MPHnoise radio: My Padawan Headbangs 2018

Recently, my second Padawan was born and my first moved securely into the terrible twos. This week’s show is a reminder to how much they influence me musically as much as I try and influence them.

This week on KAOS Radio Austin we visit for the third time #MyPadawanHeadbangs as a musical tribute to my younglings, my learners, my offspring’s musical journey as it relates to metal, punk & hardcore.

Personally, I am especially happy that at such a young age there’s at least some tolerance to the extreme nature of many of the heavy genres. The distortion, the screaming, the pounding rhythms could be a turn off — and yet, they are not so far. I’m sure there are people at the ready to call CPS on me for playing Slayer for my padawan as there are probably parents whispering to themselves, “wait, you haven’t played the first Impaled Nazarene for them yet?” I don’t much care about either. We listen to metal, punk and hardcore next to folk, country, jazz, “classical,” opera, hip hop, art-noise and pop in this house. Not good enough for you? oh, too fuckin’ bad ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the show, it’s the first year I could actually really use cues from Padawan to program and for at least part of the broadcast they’ll be involved with headphones to listen in too. The criteria are pretty simple a) Pensive listening b) physical excitement, such as “dancing” c) singing along or parroting back lyrics / melodies after the fact or d) asked for “again” when listening. It turns out the little fucker has some pretty diverse and intriguing taste in music. I mean, apart from BeatBo. Our NFP for the week is Little Kids Rock, but more on that later.

Show kicks off with the very first heavy band Padawan did something resembling headbaning to – AC/DC. The title track from the Razors Edge makes it here because it is, no joke, one of the most fun things to watch the full body bang that goes along with it. From there we also hit up classics from Irons Maiden, Queensryche, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Skid Row as well as a brand new Judas Priest track we’ve been enjoying in the car to and from day care.

We go to one of my fave “genres” next with a trip down the MeloDeath memory land and the likes of Soilwork, In Flames, Dark Tranquility that are topped off with brand new The Crown. If there was ever a definition of pensive listening it is the new record.

From there we move into a mishmosh of punk and hardcore. While classic Killswitch Engage wraps up the last set… a blistering new new Of Mice and Men track kicks things off to bridge the aggressively melodic end of things . A few favorites shared from my wife’s listening with Padawan include A Whilhelm Scream, Rise Against and AFI while the set also includes more woah woah woahs with Misfits, plus Therapy? and of course, the Bouncing Souls…

Wrapping things up we have a weird amalgamation of harder edged rock that includes the more progressive end of Soundgarden, Faith No More and Primus balanced with the more rockable approach of Sevendust, Fireflight and In This Moment. That is before we close out with the immortal, Clutch. Gone Cold was the first song Padawan consistently parroted the lyrics to, because why not, it’s an easy chorus and in the dead of winter and easy one probably to relate to.

So be sure to tune in this Sunday on KAOS Radio Austin
7pm USCDT http://kaosradioaustin.org/author/thedoormouse / https://tunein.com/radio/MPH-NoiseDoormouse-p957654/

Pick up past episodes of #MyPadawanHeadbangs at mphnoiseradio.podomatic.com and mixcloud.com/mphnoise and don’t forget to like and follow @mphnoise and @kaosradioaustin to keep up with the great music and don’t forget to tune in Sunday night!

AC/DC “the Razor’s Edge” RTE

Judas Priest “Rising from the Ruins” Firepower (2018)
Iron Maiden “Aces High” Powerslave
Def Leppard “Sattelite” On Through the Night
Bon Jovi “Let it Rock” Slippery When Wet (cue :57)
Skid Row “Youth Gone Wild” SR

the Crown “We Avenge” Cobra Speed Venom (2018)
Soilwork “Follow the Hollow” NBC (cue :07)
Dark Tranquility “Monochromatic Stains” Damage Done
In Flames “Pinball Map” Clayman
Killswitch Engage “he End of Heartache” TEOH

