Cosmic America 23: White Blood Cells by The White Stripes

We’re back for part 3 of our six-part White Stripes odyssey. This time we uncover the album that broke them into the big time: White Blood Cells. And what an album it is — bluesy and hooky and layered with all kinds of fascinating touches. Is it their best album? There’s a worthwhile debate to be had about that. But in the meantime, let us walk you through it track by track.

Comments or questions? Hit us up on Twitter at @doctorgc or @akmccarthy. And stay tuned as we cover the rest of the discography in the next week.

Cosmic America 22: De Stijl by The White Stripes

It’s an Easter Sunday special edition for Cosmic America! Alex and Galen continue their investigation of the career arc of The White Stripes. This episode sees the guys breaking down the band’s second album, De Stijl, and diving further into both the sound of the band and the mythology surrounding it.

If you have comments or questions, send ’em our way on Twitter – @doctorgc and @akmccarthy.

Cosmic America 21: The White Stripes by The White Stripes

The new Cosmic America has officially launched! We’re still here talking about great music, but we’ve upped the ante by talking OVER great music. Our goal is to give you in-the-moment analysis, criticism, and evaluation of whole albums worth of music. And to do it one artist at a time, album by album. What makes these great artists tick? How did their career arc sound, and what sorts of things were going on in and around the recording of the songs?

Our first group for review is The White Stripes, who need no formal introduction. This podcast starts off with a brief overview of the band, before launching into a review of their debut album, titled The White Stripes. Not a whole lot of people heard this one when it first came out, but the later success of White Blood Cells would usher in a lot of positive critical acclaim for their debut. How does this album hold up, nearly twenty years after it was released? Let’s find out.

Cosmic America 20.5: The Beck Mini-episode

We’re soft-launching Cosmic America (again!), with a new format and some nifty new recording techniques. Here, we talk about a couple of songs off of Beck’s 1998 classic album “Mutations”.

Episode 1: Another Podcast?

Another podcast? Another podcast! Here’s Matt and Greg talking about things. The NBA Trade Deadline that happened last week? Someone finally breaks it down. The Last Jedi? We’ve got takes. The Olympics? These two Jews have watched some of it. Please join us on maiden voyage. We’ll get better. We promise, or your money back.

The Drop Zone – Season 2 Episode 1 – Premier League Preview

The season is afoot! We charge into the 2017-18 Premier League season with an hour-long examination of the overarching storylines, transfer business, and overall roster health and construction of the top 7. We then give predictions for the upcoming year.

Cosmic America 20: Fleet Foxes

Okay, so we took a long hiatus with Cosmic America, mostly because Alex moved four time zones away. We’re going to have some new episodes soon, I promise! In the meantime, here’s one of the last episodes taped before Alex moved away — this one focuses on Fleet Foxes’ eponymous debut LP. Like Crosby, Stills & Nash in an echo chamber with a bunch of funky electric folk guitarists, this song sort of defied immediate classification, and ended up creating a furor in the indie rock scene. Their output since this album hasn’t been nearly as melodic, so it’s important to go back and pay respects to an album that now seems as frozen in time as it sounded when it was first unleashed on the landscape almost a decade ago.

Cosmic America 19: Through Toledo

This could end up being the most obscure album we review on Cosmic America, but that doesn’t make it less deserving of your listenership. Through Toledo was a little-known album released by little-known indie artist Greg Laswell in the mid-2000s, which stands as one of the more well-constructed breakup albums that we’ve heard in a while. You may know a few of the songs, which filtered their way into the pop culture whirlpool during the late 2000s. Listen on YouTube here.

Cosmic America 18: City to City

Let’s stay in the seventies on this episode of Cosmic America, as we delve into a masterful pop record from Scottish artist and industry misanthrope Gerry Rafferty. This album spawned a huge hit in Baker Street, but the rest of the album ends up holding up pretty well 40 years later. Somehow underappreciated despite being incredibly solid and tuneful throughout. You can check out the whole thing (which really is worth listening to if you haven’t already heard it) on YouTube, or buy it on Amazon.

Cosmic America 17.5: Elton John or Billy Joel?

Is it cooler to like Elton John or Billy Joel? Cosmic America investigates…sort of. By “investigates”, I mean we talk about the topic for 10 minutes.