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The guys look at an overview of classic rocker Bob Seger's career, and ask the important questions like whether he's the premier rock and roll poet of nostalgia and regret, if he belongs in the same class as his heartland rocker peers like Springsteen and Petty, and perhaps most importantly, what is the conversion rate between Miller High Lifes and…
 
For their 50th episode, the dads are back with their first album review in a while to tackle Bright Eyes' 2007 country-rock classic "Cassadaga." An album packaged with a secret decoder on the outside, and containing 12 lush, fully-produced songs on the inside, Cassadaga sees Connor Oberst on Sad-Dad-trope trajectory from alternative prodigy weirdo …
 
Recorded last summer, but finally seeing the light of day, this episode finds the guys trying to unpack the long, cosmic legacy of the pseudo-genre "Space Rap." Tackling classics from "Planet Rock" to "Intergalactic" to "Baby Pluto," they trace the evolution of sci-fi themes in hip-hop, and ask the big questions like "It's just about drugs right?" …
 
The guys make their triumphant return with an episode that fell between the cracks on Third Eye Blind's incomparable 1997 self-titled debut. An album that is arguably better track-for-track than any record Led Zeppelin ever released, it dominated rock radio in the years before the millennium ended and defined perfect pop-rock for a generation of li…
 
In the latest episode, the dads tackle Todd Snider's East Nashville Skyline, his 4th Oh Boy Records release. It's a collection of bold, sometimes unsettling, often funny songs about death, suicide, going to jail & growing old. Told in only the way Todd Snider can, with wry wit, unabashed honesty & a unique perspective. They're the kind of songs tha…
 
In the latest episode, the Dads pay tribute to the late, great John Prine. Specially they examine Prine's eponymous debut album with Atlantic Records in 1971. The legendary songwriter started off his prolific career on dare, and didn’t slow down until his recent death from the COVID. I mean shit, this dude beat cancer and still kept chugging along.…
 
In the latest episode, the dads talk about Cloud Nothings' 2012 album—- Attack on Memory. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the band started in 2009 in Dylan Baldi’s parents’ basement as one of several “fake” MySpace bands. However, over the years, the act slowly gained a following after being invited to open for Woods and Real Estate. Not long after, the …
 
In the latest episodes, the guys look at Minnesotan indie-rock band, Cloud Cult. Lead by Craig Minowa, founder of Earthology Records, the band originated in 1995 as a solo project before evolving into the group we now know today. Specifically, we will be looking at their 2005 release, Advice From the Happy Hippopotamus. It’s a 25 track album that i…
 
In the last album of the season, the guy cover literally, one of the best albums of all time-- Modest Mouse’s The Lonesome Crowded West. Released in 1997 on Up Records, the band met with producer, Calvin Johnson, at Moon Studios where for seventeen consecutive days they recorded, before holding a second, smaller session with Phil Elk in Seattle. Du…
 
In the latest episode, the Dads discuss one of the most intoxicated bands in the history of rock n' roll-- The Replacements. The Minneapolis alt. rockers released Tim, their major label debut on Sire Records, in the fall of 85. Produced by Tommy Ramone, the band blasts its way through roughly 40 minutes of some of the best tunes from this side of t…
 
In episode seventeen of season two, the Dads go a little bit mad with the first ever Mad Dad Radio Hour. In it, they discuss the Misfits' Twelve Hits From Hell. Originally recorded in 1980, the album was soon scrapped, and parts of it were reverse Frankensteined into various EPs and singles. However, the original recordings almost saw the light of …
 
With Fall officially here, the guys examine Left and Leaving by Winnipeg mega-stars, The Weakerthans. It really is the perfect fall weather album. If you didn't know, the Weakerthan’s are fronted by John K. Sampson, who left his job as bassist for punk rockers, Propaghandi, to play much more introspective and emotional music. "Left and Leaving" sou…
 
In episode fifteen of season two, the guys discuss the Pixies’ 1989 record— Doolittle. Which in the words of journalist Ben Sisario, Doolittle is “one of the most violent pop albums ever recorded, if not in body count then in the starkness of its calamities.” And obviously, said dude is not wrong, The guys are talkin' Old Testament brutalities alon…
 
In episode fourteen of the second season, the guys attempt to break down Sir Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection. Released in 1970, Bernie Taupin and Elton explore a loose concept album over America's western frontier. As the dynamic duo "come down in time" to the late-nineteenth-century, they discuss guns, sons, and soldiers. Yeeee-oooo... it's a r…
 
