November 30, 2018
There's two of them.
The goodboix now find themselves with Scott Kurland (Writer's Bagel Basket / Kurland On Film) trapped in an auditory prison of their own making. Their jailer is former heartthrob/charity case Corey Feldman, star of iconic 80s films like The Goonies, Gremlins, and Lost Boys, and their cell is his abominable 2016 album Angelic 2 The Core.
Our intrepid trio made their way through the first disc of this crime against audio, a long and arduous journey filled with the most rotten forms of EDM, dubstep, and pop-rap to be ineptly gargled by a washed up child star, only to discover to their horror and woe that there's an entire second disc to listen to.
And so they press on, headlong into a swirling abyss filled with half-assed pop-rock, inexplicable soft-shoe jazz, white people reggae, incompetent tributes to fellow child stars, and so much more, with only their wits and snarky YouTube comments to keep them sane.
That's our extra poetic way of saying we listened to the 2nd half of Angelic 2 The Core.
Opening trailer music is "Raid" by Ender Güney. - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic
November 26, 2018
Corey Feldman may have starred in some of the most iconic films of the 1980s, (The Goonies, Stand By Me, The Lost Boys, and many others) but the former child actor has had a pretty rough go of things as the years have gone by. Since the 1980s ended, Feldman has been the victim of embezzlement, endured a rough and public drug addiction for many years of his life, and perhaps worst and most degrading of all: begun a music career.
After years of releasing records with little to no critical acclaim or commercial success, and after a series of all-too-public humiliations following a long absence from the public eye, Feldman would unleash his opus upon the world: 2016's Angelic 2 The Core, an album which took 10 years to write, clocked in at 95-minutes, and run the gamut of incompetent takes on EDM, dubstep, hip-hop, and other genres. Commercial success continued not to follow, while critics were just trying to figure out what the hell they just listened to.
Now in 2018, the goodboix of Jukebox Zeroes prepare themselves to dive headlong into the mad musical psychosis of Corey Feldman, dragging return guest Scott Kurland (Writer's Bagel Basket / Kurland On Film) along for the ride, kicking and screaming. Join them as they see just how apocalyptic Angelic 2 The Core is, and what the limits of their sanity are.
November 10, 2018
The intersection between sports and music is tenuous and razor-thin at best, and yet somehow the two vastly different cultural mediums find ways to join hands. Athletes continue to have songs in their hearts when we frequently wish they wouldn't. And yet with football season at the doorstep once again, the goodboix Lee & Patrick find themselves drawn to make sense of some of the greatest oddities that the unholy marriage of music and sports has produced. Features the return of previous guests Christopher Brown and Jim Schultz, making this a Jukebox Zeroes and Old Men Yell At Cloud crossover to be remembered. Featuring special appearances by the inventor of music Captain Lou Albano, the "really smoot" New York Mets shortstop Rafael Santana, and some incredibly disgusting cheeseburgers*.
They're not here to start any trouble. They're just here to do the Aging-Hipsters-Who-Have-Far-Too-Many-Opinions-About-Guitar-Tones-Shuffle!
October 25, 2018
In 1996, all that remained of 80s pop-rock behemoth Genesis was founding members Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. The multi-platinum powerhouse that was frontman Phil Collins had left the band to pursue other projects, leaving the band in the same position it was left in when previous frontman Peter Gabriel jumped ship in the 1970s. Rather than take this as an opportunity to finally lay Genesis to rest, Banks and Rutherford regrouped with Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson and a crew of session musicians to go darker, with the 1997's Calling All Stations. Critics hated it, the general public was uninterested enough for the band to cancel a planned American tour around it, and it ultimately led to Genesis' disbanding.
Was Calling All Stations truly "a formless blob of synth sounds"? Did Ray Wilson truly have "no confidence or personality"? That's what the goodboix Lee and Pat hope to figure out on this latest episode of Jukebox Zeroes. Join them on a journey full of post-grunge yarling, outdated synthesizers, and a clumsy Halloween tie-in. Featuring expired ham, drunk uncles, and the ukulele stylings of Softshoe Magoo.
This Month's Local Artist Feature: "Timebear" by Titans Of Industry
October 12, 2018
Pop innovator and legend Prince has a long and storied history of not playing nice with his record label. Especially Warner Brothers, who sought to contain and sanitize the famously raunchy singer/songwriter, while preventing him engaging in more complex, far-reaching projects. This frustration and contentiousness came to a head in the 1990s, when in an effort to escape from his contract, Prince began releasing new material under the banner of an unpronounceable "Love Symbol", while releasing back catalog archives under his old moniker to fill his enforced quota.
In what might be our stickiest episode yet, the goodboix Lee & Patrick take a look at the colorfully named Come, Prince's critically messy 1994 record, and his last album of new material released under the name of Prince until the 00's. Along for the ride is Todd Bowes, the frontman of industrial rock band Downcity Armory, and the host of fellow music podcast My Unfortunate Brain Unfortunately. Join them for lively discussions of sexy music, The Simpsons, ASMR, and to see just how many times Patrick chortles at the album title.
