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Detours and Outliers
Detours and Outliers
A podcast where we discuss that one album that sticks out like a sore thumb in an artist's discography.
Jun 16, 2020
Voivod’s “Angel Rat” (with Mhyk Monroe)
VOIVOD GOES PSYCH-PROG! Third time's a charm with returning guest Mhyk Monroe (Grief Ritual, FATHERS). This week we dive into Voivod's confusing fifth album. Just how subtle are the distinctions between various subgenres of metal? How is a song about a pirate ship somehow less silly than previous albums' lyrics? Why are Men Without Hats involved in this, and are they dancing unsafely? Do French-Canadians need nicknames to make it in the world of metal? How difficult are these songs? Is this more psychedelic or progressive? Does hiring Rush's producer automatically make you prog? And what happened to Richard Hell? Find out on the fiftieth episode of Detours and Outliers!
1 hr 24 min
Jun 9, 2020
Kid Cudi’s “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven” (with Brian Heim)
KID CUDI TRIES TO ROCK! We crossover with the Brian from the Boothin' podcast as Kid Cudi tries to crossover into the rock world. When does a Kid Cudi get old enough to be an Adult Cudi? Who is the Phil Collins of hip-hop? Why is Travis Barker on every album? Does Kid Cudi have the same guitar pedal as Moby? When is it okay to release a bonus disc of demos for an album that you just finished? Are Beavis and Butthead the Statler and Waldorf of the nineties? What do you sound like when you try to sound like Nirvana? And most importantly: Is Kid Cudi okay? We'll check in on the Man On The Moon in this week’s episode of Detour and Outliers.
1 hr 55 min
Jun 2, 2020
X’s “Ain’t Love Grand” (with Jenny and Michael Seman)
X TRIES TO GET COMMERCIAL! Michael and Jenny from Shiny Around the Edges join us to discuss X’s frustrating attempt to cash in. How obscure can an artist be and still have documentaries made about them? Is X the best or the worst name for a band? What did Ray Manzarek bring to the table? Did X just put out an album that none of us listened to? Is not being rich or famous enough a good reason to quit a band? What kind of rockabilly is this? Who else was in that movie “Road House”? Does John Doe want his fans to get home safely? Does everyone have their own X story? And how did Professor Xavier train all these mutants? We’ll dig into it all this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 56 min
May 26, 2020
Lil Wayne’s “Rebirth” (with Bryson Worden)
LIL WAYNE TRIES TO ROCK! This week we are joined by fellow podcaster and Canadian DJ Bryson Worden (The BLOCK with Bryson Worden) to discuss Lil Wayne's attempt to be a dope boy with a guitar. Who is Wayne trying to impress? Was anyone rocking in 2010? Why do people remember the rap-rock of Limp Bizkit more than Ice-T's Body Count? Is Canadian Wikipedia better than American Wikipedia? Is Shanell the Mary Clyton of Wayne's “Gimme Shelter”? Why hasn’t Lil Wayne had another birth? Is it better to play the guitar badly or not at all? Does sampling a rock sound count as writing a rock song? Can you get a prescription chalice? How many notes does it take to make a guitar solo? Who does a better "Ground Zero", Lil Wayne or Chris Cornell? And how did the producer of Elton John's disco album end up involved in this? Grab a cup of codeine cough sizzyrup and join us on this week’s Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 50 min
May 19, 2020
Chris Cornell’s “Scream” (with Aaron Schilling)
CHRIS CORNELL GOES POP! Production designer, fabricator, and saxophonist Aaron Schilling joins us to discuss Chris Cornell's attempt to remain relevant in a post-grunge world. Is this the worst album we've covered? Who wrote these songs? Who claims to have written these songs? Who is credited with writing these songs? Why is Chris smashing a guitar? What do Tom Morello and Timbaland have in common? What does Justin Timberlake's idea of the nineties Seattle scene sound like? Is it possible to get a club dancing to such angry, bitter songs? Did the failure of this album lead to a Soundgarden reunion? How much is there to say about music you hate? We'll find out this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 29 min
May 12, 2020
Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” (with Karl Christian Kumpholz)
THE BOSS GOES ACOUSTIC! We are joined this week by illustrator Karl Christian Kumpholz (30 Miles of Crazy!) since he’s far more familiar with Bruce than we are. Why did he release an album of demos? Why is this only Springsteen album that the cool kids can claim to like? What exactly would the E Street Band have done to these songs? Is Bruce really a nice guy? Did he invent emo? How much of his blue collar persona is mere posturing? Why do people like to listen to sad songs? Did Reagan taint a whole generation's ability to take Bruce seriously? Do we really have a reason to believe? Do we need one? We were born to run in the U.S.A. in this week's episode of Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 19 min
