This is one of those episodes based on something I grew up with that wasn’t at all prevalent in Christian Zyp‘s life at all. It happens both ways (see Van Halen) but we’re okay to embrace our differences and along the way educate each other as well as you, our valued listener. In 2001 I was on tour with Jimmy Eat World and then bass player Rick Bursh told me about a website he frequented simply because it was hilarious but it came with a catch – you had to have a browser that would be compatible with this thing called “Macromedia Flash“. I was already way ahead of him, after installing that thing to watch the “Napster Bad” anti-Napster cartoon from faux-Lars Ulrich and faux-James Hetfield a year earlier. Funny, as I write this, I am listening to a Metallica mp3…
Anyway, the rest is history, I found Homestar Runnerand before you knew it, all my friends were in on the secret, quoting Strong Bad and Coach Z and Fhwdgads-ing. I bought t-shirts, I had coasters, action figures – the whole she-bang. I even was 2 degrees away from a guy who got his email read out by Strong Bad and that was HUGE!
So this week we are talking about my favourite web based entertainment source pre-Youtube – Homestar Runner. It’s a geeky subject so of course we are going to talk about They Might Be Giants with our bud S. Alexander Reed who co-wrote the 33 1/3 book on They Might Be Giants’ seminal 1990 release “Flood” with Phil Sandifer. You can check that book out at 333sound.com or on Amazon or check out your favourite local bookstore too! Along the way we get to talk about one of Christian Zyp‘s favourite sketch comedy shows, Mr. Show. It really is a show full of favourites this week. Hope you enjoy it!
We’ll see you in two weeks when our topic will be back to music and the Staples Singers with special guest Michaelangelo Matos, SPIN contributor and author of the book on Prince’s Sign o the Times. Until then, take care!
These podcasts just keep getting more and more funner to make. I feel like my spelling and grammer has suffered though, communicating souly in the verbal relm. But it small price to pay, not nearly as costly like auto-correct though, that stuff make you lazy and bankrupt your sole.
So this week we are turning our focus to a little film, you may have heard of it, Napoleon Dynamite – the little film that could. Both Zyp and I have great memories to accompany this film and go to great lengths to communicate that to you. I fancied the time that I got to chat with Jon Gries (Uncle Rico) and all the while I just happened to have a tape recorder catching the whole thing – quite convenient. If that isn’t convenient enough for you, our journey takes us from Jon Gries and his new project, Another Man’s Gun, which is a classic western film in the development phase, all the way to Aphex Twin‘s music which may or may not be up your alley, but speaking of alleys. Kristie, Kristie Alley. Am I right?
So buckle your seatbelts but not too tight because you’re going to want to get at your pockets because if you’re like me, it’s really hard to get at your wallet if you’re buckled in too tight and then you’re fumbling around while the drive thru attendant is waiting for you to pay for the Whopper combo. And speaking combos, to compliment the conversation I had Jon Gries, Christian Zyp and I also sat down with author of the 33 1/3 book on Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Vol II, Marc Weidenbaum. He’s also the man behind Disquiet.com so if you’re into the ambient genre please check out his work over there. Marc Weidenbaum‘s book is the newest in the 33 1/3 cannon and we’ll be giving away copies in the month of February 2014. You’ll have to listen to win but of course you can also buy the book via 333sound.com or Amazon will have it too.
Other stops in today’s map – the UK’s Tears for Fears and an industry theme music juggernaut that you may have not heard of named Mike Post. So I guess you could say that things are getting pretty serious over here at NewbsRadio. Enjoy!
There’s something about partying that just gets the party started. This week on NewbsRadio we are talking about Andrew WK‘s 2001 debut “I Get Wet” and since we’re partnered up with Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, we have been giving Phillip Crandall‘s book on “I Get Wet” away all month. Phillip was nice enough to chat to us about his new book, we had a good time, trust us.
Also on the podcast, we have Jay Runham from jayrunham.com whose Edmonton based show seems to get him invited to parties and such so we thought to ourselves, together, this is guy we need to party with more often. That and we heard he did an amazing Victoria Nuland impression – which came in mighty handy.
Finally we have Robert Mulder from the Liverpool based band, HighFields. We caught Robert as he was home partying with his family over the holidays right here in jolly old Edmonton. Robert just graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, sort of a Fame School if you will, based in Liverpool and started by Sir Paul McCartney. Robert tells us about the time he got to sit down and party-jam with Sir Paul.
During our journey we touch on The Culture Club and Michael Jackson just to cover all the bases.
Remember that we are still giving away books from 33 1/3 in February – this month it is Marc Weidenbaum‘s book based on Aphex Twin‘s “Selected Ambient Works Vol. II” which we will talk about in our next episode based on the 2004 sleeper hit movie, Napoleon Dynamite. See you in two weeks!
