Episode 233: 2015 Year in Review The whole Rock Solid crew get together to drink booze, eat pizza and play music that was released this past year! From December 31, 2015
With your hosts:
Everybody welcomes us to the 2015 Year in Review show!!! Unlike last year, April is actually here and not chiming in via a ten second voicemail. There is some champagne, some pizza. Best of all, they're recording the episode on December 2nd--my birthday! To celebrate the occasion, Pat plays a 2015 Rock Solid Guide retrospective clip that I sent in. You'll have to listen to experience the whole affair, but I offer my own look back at 2015 with show clips, music, and gallantry. To briefly summarize, here is some of my favorite music of 2015:
The Book of Souls by Iron Maiden
Meliora by Ghost
Paper Gods by Duran Duran
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence + the Machine
"They showed Mama Cass in the audience with her mouth open..."
- Mike, describing the reaction to Janis Joplin singing "Ball and Chain".
"...sticking a sandwich in it."
- Murray, with the line of the episode (and decade).
Praise all around for the retrospective. Even Murray, who hates Brandon Flowers (but loves Hot Fuss by The Killers, oddly). #TeamAndrew, says April. Mike thinks I have waaaaaaay too much time on my hands. You have no idea, Mike.
So how was everyone's 2015 music-wise? Christy was very busy, so she didn't listen to a lot. Murray gives a sideways thumb. Mike made a point to see more live music. Pat and April say thumbs up. Mike's favorite concerts were Duran Duran and Chic, The Foo Fighters with Murray, and U2. Pat's favorites were The Foo Fighters, Joe Jackson and Twenty One Pilots. April saw Morrissey only, oh, about 15 times. She also saw Blur, FFS, and Gang of Four. Christy saw Mark Knopfler, who only played a few Dire Straits songs in the concert.
April remembers that she also saw Garth Brooks. "I saw Chris Gaines, which was much better," says Mike. "Let's not bring that up," responds April. She also saw Justin Timberlake with a stranger. Murray saw U2 four times, the Foo Fighters, and that was about it. Oh, Mike and Murray also saw The Replacements... where Murray and his wife promptly ditched Mike for the VIP area. Christy can't recall any more concerts; she can barely remember breakfast. But those are the trials and tribulations of having a critically acclaimed webseries, people. Everybody's Crazy But Us, available on Funny or Die and YouTube.
Let's play some music. Murray kicks us off with a band called EL VY, a spin off of The National. The song is "Return to the Moon" off the album Return to the Moon. Murray isn't a fan of the whole album, but he likes that.
Christy's first pick is her inspirational album of the year. And it's the soundtrack to a little show called Empire. April and Christy LOOOOOOOOOOOVE Empire. "It's a Black Dynasty!" exclaims April. "Is that a Kiss album?" asks Murray. April explains her love further. "It's Timbaland, he writes all the music," she says. "I love his shoes, I wear his boots," says Mike. Christy plays the song "Keep It Movin'" by Serayah McNeill and Yazz. April co-signs on all of it. She and Christy can't stop gushing over the show.
Mike beats everyone to the punch with his first pick. Off the album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, it's "Ship to Wreck" by Florence + the Machine.
Going back to Empire, April was upset that one of the main characters, who is gay, is actually gay in real life. Why? Because he's a hunk, that's why.
"Is he gay? Yes he is, frowny face."
- April's line of the episode
April's first pick is from her favorite album of the year. The song is "So Desu Ne" by FFS off their self-titled album. FFS is a supergroup combination of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks.
