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Tunestiles Podcast

80 EpisodesProduced by Brian Colburn / Jay SweetWebsite

A podcast aimed at the “music nerd” inside us all! Each episode hones in on a different musical topic or feature. Episodes include: artist / band interviews, listener polls and roundtable discussions about the music that shapes the soundtracks to our lives! Stay tuned!

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Ep. 80: Wedding Jams & Slams (with Alex Gomez)

January 18th, 2021


In this episode, friend of the show Alex Gomez joins us to discuss the songs that should (and should never) be played at a wedding reception. …

Ep. 79: The Complete, Essential, Best Of, "Greatest" Greatest Hits (with Striking A Chord)

January 11th, 2021


In this episode, Amanda Walsh, host of the Striking A Chord podcast, joins us to dive into the greatest hits albums that transcend the "compilation" status, to cement its status as an essential piece of a band or …

Ep. 78: Catalog Dive "Black Sabbath" (with Jon Loree of Tantric & Triple Addiction)

January 4th, 2021


“What is this that stands before me?” It’s a new year, and all new episodes of Tunestiles, that’s what!

In this episode: Jon Loree, drummer for Tantric & Triple Addiction joins us to take a deep dive into the …

Ep. 77: Awesome Band, Not So Awesome Album (with Jim Santora)

December 28th, 2020


During the holidays, we gather with our favorite people and exchange gifts. But, I think we can all agree that not all gifts are exactly what we …

Ep. 76: Catalog Dive “Billy Joel,” Pt. 2 (with Songs From The Attic & Jon Porobil)

December 21st, 2020


A show so nice, we had to do it twice! We're once-again joined by the "Songs From The Attic" radio program's host Melissa Boileau along with musician Jon Porobil for the exciting conclusion of our Billy Joel catalog …

Ep. 75: Catalog Dive “Billy Joel,” Pt. 1 (with Songs From The Attic & Jon Porobil)

December 14th, 2020


We're joined by the "Songs From The Attic" radio program's host Melissa Boileau along with musician Jon Porobil to discuss (at great length length) the amazing catalog of Billy Joel.  

In Part 1, we discuss our least …

Ep. 74: Less Than Jake Drops A Silver Lining In 2020 (Figuratively & Literally)

December 6th, 2020


Peter “JR” Wasilewski, saxophone player for Less Than Jake sits down to dish on all things ska-punk, then and now; their new album “Silver Linings,” an appropriately-named album as we close the door on 2020; their first …

Ep. 73: Rock Stars Of Comedy Featuring Johnny Brennan Of The Jerky Boys

November 24th, 2020


In this episode, we talk all silly with Johnny Brennan, the mastermind behind The Jerky Boys, about their brand new album (their first album of new material in 20 years!); Johnny's work on Family Guy; taking a phone …

Ep. 72: Fictional Song Characters

November 16th, 2020


Now that we waved Brenda & Eddie goodbye, tune in to hear us dissect our (as well as YOUR) favorite fictional song characters!





Ep. 71: Catalog Dive “Aerosmith” (with Jason Alexander)

November 9th, 2020


Jason Alexander, drummer for Colburn & Co., returns to the show to dive deep into Aerosmith’s catalog to rank our favorite (and least favorite) …

Ep. 70: Catalog Dive “Pearl Jam” (with Dr. David Crider)

November 2nd, 2020


Dr. David Crider, of Upstate NY’s Oswego State University, returns to the show to dive deep in to Pearl Jam’s catalog to rank our favorite (and least favorite) albums from the band!





Ep. 69: Catalog Dive “Van Halen” (with Will Turpin of Collective Soul)

September 28th, 2020


Will Turpin, bass player for Collective Soul, joins us once again, only this time, we're talking about the mighty Van Halen! Along with a catalog …

Ep. 68: Catalog Dive “Tom Petty” (with Ben & Wayne from the Records Revisited Podcast)

September 14th, 2020


In this episode: we’re joined by Ben & Wayne, co-hosts of the Records Revisited Podcast to celebrate the amazing catalog of Tom Petty, including his work with The Heartbreakers, Mudcrutch, Stevie Nicks and much …

Ep. 67: Catalog Dive "Metallica" (with Derrek from the I F'n Love This Record Podcast)

August 31st, 2020


We’re finally back riders! It's certainly been a while, and we all have a LOT of catching up to do! But now that Jay & his family are firmly planted in Atlanta, we’re both ready to start nerding out over music once …

