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Episode 37 — Guest Vocalist: Ben Garant


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#1 Earwolf Admin

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 11:01 PM

Is there anyone more fascinating than Ben Garant? We all know about his success as a screenwriter and sketch comedian, but did you know about his impressive toy collection or his amazing charitable past? A guest this chill and easygoing only deserves the best, and he gets it with the ultra chill, hazy Alternative Albums Chart. This Hollywood insider brings his master screenwriter expertise to the Movie Chart and builds an immediate rapport with Hermes the Chart Goose. Learn about Ben's odd adolescence and Howard's cure for homophobia on this thrilling episode of Who Charted?!



#2 Kristopher Mills

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 11:03 PM

Love the show, gonna listen right now. Just wanted to comment seconds after it was posted.



#3 Jeff Ullrich

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 11:04 PM

Damn, you beat me to the first comment!



#4 BenV

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 01:44 AM

"Lighting up the room like it was 1999" is getting worked into my day-to-day vocab.



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:38 AM

I think I've listened to the Who Charted earwolf commercial about 30 times. Kulap has such infectious laughter. And she is definitely my conduit to the East. Unsure if she's The Ring, though.



#6 Julia Hays

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:32 AM



#7 Caroline Anderson

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:41 AM

Ben Garant's appearance means that OVER HALF OF THE STATE HAS BEEN ON EARWOLF! Yaaaaaay!
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Also, just a quick note about Schlittebahn and the uphill slides Howard was talking about: When you arrive at Schlitterbahn, you basically put down your stuff, get in a tube, and never stand up until you leave. The whole place is connected by a flowing stream and instead of walking from slide to slide, the water takes you there. So in order to get you everywhere, there are a few points along the flowing stream where these crazy conveyor belts (aided by Schlitterbahn employees) elevate you. It's pretty rad.



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:40 AM

Really loved the music chart from today! Been hearing better and better music lately. Big Washed Out fan, Battles are great.



#9 Michael Wo

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:09 AM

Hey guys, a quick little suggestion: the clips (especially from the music) used to highlight the "hook," but lately it seems like for each song, you're just hitting "play" and hearing the intro of the song. Since you guys don't always know the song, you wind up hearing the intro and asking each other whether "this is it" or it's going to pick up. Maybe someone could find the "hook" and cue that up?

Anyway, keep up the great work... you guys are the best part of my Wednesday mornings!



#10 Caroline Anderson

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 07:20 AM

Nerd question for all my fellow Nerdy McNerdensteins: During Chart Goose, when the question was "What's the best way to see America?" did anyone else think the answer was State By State with The State (a rare, out or print guide to America by, you guessed it, The State) ???



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:11 AM

Howard! Why didn't you plug that Omaha show?! I would have been all over that if you gave some notice :C



#12 Gus Studer

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:30 AM

I enjoy Ben and enjoyed the show in general. However, the music chart was giving me fits. Admittedly, I am punk/garage snob, but you couldnt have been more off the mark with math rock and Ty Segall and The Oh Sees. Not gonna rant, but it is like a pebble in my shoe. I fear that it is going to color my opinions on music charts going forward.



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:07 AM

Ben, your new book is insanely funny. Like Kulap, I finished it in two days. I would honestly recommend that everyone BUY it. In addition, I will be using all your 'free ideas' from the book and moving to LA to begin my screenplay. I can sleep on your couch, right?

Awesome show guys. Kulap, I am personally requesting more chart exclusives. You need to 'Marc Maron' this info out of your guests.



#14 Ben M

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:18 AM

Dusted bases their charts off of college/alt radio plays, which can be totally random. That music chart made for uncomfortable listening for a host of reasons. Still a good episode, guys.



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:18 AM

@Michael Wo - Thank you for your suggestion. I am new to Earwolf but this was an issue also brought up by the hosts to me this week. I'll make sure to supply you and the listeners with plenty of hooks from now on.



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:20 AM

I could listen to who charted from dawn to sleepy time you guys <3

As people have noted, the battles info was kind of, um, off (Tyondai wasn't really considered a lead singer, he's an avant garde artist who likes to play with voice looping/modulation etc.) The band's strongest point is timing, which is obvious for any band, but crucial for them because it grounds a lot of the fancy stuff, all owed to the fact of their insanely precise and respected drummer/possible cyborg John Stanier. The keyboardist/kind of invented "math rock" (with Don Caballero), Ian WIlliams controls loops and samples on Ableton via an akai controller and a macbook, he also uses tapping on his guitar and simultaneously hits his keyboard when he's not just hitting his keyboard. The bassist/other guitarist Dave Konopka has an insane effects pedal board, and what looks like an alien processing/looping/compressor/whateveritis unit full of lights. I guess what I mean is that the band is as analog as it is digital, not just some dude dropping samples and randomizing patterns, the drums are laid after all the fancy stuff is worked out I've heard 'em say.

This well directed performance will go a long way to explain the giddy gibberish above



Sooooo, trying to describe music is a lot more boring than listening to and enjoying it, sorry wee-wee and ku-ku, have a lovely rest of summah !



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:43 AM

Delighted to hear a couple good bands like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall on a chart! Embarassed to hear math rock described!



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 02:12 PM

Here are peppier Thee Oh Sees songs for Howard:
Tidal Wave: http://youtu.be/VSwD_-kKcyI
Ruby Go Home: http://youtu.be/4M_ZlCFPX2U



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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:16 PM

Another awesome episode. Harold talking about "shame" might be the funniest thing I've ever heard on here (and that's saying a lot).



#20 Julia Hays

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:43 PM

@Chris Tengu... That discussion cracked me up as well. Feel free, if you like, to add it to the "Best Howard quotes and questions" forum topic at: http://www.earwolf.c...opic.php?id=594