The Ringing Ear Podcast

Jeff Nale

The Ringing Ear Podcast (brought to you by KillBoringMusic.com) is a show hosted by two middle aged music nerds who like

to discuss all things music and serve as your metaphorical captains, navigating the murky waters of the auditory sea. Co-hosts Jeff & Jobe are hear to let you know wh

All Episodes

Hey, look – a new episode! In Episode 309, Jeff talks finding gold in them thar Bandcamp hills with comedian Jimmy Callaway! Make sure to buy all your BC music and merch on the first Friday of every month, and in the meantime Jeff & Jimmy give you a few recommendations.

Aug 31

72 min

Hello Ringers! Long time! In this solo episode Jeff dives deep and hard into the catalogue of one of his true loves –– the mainstream, dulcet tones of Seattle's second favorite band, Pearl Jam. For those of you who dropped off of PJ's radar back in the 90s, Jeff catches you up with a complete rundown. Also, new music from Revisionist, Hot Snakes, and Jeff Rosenstock!

Aug 13

79 min

At long last, it's a SUPER-SIZED episode! Allister has a "Pudding Time" Jobee is too scared of Mrs. Nale to give a bad review  What do LL Cool J & George Michael have in common? 

Jun 20

143 min

In an extensive interview, Jeff Skypes with songwriter Jonah Matranga (FAR, New End Original, onelinedrawing). They discuss being billed above bands like TooL, equating major labels with the DNC, feeling queasy about creations, dealing with hecklers, how This is Spinal Tap is like a horror movie, and performing for preschoolers. They also touch on lighter topics like funerals, breakups, and G*d.

May 28

99 min

Bust out your mascara and Aqua Net! Jeff appears with pop culture nerd & guest host Tom Pritchard (of the fabulous TomCast PopCast & Beer Night in San Diego) to discuss Hair Metal.    They discuss all the bad qualities of this very limited genre, but also:   – Glam rock musicians who actually had chops   – Hair metal as a path to better music   – How there is nothing more singular than the way this genre died   – a brief conversation about something not very glam: the newest Pearl Jam release  

May 3

84 min

Discussed: – Why are they so maligned, and is it deserved? – yet again, the power of nostalgia – Rock N Roll Hall of Fame – Can RHCP offer any lessons for us amid the Covid-19  – A classic piece by The Onion – RHCP strong points (yes, they have some)

Apr 22

75 min

Jeff & Jobee kibitz about the coronavirus, the apocalypse, and a whole bunch of disease-ridden music. Plus: Allister tries to tear down the room, Jeff insults a listener, and music from Sorrows Path, Greg Dulli, and Human Impact.   

Apr 13

93 min

In his first solo episode of the new season, Jeff puts on his favorite ringer and goes indie, with music from: Crucifucks, Joshua, Unsane, Creeper Lagoon, Sleater-Kinney, Lowercase, Jawbox, Ani DiFranco, At the Drive In, The Promise Ring, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Jets to Brail, Mark Lanegan, Superchunk, Unwound, Fugazi, Christie Front Drive, Braid, Some Velvet Sidewalk, His Name is Alive, Crackerbash, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Jesus Lizard, Falling Forward, Royal, Pigeonhed, Cows, Shellac, Seaweed, Hellacopters, and a hell of a lot more.

Mar 30

98 min

Back for Season Three! Jeff & Jobe catch each other up on their busy lives, Jobe shares Allister's first curse word, and the guys play some of their favorite LOUD songs. Plus music from @trailofdead, @speedometerfunk, and @revisionistks in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight

Mar 18

95 min

Brandon coins the term "Hornists' Nest" "Today's Tinnitus" Tavis confesses to actually investing in an In-dash mini-disc player "This better sound like what I hear in my brain right now" – Brandon Werts The art of sounding shitty without being shitty Tavis: "I would love to be in a band like __________." This episode probably sets the record for longest also-rans.  

Feb 24

93 min

In our Season 2 finale we break down our favorite music of 2019! Plus music from Big Thief, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and The Callous Daoboys.

Jan 5

86 min

After much delay, the boys are back with a gift exchange – just in time for Christmas! Do they know each other well enough to pick music for the other? Find out! Plus music from @BenjaminAdairMurphy, Veronica Swift, and Jay *controversial name*.

Dec 2019

83 min

Jeff delivers another chapter in the Mix Tape Mashup series. This time he goes through a mix he put together in the Summer of 1999. A few classics, a few bombs, and a little too much information. 

Dec 2019

60 min

We are rusty! Featured in this episode: Jobe's shitty mic and environmental noise from Jeff's garage.    – Halloween talk – Vasectomy update – #DiadelosDeftones2019 recap – A brief Grunge debate   I WANNA BE A HAMBURGER!

Nov 2019

108 min

Jobe tackles his first solo episode with a look at some artists off the beaten path—Americana, Jazz, Black Metal, and lord only knows what else.

Nov 2019

34 min

Mini Episode: Mix Tape Mashup with Jeff!

Nov 2019

50 min

Jeff sustains a trauma   Jobee's picks strike fear into your heart   Jeff remembers to include Jobee's #1!!

