Episode 075: A Family Affair, Part IV
(Featuring music selected by Buck & Karly Rich, with help from Kyle via the phone.)
At this point, I’m running out of family members that have yet to make an appearance on this show. As Karly – practically a radio veteran at this point – was in town for a few scant hours, she managed to accomplish the previously-thought-impossible task of getting our brother Buck out of Oregon City, and into the KPSU studios. For an entire hour, members of the Rich clan (no connection to actual wealth) were picking the hits on the air, and this is the result. And, as if that weren’t enough, our brother Kyle makes a phone appearance near the end of the show. All four of us contained in one hour. Is it possible?
This show in particular seems to be a good example of what we listened to growing up. Beastie Boys, They Might Be Giants, DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince and “Weird Al” all manage to capture the kinds of things that were popular among all four of us growing up. On the whole, we had our particular interests, best represented by the songs that we each picked individually (Me: Devo; Kyle: Pearl Jam; Buck: Craig Morgan; Karly: Raconteurs). We were lucky, in that our parents were into music when we were growing up, and encouraged us to discover new music. While there were definitely musical journeys that we undertook that they refused to join us on (I’m thinking nearly all things Hip Hop), I don’t ever remember being told that there was something I couldn’t listen to. I think that openness helped all of us find the musical universes that served each of us the best.
I would like to point out that I also used this show to highlight two albums that I think are worth the time and effort to seek out: the new Devo album (Something For Everybody), and the new Black Keys album (Brothers). Both are fantastic releases that I’m really starting to groove on, and I highly recommend them to fans of the show.
We closed this show with, “The Biggest Ball of Twine In Minnesota,” something that is near and dear to all of our hearts. There was a time in my life where I could recite the entire song, without missing a word, in some some of Dionysian ritual on a regular basis, always feeling some sort of triumphant thrill when I made it to the end. While I have always loved Al’s parodys, there is something about his original compositions that capture his personal sense of humor in a way that nothing else does, and I’m mostly surprised at how good that song in, even after all these years. I have always wanted to play it on the show, but never felt right about it. The time has finally come.
For the next two weeks I will be out of town, and sadly Blasphuphmus Radio will have to go into podcast re-runs while Ricardo Wang covers for the show in that time. I hate to take any time off right now, as there are some great shows coming in the pipe for the remainder of the summer. But I have been offered a wonderful opportunity to spend time with my family in Seattle, and I don’t want to miss it. I will return August 7th for another live show to make up for it. I have a couple more absences in August that I also hate to miss, but after that I should be back to doing weekly shows for most of the rest of the year, Holiday Season not withstanding. Weird.
Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of retrocasts during the off weeks, and some possible podcast-only episodes, all in an effort to keep relevant in an ever-changing world. So it goes.
See ya in seven.
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Family Affair * Sly & The Family Stone * The Essential Sly & the Family Stone * Epic Records
02.) Rich Kid Blues * The Raconteurs * Consolers For the Lonely * Third Man / Warner Bros. Records
03.) Paul Revere * The Beastie Boys * License To Ill * Def Jam Records
04.) Don’t Shoot (I’m a Man) * Devo * Something For Everybody * Warner Bros. Records
05.) Just Breathe * Pearl Jam * Backspacer
06.) Sweet Georgia Brown * Django Reinhardt * Jazz Masters 38 * Verve Records
07.) This Ain’t Nothing * Craig Morgan * That’s Why * BNA Records
08.) Tighten Up * The Black Keys * Brothers
09.) Put Your Hand Inside The Puppet Head * They Might Be Giants * They Might Be Giants * Restless / Bar/None Records
10.) I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson * DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince * And In This Corner… * Jive Records
11.) Belleville * Django Reinhardt * Jazz Masters 38 * Verve Records
12.) Liza (All the Clouds’ll Roll Away) [Excerpt] * Django Reinhardt * Jazz Masters 38 * Verve Records
13.) One Last Woo Hoo * Sufjan Stevens * Illinois
14.) Sometimes Always * The Jesus And Mary Chain * Stoned and Dethroned * American Recordings
15.) The Day * They Might Be Giants * They Might Be Giants * Restless / Bar/None Records
16.) Daphne * Django Reinhardt * Jazz Masters 38 * Verve Records
17.) Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota * “Wierd Al” Yankovic * UHF Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and Other Stuff * Warner Bros.