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Lyle & Jim: Prince, Beyoncé & THE MEGA-CONCERT

May 5th, 2016

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This week Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat, Caroline Records) and Jim Shearer (MTV/VH1) give their thoughts on the legacy of Prince; Beyonce's surprise album; the Desert Trip mega-bill (Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who); the serious allegations levelled against Afrika Bambaataa, a discussion about Prince's all-time great guitar solo, and a rundown of Minor Threat's touring gear.

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Prince: Not Getting It, But Getting It

April 23rd, 2016

By Jim Shearer

I am not a fan of Prince’s music. Never have been, although it’s not for a lack of trying.

You probably don’t agree with me, but at least give me credit for not blindly gushing, like so many are guilty of doing.

(Also, let's be clear, if I'm at a party and hear "Kiss" or "1999" it's not like I'm gonna go sulk in the corner.)

His music, for my tastes, will forever be stuck in the 1980’s. To this day, when I hear the production on “Let’s Go Crazy”, I can’t escape the smell of popcorn, dirty socks, and carpeted-walls from grade school skating parties. Sexually-drenched lyrics aside, I always thought Prince’s music sounded like a Sunday worship gospel band from one of those mega-churches—one that had a big budget for keyboards and electric drum pads.

But, damn it, I am going to miss him.

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Lyle & Jim: Stairway to Coachella

April 20th, 2016

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Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat, Caroline Records) and Jim Shearer (MTV/VH1) discuss the Music Headlines of the Week, which include:

A recap of Coachella, Axl Rose joining AC/DC, Kanye West and Tidal being sued, The Black Keys vs. Steve Miller vs. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the many layers of the "Stairway To Heaven" lawsuit, the 27th Greatest Punk Rock Album of All-time, Uncle Slam, and why having a dumpster provides great peace of mind for purging large pieces of junk from your house.

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NCAA Men’s & Women’s Finals & Wrestlemania 32

April 7th, 2016

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This week, in a podcast that is tight as Villanova's defense, I recap the NCAA Men's & Women's Basketball Finals, take a quick glance at The Masters, explaining why Tiger's absence is no biggie at all, and finish off the episode by talking about Wrestlemania, which has become too biggie.

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Lyle & Jim: Guns N’ Roses Returns

April 7th, 2016

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Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat, Caroline Records) and Jim Shearer (MTV/VH1) discuss the music topics of the week which include:

Guns N' Roses reunion of  Axl, Slash, and Duff; Avicii's retirement; Beyoncé's clarification of "Formation"; Janet Jackson's plan for a family; and how Taylor Swift's tumble on a treadmill made Drake richer.

Lyle and Jim also talk about a very un-goth Pizza Hut box and how Lyle is indirectly responsible for Danzig's hit song "Mother".

NOTE: Shortly after this episode was recorded it was reported that Merle Haggard died from complications of pneumonia (79), hence no mention of his passing during his birthday shout-out. Rest in peace.
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Lyle & Jim: Streams, Equipment & The 90s

March 31st, 2016

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Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat, Caroline Records) and Jim Shearer (MTV/VH1) discuss this week's music news which includes: 

Kanye's streaming figures, The Roots pulling out of a David Bowie concert because another act wouldn't let them play on their equipment, Prince vs. YouTube, Billy Corgan patching things up with James Iha, Blink 182's new line-up and album, Glen E. Friedman's stellar Instagram page, and Snoop Dogg going into the WWE Hall of Fame.

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A Tribe Called Quest: Inspirational? Or Influential?

March 29th, 2016

By Jim Shearer

Last week A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, known mortally as Malik Taylor, passed away from complications of diabetes. He was 45.

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As pop culture does when a legend passes away, he was immediately eulogized. TV personalities slipped in Phife lyrics during their broadcasts, music journalists beautifully spoke of his impact on both their lives and pop culture, and even mainstream hip-hop radio programs broke from format to play music from A Tribe Called Quest.

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Final Four

March 28th, 2016

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Cinderella Syracuse (hee-hee) advances to the Final Four, Kobe Bryant's down to his last 10 games, the Cleveland Browns get yet another quarterback, and the sporting world readies itself for a big weekend of baseball, basketball, golf, and pro wrestling.

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Lyle & Jim: RIP Phife Dawg

March 24th, 2016

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Lyle Preslar and Jim Shearer look back on the life and rhymes of A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg. 

They also discuss the music happenings of the week, which include:

Rumors about Axl Rose fronting AC/DC, Dave Grohl petitioning a town in England to let teenagers play heavy metal in their garage, The Weeknd dropping off Rihanna's tour, Thursday reuniting, the best EDM Twitter beef of the week (Diplo vs. Zedd), and who will be headlining Lollapalooza and the Warped Tour this summer.

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Let’s Quit Talking About You Know Who

March 23rd, 2016

By Jim Shearer

Whenever I start daydreaming in front of my computer screen I’ll occasionally click on a link from John Oliver, Samantha Bee, or Stephen Colbert. If you read between the lines—or in this case, the one-liners—you can actually learn a lot about the candidates running for president, like…Donald Trump.

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