Thursday, September 25, 2014

Episode 167: Title Tracks

Episode 167: Title Tracks
A title track is a song that shares it's title with the name of the album. Those are the songs Pat and Murray will play. Enjoy!
From September 25, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

Murray Valeriano

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Kyle saw Nine Inch Nails at the Hollywood Bowl last night. Good seats, but they're expensive. This was their first tour since the Tension Tour. Which, as Murray points out, is also the name of every Fleetwood Mac tour. Heyooo! Pat thinks a NIN concert sounds like saws and hammers. Get it? Because NIN are an industrial metal band! Murray follows this up with an Art of Noise reference. Uggh, this is gonna be a long show.
It was a very good concert. Soundgarden opened the show. Kyle is not a fan of Soundgarden. Chris Cornell is fine, though. Kyle did not buy merchandise and there was no good food. Well Kyle, after disrespecting Soundgarden, why don't you munch on your foot? Yeah, you disrespect the Garden, you disrespect all of us, buddy.
00:05:00 Speaking of heavy metal, Pat and his wife Pilar saw James Taylor and Carole King in concert. Pat and Pilar, and I'm quoting Pat here, "rocked out." You couldn't bring wine bottles into the venue, but Pat smuggled some in in his backpack. Pilar was worried, but Pat's a goddamn coyote. That, and concert security don't really give a shit. They also smuggled in some cocaine in their noses, according to Pat. That notorious coke fiend Mike Siegel gets brought up. He's back on Satan's Snow, blowing people in alleys for drug money… including Pat! Remember Mike, watch your teeth.
Murray is doing a benefit for Siegel. No wait, that's seagulls. Kyle makes a shitty Flock of Seagulls joke, which goes over like Ava Devine at a monastery. Murray has a song to play for us. He has an unreleased demo by U2 from their album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Kyle thinks the last five songs on the album suck. Murray disagrees, but he admits that "Yahweh" isn't good.
00:10:00 We listen to the demo, "Mercy". There should be new music from U2 soon. (Since this episode was recorded weeks ago, they don't know that we have new U2 music here in the future! Suck it, past selves!) U2 moved their home office out of Ireland for tax reasons. Meanwhile, the rest of those green-blooded bastards on the Emerald Isle are starving from a potato famine. Shame on you, U2.
It's time for Pat Francis' New Music Roundup! First up, Prince has two new albums coming out this year. One of them is called Art Official Age. Pat plays a song called "Breakdown".
00:15:00 Pat's New Music also includes John Mellencamp. Or John Douchey Mellencamp, as certain podcast hosts would call him. Pat says Mellencamp's previous two albums weren't good. But his new album Plain Spoken shows promise. Pat plays "Troubled Man". Murray finds it to be exactly what he expected from John Mellencamp.
"First he made music for middle America and the working class."
- Murray, talking about John Mellencamp

