tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:/posts Talking Is Dead 2020-05-12T19:27:40Z TiD Podcast Network tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1543620 2020-05-12T19:27:40Z 2020-05-12T19:27:40Z Canned Con Cast 34 - Northern AM Gold

On this infrequent episode...

Candice goes all 70s with Barbra Amesbury's pop-laced Virginia (Touch Me Like You Do).

Anthony decides to follow suit from the same era with the Canadian west-coast soul-tinged Wildflower by Skylark.

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Anthony Marco
tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1526233 2020-04-05T16:00:04Z 2020-04-05T16:00:04Z Songs of Days Gone By 05 - Gollamalloo

I've used the word "gollamalloo" as a user name for emails and online handles for years now. This song is where that word comes from.

The song is basically an amalgam of weird and wacky events that occurred during parties I'd been to when I was younger. There are many nonsense words in here denoting the incomprehensible rambling of many of my fellows who were under the influence, or, in some cases, me being under the influence and perhaps ascribing such meaninglessness to what may have been cogent utterances.

Gollamalloo!

the intoxicant was passed effervescent to the last
dropped a notch or two along the evolutionary scale
wormwood stole my cerebellum hid it in a shell
and stopped the outbound Reason setting sail

heart palpitating 13/8 as broadloom undertook a state
of liquefied marshmallow soup a hearty shade of pink
I quickly cried “Gollamalloo!” and paddled in vain with my shoe
but directionless I tired and promptly came the sink

Randy took a hard-boiled egg and held it to his nose
said “I’m the king of all the earth” and smeared it on his clothes
Donna took out her left breast and cupped it with a Jell-O mold
while Dave howled Tarzan calls and beat his chest

cryonic in its state the heavy albatross Grape Ape
hangs in heat transference peeling from the fabric on my chest
I hit the archetypal ground when there barked a blaring sound
and ingenue turned seismic goo encompassing the rest

crass opulence thought Eye covered the earth in plastic guise
to preserve it for the future wailing wake of dense Ragu
intelligence in this loose form uncovered “whence you are forewarned”
embroidered on a pillowcase across the sofa blue

Suzie took her lipstick out wrote epithets on Bill
collapsed after the airplane spins had made him rather ill
Rick mooned the room and tripped up on his jeans into the rug
Cin sat glass-eyed drooling playing with the plug

zen tropi magoo snore de yem farg
cola ma sigh fyris enterb
cheka terwank semina whomina snarf

gladiola moon time to cut the grass too soon
incandescent tune overwrought the 4th of June
sucked into the great monsoon…

prostrate porcelain penitence performed the unformed recitence
rejected fusili non grata adopt cheerio packs
calm countenance found my embrace entwined to cool my face
and forced remission from the aftershock attack

Karen stood up quietly said “Anth, I think I’m dying"
dropped to her knees and crying said “goodbye"
her face went pale and she collapsed in the middle of the room
Eye petrified, she smiled, jumped up shouting "Gollamalloo!"

zen tropi magoo snore de yem farg
cola ma sigh fyris enterb
cheka terwank semina whomina snarf

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Anthony Marco
tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1526231 2020-04-04T16:00:05Z 2020-04-04T16:00:05Z Songs of Days Gone By 04 - 51 Pick Up

A song about aliens and secret military bases... yep, that's about it for this one. Oh... includes a Quincy reference!

51 Pick Up

Acres upon acres of the arid desert land.
The dryer of the driest may tag Ken more than the sand.
The buzzard’s barbs so overhead it cawed its mortal caw.
The rattlesnake crept from the rock to see what he had saw.

That ball of fire burning unheeded by the clouds.
The wind whipped up the silence and banged the drums aloud.
My trail of disappearing steps approached me ever nearer
And through a sheet of burning grains the painted sign was clearer.

Come on in, roll on up to Area 51.
A place of wonder. Full of sci-fi fun.
The chariots of the gods on funky helicopter pads.
A subsidized Shambala in the sun.

