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Expect The Unexpected - Episode 003 / The Night Howls Self-Titled Debut OUT NOW!!!

Yes, it's true.  I have a radio show and my band put out an album.  I also had a birthday, the Packers are 3-0, Scott Walker quit the presidential race and I made time go backwards by walking across a parking lot.  We are post Super Blood Moon status, people.

I'd say that I talked about all of this and more in the show this week, but the stupid intro got loud 30 seconds in and comPLETELY drowned me out again.  At least this time, I managed to figure out why.  When I put the thing together, I never thought about keeping the rest of the audio for talking over; I just faded the first 30 seconds down in Audacity.  Then, at the same point every week so far, even though I'd figured out an okay level to park it at, the damn thing got louder and it's the most garbled intro I've done yet.  Which is a shame, because I told a story about the Super Blood Moon and making time go backwards, but c'est la vie.

Here's the show for your listening pleasure.  The other talk se…

Expect The Unexpected - Episode 002

As we lead into fall (and my birthday, and my band's next gig, and move closer to the end of the year, and...pizza?  Yeah, probably pizza at some point...), here's the...soundtrack for that?  Yeah, we'll go with that.  It's Episode #2 of Expect The Unexpected!!!





1. "The World's Last Sagacious Period" Yasushi Ishii
2. "Party Hard" Andrew W.K.
3. "Don't Help Pandas" The Night Howls
4. "Perpetual Black Second" Meshuggah
5. "Armistice" Mutemath
6. "Call Of Ol' Pizza Back" The GV Crew
7. "Limo Wreck" Soundgarden
8. "Lost Planes" The Fixx
9. "In Case Of Fire" Mark Ronson
10. "People" King Crimson
11. "Miss Communication" Mega Ran
12. "Death Of Communication" Company Of Thieves

LOOK AT ME, DAMMIT! I'M EDGY AND CREATIVE! Yyyyeah, no thanks. I'm good.

Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz

When the first thing that springs to your mind while listening to an album is "Lulu", you know this is gonna be rough.

Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz is 92 minutes of what the fuck, and NONE of it is remotely listenable.  It's a bunch of aimless electronic psychedelia, which fits since the Flaming Lips are essentially her backing band on this project.  It's kinda like Hannah Montana covering the early works of Yoko Ono, remixed with EDM and put through a flanger.  The lyrics, vocals, cover art and sounds of this album are all a concentrated meditation on one thing:

REPULSION.

Everything about this project screams "I'm contagious.  RUN."  Thing is, none of these songs can possibly get stuck in your head, because they're not songs.  They're aural atrocities.  If there were some kind of lyrical content that said...fucking anything, or better yet if there were no lyrics at all, then this might've counted as avant-gar…

Expect The Unexpected - Episode 001

Guess what?

Okay.  I'm not offended.  Chicken butt is usually the answer to that, but no.  I kind of stumbled ass-backwards into being a radio host all of a sudden, so hey.  Awesome for me!  This is bucket list stuff here.  So here's the first episode, and a playlist to go with it.  Enjoy!



1. "Dive Into The Sun" Level 42
2. "The Future's What It Used To Be" Apollo 440
3. "Blood And Thunder" Mastodon w/ Neil Fallon
4. "The Unknown Faces At Father James Park" Phenomenal Handclap Band
5. "The Night Howls" The Night Howls
6. "Picture Made Past" Smile
7. "City Of Tiny Lites" Frank Zappa
8. "Toska" Minus The Bear
9. "Stories To Tell" Tsuneo Imahori
10. "Tenth Pinn" Billy Cobham

An Experiment In Meme

So recently, I came across a new meme called "The Surprise Cena".  The set up is basically the video starts and then at some point it smash cuts to a guy yelling "JOHN CENA!!!" and Cena's intro video.  It's basic, visceral reaction type stuff and it works on a level of a jump scare, but to induce laughter rather than fear.  Pretty straightforward subverting the audience's expectations style of humor.  This is why most videos in this meme are on Vine, because the 6-second format works perfectly with this type of punchline.

I also happened to come across this meme the day before the 20th Anniversary of the theatrical release of The Usual Suspects.  Stop me if you know where this is going:



I had the idea at work, and even though I thought it would get taken down, I knew this had to happen.  It was hilarious in my head!  But then a) The dialogue didn't really play out the way I'd remembered it, b) It took a day and a half to try and make the stupid …