The Blerd Radio Podcast
Blerd Radio 2013 | Episode 16 (F'Real): Ga Ga For GaGa (Oh Ra Oh Ra Ma!)

Whoops...did we say the last episode was #16? Actually, THIS episode is #16. Hey, we're podcasters and pop culture gluttons, not mathematicians. Anyway, the latest episode of Blerd Radio focuses largely on one person and one person only--the estimable Lady Gaga. Yes, it's a Gaga podcast--and three of the four participants are heterosexual.

Anyhoo, the team is down a Mike for the second consecutive show, although Mike Duquette has returned from a one-episode absence. Unfortunately, Michael Cunningham decided to play dutiful boyfriend and attend to his ailin lady. Although we think he just didn't want to talk about Lady GaGa.

Among the sub-topics Big Money, Michael Parr, & Dr. Gonzo explore are:

-Does Lady Gaga's fixation on artistic credibility detract from her considerable pop smarts?

-Is Lady Gaga's embrace of elements of gay culture helpful or hurtful?

-How big is the Haus of Gaga?

-What was the purpose of the viral video with the naked...whatever she was doing?

-Is ArtPop the end for Lady Gaga as a cultural force, and if not, when will the end be?

Oh, and we talk about Madonna. A lot.

Recommendations this week include the Michael Jackson "Bad 25" documentary. John Mayer's Paradise Valley, the band Haim, and the documentary Bury The Hatchet. We also give props to Cunningham's band Neighbours and their great new album.

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Direct download: Blerd_Radio_2013_Ep_17.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

It's almost VMA time, so the great minds of the Blerd Radio podcast decided to spend an hour (or so) talking about MTV and its evolution over the past thirty years. However, our normal team of 4 1/2 Mikes is down one Mike this week-Mike Duquette called in sick to the podcast. So, it's up to Big Money, Michael Parr, Michael Cunningham and DOCTOR Zack Stiegler to pick up the proverbial slack. And pick up the slack, we do.

Highlights of this episode include:

-The podcast delving into a tangential conversation about Prince within five minutes of the opening bell.

-A fairly shameless plug for Cunningham's band Neighbours, who have a record out right now.

-Have radio and MTV (at least as a vehicle for music videos) completely gone the way of the dinosaur?

-Despite the bevy of options available to us for consuming music, how the chances of discovering new music have decreased sharply.

-The VMAs vs. The Grammy Awards

-We coin the term "Jehovah Pan"-yes, it's in relation to Michael Jackson

-Kanye West has performed on 7 VMA shows-how come we don't remember all of them?

-We discuss the most awarded artists in VMA history and ask how and why Fatboy Slim has nine moonmen.

-Is Lady GaGa the only pop artist flourishing currently in the medium of music video? Hell, why are music videos even made anymore, period?

-Michael Parr indulges his semi-inexplicable man crush on the band Coheed And Cambria.

-We try to convince Cunningham to leave his job and become a video director.

-Best VMA moments, including Krist Novocelic beaning himself with his bass, Howard Stern as Fartman, a wheelchair-bound Snoop Dogg, Poison scrapping on stage, and the Diana Ross/Lil Kim titty incident.

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Direct download: Blerd_Radio_2013_Episode_16.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

An innocuous comment made by our own Zack "Dr. Gonzo" Stiegler in an email thread led to a whole damn hour of the 4 1/2 Mikes crew (Stiegler + Big Money Mike + Michaels Cunningham, Duquette and Parr) talking about music of the '90s and whether it holds up to other decades in musical history. In this episode, you'll hear:

-The concert Dr. Gonzo went to that reads like a rummage through a '90s refuse bin

-Why we all secretly envy Mark McGrath

-Why the death of the commercial single made careers out of many of the bands *in* that refuse bin.

-How badly mixed/mastered two of the decade's defining albums are (and why Big Money should probably get his hearing checked.)

-Dr. Gonzo's Anthony Kiedis impression

-Cunningham's Madd Rapper impression

-Why the double CD is a thing that should never, ever, EVER happen again

-Buck O Nine. Really. Buck O Nine.

-"All Eyez On Me": yay or nay?

-"Emancipation": yay or nay?

-The enduring appeal of Sublime

-Cunningham's not being fit for a high-top fade

and so much more.

(oh, by the way...Cunningham's band has a new album out. You should buy it.)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:40pm EST

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