Checked my bandana at the gate and took a sticky name tag.
“Hello, my name is Alejandro du Magee",
And my magic carpet gave it all searching for Brigadoon.
I should’ve made that left at Albuquerque.

Come on in, roll on up to Area 51.
A place of wonder.  Full of sci-fi fun.
Where Quincy cuts Venusian corpse on tape for pay TV.
A subsidized Shambala in the sun.

I took a walk down through the Time Tunnel and the sparks flew ‘round my head.
I had a holodeck fantasy and I left her a little dead.
Danger! Danger! will rob insomniacs of restful sleep,
‘Cause while I thought the earth stood still it was shuffling its feet.

10 000 feet below   the pod began to glow
and made a humming sound and seismatized the ground

I can see without an eye.

Space is deep is black is creeping.
Faces keep his lack of sleep erased.
Can soma get him home?
Get him out of my head!

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Anthony Marco
tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1526228 2020-04-02T16:00:00Z 2020-04-02T16:00:01Z Songs of Days Gone By 02 - 60 Seconds on 59th

This song was a bit strange from the moment the music and lyrics came together. I normally write lyrics before music and the lyrics for this one are really depressing. The music, however, is rather upbeat. Don't remember if there was motivation for this intentionally or not. 

The song starts with a brief notice of a man committing suicide by hanging off the 59th Street Bridge (not feeling groovy). The remainder of the song talks about the minute which follows from the people who witness the event and how they deal with what they have witnessed.

60 seconds on 59th

Hector tests his slip knot on crossbeam 17
on the darker side of the 59th Street Bridge
Esmerelda Jones heads home in her ’83 Corrolla
Oblivious to the crosshairs on her hood

Funky Phil assumed a groovy staggered lamppost slalom
and spied a shadow perched akimbo on the iron tightrope
Slipping on the cobblestones a headlight bore down on him
Banshee tires scream to silence inches from his head

Hector will you take a flying leap through open air
Square yourself for impact as you wonder how to fly
Cry a sullen lullaby as flurries still the night
Frightened take a second breath while hair stands on your neck

Hold your eyes high happy people, don’t look down
‘cause a foul wind’s making troubled waters churn below
Colder skies are building up the mother of all storms
and I think that all our hopes are gonna drown

Charlie Graham from Birmingham torched the garbage can
and huddled shivering over tubed inferno
Heard the rubber squeal and the metal monster groaning
then someone slipping off the rail and falling into nothing.

Esmerelda held her breath while helping Phil erect
whereupon their awestruck gaze caught Hector tumble over
A wail rose from behind as Charlie overtook them
collapsing at the top of the human pendulum

Hold your eyes high happy people, don’t look down
‘cause a foul wind’s making troubled waters churn below
Colder skies are building up the mother of all storms
and I think that all our hopes are gonna drown

Footpatrolman Dan O’Shea saw the defeated silhouette
from the frozen headlights on the other side
Waxed in indecision watched the stark tableau unfold
as though he’d no position to intrude

Head over heels the horizon in tow
With the city lights spinning in ostinato
Illumination in streaked oscillation
Amorphus glow starts to slow down

Hector swayed with the melting wind and froze a final scene
The concrete tumblers locked within his sight
Esmerelda Jones withdrew into safe warm place
and never crossed the bridge again at night

Hold your eyes high happy people, don’t look down
‘cause a foul wind’s making troubled waters churn below
Colder skies are building up the mother of all storms
and I think that all our hopes are gonna drown

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Anthony Marco
tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1526230 2020-04-01T17:49:32Z 2020-04-03T16:00:06Z Songs of Days Gone By 03 - Journey to the Bottom of the Dresser

When stuck one night for a song topic, I reached out onto the early interwebs (this was the 90s after all) and asked a friend for an idea. Their response was "fashion". The following was written from that spark.

Journey to the Bottom of the Dresser

A jury of my peers strung a wire through my neck
and hung me from the gallow’s pole behind the death camp’s folding door.
The musty smell pervaded through my skin and overwhelmed
all senses left remaining, slowly fading, slipped down to the floor.