The Foo Fighters released a free EP this year called Saint Cecilia in support of the Paris terrorist attack victims. Pat plays the title track "Saint Cecilia". April doesn't listen to the Foos, yet somehow Dave Grohl is the first person to text her Happy Thanksgiving. The first. As in, before her family. The Foo Fighters was Murray's favorite concert experience ever, but he never listens to them either. When Pat and Kyle saw the Foos, Dave was in the cast. Pat opines that Dave in the cast was still better than an able-bodied David Lee Roth. "Oh David Lee Roth's a mess," says Mike. "Well, speaking of that..." answers Pat. "Oh no," Mike dreads, "I've opened Pandora's Box." Pat decides to show everyone what contemporary David Lee Roth sounds like with the 2015 live album Tokyo Dome Live in Japan by Van Halen. Pat plays a live version of "Dance the Night Away". Hoo boy. "Can we sweeten this with a new vocalist?" asks Mike.
April is just waiting for DLR to come out of the closet. "He's super gay, we all know it!" she says. Her reasoning is that even at the height of Van Halen, there were no paparazzi photos of him and women. Murray is not convinced. He's playing videos of his little dogs at Van Halen concerts. Wait a minute, now. It's all starting to make sense for Mike.
"What's his full body tattoo of?"
- April, asking about DLR
- Mike's line of the episode
Pat's favorite 2015 episode with Murray was Comedy Songs. Murray's next pick is by the band Dawes. The song is "All Your Favorite Bands" off the album All Your Favorite Bands. Dawes played Warren Zevon for David Letterman during his final run. There's a bit of Jay Leno bashing going on and Christy is having none of it.
Pat's favorite 2015 episode with Christy was The Warmth of Vinyl Christy discovered her next pick from the Girls Season 5 trailer. Christy loves the show, Mike hate watches every episode, and April cannot co-sign on this. Off the EP Show Your Colors, it's "Colors" by Genevieve. Pat still watches Girls. April checked out after the previous season. They're all evil assholes. Christy defends them, saying they're young. They're also supposedly broke, but eating in trendy restaurants and living in great apartments. Murray hated every minute from day one.
Pat's favorite 2015 episode with Mike was Two Hit Blunder. Mike plays a song from the brand new Wilco album Star Wars called "Random Name Generator". This was a big year for Rock Solid and television. Mike was on Last Comic Standing, April has a new TV show on TruTV called Almost Genius. Blowing up, I tell you!
Pat's favorite 2015 episode with April was Sir Elton. April's second favorite album of the year was The Magic Whip by Blur. She plays the song "Ghost Ship".
April thinks Damon Albarn is a modern genius and doesn't get the credit he deserves because he's a hunk at 47 years old. The man is doing is 7000 things at once. "This dude just shits gold," exclaims April. Blur was never that massive in the US, but that doesn't stop April from expressing her devotion.
Big thanks to the Rock Solid artists. Pat is gonna play some picks that they suggested. "Oh good, 'cause this isn't gonna be long enough," Murray moans. Jason Levy chooses "Motherfucker" by Faith No More off the album Sol Invictus.
Another year, another Bryan Adams song brought in by Pat Francis. Groans all around. The album was produced by Jeff Lynne, but Pat complains it sounds too much like a Jeff Lynne album. Pat plays "Brand New Day" off the album Get Up!. The whole thing screams Traveling Wilburys.
Off the album Rattle That Lock, Murray plays "Rattle That Lock" by David Gilmour. Murray enjoys the non-Floydness of some of the songs.
It seems everyone has done Mike's Travel Tales podcast except for Christy. She's been places too, dammit! Christy's been to China, Canada, Mexico, London, France. One of these days, one of these days. Anyway, Christy's next pick is someone she discovered on Facebook. His name is Chris Stapleton, a country guy. She plays "Tennessee Whiskey" off the album Traveller. The gang likes it. The song was originally written by David Allan Coe.
Mike busts out his David Allan Coe/country guy impression. It's a little bit country, a little bit drunk Dean Martin. But that doesn't stop him from introducing his next pick as "Dooran, Dooran." It's "What Are the Chances?" by Duran Duran off the album Paper Gods.
April describes her next pick as a "banger." Okay. Off the album Music Complete, she plays "Tutti Frutti" by New Order. Peter Hook flew the coop, so New Order responded by dropping this hot barrel of fun.
