Nirvana’s Lithium from the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards

February 18, 2018

Waaaaaaay back in 2014, I recorded my thoughts about Nirvana’s Nevermind, song by song, and put them on YouTube.  Now those musings are on the Music, Movies, and More podcast. 

 

While obviously not featured on Nevermind, I have such fond memories of Lithium from the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, that I felt motivated to comment on that performance.

 

The audio is a little choppy in some places and I can’t remember why.  It’s been a long four years (and a really long 26).

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-Nirvana and music itself in 1992

-The MTV Video Music Awards and the first day of school

-Watching MTV in 1992

-Trying to find information in 1992

-The performance

-What Kurt Cobain looked and sounded like

-Dave Grohl and protein shakes

-Headbanging and brain damage?

-Krist Novecelic

-The audience at the 1992 VMA

-Where’s the bass solo?

-The live lyrics

-Metallica on Howard Stern

-The anti-rock stars

-Led Zeppelin

-Cobain’s look

-Krist Novoselic's bass accident

-Grohl and Axl Rose

-New sheriffs in town

-Metallica and Axl Rose

-The sensitive underdogs

-Plugs!

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The Unforgiven II

January 31, 2018

I review and analyze The Unforgiven II by Metallica.

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Here’s the breakdown:

-What is going on in this song?

-The good and bad about absolutely knowing a song’s meaning

-Does even James Hetfield know what the song means?

-How Eddie Vedder changed the meaning of Pearl Jam’s “Alive” 

-The production

-The music (country elements)

-Mama Said

-AC/DC, Slayer and evolving

-The Unforgiven II live

-My setlist wish

-The character in Unforgiven II

-What does it mean to be unforgiven?

-Interpreting songs

-The Beatles’ “Blackbird”

-A YouTube comment from Filandrianos helped my interpretation

-The Unforgiven III

-My email, Twitter, and Facebook

THE LYRICS

-Who is “They”?

-Make my demons run?

-The door to what?

-What does he mean by “true”?

-Paralyze and pair of lies

-The door cracks open

-Black heart

-The lyrics website sucks

-No sun shining

-Looking back

-Can he be open?

-Could she be the one?

-Uh oh

-Is he going to kill her?

-Never love again?

-She’ll be there when I’m gone

-Dead sure?

-Hetfield’s face in the video

-What has he done?

-So are your eyes

-Where it gets interesting

-The positive and negative sun

-Standing alone

-Dubbing thee

-The key

-The purpose of dark and tragic music

-Why Hetfield’s lyrics are great

-For those stuck in Metallica’s thrash period

-Heart, aggression, and music

-The music I love

-My music collection

-There’s room for it all

-Plugs!

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Nirvana’s Lithium

January 28, 2018

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On with the show:

Waaaaaaay back in 2014, I recorded my thoughts about Nirvana’s Nevermind, song by song, and put them on YouTube.  Now those musings are on the Music, Movies, and More podcast so feast your ears on my thoughts about “Lithium”.  Lucky for me, I am joined by Erin.

Here’s the breakdown:

-I mangle Erin’s twitter handle (@erunuevo)

-The Lithium video

-Kurt Cobain died when Erin was in 5th grade (Mike feels old)

-Erin’s first memories of Nirvana

-The lyrics

-Contradictions

-Putting up a good front

-What would Cobain think of Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction?

-Nirvana and the mainstream

-“Corporate Mags Still Suck”

-Sunday morning is every day (Mike no longer works a 9 to 5 job)

-The randomness of the lyrics

-Making sense but not making sense

-Lyrics in the CD booklet

-Trying to figure out all the lyrics

-The way Cobain sang it

-Using the Led Zeppelin model of dynamics

-The CD booklet picture

-“Not gonna crack”

-Plugs!

