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Podcast title Funk Radio
Website URL http://overmental.com
Description Join your hosts Kyle and Peter for this quirky podcast that tackles a variety of musical topics, often through the lens of soul and funk.
Updated Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:12:42 GMT
Category Music
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Episodes

1. Episode 168 - Did they Steal It? Rockwell vs. Imagination
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Description: Today we discuss another possible case of stolen ideas between two songs, this time from the early 80s. Are their music videos just coincidentally similar, or was there something else going on?

2. Episode 167 - Did They Steal It? Flo Rida vs. Pretty Lights
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Description: Today we go down a rabbit hole of speculation surrounding two songs that use the same distinct music sample. Did one steal the idea from another? Does sampling even lend itself to ownership in the first place?

3. Episode 166 - Demo Tapes vs. Master Recordings
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Description: Today we compare a handful of songs with their original demo recordings. Demos are often recorded to pitch a song or work out the tune and lyrics, and are rarely released.

4. Episode 165 - The Depressing 4-Year Anniversary Special!
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Description: Today we celebrate 4 years of podcasting by discussing the many reasons why we still have no listeners. We also give some insight into how to create a podcast while managing realistic expectations for success.

5. Episode 164 - Review of Netflix's "The Get Down" (2016)
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Description: Today we recap the funky adventures of "The Get Down," a Netflix original series that documents the budding years of hip hop music in the 1970s. While the story is fictionalized, it seamlessly blends with real people and events.

6. Episode 163 - What is Paulstretch?
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Description: Today we briefly explain the idea behind "Paul's Extreme Sound Stretch" (Paulstretch), an open-source software that can beautifully stretch music by extreme proportions.

7. Episode 162 - Artificial Intelligence & Music
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Description: Today we discuss the growing role that AI plays in today's tech-driven music experience. How can computers determine what we should be listening to?

8. Episode 161 - The Schizophrenic Stylings of Wesley Willis
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Description: Today we examine the musical works of Wesley Willis, a singer with schizophrenia who garnered a cult following in the 90s with such hits as "Rock & Roll McDonald's" and "Suck a Cheetah's Dick."

9. Episode 160 - Review of "Wildflower" by The Avalanches (2016)
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Description: Today we take a thorough look at the sophomore album by the Avalanches—a masterpiece of "plunderphonics" which has been nearly 16 years in the making.

10. Episode 159 - Led Zeppelin & USB Headphones
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Description: Today we return from our summer hiatus with a couple of recent music news topics. Did Led Zeppelin steal "Stairway to Heaven"? Will your headphones suddenly become obsolete with the new up-and-coming plug standard?

11. Episode 158 - The Fascinating History of Hidden Tracks
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Description: Today we embark on a comprehensive overview of "hidden tracks" in musical albums. In the last 50 years, artists have found all kinds of creative ways to keep these Easter eggs out of sight. Some are harder to find than others!

12. Episode 157 - Who Composed Bob Ross' Theme Song?
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Description: Today we take a few minutes to highlight Larry Muhoberac, the musician behind the "Joy of Painting" theme song, who spent his career alongside some of the biggest names in music.

13. Episode 156 - What Were Cereal Box Records?
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Description: Today we cover the history of cardboard cut-out records, a quirky marketing ploy used by major cereal companies from the early 50s to the mid 80s.

14. Episode 155 - Songs With False Endings
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Description: Today we discuss the phenomenon of the "false ending," where a song will fade out as if it's reached the end, then keeps going for an extended duration. Why is this a thing?

15. Episode 154 - Songs About Chicken
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Description: Today we talk about chicken. Because it's delicious and we're out of ideas.

16. Episode 153 - Review of "Contact High Mixtape" by Poolside (2016)
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Description: Today we're continuing our streak of reviews with a look at the latest mixtape by Poolside, an LA-based duo who master in chill-out summer music.

17. Episode 152 - Review of "Still Waters" by Breakbot (2016)
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Description: Today we share some very mixed feelings on Breakbot's sophomore album, "Still Waters" which was released on February 5.

18. Episode 151 - Review of "Changes" by Charles Bradley (2016)
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Description: Today we give our impressions of the recent album release by soul revivalist Charles Bradley.

19. Episode 150 - The College Radio Reunion Special!
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Description: Today we're celebrating 150 episodes by bringing together all four DJs from Funk Radio's original college radio show. Get ready for plenty of laughs as we recall the good times and bad times from those formative years.

