Episode 021 -- Live Through This and The Drifters Golden Hits

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Content Warning: Our discussion of Live Through This includes mentions of suicide as well as sexual abuse and assault.

Courtney Love is more punk than you are. To be perfectly honest, Under The Boardwalk is more punk than you are. You could stand to up your punk game a little bit! The best way to do that is to listen to this episode.

460: Live Through This by Hole
459: The Drifters' Golden Hits by The Drifters

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Episode 020 - Document and Metal Box

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Hey this end of the list sure does have a lot of post-punk on it, huh? Seems like someone over at the big RS really enjoyed post-punk but couldn't lobby enough votes to hop it up the ladder. Go figure. REM's got fine work and Public Image Ltd is like broccoli for your ears. EAT IT. IT CLEANS OUT YOUR MUSIC TUBES

462: Document by R.E.M.
461: Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.

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Episode 19 - Hysteria and Heaven Up Here

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Our first non-holiday hair metal album and our umpteenth post-punk album for the show. Two great tastes that... are both present! (Seriously though, Def Leppard GOES PLACES.)

464: Hysteria by Def Leppard
463: Heaven Up Here by Echo and the Bunnymen

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Episode 018 (Part 2) - 69 Love Songs

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In a titanic undertaking, Twenty-Seven and Jacob chat about 69 Love Songs, an album that actually has 69 whole tracks. Part 2 of 2.

465: 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields

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Episode 018 (Part 1) - 69 Love Songs

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In a titanic undertaking, Twenty-Seven and Jacob chat about 69 Love Songs, an album that actually has 69 whole tracks. Part 1 of 2.

465: 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields

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Episode 017 - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Tunnel of Love, and A Rush of Blood to the Head

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Album Club 500 makes its triumphant return! Jacob, Twenty-Seven, and someone who is definitely also Jacob and not Talking Atlas co-host Bryce bring you 150% more album review than normal with: the straightforward blues of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the first of The Boss' albums in the top 500, and the second studio release from Coldplay (which is a band meaningfully distinct from Radiohead)!

468: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
467: Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen
466: A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay

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AC500 Episode 016 :: Radio and The Score

Spanning over a decade of hip-hop, we're blessed with a bevy of talented MCs this week. Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Wyclef Jean, and the inimitable Pras. Stories of growing up, loves old and new, and living as best you can.

470: Radio by LL Cool J
469: The Score by Fugees

Theme by Twenty-Seven
Interlude by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech

AC500 Episode 015 :: Faith and I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

Content Warning: Faith contains a VERY high amount of sexual content. Listener discretion is advised.

George Michael's solo debut and Richard and Linda Thompson's duet debut! Sexually charged English pop and despondency-laden folk music give us a range of themes to work with today. The British are a varied people, we can infer. Stay tuned!

472: Faith by George Michael
471: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight by Richard and Linda Thompson

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Break Music by Kevin McLeod

Citation: Jacob gets into a bit of social commentary regarding a controversial comic, and the commentary is mostly cribbed from this article by @literalshipley on Medium. Credit where it's due.

AC500 Episode 014 :: Proxima Estacion: Esperanza and The Smiths

Quite a range on today's episode, both in terms of the albums surveyed and the mental capacity of our hosts. Twe is back from a con and both of us are pretty goofy in this one. Stick around past both the exciting world fusion and the British sadcore pop for a very special ending. We apologize in advance.

474: Proxima Estacion: Esperanza by Manu Chao
473: The Smiths by The Smiths

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Interlude Music by Kevin McLeod

AC500 Episode 013 :: Armed Forces and Ready to Die

Warning: Ready to Die includes large amounts of sexual content and mentions of suicide.

Today we hop around the list to avoid sequel mishaps, and talk about a solid new wave album and a hip-hop masterpiece. Jake gets a vendetta against P. Diddy for unknown reasons. We all shake our head at the closer choices on Armed Forces. Life continues.

475: Armed Forces by Elvis Costello and the Attractions
134: Ready to Die by the Notorious B.I.G.

Theme Song by Twenty-Seven
Interlude Music by an Even Specialer Guest

AC500 Episode 012 :: All Time Greatest Hits and Songs I'll Always Sing

We get thrown into the deep end this time with two country compilation albums: one by a legend and the other by a legend. So, y'know, no pressure. We explore Loretta Lynn's massive relationship troubles and Merle Haggard's massive not-being-incarcerated troubles.

