Album Divers

Join us on Album Divers as cohosts Shane and Trevor alternate deep dives into history and track-by-track analysis of an album released this calendar year and one that has been around awhile.

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Episodes

Saturday May 04, 2024

On this episode, Trevor and Shane sit down with Lizzie Killian, the voice and mind behind Teens in Trouble's debut album What's Mine. In the words of the album's producer/engineer Ryan Perras (and uttered by him in the background during the album itself if you listen closely enough), "When you're doing songs like this the key is to make it as stupid as humanely fucking possible." That isn't exactly the feeling evoked listening to these 10 tracks, but somewhere around the stomping, train whistle, and dreams about making out with Joseph Gordon Levitt, you can start to understand where the impetus for that quote came from. However, amidst a discussion with Lizzie that digs into the stories behind some of these more transparent and lighter songs, it becomes clear there is much more than just a self-proclaimed awkward girl recanting them. Shane and Trevor were so grateful to discover this album and get to hear about these stories from the artist herself on this special track-by-track breakdown. 
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Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)

Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

For his next pick of an album that has “been around awhile,” Trevor takes us back to 1997 and selects Radiohead’s groundbreaking album Ok Computer. This was more or less Shane’s entry point into the band, at least as far as consuming a full album is concerned. As is commonly the case with this band, it took time for Shane to appreciate these songs and this album in its entirety, just like it did for Trevor as a 13 year old upon its release. The influence of this music laid the groundwork for so many albums that came after it, and for that reason, upon reflection nearly three decades later, this music doesn’t feel as hard to digest as it did in its release, but the creativity and innovation remain as impactful as ever. Ok Computer also remains a pivotal album in Radiohead’s discography as they would move even deeper into experimentation in albums to come. Finally, Shane and Trevor discuss the importance and value of this experimentation on the zeitgeist of popular music but balance that with the value of a band that may by contrast find its groove and stay there. Follow the link in bio to hear Album Divers break down this iconic album track-by-track...
 
 
***Dont forget to check out our featured independent artist and album for this episode, Lars Katz of Body Hits Floor! You can find their music on all major music platforms. Here is a link to their Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0AHWZKizCD6ORU65Va3Y7E?si=1z_cjwDCTVeQ6CA-elKAxg
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Saturday Dec 30, 2023

On this final (and unfortunately only) episode of 2023, Trevor and Shane each select 5 albums and together compile their top 10 albums of the year. The ground rules were simple and were the same this year as prior years:
1. They couldn't select an album from 2023 that already had a "deep dive" episode.
2. They wouldn't be ranking their top 5 or the final top 10 in any particular order
3. They couldn't both select the same album.
Finally, like last year, at the end of the episode, Shane and Trevor each announce their #1 album of the year, information they have not previously shared with one another until this moment recording.
With these self-imposed rules in place, Trevor and Shane took turns sharing their picks for the year one by one. The list is as follows:
Trevor: Boy Genius - The Record, Jason Isbell - Weathervanes, Ratboys - The Window, Complete Mountain Almanac - February, Tinariwen - Amatssou
Shane: The Arcs - Electrophonic Chronic, Youth Lagoon - Heaven is a Junkyard, Susto - My Entire Life, Lana Del Rey - Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd, Zach Bryan - Zach Bryan
Did your favorite album make our list? Write us and let us know what we forgot!
 
**Thanks you to all of our listener contributions for “Album of the Year.” Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear listener picks and your voice if you contributed
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HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:
*You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at:
425-287-6832
*Leave us an audio message here:
https://www.speakpipe.com/AlbumDivers
We promise to respond and may even feature your thoughts on a future episode. 
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Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

On this final episode of 2022, Trevor and Shane each select 5 albums and together compile their top 10 albums of the year. The ground rules were simple and were the same this year as last year:
1. They couldn't select an album from 2022 that already had a "deep dive" episode.
2. They wouldn't be ranking their top 5 or the final top 10 in any particular order
3. They couldn't both select the same album.
Finally, like last year, at the end of the episode, Shane and Trevor each announce their #1 album of the year.
With these self-imposed rules in place, Trevor and Shane took turns sharing their picks for the year one by one. The list is as follows:
Trevor: Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa, Wet Leg - Wet Leg, Ezra Furman - All Of Us Flames, The Mars Volta - The Mars Volta, Angel Olsen - Big Time
Shane: Dead Tongues - Dust, Bronze Radio Return - Back Burners, Jamestown Revival - Young Man, Dehd - Big Sky, Big Theif - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You
Did your favorite album make our list? Write us and let us know what we forgot!
 
