“Music Exists” is a Must For Music Nerds

The Ringer’s latest podcast brings together Chuck Klosterman and Chris Ryan in discussion about tastes, opinions, and critiques.

“Music Exists” is a Must For Music Nerds
photo credit: The Ringer

By

Aaron Chan

2/24/2020 10:30 PM

It’s hard to deny that there is a better place right now for podcasts than Bill Simmons’ multi media conglomerate The Ringer.

Recently acquired from Vox by Spotify for an undisclosed sum earlier this month, Simmons’ prior involvement with ESPN and all around love for pop culture has broadened the appeal of The Ringer to sports fanatics, film buffs, and music lovers alike. Last week it was announced that Chuck Klosterman, the famous pop culture essayist and frequent Ringer guest is hosting a new podcast on the network titled Music Exists.

The first Ringer podcast available exclusively on Spotify, Music Exists through its 15 episode run will attempt to answer unanswerable questions about music and parse the role music plays in the lives of the average listener and the world around them. He is joined by The Ringer’s editorial director Chris Ryan.

Each episode provides a decent amount to unpack like how does reading about music effect an opinion before first listens? How is hip hop effected by region? Are Soundgarden actually a grunge band? And what does Billie Eilish have to do with Van Halen?

Of the many artists discussed we get takedowns of Steely Dan, Drake, Pavement, CCR, Black Sabbath, and on multiple discussions on taste making, Radiohead.

When asked about the premise of the podcast Klosterman spoke candidly,

“This is not a podcast where we tell you what to listen to or we necessarily comment on what's happening in the culture right now or what you should be listening to tomorrow before your friends do. This is a podcast about thinking about music even when it's not playing.”

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A frequent guest on The Ringer and close friend of Simmons, Chuck Klosterman gained notoriety as the writer of such think piece collections as Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and Fargo Rock City, his expose on the history and importance of hair metal in addition to formerly contributing as a columnist for SPIN Magazine in their heyday. There is perhaps no better person to spearhead a podcast about music opinion.


New episodes arrive every Wednesday. Listen to the first three below.




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