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Pods & Sods with Craig Smith and Eric Miller. A podcast for the musically obsessed, Pods & Sods features interviews, analysis, and critical looks at many musical works, both new and old. From KISS to The Beatles to Debbie Gibson to Ween and beyond. Broadcasting between one and three times a week, every episode is sure to bring a laugh or two.
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Sep 3, 2021

In this episode, Megan and Craig reunite to discuss Mike and Micky's live album (and the farewell tour), Andrew's book coming soon, 7A reissuing Stranger Things Have Happened and Dolenz Sings Nesmith, some discussion and opinion about Friday Music's Missing Links RSD vinyl reissues, and what ended up being the best piece of Monkees vinyl we've gotten in a LONG time - the Run Out Groove 2LP version of the debut album.

Aug 20, 2021

When we last left Corey Nowlin, he was saying goodbye to Megan and Craig after spending five days on a boat with a bunch of rabid KISS fans.  He has returned to The Pods & Sods Network to discuss a band that he has some history with and that he and Craig appreciated greatly during the pandemic - Phish.  Lots to take in here, so read the book and surrender to the flow as Corey and Craig take you into the incredibly deep, wide and rewarding world of Phish.

Aug 6, 2021

In the first episode of WHY WE LOVE... - a series to kick off an unscripted and all over the place conversation about bands we love (with a little off-topic fun as well) - Brian Linnen (Permanent Record Podcast) joins Craig for a candid chat about a band Craig has loved forever and Brian has loved for under a year - the amazing Bee Gees.  They talk about various albums and songs, the eras of the band, some of their turns on television and films and their solo careers - but not before Brian has a score to settle with Craig and the absent Eric.

Visit Brian and Sarah at Permanent Record Podcast:
https://www.permanentrecordpodcast.com/

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Mar 5, 2021

Andrew Sandoval comes back to the Pods & Sods Network to discuss his forthcoming book The Monkees: The Day By Day Story!  First published in 2005, it had widely been considered the last word on the story of The Monkees - an incredibly detailed chronology of all of the music, filming and tours between their creation and 1970.  Now expanded and essentially rebuilt, the new version of the book contains some mindblowing content that's never been unearthed until now, and Andrew shares some of the new research info with Craig and answers a few listener questions.

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Dec 20, 2020

HAPPY CHRISTMAS BEATLE PEOPLE!
A Holiday Gift from Brian Jacobs and Craig Smith

As a final gift in 2020, Mister Brian Jacobs returns to the Pods & Sods to join Craig for a quick chat about the seven fan club flexidiscs sent out to Beatles fans between 1963 and 1969 (and as an album in 1970).  Happy Holidays to all and enjoy!

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Nov 20, 2020

TWO PICK TEN: THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY

After we learned in the previous Beatles episode that Mister Brian Jacobs would try to throw the numbers in his favor, he was banished to a separate desert island that just played one Dylan song on a loop.  Thalia Reynolds (Another Kind Of Mind) proved to be up to the task of choosing, and joined Craig for this Two Pick Ten where they focus on the point where she jumped onto Beatle Fandom - 25 years ago as they celebrate the anniversary of The Beatles Anthology.

Check out Another Kind of Mind: A Different Kind of Beatles Podcast at https://anotherkindofmind.podbean.com/

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Nov 6, 2020

Megan and Craig from SamePageCast present
SOUND OF THE SUNSET, SOUND OF THE SEA
The Monkees track by track, session by session

Episode 09 - March 1967

Pillow Time - version 1/demo
Micky In Carlsbad Cavern
Shades Of Gray
Masking Tape
You Just May Be The One - version 2 [LP version]
Peter Gunn’s Gun
I Can’t Get Her Off My Mind - version 2 [LP version]
Two-Part Invention In F Major
No Time - version 1
Blues
Banjo Jam
Cripple Creek
The Story Of Rock And Roll - version 1
Cantata & Fugue In C&W
The Story Of Rock And Roll - version 2
Don’t Be Cruel
Early Morning Blues And Greens
For Pete’s Sake
No Time - version 2 [LP version]
Just A Game - version 1/demo

