Velocities In Music

Jake and Tom are two devout music heads who spent the last several years reviewing music on YouTube as Velocities in Music. Armed with two microphones and a podcast, the guys from VIM discuss topics important to music fanatics including artist deep-dives, new music summaries and other on-topic banter.
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Dec 31, 2015

In this podcast we highlight our 30 favorite songs from 2015.

To listen to the top 70, check out our Spotify playlist:

Dec 21, 2015

As 2015 comes to an end, we went through and relistened to the albums we were loving throughout the year, as well as some late newcomers. In this episode, we talk through how we go about making lists, what they mean to us, and dig into our 20 favorite albums of 2015.

Here's a link to that Liam Neeson bit we're always referring to:

Our full 2015 list:

Dec 16, 2015

Musical duos have a very unique dynamic compared to solo artists and larger bands. A duo indicates a partnership, with some kind of give and take or checks and balances within the creative process. While defining what makes a duo may seem like a simple task, it becomes more complicated when we take into account the roles each member play and the contributions they make.

Here are some great duos that you will NOT hear on this podcast but we would still recommend you check out:
- The Black Keys
- Suicide
- Richard and Linda Thompson
- The Kills
- Death From Above 1979
- Lightning Bolt
- Blood Red Shoes
- Rodrigo y Gabriela
- Cults
- Department of Eagles
- Majical Cloudz
- Matt and Kim
- No Age
- Ratatat
- Hall and Oates

Dec 7, 2015

Christmas music is a divisive subject this time of year, and not just for music aficionados. It's an inescapable part of the holiday season that some choose to embrace, while others strive to avoid. In this podcast, we go through our favorite Christmas songs, our most hated, and our favorite 10 Christmas albums.

Nov 30, 2015

November usually shows a decline in album releases as we approach the end of the year, but there were still a few great albums released this month. Here are the ones we highlight:

Khruangbin - The Universe Smiles Upon You
Grimes - Art Angels
Floating Points - Elaenia
Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
Bill Ryder-Jones - West Kirby County Primary
Teeth of the Sea - Highly Deadly Black Tarantula
Cee Lo Green - Heart Blanche
Justin Bieber - Purpose
Lanterns on the Lake - Beings
Wreckless Eric - America
Anna von Hausswolff - The Miraculous
Adele - 25
Arca - Mutant
Freddie Gibbs - Shadow of a Doubt
Chorusgirl - Chorusgirl
TRAAMS - Modern Dancing
Shye Ben-Tzur - Junun
Ty Dolla $ign - Free TC
Jeff Lynne's ELO - Alone in the Universe
Enya - Dark Sky Island
Ringo Deathstarr - Pure Mood
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Paper Mache Dream Balloon
Logic - The Incredible True Story


Nov 25, 2015

Double albums are naturally a very high-risk, high-reward venture for a musical artist. It can be an opportunity to wow listeners with your songwriting variety and conceptual prowess, or turn them away with a self-indulgent epic that simply could have been trimmed down to a single LP. Despite the risk, double albums are a medium that some of the best artists in history have chosen to tackle, and the successes end up being some of the most memorable moments in music. In this podcast, Jake and Tom talk through their top ten double albums, what makes a double album successful, and how we define them.


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Nov 16, 2015

The Smiths were one of the defining alternative rock bands of the 1980s. Over a span of only four years they left an indelible mark on music that still hasn't been matched in terms of wit, identity, and songwriting craft. In this podcast we'll take you through the highs and lows of The Smiths' discography and legacy.

Nov 9, 2015

October 2015 was full of terrific new releases, but also a few disappointments. In this album wrap-up, we discuss:

Guy Garvey - Courting the Squall

Beach Slang - The Things We Do To Find People Like Us

Evil Blizzard - Everybody Come to Church

Vhol - Deeper Than Sky

Shining - International Blackjazz Society

Fuzz - II

Killing Joke - Pylon

The Game - The Documentary 2.5

EL VY - Return to the Moon

Beach House - Thank Your Lucky Stars

Joanna Newsom - Divers

Patty Griffin - Servant of Love

Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks

Son Little - Son Little

!!! - As If

Borns - Dopamine

Majical Cloudz - Are You Alone?

