Tag Archives: Arcade Fire

Episode 98: Top of the Pops

Thanks to Nilina Mason-Campbell for joining us! You can listen above, or download the episode right here.

Topic:

  • Pop music!
  • When did we learn to love pop music?
  • When did “Pop” become a sound, rather than another word for “popular music”?
  • Is pop music unfairly maligned?

Songs:

  • U2 – “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)”
  • Katy Perry – “Teenage Dream”
  • Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
  • Primal Scream – “Movin’ on Up”

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BEST OF 2013: Darren Hicks

Our good friend & collaborator Darren Hicks put together a list of his favorite (and least favorite) musical moments of 2013. Check ’em out below:Songs:
1. The Knife – A Tooth for An Eye
2. Vampire Weekend – Ya Hey
3. Little Green Cars – The Kitchen Floor
4. Disclosure – Latch
5. Arcade Fire – Here Comes the Night Time

Honorable mentions:
Chrome Sparks – Send the Pain On
Kanye West – Black Skinhead
Blood Orange – Chamakay
Chvrches – Lungs
James Blake – Life Round Here

Albums:
1. Typhoon – White Lighter
2. Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
3. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
4. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
5. Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe

Honorable mentions:
Kanye West – Yeezus
Disclosure – Settle
The Knife – Shaking the Habitual
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Yo La Tengo – Fade

Shows:
1. Dan Deacon @ Pioneer Square
2. The Rest of MFNW
3. Phoenix @ Crystal Ballroom
4. Yo La Tengo @ Wonder Ballroom
5. Anamanaguchi @ Backspace

Disappointments:
Chris Owens – Lysandre
Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
Blurred Lines hype
Fall Out Boy – Save Rock & Roll
Justin Timberlake – 20/20 Experience Pt. 2

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Episode 63: It Was A Very Good Year

Thank you to Colin McLaughlin and Jordan Portlock for joining us this week, for our wrap-up show! This bad boy is mighty long, and below are links to download the different sections individually, or the single-file version of the episode. We hope you enjoy it!

Topic:

  • 2013: A year in review!
  • We go over our favorite songs, albums, shows – and our biggest disappointments.

Songs Used:

Bands Mentioned:

  • Pusha T / Clipse
  • Danny Brown
  • Chance the Rapper
  • Vampire Weekend
  • Kanye West
  • Phoenix
  • Fanno Creek
  • Just Lions
  • Bright is Black
  • Foo Fighters
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • Bono / U2
  • Rolling Stones
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Band
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Norah Jones
  • M. Ward
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Autre Ne Veut
  • Majical Cloudz
  • Grimes
  • A$AP Ferg
  • Fiona Apple
  • Blake Mills
  • Savages
  • Crystal Castles
  • Gary Numan
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Flying Lotus
  • Thundercat
  • Captain Murphy
  • Drake
  • Soundgarden
  • Jeff Mangum / Neutral Milk Hotel
  • Animal Collective
  • Foals
  • The National
  • Deerhunter
  • Neko Case
  • Eric Bachmann / Archers of Loaf
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Explosions in the Sky
  • The Blow
  • James Murphy / LCD Soundsystem
  • Postal Service
  • Big Freedia
  • Mudhoney
  • J. Mascis
  • Metz
  • Father John Misty
  • Shabazz Palaces
  • Shearwater
  • Joyce Manor
  • Ural Thomas
  • Johnny Marr / The Smiths
  • Big Boi
  • Steely Dan
  • Philip Glass
  • Pearl Jam
  • Sleater Kinney
  • Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  • Typhoon
  • Cut Copy
  • Sebadoh
  • Graham Nash
  • The Breeders
  • James Blake
  • Little Green Cars
  • Iceage
  • Shuggie Otis
  • Patti Smith
  • The Walkmen
  • Anamanaguchi
  • Portland Cello Project
  • Emmylou Harris
  • The Bats
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Miguel
  • Rudimentals
  • Arcade Fire
  • Michael Stipe
  • David Bowie
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Julian Casablancas
  • Panda Bear
  • Giorgio Moroder
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Boards of Canada
  • The Knife
  • Jay Z
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Beyonce
  • Madonna
  • Modest Mouse
  • Tegan & Sara
  • Dawes
  • Lightspeed Champion
  • Mike Will Made It
  • Danny Brown
  • Busta Rhymes
  • Q-Tip
  • Janelle Monae
  • Kevin Gates
  • Laura Mvula
  • Merchandise
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Nina Simone
  • Big Sean
  • Jay Electronica
  • Los Campesinos!
  • Violent Femmes
  • Typhoon
  • Wild Ones
  • Mo Troper / Your Rival
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Foxygen
  • The Haxan Cloak
  • Run The Jewels
  • Camera Obscura
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  • Volcano Choir
  • D’Angelo
  • Our First Brains
  • Nana Grisol / Defiance, Ohio
  • St. Lucia
  • Stuart Villain
  • Disappears
  • RiFF-RAFF
  • Phil Anselmo / Pantera
  • Author & Punisher
  • Oneohtrix Point Never
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Episode 55: No Expectations

