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“Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers” marks Kendrick Lamar’s first proper album in 5 years. So does the Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper cement his stance as hip hop’s leading social commenter with album no. 5, or does he leave much to be desired? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part al…
 
Amit Peled — Solus Et Una (CTM Classics) Jump to giveaway form New Classical Tracks - Amit Peled by “The instrument I'm using for this recording helped me to feel more intune with myself because it's a cello that I received during the pandemic. It's a Grancino that was made in 1695,” Israeli-born cellist Amit Peled said. “Just before the pandemic, …
 
Leif Ove Andsnes — Mozart Momentum: 1786 (Sony Classical) Jump to giveaway form New Classical Tracks - Leif Ove Andsnes by “On stage you have to have a childlike openness,” Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes said. “There will be moments in concerts where I feel, ‘I’m creating now. It's actually happening in the moment.’ Also, there is nothing as be…
 
It’s 2022 - there are a plethora of ways for music fans to consume high-quality audio with ease… so why the heck are cassettes still being produced by bands and labels?! Furthermore, who is actually going out of their way to buy new music in a physical format that even at the height of its popularity was considered inconvenient to use and inferior …
 
Aznavoorian Duo — Gems From Armenia (Cedille) New Classical Tracks - Aznavoorian Duo by “It's like watching French films. It’s the simplest thing, yet you're bawling your eyes out,” pianist Marta Aznavoorian said. “These pieces are like that for us; they're memories. They're examples of what it means for us to be Armenian.” The Aznavoorian Duo, whi…
 
In 2022, "South Park" celebrates 25 years as one of TV's most popular, clever, and sometimes controversial animated shows. And as the show's use of crude humor to lampoon pop culture has evolved, so its use of music. But which three musical moments from "South Park" would we declare as the best? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote…
 
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet — Opalescent (Lagq Records) New Classical Tracks - Los Angeles Guitar Quartet by “One could argue that the original goal was that we needed to get an ‘A’ in this classical guitar ensemble we signed up for,” guitarist William Kanengiser said about how the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet started. “We're still working on it.” LAG…
 
Wait, didn’t Rammstein JUST release their self-titled album? Don’t get us wrong - we’ll always happily take new music from the Neue Deutsche Härte pioneers. But does the German group’s eighth studio album, “Zeit”, prove they’re still the most dangerous band in the world? Or has the time (or as they say in Germany, “zeit”) come for them to say adieu…
 
Yolanda Kondonassis — Five Minutes for Earth (Azica Records) New Classical Tracks - Yolanda Kondonassis by “I had such a great time practicing new stuff,” harpist Yolanda Kondonassis said. “It rewires your neurons when you're sitting there for hours absorbing new music, new material, new techniques and new everything.” During the pandemic Kondonass…
 
Results may vary when already established artists combine their talents into a new entity. So which bands did it right and lived up to the title "supergroup"? Find out which three supergroups we declare as the best in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick our top three choices on any …
 
The Claremont Trio — Queen of Hearts (Tria) New Classical Tracks - The Claremont Trio by “The Claremont Trio started in 1999. Currently, our incredible pianist is Andrea Lam. She's from Sydney and is such a beautiful pianist and wonderfully fun collaborator,’ violinist Emily Bruskin said. “We've had a great time. The first pieces we learned togethe…
 
Jack White is one of modern rock's most eccentric performers. So how does his first of two new albums being released in 2022 - the harder-edge sounding "Fear of the Dawn" - stand up against his vast catalog that spans multiple bands and solo offerings? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast …
 
Matt Haimovitz — Primavera II: The Rabbits (Pentatone) New Classical Tracks - Matt Haimovitz by “Being immersed in this project confirms my belief that we are in a golden age of music,” cellist Matt Haimovitz said. “There's such a range of languages and talent out there. It's really extraordinary.” Haimovitz has taken a few risks in his career. He’…
 
A new Red Hot Chili Peppers album with John Frusciante for the first time in more than 15 years is enough to make “Unlimited Love” one of 2022’s most anticipated releases. But does RHCP’s 12th studio offering live up to its hype and potential? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s pa…
 
Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà — Elle (Analekta) New Classical Tracks - Angèle Dubeau by “After 25 years of playing together, we can recognize the sound, color, texture and characterization of La Pietà very well, but I'm looking for that extra sparkle I call energy,” violinist Angèle Dubeau said about the passion each member has brought to this all-fem…
 
Jennifer Kloetzel and Robert Koenig — Beethoven: The Conquering Hero (AVIE) New Classical Tracks - Jennifer Kloetzel by “People don't often think of Beethoven as this stormy, moody composer, but I think there's such sweetness, depth and cleverness in his music,” cellist Jennifer Kloetzel said. “The dialog between instruments fascinates me. Every ti…
 
