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This week is full of throwbacks and smokestacks as we get down to the brassiest of tacks with the steampunk stylings of Steam Powered Giraffe, and their latest full-length, The 2¢ Show. Then we talk a little about music’s therapeutic capabilities, while gauging the polar extremes of musical receptivity.
In Episode #36, Crash Chords Podcast was pleased to welcome the kingpin of The Kings of Karaoke, Joe “Rude”, who spoke with us on the pastime of karaoke, and on his work as an MC. Afterwards, Joe treated us to a special karaoke performance of the Broadway hit, “Feeling Good” (as covered by Michael Bublé).
As the year presses on, we finally get around to reviewing our first 2013 release, the—wait for it—SIXTEENTH studio album by They Might Be Giants, called Nanobots. Join us for a peek at what they’ve been up to. From there, we begin to speculate on the next big “paradigm shift” for music (if indeed it’s coming or if it’s right around the bend).
It looks like we’ll have to “pass over” this week’s podcast due to absences for the Jewish holiday. But matzo fast! Perhaps you’d like to gefilte through our archives if you get the itch. (They’re quite kosher; don’t be Gentile.)
This week we have quite the mixed bag. For starters, we’re presenting our first-ever “NO pick” review, for Green Day’s third and final installment of their trilogy, ¡Tré! Then we talk a little about the staying power of music on things such as breakups, recoveries, and fond memories — followed by a fun tangent on hipsterism!
It’s finally time to tackle our first EP, an original work by Walk off the Earth called R.E.V.O., which we discuss alongside a selection of self-released covers. This rare combo-review comes courtesy of our guest, the enterprising thespian known as “Joe Rude” of The Kings of Karaoke and of The Society of American Fight Directors. He tells us a bit about Karaoke as a business, and also as a haven for quelling inhibitions, one show at a time. Stick around at the end for a treat performance!
Welcome, welcome… or should I say, “thank ya, thank ya,” because this week we’re traveling to the bygone days of Lawrence Welk with his 1960s compilation album, The Champagne Music of Lawrence Welk. This review is brought to us by today’s guest, the lovely Hazel Honeysuckle, a talented NYC-based burlesque performer who enlightens us with her unique perspective on music as an on-stage tool, as well as a brief history of burlesque and its resurgence as a popular performance art.