20. Episode 149 - Why are Compilation Albums a Thing?
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Description: Today we explore the many variations of compilation albums that are out there, and offer some explanations as to their purpose alongside studio albums.

21. Episode 148 - Is Shuffling Your Songs Actually Random?
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Description: Today we bring up a couple of conspiracy theories about the "shuffle" feature of iTunes and Spotify. Are they favoring the music that maximizes their profits, or is it based solely on our listening patterns? Also, can our subjective perception of randomness differ from something that is truly random?

22. Episode 147 - The Role of Songs in Movie Trailers
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Description: Today we ask many questions about the purpose that a song plays in movie trailer. Does it actually help sell the film? Why might it not be featured in the film itself?

23. Episode 146 - "Musical Compatibility" in Relationships
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Description: Today we examine what it means to be "musically compatible" with your partner. Are musical tastes enough to make or break your attraction?

24. Episode 145 - Campaign Songs are Often Used Illegally
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Description: Today we take a brief look at how political campaigns usually play songs without the permission of the respective artists, which frequently leads to issues.

25. Episode 144 - Bastardizing Song Lyrics for TV Commercials
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Description: Today we return to the land of television, this time for an in-depth exploration of advertisers modifying song lyrics to sell their products.

26. Episode 143 - Shaquille O'Neal's Rap Career
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Description: Today we share a good laugh over Shaq's short-lived rap career from 1993 to 2001.

27. Episode 142 - Black History Month: "I'm Black and I'm Proud" by James Brown
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Description: Today we wrap up our 4-part miniseries with the Godfather of Soul himself, and his Black empowerment song that unfairly drove away his entire White audience.

28. Episode 141 - Black History Month: "Sister Rosa" by the Neville Brothers
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Description: Today we clear up some of the finer details behind Rosa Parks' famous protest of the Montgomery bus system in 1955, and introduce you to a song that pays tribute to her legacy.

29. Episode 140 - Black History Month: "By the Time I Get to Arizona" by Public Enemy
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Description: Today we dissect one of Public Enemy's most politically charged songs, which was a response to Arizona repealing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 1990.

30. Episode 139 - Black History Month: "Happy Birthday" by Stevie Wonder
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Description: Today we kick off Black History Month with some fun facts about Stevie Wonder's hit song, "Happy Birthday," which was actually written to lobby for MLK's birthday to be made a national holiday.

31. Episode 138 - What Were 8-Track Tapes?
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Description: Today we bring you a little history lesson on the notorious 8-track tape, an unreliable music format that only lasted about a decade before fading into obscurity.

32. Episode 137 - 50 Years Ago in 1966
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Description: Today we kick off 2016 with a handful of songs and other fun facts from half a century in the past.

33. Episode 136 - Review of "It's a Holiday Soul Party" by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (2015)
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Description: Today we tell you all about Sharon Jones' brand new holiday album, which mixes the proven throwback-soul stylings of Daptone Records with the wintery cheer of the holidays.

34. Episode 135 - Our 2 Favorite Albums of 2015!
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Description: Today we prepare for the end of 2015 with a review of our favorite albums from this last year: "All Possible Futures" by Miami Horror and "Magnifique" by Ratatat.

35. Episode 134 - How Has "Soul Makossa" Influenced Music?
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Description: Today we honor an obscure little Afro-funk song from 1972 that gained unexpected popularity, and continues to be referenced in other songs to this day.

36. Episode 133 - The Artists of TK Records
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Description: Today we have a little history lesson about TK Records, the Miami-based label behind many of the biggest acts of the disco era.

37. Episode 132 - Why Do Some Singers Go Bankrupt?
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Description: Today we talk about some funk/soul singers who filed for bankruptcy after their glory days. Sometimes it was their own fault, but interestingly there were often other factors at play.

38. Episode 131 - How Has "La Di Da Di" Influenced Rap Music?
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Description: Today we introduce you to a song from the pioneer days of rap music: "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick. While not the most catchy song in itself, it has provided immense lyrical inspiration to rap artists for 30 years.

39. Episode 130 - Songs That Reference Other Singers
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Description: Today we analyze just a couple of songs that have direct lyrical ties to other singers, usually in a tribute context.

40. Episode 129 - Wendy's Musical Training Videos from 1989
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Description: Today we explore the catchy tunes that made flipping burgers and scooping chili fun and informative for Wendy's employees-in-training in the late 80s.

