Don't Feed the Artists

Don't Feed the Artists is a show about music featuring interviews, topical discussions, stories about important moments in music, deep dives into artist's discographies, and more. New episodes weekly.

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You Should Like Incubus

May 16, 2024

After a lot of time catching up, Dave takes us on a journey where we learn why we should like Incubus.

Music Education

May 02, 2024

This week we talk about our experiences (and the problems) with music education.

DFTA: Double Albums (2xLP)

Apr 25, 2024

For no specific reason whatsoever, we're talking about double albums and sesquialbums, in this episode that would be a 2xLP release.

Coachella and Jojo Siwa

Apr 18, 2024

This week, the boys are just chatting about some recent music news.

Formative Songs

Apr 11, 2024

This week, Dave takes a close look at the songs from childhood that hooked him on music being more than just a casual interest.

What is a producer?

Mar 28, 2024

This week, we're joined by special guest Chris Howell to talk about what a producer's role is. And in our Patreon-exclusive episode, we try and define what a songwriter is.

Deep Dive: Wilco (The Podcast)

Mar 21, 2024

In our latest feature-length episode, Dave turns 35 as we're joined by Blake to do a one-of-a-kind Deep Dive on Wilco.

Music & Politics

Mar 14, 2024

This week, there's a surprising amount of politics in our music news, as we cover what Congress may be doing for streaming payouts, and how many artists are dropping out of SXSW.

Fridays on Wednesdays

Mar 06, 2024

Nobody knows where Adam is, so it's a Fun Friday on a Wednesday this week on the show.

Don't Feed the Artists Roadtrip

Feb 29, 2024

We're taking a roadtrip… playlist! Join us as we make the perfect roadtrip playlist with our listeners!

Super Bowl News

Feb 22, 2024

After some Super Bowl Halftime Show discussion, we get into some recent news including some new album announcements.

The Grammys

Feb 08, 2024

We're kicking off 2024 with our annual recap of the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year as we talk about The Grammys.

Holiday Party 2023

Dec 27, 2023

We're joined by a special guest to talk about our favorite albums of the year, as well as the favorite albums of our listeners!

The End of The Year.mp3

Dec 13, 2023

As we near the end of the year, we want to hear about your favorite album of the year! But before we get to our annual holiday party episode, we first need to catch up on some important LimeWire news.

The Grammy Nominees

Nov 15, 2023

As is tradition, we re-learn about the distinction between Record of the Year and Song of the Year as we discuss the nominees of the 66th Annual Grammy Awards. This week in our Patreon episode we listen to the nominees and make some bold predictions with a special guest.

Olivia Rodrigo's Sour

Nov 08, 2023

After talking about Dave's discovery of glass walls, we move onto his discovery of Olivia Rodrigo's first album Sour, followed by a Patreon episode about her second episode Guts.

Halloween Music

Nov 01, 2023

This week we answer the question: Does Halloween music exist?


Oct 25, 2023

This week, answer another big question: What is Grunge?

Top 100 Most Streamed Songs

Oct 11, 2023

After some important discussion about both Wisconsin and Wi-Fi, we get into the list of the most streamed songs on Spotify.

Recent News, Plus a Big Announcement

Oct 04, 2023

There's been a lot in the news recently, but we've also got a big announcement: We're now producing new exclusive shows on Patreon!

Private Gigs

Sep 27, 2023

This week, we talk about the ins and outs of private gigs.

Fun Fridays on Monday

Sep 18, 2023

This week, Dave and Hagen go time traveling in this special episode.

Music News

Sep 13, 2023

There's been a lot of news piling up, so we're back to talk about all of it.

Jason Isbell's Reunions

Aug 30, 2023

We watched Running With Our Eyes Closed, the documentary about Jason Isbell and his album Reunions.

Cover Songs II

Aug 18, 2023

We revisit the topic of covers, with a focus on the phenomenon of covers that become more famous then the original.

"More, at Eleven"

Aug 11, 2023

We're here with a news heavy episode today as we go between good news, concerning news, and bad news… now back to you!

Tour Stories

Aug 04, 2023

This week, Dave and Hagen are back to talk Tour Stories 4 (or 5).

Nu Metal

Jul 28, 2023

This week, answer two big questions: What is Nu Metal, and what is it about Nu Metal?

Chris Stapleton's Starting Over

Jul 21, 2023

After some Stupid News, we dig into Chris Stapleton's award-winning 2020 album Starting Over.

Back in Business

Jul 14, 2023

We know it's been awhile but we're back.

Just Chatting

Jun 21, 2023

This week on the show, Jackson has some questions.

Hot Goss!

Jun 14, 2023

Dave learns something new, Hagen edits the podcast, Jackson sat in "40 minutes of traffic", and Adam's a whole week late.

The Chicks

Jun 07, 2023

This week, we talk about the corporate and political pressures on The Chicks in 2003 at the start of the Iraq War.

Alanis Morissette

May 24, 2023

This week, we all did the homework and watched the documentary Jagged, about the life and career of musician Alanis Morissette centering on the release of her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill.


May 17, 2023

After Dave drank a Dr. Pepper and Jackson saw Coheed, we're all back this week to talk about Hyperpop.

Ben from The Bearded Monk

May 10, 2023

This week on the show we're joined by Ben of The Bearded Monk to chat about running a non-traditional music venue, and how touring bands can stand out.

Misunderstood Lyrics

May 03, 2023

We're back with tour stories from MNKR's weekend in Louisiana, and to talk about lyrics that are commonly misheard or misunderstood.

Live Evil

Apr 26, 2023

This week we're joined by a special guest: Riley of The Infamists to talk about their new album Live Evil.


Apr 12, 2023

Dave's back, and we're here to catch up on some news before we get to our long awaited topic episode on sampling, followed by a brief detour into the future of streaming music.

