Artists, sculptors, inventers, authors. Those are our people.
Call us professional appreciators, to steal a phrase from John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity. In a media age where it’s cooler to be all snarky and critically, we decided it would be more fun to just like things.
Truth be told, we didn’t actually sit down and have a conversation about this, because God knows we all have things to do. But if I could speak for the rest of the gang — Sarah, Boonie, Dennis, Radano our MVP, Tom — I’m gonna put it out there that it’s nice to be nice.
So in three of our first four shows we’ve been lucky enough to have on people we like and want to celebrate. In our Episode No. 4, Todd Zolecki (pictured, right), the scribe from MLB.com who writes about the Phillies came on via the telephone to chat about a whole bunch of stuff. Better yet, we were able to figure out a way to hook up a telephone to our recording system. Being all nerdy and Internet-y and stuff, we wanted to have Todd on via Skype, but it didn’t work out. Give Todd credit for not being as dorky about that stuff as us.
But the point is Todd wrote a book. It’s called The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly and it’s all about the different parts of the Phillies’ history. We even talked about it on the show. Here, take a listen:
Meanwhile, in Episode 3 we had on Mike Sielski whose book Fading Echoes is the tale of two rival high school football players from Bucks County who went to Iraq together. Like I wrote before, it’s a real book.
Of course in Episode 2 we had on Chris Wilson, the great drummer from Ted Leo & The Pharmacists. It just so happens that Chris and the band will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight, which means you have to tune in to watch. Better yet, the group’s latest record hits stores (of all kind) on Tuesday, so get it. It just might be the finest collection of songs released by the band yet, which is saying something. No, it doesn’t capture the energy and ferocity of their live shows, but that would be pretty much impossible. It also means you should get the record and then go see the band play when they come to a town near you.
Here's the song the band will perform tonight:
Yes, we like our guests and you should, too.
Otherwise, Deitch didn’t make it to Episode 4 because he was on his way to Las Vegas so he could play cards. Episode 5 will not hit the streets until March 18 because of travel plans, etc. for the working scribes of the Podcast of Awesomeness.
Sorry, this one will have to do for about 10 days.