Let It Roll

"Let it Roll" is a podcast about the history of popular music from the 19th Century to the 21st. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Music History
Music Commentary
Music Interviews
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The Let It Roll Mission Statement - The Insanel...
A brief and belated introduction to the Let It Roll podcast. Five years and twelve seasons in and we've finally figured out what we're doing. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
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TechnoRoll 2.21: Electroclash Was the 'It' Soun...
Nate and Ryan discuss the electro revival that began in the early 90s, got a lot of attention as electroclash when it moved to Brooklyn around the turn of the millennium and has had a surprising amount of influence on 21st century music. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
52 min
103
Chula Fronteras Documented Tejano Legends Like ...
Nate and Justin take it back to Tejas for the final installment of the first series of "We Dig Rock Docs." Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
104
TechnoRoll 2.20 Speed Garage and 2Step Evolved ...
Ryan and Nate discuss the sounds that pushed jungle aside and briefly ruled the English charts, airwaves and dance floors at the turn of the millennium. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
61 min
105
Grunge Bands Like Nirvana Drew All Eyes to the ...
Nate and Justin discuss the masterful telling of what happened when Seattle's happy little underground scene became an international pop culture sensation, attracting thousands of wannabes and hundreds of reporters to the city. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Part of Pantheon Podcasts
61 min
106
TechnoRoll 2.19 Paul Van Dyk, DJ Tiesto, & Ferr...
On this episode, Nate and Ryan discuss the evolution of trance in the second half of the 1990s: psy-trance, progressive trance, and Euro or uplifting trance. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Part of Pantheon Podcasts
44 min
107
The Time Nirvana Opened For Sonic Youth and Mad...
Just before the release of Nevermind and "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Nirvana toured Europe opening up for mentors Sonic Youth. Nate and Justin look back on this iconic moment from their youth. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Part of Pantheon Podcasts
63 min
108
TechnoRoll 2.18: Leftfield, Moby, Green Velvet ...
House evolved down multiple paths in the 1990s as producers and DJs from Chicago to New York to London gave it their own personal twist. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Part of Pantheon Podcasts
61 min
109
The Sex Pistols Launched Punk Rock in London & ...
Nate and Justin discuss two very different takes on the Sex Pistols story, both films directed by Julien Temple. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Part of Pantheon Podcasts
62 min
110
TechnoRoll 2.17: The Prodigy, The Chemical Brot...
For many Americans Big Beat was the first style of electronic dance music that they saw in concert, purchased on CD or heard in TV ads and movie soundtracks. We discuss this briefly popular genre, how it evolved alongside other genres of EDM in England and it's surprisingly lasting impact. We also drew on Rory Hoy's "The Little Big Beat Book" for extra information. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook. Part of Pantheon Podcasts
62 min
111
The New York Dolls' Punky Glam Was Too Much, To...
New York Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane was the focus of Greg Whiteley's 2005 documentary which told the story of his final months in Los Angeles and an unexpected Dolls reunion in London. Nate and Justin also discuss the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the Dolls in New York and London in the 1970s. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
62 min
112
TechnoRoll 2.16: DJ Spooky, Atari Teenage Riot,...
This week the conversation turns toward the avant-garde of late 90's post-rave, post-rap, post-rock artists who abandoned the dance floors and strived to advance the boundaries of the form. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
55 min
113
ZZ Top Took Marshall Amps and Remade Boogie-Blu...
The alchemy of ZZ Top is studied and analyzed in this episode. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
60 min
114
TechnoRoll 2.15: Drum & Bass Fought to Differie...
As Jungle rose to prominence the scene fragmented into competing subgenres Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
63 min
115
The MC5's Combination of Hard Rock and Radical ...
The MC5 pioneered punk, heavy metal and high energy mid-western rock in late 1960's Detroit and paid a heavy price. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
60 min
116
TechnoRoll 2.14: Tricky, Portishead and Massive...
This week Nate & Ryan talk trip-hop and how the 1990s Bristol sound emerged from a city not much known for innovative music until the 1980s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
50 min
117
Leon Russell Spotlighted in Les Blank's "A Poem...
