The Sound Board #27: I’m All Out of Love and I’m Making a T-Shirt To Further Express This

Sad T-Shirt

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

This episode’s central topic is…television shows about music. We’re talking of the Soul Train, American Bandstand, Top of the Pops vein. They slowly but surely disappeared from our television screens. How and why? Before we get there, though, we also explore: Disney vs. Joy Division, Newt Gingrinch vs. Survivor, Capitol Music vs. ReDigi (the used digital music store), the Oscars vs. common sense, the Sasquatch music festival (aka Sasquatch vs. The Sound Board’s budget and travel plans), Metallica’s music festival, Ben Folds Five returns, so does 2 Live Crew, and M.I.A. vs. Madonna. Plus: remembering Etta James, Don Cornelius and Johnny Otis. And also we throw in a Valentine’s Day addendum for music for both love and anti-love.

Editor’s Note: this episode was recorded before the sad news about Whitney Houston.


Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.

By | 2017-09-24T22:33:13+00:00 February 13th, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|1 Comment

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?


Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.

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

I Hope The Russians Love Their Zombies Too

I’ve never been really impressed with Metallica. Yeah, I know, I know–that whole Blew The One And Only Chance The Music Industry Had To Get Out In Front of the Internet Piracy Problem thing. But even before that: I remember going to Lollapalooza one year where they were headlining. I was there to see Rage Against the Machine. Metallica hit the stage, I hit the parking lot. Except for a few of their songs, they’ve never done anything for me. Except for the S&M symphony album, perhaps.

I say this not to slag off Metallica–not that they haven’t earned it (see above)–but to put you in mind of what it would take for me to frontpage them. I know you’re thinking: must be zombies–and not just because the zed-word is in the title there.

Yes, it’s the music video for “All Nightmare Long,” featuring the Soviets raining down alien spores from Tunguska on America in 1948. I’m wondering if they got the idea for that from what the Japanese intended to do before World War II came to an end: use their aircraft carrier subs to drop the Black Death on California.

Direct link for the feedreaders. Found via io9.


By | 2017-09-24T23:08:45+00:00 December 9th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Curmudgeon

These days there’s more to Brighton than the Domesday Book and scenic oceanic views. This resort town, nestled in the south of England has become in the vernacular of those in the know, an “It Spot” and “Scene.” But despite the heaps of praise there is no denying that there is a buzz of musical and autistic creativity happening there.


Musically Brighton was put on the map over a decade ago by Fatboy Slim and The Levellers. Now a whole new breed of talented and diverse musicians are cutting a swathe across the city and making people take notice.

One would be hard pressed to call Electrelane “veterans,” but that is the case for the all girl kraut rock jamsters who have finished a short US tour including dates with Arcade Fire. They will be Stateside again in the fall to support their most prolific release to date, No Shouts, No Calls.

The Kooks followed their auspicious debut, Inside In/Inside Out with massive hype in the UK and a sold out string of US dates. For almost a year the band was everywhere in the UK press who touted them as the next Oasis. Although the always fickle ears of the UK music press will undoubtedly turn on them eventually they clearly have a future ahead of them. The Kooks are a band on the make who will lay waste to anyone who gets in their way.


By | 2017-09-24T23:28:16+00:00 August 17th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Widge Goes Off: Proof That Anybody Can Podcast

Another episode of Widge Goes Off is here to taunt you and make you feel better about yourself. I mean, you thought you had trivial shit to bitch about…listen to this guy!

This week’s nonsense includes sampling and remixing and what I think is the responsible way to do such shenanigans plus why Metallica is responsible for the fall of civilization as we know it. Enjoy.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:42:04+00:00 July 31st, 2006|Rants|0 Comments

We’re Your Source of Self-Destruction: Primus and Metallica’s “Master of Puppets”

Because Les Claypool secretly runs the one world government. Here he proves it by leading Primus in a rousing deconstruction of “Master of Puppets.” If you don’t already know why the two are connected then your clearance level just doesn’t run high enough. Sorry.

If somebody has a full video of them utterly destroying Ministry‘s “Thieves,” as I saw them do aeons ago at a Lollapalooza show, then I’ll be that person’s fiend for life.

Direct link for the feedreaders.


By | 2017-09-24T23:45:52+00:00 May 11th, 2006|Music|0 Comments

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004) – DVD Review

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster DVD cover art


Directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky


  • Trailers and a music video
  • Additional scenes
  • Interviews with the band about the film
  • Highlights from film festivals and premieres
  • Audio commentary tracks with the band and the filmmakers

Released by: Paramount
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Rent it. Fans of the band may want to own it.

Having been kings of the heavy metal mountain for nearly twenty years, the early Oughts were looking a bit bleak for Metallica. Internal conflicts in the band were bringing the creative process to a grinding halt, the youngest member of the band (Jason Newstead) moved on to pursue other musical interests, and the band’s past few albums had cost them some of their original fans and met with lukewarm reviews. A decision was made that the group needed to either do something radical to rebuild their dynamic, or they needed to call it quits and go home to their families. So the band contacted Phil Towle, a psychotherapist turned performance coach to the stars, and instigated group counseling to hash out their issues and hopefully put the band back on track.


By | 2017-09-24T23:51:52+00:00 November 24th, 2005|Reviews|0 Comments