May 5, 2020
Village People’s “Renaissance” (with Katie Bowman)
VILLAGE PEOPLE DON’T DO DISCO! Comedian and artist Katie Bowman joins us to discuss the Village People’s attempt to survive the death of Disco. Was cocaine a thing in the 80s? Did anyone notice that the lead singer was replaced? Are the Village People a boy band or macho men? Why are three of the eight songs on this album about food? Did the Village People pave the way for Rob Halford? Or Lou Pearlman? What message are the Village People trying to convey? Are they a band or a group? Why isn’t there a Village People Broadway musical yet? What is the plot of “Logan’s Run”? Young man, there’s no need to feel down this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 20 min
Apr 28, 2020
Moby’s “Animal Rights” (with Alf)
MOBY TRIES TO ROCK! We’re starting beef with a vegan. And to help us out we’ve got Alf (KTCL 93.3) on hand to discuss Moby abandoning electronica just as it was about to break through to the mainstream. Is that a drum machine or is Moby a drummer? Does this sound like a demo? Who was supposed to write lyrics and sing these songs? Does Moby have a soul? Should you ever mix punk and ambient? Does Moby own a bass? Or did he pawn it to buy a “grunge” guitar pedal? Is Moby afraid of being mistaken for Michael Stipe? And most importantly: Why does Moby hate America? We’ll get to the bottom of this most ill-timed of missteps this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 37 min
Apr 21, 2020
Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” (with Aleeya Wilson)
JONI SINGS THE STANDARDS! Aleeya Wilson (Death In Space) joins us virtually to discuss Joni's orchestral and big band covers album of "The Great American Songbook". Was the title an attempt to trick casual fans, or a concession to the record company (who wanted to trick casual fans)? How many sides does love have? How many musicians does it take to overwhelm Joni's voice? Does even Joni want to hear what Joni would write about the world in 2000? How is Don Henley to blame for this? What do we even know about clouds at all? Where exactly are we in this fictitious relationship? Does Joni prefer the idea of the possibility of being in love in future to the messy unpredictability of being in love with an actual person in the present? Don't we all? Join us for another look at some Canadian this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 36 min
Apr 14, 2020
Neil Young’s “Everybody’s Rockin’”
NEIL YOUNG DOES DOO-WOP! We have no guest this week, so we’re reverting to our earliest days with the cross between episode 1 (Frank Zappa's "Cruisin’ With Ruben and The Jets") and episode 3 (Neil Young's "Trans"). How did this record affect R.E.M.? Why didn't this record affect Pearl Jam? Was this record even finished? What was Neil going for? Where does Sha Na Na fit into this? Or The Stray Cats? Or even ZZ Top? Is the harmonica an adequate replacement for the saxophone? Who was this note for, if not for you? Does Neil miss the days of payola? Did Ronald Reagan miss the days of segregation? Does repeating the title six times in a row count as a verse? Who put the bop in the bop-shoo-wop? Find out this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 20 min
Apr 7, 2020
Slayer’s “Undisputed Attitudes” (with Andrew Novick)
SLAYER COVERS PUNK SONGS! Podcaster, director, artist, and musician, Andrew Novick, leads us through one of stranger moments in metal history. Is this album too Slayer-y or not Slayer-y enough? How does it compare to "Garage Days Re-Revisited"? Does it really count as a cover if you’re doing your own song? Who chose these bands? Why didn’t we get any Deep Purple or Doors covers? Is this album just for members of the band Verbal Abuse? Is this better or worse than punk bands covering metal songs? Is Richard’s last name Hung? Exactly what attitude of Slayer's are we unable to dispute? Would making this album sound worse somehow make it better? Find out if this album slays on this week’s episode of Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 33 min
Mar 31, 2020
Elton John’s “Victim Of Love” (with Dana Cain)
ELTON JOHN DOES DISCO! Events coordinator and sci-fi rock-opera composer, Dana Cain, goes back to her younger fangirl self as we dig into the mysteries of this peculiar album? Could Elton have spent any less effort getting out of his UNI record contract? Does the world need an eight minute Chuck Berry cover? Does this album even rate a single mention in Elton’s autobiography? What is the utilitarian purpose of grindcore? Are you supposed to think about disco music or just dance to it? Just how “street” is Elton? How quickly did disco die after this album was released? And more importantly, why do they call it The Blues and not, say, The Yellows? Put on your boogie shoes and join us on the yellow brick road this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 31 min