Thanks to Bob Ham for joining us for this episode! You can listen up top, or you can download it HERE!

Topic:

  • Hype/expectations: what are hype and expectations, and what do they mean for music?
  • What bands have fallen victim to the “hype machine”?
  • Are there bands that subvert the concept of “hype” by fairly living up to the expectations?
  • Are there bands that create their own hype?

Songs:

Bands Mentioned

  • MIA
  • Reggie Watts
  • Arcade Fire
  • Macklemore
  • Eminem
  • Justin Bieber
  • OK Go
  • The 1975
  • Kevin Devine
  • Now, Now
  • Cut Copy
  • Modern Kin
  • Charli XCX
  • Janelle Monae
  • Davey Havok / AFI
  • Coming
  • Joy Division
  • Touche Amore
  • The Features
  • Tegan & Sara
  • Kanye West
  • Brendan Urie / Panic at the Disco
  • Fiona Apple
  • Radiohead
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Public Enemy
  • Death Grips
  • Haim
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Tapes n Tapes
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
  • The Vaccines
  • Perfect Pussy
  • Mo Troper / Your Rival
  • Carlos D. / Interpol
  • Rivers Cuomo / Weezer
  • Lou Reed
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Bloc Party
  • Paul McCartney / The Beatles
  • The Clash
  • The Kinks
  • The Who
  • Elvis Presley
  • Pixies
  • Chris Gaines
  • XTC
  • Aphex Twin
  • The Firemen
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Bono / U2
  • Michael Stipe / REM
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Drake
  • Jay Z
  • Lorde
  • 50 Cent
  • Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill ‘Em All
  • Tyler, The Creator
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Shaun Ryder / Happy Mondays
  • Teenage Fanclub
  • Fear
  • Katy Perry
  • Robyn
  • The Ting Tings
  • !!!
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Hot Hot Heat
  • The Walkmen
  • Joggers
  • The Woolen Men
  • The National
  • Father John Misty
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Foster the People
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Kasabian
  • Futureheads
  • Maximo Park
  • Palma Violets
  • Stereophonics
  • Living Color
  • Bush
  • Typhoon
  • Yo La Tengo
  • AD/DC
  • The Ramones
  • Slayer
  • The Killers
  • Coldplay
  • Mazzy Star
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Rodney Crowell
  • Richard Thompson
  • Shabazz Palaces
  • Natasha Kmeto
  • Minden
  • Autistic Youth
  • Piss Test
  • Cass McCombs
  • Minor Alps
  • Nada Surf
  • Atlas Genius
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
  • Family of the Year
  • Bill Frisell
  • Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks
  • Rose Window
  • Sun Angle
  • Lightning Bolt
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Episode 48: The Avant-Guard

Big thanks to Sean Griffith and Matthew Sweeney for joining us today! You can listen above, or right-click HERE to download!

