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 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

Episode 58: Ed Jackson – The White Stripes/Elephant

Episode 58 is now available on 🍏, Google, Stitcher and wait for it…Amazon podcasts!

Our guest today is Fredericksburg, VA’s @ep.jackson from the band @epjacksonandthelastwellband & Fill Your Boots Studio, also in Fredericksburg.
We spent one morning this past July digging into @thewhitestripes and their 4th album Elephant. Elephant was released on April 1, 2003 and produced by Jack White through XL V2 and Third Man Records. Enjoy! Link in bio 😊 🐘! #elephant#thewhitestripes#jackwhite#megwhite#covertocoverwithMT#covertocoverconversations

Episode 57: Kerriann Curtis – Mrs. Green Apple – “Who Are You?”

Episode 57 is now up on 🍏, google podcasts, Stitcher and others!

Today we have a guest who paid us a visit back in Episode 17, @kerricurtisart ! Kerriann has created an Instagram series of paintings showcasing her own work titled Art for the Afterlife, which you should most certainly check out!
We discussed a piece of music by @mgaband , a rock quintet from Tokyo. For our conversation, Kerriann has transcribed lyrics from Japanese to English of a song titled β€œWho Are You?” which will serve as a bit of a guidepost to our conversation. For fans of music that possess a high-octane energy such as The Get Up Kids, Kali Masi, Yellowcard and The Great Heights Band, I highly recommend making Mrs. Green Apple a staple in your record collection. Enjoy! Link in bio 😊🍏 πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ‘‹πŸ€˜
#mrsgreenapple#tokyo#Japan#covertocoverconversations#covertocoverwithmt

Episode 56: So Sure – Caffeine Drip + My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless

Episode 56 is up on 🍏, Stitcher, Google Podcasts and other spots in podcast world! For this episode, we dialed up members of a new band known as @sosureofficial , which includes @sirbrendanofkelly and @seankellymusic of @aftmusic as well as drummer @kylepolk .
So Sure can be described as dream pop, shoegaze, post punk, and influenced by alternative music of the 80s and 90s. Their debut, 5-song EP Caffeine Drip is available via NoiseTrade and is also being streamed on Paste Magazine. So Sure has chosen 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU to aid in its urgent advocacy efforts to demand racial justice and end police brutality.
The group shared with me in advance thatΒ @theofficialmbvΒ β€˜s 1991 record β€œLoveless” had a strong influence on the band and their debut record. We jump back and forth quite a bit between Caffeine Drip and Loveless, so enjoy a bit of a two-fer of albums today! Link in bio πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβœ‹πŸ‘†β˜•οΈπŸ’§β€οΈπŸ’”#sosureΒ #caffeinedripΒ #mybloodyvalentineΒ #lovelessΒ #covertocoverconversationsΒ #covertocoverwithmt

Episode 55: Cathy DiToro (Alanis Morissette/Jagged Little Pill)

Episode 55 is up on 🍏, Google podcast, Stitcher or wherever you get your pods! We telephoned DC-area artistΒ @cathydmusicΒ (ofΒ @partylikeitsdcΒ ,Β @projectheraΒ ) to discussΒ @alanis ’s landmark album, Jagged Little Pill, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Cathy and I spoke extensively about each track on this record and it will be obvious to you, dear listener, the impact Jagged Little Pill had on Cathy’s career in music. Enjoy! Link in bio πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβœ‹ πŸ’Š
#alanisΒ #alanismorissetteΒ #jaggedlittlepillΒ #covertocoverconversationsΒ #covertocoverwithmt

Episode 54: Jonathan Tea – Foo Fighters/Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

Episode 54 is now up on πŸ, Google, Stitcher and other corners of podcast world. We recently spoke with musician/voice over artist Jonathan Tea about an album that reinvigorated his life when he needed it most: the Foo Fighters sixth studio offering Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, which was released on RCA Records back in 2007. Enjoy! Link in bio πŸ˜Š πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ€ŸπŸ€Ÿ@davestruestories @taylorhawkinsofficial @kakigram @shifty71 @natemendel @theramilama #patsmear #foofighters #2007 #echoessilencepatienceandgrace #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt

https://podcasts.apple.com/…/cover-to-cover-wi…/id1475576336

Episode 53: Ann Brandstadter – Siouxsie and The Banshees/Hyaena

Episode 53 is now up on 🍏, Google Podcasts, Stitcher and more! Today’s episode features DC area musician Ann Brandstadter.

A communications professional by day, Ann moonlights as a local rock star in bands such as Grandma’s Mini, Mimi Loco, and most recently @aj and the kids and a new pandemic duo, Smart Patrol.

We sat down with Ann in early summer to discuss Siouxsie and The Banshees sixth studio album titled Hyaena, which was released back in 1984 and her overall love of the group. Enjoy!Β πŸ˜ŠΒ πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβ˜οΈβ˜οΈβ˜οΈ#siouxsieandthebansheesΒ #hyaenaΒ #1984Β #covertocoverconversationsΒ #covertocoverwithmt

https://podcasts.apple.com/…/cover-to-cover-wi…/id1475576336

Episode 52: Babyllon – Led Zeppelin/Ramble On

Our guest in Episode 52 is New York, NY’s soul/rock & roll outfit known as Babyllon. Guitar World magazine has referred to Babyllon as “A happy talent trifecta!” with a loud live sound that sounds like Amy Winehouse and Led Zeppelin put together. We spoke by phone and focused on the classic Led Zeppelin song “Ramble On” from Led Zeppelin II and how it altered the course of her craft. Enjoy!

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-52-babyllon-musician-guitarist/id1475576336?i=1000487064691

Episode 51: Christie Gee – MxPx/Life in General

Episode 51 is now up on πŸ, google play, Stitcher and wherever you get your podcasts!
In this episode, we meet podcaster and artist Christie Gee of The Christie Gee Podcast. Christie stopped by the show to discuss MxPx’s 1996 album ‘Life in General.’ She reminisced about growing up in a small Texas town, a batch of VHS tapes of artists on @toothandnailrecords which would inevitably change her life, and later becoming friends with the group. Enjoy the conversation! πŸ˜Š πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβ˜οΈ#mxpx #lifeingeneral #toothandnailrecords #1996 #chickmagnet #movetobremerton #covertocoverconversations #covertocoverwithmt

https://podcasts.apple.com/…/cover-to-cover-wi…/id1475576336