not yet over, and the parallels between Jann Winner and a certain orange haired President.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Feb 21, 2018
234. Olympia on Betty Davis 'They Say I'm Different' (1974)
49:32

One of Australia's most arresting singer-songwriters, neo new waver Olympia, joins me to celebrate cult icon of punk funk Betty Davis.

We talk about Davis's progressive sexual politics, her transgressive lyrics, what hasn't changed for artists like Betty Davis since the 70s, Iggy Pop's BD cover and how Davis has influenced Olympia's own music.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

 

Feb 12, 2018
233. Hanif Abdurraqib on My Chemical Romance 'The Black Parade' (2006), grief, emo music and Springsteen
41:19

The brilliant poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib breaks the emo seal on this podcast and joins me to talk about My Chemical Romance's 2006 classic concept album 'The Black Parade'.

We talk about the twin influences of Pink Floyd and Queen on the record, how it deals with the afterlife, why it skirts the problematic gender politics of many emo albums, how to write about death and grief and whether Hanif is afraid of dying.

We also get the lowdown on Hanif's upcoming book about A Tribe Called Quest and discuss why Bruce Springsteen's audiences are so often dominated by white people.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Feb 06, 2018
232. Becca Mancari on Big Thief 'Capacity' (2017)
41:48

It's rare that a guest chooses an album from the last few years as their favorite, but that's the case with Nashville singer-songwriter Becca Mancari, who wields subtlety and tension as deftly as Big Thief on their outstanding 2017 album 'Capacity'. Becca opens up about why the record had such a big impact on her, how it's influencing her new music and forcing her to confront the most difficult subjects to write about.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jan 31, 2018
231. Lo Carmen on Dolly Parton 'Jolene' (1974)
33:48

LA-based Australian Americana singer-songwriter Lo Carmen joins me for our long awaited (at least by me) first Dolly episode! 

We talk about Dolly the songwriter, how this album represents her stepping out from the shadow of her mentor Porter Wagoner, the stories behind iconic songs like 'Jolene' and 'I Will Always Love You', our favorite Jolene covers and the emotional equanimity of the album's lesser-known songs.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jan 23, 2018
Tashaki Miyaki on Sparklehorse 'It's A Wonderful Life' (2001)
49:22

Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and frontwoman of LA outfit Tashaki Miyaki, Paige Stark, joins me to delve into fragile and beautiful world of the late Mark Linkous and his band Sparklehorse’s classic ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’.

We talk about animal imagery, the prevalence of mental illness amongst musicians, the appeal of beautiful sounds that have been fucked up, Paige’s encounter with Mark Linkous before his death, Linkous’s collaborators on the album from Tom Waits to Dave Fridmann and why the record’s reputation for being sad is undeserved.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jan 18, 2018
229. Tristen on Kate Bush 'Hounds of Love' (1985), opinions on opinions, Ryan Gosling and more
48:48

Year five of My Favorite Album kicks off with one of Nashville's sharpest singer-songwriters, Tristen.

It's a cut and thrust, back and forth full opinions - opinions on Kate Bush, the importance (or lack thereof) of drummers, the dueling metaphors underlying the album, the vapidness of contemporary music culture, post-tour depression, why unsolicited advice is poison, how sexually magnetic is Ryan Gosling anyway, why she longs to be where Kate Bush was when she made this album and some opinions about opinions.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Jan 09, 2018
Top 5 of 2017 - Robyn Hitchcock on Bob Dylan 'Blonde on Blonde'
40:40

Our countdown of 2017 episodes continues with our most downloaded podcast of last year - Robyn Hitchcock on the Dylan classic 'Blonde on Blonde'

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Legendary English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock returns to the podcast to talk about an artist who’s influence has shaped his entire career - Bob Dylan and 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.

Jan 02, 2018
Top 5 of 2017 - Brian Koppelman on Bruce Springsteen 'Nebraska' and empathy and hope in dark times
29:48

Number 4 of our 5 most popular podcasts of 2017

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 on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Dec 28, 2017
Top 5 of 2017 - Heartbreaker Benmont Tench on playing with Ringo, the Beatles RnB roots, the genius of 'No Reply' and why 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' scared him
58:04

Number 3 of our 5 most popular podcasts of 2017

Keyboard legend Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch) returns to the show as Beatles Month rolls on.

Benmont unpacks the multi-layered genius of Beatles for Sale opening track ‘No Reply’, explores why the Beatles R'n'B roots are at the heart of their greatness, recalls how his first exposure to the band scared him as a kid, why the Heartbreakers avoided playing Beatles covers, wonders about his friend Ryan Adams’ recent discovery of the Beatles albums and talks about his relationship with Ringo Starr across 20+ years of playing on each other’s 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.

