Episode 13. Discussion – Ambitious Projects in Popular Music, Part 1

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we briefly discuss what it means to have an ambitious project in popular music. Is Jeff right when he posits “the only difference between bravery and stupidity is the result?” Two examples will be observed in this episode to help us decide: The Flaming Lips’ 1997 four-CD experiment Zaireeka, and Guns N’ Roses’s Chinese Democracy from 2008.

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Episode 9. Discussion – Music Discovery

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we discuss the methods in which people discover music, and how that has changed since the advent of the music streaming service with millions of songs at your fingertips. Are we at the point where algorithms suggest albums to us more effectively than ourselves? Give us a listen and see what we think, and share your own opinions with us, too!

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Episode 7. Discussion – To Tour or Not to Tour

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we discuss a decision every artist has to make: whether to tour or not to tour. Amongst the myriad of ways artists make this decision, we specifically address different categories of answers: artists who never tour, bands who quit touring for good but continue writing and recording music, bands past their prime that continue to tour (or paying a price for nostalgia), with an added bonus of a discussion on the recent phenomenon of album-anniversary tours. There are plenty of examples to learn from, but don’t forget you can always discuss your own stories and examples with us!

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Episode 3. Discussion – Artists and Politics

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we will be discussing the role artists play in political discourse. We will be listening to examples of artists who have written or performed protest songs, or politically-charged music, discuss the work of artists who participate in activism, and spend a little time mentioning those who have careers as politicians. Let us know if you can think of any examples where a song was a primary motivator for change in policy!

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Episode 1. Discussion – lo-fidelity v.3

On this first episode of lo-fidelity, we will be discussing… lo-fidelity version 3! Who we are, what we’re doing differently with the show after a seven-year absence, and why you should listen to us. If you are an old fan, welcome back and thank you for your support! If you are a new listener, we hope this episode gives you a sense of who we are, how we pick the albums we review and topics we discuss, and how we plan to record and release this podcast.

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