This podcast was requested by Sean Murphy, winner of the first VIM Music League!
It's safe to say that everyone grows up with music around, to some degree. However, our friends, family, and culture can shape the way we listen to music based on what we're exposed to and how we internalize it, and this makes everybody's musical upbringing unique. In this podcast, we talk about our own musical upbringings--the music that shaped our childhoods and made us the listeners we are today, the people who got us there, the artists we outgrew, and the artists we never stopped loving.
In an age where we have instant access to all the new albums being released each week, keeping up with new music can feel like a full-time job. In this episode, we discuss the various ways you can prioritize your precious music-listening time. How do you balance your focus between new music, old music you've heard about and have been meaning to listen to, and your old favorites?
In the third and final installment of our David Bowie deep-dive, we start with his more polarizing albums from the 90s and move through his 2000s work up to his final album, Blackstar, in 2016.
In the second part of this deep-dive, we start the last half of David Bowie's prolific run of albums in the 1970s with 1976's Station to Station, followed by the infamous Berlin trilogy and his shift into the 1980s.
David Bowie was an inspirational creative force and a top-notch performer and songwriter. During his nearly 50-year musical career, he recorded several masterpiece-level albums and constantly reinvented his image and his music, defining genres and redefining what it was to be a rock star. In the first part of this 3-part deep-dive, we cover his first nine studio albums, starting with his self-titled debut in 1967 and ending with Young Americans in 1975.
From the thousands of songs we listened to in 2017, it's difficult to narrow it down a list to our 30 favorites. Some are more Jake picks, some our more Tom picks, and some were equally adored by both of us. In this episode, we talk through our combined 30 top songs of 2017 and why each one deserves to be on our list.
Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/1215237538/playlist/18snaqNNkvvsi3FTtzmRgy?si=WUKK9XBBSqGrcFanZetlEw
2017 was a great year for music--we saw a lot of well-established artists return with their strongest releases in years, and several unique and innovative newcomers who have the potential to push music into new territory. In this episode, we talk through our 20 favorite albums of 2017.