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.
Back to Work
Roderick on the Line
kung fu grippe
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
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
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
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
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.
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