PODCAST: GEEKIN’ ON WYCLEF FOR THE CARNIVAL’S 20TH

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I dug mantle-deep into Wyclef Jean’s The Carnival on Billboard’s Pop Shop podcast. This was easy because The Carnival is kinda sorta definitely very much one of my favorite albums of all time. The occasion for the chat was, of course, the LP’s 20th birthday (I’m sure you had it marked on your calendar), and the episode was part of Andrew Unterberger’s “Coming Around Again” series. He tags me in around 25:10. Sound quality leaves a lil’ bit to be desired ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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Lukas Graham on Grammys, Babies and Speedos

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I INTERVIEWED WYCLEF JEAN AND HE CALLED ME “FAMILY”!!! Oh, and I had a weird/awesome brunch with Lukas Forchhammer, the mastermind behind the Danish musical oddity that is Lukas Graham and their massive 2016 hit song, “7 Years.” Due to space constraints, this interview (one of three Grammy preview covers) was trimmed considerably, so you’ll miss the bit where I said, “He’s sporting … a fresh haircut he says makes him ‘look like a lesbian raver.’ Really, he looks like a ’90s rap-rock stoner. It’s one of the many things that set him apart from 2017’s music industry power players.” However, they did keep my quote from Wyclef (not the “family” part), which makes 15-year-old me die and go to heaven. So, I guess I’m dead now. Oh well.

Cult Bit: trippy kids shows

If you’re not familiar with The A.V. Club‘s “Inventory” feature, it’s time to get acquainted. These esoteric/nostalgic/encyclopedic lists are great reading — pretty much as good as it gets to a pop culture geek, no matter what bug you’ve been bitten by: music, TV, film or literature. The “Inventory” posted today is a fantastic one: “25 Notable Trippy Kids Shows”. I contributed the entries on ’70s shows The Electric Company and Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.

Lancelot Link and Mata Hairi: on the case.

Lancelot Link and Mata Hairi: on the case.

An “Inventory” close to my heart ran in March, “25 Great Albums Best Listened To Start To Finish.” I covered records by King Crimson, Neutral Milk Hotel, Deltron 3030, Wyclef Jean, The Flaming Lips, and Parenthetical Girls.