Impress Me With Music is a weekly podcast where comedians Mary Novokhovsky and Dave Metz strive to create the perfect playlist. Each week they'll bring you a collection of songs by new artists, hidden gems, timeless B-sides and the occasional hit. You can listen and stream their playlists on Spotify by following ImpressMeWithMusic.
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We talk about the death of Mac Miller, why September 13th is one of the most historic days in music, and then Mary recommends some very questionable music.
Samantha Berkman and Toby McMullen try to impress Mary & Dave with music, and things get a little crazy. We talk Eminem's new album, George & Jonathan, Jorja Smith, PUP, Googie, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mick Jenkins and of course, Lena Dunham. It's a long one, but a good one.
Anthony Santoro and Ryan Wesley Ensley a.k.a Hoagie of the band Sonny Falls are reppin' their label hard. We listened to two new songs off of their new album Some Kind of Spectre out on Sooper Records. They also played songs from their label mates Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Jodi, Sen Morimoto, and Longface. One of the best ones yet!
Mathias really wants us to dig Alex Cameron, so we listen to a few tracks off of his new album Forced Witness. We also cover the death of Aretha Franklin and do a first listen of a Protomartyr track.
We watch the movie Eighth Grade and discuss the soundtrack as well as our own eighth grade experiences. We each pick two songs that we listened to in eighth grade and try to defend them while being questioned by the other about our tenure in middle school. We also review an exceptional fan music video for a Rick Ross song, review two albums (Ab-soul and Drake) as well as discuss one of the most historic days in music history EVER!
We go a little deeper on Rick James and what a bad dude he was, why the music industry is no longer profitable for most musicians, and review Chance the Rapper's latest release. Dave plays Mary four songs to impress her, by: Joyner Lucas, Tierra Whack, the Cool Kids and Lizzo. It's a weird one.
Music criticism's number 1 power couple (yeah, suck it Chuck Klosterman and Melissa Maerz) talk about Pitchfork: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Smino, Ravyn Lanae, Noname, DRAM and more. Plus we learn something horrifying about Rick James on Today in Music. Also a review of Joyner Lucas' "I'm Not Racist"
Mary and Dave (mostly Dave) plays what they've been listening to lately, including J.I.D, 38 Spesh, Sheck Wes, Daniel Johnston and give 5 minutes to Chaka Khan's 50 year music career.
Rahim Salaam and Ben Moroney from What About Chicago?! come on to discuss Chicago music and what's going on in the scene right now. We talk Saba, Glad Rags, Freddie Old Soul, NONAME, as well as the bad boys of Today in Music (DMX, Limp Bizkit) and our "Chicago Favorites" (no hotdogs or pizza, we promise).
Last week we did fatherhood, and since we forget to celebrate Mother's Day on the podcast, we brought comedian and friend Lia Berman over to talk motherhood, music, Boogie, Teyana Taylor, and how Lia has been to 72 Dave Matthews Band concerts in her life. Mary plays a weird Russian song, and Dave fawns over Mr. Wonderful.