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Johnny Berry: The Lost Beastie Boy

May 21st, 2016


We lost another Beastie Boy, this time not its de facto leader, but one of its lost members: founding guitarist, John Berry.

The history of popular music is full of stories story about someone getting kicked out or not sticking around before their band eventually becomes massively famous. They become a trivia question for the ages, as young fans form conclusions on how stupid someone could be at blowing their shot at the big time, too naïve to realize that it would take prophetic foresight to assume your garage band would one day perform in a sold-out basketball arena.

John Berry was one of those guys.

Popular music is also filled with stories of irresistible personalities, those able to catalyze and create ideas that are just wild enough to work.

John Berry was one of those guys, too.

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Lyle & Jim: Kiedis, Kesha, Pet Sounds

May 18th, 2016


Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat, Caroline Records) and Jim Shearer (MTV/VH1) discuss: 

Red Hot Chili Peppers cancelling a headlining set at the KROQ Weenie Roast due to Anthony Kiedis being taken to the hospital; Sinead O'Connor reported going missing; Kesha's record label not allowing her to perform at the Billboard Music Awards; the passing of Guy Clark; the 50th Anniversary of Pet Sounds; Moby's new book; P. Diddy reuniting Bad Boy; Sia's world tour; and why long-cut herbs are all the rage this summer.

Lyle & Jim: Special Radiohead Bitch-Out Special!

May 12th, 2016


On this Special Radiohead Bitch-Out Episode, Lyle Preslar (Minor Threat, Caroline Records) and Jim Shearer (MTV/VH1), well, bitch-out Radiohead for not tapping into the talents that gave the world The Bends and OK Computer; discuss the music video that didn't respect Meghan Trainor's "bass;" why Justin Bieber is no longer taking pictures with fans; the music ramifications of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's split; why Minor Threat licensed a song for the finale of Entourage; and reactions to Jon Bon Jovi's DirecTV commercial.

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

May 5th, 2016


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.


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


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.


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

April 7th, 2016


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.


Lyle & Jim: Guns N’ Roses Returns

April 7th, 2016


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.

Lyle & Jim: Streams, Equipment & The 90s

March 31st, 2016


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.


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.


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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