Mar 24, 2020
Snoop Lion’s “Reincarnation” (with Jen Korte)
SNOOP DOGG DOES REGGAE! Guitarist and vocalist, Jen Korte (Lady Gang, Sega Nemesis) joins us in the hizzouse to discuss Snoop’s musical and religious transformation. Is Snoop still a Rastafarian? Why would you hire Diplo to produce your reggae album? Other than each recording a reggae album, do Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have anything else in common? Does having a Canadian rapper guest on your song about gun control undermine or strengthen its message? Why did the Stones have an easier time in Jamaica than the Clash? Is it necessary to be poor to make good music? And why is Vice doing a documentary about all of this? Find the answers to some of these questions and more by entering the Lion’s den this week with Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 30 min
Mar 17, 2020
Pink Floyd’s “Ummagumma” (with Rick Thompson)
PINK FLOYD LETS EVERYBODY WRITE! Bass-centric tribute artist Rick Thompson grooves with us in a cave while we discuss this transitional album. How do you pronounce "Ummagumma"? Which member of Pink Floyd looks like a horse? Is the Grand Vizier a Pict? How did Nick Mason sneak his flautist wife in on what was supposed to be a totally solo outing? Which comes first, meat or pudding? Would this work better as a soundtrack? Who owns "The Madcap Laughs" but not "Dark Side Of The Moon"? How many copies of this album were sold that only had the second disc played once or twice? Set the controls to the heart of the sun this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 15 min
Mar 10, 2020
Garth Brooks’s “In The Life Of Chris Gaines” (with Bonnie Finley)
GARTH BROOKS GOES ROCK! Friend of the pod, Bonnie Finley, joins us for that one album we knew we were going to have to do eventually. Is this more like Jim Carrey playing Andy Kaufman, or Andy Kaufman playing Tony Clifton? Is this what people in Nashville think rock sounds like? What lessons did a young Garth Brooks learn from Kiss? Which Indiana Jones movie is really the worst? Who is a better rapper, Billy Joel or Garth Brooks? What kind of car accident would rearrange your face from that of a Brad Pitt stand-in to that of a middle age Garth? What kinds of drugs inspired this album? And most importantly: Is Garth Brooks really Lil Nas X? Hop in the saddle and rope the wind with us this week on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 26 min
Mar 3, 2020
The Mevlins’ “Honky” (with Don White)
THE MELVINS GET EVEN WEIRDER! We start season two with bassist Don White (Ice Troll) to dig into what Wikipedia claims is The Mevlins’ most experimental album. Were they releasing steam that they had built up having to kowtow to their overlords at Atlantic Records? Why don’t the Melvins want you to understand what they are saying? Who was a worse act for them to open for, Kiss, Rush, or Primus? How hard is it for us to pronounce the letters BTK? What other answering machine messages have been turned into classic songs? Did Liza Minelli play bass for the Melvins? Who hasn’t played bass for the Melvins? Tune in as we work through all of this and more on the season two premiere episode of Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 8 min
Aug 27, 2019
Pat Boone's "In A Metal Mood" (with Rick Reid)
PAT BOONE GOES METAL! For the final week of "The Merry Month of Metal" as well as the last episode of season one, we invited fellow podcaster Rick Reid to discuss this mid-90's mashup of white bread and black metal. Is this album a one? Is Pat in on the joke? Does his usual fanbase know he's joking? Is he just trying to do for Judas Priest what he used to do for Little Richard in the fifties? Does Pat know the difference between hard rock and heavy metal? What is Pat Boone's golf handicap? Is he a better neighbor than Cuba Gooding Jr? How does this all keep leading back to Bob Dylan? Join us as we dig deeper into the mystery on the season finale of Detours and Outliers.
Aug 13, 2019
Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy” (with Sara LeFevre)
AXL FIRES EVERYBODY! Guitarist Sara LeFevre (Vampire Squids From Hell) helps us go through one of the most storied and expensive albums ever. How many fads and trends that came and went during the fifteen years it took to record this end up on the finished album? Are the leaks better than the finished product? What happened to Brian May’s guitar solo? What really went on in Buckethead’s chicken coop? Why was Axl also re-recording “Appetite For Destruction” at the same time? Why did this take so long? Why did this cost so much? Is this really an Axl Rose solo album? What is a shackler? Which President Bush is Axl singing about? Who is more likely to finish their album first, Tool, The Kinks, or GnR? There’s a lot of ground to cover on this episode of Detours and Outliers.
