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And introducing, on the ones and twos, it’s RICK RUBIN. One of the superstar producers of the last forty years, Rubin went from Long Island punk to hip-hop pioneer in the 80’s, founding Def Jam Records out of his dorm room with Russell Simmons. He’d go on to produce some of the top recording artists of his era, ranging from Beastie Boys to Neil Diamond, LL Kool J to Metallica, and co-head Columbia Records. And today we’re joined by producer Jesse Cannon to learn all about Rubin from the book “Rick Rubin in the Studio” by Jake Brown Check out Jesse’s YouTube channel and other work here: www.Musformation.com www.Jessecannon.com SONGS IN ORDER: T La Rock & Jazzy Jay - It’s Yours LL Cool J - I Need A Beat Beastie Boys - Rhymin & Stealin Public Enemy - Don’t Believe the Hype Slayer - Raining Blood Danzig - Mother Red Hot Chili Peppers - Suck My Kiss The Chicks - Lubbock of Leave It The Chicks - Gaslighter Lady Gaga - Dope
Max Collins of Eve 6 drops by to discuss mysterious cartoon memories, predatory music management, the Trolls franchise, rock ‘n roll for children, evil owls, and more all through Don Bluth’s 1992 animated film “ROCK-A-DOODLE”. We also talk about Eve 6, being a teenage superstar, and finding emotional catharsis through twitter, but this is a ROCK-A-DOODLE ep. The new EP is called “Grim Value” and it’s available wherever music is streamed/sold! Songs: Rock-a-Doodle - Sun Do Shine Rock-a-Doodle - Rock-a-Doodle Eve 6 - Inside Out Eve 6 - Amphetamines Eve 6 - Can We Combine
And introducing...singer, song-writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and all around legend, it’s Mr. Frank Zappa! One of the S-tier weirdos of rock n’ roll, Zappa mixed genres from classical modernism to doo-wop with an acerbic sense of humor to create a vast discography of Rock weirdness. All the while, becoming one of the most outspoken musicians for free-speech and against censorship. And today we’ll be talking all about his life, his works, and whether or not that’s a real poncho, I mean is that a mexican poncho or a sears poncho, through his autobiography “The Real Frank Zappa Book.” But first let’s introduce our own guest, she’s a Tornoto-based pianist and composer, it’s Robin Hatch! Songs In Order: Captain Beefheart: Pachuco Cadaver Frank Zappa and the Mothers - Wowie Zowie Frank Zappa - Titties & Beer Deep Purple - Smoke on the Water Frank Zappa - Camarillo Brillo Frank Zappa - St. Alphonso’s Pancake Breakfast Frank Zappa - The Black Page #1 Frank Zappa - Dancin’ Fool Frank Zappa - Titties & Beer (Baby Snakes DVD version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzzWEeiUf3Y&ab_channel=bolimozak)
#83 RICK JAMES!

#83 RICK JAMES!

2020-12-3101:36:52

And introducing, on lead vocals, it’s Rick James! Yes we’re talking about the 1980’s #1 funk superfreak who managed to fit 3 lifetimes worth of decadence and depravity into one short life. And today we’ll give it to you, baby, from his book “GLOW: The Autobiography of Rick James” by Rick James and David Ritz. Songs in order: Mynah Birds - It’s My Time Rick James - My Mama Rick James - You And I Rick James - Bustin’ Out Rick James - Super Freak Rick James - Give It To Me Baby
#82 BJÖRK!

#82 BJÖRK!

