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EP65: Holiday Music Special with Alonso Duralde

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Heat Rocks
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Alonso Duralde

The Albums:
Vince Guraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Andy Williams' The Andy Williams Christmas Album (1963)
Stax Records' Christmas in Soulsville (2007)

Heat Rocks was hyped to have film critic Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), one of the hosts of Maximum Fun's movie podcast Who Shot Ya? guest with us to talk about our favorite Christmas songs, holiday fare, songs that should play when it's cold outside, baby.

We visit the canon of Christmas music over the years (Andy Williams 1963 The Christmas Album, Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas and Stax Record's 2007 compilation Christmas In Soulsville and across genres and styles - crooners, sweeping orchestral cinematic pieces, summer songs vs. winter songs, modern Christmas traditions, etc.

Alonso broke down the power of nostalgia as it relates to Christmas music and how our tastes in music are informed by tradition.

Don't be a grinch. Listen to this wintery wonderland of an episode about favorite Christmas tracks.

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Show Tracklisting

  • Booker T and the MG's: Winter Wonderland (Take 2)
  • The Waitresses: Wrapping Paper
  • Ella Fitzgerald: The Christmas Song
  • The Shins: Wonderful Christmastime
  • Michael Jackson: Little Christmas Tree
  • Wild Man Fischer: I'm A Christmas Tree
  • Brian McKnight: Let It Snow
  • Frank Sinatra: White
  • Andy Williams: Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells
  • Andy Williams: Happy Holiday/ The Holiday Season
  • Andy Williams: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • Andy Williams: Sweet Little Jesus Boy
  • Mariah Carey: All I Want for Christmas is You
  • Vince Guraldi: Christmas Time is Here (Vocal)
  • Vince Guraldi: Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental)
  • Vince Guraldi: Skating
  • Vince Guraldi: O Tannenbaum
  • Vince Guraldi: The Christmas Song
  • Otis Redding: Merry Christmas, Baby
  • The Staple Singers: Who Took the Merry out of Christmas
  • Albert King: Santa Claus Wants Some Loving
  • The Emotions: Black Christmas
  • Isaac Hayes: The Mistletoe and Me
  • Booker T and the MG's: Winter Wonderland (Take 2)
  • Nate Dogg: Be Thankful
  • Little Johnny Taylor: Please Come Home for Christmas
  • Juice Crew: Cold Chillin' Christmas
  • The Free Design: Close Your Mouth It's Christmas
  • Kenny Bobien: Let Us Adore Him (Come O Ye Faithful)

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Holiday Spectacular! Featuring: The Monkees, Alonso Duralde, The McElroy Brothers, and Sy Smith

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Bullseye
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Micky Dolenz
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
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The McElroy Brothers
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Micky Dolenz on The Monkees' new Christmas album

Our guest Micky Dolenz starred in the hit 1960's TV show "The Monkees." It was essentially a Hollywood version of The Beatles' rock-n-roll comedy "A Hard Day's Night." Micky played the drummer and one of the singers alongside Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, and the late Davy Jones. The gang played four lovable goofs trying to make it as a band, bumming around Los Angeles, solving mysteries, and staying in haunted houses.

And, this probably isn't news to you, but: The Monkees weren't a band before the show started. They each auditioned for parts in the show, and most of them were mainly actors. Nevertheless, they had some legendary all-time hits like "Last Train To Clarksville," "Daydream Believer," and "I'm a Believer."

The band actually outlasted the show itself and just this year they recorded and released their 13th studio album Christmas Party. It's a holiday record chock full of standards, covers, and originals. It's also got contributions from Rivers Cuomo, Peter Buck and more.

Micky tells Jesse about a time when he was spotted in a mall by screaming fans, and what John Lennon really thought about The Monkees.

Click here to listen to our interview with Micky Dolenz on YouTube.


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Alonso Duralde on Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies

Alonso Duralde is film reviews editor for The Wrap and the author of Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas. He also co-hosts Maximum Fun's Who Shot Ya? podcast.

Alonso talks to Jesse about the basic elements of every Hallmark movie, his search for veiled gay characters in those films, and offers an alternative suggestion to typical Christmas cinematic fare.

Click here to listen to our interview with Alonso Duralde on YouTube.


Photo: Courtesty of The McElroy Brothers

The McElroy Brothers Share Christmas Advice

Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy are the hosts of the Smash Hit podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me.

They talk to Jesse about ways to make white elephant gift exchanges more interesting and share their findings of long-lost verses from well-known Christmas carols.

