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The pure theoretical idea of a “Weekend” -- as a physical and psychological destination – is sacred. A Weekend, after all, is essentially the recurring carrot dangled on the stick in front of the horse of our collective mundanity. In college, for most of us, a Weekend lasted from Tuesday morning through Sunday night. In Adult Land, though, the demands of reality are such that we’re lucky if we can kick off a Weekend on Thursday evening. The philosophy behind “Leave Work Now!,” then, is to not only inspire you to blow off your job and responsibilities as early as possible, by discussing a variety of timely and toothsome local entertainment options, but also to whet your curiosity about any number of lively arts and lifestyle topics.

The pure theoretical idea of a “Weekend” -- as a physical and psychological destination – is sacred. A Weekend, after all, is essentially the recurring carrot dangled on the stick in front of the horse of our collective mundanity. In college, for most of us, a Weekend lasted from Tuesday morning through Sunday night. In Adult Land, though, the demands of reality are such that we’re lucky if we can kick off a Weekend on Thursday evening. The philosophy behind “Leave Work Now!,” then, is to not only inspire you to blow off your job and responsibilities as early as possible, by discussing a variety of timely and toothsome local entertainment options, but also to whet your curiosity about any number of lively arts and lifestyle topics.
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The pure theoretical idea of a “Weekend” -- as a physical and psychological destination – is sacred. A Weekend, after all, is essentially the recurring carrot dangled on the stick in front of the horse of our collective mundanity. In college, for most of us, a Weekend lasted from Tuesday morning through Sunday night. In Adult Land, though, the demands of reality are such that we’re lucky if we can kick off a Weekend on Thursday evening. The philosophy behind “Leave Work Now!,” then, is to not only inspire you to blow off your job and responsibilities as early as possible, by discussing a variety of timely and toothsome local entertainment options, but also to whet your curiosity about any number of lively arts and lifestyle topics.

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English

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860-701-4297


Episodes

Why did so many people leave the Kendrick Lamar concert before it was over?

6/15/2018
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Put down your cell phone! Stay until the end of the show! And stop talking! Rick went to see Kendrick Lamar recently, and can’t understand how millennials behave at concerts.

Duration:00:28:23

Homemade earplugs at the Slayer concert

6/4/2018
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Rick went to review Slayer’s show at Mohegan Sun Arena, part of their Farewell Tour, (read the review here) and it was so loud, he had to improvise a pair of earplugs.

Duration:00:24:50

Watching the Royal Wedding

5/21/2018
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Rick calls Peter at 6:30 Saturday morning to make sure he doesn’t miss the Royal Wedding.

Duration:00:18:48

Fleetwood Mac, The Moody Blues, and Childish Gambino

5/11/2018
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Rick reacts to some news about his favorite musicians – Neil Finn of Crowded House joins Fleetwood Mac, and The Moody Blues are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And what do you think about the new Childish Gambino video for This Is America?

Duration:00:30:09

Do childhood favorite movies still hold up to adult scrutiny?

2/15/2018
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Is Rick still scared by zombie movies? Will Pete’s kids love The Goonies and The Princess Bride as much as he did? We reflect on the movies we saw as children and what we see in them now when we watch as adults.

Duration:00:30:06

Rick on the Grammys: Where were the musicians?

1/29/2018
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Rick opines on the latest Grammy awards, lamenting that pop performance and spectacle have pushed out musicianship. He approves of Bruno Mars, but Cardi B? not so much.

Duration:00:19:46

Reflecting on 2017

12/22/2017
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Rick and Peter think back on their work and musical listening habits of the past year.

Duration:00:20:23

A year on the road with Pocket Vinyl

12/1/2017
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Singer/pianist Eric Stevenson of the piano/painting duo Pocket Vinyl talks about their new documentary Drive. Play. Sleep. Through dozens of interviews and on-the-road footage, the film tells the story of independent, do-it-yourself musicians touring the country and trying to make a living from their art. Stay to the end of the podcast to hear a new song from their forthcoming album “Uncomfortably Unsure.” See the film at http://www.driveplaysleep.com/ and find out more about the music and...

Duration:00:34:43

What to do when you’re alone on Thanksgiving

11/17/2017
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Rick and Peter try to figure out what to do on Thanksgiving when you don’t have a family get-together to attend. Their best options: go watch high school football, stay home and drink away your sorrows, go to the casino, or make nachos.