Edgar Derby

Apr 05, 2023

This week, we're joined by a special guest host as Jackson finds a front person he can be friends with who plays music around town.

Re-Recording Music

Mar 22, 2023

After a quick diversion where we say SeaWorld, talking about music with musicians, and TicketMaster are bad, we talk about if re-recording music is a good idea thanks to U2's new three hour album.


Mar 15, 2023

This week on the show, we talk about the pitch correction processor that everyone seems to hate without knowing anything about it.

Artificial Intelligence in Music

Mar 08, 2023

Welcome to the "Don't Feed the Artists" podcast, where we explore the intersection between artificial intelligence and the music industry. In today's episode, we will be discussing the impact of AI on the music industry and its potential for the future. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the impact of AI on the music industry.

MNKR: Tour Stories

Mar 01, 2023

We’re back with a feature length episode, as we bring back Tour Stories to talk about adventures in running the door at townie bars with door-kickers.

Music at the Super Bowl

Feb 15, 2023

We talk about the performances from Chris Stapleton, Babyface, and Rihanna at the Super Bowl, continuing an annual tradition of people everywhere arguing about live music production.

The Grammys

Feb 08, 2023

It’s that time of year again, and we definitely all watched The Grammys again this year.

YouTube and the Music Industry

Jan 25, 2023

This week, Jackson abandoned us but we're joined by a very special guest host to chat about YouTube and the impact it has made on the music industry.

The Greatest Singers, and Nepotism

Jan 18, 2023

Dave learns how old he is and we learn about Dave's caffeine naps, before we talk about Rolling Stone's The Greatest Singers list, and nepotism in the music industry.

Reviewing 2022 in 2023

Jan 11, 2023

We're back to discuss our albums of 2022 and review some big moments of the year.

Music Biopics

Dec 07, 2022

It’s Monday and it’s been a long week already, so we’re here to talk about Uno, Sonic, and Music Biopics.

The Doom Eternal Soundtrack

Nov 30, 2022

This week, we get into the holiday spirit by talking about the controversy surrounding the Doom Eternal soundtrack.

“Anthony Fantano with hair”

Nov 23, 2022

We’re joined by a special guest as we distribute more cancel bucks and talk about Ticketmaster and Twitter. Send us your album of the year!

Juno and The Grammys

Nov 16, 2022

This week we hear from Jackson about how his Juno show went and talk through the nominees for the 65th Grammy Awards as we near the end of the year.

"This was pre-Yoohoo"

Nov 09, 2022

This week we're just hanging out, as we talk about Dave's weird day, Yoohoo Yeehaws, big words, and Jackson's upcoming solo show.

When We Were Young

Nov 02, 2022

Jackson is back from the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, with a field report about the sold-out festival When We Were Young.

Don't Feed the Artists: In The Morning

Oct 19, 2022

Don't worry, we're all back this week to talk about snoozing, Ticketmaster, compulsory military service, and what we're listening to?

"We need to talk about Adam and Jackson"

Oct 12, 2022

In our most serious conversation yet, Hagen and Dave dive right into some Hot Goss.

Pitchfork: The Best of the 1990s

Oct 05, 2022

Pitchfork recently released guides to the best songs and albums of the 1990s, and we’re here to react to the list live, without any prior research.

"The Real Mars Volta"

Sep 28, 2022

This week Jackson is back from his experience being the fifth person in Whyoming, Adam went to a show, and we talk about islands, Brussels, BJ's Warehouse, and that we're now publishing a video version of this podcast!

Shania Twain

Sep 21, 2022

This week, Jackson's gone so we finally get to do an episode on Shania Twain's second and third albums: The Woman In Me and Come On Over.


Sep 14, 2022

This week on the show, Hagen shares the history and impact of TikTok on the music industry, and the air horn has its own track now.

"Is that an NPR host?"

Sep 07, 2022

This week we're all back to talk about Jackson's hat, our favorite Liam brother, the Taylor Hawkins Tribute Concert, and other assorted music news.

Video Mods

Aug 31, 2022

This week on the show, Jackson is back with another passionately researched report after recently unlocking a core memory.

The Tragically Hip

Aug 10, 2022

This week Dave talks to us about the cultural touchstone of Canada, The Tragically Hip.

"Tonight: Musicians Want to Get Paid More?"

Aug 03, 2022

This week we talk about the Ghost of Mozart and the width of Hagen's street, before catching up on some news.

Jackson: Coheed and Cambria

Jul 27, 2022

This week on the show, we talk to Jackson about Coheed and Cambria.

2022: Half Way Through

Jul 20, 2022

In our 200th recorded episode, we're giving 2022 a mid-year performance review, and look at what's on our music radar for the rest of the year.

Japanese Special Editions

Jul 13, 2022

Jackson's done some in-depth research and is here to talk to us about obi strips, exclusive tracks, and collectibility as we talk about Japanese Special Editions.

"I was a cheese fries man"

Jun 22, 2022

As we catch up on news this week, we talk about what we really think of The Joker and Drake, a song from 1985, and tater tots.

Welcome Back…

Jun 15, 2022

This week on the show, Jackson returns to catch up on some news, and report on what he's been listening to.

"All I Want for Christmas is Sue"

Jun 08, 2022

This week, we’re almost all here as we catch up on news, Dave is on-time to his gigs, Hagen shares his business plan for Jazzbro, and Adam listened to an obscure soundtrack.

News Duo

Jun 01, 2022

This week on the show, Hagen and Dave are tired and just hanging out.

The iPod

May 25, 2022

This week on the show, we revisit Dave's Death Corner to discuss the history and legacy of the iPod.

Minions News

May 18, 2022

This week we talk about the White House's record collection and future National Film Registry inductee Minions 2.

Disowned Music

May 11, 2022

This week after some real heavy news, we talk about the concept of artists disowning their music.

