Celebrate National Vinyl Record Day with these music podcasts

We’re celebrating National Vinyl Record Day with groovy podcasts filled with news, artist interviews, music reviews and history. Hear a preview of some of your favorite albums as told by the artists themselves in “Life of the Record.” In another series, hear Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond interview musicians about their life, work and biggest inspirations.

On “Jonesy’s Jukebox,” Sex Pistol Steve Jones shares classic interviews from his Indie 103.1 radio show. For music history and trivia, tune into podcasts like “Hit Parade” and “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs.” Podcaster Jake Brennan unites music and true crime on “Disgraceland” and “Blood on the Tracks Season 4: The Brian Wilson Story.”

A history of rock music in 500 songs

Listen to “A History of Rock Music in 500 Songs”

Immerse yourself in rock history from 1938 to 1999 with host Andrew Hickey. The episodes dissect 500 songs that shaped the genre with factual episodes set to tunes from Herman’s Hermits, The Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Aretha Franklin, The Doors and many more. Discover more than 180 episodes of less than 90 minutes on average, a must-see series for music fans.

The life of the file

Listen to “The life of the disc”

Hear the history of music and stories of classic albums told by their artists on “Life of the Record.” Hear Kevin Barnes from Montreal talk about the album, Hissing wildlife, are you the destroyer? Arrested Development’s talk discussed the band’s early days, 3 YEARS, 5 MONTHS AND 2 DAYS IN THE LIFE OF. In another episode, Jody Stephens, Terry Manning, Holly George-Warren and Rich Tupica discussed Big Star’s debut, #1 Registration.

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Hit Parade | History of music and anecdotes about music

Listen to ‘Hit Parade | History of music and trivia about music’

Slate Podcasts’ “Hit Parade” shares music history and trivia with pop chart analyst and author Chris Molanphy Why is this song #1? The series explores what makes the songs successful and dives into the classics that topped the charts. Hear episodes about Kate Bush, the geniuses of the Virginia Beach music scene including Missy Elliott, Timbaland and Pharrell, and the R&B queens of the 70s.

Jonesy’s Jukebox

Listen to “Jonesy’s Jukebox”

Hosted by Sex Pistol Steve Jones, “Jonesy’s Jukebox” shares classic interviews from his radio show on Indie 103.1 with artists like Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Siouxsie Sioux and Budgie (of the Banshees), and more. See you on Monday for new episodes.

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The New York TimesPop music critic Jon Caramanica hosts “Popcast,” a series sharing news, commentary and trends. Recent episodes have covered Beyoncé Renaissance, Lizzo, Elvis and his biopic, and Jack Harlow.

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Blood on the Tracks Season 4: The Brian Wilson Story

Listen to ‘Blood on the Tracks Season 4: The Brian Wilson Story’

“Blood on the Tracks” is back for a new season, “The Brian Wilson Story.” Wilson was writing the next Beach Boys album, Smile, after animal sounds. The new album was never released, and this podcast is historical fiction about his life and worries. This Double Elvis podcast is hosted by Jake Brennan and each season incorporates true crime, music history and lo-fi beats.

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country of disgrace

Listen to “Disgraceland”

Double Elvis’ “Disgraceland” combines music and true crime as it shares celebrity misbehavior ranging from robbery to murder over 10 seasons. Learn about Taylor Swift’s stalkers, Britney Spears’ guardianship, the life of punk rock icon Sid Vicious, Syd Barrett’s drug use and other star stories.

The Art of the Broken Record Podcast

Record broken with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond

Listen to “Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond”

“Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond” talks to artists in their craft. Listen to over 200 episodes with guests like Patti Smith, Neneh Cherry, Sonny Rollins, PJ Morton, Sharon Van Etten, Tom Jones and The Red Hot Chili Peppers – to name a few. This series is presented by Pushkin.

Rolling Stone music now

Rolling Stone music now

Listen to “Rolling Stone Music Now”

Cumulus Podcast Network presents “Rolling Stone Music Now”, a weekly series hosted by senior writer Brian Hiatt. Stay tuned for news, opinions on new releases and more from rolling stones staff and special guests. A recent episode celebrated Joni Mitchell with Cameron Crowe talking about his 1979 interview. Guitarist Larry Carlton shared his experiences playing Mitchell’s songs.

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