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 #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.

  • Episode #218 - Sholto Kynoch, Pianist and Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival

    September 15th, 2021  |  38 mins 57 secs

    Pianist Sholto Kynoch founded the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2002, and it has become the most important festival for lieder and song in the UK. We discuss the festival, and how listeners around the world can watch nearly 100 concerts via streaming in October.

  • Episode #217 - To Stream or to Own Music Redux

    September 1st, 2021  |  32 mins 32 secs

    In episode #2 of The Next Track, we discussed streaming versus owning music. That was five years ago. We decided to revisit the topic, to see if we've changed our minds.

  • Episode #216 - Blonde on Blonde

    August 18th, 2021  |  31 mins 33 secs

    In a delayed episode celebrating Bob Dylan's 80th birthday, we take a close look at his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde.

  • Episode #215 - People Aren't Listening to Much New Music

    August 4th, 2021  |  29 mins 54 secs

    More than two-thirds of music listened to in the US is old music. Music less than 18 months old accounts for only a third of listening, and this share is dropping. We discuss what this means for the future of the music industry.

  • Episode #214 - Chris Connaker on Music with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio

    July 21st, 2021  |  36 mins 49 secs

    With Apple offering some music with Dolby Atmos and/or Spatial Audio on Apple Music, we talk with Chris Connaker about whether this is a Good Thing for music.

  • Episode #213 - The Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs, with Bob Trudeau

    July 7th, 2021  |  33 mins 56 secs

    This week's guest, Bob Trudeau, has co-authored a book, with Barry Barnes, about the Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs. Even if you're not a fan of the Grateful Dead, this episode is an interesting discussion of a band's repertoire.

  • Episode #212 - Caoilfhionn Rose's Second Album, Truly

    June 23rd, 2021  |  33 mins 47 secs

    We're happy to welcome back Caoilfhionn Rose to discuss the recording and release of her second album Truly. Caoilfhionn is a young singer from Manchester, and continues the lineage of great music from that city.

  • Episode #211 - Changing Music Forever

    June 9th, 2021  |  37 mins 19 secs

    Apple has introduced lossless, high-resolution, and spatial audio on Apple Music, and claims that the latter will "change music forever." Will it?

  • Episode #210 - Emma Swift on Her Album of Dylan Covers Blonde on the Tracks

    May 26th, 2021  |  32 mins 36 secs

    Emma Swift has recorded a beautiful album of covers of Bob Dylan songs. We spoke with her about what Dylan's music, and what it takes to record an albums of his songs, and partly in lockdown.

  • Episode #209 - Sean Latham, Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, on Bob Dylan at 80

    May 12th, 2021  |  44 mins 28 secs

    Sean Latham, Director of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies, talks about the Bob Dylan archive, the Bob Dylan Center, and about Bob Dylan at 80.

  • Episode #208 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan at 80

    April 28th, 2021  |  54 mins 30 secs

    Musician and journalist Jeff Slate has written about, and for, Bob Dylan, and has recently released an album with one disc of Dylan covers. We discuss Dylan at 80, and choose our top five Dylan albums.

  • Episode #207 - Yes. I mean, no, really, but Yes.

    April 14th, 2021  |  38 mins 49 secs

    Setting out to discuss the 1971 album by Yes, The Yes Album, Doug and Kirk end up discussing all of Yes's core output, released over a period of a few years, that the band - or what's left of it - still plays 50 years later. Sort of.

  • Episode #206 - Two Guys in a Pub Rambling about Audio Gear

    March 31st, 2021  |  31 mins 46 secs

    We offer a free-form episode, where we ramble about audio equipment, music, and more.

  • Episode #205 - Iconic Album Covers

    March 17th, 2021  |  32 mins 42 secs

    In our first multimedia podcast episode, we look at iconic album covers. Depending on your podcast player, you may be able to see the albums we discuss as the podcast progresses. If not, there's a link in the show notes to a page on Kirk's website with all the album covers.