"Then he made music for the same amount of people who like Meg Ryan's new face."
- Kyle, with the line of the episode
Today's topic is Title Tracks! Songs that have the same title as the album they are on. Pat has one more New Music Roundup entry, which relates to today's topic. Lenny Kravitz has a new album called Strut. Lenny looks amazing. Like a Ken doll, the man is so beautiful. Pat plays the title track, "Strut". It's pretty much what you expect from Lenny. Murray likes it when artists branch out a bit.
00:20:00 There's some brief Kevin Smith talk. The boys are not a fan of his movies, but they enjoy his stories. Murray finds that a lot of title tracks suck. Well, we'll see if we can turn him around today. Murray kicks us off with the first pick, Los Lobos with the title track "Good Morning Aztlan". We get more Mike Siegel talk. It turns out Mike has HIV, the poor bastard. Sucking all those wayward penises in the alley seems to have finally taken their toll. Please donate to the podcast so Mike can live just a little bit longer. According to Pat, there's not enough donation money to spread around as is. Murray calls Pat a cheapskate.
00:25:00 You know who don't have a lot of title tracks? The Rolling Stones. However, Pat does have one as his first pick, "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)". Murray throws a flag on the play because the parentheses isn't in the album title. Instant replay shows that no one cares.
And besides, Murray's next pick is also flagworthy. Plus it was the first concert he took his wife too when they were dating. It's The Flaming Lips with "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1". You see, Valeriano? There's a Pt. 1 in there. Now look who's throwing flags. Did Murray get laid after the concert? You bet your ass, baby.
00:30:00 Pat's next pick is Def Leppard with their song "Slang". Murray used to shoot pool with Vivian Campbell, which is pretty cool.
Wait, do you guys hear a phone ringing?
Who could be calling at this hour?……… Hello? Oh my, it's Pat Francis' mother! Mama Francis is on the air! We get some nice chit chat. It was her birthday the other day (which Pat FORGOT, that jackass!) She's 77 years young. Mama Francis says sweet, old person things like "podcast place." What a wonderful woman. Okay, she's starting to get annoying. And now she's teetering on doddering. Alright, enough of this, we've reached the blabbering point. Pat says bye bye to Mama Francis. Welcome to a music podcast, everybody!
00:35:00 Is there anyone still listening? Fingers crossed. Okay, up next is Murray's pick. It's a band called Dum Dum Girls with their song "He Gets Me High".
00:40:00 Pat's next pick is The Clash with their most famous title track, "London Calling". Pat throws shade at Combat Rock.
Murray doesn't throw shade, he throws some love at INXS and their song "Listen Like Thieves". Stupid Michael Hutchence. Couldn't he have just jerked off like a normal person? Terence Trent D'Arby of all people sang with INXS at the Michael Hutchence tribute show. Again, stupid Michael Hutchence.
Up next for Pat is a group of guys with egos as big as their wallets. Yes, it's the Eagles with "One of These Nights".
00:45:00 There's some Eagles documentary talk, which transitions into talk about Ted Nugent's new album. Yup, it's still fucking awful. But Murray isn't playing Ted Nugent, he's playing The Avett Brothers and their title track "I and Love and You".
Pat's parents are very concerned with distances and roads. There's nothing else to say about that, so let's get to the next song. It's "Little Queen" by Heart.
00:50:00 Pat's concert wife does not like Heart. And neither does Murray. Murray doesn't like women who pretend to rock. It's a guys' game. This leads to the subject of girls who play air guitar poorly. Pat mimics them, which looks like his hand is shaking a tambourine instead of strumming. Chick bass players are hot though, like the girl from Smashing Pumpkins. Pat and Kyle are going to see Sin City 2. Again, none of this conversation goes anywhere, so I'll just leave all of that there.
Murray does not like this next band. He thinks they're pulling a big practical joke over hipsters. But he does like this album. It's Radiohead with "The Bends". Pat thinks Thom Yorke looks like Martin Short in an old SNL sketch.
Somebody get that man the lyrics to "Karma Police!"
00:55:00 Murray saw Radiohead in concert. Thom Yorke never faced the audience and they didn't play any songs from The Bends. Stop playing your computers on stage, you British weirdos!
Pat's next pick is Fleetwood Mac and their song "Say You Will". Word from Pat is that Stevie Nicks is going to play the Mike Siegel benefit. Poor fella and his HIV. Oh wait, it seems he actually only has hives. Honest mistake there.
