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Lyle & Jim: The Greatest

June 8th, 2016


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

The pop-cultural and musical legacy of Muhammad Ali; Kanye West's surprise concert that never happened; Metallica's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner"; Drake's chart dominance; the return of The Descendents; Axl Rose trying to corral the internet; and what it was like for our resident punk rock legend to attend a Selena Gomez concert.


Lyle & Jim: Prophets of Rage

June 1st, 2016


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

The Rage Against The Machine/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill supergroup Prophets of Rage; AC/DC officially rescheduling make-up dates with Axl Rose as their frontman; Questlove paying tribute to Prince; Jack White making his first TV theme song; Snoop Dogg's stance on TV & Film depicting slavery; Ronnie Wood being a brand new father; choices to make at this weekend's Governor's Ball; the last time Minor Threat said no; and what we think about The Gorilla.

Lyle & Jim: Supergroups, Misfits & Lemonade

May 26th, 2016


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

The Billboard Music Awards; Rage Against The Machine's latest supergroup; the passing of founding Beastie Boys member, John Berry; David Crosby's take on Neil Young's take on Donald Trump; Jay-Z rapping about lemonade and elevators; an Act of God halting a Beyoncé show; Radiohead playing "Creep"; Chewbacca Mom; and The Misfits reunion.


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.