Dec 26, 2017
Top 5 of 2017 - Lizzy Goodman on Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Fever to Tell' and her epic book 'Meet Me in the Bathroom'
01:00:48

Rock journalist and author of the definitive oral history of the New York rock revival ‘Meet Me in the Bathroom’, Lizzy Goodman, joins me to talk about one of the seminal albums of that era - the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ debut LP 'Fever to Tell’.

We talk about why Karen O is the truest rock star of her era, what makes 'Maps’ such a special song and how it influenced mainstream pop, the contrast between the band’s offstage awkwardness and their high-octane music, why being a woman can’t be politically neutral in rock and the world in general, why it’s silly to pretend clothes don’t matter and why Lorde made Lizzy excited about the next wave of New York music.

Plus we delve into the writing process of 'Meet Me in the Bathroom’, 2017’s best music book, and why she will never undertake a similar project again.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Dec 25, 2017
Top 5 of 2017 - Harper Simon on the Beatles 'White Album'
45:53

Between now and Christmas, we're revisiting the Top 5 Most Downloaded Episodes of 2017. First off, Harper Simon on the White Album

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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.

Dec 22, 2017
How do you write a great Xmas song? ft Kristian Bush, Lee Brice, Corb Lund and journalist Tim Byron

Celebrating the holiday season by revisiting our My Favorite Album Xmas special! Enjoy and happy holidays...

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.

Dec 20, 2017
228. Old Crow Medicine Show on Bob Dylan 'Infidels' (1983)
44:12

Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor joins me to relive his Bob Dylan awakening, as we delve into the underrated 1983 classic 'Infidels'.

Ketch explains how his 12 year old brain was primed to fall for the record, how it awakened new emotions in him when he didn't really understand the lyrics, why middle-aged Dylan was his epitome of cool, how 'Union Sundown' fits amongst the union song tradition, what it's like to co-write with Dylan twice in the same unconventional way and whether the next OCMS album will be their 'Infidels'.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Nov 25, 2017
Brian Koppelman on The History of the Eagles, rock docs and justified hubris (REPOST)
36:13

Returning champion, filmmaker (Ocean’s 13, Solitary Man, Rounders), podcaster (The Moment - it’s great, subscribe) and Billions co-creator Brian Koppelman joins me to celebrate Alison Ellwood’s fantastic film The History of the Eagles, to make a case for it as one of the best rock docs of all time and to pay tribute to recently departed Eagles legend Glenn Frey.

We talk about how the film avoids the pitfalls and predictability of many other rock docs, the creative partnership between Glenn Frey and Don Henley, what the subject of Brian’s music documentary would be, confident musicians and backlashes, the ‘tall poppy syndrome’, cocaine, heroes and villains in documentaries, and why so many people just fuckin’ hate the Eagles.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Nov 07, 2017
Billions creator Brian Koppleman on Bruce Springsteen 'Nebraska' and empathy in the time of Trump (REPOST)
29:48

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 on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Nov 02, 2017
There will be reruns
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Nov 02, 2017
227. Elizabeth Cook on Neil Young 'Zuma' (1975)
36:52

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Oct 19, 2017
226. Steven Hyden on Led Zeppelin IV, Zeppelin's influence and losing our classic rock gods
59:36

Uproxx rock critic, Celebration Rock podcast host and author of 'You're Favorite Band is Killing Me', Steven Hyden is one of most erudite and compelling analysts of classic rock mythology. He joins me to talk about one of the elephant albums in the room, 'Led Zeppelin IV'.

We talk about why it's easily the best Zeppelin album but rarely chosen as a fan favorite, argue about Zeppelin's influence on subsequent generations of rock bands, lament and analyze the passing of our rock heroes and why Tom Petty's passing was such a shock, are bemused at Stairway to Heaven's prom anthem status and get it why Zeppelin pulled off a style that borders on self-parody and made it magic.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Oct 13, 2017
Happy Birthday John Lennon - Robyn Hitchcock on 'Plastic Ono Band' (REPOST)
49:14

To celebrate St Lennon's Day, I'm reposting my podcast with Robyn Hitchcock on Lennon's classic post-Beatles catharsis 'Plastic Ono Band'. Enjoy!

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Traveler through space and time, British cult icon and legendary singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock steers his ship into the podbooth this week, for a chat with host Jeremy Dylan about John Lennon’s emotionally confronting classic 1970 album “Plastic Ono Band”.

Along the way, they talk about why Robyn identified with Lennon as a kid, Lennon’s antipathy toward his Beatles music, the possible influence of Bob Dylan’s “John Wesley Harding” album, John and Yoko’s primal scream therapy and which Robyn Hitchcock song borrows its arrangement from a Plastic Ono Band tune.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Oct 09, 2017
225. David Ryan Harris on Sly & the Family Stone 'There's A Riot Going On' (1971)
26:14

David Ryan Harris hasn't had time to sleep for decades, between his constant touring, eclectic and highly melodic albums, guitar duels with John Mayer, producing artists like Guy Sebastian and more.

