Podcast: The Best of MxPx with Jason Tate

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This one has been a long time coming, folks. We welcome Jason Tate, founder of Chorus.fm, to the podcast to talk all things MxPx. Jason and Kiel Hauck break down the band’s history and legacy before diving into an extensive ranking of the band’s 10 studio albums. They also discuss the biggest “What if?” in the band’s career, their favorite MxPx concert memories, and why the band is still so vital and relevant almost three decades into their career.

It’s safe to say that It’s All Dead and this podcast wouldn’t exist without MxPx and the impact they’ve made on the scene. We had an absolute blast diving into the band’s legacy and discography and we hope you enjoy this (rather long!) episode. Long Live Left Coast Punk Rawk.

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Podcast: Lil Nas X, “WAP” and Music Outrage with Evan Sawdey

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People are mad about music again. And we kinda love it! Kiel Hauck is joined by Evan Sawdey of PopMatters to discuss the cultural outrage associated with Lil Nas X‘s new single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s Grammy performance of “WAP”, along with a general movement back toward backlash. They discuss why outrage about music seemed diminished in recent years, why it appears to have returned, and what kind of conversation should ensue. They also reflect on a previous generation of music backlash, the evolving nature of protest music, and why it’s so vital to elevate music and artists that have something important to say. Listen in!

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Podcast: Demi Lovato’s Comeback and Taylor Swift’s “Fearless”

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Demi Lovato has returned with a reformative new album, Dancing with the Devil…the Art of Starting Over. Kiel Hauck and Nadia Alves examine Demi’s return to the scene from battles with addiction and abuse and what this new album has to say about her journey and the power structures present in the music scene. They then dive into Taylor Swift‘s re-released version of Fearless and discuss what her current re-recording project means for not only her legacy, but the current state of the music industry. Finally, they chat about Julien Baker’s new album Little Oblivions and their thoughts on the return of live music later this year. Take a listen!

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Podcast: Welcome to Long Live the Music

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We’ve got some exciting news! It’s All Dead is joining the Area Code podcast network – and with it, we’re changing the name of our show. Welcome to Long Live the Music.

If you’ve followed us for any length of time since we launched this thing back in 2013, you’ll know that It’s All Dead is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the claims that “punk is dead,” “hip hop is dead,” or “rock is dead.” For the past 7+ years, our mission has been to show how ALIVE the music we love is and how it’s impacting our lives, hearts, and communities.

Teaming up with Area Code, we thought now was a great time to reimagine what we call this thing. Our original tagline of Long Live the Music captures the heart, energy, and passion behind what we do. We’re excited for this new chapter of our show. We hope you’ll follow along!

– Kiel, Kyle, and Nadia

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Podcast: The Return of Architects with Drew Beringer

A new album from Architects has arrived and it is very, very good. For Those That Wish to Exist serves as the beginning of a new chapter for the band and a wake up call for those that wish to deny the effects of climate change. All told, there’s a lot to unpack, so we reached out to Drew Beringer to join the podcast and break down his thoughts on the new album, the legacy of Architects, and their impact on the heavy music scene.

Drew shares a bit of his background in joining the AbsolutePunk.net staff and Chorus.fm community before diving into his track-by-track breakdown of For Those That Wish to Exist, including his interview with Architects drummer Dan Searle. Drew also gives his ranking of Architects’ Epitaph Records albums and shares his favorite songs from the new album. Take a listen!

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Podcast: Our Most Anticipated Music of 2021

In many ways, it’s harder than ever before to know what to expect from the world of music in 2021. Did our favorite artists use quarantine downtime to create? Will there be live shows? Who knows! But we’re here to speculate.

Kiel Hauck is joined by Nadia Alves and Kyle Schultz to discuss the music they’d most like to hear in the new year, including new albums from the likes of Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, Julien Baker, AFI, Travis Scott, Lorde and more. They also discuss the difficult nuances around creativity in the midst of depression and why many artists may need more time to bounce back. And finally – what are the chances that we’ll be able to safely attend a live music even in 2021? Take a listen!

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Podcast: Interview with Pitchfork’s Rawiya Kameir

If you’re a fan of great music criticism, there’s a strong chance you’ve crossed paths with the work of Rawiya Kameir. She’s currently a contributing editor at Pitchfork and Assistant Teaching Professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In October, she published a piece titled “Rethinking Appropriation and Wokeness and Pop Culture”, which examined how the language and aesthetics of social justice have become the social currency of the music industry (and pop culture at large), ultimately yielding the myth that representation solves everything.

Rawiya recently joined Kiel Hauck on the podcast to discuss the article and share some thoughts on how music journalists can take steps toward elevating a more diverse range of voices and have better conversations about the music they’re covering. She also shares her experience as a music critic during a rapidly evolving digital age, as well as the challenge facing music journalists and music fans when it comes to maintaining objectivity and responsibility when examining the work created by problematic artists. Take a listen!

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Podcast: Analyzing Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Recently, Rolling Stone updated their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. And guess what? There’s plenty to discuss. The It’s All Dead crew (Kiel Hauck, Kyle Schultz, and Nadia Alves) hopped on the podcast to make sense of it all.

The trio each share their thoughts on some of their favorite (and least favorite) rankings on the list, discuss the list’s welcomed and overdue shift toward diversity, and talk about a few albums that deserved to make the cut but didn’t. They also ponder how one might separate art from artist while making a list of this nature and how we can accurately and fairly look back on music and events from previous decades. Take a listen!

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What albums stuck out to you on this list? Let us know in the replies!

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Podcast: Hanif Abdurraqib Talks 68to05 and Musical Influence

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, who has recently launched a new project called 68to05 in which he pinpoints the arc of years that made him the music listener and lover he is today. Hanif joined Kiel Hauck on the latest episode of It’s All Dead to discuss the project and how he is tracing his musical influence and lineage forward and backwards. He also discusses the ways in which music education in America is flawed and what we lose when black artistic influence is erased or forgotten. Listen in!

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You can find more of Hanif’s work at his website: Abdurraqib.com.

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Podcast: The Best of Taylor Swift

It’s summer and we’ve got nowhere to go, so why not go ahead and rank the albums from Taylor Swift? Kiel Hauck is joined by Kyle Schultz as they share their personal journey with one of this generation’s musical icons and discuss how her fascinating transition from country to pop. The duo break down all seven studio albums from Taylor Swift and rank their top 10 songs from her discography. They also share their thoughts on Taylor’s legacy as a musician and one of our largest pop culture figures. Listen in!

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What is your favorite Taylor Swift album? Share in the replies!

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