Thursday, November 16, 2006

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 11: Broken Glasses, Broken Heart

Romance is hard. There’s more to love than flowers and candy and sex in public restrooms. There’s a lot of inherent listening. There’s a lot of compromise. There’s also an exorbitant amount of “putting up with [the other person’s] shit.” My wife can certainly attest to that last part.
And yet still, romance is grand. It’s an ideal to which we as social creatures aspire, and for much more than a mere primal urge to procreate. Romance inspires great art, but not as much, I’d wager, as the famed post-romance slump. Shitty times breed great music.
Show Notes
Intro: Beefy - “Hello, friends” / “David’s Sister
Beefy also did a Flash animated video of an abridged version of this track. You should watch it. You should also check out this leaked track from his upcoming album. It will change your life. Possibly.
Z’s first interlude: “She farts every time she laughs.”
For the record: I do not know a coffee shop girl with lax dental hygiene and intestinal distress. I just wanted to clear that up.
Track 1: Rowlf & Kermit - “I Hope that Something Better Comes Along”
I had to harvest this song from YouTube. That should explain the shitty quality.
Track 2: Jonathan Richman - “True Love is Not Nice”
Little X. played a Richman tune in the last podcast, as well. Jonathan is nerd rock royalty.
Track 4: Fanatical - “I Don’t Wanna Be Right”
Somehow hearing Fanatical talking about the Internet having an orifice is even more disturbing than hearing Beefy spout the line.
Track 5: The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets - “The Innsmouth Look
I assume you’ve all read “The Shadow over Innsmouth” because, y’know, you’re nerds.
Z’s 2nd interlude: “You can’t put a Band-aid on a broken heart.”
As I’m sure I’ve already mentioned Indicashadow is Benjamin Bear. Ben’s a nice fellow. If you see him this weekend, tell him I said hi.
Track 6: mc chris - “Cookie Breath” / Anonymous Listener – “Yummiest Meow-Meow” / IRN MNKY - “Scrubs Close to Me”
The best line from “Cookie Breath” is my eyes well up when your car pulls up. Hands down!
Track 7: Shael Riley - “Build Me up Buttercup
Shael does magnificently odd covers. Should you see him this weekend, give him my regards as well.
Track 8: Ween – “Piss up a Rope”
I’m sure Darth-Apu has been waiting for me to drop some Ween into the mix. I begrudgingly admit that Ween is a perfect example of lo-fi dork rock. This song is their best. It talks about pee-pee.
Track 10: Hayseed Dixie - “Keepin’ Your Poop in a Jar (Live)”
I am not a fan of country music in a modern sense, but I have been known to occasionally get my drink on to the soothing sounds of classic Willie, David, Johnny, and Hank the 1st. I will, however, go on record as saying that a bluegrass song about preserving feces garners instant hillbilly-nerd status.
Z’s final interlude: “Not, as they say, a handsome woman.”
Everyone has an opinion on Yoko. Some say she broke up the Beatles. Some say that her contribution to Lennon’s happiness and the ensuing inspiration more than makes up for it. But I think one matter on which we can all agree is that she’s no looker.
Track 11: Headphone Souls - “Oh Yoko’s Ugly”
I’m not overly fond of Bubba Sparxxx, but he was country enough to fit in well after the previous twofer, and “Oh Yoko” was just lovey-dovey enough to mesh well with the rest of the episode.
The named I had originally proposed for this show was “Busted Glasses, Broken Heart,” but I changed it at the last minute. Both iterations were inspired by the title of an excellent Murder City Devils album.
You don’t need to know that or anything… I’m just sayin’.
Thanks so much for listening. Thanks especially to Beefy and Mr. Anonymous Listener for their contributions. Your comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome.


Doc Pop said...

I'm a recent Bubba Sparx fan.. Not like in a huge way, I just wen't from not liking him at all to thinking he's okay. I mean, anything Timbaland touches can still have gold-like characteristics, even though most of his stuff is shit covered gold.

That was kind of confusing... Anyway, check out Bubba Speak (I think that's the name of it). It's all about the way he talks and drawls and stuff.

Oh, MCD rocked btw.

Z. said...

Exemplary production really can make a meager MC much more palatable. That’s one of the reason I dig the bootleg scene: sometimes all it takes for me to realize that I enjoy someone’s flow is to hear them spitting it over a Duran Duran beat.

I will definitely check out Bubba Speak. It sounds like something to which I can truly relate. ;)

I had no idea you were a Devils fan, Doc. I’m planning on doing a “Joy of Specks” podcast in the future where I only play artists that wear glasses, so I might throw a little Spencer Moody in there too.

ChurchHatesTucker said...

John Prine's "In spite of ourselves" would have fit into this set nicely.

steve said...

shit z. part of what you said made me sad. what if i was dumped by someone who had absolutely ZERO shit to put up with? what if i ran into miss perfect already?

fuck me with a goat in a boat,

Z. said...

Then she’ll be back, funk. True love is a lot like the clap; you might think it’s gone, but it’ll be back when you least expect it. And it might burn a little.

Antisocial said...

If only I had my track "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now" finished... it would have been the perfect addition to this podcast. It's a dysfunctional song about being a little too persistant, very much in the vein of David's Sister.

steve said...

... part of me feels patronized... the other has a sliver of hope after all these months.

Z. said...

There is an excellent chance of me putting together a similar show in the future, Soc. I’m sure I can find a place for your track.

I wasn’t trying to sound condescending, funk. Mostly I was just trying to work a VD joke into the comments. Sorry about that.

gnosis said...

Hey man, what happened to track #9?

Z. said...

Track 9 was actually deposed in a bloodless coup by double-digit revolutionaries. They set up a puppet government with Track 10 as the proud (but ultimately powerless) figurehead.

Actually, Track 9 was originally a transition track that I removed because I thought “Piss Up a Rope” and “Keepin’ Your Poop in a Jar” actually flowed better without it. Unfortunately I seem to have forgotten to re-number things after I did so. My bad.

Good eye, Jon. You win teh Internetz!