We're launching a new mini-series this week featuring the return of SXSW CTO Justin Bankston to join Nate in discussing some of their favorite music documentaries. The series debut looks at filmmaker Les Blank and his documentary treatment of Leon Russell at work on an album in Nashville, playing live in LA and NOLA and at home in his studio complex in Oklahoma. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
57 min
118
TechnoRoll 2.13: American Rave Stayed Undergrou...
This week Nate & Ryan discuss "America The Rave: US Rave Culture 1990-1997" an era when rave became a significant underground youth music in the US but never reached the mainstream nor did American EDM make much of an impact internationally. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
58 min
119
Aerosmith, KISS, Cheap Trick & Starz Carved Out...
Host Nate Wilcox talks to Doug about how "four flamboyant bands that reveled in revved-up anthems and flaunted a novel theatricality" got major-label backing to try something a little different than the serious denim & leather stuff that dominated the early 70s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
57 min
120
TechnoRoll 2.12: Dutch Dance Gets Intense With ...
This week the discussion turns to to chapter entitled "Marching Into Madness: Gabba and Happy Hardcore." A time when the sounds in Holland and Scotland got more martial and extreme while a backlash against Jungle sent many UK dancers into the arms of Happy Hardcore. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
55 min
121
How Jazz and Rock and Roll Came to Be Seen As C...
Host Nate Wilcox asks Matt about the role of music magazines such as Downbeat and Rolling Stone in the creation of a strict separation between the genres of jazz and rock which were so closely related that in 1955 Duke Ellington called rock & roll “the most raucous form of jazz, beyond a doubt.” Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
60 min
122
TechnoRoll 2.11: Jungle Brought Hip-Hop & Regga...
Hardcore breakbeat evolved into Jungle in London in the early 1990s, changing the sound and bringing more Black dancers into the scene. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
54 min
123
Rock's Back Pages Makes Historic Rock Writing A...
Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
14 min
124
The Kinks' Class-Consciousness Made Them Wary o...
Host Nate Wilcox and Mark discuss Ray Davies and the Kinks and their unique status among British Invasion artists. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
56 min
125
TechnoRoll 2.10: UK Pirate Radio Brought the Un...
This week Nate and Ryan discuss Reynolds' chapter on Pirate Radio in the UK, "This Sound Is For the Underground." Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
51 min
126
Black Flag Pioneered Hardcore Punk
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Black Flag biographer Stevie Chick to discuss the band's emergence from the suburbs of Los Angeles and the vicious resistance they faced every step of the way. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
55 min
127
TechnoRoll 2.9: Underground Resistance, Carl Cr...
This week hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness talk about the second wave of Detroit Techno -- artists like Underground Resistance, Richie Hawtin’s +8 label and Carl Craig. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
59 min
128
The Birth of Jazz in New Orleans: Buddy Bolden ...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Ted Gioia back to the show to discuss the latest edition of his "History of Jazz." The conversation is focused on the origin of jazz in New Orleans, the key influences and some of the important musicians who created this new music. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
53 min
129
TechnoRoll 2.8: Goldie's Rufige Cru, Doc Scott ...
As Ecstasy lost its charm for many in the UK dance scene, some producers and DJs led an evolution that saw the music's themes get grimmer and the sounds get stranger. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
53 min
130
Bert Berns' Songs Were Immortalized by The Beat...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back Joel Selvin to discuss the short but eventful life of Bert Berns, one of the greatest Brill Building songwriter/producers. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
61 min
131
TechnoRoll 2.7: Aphex Twin, The Orb, The Black ...
This week the conversation turns to the chapter called “Feed Your Head: Intelligent Techno, Ambient and Trance” and the attempt by some producers and DJs to push the music into a serious album-oriented music made for listening rather than dancing. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
62 min
132
Aretha Franklin Brought Gospel Fervor to the To...
