Episode 127: Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever

Realness Kept

Realness Kept

Episode 127: Philosophy Rock Part II: Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever
(Wherein I make a valiant attempt to keep things “real”.)

From the moment I first started assembling the original Philosophy Rock episode (The Truth Is Marching In), I knew I wanted to do sequels to this show.  There is so much music that is outside of the usual “I love you / I’m sad about you” range of pop music, and there are a number of artists that really love to embrace the deeper meanings in the world.  As a armchair philosopher myself, this is a perfect match.

In this episode, I focus on The Real, The Fake, and everything in between.  I had a lot of fun combing through lectures on Youtube.com, and I found enough material for at least two more shows.  I’m pretty proud of this one, but I do recommend that you listen on headphones.  This is one to pay attention to.

Enjoy.  See you in seven.

Realer Than The Realest Thing Ever Playlist:
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) “A Map So Detailed” * tedsaidit.com * tedsaidit.com * Youtube.com
02.) “Even This Show Isn’t Real” * Happy Harry Hard-On * Pump Up The Volume * New Line Cinema
03.) The Real Me * The Who * Quadrophenia * MCA Records
04.) The Surrealist Dream No.1 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
05.) “Illusion Or Reality” * Slavoj Žižek * Slavoj Žižek * Youtube.com
06.) Real World * Pere Ubu * The Modern Dance * Blank Records
07.) Pretenders Zeal * Nuclear Sockets * Killed By Death Vol. 24 * KBD Records
08.) The Real Me * The Champs * All American * Champion Records
09.) Surrealchemist * Stereolab * Peng! * American Records
10.) Francis Bacon * John S.Hall & Kramer * Real Men * Shimmy Disc Records
11.) What We Really Were * Mission Of Burma * ONoffON * Matador Records
12.) Unauthorized Autobiography * Unwound * Repetition * Kill Rock Stars Records
13.) Quark * Ken Nordine * A Transparent Mask * Asphodel Records
14.) You Blow My Mind * Powers Of Blue * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
15.) The Real World * The Bangles * Children Of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The Second Psychedelic Era 1976 – 1996 * Rhino Records
16.) Storm The Reality Asylum * Rip Rig & Panic * Grlz * Crippled Dick Hot Wax! Records
17.) Trying to Pretend * Vivian Girls * Share the Joy * Polyvinyl Record Co.
18.) Is It Real * Ways * Teenline Vol. 5 * Hyped2Death Records
19.) Hyper Reality * ChrisCooganDesigner * ChrisCooganDesigner * Youtube.com
20.) Segue: In the Realms of the Unreal * …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead * So Divided * Interscope Records
21.) Realness Keepers * Drats!!! * Too Entertaining??? * whothehellisjim? Entertainment
22.) The Valley Of The Blind * Nomeansno * 0 + 2 = 1 * Alternative Tentacles Records
23.) Real World * Z-Rocks * Teenline Vol. 3 * Hyped2Death Records
24.) The Surrealist Dream No.2 * The Red Krayola * Japan In Paris In L.A. * Drag City Records
25.) “Nothing Without Signs” * Lawrence Cahoone * Derrida’s Deconstruction Of Philosophy * Youtube.com
26.) Why Can’t I Touch It? (Excerpt) * Buzzcocks * Singles Going Steady * EMI Records
27.) This Is Really The Zoo Plus Two * The Endd * Everything You Always Wanted To Know About 60’s Mind Expansive Punkadelic Garage Rock Instrumentals But Were Afraid To Ask * Arf! Arf! Records
28.) The Great Pretender * Brian Eno * Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) * Island Records
29.) Is This Real? * Wipers * Wipers Boxed Set * Zeno Records
30.) Let’s Pretend * Germs * (MIA): The Complete Anthology * Slash Records
31.) Fake Names * Parts & Labor * Constant Future * Jagjaguwar Records
32.) Divorce Proceeding (From Reality) * The Homosexuals * Astral Glamour * Hyped2Death Records
33.) I’m A Pretender (Alternate Mix) * The Exploding Hearts * Shattered * Dirtnap Records
34.) Trafelato * Ennio Morricone * Crime And Dissonance * Ipecac Records
35.) Counterfeit Faker * They Might Be Giants * Long Tall Weekend * eMusic.com
36.) Fake Contest * Minutemen * What Makes a Man Start Fires? * SST Records
37.) Okay I’ll Admit That I Really Don’t Understand * The Flaming Lips * The Soft Bulletin Companion * Unreleased
38.) “Everything Is Differences” * Lawrence Cahoone * Derrida’s Deconstruction Of Philosophy * Youtube.com
39.) What Lies Behind (Austin Remix) * Joy Wants Eternity * You Who Pretend To Sleep * Beep Repaired Records
40.) Real * William Shatner * Has Been * Shout! Factory Records

Episode 067: The Truth Is Marching In

Rock Radio Classics

Rock Radio Classics

Episode 067: Philosophy Rock Part I: The Truth Is Marching In
(Featuring musical inquiries into the deeper mysteries that life springs on us.)

