Half A Cench
By Michael Jeffers
A music appreciation podcast about the 50th anniversary of albums from 1972
Music Is My Life by Billy Preston
This week we pay respect to one of the most sought after keyboardists in music, and the record that landed him his first number one hit. Bob joins us again because we promised it wouldn't be prog rock.
December 02, 2022
Shades of a Blue Orphanage by Thin Lizzy
This week our good friend and fellow bandmate Brian Hulse is on the show for the first time to talk Thin Lizzy, a band we all came to love at the same time.
November 25, 2022
Self-Titled by Blue Oyster Cult
This week we ride into the strange, riff rocking world of Blue Oyster Cult and their debut record. Ben Boone of the band Arctic Char joins us for the first time.
November 18, 2022
Close To The Edge by Yes
This week we ask the question: are there any prog albums left to cover? And the answer is: Yes. We make Bob talk about it with us.
November 11, 2022
Transformer by Lou Reed
This week we talk a walk on the A and B side of Transformer, the most acclaimed album of Lou Reed's solo career. Our very funny friend David Britton makes his first appearance on the pod.
November 04, 2022
Waka/Jawaka and The Grand Wazoo by Frank Zappa
This week we explore the mad genius of Frank Zappa during a difficult period of his life. Friend and Zappa-head Ben Frazier helps us out.
October 28, 2022
Vol.4 by Black Sabbath
This week we celebrate Black Sabbath with our friend and brother Jeremy, as we dive into one of the most dynamic records from these metal pioneers.
October 25, 2022
Already Here by Redbone
This week we talk about a band that should've been better known, Native American boogie rockers Redbone. It's also the return of fellow musician Cody The Grey.
October 14, 2022
Number 1 Record by Big Star
This week we welcome musician and good friend Anthony to the show for the first time, to talk about the critically acclaimed debut by Big Star. The brief existence of these underdogs influenced a generation of pop rock artists.
October 07, 2022
On The Corner by Miles Davis
This week we get jazzed about the icon Miles Davis but end up being more than just a bit disappointed with his fusion record On The Corner.
September 30, 2022
Self-Titled by Roxy Music
This week we're a few days late with this episode, but it gave us more time to digest the highly influential debut from Roxy Music.
September 26, 2022
Diamonds In The Rough by John Prine
This week our good friend Mat Alano-Martin joins us for the first time to get deep into the lyrics of legendary songwriter and wordsmith John Prine.
September 16, 2022
Self-Titled by Styx
This week our good friend Branden joins us to talk about the debut record by one of his all time favorite groups, Styx. They come out the gate proggy but at their core they're pure rockers from the start.
September 09, 2022
Talking Book by Stevie Wonder
This week it's revisiting time with Stevie Wonder, as we discuss his second record of the year. Despite differing opinions, there's no doubt it was even more successful than the first. Gabe nods along in agreement with us.
September 02, 2022
Foxtrot by Genesis
This week we're off to the faire with our friend Bob to talk about an album he really likes, Foxtrot by Genesis. The first to hit the charts for these proggers.
August 26, 2022
FM & AM and Class Clown by George Carlin
This week we do things a little differently, and trade music for comedy. The great George Carlin released two groundbreaking albums that year. Jeremy joins us again to laugh it up.
August 19, 2022
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
This week we put our space faces close to the starman himself, David Bowie, as we freak out to this legendary record. For this time, our brother and bandmate Jeremy joins us.
August 12, 2022
The World Is A Ghetto by War
This week we learn a lot about War, the cool, funky kind though, that put out great records like this one.
August 05, 2022
I'm Still In Love With You by Al Green
This week Gabe helps us get in the mood as we revisit Al Green and his second very successful album of the year.
July 29, 2022
Trilogy by Emerson Lake & Palmer
This week there are a lot of mixed reviews for the album Trilogy by prog masters ELP. Our friend Bob mixes it up with us.
July 22, 2022
Caravanserai by Santana
This week we journey through a sandstorm of percussion and guitar solos with Santana and the record that began a jazz fusion period for them.
July 15, 2022
The Word Don't Fit The Picture and The Willie Way by Willie Nelson
This week it's the end of an era for Willie Nelson. Gabe stops by to discuss the final two records of the country music icon's Nashville days.
July 08, 2022
Super Fly by Curtis Mayfield
This week we give love to the one of the greatest soundtracks of all time, Super Fly, by one of the greatest artists of all time, Curtis Mayfield.
June 24, 2022
Emergency Ward! by Nina Simone
This week our hearts are broken and rebuilt by the high priestess of soul Nina Simone and her important statement in the form of the great record Emergency Ward!
