To Ears With Love: ‘Disgraceland’


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Friends, I have a confession. I am in love with a podcast and we are very happy together. This podcast is called Disgraceland and it’s a true crime podcast about the music industry.  How could I not love a podcast which features a logo of a zombie Elvis and preset loops from a Mellotron recorder? Each week host Jake Brennan get into the down and dirty of a musician or band and their run-ins with the law. This can be anything from the death of John Lennon to the murder of Jerry Lee Lewis’ umpteenth wife, to the gnarly crime spree of a Norwegian Death Metal group. The best part is that he does this without the self-righteous attitude. Think of this more like your friend who has had a few beers going into a description of what happened to a buddy of his.

As the podcast is hosted by a musician, you better believe the sound design is well done. Each episode Brennan tells you want song was popular at the time the criminal incident occurred. He intentionally doesn’t play the song (song rights are expensive you guys), but he does tend to make a comment on which type of “cheese” the song is.

So far, the most startling episodes were the very first with Jerry Lee Lewis (such a creep) and the Norwegian Black Metal episode. I will admit, I listen to a lot of true crime podcasts and the Norwegian Black Metal episode actually made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

If you’re a big fan of My Favorite Murder or other true crime podcasts, this is a must listen.

Disgraceland is available on most major podcast platforms.

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