54: Jim James of My Morning Jacket

Jim James of My Morning Jacket embraces uncertainty in his songwriting, but the act of writing songs seems to be an exercise in certitude. Sound confusing? Good. That's the best state of mind to be in when attempting to digest Jim's music — whether it's MMJ or his solo work.

53.5: Introducing 'Say Yes: An Elliott Smith Podcast'

Things have been a little slow around these parts, and there's a reason for that. I've been working feverishly on a new project with Kill Rock Stars. I'm excited about it and wanted to share it with you. Don't worry though, things are gonna pick up here again soon.

53: Lizz Winstead and Downtown Boys' Victoria Ruiz

"Daily Show" co-creator Lizz Winstead discusses what originally inspired her to incorporate politics into her act. Downtown Boys frontwoman Victoria Ruiz talks about how her heritage and experiences in college influenced her approach to punk.

Saying Goodbye to 2016

There's no guarantee 2017 will be any better than 2016. It might even be worse. That said, hope exists to spite evil, not despite evil. It's a giant middle finger to hate and fear. So as Beyonce would say...middle fingers up.

52: Lucius and Split Single's Jason Narducy

Lucius operates a little differently than most bands. Then again, most bands don't have dual vocalists wrapped in an ever-expanding assortment ostentatious matching outfits. Lucius' Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe discuss how they arrived at their unique aesthetic. Then, Jason Narducy of Split Single talks about why album number two took a darker turn.

Andrew Bird - Extended Cut

Andrew Bird might be guilty of using "50 cent words" as he calls them — but he has his reasons. In this conversation, we talk about what those reasons are, as well as why he decided to eschew that approach on his last record, "Are You Serious." You'll also get some live cuts and a duets-only guest DJ set from him.

51: The Zombies Live

The Zombies came by the studio for an hour-long live set full of moving, stripped-down selections from their entire catalog — as well as plenty of anecdotes that you might not have heard before. Not gonna lie: I cried a couple of times during the recording.

50: Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Bradford Cox of Deerhunter

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! discusses her early years in punk and feeling out of place on stage before she came out as transgender. Bradford Cox of Deerhunter talks about growing up in a small town and how he discovered the outside world thanks to his local library. That's not a PSA, by the way. It's just a fact!

49: Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou And Honus Honus of Man Man

Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou gets real about losing his father and how he managed to stay motivated as a musician. Ryan Kattner, aka Honus Honus of Man Man, discusses his very first solo record.

48: Neko Case and Kevin Allison

Rabid collaborator Neko Case talks about her desire to share music with others and how music served as her childhood companion. Comedian and host of the Risk! podcast Kevin Allison discusses lessons he learned from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bob Dylan.

47: Jimmy Eat World and Twin Limb

Jimmy Eat World stopped by the studios recently to play an acoustic set for members at WFPK, and we've got that for you today. Twin Limb just released their debut album, "Haplo," and we've got a lush live set featuring tracks from the record.

46: Kamasi Washington and Cameron Esposito

Jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington discusses the difference between being an amateur musician and a professional. Comedian Cameron Esposito talks about a pious career path she abandoned.

45: Year One Recap With Bob Odenkirk, Ethan Hawke, The Zombies, and More

This week on The Guestlist, we're looking back at our first year of existence and revisiting some memorable moments from Ethan Hawke, Bob Odenkirk, Margaret Cho, The Zombies, and Sadie Dupuis, among others.

45: Year One Recap With Bob Odenkirk, Ethan Hawke, The Zombies, and More

44: Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington

Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington explains the importance of "casual brilliance" in his approach to art. Radiolab creator Jad Abumrad talks about how music can transform mundane moments into epic events.

43: James Bickers Interviews Ray Harryhausen

Longtime Louisville Public Media host James Bickers passed away last week at 45, and it hit us all hard. If you didn't live in Louisville or listen to WFPK and WFPL, you might not understand exactly how large an impact he had on the organization and the community. Since James was a consummate conversationalist, I thought the best way for me personally to pay tribute was to display those skills with this classic Ray Harryhausen interview.

42: Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck and Josh Gondelman

Phosphorescent frontman Matthew Houck discusses his need for solitude when writing music as well as the difference between a musical palace and a musical shotgun shack. Emmy-winning comedy writer Josh Gondelman talks about his unique big break — tweeting about Seinfeld.

41: Andrew Bird and Richard Hell

Andrew Bird discusses getting personal and being direct on his new record, "Are You Serious," and talks about how it feels to talk about it. Punk rock legend turned author Richard Hell get into the process behind writing his autobiography "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp."

40.5: The Breaking of Concrete

We'll be back next week, but here is a little tidbit to tide you over.

Okkervil River's Will Sheff - Extended Cut

Okkervil River's new record, "Away," is out this week. In honor of the release, here's an extended cut of our interview with frontman Will Sheff, which includes some live cuts from Okkervil River's last record, "The Silver Gymnasium."

Rhett Miller of The Old 97's - Extended Cut

Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is ageless. Or at least that's how he looks. That said, his boyish good looks belie his sage demeanor. This conversation illustrates that fact, with plenty of discussion about songwriting, life, meditation, and Peter Buck.

40: Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer and Thomas Golubic

Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer talks about the past and how it relates to the band's present — and how it doesn't. Music supervisor Thomas Golubic reveals why his dad was both a good and bad parent, which were for the exact same reasons.

39: Kurt Vile and Bobcat Goldthwait

Kurt Vile reveals his ultimate professional goal and discusses the first time he realized music could be his life. Comedian and director Bobcat Goldthwait talks about being a real-life Forrest Gump. Sort of.

38: Open Mike Eagle and Mick Foley

Open Mike Eagle talks about how he got into the rap game and the importance of pulling back the curtain on the music industry. Former WWE world champ Mick Foley discusses an unlikely source of inspiration for his in-ring insanity.

37: King Khan and Aaron Draplin

Garage rocker King Khan talks about mirth, mayhem, magma, and meditation. You'll also hear a live set from The King Khan and BBQ Show recorded at KEXP in Seattle. Plus graphic designer Aaron Draplin talks about getting rid of classic rock ears.