Ep. 66: Radio Legend Lou Brutus Shows Us All Why He's The Sonic Warrior

July 20th, 2020


Radio legend Lou Brutus, host of Harddrive XL & SiriusXM Senior Program Director, joins us to discuss his new book "Sonic Warrior: My Life as a …

Ep. 65: Mark Farner Celebrates The 50th Anniversary Of Grand Funk's "Closer To Home"

June 8th, 2020


Mark Farner, formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, joins us to talk about the 50th anniversary of the band's classic LP "Closer To Home;" recording with Todd Rundgren & Frank Zappa; selling out (then) Shea Stadium faster …

Ep. 64: Wade Cota Draws His Post-American Idol Musical Path

May 25th, 2020


Wade Cota, a contestant on 2019's season of American Idol, discusses his takeaways from being on the show, the challenges he's faced since finishing …

Ep. 63: The Lickerish Quartet Arise From Ex-Members Of Jellyfish

May 18th, 2020


The Lickerish Quartet’s Tim Smith joins us to discuss this new project from himself, Roger Manning and Eric Dover (all formerly of Jellyfish) and …

Ep. 62: Weathering The Elements With Sister Hazel's Ryan Newell

May 11th, 2020


Ryan Newell, lead guitarist for Sister Hazel, joins us to talk all things hazelnut: from their fan-centric approach to putting their music out to the masses; their natural progression in the country music genre (while …

Ep. 61: All Or Nothing With Ryan Montbleau

May 4th, 2020


Ryan Montbleau, jam-band / singer-songwriter extraordinaire joins us to discuss his multitude of musical projects that he balances on the regular: …

Ep. 60: The Full Nelson - Celebrating The 30th Anniversary of "After The Rain" With Matt Nelson

April 27th, 2020


Matt Nelson, 1/2 of the brother's Nelson, joins us to discuss the 30th anniversary of the bands massive breakthrough album "After The Rain;" the …

Ep. 59: Doug Aldrich On The Dead Daisies' New Album Along With Revolution Saints, Dio, Whitesnake & Lion

April 20th, 2020


Doug Aldrich, lead guitarist for The Dead Daisies, riffs on the band's upcoming Glenn Hughes-fronted album; The Revolution Saints' latest release …

Ep. 58: Hair Bands And 80's Metal Jams With WDIM Podcast

April 13th, 2020


Sean from the WDIM Podcast joins us to discuss everyone’s favorite 80’s metal and hair band hits that AREN’T ballads!





Ep. 57: Collective Soul's Will Turpin Shines A Light On The Band's 25 Year History & Upcoming EP

April 6th, 2020


Will Turpin, bass player for Collective Soul, talks about the band's 25 year history; their new EP "Half & Half" which features covers of Neil …

Ep. 56: Richie Kotzen's 50 Revolutions Around The Sun And The Album It Spawned

March 29th, 2020


In this episode: Richie Kotzen discusses how the hard rock scene has evolved throughout his career; the time spent with Mr. Big, forging his future …

Ep. 55: Kelly Ogden Of The Dollyrots on Heating Up The Pop Punk Scene For The Last 20 Years

March 8th, 2020


In this episode, Kelly Ogden of The Dollyrots talks about her 2 decades on the pop-punk scene; working in the band with her husband Luis, and the …

Ep 54: Unplugged & Stripped - Your Favorite Acoustic Renditions

March 2nd, 2020


In this episode: we called upon you, the riders, to chime on your favorite acoustic renditions of songs, and you didn't disappoint!

We comb through our emails, social media channels and voicemails to discuss everything …

Ep. 53: High Fidelity Writer Franklin Hardy Breaks The 4th Wall On Hulu’s New Hit Show

February 24th, 2020


In this episode: Franklin Hardy, co-executive producer and writer for High Fidelity discusses Hulu’s brand new hit series; the liberties the writing …

Ep. 52: Queensrÿche's Michael Wilton Gives His Verdict on The Band's Legacy

February 17th, 2020


Sayerville, NJ: Home of Jon Bon Jovi, Skid Row's Dave Sabo, and the world-famous Starland Ballroom!

In this episode: we make our way backstage in "Silent Lucidity" to speak with Queensrÿche guitarist Michael …

Ep. 51: Clinton Clegg of The Commonheart Discusses The 9-Piece Soul Machine

February 10th, 2020


In this episode: Clinton Clegg on The Commonheart talks about the resurgence of soul music over the last several years, the writing and recording …

Ep. 50: All Things "Weird Al" With John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast

February 3rd, 2020


'I Want My Al TV!'