Record Store Day will once again release unique vinyl editions of many special albums, demos, soundtracks and singles during the annual event dedicated to celebrating indie record stores globally… So which titles are we most excited for in 2022? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast…
 
Lara Downes — Reflections: Scott Joplin Reconsidered (Rising Sun Music) New Classical Tracks - Lara Downes by Pianist Lara Downes is reconsidering Scott Joplin, who he was and what he did. Joplin was an incredible innovator who really brought American music into the 20th century. Downes digs deeper into his legacy in her latest recording, Reflectio…
 
Simone Dinnerstein — Undersong (Orange Mountain Music) Jump to giveaway form New Classical Tracks - Simone Dinnerstein by “It was a very funny afternoon because I was lying on my bed with my dog, Daisy, watching it on my phone,” pianist Simone Dinnerstein said about learning her recording American Mosaic received a recent Grammy Nomination for ‘Bes…
 
Ghost has taken the hard rock world by storm with a theatrical presence that's as haunting and mystical as their devilishly catchy music. But will the band’s fifth full-length album “Impera” help vocalist and mastermind Tobias Forge solidify his Papa Emeritus persona and the nameless Ghouls as metal’s next headlining stadium attraction? Find out wh…
 
Catalyst Quartet — Uncovered, Vol. 2: Florence B. Price (Azica) New Classical Tracks - Catalyst Quartet by “She just wanted a chance, and she never really got it,” violist Paul Laraia said about composer Florence Price. “It's so fulfilling that we were able to release all of this chamber music. Four of these works have never been recorded.” Last ye…
 
Steven Beck — George Walker: Five Piano Sonatas (Bridge) New Classical Tracks - Steven Beck by “No one had recorded all of the sonatas on a single disc before,” pianist Steven Beck said about his new album, George Walker: Five Piano Sonatas. “Although Walker recorded the first two himself.” That’s one reason Beck decided to record the piano sonatas…
 
Phish is an anomaly … How did a quirky jam band from Vermont gain such an enormous and devoted fanbase who's helped them become one of the biggest concert attractions of the past three decades without chart-topping songs or heavy radio play? What is the secret behind the intense fandom of Phish? That’s what Matt and Zach discuss in the latest episo…
 
Francesca Anderegg and Matthew McCright — Brave New Worlds: Music from the Americas (Proper Canary) New Classical Tracks - Francesca Anderegg by “I had carpal tunnel syndrome, so playing through the piece was really hard. Actually, some pieces we had to record in sections because I just physically couldn't play through it and have pictures of recor…
 
The brainchild of Manuel Gagneux, Zeal & Ardor have gained global praise for its blend of extreme music with delta blues and spiritual gospel music. But does the Swiss-American continue to push the envelope of what heavy metal can be with Zeal & Ardor’s self-titled album? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to…
 
Marc-André Hamelin — Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Sonatas & Rondos (Hyperion) New Classical Tracks - Marc-André Hamelin by “They shouldn't expect anything quite as exciting as drum and bass. Give it a minute or two, because the riches that some music offers may not be apparent at first,” said pianist Marc-André Hamelin, encouraging you to check out hi…
 
The time has come to ask: out of all the nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022 (which includes everyone from Eminem and Rage Against the Machine, to Dolly Parton and Judas Priest), which three deserve to be inducted the most? And which three 2022 nominees are most likely to get inducted into the prestigious Hall of Fame this year?…
 
JoAnn Falletta and the BPO — Light in a Time of Darkness (Beau Fleuve) New Classical Tracks - JoAnn Falletta by “I found that the smaller concerts we did all the time during the 2021 season were fantastic for us in developing new skills,” said JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. “We learned how to listen and lead e…
 
The Singers — Come to the Woods (Arsis Audio) New Classical Tracks - Matthew Culloton by “We are all loud or pensive about things,” said Matthew Culloton, artistic director of the Singers, talking about the ensemble’s 10th recording. “At times, we may be lonely, but also reflective and hopeful. Naming the album Come to the Woods, after Jake Runesta…
 
2022 marks 35 years since U2 released “The Joshua Tree” - one of the best selling and critically acclaimed albums of all time. Containing some of the band’s biggest hits - including “With or Without You”, “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For”, and “Where the Streets Have No Name” - it’s an album that Rolling Stone notes increased the band’s …
 
Daniel Hope — Hope (DG) New Classical Tracks - Daniel Hope by “Music doesn't let me go. I always knew that it was the focus of my life, but it became a lifeline,” violinist Daniel Hope said about the pandemic. “It became a lifeline to the outside world. It was the luxury of time and connections to so many musicians that were willing to experiment a…
 
For many, the Super Bowl’s halftime show is an even bigger deal than the NFL football game itself. So which three halftime performances from the world’s biggest sporting event would we declare as the best? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick our top three cho…
 
