Dave’s Reaction: Rare Americans – Berlin

I was doing some exploring here on youtube for something new to get Dave’s reaction to and came upon this video from Rare Americans.

I thought the video and the song were both pretty great so I figured I’d see what Dave would have to say about either or both of these things.

Do you think he liked it? Do you think he has advice for these young whippersnappers?

Hit play to find out.

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Dave’s Reaction: Grady Tate — Be Black Baby

Hi again!

I was finally able to get Dave to sit still for a few more reaction videos!

This one was recommended by @wiggybloogy on twitter.

Dave knew all about Grady Tate and has the utmost respect for this jazz-funk-swing drummer and singer.

However, he does have some questions, comments and a few Dad jokes that he shares with us during this reaction video.

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MACK #81: Color Out Of Space

Hello friends! Today I present to you our episode [almost] all about “Color Out Of Space.”

You may or may not remember that in Episode 79 we discussed Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau a documentary about the misadventures behind-the-scenes of screenwriter/director Richard Stanley. At the end of the show notes I posted a trailer to a movie Stanley had just made with one of our favorite actors, Nic Cage.

That movie is what today’s episode centers around.

Here’s a disclaimer for you all: When we watched this movie, Dave liked it and said as much when it was over. During today’s show, however, Dave seems to have changed his mind or is just fucking with me because why not.

Be that as it may, we go over this movie and talk about HP Lovecraft’s original short story on which this movie is based, The Colour Out of Space. Follow the link if you’d like to read it yourself [FREE!], which I do recommend doing, especially if you are a fan of the genre.

Tons of spoilers in this one, so if you want to see this movie and don’t want anything ruined for you, put this episode on the back burner until you’ve watched it.

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MACK #80: 1985

Ah 1985, I remember it well!

So well, in fact, I was a little taken aback when Dave picked that particular year for the subject of this podcast. As far as I could recollect there was nothing happening in 1985 that would have been of any interest at all for him.

Turns out he confused 1985 for 1983, 1984, 1986 and 1987. Welp, be that as it may, this episode is all about 1985.

Dave and I go over the top ten songs, movies and albums from that year, listen to some clips and chime in with our own memories and semi-hot takes.

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Dave’s Reaction: Jamiroquai — Cosmic Girl

A Jamiroquai request!

This time we’ve got Dave reacting to Cosmic Girl.

Will this be the Jamiroquai song that turns him against the band once and for all?!

Not likely.

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Thanks for stopping by and let us know in the comments if there’s a song you’d like to see Dave react to. Keep in mind, not all bands are Jamiroquai and he can be harsh with his criticisms. Even if you’re the Rolling Stones!

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MACK #79: Lost Soul

Heyooooo! It’s time for episode 79 of the podcast! And this one is all about the documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau.

In 1994 Richard Stanley had a few indie horror films under his belt and was beginning to garner a bit of attention for himself. He pitched a script— his adaptation of HG Wells’ The Island of Dr Moreau — to New Line Cinema and it was greenlit.

Sounds like a young director’s dream, right?

When I say everything goes down hill from there, it’s pretty much the understatement of all understatements.

New Line liked the script, the vision, the story boards so much that they decided Marlon Brando would star as Dr. Moreau. Umm. Right out of the gate that one hire is going to turn your indie film vision into something else entirely. New Line realized this and then tried to cut Stanley out of his own project.

And this is just the beginning of this ridiculous story.

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MACK #78: Dave On . . . The Blues

Hiyo! It’s time for another Dave On episode, this week Dave talks to me about The Blues!

We chat about the origin of blues, what makes a song a blues song, and Dave basically shits on anyone who isn’t bluesy.

We play a lot of music and also go through a Top Ten Blues Songs Of All Times list from American Blues Scene. Well, we thought it was the Top Ten Blues Songs Of All Times list but it turns out it was the Top Ten Blues Song INTROS Of All Times. So our bad on that, but be that as it may, Dave is not happy about most of the list which is delightful for me. When I told him that the list wasn’t what we thought it was he said “WHO WOULD DO THAT? WHO MAKES A LIST LIKE THAT?” So, my guess is, had we known the true purpose of said list he’d have shat all over it anyway.

Shat is a word that needs to be used more often. Past tense people! Let’s make it a thing!

Anywhooooo, lots of blues, lots of clips lots of me not understanding what Dave means.

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Dave’s Reaction: Neal Francis — Changes

Well well well, what do we have here? Another reaction video!

This time we present “Changes” by Neal Francis.

Dave had not heard of Neal nor had he heard of his previous band, The Herd, but he has some very good things to say about this song and its musicians.

The video, however, was not his thing.

Hit Play and find out what Dave liked and what he didn’t like. Also be sure to enjoy the brief but meaningful cameo appearance our kitchen skylight makes near the end of this video.

Find out more about Neal Francis at www.NealFrancis.com

If you have any musical suggestions for Dave please let us know either on gab or twitter!

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Dave’s Reaction: Mark-Almond — Lonely People

Here we are with another fun reaction video!

This time around @wiggybloogy (on twitter) seems to have tried to trick our Dave with this track.

While Dave didn’t recognize the two main players, he did figure out who was on drums. He also accurately picked out the year this song came out.

After the song is over he looks over the track’s personnel listing and gives us a little insight on the players, almost all of whom he is familiar with.

This was a great pick since it featured so many New York session musicians that Dave really digs.

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Dave’s Reaction: The Haggis Horns – Haggis Express

I tried to please Dave with this one but Dave is Dave and he hears things differently than me. And maybe you too.

Somehow he has a knack for figuring out where bands are from. Not sure how he does that. It’s a superpower maybe. Occasionally he gets it wrong so maybe he hasn’t yet learned to control that superpower. Anywhooooo, pretty quickly he picks out that these guys are not from this side of the pond. Fee Fie Fo! He is also 100% correct about which gentlemen are the drummer and bassist. That’s our Dave!

That all being said, he doesn’t dislike everything here but certain elements seem “square” to him and apparently there’s not much worse for him than square funk. Some stuff he likes though, which made me feel a little better because — truth be told — I found this to be really fun to listen to.

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Dave’s Reaction: Michael Kiwanuka — You Ain’t The Problem

Another great suggestion from our friend, @wiggybloogy.

Dave doesn’t hold back and let’s us know pretty much right off the bat that he doesn’t love this one. He’s not happy with the arrangement and he thinks the material is wishy washy. Props to that one guitar player and the drummer though, he would have loved to hear more from them.

He’s also a bit confused as why there are so many people in the band.

As far as English bands go, this one doesn’t seem to be in the same league as Jamiroquai for Dave.

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Dave’s Reaction: Bang — Windfair

Dave was so engrossed in this listening session that I had to remind him to talk about what he was hearing. And then, he became distracted by the album cover, which he thinks is a pretty good indication of what caused this bands demise.

This was an interesting pick for Dave (thanks @wiggybloogy!) who had never heard of the band, and wasn’t quite sure what genre he’d put them in.

On a scale of Zero to Jamiroquai I’m not sure where he ranks these guys, but he didn’t shit all over them, so they have that going for them!

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