There’s no anger like heartbroken anger like no anger we know. Some of the best and most vital songs on the subject of love are filled with resentment and bitterness. These feelings can manifest themselves through song in a slow-burning rage where the music is as creepy as the sentiment. Other angry heartbreak songs are exploding at the seams with righteous fury. All of this and more can be heard in the latest ATTT pod, and the man with the plan to bring this episode back for a second go-around is The Old Boy Himself, Ryan “You Wouldn’t Like Me When I’m Angry” Blake, who we all know as one of the nicest dudes on the planet. Until you break his heart. Don’t.
If you haven’t dug into Angry Heartbreak Songs Volume 1, it’s good but be warned - this is episode 2, so it sounds pretty damn primitive. We were just figuring this thing out in 2011. Here’s the link from the archives if you’re interested:
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Every few years the fine upstanding folks at Rolling Stone Magazine take a break from talking about how great Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and U2 are; and release an updated version of their 100 Greatest Guitarists feature. Every time they do they incur the wrath of guitar geeks the world over, howling with rage at the miscues, overpraising and especially the snubs of some of the most criminally underrated guitar slingers to ever don an axe. (By the way, ATTT incurs this wrath weekly, so we feel their pain, on a much smaller scale of course...) Enter guitar wizard and holder of strong opinions Alex Dubovoy, who brings his musical knowledge and New York attitude to lay waste to Rolling Stone and in the process, helps Ben nominate 20 amazing guitar players that RS unjustly snubbed on their list. This show is for novelty purposes only, but believe it, the rage is real. These are just a few of the most unbelievably underrated guitarists we know of. Please be nice to us if you disagree.
Alex has spent more than 2 decades as the guitarist for NYC legends The Hanslick Rebellion. Check out their stuff here: http://tcov.net/album/wholl-apologize-for-this-disaster-of-a-life
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From the mean streets of New York City to the blessed rains of Africa, it's a great big world. Even as technology brings us virtually closer together, there's nothing that can compare to seeing and experiencing the sights and sounds of this endlessly fascinating planet of ours in person. In that spirit, Ben and special guest traveler Chris Wolffing set their sights on a globetrotting adventure, and the lads play some of the best songs about places around the globe, using the music to get them as close to these far off places as they can without actually updating their passports. Things get a bit hairy in certain locales, but nothing can slow down the longing for adventure and experience. All aboard!
"As you move through this life and this world you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life — and travel — leaves marks on you. Most of the time, those marks — on your body or on your heart — are beautiful." - Anthony Bourdain
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Looking at it from a musicologist's point of view, genre anomalies can be fascinating. Most music genres have their rules and parameters by which a standard band operates. In the world of progressive rock, or prog rock, or simply 'prog' if you know your stuff; expansiveness is a virtue. Your average prog album is 60 minutes and 4 tracks, or so the cliche goes. What ATTT is all about this week is the anomaly - the 'short' prog song, and for our intents and purposes all of this week's tracks are under 5 minutes long. No suite sections, no interludes, absolutely no radio edits!
Of course if it's a progressive rock episode, we have to be joined by 2 of the biggest prog nerds we know - Certified Prog Wizard and leader of SoCal prog titans Lobate Scarp Adam Sears is back; as well as Prog Sorcerer-In-Training Fernando Perdomo. To devotees of the genre, we hope we did you proud, although the inevitable nitpicking will surely commence immediately. *eyeroll* The picks are outstanding and the conversation is as hilarious and nerdy as you'd expect. Enjoy!
Fernando has just released his first all-prog album Out To Sea, and is a featured performer at next year's upcoming Yes Cruise To The Edge. Find out more at https://www.fernandoperdomo.com
Adam's band Lobate Scarp has new music coming out soon. Listen to their latest stuff at
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On the first Friday of every month, we dig deep into the archives (at mixcloud.com) and pull out a bonus episode for those who are in need of a little more ATTT in their lives. This summer, we're going to try and keep it cool by posting only ridiculously fun episodes. Speaking of ridiculous fun, here's one from 2016 featuring the delightfully silly Frank Nicotero. Enjoy!