Nate and Brooks talk about Ritz’ biography of Aretha Franklin: "Respect" and the autobiography he wrote with Aretha “From These Roots”. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
62 min
133
TechnoRoll 2.6: Spiral Tribe Went Big at Castle...
This week, Nate and Ryan talk about The Spiral Tribe, the 1992 Castlemorton Common Festival and the crusty-raver alliance that saw the last gasp of mass illegal raves in Britain. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
52 min
134
Frank Sinatra Ruled Post-War America, Until He ...
Frank Sinatra biographer James Kaplan returns, to discuss “The Chairman” which covers the peak years of Sinatra’s career, his incredible run of albums for Capital Records, the Rat Pack, and how he was the connection between a President and the mob. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
58 min
135
TechnoRoll 2.5: Rave Goes Hardcore in Europe an...
This week our series turns to Reynolds' chapter "'Ardkore, You Know the Score: The Second Wave of Rave 1990-92." Nate and Ryan talk about the Northern bleep and bass sound of Warp and Unique 3, the hip-house and ragga sound of Shut Up and Dance, the anthemic pop of N-Joi and Belgian & German brutalist tekno. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
59 min
136
Music as a Magical, Subversive Power: What Have...
Nate and Yuri look back at Nate's discussion with Ted Gioia and what we learned about the uncontrollable, dangerous power of music, music as magic and how authorities always try to tame musical revolutions and never quite succeed. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
57 min
137
TechnoRoll 2.4: The Stone Roses & Happy Mondays...
The second summer of love hit particularly hard in Manchester and the North of England where bands like the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Inspiral Carpets, the Shamen and Primal Scream attempted to fuse rave and rock. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
55 min
138
The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Phil Spector, Nancy...
Nate and Joel discuss the tightly interconnected LA pop scene of the early and mid-60s, an era when R&B was superseded by surf music and then folk rock. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
55 min
139
TechnoRoll 2.3: DJs Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Hollo...
This week Nate and Ryan discuss Reynolds' chapter "Living A Dream: Acid House and UK Rave 1988-1989." Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
58 min
140
Joan Jett's Years With the Runaways Laid the Gr...
Host Nate Wilcox asks Joan Jett's biographer about Kim Fowley, the rise and fall of the Runaways, the metal vs punk split that divided the band, her alliance with bubblegum creator Kenny Laguna and how she rode that partnership to fame and fortune. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
62 min
141
TechnoRoll 2.2: Modern EDM is Born with Detroit...
Today Nate and Ryan take a look at the Techno scene in Detroit, the House scene in Chicago and the garage scene in New York and New Jersey and how African-Americans in those three cities invented and perfected EDM as we know it today.  Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
53 min
142
Solving the Mysteries Behind Elvis Presley's "H...
Nate and Tony talk Col. Tom Parker, Hank Snow, the songwriting team behind Elvis’ first #1 and the murder mystery behind the song. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
55 min
143
TechnoRoll 2.1: A Journey Through Rave Music & ...
In this episode we introduce the new series, discuss author Simon Reynolds' background and perspective and why this is a definitive take on the UK dance scene of the 1990s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
58 min
144
Lil Wayne, T.I. and 50 Cent Triumph in the Mix ...
This episode covers the mix tape phenomenon and artists like 50 Cent, TI and Lil Wayne who thrived in the medium. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
58 min
145
CountyRoll 8: George Strait, Reba McEntire, & D...
This episode covers the emergence of country music's neo-traditionalists like Randy Travis and Ricky Skaggs and the brief golden period they kicked off before the economics of superstars changed the game. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
51 min
146
How The Neptunes, Timbaland & Missy Elliott, J ...
In this episode, Nate, Eugene & Alexei look at a new generation of producers who emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s: Virginia's The Neptunes and Timbaland & Missy Elliott, Chicago's Kanye West and Detroit's J Dilla. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
62 min
147
CountryRoll 7: Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings ...
In this episode Nate & James talk about the triumph of Outlaw Country practitioners Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings outside the Nashville system, the massive crossover success of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris’ knack for bringing traditional country to the top of the charts from Los Angeles and more. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
60 min
148
Houston's DJ Screw, Memphis' Three 6 Mafia and ...