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Oct 23, 2020

TRACK BY TRACK
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS
Original release date: October 23, 1995

In 1994, Smashing Pumpkins were a rock band coming off a super successful album (Siamese Dream) with an epic heavy sound - but many were surprised at exactly how far they could take "epic" - and they certainly took it far on their 1995 masterwork Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness.  Christopher Fritz joins Craig once again as they dive into this one track by track, starting in the neighborhood record store where they met, the show where they saw the original four-piece Pumpkin lineup for what would be one of the last times, Billy's track notes, what songs from the singles that would swap into the album, and culminating with these two friends reuniting to see the band in 2018 to relive some of those memories one more time.  Join us on this empty party afternoon where we sing a birthday song to one of the most ambitious albums to come out of the nineties.

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Music included:

"Tonight, Tonight" as recorded by Paper Wings for the cassette compilation Songs From The Magic Bus: The Listessa Tribute Compilation Dedicated To The Smashing Pumpkins (1996; Craig Smith: vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards; Ian Zapczynski: drums)

"In The Arms Of Sleep" as recorded by Craig Smith for the cassette Facsimile Of Truth (1996)

Oct 2, 2020

Megan and Craig from SamePageCast present
SOUND OF THE SUNSET, SOUND OF THE SEA
The Monkees track by track, session by session

Episode 08 - February/March 1967

The Girl I Knew Somewhere - version 2 [45 version]
Sunny Girlfriend
Mr. Webster - version 2 [LP version]
Nine Times Blue - demo
Until It’s Time For You To Go - version 1
She’ll Be There - demo
Midnight Train - demo
Randy Scouse Git
Band 6
You Told Me
Zilch
I’ll Spend My Life With You - version 2 [LP version]
Forget That Girl
Where Has It All Gone - version 1
Memphis Tennessee
Twelve-String Improvisation
Where Has It All Gone - version 2
Monkee Chat
East Virginia
Jericho
Fever

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Sep 20, 2020

WEEKAPOD GROOVE | CONVERSATIONS ABOUT PHISH
Episode 10: Time Turns Elastic

Rob and Craig join up for the first time in three years to discuss everything that's happened in the world of Phish since the 2017 Baker's Dozen shows.

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Sep 4, 2020

TWO PICK TEN: ABBA

One could say that all of the Two Pick Ten episodes present various rabbit holes that Craig has fallen into - for most episodes, the entire purpose of the series is to bring together two people familiar with an artist's entire catalog of music. This one was a month-long crash course in melodic goodness as special guest Josh Fitzgerald willingly goes to that desert island with Craig and the two collaborate on their two-record set THE BEST OF ABBER. You'll have to listen to understand.

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Aug 14, 2020

TWO PICK TEN: WOODSTOCK

Join us for a very special surprise Woodstock anniversary episode where Craig convinces legendary Woodstock author and expert Scott Parker to join him on the recently discovered desert island Yasgur as they brainstorm their own configuration of the Woodstock soundtrack for the 51st anniversary of the legendary festival. The twist this time - only one song per artist. There is, as always, chat about the songs picked but also discussion about the bands that didn't make it onto their reconfigured soundtrack and why, as well as plenty of anecdotes about both Scott and Craig's (and Megan's!) visits to Bethel and all kinds of groovy goodness. In other words, this podcast is "far out" and hopefully won't put you "through bad changes".

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Jul 31, 2020

The scene: a desert island.  The task: pick twenty Radiohead tracks to make the perfect 2LP listening experience for said location.  The brave souls taking on such a task: Jack Broad and Craig Smith.

As mentioned in this episode:

How To Play Radiohead Songs | Why I Love Radiohead :: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdPaYlcY23g

What Makes This Song Great? Ep.31 RADIOHEAD :: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpNFcfPQcYQ

Jul 17, 2020

SamePageCast with Megan and Craig
Davy Live In Japan... and a Barrelful of Monkee Missteps

Back in February, Megan and Craig had a bit of a Davy Jones marathon.  Our episode starts with a review of the wonderful 7A release Live In Japan, but starts to take shape into a discussion about where Davy Jones fits inside and outside of The Monkees, with some conversations about the Monkees touring/reunion lineups over the years.  An honest look at a complicated man who may have been responsible for some decisions that definitely altered the course of Monkeedom forever.