Music Theory

May 04, 2022

After catching up on some news, Jackson and Adam attend the DFTA School of Music Theory.

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Apr 20, 2022

After winning both an Oscar and Grammy, we finally watch the new documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival: Summer of Soul.

"Jack White's a Busy Busy Boy"

Apr 13, 2022

After discovering Instagram DM's, Jackson shares some interesting Grammys followup from a listener, and tells us why he hates Jesus Christ Superstar and maybe just Andrew Lloyd Webber in general.

The Grammys and Alien Songs

Apr 06, 2022

This week: Some of us watched The Grammys, and we compile a modern-day Voyager Golden Record as we select songs to send to aliens.

Bonus Episode: Movie Musicals

Apr 01, 2022

After discussing Rent this week, Hagen and Jackson are back with a bonus episode all about movie musicals.


Mar 30, 2022

After some news, we dive into one of the longest-running Broadway shows and its movie adaptation: Rent.

Music Criticism

Mar 23, 2022

This week after some very important news followup, we talk about Music Criticism, asking why we care about it, and the value that critics offer to listeners and artists.

"Secrecy Second Child"

Mar 16, 2022

This week on the show, we decline a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, suspend operations in Russia, and fight with Kanye.

"The Tense Edition"

Mar 09, 2022

This week on the show, the music world reacts to Donda 2, Russia, and the acquisition of Bandcamp, plus Adam and Jackson went to The Majestic Theater.

Dr. Dre Presents: Don't Feed the Artists

Feb 23, 2022

We're back this week to talk about some recent headlines involving Kanye West and Joe Rogan, plus we talk about the Halftime Show.

Jeff Buckley's Grace

Feb 09, 2022

This week we talk about Jeff Buckley's career and life leading up to his single studio album, Grace.

The Neil Young-Joe Rogan Spotify Saga

Feb 02, 2022

This week we catch up on some news, including the Drake-Hot Sauce incident, and everything involving Neil Young and Joni Mitchell pulling their music from Spotify.


Jan 26, 2022

We're back to catch up on how we spent our short break and the news of the last few weeks, including a surprising number of things happening (or not) in Las Vegas, as well as the albums we're looking forward to this year, and more!

The DFTA Company Party

Dec 29, 2021

For our last episode of the year, we talk about our favorite albums of 2021, your favorite albums of 2021, the year as a whole, and what we're looking forward to in 2022.

DFTA: Foo Fighters

Dec 22, 2021

This week on the show, we all finally get to talk about Foo Fighters.

Dead or Alive

Dec 15, 2021

This week on the show, we dive into ten of the most prominent conspiracy theories about musicians who faked their own deaths, or were replaced after their supposed death.

The End of Year News Special

Dec 08, 2021

As we approach the end of the year, we've got a mountain of news plus the final installment of Hagen's Hot Goss™ for 2021.

DFTA: Get Back

Dec 01, 2021

We watched all eight hours of The Beatles: Get Back — Peter Jackson's three-part documentary covering the making of their 1970 album Let It Be — so you don't have to… unless you want to.

The Beatles

Nov 24, 2021

This week in anticipation of the upcoming Get Back documentary by Peter Jackson, we talk about our relationship with The Beatles and their impact on music.

"My Favorite Podcast and Mine"

Nov 17, 2021

This week on the show, we discuss the unfortunate events at Astroworld, a performance at Daytona International Speedway, and hear how Jackson flew to the capital in search of Dr. Pepper.

Adam: Nick Cave

Nov 10, 2021

This week on the show, Jackson talks to Adam about Nick Cave.

"Do you guys want some cake?"

Nov 03, 2021

This week on the show, Hagen got married so we catch up on how everyone's doing before going through some news from the last few weeks, and Jackson learns to count.

Hagen: Between the Buried and Me

Oct 27, 2021

This week on the show, Jackson talks to Hagen about Between the Buried and Me.

The Music of Video Games

Oct 20, 2021

This week Adam and Dave dive deep into a topic they're both passionate and very knowledgable about: video games.

Dave: Dawes

Oct 13, 2021

This week on the show, Jackson talks to Dave about Dawes.

"Mick Jagger Walks into a Bar"

Oct 06, 2021

This week we've got a news heavy episode featuring an entirely inoffensive accent, and a clickbait-worthy story from Jackson and Adam about a bar in North Carolina.

Believe in the Impossible: Paula Abdul Claims a 1992 Plane Crash Took Her Out of the Spotlight

Sep 29, 2021

Join us for another hour where we believe in the impossible, as we discuss Paula Abdul’s supposed 1992 plane crash that may have happened somewhere over a cornfield in Iowa.

Changing Opinions

Sep 22, 2021

This week we chat about how and why our opinions about musicians and genres changes over time, after some of the latest super important music news.

Posthumous Releases

Sep 15, 2021

After just a little bit of news this week, we dive into the complicated topic of posthumous releases in light of Anderson Paak's new tattoo.

Just News

Sep 08, 2021

This week we're all collecting cancel bucks as we catch up on a lot of news, including "some" discussion about Donda.

Believe in the Impossible: Lorde and Jack Antonoff - An Emotionally Broken Journey

Sep 01, 2021

Join us for an hour where we believe in the impossible, as we discuss a thoroughly researched, incredibly detailed, and factual document that we're absolutely submitting to the Library of Congress.

Deep Dive: Lorde

Aug 25, 2021

This week we listen to the first three albums by Lorde, including her latest release Solar Power.

Super Groups

Aug 18, 2021

This week we've got some more COVID-19 news before we talk about what defines a super group, and Jackson asks an important question.

"Cancelled by the Bible Belt"

Aug 11, 2021

This week it's Hagen's birthday week, and we're celebrating with a pretty depressing episode as we cover the continued effects of the pandemic on live music, plus Kanye's annoying release schedule.