Of Mice & Men “Instincts” Defy (2018)
A Wilhelm Scream “Less Bright Eyes, More Diecide” Ruiner
Rise Against “Voices off Camera” Revolutions Per Minute
Therapy? “Screamanger” Hats off to the Insane
AFI “Girls Not Grey” Sing the Sorrow
Misfits “Hatebreeders” Walk Among Us
the Bouncing Souls “Here We Go” Maniacal Laughter

Soundgarden “My Wave” Superunknown
Sevendust “Headtrip” Home
Volbeat “Fallen” Beyond Heaven, Above Heaven
Faith No More “A Small Victory” Angel Dust
Primus “My Name is Mud” Pork Soda

Clutch “Gone Cold” Earth Rocker

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Ovechkin watch: 49

Washington Capitals winger and Captain Alexander Mikhailovich Ovechkin secured his 7th Rocket Richard award as the league’s leading scorer with 49 Goals this regular season. The Russian Machine scored two last night but couldn’t quite muster the hat trick to hit 50 despite something like 17 shot attempts.

This ties the Great 8 with Bobby Hull for number of times a player has led the league in goals for a season, while becoming the first to lead in goals outright seven times: Bobby Hull and Esposito did it six times with Hull’s seventh being split as a tie.

How elite is the company Ovi finds himself in? As a reminder, this season:

Entered the top 10 for shots on goal with a league leading 355 shots this season to reach 4896, 8th All Time, passing Andreychuk, Esposito, Yzerman, Sakic, Iginla, and Brett Hull. This was the 54th player season with 335 or more shots goals, Ovi has reach this mark 10 times to lead the league historically (doubling the next closet player). He has led the league in a single season more than any other player in history.

Entered the top 20 for Goals, with a League Leading 49 goals this season to reach 609, 19th All Time, Lafleur, Modano, Nieuwendyk, Sundin, Bossy, Recchi and Kurri. Become the fourth player to score 600 goals in less than 1000 games. This was the 207th player season with 49 or more goals, Ovi has reach this mark 8 times, 2nd to only Gretzky and Bossy have done 9 each. 49 is 11.4% more than Patrik Laineโ€™s second-place 44. This marks the sixth time he has finished with more than a 10% margin, which leads the NHL historically. And, as noted above he’s led the league 8 times which is tied for the most all time. 0.605 Goals Per Game maintains #6 all time.

Entered the top 20 for Even Strength Goals, with 32 goals this season to reach 374, 20th All Time, passing Trottier, Hosssa, Francis, McDonald, Marleau, Goulet, Andreychuk, Recchi, Perault and Sundin. This was the 237th player season with 32 or more even strength goals, Ovi has reach this mark 4 times, tied for 15th all time.

Entered the top 10 for power play goals, with 17 goals this season to reach 229, 10th All time, passing Tkachuk, Nieuwendyk, Gartner and Jagr. This was the 281th player season with 17 or more power play goals, Ovi has reach this mark 8 times to lead the league historically.

Entered the top 10 for game winning goals, with 7 goals this season to reach 102, 7th All Time passing Sundin, Lafleur, Bobby Hull and Iginla. This was the 401th player season with 7 or more game winning goals, Ovi has reach this mark 8 times, tying the lead league with Bossy and Esposito.

Entered the top 15 for most hat-tricks, with 4 this season reached 20, 14th All Time, passing Ciccarelli, Bondra, Howe, Messier, while tying Bure and Sittler.

Become the all-time leader for overtime game winning goals, passing Jagr.