Pat asks if they want something good or something bad. "Good, let's go for good," Christy immediately answers. Pat plays "When We Were Young" by Adele off the album 25. A 25-year-old lamenting for her younger days. "What, when you were eight?" spits out April.
Murray decides to give hipsters a boner. Off the album I Love You, Honeybear, it's Father John Misty with "I Love You, Honeybear". Somehow the conversation turns to suits. Murray owns three, but only wears one. Christy's husband Gary owns an entire rack of suits.
Christy needs help: SHE DOES NOT KNOW WHY THIS PERSON IS FAMOUS. Her ears cannot process the music-to-fame conversion. The artist is FKA twigs. The song is "Glass & Patron" off the EP M3LL155X. It sounds like six songs at once. Very much a murder drug trip montage song from a movie. Nobody gets why people like this. Christy needs an explanation!
"It sounds like St. Vincent fucked a Chinese bell and shit this out."
- Murray's line of the episode
Mike now has a double shot of songs that he liked and did not like from the same album, Rebel Heart by Madonna. The first song, the song Mike liked, is "Ghosttown". The second song, which features Nicki Minaj, whom Mike brought in last year as a Siegel Stinkeroo, is called "Bitch I'm Madonna".
It's Madonna trying too hard to be young and relevant. You're Madonna, just grow old gracefully like plenty of other singers. Murray thinks Madonna dated Bon Jovi. Or was he thinking of Bill Paxton? It's a real comedy of errors. April plays another icon of music, Dr. Dre. The song is "Talking to My Diary" from the album Compton. The group starts talking about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot (note: this was recorded before the inductees were announced.) and April doesn't give a shit.
"It's like getting inducted into a record store."
- Kyle's line of the episode
New York gets a great concert, then everything gets shuttled to a subpar museum in Cleveland. April went there and it was severely lacking. Mike thinks that when the old Rolling Stone writers die off, it's going to open the door to a lot more hip hop acts. Pat thinks N.W.A. is going to get in, but it's a little too early for Nine Inch Nails.
The group decides to pick the five acts that they think are going to get in. Here are the predictions (albeit missing Mike's and a few of April's):
Janet Jackson (later changed to Chic)
Murray demanded I make the lists to see who was right when the inductees are announced in the future. And since it's the future, I can confirm that Kyle won the prediction contest with 80% of his choices inducted. And to every single one of you who didn't think the amazing Deep Purple would get in, this is for you:
Going back to music, artist Adam Jones has his own pick. It's "Overnight" by The Wild Feathers off their upcoming album Lonely Is a Lifetime.
Another Rock Solid artist, Glen K. Amo, requested the song "Brothers in Arms" by Junkie XL from the Mad Max: Fury Road soundtrack.
Pat gives fair warning. His next pick is gonna turn some stomachs. Off the album Another Country, it's Rod Stewart with "Batman Superman Spiderman". It doesn't go over well with the other co-hosts. "This guy was in the Faces," April says incredulously.
Rod wrote it for his 5-year-old son (He's 70, by the way). "That's a song I don't, I don't hate," explains Pat. "I do. That's a whiff," says Mike.
Christy brought in a kid song of her own (and Murray brought the same song!) called "The Alphabet (For Ellie)". It's by a writer named Mike Henry.
Mike loves his 60s soul. His next pick is a modern day soul man known as Leon Bridges. Mike plays "Better Man" off the album Coming Home. Leon is from Fort Worth, Texas, Christy's hometown!
April's next song was written for her and about her. She's friends with the artist Darren Hanlon. Off the album Where Did You Come From?, it's "Fear of the Civil War". So why was that particular song written about April? Because her number one fear is Civil War ghosts..................
Seriously, April's biggest fear is Civil War ghosts. I'm sure growing up in the South had something to do with it. Christy thinks that if you're open to ghosts, they will show up, so she makes sure to not be open to them. Mike hosted an HGTV show. Every Southern home claimed to have a ghost. "Yeah, Civil War ghosts!" shouts April.
