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

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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Q. In 30 years when Bob and Dan are still doing their HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL MUSIC PODCAST* (*depending on the metric you use) in another rented garage, which songs from 2019 will they be throwing back to?

A. These 20

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November 21, 2019

BLINK-182 - Enema Of The State

Twenty years ago the boys in blink-182 made the leap from SoCal punks to TRL mainstays, all thanks to an album with a pornstar on the cover and 3 huge hit singles. This week, the boys in the rented garage dig into Blink's multi-multi-platinum LP, Enema Of The State. Also, Bob vamps.

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November 13, 2019

THE BEATLES - Revolver

Dan, Bob, and Jason Zumwalt returned to the garage to listen to some old album by Oasis' dads (I think). It was good.

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October 30, 2019

R.E.M. - Out Of Time

R.E.M.'s seventh studio did it all. Won Grammys? CHECK. Produced the band's biggest single ever? CHECK. Invented rap-rock? CHECK AND CHECK. This week Bob an Dan go back to 1991 and push play on the biggest album that all the cool college kids were listening to in the early 90's. So sit back as Michael Stipe, The Greatest Backing Vocalist In Rock History, and The Billionaire enter the coveted Throwback Podcast Two-Timer Club.

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ATN HERO Marc Sessler joins Dan and Bob in the Throwback Podcast Studio (a.k.a. rented garage) to take a walk down memory lane and share the music that soundtracked his life. From Duran Duran to Richard Marx to a man named Dave, come with us on a journey, and experience MARC... in the Key of C.

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The Cranberries' second studio album sold over 17 million copies worldwide. It ALSO beat out Hole, Collective Soul, and Sheryl Crow in Bruno The Sponsor's "Dealer's Choice" Patreon Poll. We'll let you decide which feat is more impressive. In the meantime, let's go back twenty-five years to 1994 to revisit No Need To Argue and, more importantly, unpack the sordid details of Bob's big 9th grade fist fight.

 

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We're going back, back, back in time- 30 years to be exact. Let's revisit the Top 10 Billboard hits from this week in September, 1989. Hair metal, R&B ballads, pop classics, and a surprising amount of talk about the Northridge Quake of '94. Cherish this one.

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It sold 15 MILLION copies. Spawned multiple HUGE hits. Introduced the world (and, more importantly, Carlos Santana) to Rob Thomas. But in 1996... Dan and Bob HATED IT. The question is: why? Why were the teenage BFF's anti-Matchers? Why did they hold onto that hatred for decades? And why are they finally ready to finally give Rob & Co. a chance today? Do Matchbox 20 (twenty?) have what it takes to win them over, or... or will they push them away? 

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September 4, 2019

SUBLIME - Sublime

We don't practice Santeria, we don't got no crystal ball, and we definitely don't have a million dollars to spend (at all). But we do have an hour or so to comb through all 18 tracks of Sublime's breakout 1996 LP. If you hate summer, Patreon poll winning albums, or two white guys sharing their thoughts on reggae, you might want to skip this one. Life's too short.

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What were you doing in the summer of '02? If you were anything like the NFL Network's Colleen Wolfe (a.k.a. Connie Fox a.k.a. Tiny Box a.k.a whatever her name was on her old fake I.D.) you were blasting 311 out of your '93 Trans Am and getting ready for your senior year of high school. This week Dan, Bob, and Colleen travel back to the days of Jimmy Eat World, Avril Lavigne, and absolutely filthy hip hop to assemble the perfect Back 2 School Mix and share some high-level Mall Gossip. It's not so complicated.

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August 14, 2019

CAKE - Fashion Nugget

We're going the distance, we're going for speed, and most importantly, we're talking about Cake's alternative-hit spawning sophomore album Fashion Nugget this week. The guys are gonna try to figure out exactly WHO Cake is, WHY they were chosen for a "Dealer's Choice" episode, HOW they won a Patreon poll, and WHAT Bob was thinking when he unironically started wearing a John McCrea inspired bucket hat in college. 

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In the golden age of Britney and Durst, a famous rock act returned from the abyss to “reapply for the job of best band in the world.” Dan squealed. Bob cringed. U2 were back, right when the world was about to change forever. Coincidence? Follow the red string: B - O - N - O

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Twenty years ago TODAY Limp Bizkit, Korn, Jewel, Rage Against The Machine, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kid Rock, DAVE, a boatload of other rock acts and about 400,000 drug-loving music fans arrived in Rome, NY for the most disastrous music festival of all time (sorry Fyre Fest fans, it's true.) Dan and Bob didn't make the trip from Pearl River, but they did watch with bated breath as Kurt Loder reported on the fires, the chaos, and (occasionally) the music. On Woodstock '99's twentieth anniversary, let's go back and revisit the insanity by pushing play on the live album that was released to celebrate the festival. 

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