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Esoterica The Podcast

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Esoterica the Podcast discussions are a conversation that borders on the offbeat and unusual. On Esoterica the Podcast, hosts Chris Schultz and Aaron Christian offer a multigenerational look at obscure and esoteric pop culture; covering music, movies, books, or whatever grabs their interest.
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BUMMER (with cleopatrick)

Esoterica The Podcast

Esoterica Goes Blue
It is a dark time for the Esoterica. Although the Old Format has been destroyed, Chris and Aaron have driven the show from it's tried and true methods and created something less likely to make you fall asleep. Welcome to Season 4! New season, new format, same guys, still no pants. Joining us today is Marty (@OliverRedboots) from the Rod in Flagon Podcast talking to us about his podcast and helping us feel out this new format!  Be sure to check out our website for your Esoterica the Podcast merch and bonus content! Now, onto the show!
June 16, 2021
BUMMER (with cleopatrick)
Just when you thought pure guitar rock music was dead, cleopatrick entered the chat. On June 4, 2021, Canadian Rock band cleopatrick released their debut album “BUMMER“. For those of you that aren’t familiar with them, cleopatrick are childhood friends Ian Fraser and Luke Gruntz. They grew up in Cobourg, Ontario and have been friends since age 4. They began getting interested in music around age 8 when they first listened to AC/DC. Later in their teens, they began recording their own music. This episode focuses on the importance of the “New Rock Mafia“. As described on cleopatrick’s website, “the new rock mafia is a collective centered around the development, distribution, and defense of real guitar music. it was created as a means to cultivate a new era culture around young artists and listeners that share common values of honesty, inclusivity, and escapism. the new rock mafia exists out of necessity. it’s a sword and shield; destined to establish and protect a new scene for a new generation of guitar bands.” If you like what you hear, check out their other releases “the boys” and “14“. Click to watch the new music video for “VICTORIA PARK”. You should also check out the "BUMMER" Album Release Party, trust me check it out!
June 07, 2021
Loss of the Lizard Lady (w/ Molly Harvey)
For a decade, Molly Harvey was the female voice and presence in The Residents. She gave voice to some of their most memorable and loved songs. Molly joins us to discuss her time with the mysterious band, what’s been happening in her life, and what exciting things she has coming up. We also briefly discuss the 2018 release Loss of the Lizard Lady (The Molly Harvey Collection). This is a compilation released on Bandcamp featuring songs fronted by Molly, both live and studio. From the website: A collection of songs fronted by Molly Harvey between 1994 and 2005. Includes one full-length LP of studio recordings and one full-length LP of live material. Take it all in and realize what an important and amazing addition Molly was to the ever-morphing and mysterious Residents. 20 out of 24 of these tunes have never been on vinyl. 8 of them have never even been on CD and another 8 were only on rare, limited edition CDs. So grab this wonderful tribute to a wonderful weirdo. After you check out our interview, make sure to listen to and download the album!
May 28, 2021
Something Could be Nothing (w/ Fat Boys and Little Men)
Today we revisit a group from way back in Season One of Esoterica the Podcast! In April 2020, we discussed Fat Boys and Little Men's self titled EP. This week, the Mansfield based band joins Aaron to discuss their newest release (dropping today!), Something Could Be Nothing.  If you missed the episode, FBLM are a Mansfield, MA based band with heavy Seattle grunge influences. You can find our discussion of it here. Make sure to check out their Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube channel, etc. for all their content. Check out their Video for a single off of this record "Sticky Situation" shot at Revelry Studios!
May 21, 2021
you'll be fine
This week, join us as we listen to the 2020 release from Lansing, Michigan's own Hot Mulligan. Released on No Sleep Records, their sophomore album is titled you'll be fine. In 2015, Hot Mulligan released two EPs titled Fenton and Honest & Cunning via Michigan-based label Save Your Generation Records. After signing to No Sleep Records in 2017, Hot Mulligan re-released an EP titled Opportunities (original release on Save Your Generation). In 2018, Hot Mulligan released their debut full-length album titled Pilot on No Sleep Records. In 2020, they released their second album, you'll be fine, also on No Sleep. Fronted by lead singer Nathan "Tades" Sanville, Hot Mulligan falls into the emo/math rock camp. When asked about their cryptic song titles,  Tades said "Almost none of the titles are significant in any way to the track. They’re just dumb inside jokes that we think make good song titles." Listen to the whole album here!
