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Oct 31, 2022

A band with big ideas puts some deep thoughts into a musical blender, and a cover from the age of bedroom music studios. Sorrow, originally by Bad Religion, covered by Switchfoot.

Outro music is Stepping Stone, by Minor Threat.

Oct 24, 2022

A love song to a city that exposes all of its sorrow and failings, but is still the perfect song about what makes it great. I Love LA, originally by Randy Newman, covered by OMC, and by Eric Church.

Outro music is The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room), by Flight of the Conchords.

Oct 17, 2022

We do something a little different this week. One of the biggest and most impactful songs of the 90s relied heavily on sampling and was subsequently significantly parodied. Both of those use the music of a nearby song to tell a new story, and it sheds some light on how the business of cover songs works. Gangsta's...

Oct 10, 2022

We celebrate 250 episodes with a listener request that blew up on us a little. A classic song with deeper roots and more variations than anyone saw coming. Mack the Knife, originally sung by Kurt Gerron, covered by Gerald Price, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, The Doors, and The Psychedelic Furs.

Outro music is Put Your...

Oct 3, 2022

Post-punk, the birth of industrial music, one-man bands, and a goth icon. Check your eyeliner for this week's episode. Dead Souls, originally by Joy Division, covered by Nine Inch Nails.

Outro music is Superman (It's Not Easy), by Five for Fighting. It doesn't sound like it fits, but it totally fits.