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Good Christian Fun is a podcast delving into the strange upside-down world of Christian pop culture. Hosts Kevin T. Porter and Caroline Ely are your tour guides through the weird and hilarious world of faith-based entertainment. GCF is a show for skeptics and believers alike, all are welcome. Don’t worry, they won’t make you go to church ;)
 
Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
 
Do you want help understanding the lyrics and meaning of songs in English? With Explained in English you’ll discover great music and learn English at the same time. Here's how it works: choose a song and I’ll explain the lyrics, grammar, and meaning for you in simple English. It’s an easy way to improve your English vocabulary and comprehension while expanding your appreciation of great music. You'll soon think and interpret in English, learning and remembering more than you would with trans ...
 
Aural Fixation is a fortnightly queer music podcast that explores LGBTQI+ themes in music and pop culture. Released fortnightly on Thursdays, each installment follows besties Drew and Andy as they discuss an album that is loved by queer people, made by queer artists, or speaks to queer experiences. British expats living and recording in Sydney, Drew and Andy bring a uniquely cross-genre and cross-hemispheric viewpoint to being gay and loving music, shared perhaps only by the Minogue sisters. ...
 
Welcome to This Is Not Happening: a podcast that brings you a brand new album - and fresh new tracks - every month, with four massive music fans that have been talking and blogging about their favourite records for the last ten years together. An exiled Londoner in the North (Guy), a Leeds scriptwriter (David), ex-housemates in Leeds Joey and Nolan whose paths all crossed through music, be it festivals, DJing, gigs, or just sitting at home listening to entire albums without talking. Music is ...
 
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This fortnight, we're joined by Jared Richards, a cultural critic living on Gadigal land, and writer for NME, The Guardian, The Big Issue, Sissy Screens and more. Last year, Jared wrote a beautiful article on the evolution of Sufjan Stevens that caught our queer eye, so we welcomed him into the studio (pre-second Sydney lockdown) to unpack the myst…
 
Julia Claire (Reply Guys Podcast! @OhJuliaTweets!) joins Kevin and Caroline to talk about the tender Christian folk ballad To Be Alone with You by Sufjan Stevens! PATREON! Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;) GCF - Second Service Patreon! CHARITY: This month we're matching iTunes reviews with …
 
Kanye West's long-awaited (and much-hyped), DONDA tops our list of the best albums out this week, along with new ones from Leon Bridges, Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Ledisi and more. Featured Albums: 1. Kanye — DONDA 2. Leon Bridges — Gold Diggers Sound Featured Song: "Motorbike" 3. Chiiild — Hope For Sale Featured Song: "Wasting Time" 4. Samia — S…
 
Robot Koch: From Metal to Meditation: The Echoes Podcast German Composer Robot Koch has gone from death metal to deep ambient chamber music in his career. We follow the course of this inventive artist up through his latest dive into deep ambient music. We’ll talk about his most recent album under his name, the ambient chamber sound of The Next Bill…
 
The dirtiest elevator music you've ever heard. 1980's Gaucho by Steely Dan was the band's last album for 20 years. And when you hear about the ridiculous amount of time, effort and money that went in, it's not hard to understand why. This jazz-pop opus sounds "perfect", but darkly, uncannily so. A lot below the surface here, and Mark Grundhoefer he…
 
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite tracks of the week include a classic murder ballad reimagined by Bonnie "Prince" Billy, a new collaboration with Nils Frahm and F.S. Blumm, Soccer Mommy and more. Featured Tracks And Artists: 1. Soccer Mommy: "rom com 2004" (Single) 2. My Idea: "Stay Away Still," from That's My Idea EP 3. Bonnie 'Prin…
 
Episode 13 of This Is Not Happening stays in NYC with Skyzoo's new album All The Brilliant Things following up the 70s palette of St Vincent: Daddy's Home. The much-respected Brooklyn MC's 7th album finds him writing a paen to his changing city, gentrification and history. It's a beguiling work that Nolan brought to us get deep on as we move into s…
 
