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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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282. Don Was on Wayne Shorter 'Speak No Evil' (1966)
53:19

This week I chat to producer, bassist, songwriter, documentarian and president of iconic jazz label Blue Note Records, Don Was about Wayne Shorter's classic album 'Speak No Evil' (1966). We talk about how the album gave Don a sense of purpose, that a piece of music doesn't need lyrics to speak to someone, how great artists seem to appear from a creative ether and Don explains how engineer Rudy Van Gelder achieved the classic jazz sound that unifies all Blue Note albums and how Don aims to continue that legacy by pursuing the artists' vision.
Plus Don tells me some fantastic anecdotes about his time working with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Benmont Tench and more.

Jun 26, 2019
281. Urthboy on A Tribe Called Quest 'The Low End Theory' (1991)
42:53

This week I chat to frontman of The Herd, co founder of Elefant Traks record label, manager and solo artist Urthboy (aka Tim Levinson) about A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory’. We discuss how A Tribe Called Quest was political in a different way than other hip-hop artists of their era, how their sampling of jazz helped them cross generational lines and how your ability to appreciate contemporary music falters as you get older.
Tim opens up about how the album educated him about issues not being discussed in school and why he has referenced and sampled elements of the album in his own music.

Jun 19, 2019
280. Zan Rowe on Talking Heads 'More Songs About Buildings and Food' (1978)
46:04

This week I talk to Queen of Australian radio Zan Rowe about Talking Heads ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’. We chat about David Byrne’s outsider appeal, the new wave funk sound that defined Talking Heads, the album’s dystopian predictions and capitalist lyrics, producer Brian Eno’s contribution to the album and delve into his Oblique Strategies cards.
Zan tells us about the first time she met David Byrne, his wonderful sense of curiosity and we both commiserate over missing his last tour.

Jun 12, 2019
279. Briggs on Snoop Dogg 'Doggystyle' (1993)
31:00

This week I chat to rapper, writer, comedian, actor, one half of A.B. Original and the man who should've been PM, Briggs, about Snoop Dogg's classic album 'Doggy Style' (1993).

We talk about Snoop as a crucial but underrated figure in the evolution of hip-hop, how Briggs discovered the record as a kid in Shepparton, make a case for the album's importance, the timelessness of the production, delve into the making of the album and how Briggs' channeled Snoop to capture the energy of the recording studio on 'Reclaim Australia'.

Jun 04, 2019
278. Gretta Ray on Blake Mills 'Break Mirrors' (2010)
45:53

This week I chat to Australian singer-songwriter Gretta Ray about Blake Mills' 2010 album 'Break Mirrors'. Mills may be better known as a producer (Alabama Shakes, Dawes) but today we explore his own music. We talk about how Mills wrote this album as a calling card for his session work, his poetic but unpretentious turns of phrase, his unique but completely tasteful guitar work, Mills' production on Laura Marling's latest album and the advantages of operating slightly under the radar.

May 28, 2019
Brian Koppelman on History of the Eagles (repost)
36:27
May 24, 2019
277. Five decades of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE with Light the Fuse’s Drew Taylor and Charles Hood
02:11:28

My Favorite Album Goes to the Movies continues as we explore how the iconic MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE theme has evolved over fifty years of the TV and film franchise, with special guest MI experts Drew Taylor and Charles Hood, hosts of the Light the Fuse podcasts. We look at the origins of the theme and delve into the scores of the 60s and 80s TV series, and how each composer has approached the films from Danny Elfman to Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino to Joe Kraemer and Lorne Balfe, plus lesser known takes on the theme music by U2’s Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr, Limp Bizkit, Kanye West and Jon Brion, and where we want to see the franchise take the score in the upcoming two (final?) films…

May 18, 2019
Bitter Script Reader on That Thing You Do, Tom Hanks' classic rock'n'roll movie (repost)
41:06
May 08, 2019
276. Top 10 James Bond Theme Songs with Empire's Chris Hewitt
01:42:37

My Favorite Album goes to the Movies for the month of May! Kicking off with friend of the pod and host of the Empire Podcast, Chris Hewitt, joining me to count down our competing lists of Top 10 James Bond theme songs. From Goldfinger to Live and Let Die, A View to a Kill to Nobody Does it Better, we celebrate and argue about the iconic theme songs that have soundtracked the long-running franchise, with some surprising and controversial choices amongst it. What makes for a great Bond theme? How much room is there to experiment with the form? What is the worst Bond theme? And who should carry the torch forward and sing the theme song for Bond 25?

