NEM#126: Jim Peterik Eyes Much More Than the Tiger

Jim was the main songwriter for Survivor, writing all their hits including "Eye of the Tiger" in 1983, but that was the second lightning strike, the first of which was his 1970 hit "Vehicle" with the Ides of March, a band he started in high school in 1964 and is still in today. He's co-written hits with Brian Wilson, 38 Special, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick, etc. and has released  Continue Reading …

NEM#123: Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span) Slows Down

Rick played bass on 15 albums with Steeleye Span between 1971 and 2016 and had released five solo albums since 1996 (plus another with his then-wife Maddy Prior). We discuss "Race Against Time" from Perfect Blue (2018) and two Steeleye tunes: "Cromwell's Skull" from Dodgy Bastards (2016) and "Samain" from They Called Her Babylon (2004). We conclude by listening to  Continue Reading …

NEM#121: K.C. Clifford on Brokenness and Power

K.C. has created seven releases of confessional folk (sometimes gospel, sometimes country) since 2000. We discuss “No More Living Small” and listen to “You Couldn’t Stay” from her 2020 self-titled album, then talk about “Broken Things” from Orchid (2010) and “Find My Way Home” from Teeth-Marks on My Tongue (2004). Intro: “Emily” from Times Like These (2000). For more  Continue Reading …

NEM#120: Steve Harley is Wiser and Less Hungry

Steve started fronting Cockney Rebel in the early '70s and has released a dozen albums of of narrative-driven, tuneful songs. We discuss "Compared with You (Your Eyes Don’t Seem to Age)" and listen to "Only You," his two originals from his new solo album Uncovered (2020) then look back to "Faith & Virtue" from Stranger Comes to Town (2010) and Cockney Rebel's "Bed in the  Continue Reading …

NEM#118: Matt Wilson (Trip Shakespeare) Is Still a Writer

Matt led the razor-sharp Trip Shakespeare in the '80s, releasing his first album with them in '86, got signed to a major label by the early '90s, but then stepped back while his brother and co-Tripper Dan Wilson went on to hits with Semisonic, Adele, etc. But by '98 Matt was back to the front with a solo album, spent many years with co-Tripper John Munson (first as The Flops  Continue Reading …

NEM#117: Chris McQueen (FORQ, Snarky Puppy): Like Fusion, But Cool

Chris has been guitarist for the Dallas/New York-based fusion group Snarky Puppy since its inception in 2004 and his simultaneously headed rock bands (Oso Closo then Foe Destroyer) and most recently explored acoustic guitar duets. We discuss "M-Theory" from his main band at this point, FORQ, from their album Four (2019), co-written with keyboardist Henry Hey. The intro music  Continue Reading …

NEM#116: hackedepicciotto: Nomadic Cinematographers

Alexander Hacke has been the bassist of the German experimental group Einstürzende Neubauten since 1980, and his American-born wife Danielle de Picciotto has been a singer and film-maker in Germany since the late 80s. They started collaborating around 2010 and have released seven albums together. We discuss "The Banishing" and "Third From the Sun" from The Current (2019) and  Continue Reading …

NEM#115: Julie Slick: Pedal Art Visualizer

Julie became a member of the extended King Crimson family in 2006 by joining the Adrian Belew Power Trio. She released two solo albums starting in 2010 then started working with another bassist, Marco Machera, releasing four albums with him, the last three as Echotest. Why two basses? Because Julie often uses technology to change the pitch, timbre, and other elements of her  Continue Reading …

NEM#114: Michaela Anne’s Hyper-Reflective Country

Michaela has released four albums of carefully styled, lyrically rich country since 2011.  From her latest, Desert Dove (2019), we discuss the title track, plus you'll hear "By Our Design" as the intro and "Somebody New" as the closer. We also discuss "Worrying Mind" from Bright Lights and the Fame (2016) and "Is This What Mama Meant" from Ease My Mind (2014).  For more, see  Continue Reading …

