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Three siblings celebrating and discussing their favorite records.

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Three siblings celebrating and discussing their favorite records.

    Mindset

    Mindset

    You can listen to Supertramp’s Breakfast In America on:



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    Michael’s review on 2014’s “Relief”
    Vacationer’s Discography leading up to Mindset

    Gone (2012)
    Relief (2014)


    Phoenix

    Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
    Entertainment (2013)


    Kenny’s other projects

    The Starting Line
    Person L


    “Mindset” Cannabis strain merch
    Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Let Me Roll It”
    WALK THE MOON
    Mumford & Sons
    LUDO

    HalLUDOween




    Quotes


    “And that’s one of the things that I really enjoyed, was that first time I’d hear him hunting for a chord change and I’d think ‘Man, he’s just gone right off the edge because he’s not ever gonna get close. He’s way out there in some area that’s just–he’ll never get back. And if he’s successful, gets out of there, people are going to say, I’ve lost my tone center, don’t know where the hell I am and stuff. And then, eventually, he’d figure out what it was he wanted to do. A lot of it was just hunting and pecking, the way some of us type.”


    “Tony Asher Interview”, AlbumLinerNotes.com



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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Breakfast In America

    Breakfast In America

    You can listen to Supertramp’s Breakfast In America on:



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    I Spy book series by Scholastic
    Breakfast in America chart position data
    Supertramp discography leading up to Breakfast In America:

    Supertramp (1970)
    Indelibly Stamped (1971)
    Crime of the Century (1974)
    Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)
    Even in the Quietest Moments… (1977)


    Hello Internet
    High-level Supertramp biography from AllMusic.com
    Wurlitzer keyboard
    Calvin and Hobbes’ “Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs” (the beanie arc)
    Learn about Muzak, listen to Muzak, become one with Muzak
    Sturgill Simpson’s “Call To Arms”
    Lord Huron’s “Ghost On the Shore”
    Similar, but different

    Supertramp’s “Child Of Vision” compared to Gorillaz’s “Empire Ants” ft. Little Dragon
    Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass” compared to Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Byeond Mountains”)
    Arcade Fire & Debbie Harry of Blondie performing “Heart Of Glass” together then gracefully segueing into “Sprawl II” in Coachella 2014


    Gym Class Heroes’ “Cupid’s Chokehold” ft. Patrick Stump


    References


    Q: Was the goal going into the sessions to create the kind of record that could be that sort of huge commercial breakthrough for you?

    A: Well, you know, it was no different to other albums. I was usually the one who chose the songs and tried to create the best 40-minute listening experience. With “Crime of the Century,” it was a much more introverted kind of deep. I don’t know what to call it. It was an introspective journey, maybe. And then with “Breakfast in America,” Rick (Davies), the other songwriter, we wrote separately, and I had to really look at what songs he had and he wasn’t as prolific as I was. I’ve always had 40 or 50 songs in my pocket to choose from. And so, I kind of saw what he had written and then kind of dipped into my bag and chose the songs that matched his and created the best kind of listening journey. ‘Cause that’s how I viewed it. It wasn’t, “What’s the hit on this album?” The song “Breakfast in America,” I wrote that 12 years before I chose it. But it felt like “OK, this is the collection of songs that this song might belong on.” So we included it. And obviously it was a great album title so we chose that.


    Q: What was the appeal for you of leaving England for America? What brought you over?

    A: I loved America as a whole but when I landed in California, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I was raised in England. I’d been in England for 23 years. And I was really a young, confused man who really needed to kind of reinvent himself. I was doing a lot of experimenting. I’d become a vegetarian. I was looking into spiritual things. And that was not in vogue in England at the time. So it was very hard for me to be either, a vegetarian or interested in spiritual things. But I landed in California and there was a health food store on every corner. It was like “Wow.” Everyone spoke my language. I just loved it. The space and the weather. For a very introverted Englishman, it was wonderful. It was very medicinal. And I kind of started to reinvent myself and reawaken sides of me that had been dormant up until that point.


    “Interview: Roger Hodgson of Supertramp looks back on ‘Breakfast in America’”, azcentral




    “In three days with the band, I don’t think I saw Davies and Hodgson converse once, other than to exchange courteous greetings.”


    Harry Doherty in The Supertramp Book, by Martin Melhuish



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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Pure Comedy

    Pure Comedy

    You can listen to Father John Misty’s Pure Comedy on:



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    Father John Misty’s other discography mentioned in-show:

    2012’s Fear Fun
    2015’s I Love You, Honeybear


    Josh Tillman’s history with Fleet Foxes

    The New York Times’ “How the Fleet Foxes Frontman Got Out to Get Back In”

    “We all started hating each other. There were a lot of tears.”


    Robin Pecknold’s AMA (1, 2)


    Fleetwood Mac’s “Little Lies”
    Reddit’s /r/im14andthisisdeep/
    Bo Burnam & “Repeat Stuff”
    Jimmy Buffett
    Fleet Foxes’ Helplessness Blues
    Omnipotence Paradox


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    The Epic - Volume 3

    The Epic - Volume 3

    You can listen to Kamasi Washington’s The Epic on:



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    Or purchase The Epic on:



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    Thundercat
    Call and Response (music)
    Kamasi Washington’s Harmony of Difference EP
    Cherokee (a.k.a. “Indian Love Song”) by Ray Noble, 1938
    University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band covering Ray Noble’s “Cherokee”
    Clifford Brown and Max Roach covering Ray Noble’s “Cherokee”
    We continue to get our instrument solos mixed up in “Clair de Lune”, the solo we disliked was Miles Mosley on the acoustic bass. Sorry cello players!
    Malcolm X’s Eulogy, as delivered by Ossie Davis at Malcolm X’s funeral February 27, 1965
    Malcolm X’s last public speech, the same night his house was bombed and only days before his assassination.
    “Battery Kinzie”, Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
    Last song wouldn’t be complete without us once again getting our instrument solos mixed up; The solo we loved from “The Message” was the electric bass solo played by Stephen Bruner.


    Referenced Quotes


    “Malcolm’s Theme”—when I was younger I got caught up in gangs and I was headed down that path. I had two things that brought me out of that, I had a cousin give me an Art Blakey mixtape and I was in this program and we read Malcolm X’s autobiography. I always wanted to give that same thing back. It had such a profound effect on me that maybe I could help someone else. If I could do something that people would look back on the message he was giving during his life, with the music.


    “Interview: Kamasi Washington”, Spectrum Culture



    Michael’s Track Order

    Volume 1: The Plan



    Change of the Guard
    Askim
    Isabelle
    Final Thought
    The Next Step
    The Rhythm Changes


    Volume 2: The Glorious Tale



    Miss Understanding
    Leroy and Lanisha
    Clair de Lune
    Seven Prayers
    Henrietta Our Hero
    The Message


    Volume 3: The Historic Repetition



    Re Run
    Cherokee
    Re Run Home
    Malcolm’s Theme
    The Magnificent 7


    Marc’s Track Order

    Volume 1: The Plan



    Change of the Guard
    Isabelle
    Final Thought
    The Next Step
    Askim


    Volume 2: The Glorious Tale



    Miss Understanding
    Leroy and Lanisha
    Clair de Lune
    Seven Prayers
    Henrietta Our Hero
    The Magnificent 7


    Volume 3: The Historic Repetition



    Re Run
    Cherokee
    The Rhythm Changes
    Malcolm’s Theme
    Re Run Home
    The Message


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Epic - Volume 2

    The Epic - Volume 2

    You can listen to Kamasi Washington’s The Epic on:



    Apple Music
    Spotify


    Or purchase The Epic on:



    iTunes
    Amazon Music





    Cherokee (Ray Noble song from 1938)
    Vinyl release track order
    Marc got the bass solos mixed up, the acoustic bass solo by Miles Mosley was first (the one he didn’t like), then the electric bass solo by Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat (which he did like).
    Disney’s Fantasia
    Kamasi Washington’s Harmony of Difference EP
    Bad Music Hertz Episode 9: The Explorers Club’s Grand Hotel
    Henrietta Lacks: the cancer patient whose cells were the starting point of the HeLa immortal cell line used in scientific research.
    Jimmy Buffett’s “A Pirate Looks At Forty”
    Wikipedia article on “authorial intent”
    Lindsay Ellis’s video essay on authorial intent, “Death of the Author”
    Kill Bill: Volume 1 & Kill Bill: Volume 2


    Referenced Quotes


    I also loved “Leroy and Lanisha,” it had a similar calm energy to it. For some reason it reminded me of a lullaby. Like, I had never heard it before, but it felt like I had, like someone had sang it to me, or something.


    That was my homage to Charlie Brown, it was my version of “Linus and Lucy.”


    That makes sense! When I was listening to it, it reminded me of the books my mom read to me when I was a kid, it felt very nostalgic.


    Yeah that’s exactly what that was. I always loved Charlie Brown growing up—Vince Guaraldi, you know? I was listening to that and I started playing around with that melody.


    “Interview: Kamasi Washington”, Spectrum Culture




    “The Magnificent 7” is actually about a homage to a band I was playing with a lot. That was the band I started writing a lot of songs for this album with. “Henrietta Our Hero” is about my grandmother, who was a very powerful figure in my family. She was a little small woman, but she did a lot with a very little. She struggled with some mental illness and stuff like that, but even with all that, she helped my dad and all his brothers buy their first homes, she got me my first car, she got my brother his first car, she did a lot for someone who didn’t have much to work with.


    “Interview: Kamasi Washington”, Spectrum Culture



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    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Epic - Volume 1

    The Epic - Volume 1

    You can listen to Kamasi Washington’s The Epic on:



    Apple Music
    Spotify


    Or purchase The Epic on:



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    Amazon Music





    Vinyl release track order
    Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly
    Flying Lotus’s You’re Dead!
    Gilles Peterson’s 2015 “Album of the Year”
    2015’s American Music Prize for Best Debut Album
    NPR’s 2015 Interview with Kamasi Washinton
    Brainfeeder
    Lord Huron
    Cowboy Bebop
    Fleet Foxes’ The Shrine / An Argument


    Referenced Quotes


    His recent triple album, “The Epic,” is a nearly three-hour suite for a 10-piece jazz band, backed by a 32-piece orchestra and a 20-person choir.


    “Kamasi Washington’s Giant Step”, The New York Times Magazine



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