Was 2003 really an amazing year for music, or are we just a couple of grumpy old hipsters? Artist, musician and noted 2003 enthusiast Steve Kado joins me for a wildly digressive discussion about this brief heyday of mainstream and underground music, nostalgia for nihilism, the relative relevance of Drake, algorithmic targeting, and much more. Also, check out our Spotify playlist of 2003 top hits + Toronto underground faves of the era: shorturl.at/clCPR
Writer and music enthusiast Erin MacLeod talks about why she thinks Jamaican musical culture is the best, with asides on the decline of music media, the colonialist roots of the "guilty pleasure," not getting Radiohead, and more.
Read more of Erin's writings on music and other topics at www.erinmacleod.ca. And check out the Spotify playlist she made specially to accompany this episode: shorturl.at/uM027
Eliza Kavtion joins Malcolm to discuss one of rock's most maligned (and one of her favourite) genres: nu metal. Eliza Kavtion's record, The Rez Last Svmmer, is available on Bandcamp: shorturl.at/kpzRW
BONUS: Eliza created this Spotify playlist of "the finest moments in the genre imo": shorturl.at/tJKO5
Chilly Gonzales is a musical entertainer and, most recently, author of the book Enya: A Treatise on Unguilty Pleasures. He joins old friend and collaborator Malcolm to talk about the book, his personal journey through musical taste, why it's important for young people to seem cool, the value of cultural criticism, and several other topics.