Oct 2019

76 min

The boys tackle their 4th Spooktacular episode and talk GRAVES! ⚰️⚰️ ***Also, music from #eyehategod, #OkoboteBeaver, and Travels With Brindle***

Oct 2019

72 min

– Jobe has a message for his minions in Sleepsculptor   – Jeff has a change of heart   – Jobe loves a looooooong song  

Oct 2019

88 min

Jeff and Jobe play some of their favorite songs having to do with the color black. Jobe gives his reaction to Let Love In by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, new music from Refused, and Jobee talks about being made a deity by the band in this week's Unsigned Artist Spotlight, Sleepsculptor.

Oct 2019

79 min

This episode incoudes: Shit-talk, kinkiness, and more than our fair share of dead babies   Jeff resurrects a little-known gem from the 1980s   Allister sustains an injury on mic   Jobe marvels at the amount of necrophilia-themed songs there are   A dedication to Doug Collins   Jobe: I really wanted a song about genocide  

Sep 2019

86 min

Jeff and Jobe dive into the catalogue of one of their all-time favorites—Morphine. They share some of their favorite songs by the Massachusetts low rock trio, and talk about what made the band, and late frontman Mark Sandman, so special. Plus, Jobee gives his review of May Day by Matthew Ryan, and Trillian in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.

Sep 2019

102 min

Jobe is back with Jeff, and the guys talk hit songs they absolutely hate. They give joint reviews of Willenium by Will Smith and Yourself or Someone Like You by Matchbox 20, and cheat a little bit by showcasing Matthew Ryan in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.

Sep 2019

90 min

We're back on our bullshit with a new drinking episode! We discuss:   – Jukebox etiquette   – the importance of lyrics   – Beatles vs. Stones    – Are Led Zeppelin & Bruce Springsteen sacred cows who needs to be spayed?   – Doug talks about filming a music video in his home   – We answer the question why you can't hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom

Sep 2019

75 min

Jeff welcomes his wife (and bonafide MCU authority) Casey onto the show to talk about their favorite songs and uses of music in the movies of Marvel Comics.

Sep 2019

101 min

Kenneth Jobe is benched this week, so Jeff picked up the slack and recorded a solo ep., which includes: – Music from Black Foxxes & Superchunk  – Some music headlines  – Jeff actually (kind of) reviews Taylor Swift – Reviews of albums assigned by listeners

Aug 2019

40 min

The guys recap their favorite releases so far this year. Highlights include:   – Jeff coins the term Stepdad Rock & LitRock   – Jobe on Jeff's #2: I don't feel...anything.   – A brief (and yet, existential) discussion about middle age and mortality (inspired by Bob Mould)

Aug 2019

98 min

Jeff and Jobe welcome back Tavis Werts (The Cineramas) to discuss their favorite noise rock, from its origins to today.

Aug 2019

113 min

Jeff and Jobe try something different with this Bonus Episode: they record as they watch Anima, the new collaborative release on Netflix from Thom Yorke and Paul Thomas Anderson, in real time, MST3K style. *It is recommended you listen to this episode when you're able to watch Anima along with them

Jul 2019

44 min

This episode finds Jeff and Jobe stepping in the time machine that is their random year generator and traveling back to the Year of Our Lord 2002 to play some of their favorites. Plus, Jeff reviews I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside by Earl Sweatshirt, music from Drug Church, and The Surrealists from the UK in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.

Jul 2019

76 min

It's the dog days of summer, and Jeff and Jobe acknowledge the season with their episode devoted to all things summer—heat, the sun, etc. Jeff reviews Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by Flaming Lips, Jobee spins a tune from Khruangbin, music from Sun House in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and the guys discuss the importance of letting their kids hurt themselves.

Jul 2019

87 min

Jeff and Jobe talk about festivals—why so many of them seem to be such lackluster affairs, and what could improve them to the point that the guys would actually want to attend one.

Jul 2019

11 min

It's time for songs of resistance, just in time for our nation's Independence Day! Protest songs of all sorts, and what makes a good protest song, anyway? Plus, Jobee's review of Keep It Like a Secret from Built to Spill, music from Todd Snider, Brett Max in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and gear one of Jobe's favorite AYP stories.

Jul 2019

91 min

In honor of The Nale family welcoming new baby Alice into the world, the guys do songs with a daughter theme—having a daughter, being a daughter, or songs dedicated to a (new) daughter. Plus, Jeff gives his review of the classic Prince album 1999, Kansas City sibling power trio Hammerhedd in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and the guys don't quite see eye to eye on the new single from Car Bomb.

Jun 2019

68 min

The guys are huge dog lovers and this week they devote an episode to songs about "dogs", whether literal or metaphorical, you'll have to listen to find out! There's also music from Marissa Nadler (w/Stephen Brodsky), Jobe gives his review of They Say I'm Different by Betty Davis, WYNT in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and find out who thinks you should get naked with your dog.

Jun 2019

70 min

With Father's Day around the corner, Jeff took the opportunity to talk with his dad, multi-instrumentalist Bob Nale, about his favorite genre: Bluegrass. And finally we have an episode you can listen to around your kids!

