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 50 is now available on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn!
We sat down with songwriter/guitarist Neal Karkhanis of Baltimore, MD’s The Great Heights Band about Ben Folds Five and their influential 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen on 550 Music. We take the plunge into the depths of Ben Folds’ lyrics, the art/importance of track sequencing, as well as discuss the staggering musicianship of the group. Enjoy! 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 #benfoldsfive #whateverandeveramen #blacktshirt #brick #kate #1997 #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt
Episode 49 is now on 🍏, Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! In this episode, we discuss Ani DiFranco’s incredible 12th studio album from 2003 titled ‘Evolve’ on Righteous Babe with Marc Plotkin : an American Songwriting Award-Winning Artist, a Grammy shortlisted Producer, a Bloomberg BusinessWeek Top 25 Entrepreneur, and a Professor at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.
‘Evolve’ has left a lasting imprint on Marc’s career in music, as it blends folk, jazz, funk and Ani’s spellbinding lyrics.
Marc and I spoke to one another on a beautiful Spring afternoon, as evidenced by the sounds of birds happily chirping away in the sun. Enjoy! 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌👋✌️👉👉 🦋 #anidifranco #evolve #2003 #righteousbaberecords #serpentine #icarus #promisedland #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt
Episode 48 is now on 🍏, 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! 😊🙌🙌🙌🙌👋👆👆👆🧑🏻💻👩💻 @thomyorke @philselway @eobofficial @colin__greenwood @jonny_greenwood @nigel_godrich
#Radiohead #OKComputer #KarmaPolice #paranoidandroid #Oxford #ParlophoneRecords #capitolrecords #exitmusicforafilm #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt
Episode 47 is now up on 🍏, 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! 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌👋👆👆👑X! @dugpinnick @tytabor @jerry.gaskill #KingsX #Dogman #DougPinnick #TyTabor #JerryGaskill #goldenrobotrecords
Episode 46 is now available on 🍏 Google Play, Stitcher and TuneIn! Today’s episode features Beau from 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! 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌👋👆#theblackcrowes #amorica #AmericanRecordings #wisertime #1994 #bannedalbumcovers #chrisrobinson #richrobinson #johnnycolt #eddieharsch
Episode 45 is now up on 🍏, 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. 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌👋 #BonniePrinceBilly #WillOldham #EaseDowntheRoad #DragCityRecords #CovertoCoverwithMT #covertocoverconversations
Episode 44 is now up on 🍏, 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! 😊😎🙌🙌🙌🙌☝️☝️☝️☝️🍌
#thevelvetunderground #thevelvetundergroundandnico #1967 #thefactory #andywarhol #loureed #johncale #nico #sterlingmorrison #motucker #greenwichvillage #nyc #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt
Episode 43 is now up on 🍏, 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! 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌☝️☝️☝️😬 💣 #TheSmiths #LouderThanBombs #1987 #morrissey #johhnymarr #andyrourke #mikejoyce #johnpeelsessions #bsides #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt
Epsiode 42 is now up on 🍏, 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! 🎧 😊 🙌🙌🙌🙌☝️☝️
#Rush #HoldYourFire #GeddyLee #AlexLifeson #NeilPearl #PowerTrio #canada #ProgRock #CovertoCoverConversations #covertocoverwithmt
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