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Monster with April Richardson

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#1 July Diaz

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 11:02 PM

Comedian April Richardson joins Adam Scott Aukerman to discuss R.E.M.’s ninth studio album Monster. They’ll talk about when April first heard the band, meeting Mike Mills by going to his house, and her Top 10 R.E.M. songs. Plus, Scott and Scott talk about their Rocky Horror Picture Show phases, Rivers Cuomo’s R.E.M. cover, and U2 & R.E.M. teaming up to play “One.”
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#2 omaxem

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 05:04 AM

April Richardson is a gosh darned delight.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:21 AM

Another reference to one of the most underrated tv shows and the only reason i don't skip "Stand".....Get A Life!

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:03 PM

View Postomaxem, on 16 May 2018 - 05:04 AM, said:

April Richardson is a gosh darned delight.

Everyone who liked this episode should check out her new-ish podcast Sordid Details. It makes perfect sense that she's friends with Howard Kremer, because they're both super funny/cool, but also have legitimately insane quirks/opinions that make for really entertaining listening.

Based on the clips, I feel like Scott is 100% right about this album.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:22 PM

April was great, but it would get old quickly having Adam and Her gush over all REM.

Also, Wall of Death is better than anything on Monster, by far. One of my favorite cover songs of all time.

Looking forward to next week for the last great REM album New Adventures of Old Christine's HiFi

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:25 AM

I have a tough time rating Monster, sort of because of the opposite of April, when it came out while she was in high school and quickly became devoted to it. It came out my first month (possibly even first week) at university, so I was a little distracted and I think because of that, I didn't ever get THAT into it.

But I do love a lot of it -- it is full of fairly simple songs (just electric guitar, bass, drums, not much superfluous), that still have a touch of quirk to them. I like quirky REM. Basically I think I rate Monster highly, but then as I rarely return to it, I'm not sure if that rating is real. *shrug* Listening yesterday and now though... these songs really give me a visceral punch of nostalgia. Not in a particularly "this sounds like the '90s" way, more just a "wow that takes me back."

My other Monster story is my friend's roommate at college was one of the Asian guys in the "Crush For Eyeliner" video.

(Also cannot wait for the fantastic New Adv. In Hi-Fi to be discussed! Though will we be getting the Andy Daly U2 concert episode first?!)

Current album rating:

1. Automatic For The People
2. Fables Of The Reconstruction
3. Murmur
4. Reckoning
5. Out Of Time
6. Document
7. Monster
8. Lifes Rich Pageant
9. Green

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 06:48 PM

The best part of this episode was Scott trying five times to make that "Make like a tree" joke and then giving up because Scott and April were sincerely discussing REM.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 04:52 PM

My ranking of the songs:

1. Crush with Eyeliner
2. I Don’t Sleep, I Dream
3. King of Comedy
4. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
5. You
6. Tongue
7. Bang and Blame
8. Star 69
9. Let Me In
10. I Took Your Name
11. Circus Envy
12. Strange Currencies