In the latest episode of the BDWPS podcast, we revisit some of my favorite songs from 20 years ago (my senior year in high school). It’s an episode filled with memories and some great music from the past, including tracks from Fugazi, Archers of Loaf, Semisonic, Sunny Day Real Estate, Shudder To Think, The Descendents, Satchel, and Blur.
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Archers of Loaf “Underachievers (Fight Song)”
Semisonic “Down in Flames”
Sunny Day Real Estate “8”
Shudder to Think “Resident Wine”
The Descendents “When I Get Old”
Satchel “For So Long”
Bob Dylan “Another Pawn in Their Game”
In this episode of Year of the Bowie, we travel further down the wormhole of fear and despair David found himself trapped in upon his return to Los Angeles. We also take a look at his budding film career, and his reinvention during the recordings of “The Idiot” with Iggy Pop and “Low” with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti.
In the the latest episode of BDWPS Podcast we celebrate the milestone of 50 episodes that we have reached this month. We check out new tracks from Metronomy, Cheena, Wymond Miles, Dinosaur Jr, The Descendents, and Moonface. I also discuss the 20th anniversary of the first album from my high school band, Genera, and I discuss the Joy Division documentary. To close, we take a closer look at Bob Dylan’s Civil Right’s anthem, “Oxford Town”. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and Stitcher (search: BDWPS).
Metronomy “Miami Logic”
Cheena “Cry For Help”
Wymond Miles “Rear View Mirror”
Dinosaur Jr. “Tiny”
The Descendents “Without Love”
Moonface “The Nightclub Artiste”
Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
Bob Dylan “Oxford Town”
In this episode, I discuss some of the highlights from my week at SXSW including performances from Thao Nguyen, MONEY, Big Ups, and Nap Eyes. We also check out new tracks from Little Simz and Lucinda Williams, and I discuss The Descendents documentary “Filmage”. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play (search: BDWPS).
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down “Fool Forever”
MONEY “You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky”
Big Ups “National Parks”
Nap Eyes “Lion in Chains”
Little Simz “Have I”
Lucinda Williams “The Ghosts of Highway 20”
The Descendents “Hope”
Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind”
I think Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker is slowly becoming a real life version of Don Draper. The obvious connection can be seen in their shared creative brilliance – Draper in the fictional world of Mad Men with his ability to come up with advertising ideas off the cuff and Parker’s track record of releasing psychedelic pop music tailored for the 21st century. But the connection goes deeper than just their mutual ingenuity. The similarity I see is in how both struggle with change.
During the final two seasons of Mad Men, many loyal fans jumped ship due in large part to the show’s retreading of familiar tropes. Unlike most dramas, the antagonist never really showed growth. Instead, he continued his cycle of infidelity and alcoholism, followed by a fleeting realization of his mistakes before returning back again to his vices. Even the finale suggested that he hadn’t really changed during his West Coast spirit quest, finding only an idea for a Coke advertisement waiting for him on the cliffs of Big Sur. Instead of seeing Mad Men mastermind Matthew Weiner as a pessimist, I like to believe he wanted to show the struggles found in the human condition, that internal yearning for change and growth followed by the eventual return to our bad habits.