You're in your car. You're blasting "Don't Fight It" by Kenny Loggins and Steve Perry. You have the windows down. Someone pulls up next to you. Do you A) Turn it up louder, pump your fist and sing along, or B) Immediately turn down the volume, sink slowly in your seat, crawl into a hole of shame and guilt. If you said A, you are the raddest person on the planet and nothing can phase you. If you said B, you are normal and although you feel guilty about your love for that song, your love is real and should be commended. This week's podcast features 20 songs that fit this scenario and these songs come from the decade that invented the guilty pleasure - The 80's. Ben is joined by Frank Nicotero, comedian, game show/reality show host and total mensch. Frank can be found on stage and screen and online everywhere. Like him on FB: https://www.facebook.com/franknicoterocomedian
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The act of singing lead and playing drums simultaneously is a feat so insane it boggles the mind. It's like having two brains working at once, while working your ass off physically, and somehow finding time to breathe. It shouldn't be possible. The folks on this week's list deserve endless respect, whether you're a fan of their music or not. Pal Of The Pod Dustin Prince returns to help count down the superhuman Singing Drummer. Note: for our purposes the guideline is they must sing lead and play drums at the same time to make this list. Enjoy!
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Behold! Here's another installment of our severely popular feature "Worst To First", in which we take a subject that has a finite number of entries and count them not down, but up from the bottom to the top! The immortal David Daskal is back to discuss the music from his 2 favorite decades - the 70's and 80's - and the songs that were voted Song Of The Year by The Grammy Awards from 1970-1989. Do yourself a favor and try not to look up the entries for this list before listening. We think you'll be surprised by what the Grammys thought were the best songs of these particular years, and not necessarily surprised in a good way. Some of these picks are a bit rough, but hang in there, dear listeners - true to the episode title, they get better as they go. Let's go Worst To First!
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We'll just come out and say it - music supervision is not for just anyone with an ear. In the world of tv, film and advertising, the profession of music supervisor is an exclusive club. It's such a specialized field that precious few truly have the skill set, even though a huge number of music fans would like to think they have it. In addition to being a tenacious negotiator and master schmoozer with a thousand connections to bands, management, labels, promoters and other industry types; you have to have a universe of knowledge of music history and you have to be one step ahead of the game, spotting trends months, sometimes years in advance. And then you need those ears working overtime. DJ and Music Supe extraordinaire Jason Kramer has been doing it for many years and as he'll tell you, it's a living. One thing you can't argue with is the results. So many bands and artists have had their entire careers boosted into the stratosphere based on a cleverly placed spot in a commercial. Jason himself is responsible for many of these, as you'll hear. This week's podcast is all about those songs that reached massive amounts of notoriety and popularity simply by an appearance in some of the most iconic ads of all time.
Listen to Jason's weekly radio show every Tuesday night on 89.9 KCRW in Los Angeles or online at:
For more fun, here's the YouTube playlist, featuring all of the ads in this week's episode:
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In the fertile ground of the 60's, 70's and 80's, Broadway stretched its legs a bit and took on new voices and ideas with style and grace, bringing in a whole new generation of composers, playwrights, lyricists, actors and fans. Webber, Rice, Sondheim, Schwartz and more wowed audiences with innovative stage productions that featured some of the most beloved songs of the era. ATTT host Ben Eisen is not as well-versed in this arena as he would like to be, so he enlisted a couple of Broadway superfans (aka super dorks) to break down the best musicals of the era and play their most memorable tunes. Numbers Girl herself Shannon Hurley and ATTT newbie Kate Lynne Bundy bring the knowledge and the enthusiasm for an art form that's still thriving and setting cultural milestones with regularity to this day.
Shannon's new single "I Found You" is gaining traction on Spotify and anywhere else you can check out music. Download it from her Bandcamp page here:
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It takes a certain amount of... let's say "confidence" to be a band or artist that has a song with your name in it's title. It's also a stroke of artistic genius and only a precious few masters can wish to have that lightning bolt of inspiration, to boldly say to the world, "my massive ego is so immense, people must sing my name back to me at stadiums across the globe. Yes, I'm just that awesome."
Ok maybe this is the part where we say we here at ATTT genuinely love the artists and bands in today's podcast, and the songs featured this week are awesome. Oh yeah and Ultra-Pal-Of-The-Pod Gabe Scalone is back, calling in from still thawing out Maryland. Poor sap. Anyway, this is a silly topic that turned into a fun episode. Enjoy!
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