Homer Steinweiss is not only the greatest drummer of his generation, but a producer and songwriter whose understated humility belies an immense list of fantastic credits. The rhythmic spine of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and the Menahan Street Band, Homer has also lent his incredible feel on the drums to records by everyone from Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars to Al Green and Rufus Wainwright. He’s also a frequent collaborator of Mark Ronson, including on his recent smash Uptown Special album.
Homer joins host Jeremy Dylan to talk about Shuggie Otis’s cult classic soul album “Inspiration Information”. They talk about how Shuggie’s pioneering use of drum machines has influenced his ideas of rhythm, playing as a one man band vs. playing live with a band like the Dap Kings, why Shuggie’s vocal style is so atypical for R&B, the similarities to Sly and the Family Stone’s “There’s A Riot Going On” album and more.
Plus, Homer reveals his favorite album of 2015 so far, how he balances his approach between different albums and artists, and friend of the show Rose Elinor Dougall drops in to pay tribute to Homer and ask him what it was like to work on St Vincent’s latest album.
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My Favorite Album is a podcast on the impact great music has on our lives. Each episode features a guest on their favorite album of all time - why they love it, their history with the album and how it's influenced them.
Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist, concert promoter and photographer. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins.
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