Seas. 4 - Ep. 20 - Singles vs. Albums - How Fans and the Music Industry Need to Change


Hello and welcome to the Powered By Rock Podcast. I’m your host Isaac Kuhlman, and I wanted to actually talk about a topic that I got inspired by from listening to my buddies Brad Nunnery over at Signal Chords and John Montross at Punk Rock Radar when both of them suggested that acoustic songs - as well as intros and interludes - should NOT be released with an album on streaming sites as it might be the first and last time someone listens to you.

I have great respect for both of these guys, and I am going to explain why they are absolutely right and why they are dead wrong about how these types of songs should be released and why they have a great purpose for music lovers.

I want to preface this by saying that BOTH of these guys heavily suggested that they quite literally don’t care about the lyrics to a song at first, and sometimes never, but they rather focus on great melodies and catchy music. 

As much as I love a great melody, I have to disagree with the part about lyrics as someone who has spent most of his life writing songs and poetry.

There is a difference between consuming music and appreciating an artform, and that is part of what I want to talk about today.

So, let’s jump into this fun conversation, and see if I can disagree with my homies without starting an internet feud.


Intro Music: ⁠"Colorado" by Birds Love Filters⁠

Outro Music: ⁠"Snail Mail" by Speedway Sleeper⁠

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Music Mentioned in This Episode:

Frenzal Rhomb - The Cup of Pestilence

Nirvana - “In Bloom”

Oh Lonesome Ana - “I'm Glad You Got Out (But I Miss You)”


Tim Kasher / Cursive / The Good Life

Colorsfade - Built From the Wreckage

Millencolin - Pennybridge Pioneers

Magazine Beach - Constant Springtime

Mercy Music - What You Stand To Lose


▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬


00:00 - Intro

00:44 - Segment 1 - How Should Music Fans Listen to Music - Streaming Singles or Listening to Full Albums?

02:12 - Hot Take #1 - Music Fans Absolutely Need to Start Listening to Full Albums Again

10:21 - Hot Take #2 - John Montross from Punk Rock Radar is not wrong when he says that acoustic songs, intros and interludes should not be released on streaming due to it possibly ruining the user experience when shuffling or solely listening to singles

15:37 - Reverend Guitars

16:27 -

16:59 - Segment 2 - How Should Musicians Release Their Music - Singles or Whole Albums?

17:11 - Hot Take #3 - Artists Shouldn’t Be Releasing an Entire Album to Streaming Sites

22:24 - Hot Take #4 - Acoustic tracks, intros, interludes, exit songs ARE ALL GREAT FOR ALBUMS

25:18 - Hot Take # 5 - Song Lyrics Should Matter More to Musicians AND Fans

29:56 - Outro

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