Monday, October 12, 2015

Take Me Down To Podcast City

When Janet asked me to guess what she would title her Guns N’ Roses podcast, I took ten minutes to think. My best guess was Get in the Ring.

I had additional guesses:

Illusion Users
Can’t Get Enough of that Wonderful Duff
You Talkin’ GnR to Me?
What’s So Civil About Podcasts, Anyway?
GnR - Lies (and Truths)
Slash Fiction

And as it turns out, not of these were correct. However, the lone podcast solely dedicated to GnR I was able to find is named Get in the Ring. Whoa! Great minds think alike! Or, if all of their podcast episodes are the same as the only one I listened to, a great mind and a few not great minds think alike!

I was interested to see how other podcasters had named their fan appreciation shows, but was surprised to find few results in my searches. After the relatively large (and very wonderful!) impact of “U Talkin’ U2 To Me”, I figured I would find a podcast for every big band from the ‘90s, but as far as I can tell, that’s not the case. Pearl Jam podcasts seemed the lone exception --  Evil Little Goats (named after an outtake!) and Given to Cast both exist, but even those seemed to burn out after a few episodes.

I suppose it’s easier to talk about a plot-driven television show than a collection of music, but I still find it strange that we live in a world where every episode of Gilmore Girls gets a podcast, but not every album of Radiohead.

If it’s podcast names that is keeping these would-be shows from existing, allow me to help:

Pearl Jam
Elderly Woman Behind a Counter Listening to a Pearl Jam Appreciation Podcast
Glorified P
Can’t Find a Better Podcast
Stream the Black Circle

Stone Temple Pilots
Podcasts from the Vatican Gift Shop
Art School Girlfriends
The Purple Core
Creep(s): A Stone Temple Pilots Podcast

Creep(s): A Radiohead Podcast
Planet Telex
Kid, A Podcast
OK Computer, Download This Podcast Please

Podcasts in the Attic
Podcasts in an Elevator
Janie’s Got a Podcast
Cryin’ (and Podcastin’)
Podcasting (Is Hard on the Knees)

Come Together: Not a Beatles Podcast, an Aerosmith Podcast

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Still Stellar

I re-watched an episode of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp last night, and while that series was nearly everything I hoped for, I would still rank Stella as the greatest thing that David Wain or Michael Ian Black or Mikey Sho has done. (You likely remember Stella from my January 2005 post about the series being picked up by Comedy Central.)

Fast Company recently interviewed the Stella three, and I have compiled the dildo-related portions, including a Confucius-level final thought from David Wain:

DW: The shorts were pretty raunchy and crazy and unrestrained in just about every way.

MIB: The tone, the absurdity, the dildos—all of it just came pretty naturally. Whatever we thought was funny, we did. The stakes were so low. And the thing with the dildo was, once you buy one, you kind of have to amortize the cost. So we kept using it.

DW: We didn't think the show was nearly as left-of-center as I guess, in retrospect, it was. We thought we were doing the very mainstream, commercial version of what we do. But I suppose that it takes more than abstaining from sucking on dildos to make something truly mainstream.

Jelly remover for photo albums, you guys.

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