He joins me to discuss the classic watershed album 'There's A Riot Goin' On', the album recorded by Sly Stone in the coked-out hangover after the Summer of Love fell.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Oct 07, 2017
Dr Warren Zanes on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (REPOST)
34:22

Some people on Twitter and Instagram asked me to repost this. It's a conversation from last year with Dr Warren Zanes, who wrote the recent Petty: the Biography, which is still on my desk, with Petty's twinkling eyes beaming up at me.

At some point I will get a proper Petty tribute episode together, but it's just too fucking raw right now. This is a good conversation and gets a lot of what made the man such a rock'n'roll genius. Please listen to the album after you listen to this.

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Singer/songwriter, journalist and author of the definitive ‘Petty: The Biography’, Dr Warren Zanes, joins me to celebrate the 1976 self-titled debut of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

How did the band find their sound and identity while making the album? Why were the limitations of vinyl LPs creatively helpful? Did writing the book change Warren’s perspective on Petty’s music? What doubts did people have about Petty’s voice? What is the secret of keyboardist Benmont Tench’s genius? How do the Heartbreakers look back on the album today?

Plus we talk about Petty’s pre-Heartbreakers band Mudrcrutch, and speculate about why he’s currently reviving it, and Warren’s own personal history with the album.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Oct 03, 2017
224. Lilly Hiatt on Pearl Jam 'No Code'
42:24

We finally talk about Pearl Jam, as East Nashville's Lilly Hiatt joins me for a discussion of the record that solidified the band's legacy 'No Code'.

 

Sep 30, 2017
223. Sarah Lewitinn (Ultragrrrl) on Interpol 'Our Love to Admire' and why they should have been 'the' band of the 2000s
01:03:19

Sarah Lewitinn's career has taken from writer to manager to DJ, self-described 'queen of beneficient debauchery' and the once and future 'Ultragrrl'.

In a personal and emotionally honest conversation, Sarah makes the case for Interpol's 'Our Love to Admire' as the band's best album and the deep, slow-burning relationship she has had with it. We talk about the efforts she's made to keep her personal distance from the members of Interpol, the legend and reality of Carlos D, and how the album feels like the closing chapter on an era of her New York life.

If you haven't yet, I recommend reading Lizzy Goodman's amazing oral history of the 2000s NYC rock scene 'Meet Me in the Bathroom', in which Sarah features, and listening to my recent podcast with Lizzy.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

Sep 21, 2017
222. Whispertown on Sugar Pie DeSanto 'Down in the Basement: The Chess Years'
34:21

Morgan Nagler and Jake Bellows, the core of dream LA indie outfit Whispertown, on the inspiration of early 60s R'n'B pioneer Sugar Pie DeSanto.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Sep 13, 2017
221. Aaron Lee Tasjan on The Beatles 'Revolver' (1966)
22:32

Aaron Lee Tasjan followed the classic well worn path to Americana stardom - starting 150 bands, playing guitar with the New York Dolls, sticking sequins onto his own suits and micro dosing for songwriting inspiration.

He joins me to talk about the album that taught him to play guitar - The Beatles uber-classic ‘Revolver’. We talk about the Beatles eternal mission to top their latest groundbreaking recordings, what it would’ve been like to hear these songs new when they first were released, the diversity of influences on both Aaron and the Beatles (and the impact that has on their music) and more.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Sep 06, 2017
220. Jon Cryer on Radiohead 'OK Computer' (1997)
43:04

Jon Cryer is one of the most beloved figures in the last three decades of American comedy, from his breakout role in ‘Pretty in Pink’ to starring in one of the most successful sitcoms in history in ‘Two and a Half Men’. In addition, he’s also an author, screenwriter, director and lately a podcaster. But today he joins me in his capacity as a music fan with a deep love for Radiohead’s era-defining classic ‘OK Computer’.

From battling the network to get Radiohead posters included in one of his early sitcoms, why the track ‘Fitter Happier’ made him burst into tears on first listen, why he listens to the album in his car, his experiences bringing Radiohead virgins to to see the band live and more. Jon discovers live on air what the lyrics to two of the album’s songs are for the first time, and compares the precision in Radiohead’s music to the precision that can make or break a gag in a comedy film. Plus, we talk about what it’s like to act opposite Elvis Costello.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

Jeremy Dylan is a Nashville-based filmmaker, journalist and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.