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include Willow's Lately I Feel Everything, new ones from Clairo and John Mayer, a posthumous release from Alice Coltrane and more. Featured Albums: 1. Willow — Lately I Feel Everything Featured Songs: "Breakout" and "Xtra" 2. Clairo — Sling Featured Song: "Zinnias" 3. Rodrigo Amarante — Drama Feat…
 
Hybrid and George Winston, the 30th Icon in Echoes Podcast In the Echoes Podcast we go to the opposite ends of the Echoes spectrum. We’ll hear from the electronica duo, Hybrid and acoustic pianist George Winston, the 30th Icon of Echoes. Hybrid takes us into the sometimes-dark world of their new album, Black Halo. Formed at the turn of the millenni…
 
Krispin Mayfield (The Prophetic Imagination Station Podcast! @k__mayfield!) joins Kevin and Caroline to talk about the bouncy justice bop Big Fish by FFH! PATREON! Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;) GCF - Second Service Patreon! CHARITY: This month we're matching iTunes reviews with donation…
 
Yes in 1972 were at the height of their powers, as made clear with their grand opus "Close To The Edge". Unbelievable that these sounds are from just a band of 5 guys playing in a room. Never losing sight of the pop-song basics, this album goes to space and back. Join Mark Grundhoefer and I on a good ol' prog rock nerdout. And yeah, we get into the…
 
All Songs host Bob Boilen shares his favorite songs of the week, including a long-overdue celebration of Sparks, a Ben Gibbard collaboration with Tycho, the return of Courtney Barnett and more. Featured Songs And Artists: 1. Sparks, Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard: "So May We Start (feat. Simon Helberg)," From Annette 2. Courtney Barnett: "Rae Stree…
 
Can one Facebook group make a difference in supporting quality music by Christians? We say "YES!" Plus Garret shares the latest crowdfunding campaigns. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN --------- * Zach Winters - new album https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zachwinters/other-side-by-zach-winters -------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS --------- * Swingin Hammers - Be…
 
The best albums out this week include a revealing, self-titled release from rapper Vince Staples, Snoh Aalegra's Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies, Half Waif's Mythopoetics and more. Featured Albums: 1. Vince Staples — Vince Staples Featured Song: "Are You With That?" 2. Attacca Quartet — Real Life Featured Songs: "Real Life" and "Drifting Circle…
 
The World of Kitaro, 29th Icon of Echoes in the Echoes Podcast From the top of Mt. Fuji, the 29th Icon of Echoes, Kitaro, arrives. The Japanese electronic composer has created a stream of otherworldly sounds since the late 1970s. We’ll hear a profile of this artist from his days in The Far East Family Band to his emergence as a solo artist and up t…
 
All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tunes of the week, including one with The National's Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, a Jack Antonoff-produced song from Clairo and more. Featured Songs: 1. Orla Gartland: "You're Not Special Babe," from Woman on the Internet 2. Aldous Harding: "Old Peel" (Single) 3. Matthew E. Wh…
 
Been waiting a looong time to talk 2016's "The Party" by Andy Shauf... One of the greats from the last decade. The novelistic songwriting, the clarinet, the Beatlesque melodies - it's got it all, delivered by a shy quiet guy from Saskatchewan with a very unusual accent. Fellow diehard fan Eric Davis delights in getting into all the nitty-gritty wit…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of This Is Not Happening, an Album of the Month podcast from four of us: Guy, Joey, Nolan and David. We choose an album: we digest it, we praise it, we question it. And we bring tracks to the table. Every month. And you get to listen. Think of this as a highlights package. A year into it, we've been lucky enough to cover some am…
 
NPR Music's picks for the best albums out now include Chicago rapper G Herbo's 25, the wild euphoria of The Go! Team, singer Laura Mvula's first new music in five years and more. Featured Albums: 1. The Go! Team — Get Up Sequences Part One Featured Song: "Let The Seasons Work" 2. G Herbo — 25 Featured Song: "Demands" 3. Laura Mvula — Pink Noise Fea…
 
Will Ackerman-28th Icon of Echoes and Jon Hassell Remembered. It’s hard to separate the guitarist Will Ackerman from the record label he founded, Windham Hill Records. We’ll hear a profile of this influential artist who released his first album, In Search of the Turtle’s Navel in 1976. We’ll hear about the creation of Windham Hill, his influential …
 
