Deeper Cuts
Deeper Cuts
Graeme Burk, Shannon Dohar and Rob Jones
Everyone has albums that were special to them at different times in their life. Deeper Cuts brings three people together to listen to those albums. Join Graeme Burk, Shannon Dohar and Rob Jones every week as they listen to an album that meant something one to them and discuss what it means to them now.
6.6: Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill (1972)
What grabs you as a kid listening to songs on the radio may still grab you as an adult... but the nuances often come out after you’ve had years to process them, all informed by life experience. This was true for Rob and Steely Dan’s 1972 debut record Can’t Buy a Thrill. It was an album he immersed himself in his twenties during his first flush of CD buying. But as a little kid, the big radio singles sounded weird and even terrifying – and sometimes hilarious – to him. So, what’s the real identity of the music beyond what listeners hear in it wherever they are in their lives? It’s a big question. Of course, as always, music is weird, with a lot of it splitting rooms and creating friction among otherwise friendly discussions between music fans. Does that play out here among the Deeper Cuts trio? Where do they stand on the Steely Dan divide? Where do musical expectations come into this discussion of how we hear music from one point in our lives to another? And what of this album, specifically? Is it a thrill? Or do the Deeper Cuts Trio not buy it? Not going to click to find out? C’mon. Only a fool would say that (just kidding, please click). The music from every episode this season can be found our Spotify Playlist. Also, don't forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts! Special thanks to Alex Kennard for our theme song and Scot Clarke for our logo and ID graphics. This year's "Vox Pops" heard at the start of every episode included Michael Powell (6.1), Joy Piedmont (6.2), Francis Bradley (6.3), Lacy Baugher-Milas (6.4), Jen Burt (6.5) and Jay Wilson (6.6). Deeper Cuts will return. Thanks for listening.
Mar 24, 2023
58 min
6.5: Age of Mirrors - Screenplay (1987)
When you find out your friend is in a band and has made a record, it’s like finding out that they’re a practicing wizard, a superhero, or secret agent. It often turns music fans/friends into evangelists – “Everyone! Listen to what my friend made!” In the heady days when melancholic northern new wave roamed the earth, Graeme’s friend Bob, alias “Simon DeBeaupre”, along with his bandmates in Age of Mirrors put out 1987’s Screenplay. Graeme made sure we all had a copy. He’s still making sure of that by way of this episode of our show – thirty-five years later! So, all these years later, how do the songs carry? What about the personal connections to the music? Do they skew the results as to how listeners judge its quality? Overall, what does the Deeper Cuts Trio think about this album? Does this record scale the cinematic heights? Or does the plot fall flat? Jump on that play button to find out. You can take a shallow or even a deep dive into this past season courtesy of our Spotify Playlist which covers every episode, as well as the recently completed miniseries, The Live Sessions. And, hey, don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts! In the episode Graeme talked about having a signed, limited edition copy of Screenplay. Here's some photos of Graeme with that copy (which, naturally, is the first of 30!)
Mar 17, 2023
1 hr 2 min
6.4: Sweet Honey in the Rock - Breaths (1988)
Music runs deep and has the power to enlighten, educate, and empower. This doesn’t have to be a didactic thing and the best of it isn’t. Great songs can do all of those things as one listens and enjoys them. It does all that at the soul level. Music is weird – and sometimes very, very sneaky. Shannon connected with the world of acapella from her time in college, solidifying her well-earned status as theater and choir kid. All the while, the music of Sweet Honey in the Rock and their album Breaths was a stalwart influence to change her perspective on what acapella music could be. It introduced the idea of protest and politics in acapella music – a new idea for her as a young music-maker. So, how did the Deeper Cuts trio react? Did the album take our breaths away, or was it a battle for our lives? Do the thing with the clicking to listen. You can come back to all the songs sung this season thanks to our Spotify Playlist which covers every episode, as well as the recently completed miniseries, The Live Sessions. And don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Mar 9, 2023
59 min
6.3: Nick Heyward - North of a Miracle (1983)
There reaches a point in a young music fan’s life when they begin to detect the emotional complexities of the songs and albums they love. This usually corresponds with a capacity for sensing these things in real life between real people. One discovers that some things can seem happy on the surface, while being full of tumult and struggle underneath. Nick Heyward’s 1983 debut record North of a Miracle was the key example for Rob when he was 14 and going on 15. It also provided the soundtrack for what followed in his own life as things changed dramatically in his household at the time. How does that happy/sad dynamic in the music read for him today? How does this dynamic play in general when one is feeling down or in a period of uncertainty? Most of all what did Rob’s co-hosts think of the album? Was it a guiding north star to musical bliss? Or did it go south fast? Get with the clickity-click to discover the answer. Our Spotify Playlist will cover each episode of this season, as well as the recently completed miniseries, The Live Sessions. And don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Feb 22, 2023
54 min
6.2: Sarah McLachlan - Surfacing (1997)
We often find an attachment to certain music during times of emotional upheaval and loss. And it can be a double-edged blade. We love it and find it painful at the same time... because, hey, music is weird – and mysterious. For Graeme, the ending of a relationship led him to this exact place. Around that time, Sarah McLachlan’s 1997 record Surfacing was his soundtrack – not just on his personal stereo, but with the music playing as a musical accompaniment in his head as he navigated his way through a painful period. Join Graeme, Shannon and Rob as they ask: what makes a great break-up record anyway? Is there a way to reconcile an album we associate with emotionally harrowing times to just appreciate it over time as great music? Overall, what did the Deeper Cuts trio think of this record as a whole? Did it breach the surface for us, or did it sink to the bottom? You know what to do to find out! Our Spotify Playlist will cover each episode of this season, as well as the recently completed miniseries, The Live Sessions. And don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Feb 7, 2023