**Thanks you to all of our listener contributions for “Album of the Year.” Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear listener picks and your voice if you contributed
 
**Finally, why listen to new music anyway? Well, because it's good for you! Here is a link to the article we reference in the episode.https://pitchfork.com/features/article/listen-to-music/
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HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:
*You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at:
425-287-6832
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Wednesday Nov 16, 2022

For his next pick of an album that has, “been around awhile” Shane selects Mandolin Orange’s 2015 release, “Such Jubilee.” Mandolin Orange (now known as Watchhouse since a name change last year) is an Americana/Folk duo from North Carolina formed in 2009 by husband and wife duo Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz. Shane has special memories with this band seeing them live with his father. Trevor’s introduction to the band was their 2019 release which Shane had recommended when Album Divers was in its infancy though never materialized as a deep dive episode. This 2015 release was written by the couple while on the road, but recorded back at home in North Carolina and offers a stripped down aesthetic which allows the listener to absorb lyrics offering little worlds about the importance of savoring the moment in the context of love, loss, and generational connection. This album represents the first  revelation by Shane of a trio of albums that he purchased on vinyl for Trevor as a surprise gift. The next two will be revealed to both him and the Album Divers audience in due time. Stay tuned.________________________________________________________________________________________________ HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS: *You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at: 425-287-6832 *Leave us an audio message here: https://www.speakpipe.com/AlbumDivers We promise to respond and may even feature your thoughts on a future episode. *Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Album Divers *Email us at Albumdiverspodcast@gmail.com *Please subscribe and review wherever you get your podcasts!

Arcade Fire - WE (2022)

Saturday Sep 17, 2022

Saturday Sep 17, 2022

For Shane's pick of a 2022 album, he selected indie rock staple Arcade Fire and their new album "WE.” This was a unique endeavor for your hosts at Album Divers in that Arcade Fire is a band Trevor had been following since their beginnings but lost track of in recent years, and Shane, though familiar with the band’s music, had never listened to an entire album from start to finish. Arcade Fire’s latest album “WE” was written in the throes of isolation brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Arcade Fire weaves interstellar imagery with Greek mythos and takes the listener through the rabbit hole that is the disintegrating human connection found and lost again in technology and social media. Like many of Arcade Fire's previous releases, this record is a concept album. It is divided into two halves. The first, titled “I,” represents the self, and the second, "WE,” portrays our relationship with others. "WE” takes the listener into an imagined dystopia of anxiety, violently destroys it, and builds a new world again, only to find clarity in human connection.
 
*** Special thanks to those of your who contributed your thoughts on this album via audio clips. You will hear your voices sprinkled in throughout the episode.
 
*** This episode was recorded before hearing of allegations of sexual misconduct from four unnamed individuals against lead singer Win Butler. For this reason and others that we explain to begin the episode, you will not hear these allegations mentioned throughout the album’s dissection. Shane and Trevor have had several thoughtful conversations about this topic and encourage you to do the same.
________________________________________________________________________________________________HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:*You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at:425-287-6832*Leave us an audio message here:https://www.speakpipe.com/AlbumDiversWe promise to respond and may even feature your thoughts on a future episode.*Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Album Divers*Email us at Albumdiverspodcast@gmail.com*Please subscribe and review wherever you get your podcasts!

Monday Jun 20, 2022

For their next pick of an album that has been around awhile, Trevor and Shane go back 55 years to the date to break down an album that needs no introduction, The Beatles’ “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Recognizing this as an arduous task, Shane and Trevor were fortunate and grateful to have Authors James Campion and Katie Darby Mullins provide their thoughts on this iconic album on the episode. In addition, several listeners, friends, and fellow music podcasters chimed in on their favorite tracks. If you submitted audio for this purpose, listen for your contribution throughout the episode. Fittingly, Shane and Trevor realize by the end of this album exploration that they would not have been able to get by without a little help from their friends. Does this album live up to its reputation for Trevor and Shane by the end of their deep dive? Listen until the end to find out.
________________________________________________________________________________________________HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:*You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at:425-287-6832*Leave us an audio message here:https://www.speakpipe.com/AlbumDiversWe promise to respond and may even feature your thoughts on a future episode.*Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Album Divers*Email us at Albumdiverspodcast@gmail.com*Please subscribe and review wherever you get your podcasts!