June 17, 2022
Morning Bugle by John Hartford
This week we talk about bluegrass legend John Hartford and his marvelous record Morning Bugle. We're joined by friend Ben Frazier and his pops Mike, who gives us an amazing personal perspective on how this album changed his life. Not only did he see Hartford live at that time, but he also met the man himself!
June 10, 2022
School's Out by Alice Cooper
This week summer kicks off in a creepy way with School's Out by shock rocker Alice Cooper and his great band. Bob is back again to talk about another of his least favorite albums by one of his most favorite artists.
June 03, 2022
The Slider by T Rex
This week Bob helps us turn the record The Slider by glam rockers T Rex into a wild comic book.
May 27, 2022
Self-Titled by Eagles
This week we blend our voices with our good friend Gabe, as we talk about the debut record from (The) Eagles.
May 20, 2022
Obscured By Clouds by Pink Floyd
This week we trek the valley with Obscured By Clouds, a record that was on the cusp of Pink Floyd's most famous era.
May 13, 2022
Honky Chateau by Elton John
This week we take a trip to the Honky Chateau, the record that began Elton John's long reign of chart toppers. Comedic winemaker and musical martial artist Jonas joins us again.
May 06, 2022
Still Bill by Bill Withers
This week we're listening to the funky advice of Bill Withers on his breakthrough record Still Bill.
April 29, 2022
Exile On Main Street by The Rolling Stones
This week we fail to pay our taxes and flee the country with The Rolling Stones and their amazing record Exile on Main Street. Alongside us is Gabe, and for the first time, our pal and fellow musician Ben Frazier.
April 22, 2022
Rio Grande Mud by ZZ Top
This week it's all beards and blues with the lonestar legends ZZ Top and their record Rio Grande Mud. Once again Cody drops by, as well as a surprise guest, could it be Billy Gibbons himself?
April 15, 2022
Three Friends and Octopus by Gentle Giant
This week we review not one but two albums: Three Friends and Octopus. Both by the obscure and sophisticated prog band Gentle Giant.
April 08, 2022
A Thing Called Love by Johnny Cash
This week it's A Thing Called Love by the one and only Johnny Cash. A lesser known record to us but still a big hit for the man in black. Joining us is the man in slacks, Gabe Colman.
April 01, 2022
Music of My Mind by Stevie Wonder
This week we fly our camels and ride our kites with Gabe Colman, as we break down Stevie Wonder's Music of My Mind, an album that changed his sound forever.
March 25, 2022
Machine Head by Deep Purple
This week it's one of the wildest stories behind a record in rock history. We're talking about the very successful Machine Head by hard rock influencers Deep Purple, with our good friend Cody Gradolf.
March 18, 2022
Touch Your Woman by Dolly Parton
This week we're talking about country music icon and all around great human Dolly Parton and her album Touch Your Woman with super fan Danielle Povlock.
March 11, 2022
Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull
This week we're heading to the Flute & Lute with our good friend, comedian and musician Bob Nugent, to converse about the prog rock concept satire that is Thick As A Brick by the great Jethro Tull.
March 04, 2022
Root Down by Jimmy Smith
This week we move to the groove of legendary jazz/funk keyboardist Jimmy Smith and his phenomenal live album Root Down.
February 25, 2022
Pink Moon by Nick Drake
This week it's Nick's Drake's final record, Pink Moon. We discuss it's influence as a cult classic, and pontificate what the songwriter might have achieved. Joining us once again is our friend Gabe Colman.
February 18, 2022
Eat A Peach by The Allman Brothers Band
This week it's about the bittersweet success of Eat A Peach and the tragedy that befell The Allman Brothers Band. We are joined by friend and musician Gabe Colman.
February 11, 2022
Harvest by Neil Young
This week we talk about the top seller of '72, Neil Young's standout record Harvest. Disclaimer: there's no discussion of vaccines or thumb-headed podcast hosts. We're joined by friend and fellow musician Cody Gradolf.
February 04, 2022
Self-Titled by Linda Ronstadt
This week we talk about how the great Linda Ronstadt messed around and created a whole other legendary band on an album that changed her professional trajectory. Our guest is music lover Danielle Povlock.
January 28, 2022
Let's Stay Together by Al Green
This week we break up and make up while talking about the Al Green record that made him a success.
January 21, 2022
Self-Titled by Paul Simon
We nerd out on albums from 1972 as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. This week it's me and JR down by the schoolyard as we discuss Paul Simon. Joining us is our friend and fellow music lover Jonas Schrodt.
January 14, 2022
Young Gifted & Black by Aretha Franklin
The first episode of Half A Cench is here! We break down and nerd out on albums from 1972 as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. To kick things off we talk about a good one from the Queen of Soul.
January 07, 2022