41. Episode 128 - Review of "Coming Home" by Leon Bridges (2015)
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Description: Today we give a thorough rundown of what to expect in the debut album by Leon Bridges, a contemporary soul singer quickly rising to the mainstream.

42. Episode 127 - Songs About Butts
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Description: Today we talk about butts. If you need further explanation, this isn't the podcast for you.

43. Episode 126 - Review of "The Wiz" (1978)
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Description: Today we talk all about "The Wiz" (1978), a musical film adaptation of the Wizard of Oz starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, among others.

44. Episode 125 - The 10 Worst Music Videos!
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Description: Today we celebrate our 125th episode with a countdown of 10 music videos that we hate, for songs that we legitimately like.

45. Episode 123 - Music Roalties & the Happy Birthday Song
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Description: Today we have an educational discussion about how music royalties work. It turns out they're a lot more complicated than we thought, since there are several people involved and places the song could be used.

46. Episode 123 - How Popular Music Actually Works
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Description: Today we have a rather serious discussion about the relationship between Top 40 radio stations and the handful of major corporations that basically control which music is deemed "popular."

47. Episode 122 - You Got Your Mixtape in My Happy Meal
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Description: Today we share a funny satirical article that claims that a McDonald's employee replaced Happy Meal toys with his self-recorded hip hop mixtape.

48. Episode 121 - Motown the Musical
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Description: Today we hear Kyle and Tiff's experience seeing Motown the Musical, a contemporary production that chronicles the golden age of Motown Records.

49. Episode 120 - Father Boogaloo 2
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Description: Today we give you the dirty details on four funky men who fathered a total of over 40 children with over 25 women. Happy Father's Day!

50. Episode 119 - 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
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Description: Today we celebrate the 2015 inductees to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

51. Episode 118 - R&B Singers Who Tried Acting
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Description: Today we have a reversal of one of our oldest episodes (actors who made funk music) by looking at R&B, funk or disco singers who had acting roles in films.

52. Episode 117 - The King is Dead
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Description: Today we pay our respects to the recently deceased B.B. King, one of the greatest musicians of all time.

53. Episode 116 - The Longest Funk
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Description: Today we discuss funk and disco songs with extended versions that stretch over 10 minutes long. From the examples we chose, we learn that this can be the result of an artistic choice, pressure from a record label, dance floor inspirations, or even drugs.

54. Episode 115 - How Genres Get Their Names
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Description: Today we have an open discussion surrounding the etymology behind many genre names, whether they're based on a particular sound, a geographical region, a state of musical refinement, an ideology, or the production process itself.

55. Episode 114 - 80s Pop Covers of 60s RnB
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Description: Today we return to the "famous covers of songs" discussion, this time specifically focusing on 80s pop songs that you may or may not know were originally done in the 60s.

56. Episode 113 - Songs for Lonely Times
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Description: Today we reveal our favorite songs to listen to when we are feeling lonely and need encouragement that things will get better.

57. Episode 112 - Happy-Sounding Sad Songs
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Description: Today we share some mixed emotions about upbeat songs that have surprisingly sad lyrics.

58. Episode 111 - The Best Lovemaking Song?!
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Description: Today we're joined by our friend Alex as we try to agree on the best lovemaking song of all. Which of these sensual jams is best for your bedroom slams?

59. Episode 110 - Jesus is Hiding in These Songs!
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Description: Today we observe a short list of songs that, for the most part, aren't overtly religious, but do have Christian themes in the lyrics.

60. Episode 109 - Songs With Sequels
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Description: Today we explore the concept of sequels in music, which is not terribly common, but it's definitely a thing. Who knew?

61. Episode 108 - A Gay Old Time!
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Description: Today we share a few musical artists and songs that made a positive impact in the gay community during the 70s and early 80s, a time when being openly homosexual was generally frowned upon.

62. Episode 107 - Much Ado About Album Art
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Description: Today we focus on album artwork, an essential piece of music distribution that we tend to take for granted. Has the role of album art changed over time? What are some of our favorite examples?

63. Episode 106 - Your Guide to High Res Audio Players
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Description: Today we introduce a couple of portable "high resolution" music players on the market. MP3 is far from the best audio quality out there, but how much (or little) does that really affect our everyday listening?

64. Episode 105 - Blue-Eyed Soul
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Description: Today we focus on the relatively few white artists who made names for themselves among the primarily Black soul and funk genres. Generally these performers are lumped under the pseudo-genre "blue-eyed soul" which comprises a few big names that might surprise you.