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The Unforgiven (Metallica)

January 23, 2018

I review and analyze The Unforgiven from Metallica’s Black Album.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-A gigantic goal in my life as it relates to The Unforgiven

-What this song is

-How it compares to older, more melodic Metallica songs

-When I first heard The Black Album in 1991

-Total suburbia in the 90s

-First impressions of The Unforgiven

-We thought it was Newsted

-Heavy lyrics, mellow chorus

-Emotion and timelessness

-Pre …And Justice For All versus post …And Justice for All

-James Hetfield’s feelings

-The Unforgiven II and III

-Listening to The Unforgiven now

-Hetfield’s age when he wrote this song

-Song #4

-The production

-Kirk Hammett’s solo and A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica

-Emotion versus technique

 

THE LYRICS

-“And quickly he’s subdued”

-Finding out the “why”

-Showing emotion as a man

-Disgrace

-Turning inward

-Repression

-Therapy

-Safe spaces

-Reading the lyrics as opposed to singing them

-“A vow unto his own”

-They

-A sign of hope?

-My will

-The chorus

-Never living up to your full potential

-What if?

-Why I started this podcast

-Joe Rogan

-Immortality and legacy

-Not really living

-My deathbed

-Life

-Motivational posters

-What the term “unforgiven” could mean

-Forgiving yourself

-Forgiving others

-Is there power in forgiveness?

-Hetfield’s angry and sensitive side all at once

-The struggle against They

-Pleasing them

-Being bitter

-Not wanting to accept

-1984 (SPOILER ALERT!!!!!)

-My deathbed, revisited

-Dying with regret

-Labeling

-The PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center)

-How labeling albums didn’t work

-Subduing

-Addressing the symptom

-The sound of Unforgiven III and Death Magnetic

-The sound of the Metallica albums

-If the first four albums had the Black Album sound

-The Black Album CD booklet

-Plugs!

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Some Kind of Monster

January 17, 2018

Steve and I watch and review Some Kind of Monster, the classic Metallica documentary.  We also talk about other Metallica related issues in our review so even if you haven’t seen the movie, we think you’ll still enjoy this monster of a podcast.

 

And spoiler alert, even though you must know what has happened to the band by now, right?

-Intro

-The review

-Through the Never

-What did Steve think after seeing Some Kind of Monster for the first time?

-“My Metallica”

-What did Steve do after watching SKOM and listening to St. Anger?

-Steve watching SKOM as an adult

-“Non Metallica” moments in the 80s

-The Osbournes

-Reality TV

-This Monster Lives

-Dave Mustaine

-Ron McGovney

-James Hetfield and Mustaine’s image

-The tough guy exterior

-Hetfield missing his son’s first birthday

-Steve’s divorce

-Putting yourself first

-Ulrich and Hetfield’s personalities

-Ulrich’s upbringing

-Skylar Ulrich and Good Will Hunting

-Lars’ family

-MTV ICON

-Robert Trujillo

-The bass player auditions

-Geordie White and rape accusations

-The small world of Metal

-Trujillio and Jason Newsted in Ozzy Osbourne’s band

-Ulrich and “Fuuuuuuuck!”

-Newsted

-The music business

-The collective

-Ulrich and Hetfield’s politics

-Feeling the discomfort

-St. Anger’s creative process compared to now

-Kirk Hammett

-If Hammett left the band, would Metallica stay together?

-Slayer

-If Trujillo left the band, would Metallica stay together?

-Hammett’s solos

-Hammett’s work on Hardwired . . .

-Ulrich’s experimenting (“regular” and “solid”)

-Hammett’s presence

-What if Hammett died instead of Cliff?

-Hammett and Cliff Burton

-Burton’s influence and personality

-To Live is to Die lyrics and Excalibur

-Hammett as the glue

-Bob Rock

-Needing space

-Finishing St. Anger and SKOM

-Mike and Steve’s opinions on St. Anger

-St. Anger live DVD

-Fixing St. Anger

-Solos

-Coffee is great

-Seeing the emotion

-Phil Towle

-What makes a good therapist

-Zone It and life coaching

-HBO’s In Treatment

-The investment in Towle

-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

-Newsted’s relationship with Metallica now

-Blackened

-Even if you’re not a Metallica fan . . .