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

Aug 30, 2017
219. Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, The Rutles) on Mothers of Invention 'We're Only In It For the Money' (1968)
39:25

A legend of both music and comedy, Neil Innes weaved dry wit around sweet soulful melody for decades, from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band to the Rutles, his work with Monty Python and on television with Rutland Weekend Television and The Innes Book of Records.

Neil joins me to talk about Frank Zappa's classic commentary on the Summer of Love and response to Sgt Pepper, 'We're Only In It For the Money'. We talk about how the album balances satire and music inventiveness, how Zappa misunderstood one of Neil's songs while reviewing it, when the Bonzo's hung out with the Mothers of Invention in the US and the kinship they felt, plus how so much of the turmoil Zappa was writing about in 1968 has become eerily relevant again almost 50 years on.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Aug 23, 2017
218. Gold Class on Dirty Three 'Ocean Songs' (1998)
38:05

On the eve of their new album's release, guitarist Evan Purdey from Melbourne punk band Gold Class, joins me to talk about a band who has stealthily become one of the most influential in modern Australian music - the Dirty Three.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Aug 20, 2017
217. Julian Velard on Billy Joel 'Turnstiles' (1976)
49:49

Quintessentially New York singer-songwriter Julian Velard joins me for a celebration/defense of fellow piano man Billy Joel, and his classic 1976 album 'Turnstiles'.

We tell the story of how Turnstiles was Joel's return to New York, the building of his classic band, and his celebration of the city - from modern day standard 'New York State of Mind' to album closer, the apocalyptic 'Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)'. Julian compares the perceptions of Joel in the UK to the US, how he has become like a NYC sports franchise, whether it's a good or bad thing that he hasn't released in a new album in decades and how understanding Billy Joel as a great mimic helps you appreciate his music.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Aug 10, 2017
216. Courtney Marie Andrews on Bob Dylan 'Blood on the Tracks' (1975)
32:42

Americana singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews joins me to talk about one of high watermarks of Bob Dylan's career - his 1975 breakup album 'Blood on the Tracks'.

We talk about why this album is Dylan at his most emotionally transparent, how the album captures all the different colours of a relationship - and its disillusion, how Dylan has maintained his mystique for over 50 years, how turn a song written from trauma into something you can sign night after night, and why Courtney wishes she was compared more often to men.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Aug 02, 2017
215. Anita Lester on Leonard Cohen 'Songs of Love and Hate', Cohen's sexuality and heavy Jewish themes
51:23

After 214 episodes and four and a half years of podcasting, Leonard Cohen makes his first appearance on the show. One of my earliest guests, purveyor of dark sensuality and grand emotional intimacy Anita Lester joins me from London to unpack the allure, craft and mystique of Cohen - how he entered Anita's life during a traumatic moment in her childhood, the confronting maturity of his lyrics, the atypically adult sexuality in his music, why listening to his music doesn't make her sad and what is was like to see Cohen live a few years before he died.

Plus, Anita closes the show with a cover of my personal favorite Leonard Cohen song 'I'm Your Man'.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Jul 27, 2017
214. Meet Me In The Bathroom author Lizzy Goodman on Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'Fever to Tell', why Karen O is a true rock star, the magic of 'Maps' and more
01:00:48

Rock journalist and author of the definitive oral history of the New York rock revival 'Meet Me in the Bathroom', Lizzy Goodman, joins me to talk about one of the seminal albums of that era - the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut LP 'Fever to Tell'.

We talk about why Karen O is the truest rock star of her era, what makes 'Maps' such a special song and how it influenced mainstream pop, the contrast between the band's offstage awkwardness and their high-octane music, why being a woman can't be politically neutral in rock and the world in general, why it's silly to pretend clothes don't matter and why Lorde made her excited about the next wave of New York music.

Plus we delve into the writing process of 'Meet Me in the Bathroom', 2017's best music book, and why she will never undertake a similar project again.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it’s influenced them.

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.

Jul 19, 2017
213. JAY-Z biographer Zack O'Malley Greenburg on JAY-Z 'Reasonable Doubt' (1996)
37:12

With the release of JAY-Z's first album in years, Forbes magazine senior editor and author Zack O'Malley Greenburg joins me for a look back on Jay's 1996 debut album 'Reasonable Doubt'.

Zack lays out the true stories behind the myths of how the album was released, why Jay-Z founded Roc-A-Fella records, how Biggie almost swiped the track for 'Brooklyn's Finest' and how it became a duet between him and Jay, why it's ignorant to wag your finger at conspicuous consumption in hip-hop, why 'Reasonable Doubt' is particularly special to the man who made it and also what is up with the hyphen in Jay's name.

My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.

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.

