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Unknown songs by great artists and great songs by unknown artists directly from our vinyl collections

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Mingering Mike's Mysteriously Mercurial Mind Trip (Episode 54)

7/4/2019
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On January 21, 1977, Jimmy Carter pardoned the Vietnam War draft dodgers. This happened the day after Carter was sworn into office and it was this single act ended the career of Mingering Mike Stevens, who was a singer, producer, label owner, and movie director. For nearly a decade, Mike created a career of epic proportions with tenacity, dedication, and precision. According to a website dedicated to him, here is a list of his credentials: “Between 1968 and 1977 Mingering Mike recorded over...

Duration:01:12:46

The Shyvers Multiphone Jukebox (Episode 53)

6/20/2019
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Everywhere you look you are surrounded by dead technology. The car you’re driving, the television you’re watching, the phone or computer that’s playing this podcast. Next month it will be outpaced. Next year it will be outdated. And next decade it will likely be obsolete. Proponents of technology always hail the latest and greatest as the critical next step toward inventive actualization. However, you probably wouldn’t be collecting records or listening to this show if you didn’t have some...

Duration:01:08:12

Green Vinyl: Music Made for Plants (Episode 52)

6/6/2019
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A middle-aged lady with a beehive hairdo, cat-eyed glasses, and an orange church dress sits at a piano in the middle of cathedral-like Solarium in the Denver Botanical Gardens. She plays soft, chipper classical music surrounded by families of ferns: Maidenhair, Holly, Horsetail, Cloverleaf, etc. She is being filmed for Leonard Nimoy´s In Search Of, a television documentary show dedicated to the world’s mysterious phenomena. Her undergraduate experiments with music and plants would...

Duration:01:19:31

The Ye Ye Scenesters of Ye-steryear (Episode 51)

5/27/2019
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In 1959, a new radio show hit the Parisian airwaves called Salut les Copains, which translates to "Oh, Hi!" The show couldn’t have been more popular with teenagers. And on that program, there was a feature called “Sweetheart of the week” which featured one female pop singer. Because of the popularity of the show, those singers were all nearly instant hits, however fleetingly it was for most. In 1963, Salut held a concert to celebrate the launch of its magazine. That concert drew nearly...

Duration:01:32:43

Record Keeping (Episode 50)

5/8/2019
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For our mid-century episode, We are going to take a bit of departure from the usual. This podcast started as a way to teach ourselves more about music history and to keep on introducing each other to great songs and stories about those songs. Today is an exploration of why we are obsessed with vinyl and what it means to be a record collector. And for this show, we’ve asked some of you to help us narrate the show by telling us about your run-ins with record collecting. We’re going to spend...

Duration:01:36:58

Trivia Information, Part 2 (more clues and prize announcement included)

4/25/2019
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To celebrate our impending 50th episode, we've created a trivia contest for you, our beloved listeners. For this quiz, we're playing 8 clips. From these 8 clips, we're looking for a phrase, specifically based on the artists, so you don't need to get the song names. The name of the quiz is "Mixed-Up Confusion" Clues: The answer is based on artists onlyUse the initialsIt's an anagramWhen you think you have the answer, you can submit it to us in 3 ways: Email your answer to...

Duration:00:05:09

The Rise & Fall of Zamrock (Episode 49)

4/22/2019
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Under British control for decades, in 1911, Zambia was merged in with other South African countries to form Northern Rhodesia. For most of the colonial period, Zambia was governed by an administration appointed from London with the advice of the British South Africa Company. Zambia was rich with copper mines and there was an economic boom that carried into the 50s and 60s. This boom, combined with westerners moving into the country as missionaries and expatriates, allowed for Zambians to...

Duration:01:23:30

Trivia Contest Information

4/11/2019
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To celebrate our impending 50th episode, we've created a trivia contest for you, our beloved listeners. For this quiz, we're playing 8 clips. From these 8 clips, we're looking for a word or phrase, specifically based on the artists, so you don't need to get the song names. The name of the quiz is "Mixed-Up Confusion" When you think you have the answer, you can submit it to us in 1 of 3 ways: highwayhifipodcast@gmail.comAnswers need to be in by April 25th and we will announce the winner...

Duration:00:06:25

Cosmic Country, Part 2 (Episode 48)

4/6/2019
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Perhaps it’s a fool’s errand to try to define what Cosmic Country is. Like numbering all the stars in the heavens or counting bubbles in your beer. We are those fools though. In the starry fringes of country and western music resides a sound that is powerful, dreamy, and utterly nebulous. And so in trying to wade through this style, it is important to recognize these waters were muddy to begin with and intentionally so. Today, the second part of our history of Cosmic Country. Most of us...

Duration:01:43:01

Cosmic Country, Part 1 (Episode 47)

3/25/2019
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Perhaps it’s a fool’s errand to try to define what Cosmic Country is. Like numbering all the stars in the heavens or counting bubbles in your beer. We are those fools though. In the starry fringes of country and western music resides a sound that is powerful, dreamy, and utterly nebulous. And so in trying to wade through this style, it is important to recognize these waters were muddy to begin with and intentionally so. Today, the first of a two-part episode as we try to elucidate and...

