PLAY DISC

Jon and Harrison Porobil host biweekly long form discussions about full albums of pop/rock music

About the show

Every other Tuesday, Jon and Harrison Porobil sit down for about an hour to discuss a full album of music. We will cover many genres from many different time periods—the only common theme is that we think these albums are interesting. We'll discuss concept albums, singles collections, genre explorations, all-time classics, buried treasures, interesting failures, and more.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 026: Smash Mouth - Astro Lounge (1999)

    Episode  |  October 20th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  58 mins 55 secs
    all star, astro lounge, can't get enough of you baby, come on come on, diggin' your scene, digimon, greg camp, i just wanna see, music, music commentary, mystery men, play disc, pop, pop rock, radio, retro, road man, rock, satellite, shrek, ska, smash mouth, steve harwell, stoned, then the morning comes, waste, who's there

    Harrison brings for discussion Smash Mouth's sophomore album Astro Lounge, or as most people know it, "The one with 'All Star' on it."

  • BONUS - Outtakes from Jane's Addiction discussion featuring Mo Ouyang

    Episode  |  October 13th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 42 secs
    china, dave navarro, david bowie, eric avery, hand injuries, jane's addiction, mo ouyang, music, music commentary, nothing's shocking, perry farrell, play disc, steely dan, stephen perkins, van halen

    We cut a lot of conversation from last week's episode about Jane's Addiction, but some of it was fun enough to save for an in-between bonus! We talk about hand injuries, playing rock tribute concerts in China, and KISS!

  • Episode 025: Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking (1988) featuring special guest Mo Ouyang!

    Episode  |  October 6th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 52 secs
    agony sauce, dave navarro, drugs, eric avery, flea, funk, glenn case, had a dad, heavy metal, idiots rule, jane says, jane's addiction, lollapalooza, mc frontalot, mo ouyang, mountain song, music, music commentary, nothing's shocking, ocean size, perry farrell, pigs in zen, play disc, punk rock, rage against the machine, red hot chili peppers, standing in the shower thinking, stephen perkins, summertime rolls, ted bundy, ted just admit it, thank you boys, tom morello, up the beach, whores

    Guest Mo Ouyang brings to us Jane's Addiction's major label debut, Nothing's Shocking! He talks about how influential Jane's Addiction and their frontman Perry Farrell were, to him and to the world in general!

  • Bonus episode - Outtakes from Emergency & I with Glenn Case!

    Episode  |  September 29th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  17 mins 30 secs
    music, music commentary, play disc

    Our discussion with Glenn Case on The Dismemberment Plan ran long, and a lot of good conversation ended up on the cutting room floor. So we cobbled some fun pieces together into our longest outtakes episode yet!

  • Episode 024: The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I (1999) with Special Guest Glenn Case!

    Episode  |  September 22nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 6 secs
    8 and a half minutes, a life of possibilities, agony sauce, back and forth, death cab for cutie, desoto, emergency & i, emo, eric axelson, experimental rock, girl o'clock, glenn case, gyroscope, i love a magician, indie rock, interscope, jason caddell, jazz rock, joe easley, joe jackson, math rock, memory machine, music, music commentary, play disc, slint, spider in the show, the av club, the city, the dismemberment plan, the jitters, the turd in the caviar, the weakerthans, they might be giants, travis morrison, what do you want me to say, you are invited

    Glenn Case, who won the PLAY DISC Request Lottery at the end of our last episode, decided to stop in to help guide us through his pick of The Dismemberment Plan's 1999 album Emergency & I.

