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This Month in Out Music February 2012

10 Mar

Mike doesn’t get to spin a lot of records on the radio so he’ll play some of his favorites to end the show every week. Here’s what he played in February.

2-7-2012

Matt Skiba-in your wake (Matt Skiba/Kevin Seconds Split 2002)

2-14-2012

The Wonder Year-Melrose Diner (Upsides 2010)

2-21-2012

Brand New-Lesson in Procrastination (Your Favorite Weapon 2001)

This Month in Out Music January 2012

5 Feb

Mike doesn’t get to spin a lot of records on the radio so he’ll play some of his favorites to end the show every week. Here’s what he played in January.

1-2-2012

Bad ReligionSorrow (The Process of Belief 2002)

1-10-2012

WeezerWhy Bother (Pinkerton 1996)

1-17-2012

(The) Bouncing Souls-Gasoline (Ghosts on the Boardwalk 2010)

1-24-2012

or the original version

(A) New Found Glory- Hit Or Miss (Self-Titled 2000)

1-31-2012

Green Day- Redundant (Nimrod 1997)

Turn The Radio off 12-12-2011

12 Dec

Kyle learns a harsh lesson about being poor and hungry. China won’t attack the United States, they  would have no one to buy all the crap they make. Where do all the back asswards hicks live? Lindsay Lohan? Playboy? Airbrushed? You don’t say.. Kyle’s war on sarcasm. Click Cleetus to download or click here. 

8-25-2011 Podcast

26 Aug

Leaving old jobs, beginning new ones, Did everyone who claimed to feel the earthquake really feel it? Why does cable TV keep destroying New York City via computer simulation that and more! Click the picture or click here! 

8-18-2011 Podcast

19 Aug

Is Bobby Hill gay? Why do people care about the sexuality of fictional characters? Is a robot apocalypse more feasible than a zombie apocalypse and why people would be more disgusted with a Casey Anthony book deal than a porn contract. Click Here

5 Songs: Alkaline Trio: Matt Skiba

6 Jul

One week before Alkaline Trio’s release of Damnesia and a week after I counted down my 5 favorite Dan Andriano songs it’s time to take a look at guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba’s top 5 tracks.  Once again i’m only profiling Alk3 songs although ‘Patent Pending’ by Heavens is a fall weather classic I thoroughly enjoyed his split with Kevin Seconds and I have to admit I didn’t pick up “demos” nor will I likely pick up his next solo album if it’s recorded on garage band. So here it is the top 5 Matt Skiba Alkaline Trio songs in my uneducated opinion.

#5 As You Were off goddammit

the fifth spot was the toughest to decide on, it was a three-way tie between Old School Reasons  (too many dual vocals to be considered just a “Matt Skiba” song), Lead Poisoning (great riff, great melody and the well placed trumpet during the bridge is a nice surprise) and this song. Ultimately the tie breaker went to “As You Were” because I felt “goddammit” was underrepresented on my list.

#4 Mr. Chainsaw off From Here to Infirmary 

“In case you’re wondering we’re singin about growing up about giving up and giving in” So many great lines, I believe I used every single one of them across many AOL IM away messages.

#3 Calling All Skeletons off Agony and Irony 

As previously mentioned “Agony and Irony” is probably my least favorite of all the Trio Records but “Calling All Skeletons” is the best opening track (both live and recorded) Alk3 has in their discography. This song may have been my #1 but the chorus and bridge leave a little to be desired but the verses are so damn strong they more than make up for it.

#2 My Friend Peter off Alkaline Trio (First B-side Album) 

 “I Don’t care who you’ve been kissing on these days it’s out of my hands and in my mouth with such a pleasant taste I need a beer to wash it all away without a trace,  and I’ll drink 23 more to wipe this stupid smile off my f@!#in face.” Just watch the tall dude 0:00-0:03 seconds in and then again from 0:08-0:10 seconds in, just about sums it up. In this video Skiba sings “My Friend Jerry,” most likely an inside joke pertinent to the city they’re playing in rest assured the song is in fact entitled “My Friend Peter”. 

#1 Radio off Maybe I’ll Catch Fire 

This may actually be my favorite song of all time. Yep I believe it is.

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What I Would Be Talking About Today If We Were On

30 Jun

As mentioned in my previous entry today’s show will be preempted due to my gout foot needing medical attention. If I weren’t stricken with this painful affliction here’s what we’d be covering on today’s episode of Turn The Radio Off . 

