The Sound Board #38: What We Did On Our Summer Vacation

Boys Archery at Summer Camp

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is attended by Prof. Tuffley and Dr. Rob Levy with Widgett Walls in the chair, running the entire thing aground.

This episode’s central topic is catchup mode on 2014 thus far, since we’ve been on unplanned hiatus for a bit. Our favorites thus far this year, along with surprises and disappointments. Also discussed: Weird Al‘s recent triumph, Panic at the Disco vs. nutcases, Tupac vs. Broadway, the Mystery of Casey Kasem, Duran Duran vs. their own fan club (only sorta), MTV and Spotify in bed together, the advent of Amazon Prime and more.

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Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:11+00:00 August 7th, 2014|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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Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:31:51+00:00 May 21st, 2012|Podcasts, Sound Board|4 Comments

Music Monday: The Beatles Cover of the Century & More…

William Fitzsimmons: Gold in the Shadow

More music picks for your Monday. 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 an utterly amazing meeting of musical minds, recorded at the New Year’s party at the Mala Restaurant on Maui. That alliteration was entirely unintentional, I assure you. What you are about to watch is not a dream, not an alternate universe: it is Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler and Weird Al Yankovic taking the stage to cover The Beatles‘ “Come Together.” And can I just point out that Weird Al is the only one who doesn’t appear to need a lyrics sheet. This video is ridiculous and awesome.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:34:01+00:00 January 2nd, 2012|Music Whenever|0 Comments

The Sound Board #20: She’s Got a Ticket to Ride and She’s Selling It On eBay

We Hate Joy from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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

This episode’s central topic is: the live concert experience and how ticket purchasing, scalpers and the people who sell the tickets to begin with are all conspiring to ruin your good time. Along with that we also give you a rundown of various summer new releases that are of merit, a roll call of those we have recently lost, the kerfuffle between Weird Al and Lady Gaga, the battle between Dr. Dre and the new Death Row Records and a post-action review of Record Store Day 2011.

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

Headsup: You can find the music we discuss at our Amazon Store.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:41:25+00:00 May 1st, 2011|Podcasts, Sound Board|0 Comments

Stuff: Comic-Con Trailers Bring Zombie Goodness

Ben Cross from Dark Shadows

Go ahead and give the guy a cameo.

There’s a lot of entertainment news going on. You honestly don’t need to know most of it. And the bits you do need to know, you don’t need to know them the second they happen. You, after all, have a life. Rather than write up a bunch of individual posts you have to read, here’s one post with everything. Enjoy.

  • Why have I not seen a trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s latest, Black Swan? Seriously, give it up already.
  • The Boys, the highly violent Garth Ennis book in which superheroes have to be dealt with by an enhanced CIA squad, is going to be helmed by Adam McKay (The Other Guys). Source.
  • Will Eisner’s A Contract With God is going to be made into a feature film with different segments helmed by different folks. Production starts in 2011 and should hit the festival circuit next year as well.
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:49:39+00:00 July 24th, 2010|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Your Weekend Justice #48: Wine and Cookies

    Mixtapes

    And we’re back. Please note: this podcast, if you haven’t figured it out, is profane and not safe for consumption by children or animals. Or sentient creatures of any sort. You can’t say we didn’t warn you.

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    Agenda:

    • Where is everybody?
    • Can you hear Scott?
    • Bestiality
    • Internet fame
    • This podcast = A.A.
    • Widge curiosity?
    • Hair
    • Safe podcasting
    • Autograph reunion
    • Spandau Ballet…in space!
    • Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
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    By | 2017-09-24T22:56:20+00:00 December 18th, 2009|Podcasts, Weekend Justice|4 Comments

    Stuff: RIP: Alan Gordon, William Gibson & Richard Stiles

    Turtles: Happy Together

    There’s lots of pop culture news. You need to know it, but it can be taken in very small doses. Enjoy.

  • Alan Gordon was the songwriter who helped bring you “Happy Together,” as well as “She’s My Girl” and “Celebrate,” along with Garry Bonner. Gordon died of cancer November 22nd at the age of 64. Source: Variety.

    In honor of Gordon’s passing, here’s a Needcoffee send-off courtesy of The Leningrad Cowboys.

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    By | 2017-09-24T23:09:19+00:00 December 1st, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

    Happy Birthday, Weird Al!

    Weird Al Yankovic and friend

    I have no idea what the hell is happening in this video. And neither, I’m fairly certain, does Al. But he’s working it, whatever it is.

    (Note: The video has been blocked. Oh well. It was pretty damn brilliant. It was Weird Al performing Eat It on Japanese television. If anybody finds it again, please let me know.)

    Were those sumo dancers doing part of the Thriller dance? And did it turn into a David Cronenberg movie at the end?

    Anyway, happy birthday, Mr. Yankovic. You rock, sir.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:10:43+00:00 October 23rd, 2008|Archives|1 Comment

    Mel Brooks on Jeopardy: Move Us Along, Sing Us Our Song

    Mel Brooks

    A fascinating view of a show that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before: the original pre-Trebek Jeopardy celebrating its 2000th episode back in 1973. Special guest star is Mel Brooks as The 2000-Year-Old Man. Brooks is towards the beginning, but the whole thing is worth watching.

    Direct link for the feedreaders.

    Found via Classic Television Showbiz.

    Actually, on retrospect, while we never saw that exact version of the show, my generation did have some exposure to it. More on that after the break.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:22:10+00:00 January 30th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

    13 Days of Xmas – Day 6: Demented Music!

    Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Christmas Novelty CD of All Time cover art

    So this post on Senses Working Overtime reminded me just how much Dr. Demento was a part of my growing up. And his Christmas songs were the stuff of legend, especially when you were just a kid and you were tired of hearing all the normal holiday staples. Well, despite the fact he was a no-show when he had committed to stopping by one of our Film Fests so we could present him with a lifetime achievement award for his career and the fact he did so crushed what little I have left for a heart, his contributions to our collective psychosis cannot be denied.

    Trouble is this: when you’re trying to put together a day of Demento, there’s very little in the way of videos of the Christmas stuff online. “The Chipmunk Song” we’ve already posted. Bob & Doug‘s “12 Days of Christmas” has no video worth posting, nor does Allan Sherman’s “12 Gifts of Christmas.”

    The obvious thing is that, yes, you can find Spike Jones‘ “All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” and Gayla Peevey’s “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” online in decent forms, but they’re only good for one or two listens before they start to annoy the hell out of you. And I guarantee that by December 18th, you’ve heard them both at least twice. So.
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    By | 2017-09-24T23:23:36+00:00 December 18th, 2007|13 Days of Xmas|0 Comments