Sat, 13 February 2016
Ladies & gentlemen of the listening public! It's time for a new episode of the Blerd Radio podcast! In episode 4, the team of Big Money, Michael Parr and The Packet Man (Dr. Z is sitting this one out) discuss the upcoming Grammy Awards and offer up our picks in several key categories (Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Album, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best R&B Album, Best Pop Album, Best Rap Album, Best New Artist, Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Record Of The Year).
Here's a brief rundown of the topics discussed in this episode:
-NO MORE DEAD PEOPLE: A rush of celebrity passings have left the panel in a state of exhausting!
-BUT...we're (maybe) hiring an intern (maybe!) We list the qualifications, and wonder if anyone is willing to take the job. This leads into a discussion about overwhelming record collections, and it appears that The Packet Man might need an intervention.
-Inevitably, the chat detours into a few words about Kanye. Keep in mind that this conversation took place before February 12th came and went without a release, and back when the album was still called "Waves".
-The big nominee-and the guy we hope wins everything-is Kendrick Lamar.
-We start, however, with the Best Rock Album category-and wonder who the hell these nominees are. This confusion recurs several times over the course of the podcast. We never said we were prepared.
-There's a historical discussion of the infamous Soy Bomb Grammy incident, for the children.
-The panel contemplates the difference between R&B and Adult Contemporary, compares Lianne La Havas to Corinne Bailey Rae, and explores the sexiness of Grammy front-runner Miguel.
-Drake: like or dislike? (another ongoing topic of discussion in the Blerd Radio podcast.)
-How did James Taylor end up in the Best Pop Album category when no other nominee is even half his age?
-Taylor Swift and Kendrick are considered the front runners for AOTY, but can Alabama Shakes or Chris Stapleton sneak in from behind?
All that in more in the latest episode of Blerd Radio.