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 #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?

  • Episode #224 - Our Christmas Gift Guide

    December 8th, 2021  |  48 mins 4 secs

    We don't do a Christmas gift guide every year, but we decided we'd select some trinkets and tchotchkes that we'd recommend as gifts this year. Our only constraint was that we don't choose music.

  • Episode # 223 - Culling Cruft

    November 24th, 2021  |  33 mins 41 secs

    Doug and Kirk both have large music libraries. They discuss some of the problems of having too much music, and how to wrangle a large library of music files.

  • Episode #222 - TJ Connelly's Streaming Radio Station, UncertainFM

    November 10th, 2021  |  44 mins 40 secs

    We first spoke with TJ Connelly, who scores live sports events for the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, last year, early in lockdown. He started a project called UncertainFM, which has now expanded to become a full-fledged streaming radio station. And The Next Track will be playing on UncertainFM starting with this episode.

  • Episode #221 - Chris Connaker's Outdoor Audio Project

    October 27th, 2021  |  31 mins 14 secs

    Chris Connaker, our resident audiophile, likes complicated projects. Whether he's putting together a purpose-built audio streaming computer, or building and tuning a listening room, he always wants to go as far as he can. This summer he built an audio system in his backyard and documented it in detail. We discuss the why and how of this project, and ask if his chickens really like Bill Evans.

  • Episode #220 - Headphones, Take 3

    October 13th, 2021  |  24 mins 34 secs

    This is the third time we discuss headphones on The Next Track. Both Doug and Kirk have found that they use fewer headphones, and use headphones differently than in the past.

  • Episode #219 - Reissues, Remixes, and Remasters

    September 29th, 2021  |  26 mins 29 secs

    The recording industry doesn't just make money from new releases, but regularly reissues older releases to exploit their back catalog. Some of these are just repackaged, and others are remixed or remastered. We discuss the issues around these releases, and what all these re- terms mean.