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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Apr 20, 2018

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.

Mar 9, 2018

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.

Jan 23, 2018

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:

Jan 8, 2018

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.

Dec 28, 2017

When talking about music with fellow friends and enthusiasts, it's common to hear artists mentioned as being "ahead of their time." But what does that mean? And what artists does that label apply to? In this podcast, we explore this concept and give examples of artists we believe were truly ahead of their time.

Dec 8, 2017

In this episode, Jake and Tom catch up on the life changes they've faced over the past several months and how music has played a role in the transition. Topics include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Brand New, record shopping, and musical catharsis.

Aug 8, 2017

Jake and Tom discuss the future of the Velocities in Music podcast, and Tom talks about his experience at 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jun 12, 2017

Listen to the Playlist:

Featured Albums:
Forest Swords - Compassion (2:05)
Mac DeMarco - This Old Dog (3:51)
Perfume Genius - No Shape (7:03)
Slowdive - Slowdive (8:34)
The Afghan Whigs - In Spades (10:20)
Oxbow - Thin Black Duke (12:21)
At the Drive-In - Interalia (13:55)
Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions (17:27)

Honorable Mentions:
Logic - Everybody (19:11)
Juana Molina - Halo (20:39)
Moon Duo - Occult Architecture, Vol.2 (21:37)
Blondie - Pollinator (22:04)
John Moreland - Big Bad Luv (22:51)
Harry Styles - Harry Styles (23:17)
Pwr Bttm - Pageant (24:26)
Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind - Super Natural (25:16)
Paul Weller - A Kind Revolution (25:58)
Girlpool - Powerplant (26:38)
The Mountain Goats - Goths (27:14)
Jane Weaver - Modern Kosmology (28:04)
Don Bryant - Don't Give Up on Love (28:42)
Paramore - After Laughter (29:15)
Sun Kil Moon & Jesu - 30 Seconds to the Decline of Planet Earth (29:49)
Pumarosa - The Witch (30:41)
Aldous Harding - Party (31:14)
Nick Hakim - Green Twins (32:06)
Land of Talk - Life After Youth (32:59)
(Sandy) Alex G - Rocket (33:37)
Wavves - You're Welcome (34:40)
Justin Townes Earle - Kids in the Street (35:15)
Pokey LaFarge - Manic Revelations (36:14)
The Charlatans - Different Days (36:45)
The Heliocentrics - A World of Masks (37:11)

Not Recommended:
Kasabian - For Crying Out Loud (37:56)
Black Lips - Satan's Graffiti or God's Art? (38:38)
Pond - The Weather (39:07)
Jlin - Black Origami (39:40)

Jun 1, 2017

Spoon has been a seminal indie/alternative rock band through the 2000s, with history going back to the early and mid 90s. In this podcast, we cover Spoon's most recent five albums, rank all nine albums, and discuss where we'd like to see the band go next.

Best of Spoon Playlist:

May 10, 2017

Listen to the playlist here:

Featured Albums:
Father John Misty - Pure Comedy (2:06)
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN. (27:57)
Gorillaz - Humanz (32:47)
The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions (41:14)
Feist - Pleasure (43:25)

Honorable Mention:
Arca - Arca (46:12)
Wire - Silver/Lead (47:19)
Guided By Voices - August By Cake (48:22)
Joey Bada$$ - All Amerikkkan Bada$$ (49:07)
Ulver - The Assassination of Julius Caesar (50:10)
Andrew Combs - Canyons of My Mind (50:45)
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan - Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars (51:19)
Future Islands - The Far Field (52:07)
Robyn Hitchcock - Robyn Hitchcock (52:57)
Fionn Regan - The Meetings of the Waters (54:11)
Woods - Love Is Love (55:16)
Actress - AZD (55:50)
Maximo Park - Risk to Exist (56:25)
Timber Timbre - Sincerely, Future Pollution (57:19)
The Black Angels - Death Song (58:47)
Charly Bliss - Guppy (59:18)
Tara Jane O'Neil - Tara Jane O'Neil (1:00:26)
Little Cub - Still Life (1:00:58)
Willie Nelson - God's Problem Child (1:01:53)
Colin Stetson - All This I Do For Glory (1:02:32)
Mew - Visuals (1:03:06)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - async (1:04:11)
Thurston Moore - Rock n Roll Consciousness (1:04:40)
BNQT - Volume 1 (1:05:38)
Mark Lanegan Band - Gargoyle (1:06:38)
Sylvan Esso - What Now (1:07:35)
New Found Glory - Makes Me Sick (1:08:30)

