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 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.

Dec 8, 2016

We're joined in this episode by Emily and Dan from Cross Record, who share insights on their songwriting and recording process, what it's like to perform as a duo, and the future of their band.

If you haven't, be sure to check out their new album, Wabi Sabi:

Dec 5, 2016

Spotify Playlist:

Not Recommended:
Justice - Woman
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
The Weeknd - Starboy

Featured Albums:
Lambchop - FLOTUS
Jim James - Eternally Even
Common - Black America Again
Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
Loscil - Monument Builders
A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

Honorable Mentions:
Shirley Collins - Lodestar
American Wrestlers - Goodbye Terrible Youth
Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions - Until the Hunter
STRFKR - Being No One, Going Nowhere
Alicia Keys - Here
Martha Wainwright - Goodnight City
Romare - Love Songs, Pt. 2
Emeli Sande - Long Live the Angels
Sad13 - Slugger
Animals as Leaders - The Madness of Many
Wolf People - Ruins
Daniel Bachman - Daniel Bachman

Nov 24, 2016

Metallica has always been one of the most celebrated and yet divisive bands in hard rock and metal music. In this episode, we dig into the four LPs they released in the 1980s, starting with their debut, Kill Em All, and ending with ...And Justice For All.

Nov 10, 2016

In this podcast, we cover albums that were released in October 2016. Listen to the playlist here:

Albums covered in this wrap-up include:
Phantogram - Three
Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee
Conor Oberst - Ruminations
D.D. Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
Goat - Requiem
Shovels & Rope - Little Seeds
Julia Jacklin - Don't Let the Kids Win
Phish - Big Boat
Norah Jones - Day Breaks
Green Day - Revolution Radio
Kings of Leon - WALLS
The Orb - COW / Chill Out, World!
Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere
Two Door Cinema Club - Gameshow
The Early Years - II
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
C Duncan - The Midnight Sun
Jagwar Ma - Every Now & Then
The Dean Ween Group - The Deaner Album
Katie Gately - Color
Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle
Moby & the Void Pacific Choir - These Systems Are Failing
Syd Arthur - Apricity
NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
Pretenders - Alone
Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass
Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth
The Radio Dept. - Running out of Love
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues
Lady Gaga - Joanne
American Football - American Football (LP2)
John K. Samson - Winter Wheat
Tanya Tagaq - Retribution
Frank Iero and the Patience - Parachutes
Helmet - Dead to the World
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World Pyramid
Marching Church - Telling It Like It Is
Alejandro Escovedo - Burn Something Beautiful

Oct 31, 2016

Humans are creatures of habit. We create our own rituals and traditions to look forward to, and music can play a big part of that. Aside from specific holiday music that society has pushed on us for generations, we all have music that we associate with specific seasons or times of the year that is much more personal. In this podcast, Jake and Tom share the music they come back to every spring, summer, fall, and winter, and give their stories on why.

What music do you come back to around the same time each year?

Oct 11, 2016

Spotify Playlist:

Helms Alee - Stillicide
James Vincent McMorrow - We Move
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Angel Olsen - MY WOMAN
Eluvium - False Readings On
Local Natives - Sunlit Youth
Jack White - Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
Drugdealer - The End of Comedy
Teenage Fanclub - Here
Okkervil River - Away
Wilco - Schmilco
Clipping - Splendor & Misery
Preoccupations - Preoccupations
Touche Amore - Stage Four
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Pretty Years
The Handsome Family - Unseen
Against Me! - Shape Shift With Me
Pixies - Head Carrier
Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
Kishi Bashi - Sonderlust
July Talk - Touch
How to Dress Well - Care
Warpaint - Heads Up
Beach Slang - A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Devendra Banhart - Ape In Pink Marble
Merchandise - A Corpse Wired for Sound
Flock of Dimes - If You See Me, Say Yes
Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
Grouplove - Big Mess
Banks - The Altar
Opeth - Sorceress
Bon Iver - 22, A Million
Public Access T.V. - Never Enough
Drive-By Truckers - American Band
S U R V I V E - RR7349
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Sep 30, 2016

Spotify Playlist:

Jake and Tom have been touched by the Boognish to create the brownest episode of Velocities In Music yet. Join them as they explore Ween's nine studio albums, from the inane absurdity to the struggling heartbreak that their music represents. It'll be a real good time, mang.