Deep Dive: Billie Eilish

Aug 04, 2021

After winning the "big four" at the Grammys, we take a look at Billie Eilish's first record before diving into her recently released second record.

"And Today on Don't Feed the Artists"

Jul 28, 2021

This week we've got the best 20% of Jackson you could ask for, as we briefly manage to cover some news around inspiration and writing credits.

"Look Out, Dave Grohl!"

Jul 21, 2021

This week we're talking about some news that's giving us all some uncertainty about the year, and the people out to become the new renaissance man of music.


Jul 14, 2021

This week after quite an extended opening, we talk about the relationship between nostalgia and music.

Bonus Episode: Glee, Part 2

Jul 09, 2021

Just in time for the weekend, we're back with the second part of our bonus episode all about Glee.

DFTA II: More Color

Jul 07, 2021

After hanging out without Jackson this weekend, we catch up on some news including Halsey's next album, the new Class of Grammys Voters, and an update on Britney Spears' Conservatorship.

Bonus Episode: In the Heights

Jul 02, 2021

Introducing a special bonus podcast episode from the creators of Don't Feed the Artists' Hamilton Podcast

Deep Dive: Adele

Jun 30, 2021

In anticipation of her next release, we go back and listen to Adele's first three albums, as we all try to convince Hagen we had never heard one of these songs.

Bonus Episode: Glee, Part 1

Jun 25, 2021

Just in time for the weekend, we've got our first bonus episode for you: Glee, Part 1.

Please, Just Wait Until the End

Jun 23, 2021

This week, we're recording in-person again at Jackson's to catch up on some important news, including Peter Jackson extending his Beatles documentary, and Bob Dylan discovering his MacBook's webcam.

"Hankerin' for a slurpee, hot dog, and goat toes"

Jun 16, 2021

This week, it's Hagen's birthday and everyone is tired after a busy weekend.

Daniel Hart

Jun 09, 2021

This week, we're joined by performer and composer Daniel Hart, to talk about his band Dark Rooms as well as his scoring work, including his work on the upcoming film The Green Knight.

Nosebleeders with Cole Mitchek and Matthew Gray

Jun 02, 2021

This week on the show, we're joined by filmmaker Cole Mitchek and musician Matthew Gray to chat about their new film Nosebleeders, which details the formation of indie rock band Matthew and the Arrogant Sea.

Audiophiles and Audio Files

May 26, 2021

This week we talk about important subjects like "gif" or "jif" before diving into the topic of lossless audio, audiophiles, and active listening.

Dome Dwellers

May 19, 2021

This week we're joined by Dome Dwellers to chat about their upcoming full-length LP, as we chat about the long road to this record, their unique sound, and the first two singles off the record.

Daft Punk's Sampling Controversy

May 12, 2021

This week we're back in person again to catch up on news, but along the way we talk about pets, rituals before performances, the very first Waitsgiving Day, and more.

Fully Vaccinated: Live and In Person

May 05, 2021

This week we're all recording in person in our state-of-the-art studio in Texas, as we cover some news and the future prospects of returning to live shows.

Industry Plants

Apr 28, 2021

Before we dive in and tear into the concept of industry plants, Jon Batiste won an Oscar, and we talk about the podcast industry, Spotify's Car Thing, and more.

Zack Snyder's Don't Feed the Artists

Apr 21, 2021

This week we're here to cover some more news including Prince and Arcade Fire both releasing new music, plus Hagen's got a new segment.

Lil Nas X Kills the Devil

Apr 14, 2021

This week we get riled up and catch up on some news, and what we're listening to.

Bandcamp & Waitsgiving

Apr 07, 2021

This week we're joined by Denton's very own Eric Michener of Fishboy to chat about Bandcamp and its influence on independent musicians, before we hear some of the story behind Fishboy's seventh album, Waitsgiving.

Deep Dive: Bruno Mars

Mar 31, 2021

This week we listened to the three studio albums by one of the best-selling artists of all time, who's influences include pop, R&B, funk, soul, reggae, hip hop, and rock.

Creative Releases

Mar 24, 2021

This week on the show, we talk about Justice and that NFT thing, before getting into some examples of less conventional album release strategies.

The Grammys

Mar 17, 2021

This week we all watched the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards so that we could talk about (some) of the awards and performances of the night.

Music Stories: Early Norwegian Black Metal

Mar 10, 2021

In our third "Music Stories" episode we get into the history of the early black metal scene as it developed in Norway in the 1990s.

Harder, Better, Faster, Newser

Mar 03, 2021

This week we catch up on a lot of news, including the impact that the Music Modernization Act is having, vinyl record sales in 2020, before getting to the breakup of Daft Punk and their impact on music.

Deep Dive: A Beginner’s Guide to Black Metal

Feb 24, 2021

This week we start a journey into black metal as we listen to three albums that defined the genre.

"Highlighters, Not Foo Fighters"

Feb 10, 2021

This week we catch up on some news, covering the halftime show and a performance on SNL, and ¾ of the podcast has a new album that we're listening to.

Music Stories: Woodstock

Feb 03, 2021

This week we talk about the festival at an upstate dairy farm that would became a pivotal moment in American music.

Greatest Hits

Jan 27, 2021

This week we catch up on some news including our latest update on which musician has sold their publishing rights, before talking about Greatest Hits after listenin' to Journey's Greatest Hits last week.

Deep Dive: Journey's Greatest Hits: Journey to 2021

Jan 20, 2021

We're continuin' our Journey into 2021 with our first Deep Dive coverin' a greatest hits release, inspired by Dave sharin' his love for playin' Don't Stop Believin'.

2021's Opening Act

Jan 13, 2021

We're back to kick off 2021 with an all-news spectacular after realizing none of us are really into New Year's resolutions.

