Charlie Likes Music

40 Episodes

By: Charlie Short

A podcast where I talk about recorded music through lens of music that I like. I cover the history of individual musicians and groups, as well any other interesting facts about the music. I try to bring attention to music that you might not have considered before.

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A Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Today, I'm catching you up on some things Ive been checking out; The History of Bones, A Memoir; The Meaning of Mariah, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Get Back.

Here's a link to the biking video I talk about in the episode

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Cover Me, Cover You

This week (yes, I'm back to a weekly schedule) I'm talking about a topic I can't believe I haven't covered before, and that's cover songs! I talk about the Beatles ALOT and you'll hear everything from Alex Chilton to Mariah Carey in this episode.


Music Documentaries

This week I talk about a few music documentaries I checked I out.


The Three Most Important Albums Part 2

After many months, I'm back. Here's the long promised second episode featuring Jonah Kraut, featuring what he believes to be the 3 most important albums ever made. His choices will shock you, or surprise, or delight you.


McCartney 3 2 1

This is kind of a crazy episode. I get kind of personal, at least enough that it could be weird. I watched the Hulu documentary series McCartney 3, 2, 1 last weekend and had a big reaction. I talk about listening to the Beatles for the first time in 80's and how their music anchored a pretty strange childhood.


The Three Most Important Albums Part 1

This is the first part of of two where I discuss the three most important albums and/or speculate as to what they could be.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021 Inductees

When is a band a band and when is it an illusion?

This episode is a discussion of the elements that make an artist what they are. I talk extensively about bands I've talked about before, like King Crimson, the Rolling Stones, the Who and the Supremes and bands I haven't like Frank Zappa, the Beatles and Journey.


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees 2021


The Warren Zevon Episode.

Be prepared. This is my most meandering episode yet, like all over the place. It's Warren Zevon's birthday and I'm tired and I kind of just let loose. Maybe that's ok and maybe that's not. So if you want to hear me swear a lot, this is the episode for you.

Oh, also, I am a Warren Zevon fan, but I might say some things that are not nice about him, so be warned...

Welcome to 2021

Hey I'm back! After a tremendously tumultuous 2020, I review some music that I listened to last year. I may also go after Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band as well as Rock and Roll.


Giants of Stax Part 2

This week, the podcast comes from the car and we listen to and discuss the music of the second period of Stax Records 1968-1974.


Giants of Stax Part 1

This week, I explore some of the biggest stars of Stax's first era, 1959-1968. Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas, Albert King, Booker T and the MG's and Carla Thomas all get covered.


Stax 101

This week, I begin a journey exploring the history of Stax and its' importance as a label.


Why I Like Music or Top 5 Lists Aren't A Great Way To Meet New People

This week, inspired by Top 5 lists, I tell a little story of music that inspires me and how it doesn't fit a Top 5 List.


Looking Back On Music Is Easy And Dangerous

After I got a text from my friend Bill about music in different eras being perceived differently in hindsight,  I began to think about how we listen as music unfolds and how access to older music has increased over time.


A quick update/Happy Birthday John Entwistle!

 The Podcast is moving to a different day, but before that happens, I wanted give a quick update and say Happy Birthday to John Entwistle.



My thoughts on the late, great Eddie Van Halen.


An Episode With No Clever Title About Music Books

This week, I talk about some of the most impactful books I ever read about music.


What's Going On is the Greatest Album of All Time

Last week, Rolling Stone offered Marvin Gaye's 1971 masterpiece, "What's Going On" as the Greatest Album of All Time. I agree with Rolling Stone, and in today's episode I talk a little about Marvin's career, systematic racism in America and why Sgt. Pepper isn't the greatest album anymore.


Prince is the Architect of all the Music You Like

Here it is. After months of teasing, I've called upon saxophonist, educator, and my friend Chris Greene to help us walk through the importance of Prince. We talk about Prince's first ten or so years, a few of his "side" projects, like Morris Day and the Time or helping out Stevie Nicks, and the impact he's had on music for the last 40 years.

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Nick Lowe's The Convincer

On September 11th 2001, we faced a terrible tragedy. On the same day, one of my favorite records, Nick Lowe's The Convincer was released. On today's episode, I discuss my experience with both, the people that I was around at the time and how much this music means to me.


Perfect Songs, Perfect Records Part 2

This week, I take a listen to some more favorite songs and almost get distracted...


Perfect Songs, Perfect Records Part 1

This week, I talk about, and listen to, the records and songs that I think are perfect.



The Drifters with Jonah Kraut

In this super long episode, my good friend, Jonah Kraut and I talk about the history and importance of the Drifters.

Motown is a label and yes, a sound

I finally get my Motown talk off of my chest.


Charlie Likes Music Is Back

After a long hiatus due to a job change (among other things,) I'm back. Today, I pick up where I left off with our last episode and tie some themes together for the future.


Black Lives Matter, Black Music Matters

I this episode, I discuss the importance of black artists to American music in light of the murder of George Floyd.

Who the f**k are the Rolling Stones?

This episode is a primer for anyone who like the Rolling Stones hits but doesn't know where to start when listening to their album catalogue.


Lights, Camera, Soundtrack! Part 2: Movie Scores

In one of my longest episodes, I talk to my good friend Jerry King all about movie scores and soundtracks. We cover Star Wars, Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, Martin Scorsese and many many others!


The History of Rock and Roll Part 6: Little Richard is the Architect of Rock and Roll

Little Richard (Richard Penniman 1933-2020) is one of the most, if not the most influential figure in Rock and Roll. This episode covers the brief history of his rise in the 50's and his influence beyond.


You Don't Even Know Who Liz Phair Is

This episode is a wide ranging talk about Liz Phair, her career and her impact, globally and personally. I run through all of her records including the Girly-sound tapes, Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, Whitechoclatespaceegg, Liz Phair, Somebody's Miracle and Funstyle.


They Do It All!

In this episode, I cover artists who record all of the music they produce, people who play or create all of the instruments.

I discuss Prince, Pete Townshend, Imogean Heap, Petra Haden, Stevie Wonder and Emitt Rhodes, just to name a few.



In this episode, I take a look at Todd Rundgren's 1972 double LP, Something/Anything?


The History of Rock and Roll Part 5: The True Birth of Rock and Roll

In this episode I discuss the forces at work in the late 40's and early 50's that would create and exploit the markets that gave us Rock and Roll.


Lights, Camera, Soundtrack

I might be a little caught up in history episodes, but here's some of my favorite movie soundtracks through the history of the form.


The History of Rock and Roll Part 4 - The Origin of R & B

This episode takes us back to 1949, when Jerry Wexler renames the Race Record Chart on Billboard as the Rhythm and Blues Chart.


The History of Rock and Roll Part 3: What is Rock?

In this episode, I talk about the relationship between "Rock" and "Rock and Roll" and how harder rock forms are often seen as separate from their rhythm and blues roots and how racist that is. Yay!


The History of Rock and Roll Part 2: Rock and Roll, a Philosophy

In this episode, I dig into what rock and roll can be beyond the confines of its 50's origins.