I don’t have to go over the incident again, do I? My
mother-in-law—who only likes Sunday football because it means TJ Maxx will be
less crowded—even knows about “Deflategate.”
A few months after the infamous deflation of footballs, the
NFL suspended Brady for four games. Many pundits thought the penalty would be
reduced after he appealed, but it was upheld—even after 10 hours of testimony.
Yes, 10 freakin’ hours!
Following the Deflategate game in January, Brady told the
press that he wasn't aware of any wrongdoing. I believed him.
But then something strange happened:
(above: Tom Brady answering questions about under-inflated footballs.)
Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift's Twitter spat, Michael Jackson's secret Star Wars wish, wondering about Earth's distant cousin, and New Music from Public Enemy, Meek Mill, Strange Wilds, Para One, Kool Keith, Junior Prom, and Langhorne Slim.
Reminiscing about 90's electronic music, early 2000's power-pop, and squeezing a short song at the end of a mix tape; new songs from Public Enemy, Ratatat, Chemical Brothers, White Reaper, Spraynard, and The Bird & The Bee; and a look back at the music happenings of the week.
New music from Veruca Salt, Years and Years, Ezra Furman, Bilal, and Jeff Rosenstock; an explanation on why new music is being released on Friday; Music Headlines of the Week; and a special treat for anyone named Allison.
This week my good friend (and excellent drummer) Steve tweeted
me a link prefaced with one single word: CREED.
Nine years ago our band made a music video for a song called
“Apollo Creed.” I assumed he was just reminiscing, but when I clicked on the
link I noticed a movie trailer. I smiled, thinking that Steve ironically sent
me a link for a documentary on the band Creed.
Ha, good one Steve!
It probably took me a good four seconds to realize that the
shirtless man I originally thought was Scott Stapp was actor Michael B. Jordan,
who with a mustache looks a lot like—oh, I get it now—APOLLO CREED!
This week I chat with Lucy & Gwendolyn Giles from the band Dog Party, discuss why I'm torn on Taylor Swift's Open Letter to Apple, talk about the state of protest music in 2015, and play new songs from Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Wolf Alice, and Desaparecidos.
This week I pit Nate Ruess, MIKA and Adam Lambert against each other in a Freddie Mercury-off; discuss Dave Grohl's broken leg (and why it was and wasn't a stretch for the show to continue); and revisit early 90's hip-hop courtesy of Joey Bada$$.
This week marks the release of Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart, but the idea for this mix
actually came to me a while ago when my wife and I were on one of our many long
car rides from New York City to our hometown of Pittsburgh: