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Kick The Jukebox is a continuing exploration in 20th century music and friendship from the sweetly geeky minds of comedians, writers and music aficionados Kyle Gordon and Louie Pearlman. In each episode, expect to be turned on to music you never knew existed and a deep dive into an important album of the week.

Kick The Jukebox is a continuing exploration in 20th century music and friendship from the sweetly geeky minds of comedians, writers and music aficionados Kyle Gordon and Louie Pearlman. In each episode, expect to be turned on to music you never knew existed and a deep dive into an important album of the week.

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United States

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Kick The Jukebox is a continuing exploration in 20th century music and friendship from the sweetly geeky minds of comedians, writers and music aficionados Kyle Gordon and Louie Pearlman. In each episode, expect to be turned on to music you never knew existed and a deep dive into an important album of the week.

Twitter:

@Louie4711

Language:

English

Contact:

917-826-0068


Episodes

Season Finale: Scritti Politti - Cupid & Psyche 85

9/29/2020
Kyle and Louie make some small talk over Scritti Politti's infectious, shimmering, danceable 1984 album Cupid & Psyche 85! On the surface, these tunes are some of the catchiest pop you've ever heard, but you actually need a PHD in literature to get all the lyrics. Join your favorite 20th century music geek buddies as they traverse the brilliant world of Scritti Politti's mastermind lyricist Green Gartside. -- Show notes: This was such a fun one to bring it on home! We've had an amazing...

Duration:00:51:44

A Look Back at Some Dance Tracks

9/22/2020
In this best of episode, Louie & Kyle dive into some classic songs that make them want to dance, and get into the history of Chicago House, 80's New York No-Wave and some classic Disco in the process. -- Show notes: Here are the songs we chatted about. They all come highly recommended with the highest Kick the Jukebox seal of approval: Material, Nona Hendryx - Bustin' Out Marshall Jefferson - The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body) The Joubert Singers - Stand on the Word Also, here's...

Duration:00:21:15

Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight (with Peter Smith)

9/15/2020
Improviser, musician and beautiful British man Peter Smith leads Louie and Kyle on a deep dive into Marillion, the hugely successful British prog-rock band who over their 40 year career have gotten no respect from the radio or the press, but have legions upon legions of devoted fans that have allowed them to become their own cottage industry. In this episode we delve into their definitive 1995 release Afraid of Sunlight. This is a case where despite the fact Marillion are considered...

Duration:01:13:32

Blondie - Plastic Letters

9/8/2020
Blondie's Plastic Letters wasn't fully appreciated when it was released in February 1978 and it's often eclipsed by its follow up Parallel Lines. It's a shame, because Plastic Letters contains some of Blondie's most melodic, sophisticated and rockin' work. Join hosts Kyle Gordon and Louie Pearlman as they discuss Plastic Letters' dirty New York rocker roots that show through the band's platinum blonde sheen. -- Show notes: If you liked Plastic Letters, we recommend The Paragons' 1967...

Duration:01:02:26

Sam Cooke - One Night Stand! Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963 (with Allison Boron)

9/1/2020
Kyle and Louie are joined by BC The Beatles' co-host and Rhino Records' Allison Boron to talk about one of her favorite records, Sam Cooke's One Night Stand! Live at the Harlem Square Club. Deemed too raucous when recorded, this disc sat on the shelves for over 20 years after Sam's death before being released and heralded a total soul and rock n roll classic. They also get into how to find musical common ground with your partner and how true crime videos can be the key to a good night's...

Duration:00:58:02

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & The Lash

8/25/2020
Kyle 'N Louie both describe this episode as "very Irish" as they deep-dive into The Pouges' Rum, Sodomy & The Lash from 1985. This Elvis Costello-produced Celtic Punk album is the purest version of the The Pogues available, and Shane MacGowan's songs on it are frank, honest and riveting. Also, Kyle makes an argument for fried chicken sandwiches and the band Big Country and Louie does a quick review of the new documentary about the Disney KISS/Star Wars rip-off band (yup you read that right)...

Duration:00:59:01

The Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

8/18/2020
Kyle 'N Louie are waxin and milkin' all y'all square heads as they discuss 1989's Paul's Boutique, which was a game changing album for The Beastie Boys, The Dust Brothers and the golden age of Hip Hop. Plus Kyle discusses what music is best to listen to when reading about "the troubles" in Ireland and Louie has been obsessed with a real nightmare of a music website. -- Episode Notes: We had some great reccos in this episode. Check out the NYT review of Say Nothing, the book currently in...

Duration:01:02:41

Frank Sinatra - In the Wee Small Hours

8/17/2020
When Frank Sinatra released "Into the Wee Small Hours" in 1955, he changed the trajectory of American popular music in a big way. This week, Louie and Kyle delve into what's arguably the first concept album of all time and explore the arrangements and emotions that make "Into the Wee Small Hours" so classic. Plus, the boys get into some musical shlock too as they have a lively discussion about a band fronted by a real British royal and another who were some sort of creepy cult! --- Send in...