Thursday Jun 02, 2022

 
On this special bonus episode, Trevor and Shane sit down with author James Campion to discuss his new book "Take a Sad Song...the Emotional Currency of Hey Jude." James is a syndicated columnist and editor for the pop culture magazine “The Aquarian Weekly." His long form essays are featured in the webzine "Dog Door Culture,” and his work has appeared in several periodicals including Huffington Post, New York Newsday, and Hackwriters just to name a few. James is also the cohost of the popular podcast, "Underwater Sunshine" with Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz and the two also host and annual music festival of the same name. His most recent book, "Take a Sad Song: The Emotional Currency of Hey Jude" was released on June 1st of this year, 2022 by Backbeat Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield. Signed first edition hardcover copies can be ordered through James' website here:
 
https://www.jamescampion.com/
 
Shane and Trevor enjoyed discussing James' book, and the stories behind the construction of one of the greatest songs ever written.
 
***Dont forget to check out our featured artist for this episode, Stylus Theory! You can find their music on all major music platforms. Here is a link to their website: https://stylustheory.com/
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HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:
*You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at:
425-287-6832
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We promise to respond and may even feature your thoughts on a future episode.
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Saturday Mar 26, 2022

On this special episode, Trevor and Shane sit down with musician Jesse Norell to discuss the first music he has written in over 15 years, a concept album about the birth and subsequent medical challenges facing his now 6 year old daughter Alyssa. On the day of her birth, Jesse found out in the same moment that Alyssa both had Down syndrome and holes in her heart that would require open heart surgery...one at five months old and another two years later. 
And yet this album is ultimately one of joy and self-discovery. It's about a family who found themselves to be the lucky ones. It's about a father who found his darkness turn to light. But mostly It's about a little girl who found she can make anyone change course.
 
You can follow Jesse's journey, support his music and keep up with future work or shows at his website here:https://jessenorell.com/welcome
 
***Dont forget to check out our featured artist for this episode, Lotte Kestner! You can find her music on all major music platforms. Here is a link to Lotte Kestner's music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0LmmhAkoebSsbFfgCybcGI?si=KfXf4XblTUqhz9yT5C1Gbw
 
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HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:
*You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at:
425-287-6832
*Leave us an audio message here:
https://www.speakpipe.com/AlbumDivers
We promise to respond and may even feature your thoughts on a future episode. 
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*Email us at Albumdiverspodcast@gmail.com
*Please subscribe and review wherever you get your podcasts!

Tuesday Jan 25, 2022

For his first selection of 2022, Trevor goes all the way back to 1963 and selects Sam Cooke's second live album, "One Night Stand: Live at the Harlem Square Club." Though recorded 22 years earlier, this album was not released to the public until 1985 as Sam Cooke's record label felt that the raw and unpolished sound of Cooke performing in a small predominately black club in Florida would damage his image and alienate his suburban white audience. "One Night Stand" presents Sam Cooke like never heard by most audiences during his life and is filled with raw emotion from both Sam and the crowd, as Sam's voice becomes progressively more raspy with the swelling energy of the evening. Shane and Trevor discuss Sam Cooke's life and history, his role in the civil rights movement of the 60s, and they attempt to make sense of his tragic killing at the age of 33, one year after this album was recorded in 1964. At the conclusion of their deep dive of this album, Trevor and Shane both agree that despite the fact that "One Night Stand" presents a stark contrast to Sam Cooke's studio albums and public image, it is a side of Sam Cooke that showcases an essential portrait of who he truly was as an artist and performer.
 
***Dont forget to check out our featured independent artist for this episode, OVRGRWN! You can find their music on all major music platforms. Here is a link to OVRGRWN's music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MU1O9zfAq6tm6qcacKsED?si=IvgmnC6OSMeS7rxHtWhWSQ
 
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HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:
*You can submit your questions or comments about this episode or anything else on your mind here via our text line at:
425-287-6832
*Leave us an audio message here:
https://www.speakpipe.com/AlbumDivers
We promise to respond and may even feature your thoughts on a future episode. 
*Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at Album Divers
*Email us at Albumdiverspodcast@gmail.com
*Please subscribe and review wherever you get your podcasts!

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