 
May 02, 2019
275. Charlie Collins on The War on Drugs 'A Deeper Understanding' (2017)
39:23

On the eve of her debut solo album release, I talk to singer-songwriter Charlie Collins about The War on Drugs’ Grammy-winning fourth album ‘A Deeper Understanding’. Charlie opens up about how the album influenced the sound and construction of her own record, even as they were recorded in total opposite ways. We talk about the blurred lines between bands and solo artists in the modern era, The War on Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel’s egoless performance style, why Charlie decided to release ‘Snowpine’ under her own name, the future of albums in the streaming age (and whether services like Spotify help or hinder them), how the meaning of an album changes as you evolve through life and the alternate band name that could’ve ruined the War on Drugs career...

Apr 23, 2019
Julia Jacklin on Fiona Apple 'Extraordinary Machine' (repost)
31:03
Apr 16, 2019
Alex Lahey on The Killers 'Hot Fuss' (repost)
28:53
Apr 10, 2019
Nick Allbrook (Pond) on Outkast 'The Love Below' (repost)
27:46
Apr 02, 2019
Natalie Prass on Dionne Warwick 'Presenting Dionne Warwick' (repost)
36:21
Mar 26, 2019
274. Christian Lee Hutson on Elliott Smith 'XO' (1998)
40:37
LA singer/songwriter Christian Lee Hutson joins me to talk about Elliott Smith's classic 1998 album XO. We chat about how XO was Elliott's first album produced with a major label, retrospective listening and how many fans have hunted for hidden messages in the album's lyrics post Elliott's suicide and how a collision of musical worlds helped Christian bond with his Dad. 
Christian tells me about an Elliott Smith tribute show he recently contributed to, how XO gave Christian courage to get into solo songwriting, plagiarism predicaments and we pledge to produce an Elliott Smith tribute record performed entirely by Hank Williams Jr.
Mar 21, 2019
273. Leslie Stevens on Neutral Milk Hotel 'In The Aeroplane Over the Sea' (1998)
47:43
LA Singer/songwriter Leslie Stevens joins me to chat about Neutral Milk Hotel's classic 1998 album 'In The Aeroplane Over the Sea'. We talk about The Diary of Anne Frank and it's influence on the album, authenticity in music and innocence lost. We unpack our teenage superiority complexes and debate whether genre labels are essential in the music world.
 
Leslie plays us an impromptu rendition of Norwegian Wood on her saw and we discuss vulnerability in song writing, whether 'Aeroplane Over the Sea' has dated and the album's hipster following. 
Mar 05, 2019
272. Hrishikesh Hirway on Björk 'Homogenic' (1997)
47:24

Podcasts collide as musician (The One AM Radio) and creator of my two favorite podcasts (Song Exploder, The West Wing Weekly) Hrishikesh Hirway joins me to delve into the sonic world Björk created on her classic 1997 album ‘Homogenic’ and how it inspired Hrishi to develop his own unique musical identity. From the beats to the string arrangements and beyond, we unpack the incredible craft and attention to detail that went into the album, and then Hrishi tells the story of Bjork’s appearance on Song Exploder, from how he landed his dream guest, behind the scenes on how the show is put together and the chance encounter he had with Bjork afterwards.