Murray's next pick is the goddess to all art rock worshippers. It's Kate Bush with "Hounds of Love".
01:00:00 So Kate Bush is George W.'s secret daughter, right? Speaking of W, Andrew W.K. gets mentioned. That guy sure does like to party. And hard, I might add.
Pat's next pick, Eddie Money was going to be on the show, but he cancelled. Oh well, we'll play him anyway. The song is called "No Control".
Murray's next pick has some title shenanigans. His song by Peter Gabriel is originally off the album Us, but Us doesn't have a title track. So he chose a live version of the song from the live album Secret World Live. That's right, Murray's pick is titled "Secret World (Live)". That's some cheeky shit there, Murray.
01:05:00 Pat's next pick is an obvious one, "Back in Black" by AC/DC. AC/DC are lucky bastards. They get success with their first lead singer, he dies, and their next one leads them to even bigger success.
We're running out of flags for Murray, because his title tracks are really toeing the line. His next pick is Roger Waters with "5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10)". The album is just called The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. You watch yourself, Valeriano. Because you're playing a dangerous game.
Pat's next pick gives love to the ladies. It's The Go-Go's with "Vacation".
01:10:00 Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's is a huge Star Trek fan. She's also a tiny woman. Tribble-sized, one would say. Pat met her at a Paul Stanley solo concert. Paul shows up very briefly to voice his approval of The Go-Go's. He's a busy man, after all. His arena football team is in last place, he doesn't have time to be here all day.
Murray's next song is "Wavelength" by Van Morrison. Pat gives apologies to Aerosmith for "Toys in the Attic".
01:15:00 Pat's second to last pick is by Billy Squier. It's the title track "Don't Say No". Murray feels the same about Billy Squier as he does about John Mellencamp. Just… neutrality. The horrible "Rock Me Tonite" music video gets brought up. It ruined Billy Squier's career! The director Kenny Ortega also directed High School Music, Newsies, and The Cheetah Girls 2. So there you go.
Stop it, please, his career is already dead.
Murray gives apologies to Concrete Blonde for "Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)", Cowboy Junkies for "Lay It Down" and The Horrors for "Primary Colours". His last pick is U2 with "No Line on the Horizon". No Line doesn't feel like an album. The songs are good, but they don't gel. Pat also gives apologies to The Police.
01:20:00 Murray has a Sting story, but we'll get to that another time. Pat's last pick is David Bowie with "Young Americans".
There's plugs galore. Pat reminds Kyle that the show does have a phone number. Does he ever check it? I got a message waiting on there, so he better.
01:25:00 We're all done here, so let's hit the road. Kyle plays us out with "One-X" by Three Days Grace.
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:10:00 Mercy N/A U2 Murray (New Music Roundup)
00:10:00 Breakdown Art Official Age Prince Pat (New Music Roundup)
00:15:00 Troubled Man Plain Spoken John Mellencamp Pat (New Music Roundup)
00:15:00 Strut Strut Lenny Kravitz Pat (New Music Roundup)
00:20:00 Good Morning Aztlan Good Morning Aztlan Los Lobos Murray
00:25:00 It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It) It's Only Rock 'n Roll The Rolling Stones Pat
00:25:00 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Pt. 1 Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots U2 Murray
00:30:00 Slang Slash Def Leppard Pat
00:35:00 He Gets Me High He Gets Me High Dum Dum Girls Murray
00:40:00 London Calling London Calling The Clash Pat
00:40:00 Listen Like Thieves Listen Like Thieves INXS Murray
00:40:00 One of These Nights Santo & Johnny Santo & Johnny Pat
00:45:00 I and Love and You I and Love and You The Avett Brothers Murray
00:45:00 Little Queen Little Queen Heart Pat
00:50:00 The Bends The Bends Radiohead Murray
00:55:00 Say You Will Say You Will Fleetwood Mac Pat
00:55:00 Hounds of Love Hounds of Love Kate Bush Murray
01:00:00 No Control No Control Eddie Money Pat
01:00:00 Secret World (Live) Secret World Live Peter Gabriel Murray
01:05:00 Back in Black Back in Black AC/DC Pat
01:05:00 5:01 AM (The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking, Part 10) The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking Roger Waters Murray
01:05:00 Vacation Vacation The Go-Go's Pat
01:10:00 Wavelength Wavelength Van Morrison Murray
01:15:00 Don't Say No Don't Say No Billy Squier Pat
01:15:00 No Line on the Horizon No Line on the Horizon U2 Murray
01:20:00 Young Americans Young Americans David Bowie Pat
01:25:00 One-X One-X Three Days Grace Kyle