65. Episode 104 - The Defining Artists of 90s R&B
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Description: Today we turn back the clocks to an era of music we're not as familiar with (but still appreciate) - the R&B and New Jack Swing movement that more or less defined popular music throughout the 1990s.

66. Episode 103 - Sing-Along Songs!
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Description: Today we explore a few songs that we personally enjoy singing along to, and dive deeper into the reasons behind this phenomenon. Are there specific factors that determine whether we sing along to one and not another?

67. Episode 102 - Giving Credit Where Credit's Not Due
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Description: Today we have a few laughs about funky bands, songs and even genders that we commonly get mixed up. These confused pairs may have a similar sound, similar names, or both.

68. Episode 101 - Artists Who Got Big (Literally)
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Description: Today we return from our 100th anniversary hiatus to tell you all about some funky artists who gained a lot of weight after falling from popularity. You can read that as some kind of social commentary, but we assure you we're just terrible people.

69. Episode 100 - How Racism Has Shaped Music
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Description: Today we spend our 100th episode theorizing how racism and discrimination have historically (and unfortunately) developed music into what it is today.

70. Episode 99 - Your Grandma Might Be a Famous Rapper
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Description: Today we quickly reveal a recent Facebook trend - grandmothers are mistakenly tagging themselves as rap pioneer Grandmaster Flash.

71. Episode 98 - 5 Songs That Advocate Cheating
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Description: Today we unveil a handful of songs that focus on infidelity in relationships, but in a relatively positive manner. While these are primarily from the cheater's point of view, we end up exploring some other rather unique perspectives as well.

72. Episode 97 - 4 Songs That Advocate Stalking
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Description: Today we hide in the bushes and peek through windows to witness a handful of songs about the age-old pasttime of stalking. Is it objectively a bad thing, or is creepiness in the eye of the beholder?

73. Episode 96 - How NOT to Dance the Hustle!
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Description: Today we give you a brief history and dance lesson on the Hustle craze which took the world by storm in 1977. But did you know it existed years before then, and in a few different forms?

74. Episode 95 - 5 Songs We Didn't Know Were About Prostitution
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Description: Today we bring a few funk/soul songs to the table that deal with the subject of prostitution. The funny thing is, for the most part we weren't aware of this until now.

75. Episode 94 - Makes People Want to Buy Things
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Description: Today we briefly theorize why funk/soul music seems to always be playing in grocery stores and the like. Does funk make people buy things?

76. Episode 93 - Unassuming White Guys
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Description: Today we introduce you to an up-and-coming subgenre of music dubbed "indie soul."

77. Episode 92 - Guardians of the Funk
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Description: Today we fly through space with guns blazing as we talk about the instantly popular soundtrack to Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014).

78. Episode 91 - All Mixed Up
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Description: Today we take a few minutes to explain the difference between three popular musical arrangements - remixes, mashups and mixtapes.

79. Episode 90 - The World's Spiciest Baby
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Description: Today we break out our crafting kits as we talk all about our favorite songs featured in the "LittleBigPlanet" video game franchise.

80. Episode 89 - A Collaborative Thingy feat. Boob Cars
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Description: Today we have an open discussion about how and why musical artists feature other artists on their songs.

81. Episode 88 - Father Boogaloo
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Description: Today we prepare for Father's Day with an exploration of songs written in dedication to fathers.

82. Episode 87 - One-Album Wonders
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Description: Today we look at some bands who released only one album before disappearing into obscurity, and discuss some reasons why this can happen.

83. Episode 86 - Gotta Move These Color TVs
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Description: Today we explore some famous music videos and discuss the impact they can have on their respective songs, and vice versa.

84. Episode 85 - Songs For Their Mamas
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Description: Today we prepare for Mother's Day with an exploration of songs written in dedication to mothers.

85. Episode 84 - Bell Bottom Glittery Sequin Pants
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Description: Today we reveal some exciting news that the quintessential 70's funk TV show "Soul Train" will be developed into a Broadway musical.

86. Episode 83 - They Like Their Funk
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Description: Today we help you discover some prominent covers of funk songs that have been performed by bands of significantly different musical genres.

87. Episode 82 - Right On The Money
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Description: Today we open our wallets of wisdom for a discussion of money-themed songs.

