Thursday, March 27, 2014

Episode 43: Don Draper In Goosebury Park
Featuring: Andrew Dick And Tim Cicali*ck+At+Night+Episode+43+%28Don+Draper+In+Goosebury+Park%29%29.mp3

This week, we apologize for all the many things we got wrong last week; we're slightly confused by Neil Young's new digital music player, the PonoPlayer; celebrating the 10th anniversary of underground hip-hop classic Madvillian; weirdness from the movie box office; Andrew reviews Muppets Most Wanted and finally, tales from the ol' west when Timmy finally picks up Red Dead Redemeption.

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Featured Music:
  • Cornelius - Mic Check
  • Babymetal - Gimme Chocolate
  • The Supremes - When The Love Light Starts Shining Through His Eyes
  • Madvillian - America's Most Blunted
  • Tapiman - Goosebury Park
  • Tennis - Origins
  • Spirit - Animal Zoo
  • The Delfonics - Ready Or Not Here I Come
  • Matt Berry - Love Is A Fool
  • Congress Alley - Congress Alley 
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Monday, March 24, 2014

 Peer International Library 
Stringtronics - Mindbender

The world of production music (more commonly referred to as "stock music" or "library music") can be a deep and addicting one. You've probably heard a great deal of it too, without even quite noticing. The Monday Night Football theme? That's actually "Heavy Action" by Johnny Pearson. All that goofy music in The Ren and Stimpy Show and Spongebob Squarepants? Yup. Library music. It's a wonderful rabbit hole to get lost in and when you find that one album that truly grabs you, it's easy to suddenly find yourself hours later knee-deep in oblique album covers and song titles like "Funky Chase" and "Rally Car 2". 

It's rare that such a deep subsection of music would have a perfect entry point but I think most fans of library music would point to Peer International's 'Stringtronics' as one of heavy giants of the form. The story goes that Barry Forgie, arranger, composer and long-time Musical Director for the BBC Big Band, approached Peer with a set of six completed tracks that formed a sort of loose, atmospheric suite. The label then reached out to Anthony Mawer, Nino Nardini and Roger Roger to fill out the rest of the album with like-minded tracks. Luckily, everybody brought their A game to this one and 'Mindbender' ends up being of the few library albums that holds together as cohesive album, with a consistent mood and atmosphere that pervades the entire run-time despite having multiple composers behind it.

Personally I can't say enough about first six tracks, all composed by Barry Forgie. I don't know what divine inspiration consumed him while he wrote these tracks but for my money, it made for some of the most astonishing music ever put to wax. The real focal point for me is "Mediterranee", which manages to carry an amazing amount emotional beauty without ever tipping into pure cheesy melodrama. "Hunted" is another highlight, seemingly made to soundtrack the most stoned, laid-back chase scene in film. In fact every song somehow balance itself  somewhere between tension and beauty. It's truly unlike anything you've heard before.

Side B isn't as strong, but still delivers a few fantastic moments. Anthony Mawer's two entries are solid works, maintaining a consistant mood with Forgie's tracks while going off in their own unique directions. Nino Nardini seems to have been the most inspired by what he was given which resulted in the incredible "Tropicola", sampled by Danger Mouse for the Gnarls Barkley track "Feng Shui". Sadly, Roger Roger's two final tracks fail to make as much of an impression as the rest but they still manage to send the album off in an appropriate fashion. Don't sleep on this one, folks. Listen to it now.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Episode 42: Slow-Mo Mo
Featuring: Andrew Dick and Tim Cicali

This week, Andrew buys his first digital product and is suitably unimpressed; possible show format changes on the horizon; Timmy takes a crack at Spike Lee's critically reviled Old Boy remake; we approve of the upcoming Jimi Hendrix and James Brown biopics; Frank Zappa and his looping station; madness at SXSW; and finally, we fall victim to an internet hoax when we say farewell to the still very alive Wayne Knight.

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Featured Music:
  • Watch The Duck - Girlfriend??
  • Fuzzy Duck - Time Will Be Your Doctor
  • Beck - Replica
  • CyHi The Prynce - Basquiat
  • Nujabes - Fly By Night Ft. Five Deez
  • Anthony Mawer - Undercover Girl
  • Hieroglyphics - At The Helm Ft. Del The Funkee Homosapien
  • Frank Zappa - Easy Meat (Live in Germany 5-21-1982)
  • The Beatles - A Taste Of Honey
  • Metaform - PCH
  • The Sylistics / Milt Jackson - People Make The World Go Round

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Episode 41: Shots Fired
Featuring Andrew Dick and Tim Cicali

This week, we ponder the enigma that is Seth Macfarlane; more bizarre 90's nostalgia/revival with Shaq Fu 2; Terry Gilliam (by way of Joel Silver) V.S. Zack Snyder; and a whole bunch of movie reviews including some lesser known Mel Brooks and some Bruce Lee flicks!

Featured Music:

  • Smerins Anti-Social Club - Dr Who
  • Pyyramids - Do You Think You're Enough
  • Watch The Duck - Lost In It
  • Phantogram - Don't Move
  • The Elventh Hour - Get On Or Get Off
  • The Souljazz Orchestra - Conquering Lion
  • The Budos Band - Golden Dunes
  • Roy Ayers - Coffy Is The Color
  • Peter Thomas - The Big Boss Main Theme  
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peter Thomas 
The Big Boss OST

In 1971, Bruce Lee returned to China to begin his incredible yet short lived run of amazing martial arts flicks. The first was The Big Boss, which broke all sorts of box office records (of course, until his next film broke all of THOSE) and finally launched him into stardom. The film is also noteworthy by the fact that it has three different soundtracks; two from China and one from Germany, which is the one we'll be discussing today.

Peter Thomas was incredibly active composer who not only composed a multitude of film soundtracks in his 50+ year long career but also crafted a number of library tracks for companies like Golden Ring Records. The Big Boss soundtrack straddles the line between the two. While a great majority of the album is new compositions written strictly for the film, Thomas dug into his bag of library tracks to flesh out the entire thing. The result is an absolutely killer set of tracks that bubble with a funkiness usually unheard of in Kung-Fu flicks. Dig, ya'll. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Episode 40: The Existentialist Ennui Of Herb Dean
Featuring: Andrew Dick and Tim Cicali


This week we learn about Anatoli Bugorski and what happens when you shove your head into a particle accelerator (spoiler alert: nothing good); the crisis of Herb Dean continues; Our Robocop Remake graphically explodes genitalia for laughs; a brief look at the grimly fascinating modern era of Saturday Night Live; thoughts on Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyer's new shows; American Horror Story shits the bed with Stevie Nicks and her Seven Wonders and finally, a fond farewell to writer/director/genius Harold Ramis. 


Featured Music:
  • Thomas Dolby - Commercial Breakup
  • Lucifer's Friend - Ride In The Sky
  • Bubble Puppy - Hot Smoke And Sassafras
  • Beats Antique ft. Les Claypool - Beezlebub
  • Phantogram - Fall In Love
  • Thomas Dolby - Windpower (Extended Mix)
  • David Byrne & St. Vincent - Who
  • Congress Alley - Are You Looking
  • De La Soul - Eye Know
  • Cage The Elephant - Teeth                                                                                                                                                                 Reference Material:                                                                        
  • (Our Robocop Remake Chapter27)                                                                     
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