This week we look at the innovations of Houston’s DJ Screw, the Three 6 Mafia from Memphis and Atlanta’s Lil Jon. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
56 min
149
CountryRoll 6: George Jones & Tammy Wynette Wer...
 Nate and James discuss episode episode six “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” which covers the rise of Kris Kristofferson and a new generation of Nashville songwriters, Mr & Mrs Country music George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash’s emergence as a superstar and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s successful attempt at rapprochement between musical generations. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
61 min
150
Bounce, Master P & No Limit and Cash Money's Ma...
This week we discuss New Orleans hip-hop from bounce to No Limit & Cash Money Records. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Email letitrollpodcast@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
59 min
151
CountryRoll 5: Charley Pride Integrates Nashvil...
Host Nate & James covers Charley Pride’s efforts to integrate country music, the rise of Roger Miller, Buck Owens & Merle Haggard’s Bakersfield Sound, Loretta Lynn and the new wave of female singers she led. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
56 min
152
Outkast & Goodie Mob Took the Dirty South Natio...
This week hosts Nate Wilcox, Eugene S. Robinson and Alexei Auld look at the birth of the Atlanta hip-hop scene from the early commercial breakthroughs of Jermaine Dupri with Kriss Kross and LaFace Records with TLC to the emergence of Outkast and Goodie Mob. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
61 min
153
Countryroll 4: Johnny Cash and the Rockabilly R...
Nate and James talk about the sudden emergence of rockabilly from Memphis, the new generation of stars like Johnny Cash and the Nashville Sound that producers Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley came up for artists like Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline in response. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
57 min
154
Eminem, Mos Def & Black Star Emerge from Hip-Ho...
Host Nate Wilcox returns with cohorts Eugene S. Robinson, lead singer of the art-punk band Oxbow and veteran entertainment attorney Alexei Auld to continue their discussion of Netflix’ Hip Hop Evolution. This week they look at “Pass the Mic” which features Mos Def & Black Star, Eminem and an in-depth look at cyphers and open mics and their role in 90’s undergroun hip-hop. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
58 min
155
Countryroll 3: Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, Left...
Host Nate Wilcox and music writer James Porter talk Hank Williams, the living avatar of honky tonk, his closest rival Lefty Frizzell as well as Eddy Arnold, who offered a pop-country alternative, and Kitty Wells whose answer song prefigured feminist country music. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
60 min
156
After The Notorious B.I.G.'s Reign, Puff Daddy,...
Host Nate Wilcox returns with his cohorts Eugene S. Robinson, lead singer of the art-punk band Oxbow, and veteran entertainment attorney Alexei Auld, to continue their discussion of Netflix’ Hip Hop Evolution. This week they look at Notorious B.I.G’s “Life After Death” and his mentoring of Lil' Kim, how Puff Daddy dealt with the loss of his friend and the still-controversial “jiggy era of Hip-Hop" that even briefly ensnared Jay-Z. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
61 min
157
Countryroll 2: Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Gene Autry...
Nate and James discuss Country Music during the Depression and World War 2 and the artists, like Roy Acuff and Bob Wills, and the Maddox Brothers and Rose who dominated the era. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Have a question or a suggestion for a topic or person for Nate to interview? Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
55 min
158
2Pac & Suge Knight Ignite the West Coast-East C...
Host Nate Wilcox returns with his cohorts Eugene S. Robinson, lead singer of the art-punk band Oxbow and veteran entertainment attorney Alexei Auld to continue their discussion of Netflix’ Hip-Hop Evolution. This week they discuss the first episode of season 3 "A Tale of Two Coasts" which focuses on Tupac Shakur, Suge Knight and Death Row Records and their fatal feud with Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs and the Notorious B.I.G. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
57 min
159
Countryroll 1: The Carter Family, Jimmie Rodger...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and James Porter kick off their discussion of Ken Burns' "Country Music" documentary series with a look at episode one, “The Rub.” They talk about the musical sources of country music, Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family. There’s also a little meta discussion about the series and their thoughts on Ken Burns. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
60 min
160
The Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie' and The Rolling St...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Cuban music historian Ned Sublette to discuss his essay "The Kingsmen and the Cha-Cha-Chá" which connects the dots between the 1950s mambo explosion in New York and the three chord classics that dominated 60s rock. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
52 min
161
Technoroll 22: Interview with Bill Brewster & F...
