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Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Who do you choose? And what does that say about you? Actually, what do these endlessly argued-about pop music rivalries say about us? Music opinions bring out passionate debate in people, and music journalists/critics Steven Hyden and Jordan Runtagh know this firsthand. They’re both obsessed with the biggest (as well as the most obscure) rivalries in music history. Each week, they’ll break down the details of a different colorful feud, ...
 
Deeper Digs is the companion show to the Rock N Roll Archaeology Podcast. We conduct interviews, go on field trips, and comment on special topics with rockers, writers, academics, artists, photographers, producers, engineers, and more. It all ties in with our very big central theme: Rock N Roll History and how it created a feedback loop with the culture and grew into a global phenomenon. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.
 
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New release recommendations from London metal group URNE who have an excellent debut album. Plus a blues tribute record from rock veterans The Black Keys that showcases their hill country blues roots. Our Old Dog picks revisit a popular release by bar band turned stars, Huey Lewis and the News. As well as classic delta blues record from John Lee Ho…
 
New release recommendations from East coast rap outfit Czarface packed with their trademark comic book references. And a sludge rock release from Portland OR band Red Fang that expands on their sound. Our Old Dog picks revisit an influential hip-hop concept record from MF DOOM as well as Guns N’ Roses debut record that would reshape rock in the 80s…
 
New release recommendations from country artist Dillon Carmichael and his latest EP. And a challenging release from Italian death metal group Ad Nauseam. Our Old Dog picks revisit a classic records from Irish rock band U2 and garage rockers The White Stripes. Here’s the full list of album recommendations from the show: Dillon Carmichael – Hot Beer …
 
New release recommendations from Jeff Rosenstock and his ska re-thinking of his 2020 album No Dream. And the first new material in 10 years from country veteran Travis Tritt. Our Old Dog picks feature an influential release from psychedelic rock group Spacemen 3. Plus a funky classic from Prince at the height of his powers. Here’s the full list of …
 
New release recommendations from Mike Paton led super-group Tomahawk and a sophomore release from London post-punk band Shame. Our Old Dog picks feature a classic storyteller record from Bob Zimmerman Dylan and progressive rock concept album from Georgia’s own Mastodon. Here’s the full list of album recommendations from the show: Tomahawk – Tonic I…
 
New release recommendations from UK 7-piece post punk group Black Country, New Road. As well as from Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet. Our Old Dog picks feature two examples of great songwriting – Nick Cave’s intimate and emotional Boatman’s call from 1997. As well as a classic record from late-era Beatles – their 1970 album Let It Be. Here’s the…
 
New release recommendations from Texas-based singer/songwriter Austin Meade as well as Australian hip-hop newcomer Genesis Owusu. Our Old Dog picks feature two heavy, hard-hitting records – the worlds introduction to thrash metal on Metallica’s debut from 1983. As well as a ruckus record from sludge metal vets Melvins. Here’s the full list of album…
 
New release recommendations from industrial metal duo Black Dresses and independent country artist Mac Leaphart. Our Old Dog picks feature a mix tape debut from NYC rapper A$AP Rocky that features some of the prominent producers of the time. And the record that put Red Hot Chili Peppers on the map. Here’s the full list of album recommendations from…
 
Sorry for the delay! Deeper Digs returns! After taking a three month break, the Rock N Roll Archaeologist is back with a new episode. But… as you'll hear this may not be a complete return to the weekly podcast. In fact, it is possible Deeper Digs may be retired or may become something that shows up every once in a while. Of course, it may all depen…
 
New release recommendations from English songwriter Sir Paul McCartney and Buffalo NY rapper Che Noir. Our Old Dog picks feature a forgotten alternative rock album from California group Mother Tongue. Plus the third and final release from the M. Doughty led group Soul Coughing. Here’s the full list of album recommendations from the show: Paul McCar…
 
New release recommendations from UK singer Celeste and Seattle rock veterans Foo Fighters. Our Old Dog picks feature an energetic release from Afro-beat pioneer Fela Kuti. Plus a look back at David Bowie’s best selling album. Here’s the full list of album recommendations from the show: Celeste – Not Your Muse Foo Fighters – Medicine at Midnight Fel…
 
New release selections from Red Dirt country singer John Baumann and Swedish post-punk group Welfare Jazz. Our Old Dog picks feature a slice of pop culture from Australian rockers Jet. Plus an influential debut record from DC punk legends Fugazi. Here’s the full list of album recommendations from the show: John Baumann – Country Shade […]…
 
The series premiere of 'Off the Record' explores the life — or, rather, lives — of David Bowie by examining each of his iconic personas. Major Tom. Ziggy Stardust. Aladdin Sane. The Thin White Duke. Taken collectively, these faces form a portrait of a one-of-a-kind rock legend. Follow his transformation from lonely London boy struggling to find his…
 
New release selections from Philly underground duo Moor Jewelry and Canadian singer songwriter Andy Shauf. Our Old Dog picks feature a hip-hop concept record from The Roots that tells the story of a mid-level drug dealer. Plus a genre defining record from groove metal group Pantera that is sure to help you blow off some […]…
 
Elvis Presley was the man to beat when Jerry Lee Lewis made the drive from small-town Louisiana to Memphis in 1956. The piano punisher had come for the King of Rock’s crown and was determined to show him up at every turn. Jerry Lee scored a deal on Elvis’ onetime label, employed the same management, and even some of the same songwriters. The pair d…
 
Our series on The Eagles concludes with a look at the business dealings and lawsuits that took place behind the scenes and the man who helped to shape their early career, David Geffen. A Brooklyn kid whose mother called him King David, Geffen moved to L.A. in the sixties and swiftly became a mover and shaker. By the time he met The Eagles, he was a…
 