Let's face it: everyone...EVERYONE...knows at least one song by "Weird Al" Yankovic. This week, John and Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast joins us to talk about The King of Novelty himself: from his …

Ep. 49: Patty Lynn of The Wind + The Wave Pulls Back The Curtains on "The Feelings Club"

January 27th, 2020


Patty Lynn, lead singer of The Wind + The Wave, discusses a myriad of topics including: how mental health advocacy plays a huge role in her …

Ep. 48: Concert Etiquette With Comedian Sean Morton

January 20th, 2020


We usually try to keep things positive on Tunestiles, but that all changes this week! As self-proclaimed music-nerds, we've all been to our fair share of concerts, and at those we've witnessed some pretty insane …

Ep. 47: Sons Of Apollo's Jeff Scott Soto Outlines "MMXX" and What 2020 Has In Store For This Prog Supergroup

January 13th, 2020


In this episode: we talk with Sons Of Apollo’s lead singer Jeff Scott Soto about the band’s upcoming studio album “MMXX,” their performance with a …

Ep. 46: Spotlighting The Most Underrated Bands With Jim Santora, Author Of "Underrated Rock Book"

January 6th, 2020


When it comes to rock bands, how do you define "success?"

In this episode: Jim Santora, author of "Underrated Rock Book: The 200 Most Overlooked Albums 1970-2015," joins us to re-discover some amazing rock bands that …

Ep. 45: The Last Waltz of 2019: The Best Concert Albums, Part 2

December 30th, 2019


In this episode: we close out 2019 by continuing to comb through your picks for the greatest live albums of all time. 

We also include a heated …

Ep. 44: Double Live (Albums) Gonzo: The Best Concert Albums, Part 1

December 23rd, 2019


In this episode: we crank up the intensities in 10 cities, calm down for those unplugged moments, and opine on the live albums that are so good, they stand out vs. a band's studio work.

We also include all of your …

Ep. 43: Lawrence Gowan of Styx on "The Mission" of The Band's Legacy

December 16th, 2019


In this episode: We check in with Lawrence Gowan, the lead singer and keyboardist for Styx, to talk about the longevity of "The Grand Illusion" called rock music, what makes Classic Rock "classic," future Rock & …

Ep. 42: All Things Billy Joel With The Songs From The Attic Radio Program

December 9th, 2019


"Three musicians and a teacher walk into an Italian Restaurant...."

In this episode: we're joined by two the biggest Billy Joel Fans in Central New York, Melissa and Teddy Boileau, hosts of "Songs From the Attic" (which …

Ep. 41: Format Wars - The Ultimate Showdown Of Physical vs. Digital

December 2nd, 2019


In this episode: we take a break from discussing the music we consume, and switch the focus to HOW we choose to consume it.

We dish on everything from: vinyl's long-and-steady resurgence, cassette's niche appeal, CD's …

Ep. 40: Bands Reunited (And It Feels So Good???)

November 25th, 2019


In this episode: They're gettin' the band back together, man! And we take a look into their motivations...Groups like My Chemical Romance, Rage Against The Machine, The Black Crowes, and even Motley Crue all announced …

Ep. 39: Tom Keifer, Formerly Of Cinderella, Outlines The "Live" Approach He Took On "Rise," His New Studio Album!

November 18th, 2019


In this episode: special guest Tom Keifer, formerly of Cinderella, joins us to talk about his new studio album "Rise;" the live-in-studio approach he took to recording the effort; the struggles he's faced (and overcome) …

Ep. 38: The Turkey Trot (a.k.a. The Episode Good Enough To Eat)

November 11th, 2019


In this episode, just in time for Thanksgiving Festivities, our two turkeys dish on all your favorite food songs! Indulge in some of the all-time …

Ep. 37: The iPod Generation - Classic Albums Released After 2000

October 28th, 2019


In this episode: thanks to the huge amount of feedback from the riders, we talk about dozens of albums, released after the year 2000, that are considered "classic" (meaning, they'll still be well-regarded decades from …

Ep. 36: The 2020 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees And (Of Course) Snubs!

October 20th, 2019


In this episode: We breakdown the 2020 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame nominees, discuss the various genres that fall under the term "rock and roll," and …

Ep. 35: Visually Speaking - Iconic Album Art

September 3rd, 2019


In this episode: we talk about the album artwork that tells you a story, before you even hear the first song on the record! 





