It’s easier and more affordable than it’s ever been to record, release, and distribute music, and one might think that, given the explosion of EPs, albums, and singles we’ve witnessed over the last 15 years or so, technology might have at long last been able to solve our chronic shortage of timeless pop songs. Alas, it appears that no amount of Pro Tools or digital distribution will strike down the barrier between desire and talent — if you want great music, you need to seek out great songwriters, and when you find a great songwriter, you need to shout it from the rooftops.

Which is why we’ve been on a mission to educate every last one of you about the glory of Julian Velard, an artist whose work we’ve been busily championing since our first interview with him in 2011. Julian’s records are equal parts witty, heartfelt, and melodic; plus, he’s a New Yorker who plays piano, so we’re predisposed to fall for his music.

Speaking of New York: The Big Apple served as the inspiration for Julian’s outstanding new album, If You Don’t Like It, You Can Leave, which we raved about right here and plan to continue raving about, like the last drunk at the party, until we’re satisfied that you’re finally paying attention. To that end, your hosts Dave Lifton and Jeff Giles have reunited for their first joint podcast episode since the death of Phil Ramone in March of 2013.

In this episode, we talk to Julian about all kinds of stuff — his experiences writing and recording If You Don’t Like It, You Can Leave, his touring plans, and (because we’re unrepentant pop geeks), the usual lengthy digressions into modern and totally relevant topics like Marvin Hamlisch, Jimmy Webb, and David Foster. It’s a fun listen! But not as much fun as the new record, SO BUY IT HERE.

Without further ado…Julian Velard visits the Popdose Podcast!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 24: Julian Velard