On the June 26th episode of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (Tea Party 6th District Minnesota) if she was "a flake". (seen above) I don't know much about the Tea Party, I don't know much about Bachmann. A lot of anti-Bachmann sentiment has been floating around the internet stemming from some radical far right ideas. The problem is when I try to google such claims, such as her proposal to get rid of minimum wage to eliminate unemployment I can't find a video or a news story to back up said claims, all I get is a bunch of blog entries complaining about them. For this reason I have been reserving judgement on Bachmann. What really bothers me about this story is how Bachmann's camp is turning this whole thing "incident" a pity party even after Wallace apologizes. If a candidate gets butt hurt over being called a flake how are they going to handle it when the real mud starts slinging?  One week before flakegate Wallace had a one on one with Jon Stewart where he sort of kind of in a roundabout way admitted that Fox News may possibly lean a bit to the right (fast forward to 2:02). I didn't interpret this as a straight up admission like everyone else, even if it was why would there be an uproar? By now everyone knows that Fox News is conservative MSNBC is liberal and at this point they both exist to cancel the other one out. Rough couple weeks Chris but I respect what you're doing, if this keeps up I may become a fan on facebook.

Michele Bachmann vs Chris Wallace. Chris Wallace vs Jon Stewart

Election night 2012 is a year and half away and campaign season is already getting on my nerves. I’m not annoyed by the mud slinging, i’m not annoyed by the bias team sport slapocity mentality coming from both Republicans and Democrats, i’m annoyed by the wounded victim act that seems to be a hot new campaign strategy.

On the June 26th episode of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (Tea Party 6th District Minnesota) if she was “a flake”. (seen above) I don’t know much about the Tea Party, I don’t know much about Bachmann. A lot of anti-Bachmann sentiment has been floating around the internet stemming from some radical far right statements she made in the past. The problem is when I try to google such claims, such as her proposal to get rid of minimum wage to eliminate unemployment I can’t find a video or a news story to back up said claims, all I get are a bunch of blog entries complaining about them. For this reason I have been trying to reserve judgement on Bachmann. What really bothers me about this story is how Bachmann’s camp is turning this whole thing “incident” a pity party even after Wallace apologizes. If a candidate gets butt hurt over being called a flake how are they going to handle the real mud slinging once it begins?  One week before  ‘flakegate’ Wallace had a one on one with Jon Stewart where he sort of kind of in a roundabout way admitted that Fox News may possibly lean a bit to the right (fast forward to 2:02). I didn’t interpret this as a straight up admission like everyone else but even if it was why would there be an uproar? By now everyone knows that Fox News is conservative, MSNBC is liberal and at this point they both exist to cancel each other out. Rough couple of weeks there Chris but I respect what you’re doing, if this keeps up I may become a fan on facebook.

Dan Gilbert, Michigan Native, Quicken Loans Founder, Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Fatheadz can do just about anything. His mortgage company is thriving in this depressed housing market, he's managed to put a hex on LeBron James and now he's actually put together a realistic plan to bring Detroit back from the dead. Long story short Dan's bummed out that he wasn't in on the ground floor of Groupon so he's buying up a bunch of abandoned real estate downtown and looking to attract web based businesses in hopes these companys catch lightning in a bottle and become the next big thing a la groupon, twitter, facebook etc. He also has a plan for retail, light rail and coming up with incentives to encourage folks to move downtown. So far this is the best "home run" solution i've heard so far, I like how Gilbert is looking to create new industries and enterprises instead of waiting around for the glory days of yesteryear. If anyone is rich enough, smart enough and crazy enough to pull it off it's Dan Gilbert that along with the Michigan business tax cuts may get this thing up and rolling. But then again it could crash and burn.Dan Gilbert’s Plan For Detroit

Dan Gilbert, Michigan Native, Quicken Loans Founder, Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Fatheadz can do just about anything. His mortgage company is thriving in this depressed housing market, he’s managed to put a hex on LeBron James and now he’s actually put together a realistic plan to bring Detroit back from the dead. Long story short Dan’s bummed that he wasn’t in on the ground floor of Groupon so he’s buying up a bunch of abandoned real estate downtown and looking to attract web based companies in hopes these companies can catch lightning in a bottle and become the next big thing a la groupon, twitter, facebook etc. He also has a plan for retail, light rail and coming up with incentives to encourage folks to move downtown. So far this is the best “home run” solution i’ve heard so far, I like how Gilbert is looking to create new industries and enterprises instead of waiting around for the glory days of yesteryear to return. If anyone is rich enough, smart enough and crazy enough to pull this off it’s Dan Gilbert; that along with the Michigan business tax cuts may get this thing up and rolling but then again unseen obstacles that seem to have been plagueing the city for decades could cause it to crash and burn.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/29/obama-tax-cuts-wealthy_n_886915.html

Barry Taps That

Last week President Obama tapped the emergency oil reserves despite crude oil dropping significantly over the past few months. This move not only makes no sense to me but it also makes me extremely uneasy. Worst case scenario if the United States is cut off from crude oil the emergency oil reserve only has enough supply to last us a few months (obviously I don’t see this happening but it is a much more limited supply than most folks probably realize). I’m no expert on the economy but this moves seems like it’s going to cause more damage in the long run than it’s going to help in the short term, eventually we are going to have to replace the 30 some odd million barrels and on top of that crude supplies have dropped sharply over the past week (no need to panic we are still at above average supply for this time of year.) Earlier today Barry implored congress to end tax breaks for “big oil”. Once again not an expert on the economy and as much as i’d love to see those SOB’s bent over the table  taking one up the you know what they’re not going to eat the money they’re losing to taxes they’re going to turn around and give it to us up our you know whats much harder and with a bigger $%^@!.