-No one is not a human being

-Star Wars: The Last Jedi and “mine”

-Back to “My Metallica”

-Plugs!

 

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-Cliff ‘Em All just might be next.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Erin (Spoilers)

January 10, 2018

Erin and I see Star Wars: The Last Jedi on New Years Eve.  It was the first time for Erin and the second time for me. What did we think?

It won’t take the Force to realize that there are major, major (not roger roger) spoilers ahead.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-What did Erin think?

-Planet Crait

-Erin talked to herself during the movie

-Kylo Ren

-Mike’s fear of JJ Abrams

-Rian Johnson

-What Erin was expecting

-Rey’s parents

-Who can be a Jedi?

-Snoke

-General Hux

-Luke Skywalker

-“Let the past die”

-“Not my Star Wars” and the trap of expectations

-Mark Hammill

-Yoda

-Failure

-New York weather

-Carrie Fisher

-General Leia

-Poe Dameron’s arc

-Mansplaining

-Admiral Holdo

-Holdo and Dameron

-Kylo Ren and Rey’s relationship

-Rose Tico and women in The Last Jedi

-Kathleen Kennedy and the women of Lucasfilm

-Canto Bight

-Expanded Universe

-The gray area of Star Wars

-DJ

-DJ’s stutter

-Our favorite scenes

-Saint Fisher

-Rey being called a “Mary Sue”

-How does the Last Jedi rank?

-Luke’s arc

-Mike’s nephew’s reaction

-Understanding The Last Jedi at different ages

-Adam Driver’s performance

-The children of Canto Bight

-Animal rights

-Chewbacca

-The Porg and the Puffin

-Luke’s daily routine

-Mike is worried but hopeful about Episode IX

-Firing directors

-What Mike wants

-Plugs!

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The Breakfast Club Review (Spoilers)

January 9, 2018

Erin and I watch and review The Breakfast Club. Its been a long time since either of us have seen the movie so will we walk on by or will we call its name?

 

Stay tuned for the bonus commentary at the end of the review!

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-Intro

-Will Erin and I still like The Breakfast Club after years without seeing it?

-Mike is a proud SJW

-Erin lost her apartment to a fire and she needs things.  Please donate to help her get back on her feet https://www.gofundme.com/erin-needs-things 

-How this podcast works

 

The Review:

-Why is it called The Breakfast Club?

-The letter

-What did Erin think of the movie as an adult?

-Is the Breakfast Club outdated?

-Bender and sexual assault

-The romance

-Alison and Andy

-Alison’s makeover

-Claire and Bender

-Why is Claire into Bender?

-Is there justification for Claire and Bender?

-Bender is abusive

-Andy’s wrongdoing

-What did Erin think of Brian?

-Who can Erin relate to the most?

-The pressure of being perfect

-Erin’s favorite character

-Our favorite performance

-Allison and Ally Sheedy

-Would Erin recommend this movie?

-What did Erin not like?

-Vice Principal Vernon

-$31,000 a year and owns a home?!?!

-When Mike played a principal

-Claire’s lipstick trick

-TV shows and movies about kids

-The conversations teenagers have

-Sex and labels

-Building empathy when talking

-Why The Breakfast Club holds up

-Saying the “F word”, “N word”, “R word”

-Context

-Language in the 80s versus today

-No one was “out” in highschool in the 90s

-Language in the 90s

-Trolls versus people who don’t know any better

-Language today

-“You guys”

-When someone gets it “wrong”

-Compassion versus becoming a bully

-Why Bender treats people horribly

-Mike’s criticisms

-Mike was so hungry at Christmas. How hungry was he?

-Vegan lasagna 

-Plugs!

