John Lee Hooker managed to be broadly popular but also enigmatic and inimitable. On this episode of the Escape Pod I look at a tremendous track from 1971’s Hooker ‘n’ Heat to understand what made John Lee so special and why his influence will never leave us.
As always, I’m talking all over the music and only playing snippets. That’s not how you experience music! So, after you listen to the podcast (or maybe even before), here is the playlist for music featured in the episode:
On this episode we connect the dots between Cardiacs, Robert Wyatt and Greg Lake. All paths lead through Annie Barbazza and her label Dark Companion Records. The commitment to audiophile recording values and the true open-mindedness of progressive music makes this artist and this record label, very much worth your time.
U2 is a band of almost unequaled popularity, but their best record is also their most reviled. Emily Beck makes her first appearance in the Escape Pod to help break down this forgotten masterpiece from 1997. It’s a record with strong personal significance for us, but it’s also just an amazing rock record. It’s a long listen, but so worth it with snippets of all the pertinent cuts.
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Here is a short meditation on the genius of Lowell George, and in particular his influential slide playing. Songs excerpted in the pod for the purpose of commentary and discussion include the following (in order of appearance):
Allman Brothers – “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin'” (Live at Fillmore, 1971)
Little Feet – “Crack in Your Door” (Little Feet, 1971)
Bonnie Raitt – “Spit of Love” (Fundamental, 1998)
Frank Zappa – “No Waiting for the Peanuts to Dissolve” (You Can’t Do That Onstage Anymore, Volume 5, 1969)
The Meters – “Just Kissed My Baby” (Rejuvenation, 1974)
Little Feet – “All That You Dream” (Live in Holland, 1976)
LIttle Feet – “All That You Dream” (The Last Record Album, 1975)
Thanks so much for listening and be sure to tell you r friends about the Mpomy Escape Pod podcast.
For this episode of the MPOMY Escape Pod podcast, I am so excited to be joined by my dear friend David Cardegna to get deep into the weeds of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior. It’s a wide ranging and extended discussion that is split into a couple parts. We cover a host of issues, from religion to automotive realism, but always focusing on a ten minute sequence in the middle of the film that really encapsulates the whole thing.
We hope you enjoy and thanks so much for listening!
Neil Young is a BIG part of why I love music. Listening to and collecting his work, and seeing his remarkable performances, became a template for how I would approach musical genius. Now, with the impending release of his second Archive set that will cover his most vibrant, creative and turbulent period, I give a preview of what will be on the ten-disc release, and also reflect what makes “Shaky” Neil so vital and why this brief period of his massive catalog is so extraordinary.
As always, thanks you so much for joining me in the MPOMY Escape Pod!
Is it in the splatter / revenge genre with a b-movie budget, or is it ‘High Art?” YES! Mandy is such a wild ride and has so many fascinating features to discuss. Join me in the Escape Pod to break down just a bit of the modern horror masterpiece.
I’ve been waiting to do this one for a while. It’s the third song/side from Miles Davis “Dark Magus,” live at Carnegie Hall in 1974. This is the psychedelic funk at it’s finest, and I get way into the minutiae al the way to the triumphant finale, so listen to the whole thing!
No YouTube for this one, but you can read the essay over at mpomy.com.