Vinyl: The Records That Made Me

Episode 30

In this tent-pole episode, Aaron and Brent are excited to welcome Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone, directors of the new documentary Vinyl Nation. The topic for Episode 30 is “Vinyl: The Records The Made Me”. Artists discussed are Bad Company, Minnnie Riperton, U2, James Taylor, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Raphael Saadiq, Yola, and Mumford and Sons.

Special Guests

Christopher Boone is a screenwriter and filmmaker based in Albuquerque. Vinyl Nation
is his first feature documentary. He previously directed the narrative feature Cents from
his Nicholl Fellowship semifinalist script. He is a contributing writer to No Film School
and a frequent panel moderator for Austin Film Festival and its On Story series.

Kevin Smokler is the author of three books about pop culture, including most recently
Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to ’80s Teen Movies. His essays and cultural criticism
have appeared in the LA Times, Salon, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San
Francisco Chronicle, The Decider and on National Public Radio. Vinyl Nation is his first

Vinyl Nation Information

Record Store Day:

30th Edition Cover

This Week’s Playlist

  1. Shooting Star – Bad Company – Straight Shooter (1975)
  2. It’s So Nice To See Old Friends – Minnie Riperton – Perfect Angel (1974)
  3. Running To Stand Still – U2 – Joshua Tree (1987)
  4. Steamroller – James Taylor – Greatest Hits (1976)
  5. Hope The High Road – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – The Nashville Sound (2017)
  6. Kings Fall – Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee (2019)
  7. Lonely The Night – Yola – Walk Through The Fire (2019)
  8. There Will Be Time – Mumford And Sons (w/ Baaba Maal) – Johannesburg (2016)

Show Notes

Band Websites

Bad Company
Minnie Riperton
James Taylor
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit
Raphael Saadiq
Mumford & Sons

Listen to the Playlist

Videos Mentioned

(01:12:32) Elvis Presley – Steamroller Blues Live in Honolulu, 1973 – Youtube
(01:13:15) James Taylor – Steamroller 1979 – Youtube
(01:14:00) Isaac Hayes Clip Performing Steamroller on The A-Team – YouTube
(01:38:32) Mumford & Sons (with Baaba Maal) Performing In South Africa – YouTube
(01:39:35) Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal – There Will Be Time Official Lyrics – Youtube
(01:39:35) Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal – There Will Be Time (Making Of) – Youtube
Bands Mentioned
  • Bad Company
  • Minnie Riperton
  • U2
  • James Taylor
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  • Raphael Saadiq
  • Yola
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Baaba Maal

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