Nakedly Examined Music is a podcast about making music: Why do we do it? Why do we do it the way we do it? Mark Linsenmayer interviews songwriters and composers famous and otherwise about specific recordings, which are presented in full on the podcast.

NEM#211: Louis Michot (Lost Bayou Ramblers) Evolves Cajun Music

Coming from a family who played traditional cajun music in Louisiana, violinist Louis and his accordion-playing brother Andre have released nine albums (plus some live releases and EPs since 2001), winning two Grammy awards, plus Louis has had a couple of releases under the name Michot's Melody Makers, and he just released his first solo album. We discuss the title track  Continue Reading …

NEM#210: Matt Piucci (Rain Parade) Retires BACK to Music

After Matt's "paisley underground" band Rain Parade recorded two albums and an EP from '83-'85, he was a member of Crazy Horse (taking the Neil Young guitar role in Neil's absence), and released a few albums intermittently as he worked in law enforcement. Now that he has retired, he's back devoting all his time to music, and Rain Parade has been touring and released its first  Continue Reading …

NEM#209: Bruce Hornsby Is a Lifelong Student

Bruce is best known for his first album The Way It Is (1986), but has come light years since then through 18+  albums, experimenting with different styles, playing over 100 shows with the Grateful Dead, and scoring numerous projects for Spike Lee. He's won three Grammys and recorded with music royalty including Elton John, Ornette Coleman, Branford Marsalis, Willie Nelson,  Continue Reading …

NEM#208: Laura Osnes: From Broadway to Nashville

After winning a TV reality competition in 2007 to become Sandy in Grease on Broadway, Laura went on to perform on (and off) Broadway in shows like South Pacific, Bonnie & Clyde, Anything Goes, and Cinderella. In 2021 she left Broadway over anti-vax sentiments and now stars in Hallmark Channel films while writing and recording country songs. We discuss her 2023 singles  Continue Reading …

NEM#207: Jason Narducy: Punk Matured

Jason plays bass for Bob Mould's band, is a touring member of Superchunk, and has been making the promo rounds as he tours as guitarist with actor Michael Shannon to play R.E.M.'s debut Murmur live for its 40th anniversary. He's a singer-songwriter who played as Verbow in the 90s, and more recently as Split Single. We discuss two Split Single tunes: "Bitten by the Sound"  Continue Reading …

NEM#206: Wreckless Eric: “Without Sound, You’ve Got Nothing”

Eric Goulden started in 1977 as label-mate to Elvis Costello and Ian Dury, but after three albums he went indie and was an early practitioner of home recording, releasing albums in the second half of the '80s under various band names like Captains of Industry and The Len Bright Combo. He eventually re-embraced his Wreckless Eric moniker and now records on his own and with his  Continue Reading …

NEM#205: Tom Heyman: Unreliable Narrator

Tom is best known as a steel guitar player who has guested with artists like Alejandro Escovedo, John Doe, and Sonny Smith. He started in the late '80s as the lead guitarist and backup songwriter for the Philadelphia energetic alt-country band Go to Blazes. After five albums with them, he moved to San Francisco in 1997 and has since released six solo albums of Dylan-esque,  Continue Reading …

NEM#204: Tim and Sue Lee Learn Their Craft, from Windbreakers to Bark

Tim first released music as co-frontman of The Windbreakers (with Bobby Sutliff) in Mississippi in 1982, with seven releases in under that moniker plus other collaborations coming out in the '80s. He recorded two solo albums as the '80s ended and then retired from the road and recording until the late '90s, when he started again releasing solo albums, with his wife Susan Bauer  Continue Reading …

NEM#203: Andy White Tells the Truth

Andy has released 16 solo albums and a few collaborations since 1986. He tours almost exclusively solo with an acoustic guitar and has written three books. We discuss "The Happiness Index" from AT (2023), his second collaboration with Tim Finn; the title track from The Guilty and the Innocent (2017); and "Speechless" from Out There (1992). End song: "Italian Girls on Mopeds"  Continue Reading …

REISSUE-NEM#41: Glenn Mercer (Feelies): Produce Yourself

Glenn has put out albums with the Feelies since 1980, filling in gaps with other bands (e.g., The Willies in the early '80s, Wake Ooloo in the '90s) and a couple of solo albums. His albums have a unique sound, due to his insistence that production is part of the composing process. On this interview conducted in 2017, we discuss two songs from the 2017 Feelies album In  Continue Reading …

NEM#202: Richard Lloyd (Television): Guitar is Combustible

Richard with Tom Verlaine were the groundbreaking NYC dual guitar monster that was Television from 1973-1978 plus reunions (totaling three albums), and Richard has fronted seven solo albums while also touring and recording as a guitarist with Matthew Sweet, John Doe, Rocket from the Tomb, and others.  We discuss "So Sad" from The Countdown (2018), "Glurp" from Radiant  Continue Reading …

NEM#199: Alan Jenkins’ Cornucopia of Experiments

Alan started in the late '70s in Leicester as the singer/ songwriter/ guitarist for The Deep Freeze Mice, which recorded 10 albums through 1989. He then headed several more collaborative projects including The Chrysanthemums (4 albums'86-'91), Ruth's Refrigerator (2 albums '90-'92), and The Creams (8 albums '92-'98), released 8 albums as the experimental surf band Thurston Lava  Continue Reading …

NEM#198: Chris Stamey Keeps on Developing

Chris started in the mid 70s playing with his childhood friend Mitch Easter in Sneakers, then backing Alex Chilton, starting a home-based record label that released Chris Bell's legendary single "I Am the Cosmos," and then most famously founding the dB's, which he left after two albums in 1983. He then became a producer, played with The Golden Palominos with folks like Michael  Continue Reading …

NEM#196: Michael Gira (Swans) Is Not Done

Swans started in the early '80s in New York with a brutal sound which by the middle of the decade became more subtle and textured. The band broke up in 1995 after ten albums (and three other releases under the name World of Skin), then Michael released a couple of solo albums and six alt-country releases as Angels of Light before starting a new chapter of Swans in 2010 which  Continue Reading …

NEM#195: Nicholas Tremulis Reads Better Books

Nick started as a teen punk jazz guitarist in Chicago and has fronted 10+ carefully arranged solo albums in various styles from R&B to Latin to alt-country. He has also been in groups with Alejandro Escovedo (Fauntleroys), Bun E. Carlos from Cheap Trick (Candy Golde), and now the Chi-Town Social Club. He's also a teacher and has scored 40+ films. We discuss "Amanda and  Continue Reading …

NEM#194: Vashti Bunyan Is Not a Folk Singer

Vashti was discovered in the mid-60s by the Rolling Stones manager, recorded a seminal (though commercially unsuccessful) acoustic album in 1970, then quit music until her children were grown, recording two more albums since 2005, touring, and her old songs have appeared on several commercials and soundtracks. She's just released her autobiography, Wayward: Just Another Life to  Continue Reading …

Nakedly Examined Music #193: Peter Case’s Songs About Now

Initially compared as a rock singer with John Lennon in the late '70s and early '80s with The Nerves and The Plimsouls, his subsequent sixteen solo albums beginning in 1986 have embraced blues, solo acoustic guitar, and on his new album, highly percussive piano (on his new album). We discuss "Have You Ever Been in Trouble?" from Dr. Moan (2023), "Every 24 Hours" feat.  Continue Reading …