88. Episode 81 - Find It In Your Hearts
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Description: Today we recall our experience at a Motown-themed charity concert put on by H.A.P.P.Y. (Hands Across Hands Across The Planet To Poor Youth), a non-profit organization that provides basic necessities for orphaned children in Ethiopia.

89. Episode 80 - The Opposite of Motivational
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Description: Today we're in a positive mood with songs that have motivational messages, either on a personal or socio-policial level.

90. Episode 78 - It Sounds Like Death
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Description: Today we reflect on the 50th anniversary of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," one of the premier songs of the American civil rights movement.

91. Episode 79 - Queen of the Divas
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Description: Today we talk about Patti Labelle's recent outcry toward the modern concept of the "diva" and how it's changed since her heyday.

92. Episode 77 - This Episode is a Playlist
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Description: Today we discuss the many purposes of a musical playlist - whether it's a motivator for exercise, a companion for emotional experiences, or simply a random mix of favorite hits. We also touch on video games, old iPods, music festivals and more.

93. Episode 76 - Lofty Softy
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Description: Today we focus on prime examples of R&B male/female duets.

94. Episode 75 - Double Platinum
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Description: Today we celebrate our 75th episode with a panel of guests and a conversation about what we expect from certain genres, and how we react when artists create music that expands into different genre styles.

95. Episode 74 - Soul Babies
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Description: Today we provide an advance mini-review of "1975," the sophomore album by contemporary soul singer-wongwriter James Fox Higgins, which is set to release on January 6, 2014. Find this album and more great music at http://jamesfoxhiggins.com/

96. Episode 73 - Powerhouses of Creativity
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Description: Today we briefly discuss the fall of the all-encompassing record label (ala Motown) and how independent musicians are now creating their own communities with fellow artists to support and promote each other.

97. Episode 72 - Funking Bad Part 2
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Description: Today we seal up the meth bags for the second half of our favorite songs featured in AMC's critically acclaimed TV series, Breaking Bad (2008-2013). A note to the wise: spoilers abound, so don't listen if you haven't watched the entire series.

98. Episode 71 - Funking Bad Part 1
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Description: Today we put on our Heisenberg hats for a look back at some of our favorite songs featured in AMC's critically acclaimed TV series, Breaking Bad (2008-2013). A note to the wise: spoilers abound, so don't listen if you haven't watched the entire series.

99. Episode 70 - We're Too Fat for Candy
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Description: Today we celebrate Halloween times with songs that use sweet, juicy candy to describe a lover. And it seems that as always, innuendos are afoot.

100. Episode 69 - So Much More Harmonic Together
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Description: Today we talk about some famous funk/soul solo singers who originated from equally famous bands in those same genres.

101. Episode 68 - A Bit of a Slap in the Face
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Description: Today we comment on the latest in a string of lawsuits concerning songs that allegedly infringe on Syl Johnson's song, "Different Strokes" (1967).

102. Episode 67 - Jumping the Shark
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Description: Today we strap on our pun boots for a list of funk/soul songs with themes that play on words.

103. Episode 66 - We're Gonna Find the Booty
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Description: Today we begin an analysis of completely unrelated songs that share the same name.

104. Episode 65 - The Kiss of Funk
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Description: Today we celebrate a piece of funk history - Parliament Funkadelic's mothership - which will be added to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2015.

105. Episode 64 - Protectin' the Children From Filth
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Description: Today we venture into R&B/funk songs that feature a variety of bizarre sexual innuendos.

106. Episode 63 - Spurred by a Love of Funk
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Description: Today we bring some attention to Drew Schultz' project to benefit the Detroit Public School system with performances by some of Motown's most legendary soul artists.

107. Episode 62 - Weird for the Sake of Weird
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Description: Today we jokingly try to determine which famous musicians would be best to marry, kill, or make love to.

108. Episode 61 - How Scandalous!
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Description: Today we take a few minutes to comment on Robin Thicke's preemptive lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's family to protect his hit song, "Blurred Lines."

109. Episode 60 - That Was a Huge Thing
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Description: Today we take a trip down memory lane with soul and RnB songs featured in 1990s animated films.

110. Episode 59 - F--k Radio
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Description: Today we discuss some songs that were censored from the airwaves, and explain many reasons that this can happen.

111. Episode 58 - There's Nothing Stopping You
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Description: Today we focus on the inspiring stories of blues, jazz and soul musicians who rose to fame despite their blindness.

