Musicology takes a look back at music throughout history, the legends and the forgotten. If you’ve ever wanted a podcast to put two albums head-to-head and see which one comes out on top, or simply examine the complexities of Tubthumpin’, you’ve found a home. Each week we take a look at an album(s)/song using one of our episode formats, hosted by Ben Schwind and featuring a rotating cast of music lovers. The format and music are chosen by our contributors or once a month by Patreon supporters.
Mastered–One album presented for review. We’ll break it down and talk about different aspects of it.
Side by Side –We compare and contrast two albums that can be grouped together for any reason (e.g. Nevermindby Nirvana & Tenby Pearl Jam, The Beatles’ Revolverand Rubber Soul, NSYNC’s No Strings Attached & Backstreet Boys’ Millenium). If there is a reason that you can come up with that two albums should share the stage together, then it probably works.
One Night Only–We look at a artist/band’s live album. We talk about it it’s actually one concert or a collection of shows and how they have changed –improving or not –the songs from the album versions. Does this album simulate an entertaining show or does it just feel like, “hey I guess we should release a live album.” (e.g. Frampton Comes Alive! –Peter Frampton, MTV Unplugged in New York –Nirvana, Live At the Apollo –James Brown)
Collectible –Soundtracks or compilation albums. In the case of a soundtrack, we’ll talk about how it works in context with the movie (if you’ve seen the movie) and how it stands on it’s own.In the case of a compilation album, we’ll talk about how the songs work together in this format. (e.g. Rarities –The Beatles, Blues –Jimi Hendrix, Baby Driver Soundtrack, Top Gun Soundtrack, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) –The Eagles)
One Hit Wonder –One song, one hit. We look at the song that made an artist/band. Feel free to compare it with other stuff they’ve made that was never popular or just with other music from the time. How do you feel this song captured lightning in a bottle?(e.g. Tubthumpin’ –Chumbawumba, Take On Me –Aha, Closing Time –Semisonic)