2020-11-2601:35:31

And introducing, from Iceland, our NATO ally to the north, it’s BJORK. The most famous musician from the isolated northern island, Bjork has built an incredible career and international fame from her unique voice and genre-exploring, endlessly idiosyncratic music. And today we’ll be exploring all things Bjork from her coffee table book BJORK and a 2004 Bjork New Yorker story called “Bjork’s Saga”. Songs in Order: CarlosAndres90 - Army of Me (YouTube FL Studio cover) Bjork - Ruby Baby Recordings of Bjork at age 11: https://www.openculture.com/2014/09/the-album-bjork-recorded-as-an-11-year-old.html KUKL - Dismembered The Sugarcubes - Birthday Bjork - Human Behavior Bjork - Army of Me Bjork - Alarm Call
And introducing, on lead vocals, guitar and bass...it’s Mr. Billy Corgan. Yes we’re talking through the legendary frontman and sole consistent member of gen x rock titans Smashing Pumpkins, a person who is constantly portrayed as either alt-rock’s greatest villain or saint, depending on who you’re asking. And today we’re joined by Struggle Sessions Leslie Lee III to dive into some of Mr. Corgan’s most intimate thoughts and feelings about his life and career through the best access we have...his mid-2000’s LiveJournal called simply “BillyBlog”. Check out Struggle Session at sesh.plus Songs Smashing Pumpkins - Zero Smashing Pumpkins - Nothing and Everything (Live on Pulse 1988) Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock Smashing Pumpkins - For Martha Smashing Pumpkins - Transmission (Live, featuring Peter Hook) Billy Corgan - Take Me Out to the Ball Game
And introducing, online, it’s Rolling Stone Magazine’s NEW 500 Greatest Albums of All Time List! We discuss Rolling Stone’s updated-for-2020 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, talk about the value of lists, the relative ranked-ness of the Beatles, and how our appreciation of music changes over time. Songs: Britney Spears - Piece of Me Beatles - Day in the Life Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On Beach Boys - Sloop John B Fleetwood Mac - Dreams Lauryn Hill - To Zion
And introducing, on lead vocals, it’s Scott Walker. Over a six decade journey from teen dream crooner to brooding experimental composer, Scott Walker has explored the dark bleeding edges of pop music with his inconic vibrato and iconoclastic production. And today we’ll be learning all about Scott from a bunch of articles and the 2006 documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man. We’re joined by Matty Monroe, the host of the Indieheads podcast and the MODERATOR of the r/indieheads subreddit. Check out Matty’s stuff here: Indieheads Podcast: https://rindieheadspodcast.wordpress.com/ https://www.youtube.com/c/IndieheadsPodcast https://www.reddit.com/r/indieheads Songs in Order: The Walker Brotherss - There Ain’t No Sunshine Jacques Brel - Amsterdam Scott Walker - Next Scott Walker - 30 Century Man The Walker Brothers - The Electrician Scott Walker - Dealer Pulp - I Spy Scott Walker - The Cockfighter Scott Walker - Cossacks Are Scott Walker - Clara Scott Walker - Jesse Scott Walker - Corps de Blah Scott Walker - Epizootics Scott Walker - Brando
#78 ANDREW W.K.!

#78 ANDREW W.K.!

2020-09-1701:18:04

And introducing, partying hard, it’s Andrew WK! This week we’re talking the enigmatic evangelist of Partying who unleashed a torrent of hard rocking power pop party anthems, became a national celebrity, spokesman, motivational speaker, and tv personality before sinking somewhat back into mysterious obscurity. Today we’ll be exploring WK through Phillip Crandall’s 2014 entry into the 33 ⅓ book anthology for “I GET WET” Songs In Order: The Portly Boys - Demo Tape Andrew WK - Party Hard (Demo) Andrew WK - Party Hard Andrew WK - I Get Wet Andrew WK - Party Mindset
And introducing, on the drums, it’s Chris Frantz! We’re JOINED by Chris Frantz, drummer for Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club to discuss downtown bands in ‘77, buildings & food, the love of music, and remaining in love with his wife, bassist Tina Weymouth, all through his new book “Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina” Check out Chris’ book here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250209221 And check out that killer 1980 Talking Heads live in Rome set we were talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwWW742T0Wc
And introducing, on lead vocals and guitar, it’s Mr. Robert Pollard! We’re joined by Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Operators) to talk about the frontman synonymous with Guided by Voices, the prolific indie legends from Dayton Ohio. Please support Dan's music over on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/operators Songs: Acid Ranch - Beautiful Plastic Guided by Voices - Drinker’s GBV - Weedking Times New Viking - (My Head) GBV - Tractor Rape Chain GBV - Closer You Are GBV - Official Ironman’s Rally Song GBV - Teenage FBI GBV - Glad Girls GBV - Packing the Dead Zone
#75 THE SONG MACHINE! pt. 2