Not Recommended:
Happyness - Write In (1:09:19)
Little Dragon - Season High (1:10:07)
Diet Cig - Swear I'm Good at This (1:11:03)
Incubus - 8 (1:12:04)
While She Sleeps - You Are We (1:12:53)

Apr 27, 2017

Spoon has been a seminal indie/alternative rock band through the 2000s, with history going back to the early and mid 90s. In this podcast, we follow Spoon through their formation and up to their 4th LP, Kill the Moonlight.

Best of Spoon Playlist:

Apr 18, 2017

On this podcast, Jake and Tom discuss the albums they purchased on their last few vinyl-buying excursions.

Apr 4, 2017

Spotify Playlist:

Featured Albums:
Grandaddy - Last Place (1:59)
The Shins - Heartworms (3:11)
Jay Som - Everybody Works (5:12)
Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me (6:44)
Laura Marling - Semper Femina (9:38)
Spoon - Hot Thoughts (11:19)
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand (12:12)
Desperate Journalist - Grow Up (16:47)
Tennis - Yours Conditionally (18:10)

Honorable Mentions:
Temples - Volcano (19:53)
Ibibio Sound Machine - Uyai (20:36)
Why? - Moh Lhean (21:15)
Nadia Reid - Preservation (2:13)
Blanck Mass - World Eater (22:55)
Sondre Lerche - Pleasure (23:43)
Chicano Batman - Freedom is Free (24:12)
Spectres - Condition (24:54)
Hurray for the Riff Raff - The Navigator (25:31)
Magnetic Fields - 50 Song Memoir (26:02)
Valerie June - The Order of Time (27:01)
Depeche Mode - Spirit (27:45)
Idles - Brutalism (28:49)
Obituary - Obituary (29:16)
Pulled Apart by Horses - The Haze (30:03)
Sorority Noise - You're Not As ___ As You Think (30:36)
The Bug & Earth - Concrete Desert (31:15)
Pallbearer - Heartless (31:51)
Craig Finn - We All Want the Same Things (32:49)
Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens (33:23)
Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms (33:56)
Saltland - A Common Truth (34:42)
British Sea Power - Let the Dancers Inherit the Party (35:32)
Pharmakon - Contact (36:15)
Aimee Mann - Mental Illness (37:14)
Real Estate - In Mind (37:55)
The Jesus and Mary Chain - Damage and Joy (39:02)
Les Amazones d'Afrique - Republique Amazone (39:43)

Not Recommended:
Sleaford Mods - English Tapas (40:03)
Minus the Bear - Voids (41:35)
Jarvis Cocker and Chilly Gonzales- Room 29 (42:19)
Conor Oberst - Salutations (43:18)
The Moonlandingz - Interplanetary Class Classics (44:20)
Jamiroquai - Automaton (45:21)

Mar 29, 2017

Velocities In Music started at the beginning of 2010, and since then we've had the privilege of witnessing the release of some monumental albums. In this podcast, we highlight our top 20 albums of the decade so far.

Spotify Playlist:

Full List:

Mar 20, 2017

On this show, we talk a lot about ways of discovering new music. One way that we discover new music is through Music Leagues: friendly, competitive events where everyone playing submits a song and votes for the other songs that they liked.

If this sounds like something you and your friends (or coworkers) would enjoy, take a look at our example documents and start a Music League of your own:

Mar 7, 2017

Listen to the playlist:

Featured Albums:
Elbow - Little Fictions
Sampha - Process
Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now
Lowly - Heba
Dirty Projectors - Dirty Projectors
Ryan Adams - Prisoner
Sun Kil Moon - Common as Light and Love are Red Valleys of Blood

Honorable Mentions:
The Menzingers - After the Party
Eliza Carthy - Big Machine
Moon Duo - Occult Architecture, Vol.1
Duke Garwood - Garden of Ashes
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Backlash
The Sadies - Northern Passages
Chuck Prophet - Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Tinariwen - Elwan
Noveller - A Pink Sunset for No One
Los Campesinos! - Sick Scenes
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy
The Feelies - In Between
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Tourist
Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism
Molly Burch - Please Be Mine
Moire - No Future
The Necks - Unfold
Xiu Xiu - Forget
PVT - New Spirit
Dutch Uncles - Big Balloon
Peter Silberman - Impermanence
Sherwood & Pinch - Man vs. Sofa
Immolation - Atonement
Thundercat - Drunk

Not Recommended:
Surfer Blood - Snowdonia
Lupe Fiasco - Drogas Light
Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
King Woman - Created in the Image of Suffering
Acceptance - Colliding By Design

Feb 20, 2017

As music in the latter half of the 90s drifted away from the Britpop style Blur had helped popularize, the band shifted into a noisier and more aggressive style of music. In this episode, we cover Blur's 1997 self-titled album through 2015's The Magic Whip, a period filled with inner conflict, departures, reunions, and transformations from a band who never seemed comfortable doing the same thing twice.

Feb 14, 2017

Starting as a young band in London in the late 80s and early 90s, Blur rose to fame in a few short years and helped the Britpop movement reach its peak. In the first episode of this two-part series, we cover their first four albums: Leisure, Modern Life is Rubbish, Parklife, and The Great Escape.

Feb 8, 2017

Listen to the songs featured in this episode here:

Featured Albums:
Bonobo - Migration
The xx - I See You
The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody
Foxygen - Hang
Japandroids - Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Cloud Nothings - Life Without Sound
Allison Crutchfield - Tourist in This Town

Honorable Mentions:
Sohn - Rennen
Code Orange - Forever
Pain of Salvation - In the Passing Light of Day
Throwing Snow - Embers
William Basinski - A Shadow In Time
Michael Chapman - 50
Tycho - Epoch
The Proper Ornaments - Foxhole
Ronika - Lose My Cool
Gabriel Garzon-Montano - Jardin
Emptyset - Borders
Tift Merritt - Stitch of the World
Sacred Paws - Strike a Match
Piano Magic - Closure
Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness

Not Recommended:
Sundara Karma - Youth Is Only Ever Fun in Retrospect
AFI - AFI (The Blood Album)
Mark Eitzel - Hey Mr Ferryman

Jan 23, 2017

It's official--Jake finally got a record player. In this podcast, we go through the records we bought on Jake's maiden record-shopping voyage. 

Jan 17, 2017

Listen to the playlist here:

In this podcast we recommend albums from 2016 that we didn't include in a monthly wrap-up throughout the year. Albums included are:

Featured Albums:
Beyonce - Lemonade
Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid
Cult of Luna & Julie Christmas - Mariner
The Amazing - Ambulance
Frank Ocean - Blonde
Ka - Honor Killed the Samurai
Solange - A Seat At the Table
Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"
Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat

Honorable Mentions:
Rihanna - Anti
Basement - Promise Everything
Matmos - Ultimate Care II
Radical Face - The Family Tree: The Leaves
Lucius - Good Grief
Gnod - Mirror
Autolux - Pussy's Dead
The Hotelier - Goodness
Vektor - Terminal Redux
Little Scream - Cult Following
Regina Spektor - Remember Us to Life
Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason
The Rolling Stones - Blue and Lonesome
Nine Inch Nails - Not the Actual Events (EP)
J. Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only
Noname - Telefone
Jeff Rosenstock - Worry
The Dear Hunter - Act V
Street Sects - End Position
Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp


Jan 5, 2017

2016 may have been an even better year for songs than it was for albums. We listened to thousands of tracks throughout the year, and in this podcast we cover the 30 of them that impacted us the most.

Listen to the playlist here:

Jan 2, 2017

In this podcast we cover our 20 favorite albums of 2016.

See our top 70 list here:

Dec 27, 2016

In the third and final installment of our Metallica deep-dive, we explore the music the band has put out since the year 2000, as well as where we would like to see Metallica go in the future.

Albums covered include:
- St. Anger
- Death Magnetic
- Lulu (with Lou Reed)
- Hardwired... To Self Destruct

Dec 16, 2016

In the second installment of our Metallica deep-dive, we follow the band into the 1990s, where they polish their sound further, achieve massive mainstream success, and continue to change their style. Albums include Metallica (Black Album), Load, Reload, Garage Inc, and S&M.

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