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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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Video Clip of the Week: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”


Recently, my friend Tim won our Fantasy Basketball League (aptly named “Watching Paint Dry League”) and I decided to make a video celebrating his team Manute Bol Fan Club. Since I was aiming for humor, I knew I only had two songs that could induce laughter: Benny Hill’s theme song or Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”.  I chose the latter, and below you will find the video I created with my master photo-shop skills (I know this isn’t a “music video”, but I figured it was worth sharing with more then just the dozen guys in our league that’s been going for 10 years strong).

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Video Clip of the Week: Elliott Smith at the Oscars

With the Academy Awards tonight, I thought I’d post my all-time favorite Oscar moment. No, it’s not when Roberto Benigni acted like a raving lunatic, nor was Bjork and her swan dress. For me, a moment that I will always remember is when Elliot Smith graced the stage and performed his Oscar nominated song “Miss Misery” from the “Good Will Hunting” soundtrack. He would go on to lose to Celine Dion for the schmaltzy “My Heart Will Go On”.

On that night back in 1997, I first discovered Elliot Smith.  For a small town Iowa boy, an artist like Elliot was a complete unknown. But that night, watching him up on the stage, voice warbling, guitar squeaky, vulnerable and exposed, I fell in love with Elliot and his music.   Elliot’s music led me in a new direction, not only in my musical taste but in life, and his songs would be the soundtrack to my confusing college years. Fortunately I got to see Elliot perform in Austin just months before his eventual suicide.

It’s crazy to think that one Oscar performance could shape my life so much. Who knows, maybe a performance tonight by Gwenyth Paltrow, Randy Newman, or Dido will have the same impact on some teenager lost out in the midwestern cultural vacuum, but I doubt it.

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