Ostensibly motionless dust gathers high on my remains
enshrined beneath the refuse.  I must wait an endless day
Denied the rite and ritual prescribed to those that left me here.
I hearken to nostalgic times in purple haze - the glory years.

I am a cotton blend, ¾ sleeved, technicolour concert shirt.
My arms are white, my torso black, with tour dates on the back.
I’ve smelled like weed for fifteen years
occassionally obscured by beer
and waiting for the Judas Priest reunion.

Pancaked between the legions of the underused and frayed,
I shuffle out a well-worn rhythm long past over-played.
Left for dead but for that one cold October night
When the air tore in and with a grin I boogied under blacklight.

I’m brown bell-bottomed corduroys with patches at the knees.
In my pocket folded over ticket from a Frampton show.
Grass stains creeping up my leg
from that night we dragged the keg
down into the woods behind the schoolyard.

We used to be so cool
Underneath the party lights our funky undulations ripped the night apart
We just forgot the rules
That evolution obsolescence manic-depressed coalesced to disappearance

Hung out and folded, scrunched up in ball under
miles of memories, stretched out like a pall over
indecent histories and chemical mysteries.
Remember when we were the in-thing?

Packed into a trunk tucked underneath the stairway
Buried under Twister and a ragged box of Payday
I’m the metal studded jacket and the scuffed-up cowboy boots
I’m a feathered white fedora with a polyester suit
I’m the transfer t-shirts with the Fonz, Sweathogs, and Monster movies
I’m not as think as you stoned I am, but baby I feel groovy

I’m banished to the dustbowl of undying never-ending:
Asynchronistic fashion faux pas swinging to and fro.
Let callous daring bring us back
to help ignore Blackwell’s attack,
and so our minds dissolving into fabric.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1526225 2020-04-01T17:30:54Z 2020-04-01T17:30:55Z Songs of Days Gone By 01 - Tangerine Frankenstein

Sitting around during the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided now would be a (good?) time to share old recordings of songs I've written and recorded. Many of these were written as long as 25 years ago and recorded almost as long ago. They are (at best) demo quality, but for a 4 to 5 minute share, I thought I'd help to fill people's podcast feeds on a more regular basis.

There is no introduction or closing to each of these songs, just the song itself. I'll include the lyrics below if you can't quite believe what you might have heard me sing.

Many of them are quirky, narrative, and quite frankly from a bizarre place. I share simply because, at a quarter century old, I'm really past what people might think of these. Consider this a pandemic online archiving process. I'll try to put out one a day.

The first track is entitled Tangerine Frankenstein which, if I remember correctly, was inspired by reading one of those regular articles about someone powering a clock with a potato or some such thing. The idea was that if you could power a clock with a potato, why not Frankenstein with a tangerine?

And now you have an idea of where my head used to be at while writing songs.


Tangerine Frankenstein

I am a paradigm.  Sense scores by a nose.
Blue sails sucking up the sun.
I am the iconographer reduced to stick figures.
Crass acrobat underneath the gun.

Circus freak columbine pumped by the multi-facet ball.
Ecstasy Clementine spooned by the grease monkey alcohol.

...Holiday do you care I been waiting for his call an’ til he’s
had his toast and jam, make a beeline for Havana singing songs of Old Susanna.

I am semiotic, symbolic signifier, verbal ectoplasmagraphic goo.
I am syntheseismic, tectonic normalizer, cabalistic paranormal stew.

Couture chic valentine, runway-pathic optioneering slim.
Tangerine Frankenstein, autostatic flailing seraphim.

I seek the cosmic rototiller foraging through the underbrush.
Undiscovered tangleweed pulling at my boots
I leak orgasmic motor oil and I’m OHC/FI.
Son uncovered creator’s creed grasping for my roots.

Reykjavik I’m coming home, back to the land of the ice and snow.
Reykjavik I’m coming home.
I’ll be on Friday’s floe.

...Holiday do you care I been waiting for his call an’ til he’s
had his toast and jam, make a beeline for Havana singing songs of Old Susanna.