It's a Bad Queers double dip as we welcome on Kris Chesson, the podcasting partner of Shana Sumers from our Beyonce episode, to explore why her queer icon is... Drake. Just hold on, we're going homo. In this episode we use Drake's 2011 album Take Care to centre a discussion on the dos and don'ts of 'dirty macking', what it means to be a stud, and w…
 
Nick Wiger (Doughboys! How Did This Get Played! @nickwiger!) joins Kevin and Caroline to talk about the 1986 Christian metal anthem To Hell With The Devil by Stryper! PATREON! Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;) GCF - Second Service Patreon! CHARITY: This month we're matching iTunes reviews w…
 
Doja Cat, SAULT and Tyler, The Creator lead a crazy-packed day for new releases, along with Lucy Dacus, Cautious Clay and more. Featured Albums: 1. Doja Cat — Planet Her Featured Song: "Payday (feat. Yung Thug)" 2. Tyler, The Creator — Call Me If You Get Lost Featured Song: "Lumberjack" 3. SAULT — NINE Featured Songs: "London Gangs" and "9" 4. Hiat…
 
Download all 18 unreleased song explanations here: Discover the 1960s: https://explainedinenglish.com/60s.html Discover the 1970s: https://explainedinenglish.com/70s.html [TRANSCRIPT] Hey Everybody! It's Kiah. I just wanted to take a minute to explain why there hasn't been a new episode of Explained in English in the past month. When I started the …
 
Echoes Podcast: Sunroof with Daniel Miller & Gareth Jones and Hammock, the 27th Icons of Echoes. Daniel Miller ignited electronic pop with The Normal and launched the careers of Depeche Mode who were produced by Gareth Jones. There might not be electronic pop without them. But when they get together in a new electronic project called Sunroof, they …
 
Our favorite new artists of 2021 (so far) include Jay Som and Palehound together as Bachelor, the queer pop celebrations of girl in red, Olivia Rodrigo, the warped rap duo Paris Texas and more. 1. Bachelor (Jay Som & Palehound): "Back Of My Hand," from Doomin' Sun 2. girl in red: "Serotonin," from if i could make it go quiet 3. Arlo Parks: "Hurt," …
 
Brooke Siffrinn (In God We Lust! Even the Rich! Rich and Daily! @brookesiffrinn!) joins Kevin and Caroline to talk about the Point of Grace 1996 Christian mom standard Keep The Candle Burning! PATREON! Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;) GCF - Second Service Patreon! CHARITY: This month we're…
 
Episode 12 of This Is Not Happening strides from Genesis Owusu's Smiling With No Teeth to the much-anticipated new album from St Vincent: Daddy's Home. The New York art-rock darling has embraced the underbelly of the 1970s with a new persona and some eye-catching tracks. Megafan David tries to convince us why we should all love it. It's definitely …
 
The best albums out this week include GoldLink's Haram!, H.E.R.'s Back of My Mind, a comic book soundtrack called Dark Nights: Death Metal, a debut album from trans punk Cher Strauberry and more. Featured Albums: 1. Goldlink — Haram! Featured Songs: "Terrordome" and "Evian" 2. Various — Dark Nights: Death Metal Featured Song: "Diana" by Chelsea Wol…
 
The Mastelotto's Romantic Guide to King Crimson in Echoes Podcast: The Echoes Interview The Mastelottos, is the couple of King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto and his wife, singer Deborah. They have an album with what might seem an oxymoronic title, A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson. King Crimson? Romantic? But there’s more to than that as they tra…
 
Start spreading the news because this is one for the ages, Mein Herr. In an ep that might as well be titled "Legends on Legends" we welcome Australian stage actor and drag superstar Trevor Ashley to tackle Liza Minnelli's groundbreaking Live from Radio City Music Hall album. The show was directed for television in 1992, around the time of Liza's th…
 
