Welcome to Cover to Cover with Matt Tarka!

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.Β Β 

Episode 48: Jacob Bloomfield-Misrach – Radiohead/OK Computer

Episode 48 is now on πŸ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! In this episode, we spoke with Berkeley, CA based composer/sound supervisor Jacob Bloomfield-Misrach of IMRSV Sound on Oxford, UK’s Radiohead and their 1997 groundbreaking album OK Computer. We discussed a few songs on the record which changed his life both personally and professionally, and what was now possible in pop music as a result of this recording. Enjoy a thoughtful perspective on an important album which altered the course of pop music forever! πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ§‘πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» @thomyorke @philselway @eobofficial @colin__greenwood @jonny_greenwood @nigel_godrich
#Radiohead #OKComputer #KarmaPolice #paranoidandroid #Oxford #ParlophoneRecords #capitolrecords #exitmusicforafilm #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt


Episode 47: Brian Franke- King’s X / DOGMAN

Episode 47 is now up on πŸ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! We spoke with Charlottesville, VA based singer/songwriter Brian Franke who also comprises one-half of the duo FarAway. We talked about an important rock band known as King’s X and their 1994 album Dogman, King’s X is a musician’s band – a group whom many believe have not received the critical acclaim that they rightfully deserve from rock critics – even after playing a spell-binding set at Woodstock back in 1994! If you want to listen to a hard-rocking, power trio go to work, they are some of the most technically proficient musicians still out there cutting records and taking names. In fact, a new King’s X record is slated for late 2020 on Golden Robot Records. Mark it on your calendars and enjoy this discussion! πŸ˜Š πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘‘X! @dugpinnick @tytabor @jerry.gaskill #KingsX #Dogman #DougPinnick #TyTabor #JerryGaskill #goldenrobotrecords


Episode 46: The Rock Savages Podcast – The Black Crowes/amorica.

Episode 46 is now available on 🍏 Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Today’s episode features Beau fromΒ The Rock Savages Podcast! We rifled through a few stacks of records and fell upon The Black Crowes and their 1994 record amorica. We find the “classic lineup” playing by their own set of rules (see banned cover art) outside of a musical landscape consumed by “grunge” and experimenting with newer sounds and rhythms at this juncture. It’s still the Crowes you’ve known and grown to love, but they’ve added a few colors to their pallet. Beau has been a fan of the band since their beginnings and shares a few anecdotes about meeting some band and crew members up in Woodstock. Enjoy the conversation!Β πŸ˜ŠΒ πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹πŸ‘†#theblackcrowesΒ #amoricaΒ #AmericanRecordingsΒ #wisertimeΒ #1994Β #bannedalbumcoversΒ #chrisrobinsonΒ #richrobinsonΒ #johnnycoltΒ #eddieharschΒ 
#stevegormanΒ #marcford


Episode 45: Danny Green – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy / Ease Down the Road

Episode 45 is now up on πŸ, Stitcher, google play and TuneIn! Today’s guest is London, UK’s Danny Green of the bands DG Solaris and Laish. Green shared a record that has played a pivotal role in his own explorations of songwriting: Louisville, Kentucky’s Will Oldham (AKA Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy)’s 2001 LP “Ease Down the Road.”

We spent a considerable amount of time attempting to dissect the lyrical meaning behind the songs on this record. Be forewarned: Bonnie Prince Billy’s lyrics are dark, bawdy and perhaps not for the faint of heart. Our conversation surely earned its explicit rating in the land of podcasts.