New York This Way

Congratulations to my gay friends and family in New York State for being granted the same rights as all the other American citizens. I was never 100% sure why gay marriage is illegal in some states, hell i've never been 2% sure why gay marriage is illegal in some states. Some people upon learning that I have a gay sister ask/accuse me of  having a biased opinion based on it affecting a loved one. First of all my sister is also a vegetarian, you'll never see me flying the flag for a meat free diet. Second of all i've never claimed to be nor have I thought of myself as a gay rights activist I just feel that everyone should have the same rights as anyone else. You can't outlaw something just because you think it's weird.

Congratulations to my gay friends and family in New York State for being granted the same rights as all the other American citizens. I was never 100% sure why gay marriage is illegal in some states. Hell i’ve never been 2% sure why gay marriage is illegal in some states. Some people upon learning that I have a gay sister ask/accuse me of  having a biased opinion based on it affecting a loved one. First of all my sister is a vegetarian, you’ll never see me flying the flag for a meat free diet. Second of all i’ve never claimed to be nor have I ever thought of myself as a gay rights ‘activist’ I just feel that everyone should have the same rights as anyone else. You can’t outlaw something just because you think it’s weird. 

Anyway fruitcakes, this ones for you! Enjoy!

5 Songs: Alkaline Trio: Dan Andriano

29 Jun

In the near future I hope to launch a brand new broadcast endeavor The 5 Songs Podcast where I have select guests on to play any 5 songs they want for any reason, then we talk about said songs and hope an interview breaks out. I know what you’re thinking “Mike, you’re a wannabe internet talk show host not a wannabe online disc jockey,  what is this? turning down the bro? Well i’ve spun a tune or two in my early days and since there will be no live TTRO this week (due to my gout foot needing medical attention) I decided to get my (gout) feet wet with the whole 5 songs idea. In honor of (The) Alkaline Trio’s “best of” acoustic record damnesia set to release on July 12th as well as alk3’s bassist/crooner putting out his own solo record August 9th I give you the very first 5 songs podcast, in blog form: Alkaline Trio: The Dan Andriano Collection. I will preface this by saying I don’t know a thing about music except “Hey! I like that song” or “Eh don’t like that song a whole lot.” Also this list is limited to Alk3 songs although his solo split with former Trio/Smoking Popes drummer Mike Felumlee is good too.  

#5 Take Lots With Alcohol off From Here to Infirmary

I guess I have to write something here or the spacing will look like shit. Good tune I think the drum beat actually makes the song, ironically (That’s Detroit’s own Derek Grant formerly of the Suicide Machines on drums in this video). I think I use too many commas and semi colons. 

#4 Love Love Kiss Kiss off Agony and Irony

Agony and Irony is probably my least favorite Alkaline Trio album. It does have a few gems; I think “Calling All Skeletons” is the band’s strongest first track as well as this one. Lyrics are a bit cheesy but the melody is infectious and “Do you curse the happy couple? Do you cringe at wedding bells? Do you drink up all the punch while you wish ’em all to hell?” Is my favorite line on the record. Alk3 guitarist/co lead singer Matt Skiba makes an appearance in the bridge.

# 3 Emma off Good Mourning

I remember reading somewhere; years and years ago; probably on the internet; about how Matt Skiba and Dan Andriano decided to write a song for the other one to sing on “Good Mourning;” Andriano wrote “Fatally Yours” for Skiba and Skiba wrote this one about some vampire chick but I couldn’t find anything on google to confirm it.

# 2 Crawl off From Here to Infirmary

Pure (teen) angst, probably because I was a teenager when I bought my first copy of “From Here to Infirmary.” To me D.A’s voice captures the gut wrenching, world ending feeling of unrequited teenage infatuation better than anyone but at the end of “Crawl” he takes us to the opposite end of the spectrum; apathetic dejection.

#1 Standard Break from Life Off Remains/UK Bonus Track From Here to Infirmary

Oooh a b-side how very Midtown of me. Alk3 is one of a  few bands whose b-sides are just as or almost as good as their album tracks. B-side doesn’t always mean “song that didn’t make the cut” a lot of times they’re just “song that don’t fit in on the album.” “Standard Break” is pure pop/punk/folky/goth/rock ear candy. It bounced around in my head over and over during a time of my life where I didn’t own a CD burner, iPod or high speed internet connection. Imagine my frustration trying to find the extended UK version of “From Here to Infirmary” on Interpunk. 

Differing opinions are always welcome. Heres a guy who may agree/disagree with some of my list. You may as well; feel free to leave a comment or let me know on Facebook or Twitter.  I’d like to say we’ll read the best comments and tweets on air but we probably won’t since our listeners don’t care about devil music (there’s only about 5 of them) but we can be internet friends!