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Hello my little chickadees, and welcome to “Somebody Likes It.” Each week, we gather to talk about an album that, while very important to a lot of people, none of us really know that well. This doesn’t mean that said record is a cult classic, nay dear reader, as our intent is quite contrary to that line of thinking.
Hello my little chickadees, and welcome to “Somebody Likes It.” Each week, we gather to talk about an album that, while very important to a lot of people, none of us really know that well. This doesn’t mean that said record is a cult classic, nay dear reader, as our intent is quite contrary to that line of thinking. << Show Less
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Charlie Martin - Imaginary People Charlie Martin's pandemic experience has been much like the rest of ours, until it wasn't.Martin, one half of the having-an-indie-moment act Hovvdy, spent much of the first two COVID years huddled up with his Mrs, tethered to extended family from afar, until they deemed such time safe (or safe enough) to venture out.Imaginary People, Martin's solo LP, emerges as an exploration of perspective, or should we say, 'perspectives, both real and imagined.' Which is to say that the way Martin navigated the slow passage of the pandemic was to conjure stories of characters, examine his own experience, to wonder and encourage himself to create.Serendipity plays a role here: it just so happens that an 1870s Steinway grand piano has tenure at Martin's Mother-In-Law's house in Mississippi, and those keys flavor the record often.Ultimately, it's worth noting that the offending review I note during this show came from KOOP (not KCRW). I wasn't sure how this record would land with Ryan and Mark, how we'd identify with this menagerie of hazy sonic portraits, but one thing's for certain. Charlie Martin can spin a yarn. Listen to the album on SpotifyA Few Minutes WithEddie Grant - Electric AvenueA Current AffairThe Weeknd - Blinding Lights
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Snippet of Elvis Presley Start of with a little trivia of how many shows outside of the U.S. Elvis played during the entirety of his career. Then hear about how Elvis was rejected from several bands, failed music, and where he gets his distinct sound from.
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Charlie Martin - Imaginary People Charlie Martin's pandemic experience has been much like the rest of ours, until it wasn't.Martin, one half of the having-an-indie-moment act Hovvdy, spent much of the first two COVID years huddled up with his Mrs, tethered to extended family from afar, until they deemed such time safe (or safe enough) to venture out.Imaginary People, Martin's solo LP, emerges as an exploration of perspective, or should we say, 'perspectives, both real and imagined.' Which is to say that the way Martin navigated the slow passage of the pandemic was to conjure stories of characters, examine his own experience, to wonder and encourage himself to create.Serendipity plays a role here: it just so happens that an 1870s Steinway grand piano has tenure at Martin's Mother-In-Law's house in Mississippi, and those keys flavor the record often.Ultimately, it's worth noting that the offending review I note during this show came from KOOP (not KCRW). I wasn't sure how this record would land with Ryan and Mark, how we'd identify with this menagerie of hazy sonic portraits, but one thing's for certain. Charlie Martin can spin a yarn. Listen to the album on SpotifyA Few Minutes WithEddie Grant - Electric AvenueA Current AffairThe Weeknd - Blinding Lights
Taylor Swift - Red (Taylor's Version) So let's just start with the obvious: we don't know where the scarf is.We don't know if the legends about said scarf are real, nor do we have insight from various Gyllenhaals as to the status of the aforementioned scarf, and we don't know with certainty that Taylor Swift, when you break up with her, is contractually obligated or otherwise driven to write ten minute super catchy ditties heavily inferring that she wants her scarf back.We don't know any of that.What we do know is that she writes borderline illegally infectious pop ditties that at times make otherwise serious human beings feel like they're...twenty-two. That her popcraft is of such finely hewn nuance that she can reimagine many of her breakout works, layer in a dizzying array of collaborations, and even deftly cede the spotlight from time to time is pretty telling.It's a memorable party, you just may get emotional at the end.Also, we take a magnifying glass to 'Bust A Move' -Find it on AmazonA Few Minutes WithYoung MC - Bust A MoveA Current Affairfanclubwallet - Car Crash in G Major
Pandemic MixTape It's pretty common in our collective rear view to gaze upon the halcyon days of early March 2020 and chuckle about our earnest belief that this COVID thing? We'll be past it in a couple of weeks.Of course now, in a story that's been beaten into a fine mist, we know the pandemic had other plans.It is with tongue planted firmly in cheek that I suggest that this development did manage to affect the pursuit of podcasting.  At least it did ours.We really like to sit down in person as we can—it just makes for a livelier show—and talk music. So we waited. In the time since, Shane's gone back into the studio, so when we did decide to reconvene, Kevin, Ryan & Mark connect for this episode.We offer you the SLI pandemic recap mixtape, where we consider the tracks we've met since we've not been meeting. From the forlorn to the fanciful, it's a grab bag of what's kept us company throughout as the months piled up.Like the needle dropped in the groove, you've got to start somewhere - Recorded in October of 2021. To listen to the songs featured in this episode, checkout our Pandemic MixTape Spotify Playlist.
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger It can be difficult to recall on occasion that Willie Nelson is more than just the proverbial Kevin Bacon of country music: true, he's recorded with everyone, true, he's become revered beyond his wildest dreams among a large swath of the American music loving public, and true, he once managed to wrangle his way out of trouble with the IRS, in part, by cutting some Doritos commercials. It's been a weird ride. But there was a time when he found himself at the crossroads to a great enough extent that he laid down in the street in hopes that he might not get up again. This was more than the act of a man who wrote Patsy Cline's breakout hit "Crazy." It was, at the time, an act of desperation. And how delightful it must have felt, then, years later, when he worked his industry position into an album delivered the way that he wanted it, on his terms. He delivered something Nashville brass had no concept might work: a stripped down, road weary tale of a man looking for answers is a world that kept them just out of reach. In the end, the audience had the final say. Let's unspool what all the fuss was about.
