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Is Rick still scared by zombie movies? Will Pete’s kids love The Goonies and The Princess Bride as much as he did? We reflect on the movies we saw as children and what we see in them now when we watch as adults.

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Rick opines on the latest Grammy awards, lamenting that pop performance and spectacle have pushed out musicianship. He approves of Bruno Mars, but Cardi B? not so much.

December 22, 2017

Reflecting on 2017

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Rick and Peter think back on their work and musical listening habits of the past year.

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Singer/pianist Eric Stevenson of the piano/painting duo Pocket Vinyl talks about their new documentary Drive. Play. Sleep. Through dozens of interviews and on-the-road footage, the film tells the story of independent, do-it-yourself musicians touring the country and trying to make a living from their art. Stay to the end of the podcast to hear a new song from their forthcoming album "Uncomfortably Unsure." See the film at http://www.driveplaysleep.com/ and find out more about the music and art at http://www.pocketvinyl.com/

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When is OK to be a fanboy? Rick once handed a cassette tape of his band to one of the members of The Church. Peter saw Spose and Dave Gutter out shopping and was too scared to say hello.

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Rick and Peter try to figure out what to do on Thanksgiving when you don’t have a family get-together to attend. Their best options: go watch high school football, stay home and drink away your sorrows, go to the casino, or make nachos.

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Rick ran into one of his musical heroes, Blue Öyster Cult bassist/vocalist/composer Joe Bouchard, at an Imagine Dragons concert at Mohegan Sun Arena. Peter stumbled upon a Boyz II Men concert at Disney World. Also, Rick and Peter agree that modern popular music all sounds the same, and admit that they are old and out of touch.

 

 

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Rick recalls an unsuccessful stakeout outside the New Orleans home of Fats Domino.

Lady Madonna by Fats Domino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1OdbPpvFYg

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After Eminem made headlines with his anti-Trump freestyle, Rick and Peter discuss the history of musicians making political statements and consider the varying motiviations behind them. Is Eminem just out to promote a new album?

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After the recent passing of Tom Petty, Rick and Peter consider his band's place in the pantheon of great American rock bands. Who else belongs in the top five? The Allman Brothers? Bruce Sprintsteen and The E Street Band? The Eagles? The Grateful Dead? The Beach Boys?

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