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#57 EZRA KOENIG!
And introducing, indie rock’s premiere ivy league faux-foppish frontman, from Vampire Weekend, one of the few indie outfits to make it out of the aughts ascendant, on lead vocals, guitar, and – for the purposes of this podcast – WEBLOG, it’s Ezra Koenig! Today we’re going to be diving into not his music, but his writing as Molly takes us on a journey through his 2000’s blog “INTERNETVIBES.BLOGSPOT.COM" Songs: Griffin McElroy - Where’s All The Pipis Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma Talking Heads - Found a Job (Live) Vampire Weekend - Diane Young Yo Mismo La Vi - Luis Varga The Longest Time - Billy Joel
#56 JOJO SIWA & ALL STAR! (ft. Brittany Spanos)
And introducing….a special double feature! First, the candy coated multi-media marketing powerhouse dominating the small screen & tween hearts everywhere, it’s JOJO SIWA. Then, we’re going to take a deeper look at one of the most memed tunes of the 21st century, the TRUE oral history of Smash Mouth’s ALL STAR. Both of these stories come from Rolling Stone articles written by our guest, joining the 2 timers club, returning champion Brittany Spanos! Brittany’s stories: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/jojo-siwa-glitter-covered-empire-849071/ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/smash-mouth-all-star-oral-history-829197/ Songs JoJo Siwa - Boomarang JoJo Siwa - Hold the Drama Smash Mouth - Walkin’ on the Sun Smash Mouth - Let’s Rock Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want Chainsmokers - Closer x All Star Smash Mouth - All Star
#55 DONALD FAGEN! (ft. Matthew Perpetua)
And introducing…composer, pianist, vocalist, melodica-ist and overall crank, it’s Donald Fagen! Co-leader and only surviving member of Steely Dan, today we’ll be hearing all about his later life touring and deep contempt for anyone born after 1960 through his book, “Eminent Hipsters”. And in a special “reverse Introducing”, this week’s story is presented to us by our returning guest, Matthew Perpetua. Visit Matthew’s mp3 blog here: www.fluxblog.org Subscribe to Molly's newsletter! https://tinyletter.com/mollymaryobrien Songs in Order Steely Dan - Peg (midi version) Steely Dan - Gaucho Henry Mancini - Pink Panther Theme Steely Dan - Sign In Stranger
#54 SUN RA! (ft. Hannah Silk Champagne)
And introducing…the original jazz man from outer space, it’s Sun Ra! The prolific composer and performer melded musical experimentation, technological innovation and cosmic philosophy over decades of work with his legendary Arkestra and it’s ever-changing line up. Today, we’ll be learning all about Sun & jazz & egypt & space & time & the cosmos & the void through his biography “Space Is The Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra” Check out the Saturn Records archives: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQKlrmwFP2flRdjBPoiq8PA Songs In order Sun Ra - Space is the Place Sun Ra - Street Named Hell Sun Ra - Live at Slug's Saloon 1969/70 Full concert Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra - Other Planes Of There (1966) Sun Ra Arkestra - Face the Music / Space is the Place - Live on SNL Pere Ubu with Debbie Harry - "Waiting For Mary," Night Music (1989)
#53 MEL B!
And introducing, on vocals…it’s Mel !. Today we discuss Scary Spice’s tumultuous and surprising personal life, the legacy of the Spice Girls, tabloid culture, and Eddie Murphy’s relationship to chain coffee joints, through Melanie Brown’s 2018 memoir “Brutally Honest”. Songs: Spice Girls - Spice Up Your Life (Live Istanbul, 1997) Spice Girls - Wannabe T.I. - Bring Em Out
#52 BILLIE EILISH!
