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Published on October 24th, 2014 | by Alan Cross


This Week on The Ongoing History of New Music

Normally, I’d be telling you about a brand new episode, but because technical producer Rob Johnston blew out a lung–seriously, one of his lungs suddenly and inexplicably collapsed–we’ve had to reach into the archives for an older show. Which is fine, because this episode has been lying the vault for years.

One of more interesting trends of the last 15 years has been the rise of two-piece bands.  The White Stripes. The Black Keys. Death from Above 1979. Royal Blood. Where did this phenomenon originate? Who was the first? And how to so few people manage to make so much noise?

All this will be answered in the episode “A Brief History of Two-Piece Bands.”

As for Robbie J, he’ll be fine. I offered him a can of that sealant gunk I use on flat tires, but he declined in favour of a chest tube. They puffed him up like a beach ball and he’s okay now. Just don’t ask him to play indoor soccer this winter. He’ll be in top shape to help produce a brand new episode next week.

Well, he’d better be. Otherwise it’s off to Canadian Tire to grab some of that foam that’s supposed to stop winter drafts.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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