While the point is most definitely debatable, Rock Music – even songs that follow the, “Boy Meets Girl, Falls In Love, And Writes A Song About It,” variety – has always been about the deeper meanings and mysteries that we humans like to wrestle with. Music itself shares so many common themes with philosophy that it is difficult to make the argument that they aren’t, in fact, the same thing. Both construct reality while attempting to define it, both offer insights that are not obvious to the casual observer, and both attempt to get at abstract and difficult concepts through linguistic metaphor and syllogistic structures. But at the end of the day, I would much rather sit down with a Nomeansno record and a bottle of wine than any of the existentialists who have published over the years, which is, to this listener, the difference that gives music the slightest advantage. With that in mind, I felt it would be a good opportunity to coin a new genre – Philosophy Rock – and attempt to spend an hour defining it.

As philosophy is an extremely broad subject (for both a single hour, and radio in general), this particular show uses Truth as a thematic strand that runs through the music. It is, of course, not the only theme; God, the afterlife, and other spiritual interpretations of the universe also wend their way through as well. But the questions surrounding religion always seemed bound up in attempts to define Truth anyway, and seem wholly appropriate. There is also some humor running through this show, to which I can only say: if you don’t have a sense of humor about everything, then there’s no hope of making sense of it all anyway. To paraphrase Calvin & Hobbes, “If you can’t laugh at the things that don’t make sense, we can’t react to a lot of life.” So very, very true.

I suppose that any real philosophers in the audience may have some points to contest with my particular interpretation of how to define Philosophy Rock, and I encourage the debate. Discourse is the only tool we have at our disposal to get to the bottom of these kinds of things, and I would love to pin down this genre more precisely in the future. I already have two future guests lined up that want to go with my on this intellectual (ontological?) journey, and I plan to flesh out this particular genre in as much detail as possible. Watch spaces similar to this one for more information on that.

That does it for us this week. See ya in seven.

The Truth Is Marching In
# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Truth Is Marching In (Germany, 1966) [Exerpt I] * Albert Ayler * Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost * Revenant Records
02.) Brand New Sack / Epistemology * Witchy Poo * Witchy Poo Salutes The Space Program EP * Kill Rock Stars Records
03.) Philosophy Of The World * The Shaggs * Philosophy Of The World * Third World Records
04.) Facts – Facts * MX-80 * Hard Attack * Island Records
05.) No God * Germs * (MIA) the Complete Anthology * Slash Records
06.) I Should Be Allowed To Think * They Might Be Giants * John Henry * Elektra / Asylum Records
07.) Truth Is Marching In (Germany, 1966) [Exerpt II] * Albert Ayler * Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost * Revenant Records
08.) Totality * Unwound * “Mkultra” b/w “Totality” * Kill Rock Stars Records
09.) Truth * The Dead C * Vain, Erudite And Stupid * Ba Da Bing! Records
10.) 0 + 2 = 1 * NoMeansNo * 0 + 2 = 1 * Alternative Tentacles Records
11.) Candle * Sonic Youth * Daydream Nation
12.) Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Truth? * Minutemen * Double Nickels on the Dime * SST Records
13.) Bruces’ Philosophers Song * Monty Python * Monty Python Sings * Virgin Records
14.) Truth Is Marching In (Germany, 1966) [Exerpt III] * Albert Ayler * Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost * Revenant Records
15.) Levitation * 13th Floor Elevators * Easter Everywhere * International Artists Records
16.) This Is Not A Photograph * Mission Of Burma * Signals, Calls and Marches * Ace of Hearts Records
17.) Fuck the Facts * Naked City * Torture Garden * Shimmy Disc Records
18.) Freedom Of Choice * Devo * Freedom of Choice * Warner Bros. Records
19.) Truth Is Marching In (Germany, 1966) [Exerpt IV] * Albert Ayler * Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost * Revenant Records
20.) Jellyfish Heaven * Dead Milkman * Bucky Fellini * Enigma Records

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