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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Wednesday Dec 29, 2021

On this final episode of 2021, 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 2021 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.
The one new addition this year was at the end of the episode, Shane and Trevor would 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: Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins, Pom Poko - Cheater, Serpentwithfeet - Deacon, The War on Drugs - I Don't Live Here Anymore, Idles - Crawler
Shane: Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God, Joe Pug - The Diving Sun, The Killers - Pressure Machine, Houndmouth - Good For You, Lord Huron - Long Lost
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 top album of 2021 picks from:
Ken Mills - Voice Actor & Producer of PodKISSt/THE KISS ROOM! & Host of Zilch A Monkees Podcast!, POP with Ken Mills, Cheap Talk with Trick Chat & Everything Sucks PodCast
Peter Carr - Musician, Wakethewatchman https://open.spotify.com/artist/133EaClnGJfbGmcyYQDfac?si=iTljQhbSTMSQNyvlRc3UIA
Jesse Norell - Musician https://open.spotify.com/artist/3habatC4YQIR3elUirJ1J8?si=fEUXMfHxQJy6XvVeT_4C9g
Ryan Schaff - host of “The Broken Record Player” podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-broken-record-player-podcast/id1526026703
Matt Latham -  host of Pick a Disc podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pick-a-disc/id1451187772
Sharda - #sharcollectsvinyl on IG https://instagram.com/sharcollectsvinyl?utm_medium=copy_link
Adam Anderson
 
 
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Monday Dec 06, 2021

For his last selection of a 2021 album, Trevor selects Lucy Dacus' June release titled, "Home Video."  Lucy Dacus has carved a name for herself with her unique songwriting and layered themes. Once a film school student prior to becoming a musician, Lucy has now released three studio albums as well as collaborated with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker to form the supergroup "Boy Genius." This album see's the indie singer-songwriter drawing inspiration from her childhood as well as her teenage years. Many of the songs are inspired by actual diary entries that Lucy found herself re-reading on her first trip back to her hometown of Richmond Virginia. Dacus describes the experience as one in which she no longer recognized her former self, and wondered if her former self would approve of who she has become. This album is definitely raw and exposed like a heart on your sleeve. As Lucy describes in one track on this album, "it's embarrassing, the pulpy thing beating." While that may be the case, it's also relatable and perhaps a necessary checkpoint on the path of an young artist blossoming into a powerful force in the indie-pop genre. 
 
***Dont forget to check out our featured independent artist and album for this episode, Peter Carr of Wake the Watchman! You can find his music on all major music platforms. Here is a link to his Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/133EaClnGJfbGmcyYQDfac
 
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Friday Oct 29, 2021

For Shane's pick of an album that has "been around awhile," he selects Ben Folds' 2001 release Rockin' the Suburbs. Trevor and Shane have fun reminiscing on an album that they both have history with and memories listening to growing up. This album covers topics of love, fatherhood, self-identity, and depression but somehow also manages to work in some humor on a couple of tracks. Some of the songs are specific to personal events in Ben's life, and others create stories with personal names and places that open up worlds and characters. The lyrics detour some from albums that have been covered on Album Divers in the past with writing that is lest cryptic and laced with literary reference. Ben Folds' lyrics are simple but poignant and carefully selected to paint a picture with the proper amount of weight to them. On the musical side, this album represents a detour for Ben Folds into higher production quality, but his impressive piano playing continue to be the backbone of his work in this album as it was with his work on Ben Folds Five.
 
***Dont forget to check out our featured independent artist and album for this episode, All Poets and Heroes with  their 2020 release Occhiolism! You can find them on all major music platforms. Here is a link to their Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7j8estI2X5VhewNvgaBvOy?si=mPZff-EjQleJBxf3Ive_ow
and website:http://www.allpoetsandheroes.com
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Sunday Sep 12, 2021

For Trevor's next pick of a new album from 2021, he selects the latest from Counting Crows titled Butter Miracle Suite One. Joining Trevor and Shane for this album dive is special guest Katie Darby Mullins. In addition to being a die-hard fan of the band, Katie is also a longtime friend of lead singer Adam Duritz. If that isn't enough to get you excited, she also teaches creative writing at the University of Evansville including a course titled, "How to Write About Music," and she is a gifted poet and novelist (see more on Katie below). Shane, Trevor, and Katie have fun diving deep into the lyrics of one of their favorite songwriters after what has been a 7 year break since the band's last album. This 4 song suite is a unique endeavor for Adam Duritz who found himself being inspired by the solitude of a friend's home in London and the challenge of creating a series of songs that all bleed together into one. The hallmarks of great writing and musicianship that fans have come to expect from the band are both here, but after nearly 30 years of making records, Butter Miracle Suite One shows us that Counting Crows are still very much a relevant band today that continues to push themselves in creatively new ways.
 