And introducing….on vocals, it’s Billie Eilish, 2019’s newly minted world pop super star who broke a billion streams before her first album even dropped. Today we’ll be learning all about her unique upbringing, meteoric rise to fame, and how she can avoid becoming the next Britney Spears from the Billboard Article “Why All Eyes Are on Billie Eilish, the New Model for Streaming Era Success” by Lyndsey Havens and “Who’s Billie Eilish” by Meaghan Garvey. Why All Eyes Are on Billie Eilish: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8510552/billie-eilish-billboard-cover-story-2019 Who’s Billie Eilish? https://www.thefader.com/2019/03/05/billie-eilish-cover-story Songs Bad Guy (cover) Billie Eilish - Ocean Eyes Robbie Trip - Chubby Sexy Billie Eilish - bad guy Billie Eilish - bellyache Playboi Cardi - Kid Cudi
#51 GARTH BROOKS! (ft. Kevin Sweeting)
And introducing…songwriter, singer, one of the best selling artists of all time, it’s Mr. Garth Brooks! From humble okie beginnings to world concurring country stardom, today we’re joined by our friend Kevin Sweeting (@teamsweeting) to learning all about Brooks through his book “The Anthology: Part 1: The First Five Years”. Songs Lil Nas X - Old Town Road (Remix) Garth Brooks - If Tomorrow Never Comes Garth Brooks - The Dance Garth Brooks - When The Thunder Rolls (live on Good Morning America) Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places Garth Brooks - George Jones - Beer Run Garth Brooks - Shameless (Live at 1991 CMAs) Garth Brooks - Piano Man Garth Brooks - Night Moves Garth Brooks - One Night A Day Garth Brooks: Country Music’s Square Liberal Dad https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/garth-brooks-country-musics-square-liberal-dad Garth Brooks sings “Shameless” at the 1991 CMAs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rtof6uJPCY
BONUS: This Might Be A Podcast - Episode 28 - Hypnotist of Ladies
We stop by This Might Be A Podcast to discuss They Might Be Giants, their song "Hypnotist of Ladies", and a million other things with Greg Simpson!
#50 THE KLF MANUAL!
And introducing…The KLF! The bizarre producer duo topped the UK charts in the late 80’s with a series of smash hit/novelty dance tracks, then wrote the definitive guide for how to copy their success. Today we’ll be getting totally justified & ancient with their guide to pop greatness through the legendary “KLF Manual”. Subscribe to Molly's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz6Mwmo0-y731dZGnqsnpgg Songs The Beastie Boys - Egg Man The KLF - Justified and Ancient Timelords - Doctoring the Tardis Echo and the Bunnymen - What Time Is Love? (KLF remix) Technotronic - Pump of the Jam The Orb - Donuts Forever Half Japanese - One Million Kisses
#49 PROG ROCK! (ft. Dave Weigel)
And introducing...Prog! Though now largely the butt of music snob jokes, during the 1970’s, progressive rock was THE ascendant style of rock music, winning over critics, selling out stadiums and exploring uncharted sonic territories of popular music…before succumbing to bloat, excess and a culture that left the progers behind. And today we’ll be learning all about the rise, fall and eternal life of Prog talking to Dave Weigel, author of the 2018 book “The Show That Never Ends” SONGS: ELP - Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2 (chris cover) Magma - Troller Tanz Yes - Cans and Brahms Doctor Mix (YouTube) - Mellotron: Famous Songs! Keith Emerson - Lucky Man Moog Solo ELP - Hoedown Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells Pt. 1 Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man King Crimson - Discipline (Live in Japan 1984) Brian Eno - St. Elmo’s Fire (Fripp on Guitar) Yes - Does It Really Happen? Genesis - Dancing With the Moonlit Knight Asia - Heat of the Moment
#48 MEET ME IN THE BATHROOM! (ft. Graham Wright)
And introducing…Meet Me In The Bathroom! Lizzy Goodman’s 2016 oral history compiles THE definitive story of The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeah, LCD Soundsystem, TV On The Radio, Interpol the other young hip bands that made New York City the worldwide ground zero for rock & roll at the dawn of the new millennium. We’re joined by Tokyo Police Club’s Graham Wright to dive nose-deep into the scene. Listen to Graham’s new band here: https://girlfriendmaterialrock.bandcamp.com/ SONGS LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge (chris cover) Johnathan Fire Eater - When The Curtain Calls For You Shit Robot - I found love The Strokes - 12:51 The Strokes - Reptilia Interpol - PDA The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge (Long Goodbye version) Kings of Leon - Red Morning Light Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control Interpol - Heinrich Maneuver Vampire Weekend - Oxford Commas The Vines doing “Get Free” on Letterman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBKm966ACdQ
