The Next Track

A podcast about how people listen to music today.

About the show

Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

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  • Episode #239 - Immersive Music

    September 14th, 2022  |  41 mins 41 secs

    Is it time for a new audio revolution? Immersive music may be the next big thing. Chris Connaker joins us to tell us about his 7.1.4 audio system.

  • The Summer Interregnum

    July 20th, 2022  |  41 secs

    We've decided to take rest of the summer off, and we'll be back in September. Enjoy your summer (or your winter, if you're down under).

  • Episode #238 - The Fade

    July 6th, 2022  |  31 mins 4 secs

    Why do some songs fade out when they end? The brass band in the gazebo in the public park never faded out their songs.

  • Episode #237 - Sid Smith on Robert Fripp's Exposures

    June 20th, 2022  |  41 mins 33 secs

    King Crimson scribe Sid Smith joins us to talk about the new Robert Fripp box set, Exposures, which covers Fripp's years in New York City, from 1977 to 1983, around his Exposure album and his Frippertronics.

  • Episode #236 - Update on Apple's Media Apps

    June 1st, 2022  |  28 mins 26 secs

    We haven't discussed Apple's media apps for some time, so we decided to take a look at what has changed, and what hasn't, and what probably never will. And we discuss audiophile nostalgia.

    "I think we're post digital."

  • Episode #235 - 1973

    May 23rd, 2022  |  31 mins 21 secs

    Doug has a theory: in 1973 there was a schism in popular music.

  • Episode #234 - Musical Nostalgia

    May 4th, 2022  |  28 mins 37 secs

    Doug bought a turntable, and we discuss musical nostalgia.

  • Episode #233 - The End of the Sixties

    April 20th, 2022  |  28 mins 40 secs

    No album better marks the transition from the sixties from the seventies than the Rolling Stones' Let it Bleed.

  • Episode #232 - How People Listen to Music Today

    April 6th, 2022  |  36 mins 46 secs

    Doug and Kirk take a look at how people listen to music today, with lots of statistics.

  • Episode #231 - 60 Years

    March 23rd, 2022  |  23 mins 21 secs

    A rock band is embarking an a tour to celebrate 60 years of music making. That's a long time.

  • Episode #230 - I was born a ramblin' man...

    March 9th, 2022  |  31 mins 36 secs

    Doug and Kirk don't know what to talk about for this episode, so they ramble about the smart home, audio gear, music, and more.

  • Episode #229 - London Calling

    February 23rd, 2022  |  25 mins 57 secs

    Some say the Clash's London Calling is the best rock album of all time.

  • Episode 228: [bleep] Spotify

    February 9th, 2022  |  32 mins 57 secs

    Spotify is getting some flack for hosting an exclusive audio program with someone who spreads covid misinformation, and a number of musicians, including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, have pulled their music from the service. And streaming still doesn't pay well; music streaming services should raise their prices to be able to pay more.

  • Episode #227 - The Crutch Interregnum

    January 19th, 2022  |  36 mins 25 secs

    One of Doug's favorite words is "interregnum," and he uses it here to describe the transitional period when record companies lost control of their product.

  • Episode #226 - Annik Lafarge on Chasing Chopin

    January 5th, 2022  |  38 mins 36 secs

    Annik Lafarge has written a fascinating book about Chopin's well-known 2nd piano sonata (the one with the funeral march), discussing not just the music, but also the social and cultural context of the time.

  • Episode #225 - ABBA's Failure

    December 22nd, 2021  |  30 mins 2 secs

    Neither Doug nor Kirk cares about ABBA very much, but we were interested by a letter from music industry insider Bob Lefsetz about "ABBA's Failure in the Marketplace." Did ABBA really fail? Has Bob Lefsetz missed a few elements in the ABBA story?