Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Post Punk Road Trip (Part 2: The Night) - 5/25/13

Like I said last week, there are really two types of road trips.  Or maybe I should have said that there are two distinct parts to a road trip.  At the very least, there are two distinct road trip episodes of Post Punk For Post Punks.  Last week's show was meant to cover the portion that takes place during the day and this week's was meant for night time.

What is the difference between daytime road trip songs and night time road trip songs?  I know many scholars have struggled with this question for years and I believe I finally have the answer.  To find out what that answers is, click on the link below to download the show and then listen to that show and then laugh at the next scholar you see.

But be warned, I really did try to approach these with the idea of actually accompanying a real road trip in mind, so this show is another long one.  But if you're really out there on the road at night, what else are you going to do?  Drink alcohol?  Send text messages?  Transport certain fruits across state lines?  Forget it, those things are all illegal.  You're stuck having to listen to me.  Hopefully it's a good kind of stuck though, like that Huey Lewis & the News song, "Stuck on You", although not like the actual sound of the song.  And don't worry, I didn't play that song or anything else by HL&TN either.  To find out what else I didn't play, click on the link below!

Road Trip 2 - The Night Drive

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Post Punk Road Trip (Part 1: Daytime) - 5/18/13

Since it's summer or almost summer, at least in the northern hemisphere of Earth, I thought I would put together a show based on the idea of a road trip with some of the best songs ever made for such an occasion. It became immediately clear to me though that there really are two types of road trips.  One that takes place during the light of day and one that takes place during the non-light of night.

So this first show is dedicated to the daytime portion of your road trip.  It's also the longest show I've ever done but given the fact that a road trip is generally something that takes a while anyway, I figured it was a propos.  Or perhaps even chocolate mousse.  I don't actually speak French but I do know that there are also a lot of post-punk/new wave/alternative songs that really lend themselves to driving so there's another reason why the show went long.  In fact, I didn't even get everything in I wanted to.  Driving and music is just such a perfect marriage.  I'm sure they will remain together for a long time so I may revisit this down the road, no pun intended (but that's only because I didn't realize it was a pun at first - if I had, it would have been intended).

Anyway, the link to download the show is below.  It's almost like taking a very brief road trip through the information super-highway!

The Post Punk Road Trip (Part 1: Daytime)

Saturday, May 11, 2013

An Evening With Depeche Mode - 5/11/13

I guess this show could have been called "A Lifetime With Depeche Mode" as it not only covers a good portion of both the band's lifetime as well as my lifetime with the band but somehow, that sounded kind of cheesy.  Even for me.  If anything, I wish I would have called it "An Evening With Julio Iglesias" but it's probably too late for that now.

Plus I also didn't play any Julio Iglesias.  I only played Depeche Mode and I did so because they really are a special band.  They were incredibly significant in the development of alternative as well as electronic music but beyond that, they have a particularly important connection with their fans and I don't think that's an accident.  The story that is their music and their development is something many of us can relate to and be inspired by, whether we know it or not.  And whether you know it or not, you can download the show by clicking on the link below:

An Evening With Depeche Mode

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Influences of Post Punk (1956-1975) - 5/4/13

Being the diverse, multi-faceted type of music that post punk is, it stands to reason that it would draw from a very diverse, multi-faceted group of influences.  I don't know if the phrase, "stands to reason" confirms correctness so just in case, it is indeed true that post punk would draw from a very diverse, multi-faceted group of influences.  In fact, not to be a homer here but I defy you to give me any other type of music that can compare.  But one thing many of their influences do have in common is just how trailblazing and innovative they all were.  Beyond just the sound is this spirit of doing something new, something different.  I've said it before and I will say it again (guarantee that I already have by the time you read this), post punk was all about the future of music.  And so were many of their influences.

So tonight's show featured many of them.  If you don't believe me, download the podcast by following the link below:

Influences of Post Punk 1956-1975