Siblings celebrating and borderline obsessing over their favorite records.
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Carpenters’ “Superstar”, featured in this classic car ride karaoke scene from Tommy Boy.
Episode 3: “The Christmas Draft”, where Marc drafts “Merry Christmas Darling” & discusses at length with Michael & Aimee. Check it out for a more thorough discussion on the track.
Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys
Brian Wilson (self-titled, 1988). Certain segments and tracks on this record strongly resemble Richard’s on tracks like “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”.
That’s Why God Made the Radio (2012), which Michael felt too strongly resembled Richard’s vocal style (and not in a good way).
We listened to Christmas Portrait (Special Edition) from 1984, which is a compilation of select tracks from…
Christmas Portrait (original 1978 release)
An Old-Fashioned Christmas (1984)
Karen’s voice type is contralto, which is a somewhat rare vocal range you might recognize from artists like…
Beach House’s Victoria Legrand
May Crowning, you know, where songs like “Ave Maria” actually belong.
“Is ‘Ave Maria’ really a Christmas song?” by Marc Minter, a senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Diana, TX. The correct answer is, “it’s not.”
Michael’s “A Christmas Song” judgements
S Tier: Nat “King” Cole
So close! Amy Grant (see Episode 3 for the context behind Michael’s “branded by an iron” joke)
Honorable Mention: Bing Crosby
Clunker: Christina Aguilera
Surprisingly Good, But Blows It: Shawn Mendes
Just No: Pentatonix
Self Important Rubbish: Michael Bublé
More on the history behind Merry Christmas Darling
The app Michael mentioned is Marvis Pro, one of the finest music players available today
“It’s Over 9000!”
HBO’s The Last of Us Trailer (Marc was confusing it with the HBO 2023 Lineup trailer)
Our shuffle results (Spoilers!)
Marc: “Michicant”, off Bon Ivers’ self-titled
Michael: “Empty Room”, off Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs
Marc: “Who Can I Turn To?”, off Tony Bennett & Bill Evans’ Together Again
Michael: “Won’t Want for Love (Margaret In the Taiga”, off The Decemberists’ Hazards of Love
Marc: “I Want To Tell You”, off The Beatles’ Revolver
Michael: “Quiet Air / Gioia”, off ~Robin Pecknolds’ solo album~ Fleet Foxes’ Shore
Marc: “Wake Up Sunshine”, off Chicago’s Chicago II
Michael: “Blue Ridge Bazaar”, off River Valley Rangers’ Wide Open
Marc: “It Was A Pleasure Then”, off Niko’s Chelsea Girl
Michael: “This Changes Everything”, off The Last Bison’s Dorado EP
Michael’s etched stone slab he calls a laptop, the 15” Mid 2012 MacBook Pro.
Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us: Part 1
The iRiver iFP-390T, the old MP3 player our sister & honorable co-host, Aimee, bestowed onto Michael many years ago
Bewilderingly in a triangular Toblerone shape. What a wild time that was.
Link to high resolution Bon Iver artwork to explore the details discussed on the show
Deep Blue, the Chess artificial intelligence that was the first to beat Grant Master Garry Kasperof in a game on February 1996 (though Kasparov did indeed pull through and win the overall match that year)
No Dumb Questions, Episode 141: “Weak People Make Bad Times”
The Incomparable Episode 173z: “Human Santapede”, the undisputed king of all Christmas music podcast episodes where Tony Bennett & Bill Evans’ Together Again was mentioned.
My Brightest Diamond
Paul McCartney & Wings
Marc got the name wrong, that repulsive laboratory-clean band is called Pentatonix. It’s bad.
The Last Bison’s first and independently released LP, Quill
Marc’s a bozo, “I Want to Tell You” is technically in the A major key and simply features intentionally harsh and dissonant chords in the later-half of the verse progression. Please write in to tell him how wrong he is.
George Harrison’s “Something” off The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his double LP, All Things Must Pass
Fleet Foxes’ current members, as of November 2022:
“Wading In Waist-High Water” guest artist is Uwade Akhere, who apparently did record her part in-person
Examples of Chicago “Necedah Oldies” at our Aunt & Uncles’ property:
“25 Or 6 To 4”
“Saturday Tn the Park”
“Feelin’ Stronger Every Day”
“Gary needs a new pair of shoes!”
Special shoutout to Amos Housworth for his kindness at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live back during the Süda tour, hope to see you & the band again soon!
Trixie & Katia’s UNHhhh
Check out our site’s new dark theme! Switch your operating system into “dark mode” to view.