55 min
6.1: Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday Night (1974)
As is often the case with music, love can grow in increments. The Deeper Cuts trio touched on that in our discussion on Tom Waits’ Mule Variations album all the way back in Season Two when Shannon first saw the artist’s incendiary performance of “Chocolate Jesus” on Letterman. But even as listeners grow into a sound over time, artists themselves reveal something of their art through various stages of their careers, too. It was this phenomenon that struck Shannon when she heard 1974’s The Heart of Saturday Night, which presents Tom Waits in an earlier incarnation. The album revealed new depths and new perspectives for her on his work, solidifying her fandom for all time. But what were the impressions of her two cohorts? Did we all sidle up to the bar and knock a few back in celebration of the weekend, or did we get bogged down by the threat of Monday morning? Make with the clicking to find out, friends as we begin our sixth, yes that's right, sixth season of Deeper Cuts. As ever, our nifty Spotify Playlist will cover each episode of this season, as well as the recently completed miniseries, The Live Sessions. And don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Jan 10, 2023
58 min
Holiday Special 2022
Twas two weeks before Christmas (a little bit less) and all through the podcast, Shannon, Graeme and Rob were receiving holiday presents... from our listeners! That's right, this year we've outsourced our traditional gift exchange. Listeners Martin Hajovsky, Drew Walco and Sarah Irvin have given Graeme, Shannon and Rob respectively albums that they like. Will the Deeper Cuts trio have a holly jolly Christmas with the listener gifts? Or will they be like the abominable snowman before Hermey the Elf's dentistry? As ever, we liven up the proceedings with questions about music and making the show from even more of our faithful listeners. Grab yourself an egg nog and enjoy the music of this special on our Spotify Playlist, which covers all the albums gifted here, as well as all the albums in our Live Sessions. Also, don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts! Special thanks to Andrea Burk for the "Vox Pop" at the start of the episode. Deeper Cuts will be back with Season 6 on January 10, 2023!
Dec 12, 2022
1 hr 16 min
The Live Sessions 3: Paul Simon - Concert in the Park (1991)
Welcome to Deeper Cuts: The Live Sessions – a three-episode miniseries which finds the Deeper Cuts trio looking at the live music albums that were meaningful to them, and pondering what makes a great live album. After exploring a theater and a concert hall as a setting for great live records, this time we consider the large-scale outdoor live show. To illustrate this context best, Shannon showcases a go-to live album for her – Paul Simon’s 1991 live offering, Concert in the Park. For Shannon, it was a high school record; a put-it-on-in-the-car-and-drive-anywhere record. It meant freedom, adventure, and was a taste of the independence she would find later on when she made the setting of this record, New York, her adopted home. But how did this work for the Deeper Cuts trio? What did we think of an album that covers so much ground across a mighty discography? How do the songs translate on such a large scale? Can they emerge from the shadow of not only their original recorded versions but Simon and Garfunkel's Central Park Concert from a decade earlier? And how does it figure in the life of the artist, known as a purveyor of folk music across the decades? And, as always, what were the highlights and lowlights of this release? Reserve your spot on the Great Lawn, spread the blanket, and join us for this final installment of our Live Sessions miniseries of Deeper Cuts. Our Spotify Playlist covers each episode of this miniseries. And don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Dec 6, 2022
1 hr
The Live Sessions 2: Indigo Girls - Live With The University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra (2018)
Welcome to Deeper Cuts: The Live Sessions – a three-episode miniseries which finds the Deeper Cuts trio looking at the live music albums that were meaningful to them, and pondering what makes a great live album. During a hellscape of a summer marked by a never-ending work crisis, Graeme learned about the Indigo Girls' new live album through a Deeper Cuts fan (and friend of the program) Sarah Irvin. This new album-- a collaboration with the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra-- pushed the boundaries of a live performance for the folk duo, and proved to be a balm for Graeme during a difficult time. In this second of our Live Sessions, Graeme, Shannon and Rob discuss this album as a hallmark of the "experimental" live album and whether combining an orchestra with the Indigo Girls' unique brand of music works and, if so, why. And what is it about the Indigo Girls' music that makes it work for this sort of a departure. The conductor is tapping his baton, so let's, as the Indigo Girls sing, GO! Our Spotify Playlist covers each episode of this miniseries. And don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Nov 29, 2022
1 hr 2 min
The Live Sessions 1: James Brown - Live at the Apollo (1963)
Welcome to Deeper Cuts: The Live Sessions – a three-episode miniseries which finds the Deeper Cuts trio looking at the live music albums that were meaningful to them, and pondering what makes a great live album. There are wake-up calls and there are WAKE UP! calls. When Rob was growing up, his Dad’s copy of James Brown and the Famous Flames’ Live at the Apollo record was one of those... and in more than one respect. For Rob, one form was literal, while another form took hold over a much longer term, helping to shape his musical outlook for all time. In this first of three episodes of Deeper Cuts: The Live Sessions, Rob, Shannon and Graeme talk about what makes a great live record with this one as something of a gold standard. We’ll talk about what the dynamics between artist and audience mean to how well they work, the value of an album as a "souvenir" of a concert in a particular time and plance, and of course what the significance of such albums are to us as music fans and as people. So – are you ready for Star Time? If so, the stage awaits! Our Spotify Playlist covers each episode of this miniseries. And don’t forget to talk to us on Twitter (@deepercutscast) and to rate and review us wherever you get your podcasts!
Nov 22, 2022
58 min
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