Sep 5, 2016

Listen to the playlist here:

Albums covered in this podcast:
Wye Oak - Tween
Haley Bonar - Impossible Dream
Russian Circles - Guidance
65daysofstatic - No Man's Sky: Music for an Infinite Universe (Soundtrack)
Wild Beasts - Boy King
Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
Nonkeen - Oddments of the Gamble
Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's of Imhotep
Blossoms - Blossoms
Factory Floor - 25 25
Ed Harcourt - Furnaces
Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
Lydia Loveless - Real
Horseback - Dead Ringers
The Moles - Tonight's Music
Young the Giant - Home of the Strange
Of Montreal - Innocence Reaches
Black Foxxes - I'm Not Well
Bayside - Vacancy
Lisa Hannigan - At Swim
Gonjasufi - Callus
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love
De La Soul - And the Anonymous Nobody
Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)
Britney Spears - Glory
The Album Leaf - Between Waves
Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being


Aug 28, 2016

Today, Sunny Day Real Estate may be considered a staple in the emo genre, but what they accomplished during their relatively short time as a band spans far beyond the confines of that genre. In this deep-dive, we discuss the band's successes and shortcomings, and what makes them one of today's most influential yet underappreciated bands.

Spotify Playlist:

Aug 8, 2016

Spotify Playlist:

Albums covered in this wrap-up:
Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night
Metronomy - Summer 08
Blink-182 - California
Bat for Lashes - The Bride
The Avalanches - Wildflower
Junius Meyvant - Floating Harmonies
Aphex Twin - Cheetah (EP)
Ian William Craig - Centres
BadBadNotGood - IV
Shura - Nothing's Real
The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset
Snoop Dogg - Coolaid
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP
Omni - Deluxe
Big Business - Command Your Weather
Clams Casino - 32 Levels
Amanda Palmer - You Got Me Singing
Chevelle - The North Corridor
Rhyton - Redshift
Elysia Crampton - Demon City
Viola Beach - Viola Beach
Billy Talent - Afraid of Heights
Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Owen - The King of Whys
Nao - For All We Know


Jul 28, 2016

We're joined this episode by Joe Vickers, drummer and founding member of Caspian. Joe takes us through Caspian's songwriting and album-crafting process, along with his thoughts on the post-rock genre, touring, and Pokémon Go.

Be sure to check Caspian's touring schedule to see if they're coming to a city near you this summer or fall:


Jul 22, 2016

Today in 2016, for all practical purposes, music is free. But should it be? As technology has evolved and music has become more easily accessible to the masses, it has drastically changed the way people listen to music, as well as the way artists write and release music. In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of these changes and how the cost associated with music has gotten to where it is now.

Jul 11, 2016

Spotify playlist of all included song clips:

Albums covered in this podcast:
Melvins - Basses Loaded
The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos
William Tyler - Modern Country
Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
Moonface - My Best Human Face
Amber Arcades - Fading Lines
Cat's Eyes - Treasure House
The Kills - Ash & Ice
Tegan and Sara - Love You To Death
The Strokes - Future Present Past (EP)
Sumac - What One Becomes
Dan Lissvik - Midnight
Band of Horses - Why Are You OK?
Brandy Clark - Big Day In a Small Town
Diarrhea Planet - Turn to Gold
Peter Bjorn and John - Breakin' Point
Garbage - Strange Little Birds
Swans - The Glowing Man
The Low Anthem - Eyeland
Mitski - Puberty 2
The Invisible - Patience
Gemma Ray - The Exodus Suite
case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs
Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway
Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room
Lone - Levitate
Gojira - Magma
YG - Still Brazy
NAILS - You Will Never Be One of Us
Hot Hot Heat - Hot Hot Heat
Christian Fennesz - It's Hard for Me to Say I'm Sorry
DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall
The Avett Brothers - True Sadness
Deerhoof - The Magic
Broods - Conscious
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Jun 24, 2016

While post-rock has become a better-known genre over the last decade, it's actually been building since the late 80s and has its roots in a wide variety of older musical styles. Post-rock tends to be emotionally potent, captivating, and experimental-- all things that we at Velocities in Music love to hear. In this podcast, we go through the history of post-rock and highlight some bands that have shaped the genre into what it is today.

If you'd like to hear all the songs featured in this podcast in their entirety, listen to our Spotify playlist:

Jun 4, 2016

In this podcast, we cover the following albums that came out in May 2016:

James Blake - The Colour In Anything
Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
Anohni - Hopelessness
White Lung - Paradise
Kaytranada - 99.9%
Twin Peaks - Down in Heaven
Julianna Barwick - Will
LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers To Sing
Dan Michaelson & the Coastguards - Memory
Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun
Yoni & Geti - Testarossa
David Bazan - Blanco
Fruit Bats - Absolute Loser
Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall Grass
Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds
Hard Working Americans - Rest in Chaos
Kvelertak - Nattesferd
Islands - Should I Remain Here At Sea?
Islands - Taste
Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost
Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau
Jessy Lanza - Oh No
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
Wolf Parade - EP 4 (EP)
Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
Mutual Beneift - Skip a Sinking Stone
Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
Marissa Nadler - Strangers
Andy Shauf - The Party
Mudcrutch - 2
Saosin - Along the Shadow
Real Friends - The Home Inside My Head
Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere
PUP - The Dream is Over
Big Thief - Masterpiece
Holy Fuck - Congrats
Pelvis - R.I.P.
Tom Hummer - Dystopian Blues