Click here to listen to our interview with The McElroy Brothers on YouTube.


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Song That Changed My Life: Sy Smith on My Favorite Things

Sy Smith is a brilliant singer, songwriter, and producer that lives here in Los Angeles. She's been recording soul records for over a decade now and has collaborated with folks like Kamasi Washington and Thundercat. She's also an incredibly talented backup singer for greats like Sheila E., Chaka Khan, Usher, and Whitney Houston.

Sy talks to us about two versions of her favorite holiday tune - My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music original soundtrack and it's interpretation by jazz legend
John Coltrane.

She just dropped a seasonal EP called Christmas in Syberspace and it's streaming now.

If you live in New York, don't miss a chance to see Sy performing with trumpeter Chris Botti. They'll be live every night at Blue Note right up until Christmas.

Everything's Coming Up SImpsons Ep. 168: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire w/ Alonso Duralde

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It's crazy to think we've been doing this podcast for so long and no one has picked the first episode of The Simpsons. That's all about to change! This week, Alonso Duralde relives his memories of watching "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." You know Alonso as a film critic for the The Wrap. He's also one of panelist on "Who Shot Ya?" from Maximum Fun, and the co-host of the pod Linoleum Knife.

Most importantly for today's purposes Alonso is a Christmas expert and has a book to prove it called "Have yourself a movie little Christmas." We'll discuss how this episode was a perfect way to introduce the Simpsons to a mainstream audience. Plus, we'll sing some carols and share some last minute Christmas tips!

Who Shot Ya? Episode 67: 'Vox Lux' and a Panel Divided with TV Writer Jenny Jaffe

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Who Shot Ya?
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Jenny Jaffe

Vox Lux

This is a spicy episode! To say that there was a difference of opinion about this week's film would be an understatement. We're talking about the new Natalie Portman, popstar in crisis movie Vox Lux. The crew is joined by TV writer Jenny Jaffe ('Big Hero 6: The Series'). They answer a question from the mailbag: "What director - whose first high profile pictures were stellar - were you most surprised/disappointed to see flame out?" The Christmas season wouldn't be complete without another edition of the El Mero Mero De Navidad Christmas Minute with Alonso Duralde. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host, and Sister Act 3 moves on with no Whoopi Goldberg.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Living on Soul
Alonso - Josie and the Pussycats
April - Cold War
Jenny - Frank

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Love Actually

With Jenny Jaffe, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 66: Why 'Green Book' Made Us Blue with Holly Walker

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Holly Walker

Green Book

This week we're talking about the most recent Peter Farrelly road trip movie. No, not Dumb and Dumber. Not Kingpin. Sorry, not Me, Myself & Irene. We're talking Green Book with Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. And we're so lucky to have on the program, writer and performer Holly Walker (The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse). If you want to hear many, many Viggo Mortensen-as-Tony Lip impressions, then this is the episode for you. The crew also answers a question from the Who Shotline: "What movie character had the biggest impact on you as a person?" Plus, Alonso has another heart attack minute, AKA The El Mero Mero De Navidad Christmas Minute. And as always, staff picks.

In news, When We Were Kings gets the musical treatment, The Wizard of Oz is the most influential movie of all time, Paul Schrader thinks there's "no crimes in art."

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon
Alonso - Mary Queen of Scots
April - Happy as Lazzaro and Clara's Ghost
Holly - About Time

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Vox Lux with Jenny Jaffe.

With Holly Walker, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

Call us on the "Who Shotline" - WSY-803-1664

Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 65: 'Creed II' and Our Favorite 'Rocky' Movies with CJ Sullivan

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Who Shot Ya?
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Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
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CJ Sullivan

Creed II

Listening to this episode will get you as pumped as Rocky running up all those steps. And you don't even need to drink raw eggs! This episode's got some PUNCH to it. That's right, we're talking Creed II and we're joined by Philly's own CJ Sullivan. Alonso announces that he is officially in full on Christmas mode. April is excited about Alicia Malone's new book called The Female Gaze (which April also contributed to). It's Ricky's Mom's birthday and he's sending her a cake. And CJ is just happy that Brigitte Nielsen is back in our lives with her appearance in Creed II. We answer a call from the "Who Shotline" about film genres that we don't care about. We get another infusion of The El Mero Mero de Navidad Christmas Minute. And of course, staff picks.

In news, Christopher McQuarrie wants the Oscars to introduce an award for stunts, Julie Andrews is a giant fish monster, and we discuss the careers of Nicolas Roeg and Bernardo Bertolucci .

