In this week’s episode, we try out a bold new experiment: getting Jeff and Keegan to listen to music from a time period other than their early to mid twenties! Going forward, the Distant Stations podcast is going to try to talk about more current musical topics, such as music that actually came out in 2017. It’s a new challenge to us, and there are some growing pains, which is why you might hear some conspicuous absences in some of the discussions. Bear with us. We’re learning. But we’re going to learn so good for you.
Topics of discussion: Keegan is an international man of mystery, Ansley’s alarm clock ideas, At the Drive-In’s Inter Alia, Omar piss stories, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister’s Planetarium, Juliana Hatfield’s Pussycat, short-fingered vulgarians, MRA trolls please die in a fire, Trevor Sensor sounds like he’s going to stab you in the shower, hugs are fun, the Ed Sheeran Peer-In.
In the late 80’s, Juliana Hatfield exploded onto the scene with Freda Love (then Freda Boner) and John Strohm to create the college rock band (supposedly named by Allen Fucking Ginsberg) Blake Babies, and started a pretty storied career spanning the last 30 odd years. From The Lemonheads to Some Girls to forming the more recent band TheI Don’t Cares, Juliana has been rocking off faces for the better part of 30 years.
She’s also made some strides into the world of acting as a lunch lady in the show Pete & Pete and made the obvious jump to playing an angel in the Christmas episode of My So Called Life.
Basically, for lack of a better phrase, Juliana has been killing the shit out of our early 90’s hearts.
Juliana Hatfield means to salt the fucking earth with this album, and I’ll be damned if I’m not super excited to go along for the ride…
… and thats what makes the next several paragraphs so hart to write.
Summer time, and the living is sweaty. So, so very sweaty. To cope, we’re cooling off with some of our favorite albums to listen to during these warmer months, whether it be poolside or driving through dark forests late at night. Jeff has weird ideas about summer activities.
Topics of discussion: We’re an ASMR podcast now, Logic’s Everybody, Mark Lanegan’s Gargoyle, Tom Waits vampire fantasies, Portugal. The Man’s Woodstock, Eve 6’s Horrorscope, Drive-by Truckers’ Decoration Day, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, a bold new frontier for Distant Stations, seriously oh god are we an ASMR podcast now.
Talking about our favorite records of 2017 so far made us all warm and fuzzy and nostalgic, so we decided to spend this Distant Stations episode talking about a daunting task: picking our most favoritest albums of all time. After much hemming and hawing, we each managed to narrow it down to a single album, and then we basically just kind of gushed all over the place. So much gushing.
Topics of discussion: Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book (ft. guest reviewer Alex Hawley), Beck’s The Information, Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, The Who’s Who’s Next, boy howdy this episode was just a real pleasant time talking about albums we really like and there was very little acrimony at all.
Given that we’re well into the second half of 2017, it’s about time we talked about some of our favorite records of the year so far. And so, in episode 12, we do just that! Also, Ansley loses her mind by seeing the Mountain Goats three times in a 30-hour period.
Top 5 lists:
5. The Chainsmokers – Memories… Do Not Open
4. Los Campesinos – Six Scenes
3. Blink-182 – California (Deluxe Edition)
2. Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life
1. The Menzingers – After the Party
5. Sylvan Esso – What Now
4. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Flying Microtonal Banana
3. Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
2. Ty Segall – Ty Segall
1. Perfume Genius – No Shape
5. Mt. Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me
4. The xx – I See You
3. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
2. Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
1. The Mountain Goats – Goths
5. Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman
4. Kendrick Lamar – Damn.
3. All-Time Low – Last Young Renegade
2. Rise Against – Wolves
1. Brother Ali – All the Beauty in This Whole Life
The posting of the backlog continues! Our apologies in advance for the audio quality of this episode; we were testing out a new mic setup and it did not quite work. You’ll actually be able to hear our new cohost, Ansley Lee, in future episodes! Oh, Ansley’s an official cohost now. That’s right. Our little family is expanding.
Topics of discussion: Ansley’s life dilemma, New York or Portland, M. Ward’s Post War, The Thermals’ Personal Life, Hiccup’s Imaginary Enemies, a long extended discussion of why the Seattle music scene sucks, The Walkmen’s Bows + Arrows, Keegan and Jeff get into a fight, The Matches’ Decomposer, Billy Talent’s Billy Talent II, and we all kind of gush about Rain in Soho for a bit.
Oh, we’ve got ourselves a backlog, folks, so enjoy the cascade. Here’s the tenth episode of Distant Stations!
Topics of discussion: Offerings to the static demon, Joanna Newsom’s Ys, Jeff vs. Keegan Critical Logic-Off, No Use For a Name’s Hard Rock Bottom, Keegan gets super personal, Song Fight! with first inaugural Song Fight Arbiter, Markie Peterson (spoiler alert: JEFF WINS).
You can also check out our Song Fight entries down below for your listening pleasure.
After a long, somewhat-unintended hiatus, the ninth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!
Topics of discussion: Twin problems, Keegan might actually have a heart, Against Me’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Cat Power’s You Are Free, The issues with album cohesion and coherence, Kurt Cobain makes us sad(der), Why’s Alopecia (with guest reviewer Selena Annis), way too many instances of us discussing homeless people having sex in a Berlin alleyway.
The eighth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!
Topics of discussion: Jeff has had too much coffee, Jimmy Carter is history’s greatest monster, The National’s High Violet, Brand New’s Deja Entendu, Pancreatic cancer is the literal worst, Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (with guest reviewer Rachel Annis), Fuck Pittsburgh, and Keegan is tricked into admitting that he likes U2.
The seventh episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!
Topics of discussion: Double-length bonus episode with guest reviewer Ansley Lee, The Arctic Monkey’s AM, The Gaslight Anthem’s Handwritten, Josh Ritter’s The Animal Years and The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, The Purity Ring’s Another Eternity, Taking Back Sunday’s Where You Want to Be, another shoutout to the mixed bag that is SXSW, and Soviet Soviet’s immigration woes.