Anthony McGill and Gloria Chien — Here With You (Cedille) New Classical Tracks - Anthony McGill and Gloria Chien by “It’s not just the two of us as musicians together or as musical partners, but Here With You also means that performers are with the audience,” said clarinetist Anthony McGill about his first album as a duo with pianist Gloria Chien. …
 
The Weeknd is easily one of the modern pop scene’s most ambitious artists - constantly keeping fans guessing as he constantly evolves his genre-busting “sonic universe.” But does the Canadian R&B singer born Abel Tesfaye continue his winning-streak with album no. 5, “Dawn FM”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minut…
 
David Bowie was truly a one-of-a-kind artist - an intergalactic icon whose influence continues to be felt in modern music. Trying to pinpoint the Chameleon of Rock’s best songs is a daunting task… but if you had to pick 3, which songs would you name as the Picasso of Pop’s best? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If…
 
Víkingur Ólafsson — Mozart and Contemporaries (DG) New Classical Tracks - Víkingur Ólafsson by “I think the good thing about Iceland is that you have a certain sense of freedom and you have to find your own path,” said pianist Víkingur Ólafsson about how he experienced growing up in Iceland in the 1990s. “My mother was a piano teacher and a very go…
 
Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick, with Jackie Moran — A Star in the East (Flower Pot Productions) Jump to giveaway form New Classical Tracks - Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick by Last year around this time, Ronn McFarlane and Carolyn Surrick, who are usually quite busy with their early music ensembles, had the time and space to finally make mus…
 
Matt and Zach name their 5 favorite albums of 2021, as well as discuss which records came close and which ones disappointed them the most, during this very special year-end roundup episode from Epic Footnote Productions. Also available to stream on any platform you can imagine (found here: https://linktr.ee/epicfootnote)! Sponsored by: - Lucky 13 B…
 
The Knights — Before Christmas (Bright Shiny Things) New Classical Tracks - The Knights by “This album took as much time as building the perfect dessert or pastry over the course of years,” said Eric Jacobsen, conductor of the Knights. “Yet at the same time, it's meant to make people happy and be that taste you love so much.” Over the past 20 years…
 
Emanuel Ax & Yo-Yo Ma — Hope Amid Tears: Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas (Sony) New Classical Tracks - Emanuel Ax by “Yo-Yo and I, back in the fall, we're able to do some concerts on the back of a truck. We did 20-minute concerts in various places in parking lots for nurses, teachers and UPS delivery people,“ said pianist Emanuel Ax about performing duri…
 
Zakk Wylde is without question a heavy metal guitar legend, and there’s a reason Black Label Society’s biker-style battle vest patches are as ubiquitous at hard rock concerts as band t-shirts. So does BLS continue to live up to their legacy with their eleventh studio album, “Doom Crew Inc.”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Produc…
 
John Jeter and the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra — Price: Symphony No. 3, The Mississippi River & Ethiopia's Shadow in America (Naxos) New Classical Tracks - John Jeter by John Jeter spends most of his time as music director and conductor of Arkansas’s Fort Smith Symphony. He’s a big believer in promoting the culture of his state, even if it …
 
Adele’s “30” has arguably been THE most anticipated pop album of the past 5 years - making the release of this record the type of global blockbuster event that the music industry rarely sees nowadays. So does the singer’s latest collection of melancholic songs about heartache and hope live up to her universal acclaim, or does album No. 4 leave much…
 
Lemmy Kilmister and Motorhead truly encompassed what it meant to be rock n’ roll outcasts - capturing rock’s grittiness and excess better than anyone else. But if you had to choose the band’s three best songs (that are NOT named “Ace of Spades”), which would you choose? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have…
 
Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason — MUSE (Decca) New Classical Tracks - Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason by British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and her younger brother, Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, have very different personalities. Perhaps, that is why they get along so well. They both have flourishing solo careers and have performed together for years, care…
 
As polarizing as pop punk can be, there’s something about the subgenre’s blend of simplistic raw angst and massive earworm melodies that makes it as relevant as ever. But which three albums would we declare as pop punk’s best? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to p…
 
Seong-Jin Cho — Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 • Scherzi (DG) New Classical Tracks - Seong-Jin Cho by Pianist Seong-Jin Cho became the first South Korean to win First Prize at the Warsaw International Chopin Competition in 2015. Following that award, he immediately recorded Chopin’s First Piano Concerto and the four Ballades with Gianandrea Noseda and…
 
Limp Bizkit are undeniably one of the most polarizing bands in music (not just rock and metal). But does their surprise-released album “Still Sucks” prove Fred Durst and gang are worthy of the heightened attention they regained in 2021? Or does their first full-length in ten years live up to its crass title? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epi…
 
Mastodon are easily one of the most acclaimed metal and hard rock bands of the past two decades. But how did a global pandemic and the death of their longtime friend and manager Nick John impact the Grammy winning quartet’s ninth full-length and first double album? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review…
 
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