We had several laughs throughout at BPB’s lyrical construction and documentation of sexual escapades, and I hope you laugh along with us. Enjoy! It’s a brilliant record. πŸ˜Š πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹ #BonniePrinceBilly #WillOldham #EaseDowntheRoad #DragCityRecords #CovertoCoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations


Episode 44: Ric Gordon – The Velvet Underground & Nico / Andy Warhol

Episode 44 is now up on πŸ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! In this episode, we chat with producer and musician Ric Gordon. Ric is also the Director of A&R and a staff songwriter with music publisher Ammar Music Group in Nashville. We travel back in time to Ric’s salad days as a budding young artist living in a bustling Greenwich Village, NYC and discuss the cultural and artistic impact of 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico. We dig into the lyrical imagery of Lou Reed, the impact of John Cale’s versatility on the band, Mo Tucker (1st female drummer in rock?) and the introduction of Nico (aka Chanteuse). Enjoy! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβ˜οΈβ˜οΈβ˜οΈβ˜οΈπŸŒ
#thevelvetunderground #thevelvetundergroundandnico #1967 #thefactory #andywarhol #loureed #johncale #nico #sterlingmorrison #motucker #greenwichvillage #nyc #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt


Episode 43: Jarrett Nicolay – The Smiths / Louder Than Bombs

Episode 43 is now up on πŸ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! We sat down with Alexandria, VA, based multi-instrumentalist and record producer Jarrett Suburban-Hermit Nicolay. For those unfamiliar with Nicolay’s work, check out his solo project My New Mixtape, and bands Virginia Coalition, Astra Via and Franklin Gotham. We discussed an important English Rock band known as The Smiths and their 1987 compilation titled Louder Than Bombs. Jarrett shares his discovery of the band in his formative years, thanks to a school art teacher’s box of cassettes, as well as his appreciation for The Smiths aesthetic. LTB was released as a double album and features a wonderful breadbasket of singles, B-sides and John Peel Sessions. Enjoy! πŸ˜Š πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβ˜οΈβ˜οΈβ˜οΈπŸ˜¬ πŸ’£ #TheSmiths #LouderThanBombs #1987 #morrissey #johhnymarr #andyrourke #mikejoyce #johnpeelsessions #bsides #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt


Episode 42: Kevin Conaway – Rush / Hold Your Fire

Epsiode 42 is now up on πŸ, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn!
In this episode, singer/songwriter Kevin Conaway and I discuss in great detail Canada’s finest prog-rock band, RUSH , and their 1987 album Hold Your Fire. We explore a variety of topics, namely, lyrical themes presented to the listener by drummer Neil Peart, what was happening in the world in 1987 that may have informed the band, and their continued influence on Conaway’s approach to his musical craft. Enjoy! πŸŽ§ πŸ˜Š πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβ˜οΈβ˜οΈ
#Rush #HoldYourFire #GeddyLee #AlexLifeson #NeilPearl #PowerTrio #canada #ProgRock #CovertoCoverConversations #covertocoverwithmt


Episode 41: Kendra Muecke – Animal Collective / Merriweather Post Pavilion

Episode 41 is now available on πŸ , Stitcher, Google Play and TuneIn!

We spoke with LA-based musician Kendra Muecke ofΒ Kendra & the Bunnies MusicΒ about the sixth record fromΒ Animal CollectiveΒ 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!Β πŸŽ§Β πŸ˜ŠΒ πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ°Β #AnimalCollectiveΒ #MerriweatherPostPavilionΒ #BaltimoreΒ #CharmCityΒ #dominorecords


Episode 40: Salim Nourallah – The Beatles – White Album

Episode 40 is now available on πŸ, 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! πŸŽ§πŸ€πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ€

John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison Ringo Starr

#TheBeatles #WhiteAlbum #FabFour #JohnLennon #PaulMcCartney #GeorgeHarrison #RingoStarr #GeorgeMartin #1968 #CovertoCoverConversations #CovertoCoverwithMT


Episode 39: Brian Pagels -Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers/Echo

Episode 39 is now a available on πŸ, 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 β€œRoom at the Top,” β€œSwingin,” and β€œFree 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! πŸ˜ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹βœŒοΈβœŒοΈ#tompettyandtheheartbreakers #echo #warnerbros #rickrubin #covertocoverwithmt #covertocoverconversations