Derringer Discoveries - A Music Adventure Podcast

Lord Huron – Indie Folk’s Creative Under-the-Radar Juggernaut (Episode 25)

For a band that has had such a large impact on pop culture for the last decade, Lord Huron has remained under-the-radar of many music listeners. Starting out in Michigan as the brainchild of Ben Schneider, a multi-talented artist, Lord Huron has become a hugely influential indie rock band whose music has appeared in numerous films, commercials, television shows, and in series for NBC, The CW, Netflix, HBO, and Showtime. Their songs have also appeared on music charts worldwide.

Based out of their own Whispering Pines studio in Los Angeles, California, Lord Huron – now composed of Schneider and his former high school bandmates – continue to generate wonderfully inventive music. Accompanied by Ben Schneider’s artwork and multimedia creations such as the collection of live-streamed shows called Alive from Whispering Pines, the band takes us on a fictional journey into the storied past of Whispering Pines studio and music from a bygone era.

In this Derringer Discoveries episode, the Derringer Brothers – Alton and Paul – explore Lord Huron’s latest album, Long Lost, and share their favorite album tracks. They’ll also share their thoughts on whether Lord Huron has taken their latest concept album too far. Did they Jump the Shark? Did they Cross the Rubicon?  You’ll have to listen to find out.

Be sure to stick around for the Post-Episode Bonus where Paul and Alton introduce you to a talented singer-songwriter named Katie Tich (pronounced “tish”) out of Baltimore, Maryland. Katie was kind enough to join the Derringer Brothers for an exclusive interview where she shares how she got her start in music and provided insight into her heartfelt and emotional lyrics.

Katie’s songs have appeared on the Derringer Discoveries curated playlist, the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) - Top 25. The TMR Top 25 consists of the latest compelling songs that the Derringer Brothers find to be some of the best music worldwide. The chart is updated monthly, so be sure to click "like" and check back often to hear the latest finds by Derringer Discoveries!

If you hear a snippet from today’s episode that you want to explore further, all the songs, except for one, can be found on the accompanying Spotify playlist, Lord Huron – Indie Folk’s Creative Under-the-Radar Juggernaut. Be sure to listen to this episode to find out which Lord Huron song Paul Derringer dislikes so much that he refused to let us include it on this playlist.

Please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

Bowie Bowie Bowie Everywhere (Episode 24)

Our listeners in the UK might conclude that David Bowie had five Number One hit singles.  Meanwhile, our listeners in the US will say that Bowie had just two Number Ones.  However, here at Derringer Discoveries, we cater to the entire world and worldwide, Bowie had 11 Number One hit singles while he was living and one more Number One hit single posthumously.

Listen up as two of The Derringer Brothers - Alton and Paul - discuss and play snippets from all of Bowie's Number One hits from around the world while covering his "classic period" from 1969 to 1986.  Does Bowie Jump the Shark or Cross the Rubicon?  Stay to the end and discover Alton's shocking revelation.

Bowie's sole posthumous Number One hit from 2016 is just one of many mind-blowing discussion points raised by Alton and Paul during this episode.  For example, Radio Three Chart (LP3) is the oldest and longest-running music chart in Poland.  On a weekly basis, Marek and Piotr - Polskie Radio's alternating hosts - countdown Warsaw, Poland's top hit singles.  Marek and Piotr, along with their dedicated listeners, are the ones who decided to give Bowie his 12th Number One hit single!  Kudos to LP3!

But, what does LP3 have to do with Derringer Discoveries?  Well, in keeping with the LP3 spirit and perhaps off-their-rockers, in this episode, Derringer Discoveries officially unveils The Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

During the inaugural month of October 2021, the first TMR Number One hit single was Harder Than It Should Be by the New Haven, Connecticut duo Goodnight Moonshine.

Today's Post-Episode Playout (i.e., Bonus) features an interview with an impressive, wonderfully-melodic band from Detroit Michigan called The Legal Matters.

In addition, please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

Toad the Wet Sprocket: Not Just Another 90s Band & Why (Episode 23)

Almost 35 years ago, four high school friends bonded over their love for making music – and not just any music. They came right out of the gate making top-notch alternative pop-rock songs but, desperate for a band name prior to their first gig, they jokingly adopted a silly moniker from a Monty Python skit: Toad the Wet Sprocket. It was a joke that went on too long – and it stuck. 

In this episode, the Derringer Brothers (Paul and Alton) explore Toad the Wet Sprocket’s (TTWS) pre-breakup hits from 1989’s Bread and Circus through 1997’s Coil – followed by the band’s 16-year hiatus from recording.

During the “break up years,” the band members stayed in touch, matured, occasionally played music together, and finally put aside their differences to reform in 2010.  In 2013, the band released the crowd-funded album, New Constellation, proving that the band’s fans were still around and longing for new TTWS music. The band’s 2016 EP, Architect of the Ruin, followed.