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Mindhunter Review

December 30, 2017

You don’t have to do a lot of mind hunting to realize that there are spoilers in this podcast.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

-What I thought

-What makes a great show

-Netflix and ten hour movies

-Starting at the end

-The use of music in movies and TV

-The montage

-Martin Scorcese and Quentin Tarantino

-The Sopranos and Don’t Stop Believin’

-Led Zeppelin’s In the Light

-The use of music in Mindhunter

-Jonathan Groff in Boss and Looking

-Groff as Agent Ford

-Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper

-What makes a great villain

-The Butcher, Tommy DiSimone, Tony Soprano, Walter White

-The Walking Dead’s Negan and when a villain doesn’t work

-Negan in the comic versus Negan in the show

-Mindhunter and The Night Of and interrogations

-How interrogations work

-What I learned acting for a John Jay College thesis

-Mindhunter versus cop shows

-Women characters and the Bechdel test

-Anna Torv, Hannah Gross

-Plugs!

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The Last Jedi Review (Spoilers)

December 20, 2017

The spoilers are strong in this review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  This was recorded a few hours after seeing the movie and will not be the last podcast about The Last Jedi.

 

Here’s the breakdown:

 

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-How was it?

-Expectations

-The look

-Nuance

-The humor

-My family (correction: I also saw Return of the Jedi with my cousin)

-The Porg

-The Mobile Horror Companion podcast

-My friends’ differing opinions

-Other people’s expectations

-Why people may not like this movie

-Back to the Porg

-Chewbacca

-Women in this movie

-IGN’s six WTF moments

-Poe Dameron

-Luke Skywalker

-Call backs and unpredictability 

-Snoke

-Rey and Kylo Ren

-Yoda

-DJ

-Captain Phasma

-Back to Luke

-Ben Solo

-Back to Snoke

-Kylo Ren and General Hux

-The First Order

-The script

-Lightsaber fights

-How does The Last Jedi compare?

-My hopes for Episode IX

-Rey’s parents

-Snoke’s backstory

-Snoke compared to the Emperor 

-General Leia

-Carrie Fisher

-The Force

-The running time of TLJ

-A cliffhanger

-Twin suns

-Inspired by stories

-The Military Industrial Complex

-Tyranical governments

-My experiences seeing TLJ

-The impact of Star Wars

-More The Last Jedi podcasts

-Processing

-The Last Jedi compared to The Empire Strikes Back

-The Star Wars I envisioned 

-Plugs! 

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Rainbow’s Stargazer and A Light in the Black

December 9, 2017

I’m a little soft-spoken on this podcast since I recorded it at 2am and didn’t want to wake my landlords.  Even though I’m soft-spoken, my enthusiasm about this song is LOUD!

 

Here’s the breakdown:

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-Cozy Powell’s drum intro

-The music

-Ronnie James Dio’s vocals

-The first time I heard it

-How I first heard of Dio

-Rainbow in the Dark and Neon Knights

-The story of Stargazer

-The lyrics

-Worshipping the Wizard

-Dio was an atheist

-Relief from religion and faith

-How faith in a charismatic figure gets us in trouble

-Belief versus accepting the facts

-Dying for a belief

-Religion being used as a tool

-Faith

-Purpose

-Ritchie Blackmore’s solo

-What’s the big the deal about seeing a wizard fly?

-Putting his dream together 

-Why are they believing?

-“As he falls instead of rising”

-What the wizard really believed

-A guy I met who guarantees he will fly on his own someday

-The slaves are having doubts

-“I see a rainbow rising”

-Thanking the wizard

-Faith, delusion, blind loyalty

-Slaves having regrets

-The true definition of genius

-A Light in the Black

-The music

-Rainbow’s influence

-The lyrics

-Hope

-What’s the narrator going to do when he/she gets home?

-“Lost and never found” in Dio’s lyrics

-Now having control

-Change

-Starting anew with trauma

-The difference between hope and faith

-What can they do?

-Institutionalized 

-Changing your routine

-False idols, faith, delusion and what to do?

-Trump, the Wizard, and belief

-Evidence, reason, science, and facts

-Compromise and the least harm

-Plugs and vocal fry

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