A generation of us grew up on Michael Jackson music and The Cosby Show. The DNA of our sense of humor includes some Cosby and some Louis CK. How many Kevin Spacey or Harvey Weinstein or Bret Ratner films have we enjoyed? Or Woody Allen or Roman Polanski?
Italian painter Caravaggio murdered someone. Phil Spector did the same. John Wayne said some straight up horrifically racist stuff in a 1971 Playboy interview recently making it’s rounds – and it didn’t affect his culture status – or did it. Poet and author Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book, but fundraised for Reginald Dyer BECAUSE he committed a massacre of over 1000 Indian people – depicted in the movie Gandhi. How do we watch The Naked Gun without knowing what we know about OJ.
As the media and social media microscope grows and intensifies, we’re learning more and more about the bad deeds or darkest days or outright criminal villainy of some of these creative folks that have occupied and even shaped our culture and our lives, in our formative years, and sometimes for decades or lifetimes. Art is an escape in some ways and yet it’s increasingly tarnished or ruined – sexual harassment, homophobia, sexism, domestic abuse, pedophilia, racism, even rape and murder. Are they inseparable. Does the creation forever belong to the creator, for better or worse, or to the consumer of that art. It feels like a new question, it isn’t. But it is one we all must keep asking ourselves it seems, because the bar’s been raised and continues to rise. That’s a good thing – but can we separate the art from the artist?
We’ve got the flock in for Dokken! We’re taking stock in Dokken! We’re talkin’ Dokken! We’re talking the building blockins of Dokken!
On this Six-Pack episode, Richie Wagner of Audiobiography and BJ Kramp of Rock and/or Roll join Eric Miller of Pods & Sods to assemble a six pack of Dokken gems. We each bring two Dokken songs covering the gamut – some hits, some personal favorites, and some deep cuts. We also share some personal memories of how we got into the band, what are their strengths, whatever happened to Richie’s friend Scott that cut off Unchain The Night on Richie’s taped copy of Under Lock and Key, and a bit more. Not a ton of research, not a ton of pontificating, just a few friends enjoying a tight little playlist of classics… from Dokken.
Are you a fan of David Bowie – are you a fan-fan or a Greatest Hits fan?
On this Six-Pack episode, Eric Miller of Pods & Sods (being simply a Greatest Hits Fan) invites two friends and serious fan-fans to enlighten him on some of Bowie’s deeper cuts. Joining Eric are recently recurring favorite, Jon Lamoreaux of The Hustle Podcast, and making his Pods & Sods debut in awesomely eloquent fashion is Brad Page of the I’m In Love With That Song podcast.
Jon and Brad are each bringing three David Bowie deep cut picks. On top of that, they’re bringing the stories and context around these Bowie gems. Should be fun. Can they school and enlighten Eric and lure him into the catalog beyond the Greatest Hits? Who will bring the better picks?!?? Could there possibly be a Bowie song that bores Lamoreaux to tears?!? Listen and find out!
In our latest collection of Stax gems brought to you by hosts Lee McCormack of The Tramps Like Us Podcast, Mr Brian Jacobs, and Eric Miller of Pods & Sods, we answer that very question. And more – like who is paying the note on Shirley Brown’s fella’s car?? Not a ton of research, not a ton of pontificating, just three friends sharing some of the greatest rock & soul the world has ever known.
In Volume Four, we’re unpacking some classics by Wilson Pickett, The Staple Singers, JJ Barnes, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and Shirley Brown.
Zak Rizvi of Kansas joins Eric in conversation to discuss the beginnings of his musical career, how he initially connected with Phil Ehart as a fan, his work with New Jersey based prog-rock band 4Front, how they landed dates opening for Kansas, Phil introducing Zak to longtime Kansas producer Jeff Glixman, how he went from fan to producer to songwriter to band member, his first gig with the band, the songwriting process and trying to do justice to the legacy of Kerry Livgren and Steve Walsh, how the Kansas sound has changed now that the second guitar has returned, how he works out the parts with Rich Williams and David Ragsdale, receiving a private video guitar lesson from Steve Morse, plans for the next album, what’s next for him and the band, and much more!
The always handsome Mister Brian Jacobs joins the always boisterous Craig Smith to discuss an artist that they grew up on and still consider one of their favorites: Billy Joel. Join them as they each pick their top ten desert island Billy Joel picks, and buzz through a whole lot of other unrelated topics as is the norm.
[MOVIE GUY VOICE] THREE MEN.. SIX SONGS.. LOTS OF LAUGHS..
This time we’re going ALL COVERS! Soundtracks often feature fun, cool, and sometimes ironic covers. We’re here to share some of our absolute favorites. A short collection of random soundtrack gems from yesteryear. Some you may rediscover, some you may love, some you may discover for the very first time, and some you may just flat out hate!
In Volume Five, we’re unpacking some classics by The Afghan Whigs, Spin Doctors, Goo Goo Dolls, Letters to Cleo, Kula Shaker, and BulletBoys.