Rick and Pete reflect on Justin Hayward's show with Mike Dawes at The Garde, and recall times they went along to see someone else's favorite band.

Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues plays at the Garde Arts Center on Saturday. The Moody Blues, and Hayward's songs in particular, were a big deal to a young Rick Koster.

 

Songs we discuss:

 

“In the Beginning / Lovely to See You” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AukFsBv2oDY 

“Watching and Waiting” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHCtqq8GDxA

“The Actor” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFHUJeTHznk

“Are You Sitting Comfortably?” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPcPApPO20s

“The Western Sky” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KCUeg54CUI

Rick's band used to cover songs from movies in the eighties. Pete's musical taste was defined by movie soundtracks of the nineties. Are films still a major vehicle for popular music, or have video games taken over?

We were supposed to talk about something else today, but our sound check turned into an entire episode. Rick sneaks into a Brian Wilson sound check, while Pete look for help facilitating sound checks at local candidate debates.

September 18, 2019

Is pop music getting stupider?

Stupider? More stupid? Rick and Pete discuss a scientific study that found pop songs have become musically and lyrically simpler over time. Does simpler equal worse?

How do certain bands become our favorites? Pete's favorite band, Rustic Overtones, play Saturday at the Knickerbocker Music Center in Westerly. Plus, Rick has some ideas on how to use the radio to make road trips more interesting.

Song Spinner is a video series we produce for The Day where musicians perform a song and tell the story behind it. This episode of the podcast is an extended interview form our most recent Song Spinner session. See the video at: https://youtu.be/wPV8QWruQsA

Straight to VHS is a three piece rock band from New London, Connecticut whose members, guitarist/vocalist Jon Young, Drummer Jay Silva, and bassist Tim Donnell, recently recorded a new album, “Friend Music.” We spoke with Jon Young about the song “Manic in the Morning.”

Straight to VHS has a Kickstarter to fund the upcoming album, find out more at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/straight2vhs/friend-music-album-release-by-straight-to-vhs

Their music video for "Chemical Wifi" premieres Saturday at noon: https://youtu.be/ZBMM2Khz6n4

There is so much art, history and culture in the world, and so much of it is so far away, how will we ever get to see everything we want to see before we die?

A lot has happened to musical theater since Rick's favorite musical, "Pippin." Features editor Kristina Dorsey sits in to discuss how "Hamilton" has put hip hop in front of new audiences while teaching history lessons in a novel way.

Is it possible to appreciate art while disapproving of the artist? Rick and Peter discuss the talented comedians, musicians, authors, actors and athletes who were revealed to be terrible people, and how to view their work in light of their transgressions. Topics include Woody Allen, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, Ted Nugent, Michael Vick, Harvey Weinstein, Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain.

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