After discussing the book for 21 weeks, hosts Nate Wilcox & Ryan Harkness get the opportunity to ask some questions of the authors. Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton describe their motivation for writing the book, how they worked together and how they decided what to include and what to leave out of their pioneering history of the DJ. Hear every episode of Technoroll here. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts. Follow us on Twitter. Follow us on Facebook.
48 min
162
The Triumphs & Tragedy of Marvin Gaye, Motown's...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back musician and historian Brooks Long for the second installment of their David Ritz book club covering “Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye.” The conversation covers Gaye’s troubled personal life and his many musical triumphs from the early days at Motown, through What’s Going On and Sexual Healing. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
65 min
163
Technoroll 21: Did EDM Sell Out the Values that...
In this week’s episode hosts Nate Wilcox & Ryan Harkness debate the questions raised in the final chapter of the book about the values of clubbing and whether or not the current mass success of superstar DJs represents a betrayal of those values. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
164
Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart & Ron Wood Nearly Perfec...
Host Nate Wilcox and Dave Thompson try to puzzle out how a group that was barely a band nearly perfected the hard rock album in spite of themselves under the watchful eye of their manager Peter Grant and Jeff's best friend, Jimmy Page. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
61 min
165
Technoroll 20: Superstars Like DJ Tiesto and Fa...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the wave of superstar DJs that emerged in the 21st Century like DJ Tiesto and Fatboy Slim. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
56 min
166
From The Supremes to The Four Tops, Holland-Doz...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Dave Thompson to discuss Holland-Dozier-Holland and his book “Come and Get These Memories: The Genius of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown’s Incomparable Songwriters.”
56 min
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Technoroll 19: UK and US Authorities Crack Down...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the attempts to criminalize rave culture in the UK and US. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
52 min
168
Easy Listening Absorbed Psychedelia in the Late...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes back author Joseph Lanza to discuss his latest book “Easy Listening Acid Trip: An Elevator Ride through Sixties Psychedelic Pop” the surreal landscape where the Beatles met Mantovani. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
169
Technoroll 18: The KLF Trolled the Pop World an...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the emergence of DJs as recording artists in their own right, people like The KLF. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
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The Lost Art of Elevator Music From Mantovani &...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes Joseph Lanza to discuss his classic and definitive book “Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong.” The conversation ranges from the rise of the form in the mid-20th Century to its peak in the industrial era and its decline as the century ended. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
54 min
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Technoroll 17: After Acid House Came Hardcore, ...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkenss continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the many new genres that emerged from Great Britain in the wake of the Acid House revolution: hardcore, jungle, drum and bass, and UK garage. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
56 min
172
Introducing David Bowie to Stardust, Choosing B...
Host Nate Wilcox welcomes music biz veteran Michael Oberman to discuss his book “Fast Forward, Play, and Rewind” a chronicle of the touring musicians of the late 1960s including some legendary anecdotes about David Bowie’s first visit to the USA, a legendary Led Zeppelin gig that may have never happened at all, Frank Zappa at a college gym and having to choose between seeing The Who or the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
53 min
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Technoroll 16: The Acid House Revolution Shakes...
Today Nate and Ryan continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the massive cultural impact of Acid House on Great Britain. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
54 min
174
Ray Charles Combined R&B with Gospel to Invent ...