The guys are back to talk about one of the most mysterious voices in indie rock with (Sandy) Alex G’s DSU. Since his early days on MySpace, YouTube and Bandcamp, Alex Giannascoli has been a student of the Sad Dad canon; however, while most artists simply pay tribute to their influences, Alex pushes the envelope and reaches new sonic boundaries on e…
 
In the latest episode, the Dads discuss what could easily be argued as the best album of 2014 with Sun Kil Moon’s Benji. Frontman Mark Kozelek is no stranger to the indie rock scene due to his years with the Red House Painters, solo material, side projects, and cover albums (we’re looking at you Tiny Cities). Yet, despite the success of his previou…
 
Today, the guys are "shining a light" on one of critics' favorite indie rock albums to come out of the early aughts with Wolf Parade’s studio debut-- Apologies to the Queen Mary. Released in 2005 on Sub-Pop records, and produced by none other than Modest Mouse’s own Isaac Brock--the Victoria, B.C. band crafts a sonic ruckus that summons a fusion of…
 
In the tenth episode of season two, the Duke Boys are at it again as they break down Everclear's So Much For the Afterglow. Released in 1997, the Portland based act, headed by Art Alexakis, was trying to prove that they were no one hit wonder after their previous album-- Sparkle and Fade. Briefly produced by Jim Rondinelli (Weezer's Pinkerton and W…
 
In the ninth episode of season two, the guys discuss Galaxie 500's 1989 record-- On Fire. The Harvard indie rock band released this project just one year after their 1988 debut, “Today” (which Thurston Moore dubbed "the guitar record of 1988"). With the help of their producer, Kramer, this album in particular double downs on dazed and dreamyness of…
 
In episode eight of the second season, the Sad Dad Radio Hour discusses the tragic history of Jason Molina with Songs: Ohia’s “The Lioness”. Originally released on Secretly Canadian back in 2000, Molina’s voice delivers a powerful sermon over love and work. In addition, on this particular project, Jason’s unique delivery is bolstered by relatively …
 
In the seventh episode of the second season, the guys tackle one of the best albums to come out within the past twenty years with Bright Eye’s 2005 release— I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning. It’s an album that begs to be heard again and again, as Conor Oberst and Company deliver an intimate and introspective take as they explore the struggle of what it …
 
The guys are back with their latest release over John Darnielle and The Mountain Goats’ first studio album, Tallahassee. To jump right in, this is a concept album over a couple’s doomed relationship. In fact, the main artist behind the Mountain Goats, John, at one point would say, “The album was about these characters I’d dreamed up a long time ago…
 
In the fifth episode of season two, the guys cover Waxahatchee’s 2013 sophomore record-- Cerulean Salt. The album is a stripped back and emotionally exposed indie rock record that was one of the first and finest examples of the indie boom happening in Philadelphia during the 2010’s. Building on her evocative lofi debut, American Weekend, Katie Crut…
 
In the fourth episode of season two, the guys talk about Sad Dad Legends-- Wilco. Headed by frontman, Jeff Tweedy, Summerteeth is their third studio album(not counting a Woody Guthrie tribute of sorts with Billy Bragg). It's the first album where the band’s alt-country tentacles begin reaching towards an expanding psychedelic direction. It’s a mixt…
 
In the third episode of season two, the guys talk about blink 182's third studio album-- Enema of the State. Released in 1999, the project is a soufflé of California Pop-Punk scene of the time. Layered over power chords and palm muting the band’s lyrics combined sincere feelings with sophomoric humor. And while now it might seem like baby’s first p…
 
In the second episode of season two, the guys talk about the last album that Pitchfork gave a 10/10-- Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Released in 2010, Ye was fresh off of causing controversy at the 2009 VMA after interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech. Middle America was appalled and horrified, and so, in order to regain his…
 
In the first episode of season two, the guys explore the self-titled debut from folk punk icon, Paul Baribeau. Released in 2004, it was a marquee release for Plan-It-X-Records and a crucial album for the midwest folk punk scene of the 00's. Emotionally raw, decidedly sad, and in many respects, a shockingly honest record.…
 
In the final episode of season one, the guys bring three of their favorite albums from 2018 to the table. From Daughters to Soccer Mommy, Kamasi Washington to Sleep, the Sad Dad Radio Hour yaks on about their likes and dislikes of the various projects. They also look back and touch upon the various trends of the year. So sit back, and enjoy our sea…
 
