Ep. 531: Where we meet Alison Rosen's mother Video
Our favorite comedian Alison Rosen joins us on today's show to talk about her new daily video show, TheDailyAlison.com. Also, be sure to listen in to hear why Wilson Tang left the premiere of "Transformers 2" scowling and cursing the name of Michael Bay.
Alison Rosen is back on the program today, and no she's not really shrinking. That said, she is mystified by Craigslist missed connections, so we debate about what sort of scenario would lend itself to the use of the site's bizarre feature.
Goldfrapp have released their new video for "A&E", the first single from their upcoming album SEVENTH TREE. The video's produced and directed by Andrew Duffus and features Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory relaxing in a dense, leafy forest.
The Butchies? fourth record is like alpenglow (a reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise of the summits of mountains) absorbing into your pores ? it simply commands a high-energy, emotionally-stuffed response. Make Yr Life is a colossal, intimate connection between the unrivalled punk-rock trio and their audience. It?s like waking from a coma, or like having your dog lick away your tears, or like the first kiss with that sexy girl with moonlight splashed on her face. But it?s also true that Kaia, Melissa and Alison?s intent with this record is simple: World Domination. If after listening to this 10-track cream dream you don?t feel like you just had one of the biggest epiphanies of your life, you clearly voted for Bush, and are immune to evolution. Make Yr Life is undoubtedly the record that will facilely evolve the music world as we know it (Mothership not included.) Make Yr Life is technically produced more ?professionally? than the previous records, but nothing about it is polished in a plastic, stiff way. The Butchies? latest cd lives in the same world as 3 (2001), Population 1975 (1999) and Are We Not Femme? (1998), but it oozes with more maturity, focus and self-reflection/connection. The trio ritualistically stripped down to the buff and finished recording in 10 days ? it wouldn?t have even taken that long, but Melissa was appointed Thermostat Butchie, and therefore had to stop drumming in 20-minute intervals to stave off the cold. (It takes this kind of dedication to achieve world domination.) As in her Team Dresch days, Kaia squeezes and molds words into an atomic release of emotions that most of us keep darkly lacquered. Her vocals are somewhere between The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the suspended time right before your head spins off into orgasm. Her pipes, combined with nectar-sweet basslines, and thick, thumping drums immediately pull in the listener with the opening track, ?Send Me You?: ?She says I?m crazy, I said oh, really? I?m going to jump on you on the bed/Make me a monkey, make me fall over, make me a cradle, hold me instead/I?m not going to say it, OK, I?ll say it?? Soaring, mammoth guitars wash over you like a tidal wave in ?Lydia,? which repeatedly asks the question, ?Did you get what you?re asking for?? ?17,? which previously has only been recorded on a KRS comp, is included. And since it?s one of their all-time best songs, it?s sure to quench even the most insatiable Butchies fan. The closing track is a remake of the 80s band The Outfield?s ?Your Love.? Live, The Butchies perform this one at a faster tempo than the original. But for this record, producer Greg Griffith urged the band to slow the tempo down, transforming it into a sad, beautiful ballad. The result is divine, as Kaia practically whispers the first few lines: ?Josie?s on a vacation far away, come around and talk it over?There?s so many things I want to say?you know I like my girls a little bit older?I just want to use your love tonight?I don?t want to lose your love tonight?? The title track encompasses all of what this record is about: ?Make your life, souls and stars, swimming with dogs and fish and sharks, fake your fear, fake face, face your fear?? The song is a Stewart Smalley kind of affirmation. It urges the listener to create their own happiness, to grab it and hold on to it. This song is also the one that has a super-secret embedded message, but you have to find your way into the mood of the entire cd before hearing this message, which is simple: We are The Butchies. We will not forcefully overtake the world, but cleverly win it over with raw, honest songstressing ? making the kind of music that sticks, that matters, that truly reaches into the listener?s chest and makes them feel again. Amen. All hail The Butchies! The Make Yr Life tour kicks off SXSW in mid-march. The nationwide tour will begin in mid-April. And it?s no coincidence that this tour takes place in the election year 2004.
Watch our special Mother's Day episode with featured guest and new mom Molly Wood.
Today's episode of The 404 Podcast starts with a big change in the show title format. That's right, we're now announcing the date with the episode number and name. Can you feel the excitement?
I hope you are sitting, and not standing. For this is in fact the final episode of Gadgettes. Yes, it sucks. But the show will always live on in the archives. Before you start re-listening to every single past episode, enjoy our final sendoff where we (appropriately) cover nearly all of the segments from the show.
On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar, Wilson G. Tang, and Justin Yu are proud to welcome comedian Michael Showalter into the studio. He joins us to chat about his new "making of" four-part Web series on Babelgum, the Wet Hot American Summer musical, and answers questions from the chatroom!
Want to stay updated with everything over at mission control? Try the NASA TV widget and get the feed directly to your desktop. Veronica shows you how on today's Tekzilla Daily.