  • Episode 023: Various Artists - Warby Parker Presents Beck's Song Reader (2014)

    Episode  |  September 8th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 17 secs
    alternative rock, america here's my boy, beck, bob forrest, david johansen, do we? we do, don't act like your heart isn't hard, elanor friedberger, eyes that say "i love you", folk, fun., futurama, gabriel kahane, heaven's ladder, i'm down, indie, jack black, jack white, jarvis cocker, jason isbell, juanes, just noise, last night you were a dream, laura marling, lord huron, loudon wainwright iii, marc ribot, moses sunmey, music, music commentary, norah jones, now that your dollar bills have sprouted wings, play disc, please leave a light on when you go, rap, rock, rough on rats, saint dude, sheet music, sparks, swamp dogg, the wolf is on the hill, title of this song, tweedy, we all wear cloaks, why did you make me care?

    Jon bends the rules by bringing in a fairly unconventional album. In 2012, Beck published a whole book of sheet music with no accompanying audio, so in 2014, Warby Parker produced a compilation CD of twenty different artists performing the songs from Beck's Song Reader. It's kind of all over the place, and we talk about it.

  • Episode 022: U2 - War (1983)

    Episode  |  August 25th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  56 mins 42 secs
    40, adam clayton, bill bailey, bono, drowning man, ireland, irish, kid creole, larry mullen, larry mullen jr., like a song, music, music commentary, new years day, part troll, play disc, psalm 40, red light, seconds, steve lillywhite, sunday bloody sunday, surrender, the edge, the refugee, the troubles, two hearts beat as one, u2

    Instead of picking an album to present, Harrison instead asked Jon to pick a U2 album and try to sell Harrison on the concept of U2, the Irish hall-of-famers who routinely gross over $1 billion revenue from their concerts. So Jon chose their 1983 album War (huh!) and set about convincing Harrison that U2 is not overrated.

  • Bonus Episode - Chatting about cover songs with Derrek Carriveau

    Episode  |  August 18th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  11 mins 45 secs
    anthrax, cover songs, derrek carriveau, got the time, ifltr, joe jackson, music, music commentary, play disc

    Last week's episode about Joe Jackson ran very long, so we had to cut a lot. This outtake seemed too good to leave on the cutting room floor, as Jon, Harrison, and Derrek talk about cover songs - songs they first heard as covers, songs they didn't realize were covers, and favorite cover songs.

  • Episode 021: Joe Jackson - Look Sharp! (1979)

    Episode  |  August 11th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 1 min
    (do the) instant mash, 80s, anthrax, baby stick around, covers, derrek carriveau, don't ask me, fools in love, got the time, graham maby, happy loving couples, is she really going out with him, joe jackson, look sharp!, music, music commentary, new wave, one more time, play disc, post-punk, pretty girls, reggae, sunday papers, throw it away

    Guest Derrek Carriveau joins us to discuss an album Jon brought to the table, Joe Jackson's 1979 debut Look Sharp! We discuss New Wave music, Jackson's apparent dating woes, some of the lyrics that haven't aged well, and Derrek talks about his time working in a record store in the late 90s.

  • BONUS DISC - Interview with Grace Rowland of The Deer

    Episode  |  August 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 1 min
    51st street, an argument for observation, anne marie, art, austin, austin tx, bonus disc, food, grace park, grace rowland, interview, kutx, mary sue, music, music commentary, paradise, play disc, songwriting, stephanie bledsoe, the deer, the swan dive

    The Deer frontwoman Grace Rowland called in to discuss the latest PLAY DISC episode about her band's debut, some of the real stories behind the songs that Jon & Harrison had speculated on, and the creative process.

  • Episode 020: The Deer - An Argument for Observation (2013)

    Episode  |  July 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  59 mins 40 secs
    51st street, all the leaping, an argument for observation, anne marie, army ants, as women go, austin, austin texas, austin tx, cannabis, drug addiction, food, grace park, grace park and the deer, grace rowland, jesse dalton, kutx, mary sue, music, music commentary, no code, paradise, play disc, texas, the deer, the swan dive, through your blood, tx

    For our (checks notes)... TWENTIETH EPISODE, Harrison and Jon discuss an album that came our way from the PLAY DISC Request Lottery, The Deer's debut album An Argument for Observation. After a brief aside about Jon's recent success in a songwriting competition, we discuss the album's crypically poetic lyrics, its themes of drug addiction, and various other aspects of this beautiful indie folk album.