Host Nate Wilcox is joined by musician and music historian Brooks Long to kick off their David Ritz book club with a discussion of his first book “Brother Ray: His Own Story” the classic autobiography Ritz co-wrote with Ray Charles. The conversation covers Charles' difficult childhood, his rise to fame with Atlantic Records, how he combined gospel and R&B to invent Soul music and his move to ABC Records and establishment as an American pop icon. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
175
Technoroll 15: Ibiza's Balearic Beat Modeled Mo...
Today hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on Ibiza and the unique Balearic sub-genre it spawned as well as Belgian new beat and other Euro dance trends of the late 80s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
54 min
176
Rhythm and Blues Exploded Out of 1940s Los Ange...
Host Nate Wilcox is joined by R.J. Smith to talk about his book "The Great Black Way: L.A. in the 1940s and the Last African American Renaissance." It was a pivotal place and time in American music history that brought together gospel, jazz and blues and brought forth Rhythm & Blues and modern jazz. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
51 min
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Technoroll 14: Trance Connected Berlin with Goa...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the birth of trance music and the cross-pollination between Berlin and Goa, India that made it happen. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
53 min
178
Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Took Trangression...
Host Nate Wilcox is joined by Adam Steiner, author of "Into The Never: Nine Inch Nails And The Creation Of The Downward Spiral," to talk about Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor and the unique nexus of industrial, alternative and pop music that existed in the 1990s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
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Technoroll 13: The Belleville Three Create Tech...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson), the "Belleville Fourth" Eddie Fowlkes, the Electrofying Mojo and the birth of Techno in Detroit. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
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From Surf Rock to Folk Rock to Freak Out, the S...
Today Andrew Hickey, author of “California Dreaming: The LA Pop Music Scene and the 60s,” joins host Nate Wilcox to talk about 1960s Los Angeles and the long, strange trip from surf rock to folk rock and beyond. Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Harry Nilsson, Phil Spector and Little Feat are all discussed. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
61 min
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Technoroll 12: Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and ...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and the birth of House Music in Chicago (and don't forget the Hotmix 5). Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
62 min
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Why Discuss Music History? What's the Point of ...
Today Let It Roll blogger Ed Legge joins Nate to get meta and talk about the method, mission and meaning of Let It Roll. This might be the most important show in the series. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
46 min
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Technoroll 11: Larry Levan Kept the Dance Music...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on Larry Levan, his club the Paradise Garage and the post-disco genre named for it. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
55 min
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Technoroll 10: Afrika Bambaataa Distils Electro...
Today Nate and Ryan are joined by hip-hop ringer Steve Juon continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on hip hop’s transition to records with the Sugarhill Gang, Afrika Bambaataa’s epic “Planet Rock” and how hip hop morphed from music for dancing and parties into a new form of album and concert music. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
55 min
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Technoroll 9: Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, & A...
Nate and Ryan get back to their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. This week’s episode focuses on the birth of hip-hop in the Bronx and the Holy Trinity: DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
56 min
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Technoroll 8: Before Hip-Hop Disco DJ's Like Gr...
Today Nate and Ryan pause their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton to welcome a special guest, hip hop writer Steve Juon. Together, they take a look at the documentary “Founding Fathers of Hip Hop” which fills in some important gaps in the story -- namely what were straight black DJs doing in the outer boroughs of NYC during the early days of disco and hip hop? Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
55 min
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How The Memphis That Spawned Elvis & Stax Also ...
In this episode, author Robert Gordon and host Nate Wilcox discuss Memphis music in the 1960s, the cultural collisions that produced so much amazing music, Chips Moman and American Sound Studios, Dan Penn, Alex Chilton, the Box Tops and Big Star. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
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Technoroll 7: Hi-NRG Kept the Dance Going In th...
Hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton with a look at how Hi-NRG, the sound that emerged in the post-disco backlash club scenes of London, San Francisco and New York, spawned the most successful production/songwriting team of all-time and provided a soundtrack for tragedy. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
49 min
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How Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin' Wolf, & Col. Tom P...
