The Wrens Are the Ultimate Bar Joke

On the inaugural episode of the new Crush On Radio, Richard Anderson is joined by Friend of the Internet, Merlin Mann, to discuss The Meadowlands by The Wrens, and a whole host of ratholes and related discussion on making art and being an adult.

00:00 Introductions

Back to Work

Roderick on the Line

kung fu grippe

Sanspoint

01:12 The Meadowlands

Merlin gives the back story of The Wrens, and the theme of the album.

The Wrens Official Site

The Wrens on Wikipedia

The Meadowlands on iTunes

The Meadowlands on Wikipedia

Exhausted - kung fu grippe

The Meadowlands on Pitchfork

Void Vision

09:47 The Back to Work Part

How hard it is to make art, lack of nets, and how hard it is to understand that. There’s no guarantees of success, even when you’re good—-and there never has, even now.

Monster of rock: Allen Klein swindled The Stones and broke up The Beatles and is still

rock ‘n’ roll’s most ruthless Svengali

The Wrens - This Boy Is Exhausted

12:51 Saudade

Merlin talks about The Wrens live shows, rare as they are, and how much they put into it. Finally, some talk about the album itself: how it works as a cohesive whole, for example. Also, lyrics, and the rhythm and sound of language, and articulating the struggle of living.

43 Folders - built while listening to The Meadowlands

Drupal

Saudade

27:53 A Trailer for an Album

The difficulty of talking about and sharing what you love, be it music, movies, comics, or whatever, and the concept of a song as a trailer for an album. Also, the the little tricks that impress us in music, the emotional connection, the human elements, and what gets the hook in.

The Godfather Restaurant Scene

She Sends Kisses Fan Video

Ex-Girl Collection

Everyone Choose Sides

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great

Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising

44:25 The Job of Being an Evangelist

Sharing what you love, and the reason for The Show. The difficulty of finding new stuff, now more than ever, and circling back to sharing what you love. Side one and side two on records, and the difficulty of track sequencing. Discovery algorithms, vs human sharing, and how the former can’t beat the latter. Finally, our own discovery process, and growing in and out of music.

The Long Winters - Carparts

The Long Winters - Blue Diamonds

Crush On Radio - Episodes

Giant Size with Casey Liss

Satanic ritual abuse

Notflix

http://constellation.fm/shows/crush/1

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