Highway Hi-Fi Podcast

We go track by track through the underbelly of music history using research and trivia to locate the roots of our obsession with vinyl records. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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The Women Who Pioneered Experimental & Electronic Music (Episode 82)


There is a long history of the unjust treatment of women musicians whose contributions were often overlooked, dismissed, or stolen. Sadly, it’s likely to be a long future as well. This is on the top of the extra effort and persistence that it took to establish themselves in a sexist business that is stacked against female creators and performers...


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 August 3, 2020  2h15m
 
 

episode 82: Desert Island Recordings: The Pod by Ween


Ween set forth on a career-long ambition to tear down standard music industry conventions by hook or by crook. To take that which is weird, obnoxious, and unclean, and show it as important as the falsely pristine parts of life. They were never more successful in this endeavor than on their 76 minute slog of a second record, The Pod...


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 July 14, 2020  53m
 
 

Desert Island Recordings: The Pod by Ween


Ween set forth on a career-long ambition to tear down standard music industry conventions by hook or by crook. To take that which is weird, obnoxious, and unclean, and show it as important as the falsely pristine parts of life. They were never more successful in this endeavor than on their 76 minute slog of a second record, The Pod...


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 July 14, 2020  55m
 
 

episode 81: The Music of Cults, Part 2 (Episode 80)


Today’s episode is a continuing examination of the strange bedfellows of cults and music. Last time, we discussed some of the more academic reasons why leaders and their minions utilize music to recruit, indoctrinate, isolate, and elevate their group, so today we are going to dive right into the fringiest of the fringe groups. The absurd ashrams. The Kookiest communes. The flakiest faiths. The goofiest gurus. The screwiest sects. And the zaniest zealots...


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 July 7, 2020  2h12m
 
 

The Music of Cults, Part 2 (Episode 80)


Today’s episode is a continuing examination of the strange bedfellows of cults and music. In the first installment, we discussed some of the more academic reasons why leaders and their minions utilize music to recruit, indoctrinate, isolate, and elevate their group, so today we are going to dive right into the fringiest of the fringe groups. The absurd ashrams. The Kookiest communes. The flakiest faiths. The goofiest gurus. The screwiest sects. And the zaniest zealots...


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 July 7, 2020  2h14m
 
 

episode 80: The Music of Cults, Part 1 (Episode 79)


Cults can manifest themselves in any number of ways. They deal in the currency of human beliefs….religious, political, racist, or terroristic beliefs. And can be delivered in the form of a prophesying doomsday, increasing human potential, or enhancing one’s position using new age techniques, black magic, crystal skulls, anything on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website, or other supernatural means...


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 June 24, 2020  1h59m
 
 

The Music of Cults, Part 1


In this episode, we delve into the bizarre world of music made from within cults. Tunes that were left behind as relics of evidence of exploitation and excessive, destructive devotion. Results that are so strange because they were almost certainly weaponized by a brainwashed minion. Music that is created in a vacuum of narcissism, removed from free thought and outside influence...


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 June 24, 2020  2h1m
 
 

episode 79: Desert Island Recordings: Laughing Stock by Talk Talk


Like it or not, we are all chained to our past. What we have done slowly becomes who we are.  This holds especially true for musicians as they constantly struggle against what they have already created for the world to behold. The pieces of art that fans, labels, journalists, and maybe themselves become forever tethered to their identity. The crusty joke about “I like their old stuff better” is often truly a death knell for a band’s growth. An artist is frozen in time by their own past success...


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 June 16, 2020  1h4m
 
 

Desert Island Recordings: Laughing Stock by Talk Talk


Talk Talk's 1991 album “Laughing Stock” could not have been a more appropriately titled record. The album which was such an immense departure from the single-churning shiny new wave pop band that had just a few years prior gone to #1 on the dance charts. There would be no dancing to this. A record that is quiet, dark, spacious, and distant. But who exactly is the butt of this joke? A new label that gave an extremely popular band unlimited freedom and resources...


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 June 16, 2020  1h6m
 
 

episode 78: The History of Laughing Records (Episode 77)


For being studied from philosophical, sociological, psychological, and biological perspectives for centuries, there is no one unified theory on the meaning of laughter. A common condition of all cultures, every person is susceptible to these involuntary responses. As Aristotle put it, “Humans are laughing animals”. One factor that most Gelotological philosophers and scientists agree upon is that laughter is an essential social tool...


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 June 9, 2020  1h20m