Episode 016 | Rush “Hemispheres” & Alvin Youngblood Hart “Motivational Speaker”

Two albums featuring musicians’ musicians! Alvin Youngblood Hart mixes his San Francisco upbringing with Mississippi Country Blues to create some of the best guitar work we’ve heard in awhile. Motivational Speaker features some impressive guests including Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars) and Audley Freed (Cry of Love, Black Crowes). Hart explores a full range of genres including twang, blues, rock, psychedelic rock and echos of Jimi Hendrix.

Hemispheres is Rush’s epic prog rock classic. Featuring only 4 songs, it encapsulates the mystical elements of their songs with straight up, rock and roll that Rush perfected over their first five albums. With the first side of the album beginning where the previous album left off, Cygnus X-1 tells a journey and takes the listener on a incredible 20 minute ride. A true hidden gem, it precedes their more commercial albums that followed, Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures.


Alvin Youngblood Hart


Episode 015 | Screaming Trees “Sweet Oblivion” & Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!”

Episode 15 of the Swap has another great pair of albums. Childish Gambino, the music stage name of actor/director Donald Glover has shades of old school funk and soul but a refreshing weird flavor as well in “Awaken, My Love!” This album has all sorts of hidden gems we discuss. Released in 1992, The Screaming Tree’s “Sweet Oblivion” was a mild success during the heyday of Seattle’s Grunge movement, but this band was more than just another band from Seattle.


Childish Gambino

Screaming Trees

Episode 014 | Balsam Range “Papertown” & Public Enemy “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”

Episode 14 of AlbumSwap Podcast features Public Enemy and Balsam Range

Episode 14 of features Bluegrass and Rap for a diverse mix. Balsam Range is a five-piece Bluegrass band from Canton, North Carolina and named the band from local Blue Ridge Mountains. Papertown tells the story of Canton as an old paper mill town. The album won several awards including top Bluegrass album for the year and features some great covers including Elmore James “One Way Out” make popular by the Allman Brothers. Public Enemy is from New York City and their 1988 sophomore effort, “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” is considered one of the greatest rap albums of all times. Delivering s strong social message that still resonates today, the album is full of passion and honest emotions and some great beats.