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Two brothers who’ve barely spoken to each other in ten years work their way, album-by-album, through their father’s vast CD collection. Join Shawn and Cameron Jefts as they discuss a new album every week—and for every album, a memory. Except for the albums they don’t remember at all. But I mean come on, it’ll be fun!
||Explicit30. I Fell In Love With Pony Boy||Welcome back, friends, to the Allman Brothers Spa…||1/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit29. Driving a Porsche, Vocally||January is upon us, and what better way is there …||12/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit28. I Have a Lot of Hot Exes||Like a Churchy Pat Benatar, Amy Grant welcomes us…||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27. “Let’s Go, Boys” (with Andrew Nelder!)||Lynyrd Skynyrd has A CHRISTMAS ALBUM, and certifi…||12/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26. Santa Claus Slept With My Wife||Oh wow, it’s time for the GREATEST ALBUM OF ALL T…||12/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25. We Unironically Love Kenny G||HOLIDAY MUSIC SEASON CONTINUES with Kenny G’s alb…||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24. Please Interact With This Podcast||It’s HOLIDAY MUSIC SEASON and what better way to …||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23. Skateboards and Weightlifting||Whoa, Kurt!!! This week, the boys discuss Nirvana…||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22. Caper Island (with Megan Quick!)||Megan joins the boys for a rollicking discussion …||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21. A Performance Art Concept||The live album is a fickle creature. How do you b…||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20. Our #1 Fan, M.I.A.||Quick question: you like the bleep-bloops? This w…||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19. Introvert’s Anthem||The curatorial hand of Martin Scorsese is deeply …||10/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18. Partyin’, Partyin’, YEAH!||We’ve got a weird one for you here, folks. Shawn …||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17. Artists Who Experience Passion||Welcome to the brotherhood of Two The Hard Way ap…||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16. Shawn’s Special Band||In this FRESH NEW Pop/Rock, Shawn and Cameron dis…||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15. God, Satan, and Mr. Clean||Hey, do you like hits? Because today, the fellas …||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14. A Mature, Sophisticated Boner||Go ahead and google “Gregg Allman Laid Back” and …||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13. Thank You for Listening to My Dreams||The boys take a break from their dad’s CDs to dis…||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12. That's America, Baby! (feat. Our Parents)||Okay, so don’t freak out, but celebrity guests Bo…||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11. A Character-Driven Narrative||Cloud Strife. Dill the PA. Oteil Burbridge. This …||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10. The United States Postal Service||BUCKLE UP, because in this episode of Pop/Rock, t…||8/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9. Love, Shawn||Time is a circle, everybody. This week, the fella…||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8. My Hambone||Folks, it’s time to begin our long journey throug…||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7. Alligator with a Briefcase||In this STAR-STUDDED episode of Pop/Rock, the boy…||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6. Counting to Twenty||Wow everybody, Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color is a…||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5. Happy Birthday, Also Graduate||The boys ostensibly review the Alabama Shakes alb…||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4. Based on Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’||The boys review Aerosmith’s ‘Honkin’ On Bobo’ alb…||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3. A Dystopian Version of 1996||Real weird start to this one, folks, but about fi…||7/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2. Wax Mosaic||The boys are back! And they’re here to discuss Ae…||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1. Stuck Here Forever||In this first(!) episode of Pop/Rock, Shawn and C…||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Shawn is good
Shawn is so good!!!
Cultural Homogeny Meets Paternal Hegemony pt.2
Literary allusion can be belaboring, but here it works. They borrow heavily from Dante, only where Dante had but nine circles of Hell to traverse in the Inferno, the brothers have over 1,000. Just as Dante had Virgil as his guide, so too do we discover that that their father’s real name is Virgil. To be honest this revelation could probably have been saved for later in the narrative, one of my few criticisms in this excellent ‘music-less opera,’but I will not begrudge the occasional risk that misses the mark, so ambitious is this stupendous undertaking. Like the Virgil of Dante, their father will lead them safely through the eternal torments, level by level, from live/not-live Aerosmith albums to “adult contemporary garbage” to 14 episodes of the Alman Brothers.
I am tempted to deconstruct the phrase “14 episodes of the Alman Brothers.” The large number points to the significance the Jefts place on the band; the fact that the band are brothers, just like the show’s hosts, radiates a personal connection; the way the band’s name could be pronounced ‘All-Man Brothers’ juxtaposes with the opposite way the Jefts approach gender roles — Shawn the brash and hyper-masculine athlete and burgeoning family man, confident enough to travel the world with a gay rugby team, and Cameron, the soft-spoken homosexual theater-geek, whose every word sounds like a shy flirt. I wonder, as Shawn and Cameron were developing Pop/Rock, if all of the implicit metaphorical underpinnings were intentional, or just most of them.
I don’t want to give away too many surprises. Suffice to say, the casual listener will be thrown into a maelstrom of music, heritage, criticism, and humor. For those willing to plunge deep into identity and ontology, the experience will be richly rewarding.
Shawn is so, so great
Shawn is tremendous. Many people are saying that Shawn is tremendous. Many people are saying it, and they are all right. Build the wall, this is Donald Trump, bye.