There are a bunch of podcasts on my phone to listen to – and I jump between them. I have my favourites, appointment listening. Music-related and otherwise. And then I have the occasional listens. I’ll read about one or be told about a particular podcast and I’ll give it a go but it might not stick. Then there are the ones I decide I can’t handle – like the smug and unctuous-toned Bret Easton Ellis one; only to be pulled back in when there’s a really great guest.
But I always have one podcast that I work through, in order, immersing myself in it, near-obsessing. And usually I’m way behind and working hard to catch up…that’s how it starts.
So I wanted to mention the podcast series My Favourite Album with Jeremy Dylan.
He’s an Australian filmmaker, photographer, journalist and music-industry insider. He’s 26 years old and I mention this because his depth of knowledge is astounding – so too is his productivity and the great range of guests. All very impressive. And it’s all so easy to absorb, hard not to become addicted to it.
In most cases it’s musicians – and some really big names too – but also writers, filmmakers, politicians and critics are called on.
I’m hooked on it even if I don’t know (or like) the artist interviewed or the album discussed. (How else do you learn anything?) But it’s also been a blast rediscovering many albums due to the way they’re talked about on this podcast, or even just the mention. A memory-job, or some fresh context.
There’s something thrilling too about the attitude. We’re forever told that the album is dead, that classic rock and jazz and country are stalemates and that stalwarts are boring. Here someone with fresh ears and perspective revisits many of the established classics while also considering contemporary choices – but it’s very much about the feel and flow of an album, about the decisions made in the recording and writing process, about the moments in the career either side of a key album or the influences and experiences building up to a debut record.
Check out the full list of guests and episodes here. And you’ll also find music writing by Dylan and some of his photography on the site.
At 20 he released his debut feature film, Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins and just a few years on from there a documentary feature about the country songwriter Jim Lauderdale.
He’s teased work on a new documentary and obviously there’s so much more he will go on to do but if My Favourite Album with Jeremy Dylan was his life’s work it would be enough – a great service to both music and podcasting.
Just wanted to give it a plug for anyone who hasn’t yet heard it (the podcast is not new, there’s over 160 episodes for you to catch up on if it’s new to you) and maybe it’s something for your weekend…