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EP100: 100th Episode Spectacular: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' "100 Days 100 Nights" (2007)

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The Album: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007)

On the occasion of our 100th episode, we decided to devote a Host’s Choice episode to talking about the breakout 2007 album from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Coming out hot on the heels of Amy Winehouse’s best-selling Back to Black (2007) which featured the Dap-Kings horn section, 100 Days, 100 Nights made it clear who the queen (and kings) of the retro-soul sound was. As their third album, that latest LP showcased the group’s growing prowess as songwriters and Jones was in top form with a voice able to bring heft and spark to the group’s stylings on Southern soul, uptempo funk and deep gospel.

Morgan and Oliver are mostly excited to have made it to #100 and we wanted to thank all our listeners, guests and producers for their support of our show over its first two years. Here’s to 100 more!

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Show Tracklisting (all songs from 100 Days, 100 Nights unless indicated otherwise):

  • 100 Days, 100 Nights
  • Nobody's Baby
  • Amy Winehouse: He Can Only Hold Her
  • Solange: I Decided, Part 1
  • Raphael Saadiq: 100 Yard Dash
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: She Aint A Child No More
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Stranded In Your Love
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: All Over Again
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Cut That Line
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Window Shopping
  • Amy Winehouse: You Know I'm No Good
  • The Poets of Rhythm: More Mess On My Thing
  • Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators: If This Ain't Love (Don't Know What Is)
  • Repercussions: A Gentle Kind of Love
  • Repercussions: Let's Do It Again
  • Alice Russell: Somebody's Gonna Love You
  • Mayer Hawthorne: Just Ain't Gonna Work Out
  • Durand Jones & the Indications: Can't Keep My Cool
  • Saun & Starr: Big Wheel
  • Keep On Looking
  • Let Them Knock
  • 100 Days, 100 Nights
  • Otis Day & The Knights: Shout
  • Tell Me
  • When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle
  • LeAndria Johnson: I Couldn't Have Done It
  • Answer Me
  • Thee Lakesiders: Parachute
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: All Over Again
  • James Ingram: One Hundred Ways

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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Switchblade Sisters Episode 94: 'Hereditary' with 'Pet Sematary' Director Mary Lambert

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Hereditary

Mary Lambert is an Arkansas native and a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. There she became enfolded in the music scene, and her experimental shorts led her to the world of music videos. In her early career, she directed some of the most iconic videos of the time. A short list of these includes Janet Jackson’s “Control” and “Nasty Boys,” Madonna’s “Borderline,” “Like a Virgin,” “Material Girl,” “La Isla Bonita,” and “Like a Prayer.” Other artists include Tom Tom Club, Whitney Houston, The Go-Gos, Sting, Annie Lennox, and Debbie Harry. From there, Lambert ventured into feature films with her debut narrative, Siesta, an adaptation of Patrice Chapman’s novel by Patricia Knop. After that film, Lambert went back to music videos until she got the call that Stephen King was adapting his book Pet Sematary. She got the big OK from King and Pet Sematary was a hit. Most recently Lambert directed episodes of Step Up: High Water, Arrow, and The Blacklist.

The movie that Mary chose to discuss is TOO scary. She chose Ari Aster's Hereditary. Mary gets mystical on us - she examines witches, spells, and the subconscious tokens in art that are felt and not spoken. Plus, she talks about working with actors that have very different approaches. She and April dissect the inner workings of a melodrama. They celebrate the performances in Hereditary, particularly Milly Shapiro and Toni Collette. And Mary reveals the difficulty in cutting something she loves out of one of her projects.

You can stream Pet Sematary now.

And if you haven't seen Hereditary yet, be careful.

With April Wolfe and Mary Lambert.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 102: Scare The Children! - 'Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark' and the Best Decade For Horror with Lucé Tomlin-Brenner

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Lucé Tomlin-Brenner

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

It's never too early to start prepping for Halloween! This week the gang talks about the tween-friendly horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Ify and Drea are back and they are joined by horror fanatic, comedian and director Lucé Tomlin-Brenner. The gang reveals which movies scared them the most as children. They discuss the best decade for horror. Ify goes on a rant about Hobbs & Shaw. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Disney "has concerns" and The Hunt gets cancelled.