Duration:01:50:04

Jazz Album Cover Art and its Gloriously Mustachioed Beginnings (Episode 46)

3/9/2019
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When 78s were first sold, they were sold individually, with each side lasting between 3 and 5 minutes. The records were relegated to backs of furniture stores as if they were some sort of obscenity. Mostly, the reason for this was the packaging. At that time, records were wrapped in bland, blank paper like hooch or in cardboard sleeves, and sometimes had the name of the producer of the record or the store selling it. By the 20s, record albums started appearing on the market. A record album...

Duration:01:35:12

The Clise vs. The Squeeze [Angus MacLise vs. Doug Yule] (Episode 45)

2/23/2019
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In this special episode, Ryan and Joe duke it out over who is the most essential least essential member of the greatest band of all time, The Velvet Underground: Angus MacLise or Doug Yule. One of them never recorded a single note with the band while the other plays on more tracks than John Cale and Nico combined. One is unfairly maligned for his pop sensibilities and desire for fame and the other is unfairly praised for his staunch experimentalism and anti-consumerist proclivities. One was...

Duration:01:34:48

Ach-Tunes - Artists who performed their hits in multiple languages (Episode 44)

2/10/2019
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As the relevance of rock and roll began to explode, labels and managers wanted to exploit and milk those hits for all they were worth, for fear of it being a fad and dying out quickly. To maximize popularity and exposure, labels in the UK would often prep bands for European tours by having their stars record their own hits in other languages. Most famously, the Beatles were strong-armed into recording German versions of both “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and She Loves You”. These were recorded...

Duration:01:17:49

The Avándaro Festival - Why Don't We Know More About It? (Episode 43)

1/24/2019
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Are you as sick of Fyre documentaries as we are? We thought so. This week's episode is all about a festival that took place over two September days in 1971. The festival was controversial and featured historic performances from Mexican psychedelic bands at the height of La Onda. It was also condemned by conservative government leaders, with the president of Mexico declaring, "While we regret and condemn the phenomenon of Avándaro, it also encourages us in our belief that only a small part of...

Duration:01:01:31

The Butthole Surfers in the 1980s - Fecal Manna from Heaven (Episode 42)

1/12/2019
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In this episode, we explore the world of the Butthole Surfers during the 1980s when they were the best live band in the country and one of the most interesting bands ever. Much of the show is spent on stories of debauchery, including feeding excrement to fish, exploring the flammability of New Jersey, ex-presidents touching defiled suitcases, and more! Join us, won't you? Most of the research for this episode came from these three books: Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the...

Duration:01:12:40

Silly Musician Anecdotes (Episode 41)

12/27/2018
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For this episode, we look back on stories we spent time researching but couldn't fit into an episode. That, and just plain goofy stories about goofy musicians. Find out what Prince did to make Michael Jackson run screaming from a room. Find out how to pronounce Hasil Adkins first name correctly. Find out how Ryan's cold sounds after an hour of talking (not good). All that and more!! Subscribe to Highway Hi-Fi: iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | PocketCasts | Overcast | Google Play Twitter |...

Music on the Bones: Commie Flexi-Discs (Episode 40)

12/13/2018
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In our previous episode, we discussed the history of the flexi-disc. Today we delve into its pinko commie cousin, Bone Records. During his post-World War II rule, Joseph Stalin controlled culture in the Soviet Union. Nothing from the west could be allowed in if he deemed it an affront to Soviet dignity. Art, movies, and music were all heavily censored. Western culture was an enemy of the state. The music of America: Blues, jazz, and rock n roll were seen as especially vile to Stalin’s...

Duration:01:02:27

Cereal Killers: The History of the Flexi Disc (Episode 39)

11/29/2018
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Today, the story of the most utilitarian format of the vinyl record, the flexi-disc. It was embraced by both capitalism and communism. It was disposable enough to be embossed into cereal boxes and mailed as postcards, but valuable enough to create collector frenzy. It's been embraced by the likes of ABBA, Richard Nixon, Jack White, and Alf. It is auditory planned obsolescence. Today, part one of a two-part saga on the strange reign of flexible records: the what and why of Flexi...

Duration:01:08:16

Junkshop Glam (Episode 38)

11/8/2018
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There may never have been a pop music trend as both enthrallingly vapid and often highly critically praised as glam rock. Glam was a performance of reality as opposed to actually presenting it, the precession of simulacra to quote the philosopher, Jean Baudrillard. Though he wasn’t referring to glam, it fits perfectly. It was all about living in a copy of what was real instead of the reality itself which they saw as crumbling detritus. Glam rock was innocence and insincerity gone feral by...

Duration:01:38:10

Screamin' Jay Hawkins Beats Up Drifters (Episode 37)

10/25/2018
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Screamin' Jay Hawkins was a dealer in terror, showmanship, hyperbole, and shock. Join us as we go through his climb from being a POW in WWII to drunken recordings, getting banned by a casket association, laying in his own fluids, and Jim Jarmusch. Subscribe to Highway Hi-Fi: iTunes | Stitcher | TuneIn | PocketCasts | Overcast | Google Play Twitter | Facebook | Spotify

Duration:01:13:00