Rokk Talk Ep. 11: Man in the Mirror

“Your butt is mine
Gonna tell you right
Just show your face
In broad daylight”

100 poets working for 100 years could not come up with something that good. That’s because there’s was only one Michael Jackson. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Bad album, Colin and John reflect on the myth, the magic and the music of the legendary man in the mirror. You’ve been struck by a smooth podcast. That’s gotta be enough writing, right?

P.S. This was recorded back in late August/early September. We just wanted you to know that so this podcast can take you back to a more simple time.

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Mildly Pleased Summercast

What we did on our summer vacation: watch lots of Criterion movies, see a few quality blockbusters, and rock out to some sweet summer jams. Oh, and not post very frequently. But fortunately here’s a special end-of-summer podcast to let you know what we’ve been doing this summer pop culture-wise as we head into the cold hard crispness of Fall.

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Rokk Talk Ep. 10: Everything In Its Right Place

Verse
Daft Punk, Eminem, LCD Soundsystem
The Hold Steady, Wilco, TV on the Radio
Fleet Foxes, Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay
Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Yo La Tengo
Modest Mouse, Bon Iver, Godspeed You Black Emperor
Arcade Fire, Springsteen, Broken Social Scene
Radiohead, Brand New, everyone has U2
Outkast, Weezer, still haven’t heard Ween

Chorus
We didn’t start the podcast!
It was always playing what was Colin saying?
We didn’t start the podcast!
John and Sean, they were singing right along on…

Welcome to another edition of Rokk Talk! This week John, Colin, and special guest Sean talk about their top ten favorite albums of the 2000s. The reason?… Is you. Continue reading

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Rokk Talk Ep. 09: Live Forever

Maybe I don’t really wanna know, how your garden grows cos I just want to listen to Rokk Talk. Some pretty interesting things have been going on across the pond, lately. So let’s roll back to a simpler time… the 90s! Listen as John and Colin reassess the biggest Britpop bands of the time. Who knows what they will uncover? “Just because you sell lots of records it doesn’t mean to say you’re any good. Look at Phil Collins.” Bless you, Noel Gallagher.

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The First Mildly Pleased Criterion Draft

An event is coming! Another event is coming! Summer is here and we all know what that means: Blockbuster movies. 2017 has more franchise and sequel flicks coming out than any other year in history, so we thought we’d celebrate that absolute glut of cinema by actually celebrating the highest achievers in the medium. So, this July, be on the lookout for 30 reviews of 30 films by 29 directors from the Criterion Collection. We’re so excited about the foreign, silent, and black and white films that will be dropping on you that we even had to do a draft so we could each claim the reviews we wanted to do. Check out the podcast, the tentative schedule is after the break.

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Rokk Talk Ep. 08: Golden Years

Who’s to say what makes a good year for music? After all, every year is just compiled of 365 days that will see a completely random assortment of independent artists making music that may or may not be good. Well, unless you’re talking about a year like 1967 or 1977, in which lots of scenes and genres, born of the turbulent eras they were made in, produced some of the most lasting music of the rock era. Now which year is better? Well, Colin and John didn’t really debate that. However, that did try to cram in as many shout-outs to great albums while trying not to leave any truly notable ones out (spoiler: they did leave some notable ones out). Continue reading

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Good Movie/Bad Movie: Ghosts in the Shells

What is The Matrix? We know the answer to that question now, but do you know its real source? One of the Wachowskis’ biggest inspirations was a 1995 film called Ghost in the Shell, one of the first anime movies to find success in the United States. Tragically, now that movie risks being lumped in with a bunch of half-cooked Scarlett Johansson sci fi action flicks, like Lucy, The Island, or We Bought a Zoo, thanks to a modern, live action remake. But maybe the remake, despite all the controversy surrounding it, isn’t that bad? Maybe the original isn’t that good? Let’s find out this week, on Good Movie/Bad Movie!

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