May 12, 2021
Kollaps (w/ Blixa Bargeld)
This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the release of Einstürzende Neubauten's first official LP Kollaps. To celebrate, we are joined by none other than Blixa Bargeld. Blixa talks about the making of Kollaps, as well as some of his major influences. Einstürzende Neubauten ("Collapsing New Buildings") is a German experimental music group, originally formed in West Berlin in 1980. The group is currently composed of founder members Blixa Bargeld (lead vocals; guitar; keyboard) and NU Unruh (custom made instruments; percussion; vocals), long-time contributor Alexander Hacke (bass; vocals), plus Jochen Arbeit (guitar; vocals), and Rudolph Moser (custom-built instruments; percussion; vocals), who both joined the line-up in 1997. One of their trademarks is the use of custom-built instruments, predominantly made out of scrap metal and building tools, and noises, in addition to standard musical instruments. Their early albums were unremittingly harsh, with Bargeld's vocals shouted and screamed above a din of banging and scraping metal percussion. Subsequent recordings found the group's sound growing somewhat more conventional, yet still containing many unorthodox elements. With the release of its debut album “Kollaps” in November 1981, EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN declared war on all conventional listening habits. The album is actually an “inaudible” record; it is a frontal attack on expectations and ways of listening that has been blunted by mainstream sound. For lack of money, among other reasons, the range of instruments consisted of “found” and self-made objects, created from sheet metal and including drills, hammers, a “non-voice” that snatched shreds of German words from a text, and professional studio equipment, which was consistently used to undermine its actual technical purposes. This nonconformist mixture itself would become the foundation of a completely new understanding of music that would later influence countless artists, and would highly stylize the band’s subsequent albums into milestones of the industrial scene. Join us as we look back, listen, and discuss Kollaps.
May 05, 2021
Your Favorite Weapon
This week take a listen to a band from the Long Island scene, Brand New. Formed in 2000, by bassist and drummer Garrett Tierney and Brian Lane from the ashes of Rookie Lot. The band consists of Jesse Lacey (vocals, guitar), Vincent Accardi (guitar, vocals), Garrett Tierney (bass guitar, vocals), and Brian Lane (drums, percussion). The band is recognized as one of the most influential within the 2000s emo scene, celebrated for making artistic statements with their music. When asked about his influences, lead singer Jesse Lacey referenced Lifetime, Foo Fighters, The Cars, and The Smiths. The band would listen to several bands while in their van, such as Saves the Day, Modest Mouse, and Green Day, among others. For this episode, we listen to Your Favorite Weapon, their debut studio album. The album was released on October 9, 2001. All of the songs on the album were written, within the band's teenage years with some songs being written two or three years before the record came out. This album was heavily influenced by a feud between Lacey and Taking Back Sunday guitarist John Nolan, specifically "Seventy Times Seven". Nolan wrote about the feud from his point of view in Taking Back Sunday's "There's No 'I' in Team". The name of the song is a reference to a Bible passage, specifically Matthew 18:22. Your Favorite Weapon was produced by a friend of the band. The whole album was re-recorded when the original recording was lost on a computer's hard drive. Check out the music video for "Jude Law and a Semester Abroad" here!
April 28, 2021
Bone Machine
Recorded in the cellar of Prairie Sun Recording Studios, in an area described as “just a cement floor and a water heater,” Bone Machine is Tom Waits‘ eleventh studio album. It was released in September of 1992. Bone Machine was recorded and produced entirely at the Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California, in a room of Studio C known as “the Waits Room”, located in the old cement hatchery rooms of the cellar of the buildings. Prairie Sun’s studio head Mark “Mooka” Rennick said, “[Waits] gravitated toward these ‘echo’ rooms and created the Bone Machine aural landscape. […] What we like about Tom is that he is a musicologist. And he has a tremendous ear. His talent is a national treasure.” Waits said of the bare-bones studio, “I found a great room to work in, it’s just a cement floor and a hot water heater. Okay, we’ll do it here. It’s got some good echo.” Bone Machine was the first Waits album on which he played drums and percussion extensively. In 1992, Waits stated: “I like to play drums when I’m angry. At home I have a metal instrument called a conundrum with a lot of things hanging off it that I’ve found – metal objects – and I like playing it with a hammer. I love it. Drumming is therapeutic. I wish I’d found it when I was younger.” If you’re not familiar with Waits, this is as good as any place to remedy that. Enjoy!
April 21, 2021
The Balcony
This week we cross the pond to check out Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen. Formed in 2007, the band formed in Llandudno, North Wales. Their musical style can best be described as indie or alt rock. For this episode, we listen to The Balcony, their debut studio album. It was released on 15 September 2014 in the United Kingdom and 15 January 2015 in the United States. On 20 March 2015, The Balcony was awarded a Gold certification from the British Phonographic Industry. The album cover depicts outlines of two headless people pleasuring each other's genitals. The illustration is by New York artist Tim Lahan who originally posted it to his Flickr account in 2009 and was subsequently contacted by the band. Join us for a listen. If you're listening while you drive, please wear clothes. That's all we ask.
