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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Hey, hey, do that brand new thing!

Recently, Todd Burns was nice enough to come interview me and let me play some songs, and the results are now up, all podcast-style:

Stycast #249: The Aesthetics of Pop #012

01: Spike Jones - Cocktails for Two [buy]
02: Aaliyah - Are You That Somebody? [buy]
03: Lil’ Markie - Diary of an Unborn Child [buy]
04: Danielson Famile - We Don’t Say Shut Up [buy]
05: The White Stripes - My Doorbell [buy]

I decided to talk about something I've wanted to address for a long time: pop's roots in novelty songs, which I think has been weirdly overlooked, as has the history of the American novelty song in general. I seem to recall thinking after I recorded this that there were other things I wanted to say, and that I would say them on the blog, but quite frankly I have no idea what those things are. So let's all go listen to it, shall we, and maybe I'll remember what I forgot. I do think I called Jack White a "gigantic grown-up fetus" or something along those lines, or at least I hope I did.