Entered the top 150 for Assists, with 38 this season to reach 515, 137th All time passing Stumpel, Hamerlik, Amonte, Pit Martin, Mahovlich, Ray Ferraro, James Patrick, Kinden, Craven, Lindros, Lozlov, Carlyle, Marc Savard, Boldirev, McDonald, Proposal, Tonelli, Tocchet, Tomas and Goring. 0.513 Assist Per Game is tied for 142nd all time (tied with Saku Koivu)

Entered the Top 60 for Points, with 87 this season to reach 1122, 59th All Time, passing Bobby Smith, Henri Richard, Potvin, Mullen, Verbeek, Whitney, Tkachuk, Taylor, Fleury, Anderson, Mahovlich, Sittler and maintaining a lead over Crosby and the Sendin twins. 1.119 Points per game is tied for 19th all time (with Denis Savard)

Only 7 players have won the same individual award * at least 7-times
Wayne Gretzky : 10 Art Ross and 9 Hart
Bobby Orr : 8 Norris
Doug Harvey : 7 Norris
Nicklas Lidstrom : 7 Norris
Jacques Plante : 7 Vezina
Alex Ovechkin : 7 Rocket Richard *
(if the award existed, obviously, this would be a tie with Hull and the total would be 8 players)

(source Hockey-Reference)

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Padawan Music Chronicles: LL Cool J

On the way home listening to old school hip hop with my two year old Padawan. LL Cool J’s “Rhyme Ain’t Done” came on.

First, the passage with the cartoon reference had them practically out of their car seat with excitement on hearing the references. Must’ve said Mickey Mouse a half dozen times.

Then, you know that scratch technique that sounds like a horn pop? They were imitating them every time they come on at the end, eventually guessing correctly where they’d be rather than just mimicking them.

Finally, song ended, Run DMC came on next and all I heard from the back not even three beats in was, “No. No. Again. Play Again. Daddy not this one. No. Play Again peeees.”

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10 “all-time” “favorite” “albums” Day Seven: Beastie Boys

10 days because Tom Novak needs a wall full of music to keep his hair from falling out ๐Ÿ˜‰

“all time” “favorite” and “albums” could mean anything, so I’ll give it specific meaning here — the most influential albums released during my most influential musical time that remain influential to me today

I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.

Today, I nominate : Mickey Jupiter because they post a tonne of interesting stuff already and liked most of these posts.

Day 7: Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill – Now, here’s a little story I’d like to tell about a record my parents didn’t like so well.

Hip Hop was still in its relative youth and as a genre it borrowed as much from rock’s sense of rebellion, metal’s sense of musical disruption and punk’s sense of social frustration as much as it’s roots in more traditional black music and in that sense of breaking norms there was Beastie Boys doing whatever it was they were doing at the time as a bastard hybridization of genres.

One of the first logos I drew on my three ring binders and inside covers of my marbled notebooks. Some of the first songs I’d memorized the lyrics to. The 1996 release was fundamentally groundbreaking for a number of reasons socially and personally. It was literally like turning a corner in my musical identity (along with Run DMC spoken about earlier on this list). I realize there’s a sense of appropriation, of misogyny, of era induced cliched teenage angst and so on associated with looking back but to this day there’s still anthems to be had despite it’s youthful shortcomings. Honestly, it’s a solid third in my BBoys catalog but the only one that makes it to this list because of it’s timeliness in coming out.

Day 6: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – I’m from fuckin’ Jersey bitch, what else did you expect was going to be here for an 80s kid?
Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people, even me, at the time.
Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time – the album that “made me metal”

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10 “all-time” “favorite” “albums” Day Six: Bon Jovi

10 days because Tom Novak tagged me and he’s a good guy, so I’m returning the favor

“all time” “favorite” and “albums” is kinda the kind of vagary that gets people in trouble. These are the albums released in my youth, that I found for myself then and continue to find their way back to me today

I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.

Today, I nominate : Jason Durand because I love his taste in music and he loves his local scene which works well for my pick today being one from my local scene

Day 6: Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – I’m from fuckin’ Jersey bitch, what else did you expect was going to be here for an 80s kid?