Today the guys embark on a magical journey, full of delightful surprises, family-friendly lessons, and unforgettable characters, as we breakdown the “Summer in Abaddon” by Pinback. The album, released by Touch and Go Records in October of 2004, and was one of the many indie rock albums that was released during the in-between-times. The dark forces …
 
In this episode, the guys are taking it back to 1972, as they talk about Lou Reed’s Transformer. Two years after quietly walking away from the Velvet Underground, and on the heels of his first solo album which was widely considered to be a commercial flop, Lou (alongside Mick Ronson and David Bowie) delivered Transformer. It’s an album about identi…
 
In episode sixteen, the guys try to stay positive while breaking down The Hold Steady's "Stay Positive". Released in 2008, the Craig Finn and co. explore the idea of aging gracefully and what happens to the youth of today after "they [get] a bit older, more adult with more adult problems." There's plenty of “woahs”, “ooohs”, and “sha la las”-- so g…
 
In episode fifteen, the guys are still mourning the breakup of LVL Up and decide to break down their second album-- Hoodwink'd. Released as a DIY project in 2014 on Double Double Whammy, they explore the pains of their early 20s. Recorded when Mike, David, Nick, and Greg were fresh out of college at SUNY, the group paints a landscape that truly enc…
 
In episode 14, the guys discuss indie rock giants, Death Cab For Cutie's Something About Airplanes. The album, which was released in 1998 as their first studio album, set the tone for a band which become synonymous with the latest iteration of the "quiet guy" archetype that emerged in the early 2000s. At the same time, and perhaps as would be expec…
 
In episode thirteen, the guys break In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by the legendary indie rock group Neutral Milk Hotel. In the words of journalist, Kim Cooper, it’s “weird, beautiful, absorbing, difficult, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is a surrealist text loosely based on the life, suffering and reincarnation of Anne Frank.” Throw in a two-head bo…
 
In episode twelve, the guys tackle Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's "The Nashville Sound". The album is the latest release from alt. country royalty-- Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. If you didn't know, Jason is from the legendary, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. After a stink with the Drive-by Truckers, Isbell left to pursue his solo career with the band, T…
 
In episode eleven, the guys break down Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York. Recorded back in 1993, and released just months after Kurt Cobain's passing, this album is a huge part of the band’s mythology and excellent overview of the group’s career and influences. It’s a study in contrasts, often hilarious and achingly sad, a tribute to Cobain’s her…
 
In episode ten, the guys discuss Diary by Sunny Day Real Estate. Take a second to Google “Best Emo Albums” and you’re guaranteed to find this bad boy at the top of that list. It’s chock full of angst, emotional power, and was instrumental in setting the parameters for the next decade of emo music. So crack a cold one, and buckle up.…
 
In episode nine, the guys honor the recently deceased Scott Hutchison, with Frightened Rabbit’s Midnight Organ Fight. Released in 2008 on Fat Cat Records, the album delivers a punch to the gut of roughly 48 minutes of emotionally charged indie rock. It’s a classic breakup album, as the songs on Midnight Organ Fight recount the days surrounding Scot…
 
In episode eight, the guys dive into Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties' 2014 debut, "We Don't Have Each Other". Originally written as a series of journal entries by Dan "Soupy" Campbell, frontman for the punk band, the Wonder Years--we are introduced to the tale of the fictional character of Aaron West and his journey to the American South in sea…
 
In episode seven, the guys talk shop about the Silver Jews 1998 classic American Water. Recorded on the heels of the band’s tumultuous second record The Natural Bridge which saw frontman David Berman have a near mental breakdown, American Water reunited him with his friends Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich of the band Pavement and finally brough…
 
In this episode, the guys talk about Tegan and Sara's The Con. On that album, Tegan and Sara mix insecurity with boldness, guitars with electric keyboards, and 2007 emo sensibilities with timeless reflections on love and loss. Plus, it’s the album that spawned the best haircut of the decade. So sit back, relax, and join us for the 4th or 5th best h…
 
In episode four, the guys tackle Strand of Oak’s first album Leave Ruin. Released in 2009, this project revolves around front man, and only band member at the time, Timothy Showalter’s devastatingly personal narrative about loss and heartbreak. Forget Justin Vernon breaking up with his girlfriend and moving to a cabin in the woods. Prior to the rel…
 
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