We delve ever-further into the realm of film music. This time, we’re looking at soundtracks, rather than scores, and talking about popular music from popular films. Most of what we’re looking at is definitely of a certain stripe — quite a bit from Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino films — but the music is all good, even if your opinion of the director might be less than high.
We once again delve into the world of film scores, Italo disco, synth, and progressive rock with this installment of the podcast. Given that it’s been so hot, movies have been our primary source of entertainment. When it’s hot, air conditioning and minimizing physical activity go hand in hand. Thus, you get this mix of music, perfect for a day in the AC or a hot night out.
It’s entirely possible this is the first podcast I’ve ever opened with the phrase “hot as balls,” but it’s not likely to be the last. My AC was out as I recorded this, and even in the usually pleasant confines of the Nuthouse basement, things were muggy as fuck. So, please enjoy this slowed-down summery jams, as I attempt to never move ever again.
This marks the first actual mixtape-style podcast in months. Guess I’ve just been too busy talking to people about their favorite music to actually play any of my own. That means I’ve a whole bunch of stuff that’s accumulated, going all the way back to Record Store Day and before.
Starting off the podcast is the latest installment of the Too Much Rock single series, from Kansas City’s the Uncouth!. It’s been a year since Sid’s last installment, and it’s worth the wait. Good, solid streetpunk, the likes of which hasn’t come out of KC since the heyday of the Main Street Saints and Tanka Ray. And, continuing Sid’s ability to read my mind, the b-side cover is my absolute favorite Slade song, so go grab it, because there’s no finer slab of blue-collar rock ‘n’ roll you’ll hear all year. You can pick up copies from Teenage Heart Distro.
Usually, I don’t write a lot in these intros, but that’s a pretty sweet release you needed to know more about. Also on the podcast: new music from Magnetic South Recordings, Fat Wreck, and more.
Apologies for the break. Life once again got in the way of the podcast, but this new episode is a fantastic guest DJ set from Jordan Smith of Diarrhea Planet. We interviewed him for the Runout, where we did a kind of oral history of the Nashville sextet. You’ll be able to read that later this week at The Runout, but in the meantime, let’s go take a listen to what Jordan has to play for us.
Just in time for her album release shows this week, we have an interview with Karina Denike. You likely know her best for her tenure with ska-punks Dance Hall Crashers, but her new album Under Glass, is anything but. A wonderful melange of torch songs, indie pop, and the slightest hints of reggae, Under Glass is that most wonderful kind of album, revealing further details the more you listen. The album came out this week, and you can buy it from Denike’s website while you listen to our interview with her.
Jeff Rosenstock‘s new album for SideOne Dummy, We Cool?, debuted on the Billbroard Heatseeker Charts at #7. Not a bad accomplishment for a guy I once saw play a basement three blocks from my house. We interviewed the former Bomb the Music Industry frontman for The Pitch and took the opportunity to get Rosenstock to chat with us about songs he likes for this latest installment of the podcast.
It’s another installment of “special guest DJ” on Sunglasses After Dark. This go-round, we have Miguel Chen, bassist for Teenage Bottlerocket. The pop-punk road warriors’ seventh album, Tales From Wyoming, is due out March 31 on Rise Records, so after we interviewed Chen about the new record, we asked him the litany of questions we have for any artist willing to answer them. His answers are interesting. I suggest not looking at the playlist until afterward. The surprise is worth it.
This episode once again features a special guest DJ, and strangely, this one also features a Tony. In this case, however, it’s Tony Foresta, frontman for the thrash-metal punks Municipal Waste, as well as hardcore revivalists Iron Reagan. I did an interview with him for the Runout which will run later this week, but while I had Foresta on the line, I asked him about a few of his favorite songs. It’s a pretty cool mix.
Iron Reagan is currently on-tour with Napalm Death, Voivod, Black Crown Initiate, and Exhumed. Those dates run through February 28, and you can find more information at Iron Reagan’s Facebook page.