I’m the Host A slightly deeper look at the media we all consume

Alright, settle down, class. Settle down... This is Bowie 102 covering the last thirty-seven years of David Bowie's career: early 80's rise to popularity, late 80's decline, 90's revival, and death. If you came here looking for "Classical Knives of America, 1830 to Present" you are in the wrong room--that's down the hall in 118 with instructor Sharp yes that IS her real name...

Alright, for the five of you who are left, thank you for coming back for another semester. If you haven't already ordered your course materials yet don't bother--just look the songs up on YouTube, read summaries on Wikipedia, and guess. That's what I do...

Episode links: 

YouTube - David Bowie Official
Steam - Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Saturday Night Live - Napster lawsuit sketch (part 1--couldn't find a good copy of the Petshop Boys bit)
A Knight's Tale - "Golden Years"
The Killers (Brandon Flowers) - Just Another Girl
David Bowie's 1983 interview on MTV, holding them to the flames for not showing black artists
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restraunt
Blur - Boys And Girls 
Donald Glover - The Worst Time to Be Alive (Classic Rap)

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Welcome to your first day of Bowie 101! This introductory course covers thirty-two years of David Bowie, from 1947 to 1979, spanning his vaudville, pop rock, glam rock, heavy metal, and funk/soul periods, as well as the Berlin trilogy. 

Our full two-part course will also span such topics as suing Napster, musical numbers from A Knight's Tale, bad haircuts, the roadways of West Berlin, and raps about hats. If you have any questions, your instructor Blake or your classmates Ally and Kurt will be happy to fill you in on the details. Take notes--there will be a test at the end. Enjoy!

Episode links: 

YouTube - David Bowie Official
Steam - Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Saturday Night Live - Napster lawsuit sketch (part 1--couldn't find a good copy of the Petshop Boys bit)
A Knight's Tale - "Golden Years"
The Killers (Brandon Flowers) - Just Another Girl
David Bowie's 1983 interview on MTV, holding them to the flames for not showing black artists
Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restraunt
Blur - Boys And Girls 
Donald Glover - The Worst Time to Be Alive (Classic Rap)

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As our jobs all got in the way of our recording schedule this week, we sat down for a short [read: long], off-the-cuff episode. We get into the recent events surrounding the Simpsons'/Apu debacle since recording  that episode, and then spend the rest of our time gushing about all the great media we have watched/played/read/listened to lately.

(Due to the large volume of links/things mentioned in this discussion, I'm posting all of them as a pdf here: Links to all the media - hosted locally)

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It's rare for an artist to remake a work from their early career. With Spike Lee's remake of She's Gotta Have It, we're looking at the differences between the film (1986) and the web-series (2017) with a big helping hand from our guest Samantha from Rocket Punch Radio.

With art, music, sexuality, and civil unrest on the table, we also found time (in this long episode) to talk about the Spin Doctors, Celtics fans, and eminent domain.

Links for this episode:
CBS This Morning - Spike Lee on Rebooting the iconic and timely “She’s Gotta Have It”
YouTube - Lindsay Ellis - RENT - “Look Pretty and Do As Little as Possible: A Video Essay”
Goodreads.com - Dossie Easton, Janet W. Hardy's "The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationship & Other Adventures"
UrbanDictionary.com - “Gold Star Lesbian”
The Magicians - The Wit and Wisdom of Eliot
Wikipedia - 25th Hour
Wikipedia - Audre Lorde
Pleasantville - "What’s Going to Happen Now?"
Mars Blackmon in Nike commercials

Shoutouts:
Samantha's Twitter
The Kave Podcast/Hot 365 Radio

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It's the Wrath of Lacan as Blake has us watch Slavoj Zizek's The Pervert's Guide to Cinema in a backdoor attempt at explaining Lacanian psychology. This episode is full of phallic symbols, and the fatherly figure you must overcome. Come and decide for yourself which of us is the id, ego, and superego. 

We also discuss musicals in the key of authoritarian, the Boy Scouts of the U.S.S.R., and which celebrities Slavoj Zizek most closely resembles. 

Harvey Danger - Carlotta Valdez
Huey Lewis - I Want a New Drug  
Death Wish trailer
Soap - Ventriloquist arguing
Comrade Detective trailer  
Zlad! - Elektronik Supersonik

 

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Kurt brings Lego Batman to the show for a wonder at what life after grimdark looks like.

We also take some time to talk about Batman as myth rather than comics media, as well as Nietzche, Billy D. Williams, and Bojack Horseman (three people who have never been in Kurt and Ally's kitchen).

 

Links for this episode:

Death of the Family - Wiki

The Real Marvel Agenda - Movie Bob

Breaking Macho - Comics Alliance

Batman name of my pain - youtube.com

Music Meister - youtube.com

Shout outs:

Dead Ringers Podcast 

Batman and Psychology

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From another dimension (another dimension (another dimension)), a soundtrack for a movie that this world had never seen (Sunset Blood by Starcadian) fell into our hands! We peer into this artifact with our ear-eyes and try and decipher the plot to the missing movie.

Who is Ronnie? What is a Pompey Pirate? What is the significance of the floppy disk? The game is afoot!

Links for this episode:

Now You See It - “How Film Scores Play with Our Brains”

Sideways - “How Pixar uses Music to make you Cry”

YouTube - Interview with Starcadian

Extra Credit: Sideways - “The Song that Changed my Life”

Extra Credit 2: Sideways - “How Robin Hood Transformed” (goes into Lietmoteifs and thematic transformations)

Amazon.com - J. Patrick Allen's Dead West (paid advertisement)

 

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In this episode about how to make a good remake, we're looking at westernized anime Voltron in two incarnations: Defender of the Universe (1984) and Legendary Defender (2016). We also poke fun at the sillier parts of Voltron and talk about good remakes of past, present, and (we hope) future.

Dept. of Corrections: Kerberos is an actual moon of Pluto that was descovered in 2011. Kurt was unaware of it's name. 

Links for this episode:
Voltron Defender of the Universe Intro

Voltron Legendary Defender Intro 

World Events Productions' Wiki page

Thundercats (1985) Intro
Note: Thundercats (2011) has only a title card and no intro, so a link is not provided here.

Patton Oswald expalins My Little Pony

TMNT (2006) Intro

Ducktales (2017) Trailer

Lasertime's Disney Afternoon episode

MC Frontalot - "I'll Form the Head"

 

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As a follow up to Blake's copyright episode, we look at the first volumes of RWBY and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for ways the public domain can be used by creators to make original works. We also dig into some of the weird issues around the public domain and copyright, such as... Why a letter from 1755 is still not in the public domain, how a president's letters to his mistress are now fair game for smutty fiction, how an affidavit of a liar is a brilliant move, just how prevalent remixed public domain works are, and why the public should stand up to get the mouse out of the house.

Editor's Note: We had some microphone problems in this episode, so this recording may sound rough. Sorry. I've tried to clean it up as best as I can. Just know that if this is your first episode they usually sound better than this. Thanks. 

Companion episode: Copywrong: the Twin Blakes

The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

Eddie Izzard - "Hannibal on Skis"

Vicious promo

The Guardian - "Deadmau5 and Walt Disney settle mouse ears legal dispute"

Art Law Journal - "How Mickey Mouse Keeps Changing Copyright Law"

The Cut - "You’re Not Old Enough to Read This Steamy Erotica Written by an American President" 

Baron Von Munchausen's preface/affidavit

Myths & Legends podcast: Thor episodes

TV Tropes - "Captain Ersatz"

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