112. Episode 57 - It's Funktronic
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Description: Today we share our experiences at a live performance by the Brazilian electronic duo, the Twelves.

113. Episode 56 - More Bang for Your Buck
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Description: Today we explain the roles of the B-side of 45rpm records.

114. Episode 55 - It's About Summer and It's Soft
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Description: Today we introduce you to a list of songs about summer and the magical activities it entails.

115. Episode 54 - I Shot the Deputy
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Description: Today we review "Legend Remixed," a collective album by several remix artists that gives a new spin on Bob Marley's hit songs.

116. Episode 53 - Explode in a Good Way
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Description: Today we present the world premiere of the latest single by Australian singer James Fox Higgins, called "Stand Up." Visit http://jamesfoxhiggins.com/ for more great music!

117. Episode 52 - The Booty Call Episode
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Description: Today we analyze several songs that use the telephone as a motif for relationships and communication between lovers.

118. Episode 51 - We Got High Off Funk
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Description: Today we share our impressions of a joint concert (pun inteded) featuring Tower of Power, War and Cheech and Chong.

119. Episode 50 - We Need No Introduction
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Description: Today we celebrate our 50th episode with a discussion about the meaning of "good taste" in music.

120. Episode 49 - Better Than Plastic Bags
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Description: Today we do a song-by-song review of "Random Access Memories," the new disco-influenced album by the electronic duo Daft Punk.

121. Episode 48 - Deliciously Ironic
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Description: Today we theorize about which song would be best to have on a deserted island.

122. Episode 47 - A Scream of Funky Pleasure
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Description: Today we introduce you to some gruesome urban myths surrounding "Love Rollercoaster" by The Ohio Players.

123. Episode 46 - Beatin' Round the Patches
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Description: Today we explore a variety of songs that use spoken monologues to introduce their theme or story.

124. Episode 45 - Fun to Make Fun Of
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Description: Today we briefly discuss the lack of 70s funk culture in video games.

125. Episode 44 - Cloudy With a Chance of Funk
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Description: Today we return to the topic of songs that use the weather to convey life's various emotions.

126. Episode 43 - Too Legit to Quit
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Description: Today we discuss funk's influence on the budding hip hop scene around the early 80s and 90s.

127. Episode 42 - The Highway Hi-Fi
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Description: Today we look back at Chrysler's in-car phonograph, an ill-fated concept introduced in 1956.

128. Episode 41 - Beatlemania! Part 3
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Description: Today we conclude our long and winding road of notable Beatles covers as performed by funk/soul artists.

129. Episode 40 - Maintain Your Slothful Behavior
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Description: Today we take a quick look at Edinburgh Zoo, where Marvin Gaye's music encourages pandas to make baby pandas.

130. Episode 39 - Beatlemania! Part 2
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Description: Today we come together for a second helping of funk/soul Beatles covers.

131. Episode 38 - The Story of Ike and Tina Turner
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Description: Today we summarize the personal life of the soul/rock duo Ike and Tina Turner, a married couple with their fair share of issues.

132. Episode 37 - Beatlemania! Part 1
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Description: Today we begin a magical mystery tour of funk/soul renditions of classic Beatles hits.

133. Episode 36 - Known as the Pimpmobile
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Description: Today we touch on funk/soul music used in Blaxploitation, a controversial sub-genre of film in the 1970s.

134. Episode 35 - Made With Love and Precision
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Description: Today we give some impressions on collecting vinyl records.

135. Episode 34 - How Chubby is Your Checker
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Description: Today we discuss the recent lawsuit between music legend Chubby Checker and a mobile app that estimates the size of your manhood.

136. Episode 33 - The Ghetto of Your Mind
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Description: Today we highlight some soul songs that give us insight on the unfortunate living conditions in inner-city ghettos.

137. Episode 32 - 5 Minute Funk! The Story of Andrea True
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Description: Today we tell the story of Andrea True, a 70s porn star who made a big splash in the disco scene.

138. Episode 31 - Keep the Funk Alive
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Description: Today we explore the unfortunate trend of soul artists who met premature deaths, and the last songs that they recorded.

139. Episode 30 - Not Too Big To Fail
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Description: Today we focus on Brit Funk, a musical trend that swept the British music scene in the late 70s and early 80s.

140. Episode 29 - Peter and Kyle's Funk Nuggets
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Description: Today we explore some of the contemporary funk/soul artists signed under Brooklyn-based Daptone Records.