April 14, 2021
Dry as a Bone
We're back, and this week we're heading back to the mid-'80s to check out some proto-grunge. This week's album is Dry as a Bone, the second EP by  Green River. It was released in July 1987 through Sub Pop Records. Green River formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1984. Although the band had very little commercial success outside their native Seattle, Green River were pioneers of the grunge music genre. The grunge style was featured both in Green River's own music and the music its members would create in future bands, including Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, and Pearl Jam. Steve Huey of Allmusic has called Dry As a Bone Green River's "strongest individual release...perfecting their sleazy, raucous fusion of '70s hard rock and post-hardcore punk."
April 07, 2021
Savage Sinusoid
This week finds out checking out French artist Gautier Serre, known by his stage name, Igorrr. Initially influenced by the likes of Meshuggah, Chopin, Cannibal Corpse, Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Taraf de Haidouks, and Aphex Twin, traces of these artists can be found littered across Igorrr’s discography, but Serre has never been interested in remaining static or merely recycling ideas, and his work has dramatically evolved accordingly. It deeply explains how Igorrr’s music is such an explosion of creativity while keeping a cohesive universe records after records. In recent years, Igorrr has also become a collective, rather than the work of one man alone, which has brought a new level of intensity into the group live representations. Savage Sinusoid is the third album by Gautier Serre, under his alias Igorrr, released on Metal Blade Records on June 16, 2017. This album was named "Batshit Crazy Album of the Year" by Metal Injection. They had this to say about the album: "Igorrr is a project with no boundaries, and the personal belief of creating the art one wants to. In a world where we argue from the mainstream radio to the underground scene, Igorrr is a breath of fresh air. Savage Sinusoid isn’t just a breath of fresh air in musical technicality and emotion though, but an excellent reminder to just enjoy music." Serre combines a variety of disparate genres, including black metal, baroque music, breakcore, and trip-hop, into something unique. Check it out. You won't be disappointed. Check out the music video for "ieuD" here!
March 24, 2021
-!- (with Jack Underkofler)
We’re back with yet another album from LA-based Dead Poet Society, and again one of our favorite guests, vocalist/guitarist Jack Underkofler joins us as well! Released less than a week ago on March 12, 2021, -!- is their first full-length album released through Spinefarm Records. Jack joins us to discuss the genesis of the album and a track-by-track discussion of the record. Dead Poet Society formed while attending college in Boston and have already amassed a dedicated following with millions of streams. Insanely catchy and unable to be pigeonholed by genre, Dead Poet Society‘s musical landscape runs from heavy, riff-driven songs to stunningly beautiful ballads. With fretless guitars and the extraordinary vocals of lead singer Jack Underkofler at the forefront, they have cultivated a signature sound that’s distinct as a fingerprint. Buy or Stream the new album "-!-" on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and more! Be sure to purchase a -!- release bundle here! Check out Jack Collins' .swvrm. instructional video with Guitar World Magazine here, and be sure to check out the comments! Check out the music video for .intoodeep. here!
March 17, 2021
El Primer Paso (with Pillbook)
This week we dive back into the local scene, listening to the 2021 release from Massachusetts-based Pillbook. This album, El Primer Paso can best be described as psychedelic alt-pop. Pillbook is comprised of Aaron Garcia from Chelsea, Massachusetts. Aaron is a producer as well as a musician, recording most of his music in his home. Pillbook started as a high school trio that eventually devolved into a duo, finally settling into a solo project. El Primer Paso marks Garcia’s long-awaited musical marriage of his rock/grunge roots with the Latin music that serenaded his childhood. This record is softer than Boyband, his first EP as Pillbook, while still driving harder than the series of “Quarantine Session” singles he released this past summer to local acclaim. You can follow Aaron and Pillbook on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Twitch! Also, check out the music video for "HITLOW" here! We're delighted to have Garcia join us to discuss his latest outing. Enjoy!
March 10, 2021
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt.2
Merriam-Webster defines esoteric thusly: designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone. This week's album choice, on the surface, may seem to be the antithesis of esoteric. But it is with this definition in mind that we take a look at one of, if not the biggest bands in the world: BTS. BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan), also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band that debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. The septet—composed of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook—co-writes and co-produces much of their own output. Originally a hip-hop group, their musical style has evolved to include a wide range of genres. Their lyrics, often focused on personal and social commentary, touch on the themes of mental health, troubles of school-age youth, loss, the journey towards loving oneself, and individualism. Their work features references to literature and psychological concepts and includes an alternate universe storyline. The group has released several albums and performed on several world tours. Here's the thing about BTS: Despite being second only to Drake as the best-selling artists worldwide, here in the US they get very little radio play. The band sings in their native Korean, making the dense imagery and storytelling of the songs largely inaccessible to many. Joining us to take a listen to their fourth EP, The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Part 2, is super fan, Kerry Schultz. In addition to being a card-carrying member of the BTS Army, Kerry is an English major who takes a more poetic approach to her translation and interpretation of the band's lyrics. You can check out her Facebook page President Kim's BTS Lyrics Spot. Kerry helps us unpack all that is going on with both the lyrics and the band's storytelling. Hopefully, we all walk away from this episode with a better understanding of the Bangtan Boys and the many layers of their music. We feel they fit in with our theme, but that's just us. It's up to you the listener to decide if we've helped unlock the mystery of their appeal or simply jumped the shark in our quest for more listens. Let us know what you think over on our subreddit!
