WELCOME! This is the Groupies podcast. The music podcast about music. We had a weird week at the Groupies but that didn’t stop us from getting our first guest ever to come in and speak on a NUMBER of things.
Ryan Rosa, the hip hop connoisseur (and Grant's coworker), dug into her childhood and adolescence growing up with music, and how it shaped her music tastes today.
Artists and songs mentioned, include:
1) Talib Kweli - Good Mourning https://open.spotify.com/track/6cWPz408v5jMZjgTiiqbLh?si=N91AV_r-RaCuMyKC5ANMGA
2) A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation https://open.spotify.com/track/32WDVNZXIAuu7EqncTTKjH?si=fCnEVmBkTdqV1jMnQK2mGQ
(Playlist maybe coming soon.)
Chance the Rapper finally dropped his debut "studio" "owbum". The owbum has caused mass confusion among the Groupies on whether the album as a whole was a good piece of work. Spoiler alert: the majority of the Groupies are disappointed by the release. As hinted by the memes, Chance sure does love his wife.
In this A-Side, we dig into how Chance got started rapping, what Acid Rap and Coloring Book meant for his career, and where The Big Day stands among the rest of his work. It's a good one, folks.
It's been a rough few weeks for A$AP Rocky. We dig into how he got himself into prison in Sweden, why the President of the United States is tweeting about it, and why rappers need to stop getting involved in confrontations (hint: let your security team take care of it).
The XXL freshman list dropped some time ago, and we go over our top picks on the list, walk over the best cyphers and freestyles, and talk about rappers who've rebuffed the magazine in the past.
We wrap up the pod talking about Grimes' utterly insane diet and exercise regiment, as well as touch on a possible $25 million lawsuit on Lil Nas X's hands.
Yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhh we're gonna take that horse to that Old Town Panini Road and Kick It. Ugh, I'm sorry that was terrible.
THIS WEEK on the Groupies Podcast Extraordinaire, we have two exciting things. First, our companion and longtime Groupie, Tom, is back in action. Second, Lil Nas X. That's right, the man, the myth, the legend himself. We got an exclusive interview with the memey rapper...jk wish we did. BUT we talked about the records he's breaking with his masterpiece, Old Town Road, in addition to talking about his debut EP, 7.
The Groupies have kicked off the Summer Sessions. It's officially summer break for us here at the pod, and while it's taken us a bit to get back into talkin' about music, what a better way to get things off, than by talking about Adam Levine and This Love. We dig into their debut album, with some of the most iconic singles of a decade and SO MUCH MORE.
Jack Antonoff. Is. A genius. That's the consensus of the Groupies. Tune in this week as we hone in Jack's solo project and his first release under the name in 2014.
The former "fun." member broke off into his own solo act that has proved wildly successful and has garnered a loyal fanbase, of which the Groupies are a part of. We luv you Jack
If you're a music head like us, you've probably heard of Lil Nas X at this point. We give our HAWT takes on the topic, as well as get into country trap rap as a whole (because sure). On top of that we round out our rotation discussion with Rico Nasty and Solange's latest masterpiece!
In this 2-part look at the Groupies rotations we analyze everything we've been listening to lately! Billie Eilish, Flume, Cage The Elephant, Pharrell, even The Temptations make some appearances in this A-Side!
We also wish a proper farewell to Tom, one of the founding members of Groupies. He's refocusing his efforts on Conspiracy Club full time, which means he doesn't have the creative output for Groupies any longer. We wish him the best and love him for all he's done for the podcast!
In this B-Side, we take a deep dive into the ever-so-odd career of The Weeknd. From his initial start with Trilogy, to where he is now after working on Starboy and the Black Panther soundtrack companion. What's next for Abel?
It's body of work that put The Weeknd on the pop stardom map. Chocked full with hits like "Can't Feel My Face", "Earned It", and "Often", Abel Tesfaye's 2015 full-length album, Beauty Behind the Madness put his destiny into his own hands. Emir of Groupies brings in the classic this week, as they dig into the album at hand!
Daft Punk was the focus of the A-Side this week. This led us to talk about artists that have a sort of "mythology" surrounding them. They're so legendary in the eye of pop culture, that they're inhuman in some ways. We have a candid conversation about why artists get to a point like this in their careers, and how they do it. Michael Jackson, Prince, The Beatles, are all just a few of whom get mentioned here!