DFTA Company Holiday Party

Dec 22, 2020

This week we wrap up the year with our favorite albums of the year along with some suggestions from our listeners.

Music Stories: Kurt Cobain

Dec 15, 2020

This week Jackson has a wine cocktail for us to try, and we're also trying something entirely new. Introducing Music Stories, where we get into the lives and stories in music, starting with the premiere episode covering the life and death of Kurt Cobain.

Deep Dive: Nirvana

Dec 08, 2020

This week we listen to the band that helped introduce grunge to the world, Aberdeen, Washington's Nirvana.

Christmas Music

Dec 01, 2020

This week we get into the holiday spirit as we discuss the merits of Christmas Music that can only be played in December.

To News Or Not To News

Nov 24, 2020

This week Hagen's computer dies so Dave, Hagen, & Jackson do a Deep Dive on their own music. But first they cover some news, and Jackson says the C Word.

Deep Dive: Andrew W.K.'s I Get Wet'

Nov 17, 2020

This week we listened to Andrew W.K.'s debut album, which initially recieved a 0.6/10 rating from Pitchfork.

News From the Distant Past

Nov 10, 2020

This week in an episode we recorded about 16 hours too early, we try to distract ourselves from the world.

Election Day Positivity Fest

Nov 03, 2020

In an Election Day special we try to get your mind off the day by catching up on some news and sticking to some positive stories.

Deep Dive: Marvin Gaye's What's Going On

Oct 27, 2020

This week, we take a listen to the 1971 album named #1 on Rolling Stone's "The 500 Greates Albums of All Time".

Protest Music

Oct 20, 2020

With America's election underway, we talk about the impact of protest music, we have a special update from our show correspondent Olivia, and Hagen has a surprise about what he's been listening to this week. Remember, go vote.

Streaming Music

Oct 13, 2020

This week, we're back to spend a lot of time on a topic that's we've briefly touched on in past shows. Oh, and you can listen to this podcast on Spotify now, if you want to.

Deep Dive: David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy

Sep 29, 2020

This week we listened to the three albums by David Bowie that became known as the Berlin Trilogy, which Bowie later referred to as his "DNA".

Stage Personas

Sep 22, 2020

This week after we stumble through some news about Broadway and biopics, we delve into the ideas behind musician's personas and alter egos.

Music Leaks

Sep 15, 2020

This week Hagen played another gig and Jackson refuses to talk about his favorite band, but in between we talk about music leaks.

Being a Lady Musician

Sep 08, 2020

This week we're joined by friend of the show Olivia Justice Countryman to talk about the differences in being a lady musician and making it work in a man's music world, as we talk about exclusivity in the music industry.

News News News

Sep 01, 2020

We're back this week, and Dave's got some new floors so it's all news, and more news.

Visual Albums

Aug 18, 2020

This week Dave explains the entire plot of The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night as we talk about visual albums.

Deep Dive: Kendrick Lamar

Aug 11, 2020

This week we listened to the four albums by one of the most influential artists of his generation, Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar.

Freeform #3

Aug 04, 2020

This week we get through some technical trouble to bring back the Freeform format, catching up on some music and revisiting the impact of COVID-19 on live music.

Deep Dive: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Jul 28, 2020

This week on the show, we talk about an album you probably already know all about, but we listened to it anyways.

Musical Theatre

Jul 21, 2020

Following our discussion about Hamilton, we turn to Musical Theatre in general covering some of the history, film adaptations, musical episodes of TV shows, and of course mention our favorite musicals.


Jul 14, 2020

This week on the show, we sat down and watched the recording of the original broadway production of Hamilton. Don't worry, the episode is not as long as the musical.

Concept Albums

Jul 07, 2020

After covering one of the biggest concept albums of the last 20 years, we chat about what makes an album a "concept album", after catching up on some very important news.

Deep Dive: Green Day's American Idiot

Jun 30, 2020

In the latest Deep Dive, we take a look at Green Day's American Idiot in a feature-length episode, with a runtime of over twice the length of the album we're talking about.

Selling Out

Jun 23, 2020

This week, we cover some news before we sell out to our corporate overlords.

Cover Songs

Jun 16, 2020

This week on the show, we catch up with Hagen and Dave's return to gigs in the age of COVID-19 before getting into cover songs, including a few of our favorite ones.

Deep Dive: Metallica, Part 2

Jun 09, 2020

We're joined by listener and friend of the show Alex for a Deep Dive into Metallica's first five albums, which resulted in our first too long episode, so we split it into a double episode.

Deep Dive: Metallica, Part 1

Jun 02, 2020

We're joined by listener and friend of the show Alex for a Deep Dive into Metallica's first five albums, which resulted in our first too long episode, so we split it into a double episode.

Film Scores

May 26, 2020

This week we chat about film scores, obviously covering John Williams and his work on all the great movies, the impact a great score can have, scores in television, and more!

Rock & Roll

May 19, 2020

This week on the show, we cover some news and memes before diving right into discussing the history of rock as a genre, how it's changed over the decades, and our favorite bands of each era of rock.

Deep Dive: Sufjan Stevens' Fifty States Project

May 12, 2020

This week on Deep Dive, we listen to Sufjan Stevens' Fifty States Project, including the records Michigan and Illinois, and Hagen has a game to play!

Music Festivals

May 05, 2020

This week we talk about roller coasters, the rise of music festivals, chat about our favorite festivals, and more.

Show Riders

Apr 28, 2020

This week Jackson has some positive music news to cover, before we get into covering the wide and varying requests that appear on show riders.

Deep Dive: My Chemical Romance

Apr 21, 2020

This week we're all back together for a Deep Dive into My Chemical Romance's discography full of concept albums, and Hagen has a game for us.