In contrast to what’s reported in the aftershow, Marc ended up fixing their previous, subpar typeface by replacing it altogether with Work Sans (and did end up regenerating all previous episode art, after all)
B.O.A.T stands for Bust Out Another Thousand”, by Dude Dad
You can listen to Lord Huron’s Vide Noir on:
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Lord Huron’s discography leading up to Vide Noir
Mighty - EP (2010)
Into the Sun - EP (2010)
Lonesome Dreams (2012)
Strange Trails (2015)
Berkley (Michael and Kailie’s dog), certified best doggo in the world
Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Lord Huron’s “Video Postcard” promotional shorts
“Fool For Love” music video from 2015’s Strange Trail
Vide Noir 2 minute album teaser
Vide Noir’s 30 minute album promo “Products of the Universe with Marsha Tanley”, which among many things spoofs shopping channels from the 80’s
Vide Noir’s listing on IMDb
Mixer: Dave Fridmann
Masterer: Greg Calbi
Fortune teller machines (the one we remember was “Zoltar”)
Long Lost, Lord Huron’s 2021 follow-up to Vide Noir (don’t worry, we’ll get to it at some point)
Direct link to our Episode 2: Strange Trails conversation where Aimee asked where we thought the band would go next for their then-unannounced third LP.
Jesca Hoop’s Memories Are Now
The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
IMDb’s Vide Noir page
Michael’s Easter Egg Hunt
“The Night We Met” Official Lyric Video
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Flash of the Emerald Star at the very end (watch closely!)
“Products of the Universe with Marsha Tanley”
“Spiritual Advisor to Ms. Tanley: GEORGE RANGER JOHNSON”
“Brain Scratch”, Cowboy Bebop’s 23rd episode
Hannah Hillam’s relevant comic
“Balancer’s Eye” is one we created ourselves, making up our own myths as we go. We’re trying to keep it so all that stuff is still around in this world too. You’ll see things that appeared on other records, ideas or names cross over to [Vide Noir]. In movies and literature and comic books, I’ve always liked where there’s connectedness or crossover. We need someone to control the lore and keep tabs on it [laughs].
Inverview with Ben Schneider in Stereogum’s “A Look Inside The Insular World Of Lord Huron”, by Ian Cohen
SCHNEIDER: You know, I guess I haven’t had to yet, so I’m not sure, at least with “Strange Trails.” On “Lonesome Dreams” there was kind of a central character named George Ranger Johnson, who is this really underappreciated, prolific author.
BLOCK: Who you invented, yeah.
SCHNEIDER: Who I invented, yes. But he - yeah, I do kind of miss George. You know, he might pop back up again some time.
BLOCK: You haven’t seen the last of him yet?
SCHNEIDER: Haven’t seen the last of George Ranger Johnson, no.
Interview with Ben Schneider in NPR’s “Lord Huron Wants You To Dance At The Apocalypse”, by Melissa Block
You can listen to Grizzly Bear’s Shields on:
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Grizzly Bear’s discography
Yellow House (2006)
Painted Ruins (2017)
“Damn BOI HE THICC”
Albums: available now for free on the iOS App Store
Ben Wilkerson Tousley
Michael H. Brauer
“That Guy” is Real Estate’s Alex Bleeker, who famously writes a token song per album, such as:
“Wonder Years” from 2011’s Days
“How Might I Live” from 2014’s Atlas
“Diamond Eyes” from 2017’s In Mind
Aftershow: The Last of Us Part II. If you haven’t played it, play it. It’s a masterpiece.
Chris Bear and I went to Mexico for a month. It was in Baja, this cute little cheap place. There was no one around, no cell reception. We could focus on doing stuff. We wrote ten songs and were so stoked. Then we brought it to the other two guys and they were like, “We’re not understanding what you’re going for here. This isn’t really our vibe.” We were deflated. The only song from the Mexico sessions that made it was “Yet Again.”
Ed Droste, genius.com
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Michael’s review on 2014’s “Relief”
Vacationer’s Discography leading up to Mindset
Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
Kenny’s other projects
The Starting Line
“Mindset” Cannabis strain merch
Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Let Me Roll It”
WALK THE MOON
Mumford & Sons
“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
Breakfast In America
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I Spy book series by Scholastic
Breakfast in America chart position data
Supertramp discography leading up to Breakfast In America:
Indelibly Stamped (1971)
Crime of the Century (1974)
Crisis? What Crisis? (1975)
Even in the Quietest Moments… (1977)
High-level Supertramp biography from AllMusic.com
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
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