Episode 80: Interview with Journalist Bryan Reesman

17Jan

This week's interview is with pop culture journalist Bryan Reesman. He's contributed to over 100 media outfits including The New York Times, Billboard, E! Online, American Way magazine and dozens of others. And he has written liner notes for albums from AC/DC, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Filter, Toto and many others. In addition, Bryan penned the best-selling 2016 bio Bon Jovi: The Story and he contributed four chapters to the new book Rock Stars at Home.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Bryan takes us through the start of his career, and how he's found a niche and success writing about music, movies, books, live theatre, and even food. We go deep into writing liner notes, music fandom, the changing face of media consumption, his love of electronica, keeping up with so much to watch at Netflix and much more. And what he's looking forward to watch, hear, and read in 2019...whew!

For more on Bryan and what he's up to visit www.bryanreesman.com

Visit WeaponofSelfDistraction for various things to read, listen to, and watch. 

 

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Episode 79: “Queen: Album By Album” Book Review

11Jan

QUEEN is seemingly everywhere of late, so why not review an incredible book about their music, QUEEN: ALBUM BY ALBUM by Martin Popoff! Spoiler alert: it's awesome, and a must-get for any Queen fan - its a perfect compliment to the music!

Find more details about this amazing book and where to buy it, here.

Find more podcast episodes and various other distractions at the Weapon of Self-Distraction blog.

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Episode 78: Hello 2019 & Things To Look Forward To

1Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR, and hello, 2019! Forget the usual year-end retrospectives, and best-of lists looking back, its better to look forward - to see and do all sorts of things. Plus, the Netflix original movie Birdbox, and the oldest woman in the world might not have been.

Assorted musings, lists, b.s., and podcast episodes are always at Weapon of Self-Distraction.

 

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Episode 77: Happy Merry, Happy Merry Holidays

25Dec

The importance of traditions and the positive distractions of good traditions during the holiday season, especially when things aren't happy and merry. And some deeper messages in holiday TV specials

Episode and other assorted musings are always at Weapon of Self-Distraction 

Cheap Trick's Christmas album, Christmas Christmas is a blast, not your typical Christmas album, and is available at Amazon.com.

Happy Christmas and Merry Holidays to all.

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Episode 76: “The Art of Being Bill” and a Couple of Rants

18Dec

Ezra Croft, artist and co-author of the super-cool book The Art of Being Bill is a guest. The book is the largest collection of Bill Murray fan art and Ezra tells about the inspiration behind it, the greatness of Murray and how the book all came together. Plus, its National Answer the Telephone Like Buddy the Elf Day (Tuesday, 12/18), the backlash behind the backlash around "Baby It's Cold Outside." And the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class: Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, The Zombies, Roxy Music and Janet Jackson. And why its positively criminal that the great Todd Rundgren wasn't inducted years ago.

You can get The Art of Being Bill at Amazon.com. And how cool is this book cover?

Find out more about #AnswerThePhoneLikeBuddyTheElfDay here. Go to Spotify, YouTube, iTunes or your favorite indie record store to listen to the greatness of Todd Rundgren. 

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Episode 75: Too Distracted: That Podcast Sucked!

6Dec

Happy Hanukkah, why episode number 74 sucked, breakups can be a good thing, and the"Baby It's Cold Outside" backlash. Plus, Creed II and the most metal band breakup ever.

Visit the Weapon of Self-Distraction website for more ephemera and other distractions.

Holiday music Hanukkah Christmas heavy metal radio Creed II movies

 

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Episode 74: New Old Music & Goodbye Sedans

28Nov

A deep and rambling dive about the new Cheap Trick album of rarities and b-sides, The Epic Archive: 1980-1983. First Ford, now General Motors: GM's layoffs and their essentially ceding the sedan market to European and Asian automakers. And two Netflix series, The Kominsky Method and I'm Sorry

For more about Cheap Trick visit www.cheaptrick.com

Jalopnik and Vox have some great insight and details about General Motors' big layoffs and vehicle changes.

More distractions and other ephemera is at www.weaponofselfdistraction.com and at www.facebook.com/weaponofselfdistraction

 

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Episode 73: “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly…”

18Nov

Thanksgiving is around the corner, family and traditions beckon, as does the legendary, now 40-years old (!) WKRP In Cincinnati episode about the holiday. Also 40 years ago: Alice Cooper's From The Inside album came out. And seeing one of the funniest - and bravest - comedians, Gary Gulman. Plus, a new book on the history of Hot Wheels toy cars.

 

Visit www.weaponofselfdistraction.com for more distractions.

Here's some more Thanksgiving fun from that WKRP In Cincinnati episode

For more about Gary Gulman and where he's playing visit www.garygulman.com.

A great story about Alice Cooper's From the Inside album is here.

Find Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale at Amazon.

 

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Episode 72: Re-training My Brain and the Greatest Queen Song You’ve Probably Never Heard

13Nov

The mighty Stan Lee, co-creator of Marvel Comics' greatest heroes and stories, dies at the age of 95. Plus, re-training my brain, i.e., being thankful, daily. And the greatest Queen song you've probably never heard.

A great new book on Queen, QUEEN: ALBUM BY ALBUM comes out 11/27. For more info click here.

 

 

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Episode 71: Distracted and Distractions

4Nov

'Tis the season for the relentless barrage of campaign advertising and the dollar amounts are outrageous. The new book It's Saturday Morning is chock full of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons. And its called Making A Murderer, not Making OF A Murderer. 

Get outraged by the insane amount of dollars spent on political campaigns at OpenSecrets.org

Find out more on the new book It's Saturday Morning: Celebrating the Golden Era of Cartoons 1960s - 1990s, including links to buy it, here.

Get info and see trailers on Making A Murderer at Netflix

 

 

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