Music Feuds, Part 2

Apr 14, 2020

Hey, we're back again for more music feuds! But before we get into feuds, we talk about insurance, Dave has a new place to hang out at, and we catch up on how we're all dealing with the quarantine.

Music Feuds, Part 1

Apr 07, 2020

Surprise, Don't Feed the Artists is a weekly show during these crazy times, and we're back to catch up on how everyone's doing this week, chat about popular feuds in music, and share new release we're listening to this week.

Podcasting From Home

Mar 31, 2020

This week we check in on each other after to chat about the impact a pandemic can have on musicians, new music that's come out recently, the last show we saw, what we've been listening to, and more.

Deep Dive: Slowdive

Dec 31, 2019

In our last episode of the year, we take a look at the four albums by Slowdive, the influential English shoegaze band.

Holiday Party 2019

Dec 24, 2019

In this year's holiday party episode we wrap up 2019, as well as a decade (maybe at least, depending on your definition), but before we get into it we break some news and cover a few final 2019 news stories in this Christmas Eve spectacular.

Deep Dive: Pavement

Dec 17, 2019

With two episodes left in the year, Adam and Jackson are back to cover the five albums by Pavement, and their transformation that took place between them.

Audience Etiquette

Dec 10, 2019

On this week's episode, we catch up on some news and fall into a rabbit hole of a topic covering audience etiquette at comedy shows, large concerts, local shows, plus… Dave listened to Dawes again.

Deep Dive: Britney Spears

Dec 03, 2019

This week on Deep Dive, join Hagen and Dave for a drinking game during a truly deep two-hour dive into the career of Britney Spears.

Reunion Tours

Nov 26, 2019

After a bit of a fall break, we're back to chat about reunion tours and the reasons behind them, cover some music news, plus a surprisingly short list of what we've been listening to.

Deep Dive: Paramore

Oct 15, 2019

This week Dave and Hagen are back with a Deep Dive on Paramore, including all of the band drama in the band's history, and two Paramore-specific segments that you can follow along at home.

Freeform #2

Oct 08, 2019

Adam and Jackson are back with another freeform episode of DFTA covering music news, what we're listening to, and more.

Deep Dive: The Stooges

Oct 01, 2019

This week on Deep Dive we listened to the American rock, proto-punk band The Stooges, with five albums spanning nearly 50 years.

Music Lawsuits

Sep 24, 2019

We're back with a fun show about lawsuits in the music industry, but before we get there Dave has a new segment, and we cover some related music news.

Deep Dive: Beastie Boys

Sep 17, 2019

This week Jackson decided we would listen to the Beastie Boys, who put out more albums than we thought at the time we picked them.

DFTA: Live!

Sep 10, 2019

This week, we had our first live show at The Bearded Monk in Denton, TX! We were joined by local Denton band Hen and the Cocks, and Ben Esely of The Bearded Monk to chat about all things Denton.

Deep Dive: Joy Division

Sep 03, 2019

For this week's Deep Dive, we listened to the pair of albums from the highly influential band Joy Divison.

Freeform #1

Aug 27, 2019

This week Adam and Jackson present the first (?) freeform episode of DFTA where we cover some music news, what we're listening to, and to remind everyone about our very first live show is next weekend at The Bearded Monk in Denton!

Deep Dive: The Police

Aug 20, 2019

Here with our first listener-suggseted Deep Dive, we listened to the five albums of legendary British band The Police.


Aug 13, 2019

On this week's episode, we chat about live music and what we enjoy about concerts, including how things change between the studio and the stage and how crowds can make or break a show.

Deep Dive: Beck

Aug 06, 2019

Adam and Jackson are back with all thirteen of Beck's albums in his first 30 years of his career.

Chavis Chance

Jul 30, 2019

This week we're joined by singer-songwriter Chavis Chance to chat about Boston, growing up with music, "Six Great Songs", tour stories including a drink in a brown paper bag, and more!

Deep Dive: Slipknot

Jul 23, 2019

On this week's Deep Dive, Hagen & Dave are back to cover Slipknot's discography and what nu metal is, before their upcoming sixth album releases next month.

Why is Metal Not Mainstream?

Jul 16, 2019

This week we're joined by Robby to chat about why metal isn't mainstream, as we touch on what metal is and if we enjoy it, answer the timeless question of "how do you know what they're saying" and more!

Deep Dive: Radiohead

Jul 09, 2019

Adam and Jackson took a bit of a break to let Dave and Hagen record the longest Deep Dive yet, covering the nine studio albums by Radiohead.

Brave Combo

Jul 02, 2019

This week we were joined by Carl Finch of Brave Combo to chat about the idea of freeing yourself of having opinions, the ideas that guide Brave Combo's music and live shows, tour stories, tips on being in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and lots more!

Deep Dive: My Bloody Valentine

Jun 25, 2019

We've mentioned this band a few times already, so we decided to go ahead and listen to the three landmark albums by My Bloody Valentine, the quintessential shoegaze band.

Be Like Max

Jun 18, 2019

In this week's episode we're joined by Be Like Max from Las Vegas to chat about their first album in 4 years, the Las Vegas music scene, tour stories that happened during the daytime, and more!

Deep Dive: Kyuss

Jun 11, 2019

Up next on Deep Dive, we listened to the four albums by influential desert rock band Kyuss.


Jun 04, 2019

This week on the show we're joined by Trench from Syracuse to chat in depth about recording their new album, waiting to release it, their tour, and a jampacked list of what we're listening to!

Deep Dive: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard

May 28, 2019

This time on Deep Dive, we listened to the five albums that Australian psych rock band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard released in 2017.


May 21, 2019

This week on the show, Jackson is joined by Astragal on tour from Houston to chat about their second EP, cities, hurricanes, touring, My Bloody Valentine, and more!

