EGC Clambake for February 20, 2007

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I play a song from Detroit Crunkstar; I talk about black history month, a few movies I’ve seen and what it was like being a white kid from Kansas who ended up in a black high school in Georgia; I play a song from C. Layne; I play a snippet from In Our Time; I talk about people liking shows more the less I put into them; I have a near miss with taking about love; I play a song by Rosie Thomas and mosey.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

9 thoughts on “EGC Clambake for February 20, 2007”

  1. David Jacobs says:

    Love that fuckin’ Detroit Crunkstar!

  2. Derek says:

    Excellent show as usual. You make a lot of good points and I’m glad that you decided to not cut that portion of the show out. Everyone needs to be reminded about just how fun a movie Krush Groove was, something that is sorely lacking in the young black movies of today.

    If you get a chance, you should see Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song. It’s a little hard to watch at times because the 70’s indie aesthetic is drastically different from today’s, but I think it’s worth it. If you like it, also check out Across 110th Street and Watermelon Man, both star Godfrey Cambridge who is one of those guys who should be a legend but is almost forgotten.

    Also, I love the C. Layne song. I think it’s time I checked out Magnatunes a little more carefully.

  3. Bazooka Joe says:


    Funny that you mentioned the output for the Small World. When I first started the podcast I was putting out a five minute episode each day. Very quickly the shows started clocking in at 10 minutes and then 15 minutes.

    Once I consistently hit the 30 minute mark for each show there was simply no way I could produce that many episodes so I dropped down to releasing a show Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. More recently, I’ve geared down to just putting out three shows a week and I suspect soon it will just be two a week.

    As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, I have a bit of a compulsive/obsesive streak in me. Plus, I’m passionate about radio so those two traits make me maniacal about putting out shows.

    I mention all of this because I don’t want your listeners to not want to check out the Small World for fear of being hit with a torrent of episodes.

    By the way, I just watched the Fela documentary you mentioned on the show last week. I knew about Fela back in my radio days but never got around to listening to him. I only got turned on to Fela three or four years ago. Fela’s definitely up there in my pantheon of musical gods, which includes James Brown. The late, great James Brown, by the way, was a shrewd businessman and musical genius and also an asshole. That doesn’t make his music any less mindblowing.

    One more thing and then it’s back to work…

    My taste in hip hop pretty much stopped at Apocalypse ’91: The Enemy Strikes Black. It was right about that time that gangsta rap took off and I really found that genre pretty boring. I mean, how many songs about male posturing, selling and using drugs, and slapping bitches and hos can you listen to? Thankfully, that fad has pretty much died out and there is some truly great hip hop being released these days.

    Bazooka Joe

  4. doughnut says: is one of the best bbc podcasts. so many different topics. very interesting. a real recommendation.

  5. dave says:

    David, me too!

    Derek, when I said that was right when I had the twinge that maybe the world doesn’t need a goofy honky talking about black culture. I don’t remember if I told this exact detail, but my brother and I went to see Krush Groove in the theaters in Augusta GA and we were the only white guys in the whole full theater. I’d like to see both of those, and probably more than Superfly or The Mack or any of those.

    Joe, sorry for spreading disinformation. I haven’t paid as much attention to the timestamps as I should. I hit your site periodically and pick some shows. If your output has slowed to a manageable level, I’ll resubscribe.

    Your points are about being an asshole but a good businessman are fair enough. I wasn’t using that as a reason to dismiss van Peeble’s art. He’s actually a pretty amazing man. I didn’t know until I watched the documentary that the first free novels he wrote were in French, not English. He speaks Dutch and French fluently.

    Fela does indeed rock hard. He reminds me kind of Zappa or Miles in the way they had a basic musical structure and then there was room for a lot of modularity and improvisation within that.

    I agree with you about finding gangsta rap completely uncompelling. I always preferred something like PE or De La Soul to the thuggish stuff anyway. I lied a little there, I do like Outkast. Got to love when one of their big hit songs is an apology to the mother of their baby momma for not being a good person.

  6. Dave,

    I have to confess that I also prefer your less prepared shows, but the interview shows are a core part of why I listen and it just wouldn’t be EGC without them. Your efforts are not wasted, they’re just appreciated in a different way 😉

  7. darusha says:

    Good show! I’m glad you kept that dodgy section in, if only for the very visceral reminder I got at the end of that moment in Airplane! when the nice white lady says “I speak Jive,” and proceeds to translate.

  8. Mark Forman says:

    Hmm-kind of agreee with Andrew’s summation. Maybe I’m not that analytical-just like hearing what you have to say from time to time and the way you say it.

    In my personal experience i get far more people downloading/streaming from my blog than subscribing. I am totally in favor of ala carte model. I have been doing that with Joe’s shows(all of them good to excellent quality) for a long time .

    I think it’s great people listening/viewing what they want when they want regardless of rss in the mix or just mouse clicking.

    In closing-less frequent clambakes make me notice and appreciate them more when they show up in my reader.

  9. dave says:

    Andrew, I think I sort of follow you there, in a zen sort of way.

    Darusha, that was exactly my worst fear of how it would come off. Yikes!

    Mark, I personally do poorly with the ala carte model. I don’t remember to go look at more than a handful of things. I’m the same way with the TV. PVR is perfect for me, because I’m not going to keep up with which program is on when. Just subscribe the first time I’m interested, and watch them as they show up.

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