Ep. 34: Music Festivals - The Good, The Bad & The Costly

August 19th, 2019


With this weekend being the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, in this episode: we discuss the recently failed Woodstock 50, the Fyre Festival debacle, and what our (and your) thoughts are on music festivals in general! 


Ep. 33: G. Love Pours On "The Juice," His Upcoming, Keb Mo Produced Album

July 29th, 2019


In this Episode: G. Love of G. Love & Special Sauce joins us to talk about "The Juice," his upcoming solo album that was produced by Keb Mo, …

Ep. 32: Musing On Music Videos

July 21st, 2019


In this episode: we break down all of the music videos that were the eye-candy accompaniment to our favorite songs. From the early days of MTV (remember when they played videos?) to more current viral video superstars …

Ep. 31: From Good Homes’ Patrick Fitzsimmons Discusses “Time & The River,” The Band’s First Studio Album In Over 20 Years!

July 15th, 2019


In this episode: Patrick Fitzsimmons, drummer of From Good Homes’ joins us to talk about “Time & The River,” the band’s first studio album since their 1998 self titled release for RCA records, the band's beginnings …

Ep. 30: Green Jello’s Bill Manspeaker Dishes On Guinness World Records, The Tool Connection & “Three Little Pigs”

July 8th, 2019


In a VERY NSFW episode: Bill Manspeaker, the head puppet master for Green Jellö (or Green Jellÿ, as most see itjoins us to unravel the "world's worst band," bite by bite.

Among the many topics we discuss: the band …

Ep. 29: The (Spin) Doctor Is In...Eric Schenkman Opens The Vault On The Band's 30-Year History

June 30th, 2019


In this episode: Eric Schenkman, lead guitarist for the Spin Doctors joins us to talk about the bands 30-year history and what the future holds in …

Ep. 28: Bands Who've Had Success After Changing Lead Singers

June 24th, 2019


In this episode: we outline the bands who've had successful runs after replacing their lead vocalist, be it over creative differences or when the …

Ep. 27: Hinder Outlines Their Approach To Longevity Within The Current "(D)evoloving" Hard Rock Scene

June 17th, 2019


In this episode: Cody Hanson, Marshall Dutton & Joe "Blower" Garvey from the hard rock band Hinder, discuss how the genre has (d)evolved since …

Ep. 26: Record Store Day Co-Founder Carrie Colliton On Marketing This Indie Record Store “Holiday”

June 9th, 2019


In this episode: Carrie Colliton, Co-founder of Record Store Day joins us to talk about how this yearly "holiday" for independent music stores has …

Ep. 25: Indigenous’ Mato Nanji Paints His Shade Of The Blues

June 3rd, 2019


In this episode: we're backstage at the Stanhope House (in Stanhope, NJ) with blues rock extraordinaire Mato Nanji of Indigenous to talk about the …

Ep. 24: The "Dynamic Duos" Of Music w/ John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast

May 27th, 2019


In this episode: the namesakes of John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast join us for a hilarious round-table discussion on the "dynamic duos" of music (including artists such as: Simon & Garfunkel, Hall & Oates, …

Ep. 23: Tell Me More...The Songs Of Summer (Both Days & Nights)

May 19th, 2019


When you think of a bright sunny Summer day, what kind of music comes to mind? The Beach Boys? Tom Petty? Don Henley? Billy Idol (wait...what?!)

In …

Ep. 22: Children's Music Icon Laurie Berkner On Her "Rocketship Run" To The Top Of The Kindie Music Scene

May 15th, 2019


If you have children, then the name Laurie Berkner will be very familiar to you, as she has been a staple of children's music for the last 20 years. In this episode: We sit down with Laurie to discuss her …

Ep. 21: The Next 50 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Should Be...

May 5th, 2019


We put together a list of 50 groups and/or artists you could very well see on next year's Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee ballot, along with …

Ep. 20: "Riffing" On The Greatest Guitar Riffs

April 29th, 2019


In this episode: we plug in, turn it up (to eleven of course) and "riff" on the riffs that instantly forecast the awesomeness coming your way!