#75 THE SONG MACHINE! pt. 2

2020-07-3001:52:04

Part two of…the Song Machine! We track pop music’s muddled fallout from 9/11 (again), the reign of Max Martin and Dr. Luke, track-and-hook songwriting, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha and the f u t u r e of pop. NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL, please subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-sYl6WVNG_-okzBwm4SiTg Songs in order: Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone Ted Leo - Since U Been Gone/Maps Rihanna - SOS Rihanna - Umbrella Rihanna - What’s My Name Beyonce - Halo Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl Flo Rida (FT KESHA) - Right Round Kesha - Tik Tok Kesha - Raising Hell Juice WRLD x Marshmello - Come & Go
#74 THE SONG MACHINE! pt. 1

#74 THE SONG MACHINE! pt. 1

2020-07-1501:43:41

And introducing…the Song Machine! We track the rise of Denniz Pop and the Swedish music production juggernaut in American pop music through John Seabrooke’s 2015 book “The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory.” Songs Tag Team - Whoomp (There It Is!) Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Swemix) Heino - Medly Volksleider Ace of Bass - The Sign It’s Alive - Pretend I’m God Backstreet Boys - We’ve Got it Going On Backstreet Boys - Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) Crooked I - Everythang Britney Spears - …Baby One More Time
#73 FIONA APPLE!

#73 FIONA APPLE!

2020-06-1101:30:421

And introducing…on piano and vocals, it’s Fiona Apple! We discuss the singer-songwriters music and public perception using two longform magazine articles bookending her career. Songs in Order: Fiona Apple - Criminal Fiona Apple - Sleep to Dream Fiona Apple - Relay Fiona Apple - On I Go Fiona Apple - Left Apple
#72 DURAN DURAN!

#72 DURAN DURAN!

2020-05-2101:30:55

And introducing…on bass guitar, John Taylor! Bassist and founding member of 80’s new romantic superstars Duran Duran, Taylor and his bandmates achieved wild success in the 1980, but Taylor and Duran Duran’s 80’s excess came with a price, and his personal journey took him to the brink of self-destruction. Today we’ll be talking all about those wonderful double Duran’s through his book “In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran”. Songs Chic - Everybody Dance Duran Duran - Girls on Film Duran Duran - Rio Duran Duran - Save a Prayer Duran Duran - The Reflex Duran Duran - A View to a Kill The Power Station - Get it On (Bang a Gong) Duran Duran - Drug (It’s Just a State of Mind) Duran Duran - Ordinary World Neurotic Outsiders - Jerk Neurotic Outsiders - Janie Jones Duran Duran - Falling Down
#71 DEBBIE HARRY!

#71 DEBBIE HARRY!