Jun 2019

73 min

No musical currents, no Spotify Wager, just heavy fucking metal. Jeff and Jobe pick up where last season's metal episode left off—talking about the metal they warmed up to later in life (ie, the 2000's to present day), and debating whether or not there's a certain immaturity inherent in most metal. Without Sacrifice returns to the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, so get your horns up and rock out!

Jun 2019

74 min

The guys welcome back Tavis Werts (The Cineramas, Reel Big Fish) to talk about some of their favorite jazz, from traditional to avant garde. Plus music from The Coathangers, Mdou Moctar, Jobee's review of Nest from Belgian post-hardcore trio Brutus, and Why Everyone Left in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.

May 2019

102 min

Jeff interviews trumpeter Tavis Werts, currently of The Cineramas and formerly of Reel Big Fish, to talk about his life so far as a working musician. Tavis talks about what it's like to spend record label money, the realities of a sophomore slump, getting arrested with Reel Big Fish, what it's like to play with "Weird" Al Yankovic, and more.

May 2019

107 min

It's Mother's Day, so Jeff and Jobe remember their moms by playing some of their favorite songs, from 50's doo wop to 80s pop. There's also music from Hannah Kate, Jeff gives his review of the 1972 Al Green classic Let's Stay Together, and Tired Eyes in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.

May 2019

81 min

The guys pick some of their favorite songs from south of the border, along with some help from The Ringing Ear's Designated Mexican, Jeff's friend Maria. Plus, Jeff and Jobe talk about the Beatles, close the door on Metallica for a while, music from Metalachi, Trauma Queen in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and Jeff and Maria discuss why two of Jobee's picks suck and Cinco de Mayo is bullshit.

May 2019

115 min

Jeff and Jobe chime in with their two cents on the Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt—their thoughts on the movie, the music, the band itself, and why Mick Mars was obviously the coolest member of the band. 

Apr 2019

37 min

Jeff and Jobe listened to Metallica's infamous eighth album more than any sane person should, and they take a deep dive to discuss the behind-the-scenes drama, song analysis, and that godforsaken snare drum. Plus, Tokyo's D.O.G.S. in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and Jobee gives his reaction to Howdily Twodily from Ned Flanders-themed grindcore band Okily Dokily.

Apr 2019

96 min

It's The Ringing Ear's first Punk episode, with special guests Matt Saincome and Bill Conway from The Hard Times! The guys talk about punk that has stood the test of time, focusing on releases from 1989 or before. From household names to more obscure acts to the "word's fattest junkies", the guys talk about what makes punk good. They also talk about nazi punks, "nice guys", straight edge, discover they have some differences of opinion about the Ramones and someone compares Fugazi to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Apr 2019

109 min

It's baaaack! The return of the infamous Chef's Choice! Jeff and Jobe play whatever the hell they want, with no topic or theme whatsoever. From the band Jeff wishes would've been huge instead of Coldplay to some of Jobe's New Age bullshit, see what the guys have up their sleeves. There's also music from Helms Alee, Houston's Godhand in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, the show's first Cheerio break, and the guys decide retsin wouldn't be shit without Certs.

Apr 2019

88 min

Jeff and Jobe explore the conundrum of liking music made by unsavory individuals (including a Beatle!). They discuss where the line is between being a truly bad person vs. simply an asshole, why junkies always seem to cap their drug habits at $1000 a day, and Jobee's disinterest in Jeff's picks goes full bore. There's also music from Ruby Gill, Nefyn in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and Jeff reluctantly agrees that there might be two Megadeth songs on Rust In Peace that don't suck.  

Apr 2019

91 min

Singers, who needs 'em? Jeff and Jobe discuss some of their favorite instrumental tracks, both from strictly instrumental bands and from bands who gave their vocalists a rest. Jobe gives an extremely lukewarm review to Sistahs from Big Joanie, Jeff tries to understand the band Baroness and the people who like them, Clean Cut in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and the guys spend some time talking about smelly ferrets. 

Apr 2019

73 min

Jeff and Jobe examine their favorite uses of the word "fuck" in popular music. A very appropriate song from Mick Flannery, Jeff discusses Stranger Today by Our Girl and the guys ponder how much their age dictates their taste in new music, and K-GIZZLE in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight.

Mar 2019

68 min

Like an episode of Bojack Horseman, the guys try to make you laugh while also depressing the shit out of you, playing some of the saddest songs of all time. Jobee gives his review to White Zombie's mega-hit La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1, Jeff and Jobe discuss the new single from Bad Religion, and Charles David Sharp is in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight. Find out whose # 1 elicited the reaction "Fuck...everything" from their co-host, and made their spouse ask them "What the fuck is wrong with you?"

Mar 2019

73 min

A: Shamrocks, Guiness, Leprechauns with pots of gold. Q: What stereotypes do Jeff and Jobe try to avoid in this episode dedicated to Irish artists? From classic rock to folk to punk, the guys touch on Irish acts you may not be aware of, and avoid playing a certain band with a two digit name. Plus, music from Shea Diamond, Ashes of Abaddon in the Unsigned Artist Spotlight, and find out which of these fools laughed at the movie Precious.

Mar 2019

68 min

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