The Derringer Brothers recap seeing TTWS on tour over the last few years and explore their top three favorite songs from Toad’s latest album, Starting Now. How does the album compare to classic Toad? Listen up to find out!

Join Paul and Alton as they explain how TTWS survived the 90s, how the band differs from typical 90s bands, and what the future looks like since losing their long-time drummer.

The post-episode playout features a band from Baltimore and Florida known as We’re About 9 (WA9). Hear the story of the band’s genesis and how they are earning royalties from major airlines. In addition, Paul will relay his Top 3 WA9 songs and Brian Gundersdorf of WA9 will provide interesting insight into each of Paul's picks.

Enjoy the music heard on this episode by listening to the Toad the Wet Sprocket: Not Just Another 90s Band & Why playlist.

In addition, please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

Styx: Tommy vs. Dennis & Why (Episode 22)

Would you believe us if we told you that, more than 40 years after their heyday, the band Styx from Chicago is better than ever?

Listen up as we quickly recap Styx's 1977 to 1983 so-called classic years, their break-up in 1984, their post-breakup solo efforts and then, their amazing comeback leading up to their 17th studio album, Crash of the Crown, released June 2021.

The numerous music snippets come at you fast and furious.  The banter is humorous and insightful.  Alton Derringer fights for Tommy Shaw.  Paul Derringer fights for Dennis DeYoung.  Unfortunately, only one - Tommy or Dennis - will prevail.

In addition, Alton and Paul review and discuss Crash of the Crown, each picking the Top Three Best Songs from the album, as well as relaying the Fans Choice, based on Spotify streams.

With a band like Styx, there will be intense discussion as to whether they have Jumped the Shark and/or Crossed the Rubicon.  Stay to the end and find out!

Today's Post Episode Playout is by WTJU Disc Jockey Michael Pillow, author of the book Summer Brush Men, as he interviews Susan Munson and Paul Johnson of the band Ho Jo Fro on the release their new single Come In.

All songs discussed or mentioned in this episode are included on the Styx: Tommy vs. Dennis playlist.  Please check it out and click "Like" (the heart icon).

In addition, please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

Taylor Swift‘s Top 10 Stone-Cold Classics & Why (Episode 21)

Since 2006, Taylor Swift has released 179 songs spanning nine studio albums.  Now that she has regained the copyrights to her first five albums, she is re-recording them one by one.  You will know the new ones by the caption Taylor's Version in parentheses after each re-recorded song title.

In this Derringer Discoveries episode, Paul Derringer is joined by Rylan Derringer who is subbing for Dave Derringer.  While counting down his Top 10 favorite Taylor Swift songs, Paul provides insight into copyrights versus phonographic rights and why Taylor is re-recording Taylor Swift (2006), Fearless (2008), Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), and 1989 (2014).

Joining Paul and Rylan is a panel of three (Delaney Derringer, Layton Derringer, and Abbey Derringer).  Each member of the panel, as well as Rylan, will let Paul know if he picks a song not deserving to be in the Top 10.  Each time a panelist or Rylan agrees with Paul's pick, a bell rings.  Does the bell ever ring five times?  Listen up and find out.  The ultimate question is do you agree or disagree?

Adding to your listening enjoyment is Abbey Derringer who provides insight on how each of Paul's Top 10 picks fared on various music charts, worldwide.

Stay for the Post Episode Bonus for an interview with singer-songwriter Steve Slagg from Chicago.

In addition, please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

The Killers Peaked? & Why (Episode 20)

The Killers are back!

In this episode, Paul Derringer teams up with Ho Jo Fro bandmate Alton Derringer and together they discuss and call on Dave Derringer, Augie Derringer, and Paddy Derringer to each pick their Top 3 favorite songs from The Killers new album Pressure Machine.  This time around, Dave Mason's song We Just Disagree is not invoked, since the five largely agree.

The Derringer Brothers also weigh in on whether or not The Killers have Jumped the Shark or Crossed the Rubicon.

Please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

The Beatles 10 Worst Songs & Why (Episode 19)

Is there anything new to say about The Beatles?

In this episode, The Derringer Brothers discuss The Beatles worst songs.  Paul Derringer takes you through his Top 10 list of The Beatles worst while Dave Derringer and Paddy Derringer weigh in, sometimes agreeing and other times invoking the Dave Mason song We Just Disagree.

It would be sheer folly for anyone to say that The Beatles Jumped the Shark or Crossed the Rubicon.  The Derringer Brothers make it clear that they are big fans of The Beatles, but even the best band in the history of rock music has a few clunkers.  Listen up and decide for yourself!

Please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

Al Stewart Taught Me Everything & Why (Episode 18)

Al Stewart is widely known for Year of the Cat and Time Passages, but he has given the world so much more:

Al taught us about the complexities and pitfalls of love;

Al introduced us to interesting historical figures such as Nostradamus whose only book, first published in 1555, still captivates us today; and

Most importantly, Al taught Paul Derringer enough about World War II to get him through high school history with a solid B.