Jul 10, 2017
212. #BeatlesMonth Wall Street Journal's Allan Kozinn on how 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' broke the Beatles in America and the anatomy of why it's a classic
45:41

On the final episode of #BeatlesMonth on the show, Beatles scholar, author, Wall Street Journal music critic and co-host of Beatles podcast 'Things We Said Today' Allan Kozinn joins me to tell the behind-the-scenes story of 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' - why hadn't the Beatles cracked America prior to this song? How did a teenage girl and a radio DJ force the Beatles record label to rush release the song? How did the JFK assassination set the stage for Americans embrace of aspirational British pop? 

Plus we break down the song piece by piece to show how the Fab Four constructed a perfect single which was just as groundbreaking and sophisticated as their later work - from the lyrics to the harmonies, the guitar parts and their first use of four-track overdubbing, and how it marked the apex and the climax of their 'Wooo' period.

If you enjoyed this episode, pick up a copy of Allan's book Got That Something! How the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand” Changed Everything.

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.

Jul 04, 2017
211. #BeatlesMonth Conan's Jimmy Vivino on the new Sgt Pepper mixes and recreating the Beatles albums live with the Fab Faux
57:13

Jimmy Vivino is most visible as the leader of the Basic Cable Band, showing his range, dynamism and tastefully ferocious guitar licks every night alongside Conan O’Brien, who he’s played with since his days as a founding member of the Max Weinberg 7 24 years ago. More relevant for today’s episode is his other band The Fab Faux, in which0 he and a handful of other impeccable Beatles obsessed musicians recreate the licks and intricacies of the great band of all time’s song catalogue.

I caught up with Jimmy last week to talk about the Fab Faux and why the Beatles legacy has lasted so long, but first we kicked off comparing notes on the recently release 50th Anniversary version of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which features new stereo mixes of the album by Giles Martin, son of the album’s original legendary producer George Martin.

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.

Jun 28, 2017
210. #BeatlesMonth Heartbreaker Benmont Tench on playing with Ringo, the Beatles RnB roots, the genius of 'No Reply' and why 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' scared him
58:04

Keyboard legend Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch) returns to the show as Beatles Month rolls on.

Benmont unpacks the multi-layered genius of Beatles for Sale opening track 'No Reply', explores why the Beatles R'n'B roots are at the heart of their greatness, recalls how his first exposure to the band scared him as a kid, why the Heartbreakers avoided playing Beatles covers, wonders about his friend Ryan Adams' recent discovery of the Beatles albums and talks about his relationship with Ringo Starr across 20+ years of playing on each other's 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.

Jun 21, 2017
#BeatlesMonth Drum legend Kenny Aronoff on playing Beatles songs with Ringo Starr
50:43

Legendary session god drummer Kenny Aronoff welcomes me to his LA studio for a inspirational chat about childhood dreams coming true. How he went from a child discovering rock’n’roll with the Beatles on Ed Sullivan to playing with Ringo Starr 50 years later on a TV special celebrating that very same Ed Sullivan appearance.

How did John Mellencamp help him become a more Ringo-esque drummer? What does Kenny see as the drummer’s true purpose in a recording session? What story did Paul McCartney tell him about the Beatles first trip to NYC? What’s it like to play Beatles songs in front of and alongside Beatles? What’s the difference between playing ‘Something’ with Joe Walsh and ‘Hey Bulldog’ with Dave Grohl? How did the Beatles use a “less is more” approach to create dynamics in their music.

Plus, great stories of moments in the studio with the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, John Hiatt, Don Was 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. He directed the music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts and feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, and writes for Capital News magazine.

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

 

This episode was originally released in July 2016.

Jun 16, 2017
#BeatlesMonth Davey Lane breaks down 'Abbey Road', armed with the multitracks and a bottle of Lagavulin
01:10:55

 

Australia’s Mr Rock’n’Roll Davey Lane, lead guitarist for You Am I and singer/songwriter, returns for the third time to the podcast for our most epic Beatles chat yet. Armed with a bottle of Lagavulin, an acoustic guitar and the original multi-track recordings, we delve into the Fab Four’s final masterpiece ‘Abbey Road’.

How does the album function as the band’s final mission statement? How did Her Majesty originally fit into the album? Which members of The Office cast should star in the Ricky Gervais directed Beatles movie? How does John Lennon’s contribution to the album presage his solo work? What is the Beatles signature chord change? Why do people hate Paul McCartney, the man who wrote the most profound lyric in rock’n’roll? and what was Davey’s experience seeing Sir Paul live earlier this year?

Plus, we dig into the multi-track recordings of Something, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Polythene Pam and Oh Darling and look at the musical complexities of these classic tracks - the melodies of McCartney’s bass-lines, the intricate Beatle harmonies and the singable guitar solos.

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.

This episode was originally released in October 2015

Jun 07, 2017
209. #BeatlesMonth - TV legend Ken Levine on 50 years of 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
43:56

All of June we are celebrating the Fab Four, indulging my favorite past time - talking about the Beatles - with guests old and new, and revisiting some favorite episodes from the past three and a half years of podcasts.