May 28, 2016

In the final installment of this artist deep-dive, we go track by track through Radiohead's newest LP, A Moon Shaped Pool, including our thoughts on the album overall and our individual experiences with it.

May 25, 2016

In the second installment of this three-part series on Radiohead, we cover the years 2000 - 2011, including the albums:
- Kid A
- Amnesiac
- Hail to the Thief
- In Rainbows
- The King of Limbs

May 23, 2016

In this episode of Velocities in Music, we dive into the astounding career of one of our favorite bands, Radiohead. The first part of this three-part series covers their formation and early years through the creation of their 1997 classic, OK Computer.

May 5, 2016

Another month has come to an end! Here are the albums we cover on this wrap-up:

Yeasayer - Amen & Goodbye
Andrew Bird - Are You Serious
Charles Bradley - Changes
Bibio - A Mineral Love
Black Mountain - IV
Weezer - Weezer (White Album)
Mogwai - Atomic
Frightened Rabbit - Painting of a Panic Attack
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
Tacocat - Lost Time
Pet Shop Boys - Super
Bombino - Azel
Explosions in the Sky - The Wilderness
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo (for real this time)
Deftones - Gore
M83 - Junk
Tim Hecker - Love Streams
Hammock - Everything and Nothing
Future of the Left - The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left
Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of Light
The Lumineers - Cleopatra
Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop - Love Letter for Fire
Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
Suuns - Hold/Still
The Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
Greys - Outer Heaven
Nicolas Godin - Contrepoint
Wire - Nocturnal Koreans
A$AP Ferg - Always Strive and Prosper
Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
Kowton - Utility
Parquet Courts - Human Performance
Ben Watt - Fever Dream
Deakin - Sleep Cycle
Brian Eno - The Ship

Apr 14, 2016

We often discuss what attributes make a song or an album great, but how do you go about actually writing a great song or a great album? In this podcast, Velocities In Music’s very own Tom Hummer is put on the spot to tell his story of how he started writing music and the process he goes through when writing and recording material. From there, Tom gives us his personal take on how and why he writes music as he walks us through his personal discography.

Apr 2, 2016

March saw a lot of great new album releases as 2016 is starting to pick up. Here are the albums we cover in this podcast:

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered
Robert Pollard - Of Course You Are
Ray LaMontagne - Ouroboros
Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
Lapsley - Long Way Home
M. Ward - More Rain
The Coral - Distance Inbetween
Miike Snow - III
Loretta Lynn - Full Circle
Violent Femmes - We Can Do Anything
Polica - United Crushers
Wussy - Forever Sounds
Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion
Aurora - All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend
Flatbush Zombies - 3001: A Laced Odyssey
Into It. Over It. - Standards
Emmy the Great - Second Love
Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
Glenn Jones - Fleeting
Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future
Damien Jurado - Visions of Us on the Land
Primal Scream - Chaosmosis
Lucy Dacus - No Burden
The Range - Potential
Anna Meredith - Varmints
Thug Entrancer - Arcology
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
RJD2 - Dame Fortune
The Thermals - We Disappear
Bob Mould - Patch the Sky
Open Mike Eagle - Hella Personal Film Festival
White Denim - Stiff
Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Mar 27, 2016

In the early 1990s, grunge music found an unlikely place in mainstream radio and started selling albums in a way that "alternative" music had never seen in previous decades. In this podcast, we trace grunge's history and musical evolution, diving into its major influencers and key albums, and exploring how it has impacted music today.

Mar 17, 2016

There's always at least one genre that each of us just doesn't like. But where does this aversion come from? Is it preventing us from digging into an artist or album that we might otherwise like? In this podcast, we discuss the concept of genre bias and how it affects the average listener, as well as some ways of potentially getting around it.

Mar 11, 2016

Since 2002, Coheed and Cambria have been putting out albums in their unique blend of pop-punk, emo, post-hardcore, prog, and metal. So far, their career has displayed an ambition and musical variety that very few bands have been able to match while maintaining a similar level of quality. In this artist deep-dive, we go through every Coheed and Cambria album released to date and highlight where they succeed, where they fail, and where we hope to see them go next.

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