Staff Picks:

Ify - Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
Alonso - Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Drea - The Beguiled
Lucé - Braid

With Ify Nwadiwe, Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and Lucé Tomlin-Brenner.

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EP99: Raphael Saadiq on Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World" (1975) + Remembering Nipsey Hussle

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Heat Rocks
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Raphael Saadiq

The Album: Earth, Wind & Fire That's The Way Of The World (1975)

On March 15, 1975, Columbia Records released "That's The Way Of The World" the sixth studio album of Earth Wind & Fire, a band of 10 members who fused rock, jazz, funk and soul. The album sold five million units, and won a Grammy for the single "Shining Star" (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group). Produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney, the album focused on EWF's familiar themes, spirituality, oneness, love.

Oscar and Golden Globe nominated composer Raphael Saadiq joined Oliver and Morgan in studio to talk That's The Way of The World and all the things that made EWF iconic including, Philip Bailey's falsetto, Maurice White's mysticisms and drum heroics, Charles Stepney's production and the harmonies that caught his ear and his attention and the happy feelings the band's music inspired in his own musicianship as a youth growing up in Oakland.

You'll want to catch this one. Because Reasons.

And stay tuned after the interview for a special segment celebrating the life and music of Nipsey Hussel, who would have turned 34 this week. Rest in power, Nipsey.

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More on That's The Way Of The World

Show Tracklisting (all songs from That's The Way Of The World unless indicated otherwise):

  • See The Light
  • Raphael Saadiq: So Ready
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: On Your Face
  • The Jacksons: Show You The Way To Go
  • Al Green: I'm Still In Love With You
  • B.B King: Heed My Warning
  • War: Why Can't We Be Friends
  • Rick James: Bustin' Out
  • 2 Men, A Drum Machine and A Trumpet: Tired of Getting Pushed Around
  • Funkadelic: (Not Just) Knee Deep
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Love Music
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Love's Holiday
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Imagination
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Yearnin' Learnin' (Live)
  • Minnie Ripperton: Les Fleur
  • Africano
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Can't Let Go
  • All About Love (First Impression)
  • Shining Star
  • That's the Way of the World
  • Shining Star
  • Happy Feelin'
  • Reasons
  • Shirley Murdock: As We Lay
  • Erick Sermon: Stay Real
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: Boogie Wonderland
  • The Emotions: Don't Ask My Neighbors
  • Ramsey Lewis: Sun Goddess
  • The Randy Watson Experience & Bilal: Can't Hide Love
  • Nipsey Hussle: Hussle in the House
  • Nipsey Hussle: FOREVER ON SOME FLY SHIT
  • Nipsey Hussle: They Roll
  • Nipsey Hussle: Face the World
  • Nipsey Hussle: Shell Shocked
  • DJ Khaled: Higher

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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Switchblade Sisters Episode 93: 'Rebecca' with 'The Wind' Director Emma Tammi

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Emma Tammi

Rebecca

This week, the wonderful Katie Walsh returns to chat with director Emma Tammi. Emma is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles, whose most recent documentary films include Election Day and Fair Chair. She made her narrative feature directorial debut with the Western horror movie The Wind, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, and was released in April by IFC Midnight.

The movie that Emma has chosen to discuss shares a number of similarities to her own lonely-haunted-woman film - Alfred Hitchcock's sole Best Picture winner, Rebecca. She and Katie discuss all of the masterful aspects of the movie - the mood, the set, the acting, the lighting. Emma shares how many of these attributes inspired her decisions on The Wind. Plus, Katie reveals some hilariously volatile memos between producer David O. Selznick and Alfred Hitchcock. And Emma talks about her all-time favorite Hitchcock films, and what makes him such a genius.

You can stream The Wind now.

And if you haven't seen Rebecca yet, run - DON'T WALK! - to see it.

With Katie Walsh and Emma Tammi.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 101: Justice For Han! - 'Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw' with William Bibbiani and Jen Yamato

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Jen Yamato
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William Bibbiani

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

These aren't just podcasts partners...they're family. Alonso is joined by film critic and host of the 'Canceled Too Soon' podcast William Bibbiani. He's also joined by film reporter for the LA Times and "Karaoke Monster" Jen Yamato. This episode is all about "Justice For Han" as the gang discusses Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. They also dissect the Fast & Furious franchise as a whole. Plus they confess their movie pet peeves. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, RIP D.A. Pennebaker, "The Losers" of It get "de-aged", and Disney is rebooting Home Alone.