Today we are celebrating 50 years of Sgt Pepper with TV legend Ken Levine - writer, producer and director on iconic shows from M*A*S*H to Cheers to Frasier, co-creator of Almost Perfect and Big Wave Dave's, I could go on... He's also a baseball announcer, author, my favorite blogger and host of his own podcast Hollywood and Levine. 

Ken's masterful storytelling is at the fore in this episode as he lays out how he discovered the Beatles as a teenager in 1964, his doomed scheme to meet the band in California, his encounters with John Lennon and Ringo Starr, why he chose not to see the Beatles live, and what it was like to work in a record store when Sgt Pepper was unleashed on the world. We talk about how his feelings about the record have and haven't changed through the years, and why it's the one album he will never get sick of listening to.

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.

Jun 02, 2017
208. All Our Exes Live In Texas on Rufus Wainwright 'Want' (2004), sex and genre-blending in Rufus songs, and how musical taste can end romantic relationships
01:06:18

This episode is like being a guest the best Rufus Wainwright themed dinner party of all time - and believe or not, no alcohol was consumed before or during recording.

Elana Stone and Georgia Mooney - half of Australia's premiere Americana quartet All Our Exes Live In Texas - drop in ahead of their US tour to explore Rufus Wainwright's two 'Want' albums, how they reflect his languid sexuality, genre-bending ambition, relationship with his musical siblings and parents, and why loving and hating Rufus can both lead to the end of romantic relationships. Plus, we record the pilot episode of my new podcast 'My Favorite Cereal'.

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.

May 31, 2017
207. Eilish Gilligan on Counting Crows 'August and Everything After' (1993), introversion and mental illness in musicians, proper nouns and why Gang of Youths are the new Counting Crows
49:56

Despite being a baby when it was released, Eilish Gilligan has long been fascinated by the Counting Crows classic 'August and Everything After', an album that captured the existential malaise of a generation when it was released in 1993.

We talk about how Eilish's relationship with songs like 'Round Here' have changed over the years as she's gone from child to teen to young woman, how Adam Duritz's mental health issues manifest in his lyrics, why Gang of Youths are the Counting Crows of today, extroverted introverts in the music world, how seeing Counting Crows live taught Eilish to be a better performer and why she'd rather listen to this record than many of the classics that influenced it.

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.

May 30, 2017
10 years of Rilo Kiley 'Under the Blacklight' with Katie Brianna
40:32

Australian Americana singer/songwriter Katie Brianna on the album that helped her transform herself and stake out her independence as a young woman - Rilo Kiley's 2007 swang song 'Under the Blacklight'.

We make the case for the album as Rilo Kiley's best record - and how it represents a breadth and musical ambition beyond their previous catalogue. We the songs fall in the evolution of frontwoman Jenny Lewis, from RK's indie rock origins to her subsequent solo success. Katie talks about why 'Under the Blacklight' is the album she wishes she was 'cool enough' to make, and we really overwork the 'your band is your baby' metaphor.

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.

May 26, 2017
205. Pegi Young on Otis, Janis, Joni, JJ Cale, Clapton, the Dead and her new album RAW
48:59

Singer-songwriter Pegi Young's new album 'Raw' was inspired by her recent divorce, but her musical identity has been developing for decades, taking inspiration from her heroes, peers and people who have become friends. We talk about her biggest influences, from Otis Redding to Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell to Billie Holliday, Paul McCartney to Bonnie Raitt, JJ Cale to the Grateful Dead, Laura Nyro to Eric Clapton.

Plus, how curating the annual Bridge School Benefits has helped her discover new artists, how the trauma of her divorce left her temporarily unable to play guitar and why she hopes her new music will resonate with audiences who don't share her life experiences.

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.

 

May 23, 2017
Megan Washington on Rufus Wainwright 'Poses', being out of your era, cattiness and Blacula (REPOST)
46:39

Reposting one of my favorite episodes from the archive - my chat with sly singer-songwriter Megan Washington.

On a particularly spirited episode of “My Favorite Album” this week, 2-time ARIA winner, possible Eurovision contender and loose unit Megan Washington joins host Jeremy Dylan for a rave on Rufus Wainwright’s 2001 sophomore album “Poses”.

They break down classic track “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” and along the way talk about the musically abusive relationships within the Wainwright family, the uncanny parallels between “Poses” and Meg’s new album “There There”, feeling old fashioned in contemporary music, the debauchery and cattiness of Rufus’s lyrics, why time slows down on stage and why performing at Triple J’s “Beat the Drum” has inspired Meg to make a disco album - plus Blacula!

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 and music industry exec from Sydney, Australia. 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.