2020-04-3001:48:19

And introducing, on lead vocals…it’s Debbie Harry! The ORIGINAL atomic blonde, Harry the frontwoman of CBGB stalwarts turned global disco innovators, Blondie. Blondie paved the way from punk to new wave as Debbie fashioned herself into a singing, rapping avant-grade starlet. And today we’ll be reading through the parallel lines to learn all about Debbie Harry, Blondie and downtown in the 70’s through her memoir “Face It”. SONGS:
The Wind in the Willows - Djini Judy New York Dolls - Trash Debbie Harry and the Stilettos - Anti Disco Blondie - X Offender Blondie - Heart of Glass Blondie - 11:59 Blondie - Rapture Debbie Harry - Backfired Blondie - Doom or Destiny Blondie - Atomic (Armand’s Short Circuit Remix) Mac Demarco - Blackbird/Break Stuff (Live @ Pitchfork Music Festival Paris)
And introducing….on vocals, it’s Jessica Simpson. This Texas-bred big voiced, pop diva has spent her career beset by harsh media, judgmental critics and tabloid hell. But after 20 years in the spotlight she’s come out the other side of drugs, abuse and reality tv to share an incredible amount of wisdom in her memoir “Open Book”. SONGS Jessica Simpson - I Wanna Love You Forever Nick Lachey - What’s Left of Me Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair Jessica Simpson - My Only Wish
And introducing….pop-punk! We’re joined by musician Juiceboxxx take a look at this particular aesthetic mutation of stripped down, sneering anarchistic rock & radio-friendly bops of juvenile yearning, talking about where punk ends and pop begins, and discussing just what counts as pop-punk anyway. SONGS: Lil Tracey - Beautiful Nightmare Bowling for Soup - High School Never Ends New Found Glory - Sincerely Me Times New Viking - (My Head) Katy Perry - Hot and Cold Air Pop, Pinky Rose - 54y 17 41n7 50 Juiceboxxx’s playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5GkRwgAk8HuvW6ybq6DanI?si=Cgkd0Q4hQb-SKEhfH2MPDw Juiceboxxx’s Talkhouse piece: https://www.talkhouse.com/juiceboxxx-recommends-a-nine-hour-pop-punk-spotify-playlist/
#68 STEVE AOKI!

#68 STEVE AOKI!

2020-03-1901:54:17

And introducing…on the decks, it’s Mr. Steve Aoki! This is the first time we’ve dipped into the world of Electronic Dance Music, and today we’ll be traversing ALL the builds and drops of the EDM world through the memoir of hibachi heir turned superstar producer Steve Aoki and his memoir “BLUE: THE COLOR OF NOISE” Songs Steve Aoki & Alan Walker ft. ISAK - ARE YOU LONELY (midi) Circle of Life - King of Africa (The Lion King) Intro Jungle Bae VIP [Jack Ü Mashup] TJR - Ass Hypnotized (feat. Dances With White Girls) Michael Jackson - Thriller (Steve Aoki Midnight Hour Remix) Linkin Park, Steve Aoki - A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES Avicii - Levels BTS - Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix) BTS - Mic Drop Steve Aoki - Crash Into Me feat. Darren Criss
#67 GRATEFUL DEAD!

#67 GRATEFUL DEAD!

2020-02-2001:40:17

And introducing…on drums, it’s Bill Kreutzman. Working rhythm for the band that put the Jam in “Jam Band,” we’ll learn all about his humble bay area beginnings, his three acid-soaked decades in the Grateful Dead, and how everything from the Great Pyramids to San Francisco garbage-men is “far out”, all from his book “DEAL: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams and Drugs with the Grateful Dead”. Check out Ben's plays and the Fast & Furious series at www.thetanknyc.org Songs: Grateful Dead - St. Stephen (Philmore West, June 7 1969) Grateful Dead - China Cat Sunflower (Avalon Ballroom May 5 1969) Grateful Dead - China Cat Sunflower (Veneta Oregon, 8/27/72) Grateful Dead - Playing in the Band (Bickershaw Festival, Wiggen England, May 7 1972) Grateful Dead - Greatest Story Ever Told (Bickershaw Festival, Wiggen England, May 7 1972) Grateful Dead - Brown Eyed Woman (Cornell University, May 8, 1977) Grateful Dead - Scarlet Bogonias (Cornell University, May 8, 1977) Grateful Dead - He’s Gone (Veneta Oregon, 8/27/72) Grateful Dead - Fire on the Mountain (Live at Giza 9/17/78) Grateful Dead - Truckin’ (Live at Giza 9/17/78) Grateful Dead - Sugar Magnolia (Soldier Field, Chicago, July 9 1995)
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Dairy

Maybe the guy should have waited to do this episode until he had listened to Bjork more.

Feb 16th
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Will Shogren

the sort of Hitchensesque pop-atheist hostility on this one is profoundly nu metal in essence.

Jan 20th
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p155g06l1n

please do an episode on Parliament-Funkadelic

Oct 18th
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will couts

Great stuff, lot of fun. started listening because of the episode with Felix, but now am catching up on the whole catalog.

May 10th
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