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James Lileks and guests take a ramble through movies, television, and other media of the day.






Rockin’ Back Inside Your Heart

Sponsored by SimpliSafe You might not be watching the new Twin Peaks, or care that it ever existed. But it changed TV, and one of the reasons that made it so unique was the music. Let's go beyond the theme and explore the compositions of Angelo Badalamenti. Join the conversation and comment on this podcast episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/rockin-back-inside-heart/. Podcast listeners: Now become a Ricochet member for only $2.50 month! Join and see what you’ve been missing:...

Duration: 00:31:23

Things To Do In Reno

Sponsored by SimpliSafe What do you do in Reno? Yes, yes, besides that. But here's the more pressing issue for modern times: what does Reno do with Reno? Podcast listeners: Now become a Ricochet member for only $2.50 month! Join and see what you’ve been missing: https://ricochet.com/join/.

Duration: 00:33:14

Ep. 8: The Bagpipes of Paris

The Bagpipes of Paris What makes a city or a country sound familiar? When the music sounds like we think it’s supposed to sound like. But what if our preconceptions are wrong? (Hint: they’re probably not) More The post The Bagpipes of Paris appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:38:25

Ep. 7: Grandfather’s Victrola

What does monophonic sound have to do with the moral turpitude of electric shavers? Let’s find out. James Lileks’ The Ramble is brought to you by Harry’s Shave. For a great shave at an even greater price, go to Harrys.com and enter the coupon code RAMBLE Read On The post Grandfather’s Victrola appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:38:38

Ep. 6: Praise the Titanic

As another anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking draws nigh, Lileks wonders: are we finished with this story? Perhaps. But even if we’ve exhausted Titanic nostalgia, we can still consider how other eras looked at the catastrophe. The Ramble examines five Titanic movies – not so much for their storytelling, but their backstories and musical contributions. Bonus: Nazis. Double bonus: A… The post Praise the Titanic appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:31:41

Ep. 5: The Soundtrack of Imaginary Places

A trip to Sin City prompts thoughts of the one thing people usually don’t think about when they think of Games, but something absolutely essential: sound. Music. Melody. The burbles of the casinos to the chines of pinball to the soundtracks of computer games – it’s an essential part of losing yourself in another world. Read On The post The Soundtrack of Imaginary Places appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:30:09

Ep. 4: Nothing But The Truth

Did you ever think you believed the innocence of the subject of “Making a Murderer” because the theme music said you should? The Ramble takes a look at documentary soundtracks, and veers off into something you might not have considered: the Golden Age of Objective News Fanfares. Read On The post Nothing But The Truth appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:26:25

Ep. 3: Fargo

How much Fargo was in the TV show “Fargo”? Let’s listen to a true Fargoan explain. Don’t worry – it’s not a recap of a show you didn’t see. It’s something quite different. How did eminent domain affect the Mary Tyler Moore show? Why did a one-hit-wonder rocker end up dead in his car smelling of gasoline? Why do I… The post Fargo appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:31:46

Ep. 2: The Force Awakens

Prepare to geek out: Lileks monologuesStar Wars past and present. (No spoilers herein!) Read On The post The Force Awakens appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:34:31

Ep. 1: The Walking Dead

Welcome to our newest occasional podcast,The Ramble with James Lileks. This week, let’s Tiptoe past the Yoo Lips, as James and John Yoo —yes, that John Yoo— discuss the Walking Dead, dystopian sci-fi, why Minnesota would be zombie-free, and what 80s hair-metal band’s hit song would be perfect for a zombie show. Read On The post The Walking Dead appeared first on Ricochet.

Duration: 00:55:38