The Critical Masses Podcast – Episode 007: Ryan and Matt Are Old Part II – John Is Also Old

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Episode 007: Ryan and Matt Are Old Part II – John Is Also Old

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How old are we? Old enough that John remembers his dad working on repairing 8-track players for Ford, that’s how old. So that’s where we start this podcast, sittin’ around on the figurative porch in our creaky old rockers and reminiscing about Led Zeppelin and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, vinyl and cassette tapes, and the future of music being beamed straight to your ears via satellite. (Well, all of it except for that last part.) Sound like that’s up your alley? It should – you also grew up when we did (the 1980s and 1990s). All of you. You are hereby connected to our wavelength. Allow us to enter your frontal lobes and cerebral cortices. We’ll pass you the jug marked “XXX” if you behave.

I think somewhere in there John tries to sing Live’s “Lightning Crashes,” and may actually do it better than Live did. Remember how Ed Kowalczyk, the band’s singer, played the waiter in that one scene in Fight Club, steering Ed Norton’s character away from the soup because it was presumably tainted with some type of human matter? I wish he would have sang “Lightning Crashes,” right there, right to Norton’s face. That would have shut him up big time.

Haha! So, apparently Live broke up, with Kowalczyk going solo. The other members formed a band with members of Candlebox. Let that sink in. And then Live “reformed” with a new singer. Click on that link again, you’ll see the doofus under the departure entry. Let the hilarity ensue!


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11 responses to “The Critical Masses Podcast – Episode 007: Ryan and Matt Are Old Part II – John Is Also Old

  1. oh, and, um, we didn’t get a chance to update the intro to add john’s name in yet, so… we lied. sorry. we’re liars.

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  2. Interesting podcast. I collect most new albums on vinyl LP. They just seem like the best investment at a time when you can basically download anything, and I just like the way they sound.

    Any thoughts on the future of hi-def digital formats (i.e. 24-bit, SACD, Blu Ray audio, etc.)? I like the idea of albums presented in surround sound, at least for artists where there tends to be a lot going on, and I enjoy the few SACD albums I have (mostly Bob Dylan), but it doesn’t seem to have taken off at all.

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  3. I like the idea of surround sound being used in an experimental way, but it seems contrary to the way you actually hear music in most venues — for instance, if you’re at a concert facing a stage with the performer playing “at” you. It’s hard for me to imagine too many scenarios where you’d actually be enveloped in music.

    As for hi-def digital formats, I haven’t heard a whole lot to be able to make a judgment on them. I’m sure part of the reason they haven’t taken off is the price, right?

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  4. I was in some CD club before it tanked, so I got mine pretty cheap, $5.99 per disc or something like that. I think a normally priced SACD is modestly higher than a CD, but not as expensive as new vinyl. A few bands have sold 24-bit audio for new albums for about the same price as other formats. Nine Inch Nails with “The Slip” and My Bloody Valentine’s “m b v” both had it as the digital option (I think the former was a free album for a time at least), with a warning that some sound cards may not support the format, and I know there have been others.

    It’s true what you say about surround not generally being like a concert experience, but then artists can do a lot of things on a recording that they can’t pull off live, starting with multi-tracking a single person’s vocals.

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  5. I do know that classical music is trying to make a move to blu-ray. Besides the lack of compression that audiophiles love, they can do interesting things like have the music recorded a few times on different instruments so if you really only want to hear Mozart on Pianoforte as opposed to current pianos, you could choose. There was also a Hayden blu-ray that would let you choose what room you wanted to hear the music in. So if you like a bigg hall, the acoustics would change to match that, or even in a room akin to a King’s sitting room, for authenticity.

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  6. I actually did know that the only movie Ryan ever saw on LD was The Prophecy, because he mentioned that in his review of that Lazerdisc Visions album. Pblpbplbplptt..

    Other than that, great podcast, guys!

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