Aug 6, 2019
Judas Priest’s “Painkiller” (with Mhyk Monroe)
JUDAS PRIEST GOES FULL METAL! What? You thought Priest was always metal? Well, you have another think coming. For the first week of “The Merry Month Of Metal” we have returning guest Mhyk Monroe to guide us through the subtle distinctions between speed metal and hair metal and black metal. How could a new drummer make such a big difference on the album? How could the bass make so little difference? Do synths belong in metal at all? Which of the Eagles appeared on the “Heavy Metal” soundtrack? Were people really surprised when Halford came out of the closet? Is there more overlap between metalheads and comic book nerds or horror movie fans? Strap on your S&M gear, hop on your flaming motorcycle, and join us as we poder these questions and more on this week’s Detours and Outliers.
Jul 30, 2019
The Monkees’ “Justus” (with Victoria Lundy)
THE MONKEES PLAY THEIR OWN INSTRUMENTS! So we brought in someone else who can play their own instrument: thereminist Victoria Lundy. How did this get the reputation as the grunge Monkees album? If you were only going to write one song for a new Monkees album, why would it be about Admiral James M. Boorda? Is it better to get over your second divorce by writing a bunch of indistinct rock songs, or to impress your new young wife with your guitar wankery? Where is Peter’s banjo, or Micky’s moog, or even Mike’s 12-string? In a post-Milli Vanilli world, did anyone besides Nez care that Monkees didn’t always play their own instruments? Why is there a lizard sunning itself on a rock? We’re too busy answering these questions and more to put anybody down on this week’s Detours and Outliers.
Jul 23, 2019
The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Stoned and Dethroned” (with Jonathan Snyder)
THE REID BROTHERS GO ACOUSTIC! Jonathan Snyder from The Lollygags joins us to discuss the TJAMC’s fifth album. Does every acoustic guitar in the nineties mean you’re auditioning for MTV’s “Unplugged”? Is it more complicated to be in a band with your sibling or your ex? Should you write your songs when you’re feeling sad and then wait till you’re feeling better to record them? Is 17 too many tracks no matter how short they are? Which one is Jesus and which one is Mary? Is there a difference between Irish drunk and Scottish drunk? Join us as we attempt to glean every possible songwriting lesson from this album on Detours and Outliers.
Jul 16, 2019
Jack Bruce’s “Thing We Like” (with Zeke Kyoku)
JACK BRUCE GOES INSTRUMENTAL! No, it’s not “All Instrumental April” again already, but we’ve got bassist Zeke Kyoku (Ghost Tapes, Contraband) to help guide us jazz-novices through the Cream bassist’s foray into free jazz. Is this our first “Jazz Odyssey”? Who’s feeding those dogs on the cover? What kep Jack Bruce from having as commercially successful solo career as Eric Clapton? Is this a good gateway drug to get rock fans into jazz? What is the advantage of playing two saxophones at the same time? Did Jack really write these songs when he was eleven? Why is he lying to us? How stupid does he think we are? And why didn’t Mel Torme sing with Cream? We may be in a bit over our heads, but the cream always rises on Detours and Outliers.
Jul 9, 2019
The Clash’s “Cut The Crap” (with Anthony, Katy, and Will)
JOE STRUMMER FIRES EVERYBODY! We managed to squeeze the entire Television Generation into our tiny studio to discuss both the last and least Clash album? What qualifies Bernie Rhodes to produce and co-write all the songs on this, other than the fact that he’s their manager? What would Art Garfunkel do if Paul Simon were the bass player for the Clash? Can drum machines be used well, and are they on this album? Does every song need a crowd of Joe Strummers singing along? Should the next great punk band be created through “American Idol” type auditions? Once you reach a certain level of popularity, is it inherently hypocritical to rebel against the mainstream? Do you want to hear two-and-a-half minutes of Mick Jones’ replacement playing Pac-Man? There’s a lot of crap to cut through on this week’s Detours and Outliers.
Jul 2, 2019
U2’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" (with Kate McIntosh)
BONO GOES CRAZY, BROADWAY-STYLE! What do you get when you cross the subcultures of theatre geek, comic book nerd, and U2 fandom? Author Kate McIntosh helps us untangle the web of one of Broadway's most notorious flops. Did Julie Tamor know anything about Spider-Man other than the 2002 Sam Raimi film? Why wasn't this just a Cirque du Soleil production? How many people were injured during the making of this play? And how many were gainfully employed? Will this replace Macbeth as the play actor dare not speak of in 400 years? What superheroes make for better musicals? And which members of Metallica should play which members of the Fantastic Four? Is there secretly a lost Village People song hidden in this album? We’ll try to unmask the identity of the real villain on this week's episode of Detours and Outliers.