The 1986 breakthrough produced singles for “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “Never Say Goodbye” as well as fan faves, deep cut radio standards and live cuts including the popular ballad “I’d Die for You” as well as rockers “Let it Rock,” “Raise Your Hands,” and the closing fistpumper “Wild in the Streets.” It is among the most important hair metal, post-glam, 80s stadium rock era albums, perhaps ranking next to only Def Leppard’s Hysteria in terms of depth and breath. What’s more, the lyrics are in the vein of fellow Jersey poets Springsteen and to a lesser degree Sinatra in the way the capture the blue collar, suburban life that is Jersey. Saying that, there’s no reason to defend this other than if you don’t respect the successful crossover in an era of increasing compartmentalization than that’s on you.

I still one man mosh, make an ass out of myself singing along, and generally, yes smile every time Bon Jovi songs come on pre-New Jersey.

Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people
Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time – the album that “made me metal”

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10 “all-time” “favorite” “albums” Day Five: Faith No More

10 days because Tom Novak tagged me and I want these to keep showing up on his timeline.

“all time” “favorite” and “albums” means what exactly? Oh, in this case, it’s the full lengths that originate from the years of my youth and continue to influence me today in some way.

I hope they inspire conversation because I love talking about music. I hope they inspire you to listen too, and if you want more beyond the 10 tune into MPH noise radio. I totally know half the people I nominate won’t participate but that’s part of the game so I’ll do it anyhow.

Today, I nominate : Andrea Pisani because I’m curious what ends up on the list after our conversations in Hang the DJ

Day 5: Faith No More – the Real Thing – it did so much, including confuse people, including me.

Was it Rock? Alternative? Metal? Punk? Rap? Funk?

Did it help birth Alt-Rock? Nu-metal? Rap-metal? Noise-art? Or some other hybrid?

Are we judging it based on the rap-metl single “Epic?” Or, the early use of vocal hybridization during “Surprise, You’re Dead?” Or, the prog-art of “Woodpeckers” and the title track? Or the nu-metal tinged approach of singles “From Out of Nowhere” or “Falling to Pieces” or the throwback Sabbath cover of “War Pigs” etc?

If you aren’t sure, that’s ok. The debates are still happening today. They’re now going on three decades old for the 1989 release and the agreement level is less now than it was even in the early 90s when the impact was explicitly felt

Day 4: Primus – Sailing the Seas of Cheese – because as a nerdy music dork this is like the soundtrack of adolescence, both real and revised
Day 3: Run DMC – Raising Hell – Peter piper picked a pepper but my parents picked this as being a passing phase, it wasn’t.
Day 2: Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger – the band and album that guided me into the 90s
Day 1: Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time – the album that “made me metal”

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WFHWTF: Week One with the new Youngling

I love my Padawan. Both of them.

I love family. All of them.

Honestly?

Week one work from home with our new Youngling makes me wonder if I love anyone. Myself included. I mean the F definitely is Fuck.

I am a creature of habit. I like routine. I crave it.

It’s not that I dislike change. I don’t like it per se, but I acknowledge it is inevitable and what makes it tolerable is the possibility, or rather inevidabilty that routines will stabalize.

What makes week one so challenging is trying to find that stability.

And, lets face it — it’s not the new youngling that makes that restabalization a challenge. Little ones basically only do three things 1) feed 2) relieve themselves and 3) sleep. It’s a somewhat predictable pattern that occurs on a somewhat predictable schedule in most cases, including, fortunately, ours so far.

Nor is much of it the elder padawan who is two. The so-called terrible twos are predominantly a challenge because younglings lack the communication skills to effectively express themselves. This usually manifests itself in trying to get what they want or don’t want at the most simple level but emotional expression at a higher level then simple eat and play desires is being developed. Furthermore, the youngling’s pushing of boundaries in an effort to gain their first degree of independence is simultaneously occurring. Some elements of this have been observed in our elder Padawan since the 18 month mark so much of what the rest of the visiting family is experiencing is actually old hat for us.

But here inlies the challenge of working from home this week.

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