Welcome to Cover to Cover, a podcast featuring musical conversations about an album or song which has changed and enhanced someone’s life.
I’m your host, songwriter Matt Tarka.
We humans connect with the presence of music in our own
unique way – as an artist, a concertgoer, through our headphones, or as
something that simply lives in our everyday background.
During each conversation, we will discuss a single or an album with a special guest. Our guest will choose the single or album and reflect on what that piece of music means to them. We may focus on lyrics, a guitar tone, a piano solo, a state of mind.
Through these conversations, we hope you will discover some new music, rekindle your love for an old forgotten song, and share a good moment with us as we sonically explore a world from Cover to Cover.
Episode 41 is now available on 🍏 , Stitcher, Google Play and TuneIn!
We spoke with LA-based musician Kendra Muecke of Kendra & the Bunnies Music about the sixth record from Animal Collective titled Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino Records). Kendra discussed her favorite tracks, meeting the group, as well as many open-ended interpretations of lyrics and imagery presented throughout this record. We also go on a bit of a tangent discussing the use of an Oxford Comma in the English language. Do you appreciate the Oxford Comma, dear listener? Enjoy! 🎧 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌🐰 #AnimalCollective #MerriweatherPostPavilion #Baltimore #CharmCity #dominorecords
Episode 40 is now available on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn!
Our guest this week is artist, producer, Palo Santo Records co-founder, and Dallas, TX indie music godfather Salim Nourallah. We spoke by telephone on a lazy, April afternoon and discussed The White Album by The Beatles, which changed the course of popular music forever, and cast aside traditional methods of presenting one main musical genre on a record.
Salim reminisced about the impact The White Album has had on his life and career in music, beginning in the mid 1970’s. We also discussed The White Album’s production choices and instrumentation; clever lyrics; and gorgeous, finger picked, acoustic-driven songs from Lennon and McCartney interspersed between songs that can be considered avant garde, playful or at times, DANGEROUS. Plus, you’ll hear a humorous observation from Salim on the band’s decision to have Ringo sing a Lennon-McCartney penned song “Good Night” to close this 30 song masterpiece.
There’s much, much more in this episode for your ears to enjoy! 🎧🤍🙌🙌🙌🙌🤍
John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison Ringo Starr
#TheBeatles #WhiteAlbum #FabFour #JohnLennon #PaulMcCartney #GeorgeHarrison #RingoStarr #GeorgeMartin #1968 #CovertoCoverConversations #CovertoCoverwithMT
Episode 39 is now a available on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! We sat down with Brian K. Pagels of The Beanstalk Library and Uptown Boys Choir to discuss Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1999 album, which spawned the singles “Room at the Top,” “Swingin,” and “Free Girl Now.” We focused on the darkness of Echo’s lyrical undertones and the increased role of guitarist Mike Campbell (at the production helm with Rick Rubin) multi instrumentalist Scott Thurston and drummer Steve Ferrone during the making of this record. The fact that Echo sounds as cohesive and full of energy as it does during this uncertain time in the group’s career is remarkable in itself. Enjoy! 😎🙌🙌🙌👋✌️✌️#tompettyandtheheartbreakers #echo #warnerbros #rickrubin #covertocoverwithmt #covertocoverconversations
Episode 38: – Cover to Cover Presents: – LIVE! with Matt & Derek – Episode 4 is now up on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn for your listening pleasure!
My friend Derek and I have created “Cover to Cover Presents: LIVE” A four-part miniseries for April, which you can also follow @cover2coverlive on Instagram and Twitter. We’re talking about live music this month and try to keep its spirit alive through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Derek and Matt focus on some impactful live albums during the 1970’s and 1980’s, the controversy of overdubbing of live recordings in the studio (Is It Still A Live Album Then?), transcendent performances at LIVE AID and Milton Keynes, and even a mention of live concert recordings shared among fans AND permitted by artists. Strap on your 🎧 or ear buds & enjoy! Drop a comment or write to the show: email@example.com
Episode 37 is now up on 🍏 google play, Stitcher and TuneIn! My friend Derek Evry and I have created “Cover to Cover Presents: LIVE” A four-part miniseries for April, which you can also follow @cover2coverlive on Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be talking about live music this month (in pajamas) and try to keep its spirit alive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Episode 3 of this series is now up for your listening pleasure. We talk about important American music festivals in the 1960’s, which evolved into movies/documentaries, and their impact on festivals in the 90’s to today. We also explore the importance of tour “riders.” Strap on your 🎧 or ear buds & enjoy!
What’s your favorite music festival experience? Drop a comment or write to the show: firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 36 is now available on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Detek Evry and I have created “Cover to Cover Presents: LIVE” a four-part miniseries for April, which you can also follow @cover2coverlive on Instagram and Twitter. Episode 2 of this series is here for your listening pleasure. We talk about important television shows in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s that introduced, or in some circumstances, reunited artists in a live setting. Derek and Matt also reminisce about a few of their favorite live TV performances from bands, and share stories about their own live TV performances as musicians. Strap on your 🎧 or ear buds & enjoy! Full disclosure: No products were harmed or mistreated in the making of this episode. 😊 🙌🙌🙌👋👆
What’s your favorite performance by an artist on live TV? Drop a comment or write to the show: email@example.com
#livemusic #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverpresentsLIVE
Episode 35 is now up on 🍏, Stitcher, Google Play and TuneIn! Looks a little different, right? My friend Derek Evry and I have created a “Cover to Cover Presents:” four-part miniseries for April, which you can also follow @cover2coverlive on Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be talking about live music this month and try to keep its spirit alive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Episode 1 of this series is now up for your listening pleasure. From the origins of recorded music, to early live shows attended and performances by Derek and Matt, that’s where we’ll begin. So strap on your 🎧 or ear buds & enjoy!
What’s your first live music experience? Drop a comment or write to the show:
firstname.lastname@example.org 😊🙌🙌🙌👋 #livemusic #covertocoverpresentslivewithmatt&derek