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 68: Jake Joyce – Bob Dylan/Blonde on Blonde

Episode 68 is now avail on 🍏, Amazon, Stitcher and Google podcasts!

In this week’s episode, we dialed upΒ @jakejoycemusicalhumanΒ from The Jake Joyce Band to talk aboutΒ @bobdylanΒ β€˜s 1966 record Blonde on Blonde side by side.
To paraphrase Barry Judd in High Fidelity: “You don’t have Blonde on Blonde? *sigh* It’s going to be okay.” Enjoy! Link in bio πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹βœŒοΈπŸ‘† #bobdylan #blondeonblonde #jakejoyceband #covertocoverwithmt #covertocoverconversations

Episode 67: James Hearne – Gord Downie/Coke Machine Glow

Episode 67 is now on the dials! You can find it on 🍏, Amazon, Google and Stitcher!

Our guest this week is from the Hudson Valley in New York State. He is one @schwaejames , formerly of The Way Home and who has recently released a new solo record under the moniker King Pine.
We sat down one evening to discuss the late @gorddownieofficial from The Tragically Hip and his 2001 debut solo LP Coke Machine Glow. Learn about the authentic coolness of Gord Downie as a human, his lyrical prowess and the unique recording sessions which spawned Coke Machine Glow. Enjoy! 😊 πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ€­πŸ€žπŸ₯€πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

#gorddownie #cokemachineglow #Canada #covertocover #covertocoverwithmt

Episode 66: Anthony Musumeci – Bob Dylan/The Freewheelin’

Episode 66 is now avail on 🍏, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and Amazon!

We chatted with an old friend of mine, @musumeci_anthony : an American history teacher and co-host of @themusicdraft podcast to talk about @bobdylan β€˜s second album which was released in 1963 on Columbia Records. Of course, we are talking about The Freewheelin’!

Anthony shares his favorite tracks off this important record that’s chockablock with original material – including songs which inform and shape his class curriculum, and how they in turn teach and inspire his students who seek to understand social injustices, both past and present. Enjoy! Link in bio πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ€šπŸ‘†πŸšŽ
#BobDylan #SuzeRotolo #thefreewheelinbobdylan #TheMusicDraft #MastersofWar #OxfordTown #DontThinkTwiceItsAlright #ColumbiaRecords

Episode 65: Angela Sclafani – Fiona Apple/The Idler Wheel…

Episode 65 is now up on 🍏, Stitcher, Google and Amazon!

New York City-based performer, songwriter, and theater-makerΒ @angelasclafaniΒ stopped by the program in late 2020 to discuss the impact ofΒ @fionaappleigΒ β€˜s music and her fourth studio record The Idler Wheel.
Idler Wheel was recorded in Los Feliz, CA and released back on June 19, 2012 on Epic/Clean Slate Records, and was produced by Fiona Apple and Charley Drayton. Enjoy! Link in bio πŸ˜ŠπŸŽπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ€šΒ #fionaapple #theidlerwheel #idlerwheeliswiserthanthedriverofascrew #largo #epicrecords #angelasclafanimusic #CovertoCoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations

Episode 64: Scott Kurt – Tom Petty/Full Moon Fever

Episode 64 is now available on 🍏, Google podcasts, Stitcher and Amazon!

Country recording artistΒ @scottkurtmusicΒ (of Scott Kurt and Memphis 59) stopped by the show to talk about Tom Petty’s first solo record from 1989 titled Full Moon Fever! This was a pivotal source of inspiration for Scott as he began to embark on his musical journey during his formative years.
Check out SK and Memphis 59’s rendition ofΒ @tompettyofficialΒ β€˜s β€œChristmas All Over Again” at the top of the show and get the latest on what the band is up to online, including their rendition of another classic Christmas track “Run Run Rudolph.” Enjoy this last episode in 2020 and Happy Holidays everyone! Link in bio 😊 πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒβœŒοΈβœŒοΈπŸŒ•πŸ€’Β #tompettyandtheheartbreakers #fullmoonfever #scottkurt #scottkurtandmemphis59

Episode 63: Eric Taft – Less Than Jake/anthem.