 

May 19, 2017
204. Margaret Glaspy on Bjork 'Vespertine' (2001), how to cover Bjork and what it's like making an album three times.mp3
31:22

On the latest episode of My Favorite Album, bullshit-destroying Californian singer-songwriter and Telecaster-slinger Margaret Glaspy battles migraines to talk about the balance of (*cough*) emotion and math involved in the intricate and emotional Bjork classic ‘Vespertine’.

Also, we talk about how she took apart Bjork’s song ‘Who Is It’ and made it her own, the different responsibilities of being a support act and a headliner, making deliberate craft seem spontaneous, being compared to Liz Phair and whether she’s got enough credit for her role as producer on her debut album ‘Emotions and Math’.

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.

May 16, 2017
203. Iluka on Marvin Gaye 'What's Going On' (1971) and why it's relevant again today
37:01

Sydney soul-folk hippy goddess Iluka returns to the show to talk about her recent rediscovery of Marvin Gaye's classic of RnB social consciousness raising 'What's Going On', and why the album's plea for understanding resonates as much today as it did in the era of civil rights and Vietnam.

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.

May 12, 2017
202. Veronica Milsom (triple j) on The Shins 'Wincing the Night Away' (2007)
41:02

Comic, actor and triple j host Veronica Milsom is a rare guest who knew exactly what her favorite album is straight away - the seminal decade young album from The Shins 'Wincing the Night Away'.

We talk about how Veronica's older brother's mixtapes introduced her to the Shins, how frontman's James Mercer's insomnia fuelled the creation of the album, the intimacy of his singing, the Zach Braff driven high expectations and backlash toward this album, and whether any contemporary music has hit her as hard as this record did ten years ago.

Plus, we discuss Veronica's legendary "thing" for Bernard Fanning, how the events of your life change how you perceive time, why her perspective as a radio DJ has made her hate certain songs, her own self-induced bout with insomnia in Perth and the questions she feels guilty for asking bands during interviews.

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.

 

May 08, 2017
201. Charles Esten on Bruce Springsteen 'Born to Run' (1975)
27:25

Singer/songwriter, actor, improv comic and the man behind the soulful stare of Nashville’s Deacon Claybourne, Charles Esten, joins me to open up about his love for Bruce Springsteen and ‘Born to Run’.

We talk about how the album awakened him as a musician in his teens, the country music strain in Bruce’s writing, how the album taught Charles to identify with stories he hasn’t lived, why he likes to call on Deacon’s point of view when writing songs, the unexpected reaction he had to finally seeing Bruce in concert, his seminal Springsteen karaoke moment and how he would approach it if he ever had to play Bruce as an actor.

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.

Apr 29, 2017
200. Fave Aussie music of Benmont Tench, Sam Palladio, Duglas T Stewart, Natalie Prass and Jeff Greenstein
35:16

To celebrate 200 episodes of the podcast, I’ve talked to some of my favourite non-Australia guests on the podcast over the past three and a half years, to find out what Australian artists and tunes they love. We also tackle the question: Are any Aussie rock legends actually from Australia?

This episode features:

- (1:20) Heartbreaker Benmont Tench on Daddy Cool
- (3:44) BMX Bandit Duglas T Stewart on the Go-Betweens
- (7:12) Soul singer/songwriter Natalie Prass on The Bee Gees
- (10:34) Nashville star Sam Palladio on Men at Work and Crowded House
- (16:58) Emmy-winning writer/director Jeff Greenstein on The Hoodoo Gurus and Kylie Minogue.

Back to regular programming next episode with Charles Esten!


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.

Apr 28, 2017
Kacey Musgraves on John Prine, illegal smiles, weed and more (REPOST)
18:11

Grammy winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves talks her love iconic iconoclast John Prine and his self-titled debut album. Kacey talks about performing with Prine, playing him the song she wrote about him, how his approach to lyric writing inspired her own songs, why she put her Grammy in a Prine exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and wonders why people keep thinking her and Prine’s songs are about weed.

 

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.

Apr 20, 2017
Lydia Loveless on The Replacements ‘Pleased to Meet Me’ (REPOST)
26:06

This episode was originally broadcast September 3, 2015

The modern ambassador of cow-punk, singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless, joins me to chat about The Replacements 1987 album “Pleased to Meet Me”, diversifying sounds, the ‘Mid-West sound’ and her love of pure pop 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.

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Apr 15, 2017
Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd) on The Who's 'Quadrophenia', playing the Olympics with Jimmy Page and awkward moments with Pete Townshend (REPOST)
38:06

This episode originally aired July 1, 2015

Standup comic and legendary bass master Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Icehouse) joins host Jeremy Dylan to chat about the iconic rock concept album about alienation and adolescence - The Who’s 1973 rock opera “Qaudrophenia”.