Feb 27, 2019
271. Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class, The Flash) on David Bowie 'Scary Monsters...and Super Creeps' (1980)
43:51

Screenwriter Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class, The Flash) has plenty of experience with charismatic aliens and mutants, so he’s right at home talking to me about David Bowie and his classic 1980 album ‘Scary Monsters… and Super Creeps’. We delve into how this record was Bowie’s journey back to mainstream success after his experimental Berlin period, Ashes to Ashes as a sequel song to Bowie’s first hit Space Oddity, the contributions on the records of musicians like Pete Townshend, Bowie’s underrated lyrics, Zack’s favorite Bowie acting performance (not what you’d expect) and why Bowie ended his stage acting career, how he would approach writing a film about Bowie and his frustrated plans to get Bowie into the X-Men films.

Feb 19, 2019
270. David Friendly (Queen of the South, Little Miss Sunshine) on Steely Dan 'Aja' (1977)
58:22
This week on the podcast, Hollywood producer and director David Friendly joins me to talk about Steely Dan's classic 1977 album 'Aja'. We talk about David's discovery of the album during his college years, how 'Aja' rewards repeat listens and how Walter Becker and Donald Fagen worked with the best session musicians of the time to create the perfect album recording.
 
Plus we discuss ageing musicians and their sometimes disappointing live performances and how the advancement of technology has changed the way we listen to and discover music. 
Feb 12, 2019
Kacey Musgraves on John Prine (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.

Feb 04, 2019
269. Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos on Patti Smith 'Horses' (1975)
34:56

This week on the podcast I chat to Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos about Patti Smith's seminal album 'Horses'. We talk about how Michael Stipe led to Brittany’s discovery of the album as an aspiring music journalist, how it remains a seminal punk album while flying in the face of punk conventions, the album’s iconic opening line, Smith’s dismissal of traditional gender conventions, Brittany’s meeting with Patti at Lollapalooza and what Brittany sees as Patti Smith’s influence on contemporary 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 documentaries Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts and Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road (coming soon).

Edited by Ellie Willoughby.

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

 

Jan 29, 2019
268. Tom Champion on Neil Young 'Tonight's the Night' (1975)
54:35

Groove master and bassist Tom Champion (The Preatures) joins me to chat about Neil Young's classic 1975 album 'Tonight's the Night'. We discuss how Tom first discovered the album, the sad story behind the album and the different incarnations of Neil Young, including whether Neil should be considered a cat or a dog.

We compare the recording methods of Neil Young and The Preatures, how drunk the band was while recording 'Tonight's the Night' and more. 
Jan 22, 2019
Steve Jordan on his biggest inspirations and working with Neil Young, Keith Richards, James Brown and more (repost)
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, what he loves about 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.

Jan 15, 2019
Revisiting Pegi Young on Otis, Janis, Joni, JJ Cale, Clapton, the Dead and more
49:43

Today we’re revisiting my chat with the gracious Pegi Young, humanitarian and singer-songwriter, who sadly passed away last week from cancer. Here is our conversation from 2017, a lovely and wide-ranging chat on her biggest musical influences.

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, as she moved from backing vocalist for ex-husband Neil to mature solo artist. 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.

Jan 08, 2019
267. Kirby Brown on Randy Newman 'Good Old Boys' (1974)
43:13

Americana singer-songwriter Kirby Brown joins me to talk about Randy Newman's 1974 album 'Good Old Boys'. 

We discuss Newman's progression from satirical songwriting to movie music composition, writing from the point of view of a character whose beliefs don't align with your own, the Eagles backing vocals on the album, will Newman ever write a song about President Trump and more.

Jan 02, 2019
Gretchen Peters on Bob Dylan 'Blood on the Tracks' (repost)
29:24

Singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters joins me to talk about the every songwriter's favorite Bob Dylanrecord, 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.

Dec 30, 2018
What makes a good Christmas song? ft Kristian Bush, Lee Brice, Corb Lund and more (repost)
27:52

Revisiting the OG My Favorite Album Christmas special from 2015...

Happy Holidays to all of you out there in the world

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.

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 documentaries Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts and Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road (coming soon).