Episode 63 is now up on 🍏, Google, Amazon & Stitcher! We chatted with musician/producer @eric_taft of @buzzloungestudio / @thegreatheightsband about Gainesville, FL’s @lessthanjake & their fifth studio album Anthem, released way back in May of 2003 on Sire Records.

Eric is not only a long time fan of the group: he has also worked w/LTJ as a producer. Taft also shared a deeply personal story that illustrates how music can possess the ability to heal when you really need it in times of darkness. Enjoy this episode, dear listeners. Link in bio 😊 πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ€ŸπŸ’₯πŸ’₯#lessthanjake #anthem #sirerecords #erictaft #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt

Episode 62: Sam Snow – Clutch/Clutch

Episode 62 is now out there on 🍏, Stitcher, Google podcasts and Amazon! DJ/Writer/Editor/Drum Monkey @jackcranberry (of Ill Uma Naughty, Motion Quotient) is our guest on today’s podcast. We sat down one morning to discuss in length Frederick, MD’s @clutchofficial and their eponymous 2nd album, Clutch.

Clutch was recorded at Uncle Punchy Studios, Silver Spring, MD in Dec, 1994 – Jan. 1995. Sam & I dug deep into the lyrics and their allusions to conspiracy theories (JFK, Alien technology, etc.). If you know Clutch, welcome in. If you haven’t met them, welcome in, dear listeners. Enjoy! Link in bio. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘†πŸ‘†#clutch #clutchbandofficial #samsnow #covertocoverconversations #frederickmd #CovertoCoverwithMT

Episode 61: Jim Logrando – Spacehog/Resident Alien

Episode 61 is now available on 🍏, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and Amazon! We dialed up @jimlogrando (Co-Founder of Craft Services and Manager of @punchlion ) to discuss the debut record from English glam rock band @spacehogofficial – and their landmark release on Sire Records and Elektra. That of course dear listeners is Resident Alien.

RA was certified gold in July 1996 and included the hit single “In the Meantime.”
Jim takes us back to the origins of his love for this widely overlooked band that formed in the 1990’s, the night he was finally able to catch them live and much more. Enjoy! Link in bio πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘†βœ¨πŸͺπŸ·! #spacehog #residentalien #25yearanniversary #sire #elektra #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithMT

Episode 60: Kasvot VΓ€xt/Γ­ rokk

Episode 60 is now available on 🍏, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music!

We recently made contact with Jules Haugen, Cleif Jarvinen, Horst Guomundurson, and Georg Guomundurson, who are members of an obscure and influential prog rock quartet from Scandinavia known as @kasvotvaxt . Some say they do not exist, but does this audio recording suggest otherwise, my phriends?

Kasvot VΓ€xt released one full-length record back in 1981 titled β€œΓ­ rokk” and recently re-surfaced into the public consciousness when a Burlington, VT band known as @phish performed β€œΓ­ rokk” in its entirety on Halloween night in Las Vegas in 2018. We traveled back in time to 1981 and discussed their humble beginnings working on a scientific research project in Greenland called “Nine Cubes,” recording at Elektrisk Tung, cover art, Pannukakku, and much much more! Enjoy! Link in bio πŸ˜Šβ­•οΈπŸŽƒ
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Episode 59: Chris Tondevold – The Doors/The Future Starts Here

Episode 59 is up on 🍏, Stitcher, Google podcasts and Amazon!

Our guest today is Chris Tondevold from the @ambitionradiopodcast !
We discussed @thedoors compilation The Future Starts Here, which runs the gamut of the very best from Jim, Ray, John and Robby, plus a few surprise selections. What do The Doors mean to Chris? How did he get turned onto the band? Have a listen and enjoy! Link in bio 😊πŸšͺπŸšͺπŸšͺπŸšͺ πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†#TheDoors#jimmorrison#robbykrieger#raymanzarek#johndensmore#thefuturestartshere#covertocoverconversations#covertocoverwithmt