Podcast by Song by Song podcast
Podcast by Song by Song podcast
Bram Stoker's Dracula (film, dir. Coppola, 1992) [F12]
For the last episode of our 2020 film mini-season, we welcome back Helen Zaltzman and Jenny Owen Youngs for a somewhat contentious discussion of this vampire-staple retelling. With some strong feelings and heavy levels of confusion, as well as a solo outing by Sam as guy-who-can-find-a-positive-in-almost-anything, Song by Song… well, we kind of get this one out of the way. Sorry to all the big fans, we did our best to find a balanced response, it just wasn't loved OK WHAT'S NEXT?
Seven Psychopaths (film, dir. McDonagh, 2012) [F18]
Martin & Sam are joined by Helen Sadler & Kobi Omenaka for the Song-by-Song-by-Flixwatcher podcast, and take a look at the (at time of recording) available-on-Netflix-film Seven Psychopaths. With as many tangents in our conversation as there are in the film itself, lots of positive thoughts about a film all four hosts feel is fundamentally flawed, and with a very respectable Flixwatcher-patented-scoring-system-score, we end up with a varied but engaged response to the movie.
Wristcutters: A Love Story (film, dir. Dukić, 2006) [F16]
The first of our Stripped Media film crossovers finds Sam Clements & Louise Owen of the 90 Minute Or Less Film Festival joining regular SbS hosts Sam & Martin for the only Tom Waits film short enough for us to both discuss. With some mixed feelings about the effectiveness of the film, albeit with general enthusiasm for specific elements, we debate some of the details of this debut film by Dukić and try to trace the reasons for some of its shortcomings.
Short Cuts (film, dir. Altman, 1993) [F13]
Casual enthusiasts Martin & Sam are joined by a genuine expert, MTV and NYT film journalist Amy Nicholson, to take a look at Waits's contribution to a massive 3-hour epic over overlapping narratives, Robert Altman's Short Cuts. We debate depictions of misogyny and family disfunction, the loyalty of the performers to Altman and many other questions that surround this interlocking set of stories.
So Long I'll See Ya, The Early Years Volume 1, Tom Waits 
A final episode for this first volume of demos sees Martin and Sam mulling the stylistic choices and tone Waits is aiming for, his choice of instrument going forward, and how the material on Early Years vol 1 strikes us nearly 5 decades years after its recording.
Looks Like I'm Up Shit Creek Again, The Early Years vol 1, Tom Waits 
Simplicity abounds, and seems to succeed - perhaps despite the title - as Jess, Martin and Sam dig into a sweet song with a crude punchline. The origins of the title's phrase, the sentiment of leaving as embodied in the country music tradition, and the shift that time and irony creates in music from 20-50 years ago all feature in this week’s discussion.
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My favourite podcast
This is a fascinating insight into Tom Waits work. The connections and explanations they give for songs will lead you down a rabbit hole of investigation and discovery. I love it (even if they did call Jersey Girl ridiculous!)
Great (re)view of Tom’s work
Great podcast. Having been a bit ‘scared’ of Tom in the past I’ve now bought his entire back catalogue and I’m working my way through each episode alongside the podcast tracks. It’s been a fantastic journey so far. Don’t always agree but that’s what it’s all about. Please speed up though, I’m catching you up! 🙂