How did Quadrophenia kickstart a mod revival? How easy was it to understand the story of the album? What is the meaning of the lyrics to 5:15? What makes the bassline on ‘The Real Me’ so unique? Did Guy really buy one of Who bassist’s John Entwistle’s bass guitars? What word has Guy never been able to say to Pete Townshend? Has the Who influenced Guy’s bass playing?

Plus, Guy reveals why he’s played in both Pink Floyd and a Floyd tribute band, how he almost got sued after playing Whole Lotta Love with Jimmy Page at the Olympics and some Pete Townshend stories he heard from David Gilmour.

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.

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Apr 12, 2017
199. Showrunner Jeff Lieber on Gregory Alan Isakov 'The Weatherman' and how music fuels his writing process
34:11

Writer/producer Jeff Lieber (Necessary Roughness, NCIS: New Orleans) joins me to explore the intersection between music and drama, and how he uses an obsession with an album to fuel his writing process. We talk about how Gregory Alan Isakov's 'The Weatherman' has been the soundtrack to his current writing project, the different ways that changing technology has effected TV and music, what the Beatles have in common with the Sopranos, why he has failed multiple times to write song lyrics, the secrets to using songs in episodes of TV drama and why he sometimes envies indie musicians - and sometimes doesn't.

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.

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Apr 09, 2017
198. Jack Colwell on Tori Amos 'Boys for Pele' (1996)
46:14

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.

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Apr 04, 2017
197. Benmont Tench on playing with Dylan, Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams and what he's learned
11:36

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.

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Mar 27, 2017
196. Ella Thompson (GL, Dorsal Fins) on Renee Geyer 'Moving Along' (1977) and the lessons Renee taught her
33:54

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.

 

Mar 22, 2017
195. The Shires on Lady Antebellum 'Own the Night' (2011)
34:01

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.

Mar 20, 2017
194. Duglas T Stewart (BMX Bandits) on Beach Boys 'Love You' (1977)
45:01

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.

Mar 15, 2017
193. Dan Soder on Queens on the Stone Age ‘Like Clockwork’ (2013)
35:52

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.

Mar 13, 2017
192. Kingswood on The Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' (1967)
44:28

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.

Mar 10, 2017
191. Comedian Becky Lucas on Michael Jackson 'Bad' (1987)
32:49

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.

 

Mar 07, 2017
189. PVT on Brian Eno 'Another Green World' and how you can use his oblique strategies to fire the creative process
44:15

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.

Mar 05, 2017
189. Middle Kids on My Brightest Diamond 'Bring Me The Workhorse' (2006) and the debt MK owe to Bach and Chopin
33:57

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.

 

Feb 22, 2017
188. Bitter Script Reader on 'That Thing You Do', Tom Hanks' classic rock film and soundtrack
40:53

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.

Feb 20, 2017
187. Carly Rae Jepsen 'Emotion' (2015) with CRJ Dream Team Jess Gleeson, Adam Lewis and Geordie Gray
44:48

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.

 

Feb 13, 2017
Legendary rock photographer Danny Clinch on Bruce Springsteen 'Greetings from Ashbury Park NJ' (1973) and how he became Bruce's go to photographer (REPOST)
37:32

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.

Feb 11, 2017
Jake Clemons on Sarah McLachlan 'Surfacing', Springsteen songwriting advice and balancing his solo work with the E Street Band (REPOST)
21:17

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.

Feb 10, 2017
186. Sarah Belkner on Peter Gabriel 'So' (1986)
31:04

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.

Feb 07, 2017
Neil Finn (Crowded House) on Beatles, Bowie, Neil Young & Radiohead (REPOST)
50:09

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.

 

Jan 31, 2017
Neil Finn (Crowded House) on Beatles, Bowie, Neil Young & Radiohead (REPOST)

NOTE: Reposting this on request. A lot of you wanted to hear my podcast with Neil after last week's chat with fellow Crowded House member Mark Hart. So here you go!

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.

Jan 31, 2017
185. Mark Hart (Crowded House) on XTC 'Drums & Wires' (1979)
47:36

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.

Jan 27, 2017
184. Emma Swift on Marianne Faithfull 'Broken English' (1979)
34:17

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.

Jan 24, 2017
183. Owen Rabbit on Kate Bush 'Hounds of Love'
23:21

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.

Jan 18, 2017
182. Robyn Hitchcock on Bob Dylan 'Blonde on Blonde' (1966)
40:40

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.

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Jan 16, 2017
181. Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett) on Nirvana 'Nevermind' (1991)
37:24

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.

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Jan 11, 2017
180. Brian Koppelman on Bruce Springsteen ‘Nebraska’ (1982)
29:48

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.

Jan 09, 2017