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Episode 166: The Producer's Chair

Episode 166: The Producer's Chair
Pat and Co-Host April Richardson each pick one of their favorite music producers and only play songs that producer has produced. Neither Pat or April picked Kyle Dodson to produce this episode but he produced it anyway.
From September 18, 2014

With your hosts:

Pat Francis

April Richardson

00:00:00 Pat welcomes us to the show. Neither Pat or April have showered since last night. No big deal, I haven't showered since Monday. Pat thinks April looks thinner today. But April's actually gained some weight because she's dating a guy and they go out to eat a lot. Dating gossip! They've been dating for a month. He's ten years older than April and he knows his music, according to April. They met on the Internet, like the 21st century couple that they are.
It's been a while since April has been on the show, and between that time Pat went to London and Dublin. He got a few gifts, including one for April! It's the Morrissey Coat of Arms… in coaster form.
00:05:00 April really likes it. It looks like Charlie Brown's shirt. What a coincidence, they're both a couple of sad sacks. Speaking of Morrissey, April was supposed to see Mr. Happiness in concert, like, fifteen times, but he got sick and had to cancel some shows. Morrissey seems like the kind of guy you could just knock over by waving to him. April did get to go onstage and hug Morrissey, so that's pretty cool. Hopefully she didn't break any of his ribs, the fragile doe.
Today's topic: The Producer's Chair! Pat and April each pick a producer they like and play songs that their producer has, well, produced. April's pick is legendary producer and good friend Tony Visconti.
Tony has worked with a lot of great artists, but he's best known for his long relationship with David Bowie. April starts us off with "Space Oddity" from the album Space Oddity.
00:10:00 April has read Tony's book, and he's a pretty cool guy. He's open to new things, he isn't cynical. He also stood up for guys like David Bowie and Marc Bolan. The record label wanted to drop Bowie, but Tony went in and saved his ass by making great albums. Pat wonders what a producer actually does. Fiddle with the knobs? A producer mainly helps formulate how the songs should sound. Pat's producer is Roy Thomas Baker.
Pat introduces us to Roy Thomas Baker and what he has done in his producing career with a little song called "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, off the album A Night at the Opera. Do you understand? The motherfucker produced BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY! There's a LOT of stuff going on in that song. Do you know how good a producer you have to be to make sure everything is perfect in that song?!
00:15:00 April's next pick is the side project of the two main guys in Squeeze, Difford & Tilbrook. Off their self-titled album, it's a song called "Hope Fell Down". Squeeze should be bigger, according to Pat and April.
Pat's next pick is the very ghoulish, very rockin' Alice Cooper. The song is "Grim Facts", off the album Flush the Fashion. It sounds very little like the Alice Cooper you would expect to hear. Alice has 26 studio albums, and Pat will be covering those in a future episode dedicated to Alice Cooper!
00:20:00 For her next pick, April takes a trip to Berlin to visit David Bowie and Iggy Pop. David and Iggy were doing incredible things at this time; most of those things were cocaine. LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of cocaine. Off of Iggy's debut solo album The Idiot, it's "Sister Midnight". But WAIT! Pat says that this album was produced by David Bowie. April disagrees. She says that Tony produced it. My God, will this mystery ever be solved? (Hint: Yes, it will.)
"Iggy, be a dear and pass me the cocaine."
00:25:00 Pat's next pick is Journey and it's the first album they did with Steve Perry, called Infinity. Journey used to be a jam band, but the record company actually wanted them to sell albums, so they got Perry as their new singer. Pat plays "Feelin' That Way".
We have some breaking news on The Idiot. The final mix was indeed done by Tony Visconti. It seems he was brought in to salvage the production since it had been heavily coated in a nice, big sheet of cocaine. Hey, it was the 1970s, for God's sake. Drugs were abound. By the way, according to April, the only band Tony ever yelled at was Thin Lizzy because they were doing waaaaaay too many drugs. Like, enough drugs that would make Keith Richards go "I'm tapping out here, fellas."
Back to England we go for April's next pick. After The Stone Roses broke up, their lead guitarist formed a new band called The Seahorses. Off their only album Do It Yourself, it's a song called "Happiness Is Egg-Shaped".
00:30:00 The thing about Tony is that he produces both big names and unknowns. And the thing about Roy is that he produces mostly big names, but he's there at the beginning of their greatness. Pat's next pick is by Devo and is off their album Oh, No! It's Devo. The song is "That's Good". Devo is another band that never gets credit. Plenty of bands have gimmicks and become successful. But not Devo.
Another David Bowie song from April. It's from the album Young Americans, which is a polarizing album amongst the Bowie fandom. The song is called "Fascination".
00:35:00 Bowie seems to get obsessed with things for a week, then he moves on to the next thing. But the son of a bitch knows his shit. Speaking of next things, it's time for Pat's next pick. Off their second album One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back, it's The Darkness with "One Way Ticket". Pat finds Justin Hawkins' voice to be too cartoony. It makes him laugh.
