Cosmic America 29: Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs

Back for more Cosmic America, as we continue our deep-dive into The War on Drugs. This LP, entitled Slave Ambient, broke The War on Drugs more fully into the national consciousness, featuring many of the key characteristics that made their music so interesting and attractive to so many people. We cover it track-by-track, giving anecdotes and details for all of the songs.

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Cosmic America 28: Future Weather by The War on Drugs

Cosmic America’s 28th episode is the second official release by The War on Drugs. This one’s called Future Weather, and we go through it song by song. There are a couple of songs missing from the release, because we decided to do them on the Slave Ambient review (which is coming next!).

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Cosmic America 27: Wagonwheel Blues by The War on Drugs

Alex and Galen are back, and this time we’re reviewing the entire discography of The War on Drugs. This musical collective animates the lyrics and tunes of Adam Granduciel, and we start with our reviews at (almost) the beginning, with a look at 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues. Kurt Vile is still in the band, and the whole enterprise sounds more Bob Dylan than Bruce Springsteen at this stage of things.

As with all Cosmic America podcasts (at least, all since June of 2018!) we review the whole studio catalogue, album by album, track by track. So settle in and enjoy.

World Cup Analysis – Episode 14

This episode of World Cup Analysis finds Galen talking about the exciting final Group Stage games from Group D, featuring Argentina’s comeback victory against Nigeria. We spend a lot of time talking about that game, about Argentina’s chances moving forward, and about the implications of their knockout stage matchup vs France. We also take a lot of questions from the audience about Brazil, Germany, Serbia, and other aspects of the World Cup.

You can catch World Cup Analysis every day on Twitter/Periscope, where you can ask your own questions and comment on the games of the tournament.

World Cup Analysis – Episode 9

Today’s World Cup analysis focuses on the shock capitulation of Argentina to Croatia, France coasting to victory against Peru, Australia keeping themselves in the mix, and the implications of tomorrow’s Nigeria-Iceland game. Plus, we take viewer questions and preview tomorrow’s other two games.

World Cup 2018 – Group Stage Analysis

Galen is joined by longtime friend of the podcast Lee Delvecchio for this special edition of SportsPolitik and The Drop Zone. We talk about our reflections from the first week of the World Cup, delve a bit into the Messi-Ronaldo debate, talk about the teams that have looked the best through the first ten days, and also talk about which teams should be the most concerned going forward. We also dive into a bunch of other random topics in and around this tournament. This is a fun podcast — give it a listen, you’ll enjoy it.

World Cup Analysis – Day 8

Zach Osterman joins the World Cup Analysis podcast series, as we break down the first set of group stage games, talk about the Group A and B action from the second set of games, and talk about some of the emerging storylines from the tournament so far. Should France be panicked? Should Germany be panicked? What to make of England and Belgium? Was the first set of games really exciting or did it lack compelling drama? All that and more, on this edition of WCA on The Drop Zone.

World Cup Analysis – Day 7

We finish off the first round of Group Stage games and start on the second round, and lots of things happen in between. Galen Clavio takes you through the primary storylines from the day — Colombia’s red card and subsequent loss to Japan, Senegal’s superiority over Poland, and Russia’s surprising emergence as the alpha dog of Group A. GC also resets his knockout stage picks, talks about the implications of the new projected matchups, and discusses whether the own goal festival that’s going on is a stylistic difference or just a random occurrence.

World Cup Analysis – Day 6

Galen flies solo on this episode.¬†Topics discussed include England’s important win over Tunisia, Belgium’s proper thrashing of Panama, the problems that the Koreans find themselves in, and whether or not we should be concerned about the pre-tournament favorites.

You can catch these podcasts live on Periscope by tuning in to @doctorgc on Twitter, roughly 15-30 minutes after the conclusion of the final games on each day.

Cosmic America 26: Icky Thump by The White Stripes

Our White Stripes odyssey comes to an end with this episode, as we hit the (surprise) ending note to the band’s career with Icky Thump. Fuller sound, slightly more uneven, but still featuring four or five classic tunes, this was a fine way for the band to swan song. We go track-by-track through the album, pointing out highlights and talking about the sonic qualities of each song.

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