141. Episode 28 - Interview With James Fox Higgins
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Description: Today we're joined by Australian singer/songwriter James Fox Higgins and discuss his debut album "Man Overboard" which releases February 1, 2013!

142. Episode 27 - Crap Your Pants With Joy!
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Description: Today we take a look at the genres of nu jazz and trip hop, two semi-contemporary styles that blend elements of jazz, funk, electronic and hip-hop.

143. Episode 26 - The D is Silent
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Description: Today we explore a collection of funk and soul songs featured in the films directed by Quentin Tarantino.

144. Episode 25 - We Just Want a Six Pack Butt
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Description: Today we go back to our roots and recall the first funk/soul songs that brought us to love these styles of music in the first place.

145. Episode 24 - Magical Coma World
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Description: Today we explore the many funk/soul songs featured in the 2011 Ubisoft video game, Driver: San Francisco.

146. Episode 23 - Be a Christmas Tree!
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Description: Today we review "A Motown Christmas," a 1973 compilation album of holiday hits by Motown's signature artists.

147. Episode 22 - We Speak Jive!
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Description: Today we explore the world of jazz, a major contributor to funk and soul both musically and culturally.

148. Episode 21 - That's What Blocks Are For
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Description: Today we share some of our favorite covers of classic soul songs as done by contemporary artists.

149. Episode 20 - We've Reached Ourselves
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Description: Today we review the double-LP "Filling Up the City Skies" by soul-inspired electronic artist Pretty Lights.

150. Episode 19 - Picture Yourself Naked!
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Description: Today we compare studio and live versions of songs, and discuss what factors contribute to their differences.

151. Episode 18 - No Pun Intended!
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Description: Today we're stepping back to explore the history of doo-wop harmony groups who helped pave the way for soul and other genres.

152. Episode 17 - You Can Taste It!
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Description: Today we discuss house bands: generally unknown groups of musicians who backed some of the most popular songs of all time.

153. Episode 16 - The Macarena For Old People
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Description: Today we dive into the history of the "Bo Diddley Beat," a widely-used riff that's transcended musical artists and styles for over 50 years.

154. Episode 15 - Bloomin' Onions!
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Description: Today we discover some disco songs featured in "The Twelfth Hour," an hour-long electronic mix by the Twelves.

155. Episode 14 - Broadcast From An Elevator
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Description: Today we talk about some funk/soul songs written about locations and major cities in the US.

156. Episode 13 - Popular Covers
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Description: Today we compare some songs with cover versions that became even more popular.

157. Episode 12 - Now With Thunder!
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Description: Today we grab our umbrellas for funk/soul songs themed around sunshine and rain.

158. Episode 11 - Actors Who Went Funky
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Description: Today we reveal some famous actors who recorded their own funk and soul music, for better or for worse.

159. Episode 10 - Music of the Future!
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Description: Today we predict how society and technology will shape the music industry 40 years from now.

160. Episode 09 - Don't Do Peer Pressure!
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Description: Today we review Mr. T's motivational video from 1984, "Be Somebody... or Be Somebody's Fool!"

161. Episode 08 - Sexy Terrifying
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Description: Today we take a trip "down unda" and discuss some contemporary funky artists from Australia and New Zealand.

162. Episode 07 - Stepping on Biebers
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Description: Today we explore some examples of how soul, disco and funk have influenced the development of electronic music.

163. Episode 06 - The Moral Majority of Funk
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Description: Today we discuss some famous "one-hit wonders," new smart phones and the real reason why Kyle hates disco.

164. Episode 05 - Let Me Feed You These Grapes!
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Description: Today we open up a discussion about "love making music" and offer some cautionary tips for making such a playlist.

165. Episode 04 - Funk Radio, Oklahoma
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Description: Today we introduce you to some famous musical groups made up of siblings, as Kyle struggles to find his own catchphrase.

166. Episode 03 - Everything Is Not Candy Coated!
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Description: Today we delve into the history of protest songs, and how social and economic unrest has helped develop soul music as we know it today.

167. Episode 02 - Tell Us About The Raisins!
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Description: Today we touch on soul songs used in recent commercials, plus bendy rulers, crystal meth and burritos.

168. Episode 01 - We Can Only Move Up From Here!
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Description: Today we kick off the series discussing Bobby Womack's new album, deep fried PB&J, summer concert experiences, the Bee Gees and playing Monopoly with Nicolas Cage.