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

Dec 25, 2018
Phoebe Bridgers on Bright Eyes 'I'm Wide Awake It's Morning' (2005)
29:03

Revisiting our most downloaded episodes of 2018 to close out the year

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.

Dec 20, 2018
266. Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band) on Miles Davis 'Kind of Blue' (1959)
27:31

JAZZ!

Nov 29, 2018
265. Drew Pearce (Hotel Artemis, Iron Man 3) on Pixies 'Doolittle' (1989)
01:11:07

Writer, director, producer and crate digger extraordinaire Drew Pearce joins me for a rollicking conversation about Pixies classic album 'Doolittle', the formative impact it had on him as a child, listening to it totally fresh while not even knowing what the band looked like, the impact that producer Gil Norton had on the record and artists' relationships to their most revered work.

Plus Drew recalls the time Robbie Robertson was a dick to him at the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, the time Kim Deal tried to score drugs off him and how he worked with Father John Misty to create the end credits song for his film 'Hotel Artemis'.

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 documentaries Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts and Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road (coming soon).

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

Nov 21, 2018
264. Angie McMahon on KD Lang 'Hyms of the 49th Parallel' (2004)
41:44

Possessed of a voice and musical depth far beyond her years, Angie McMahon joined me to discuss KD Lang's 'Hymns of the 49th Parallel', a supreme covers album that celebrates Canada's great songwriters from Joni Mitchell to Leonard Cohen to Neil Young.

Angie and I unpack why KD is such a supremely great singer, why some covers succeed and some fail, what Angie's covers record would be themed around, whether anyone should cover Joni Mitchell 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 documentaries Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts and Tommy Emmanuel: The Endless Road (coming soon).

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

Nov 14, 2018
263. BILLIONS creator Brian Koppelman on the music of the show, from Dylan to Sinatra to Isbell and beyond
43:41

Longtime friend of the show, filmmaker Brian Koppelman, joins me to delve into the music of his acclaimed hit Showtime drama series BILLIONS.

We go behind the scenes on some of the most compelling musical moments from three seasons of a show that has always found unexpected and fascinating songs to shade and power dynamic scenes and surprising and compelling ways to use some classic tunes.

Songs discussed include

  1. Metallica - Harvester of Sorrow
  2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
  3. Drive By Truckers - Goddamn Lonely Love
  4. Jason Isbell - Cover Me Up
  5. Bob Dylan - Gotta Serve Somebody
  6. Van Halen - And the Cradle Will Rock
  7. Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll
  8. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Even the Losers
  9. Billions original score by Eskimo
  10. Queens of the Stone Age - The Evil has Landed
  11. The Traveling Wilburys - Handle with Care
  12. Bob Dylan - It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding
  13. Josh Ritter - Homecoming
  14. Garret T Kaps - Born in San Antone
  15. Nelly - Hot In Here
  16. Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra - Come Fly with Me
  17. Frank Sinatra - One for My Baby (and one more for the road)
  18. The Velvet Underground - We’re Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together

Follow Brian @briankoppelman on Twitter and listen to his great podcast The Moment. Billions will return in 2019.

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 07, 2018
262. Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield on new The Beatles White Album box set, why Paul won't stop, Taylor Swift and more
01:01:44

“People often dismiss [Paul] as soft and lazy and complacent. In so many ways, he’s the exact opposite of that, to a frightening extreme.” - Rob Sheffield

Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield, author of Dreaming the Beatles, joins me to preview the new White Album box set and for a wide ranging discussion on all things Fab Four - the way our perception of the Beatles change as we age, how the Rock Band video game got 90s kids into the Beatles, rethinking the story of the White Album, why we see aspect of ourselves in the Lennon McCartney friendship, how George was treated like John and Paul's kid brother, the way the Beatles drug use effected their relationships with each other, what McCartney and Mick Jagger have in common, why Taylor Swift is the modern day Paul McCartney, Rob’s 90 minute cut of Hey Jude, the eternal youthfulness of Ringo Starr and why he is in denial about the prospect of Paul’s eventual death... (and more if you can believe 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 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 30, 2018
261. Stella Donnelly on Broadcast 'Tender Buttons' (2005)
31:34

Stella Donnelly is a Western Australian singer-songwriter who wraps uncompromising lyrics in deft playing and aching beautiful melodies. She joins me to talk about the influence on 'Tender Buttons' by British cult favorites Broadcast.