I am cyberotic. Infested technocratic literal command structure chew.
I’m phantasmagoric, dense rationalizer, exodermal jigsaw puzzle brew.

Couture chic valentine, runway-pathic optioneering slim.
Tangerine Frankenstein, autostatic flailing seraphim.

Citrus. Circuit. Systematic peel.

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Anthony Marco
tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1451752 2019-09-04T13:30:59Z 2019-09-04T13:31:00Z Yah Mo Been There 08 - How Do I Survive?

On this episode The MMD brings us his MM session, Amy Holland's How Do I Survive?

Listen to the end of the episode to find out who's been tagged for the next episode!

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1449443 2019-08-28T03:18:36Z 2019-08-28T03:18:37Z Canned Con Cast 33 - The CanCon Jobs

Can Candice and Anthony convince you of the CanCon nature of these songs?

Procol Harum - Conquistador.

Alice Cooper - The Ballad of Dwight Fry.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1436520 2019-07-23T21:53:25Z 2019-07-23T21:53:26Z Stories from the WAHC - Archiving Unrest

A conversation with artist Michael Dirisio and Workers' Arts and Heritage Centre Program Director, Hitoko Okada about the Archiving Unrest exhibition surrounding worker uprisings across Canada in 1919.

Royalty free music courtesy of of Hooksounds.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1416863 2019-06-05T20:23:02Z 2019-06-05T20:23:03Z Yah Mo Been There 07 - Morning Show Theme

This week Jason @upinthisbrain Reese breaks the rules and digs deep into a Michael McDonald morning show theme! And Jason tags...

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1413178 2019-05-26T04:45:56Z 2019-05-26T04:45:57Z Yah Mo Been There 06 - 21st Century Blues

On this episode Shane Birley brings us his MM session, Toto's 21st Century Blues from the album Toto XIV.

Listen to the end of the episode to find out who's been tagged for the next episode!

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1392738 2019-04-02T02:32:27Z 2019-05-23T18:57:07Z Canned Con Cast 32 - Canadian Music Fairy Tales

On this episode...

Candice is (Alannah) Myles ahead with Love Is... what you want it to be.

Anth dons the CCC toque of obscurity with the Mynah Birds' It's My Time.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1359040 2018-12-31T21:35:02Z 2018-12-31T21:35:02Z Yah Mo Been There 05 - Young Blood

On this episode Candice Lepage brings us another MM session classic, Rickie Lee Jones' Young Blood from her eponymous debut LP.

Listen to the end of the episode to find out who's been tagged for the next episode!

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1330138 2018-10-08T04:57:50Z 2018-10-08T04:57:50Z Yah Mo Been There 04 - One Love Stand

This week Heavy D of Grown Ass Book Reports brings us another MM session classic, Carly Simon's One Love Stand from her Another Passenger LP.

Listen to the end of the episode to find out who's been tagged for the next episode!

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1323769 2018-09-20T20:16:08Z 2018-09-20T20:16:09Z Yah Mo Been There 03 - I'll Be Over You

This week Erinn White brings us another MM session classic, Toto's I'll Be Over You.

Listen to the end of the episode to find out who's been tagged for the next episode!


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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1315699 2018-08-27T19:52:18Z 2018-09-06T01:48:01Z Yah Mo Been There 02 - Good Friends

Episode Two of the "Yah Mo Been There" podcast concerning the vast session work of Michael McDonald. This episode brought to you by Oliver Rockside

This is a tagcast project where the current episode's host tags the next host at the end of each episode. Stay tuned to who Oliver tags at the end of this one!

Joni Mitchell's Good Friends from the Dog Eat Dog album.

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Anthony Marco
tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1312439 2018-08-16T18:01:20Z 2018-09-06T01:48:25Z Yah Mo Been There 01 - Yah Mo B There

Episode One of the "Yah Mo Been There" podcast concerning the vast session work of Michael McDonald. This episode brought to you by Anthony Marco. 

This is a tagcast project where the host tags the next host at the end of each episode. Stay tuned to who Anthony tags at the end of this one!

