Set the Boy Free – Book Review

Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr

Written by Johnny Marr
Published by Dey Books

Initially known as the other creative half of The Smiths, Johnny Marr has had a pretty great run as his own guy. He’s spent most of his adult life making some of the best melodies of the last forty years via his cofounding Electronic with Bernard Sumner of New Order and signing on for stints as a member of The The, The Cribs and Modest Mouse.

Now an established solo artist he’s strummed his stuff on several soundtracks (most notably Inception) and been a collaborator with Beck, Kirsty MacColl, Billy Bragg, Pet Shop Boys, The Pretenders and Bryan Ferry.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:38+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Reviews|0 Comments

The Sound Board DragonCon 2012 Special: Britpop

Britpop by Pop Bakery

Recorded at DragonCon 2012, the three of us partnered with the Brit Media track for yet another iteration of this, a discussion of British music which roams (despite the attempt by special guest star Aaron Poole to keep us on topic) from place to place. Our fifth panelist and special guest star is Kim, who will attempt to keep us relatively mainstream.

As always, you have various and sundry table noises that we can’t avoid because we were all seated at the table. And I have no idea where the damn interference is coming from. And we apologize in advance for any questions you can’t hear. Also, please note: some sort of interference occurred for a few seconds around thirty minutes in that would have made you bleed from the ears, so we had to lose that short bit.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:05+00:00 November 10th, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice #158: The Worst Podcast Ever (Arguably)

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that only has a certain amount of games, so if too many people get game, the podcast falls off track. And onto the third rail. And its keys. At the same time. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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Howard Cosell and Gabe Kaplan in Battle of the Network Stars

Agenda:

  • This is only a test
  • Way too much information about somebody’s mom’s arse
  • Miss Henkle is missing!
  • Airing out the Sound Board
  • The Post-Dystopian Society
  • Hook Finn!
  • Smug Avengers bastardy
  • Rox’s new art project
  • The jig is up
  • The Smiths vs. the government
  • Monk complaints
  • Don Cheadle potshots
  • Zac Efron baiting!
  • Three Stooges movie and the end of the world
  • Never podcast sober
  • Musical games
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:32:00+00:00 May 4th, 2012|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #127: No Ladies on That Line

    It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck. It’s the podcast that records everything. Not for posterity but for the embarrassment of others. This podcast was engineered–some might say over-engineered–by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and definitely overwrought. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    Black Raazer vs. Leigh

    Agenda:

  • Call Them
  • Hooker vs. Valentine
  • The taste of crayons
  • Leigh and dating not-Robert Smith
  • No one should follow Chuck Woolery
  • Mattress shoulders
  • Little people?
  • Summer vacations
  • The FCATs!
  • Alan Moore writes word problems
  • The three faces of Larry the Cable Guy
  • Family Ties and racism
  • The Alabama High School Graduation Exam
  • B’wana Beast mentioned…and again
  • Jon and the Navy
  • Overthinking the leather pants
  • Greed and inches
  • Justice League Dark
  • The Smiths vs. Batman
  • Christopher Lee vs. Bollywood
  • Sondheim‘s Vagina Monologues
  • (more…)

    By | 2017-09-24T22:38:22+00:00 August 19th, 2011|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|11 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #80: Don’t Scratch That Record!

    Open the window, Mark, and let it in: another episode of Weekend Justice. Engineered by experts to escort you from the work week in the most chaotic manner possible. Please note: this podcast is profane, definitely oversexed and potentially underdeveloped. It is wrong and unsafe. You have been warned.

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    David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin

    Agenda:

    • Scott’s first day back
    • College parking
    • Kim’s guide to shoplifting
    • Consumers and How to Spot Them
    • Jon and Leigh Take a Swallow…Together
    • Girl beers
    • The Unique Geek Podcasts vs. DragonCon
    • Leigh’s turtleneck fetish
    • Sally Draper has issues
    • Wikipedia vs. Leigh’s uterus
    • Hostess Presents…
    • Scott’s first day of school
    • Hobo school supplies
    • Rock Lobster!
    • The Lost Auction
    • Tuffley vs. Carly Simon
    • Lost ending revisited
    • The Corpse Cannon and Spazhouse prequels
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:48:52+00:00 August 27th, 2010|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|0 Comments

    A Conversation With Tony Fletcher

    Tony Fletcher

    Since he was a teenager Tony Fletcher has had a serious passion for music. At first it led him to create and run a fanzine during the epicenter of the punk and post-punk movement. As an adult this passion grew, spurring a move to New York where he established himself as a distinguished music journalist, DJ and band manager.

    In addition to writing for several publications, Fletcher has penned biographies on The Clash, Keith Moon, REM and Echo & The Bunnymen. His latest book, All Hopped Up & Ready To Go: Music From the Streets of New York 1927-77, is by far his most ambitious writing project to date.

    As Fletcher bops and hops from club to club, weaving seamlessly from genre to genre, we discover not only his love for music but his excitement in discovering new sounds echoing from the past of the city he loves so much.

    Written with perfect pitch and pacing All Hopped Up & Ready To Go begins with the Depression era rise of Afro Cuban jazz and Cubop and ends with the beginnings of hip-hop and the apex of the punk rock movement. The book takes the reader on a musical journey through the boroughs, bars, backstreets, nightclubs that has made New York arguably the most vibrant and significant musical city in the world.

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    By | 2017-09-24T22:52:44+00:00 April 25th, 2010|Interviews|0 Comments

    Odds and Ends for 3-8-2006

    Not something you hear everyday: Ukrainian covers of songs by The Smiths.

    A photo gallery dedicated to people proving math theorems while wearing sarongs. Found via Dave Barry.

    More weird banana art. Also re-brought to our attention by Mr. Barry.

    Here’s a nice NSFW game where you use gigantic milk teats in the heavens to make sure a baby giraffe avoids monkeys in UFOs to get fed. It’s only NSFW because why in the world would you want to have to explain what you were doing playing this? Also found via Dave Barry.

    By | 2017-09-24T23:48:42+00:00 March 8th, 2006|Stimuli|0 Comments