  • Episode 019: Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (2006), featuring special guest Dan McCoy!

    Episode  |  July 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 1 min
    a widow's toast, a.c. newman, alt-country, anti-, at last, country, dan behar, dan mccoy, dirty knife, dogma, folk, fox confessor brings the flood, hold on hold on, john saw that number, lewis carroll, lion's jaws, margaret vs. pauline, maybe sparrow, music, music commentary, neko case, neko case and her boyfriends, play disc, rickroll, star witness, that teenage feeling, the flop house, the needle has landed, the new pornographers, the sadies, the walrus and the carpenter, use it

    Special guest Dan McCoy joins Harrison and Jon to discuss an album of his choosing, Neko Case's 2006 alt-country masterpiece Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. We discuss our connections to the album, Case's relationship with the alt-country genre, the unusual song structures and Case's powerful voice, and more!

  • Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005), featuring Matt Latham, Part 2

    Episode  |  July 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  45 mins 8 secs
    britpop, chemistry, girls aloud, matt latham, music, music commentary, pick a disc, play disc

    In part two of our guest-stravaganza with Matt Latham from Pick A Disc, we talk about the status of Chemistry as a concept album and its outre song structures, then pick our key tracks!

  • Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005) Featuring Matt Latham, Part 1

    Episode  |  July 2nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 35 secs
    britpop, chemistry, girls aloud, matt latham, music, music commentary, play disc, pop idol, popstars

    Jon and Harrison welcome Matthew Latham, host of the Pick A Disc podcast, to discuss an important British pop group that never made so much as a tiny ripple in the music world across the pond, Girls Aloud, and their 2005 album Chemistry. We discuss the group's origins in reality TV, the history of the British tradition of racing for that Christmas Day #1 single, and the various personalities of the five women who make up Girls Aloud.

  • Episode 017: Suburban Legends - Day Job (2012)

    Episode  |  June 3rd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr
    alan menken, anderson.paak, andy samberg, arigato, big d and the kids table, brass section, brooklyn 99, can’t stop it, come back home, dance like nobody’s watching, day job, disney, disneyland, dude alert, elton john, emergency, girlfriend’s pretty, hair metal, horn section, howard ashman, i just can’t wait to be king, japanese, just be happy, less than jake, love fair, lyrics born, my friend, npr, open up your eyes, pop punk, punk, reel big fish, reggae, ska, skate punk, snack break, streetlight manifesto, suburban legends, take the next step, the lion king, the little mermaid, the mighty mighty bosstones, the red hot chili peppers, tim rice, under the sea, video game music, vince walker, whoa

    Harrison finally indulges his passion for ska music and brings for discussion Day Job, the 2012 album by California combo Suburban Legends! We talk about what ska is and what it means to Harrison, the musical journey Suburban Legends has taken, the tradition of ska bands covering Disney songs, and more!

  • Episode 016: Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (2003)

    Episode  |  May 19th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  55 mins 53 secs
    a lack of color, barsuk records, ben gibbard, chris walla, dcfc, death cab for cutie, death of an interior decorator, emo, expo ‘86, helter skelter, indie rock, john roderick, lightness, music, music commentary, passenger seat, patty lynn, pitchfork, play disc, post-rock, request lottery, robert christgau, rock, singer-songwriter, stylus magazine, the beatles, the new year, the postal service, the sound of settling, the wind and the wave, tiny vessels, title and registration, transatlanticism, we looked like giants

    Past interview guest and current Request Lottery winner Patty Lynn picked Death Cab for Cutie's 2003 album Transatlanticism for us to talk about. It was the first time listening to this seminal indie-rock album for both Jon and Harrison, and they have some thoughts!