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Music Exists with Chuck Klosterman and Chris Ryan

A weekly Spotify exclusive podcast featuring Chris Ryan and Chuck Klosterman
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In the season finale of 'Music Exists,' Chris and Chuck discuss the impact music has had on their lives, and what all these years of obsessing over bands, albums, and songs have meant. To listen to all the songs discussed in this podcast, follo
On this episode, Chuck and Chris take a trip through the past to talk about how they used to discover music—through record stores, college radio stations, found objects, and by word of mouth—and how that has changed over the years. To listen to
Sure, you can like both, but where’s the fun in that? On this episode, Chuck and Chris break down a rock ’n’ roll binary that says way more about you than it does about the bands in question. To listen to all the songs discussed in this podcast
Almost everyone knows the experience of hearing a song for the first time and knowing it’s about to take over the world. This episode interrogates the idea of the hit record, and whether it’s a matter of collective psychology, indelible memory,
You say you want an evolution? We all want our artists to change with the times, to tweak their sounds, take big risks, and make big leaps. But does artistic evolution actually matter? Or is it just something our consumer culture demands? To li
What determines the meaning of a song? Is it always the lyrics? How do your feelings about a song change over time as your relationship to the words change? And what do you do when there aren’t any lyrics at all? This episode is about words and
The relationship between musicians and the people who love their music has always been scrutinized, but it happens in a different way now than it ever did before. So, should an artist be held responsible for how their fans behave, or who their
Why is this such an intoxicating question to ask and why is it so impossible to answer? Also, are we maybe asking the question wrong? To listen to all the songs discussed in this podcast, follow the official playlist: https://open.spotify.com/p
This is a conversation about intention and invention, rap and rock, inspiration and commodification, and the 1993 soundtrack to the movie 'Judgment Night.' To listen to all the songs discussed in this podcast, follow the official playlist: http
What comes to mind when you think of "heavy" music? Earth-shaking riffs? Slow tempos and low, rumbling bass? Or is it more ephemeral than that? Is "heavy" as much about a feeling as it is a sound? To listen to all the songs discussed in this po
From Manchester United fans rewriting a Joy Division song to celebrate one of their favorite players, to college football crowds singing the wordless chorus of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” music is everywhere in sports -- you just ha
When Billie Eilish went on a talk show and said she had never heard of Van Halen, it caused a brief and stupid controversy. But how much musical knowledge is necessary to call yourself a music fan, or a musician, for that matter? To listen to a
Why do we like what we like? How much control do we have over what music becomes part of our life? And what if Radiohead actually sounded like Creed? To listen to all the songs discussed in this podcast, follow the official playlist: https://op
How does a piece of music capture the essence of a region? Why do we associate certain artists with certain places, even if they’re from nowhere near the place they’re representing? To listen to all the songs discussed in this podcast, follow t
What are we looking for when we go out to see music performed? Technical excellence? A sense of community? And are we looking to have our feelings about an artist validated or challenged? To listen to all the songs discussed in this podcast, fo
Bestselling author Chuck Klosterman and The Ringer’s Chris Ryan are not going tell you what music to listen to. They want to talk about why we listen, what we listen to, and how it shapes our perception of the world around us. Learn more about
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