This week the Celebration Rock Podcast looked at two albums by two very different acts: Pure Comedy by Father John Misty and Emperor Of Sand by Mastodon.
Last Friday, Josh Tillman released his third album as Father John Misty, Pure Comedy, a sprawling fire-and-brimstone sermon about the state of Trump’s America. I think it’s a work of genius — but I also understands if people find it exhausting. To get to the bottom of one of the most provocative singer-songwriters working today, I called Jillian Mapes of Pitchfork, who recently spent four hours interviewing Tillman for a feature.
For 15 years, Mastodon has been one of America’s most consistent bands, whether they’re making concept records based on Moby Dick or catchy hard-rock anthems in the mold of classic bands from the ’70s and ’80s. It hasn’t always been easy — the making of the band’s latest LP, Emperor Of Sand, was marred by personal tragedies and hardships suffered by all of the band members. Steve talks with drummer and lyricist, Brann Dailor, about how Mastodon has thrived and survived for so long in this special bonus episode.
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