Music Commentary

Dan Hanzus and Bob Castrone love listening to music- almost as much as they love hanging out in a garage and talking about it. On The Throwback Podcast, lifelong friends revisit important albums from their past and go through them–track by track– with fresh ears. From the classics to the cringeworthy, every week is a throwback.

Episodes

August 6, 2020

COLDPLAY - Parachutes

Look at the stars, look how they shine for you... then accept the fact that it's Coldplay week on the Throwback Pod. This week, Dan and Bob dig into everyone's favorite mopey Brits' debut album, Parachutes. Did Chuck Klosterman get it right when he said "Coldplay is absolutely the shittiest fucking band I've ever heard in my entire fucking life" or did Chris Martin & co. actually write a post-BritPop masterpiece? Let's find out.

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Fighting with Jay-Z? Pissing off Papa Roach?? Corrupting Lifehouse??? Before he was a sports broadcasting titan, Matt 'Money' Smith lived a whole other life in the music industry. On the latest Throwback Pod, Money regals the boys with stories of his time in the “biz” — and dives deep on 2004, a pivotal year during his time at the legendary KROQ in Los Angeles.

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Here's a little ditty about Bob and Dan, two American kids doing the best they can. This week, they're going alllllll the way back to 1982 to check out a murder's row of Billboard Top 10 singles. Disco, Southern Rock, New Wave, Yacht Rock, and whatever you want to call Juice Newton- it's all there. Also breaking news, one of our heroes discovers he's actually a John Cougar Mellancamp fan! Surprised? So was he.

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In 2004, an incompetent President mishandled a life-or-death situation and drew the ire of millions of angry citizens who hated how much he was hurting our country. Sixteen years later, the world is obviously a much different place. And this week, Bob and Dan are in a garage ready to tackle Green Day's epic George Bush-blasting rock opera, American Idiot. Throw in some Patreonie email questions and a deeper-than-expected dive into Incubus' shockingly impressive catalog, and you have an episode even Billie Joe couldn't sneer at.

 

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Twelve years ago Dan, Bob, Jason Zumwalt and Nikki Glaser spent countless nights hanging out, having fun, and listening to Tom Petty together in the Hollywood Hills. Now they're back at it again. This week, Nikki surprises her old friends by crashing a recording session and digging into Wildflowers with the boys. Sure, they're in different time zones and roughly a dozen years removed from Peak Fun, but that won't stop them from talking about things that matter, like Everlast, St. Louis Raya, hot dads, and the Velvet Teddy Bear. 

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I want to say a little something that's long overdue: It’s Beastie Boys week on the Throwback Pod. The guys travel back to 1994 to revisit Ill Communication, the album that returned the NYC hip hop legends to superstar status. The guys also discuss Dan’s enhanced efforts on the promotional front and Bob shares a playlist to take you *out* of the mood.

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Twenty-four years ago Bob and Dan were high school sophomores, bands like Oasis, Soundgarden, and Goldfinger were climbing the charts, and human beings were group-hugging and triple-kissing like there was no tomorrow. Turns out, that was as good as it gets. Let's go back in time to our 1950's -- the 1990's -- and check out the Top 10 Modern Rock tracks from this week in 1996. 

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The Strokes are back! Their new album, The New Abnormal, is not just the only good thing to happen in 2020, but it's also one-way-triggered Bob and Dan into revisiting Julian & The Boys' old catalog. Which brings us to First Impressions Of Earth, their divisive 2006 LP that either signaled an exciting new direction for the lo-fi NY rockers, or the beginning of the end. Or maybe both? How does this album hold up, and how does it sound now knowing the Strokes still had some gas left in the tank? Let's figure that out. But first, we've got to travel back to '06, a simpler time when the only social distancing that took place was Drew Barrymore trying to get as far away from Dan as possible. 

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Dan is turning 40 and the guys are back in the garage -- six-feet apart, of course -- to revisit the album that made Trent Reznor your girlfriend's secret goth weirdo rock star sex god. Deadbolt the doors on Cielo Drive, join the march of pigs and move yourself closer to God. Let's take the downward spiral together.