James Ingram's Yah Mo B There from the It's Your Night album.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1301411 2018-07-09T17:45:58Z 2018-07-09T17:45:58Z Canned Con Cast 31 - The Saga of a Shot Sheriff

On this long delayed episode...

Candice's long arm of the law hauls down Sheriff's When I'm With You.

Anth's long-winded Saga is On the Loose.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1209579 2017-12-01T05:03:29Z 2017-12-01T05:03:29Z Canned Con Cast 30 - Edward and Neil

On this episode...

Candice winnies the day with Edward Bear's Last Song.

Anthony neils on a classic with Neil Young's After the Gold Rush.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1126329 2017-01-26T18:22:03Z 2017-01-26T18:22:03Z Drive Thru Diaries 23 - Meaty Bungasm

Anthony and Jason bring you all the latest news in fast food combined with some chompin' melodies including:

George Clinton - Atomic Dog

Sonny Curtis - Love is All Around

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1119140 2016-12-30T00:11:53Z 2016-12-30T00:11:53Z Canned Con Cast 29 - A Stampede and a Rush

On this episode...

Candice decides to Carry Me along with The Stampeders.

Anth trips to the Dragonfly of Mahogany Rush.


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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1117795 2016-12-23T21:31:13Z 2018-05-02T12:52:13Z Drive Thru Diaries 22 - You Can't Be Proud at a Waffle House on Christmas

This episode brings holiday news from www.chewboom.com and www.brandeating.com.

Anthony spins Tom Waits' Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis while Christmas night eating in a parking and Jason counterpunches with Dolly Parton's Hard Candy Christmas.

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Anthony Marco
tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1116764 2016-12-19T20:40:22Z 2016-12-19T20:40:56Z Hidden Gems 10 - Soul City
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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1114220 2016-12-09T19:40:41Z 2016-12-13T22:31:18Z Hidden Gems 09 - Me in Honey

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1100339 2016-10-20T00:51:11Z 2016-10-20T13:34:22Z Drive Thru Diaries 21 - Slaughterhouse Fries

As Jason and Anth discuss all things current in fast food advancements, they recommend a couple of parking lot nosh songs for your listening/masticating pleasure:

Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London

The Monkees - Another Pleasant Valley Sunday

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1094089 2016-09-27T19:17:10Z 2016-09-27T19:17:10Z Dispatches from the Podcast Emporium 06

With a visit from Shane Birley (@shanebee) talking about all things pet-related including eels.

We close with a clip from Shane's most intoxicating The Crafty Boys' episode We All Got Bad Tattoos.

Find us on Facebook or on the web at the Podcast Emporium.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1086189 2016-09-03T02:28:40Z 2016-09-03T02:28:40Z Soul Prerogative 11 - Double Shot of Soul

This is an archival reissue of Soul Prerogative Episode 11 from 2012. In all instances where you hear the soulprerogative website mentioned, now go to talkingisdead.com.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1082627 2016-08-28T16:28:16Z 2016-08-28T16:28:16Z Dispatches from the Podcast Emporium 05

With a visit from Bob Goyetche (@bobgoyetche) talking about music where Anth opens with a falling for Rhiannon Giddens who he heard from a concert film celebrating the release of Inside Llewyn Davis.

We close with a clip from Greg Proop's most excellent Smartest Man in the World Proopcast's most recent episode Crows.

Find us on Facebook or on the web at the Podcast Emporium.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1083609 2016-08-24T05:04:54Z 2016-08-24T05:04:55Z Soul Prerogative 10 - The Other Side of Town

This is an archival reissue of Soul Prerogative Episode 10 from 2012. In all instances where you hear the soulprerogative website mentioned, now go to talkingisdead.com.

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tag:talkingisdead.com,2013:Post/1082347 2016-08-21T23:13:07Z 2016-08-21T23:13:07Z Dispatches from the Podcast Emporium 04

On this episode, Jasen Buch (@aliencg) drops by the Emporium to talk Olympics and other ephemera.

We wrap with a clip, featuring yours truly, from the latest episode of Oliver Rockside's most excellent Are 'Friends' Electric podcast "Oh Canada".

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