In this episode, The Derringer Brothers take you on a journey that goes beyond Al's big hits.  They connect Al to Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse Five.  They play snippets of Al's epic Love Chronicles featuring Jimmy Page and Jon Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.  They even discuss the 450 year-old saying "All is Fair in Love and War" while tying it to a classic Al Stewart song.

Will you be entertained? Hopefully, yes! Will Dave Derringer agree with any of Paul Derringer's Top 10 picks or will they need to invoke Dave Mason's We Just Disagree? Listen up and find out!

And when all is said and done, after more than 54 years in the music business, has Al Stewart Jumped the Shark? Has he Crossed the Rubicon? Stay to the end and find out!

The songs discussed in this episode can be found on the Al Stewart Taught Me Everything Spotify playlist.

In addition, please visit the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25, a music chart by Derringer Discoveries, available on Spotify. Updated monthly, this chart reflects our current 25 favorite, new songs by recording artists worldwide with a focus on fresh folk, adult rock, alternative rock, rock & roll, and power pop. Click “Like” (the heart icon) to follow the Turnip Music Radio (TMR) Top 25.

The Derringer Brothers want to hear from you!  Send us your feedback at feedback@derringerdiscoveries.com – you may hear your comments read on a future episode of Derringer Discoveries!  Keep listening!

Please be sure to subscribe to Derringer Discoveries. This lets the providers know that you enjoy the content and look forward to future episodes. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and fellow music-lovers about our podcast.

Your Sister's Room by Ho Jo Fro is the theme song for Derringer Discoveries and is available for streaming on most platforms.

The Killers Have Not Peaked & Why (Episode 17)

More popular in the UK than in the US, The Killers are an American band from Las Vegas fronted by singer, keyboardist, and lyricist Brandon Flowers.

In this episode of Derringer Discoveries, Paul & Dave Derringer are joined by two special guests, Augie and Paddy, who take on the Derringer surname as the four discuss The Killers' six studio albums spanning 2004 to 2020 in anticipation of their seventh studio album (See Episode 20 for The Killers' Pressure Machine).

While relaying intriguing stories about The Killers and life in general, the Derringers pick and discuss their favorite songs and they ponder whether it is better to be human or a dancer, as posited by Brandon in the classic song Human.

Near the end of the episode, they debate whether The Killers have Jumped the Shark.  And, they dip their toes into the Rubicon, but dare they cross it?

Stay for a post-episode explanation as to the meaning behind In Rivermont by Ho Jo Fro, the same band who provide the Derringer Discoveries theme song, Your Sister's Room.

The songs discussed in this episode can be found on the The Killers Have Not Peaked Spotify playlist.  Please "like" it.

Also, Turnip Music Radio has launched The TMR Top 25, a countdown of our 25 favorite new (or recent) songs by recording artists worldwide in the genres encompassing pop, alternative, folk, and rock & roll.  Please check it out and click "Like."  Each month, the chart will be updated to reflect the current best of what's new.

Contact The Derringer Brothers at derringerdiscoveries@gmail.com and "follow" Derringer Discoveries on your favorite digital platform.

Bob Marley Rocks & Why (Episode 16)

When Bob Marley died on 11 May 1981 at age 36, his star was on the rise.  Since then, he and his Wailers have ascended to mega-superstar status in the world of roots rock reggae.  Take a look on Spotify and you will see that Bob Marley's top songs each have received hundreds of millions of streams, affirmation that his timeless music is beloved worldwide.

Using humor and brotherly love, in this episode, Paul & Dave Derringer take you on a musical journey through the life and legacy of Bob Marley.  Picking their Top 10 favorite Marley songs, Paul & Dave play snippets not only of Marley's originals, but also cover versions by other famous rockers.  Along the way, they tell interesting stories, including the one where Marley gave away several of his songs to Vincent Ford, a friend, in order to keep Ford's soup kitchen open.  Plus, stay to the end to learn what three cherished objects were buried with Marley.

The songs discussed in this episode can be found on the Bob Marley Rocks Spotify playlist.  Please check it out and "like" it.

Also, Turnip Music Radio has launched The TMR Top 25, a countdown of our 25 favorite new (or recent) songs by recording artists worldwide in the genres encompassing pop, alternative, folk, and rock & roll.  Please check it out and click "Like."  Each month, the chart will be updated to reflect the current best of what's new.

Contact Paul & Dave at derringerdiscoveries@gmail.com and "follow" Derringer Discoveries on your favorite digital platform.

The band Ho Jo Fro provides the Derringer Discoveries theme song Your Sister's RoomIn addition, Click here to watch budding director Danny Wagner's Music Box Killer video on YouTube.

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