Jul 3, 2020

ESSENTIAL COMPILATIONS
A Breakin' Anthology
1984

Three years since first joining up on the first episode of ESSENTIAL COMPILATIONS, Lee McCormack is back to join Craig for some drinks and a track by track breakdown of both Breakin' soundtrack albums and films!

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Jun 5, 2020

In this episode, Brad Page dares to join Craig on the fabled desert island that has ruined many a friendship as they chat about each growing up in very different areas listening to the music of Pink Floyd and then share their twenty collective picks.

Check out Brad's I'm In Love With That Song Podcast at lovethatsongpodcast.com

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May 19, 2020

Six-Pack of Stray Cats, Volume One

On this Six-Pack episode, Lee McCormack of the Tramps Like Us Podcast and friend of the show Kurt Runyon join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to talk Stray Cats.  Lee is shot out of a cannon on this one with the Stray Cats being his all-time favorite band - he has his guitar, he has all the trivia anyone would want, he has stories (including the time Slim Jim broke Lee's personal drum head), and he has off-the-charts enthusiasm!!  Kurt gets in a few words edgewise, hehe... this episode is a real blast as we dig into the ultimate rockabilly band!'

So throw your bowling shirt, slick back your hair and discover or rediscover the rockabilly greatness of Stray Cats!

May 18, 2020

Six-Pack of Manowar, Volume One

HOLD YOUR HAMMERS HIGH!!

On this Six-Pack episode, Matt Porter from The KISS Room and BJ Kramp of the Rock And/Or Roll podcast join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to ride the winds of victory into Valhalla and discuss the music and Conan-like pageantry of Manowar. From loin clothes to tales of Thor and battles and triumphs, Manowar is certainly a unique band.  Their musicianship is aggressive, smart, and solidly beyond reproach, their image and lyrical content is definitely testosterone-laden and fantasy based.  Should they be winking with some of their songs a la Spinal Tap?  Is it all kayfabe??  What do they think of the "metal" posers of their day?!? We discuss all of this and much more.  But moreover, we play six fun and fist-pumping songs from this pioneering band in the power-metal, fantasy-metal genre! 

So grab your broadsword, let the arrows fly, and ride with us into glory as we have some fun with a Six-Pack of Manowar!

May 8, 2020

IMMEDIATE FAMILY WEEK!

Steve Postell Picks The Essential David Crosby (and James, Joni, and Jackson)

Steve Postell shares his essential David Crosby songs and more. Actually we start with James Taylor, then move onto Joni Mitchell, then Jackson Browne, and finally David Crosby.  Through this chronological journey in song, Steve paints the vivid and emotional picture of how he first discovered and "became a fan" of his Immediate Family brothers.  From a young musician reading the names of Danny, Russ, Leland, and Waddy in liner notes, to watching them live on stage with both James Taylor and Jackson Browne, Steve felt a strong kinship with these guys long before they ever met. He shares that story and it's really wonderful.. he talks about each of the Immediate Family members one by one, what he admires, how they connected, and how they connect musically and as friends.  It's a tremendous way to celebrate the band, their legacy, and their future together.  An absolutely amazing way to wrap up the arc of Immediate Family Week!

Long-time friends and musical collaborators Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel, Steve Postell, and Leland Sklar have come together to form The Immediate Family. Tune in this week on Pods & Sods as they each share memories of their careers, pick the essential songs from some of their favorite colleagues, talk about their new album, and much more!

May 7, 2020

IMMEDIATE FAMILY WEEK!