Jun 25, 2019
Primus’s “Primus & The Chocolate Factory” (with Rick Thompson)
PRIMUS COVERS A MOVIE SOUNDTRACK! Rick Thompson of the Primus tribute band Mr. Knowitall helps us answer all the pertinent questions surrounding this cover album. When is it appropriate to scare small children? How many collectible candy bars have been consumed during cannabis-inspired munchies? Is it possible to make that trippy boat ride sequence from the movie any scarier? Who has a more limited vocal range, Gene Wilder or Larry "Ler" Lalonde? Just how big of a global issue is chewing gum? What do you get when you guzzle down sweets? Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew and cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two? Unwrap your golden ticket to the answers to these questions and more on Detours and Outliers.
Jun 18, 2019
Bob Dylan's "Self Portrait" (with Dewey Paul Moffitt)
DYLAN ALIENATES EVERYONE! Dewey Paul Moffitt, curator of the International Bob Dylan Tribute Festival, joins us to discuss the first major misfire from a career full of surprising reinventions. Why did Bob pick these songs? Why did he put them in this order? Were they put in any sort of order? Would this album be less effective if the songs were put in any sort of order? What is this album trying to do? If Dylan really did want to scare away his fan base, why is he trying so hard? Is this self portrait “warts-and-all” or just “warts-and-nothing-else”? Is this album a test? Find out if we passed on this episode of Detours and Outliers.
Jun 11, 2019
The Heads’ “No Talking, Just Head”
THE TALKING HEADS WITHOUT DAVID BYRNE! We don’t have a guest this week, but The Heads sure do. How big of a suit did David Byrne bring against his former bandmates? Why couldn’t Jerry Harrison just join the Tom Tom Club? Is this The Asylum mockbuster version of The Talking Heads? Who exactly is Malin Anneteg? Why doesn’t Tina Weymouth just take over lead vocals? What would a second album have sounded like? Is this secretly a compilation album? There may be no talking allowed on the album, but we talk about it a lot on this episode of Detours and Outliers.
Jun 4, 2019
OMD’s “Dazzle Ships” (with Tom Murphy)
OMD GETS EXPERIMENTAL! Local music historian, Tom Murphy, joins us to discuss the album that nearly killed OMD’s career. How can you lose 90% of your audience with one album? What is the strategic disadvantage of painting your battleships in bright garish colors? Did Andy McCluskey really think the key to commercial success was to get even weirder? What time period is this album supposed to take place in? Who is the biggest rock-star from Albania? Do all one-hit wonders grow to resent their one hit? What is the steampunk equivalent of EDM? We’ll try to figure it out on this episode of Detours and Outliers.
May 28, 2019
Jeff Beck’s “Loud Hailer”
JEFF BECK GETS POLITICAL! We’re without a guest this week as we dive into Jeff beck’s latest album? Can an instrumental be political? Why does Jeff get to call this a solo album? How many bands are named Bones? Which songs would fit in at a coffeehouse open-mic night? Will the electric guitar ever be cool again? Are old guys trying to do dubstep brave or stupid? Why can’t you just sing everything through a megaphone? What ever happened to the rest of the Yardbirds? Didn’t Jeff Beck sing “Loser”? Dig in this week on Detours and Outliers.
May 21, 2019
Frank Sinatra’s “Trilogy” (with Mol Mollusk)
SINATRA SAILS A SPACESHIP ACROSS THE SOLAR SYSTEM! Seriously. In the late seventies, Frank plotted a pompous triple album that would rival any prog-rock’s most pretentious sci-fi rock opera. Surf guitarist Mol Mollusk (Vampire Squids From Hell) drops by the studio to truly dig into what sounds like a dying man’s deathbed confession transformed into a 40-minute song-cycle about interplanetary travel. How autobiographical can you be when someone else is writing all your material? Does Sinatra understand anything about astronomy? How do you know Uranus is heaven? And more importantly, how do you pronounce Uranus? Why does “The Future” sound so nostalgic and retro? Who thought this was a good idea? And what would Frank’s mafia connections to anyone who disagreed with them? Join us on this intergalactic planetary journey with the Chairman of the Board on this week’s Detours and Outliers?
May 14, 2019
Fleetwood Mac’s “Time” (with Heather Haas and Kelly Prestridge)
FLEETWOOD REPLACES STEVIE AND LINDSEY! Heather and Kelly from Ground Above Zero to discuss Mac’s mid-90’s misfire “Time.” If they wanted to record a country album, why didn’t they? Does sleeping in Mick Fleetwood’s bungalow automatically make you a member of the band? Who let Lindsey into the studio without a guitar? Does naming a band after your favorite rhythm section force them to be in your new band? Are John McVie and Mick Fleetwood really the same person? Does anyone know why Dave Mason from Traffic is here? Does this album come with a secret bonus EP? Is that album more or less Fleetwood Mac-y than Lindsey and Christine’s duo joint? Listen as we try and parse the truth from the rumors on this week’s Detour’s and Outliers.