This Month's Local Artist Feature: "Dark Matter" by Glass Mannequins
September 27, 2018
By the year 2001, Razor & Tie had already found widespread success as a producer of reissues and compilation albums, but in the latter half of the year the independent music publisher struck pre-teen gold. The first ever Kidz Bop album saw release, which featured hyper-sanitized, family-friendly versions of pop songs, as sung by a chorus of children just barely into double-digits. The brand has since gone on to be one of the highest selling series of kids albums of all time, spawned innumerable spin-offs and tie-ins, and has become the bane of parents everywhere, endlessly irked by Kidz Bop's inferior takes on already overexposed songs.
Now in September, with the kids back in school, the goodboix at Jukebox Zeroes are finally going to get to the bottom of things. On this episode, special guest Puck Vickery of Twitch stream GGPuck and of improv group SimProv joins Lee & Patrick in listening and reacting to a slew of Kidz Bop tracks, and trying to figure out what the heck all the hubbub surrounding this compilation clearly not made for them is about.
This Month's Local Artist Feature: "My Favourite Friend" by Butterscott
September 13, 2018
An prophecy of palmistry. An overbearing father. An obsessed cult following. Dr. Demento. This may sound like the plot for a lost, low-to-no-budget sci-fi/fantasy film, but they are but a few of the elements behind the enigma that is Philosophy Of The World by The Shaggs. One of the most infamous privately pressed records of all time, a holy grail for vinyl collectors, and a uniquely polarizing mess of inept performance.
To ring in Season Two of Jukebox Zeroes, our goodboix Lee & Patrick are joined by Jake Moody & Nathaniel Nemitz to go on a rocky, bewildering journey to discover the secrets behind Philosophy Of The World, and dive into the history of the mysterious Wiggin sisters. Will they find accidental genius? Unspoken truths? Or maybe their pal Foot-Foot?
This Month's Local Artist Feature: Lost Cosmonauts - "Happy"
August 23, 2018
Fascinated by the burgeoning cyberculture movement of the 90s, as well as newly available technology for producing and recording music, 80s icon Billy Idol decided to go a slightly different direction than his typical punk-inspired new wave sound. Powered by a combination of William Gibson novels and electronic instruments, he would foist the 1993 album Cyberpunk upon the masses, who neither responded with praise or their hard-earned cash.
To round out Season One of Jukebox Zeroes, Lee & Patrick welcome onto the program Tone "DJ Xero" Bernard, proprietor and curator of the SeeDarkly DisCOVERies blog, and New England-based goth/industrial DJ. Join the three of them as they hack into the VR mainframe of Idol's brain, to try to get to the bottom of this astounding failure of an album.
This Month's Local Artist Feature: Downcity Armory - "Doublewiretap"
July 20, 2018
When hard rock legends Led Zeppelin went to record 1979's In Through The Out Door, the band had just sat through a prolonged hiatus following a clumsy world tour, and the death of Robert Plant's son. Already uneasy going into the studio, the recording sessions were fraught with turbulence as key members Jimmy Page and John Bonham were largely absent due to heroin abuse and alcoholism respectively. This left Plant and John Paul Jones to take the helm in the songwriting and production, which emphasized experimentation with synthesizers, and unfamiliar genres such as samba, prog rock, honky-tonk, and Motown-style soul.
In Through The Out Door was released to mixed feelings among critics, and general confusion among fans. That didn't stop the album from being a commercial success, but it generally signaled the beginning of the end for the group, who broke up the next year after the asphyxiation death of John Bonham. Now on this month's Jukebox Zeroes, Lee & Pat dig into this baffling piece of classic rock lore with Jonathan Sasor of bands Gramlins and Ease Into The Noise. Be sure to try the fish.
This Month's Local Artist Feature: Psychic Dog - "Road Rash"
June 24, 2018
Alt. rock supergroup Zwan was formed after the collapse of frontman Billy Corgan's other great success: the legendary 90s band Smashing Pumpkins. With members of Chavez, A Perfect Circle, and Slint backing him up, and an intense love for Jesus in his core, Corgan and Zwan released 2003's Mary Star Of The Sea to great critical review, (But commercial disdain from fans) only to break up the same year, and Corgan to regularly slander and dismiss his Zwan bandmates in later interviews.
This month on Jukebox Zeroes, Lee and Patrick dive headfirst into this uncomfortably blissful, fuzz-rock love-in to decide for themselves whether the album holds up, and just what the heck is Billy's deal anyway. Abram Taber of sister podcast Nickelbackin', and of Philadelphia rockers Sun Hat joins the goodboix, through an auditory journey filled with flanger pedals, mediocrity, goblins, and the miracle of Santa Corgan.
This Month's Local Artist Feature: Inspector 34 - "Introspection"