Groupies is back! We got struck by the flu bug, but Daft Punk sure did not when creating Random Access Memories. Grant's personal classic this week, RAM is the last full-length project from the French house masterminds. We dig into the legacy they left with this last album and how they crafted this evolution in their work.
In the first part of our rotation episodes, the Groupies run through what's been on their latest rotations in music. First up are Tom and Emir, as they run through songs by The Vaccines, The Weeknd, St. Vincent, SWV, and a whole lot more.
The boss himself, Bruce Springsteen is our focus on this week's episode! The career-defining album, Born in the USA, is an album dedicated to the blue-collar workers of America. We dig into each song on the album, and dance in the dark (not really) as we get on fire with our Bruce knowledge.
Hotline blings, rooms belonging to Marvin, leaving a plan up to God, Drake is known for many things. Aubrey Graham is the focus on this week's B-Side on Groupies. We dig right into his legacy, his current reign on pop culture, and what he is going to do next in his superstar career!
We got energy, gotta lotta energy, got a lot of energy for this pod. Sorry, bad pun, and I am continuing to make it worse by writing this very sentence.
The Groupies are BACK in full force, talking about Drake's master mixtape, If You're Reading This It's Too Late. It's the project that put Drake into legendary meme status and continued his ascension to the superstar he is today.
In our B-Side this week, we're talking everything JT. From his new album and where it stands, to how he first got started, Austin from the Pinned podcast joins Hannah and Grant from Groupies to dig into it all!
We grab our Suits and Ties, and take a look in Mirrors as the Groupies dig into an absolute classic from Justin Timberlake, his 20/20 Experience masterpiece. Helping the Groupies out is Austin, from the Pinned pro wrestling podcast, with Grant and Hannah, as they all take a deep dive into the body of work by JT.
In this episode, we dig into the state of musicals in 2019, both on the big screen and up on the state! Special guest Chadd, who brought us the Hamilton soundtrack in the A-Side this week, leads the conversation with his experiences in musicals, and the rest of the crew chimes in!
In this episode of Groupies, we bring on Chadd from many other Andmore Media podcasts, to talk about HAMILTON: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL! We hear all about the background of the musical, its impact on the Groupies, and much more. Dig into the award-winning performance, with us!
In this riveting episode of Groupies, we dissect what exactly a playlist is in 2019. We document all of the successful Spotify playlists, like RapCaviar and Mint, and discuss what it means for artists to get placement there. We also dig into our own use cases for playlists and we how use them for our own listening! Let us know if you have any playlists you want to share with us, over at @groupies_pod on Twitter!
The Groupies have a rotation playlist they update daily. This is the episode in which we talk about all of those songs, albums, and artists that make their way onto the playlist!
Among the playlist are indie stars like Maggie Rogers, hip-hip phenoms like 21 Savage, and a little bit of mystery with small artists like St. Panther.
Want to listen to it? Sure you do! Here's the link: https://open.spotify.com/user/1235730350/playlist/19WYMLEoRWki8Fp2e4XZje?si=egXWqW6WRGSxK04XpXNWtQ
It's a topic oft not talked about. Where is folk music going into 2019? We got the chance to talk about a genre that's slowly re-innovating itself after decades of being pigeonholed as acoustic music. We're digging into it all on this episode of Groupies!
Have you ever booked an Airbnb and got so inspired by your stay, you wrote an album about your stay and travels? None of us at Groupies have done this, but George Ezra did, and it churned out a fantastic album as a result.
Tom's personal classic this week is George Ezra's sophomore follow up, Staying at Tamara's. Considered mainly folk pop, the album was a mainstay for Tom and Grant's rotations and we get into what makes the album click in this A-Side!
We've come to the end of an amazing year in music. We saw the rise of superstars like Cardi B, Camilla Cabello, and Ariana Grande. Streaming is only on the rise as the choice for the modern music listener. And so much more.
So what's next for music? What's going to happen in 2019?
What's good, fellow Groupies? Hope your holidays were cheery and lovely. We're back at it this week with another special episode. This time, we're taking a look back at the past year in music, including what we liked, disliked, and anything in between. We talk about favorite albums (ahem, Ariana Grande's Sweetener, Drake's Scorpion) and favorite songs like "thank u next" and "God's Plan". JK, there's much more than those two artists and albums, so tune in!
A certain holiday tune has caused a lot of ruckus in the lead up to annual celebration. Baby It's Cold Outside, has taken on some new connotations with a new generation of Americans; we give our thoughts on the song, it's meanings, and what Christmas music means for multiple generations.
We here at Groupies love music; this we know. But what about a specific subset of music, like no other? That is... Christmas music.
To figure out the ULTIMATE Christmas song, the Groupies crew made a tournament bracket, with customized seeding to put classic and modern Christmas tunes to the test. You may or may not be surprised at our overall winner. There are also plenty of upsets!
Ever heard "Born in the USA", by Bruce Springsteen? "Semi-Charmed Life", by Third Eye Blind? Even nursery rhymes like "You Are My Sunshine" or "Ring Around the Rosie"?
This is what this B-Side is all about. The happiest sounding songs, that are deceptively sad, scary, and fearful at times. As we talked about Passion Pit in our A-Side, we saw just how powerful of a tool it is to combine happy chords with sorrowful lyrics.
We're back with an album! This week it's Grant's turn to pick. For his choice, he went to his adolescence and snagged Passion Pit's sophomore album, Gossamer. It's the album that led to him finding all sorts of indie acts like Grouplove, Generationals, and a ton more.
In this B-Side, we do a news roundup! The latest hits on the music beat, including Ariana Granda's reign on pop, Tekashi's indictment, Taylor Swift leading the charge for fair pay on Spotify, and more.
In this special edition of Groupies, we dive into our first episode featuring the Groupies playlist. In this playlist, each Groupie (Tom, Emir, Hannah, and Grant) have added a selection of songs they've been jamming to, to the playlist. Tune in, and fine some new music to listen to with us!
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In this latest (delayed because of Grant making a mistake) episode of Groupies, we dig right into foreign music. What qualifies an artist to be "foreign" to an American audience? What artists are on our radar? We dig into all of it.
We're very excited to premiere our first foray into foreign music on the podcast! This episode features Hannah first classic of the podcast, DEAN's 130 mood: TRBL. We talk about DEAN's influences, how we listen to music with different languages, and the overall impact that DEAN has had on Korean and America music.
The masterpiece debut in Kanye West's vocal career is our topic this week on Groupies. The College Dropout is Emir's classic this week and is often considered a general classic in music. We get into the context of the album, the songs, the lyrical content, and so much more. Tune in!
In the A-Side episode this week, we discussed a classic debut album from 2011, Foster the People's Torches. That led us to think about other artists that started off their careers with stellar first albums, and slowly drifted off later in their career. How do you maintain success after smashing records with debut albums?
A new A-Side for a new week! This time, Tom brings in the personal classic, Foster the People's Torches. Packed with singles "Pumped Up Kicks", "Houdini", and "Helena Beat", the indie-electronic-mashup-combo was a hit back in 2011 that led to a new a growth of indie and pop music combining together.
In this B-Side of groupies, we dig into how musicians evolve their sound. After we produced our A-Side on Weezer's Blue Album, we started to take a look at the way they've changed their sound over the years. With that, we dug into how exactly artists change things up (for the worse or the better).
In the brand new format switchup of our A-Sides and B-sides, we dig into our first classic album on the podcast.
That album? None other than the 1994 debut for nerd/pop/punk rock legends, Weezer. The Blue Album, rated as 10/10 on Pitchfork and other music reviewers, is a legendary 10 track album debuted by Rivers Cuomo and his group of rockers. We dig into what makes the album so good, talk about the history of the album, and tons more.
Paul McCartney just released his 17th solo studio album. That's a lot of music. This spurred a question that we ended up talking about on this B-Side episode of Groupies: when should musicians stop making music? Should they ever stop?
In this episode of Groupies, we dive into the latest full studio album from Twenty One Pilots, Trench. Special guest Austin from the Pinned Podcast joins Grant and Hannah to get into their history with TOP and their thoughts on their latest works.
Welcome back to Groupies! Grant, Emir, Tom, and Hannah are BACK to give you our thoughts on the latest happenings in music.
On our first B-Side, we get into live music. We talk about our best live experiences, our worst, and the plain weird things that happen in live settings. We also give you some of our tried and true tips for concerts and festivals!
Have any thoughts on our thoughts? Or do you just want to say hi? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Welcome to Groupies! Grant, Emir, Tom, and Hannah are here to give you our thoughts on the latest happenings in music.
This week, we get into Drake being a weirdo and texting with Millie Bobby Brown, Kanye's two (?) upcoming albums and Twitter festivities, a ton of petty rap beef that is hilarious to talk about, and the future of music with the new Music Modernization Act being passed in Congress.
Have any thoughts on our thoughts? Or do you just want to say hi? Email us at email@example.com!