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 #144 - Cornelius Boots and His Bad-Ass Shakuhachi

    April 12th, 2019  |  32 mins 47 secs

    Cornelius Boots is a bad-ass shakuhachi player, and Kirk's second shakuhachi teacher. Cornelius is a composer, performer, and teachers, and has just released his third album of original compositions.

  • Episode #143 - Too Old to Rock 'n Roll

    April 5th, 2019  |  29 mins 48 secs

    Lots of big rock stars are getting old. How much longer will these musicians be able to perform and tour?

  • Episode #142 - Why Wi-Fi Is Important for Your Home Media Use

    March 29th, 2019  |  26 mins 37 secs

    Most people depend on wi-fi to get data from one device to another in their home. This is the case for music and video, and having good wi-fi ensures that you can enjoy your home media without any glitches.

  • Episode #141 - Algorithms

    March 22nd, 2019  |  29 mins 54 secs

    Continuing our reunion tour, we welcome back our friend Andy Doe to talk about algorithms; how they work, and how they affect music listening.

  • Episode #140 - The Reunion Tour

    March 15th, 2019  |  32 mins 15 secs

    The band is back together, and we explain our new approach to the podcast. We then discuss how music may change as more people use voice assistants to request what they want to hear. And, of course, we present our own next tracks.

  • Episode #139 - In Which We Bid Farewell

    January 14th, 2019  |  4 mins 2 secs

    It's been a long, strange trip, and it's time to get truckin' on.

  • Episode #138 - A Look Back at Music We Discovered Last Year

    January 4th, 2019  |  29 mins 4 secs

    Music discovery has changed a lot, and as the new year rolls in, it's time to look back at 2018 and the music that we have discovered.

  • Episode #137 - How Do You Create a "Music Social Network?"

    December 28th, 2018  |  32 mins 22 secs

    Apple has killed off its second attempt at a "music social network," Connect, which was part of Apple Music. We ponder what it would take to create a useful music social network.

  • Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes?

    December 21st, 2018  |  27 mins 38 secs

    We look at some possible future scenarios about iTunes, in part because a recent change that Apple has made.

  • Episode #135 - Christmas Gift Guide

    December 14th, 2018  |  31 mins 33 secs

    Doug and Kirk make a list, and check it twice, presenting some ideas for music-related Christmas gifts.

  • Episode #134 - Downsizing Your Audio System

    December 7th, 2018  |  37 mins 21 secs

    Chris Connaker, of the Computer Audiophile website, joins us to discuss downsizing audio systems. You really can get good sound with a minimal setup these days, and Chris explains how.

  • Episode #133 - Desert Island Discs, Part 2

    November 30th, 2018  |  30 mins 17 secs

    Doug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Doug's picks.

  • Episode #132 - Is the Album Dead?

    November 23rd, 2018  |  39 mins 9 secs

    A recent article in Rolling Stone says that the album is dying. Andy Doe says that "every word in that article is shite."

  • Episode #131 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks

    November 16th, 2018  |  36 mins 58 secs

    Musician and journalist Jeff Slate wrote the liner notes for the latest Bob Dylan Bootleg Series release, More Blood, More Tracks, covering the Blood on the Tracks sessions.

  • Episode #130 - Desert Island Discs, Part 1

    November 9th, 2018  |  26 mins

    Doug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Kirk's picks.

  • Episode #129 - Discovering Classical Music with Timothy Judd

    November 2nd, 2018  |  33 mins 49 secs

    Classical music is vast. How can listeners new to the genre find what they want to listen to, and learn to appreciate the many styles of music it contains. We talk with Timothy Judd who helps listeners do this through his blog.