We talk about how the album marked a turning point in Broadcast's sound and the life of the band in general, how 'Tears in the Typing Pool' helped Stella find the confidence to tour without a band, the counterpoint between 'ugly' sounds and beautiful words (and vice-versa) and we plan out several genre-spanning Broadcast tribute albums.

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.

Edited by Ellie Willoughby.

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

Oct 24, 2018
260. Jess Kent on Gorillaz 'Demon Days' (2005)
36:47

English-born Australian-raised pop singer-songwriter Jess Kent joins me to delve into the weird and wonderful world of Gorillaz and their sophomore album 'Demon Days'.

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.

Edited by Ellie Willoughby.

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

Oct 18, 2018
259. Ali Barter on Hole 'Live Through This' (1994)
29:53

Expert crafter of fiercely melodic guitar rock Ali Barter joins me to celebrate Hole's 'Live Through This'.

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.

Edited by Ellie Willoughby.

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

Oct 11, 2018
Should you see the new Fleetwood Mac? A post-show verdict with Emma Swift
21:27

Last night Emma Swift and I saw the new lineup of Fleetwood Mac at the United Center in Chicago, featuring Neil Finn and Mike Campbell replacing Lindsey Buckingham.

We break down the show, the new band dynamic and whether or not it's worth your money.

This is a special end of week episode of the podcast. There will be a regular episode coming on Wednesday...

Oct 07, 2018
258. Bill Wyman on The Clash 'London Calling' (1979)
01:19:43

The real Bill Wyman - co-creator of Sound Opinions, writer for Vulture, New York Magazine, Salon, the New Yorker and more - joins me for a deep dive into one of rock's most iconic double albums, The Clash's 1979 masterpiece 'London Calling'.

The inspiration for the iconic cover, why the biggest hit wasn’t listed on the track listing, the contributions of producer Guy Stevens, what made this more than ‘just’ a punk record, the underrated contributions of the non Joe Strummer members of the band, whether the Clash would’ve ever reunited, why they included covers on the record, whether it should’ve been a single album and why he didn't rank 'London Calling' as the Clash's #1 song.

Bill also tells the story of being threatened by the other Bill Wyman's lawyers for using his own name, our conflicted feelings on Keith Richards' memoir and how he puts together his popular 'All Songs Ranked' features for Vulture.com

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.

Additional editing by Ellie Willoughby.

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

Oct 03, 2018
257. Eves Karydas on Sufjan Steves 'Carrie and Lowell' (2015)
57:46

Ahead of the release of her stunning album ‘summerskin’, returning champion Eves Karydas joins me to talk about her unique relationship to Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Carrie and Lowell’. We unpack the journey Eves took between her last visit to the podcast three years ago and how this album accompanied it - moving to the UK, taking time away from music, renewed inspiration and her evolving relationship with her own public persona. We discuss how she fell in love with ‘Carrie and Lowell’ before she knew what the songs were about, the strategic use of details in the lyrics, the importance of directness in emotional communication, the way Sufjan reinterpreted the songs live 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.

Additional editing by Ellie Willoughby.

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

Sep 25, 2018
256. Ainslie Wills on Jeff Buckley 'Grace' (1994)
35:17

We finally break the seal on Jeff Buckley's iconic 'Grace' as acclaimed Melbourne melodist Ainslie Wills joins me for a nuanced unpacking of whether Buckley was ahead of his time, the foregrounding of tone in music, falling in love with this album before Buckley died, that cover of 'Hallelujah' and its use in The West Wing and Ainslie's experience covering songs like 'Lover You Should've Come Over'.

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.

Sep 20, 2018
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