1 hr 23 min
May 7, 2019
The Who’s “A Quick One” (with Kasey Elkington)
THE WHO LETS EVERYBODY WRITE! We’re back to talking about songs with words and this week we’ve brought along Kasy Elkington (Cattle Axe, New Ancient Astronauts) to talk about his least favorite album by his most favorite band, The Who. Who’s idea was it to force Roger and Keith to write songs when they didn’t want to and didn’t need to? How many rock operas has Pete Townshend written? What percentage of Who fans were initially drawn to the band by Ann-Margaret’s appearance in the film version of “Tommy”? Did anyone in this band their instrument in the normal way? How many songs did Kenny Jones write? Why do so many white British rock bands gravitate towards covering Motown? Could anyone in 1966 tell the difference between the Keith’s, Jon’s, Pete’s and Roger’s voices? We’ll try to figure out just Who these guys think they are on this week’s Detours and Outliers.
Apr 30, 2019
Andrew W.K.'s “55 Cadillac” (with Rachel Caudill)
ANDREW W.K. GOES INSTRUMENTAL! “All Instrumental April” concludes with special guest host Rachel Caudill (jewelry designer, Resistance Is Tactile). Who is Andrew W.K.? Is Andrew W.K. real? What is real? What is the existential nature of partying? Why would a self-proclaimed Party God put out an album of spontaneous solo piano improvisations? How many people are behind Andrew W.K. persona? How many personas are inside Andrew W.K.'s mind? Why would an exceptionally sweaty man choose to only wear white? Is aimless piano noodling the sound of freedom? Is PCP a party drug? The answer to the last one is no. Find out the rest on this week's episode of Detours and Outliers.
Apr 23, 2019
Prince’s “N.E.W.S.” (with Kelly Prestridge)
PRINCE GOES INSTRUMENTAL! It’s week four of “All Instrumental April” and we invite local Prince expert Kelly Prestridge (The Gones, Ground Above Zero) to help us discuss Prince’s worst selling album. Why didn’t Prince just call this “SEWN”? At what point does smooth jazz become softcore porn music? How much of this was pre-written, how much was edited, and how much was overdubbed? Is this the soundtrack for the new Weather Channel competitor? What was Prince’s relationship with the internet? And is that why the only results you get when goodling this album are for nuptial and birth announcements for Harry and William? Is this a really a jam session or a rehearsal? What is Prince’s worst album? We’ll answer at least a few of these questions on this week’s episode of Detours and Outliers.
Apr 16, 2019
Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music” (with Mhyk Monroe)
LOU REED GOES INSTRUMENTAL! The third week of “All Instrumental April” we invite Mhyk Monroe (Grief Ritual, FATHERS) to join us in discussing what may just be a double album of Lou Reed’s guitar feeding back. Is this music? If it is, is it metal? If it’s not, is it a machine? How much time and effort would you put into trolling your record company? Is noise a genre of music, or the opposite of music? Or is silence the opposite of music? How influential can an album be if no one is able to listen to it? What percentage of people who claim to love this album have actually listened to it all the way through? Is this good to listen to while doing yoga? Or welding? Or driving unwanted patrons out of your bar at closing time? Just how sincere is Lou here? We actually wade all the way through all four sides of the same coin on this week’s episode of Detours and Outliers.
Apr 9, 2019
The Beastie Boys’ “The In Sound From Way Out” (with Darren Capulong)
THE BEASTIE BOYS GO INSTRUMENTAL! “All Instrumental April” continues with Darren Capulong (bassist, Vampire Squids From Hell) discussing this French fanclub compilation from The Beastie Boys. If the music video for “Sabotage” was a real 1970s cop show, would this be the soundtrack? Is there some sort of prejudice against those who play their own instruments in the world of Hip-Hop? Is it easier to learn to play the guitar than it is to pay mechanical royalties on your samples? Did The Beastie Boys ever fully live down their initial frat-bro image? Does everything played backwards now invoke David Lynch? Is there any guitars on this record that aren’t using a wah-wah pedal? What other rap groups have enough interstitial interludes to fill up an entire compilation? Ch-ch-ch-check it out on this week’s Detours and Outliers.
Apr 2, 2019
Michael Nesmith’s “The Wichita Train Whistle Sings” (with Rebecca Davila)
NEZ GOES INSTRUMENTAL! We kick off “All Instrumental April” with special guest Rebecca Davila discussing the wooly-hatted Monkee’s solo debut. Was this intended to be a rebuke to all those hipsters sneering at the Monkees for not playing their instruments? Or simply a gigantic tax write-off? How drunk do you have to get the Wrecking Crew before they finally start playing sloppy? What is the proper method for preparing a guitar to be smashed? How much would it cost you to have an open bar for sixty of LA’s top session musicians? Is there a better way to spend $50,000? What are the words to “Don’t Cry Now”? Have you test-driven the rugged, new 2019 Tapioca Tundra? Why didn’t anyone spend any money on the artwork? Hop aboard the Wichita Train on this week’s episode of Detours and Outliers.