Singles of 2019 - Mixtape This sometimes happens when life intervenes, and if we're being honest there's a lot of that that's been happening lately. Shane's been touring, Mark's been on the road for work (I suppose that's touring too, of sorts), and Ryan and Kevin have been juggling schedules. We figured the perfect antidote to the layoff was a brand new mixtape show, and no better excuse than a re-examination of 2019's best.Some of the tracks here are to be expected (Billie Eilish is clearly having a moment), and Clairo's more recent work follows her video with 45 million downloads, but we also mixed in some of the Front Bottoms (which gave us occasion to riff on old band names), Soccer Mommy makes an appearance with chops, and who knew The Raconteurs were at it again. Brendon Benson, I suppose.All in all mixtape shows are a breezy way to get back into things, take the pulse, talk a little current events. And remember why, even if we're lagging, great tracks remain timeless.
Barrie - Happy To Be Here It's a weird byproduct of doing this podcast that occasionally —and I realize that this idea is counterintuitive—finding a record square in the midst of all of our collective sweetspot may affect our banter when we lay down the show.
It's rare when it happens, but it happens.
We ran into an interesting set of circumstances with Barrie and their initial release Happy To Be Here, from the SXSW set Mark and I caught in a Mezcal bar (with a local weatherman) to the fact that through dumb luck they came through Austin literally the night before recording, and Mark and I cornered Barrie (the person this time, not the band) to ask her a few questions about their music and her songs.
And of course she was delightful, and the record is often delightful, and the whole thing tends to play like a nostalgic trip to somewhere you already know that you fancy.
Which may make for a little bit of a one note sounding commentary.  But don't listen for hand wringing (there really isn't much of that anyway), lend an ear for the tracks. Those are the ones you've never heard before...that always take you back.
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Labor Day Mix Tape Vol. 2 Mixtape shows are funny (beyond whatever shenanigans actually happen during the taping itself): you tend to think about the songs you're going to add to the show via the unique prism of that song's application to a given theme.
For our Labor Day Mixtape Show, we decided (cleverly? You decide-) that we'd bring to bear songs specifically about Work, Birth (or Babies) and/or British Parliament (though that Labour has a U in it). Who knows if it works, but it sure does make the searching and ensuing chatter greater than dull. Pull up your favorite chair, grab the beverage of your choosing, and hold on.
Also, We've created a playlist for this mixtape so that you can enjoy all of the songs in their entirety. You can check that out on Spotify or on Apple Music.
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R.E.M. - Finest Worksong
Dolly Parton - 9 to 5
The Beatles - Birthday
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Isn't She Lovely
They Might Be Giants - Seven Days of the Week (I Never Go To Work)
Eddie Rabbitt - Driving My Life Away
Loverboy - Working For The Weekend
Spoon - The Agony of Laffitte
Huey Lewis and the News - Working For A Living
Sam Cooke - Chain Gang
Donna Summer - She Works Hard For The Money
Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
miles davis - kind of blue At some point during the week before we laid down this episode, one of us circulated a Honda scooter ad starring Miles Davis from the 1980s. If you've ever seen it, it's more or less...terrifying, which is a helluva thing to accuse of a Honda scooter commercial from the 1980s. Miles could be well and truly ominous when he wanted to be, even when (sort of) pitching something.
He was, after all, known in his later years for playing entire sets with his back to the paying audience. He wasn't here, specifically, for you.
In 1959, sixty or so years (almost to the day) prior to this episode, Davis assembled a team of players in the stratosphere of their careers: John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley on sax, pianist Bill Evans, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Jimmy Cobb and new band pianist Wynton Kelly, who sat in for a track. It was heady company, and by the time they hit the studio, Miles had considered the ideas and signatures behind Kind of Blue thoroughly. The result was a legendary &quot;conversation&quot; between instruments, a subtle juxtaposition of styles that has continued to chart ever since. It's a solid starter jazz record for the neophyte ear, packed with enough nuance to reward repeat listenings from staunch collectors.
Kind of Blue is only six songs long. But the tracks run much deeper than that. In this show, we ponder a classic.
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[Blur - *Coffee & TV*](https://youtu.be/6oqXVx3sBOk)
A Current Affair
[Fontaines D.C. - *Boys In The Better Land*](https://youtu.be/TNXrKBt76zI)
spacehog - resident alien I don't really know how to explain this other than the way that I'm about to, but the first time I heard In The Meantime, I had a pretty good idea that this track was pretty much the best that Spacehog had to offer.
And I don't mean that it's because the song is a transcendent masterpiece, a triumph to eclipse all of their others.
It sounded, for lack of a better term, like a band poured everything into making one radio ready song, and then realized that they needed to cut nine more before the record came out.
There is a lot (I mean a LOT) of teeth gnashing in this episode - we worry about Liv Tyler (who up and married one of these guys), and we somehow find time to mention that there were other albums, which is frankly somewhat astonishing. But they had their fifteen minutes. Which is about a quarter of the time they get here.
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A Few Minutes With
[The Kingsmen - *Louie, Louie*](https://youtu.be/CCY0bAPLZ1w)
A Current Affair
[Charly Bliss - *Chatroom*](https://youtu.be/dXrJwXRyitg)
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