478: All-Time Greatest Hits by Loretta Lynn
477: (Down Every Road has 100 tracks so we replaced it with) Songs I'll Always Sing by Merle Haggard

Theme Song by Twenty-Seven
Interlude Music by a Special Guest

AC500 Episode 011 :: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and Maggot Brain

Content Warning for OB4CL: Ghostface Killah makes a few homophobic slurs. Thought you oughta know.

Our first Wu Tang Clan album! We're very excited because we're already fans. Then, 27 introduces Jacob to a funky FUNKY worldview with George Clinton acting as a surrealistic Willy Wonka. Which, if you have any familiarity with Wonka canon, should give you pause.

480: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx by Raekwon
479: Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

Theme song by Twenty-Seven
Interlude: Acid Jazz by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com

AC500 Episode 010 :: Guitar Town and Voodoo

First up, an album that succeeds at being entirely country and entirely 80's and, somehow, manages to own the hell out of both of these traits. Then an album that made 27 cry and Jacob space out, both in the best possible ways, absolutely brimming with black excellence.

482: Guitar Town by Steve Earle
481: Voodoo by D'Angelo

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Interlude: Acid Jazz by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com

AC500 Episode 009 :: All the Young Dudes and Entertainment!

Our offerings today are quite possibly the grossest lyrical album that we've ever reviewed, saved by the influence of one David Bowie, and a powerful, intricate, and personal punk record. Please enjoy responsibly.

484: All the Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople
483: Entertainment! by Gang of Four

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Interlude: Acid Jazz by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com

AC500 Episode 008 :: That's the Way of the World and Vitalogy

Warning: the review of Vitalogy contains multiple references to the suicide of Kurt Cobain, as well as suicidal ideation; also, the description and critique of the final track touches on mental illness representation in the media and usage in samples for music. Listener discretion is advised.

Today we dig into a near-perfect 70's funk masterpiece and a deeply personal 90's hard rock masterpiece. We're pretty content with the results, especially since Jacob FINALLY knows what he's talking about.

486: That's the Way of the World by Earth, Wind, and Fire
485: Vitalogy by Pearl Jam

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Interlude: Acid Jazz by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com

AC500 Episode 007 :: New Day Rising and She's So Unusual

Two WILDLY different albums that we still loved to pieces, each in their own way. They're like our goth kid and our prep kid that we both support and love. Also, Jacob makes some quantifiable errors in judgment and you don't get to berate him unless you listen to the whole thing, so. Get to it.

488: New Day Rising by Hüsker Dü
487: She's So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper

Theme song by Twenty-Seven
Interlude: Acid Jazz by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com

AC500 Episode 006 :: Tres Hombres and Destroyer

Jake educates Twenty-Seven on the background of redneck stunts, and the pair collectively solve Kiss once and for all. Could someone PLEASE HELP PETER CRISS?! Seriously! Someone please go back in time and save Peter Criss from being in Kiss!!

490: Tres Hombres by ZZ Top
489: Destroyer by Kiss

Theme song by Twenty-Seven
Interlude: Acid Jazz by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com

AC500 Episode 005 :: Touch and Born Under a Bad Sign

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After a holiday hiatus, we return with two albums that surprised us! Eurythmics flexes their new wave experimentation and Albert King cements his status as one of the Three Kings of blues guitar. Both manage to weird us out in ways that we liked, but to get the full scoop, you just gotta hear us out.

492: Touch by Eurythmics
491: Born Under a Bad Sign by Albert King

Theme song by Twenty-Seven
Interlude: Acid Jazz by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech.com

AC500 Episode P01 :: Christmas Island and A Twisted Christmas

Because of a grievous error in last week's episode, Jacob and Twenty-Seven embark on their first Penalty Game: two Christmas albums, one chosen by each of them. One album reminded Twenty-Seven of her mortality, and the other made Jacob's soul leave his body entirely. Now they're both ghosts of Christmas Present. Please bear witness.

Christmas Island by Jimmy Buffett
A Twisted Christmas by Twisted Sister

Theme music by Twenty-Seven
Interlude by Kevin McLeod of Incompetech

(List albums next week. Happy holidays!)