More about Katie Mullins:
Nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net multiple times. Katie has been published or has work forthcoming in journals like Barrelhouse, The Rumpus, Iron Horse, Harpur Palate, and Prime Number. She is also the executive writer for Underwater Sunshine Fest, a music festival created by Adam Duritz in NYC, and her first book, Neuro,Typical: Chemical Reactions & Trauma Bonds came out on Summer Camp Press in Late 2020. You can find her on Twitter at @katie_underwatersunshine and she's always happy to talk about music and constantly looking for someone else's favorite band. She'd love to know yours!
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Wednesday Sep 01, 2021

For his next pick of an album that has "been around awhile," Trevor selects Harvey Danger's third and final album, "Little by Little." Shane and Trevor are fortunate to have lead singer and talented writer Sean Nelson along for the track-by-track deep dive of this amazing album, a favorite of Trevor's since he first heard it in college and remains so today. If you only know Harvey Danger by their hit song "Flagpole Sitta" from the late 90's, you truly missed out on one of the most underrated bands from that era. Sean details the origin of the band, their disoriented quick rise to international fame, and reveals the history of what transpired between each of their albums. They also discuss the decision to release this album for free online, which was truly a cutting edge decision in 2005 (Radiohead may or may not have copied them), and the eventual decision that Harvey Danger had reached its finish line. Sean was incredibly generous with his time and shed valuable insight on lyrics Trevor had been pouring over for more than a decade...murdering his time in cold blood.  
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Thursday Aug 26, 2021

For his next 2021 pick, Shane selects Lana Del Rey's 7th studio album, "Chemtrails Over the Country Club." Trevor and Shane both know Lana Del Rey's music as an influential part of pop culture, but neither had ever taken the time to fully absorb one of her albums. Chemtrails detours some from Lana's prior work with a more stripped down aesthetic, sprawling piano, and subtle production that gives a more intimate experience than the pop elements she is known for. Lyrically, this album explores themes of escapism and disillusionment with the music industry and fame draped in a nostalgia for a simpler time when all that mattered was 6 chords and a wild heart. Though the details of the underbelly of the music industry are dark and apparent, Lana channels the strength of the creative women in music that have danced this dance longer than she has and perhaps finds a way to transcend it.
 
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Sunday Jun 06, 2021

For Shane's pick of an album that has "been around awhile," he selected Dispatch's 1996 debut "Silent Steeples." If you haven't heard of Dispatch, you either slept on the biggest independent band made popular by file sharing in the 90's...or you are Trevor. Dispatch is a difficult band to classify, but this debut features acoustic guitar driven lyrical worlds that give hints of reggae and jam band flavors that will become part of their signature sound with subsequent releases. Shane has fun discussing songs that have a history for him and introducing Trevor to perhaps the most popular band you've never heard of.
 
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Thursday May 06, 2021

Thursday May 06, 2021

This is a podcast created by two music lovers who still remember listening to albums from start to finish the way the artist intended. Hosts Trevor and Shane give history, track by track analysis, and delve into the music and lyrics of some of the best albums of the past and today as they alternate between an album released this calendar year and one that's been around awhile. The show was born out of the feeling that things are happening too fast today and there are too many distractions. Trevor and Shane set out to slow down their music listening experience because in order to truly appreciate a great album, like all the great things in life, you have to give it sufficient time and undivided attention. After listening to these episodes, Shane and Trevor hope that you walk away feeling like you truly know and absorb an album from start to finish. They also interview musicians, producers, and other fans along the way  to get the most out of every album they cover. This show is not for the casual listener. But if you like music as much as they do, be sure to subscribe for some of the most thorough analysis of an album you could hope to find.
 
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Monday May 03, 2021

For his first album of 2021, Trevor selects Assertion's debut release "Intermission." Joining Trevor and Shane for this episode are lead vocalist and guitarist Justin Tamminga (Pig Snout, Blind Guides, Dying Trades) and drummer William Goldsmith (Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters, The Fire Theft). Justin and William share details about William's time away from music, the coming together of Assertion, and Justin's band with his children called Pig Snout that was the impetus for the return of William's passion for music. They also break down each song on this album track by track and discuss the inspiration for the lyrics, how the music came together, and larger themes about order and placement of songs on the album that Justin produced himself. Finally, Justin and William discuss details about their upcoming second album titled "Basking in the Gaslight."   
 
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HOW TO CONNECT WITH ALBUM DIVERS:
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Sunday Mar 21, 2021

For Trevor's first pick of 2021 for an album that has "been around awhile," he chooses Kate Bush's 1985 album "Hounds of Love." This is Bush's 5th studio album and shows her expanding her use of the Fairlight synthesizer creating lush landscapes on an album with two distinct halves. The first side of the album, also called "Hounds of Love," depicts love and communication between men and women, mother and son, and father and son drawing upon literature and interweaving audio clips from movies which she drew inspiration. The second half, titled "The Ninth Wave," is a concept album about a woman lost at sea floating alone with nothing but her imagination and a small light on her life preserver. Shane and Trevor have fun unpacking these lyrics but also just enjoy the music of the innovative queen of art pop herself. They also discover that much to Trevor's jealousy, Shane has Kate's phone number and periodically texts her when he has questions about the album...or so he says.  
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