July 8, 2020

Episode 32: Daikatana

John Romero went from arcade wizard, to programming prodigy, to visionary responsible in large part for classic games like Doom, Doom 2, and Quake.  Unfortunately, there's only really one way to go when you're at the top...  id Software, an Ion Storm, a Deus Ex, a too-expensive-and-impractical office, and one big sword.  Daikatana.

 

Masters of Doom by David Kushner
https://www.amazon.ca/Masters-Doom-Created-Transformed-Culture/dp/0812972155

 

Andy's song pick:: Self-Obsessed and Sexxee by Sonic Youth 
https://open.spotify.com/track/06PgAfrRjbjtybZjT6257o?si=7DOKqYfuT3Kme37P5LHhYA

 

Leigh's song pick:: 747 by Blind Idiot God

 

Peter's song pick:: Adios by KMFDM
https://open.spotify.com/track/3fvw80ajmq6CbF0xXFM3ZG?si=yrNrgN5CTESbwXFvj3UqNw

 

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Let's get it on: Marvin Gaye was a landmark soul and R&B artists, but his life didn't mirror the carefree coolness of his music.  The perils of drug use, living in destructive environments, and arming your aggressor... even if it's your father.  Sexual healing, bringing your mouth to a gunfight, and why exercise is better than cocaine.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Nightshift by The Commodores
https://open.spotify.com/track/5stHnMIM1zwRS24mH6dAzS?si=kbO5lMKLQxmZUwbAQfuBWg

 

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What better place to build a fishing and country club than at the edge of a recently-compromised dam?  A flood made particularly horrific by all of the debris it took with it, and Johnstown Pennsylvania didn't see it coming... or didn't want to.  Conemaugh Lake, 19th-century industrialists, broken telegraphs, and a demonic Katamari Damacy.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Domsbore by Boredoms
https://open.spotify.com/track/1Slx16FJ2gCtfEKenXXqGZ?si=Mdzxd6jOQ4aZob1q6i-rOw

 

Peter's song pick:: Brought To The Water by Deafheaven
https://open.spotify.com/track/48sOuol9Wo73V1M6R3OcxG?si=fMu8CPNdQC20WQ_CBpEs2A

 

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Young boys get stranded on an island, and anyone who's read the book knows the rest of the story... or do they? A group of Tongan teenagers in the 1960s acted as a real-world experiment to see whether humanity is more "Lord of the Flies" or "The Coral Island".  Polynesia, 'Ata, shipwreck in the Pacific, and humanity exposed.

 

Peter's song pick:: In My Mind At Least by PS I Love You
https://open.spotify.com/track/0kJdZcOa5qJixMvDblsn0E?si=KAiv4uosT-aj0-ek67N3eQ

 

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Hey, we heard you like wood, so we stored wood in your wood so you can wood when you wood!  When they first built the Windy City, perhaps they should have considered building materials that were a bit less timber-based.  Controversy about Mrs. O'Leary's cow versus Daniel "Peg Leg" Sullivan aside, the great fire that tore through Chicago in October 1871 took no prisoners.  A cow, a lamp, a drunk, a city made of kindling, and twenty-four hours of one of the worst infernos to hit a major US city.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Woundwort by Fall of Efrafa
https://open.spotify.com/track/1IleUPbCNU4HxnAHu38MX2?si=5EJOX_H7R-uvtpH6jFa8Bw

 

Peter's song pick:: Nobody's Listening by Linkin Park
https://open.spotify.com/track/1EU3VuKGZOvd1HTkxLPUXK

 

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Bad things come in fours.  Leigh tells us about a bottleneck at a Who concert, a stampede at the Roskilde festival, a human garlic press at a Hillsborough soccer match, and the perils of Ten-Cent Beer Night.  The Who, Pearl Jam, Liverpool versus Nottingham Forest, and the Cleveland Indians versus the Texas Rangers... and beer.  Lots and lots of too-cheap beer.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Riot by Dead Kennedys
https://open.spotify.com/track/1aCf2VZNBccqLAJgzusAdx?si=Ovw7LG3qTdiN0PoiDabd4g

 

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Leigh tackles one of his White Whales, talking about the ups, downs, and eventual collapse of the production of what could have been the Beach Boys' greatest album.  Human-sized kitty litter, songs about surfing, California girls, a questionable psychotherapist, and untold kilometers of magnetic tape.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Our Prayer by The Beach Boys
https://open.spotify.com/track/11D5wiWcxrLLI2G0yxsykJ?si=uL9FIpKeRJ67ppPasFRT9g

 

Peter's song pick:: Living Every Single Hell by The Sun Through A Telescope
https://tstat.bandcamp.com/track/living-every-single-hell-2

 

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What happens when you pick a fight with Mikey Mouse, and all you have at hand is two million latex balloons?  In 1986, United Way of Chicago found out.  A charity balloon release, a Guinness World Record, spooked prize horses, and a peek into Peter's past.

 

Peter's song pick:: Just A Simple Plan by Piebald
https://open.spotify.com/track/5FK94aMxWNjZEVUtyxRG2B?si=Fb74UNqPQCqcOG9HyBhdfA

 

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Special guest Karol (aka doom-rapper "garbageface") drops by the podcast to tell us about possibly the original sticky situation.  How could such a sweet treat turn deadly?  Maybe by storing two million gallons of it in a paper-thin water tower?  A cautionary tale about paying attention to warning signs, and the children running home with cups of molasses.  WW1, building codes, and so much molasses.

 

Video about the efforts to simulate the Boston Molasses Flood:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5sYoUnp5A0 

 

Karol, aka "garbageface":
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Leigh & Peter's band, HAMN:
https://hamn.bandcamp.com/

 

Karol's song pick:: Sloth Esteem by The Slothspring
https://hirs.bandcamp.com/track/sloth-esteem

 

Leigh's song pick:: Hamburger Lady by Throbbing Gristle
https://open.spotify.com/track/1opJnFer19nDXPpAw3PK9S

 

Peter's song pick:: Mirror Reaper by Bell Witch
https://bellwitch.bandcamp.com/album/mirror-reaper

 

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How many tragic folk musicians from the 60s could there possibly be?  Leigh helps answer that question with the story of Gram Parsons.  You know you're hitting the rocks when Keith Richards tells you to slow down... Acoustic guitar, tequila and morphine binges in the desert, and a botched cremation.

 

Leigh's song pick:: Love Hurts by Gram Parsons and 
https://open.spotify.com/track/72DefuF22C6aPKrWhRFCBS

 

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