Topic:

  • Avant garde
  • What makes an artist “avant garde”?
  • What does an artist have to do to be considered avant garde even in a more mainstream genre?
  • What bands that are considered normal now could have been considered avant garde when they began?
  • What makes certain music weird?

Songs Used:

Bands Mentioned:

  • Win Butler / Arcade Fire
  • James Murphy / LCD Soundsystem
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Bob Marley
  • Cat Stevens
  • Paul McCartney
  • Kathleen Hanna / The Julie Ruin
  • King Mountain Petrol
  • Julia Holter
  • Grouplove
  • Los Campesinos!
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • of Montreal
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Neko Case
  • Cody Simpson
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jesse McCartney
  • Cerberus Shoal
  • Hot Chip
  • On and On
  • Liz Harris / Grouper
  • The Blow
  • Kim Gordon / Body/Head
  • Animal Collective
  • John Lennon / Paul McCartney / The Beatles
  • Sonic Youth
  • Radiohead
  • Brian Eno
  • Stockhausen
  • Yoko Ono
  • Captain Beefheart
  • St. Vincent
  • Kronos Quartet
  • Philip Glass
  • Coldplay
  • James
  • David Bowie
  • Roxy Music
  • Steve Reich
  • Nurse With Wound
  • Agitation Free
  • Smegma
  • Draggin an Ox Through Water
  • Why I Must Be Careful
  • Bjork
  • Sigur Ros
  • Albert Ayler
  • Ornette Coleman
  • Eric Dolphy
  • Sun Ra
  • Last Poets
  • Natural Snow Buildings
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • Lonnie Holley
  • Cul-de-Sac
  • Bardo Pond
  • Talk Talk
  • Slint
  • Current 93
  • Stars of the Lid
  • Merzbow
  • Boris
  • Jeff Tweedy
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • The National
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Elvis Costello
  • The Roots
  • U2
  • Lovers
  • The Features
  • Porcelain Raft
  • Wound
  • J Mascis
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Episode 45: Out of Sync

As always, thanks to Cory Butcher and Darren Hicks for joining us on the show! You can listen above, or download HERE!

Topic:

  • When is a question like “Who is NSync?” an ignorant question?
  • Is a question like that a testament to ignorance, or the disposability of pop music?
  • Is there an excuse for internet stupidity, with the existence of Google and Wikipedia?
  • When is a band too big to not know?

Songs Used:

Bands Mentioned:

  • MIA
  • Don Henley / The Eagles
  • Washed Out
  • Fiona Apple
  • Pure Bathing Culture
  • Paul Simon
  • Art Garfunkel
  • Ace of Base
  • The Bird & The Bee
  • Beach House
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Smash Mouth
  • Oneohtrix Point Never
  • 3oh!3
  • No Age
  • Chvrches
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • The Walkmen
  • Bono / U2
  • Kanye West
  • Jay Z
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Neko Case
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Frank Ocean
  • Macklemore
  • THEESatisfaction
  • The Game
  • Justin Timberlake / Lance Bass / NSync
  • Arcade Fire
  • Stone Roses
  • Wings
  • Paul McCartney / The Beatles
  • Presidents of the United States of America
  • George Michael / Wham!
  • Donnie Wahlberg / New Kids on the Block
  • Marky Mark
  • Bush
  • Gwen Stefani / No Doubt
  • Tom Morello / Rage Against The Machine
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • The Housemartins
  • Fatboy Slim
  • Everlast
  • Bob Geldof / The Boomtown Rats
  • Flavor Flav / Public Enemy
  • Ozzy Osborne / Black Sabbath
  • Uncle Tupelo
  • Jeff Tweedy / Wilco
  • Ryan Adams
  • Whiskeytown
  • Justin Bieber
  • Marian McPartland
  • Little Comets
  • Stepkids
  • Dam-Funk
  • Peanut Butter Wolf
  • Katy Perry
  • Robin Thicke
  • Bob Dylan
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