Mar 26, 2019
You+Me’s “Rose Ave.” (with Rachel Livingston)
P!NK GOES ACOUSTIC! Our web-designer, Rachel Livingston, bring this much-more-modern-than-usual album to our attention. What color do you get when you mix pink and green? How do you cross-promote an album when no one is using their real name and everybody keeping changing their pseudonyms? Does P!nk have a volume knob on her vocal chords? Is it “Alex Is On Fire” or “Alexis On Fire” or “A Lexi Son Fire”? Is there any difference between hardcore and post-hardcore? Is this album really just a demo? Or a showcase for vocal prowess? Or just a City And Color record with guest vocals by P!nk? How exactly does P!nk feel about her mom? Would “Get The Party Started” work as an acoustic ballad? Join us this week to find out more on Detours and Outliers
Mar 19, 2019
Captain Beefheart’s “Bluejeans and Moonbeams” (with Austin Aeschliman)
BEEFHEART TRIES TO GET COMMERCIAL! And fails. Songwriter Austin Aeschliman (Smashy Claw, Ash Lemon & His Sour Grapes, Needlejuice Records) guides through the strange Captain's strangest record… because he’s trying to be normal. How much less crap and band members willing to put up with when you’re not paying them? Has any outsider artist ever really crossed over into the mainstream? If you sanded the rough edges off of Captain Beefheart, would you find anything at all underneath? What are the rules in terms of “finders-keepers” when it comes to a song you left at the end of a tape that was just found in the recording studio? Does anyone - even its creator - actually like this album? And why hasn’t this been used in a TV jingle for Captain Morgan? We will convene the necessary court marshall to truly investigate it all, on this week’s Detours and Outliers.
Mar 12, 2019
The Velvet Underground's “Squeeze” (with Victoria Lundy)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND BECOME PEDESTRIAN! How could this happen? Thereminist Victoria Lundy (victorialundymusic.com) joins the panel to ask the pertinent questions: Who is Doug Yule, and why does he get to be the entire Velvet Underground by himself? Would a bad drummer had made this a better record? Can a whole album be nothing but filler? Would anyone buy a Doug Yule solo album, or should he stick to making violins? Does living a clean healthy life lead to making boring music but at least not dying? Wouldn't we all rather be talking about “Howard the Duck”? Join us this week as we pull back the banana peel of mystery and squeeze out some answers on Detours and Outliers.
Mar 5, 2019
Weezer's “Pinkerton” (with Katy Johnson and Will Hayden)
WEEZER GETS SINCERE! Television Generation's Katy Johnson and Will Hayden help us investigate the mysteries surrounding one of the only two good Weezer albums. Is quality an outlier in Weezer's discography? How much brutal honesty is too brutal? Do Pinkerton fans like Weezer? Do Weezer fans like Pinkerton? Is this album responsible for the entire emo genre? Why does 25-year-old Rivers Cuomo write like an old man when 50-year-old Rivers writes like a teenager? Is Weezer's version of Toto’ s “Africa” their “Kokomo”? And most importantly: what is the age of consent in Japan? Help us uncover the strangeness of “Pinkerton” on this week's Detours and Outliers.
Feb 26, 2019
Devo’s “Dev2.0” (with Bonnie Finley and Richard Taylor)
DEVO DOES DISNEY! Richard and Bonnie from the band Bolonium help us answer the pertinent questions surrounding this album. Questions like: What was Disney thing? And… that’s about it. What was Disney thinking? Really?!? Did they just pick Devo’s name out of a hat at random? Did they really think this would work? Why hadn’t anyone bothered to look at Devo’s lyrics before green-lighting this project? Is there any band that would be worse for this Disney-fied treatment? Will there ever be a 3.0 version of Devo? Was Devo trying to rush this out before Disney realized their mistake? Q: Are we not kids? A: We are Dev2.0. Really, what were the executives at Disney thinking???
Feb 19, 2019
Stevie Wonder’s “Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants” (with Evan Ballinger)
STEVIE WONDER GOES HORTICULTURAL! Keyboardist Evan Ballinger from Ghost Tapes and The Denderites helps the team really dig into the flora with double-album soundtrack. Has anyone actually seen this film? Is this a good album for kids? Is this educational or entertaining? Does the preponderance of instrumentals belie how difficult it is to write agricultural lyrics? Is a seed a star, or is a star a seed? How many languages does Stevie Wonder speak? Can this album help you pass your botany final? Is Stevie just using this experimental film as an outlet for his own experimentalism? And most importantly: Is that a real upright bass?