There's no other artist out there quite like Kate Bush. She's a musical island unto herself, and it's no wonder she's been a huge inspiration for generations of "artpop" musicians. There are few bigger fans of hers than Attila (back again from last month!), so it only made sense we dig into this 1985 claaaassic!https://www.niagaramoonmusic.com/http…
 
Andrew Michaan (Podcast But Outside! @andrewmichaan!) join Kevin and Caroline to talk about the late stage Kirk Franklin classic I Smile! PATREON! Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;) GCF - Second Service Patreon! CHARITY: This month we're matching iTunes reviews with donations to My Refuge Ho…
 
Lorde talks about her new song, we get an update on the Tiny Desk contest, Pokey LaFarge recalibrates his sound, Illuminati Hotties go "Pool Hopping" and other great new songs to fall in love with. Featured Artists And Songs: 1. Lorde: "Solar Power" (Single) 2. Illuminati Hotties: "Pool Hopping," from Let Me Do One More 3. Azure Ray: "Bad Dream," f…
 
Sleater-Kinney's Path of Wellness, the thundering pop of Marina, Brooklyn rapper Skyzoo and the blood-slowing sounds of Dustin O'Halloran are among NPR Music's picks for the best music out on June 11. Featured Albums: 1. Marina — Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land Featured Songs: "Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land" and "Goodbye" 2. Skyzoo — All The Bril…
 
Echoes Podcast: Agnes Obel, the 25th Icon of Echoes and Emancipator, Rena Jones and Flowerpulse Emancipator, Rena Jones, and Flowerpulse weave their electronic roots together into the ambient excursion of Xylem, their debut album. Emancipator has been featured heavily on the show with his gritty electronic sound, while Rena Jones is an old favorite…
 
All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, featuring former Tiny Desk contest winner Naia Izumi, West African art-folk group The Narcotix, Laura Stevenson and more. Featured Artists And Songs: 1. Laura Stevenson: "State," from Laura Stevenson 2. Jomoro: "Nest," from Blue Marble Sky 3. The Narcotix: "Lilith," fr…
 
Nick Jester and Gabriel Gundacker (Nick and Gabe! @nickjester! @gabrielgundacker!) join Kevin and Caroline to kick off an early round of CARMANIA 2021 and talk all about the song The Champion by Carman! PATREON! Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;) GCF - Second Service Patreon! CHARITY: This m…
 
Harry Nilsson in 1974, produced by John Lennon himself. This beautiful mess of an album saw Nilsson permanently damage both his vocal cords and his career, but at the same time you can't help but appreciate its wildly idiosyncratic sound.As a fellow Nilsson-head, Thin Lear knows what's up - we share both our adoration and puzzlement in great detail…
 
Rostam's beautifully transfixing Changephobia, Japanese Breakfast's Jubilee and Liz Phair's first new album in more than a decade are among NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on June 4. Featured Albums: 1. Rostam — Changephobia Featured Song: "Bio 18" 2. Poté — A Tenuous Tale Of Her Featured Song: "Valley" 3. The Avalanches — Since I Left Yo…
 
No matter what hemisphere you’re in, a solstice is upon us. And what better way to ring it in than with a heart-to-rabbit heart on British pop music’s sacred moon child, Florence Welch (and, of course, her Machine). In Cycle 7’s premiere episode, Andy and Drew are accompanied by Sydney drag monarch Peach Fuzz (aka Anthony Severino) to tackle the ba…
 
From the MEGA Podcast, Greg Hess and Holly Laurent (@heygreghess! @laurentholly!) join Kevin and Caroline to talk all about the song Just Like Heaven by Brandon Lake PLUS some unexpected visitors drop by! PATREON! Subscribe to our Patreon to get a weekly 2nd Service episode and become a "Patreon saint" ;) GCF - Second Service Patreon! CHARITY: This…
 
Are your notes and letters meaningful to artists? YES! Garret shares why... and also updates us on the latest crowdfunding campaigns. -------- SPOTLIGHT CAMPAIGN ------- * David Keener - Debut Studio EP https://funding.plaiddogrecording.com/david-keeners-studio-album -------- OTHER CAMPAIGNS -------- * Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love - Mother-Lo…
 
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