Staff Picks:

Jen - Luce
Alonso - Vision Portraits
William - Jupiter Ascending

With Alonso Duralde, Jen Yamato, and William Bibbiani.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 92: 'American Psycho' with 'Satanic Panic' Director Chelsea Stardust

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Chelsea Stardust

American Psycho

Chelsea Stardust has been a horror film fan since the age of 10. After working for comedy legends Ivan Reitman and Judd Apatow, Chelsea found her horror home at Blumhouse Productions, where she served as the executive assistant to Jason Blum for several years. Chelsea’s first feature film, the science fiction thriller All That We Destroy, was part of Blumhouse series 'Into The Dark' and is currently available on Hulu. Her second feature film, the horror comedy Satanic Panic, written by novelist Grady Hendrix, and produced by Fangoria and Cinestate, releases nationwide theatrically, on VOD and digital HD on September 6th.

The movie that Chelsea chose to discuss is near and dear to our hearts - Mary Harron's American Psycho. She and April go in deep on the making of the film - from the writing of the script by former Switchblade Sisters guest Guinevere Turner, to the studio's objection to the casting of Christian Bale. They dive into the film's portrayal of male vanity, the performance of Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, and the difficult job of balancing horror and comedy in one movie. Plus they also discuss Chelsea's latest film Satanic Panic.

You can see Satanic Panic on September 6th.

And if you haven't seen American Psycho yet, go watch it!

With April Wolfe and Chelsea Stardust.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 100: 'Once Upon a Time In Hollywood' and Sometimes It Snows In April

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Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Lots of feelings on this show! It's our 100th episode, we say goodbye to our beloved April Wolfe, and we're talking about the controversial new Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Plus, we get a phone call from a mystery guest (it's Inkoo Kang). Alonso serenades April with his own version of 'Sometimes It Snows In April.' You get to hear Ify flip out in real time at the realization that he's going to miss the Hobbs & Shaw episode next week. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Criterion releases the ultimate Godzilla collection, SAG-AFTRA hires an on-set "intimacy coordinator," and The Black List launches The Latinx List.

Staff Picks:

April - The Nightingale
Alonso - Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa
Drea - American Honey
Ify - Shin Godzilla and Godzilla (1998)

With Ify Nwadiwe, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Drea Clark.

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

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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 91: 'The Innocents' with 'The Babadook' and 'The Nightingale' Director Jennifer Kent

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Jennifer Kent

The Innocents

Jennifer Kent is probably best known for directing her 2014 film, The Babadook. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014 to critical and audience acclaim, and has won over 50 international and domestic awards, including the Australian Director's Guild award for Best Director, the Australian Academy Award (AACTA) for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Film, and the New York Critics Circle Awards for Best First Feature. This year now sees the release of her second feature, The Nightingale, a brutal colonial revenge tale about a woman who loses everything and joins up with an aboriginal tracker to find and inflict punishment on the men who wronged her.

The movie that Jennifer has chosen to discuss is the 1961 classic, The Innocents. Jennifer elaborates on the aspects of the film that she used as direct influence for her own films. She talks about taking the young actor Noah Wiseman to the zoo in order to prepare him for the truly horrifying scenes in The Babadook. Plus, she divulges how the misconceptions about her film The Nightingale have really hurt her personally. She tells a story about how one journalist at the Venice Film festival even called her a "whore" for directing the film. And finally, if you listen all the way through the episode, you get to hear Jennifer's impeccable impression of a Tasamanian devil.

You can see The Nightingale in select theaters now.

And if you haven't seen The Innocents yet, go watch it!

With April Wolfe and Jennifer Kent.

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

Who Shot Ya? Episode 99: 'The Farewell' and a Comic-Con Recap

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The Farewell

Things get both silly and personal on this week's episode as the gang discusses the family comedy/drama The Farewell. Ify and Alonso relate their own experiences to the film as they both grew up as first generation Americans. Plus, the gang discusses their movie and TV watching processes. And, as always, staff picks.

In news, Marvel announces Phase 4 at Comic-Con and the Cats trailer has arrived.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - The Roaring Twenties
Drea - I Am Mother
Ify - The Strange Thing About the Johnsons

With Ify Nwadiwe, Alonso Duralde, and Drea Clark.

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

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