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April 15, 2020

JEWEL - Pieces Of You

The album: Pieces Of You. The artist: Jewel. The audio: not great, but considering this was our first 2-Garage remote podcast, c'mon, cut us some slack! This week, the guys are drinking alone, together, and listening to the "Courtney & Wyatt's Choice" Patreon-poll winning Pieces Of You from beginning to end for the first time ever. Will the conversation about Alaska's folk-singing superstar devolve into a shallow debate about who deserves a spot on 90's "Mount Babe-more"? C'mon, cut us some more slack!

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Pump Up The Jam? Why yes, we will. This week we're transforming the rented garage into a rented Middle School Auditorium circa 1992. Our moms have bought us some rad rayon shirts and we're totally psyched to do the running man to the biggest pop/Eurodance hits from the early 90's. From C&C Music Factory to Technotronic to Ace Of Base to Haddaway, let's party right up until that Ford Taurus station wagon takes us home. You guys want some cameos?

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March 23, 2020

PEARL JAM - Vs.

The guys are back in the sterilized garage (a safe distance apart, of course) to tackle Pearl Jam's smash sophomore album, Vs. Let's go back to 1993, when Dan and Bob were social distancing by accident and Meatloaf was responsible for 7-minute erections. Escape is never the safest path -- but c'mon, what else do you have going on?

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Episode 100! Here we are! Thanks to all the Patreonies and people out there for making this happen! To celebrate, Dan and Bob are going to (a) burn down the garage, and (b) push play on the album that helped transform these two average 8th graders (slash-below-average-soccer-players) into award-winning Bosom Buddies. [Adam Duritz 'Rain King' Howl]: Yeahhhhhhh!

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Episode 99 returns the guys to the epicenter of the Garage Rock Revival of 2001. The White Stripes. White Blood Cells. Anti-Venom to The Durst Virus. Bob almost talks about how important this album was to his “maturation” process. Dan is convinced he’s a better drummer than Meg White. Join us for the ride. I can tell that we are gonna be friends.

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Goo Heads rejoice: your favorite band from Buffalo won a Patreon Poll (patreon.com/throwbackpod) which means they're getting the Throwback treatment this week! Let's go back to 1998 when upstate NY's finest scored a multiplatinum LP featuring LITERALLY the biggest song of the decade -- which somehow isn't even the best song on the album. Just ask Maude.

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From Australia's Madonna to Canada's Creed to America's... Creed, 2002 had a lot of *interesting* music dominating the pop charts. This week, Dan and Bob travel back 18 years to revisit their senior year of college and check back in on the turn-of-the-century pop stars that you can still hear on the radio today. And Creed.

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Picture it: Baltimore Arena. December 2, 1999. Rage Against The Machine (and their opening act At The Drive In) playing to packed house TEEMING with RAGE fans... and Bob. This week, thanks to the voters on PATREON.COM/THROWBACKPOD, the guys finally hit one of the biggest acts of the 90's by revisiting the show from The Battle Of Los Angeles tour that Bob attended with his buddy Liar Steve. Huge hits, a memorable cover... and a little bit of Lou Bega mixed in.

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January 9, 2020

OASIS - Definitely Maybe

It's 2020, Bob is 40, and we're feeling supersonic -- let's kick off the decade with some cigarettes and alcohol. Definitely Maybe is a definitive LP of the 90's and a Britpop classic. It's also Bob's favorite Oasis album, so devoting an episode to it is the least we can do for the old man. Liam and Noel: welcome to the 3-timers club.

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In this very special double-episode of the Throwback Podcast, Bob and Dan say goodbye to the 2010's the only way they know how: by picking 20 of their favorite songs from the decade and discussing the most random sh*t imaginable while a terrible Mike Myers movie plays in the background. Let's take a look back at the '10s with an episode nearly as long as the decade itself. All killer, no mid-podcast filler. Happy new year.

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The legendary Gregg Rosenthal (60% G) has finally landed in the garage for his Throwback Podcast debut. Everybody knows Gregg Likes Rap, but did you know he also LOVES the debut studio album by everyone's favorite socially conscious Canadians? Let's go back to 2004 and push play on the modern classic that introduced the world to Win Butler, and deprived the world of his potential NBA career.

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