Podcast: The Wonder Years Strike Again

On our latest podcast, Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz are joined by It’s All Dead writer Nadia Paiva to discuss the latest release from The Wonder Years. During the discussion, the trio debate the merits of Sister Cities and dialogue about where the album lands among the band’s best releases. They also share their favorite songs from the album and talk about the band’s knack for human stories and connecting with listeners. Listen in!

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What was your favorite song on Sister Cities? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Shea Serrano Talks Rap Rivalries and More

In 2017, The Ringer‘s Shea Serrano released his second New York Times Bestseller in “Basketball and Other Things”, following up the smashing success of “The Rap Year Book”. In our latest podcast episode, Shea joins Kiel Hauck to discuss rap rivalries and how competition impacts the genre. Serrano talks the brilliance of Kendrick Lamar, the lasting greatness of Nas, the political power of hip hop and much more. Listen in!

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Which rapper will hold the hip hop title belt in 2018? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Kanye West Bracketology

March Madness is here, which means lots of buzzer beaters, upsets, and, of course, endless arguments about the best Kanye West songs. Wait, what? After Kanye Madness goes viral, Kiel Hauck and Brock Benefiel sit down to parse through the Kanye West bracket and break down the various match-ups in hopes of finding Kanye’s best song. The two also share their thoughts on why the bracket blew up the internet and what it means about Kanye’s cultural relevancy in 2018. Listen in!

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You can view the full Kanye Madness bracket below. Which track won your bracket? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: The Return of Dashboard Confessional

Nearly a decade after Dashboard Confessional took a break, Chris Carrabba has returned with a new album, Crooked Shadows. Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz discuss the legacy of Dashboard Confessional, why the music still matters, and how the music of Dashboard has evolved through the years. They also take a look at Dashboard’s new release and debate on what lies ahead for the band. Listen in!

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What is your favorite Dashboard Confessional album? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Who Won the 2017 Hip Hop Title Belt?

With another year in the books, Brock Benefiel joins Kiel Hauck to discuss who won the hip hop title belt in 2017 (surprise, it’s Kendrick). The duo also reflect on newcomers and movers and shakers in the genre that shaped the year, while looking ahead to predict what might come to pass in 2018, including possible albums from Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper and more. Listen in!

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What hip hop albums are you looking forward to in 2018? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Unraveling Fall Out Boy’s “MANIA”

MANIA, the seventh full-length album from Fall Out Boy, has arrived. And it is divisive. Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz hold an emergency podcast to break down the album’s release, discussing the tracklist fiasco, how the album holds up against Fall Out Boy’s growing catalogue, and where the band goes from here. After you listen to the episode, check out Kyle’s stellar review of MANIA here.

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What do you think of MANIA? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: A Look Back at the Year in Music

As 2017 comes to a close, Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz take a look back at the year in music. During the discussion, the two share some of their favorite albums from 2017, including releases from Kendrick Lamar, AFI, Lucky Boys Confusion, Paramore and much more. They also talk about what could have been and reflect on recent music news that shaped the year. Listen in!

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What are some of your favorite albums of 2017? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Interview with Emery’s Matt Carter

Somehow, in between hosting multiple successful podcasts and fulfilling his duties as co-founder of an independent media company, Matt Carter still finds time to play guitar for Emery. Matt joined Kiel Hauck on our latest podcast to discuss what goes into the making of one of this year’s hit new podcasts – “Labeled: The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records”. He also shares how Emery re-imagined some of their favorite songs for their recent release, Revival, gives his take on recent news regarding sexual misconduct in the scene, and much more. Listen in!

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What are some of your current favorite podcasts? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Building an Online Music Community with Jason Tate of Chorus.fm

On our latest podcast, Jason Tate joins Kiel Hauck to share what he’s learned in the year since moving AbsolutePunk.net to Chorus.fm and why the move made so much sense. Jason shares insight on how he built a built a successful online music community, how online dialogue can continue to improve, and the changes he’s seen over the past two decades. Jason also discusses some of the best music of 2017 and his approach to creating end of the year lists. Listen in!

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What are some of your favorite online music communities and what makes them special? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: The Art of Music Criticism with PopMatters’ Evan Sawdey

On our latest episode of It’s All Dead, Kiel Hauck is joined by PopMatters Interviews Editor Evan Sawdey to discuss the art of the album review and the role of pop music in 2017’s social conversations. Evan also shares stories of some of his best (and worst) interviews at PopMatters, how the site has retained its cultural relevance and impactful voice through the years, and tells us about his podcast, The Chartographers. Listen in!

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What do you look for in an album review? What matters most? Share in the replies!

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