March 03, 2021
Mister Asylum
This week we continue our journey through Aaron's "laid back and heavy" motif with Highly Suspect. Highly Suspect is an American rock band from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The band consists of twin brothers Rich (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Ryan Meyer (drums, backing vocals), Johnny Stevens (guitar, lead vocals), and Matt Kofos (guitar, synthesizer, backing vocals). After starting as a bar cover band, they relocated to Brooklyn, New York, where they recorded The Worst Humans EP with producer Joel Hamilton. The band's first studio album, Mister Asylum, was released on July 17, 2015, earning Highly Suspect a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. It's that album we take a dive into this week. Mister Asylum debuted at No. 56 on Billboard 200, and No. 7 on the Top Rock Albums chart, selling 4,000 copies in its first week. Although not as obscure as some of the albums we discuss, the grungy hard rock of Mister Asylum shares the same DNA as albums from Royal Blood, cleopatrick and The Fairview. You can check out their music video for Lydia here!
February 24, 2021
Cure for Pain
So, here's the thing. Morphine was one of the best bands to come out of Boston in the '90s. You can argue the point, and you can be wrong. Formed in 1989 by Mark Sandman, Dana Colley, and Jerome Deupree, Morphine combined blues and jazz elements with more traditional rock arrangements, giving the band an unusual sound. Sandman sang distinctively in a "deep, laid-back croon", and his songwriting featured a prominent beat influence. The band themselves coined the label "low rock" to describe their music, which involved "a minimalist, low-end sound that could have easily become a gimmick: a 'power trio' not built around the sound of an electric guitar. Instead, Morphine expanded its offbeat vocabulary on each album." The band enjoyed positive critical appraisal but met with mixed results commercially. In the United States, the band was embraced and promoted by the indie rock community, including public and college radio stations (WFNX anyone?) and MTV's 120 Minutes, which the band once guest-hosted, but received little support from commercial rock radio and other music television programs. This limited their mainstream exposure and support in their home country, while internationally they enjoyed high-profile success, especially in Belgium, Russia, Portugal, France, and Australia. For this episode, we take a listen to their 1993 album Cure For Pain. The tracks "Sheila" and "In Spite of Me" were prominently featured on the soundtrack of the 1994 independent film Spanking the Monkey. The video for "Thursday" also appeared on an episode of Beavis and Butt-head. The track "Buena" also appears in the first season of The Sopranos and in the Daria episode "The Teachings of Don Jake". In 2014, the album placed eighth on the Alternative Nation site's "Top 10 Underrated '90s Alternative Rock Albums" list. It also contains one of my personal top 5 songs of all time, "Cure For Pain." Sadly, on July 3, 1999, Sandman collapsed on the stage of the Nel Nome Del Rock festival at the Giardini del Principe in Palestrina, Italy, outside of Rome. He was soon pronounced dead of a heart attack and Morphine immediately disbanded. WBUR has an excellent article about the impact of this seminal album that you can find here. The surviving members of Morphine joined up with singer/guitarist Jeremy Lyons to form Vapors of Morphine. The band continues to perform Morphine's body of work as well as originals. Definitely worth checking out!
February 17, 2021
Royal Blood
This week we listen to and discuss one of Aaron's picks: English rock duo Royal Blood.  Formed in Brighton in 2011, Royal Blood consists of Mike Kerr on vocals and bass and Ben Thatcher on drums. Their sound is anchored in Kerr's unique bass playing technique, in which he uses various effects pedals to make his electric bass sound like a standard electric guitar. Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2014. Their second album How Did We Get So Dark? followed in June 2017. For this episode, we breakdown their eponymous debut album. Most of the album's songs revolve heavily around the riffs written and played by bassist Mike Kerr. The recording of the album was kept under strict conditions, with the band essentially recording the album with only Mike Kerr's vocals and bass guitar and Ben Thatcher's drum kit, with the exception of shakers and tambourines on some of the album's tracks. The production of the album did not involve the use of samples or overdubbing, which meant that most of the album's material was recorded in one take, thus producing a more natural sound as opposed to the popular method of recording various takes and combining them in the final mix. Sit back and join us we discuss Royal Blood.
February 10, 2021
Happy Birthday, Esoterica the Podcast!
Chris and Aaron celebrate Esoterica the Podcast's first birthday by listening to the 1982 album Dog Police by Dog Police. On top of the album feature, they also discuss the unaired pilot for Dog Police from the 1990s featuring Adam Sandler and Jeremy Piven.  Chris and Aaron also muse about the past year from documenting a raging pandemic accidentally, interviewing a bunch of celebrities, and drinking a whole lot of Esoteric beverages.  Help us celebrate the birthday of Esoterica the Podcast and head over to and check out all of our content such as our Famous Folks Series, Vlogs, 1 on 1's, and Free Form Fridays! Also, maybe treat yourself and buy an Esoterica the Podcast T-shirt!  Until next time, stay Esoteric!