#47 WOODY GUTHRIE! (ft. Greg Simpson)
And introducing, on vocals and acoustic guitar…it’s Woody Guthrie! One of the most iconic singer-songwriters in American history, Woody spent years singing songs about workers and public infrastructure to whomever would listen. And today, we’re going to learn all about his life fighting cyclones, telling fortunes, and very politely hitchhiking in his memoir “Bound for Glory.” With special guest Greg Simpson from “This Might Be a Podcast”. Listen to This Might Be a Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/this-might-be-a-podcast/id1445431962?mt=2 Songs: Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land (chris cover) Woody Guthrie - Grand Coulee Dam Woody Guthrie - This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie - Tear the Fascists Down
#46 SOUNDCLOUD RAP! (ft. Felix Biederman)
And introducing…SoundCloud Rap! We finally cover this chaotic, “DIY” genre of Hip Hop that’s quickly engulfing all of mainstream music through Carrie Battan’s GQ article “How SoundCloud Rap Took Over Everything”. Featuring returning guest Felix Biederman. “How SoundCloud Rap Took Over Everything” by Carrie Battan https://www.gq.com/story/soundcloud-rap-boom-times Tarpley Hitt’s piece on XXXTentacion https://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/the-real-story-of-rapper-xxxtentacion-10410980 Songs: Juice WRLD - Lucid Dreams (Chris Cover) Ski Mask The Slump God - Nuketown 6IX9INE - GUMMO XXXTentacion - LOOK AT ME! XXXTentacion - Depression & Obsession
#45 AMERICAN IDIOT! (ft. Josiah Hughes & Sam Sutherland)
And introducing…a movie about a musical about a punk rock concept album! We’re joined by Sam Sutherland and Josiah Hughes of the Blink-155 podcast to discuss “Broadway Idiot”, a documentary about the creation of American Idiot: The Musical, and everything else Green Day-related we can think of, including Godzilla. Songs: American Idiot - Chris cover Brain Stew - Green Day ft. Godzilla Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Broadway Version) - Green Day 21 Gun Salute (Broadway Version) - Green Day
#44 DAVE MUSTAINE!
And introducing….on lead guitar, Dave Mustaine. A towering figure of heavy metal, icon, iconoclast, a libertarian libertine, Mustaine went from founding member of Metallica to lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for thrash metal mainstay Megadeth. And we’ll be diving into his heavy metal lifestyle, selling weed, shredding riffs and digging through vomit for drugs from his book: MUSTAINE: A HEAVY METAL MEMOIR SONGS Chris Wade - Peace Sells (pod dub) Budgie - Guts Metallica - Jump In The Fire Megadeth - Killing is My Business…and business is good! Megadeth - Peace Sells Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour Megadeth - Anarchy in the U.K. Megadeth - Crush ‘Em
#43 JEFF TWEEDY! (ft. Ben Firke)
And introducing, on lead vocals and guitar...Jeff Tweedy! Tweedy’s folk-punk-alt-country music has gained him a massive rock cred over the past 25 years and today we’re learning about his philosophies on creativity, his struggle with prescription painkiller addiction, and his adult circumcision in his very recently published memoir “Let’s Go So We Can Get Back”. Find Ben’s plays at https://www.thetanknyc.org/ Watch Molly’s music video for Shy Baby here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU_0eMri_X0 SONGS: Chris Wade - Jesus, etc. (pod dub) Uncle Tupelo - Gun Wilco - Christ For President Wilco - She’s A Jar The Conet Project - Lincolnshire Poacher Wilco - I am trying to break your hear Wilco - Spiders (Kidsmoke)
#42 POST MALONE!
And Introducing…Post Malone! 2018’s number one “…that guy?” Post burned a hole through popular music and some of our hearts in 2018 and today we’re here to ask “…no really? That guy???” about him through the article “Post Malone is Perfect Popstar for This American Moment. That’s Not a Compliment” by Jeff Weiss in the Washington Post…Malone. Did Drake Win or Lose 2018? https://pitchfork.com/levels/the-year-in-drake-did-he-win-or-lose-2018/ Noisey’s Profile of Post: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=un3vVJcadlQ 8 Bit Universe - Congratulations Post Malone - Better Now Post Malone - Congratulations
#41 LIVE: AT THE FARM!
And introducing…our first live show! We read a selection of fictional opening chapters for imagined artist’s memoirs at The Farm, a monthly reading series of satirical and/or critical writing hosted by Patrick Gallagher & Caroline Henley. See you in 2019, and thanks for listening!
#40 SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK!
