72: Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters

Jake Shears might be known as the guy from Scissor Sisters, but he's had a pretty big year on his own. He released an acclaimed memoir, made his Broadway debut in "Kinky Boots," and just announced his first solo album. During our conversation, we talk about the cascade of life changes that brought him to this point.

71: Jason Molina Tribute With Erin Osmon, Jim James, And More

Jason Molina is one of the most capable, compelling, and confounding musicians of the last quarter century. We're celebrating his life and work as we mark five years since his passing in the spring of 2013. To do so, you'll hear from "Jason Molina: Riding With the Ghost" author Erin Osmon, Jim James, Scott Avett, Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter, and Secretly Canadian Records co-founder Ben Swanson.

70: Hari Kondabolu

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has a lot to say about political correctness, racism, oppression, and the highly polarized nature of our country at the moment. But that doesn't make him a "political comic." During our conversation, we discuss Hari's process, his take on the "Roseanne" reboot, and getting more personal for his new Netflix special, "Warn Your Relatives."

69: Ted Leo

Ted Leo discusses his love for "The Lord of the Rings," growing up as a punk kid, and his complicated relationship with Catholicism. This episode also features a live session recorded at the KEXP studios in Seattle.

68: Habibi

Habibi might have formed in New York, but the band's roots are in Detroit — in more ways than one. Rahill Jamalifard and Lenny Lynch both from the Motor City, but the influence of Detroit's middle eastern community and its history of girl group garage rock can be heard loud and clear in their music.

67: Martha Kelly

Comedian Martha Kelly discusses her struggles with addiction, how Zach Galifianakis kept her from quitting the TV show "Baskets," and her unironic love of Alvin and the Chipmunks.

66: Jessica Lea Mayfield

Last year, Jessica Lea Mayfield opened up about her experiences with domestic violence. The conversation she started on Instagram ultimately culminated in "Sorry Is Gone," a collection of deeply personal, raw songs about her time in an abusive marriage and her journey out of it.

65: Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean casts a big shadow in hip hop, R&B, and pop music. While The Fugees mega-hit "The Score" sold more records, his solo debut "The Carnival" is really what helped him cast that shadow. Some people have described it as a cold, calculated attempt by record execs to push urban music further into the mainstream. According to Wyclef, though, nobody knew if the record would even work!

64: Joe and Dave Henry

Joe and Dave Henry, a folk singer and his screenwriter brother, ended up authoring the Richard Pryor biography "Furious Cool." At first glance, the connection makes no sense. Find out how it happened and why the brothers were obsessed with the legendary comedian.

63: Joel Kim Booster

A lot of stand-up comics claim to have a unique perspective, but let's get real: Most of them are shlubby bearded white dudes. Comedian Joel Kim Booster is a whole other story. Unique is an understatement when talking about his story and how it shapes his approach to comedy.

62: Run the Jewels

Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels discuss the importance of being upfront with each other about their feelings and how it felt to meet their best friends (each other) later in life.

61: Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra

The new Manchester Orchestra album, "A Black Mile To The Surface," took a lot out of frontman Andy Hull. Not content to rest on his laurels, he decided to take a big swing while recording the new record by pushing himself creatively and emotionally.

60: Emily Kokal and Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint

Warpaint has always been hard to pin down, with their music sometimes leaning post-punk and other times leaning heavily in the direction of dream pop. Part of that may be due to the band's structure, which they call a "democracy of dictators."

59: Jon Glaser

Based on the premise alone, it's amazing that comedian Jon Glaser's "Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter" ended up becoming a real TV show on Adult Swim. Once you know the story behind its genesis, the level of amazement gets ratcheted up a few notches!

58: Karl Blau

Karl Blau talks about how it felt to get a pretty unique gift from producer and longtime friend Tucker Martine — and entire album of '70s country soul covers meant to showcase Blau's voice. The result, "Introducing Karl Blau," was one of the best albums of 2016.

57: Craig Finn

Craig Finn feels like he's finally graduated from "dabbler" to "solo artist" on his third solo record, "We All Want the Same Things." The album is full of stories about people navigating life, love, and teamwork in the middle section of life.

56: Grandmaster Flash

Grandmaster Flash was more integral in the creation of hip hop as we know it today than any other individual. While many people know him as the man behind "The Message," his journey began over a decade earlier as a little kid from the Bronx who was obsessed with his dad's stereo.

55: Steve Burns

Steve Burns just released a new album, "Foreverywhere," with longtime collaborator Steven Drozd. This time it's heavily influenced by his past — specifically his time as the host of Nickelodeon's "Blue's Clues." Yes, he's that Steve. We talk about the show, his relationship with Drozd, figuring out a path in life, and how being short helped him become "fame-ish," as he says.

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 dark 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.