This week host Nate Wilcox welcomes author Peter Guralnick to discuss his newest book, "Looking To Get Lost: Adventures in Music & Writing." In this episode, Peter and Nate discuss the nature of creativity, the democratic nature of art, legends Peter has known like Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Howlin Wolf and Col Tom Parker as well as Dick Curliss, a relatively unknown country singer who strongly impacted Peter’s life. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
58 min
190
Technoroll 6: Disco Blows Up in the Late 70's
Today Nate and Ryan continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton with a look at the high water mark of disco -- Studio 54, Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees and the backlash. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
53 min
191
Young Frank Sinatra Polarized Wartime America
In this episode, author James Kaplan and host Nate Wilcox discuss the youth of Frank Sinatra, his childhood and parents, his early struggles, his rise to fame singing for Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, his tenure as the teen idol of the War era, how it all fell apart, Ava Gardner, From Here to Eternity and his amazing come back. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
62 min
192
Technoroll 5: Disco Begins In New York
Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. Today's topic is the early days of disco in New York when an innovative wave of DJs like David Mancuso and Francis Grasso created a dancer’s utopia in Manhattan. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
55 min
193
Megaforce Records Brought Metallica, Anthrax, M...
Today author Harold Claros-Maldonado joins Nate to discuss his book “Heavy Tales: The Metal. The Music. The Madness. As lived by Jon Zazula.” In this episode, Harold and Nate discuss Jon Zazula’s career as the manager of Metallica and Anthrax, his label Megaforce Records and its bands Manowar, Raven, Testament, King’s X and more. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
57 min
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Technoroll 4: Jamaica's Sound System Culture Bi...
Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. Today Nate and Ryan take a look at Jamaica’s unique sound system scene which spurred the creation of ska, reggae and dub and directly influenced the creation of hip-hop. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
46 min
195
Motown's Power Came From the Funk Brothers
Author Allan “Dr Licks” Slutsky joins Nate to discuss his book “Standing in the Shadows of Motown: The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson.” In this episode, Allan and Nate discuss the Funk Brothers -- the legendary session band that played on hundreds of hits for Motown Records, their leader bassist James Jamerson, the great drummer Benny Benjamin, how they worked with the great songwriter producers of Hitsville such as Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Holland Dozier Holland and more. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
52 min
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Technoroll 3: UK DJ Culture Develops With North...
Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton. In this episode, Nate and Ryan discuss the uniquely British dance culture called Northern Soul where the kids of the British rust belt just wouldn't let go of their favorite up-tempo 60s soul and kept the style alive into the 1980s. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
43 min
197
The Bee Gees Rose, Fell, Rose Again, Fell Again...
Author David N. Meyer returns to discuss his book "The Bee Gees: The Biography" with host Nate Wilcox. Dave and Nate discuss the Brothers Gibb's Australian apprenticeship, their sudden rise in late 60's London, their breakup and fall from popularity, their disco rebirth, second fall and Barry Gibb's behind the scenes role in the creation of modern pop. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
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Technoroll 2: The First DJs On the Radio and In...
Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness continue their discussion of “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton.  In this episode, Nate and Ryan go way way back to the beginnings of the 20th Century and discuss the very first radio DJs -- including Sybil True the first female radio DJ who started in 1913 -- and the first club DJs including the now-infamous Jimmy Savile. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
59 min
199
Freddie Mercury and Queen Earned Rock Immortality
Author Mark Blake returns to tell host Nate Wilcox about his books “Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen” and "Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic." In this episode, Mark and Nate discuss Queen and their brilliant lead vocalist Freddy Mercury, how they conquered the world of classic rock in the 70s, how they fell out of favor in the US in the 1980s, Freddie’s tragic death and more. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
60 min
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Technoroll: The History of DJ-Based Music - Reg...
Today hosts Nate Wilcox and Ryan Harkness are joined by producer Stephie Haynes to introduce the series and our main source book “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life - The History of the Disc Jockey” by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton.  In this episode, Nate, Ryan and Steph discuss their personal history with dance music and the introductory chapter of "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life", the connection it makes between DJs and shamans, DJs and conductors and DJs and musicians. Let It Roll is proud to be part of Pantheon Podcasts.
56 min