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Bob Dylan Performs on David Letterman’s 2nd to Last Show

“What are the two most important things to know in the world? One is to be nice to other people. Two, the greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan. That’s all you need to know in life.”

– David Letterman

When I first heard the news, I was leery. “Bob Dylan to appear on David Letterman’s second to last episode.” I’m a huge Bob Dylan fan (the blog is named after him, after all), but I’ve not been much of a fan of his work over the past decade. Whether it be the debacle that was his Grammy performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards or the joke of a Christmas album that he released in 2009, Dylan’s old age is showing in his most recent efforts.

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RE-UPLOADED: BDWPS Podcast #34

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Since my earlier attempt to post the latest podcast had an error (I apologize!), I re-uploaded the file late last week, and it should be good to go. If you have any issues, let me know.

On this month’s episode I discuss my week at SXSW and some new music from Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Courtney Barnett, and Doomtree. I also discuss classic tracks from Gang of Four, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan. Check out the podcast HERE or better yet, subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher (search: BDWPS).

Track List:
Dan Deacon “Meme Generator”
Viet Cong “Continental Shelf”
Gang of Four “Damaged Goods”
Doomtree “Generator”
Courtney Barnett “Dead Fox”
Modest Mouse “Coyotes”
Jimi Hendrix “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Bob Dylan “You Ain’t Goin’ No Where”

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #33

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In the latest episode of BDWPS Podcast, we check out some of the best music to come out in 2015 so far, including new music from Panda Bear, Sleater Kinney, Bjork, Elephant Micah, and Joey Bada$$. I also discuss the documentary “The Artist Formerly Known as Captain Beefheart,” and continue our journey through Robert Shelton’s Bob Dylan biography “No Direction Home.” Check it out HERE or subscribe to the podcast on Stictcher or iTunes (Search: BDWPS).

Track List:

Panda Bear “Boys Latin”
Sleater Kinney “Surface Envy”
Twerps “Back to You”
Joey Bada$$ “Paper Trail$”
Bjork “Lion Song”
The Sidekicks “Hell is Warm”
Elephant Micah “By the Canal”
Captain Beefheart “Low Yo Yo Stuff”
Bob Dylan “I Want You”

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BDWPS Podcast #32

2011-12-11__podcast-copy copy In this episode we take a look back at the year 1972 and some of the best music to come out. We take a look at the singer-songwriter craze, the evolution of glam rock, and some of the hidden gems from the ’72. You can listen to it HERE or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher (search: BDWPS).

Playlist: Randy Newman “Political Science”

Stevie Wonder “Maybe Your Baby”

David Bowie “Starman”

Lou Reed “Satellite of Love”

Curtis Mayfield “Pusherman”

Big Star “The Ballad of El Goodo”

Night Sun “Livin’ with the Dying”

The Band (featuring Bob Dylan) “Like a Rolling Stone”

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BDWPS Podcast #31

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In this episode you’ll hear new tracks from Meatbodies, Caribou, Mick Jenkins, Ariel Pink, Young Widows, S. Carey, and Electric Wizard. I also discuss the documentary “The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack” and take a look at the year Bob Dylan broke, 1965. You can now subscribe to BDWPS Podcast on Stitcher (search: BDWPS) and, of course, you can subscribe on iTunes.  You can also listen to it online over at podomatic (click HERE!).

Playlist:

Meatbodies “Wahoo”

Caribou “Can’t Do Without You”

Mick Jenkins “Healer”

Ariel Pink “White Freckles”

Young Widows “Kerosene Girl”

S. Carey “Alpenglow”

Electric Wizard “Sadiowitch”

Bob Dylan “Ballad of a Thin Man”

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode 30

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In this episode we listen to new tracks from Ex Hex, Death From Above 1979, Willie Nelson, Goat, Shellac, and Jennifer Castle. I also discuss the new HBO series “Sonic Highways,” the documentary “Beware of Mr. Baker,” and take a look back at Bob Dylan’s legendary road trip in 1964. You can listen to the episode HERE or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes (search: BDWPS).

Playlist:

Ex Hex “Don’t Wanna Lose”
Death From Above 1979 “Right On, Frankenstein”
Willie Nelson “The Wall”
Goat “Hide From the Sun”
Jennifer Castle “Sailing Away”
Shellac “The People’s Microphone”
Fela Kuti & Ginger Baker “Let’s Start”
Bob Dylan “Chimes of Freedom”

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My Journey to Bob Dylan Drive

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While reading No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan several months ago, the fact that Bob Dylan grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota struck a nerve with me. Not that I didn’t already know Robert Zimmerman’s hometown; what caught me off guard was the way author Robert Shelton described Dylan’s disdain for small town life. Being a fellow small town Midwest boy who couldn’t wait to escape, I felt a spiritual connection to Bob, like maybe that internal yearning for bigger things is what has always drawn me to his music. On the first page of the biography, Shelton encapsulates the mining town: “Hibbing had dug its own grave with sixty years of mining shovels, now only good for burying miners.” This description reminded me of my hometown that imploded when the Morrell’s meat packing plant left town three decades ago. As the book went on to describe the very familiar scene of empty storefronts and prevalent backwater conservatism, I decided I had to visit Bob Dylan’s hometown, a seven hour drive north from where I grew up.

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