Ray Flanagan (Facebook) is one of the most talented musicians in Cleveland. You wouldn't know it from talking to him because he comes off pretty reserved, but when he's on a stage playing guitar and singing, it's immediately obvious.
Ray recently signed on to do a monthly gig - a residency - at The Euclid Tavern, which is now owned by the fine people of Happy Dog fame. Ray will be playing the first Sunday of every month from August until the end of 2017 and maybe beyond.
Here's what else we discussed:
Most people know Holden Laurence from his gig playing guitar for The Modern Electric. He's been busy, however, working on his album and it's ready for release. He sat down with Craig to discuss the making of the album, his process for writing and creativity and much more. Because Holden is a giant sports fan as well, we discussed some sports at the end. Make sure you stick around to the end to hear one of the first three singles off the album, "Cover Me in Roses."
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Craig and Andrew don't make a comprehensive best-of for 2015, but we go over our absolute favorites of the year. We also discuss some of the biggest albums like Adele, Taylor Swift and Ryan Adams, among others.
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From time to time we go outside the realm of sports. This one is all music as we discuss Andrew and Craig's favorite albums of 2014. Make sure you let us know what we missed in the comments.
Andrew's Top 5 Albums
Craig's Top 5 Albums
It may be January 20th, but Andrew and I just got to our top music of 2013. We used Andrew's top ten, played some short clips, and then I unleashed some of my favorites at the end in a less-structured way. Andrew will have a more detailed write-up with lists and things on WFNY tomorrow. For now, enjoy the podcast.
Andrew and I decided to talk about some music after the Cavs podcast last night. There's been a lot of good new music lately, so here you go!
Wooden shjips and Andrew’s love of the album
San Francisco drone rock. Psychedelic.
PledgeMusic and Kickstarter for rock albums
Speakers vs. headphones and how you listen
How to defeat your OCD
What do you do with CDs?
The future rules and everyone loves it
The 160 gig iPod classic
Grumpy old man Andrew complains about Apple’s business model
Night Terrors of 1927 is accessible and great
Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus
Did Rivers Cuomo make it OK to love pop hooks
What’s Andrew anticipating?
The Cloud Nothings and what their new album might be
Listening to Pompeii
Craig and Andrew talk new music including their own insecurities about darlings of critics.
Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt
Comparing Lightning Bolt to Hesitation Marks
Sirens moving to the top of the Pearl Jam charts
Kevin Devine delivers Bulldozer and Bubblegum
The thought of writing two albums as a solo artist
Andrew and Craig both love Redbird
Those Darlins - Blur the Line
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Craig and Andrew both took to Neon Bible first before Funeral
Arcade Fire and the CMJ fest
James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem
The idolatry of musicians and how annoying it is at times
Comparing Arcade Fire with Tool
Comparing Arcade Fire to Bright Eyes
Anticipating the new Mansions album
Anticipating Wooden Shjips
Craig and Andrew love music. They also love to support the musicians who make that music. That's why it's so very frustrating to have a legal option like Spotify and then find out that some of their favorite artists like Radiohead and David Bazan have serious and real problems with the business model. On the one hand, it's a business model, which seems like a better scenario than the Napster free music days. On the other hand, if it isn't working for small and medium sized artists, how do you fix it?
The business of music and Spotify
New music versus legacy songs
Compensating artists at subsistence or better level and how to do it
Old music industry and winning the lottery
Excluding labels from the profits
Is Spotify good for artists?
Perfecting the model without burning down technology
If Death Cab had come out in the early 80’s would they be U2?
Every now and again we like to talk music at WFNY. Andrew and I are huge fans of Nine Inch Nails and we both had an urge to talk about the latest from Trent Reznor and also how it fits into his career arc.
The first good album since The Fragile
With Teeth was a disappointment and Reznor seemed off
What happens to music when you don’t have things to scream about anymore?
Writing sad songs and how that grabs people
Rage Against the Machine has to burn out after a while
What do bands scream about when they don’t have anything to scream about anymore?
Fred Durst and his career choices
Pearl Jam and getting to the point where they didn’t talk about themselves
Trent Reznor getting back to NIN after saying it was done
Trent Reznor sounds confident or comfortable or ready to be where he is
The danger of instantaneous feedback loops and art
Andrew and Craig like to talk music on occasion. As such we decided to discuss our personal top ten music list of favorite albums. Check it out and be sure to let us know what your favorites are. @WFNYCraig and @rockWFNY on twitter.