Fri, 24 January 2014
The Grammy madness continues.
It's a convergence of multiple podcasts! Our latest episode of Blerd Radio brings together MJ/Big Money, Michael Parr and Mike Duquette from the 4 1/2 Mikes podcast, along with pop-break.com's Bill Bodkin and renaissance man GG for an in-depth look at this year's nominees and potential winners.
In addition to the predictions, you'll hear:
-Why there can never be any such thing as a Beatles reunion again.
-Will Lorde be the bell of the Grammy ball?
-What would an Ozzy Osbourne Grammy speech even sound like? (hint: it involves subtitles.)
-James Blake is NOT the guy who sang "You're Beautiful."
-Looking at the last decade or so of winners, it might be time to reassess the perception of the Best New Artist Grammy as the kiss of death.
-Middle America's love/hate relationship with Kanye West.
-Mos Def's humble beginnings as a co-star of a TV show with Nell Carter.
-Was Justin Timberlake's "Pair Of Wings" written by a pre-teen?
-Lana Del Ray: musical tranquilizers?
-The horrible production values of Faith Evans' R&B Divas album.
-We LOVE LOVE LOVE (all of us) LOVE Nile Rodgers.
All that and more in this special episode (and apologies for the sound issues...my stupid laptop fan was running extra high.)
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Sun, 12 January 2014
The gang is back...for the first time in forever.
4 1/2 Mikes has been operating at 80% capacity for months due to scheduling conflicts, but MJ/Big Money is, once again, joined by Dr. Z, Michael Parr, Mike Cunningham AND Mike Duquette for a fun-filled hour of...talking about books? Books about music, to be specific.
Some of the topics that come up amongst our well-read group are:
-Michael Parr's new food website, and the enlistment of extreme peer pressure to make sure the site gets populated with content.
-The first impression of the new year-Dr. Z does Dr. Phil proud.
-One final discussion about Christmas, which leads into chats about Z's mysterious 12-hour Christmas bug and the year Big Money got chicken pox from Santa. Also, Z got a really ugly Jerry Garcia tie and reveals that he was a pre-teen Deadhead.
-Did you know that the Ying Yang Twins played a strip club in Pittsburgh in mid-December? Z and Cunningham (who live in PGH) didn't, and that makes them mad.
-Speaking of Pittsburgh, you should definitely check out the hip-hop comics drawn and written by Ed Piskor.
-A discussion of Nick Hornby's "Song Book" detours into a talk about "High Fidelity" (the alpha and the omega of music-geek fiction) and a pause to take in the overwhelming beauty that is Lisa "Lilakoi Moon" Bonet.
-So, where did the obsession with music books start? We go up the music mag ladder, from the teen rags to Rolling Stone, Spin, and the much-missed Blender.
-The panel is asked who they'd most like to read an autobiography of, and the answers reveal a lot of '80s pop icons. And a lot of drummers. (Quick, name one '80s pop icon who's also a drummer. Sussudio! You've got it!)
-Big Money chats a bit about the best Michael Jackson bio, and inserts a plug for Joe Vogel's The Man In The Music, a book in which he is quoted. Twice. Parr and Z, meanwhile, give props to Per Nilsson's The Vault, a book which is apparently unavailable on Amazon because Prince found all the copies and burned them. It's the definitive book on Prince, no matter what Toure may have you think.
-Finally, we recommend our favorite music books.
(Duquette picks Steve Knopper's Appetite For Self-Destruction, Cunningham goes with Nelson George's Hip-Hop America, Parr suggests Michael Azerrad's Our Band Could Be Your Life, Big Money reps for Jacob Slichter's So You Want To Be A Rock 'n Roll Star?)
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Wed, 8 January 2014
Hey folks. Welcome to a new year of Blerd Radio podcasts!
The first episode of 2014 shakes things up a little. For the first time in a while, MJ teams up with GG (occasional contributor to Popblerd, founder of Fight Game Blog) and for the first time ever, teams up with KJ (also an occasional contributor to Popblerd and founder of his own Wordpress site.) Over the course of a fun hour, the trio discusses:
-Why if it wasn't for bad luck (or good Luck, as it were,) Andy Reid would have no luck at all. Wait, does that make sense?
-Hey! Arsenio Hall is back, and he's brought MJ back to (viewing) late night TV!
-Arsenio was not on New Year's Eve, but MJ was still parked in front of the television, and he barely knew who anyone was, with the exception of a noticeably meatier (corset-less) Mariah Carey. Is pop culture passing us all by?
-There might be something to this Arianna Grande chick.
-With the high level of MJ fandom in the room (thanks to MJ and GG,) it's inevitable that there be a short discussion about Michael Jackson. A question from GG's youngest son leads us to ponder the role Debbie Rowe has in her childrens' lives, and also to ponder whether Michael and Debbie (and Michael & Lisa Marie) actually did the nasty.
-Did you know that KJ and his two brothers (The Brothers Johnson?) have a couple of not embarrassing at all lip-sync videos?
-What was that sound? Hey, it was the surprise album Beyonce released last month that KJ somehow knew nothing about.
(Queen Bey also inspired the title of this particular show)
-Speaking of Beyonce, when did she become such a freak?
-Can you really have a believable feminist persona when your music is largely written and produced by men?
-What does "roheblius" (GG's Twitter handle) actually mean?
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