This week on NewbsRadio we are talking about Portland’s The Dandy Warhols who came out blazing in the mid-90s with their pseudo-psychedelic sound with a one foot firmly on the gas pedal pushing music toward what we now know as “indie-rock”. Although they are probably best known for their song “Bohemian Like You” and “Solid” which ended up being the theme to Judd Apatow’s “Undeclared” which was a sort of follow up to “Freaks and Geeks“… I am getting ahead of myself here… they are still making music, their newest album came out in 2012 entitled “This Machine” and we believe that their whole catalog should be re-evaluated so if you haven’t heard them, please check out the small selection of videos at the bottom of the post.
Also in this episode we hear from our pal John Oates who tells us about Hall and Oates’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which is just around the corner here. Congrats to John and Daryl for receiving this very RnR distinction!
We are giving away another book from Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 Series, it’s Phillip Crandall’s book about the making and story behind Andrew WK’s “I Get Wet“. If you want a copy of your very own, simply give us your best partying tip via twitter, or Facebook or just write it in the comments below and we just might ship you a copy. We are podcasters and therefore have no business giving out partying advice, so THEORETICALLY what would be your best advice for us? Congrats to Mike Dillon of Philadelphia PA who won his own copy of 33 1/3′s “I Get Wet” after listening to our Roy Harper Podcast earlier this month.
Other stops this week include the Replacements, the Singles Movie Soundtrack and television’s Mythbusters series.
Now here is a small selection of Dandy Warhols tracks that we can’t get enough of!
See you next time when our focus will be on Andrew WK’s “I Get Wet”, and we still find a way to talk about the Culture Club! Take care!
Welcome back! It’s a new year and a new season of NewbsRadio! We’re ramping up the podcast factory output over here and that means more podcasts moving forward into 2014. We’ve got episodes planned all the way to August for your listening pleasure but to start, we’ve got this here Roy Harper podcast to kick things off. We’ve also got a fresh new sponsor in Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 book series – it’s the one book, one album format, you know the one. We’ve featured books from this series before in our Paul’s Boutique and Chocolate and Cheese episodes. We are just so ecstatic to be partnered up with them, it means we’ll be bringing in authors as experts to discuss map elements in our shows as well as even the artists themselves in some cases. But best of all it means we’ll be giving away free books from 33 1/3 starting with their newest release, it’s written by Phillip Crandall and features Andrew WK‘s debut album “I Get Wet“. If you want to get your hands on a copy, simply tweet at us or leave a message on our facebook page telling us how to party. Give us some tips, we’re completely clueless. It would be great if you could tag your responses with #333books so we can find them easier.
So on to Roy Harper. He’s an english folk legend whose influence derives from his guitar work (Jimmy Page) and his vocal style (Fleet Foxes) but was always one to avoid the limelight, he’s never really gotten the credit he deserves. That’s where we come in. We’re celebrating the sounds of Roy Harper today on NewbsRadio and connecting him as best we can to all sorts of stuff including American radio personality, Dr. Demento and Canadian children’s show, You Can’t Do That on Television. How do we get there? You’ll have to listen to find out. This week we welcome our guest and the host of the Solid Cat Podcast out of L.A., Demosthenes Spiropoulos. It’s one of our most favouritest podcasts ever and so it should be yours as well by proxy.
Remember that we can be reached via Twitter @newbsradio and you can follow this link to our facebook page if you’re into that. Visit our iTunes page to subscribe to the show and bypass the middle man (you) to have NewbsRadio delivered to your device AS IF BY MAGIC. We’re also on Stitcher for all you Androids out there. Take care.
Hey everyone! Remember us? We’re back with another episode of the pop-culture mapping podcast after a fall hiatus. Truth is, we’ve had to renovate – the co-host. Sadly for NewbsRadio, we have lost original co-host and founder of NewbsRadio, the other Newbs, David Newberry. We wish him well as he concentrates more on connecting with his amazing band and less connection with these here pop-culture connections. It’s been a great run, David. Thank you for all your hard work these past two years. Nothing would have gotten rolling without you. So with that said, if you remember our Living Colour Podcast, we had Christian Zyp, host of CJSR’sMoving Radio fill in for David – well, you could say he passed the audition and he has agreed to stay on with NewbsRadio in a more or less permanent roll moving forward. He’s also based in Edmonton so it’s a lot easier to do the show face to face.