Feb 12, 2019
The Grateful Dead’s “Shakedown Street” (with Molly Rainard)
THE DEAD DO DISCO! Or do they? Molly Rainard (guitarist, Vampire Squids From Hell) joins the gang to navigate the Grateful Dead’s unsuccessful 1978 attempt to sell-out. Do real Deadheads even know that the band recorded studio albums? How many 60s bands tried to jump on the disco bandwagon? Does the general public know anything about the Dead’s music, or is the reputation solely predicated on the reputation of their fanbase? If you were going to do a song called “France” and not make it sound french, what foreign locale should it evoke? Is Donna Godchaux the Ringo of the Grateful Dead? Why would anyone want to sound like Jimmy Buffet? Find out on Detours and Outliers.
1 hr 11 min
Feb 5, 2019
Ween's “12 Golden Country Greats” (with Matt Sumner)
WEEN GOES COUNTRY! Bassist and real estate agent, Matt Sumner, joins the team as they tackle the big questions: If an album called “12 Golden Country Greats” only has ten tracks, can you sue for false advertising? How literal is Dean's brain mucus? Can your band become a jam band even if you don't want it to be? Who is this album for? Ween fans? Country fans? Nobody? Find out now on the latest episode of Detours and Outliers. Want to listen for yourself? You can check it out here: Amazon
1 hr 13 min
Jan 29, 2019
Willie Nelson’s “Countryman”
WILLIE NELSON GOES REGGAE! Why would Willie do such a thing… I mean, besides the obvious botanical reason? Does Willie know the differences between reggae, ska, and dancehall? Does Willie even care? Could Willie even be bothered to write some new material for this album? When the record company that first suggested this idea went bankrupt, why did Willie’s next label resurrect the idea ten years later? Who did play Bonaroo in 2005? Is Jimmy Buffet cultural appropriation? Did even the record producer realize that no one was going to make it to the end of this album? All of this and more will be pondered on Detours & Outliers?
1 hr 7 min
Jan 22, 2019
Kiss’s “Music from ‘The Elder’”
KISS GETS PRETENTIOUS! Who is the Manchild? Who is Morpheus? Who are any of these people and what are they doing? Would listening to the overly dramatic spoken word interludes have elucidated things – or just elicited laughter? Just how much cocaine was consumed in order for this to seem like a good idea? Could Ace ever break the Gene/Paul voting bloc? Is this secretly a better album than Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”? What song sounds like the background music for an episode of “Miami Vice”? We will try to get to the bottom of this on Detours & Outliers.
Jan 15, 2019
Neil Young’s “Trans”
NEIL YOUNG DISCOVERS SYNTHESIZERS! Did Neil actually write this album for his non-communicative son, or was he just trying to guilt us into re-evaluating this album? Does bookending this album with non-synthetic tracks make this bitter pill easier to swallow; or does it just undermine the whole concept? Would a series of animated music videos help explain what exactly a Computer Cowboy does? Does this album take place in a shared universe with Styx’s “Kilroy Was Here”; and if so, who would win Mr. Soul or Mr. Roboto? How long can the team resist making a pun around the word “transphobia”? Find out the truth on this episode of Detours & Outliers.
Jan 8, 2019
The Rolling Stones’ “Their Satanic Majesties Request”
THE STONES GO PSYCHEDELIC! Was Mick Jagger copying the Beatles, or trolling them? Can Brian Jones really play 500 instruments? How many tambourines were used in the making of this album? Why did the producer quit before they finish this album -- and why didn’t anyone replace him? Did the Rolling Stones even want to make this record? Will any of them cop to enjoying it now? Whose idea was this anyway? And most importantly, why didn’t Bill Wyman get to sing more? All of these questions and more will be answered (or at least discussed) on Detours & Outliers.
Jan 1, 2019
Frank Zappa’s “Cruising with Ruben & the Jets”
ZAPPA DOES DOO-WOP! In our inaugural episode, the team tackles 1968’s “Cruising with Ruben & the Jets”. Can Frank tamp down his more eccentric tendencies in terms of complicated chord changes and inappropriate lyrics? How closely can you have to listen to this album before you realize that this is not a vintage “malt shop” oldie? How much creative input do the other Mothers of Invention actually have? If this album was recorded in the sixties, and meant to sound like the fifties, why do the bass and drums sound so very 1980s? We get into all of these questions and more on Detours & Outliers.