e311. From Original to Ovation: Tracing the Threads of Musical Covers

Have you ever done that thing where you hear a song that’s a cover of another song you like, only to find out later that you have it backwards and the song you thought was the cover was the original and vice versa? That was actually one of the first arguments that Mav and his…

e299. Things You Missed in 2023!

Happy New Year! If you listen to podcasts which you must if you’re listening to this, then you probably know by now that they way people end a year in their podcasts is typically to do a “best of the year” in whatever field or genre that they happen to cover. You’ve probably listened to…

e293. Soundtracks, Scores & Race in the Superhero Film (Remastered)

(Note: Previously a corrupted version of the audio of this file was uploaded. This was due to a mistake in the mix that has now been corrected to the best of our abilities. Therefore, we are reuploading this week’s episode. Our apologies for the earlier issues.) You always know it’s a great episode when the…

e293. Soundtracks, Scores & Race in the Superhero Film

(Note: Previously a corrupted version of the audio of this file was uploaded. This was due to a mistake in the mix that has now been corrected to the best of our abilities. Therefore, we are reuploading this week’s episode. Our apologies for the earlier issues.) You always know it’s a great episode when the…

Call For Comments: Listening for Leitmotif

From Mav: I could swear we’ve done more soundtrack episodes. Like… I really thought we had. We’ve got one generally about what makes for a fun soundtrack from the beginning of the pandemic, but that was more about needle drops. We’ve talked about musicals and the about how music affects specific films like Josie and…

e284. Making the Band of Theseus

How many members of a musical band need to present to make the band the band. Is it different if a member dies than it is if a member simply quits or is kicked out? If a band splits exactly in two, are both halfs still the band or does one half become the band…

e283. Is Josie and the Pussycats a Bad Movie?

A few weeks ago when we did our episode saying goodbye to Riverdale, Monica made Mav promise that we could do an episode watching and analyzing one of her favorite nostalgic films, Josie and the Pussycats, a 2001 movie drawn from the same IP as Riverdale was. Mav agreed and so here we are. Was…

e282. Misunderstood Pop Music Politics

A couple weeks ago the RNC presidential primary debates opened with a segment where each candidate got to explain why they best epitomized the conservative values for the real american laid out by Oliver Anthony’s country folk song “Rich Men North of Richmond”. They sounded like idiots, and even more so when Anthony himself released…

Call For Comments: The Theory Of The Band Of Theseus

From Mav: Time for a little thought experiment. Recently, I came across an article on the Guardian called “‘I’m the only one that can say I never quit’: meet the bands with no original members left”. In it, Michael Hann interviews long-standing members of old rock bands who don’t have any original members left. For…

Call For Comments: Concert Amnesia and Flashbulb Memories

From Steph: Recently, news media has reported claims from many Taylor Swift concertgoers that they cannot remember large parts or even any of the 3-hour “Eras Tour” concert such as which songs Taylor performed. This so-called “concert amnesia” is particularly distressing for those paying the high prices of resale tickets. However, it is widely known…