We're …

Ep. 19: I've Heard That Before (The "Musical Ripoffs" Debate)

April 22nd, 2019


ALL ABOARD! Attention, Riders: This episode features an in-depth look at the age-old question (the ‘Who Wore It Better’ of the music scene) “DID YOU …

Ep. 18: Musical Guilty Pleasures (Guilt Or No Guilt)

April 16th, 2019


In this episode: we open up the rider line to hear about all the songs we consider our “guilty pleasure” tunes, even if there isn’t the slightest …

Ep. 17: A Musical Smorgasbord Of Sorts

April 7th, 2019


In this episode: we leave the comfort of the Tunestiles’ studio and head upstairs to Brian’s back deck, for a round table / post birthday party pow-wow with several friends of the show: Alex Gomez, Jason Alexander …

Ep. 16: Guitar Solos So Hot, They Can't Be Frozen In Carbonite

April 1st, 2019


Have you ever heard a guitar solo that takes an otherwise fantastic song to a whole new stratospheric level of awesome? Us too! In this episode: we …

Ep. 15: Power (Ballads) To The People

March 17th, 2019


Put your lighter in the air, and be ready to sing at the top of your lungs, because whether you want to admit it or not, we each have a special place …

Ep. 14: Sounding Off On Soundtracks (ack ack ack ack ack ack acks) Part 2

March 1st, 2019


Which sequels do you think are better than the original? Maybe: "Godfather II," "Back To The Future Part II" or "The Empire Strikes Back?" Well then: …

Ep. 13: Sounding Off On Soundtracks (ack ack ack ack ack ack acks) Part 1

February 15th, 2019


It's a proven scientific fact that a soundtrack is more important than the actual movie. Case & point: "Eddie & The Cruisers II: Eddie Lives" exists!!

In this episode: we put down the popcorn, skip the previews …

Ep. 12: Flying Beneath The Radar w. Jim Santora, Author Of "Underrated Rock Book"

January 31st, 2019


An album's sales doesn't necessarily equate to how it will stand against the test of time. In this episode: Jim Santora, author of "Underrated Rock Book: The 200 Most Overlooked Albums 1970-2015," joins us to …

Ep. 11: Toto, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore (aka The Many Versions of Africa)

January 24th, 2019


I think we can all agree that Toto's "Africa" is an amazing song (if you disagree,'re wrong, but we won't hold that against ya!).

In this …

Ep. 10: Musical Pickup Lines (aka Memorable Opening Lyrics)

January 18th, 2019


In this episode: we break down the lyrics that hit you with the feels from the very first word. 






Ep. 9: Anything But Traditional Holiday Jingles

December 23rd, 2018


Happy Holidays riders! In this episode: we spread some Christmas cheer through our (and more importantly, your) favorite non-traditional holiday …

Ep. 8: Bastardizing Song Lyrics (Misheard Is Too Gentle Of A Word)

November 28th, 2018


Wait, what was that again? In this episode: we reveal our personal lyrical mishaps, defend those incompetent interpretations, and call out the songs we've all slaughtered the words to...or, have we? Manfred Mann, we're …

Ep. 7: Uncovering The Covers That Transcend The Original

October 30th, 2018


What does it take for a cover versions of a song become “the” definitive version? In this episode: we head down the rabbit hole known as cover songs, …

Ep. 6: Combing Through The Best Selling Albums Of All Time

September 20th, 2018


If we were going to use clickbait to describe this episode, we would write something like: "You Won't Believe Which Bands Did NOT Make The Top 100 …

Ep. 5: One Hit Wonders Of The 1990's

September 4th, 2018


Tripping Daisy, Concrete Blonde, The Refreshments, James, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Aqua, Spacehog, Del Amitri, The Breeders, and Dada -- those ten bands don't even scratch the surface of what the 1990's had in terms of …

Ep. 4: One Hit Wonders Of The 1980's

August 27th, 2018


Do the names Martika, Quarterflash, or Buckner & Garica ring a bell to you?

In this episode: special guest Kevin from "John & Kevin's Big Stupid Podcast" joins Brian & Jay as they each revel their top 5 …

Ep. 3: Musical 180s - When A Band Abandons A Signature Sound

August 20th, 2018


What happens when a band completely ditches the sound that made you like them in the first place? Is it a natural evolution or an insult to listeners?

Ep. 2: The Bands People Love To Hate

July 27th, 2018


In this episode: We dissect the reasons why some bands seem to show up on every “worst bands” list (we’re looking at you Nickelback and Creed); and why some bands can simply do no wrong.



Ep. 1: The Lost Art Of The Mixtape

July 15th, 2018


In the premiere episode of Tunestiles: We dive in the lost art known as the mixtape.

From recordable 8-track tapes (yes, those actually existed) to modern-day streaming, the concept of a mixtape (as well as the impetus …

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