Welp, it's time for April to play Morrissey. The song is "Dear God Please Help Me" off the album Ringleader of the Tormentors. Ennio Morricone plays on the album, for those curious.
00:40:00 Recently, Pat had on Elliot Easton from The Cars. Christy Stratton got a bit overwhelmed and started getting verklempt. Adorable. Pat plays "You're All I've Got Tonight" off the debut album The Cars. So far, April's loving everything that Pat is throwing at her. Oh, I'm sure that will end pretty soon.
April's next pick is a taste of the baroque. Off their album La folie, it's The Stranglers with "Golden Brown".
00:45:00 It's math time. Cheap Trick + Roy Thomas Baker = Awesome, right? Well, Pat thinks that you're wrong! He isn't a big fan of the album One on One. He plays two songs for us to judge, "If You Want My Love" and "One on One".
April gives us some history as to Marc Bolan and Tony Visconti. Tony basically discovered Marc Bolin playing in a pub and plucked him out of obscurity. T. Rex used to be folky, but they got more rockin' as time went by.
00:50:00 But now Marc Bolan is dead. And Phil Lynott is dead. And The Ramones are all dead. Life sucks. Let's cheer up with April's next pick, "Mambo Sun" by T. Rex off the album Electric Warrior.
Pat's next pick is the always awesome Ozzy Osbourne. Off the album No Rest for the Wicked, it's a song called "Crazy Babies". Somehow Pat, April, and Kyle start talking about The Muppets for a few seconds. They praise Statler and Waldorf. Everybody loves those two.
Statler: "I'm loving this podcast! Is there any way to make it better?"
Waldorf: "Yeah, earmuffs!"
Statler & Waldorf: "Oh, ho ho ho ho ho!"
00:55:00 April's next pick is another friend of hers, Kristeen Young. April got to be in the studio when Kristeen was recording this album called The Knife Shift. The song is called "Rough Up the Groove". There's a lot of start/stop in this song, which is very ballsy. I would have just assumed the MP3 sucked. She's another person who should be more famous, according to April. It's a very eclectic sound, but Pat does like it.
01:00:00 Prog Rock bullshit! It's time for Prog Rock bullshit from Pat! Yes have a new album called Heaven and Earth. Pat plays a song called "The Game". April says that every Yes song is 20 minutes, which ISN'T TRUE, GODDAMMIT! That's a negative stereotype about the band Yes. Consider my nose upturned, Miss Richardson!
"Every Yes song sounds like it belongs at the end of The NeverEnding Story."
- Kyle, with the line of the episode.
Up next, another April Richardson pick, another David Bowie song. This time it's off of Lodger. The song is "Repetition". Bowie dressed in drag for the music video of "Boys Keep Swinging." The creepiest thing for Pat wasn't that Bowie dressed like an old lady, but that he smoked while he did it. It seems Pat doesn't like the sight of old women smoking. Bowie also looks a lot like Tilda Swinton, which is how he got her in the video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)".
01:05:00 Pat's last pick is by Foreigner. Off the album Head Games, it's a song called "Do What You Like".
April decides to go to the Morrissey well one more time. The song is "Life Is a Pigsty" from the album Ringleader of the Tormentors. April thinks Pat would like this Morrissey album. April, he'll let you know after he listens to every T. Rex album.
01:10:00 April will be at LA Podcast Festival on September 28 doing a live episode of her podcast Go Bayside!. So check that out, why don't cha!
April's last pick is… yes… David Bowie. Off of Young Americans, it's the title track "Young Americans".
Pat gives the plugs. April is determined to do a saxophone/horns podcast next time she's on. Will it be called Saxual Harassment? How about Saxual Healing? Or, I Wanna Sax You Up? Any one of those works.
We're all done here, so let's hit the bricks. Pat plays us out with another song by Queen. Off the album A Night at the Opera, it's "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…)".
Time Song Album Artist Who
00:05:00 Space Oddity Space Oddity David Bowie April
00:10:00 Bohemian Rhapsody A Night at the Opera Queen Pat
00:15:00 Hope Fell Down Difford & Tilbrook Difford & Tilbrook April
00:15:00 Grim Facts Flush the Fashion Alice Cooper Pat
00:20:00 Sister Midnight The Idiot Iggy Pop April
00:25:00 Feeling That Way Infinity Journey Pat
00:25:00 Happiness Is Egg-Shaped Do It Yourself The Seahorses April
00:30:00 That's Good Oh, No! It's Devo Devo Pat
00:30:00 Fascination Young Americans David Bowie April
00:35:00 One Way Ticket One Way Ticket to Hell… and Back The Darkness Pat
00:35:00 Dear God Please Help Me Ringleader of the Tormentors Morrissey April
00:40:00 You're All I've Got Tonight The Cars The Cars Pat
00:40:00 Golden Brown La folie The Stranglers April
00:45:00 If You Want My Love One on One Cheap Trick Pat
00:45:00 One on One One on One Cheap Trick Pat
00:50:00 Mambo Sun Electric Warrior T. Rex April
00:50:00 Crazy Babies No Rest for the Wicked Ozzy Osbourne Pat
00:55:00 Rough Up the Groove The Knife Shift Kristeen Young April
01:00:00 The Game Heaven & Earth Yes Pat
01:00:00 Repetition Lodger David Bowie April
01:05:00 Do What You Like Head Games Foreigner Pat
01:05:00 Life Is a Pigsty Ringleader of the Tormentors Morrissey April
01:10:00 Young Americans Young Americans David Bowie April
01:10:00 Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to…) A Night at the Opera Queen Pat