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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.








Paying our respects to Groton’s Bayou Smokehouse

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

Replacement lead singers and playing bass with arthritis

One of Rick’s former bandmates, Robert Corky Ray, calls in to reminisce, and Rick talks about getting ready to play bass in his one and only concert of the year. Plus, replacement lead singers and Pippin at Foxwoods.

Duration: 00:29:17

How many festivals is too many? And what makes Hot Rod’s wings so good?

There are way too many festivals in southeast Connecticut this weekend - the Strawberry Park Cajun Zydeco Festival, ComiCONN Foxwoods, the Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport, the New London Blues and Brews Festival, the Outer Light Brewing rebrand party, and Taste of Mystic. Plus, what makes the wings at Hot Rod Cafe so good, and neural network metal band names.

Duration: 00:23:44

Songs we hate by bands we like

“Mansion in the Slums” by Crowded House. “I Remember California” by REM. “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” by U2. Why are there certain songs by our favorite bands that we always skip over? Steve Chupaska joins Rick and Peter to discuss. Also, Braiden Sunshine launches his first U.S. tour.

Duration: 00:28:15

When is it OK to sing along at a concert?

Rick and Peter share memories of concert sing-alongs gone good, and bad, including Ben Folds, Rustic Overtones, O.A.R. and Crowded House. Plus, David Crobsy at The Garde.

Duration: 00:25:00

The death of Chris Cornell

Somehow, a conversation about the death of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell turns into a discussion about the merits of Curly and Schemp in The Three Stooges. Also, Vadim Neselovskyi at the Side Door Jazz Club and Ben Folds at Foxwoods.

Duration: 00:17:54

Mind-numbing pop music at the gas pump

Have you ever noticed the bland, inoffensive pop music that is playing everywhere you go? At the supermarket? At the gas pump? In every restaurant? Rick and Peter have noticed, and they’re sick of it. Plus: Mary J. Blige and Blackberry Smoke.

Duration: 00:20:19

Witnessing the electrocution of Gary Thain

Rick and Peter share favorite concert memories that had nothing to do with the music. Rick was in the front row when Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain was electrocuted. Peter met As Fast As frontman Spencer Albee in the mens’ room. Listener Keith saw Tommy Lee fall from a drum set 25 feet in the air. Plus, Fox Farm Brewery and the Karl Kelly Memorial Concert. Leave work now is a production of The Day Publishing Company. The program is hosted by Rick Koster, and produced by Peter Huoppi. You...

Duration: 00:27:56

New London Youth Talent Show, Bon Jovi, and Long Day’s Journey Into Night

The seventh annual New London Youth Talent Show is coming to The Garde on Saturday night. Has the show joined the Hygienic art show and Sailfest as one of the premier events of the year in New London? Bon Jovi is coming to Mohegan Sun Arena, doing the same thing that has made them popular for decades. Flock Theatre is staging performance of Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night” in real time in the Monte Cristo Cottage that inspired the play’s setting.

Duration: 00:23:23

Joshua Tree nostalgia, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin’s final tour

Was U2’s The Joshua Tree a life-changing album, or is it overrated? Is the new Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour a chance to cash in on nostalgia, or is the album relevant again in today’s political climate? Plus: reflecting on the passing of Chuck Berry and Aretha Franklins’ farewell tour comes to Mohegan Sun Arena.

Duration: 00:24:03

So you think you want to be a concert reviewer

Some people think reviewing concerts is the coolest job in the world. Sometimes it is, but it’s not always easy to write something that people will actually read. The Day’s Rick Koster shares some things he has learned in his years writing about music. Plus, the Mystic Irish Parade is coming this weekend. Leave work now!

Duration: 00:31:53

Eating at Guy Fieri’s and listening to bro-country

Rick Koster shares his thoughts on his recent dining experience at Guy Fieri’s Kitchen+Bar at Foxwoods (Donkey Sauce! Trash Can Nachos!) and reveals his in-depth reseach into the Saturday party/Sunday church dichotomy in the lyrics of Florida Georgia Line.

Duration: 00:27:51

Rick and Kristy go to The Oscars

Rick Koster and Kristina Dorsey discuss the upcoming Academy Awards, plus The Subdudes atThe Garde and The Banff Mountain Film Festival at Connecticut College.

Duration: 00:20:32

The Grammys and King Crimson at opposite ends of the musical spectrum

Rick Koster and Peter Huoppi discuss the 2017 Grammy Awards and King Crimson’s album Larks’ Tongues in Aspic.

Duration: 00:25:49

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