NEM#112: Radney Foster Finds His Voice

Radney started as a Nashville songwriter and performed in the late 80s as the front half of Foster & Lloyd. He went solo in '91 and has released about a dozen albums since then that increasingly break away from country music standards into something more personal. We discuss two recordings from his latest album, For You to See the Stars (2017), before which he  Continue Reading …

NEM#111: Marty Willson-Piper Has Room for Everything

In The Church, he was half of a world-famous twin guitar machine for 30 years starting in 1980 but has also released seven solo albums and been in several other bands, most notably releasing four albums with his old friend Dare Mason as Noctorum. We discuss two 2019 Noctorum tracks, "The Moon Drips" from Afterlife and "Dancing with Death" from The Afterdeath EP, plus "You  Continue Reading …

NEM#110: Joe Louis Walker’s Blues Soup

Joe has played alongside B.B. King, Ron Wood, and even back to Hendrix, Hooker, and Monk. As a solo artist he's put out around two dozen albums since 1986. He's a blues man but mixes in gospel, soul, rock, and many other styles. We discuss the title track of Hellfire (2012), "Keep the Faith" from Hornet's Nest (2013) feat. the Jordanaires, the title track from The Gift  Continue Reading …

NEM#109: Producer Guy Sigsworth (Seal, Björk, etc.) Goes Solo

Guy has been a highly sought-after British producer/keyboardist since the early '90s and is just now releasing his debut album, STET. We discuss "Mono No Aware" and "Dorian" from that album and "Unravel" from Björk's Homogenic (1997). End song: "Let's Go" by Frou Frou from Details (2002). Intro: "Crazy," co-written with Seal from his debut album (1991). Strictly speaking,  Continue Reading …

NEM#107: Barry Andrews (Shriekback): Objectifications of Groove

Barry started in '77 playing keys with XTC and after two albums started his own band Shriekback in '81, with whom he's had 14 releases plus some solo albums. He's known for inventive soundscapes placed over solid grooves (usually thanks to drummer Martyn Barker) and philosophical lyrics delivered in a low chant. We discuss three Shriekback tunes: "Such, Such Are the Joys"  Continue Reading …

NEM#106: John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions/Man Forever): Heavy Meditations

John founded the Brooklyn space-rock cooperative Oneida in the mid 90s and has put out 13 albums with them plus four as his solo project Man Forever and several others as collaborations or as Kid Millions, often as long-form, drum-centric instrumentals. He's also played with Spiritualized, Ex Models, Laurie Anderson, and many other groups. We discuss two tracks by Man  Continue Reading …

NEM#104: Dave Schramm: The Return of the Schramms

Dave was the original guitarist for Yo La Tengo in the mid '80s and left to lead The Schramms for six albums plus two solo albums while being an in-demand guitarist supporting artists like Freedy Johnston, Richard Buckner, Kate Jacobs, and Chris Stamey. We discuss three Schramms songs, "Faith is a Dusty Word" from Omnidirectional (2019), "I'll Believe" from 100 Questions  Continue Reading …

NEM#100: Dan Stuart Faces Truth and Writes Fiction in Mexico

Dan fronted Arizona cow-punk band Green on Red from 1979 to 1992, releasing seven albums and three EPs, and has since released four solo albums and some collaborations, growing increasingly literary, with two of his recent albums accompanied by novels. We discuss two tracks from The Unfortunate Demise Of Marlowe Billings (2018): "A Killer Now" and "Sky Harbor," plus "La  Continue Reading …

NEM#99: Globelamp (Elizabeth LeFay): Raw, Psychedelic Folk

Elizabeth got her start in the psych-punk band Meowtain in Olympia, WA, emerged as Globelamp in 2011 with an EP, was briefly a touring member of Foxygen, and has put out three albums since 2014. We discuss "Everything's a Spiral" and listen to "Black Tar" from Romantic Cancer (2018), "Controversial/Confrontational" from The Orange Glow (2015), and "Warrior" from Star Dust  Continue Reading …