Thu, 04/11/2019 - 1:37pm
Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma looks at "The Long Shot," a story dealing not with who the murderer is but who the murderer murdered.
Tue, 03/12/2019 - 4:41pm
Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Al looks at an adaptation of a Dorothy Sayers story, “Suspicion”, offering a perfect excuse to also talk about Hitchcock’s film Suspicion.
Fri, 03/08/2019 - 4:20pm
Nick, Makenzie, and Nadeem discuss Captain Marvel, the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the latest blockbuster to follow the trend of being helmed by former indie directors. Plus, they get into the long awaited conversion of "toxic fandom" and as always, conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
Martin Bandyke Under Covers for March 2019: Martin Bandyke interviews Thomas Brothers, author of Help: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration.
Fri, 03/08/2019 - 3:32pm
The Beatles and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Ellington’s forte was not melody―his key partners were not lyricists but his fellow musicians. His strength was in arranging, in elevating the role of a featured soloist, in selecting titles: in packaging compositions. He was also very good at taking credit when the credit wasn’t solely his, as in the case of Mood Indigo, though he was ultimately responsible for the orchestration of what Duke University musicologist Thomas Brothers calls "one of his finest achievements." If Ellington was often reluctant to publicly acknowledge how essential collaboration was to the Ellington sound, the relationship between Lennon and McCartney was fluid from the start. Lennon and McCartney "wrote for each other as primary audience." Lennon’s preference for simpler music meant that it begged for enhancement and McCartney was only too happy to oblige, and while McCartney expanded the Beatles’ musical range, Lennon did "the same thing with lyrics."
Through his fascinating examination of these two musical legends, Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success. While clarifying the historical record of who wrote what, with whom, and how, Brothers brings the past to life with a lifetime of musical knowledge that reverberates through every page, and analyses of songs from Lennon and McCartney’s Strawberry Fields Forever to Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge.
Help! describes in rich detail the music and mastery of two cultural leaders whose popularity has never dimmed, and the process of collaboration that allowed them to achieve an artistic vision greater than the sum of their parts.
Wed, 02/27/2019 - 2:30pm
We talk (mostly over each other) about two Netflix original films: To All the Boys I've Loved Before and The Package. We discuss the ancient art of snail mail and Ashley announces our own Oscar nomination for Best Prosthetic Genitalia.
Mon, 02/18/2019 - 7:13pm
Nick, Makenzie, and Tyler discuss their experiences from the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the best movies they saw, and as always, conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:01am
Nick, Nadeem and Ariel give the first updates to the Cinetopia Film Festival and their favorite films in consideration so far, discuss the documentary The Biggest Little Farm, and as always conclude with their Movie Magic Moments of the Week.
Mon, 02/11/2019 - 3:44pm
Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Al Sjoerdsma discusses the second Hitchcock-directed episode along with Hitchcock films "Shadow of a Doubt" and "Under Capricorn," somehow managing to bring up Zane Grey more than once. Amy Cantu joins Al for a discussion that doesn't bring Zane Grey up at all.
Martin Bandyke Under Covers for February 2019: Martin Bandyke interviews Chris Stamey, author of A Spy in the House of Loud: New York Songs and Stories.
Tue, 02/05/2019 - 2:20pm
Popular music was in a creative upheaval in the late 1970s. As the singer-songwriter and producer Chris Stamey remembers, “The old guard had become bloated, cartoonish, and widely co-opted by a search for maximum corporate profits, and we wanted none of it.” In A Spy in the House of Loud, he takes us back to the auteur explosion happening in New York clubs such as the Bowery’s CBGB as Television, Talking Heads, R.E.M., and other innovative bands were rewriting the rules. Just twenty-two years old and newly arrived from North Carolina, Stamey immersed himself in the action, playing a year with Alex Chilton before forming the dB’s and recording the albums Stands for deciBels and Repercussion, which still have an enthusiastic following.
A Spy in the House of Loud vividly captures the energy that drove the music scene as arena rock gave way to punk and other new streams of electric music. Stamey tells engrossing backstories about creating in the recording studio, describing both the inspiration and the harmonic decisions behind many of his compositions, as well as providing insights into other people’s music and the process of songwriting. Photos, mixer-channel and track assignment notes, and other inside-the-studio materials illustrate the stories. Revealing another side of the CBGB era, which has been stereotyped as punk rock, safety pins, and provocation, A Spy in the House of Loud portrays a southern artist’s coming-of-age in New York’s frontier abandon as he searches for new ways to break the rules and make some noise.
Martin’s interview with Chris Stamey was recorded on August 29, 2018.
Martin Bandyke Under Covers for January 2019: Martin interviews Thor Hanson, author of Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees.
Wed, 01/30/2019 - 1:44pm
Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, Thor Hanson (the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers) takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.
As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you'll never overlook them again.
Martin's interview with Thor Hanson was recorded on August 13, 2018.