144. Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows (rebroadcast)

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Ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl Halftime show? Take a listen to our choices for the 10 greatest Super Bowl Halftime shows of all time.

Enjoy the game, the nachos and the halftime show this Super Bowl Sunday!

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143. When Politicians Steal Songs

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Election season is in full swing. Politicians are back to stealing songs, using songs without permission. In this episode, we talk about the history of political songs and fights between artists and politicians.

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142. David Bowie & The Most Famous Steal Ever

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Today we mourn the passing of a great icon, David Bowie. In this podcast episode, we talk about David Bowie’s career and possibly the most famous steal ever, Ice Ice Baby versus Under Pressure.

We covered Under Pressure with our local symphony orchestra a few years ago. Watch!

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141. Happy New Year 2016 & Resolutions!

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At the last minute, we putting up our last podcast of 2015. We give you a couple of our resolutions for 2016 along with a very brief sneak listen to our upcoming album. Also, our friend and fellow alum from Season 2 of NBC The Voice, Erin Willett, will be on The Biggest Loser beginning Monday, January 4th. So we included our cover of I Love Rock n’Roll with Erin recorded live in our studiage. You can also watch the video bonus we uploaded.

Happy New Year! Have a great 2016!!

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Video Bonus: I Love Rock n’Roll with Erin Willett

Our friend and fellow Season 2 alum from NBC The Voice, Erin Willett, will be on the Biggest Loser beginning next week, Monday, January 4th. Here’s a video we made with her in our studiage right after the The Voice Blind Auditions. Enjoy!

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140. The Force Awakens to Star Wars Music Steals and More

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Next week the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, will be released into theaters. Along with the rest of the world, we are super excited. Tristan even experienced Star Wars in the darkest jungles of Peru last week (on Peruvian TV). We breakdown the original Star Wars steals that set the tone for the legendary series.

 

 

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Video Bonus: Eat the Turkey Bi**h – Just in Time for Thanksgiving

Here’s a throwback Thanksgiving – another of our video parodies featuring our Internet Icon compadre, LA filmmaker extraordinaire, Joule Thief.  We were spoofing on Britney Spears’ Work B**ch.

Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

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139. One of Our Most Downloaded Episodes – Music Clustering

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Happy Thanksgiving! While you are driving to your holiday feasts, take a listen to one of our most downloaded episodes – Music Clustering. For whatever reason, clustering of good music happens rarely. We decided to look at what years really produced consistently awesome music. We made up our own metric for “awesome.” Every year has flagship songs so what we really looked at was the second tier, the songs that surrounded the flagship songs. Listen to hear our crazy theory about music clustering. You will be surprised what years make the cut.

A.V.Club Podmass review of our Music Clustering episode:

How does one characterize a great year for music? Can it be quantified by dollars earned, records sold? Does it have more to do with the number of great artists who were working at the top of their game? Does it correspond with a previously under-appreciated genre going mainstream? On their podcast, Who Stole What?, brothers Tristan and Rory Shields offer an elegantly simple explication: the ratio of decent songs to not-so-decent songs on the radio. To illustrate their thought process, the two musicians chose four years from the past half-century—two of them great for music, two of them much less so—and took a look at the top 100 songs from that year, which they then broke down into three categories: classic songs, memorable songs, and songs that you might not even know exist. Great years, according to their theory, might only have a few true seminal hits, but are loaded with songs that are unoffensive and pleasant, if not amazing. Bad years are deserts of the forgettable, speckled with oases of quality. The year that featured the most consistently enjoyable radio-listening experience turns out to be very unexpected.

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