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Auriculum, Episode 2: Rob Sheffield (Part 2)

Episode 2 of And It Don't Stop's occasional Auriculum podcast continues my conversation with the eidetic wonder, Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield. We discuss the complications of hating Billy Joel and the Smiths when you never ever actually hated either, how sometimes "good" is an absolute and other times a personal preference, and how the scabrous Hamell on Trial has recently bridged the gap because we so need righteously pissed-off musicians these days. We also discuss nostalgia, which I do actually hate as a cultural value but find righteous enough as an old person who's enjoyed a good life. Episode 2 is for And It Don't Stop subscribers only, just like Episode 3 next week. Then we'll see. Thanks to Wussy for the theme music. Thanks also to Wussy for still existing.

And It Don't Stop, April 10, 2020