The Sound Board #36: The Analog Edition

DIY Cassette Tape USB Drive

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is manned by Dr. Rob Levy with Prof. Tuffley manning the turret and Widgett Walls huddled in the sidecar.

This episode’s central topic is: mix tapes and curating music. Is it a lost art? Is it the same thing now to create a Spotify playlist? And what about mix CDs? Also, a round-up of summer stuff we liked, we remember Murray Gershenz and Ray Dolby, we look back on twenty years of In Utero and fifty years of cassette tapes, we discuss Miley Cyrus under protest and more.

Also, this is very late going up and you can blame Widge.

[Editor’s note: Widge did actually type that bit.]


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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:48+00:00 November 7th, 2013|Podcasts, Sound Board|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 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

The Sound Board #13: The Great Podcast in the Sky


This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This episode is hosted by Widgett Walls with tremendous support from Dr. J.M. Tuffley and Prof. Rob Levy.

This episode’s central topic is twofold. One: death. The death of musicians. The 27 Club. What certain musicians would be doing today if they were still around. What certain musicians are worth, even dead. Elvis. John Lennon. And more. Also: Halloween. Our picks for great Halloween albums.


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Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store.

By | 2017-09-24T22:47:23+00:00 October 14th, 2010|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

Stuff You Need to Know, Friday, October 10, 2008

Crystal Skull Best Buy exclusive
  • The new hip trendy thing these days is to have DVD releases with different exclusive bits depending on which store you buy it from. For the most part, they’re shruggable. But I must admit that the Best Buy offering for Indiana Jones IV is kinda snazzy if you like the film. It is a “Gift Set with replica crystal skull from Sideshow Collectibles and a $25 gift card to” That’s all well and good, but can I drink vodka out of it? You can order your non-snazzy DVD release here or your Blu-Ray-snazzy DVD release here.
  • There’s a big article here about the the Dreamworks/Paramount divorce. Honestly, you don’t need to know much of it. Tintin is the only project that had any activity and is now in danger of not happening, but that’s not news. The news I take away from this–and thus share with you–is the word that these are in the works: first, a Lemony Snicket 2, which stays at Paramount. I know, apparently it made money–who knew? Steven Spielberg is producing a remake of When Worlds Collide, which stays as a co-production between the two companies (i.e. joint visitation rights) like Transformers 2 is. Spielberg is directing Lincoln with Liam Neeson in the lead, this from a screenplay by Tony Kushner (Angels in America). Right now that last bit is supposed to start production in the spring.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:11:29+00:00 October 10th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Can Rock Band 2 Withstand the Holy Throwdown of Guitar Praise?

    Rock Band 2

    Guitar Hero and Rock Band now have a new contender: Guitar Praise. No, I’m serious. Now you can rock out to “today’s most popular Contemporary Christian rock hits.” Why would anybody want a Christian-based Guitar Hero clone? Tom Bean, head burrito of Digital Praise, Inc., sez “People love the console guitar games on the market, but many would like more family-friendly songs and graphics.” They also put the lyrics on screen, which is apparently innovative. “Having the lyrics onscreen reinforces the positive messages present in Guitar Praise’s roster of songs, and allows everyone to take part in the game.” That’s right, so now when you want to rock out to Eric Carmen and Jars of Clay and…um…early Amy Grant…and…never mind. I don’t know any other Christian musical acts. Moving on.

    Of course, not everyone is happy about this: Clearrawk, a company that was taking Guitar Hero and Rock Band games and editing out all the bad stuff so that people could rock out to “Sabotage” and not feel Satan’s pull, might get put out of business by this move. I suppose they’d better pray on it.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:15:55+00:00 July 14th, 2008|Headsup|15 Comments

    Win Kurt Cobain About a Son on DVD

    Kurt Cobain About a Son DVD Cover Art

    Okay, so flupocalypse is over. Let’s get back to some serious free shit, shall we?

    Shout Factory has released Kurt Cobain: About a Son on DVD. Here’s what they’re saying about it:

    Timed to coincide with Kurt Cobain’s 41st birth anniversary, KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON is an intimate and moving portrait of the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain as told entirely in his own words. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award, was screened at numerous top international film festivals around the world, and was released on DVD from Shout! Factory on February 19, 2008, the day before Cobain’s birthday. The DVD also contains a behind-the-scenes featurette and has a suggested retail price of $19.99.

    Directed by AJ Schnack, KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON is based on more than 25 hours of previously unheard audio interviews conducted with Cobain by noted music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana.


    By | 2017-09-24T23:21:19+00:00 March 3rd, 2008|Contests|0 Comments