Duration:00:55:49

E 42: Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours

8/10/2020
When Frank Sinatra released "Into the Wee Small Hours" in 1955, he changed the trajectory of American popular music in a big way. This week, Louie and Kyle delve into what's arguably the first concept album of all time and explore the arrangements and emotions that make "Into the Wee Small Hours" so classic. Plus, the boys get into some musical shlock too as they have a lively discussion about a band fronted by a real British royal and another who were some sort of creepy cult!

Duration:00:55:49

E 41: Vince Guaraldi Trio - Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus w/ special guest Jason Boxer

8/4/2020
Before Vince Guaraldi made his mark in pop culture with his iconic music for Peanuts, he released Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus, which includes his wonderfully warm hit, "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," his haunting cover of "Moon River" and more. This episode marks Louie and Kyle's first foray into the world of Jazz, and they are joined by their old pal, Jason Boxer! The trio discusses Jason running for his local school board, songs that may or may not secretly be psy ops and why Vince's...

Duration:01:06:05

E 40: Love - Forever Changes

7/28/2020
Louie N Kyle take a trip to the world of the deeply psychedelic sixties band Love. Love lived communally in a Griffith Park castle, they horded guns and drugs and, most importantly, they weren't fucking around. Learn how they made one of the best albums of all time against insurmountable odds. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:01:01:02

E 39: Paul McCartney - McCartney II

7/20/2020
The world wasn't quite ready for McCartney II when Paul released it in 1980. It's cold and electronic sound is divisive among the hardcore fans. But for the very reasons that McCartney II was a tough sell when it was first released, it's influenced so many musical genres and artists. In this episode, Kyle and Louie analyze what happens when a Beatle goes New Wave. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:00:58:37

E 38: Yo La Tengo - Electr-O-Pura with special guest Liam Carroll

7/14/2020
We're joined by Liam Carroll, writer for The Spool, Rebeat Magazine, Newscult and founder of B-Movie review site Analog Scum to discuss his gateway album for his favorite band: 1995's Electr-O-Pura by Yo La Tengo. Liam gets into how Yo La Tengo embodies a bucolic New Jersey that is rarely written about, and why they've endured when so many other cool-kid indie bands haven't. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:01:03:19

E 37: Sly and the Family Stone - Stand!

6/30/2020
When Sly and the Family Stone sang "Stand!" on their 1969 classic LP, it was a command to get up, fight for your rights and dance. In this episode, we deep-dive into what we can learn from Sly Stone's wholly unique blend of funk, soul, rock and late-sixties socially conscious psychedelia. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:00:56:44

E 36: Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet with special guest Mike Joseph

6/22/2020
We're joined by special guest Mike Joseph (Billboard Magazine's 2020 Pride List of Industry Shaping LGBTQ Executives, Detoxicity Podcast ) to talk about Public Enemy's explosive 1990 LP "Fear of a Black Planet," a battle-cry of a classic hip-hop album that marks a moment in time for the Black Power movement while deftly predicting its future. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:01:15:16

E 35: The Cars - S/T with special guest Gretchen Unico

6/15/2020
The Cars' 1978 self titled debut was a huge hit for the power-pop/new wave outfit, with four charting singles that we still remember fondly today. We're joined by rock historian/WRUW Cleveland DJ Gretchen Unico to discuss what makes The Cars just what we needed. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:01:10:24

E 34: Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey

6/8/2020
When Burning Spear released Marcus Garvey in 1975, it took the world of Reggae, Roots and Dread by storm. Join hosts Kyle Gordon and Louie Pearlman as they explore what made this album so important historically and musically, and what it can help us understand about the current moment. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:00:49:51

Black Lives Matter

6/2/2020
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, we’ve decided to postpone the airing of our episode this week in order to use our space on the internet to amplify black voices and causes. We’ll be back next week but in the meantime, here are some ways you can support: Donate to Campaign Zero at https://www.joincampaignzero.org/ Look up your local bail fund and contribute at the National Bail Fund Network, which can be found at https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/ Join a Black Lives...

Duration:00:00:39

E33: The Knack - Get the Knack

5/25/2020
Kyle 'N Louie deep-dive into what might be their most contentious album yet: 1979's "Get the Knack." What are the Knack? Great, tight Power Pop? Puerile and sexist? A little bit of column A and a little bit of B? Take a listen to find out! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:01:01:12

E32: John Martyn - One World

5/18/2020
If you need a dreamlike, beautiful, genre-defying escape of a record while staying home, do we have an album for you: John Martyn's 1977 release One World. In this episode, Kyle and Louie take you though the genius guitarist's processes and his collaborations with producer Chris Blackwell and keyboardist Steve Winwood that make this release one of Island Records' most unique of the late seventies. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/kickthejukebox/message

Duration:01:03:49