February 08, 2021
Fresh Faced & Effervescent (with The Fairview)
This week we are joined by Nolan McGovern and Jake Perreault of The Fairview as we discuss their album Fresh Faced & Effervescent. The Fairview is a pop punk DIY outfit from Southeastern Massachusetts / Rhode Island. Started in 2014 by Nolan McGovern and his friends from high school, the amateur band played small venues, colleges, and talent shows, including the local stage at Warped Tour MA in 2014 and 2016. 5 years and numerous line-up changes later, The Fairview remains a powerhouse staple in the NE music scene, having co-headlined numerous tours around the Eastern United States and since releasing their first studio release “It Could Be Worse… And It Is” EP in 2017, & debut LP “Fresh Faced & Effervescent” in the summer of 2020 Balancing along the lines of emo and indie with an obvious pop-punk feel, The Fairview is inspired by 2000s pop punk and contemporaries like The Wonder Years and Modern Baseball, but also pull from genres like classic rock, R&B, and jazz. The band features co-frontmen Nolan McGovern and Jake Perreault, both vocalists on guitar, Isaac Hiller on drums, and Brenna Guay on bass as of late 2019. Nolan and Jake break the album down with Aaron, and then we share our thoughts on the songs. Check out the full unedited interview here!
February 03, 2021
Free Form Friday #1
Welcome to our newest venture, Free Form Fridays! FFF is an opportunity for Aaron and I to do what we like best: Sample beers, muse about things, and discuss things that may not fit within the parameters of our regular show. We're not sure what every episode will look like, but we know it will be fun! For an added bonus, these episodes will be recorded on video and uploaded to our YouTube channel, so you can see what we're talking about!   Join us for our first episode, where we consult our Magic 8 Ball and chat with the members of Paint By Numbers.   Read the full blog post here:
January 29, 2021
Safe as Milk
In September of 1967, an eccentric young musician named Don Van Vliet released his debut album under his stage moniker, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band. That album was called Safe As Milk. Van Vliet was quite a character. He was a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist. His music blended elements of blues, free jazz, rock, and avant-garde composition with idiosyncratic rhythms, absurdist wordplay, and his wide vocal range. Known for his enigmatic persona, Beefheart frequently constructed myths about his life and was known to exercise an almost dictatorial control over his supporting musicians. Although he achieved little commercial success, he sustained a cult following as a "highly significant" and "incalculable" influence on an array of new wave, punk, and experimental rock artists. The Residents, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth and many others site him as an influence. Safe As Milk is the first album from Beefheart,  and although more approachable than some of his later work, is  definitely unusual. A&M Records decided to drop the band after hearing the demos. If you're interested in Beefheart, this is a good place to start. So sit back, relax, and join us as we listen to Safe As Milk.
January 27, 2021
the boys (with cleopatrick)
This week we go North of the border to talk with Canadian rock duo cleopatrick about their 2018 EP the boys. Childhood friends Ian Fraser and Luke Gruntz grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. They have been friends since age 4 and began getting interested in music around age 8 when they first listened to AC/DC. Later in their teens they began recording their own music. The band's first music festival was the 2018 installment of Lollapalooza in Chicago. In late 2018 they were booked to play at Shaky Knees Music Festival in 2019 in Atlanta. The band has drawn comparisons in their sound and personal reflection of music to bands such as Highly Suspect, Royal Blood, Artic Monkeys, and Catfish and the Bottlemen. Ian and Luke join Aaron to discuss the boys, and then we share our thoughts.  Listen to the full, unedited interview with cleopatrick here!
January 20, 2021
The Gereg
On this week’s episode, we take a listen to The HU‘s 2019 debut album The Gereg. The HU is a band from Mongolia that blends heavy metal and traditional Mongolian throat singing. The band’s name, The HU, is the Mongolian root word for human being. They call their style “Hunnu Rock,” inspired by the Hunnu, an ancient Mongolian empire known as The Huns in Western culture. Some of the band’s lyrics include old Mongolian war cries and poetry. Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia by their producer Dashka, along with members Gala, Jaya, Temka, and Enkush. The HU combines rock music with traditional Mongolian instrumentation like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumar Khuur (jaw harp), guttural throat singing and the bombastic bass and drums of rock. All four members have earned Bachelor’s or higher degrees in music and have several years of touring experience throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Since the formation of their band, they have been working on their first album, The Gereg. The word Gereg was used as the first diplomatic “passport” by the Mongol Empire during the time of Genghis Khan. Thanks to an interview with Louder Sound, we take a look at the meaning of the lyrics on the songs and discuss our impressions. If you want to hear more of The HU, check out this documentary about their journey to create the album and tour in support of it. The HU recently released a new single, this amazing cover of Metallica's "Sad But True". This COVID-19 Relief Effort concert, in addition to live versions of the album tracks, contains some kick-ass new songs which hopefully will be included on their net album. Make sure to check out their YouTube channel for tons of great content, including "Cooking with The HU!"
January 13, 2021
You're Gonna Miss It All
This week we revisit a Season One favorite: Modern Baseball. This time around we're taking a look at their 2014 release "You're Gonna Miss It All." Like their debut album Sports (2012), You're Gonna Miss It All was written while the band members were attending college. Unlike Sports which only featured Lukens and Ewald, "we were just excited to have a full band and make [You're Gonna Miss It All] that way", according to Ewald. Discussing writing, Ewald said one member of the group would come up with a lyric "and we'll go run off by ourselves and try to build around that" All band members take turns on vocals as well. You're Gonna Miss It All reached No. 97 on the US Billboard 200 and No. 15 on US Alternative Albums. By September 2014, the album had sold over 12,000 copies worldwide. By May 2016, the album had sold almost 30,000 copies in the U.S. "Your Graduation" appeared on a best-of emo songs list by Vulture. Modern Baseball appears to be on an indefinite hiatus. In January 2017, vocalist Brendan Lukens released a statement saying he would not be joining the band on their upcoming Europe/UK tour, instead opting to stay at home to focus on his mental and physical well-being. In February 2017 the band announced that they would be cancelling their US tour and taking a break to help protect their mental health and friendships.
January 06, 2021
Goosebump (with Homer Flynn)
President of the Cryptic Corporation and long time manager of The Residents Homer Flynn joins Chris and Aaron once again to discuss Resident’s 1980 release, Goosebump. The Resident’s Historical site describes Goosebump thusly: “The Residents had long planned to produce a children’s record — of sorts. Goosebump is a collection of Mother Goose rhymes set to music with all of the “original sinister overtones” left in place. They teamed up with their long-time collaborator Snakefinger and recorded the songs using only musical instruments bought at Toys-R-Us. Although children’s toys were used to produce the music, The Residents’ grown-up toys were used afterwards in the mixing of the recording.” Homer gives Chris and Aaron some background on both the “Diskomo” single and “Goosebump,” along with an update on what the eyeballed ones are up to now. Followed by Chris and Aaron's thoughts on the EP.
December 30, 2020
Christmas in the Stars
Aaron and Chris stop off in the Outer Rim to check out 1980's Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, produced for RSO Records by Meco.
December 23, 2020
No Dogs Allowed
Our hosts discuss the sophomore outing from singer-songwriter Sidney Gish, her 2017 album No Dogs Allowed.
December 16, 2020
The Kids Can't Lose
Getting wicked local, Aaron and Chris discuss Abington's own A Loss For Words and their 2009 debut The Kids Can't Lose.
December 09, 2020
Wrong Eyed Jesus!
Our hosts discuss Jim White's 1997 debut album Wrong Eyed Jesus (The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted), and Chris' personal relationship to it.
December 02, 2020
Dope Humor of the Seventies (w/ David Ossman)
Our hosts are joined by the one and only David Ossman to discuss the forthcoming album Dope Humor of the Seventies by Firesign Theatre, a 2 disc collection of previously unreleased material from the early 70's.
November 25, 2020
Musique pour Supermarché
Our hosts discuss the very definition of esoteric: Jean-Michel Jarre's 1983 Musique pour Supermarché ( Music for Supermarkets). Only a single copy was pressed and distributed, and its master plates were deliberately destroyed.
November 18, 2020
Axiom (ft. Jack Underkofler)
Vocalist and guitarist Jack Underkofler of Dead Poet Society joins our hosts to discuss their 2015 album Axiom.
November 11, 2020
Infamous Angel
On this week's episode, our hosts discuss two time Grammy nominee Iris DeMent's 1992 debut album Infamous Angel.
November 04, 2020
Trouble of This World (ft. Uncle Sinner)
Winnipeg-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Michael Bodner, also known as Uncle Sinner, joins our hosts to discuss his 2020 release, Trouble of This World.
October 28, 2020
Aaron and Chris discuss Frank Iero and the Patience 2016 release, Parachutes.
October 21, 2020
Dead Poet Society's 2016 release Dempsey is the focus of this week's episode. Join along as Aaron and Chris review this album song by song!
October 14, 2020
Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House
One dark and stormy night, our hosts sit down to review Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. This spooky sound effects collection was released by Disneyland Records in 1964. 
October 07, 2020
Murder Ballads
Aaron and Chris discuss the 1996 release from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads. As the title implies, murder ballads are a genre of songs that relay the details of crimes of passion.