Deep Dive: Foals

May 14, 2019

This week, we listen to the first four albums by the Oxford-based rock band Foals, prior to the departure of their longtime basist, and the release of their new two-part album.


May 07, 2019

Joining us from Kansas City this week is HXXS to chat about how vowels suck, CIA mind control, their most recent album MKDRONE and the process of recording it, stories from tour, what we're listening to, and more!

Deep Dive: D'Angelo

Apr 30, 2019

On this week's Deep Dive we listen the man hailed as the next Marvin Gaye, D'Angelo and his 3 albums over his 20 year career so far.


Apr 23, 2019

In our 50th episode (!) we're joined by RTB2 for a great long episode where we chat about being a duo, old Denton venues and festivals, being a Creep apologist, the sounds of the 80's, tour stories, what we're listening to, and more!

Deep Dive: Bauhaus

Apr 16, 2019

On this week's Deep Dive we check out the full discography of influential gothic rock band Bauhaus, including their first single and final "epilogue" album.

Let's Talk Genres

Apr 09, 2019

This week, we take another break from our regular format to talk about genres, and why it's a complicated subject.

Deep Dive: At the Drive-In

Apr 02, 2019

On this week's Deep Dive we check out the four albums by the El Paso band At the Drive-In.

Consider the Source

Mar 26, 2019

This week we're joined by Consider the Source, on tour from New York to chat about being a Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion band, their heavy touring schedule, imperfections in music recordings, and more!

Deep Dive: The National

Mar 19, 2019

Breaking with the Deep Dive format so far, we listen to 20 currently unreleased songs from The National, including two songs that will appear later this year on their upcoming album.

Rei Clone

Mar 12, 2019

Rei Clone is here for our first bleep-heavy episode to chat about shoegaze and gear, our favorite toasters, deflating air mattresses, pee jugs, what we're listening to, and more!

Deep Dive: Oasis

Mar 05, 2019

Continuing with another important band in Britpop history, we listened to the 7 studio albums of Oasis.

Our Favorite Albums

Feb 26, 2019

This week, we break from our regular format and get everyone back together to discuss our favorite albums.

Deep Dive: Blur

Feb 19, 2019

In our third episode of Deep Dive, we listen to the 7 studio albums of one of the central bands of the Britpop music scene, Blur.

Out of System Transfer

Feb 12, 2019

All the way from New York City, we're joined by Out of System Transfer to chat about spreadsheets (really), the anti-folk genre, what defines a protest song, some great stories from tour, what we're listening to this week, and more!

Deep Dive: Modest Mouse

Feb 05, 2019

In the second episode of our new show we look at the 6 studio albums of Modest Mouse, and how the bands output has changed over time.

Church Girls

Jan 29, 2019

This week we're joined Church Girls from Philadelphia to chat about their new EP Home, the differences of touring in the UK, focusing on positive stories on tour, plus we learn how Spotify playlists work, and more!

Deep Dive: King Crimson

Jan 22, 2019

Don't Feed the Artists presents Deep Dive, a new show featuring our takes on the discographies of musicians we love. In our pilot episode of Deep Dive we take a look at the first six years of the influential progressive rock band King Crimson.

Pool Kids

Jan 15, 2019

To kick off 2019, we're joined by Pool Kids to chat about their album, touring, how music has shifted, a great (awful) tour story from Kentucky, and more!

Holiday Party

Dec 25, 2018

We took a week off from interviews to chat about 2018 with our good friend Dave, where we cover our least favorite and best albums of the year, hear how Dave almost saw the Foo Fighters play, plus introduce a new thing!


Dec 11, 2018

This week on the show we're joined by Monobody from Chicago to chat about the reason behind their new album's name, the Chicago music scene, tour (and show) stories from college, Betty Crocker's Cookbook, selling CDs, Buc-ee's and Wawa, and more!


Nov 27, 2018

Joining us on tour from New York is Poppies, to chat about SXSW, their latest release "Good EP", how their animated music video came about, being a band in New York, and more!

Kind Beats

Nov 13, 2018

This week we sat down with Kind Beats to talk about actual radio, pressing buttons, Beringer wines (the classy choice), dressing like Lara Croft, "depressing music", a one-of-a-kind tour stories, and more in this episode of this not real podcast.

The Worst Intentions

Oct 30, 2018

For this week's episode we're joined by The Worst Intentions to talk about all things hot sauce, how they really feel about Oklahoma, prioritizing a show over the hospital, hear lots of stories, cross some lines, and more!

The Infamists

Oct 16, 2018

We're back, with our friends The Infamists to chat about their new album, meeting strangers on Craigslist, playing guitar with a banana, mixing scotch and Mountain Dew, what they're listening to, and more!


Aug 28, 2018

This week we chat with the guys in halfsleep about a bunch of dumb, their reunion show, what they're doing now, European tour stories, and more!

Olivia Justice Countryman

Aug 14, 2018

This week we're joined by Olivia Justice Countryman, to chat about her debut EP Between Two Mountains, the beginnings of her musical career, law school, podcasts, and more!

Henry the Archer

Jul 31, 2018

After a short summer hiatus, we're back with Richard of Henry the Archer from Ft. Worth to chat about how he likes to perform live, music videos, NAM, music in Fort Worth, and more!

Rosegarden Funeral Party

Jun 19, 2018

This week we're joined by Leah from Rosegarden Funeral Party as we chat about pick holders, songwriting, colors, their new album, tour stories from the California desert, lots and lots of bands we're listening to, and more!

Kites and Boomerangs

Jun 05, 2018

Today we've got Kites and Boomerangs with us for a special episode where we chat about Topo Chico, their new self-titled album, the regular tour stories segment, and along the way the show spirals out of control.


May 22, 2018

This week we're joined by Tia from SeaFire to chat about her songwriting process, recording the SeaFire EP, and more as we dive into the intricacies of math rock.


