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Music Monday: Laurie Anderson, Jon Spencer, New Order & More…

Laurie Anderson: United States Live

More music picks for your Monday with Rob taking the lead. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

First up, a bit of fantastic live Laurie Anderson, “Language is a Virus,” based on a fine mindgrope from your friend, Uncle Bill. This is taken from Home of the Brave, but the version Rob was throwing your way was from the four CD set United States Live from 1984. As Rob says, “Not for the faint of heart, an intense project form her early career.” Indeed. But sort of retro-futuristic awesome:

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:47+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

The Sound Board #29: Two Tickets to Paradise (Plus Service Charges)

Admit One Tickets

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode stars Dr. Rob Levy in the chair with Prof. Tuffley and Widge providing backup.

This episode’s central topic is…ticket purchasing for live music events. Why is it such a pain in the ass? Also we remember Levon Helm, Earl Scruggs and Dick Clark. We talk Axl Rose vs. The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, Weird Al vs. his label and Courtney Love vs. reality. Also, we check in with Record Store Day to see how it’s holding up.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:51+00:00 May 21st, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|4 Comments

The Curmudgeon: Looking Back At My 10 Favorite Movies of 2011

Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo from The Artist

I love movies and since I get to review them, I get to see LOTS of them. It’s embarrassing since I see lots of crap and really dreadful films.

I am lucky to live in a city with a good art house chain of theatres, a great film marketing company and a solid film festival that keeps me entertained for twelve days in November.

Nonetheless I never really realized how many films I saw in 2011 until it came up in conversations. Since then more people have asked me for a list of my favorite films.

To be honest, I hate the process of ranking things for a “best of.” It is such a grueling process. Therefore, to avoid my own consternation (and also to keep me sane), I organized the ten films I loved this past year in alphabetical order.

I also must admit that I have not yet seen The Help or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and therefore cannot include them in the list. There also are many great films I left off of this list after a wrenching process of elimination.

So warts and all, here they are…

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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:27+00:00 January 26th, 2012|Curmudgeon|0 Comments

The Sound Board #26: Just Because We’re Talking About Sports Doesn’t Mean We Want Any Organ Music

Huey Lewis and the News: Sports

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is hosted by Dr. Rob Levy, assisted by Prof. Tuffley and Widge is in the sidecar.

This episode’s central topic is…sporting events and music. When and how should they mix? And we’re you’re a musician playing a sporting event, what does that mean…if anything at all? Also discussed: the BRIT Awards; EMI vs. Ireland; the return of Van Halen…again; the return of Guns n Roses…maybe; the return of Public Enemy…definitely; the return of Stone Roses…no, really. Also, Coachella is going to steal your soul. Or at least ours. And finally, we look back at 2011 and look ahead to 2012 with tons of music we liked and music we’re looking forward to. No, you’re not hallucinating–we say Nice Things for once.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:37+00:00 January 17th, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

Music Monday: Milagres, Little Willies, Demos and More…

Little Willies: For the Good Times

More music picks for your Monday from Rob Levy and Widge, working together for sonic glory. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

Just note: any prices we quote are accurate as of when this post goes up.

We kick off with Milagres from their album Glowing Mouth. This is a live performance of their track, “Halfway,” from June of last year, recorded at WFUV. Yeah, at about 90 seconds in, I’m on board–don’t know about you.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:49+00:00 January 16th, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

The Curmudgeon: Dispatches From the Couch #4: Piss Off, 2012

John Cusack in 2012

The New Year is not even two weeks old yet…so I find it interesting the stars have aligned in just such a way that I am already irritated and annoyed by a few things.

For the sake of brevity I have tried not to rant for too long. I’ve pared my list down to an even dozen.

1. Talking Heads (not the band). This is an election year but I am already sick of the blah blah blah analysis by politicos about everything. When you think about it, being President of the USA is kind of a crap job in the end…so why bother? The debates have been silly, insipid, pointless and dumb. At the end of the day all of these guys from both parties are the same: rich people. Worse, they are rich people who really could care less about me (and you, for that matter). So to both parties I say, shh! Just talk about real issues and let us decide. But don’t pretend to pander to us when you couldn’t care less. Also: read your history books please. This constant referring to the Founding Fathers is really annoying…and most of the time you are getting it wrong. You know what the Founding Fathers would do if they were around today? They’d be watching Sherlock or playing Xbox instead of starting a new country. They would find it too much of a pain in the ass…plus the politicos would bother them to no end. By the way, is there a more annoying creature in the world today than the political hipster who blogs?

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By | 2017-09-24T22:33:54+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Curmudgeon|0 Comments

Monster Mash: More Than a Graveyard Smash

Monster Mash 45 single

Each Halloween people love to dust off copies of Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett.

However many do not know that the song is much more then a one hit pop record. It is a significant chapter in America’s love of novelty records and an early example of how people in the early 1960s made a record on the cheap and got it to the public beyond the conventional means of the times. In fact “Monster Mash” has more going for it then you may have initially guessed.

Indeed, the monster’s dance caught on “in a flash” and became a hit with the living and the dead alike for Halloweens to come. “Monster Mash,” like many of the pop records of the time (including “The Twist”) is filled with mild sexual innuendo (“to get a jolt from my electrode”) that the adults and preachers completely missed.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:36:00+00:00 October 25th, 2011|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

The Sound Board #23: A Decade of Stupid Contagion

Nirvana: Smiley Face

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is hosted by Dr. Rob Levy with support from Prof. Tuffley and Widgett Walls.

This episode’s central topic wobbles around a bit, but it’s basically: the 90s. More specifically, two albums that have turned twenty years old: Nevermind by Nirvana and Ten by Pearl Jam. We talk of, around, above and behind both albums and what they meant to music in general. Before we get there, however, we go through some high points of the upcoming fall release schedule. We also say goodbye to Nickolas Ashford and Jerry Leiber, as well as Glen Campbell. Also discussed is Metallica and Lou Reed getting together…plus a new album from Doris Day?

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By | 2017-09-24T22:37:34+00:00 September 21st, 2011|Podcasts, Sound Board|3 Comments

Win REM’s Life’s Rich Pageant 25th Anniversary Edition!

REM: Life's Rich Pageant

It is hard to believe that REM’s Life’s Rich Pageant has turned 25 this year. I remember it as my favorite REM record since it was unpretentious, rough and had some great moments of pop weirdness.

“Being The Begin,” “Fall On Me” and “Superman” are favorites but the entire record has a rock solid feel to it. In fact it may be the band’s last great moment before the pop fame and celebrity began with their next record, Document. ”Hyena” and “Cuyahoga” are also two well written and well textured tracks.

On this album the band acted as a tight unit. Peter Buck plays a mean guitar that coats Michael Stipe’s voice in a pleasantly understated way. Mike Mills and Bill Berry complete the sound, giving the record a buoyancy not found in their recent work.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:38:04+00:00 September 8th, 2011|Contests|3 Comments