The Blerd Radio Podcast
Blerd Radio 2015 | Episode 13

Hello and welcome to another episode of Blerd Radio.

In 2013 and 2014, we took time to talk about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, its induction process, and that year's crop of nominees. While there was talk about retiring the Hall of Fame-cast this year, 2015's crop of nominees resulted in some of our most spirited conversation to date. 

Of course it helps that the gang's all here: so join myself (Big Money), Dr. Z, Michael Parr and Mike Cunningham The Packet Man for an episode full of music geekery, along with a few laughs and more than the average episode's share of impressions. 

Here's some of what you'll hear on this episode:

Impressions Galore!: The Packet Man brings his comedic A-game to this episode, offering impersonations of RZA, Ice-T and Mike Tyson. The entire panel takes a crack at Ringo Starr, and Parr steals the show with his Donald Duck impression, though.

Not so much Jann Wenner/Nominating Committee Vitriol: The decision was made to not focus too much on the process and give most of our time to the artists that are nominated this year. For your reference, they are:

-The Cars

-Chaka Khan

-Cheap Trick

-Chic

-Chicago

-Deep Purple

-Janet Jackson

-The J.B.'s

-Los Lobos

-N.W.A.

-Nine Inch Nails

-The Smiths

-The Spinners

-Steve Miller

-Yes

We also place our personal ballots for five artists on the list. Additionally, we talk about the two currently eligible artists we would induct, and stand up for one modern-day artist each who we would place in the HOF.

Man, for an institution none of us is crazy about, we sure talk a lot about it. 

Also, The Packet Man discovers a whole world of food bracing courtesy of Chaka-lates, Parr is traumatized by Cheap Trick's smash "The Flame", the panel remains firmly divided on the merits of the Velvet Underground, and there's a lengthy gush about Gwen Stefani and No Doubt. Enjoy!

Direct download: HOF_Podcast_2015.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Blerd Radio 2015 | Episode 12

About a year ago, we recorded a show discussing two legendary pop stars: Madonna and Janet Jackson. Then my Macbook died, taking the podcast with it. The release of Janet's "Unbreakable" album made us realize that it was time to revisit the topic. So, here we are once again, talking Madge and Janet.

Here's some show notes for y'all:

-We welcome Michael Parr back after a baby-related absence! (Although in true "the Lord giveth..." fashion, we're missing The Packet Man this time around.)

-I (Big Money) wrote a well-received review of Unbreakable. You should read it.

-Between the solid reviews, a #1 debut, and her nomination for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Miss Jackson is having a pretty awesome week.

-Oh hey--Madonna also released an album this year. Two of us were scared away by the song titles and guest lineup. The one of us who did give Rebel Heart a listen didn't come away with the warm fuzzies, exactly.

-Which begs the question; how does one age gracefully in pop music? Is it necessary to keep up with the younger artists, many of whom are influenced by Madonna and Janet?

-Are we unfair to Madonna because she dares to express herself as a sexual being in her fifties, or are we just tired of her doing things seemingly for shock value?

-Does Madonna have a run of albums comparable to Janet's legendary Control/Rhythm Nation/janet/Velvet Rope sequence?

-We do an Unbreakable deep dive. Dr. Z, not wanting to spoil the listening experience, is still waiting for his copy to come in the mail so he can listen. 

-Why haven't Madonna and Janet (and many other legendary female artists) been the focus of remaster/reissue campaigns like many of their male counterparts?

-In case you forgot-these ladies also act. Well, you probably haven't forgotten. But we understand if you'd like to.

-We discuss our favorite album by each artist, which sidebars into the alleged Janet Jackson/The Time movie that was discussed in the wake of Control's success.

-Next up: our 3 favorite songs by each artist.

-We wrap up by discussing the most underrated songs or albums by Madonna and Janet, and pay tribute to the guy who was so stoned he called the cops on himself. No, it has nothing to do with Janet Jackson or Madonna, but we do go off on tangents quite a bit. This should be expected!

Direct download: Janet_v_Madonna.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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