“Eight of Them Are Almost Completely Unnecessary”

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For season 2 episode 2, my guest is Tim PopKid, the record collector and music enthusiast behind I Buy WAY Too Many Records Dot Com. He loves one of my favorite bands, Rocket From the Crypt, so that’s mostly what we talk about. Give it a shot!

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“Giddy Up, Jingle Horse”

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Oh, I hope I’m getting this out in front of an audience that isn’t already burned completely out on Christmas music. This seemed like a really good idea at the time. Welcome to Season 2, welcome back to Thad, and I hope you welcome us into your hearts.

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“Not My Bag of Music”

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In the fourth episode, Dan interviews Collin Hummel of FlashMob!. They talk about life on the road, playing bars and clubs, and what it means to connect with a (drunk) audience on your own (impossible) terms.

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Show Notes

  • O’Gara’s gets a bad rap here, but it’s a bar in St. Paul.
  • I didn’t know what Hairball was, but that looks like a lot of work.
  • I’d never heard of The Almost, either.
  • I suppose you might discover that, in the six months it took me to edit this episode, Collin has left FlashMob! and they’ve continued on. Updates to come in a future episode?!

“Small Things Hidden Inside Big Things”

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In the third episode, Dan gives up interview subjects. Topics of discussion include the new Beats Music and seminal indie rock favorites, Pixies. Of all of the acts on Beats Music’s “Under the Influence: Pixies”, which are actually influenced by Pixies?

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Show Notes

The great thing about having no guest is that I elaborate on every weird tangent that strikes my fancy. So not a lot of notes this time.

  • I guess I don’t exactly explain what 120 Minutes is. Now you know.
  • I mention The Natural History. I found this video totally charming, and the rest of the song is great.
  • The Strokes are fine and everything, but if you haven’t seen the video with lead singer Julian Casablancas working with Daft Punk, you’re missing out.

“Professionals Always Make It Look Easy”

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In the second episode, Dan talks to Josh Dingman about Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl, his band (Panda Soup), playing in bars, the 90’s, songwriting, and rock music video games.

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“You’ve Never Seen Anything Like This”

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In this episode, Dan and Thad Brink discuss Neko Case, kind-of barely liking country music, Sound City, First Avenue, Chicago, Cypress Hill, iTunes Radio, albums and singles, and movies.

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Show Notes

  • You should listen to (and support) the live stream of The Current. It’s not without its faults, but it will make you a better person.
  • Thad’s go-to, Radio K, also affords listening online and through an app.
  • The new Neko Case record.
  • Sound City.
  • Metric is from Canada, and they’re great. Poli├ža is from Minneapolis, and they’re also great.
  • The person “who saw Eraserhead on cable TV” was Charles Bukowski. I knew I knew that story from somewhere.
  • That was a terrible answer to Thad’s question about “essential” artists that I don’t care for. U2’s fine and all, but they aren’t widely considered a classic rock band. Better examples would be The Rolling Stones — just like Thad and Led Zeppelin, I think they have a handful of good songs, but I don’t need to get deeper into their catalogue. That’s probably another whole show. The most well-regarded “essential classic rock band” I out-and-out dislike is probably Pink Floyd.
  • Thad says: “How could I forget OK Go in the discussion of Chicago bands with a niche? They have the best choreography and videos like this made a lot of noise for them, but they are also solid musically.”