Our special series on The Eagles continues with their post-"Hotel California" years, in which the band was more popular than ever, selling one million albums per month while also falling apart. There was tension between the band's twin leaders, Don Henley and Glenn Frey, who fought for control of The Eagles. But most of the ire was focused around D…
 
Welcome to our epic three-part series on all of the beefs, feuds, and simmering resentments that occurred inside one of the most successful bands in history, The Eagles. In part one, we cover the band's early years, which included multiple battles inside the band and out. First, there was the feud with Glyn Johns, the super producer known for worki…
 
Back in the late 1980s, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E were members of N.W.A., one of the most important and iconic hip-hop groups ever. But in the wake of their historic 1988 album Straight Outta Compton, the two fell out over business disagreements. Once Dre went solo, he proceeded to rip Eazy apart on diss tracks prominently featured on his blockbuster LP T…
 
Join us for a Christmas quickie – two holiday album recommendations to help get you in the spirit. Our first selection is from timeless, golden voiced Johnny Mathis and his 1958 collection of holiday songs that spans classics like Winter Wonderland and Silent Night. Our second pick is a soul and blues compilation from Stax […]…
 
This is an especially personal one for Steve — back when he was a Britpop-loving teen in the nineties, this was one of the first rock rivalries that he cared about. Which is odd, because in America, nobody really cared about Oasis vs. Blur the way people did in England, where they were the two biggest bands in the land. Blur were the knowing chroni…
 
New release selections from UK punk rock group IDLES and country crossover star Chris Stapleton. Our Old Dog picks feature a challenging debut from Mr. Bungle (yes, again) and one of the absolute classic soul records of the 70s from Marvin Gaye. Here’s the full list of album recommendations from the show: IDLES – Ultra […]…
 
The Rock N Roll Archaeologist digs deep into the new art book, David Bowie: Icon - The Definitive Photographic Collection. Christian welcomes project editor, Carrie Kania to the show, where they talk about not only the book’s contents, but also how a book like this gets made. David Bowie: Icon gathers the greatest images of one of the greatest star…
 
Before there was Megadeth, Dave Mustaine was the guitarist in a promising San Francisco thrash metal band called Metallica. And then he was fired for being an obnoxious drunk, a slight compounded by the fact that all the other members of Metallica were also obnoxious drunks. From then on, Mustaine was obsessed with getting his revenge, and he forme…
 
Two burgeoning musical geniuses came together in the mid-60s to form the Velvet Underground, a group that expanded the definition of what a rock band could be. Lou Reed’s literary ambitions led him to craft lyrics steeped in the gritty language of the streets, while John Cale called upon his background in the avant garde music scene of downtown Man…
 
A new release recommendation from the genre-hopping band Mr. Bungle that sees them releasing their original thrash metal demo recording. Plus an up-beat punk rock record from UK group Dream Nails. Our Old Dog picks feature a joyous RnB record from American staple Billy Joel and concept record from 90s alternative group Local H. Here’s […]…
 
In the 1980s, the biggest rock band in the world was The Police. While all three members were blonde and good-looking, they were hardly a conventional success story. The Police was a supposed punk band composed of a prog-rock drummer, a jazzy bassist, and a guitarist who was pushing 40. But their unique chemistry (as well as Sting's trove of catchy…
 
Our final Jimi Hendrix special has Christian join three rock n rollers to discuss what the man means to them. First up is Bassist and perhaps oldest collaborator Billy cox, followed by percussionist Juma Sultan and finally with Hendrix re-creator Jimy Bleu, guitarist for Kiss the Sky. Billy Cox Billy Cox is best known for performing with Jimi Hendr…
 
In the mid-'90s, no two rock stars struck more fear into the hearts of parents than Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson. These toxic twins started out having a teacher-student dynamic, with Reznor guiding Manson musically to stardom. But Manson's shock-rock antics soon overshadowed his mentor, who was hard at work for years trying to finish his masterw…
 
Episode three in our November salute to Jimi Hendrix. This time the Rock N Roll Archaeologist speaks to two very different legends with very different Hendrix ties. First up is the immensely talented blues guitarist John Hammond and then we dig deep on all sorts of topics that weave in and out of the Jimi orbit with Living Colour’s superb guitarist…
 
A new release recommendation from Canadian post-punk outfit Pottery that has just the right amount of cheese. Plus a country record fitting for 2020 from Davey Crockett descendant Charley Crockett. Our Old Dog picks feature a hardcore metal record from genre vets Converge. And a controversial release from REM that saw them sonically cover new […]…
 
Part 2 of Deeper Digs’ celebration of Jimi Hendrix! Christian this time sits down with two greats that worked with Jimi, drummer Carmine Appice and percussionist Gerardo Velez. CARMINE APPICE "Carmine Appice, the creator of heavy rock drumming as we know it" - Drummer Magazine, UK “Carmine Appice set the foundation for heavy drumming, before Bonham…
 
For ‘80s babies, Britney and Christina represent the ultimate fan face-off. Originally friends and co-stars on The Mickey Mouse Club reboot in the early ‘90s, by the decade’s end they were pitted against one another in the press and in the charts. On the surface, the comparisons were obvious. They were two blonde, ex-Disney stars turned pop upstart…
 
November is Jimi Hendrix month here on Deeper Digs! For the next few episodes we will be featuring several interviews with people who played with Hendrix, were inspired by Hendrix or have written extensively about Hendrix. All of this is in anticipation of the 78th birthday celebration of the man on November 27th, where the incredible recreation ac…
 
If you were an alienated teenager in the 1980s — or an alienated teenager during any era who loves the music of the 1980s — then you have probably spent a lot of time listening to The Smiths and The Cure. But the lead singers of those bands, Morrissey and Robert Smith, hated listening to each other. Starting with an interview in 1984 in which Morri…
 
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