And introducing, another ~musical disaster~. It’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark! We’re covering one of the most notorious broadway bungles in theater history. We’ll be talking all about Julie Taymor, U2, musical theater, Glenn Beck, wire safety, and more through the book “Song of Spider-Man: The Inside Story of the Most Controversial Musical in Broadway History” Songs: Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark Original Cast Recording - Bouncing Off The Walls
#39 LIL WAYNE! (ft. Andrew LaSane & Joel Sinensky)
And introducing, on the mic, Lil Wayne! One of the most prolific and talented rappers of the last 20 years, weezys seemingly endless barrage of killer albums, mixtapes and guest spots brought him to the top of hip hop success until at the height of his fame...he went to jail.  But now he’s out, has a new album and his future is unclear. We’re talking all about his career, this tumultuous period in his life - and why he still might be the most influential rapper of his generation- through his book "Gone 'Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island" Andrew’s custom shoe instagram is @IWantCustomShoes Joel’s new podcast is at: https://soundcloud.com/user-379049828 Songs: Lil Wayne - Seat Down Low Lil Wayne - Loud Pipes B.G. Feat Big Tymers & Hot Boyz - Bling Bling Lil Wayne ft. Nicki Minaj - Knockout Lil Wayne - Uproar Lil Wayne - I Feel Like Dying
BONUS: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY! (ft. David Sims)
We’re jumping formats for a special bonus episode discussing a MOVIE about music: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, the new film about Freddie Mercury and Queen. David Sims, film critic and host of the great movies podcast Blank Check stops by to talk Queen, bad music biopic tropes, terrible fake teeth, and why Brian May is the Slash of England. Listen to Blank Check: https://soundcloud.com/griffin-and-david-present
#38 MUSIC & LABOR! (ft. David Turner)
And introducing…….ORGANIZED LABOR! From the 1940’s through 1960’s, as the music industry was fracturing and reforming around selling recordings of Jazz, Classical, Country and a new thing called Rock n’ Roll, a group of valiant musicians attempted to represent their own interests, in a Musicians’ Union. Today we're joined by music writer David Turner to learn all about Organized Labor in the music industry, the origins of modern commercial music, and the foundation of rock and roll through Michael James Roberts book “Tell Tchaikovsky the News". SONGS: Louis Jordan - Ration Blues Hank Williams - I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On The Beatles - Twist & Shout - Performed Live On The Ed Sullivan Show 2/23/64 Lil’ Pump - Gucci Gang Subscribe to Penny Fractions: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/pennyfractions Read more of David's writing on this: https://reallifemag.com/the-last-format/
#37 MARY WILSON!
And Introducing, on backup vocals, it’s Mary Wilson! Wilson achieved fame and fortune as one third of Motown powerhouses The Supremes — but the schemings of lead singer Diana Ross shattered Mary’s confidence as the group’s star rose through the 60s. We’re learning about her fulfilled dreams, her dashed hopes, and her long road toward self-actualization in her memoir Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme. Songs In Order: You Can't Hurry Love(pod dub) Adam Ant - Where Did Our Love Go Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - Why Do Fools Fall In Love The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman The Miracles - I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying The Supremes - Because The Supremes - Baby, Baby, Wo Ist Unsere Liebe The Supremes - Stop! In the Name of Love The Supremes - Come and Get These Memories The Magnetic Fields - The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure
#36 SEBASTIAN BACH! (ft. J.W. Friedman)
And Introducing, on lead vocals…Mr. Sebastian Bach! The Canadian pretty boy who took the world by storm as front man for late 80’s hard rockers Skid Row, we’ll follow Bach on his journey from small town rock n roll dreams, to worldwide success to a 2nd career in front of the camera and on the stage through his memoir “18 and Life on Skid Row.’ And to help us out, we're joined by the I Don’t Even Own A Television podcasts, J.W. Friedman, a scholar of both bad books and Skid Row. Listen to I Don’t Even Own A Television: http://www.idontevenownatelevision.com/ SONGS: Chris Wade - 18 And Life (pod dub) Skid Row - Youth Gone Wild Skid Row - I Remember You Skid Row - Monkey Business Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
#35 DEMI LOVATO! (ft. Becky Stern & Hannah Weilbacher)
And Introducing, on lead vocals — it's Demi Lovato! We’re joined by our friends Becky Stern and Hannah Weilbacher to discuss pop megastar, Demi Lovato and her troubled career through her 2013 inspirational book "Staying Strong: 365 Day a Year" as well as last year's YouTube documentary "Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated". Subscribe to Hannah’s newsletter on pop music: http://bit.ly/the-B-Sides Subscribe to Becky’s newsletter on New York politics: https://t.co/IsDV3I1jEL Video Essay on “Bi Lighting” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gU3IA4u-J8 SONGS Chris Wade - Cool For The Summer (poddub) Camp Rock - We Rock Demi Lovato - Cool For The Summer Demi Lovato - Skyscraper Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry Demi Lovato - Daddy Issues Demi Lovato - Sober
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Started
Jun 7th, 2017
Latest Episode
Aug 1st, 2019
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Weekly
No. of Episodes
59
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About 1 hour
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