Writer Vic Perry joins me for an in-depth discussion of critically acclaimed seventies weirdos—coincidentally, one of the most popular bands of their time—Steely Dan. Our first conversation (an economical two-hours-and-20-minutes) has us sharing our personal Steely Dan histories, top ten song lists, and rankings of the phase one (1972-80) LPs. To keep it manageable, I’ve broken the conversation into seven parts. PART 1: I recall … Continue reading Steely Dan podcast, part one
Here’s the third in our series of PSB podcasts. This time Alfred Soto and I are joined by Ned Raggett to discuss Pet Shop b-sides, which leads into a discussion of: PSB’s Alternative (their double-disc b-sides collection); Sonic Youth vs. Pet Shop Boys; Diane Warren; Mick Jagger; Simon Reynolds… and much, much more! LISTEN PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR (Or download part … Continue reading Pet Shop Boys, Critically (5)
As a follow-up to our lengthy series of conversations (in 2010 and earlier this year) about Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry, Alfred Soto and I embark on a similar excursion into all things Pet Shop Boys. Over a series of who-knows-how-many discussions, we will delve into the music and the guiding aesthetic behind our mutually-agreed-upon favourite synth-pop duo of all time (better than Erasure, better … Continue reading Pet Shop Boys, Critically (1)
Dichotic: “involving or relating to the simultaneous stimulation of the right and left ear by different sounds.” LISTEN Voices: Andy Warhol, Leonard Cohen, Dr. Dre, The-Dream, Chic, Bruce Springsteen, Ciara, Imogen Heap, Casey Kasem, Kate Bush, Spiritualized Continue reading RC Podcast #4: A to B
LISTEN Artists/Critics/Voices: Velvet Underground, Bill James, CFRB 1010, Rob Ford, DJ Shoe, Icona Pop, Pet Shop Boys, Wild Palms, Beastie Boys, Chris Heath, Frank Zappa, Nick Lowe, Nelly Furtado, Sam Ervin, Chris Farley, Rolling Stones, Animal House, Kraftwerk, Plastikman, Electronic, The Manchurian Candidate, Lindstrom & Todd Terje, Laurel & Hardy Continue reading RC Podcast #3: This is You, Isn’t It?
“Sarris passed away in June of 2012, but with October 31st, 2013 being what would have been his 85th Birthday, Peter Labuza is glad to host a round table featuring Dan Sallitt, Godfrey Cheshire, and David Schwartz to discuss the work of an essential critic and lover of movies.” Haven’t listened, just passing it on. Continue reading Cinephiliacs Podcast: Andrew Sarris Roundtable
The second RC Podcast, a tribute to Lou Reed (though with more music not by Lou than by Lou) could charitably be called some kind of technical disaster (second half, especially), but you can’t say it’s an unambitious technical disaster (and some of it came out pretty good, anyway). Apologies to Lillian Roxon for drowning her words. LISTEN ARTISTS/CRITICS: Lou Reed/Velvet Underground, Four Seasons, Shangri-Las, … Continue reading RC Podcast #2: The Streets You Crossed