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 013 | Sheer Mag “Need to Feel Your Love” & Donald Fagen “The Nightfly”

Donald Fagen and Sheer Mag albums are reviewed in Episode 13

In this episode we swap Sheer Mag’s 2017 release “Need to Feel Your Love” and Donald Fagen’s “The Nightfly”. Released in 1982, “The Nightfly” was Donald Fagen’s first solo album after the breakup of Steely Dan. Using many of the same musicians, Fagen crafts one of the masterpieces of it’s day and the first digitally recorded album. Hailing from Philadelphia by way of New York, Sheer Mag’s first album is chock full of great riffs, angst and grit . With it’s low-fi recording style, this album grabs you and never let’s go!


Sheer Mag

Donald Fagen