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Indiecast Discusses The Best Albums Of 1998

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Steven and Ian are hopping in the time machine this week. They’re heading back one quarter-century to 1998, a fascinating year when artists were imagining the sound of the future and combining rock with jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music like never before. For Steven and Ian, it was a time of attending college and getting high while playing video games. You could be amazed by simple pleasures like, “Whoa, Richard Ashcroft is collaborating with DJ Shadow! I’m gonna listen to that after I go see Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck in Armageddon!”

Before that nostalgic trip, Steven and Ian answer listener questions, including one from an actual Gen Z listener! (Friendly tip: If you self-identify as a Gen Z listener, you will definitely get your email read on the show.) She wants to know 1) what the guys think of elaborate arena shows? 2) what they think about checking out setlists before showtime? 3) what they think about Matty Healy pretending to be drunk on stage? Their answers may not surprise you!

Finally, they get down to ranking their favorite albums of 1998. They each picked five albums, and they had two in common. Can you guess which ones? If you said the Godzilla soundtrack, you would be wrong!

In Recommendation Corner, Ian goes to bat for String Machine and NATL PARK SRVC while Steven recommends Cat Power‘s new Dylan covers album and the latest from Nashville guitarist Daniel Donato.

New episodes of Indiecast drop every Friday. Listen to Episode 163 here and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. You can submit questions for Steve and Ian at, and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news. We also recently launched a visualizer for our favorite Indiecast moments. Check those out here.

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