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Alonso - Cola de Mono
April - Volcano
CJ - Mississippi Grind

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Green Book with Holly Walker .

With CJ Sullivan, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 64: 'Widows' and a Call From the 'Who Shotline'

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Who Shot Ya?
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Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Drea Clark

Widows

Even though Thanksgiving is over, let us give thanks for this wonderful new episode of 'Who Shot Ya?' Drea Clark is back in the building to talk with the crew about Widows. Alonso mourns the loss of 'Irv's Burgers' in West Hollywood. April shares a great Ethan Hawke story. Drea attends a festival for festival planners. And Ricky rejoices at the re-opening of the New Beverly Cinema. Plus, we take a call from the 'Who Shotline.' Alonso almost has a heart attack during the "El Mero Mero De Navidad Christmas Minute.' And as always, staff picks.

In news, Eddie Redmayne admits he gave an "interesting" performance in Jupiter Ascending, General Mills wants to make a Cereal Monsters film franchise, and the Criterion Channel is re-born.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Mi Familia
Alonso - The Christmas Chronicles
April - Cam
Drea - Shoplifters

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Creed II with CJ Sullivan .

With Drea Clark, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 63: 'Overlord' and a Remembrance of Stan Lee

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Who Shot Ya?
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Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
April Wolfe

Overlord

A fresh episode of Who Shot Ya? right out of the oven. We've got the classic crew of Ricky, Alonso, and April, and they're talking about the newest installment in the "Nazi Zombie" movie genre. That's right, we're discussing Overlord. In addition to that, April is only slightly "yawny" this episode. Alonso is excited about Oprah's Favorite Things list. And Ricky is hyped over a Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang mash-up album. Plus, the crew discusses the life and work of Stan Lee. We've got another installment of Alonso's Christmas Minute. And, as always, we've got staff picks.

In news, Spike Lee wants to make a musical, FX asks the Supreme Court to throw out Olivia de Havilland's lawsuit, and James Woods has a moment of redemption.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Life
Alonso - The Other Side of the Wind and They'll Love Me When I'm Dead
April - Zama

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Widows.

With April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

Call us on the "Who Shotline" - WSY-803-1664

Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 62: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and Alonso's Christmas Minute with Film Critic Katie Walsh

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Who Shot Ya?
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Katie Walsh

Bohemian Rhapsody

Don't stop me now! We're talking about the new Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. We are so lucky this week to be joined by friend of the podcast, film critic Katie Walsh. This episode was recorded the night of the election, so you can certainly hear a level of optimistic anxiety in all the host's voices. The crew dissects all the important parts of the new movie: Rami Malek's fake teeth, the bad jokes, and how many times the band members say that they're a family. Plus, we chat about the phenomenon of straight actors playing gay characters. AND, most importantly, Alonso kicks of the Holiday season with a new weekly segment called The El Mero Mero de Navidad Christmas Minute. Each week Alonso will recap all the Christmas movies he's watched from the past week. The only caveat is that he must do it in under a minute. And as always, we have staff picks.

In news, the titles for the new Avatar sequels are in, the LA Film Festival is no more, and JJ Abrams seeks a "Megadeal."

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Hip-Hop Evolution
Alonso - Shirkers
April - Memories of Murder
Katie - El Ángel

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Overlord.

With Katie Walsh, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 61: 'Suspiria' and Passing The Bechdel Test with Jamie Loftus & Caitlin Durante of 'The Bechdel Cast'

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Jamie Loftus
Guests: 
Caitlin Durante

Suspiria

Even though Halloween is over, we're still keeping it spooky. That's right, we're talking about our favorite "witch dance" movie of the year, Suspiria. This week we're so lucky to have the hosts of 'The Bechdel Cast' podcast, Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante, on the program. The crew discusses their favorite aspects of the Halloween season. For Caitlin it's the pumpkin shaped Reese's peanut butter cups, for Alonso it's the appearance of the sign banning silly string on Hollywood Boulevard, and for Jamie it's the chance to buy a "Twerking Mummy" toy at CVS. Plus, the gang helps some previously failing movies pass The Bechdel Test. And as always, staff picks.

In news, the Wachowski's are potentially retiring, FilmStruck closes down shop, and the MPAA turns 50.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - Hereditary
Alonso - Monrovia, Indiana
Jamie - Doubt
Caitlin - Paddington and Paddington 2

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Bohemian Rhapsody with Katie Walsh

With Caitlin Durante, Jamie Loftus, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

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