Dan Friel - Life

Luke Haines - British Nuclear Bunkers

Neon Indian - Vega Intl. Night School

Deerhunter - Fading Frontier

Coheed and Cambria - The Color Before the Sun

Israel Nash - Silver Season

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

Editors - In Dream

Wavves - V

Mercury Rev - The Light In You

Shopping - Why Choose

Hey Colossus - Radio Static High

Kylesa - Exhausting Fire

Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land

Deafheaven - New Bermuda

Nov 2, 2015

The musical world is full of larger-than-life personalities. Some are politically minded, some are egotistical, and some are just rude. In today's culture, where artist's are given a platform not only for their music to be heard, but also for their thoughts and opinions to have a far reach, these non-musical factors can play a big part of the way we hear their music. In this podcast, we discuss the overall impact of this phenomenon and discuss high-profile examples such as Kanye West, John Lennon, and Miley Cyrus.

Oct 26, 2015

Thirty-five years after vocalist Ian Curtis's untimely death, Joy Division continues to inspire artists in the post-punk and rock genres. With only two masterful LPs created in two short years, they stand as a testament to the fact that music doesn't need exuberant personalities and prolonged careers to make a significant impact. In this artist deep-dive, Jake and Tom go through Joy Division's history, discography, and influence on the last four decades of music.

Oct 19, 2015

Despite his tragically short musical career, Nick Drake remains one of the most influential albeit underrated figures in acoustic and folk music. In this artist deep-dive, we walk through Nick's discography, discuss his character and how it affected his music, and the impact he's had since he passed away over forty years ago.

Oct 12, 2015

Let's talk about how to get into new music, and how technology has changed that process. This includes word of mouth, music clubs, radio, magazines and other publications, best-of lists, blogs, streaming sites, and a fun game you can play with your friends called Music League.

Oct 6, 2015

Jake and Tom go through Modest Mouse's discography, discussing high points, low points, style, and general impact on modern music.

Oct 1, 2015

Jake and Tom give their thoughts on some albums that came out in September 2015. Albums include:

Bring Me the Horizon - That's the Spirit
CHVRCHES - Every Open Eye
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness
Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin' Down
Youth Lagoon - Savage Hills Ballroom
Battles - La Di Da Di
David Gilmour - Rattle That Lock
Widowspeak - All Yours
The Dear Hunter - Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise
Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
Ryan Adams - 1989
Metric - Pagans In Vegas
Iron Maiden - Book of Souls
Idjut Boys - Versions
Slayer - Repentless
Disclosure - Caracal
The Wonder Years - No Closer to Heaven
New Order - Music Complete
Big Grams - Big Grams (EP)
Mac Miller - GO:OD AM
Motion City Soundtrack - Panic Stations
Blackalicious - Imani, Vol. 1
The Dead Weather - Dodge and Burn
Silversun Pickups - Better Nature

Sep 29, 2015

Jake and Tom discuss the different factors that can make or break a concert experience. What are some of the best concerts you've been to, and more importantly, why?

Sep 24, 2015

Jake and Tom talk about why, in the age of music streaming and downloads, people have begun buying records. Is it an issue of sound quality, is it nostalgia, or both?

Sep 23, 2015

Rock Legends.  These guys redefined rock and roll in the late 1960's and 1970's.  In this artist deep-dive, Jake and Tom from Velocities in Music break down the history, style, influence, and most importantly, the discography of Led Zeppelin.  

Sep 23, 2015

What qualifications does a person need to review music? Does a person need experience to give there opinions on an album or artist?  Velocities in Music dives deep into this question as they reflect on their experiences reviewing albums and the feedback they received. 

Sep 20, 2015

Jake and Tom discuss what they've been up to over the last year, why they stopped posting album reviews, and their plans for the future.