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It's a rare opportunity for one to get to interview a personal hero, but we'll get to that in a bit. We'll start with the baseball stuff, as after plenty of email and a long discussion about the Michael Young soap opera, we go prospect heavy with detailed discussions of the recently published Reds, Braves and Rangers prospect lists, as well as Jason's piece this week on the Texas farm system. Then it's pop culture time, with special guest Steve Albini, a legend in the world of independent music. We talk Chicago punk, recording ethos and why Oney Guillen of all people is a friendly rival. It's a great interview, and to be honest, no baseball-related guest would have excited me as much. Then it's the goofy stuff, as Jason relates his dangerous Super Bowl Sunday.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Up And In Episode 37: "Green Apple Is Not Cool"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Intro, agenda review

4:14 Housekeeping: email, twitter, facebook, teasing the book tour

6:00 Emails

  • Defensive shortstop fantasy draft (center fielders too!)
  • The HOF game with Rocker and Pettitte
  • Show idea: Listener of the week
  • The Royals Academy of the 70s
  • How the 2012 draft could screw up baseball
  • Players and psychological testing
  • Watching players instead of games
  • Saving money with a bullpen by committee
  • The glory of the refrigerator repairmen
  • We found the pessimistic Royals fan

42:52 Michael Young is not happy (so what do we do about it?)

1:05:30 Breaking down the Reds Top 11 prospect list

1:16:25 Breaking down the Braves Top 11 prospect list

1:28:50 Breaking down Jason's breaking down of Rangers prospects

1:42:30 Pop Culture Moment with ultra-special guest Steve Albini

  • Finding culture in Montana
  • The uniqueness of the Chicago punk scene of the 1980s
  • Being a recording engineer vs. being a musician
  • Recording ethos (you too can have Steve record your band)
  • Dreaming of working with Dolly Parton and the possibilities of hip-hop
  • Changes in the music industry (all for the better)
  • The future belongs to the analog loyalists
  • The artistry of Ozzie Guillen's tweets and a rivalry with Oney
  • The punk rock/baseball collection
  • Baseball is obviously the best sport
  • International bands and baseball players
  • Baseball fields in Sicily

2:17:31 Kevin gets emotional about the Chicago punk scene

2:21:17 Music Guest: Steve Albini's three-headed monster of bands

2:25:28 What are you drinking? (includes tales of Four Loko)

2:36:20 The week to come

Music is by Big Black, Rapeman, Shellac, various copyrights, Touch & Go Records, all rights reserved.

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Asinwreck
2/10
I can't believe that this episode isn't called "Crazy Freaks and Assholes Can Do Great Things." Excellent stuff, guys, and a particularly great job giving space to a really interesting conversation with Albini about economics and art on the interview.
dianagramr
2/10
Albini doing a Neil Young record would be totally insane, in a good way.
rawagman
2/10
So as Kevin said, everyone's musical tastes have been touched by Albini. So I had to look it up. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Albini_discography). I have a pretty large musical collection, but it took me a while until I found the aural space where Albini and I converge - Gogol Bordello's Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike.
kgoldstein
2/10
I think the amazing thing about this list is as amazingly large as it is, it's incredibly incomplete. He's literally touched thousands of releases.
rawagman
2/10
"He's literally touched thousands of releases." So have I, but I only ended up purchasing 800 or so....
delorean
2/10
Albini is so full of shit. He's awesome, and I love him. Also, Atomizer is one of the best records ever made. 80 grade album.
rawagman
2/10
BTW - this may have been my favourite podcast so far. Awesome stuff
dianagramr
2/12
I for one am only going to GUESS that there is fanfic involving Freddy "Dirty" Sanchez.
dianagramr
2/12
argh ..... please ignore .... meant to post this elsewhere (obviously ... or obliviously)
Asinwreck
2/12
If that article was discussed on the podcast, would it be in the baseball portion, the pop-culture portion, or the "what are you drinking?" portion of the show?
kgoldstein
2/12
You'll find out next week.
mattidell
2/13
You should post comments like this all over the site in random articles.