September 30, 2020
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Our hosts discuss The Arctic Monkey's 2018 release, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.  The Arctic Monkeys are an English band, formed in Sheffield in 2002. This is their sixth studio album. tuMRULhNMz26WiX3boBU
September 23, 2020
The Small Hours w/ Stephen Clair
Garage rocker Stephen Clair hails from Beacon, NY. Stephen joins our hosts to talk about his new album The Small Hours, which is being released September 18th.
September 16, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Peter Wingsoe
Joining us on Famous Folks is CEO Peter Wingsoe, an innovator turned serial entrepreneur and veteran of start-ups with over 20 years of experience in retail management, marketing, strategic advisory, and business development. Peter shares with us his favorite album, Tina Turner's 1984 release, Private Dancer. 
September 09, 2020
Our hosts discuss Frank Iero and the Future Violents' 2019 release, Barriers.
August 26, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Webb Wilder
Webb Wilder, last of the full grown men, joins our hosts to discuss his favorite obscure album, 1964's One Eye Open by Maskman and the Agents.
August 14, 2020
Sackcloth 'N' Ashes
For their first album review of season two, Aaron and Chris discuss Denver based 16 Horsepowers 1996 album Sackcloth & Ashes. 16 Horsepower are often credited with helping to create the "Gothic Americana" genre. This album is sure to get under your skin.
August 12, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Nicole Hendizadeh
Chris and Aaron are joined by Culinary Producer of Mythical Kitchen and host of the podcast "A Hot Dog is a Sandwich" to discuss one of her favorite albums, Black Sands by the English DJ Bonobo.
August 07, 2020
Our hosts Aaron and Chris start off Season Two discussing their favorite pastime, Geocaching. If you have ever wanted to utilize multi million dollar satellites to find Tupperware containers in the woods, this is the activity for you!
August 05, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Freedy Johnston
Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston joins our hosts to discuss Van Morrison's underrated 1977 album A Period of Transition.
July 31, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Larry Hankin
Veteran actor Larry Hankin (Breaking Bad, Friends) talks to Aaron and Chris about Bob Dylan's 1965 release Highway 61 Revisited, along with some amazing stories about that era.
July 24, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Jeremiah Bitsui
Jeremiah Bitsui (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) joins our hosts to talk about The Breaking Bad soundtrack and some of his experiences filming this groundbreaking series.
July 17, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Alexander Siddig
The delightful Alexander Siddig (Deep Space Nine, Game of Thrones) joins our hosts to discuss his favorite neo-prog album, Marillion's 1983 debut album Script For a Jester's Tear.
July 10, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Reid Ewing
Reid Ewing (Modern Family) joins our hosts to discuss the enigmatic iDOLMASTER: Million Live!
July 03, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Ellyn Marie Marsh
Our hosts are joined by Ellyn Marie Marsh, Broadway star and co-host of the podcast Obsessed With: Disappeared. Ellyn discusses her favorite album, Coldplay's 2000 debut release, Parachutes.
June 28, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Zach Avery
Zach Avery (Last Moment of Clarity, Trespassers) joins Aaron and Chris to discuss Eminem's 2002 release The Eminem Show.
June 26, 2020
Aaron and Chris are joined by Something Saturday's lead singer, Aaron Christian, as they discuss their album Trying. Trying was Something Saturday's first and last full length studio album, released in 2018.
June 24, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Colin Mochrie
Our hosts are joined by Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway). They discuss Colin's favorite obscure album, Albert Brooks' 1975 release A Star Is Bought.
June 19, 2020
Singing Bones
For the twentieth episode, Aaron and Chris take a listen to some gothic Americana from the alternative country band The Handsome Family. Aaron and Chris discuss the husband and wife duo's sixth studio album, Singing Bones.
June 17, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Greg Proops
Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway, Proopcast) joins hosts Aaron and Chris to discuss Steely Dan's second album, Countdown to Ecstasy.
June 12, 2020
Hobo Johnsons 94 Corolla
Riffing on a theme, Aaron and Chris muse about their first cars. Like your first love, no matter how bad it ends, it always sticks with you. The subject of this episode is Hobo Johnson’s album Hobo Johnson’s 94 Corolla. Hobo Johnson is an Abstract Hip Hop and Spoken Word vocalist who was kicked out of his house by father at age 19, spending time living in his car. It was in that car, a 94 Corolla, that Johnson recorded his debut album.
June 10, 2020
Famous Folks w/ David Ury
David Ury (Breaking Bad, Lodge 49, Birds of Prey) joins us to discuss his favorite obscure album, Camper Van Beethoven's 1989 release, Key Lime Pie.
June 05, 2020
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Aaron and Chris look back at the 1998 release from indie band Neutral Milk Hotel. In The Aeroplane Over the Sea is often cited as a landmark album for indie bands and one of the best albums of 1990. 
June 03, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Bob Rubin
Esoteric in his own right, comedian Bob Rubin joins our host for a free wheeling discussion about Prell, Fawn Batherton, and Esoterica the Podcast's dark MK Ultra roots.