So this week we are celebrating the life and times of Lou Reed who passed away at the end of October. We take a look at his work with the Velvet Underground and spotlight his first 5 solo records with the help of New York based writer, Michael Kaplan, who had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Reed in 2004. From there we end up in some unlikely spots including the set of Van Halen‘s Hot for Teacher video… yeah it gets weird – but that’s to be expected right? All this and more in what is to be our season 3 finale – the Lou Reed Podcast.
There are times in a man’s life where he must decide if he is going to make a name for himself, or make a name for others. Like a really great shoe salesman who opens his own store, or rather one who works for THE MAN his whole life, wondering what would have happened if he took a chance and branched out on his own. Or maybe it’s nothing like that, but if you ask us, Harry Nilsson‘s career is more like the latter – he covered others’ songs for his bread and butter though he did have some success with his own songs. He had an interesting life and worked with many other songwriters, which as you know, makes Harry Nilsson a great topic for NewbsRadio.
This week, host David Newberry is away recording an EP so we have Nikki from Toronto‘s Everything and the Kitchen Sink to fill in. Her podcast focuses on highlighting new, emerging artists and Joe Strummer. She. Really. Loves. Joe. Strummer. You can check out her podcast here and follow her on Twitter @EatKS.
This week we talk about crazy unrelated things like, Shocking Blue, Lester Bangs and Karate Kid II.
was an absolute treat to put together. No really. AN ABSOLUTE TREAT. After a few MINOR BUMPS we are pleased to let this one loose on all y’all. This week we are talking the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations and we go as far away as humanly possible which, taking into account today’s inflation rate, is Suicide is Painless – the theme song from MASH. How do we connect those things? How long does it take two grown men to screw in a podcast? All these questions are answered and more this week on NewbsRadio. Take care.
This week on NewbsRadio we get right to the source as our guest on this Daryl Hall and John Oates podcast is John Oates. David Newberry is away touring so we have a guest host to fill in: Seattle’s own tinksaysboo herself, Kat LeMaster.
For this episode we reach back to the early 70s to the early years of Hall and Oates all the way to the present with that awful song “Barbara Streisand” by Ducksauce and EVERYTHING in between. While that may seem like a lot, and it is, some stand out conversations with Kat LeMaster and John Oates include getting to the bottom of this here promotional video Hall and Oates released way back in 1973.
John Oates also talks to us about his recent appearance at Bonnaroo where he spearheaded this year’s superjam with My Morning Jacket’s, Jim James. The whole set was recorded and is available via consequenceofsound.com here:
We also learn from John Oates that the whole performance was filmed and will be released later but there is a trailer floating around and we managed to track it down for you here:
Did you know that Hall and Oates are touring??? Check out ticketmaster.com to see where and when you could see them for yourself.
Last order of business, John Oates has a new music project called A Good Road to Follow where he is releasing singles every month off his own label which may be compiled into a album format down that same good road. The first single is a collaboration with Nashville’s Hot Chelle Rae called “High Maintenance” and the second is with country super-star Vince Gill called “Don’t Cross Me Wrong“. Here is the story behind that song:
Thanks so much to John Oates for his time and his team at Richlyn Marketing for helping setting everything up! I want to thank Kat LeMaster one more time for helping us out with this episode, it is a lot of work and she did a bang up job. You can follow her on twitter @tinksaysboo just like we do.
That pretty much wraps it up. Take a listen and I hope you enjoy our Daryl Hall and John Oates podcast! Take care!
THE JONATHAN RICHMAN AND THE MODERN LOVERS PODCAST
Sometimes it’s fun to pretend to be young again, to release your cares as an adult and embrace silliness and immaturity. That’s what it feels like when you podcast for a living, or, when you listen to Jonathan Richman‘s music. It’s not quite child entertainment, though it’s certainly close, it’s the musical equivalent of mustering the courage to tell your parents that you skinned your knee doing something dumb, well, maybe not dumb, brazen, brave even?
This week on NewbsRadio, David Newberry returns to blow your minds with another great map. In this episode we are going from Jonathan Richman back to Jonathan Richman via a conversation with music industry mogul, Kim Fowley. Kim worked with Jonathan Richman in the early seventies and shares some stories about those times and more. Kim is currently involved in a few projects including producing The Fabulous Miss Wendy and the reissue of the underground classic, Frankenstein and the All-Star Monster Band out August 6th. A movie entitled Frankenstein Goes Surfing will be released on September 15th to accompany the reissue. The Fabulous Miss Wendy was nice enough to provide us with her track, No One Can Stop Me to play out the end of this episode.
In this episode we also touch on the roots of the Richard Berry classic, Louie Louie in all it’s incantations. And there are a lot of those to be sure.
Next time on NewbsRadio we chat with John Oates of Hall & Oates and our guest-host will be Kat LeMaster of TinkSaysBoo.com. Until then, take care!