Waddy Wachtel Picks The Essential Keith Richards

Waddy Wachtel shares his essential Keith Richards songs. As a young guitarist, Waddy identified with the sounds of early Rolling Stones on record and on stage. And through his career in the 70s as Waddy was working with Zevon, Ronstadt, and dozens more, he connected with The Stones and became a friend of Keith's.  Then one day, he got a call - THAT call from Keith.  Keith said "I'm forming a band and you're in it."  Keith could have invited any guitarist in the world to play by his side and he chose Waddy.  What does that mean to Waddy?  He shares his journey as it relates to the Stones discography, what he loves about their songs, and his musical partnership and friendship with Keith.  We also take a few brief detours into Frank Zappa, Don Everly, Lenny Bruce, Warren Zevon, and so much more.

Long-time friends and musical collaborators Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel, Steve Postell, and Leland Sklar have come together to form The Immediate Family. Tune in this week on Pods & Sods as they each share memories of their careers, pick the essential songs from some of their favorite colleagues, talk about their new album, and much more!

May 6, 2020

MMEDIATE FAMILY WEEK!

Leland Sklar Picks The Essential Billy Cobham

Leland Sklar shares his essential Billy Cobham songs. Following a six-week tour where Lee's band The Section (with Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel) opened for Mahavishnu Orchestra, Lee got a call from MO's incomparable drummer, Billy Cobham, to join him on his first solo record.  That record would also feature Jan Hammer, the late Tommy Bolin and would become the ferocious masterpiece known as Spectrum.  Lee shares his memories of how that record came together, what it meant to him working with those fellow greats, how it influenced his approach and life, and so much more.  We also talk a lot about Immediate Family, his career, and even take some detours into The Wrecking Crew, The Funk Brothers, Phil Collins, and much more.  

Long-time friends and musical collaborators Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel, Steve Postell, and Leland Sklar have come together to form The Immediate Family. Tune in this week on Pods & Sods as they each share memories of their careers, pick the essential songs from some of their favorite colleagues, talk about their new album, and much more!

May 5, 2020

IMMEDIATE FAMILY WEEK!

Russ Kunkel Picks The Essential Bob Dylan

Russ Kunkel shares his essential Bob Dylan songs. In 1970, Peter Asher rang up Russ to come down "to the studio" because George Harrison and Bob Dylan were jamming. It was a night that Russ will never forget and he brings us into that room by sharing memories in this episode.  A few months later, Russ gets the call to record with Dylan for his New Morning record.  What did these once-in-a-lifetime experiences mean to Russ, how does he feel about those songs, how were the sessions, what has his work with Dylan meant for him personally and professionally?  We get into that while enjoying the songs for Russ's work with Bob Dylan.

Long-time friends and musical collaborators Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel, Steve Postell, and Leland Sklar have come together to form The Immediate Family. Tune in this week on Pods & Sods as they each share memories of their careers, pick the essential songs from some of their favorite colleagues, talk about their new album, and much more!

May 4, 2020

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MMEDIATE FAMILY WEEK!

Danny Kortchmar Picks The Essential James Taylor

Danny Kortchmar shares his essential James Taylor songs. Danny and James became friends at a young age in New York and have followed each other professionally through early bands in the New York club scene, through collaborations with other artists, and obviously through James' wildly successful career.  Danny picks his ten favorite (at the moment) James songs, why they're meaningful to him, his memories or writing/recording them, and loads of James and Immediate Family anecdotes and trivia.

Long-time friends and musical collaborators Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Waddy Wachtel, Steve Postell, and Leland Sklar have come together to form The Immediate Family. Tune in this week on Pods & Sods as they each share memories of their careers, pick the essential songs from some of their favorite colleagues, talk about their new album, and much more!

May 1, 2020

ALBUM BY ALBUM: Billy Joel
presented by Rick Schnee and Craig Smith for the Pods & Sods Network
recorded March 2020

The ultimate souvenir! Craig takes a stroll down memory lane with old school friend Rick Schnee, and they talk about the artist that brought them together - Billy Joel. Starting around 1990, they go through the stories of discovering the albums, trading live bootlegs, seeing Billy in concert together (and separately) and talk about their favorite songs and the memories surrounding them, while discussing all of the albums and ranking them to see where they fall somewhere along the line.

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