Pat's daughter wanted Pat to take her to concerts this year. And he obliged, the great dad that he is. The first concert was for a band called MisterWives. Pat plays "Not Your Way" off the album Our Own House.
The other concert Pat and his daughter went to was Twenty One Pilots. Off the album Blurryface, it's the song "Tear in My Heart". Pat loved Twenty One Pilots, those guys put on a hell of a show. "Yeah, but the guy wears a backpack," says Murray. Welp, he's got a point there. What do Murray's and Christy's respective children like? Frank "The Tank" Valeriano likes Amy Winehouse. Johnny Stratton likes Rick Nelson, Moby, and Sparks.
For his next pick, Murray plays one of his wife's favorite songs of the year. Off their self-titled album, it's "S.O.B." by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.
"The Darkness" is back!" exclaims Christy. She plays "Barbarian" off the album Last of Our Kind.
Another Mike Siegel double shot, this time from the album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure by John Grant. The two songs are "Disappointing" and "Snug Slacks". The guy has a very Zappa-ish quality about him in terms of humor and singing style.
April claims that her next pick is the comeback of the century. It's "WTF (Where They From)" by Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell. Was Missy the first to use the term "my album drops?" Or was it Macy Gray? Too much time is spent debating this matter.
You know what's already dropped? Christy's webseries. And more is coming. Ink is being prepared as we speak! Anyway, Pat has a song from one more Rock Solid artist, Jamie Whitlock. Jamie picked "Anna" by Will Butler from his album Policy. Jamie's big clunker of the year is "Robin Williams" by Cee-Lo Green.
Up next for Pat is the great Joe Jackson. Off the album Fast Forward, the song is called "If It Wasn't for You". Pat and Mike saw him in concert. It was a great show, but boy does Joe look rough in the facial region. Not good at all.
"See, if he had just hung in there with his original face..."
- Christy's ridiculous when out-of-context line of the episode
Roger Daltry, on the other hand, still looks amazing at 70. "He can still fit into a teenage waistband," jokes Murray. Hey now!
Murray apologizes to Brian Wilson and Beck. His last pick is a singer named Elle King. Her dad? Rob Schneider! Seriously. Murray plays "Ex's & Oh's" off the album Love Stuff.
"Does she know her dad is Rob Schneider?"
- Pat's line of the episode
Christy apologizes to Alabama Shakes and the musical Hamilton. Her final pick takes us full circle and it's another song from Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 1. It's Jussie Smollett and Yazz doing their version of "Money for Nothing". Christy lost her mind when this came on the show.
Mike apologizes to Nancy Griffith. His last pick is by Paul Weller. Off the album Saturns Pattern, the song is "Long Time". April has Paul Weller's phone number because of course she does. Mike went with a friend to see Paul Weller with an English couple. The English couple got to go backstage and promised they would get Mike backstage too. This promise went unfulfilled. Then the couple later tweeted a photo with Weller. Bum bum bum you're as cold as ice!
April apologizes to Courtney Barnett. Her last song is "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd from the album Beauty Behind the Madness. Strangely, Christy usually brings the summer jam, but she couldn't find one. "Uptown Funk" came out just under the wire last year. April saves the day and busts out her summer jam, "Hotline Bling" by Drake.
Pat thanks every single one of the co-hosts and Kyle for being part of the podcast. He apologizes to Black Star Riders and David Bowie.
He also apologizes to Jeff Lynne's ELO, Toto, Sam Smith, and Bon Jovi. He reminds everyone about Rock Solid live at San Francisco Sketchfest...... with none of the regular co-hosts. Womp womp woooooooooomp.
Pat takes us into the new year with his final pick. Off the album Crosseyed Heart, it's "Nothing on Me" by Keith Richards. Happy New Year everybody! Thank you for reading all the recaps. I'll see you in 2016.