May 08, 2018

We hung out with Diners while on tour from Los Angeles, to hang out and chat about sunsets in Phoenix Arizona, Minions (sorry), trailas, Diners' music, touring, and more!

Honey and Salt

Apr 24, 2018

Joining us from Austin is Honey and Salt, on tour promoting their new self-titled album to chat about the album, vinyl, Jack White, and more!

Matthew And The Arrogant Sea

Apr 10, 2018

On this week's episode, we're joined by Matthew from Matthew And The Arrogant Sea to chat about SXSW, why Denton's music scene isn't dying, and a great tour story from one of the better harbor towns.

DFTA Goes to the Movies

Mar 27, 2018

Join us on an adventure of an episode, where we're joined by friends of the show Erin Devany and Leopold Knopp to take a break from talking music to chat about movies and why we're angry about them.

Wesley Jensen and The Penny Arcade

Mar 13, 2018

This week Hagen and Jackson are joined by Wesley Jensen and his entire band to chat about hoarding music, being an adult, playing the triangle, pulling out and wrapping up, and more.

Felt & Fur

Feb 27, 2018

Felt & Fur returns to the show to chat about getting into electronic music, their first synths, their influences and other music they've been listening to, and briefly talk about their most recent EP "Aftertouch".

Springtime and the Changes

Feb 13, 2018

This week, we talk with Spring and the Changes about the cycle of house shows, starting projects, Tijuana, LAPD helicopters, and more!

North by North

Jan 30, 2018

From Chicago, North by North joins us to kick off season 2 of Don't Feed the Artists as we chat about their crazy touring schedule, fitting time in for recording, shit talk onsies, and hear what audiobooks they've been listening to.

We Forgot the Artists

Nov 07, 2017

We're gonna be honest, we really dropped the ball on this one. We forgot to invite a guest, and Anby forgot to bring topics. But we still have our regular segments!


Oct 24, 2017

In this 2 hour special, we sit down with 10 bands featuring both returning and new guests to the show to chat about festivals, house shows, and more.


Oct 10, 2017

We hung out with TOMKAT before their new album releases, to chat about intelligent electronic rock, in-ears at house shows, tour stories, and more!

Always The Alibi

Sep 26, 2017

This week we're joined by Always the Alibi, where we chat about their pancakes and beer, Berkeley, headstocks, and frequently mention Muse.

Sad Cops

Sep 12, 2017

Sad Cops joins us to talk house shows, tour stories, and lots and lots of bands that they've been listening to in this late-night episode.

Mother Tongues

Aug 29, 2017

Our friend Brack Cantrell joins us as our first guest host to chat with Mother Tongues about getting willy nilly with guitar pedals, rockin' highly durable Jansports, favorite pedals, and debut a new segment!

Terra Collective

Aug 15, 2017

Three members from Terra Collective join us for a jam-packed show to talk songwriting, chemistry, trucks and overcompensation, their upcoming EP, homemade windshield wipers, and how much we really want someone to email us.

Strange Mother

Aug 01, 2017

From Austin, this week's guest is Strange Mother y'all! We talk about venn diagrams, how they named their band, wrestling, the music scene in Austin, and more!

Fun Button

Jul 18, 2017

Fun Button joins us this week for an episode that goes completely off the rails, where we talk about exactly what you've come to expect from this show.

Eric Daino

Jul 04, 2017

Eric Daino sat down with Adam & Jackson to talk about the roots of ska, how his band The Holophonics started, and what it's like being a fulltime musician.

Pearl Earl

Jun 20, 2017

Pearl Earl sits on the couch this week to chat about recording their upcoming self-titled album, their live shows, crowdsurfing, and shares the expected tour stories before they go on tour again.

Jun 06, 2017

Thin Skin

Jun 06, 2017

Thin Skin joins us for an episode covering politics, condoms, trailer parks, and our seemingly regular segments on genres, labels, tour stories, and more.

Richard Haskins

May 23, 2017

In our longest episode yet, we chat with Denton's Richard Haskins on a wide-ranging list of topics including pigheads, Black Flag, Kevin Spacey, and (of course) some great stories from tour.

Elijah Heaps & Nikolai Rya + Genuine

May 09, 2017

In this episode we chat with Elijah Heaps & Nikolai Rya, along with members of Genuine, their collective. We talk about collaboration, criticism, their music videos, distribution, and more.

Astro Motel

Apr 25, 2017

Joining us on tour from Louisiana as our first out-of-state guests is Astro Motel! We talk about the band's style, stage props, the Atomic Age, and more on this week's episode.

Levi Cobb & The Big Smoke

Apr 11, 2017

After the Denton Folk Festival, we sat down with two of the members of Levi Cobb & The Big Smoke to ask who the hell is Levi Cobb, and talk about songwriting and spirituality.

I, the Ghost

Mar 28, 2017

Joining us this week is I, the Ghost. We cover topics such as: Genre definitions, naming things, lessons, and modern listening habits.

Horace Bray

Mar 14, 2017

This week Hagen & Jackson chat with Horace Bray before his move to New York. They cover stories from tour, his plans for New York, and his Instagram account.

Animal Spirit

Feb 28, 2017

Our friends in Animal Spirit sat down with us before their album release show in Denton, TX. We talk about their times on tour, their future plans, and their new record.

Brack Cantrell & Jack Malonis

Feb 14, 2017

We sat down with local recording engineer Brack Cantrell and Jack Malonis of Duncan Fellows from Austin, TX to talk about working together, and end up having an in-depth discussion around recording, drumming, and more.


Jan 31, 2017

For our second episode, we sat down with some of the members of Fishboy, after their set at Band Together Denton, a local house show festival and fundraiser.

The BoomBachs

Jan 17, 2017

In our introductory episode we sit down with two members of The BoomBachs to discuss the band's formation, history, and future.

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