‘Tis the damn season. Last summer, we convened the Three Heathens–Paul, Arlo, and A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis–to discuss Taylor Swift’s first surprise album of 2020, Folklore. It was surprising not only for the nature of its release but for the folk pop/singer-songwriter shift it marked, becoming the finest achievement of Swift’s career. On her second surprise album of 2020, Evermore, she may have equaled that achievement. The Heathens are back to discuss the progression of Swift’s Joni Mitchell phase, as her lyrics become more reflective and complex. They’re strengthened by producer/co-writer Aaron Dessner’s sonic palette, introducing new sounds to Swift’s oeuvre. It’s true, the boys go a little off the rails into Lynch references, but one thing is undeniable: the more we say, the less you know. Plus, a discussion of the Disney+ making-of/concert film Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.
NEXT: it’s Hawk the Slayer vs. The Adventures of Robin Hood in a Geek Challenge.
00:00:37 – Intro / Guest
00:03:40 – Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions
Taylor Swift in the music video for ‘cardigan’ (2020), directed by herself
Gobbledygeek episode 412, “folklore (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.
Paul and Arlo are doin’ good, they’re on some new shit: actually talking at length about music! A/V director and founding Gobbler Joseph Lewis joins the boys to rave about Taylor Swift’s newest (and best) album, Folklore. The gang discusses how Folklore offers a more mature and introspective look at Swift’s pop star persona, how the collaboration with The National’s Aaron Dessner enhances her sonic palette, the drama of the Teenage Love Trilogy, the beautiful video for “cardigan,” and more.
Next: slippin’ and slidin’ with Class Action Park.
BONUS MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS
Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers
Gaslighter by The Chicks
Tourist Season by Miel
The New Abnormal by The Strokes
Run-On Death Sentence by Alex Jonestown Massacre
Every Bad by Porridge Radio
Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan
Song for Our Daughter by Laura Marling
Once I Was an Eagle by Laura Marling
Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple
Louie 99 by Pet Rocks and Fake Flowers
Imploding the Mirage by The Killers
Twelfth by Old 97’s
Total Run Time: 02:46:30
00:01:00 – Intro / Banter
00:07:14 – Our histories with Taylor Swift
00:28:38 – Track-by-track review of folklore
02:31:28 – Other new music recommendations
02:42:50 – Outro / Next
“the 1” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
“cardigan” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
“exile” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
“seven” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
“august” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
“illicit affairs” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
Top: ‘Puppet Master’ (1989), directed by David Schmoeller Bottom: Jennifer Tilly in ‘Seed of Chucky’ (2004), directed by Don Mancini
Gobbledygeek episode 410, “Geek Challenge: Puppet Master vs. Seed of Chucky,” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.
They’ll tear you a new puppet hole, bitch! The worlds of Charles Band and Don Mancini collide in a pre-Gobbledyween Geek Challenge. Paul sends Arlo a psychic alert letting him know to watch 1989’s Puppet Master, the first of producer Band’s direct-to-VHS Full Moon Features and the source of approximately one trillion sequels. In turn, Arlo goes meta and has a doll voiced by him call Paul while the real Arlo is tied to a bed behind him, commanding Paul to watch 2004’s Seed of Chucky. Paul recounts the joy of watching Full Moon Features in his 20s, Arlo launches a full-throated defense of Mancini’s vision, and they are both just completely miserable. Plus, the boys have nothing but nice things to say about Taylor Swift’s Folklore.
Next: we’re off, then we’re not.
Total Run Time: 01:49:34
00:00:25 – Intro / Banter
00:16:56 – Puppet Master
01:03:15 – Seed of Chucky
01:45:00 – Outro / Next
“Master of Puppets” by Metallica, Master of Puppets (1986)
There’s a running joke that Paul and I don’t know how to talk about music. And though we’ve been assured by reputable sources that we don’t too bad a job of it, well…I tried writing little blurbs for the albums on my list and felt like a jackass. So we’ll again be presenting our lists (my top 10 and Paul’s top 5) without comments, as Paul’s already done with this year’s movies and comics lists.
In lieu of our dumb words, enjoy some songs from our favorite albums of 2014.