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LIVE: Weird Al Yankovic, Edgefield Amphitheater, Portland, OR

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By Hollister Dixon

I have a lot of love for Weird Al Yankovic. He’s a man who’s career I haven’t followed as closely as should, but my love of his music goes back – like most people – to when I was a kid. I remember hearing Seattle’s KISS 106.1 premiere “The Saga Begins”, and I remember the joy of seeing him at the Puyallup Fair on the Poodle Hat tour when I was all of 13 years old (my third concert ever). Over the last 30 years, Yankovic has built a perfect legacy as the parody artist, one with an almost superhuman ability to create fantastic pop songs within another person’s framework, as well as creating pitch-perfect pastiche pieces (Running With Scissors odyssey “Albuquerque” springs to mind immediately, which may be his best work). I haven’t seen Yankovic perform since I was a kid, so it seemed like it was time to finally watch him work his magic with adult(ish) eyes.

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Episode 91: Cowboy Blues

Thanks to Jacob Heiteen for joining us this week on the show! You can listen above, or download the episode here.

Topic:

  • Country music: why is it so misaligned?
  • What makes music “country music”?
  • Who are the most important names in the genre?
  • Why does modern country sound so different?

Songs:

Bands:

  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Robin Thicke
  • Pixies
  • A Sunny Day in Glasgow
  • Tori Amos
  • Kate Bush
  • Joanna Newsom
  • Wolves in the Throne Room
  • Mastodon
  • White Stripes
  • Black Keys
  • Our First Brains
  • Hemingway
  • La Dispute
  • Pianos Become the Teeth
  • Melville
  • Damn Librarians
  • Johnny Winter
  • Edgar Winter
  • Ringo Starr
  • Billy Squire
  • Gary Wright
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • J Dilla
  • Run DMC
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • MF Doom
  • Craig Finn / The Hold Steady
  • Drake
  • Sky Above and Earth Below
  • Carrion Spring
  • Merle Haggard
  • Willie Nelson
  • Townes Van Zandt
  • Hank Williams
  • Johnny Cash
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Neko Case
  • Uncle Tupelo
  • The Jayhawks
  • Wilco
  • Son Volt
  • Lucinda Williams
  • Carter Family
  • Toby Keith
  • Elvis Costello
  • Nick Lowe
  • Ray Charles
  • Ween
  • Garth Brooks
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Chris Gaines
  • Shania Twain
  • Woody Guthrie
  • T-Bone Burnett
  • Patsy Cline
  • Loretta Lynn
  • Dolly Parton
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Tammy Wynette
  • George Jones
  • Billie Holiday
  • Wanda Jackson
  • Taylor Swift
  • Here’s Your Rodeo
  • Tears For Steers
  • Cole Porter
  • Buck Owens
  • Bob Dylan
  • Amos Lee
  • Depeche Mode
  • Nick Cave
  • John Darnielle / The Mountain Goats
  • Conway Twitty
  • Kanye West
  • Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Graham Parsons
  • The Eagles
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Allman Brothers Band
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Doobie Brothers
  • Drive-By Truckers
  • Old 97’s
  • The Smiths
  • Wings
  • Your Rival
  • The Sidekicks
  • Echo & the Bunnymen
  • U2
  • Tim Hecker
  • Oneohtrix Point Never
  • Grouper
  • Chris Brown
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Episode 43: Just for Laughs

Here’s our new episode! You can give us a listen up above, or download it right HERE.

Topic:

  • Comedy in music
  • Who are some of the greats of comedy-based music?
  • What about the cornerstones of parody, or style parody?
  • What place does comedy have in hip-hop, with ever-present skits?

Songs Used:

Bands Mentioned:

  • Kevin Shields / My Bloody Valentine
  • Psy
  • Daft Punk
  • Skrillex
  • Deerhoof
  • The Shivas
  • Sun Angle
  • Zach Hill / Death Grips
  • Drumgasm
  • Robin Thicke
  • Pharrell Williams
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Johnny Marr / Morrissey / The Smiths
  • Tim DeLaughter / The Polyphonic Spree
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • Spike Jones
  • Tim Lehrer
  • Dr. Demento
  • The Beatles
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine
  • Garfunkel & Oats
  • Regina Spektor
  • Kings of Convenience
  • Jack White / The White Stripes
  • Reggie Watts
  • Tenacious D
  • The Lonely Island
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Eminem
  • Big Boi
  • Raekwon / Wu-Tang Clan
  • Kanye West
  • Gotye
  • Rebecca Black
  • William Hung
  • Sufjan Stevens
  • James Blunt
  • Josh Groban
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Steve Martin
  • Bo Burnham
  • Tim Minchin
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Steely Dan
  • Dillinger Escape Plan
  • Travis Morrison / Dismemberment Plan
  • Girl Talk
  • Band of Horses
  • The Dan Band
  • Death Cab for Cutie
  • Manfred Man
  • Man Man
  • Aimee Man
  • Panic at the Disco
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
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