The latest installment of High Octane Growler features Scott Slonaker and Frederick von Tank of The Others, who return to the studio with host Tommy Hough to sample the Ninkasi seasonal Spring Reign American Blonde Ale, amidst a sea of Stone Ruination IPA.
Discussion is ridiculously heavy on TV geekery, VCR admissions, and the occasional Star Trek soundbite. And okay, enough already, we chew on Game of Thrones even though Tommy hasn’t actually watched it.
Essentially, this week’s theme is TV, and how TV has not only changed in the era of the DVR and Netflix, but also how TV is just so much better, from Mad Men to Boardwalk Empire to shows about guys making crystal methamphetamine.
A few deviations into movies. Fans of Idiocracy will be thrilled, which brings us to the word of the day: “percuss.”
Earnest apologies to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, whom we have a great deal of respect for.
After an opening blast of R.L. Burnside and “It’s Bad You Know” from the 1998 R.L. album Come On In, the midway point of the show is marked by The Pursuit of Happiness and the classic “I’m An Adult Now,” from the great Todd Rundgren-produced Love Junk album from 1988. Packed front to back with great songs, Love Junk still sounds like it was recorded yesterday.
And since the topic of conversation is all about television and High Octane Growler’s sweet tooth for pop culture (despite our standing commitment to current affairs and the environment and beer), what else could we close the show with but the incredible Michael Franti, and his duo Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy with DJ Rono Tse? Like “I’m An Adult Now,” the song “Television the Drug of A Nation” still sounds as though it might’ve been recorded yesterday, from the band’s only album, Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury, released 1992. The song had previously been recorded by Michael Franti’s first band, The Beatnigs.
Thanks to broadcast brother Mike Hansen for the killer High Octane Growler imaging.
Huge thanks to Jesse Quisenberry for the late-night Wrath of Khan emergency save.
Big thanks to Ken Wright and Steve Wagner for their ongoing support.