June 01, 2020
Famous Folks w/ Charles Baker
Charles Baker, best known for his role as Skinny Pete on Breaking Bad, stops by to chat about his new movie Eleven Eleven and discuss his favorite obscure album, XTC's Skylarking.
May 29, 2020
Untainted (feat. Jake Morse and Nick Cronin)
Special guests Jake Morse and Nick Cronin, the artists of this week's album, join our hosts to discuss the 2016 release "Untainted", Jake's newest singles "Something About U" and "Selfless Self Improvement", and future projects. Your hosts enjoy their discussions with Jake and Nick with a tall glass of Yoo-hoo...cue Song 2 by Blur!
May 27, 2020
Famous Folks w/ RJ Mitte
For the first official installment of the Famous Folks series, actor RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad, Now Apocalypse) joins The Mad Wanderer and Traveler Excessive (Chris & Aaron) to discuss his favorite obscure album,  God Loves Ugly by hip hop duo Atmosphere.
May 22, 2020
Playing the Music You've Asked For (with Homer Flynn)
Special guest Homer Flynn, President of the Cryptic Corporation and manager of The Residents, joins our hosts to discuss the pandemic, upcoming Residents projects and his favorite esoteric album "Frank & Clyde Play the Music You've Asked For," a rare and relatively unknown 1962 release from Frank Hope and Clyde Smith of Indiana.
May 20, 2020
Southeastern Massachusetts local group Bicycle Inn's 2016 release "Reruns" is the subject of this week's episode! Chris and Aaron choose one movie where all but one character gets replaced by Muppets characters whilst also blowing off some steam in regards to COVID-19.
May 13, 2020
Hi, How Are You
Outsider artist Daniel Johnston's 1983 release "Hi, How Are You (The Unfinished Album) is the subject of this episode. The Austin, Texas based artist struggled with mental illness his whole life, and recorded his albums on a cassette player in his living room. Hi, How Are You was popularized by Kurt Cobain of Nirvana.
May 06, 2020
May the Fourth
Aaron and Chris drop a special minisode in honor of "May the Fourth." They discuss, well, Star Wars of course. They also share their thoughts on Meco's 1983 release "Ewok Celebration."
May 04, 2020
The Drug In Me Is You
Chris and Aaron listen to Falling in Reverse's debut album "The Drug In Me Is You" and use this unique breakup album to discuss their own breakups.
April 29, 2020
In Sound From Way Out
Aaron and Chris let their imaginations run wild as they come up with stories for each track from the 1966 Perrey-Kingsley album "The In Sound From Way Out." This album is noted as one of the first ever examples of electronic music!
April 22, 2020
Fat Boys and Little Men
Chris and Aaron take a dive into local rock band Fat Boys and Little Men's debut EP "Fat Boys and Little Men" and discuss the new hit Netflix Documentary "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, Madness".
April 15, 2020
Gimme that old time religion! The boys discuss Easter, The Beaster Bunny and review The Residents 1998 release "Wormwood: Curious Stories From the Bible."
April 08, 2020
Cosmic (feat. an interview with nervous.)
Aaron and Chris have their first interview with Owen Korzec and Justin Arena as they discuss their band nervous.' debut album "Cosmic". This one is a long one but a good one!
April 01, 2020
Bundle of Joy
Our musings on the stock market are interrupted by the news of America's national treasure, Mr. Tom Hanks contracting COVID-19. We recover from the shock to review Land of the Loops 1996 outing "Bundle of Joy."
March 25, 2020
Bay Faction
Aaron and Chris discuss the collapse of civilization and review Bay Faction's (a faction of musicians by a bay) eponymous album.
March 18, 2020
A GI's Germany!
For this episode, we experience Germany as US soldiers did circa 1960, through sound and music! We also discuss Irish Pride and the wonderful absurdity of the US Space Force.
March 11, 2020
Aaron introduces us to one of his personal favorites. We take a deep dive into Modern Baseball's "Sports" and peel back the layers of Aaron at the same time.
March 04, 2020
Smarch Weather
A bonus mini episode for a bonus day! We muse on leap days and review Tim Rose's song "Long Time Man."
February 29, 2020
Use of the Headlock Dummy
In which Chris suffers from a compromised gutter lane while Aaron and he listen to "The Sound Museum Presents Use of the Headlock Dummy," a compilation of  Boston based bands recorded in 1988.
February 26, 2020
Drop Dead!
Aaron and Chris discuss the cube rule and review the 1962 album "Drop Dead! An Exercise in Horror!"
February 19, 2020
Jaws of the Shark
In which our heroes, Aaron and Chris, subject themselves to the Peter Pan Records album "Jaws of the Shark." And by subject themselves, we mean subject you the listener.
February 12, 2020
Esoterica the Trailer
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February 08, 2020
Expository Musings
This is our introductory episode. Just some exposition and musings, hence the title.
February 08, 2020