Duration:00:23:57

Rick hassles Blue Öyster Cult’s Joe Bouchard at an Imagine Dragons concert

11/10/2017
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Rick ran into one of his musical heroes, Blue Öyster Cult bassist/vocalist/composer Joe Bouchard, at an Imagine Dragons concert at Mohegan Sun Arena. Peter stumbled upon a Boyz II Men concert at Disney World. Also, Rick and Peter agree that modern popular music all soudns the same, and admit that they are old and out of touch.

Duration:00:25:43

Waiting outside Fats Domino’s house with a 12-pack of beer

10/27/2017
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Rick recalls an unsuccessful stakeout outside the New Orleans home of Fats Domino. Lady Madonna by Fats Domino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1OdbPpvFYg

Duration:00:19:32

Do Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers belong in the top five greatest American rock bands?

10/6/2017
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After the recent passing of Tom Petty, Rick and Peter consider his band’s place in the pantheon of great American rock bands. Who else belongs in the top five? The Allman Brothers? Bruce Sprintsteen and The E Street Band? The Eagles? The Grateful Dead? The Beach Boys?

Duration:00:23:08

Who is responsible for taking care of public art?

9/28/2017
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Rick and Peter look at several examples of public art in New London that has been poorly maintained, or not maintained at all, and ponder who is responsible for maintaining and restoring a public art installation in the months and years after it is unveiled? The Wyland whale mural has been completely repainted in a way that hardly resembles the original. The Sandy Garnett Light Cube has only one light remaining. Three of Wendy Klemperer’s animal sculptures have been knocked over just a few...

Duration:00:17:05

Paying our respects to Groton’s Bayou Smokehouse

9/13/2017
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The Bayou Smokehouse in Groton in closing as chef/owner Pierre Boutros steps aside to spend more time with his family. Rick has made it his life’s work to find a local barbecue joint that is tolerable to his refined southern palate, and the closing of Bayou is going to make it that much harder. Rick and Peter have one last meal before the restaurant closes on Saturday.

Duration:00:08:35

Concept albums: masterpieces or cheap gimmicks?

9/7/2017
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Rick and Peter consider the concept album, from Frank Sinatra to Green Day, and whether the format still resonates today when people don’t buy albums. Our favorite local concept albums include Red Over Red by Bedroom Rehab Corporation, Death Anxiety by Pocket Vinyl, and El Amor de los Muertos by The Hempsteadys. Also, Rick remembers Arthur Falconi, a local musician who died in yesterday’s storm.

Duration:00:24:37

White guys with guitars covering rap songs, and Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s rock tee shirts

8/24/2017
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What distinguishes a good cover song from a bad cover song? Martha Shanahan joins Rick and Peter to provide a young person’s opinion. Plus, Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s vinatge rock tee shirts, and Future performs at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Duration:00:29:29

How does a four-year-old start singing Simon and Garfunkel?

8/17/2017
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Peter discovered his kids singing a Simon and Garfunkel song that came out over 50 years ago. Turns out they heard “The Sound of Silence” in the animated movie “Trolls.” What determines whether a song has staying power? Are there artists today whose music our grandchildren will be listening to? Rick remembers thinking that “She Sheila” by The Producers and “Hold On” by Santana were going to be massive hits.

Duration:00:25:13

Ed Sheeran on Game of Thrones: Did we need another rock star TV cameo?

7/20/2017
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Rick and Peter bring in The Day features writer Mary Biekert to talk about Ed Sheeran’s cameo appearance on game of Thrones, and to look back through TV history and some other notable musical cameos. Plus, The Who and Queen + Adam Lambert at Mohegan Sun Arena.

Duration:00:28:34

How our wives affect our musical tastes

7/7/2017
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Rick’s wife made him listen to New Order. He went to a New Order “concert” and saw them playing exactly zero instruments. What do you think of concerts that are more dance and theater production than musical performance?

Duration:00:20:31

Going the distance on the Appalachian Trail or to see your favorite band

6/30/2017
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Peter hiked 52 miles on the Appalachian Trail. Rick’s band played a marathon weekend of shows and almost ran out of beer, before being saved by their lead singer’s Elvis impression.

Duration:00:27:35