Movie Review: Encanto

Disney has taken on some big-picture topics with their recent films, be it racism (“Zootopia”), colonialism (“Frozen II”), or tribalism (“Raya and the Last Dragon”), but “Encanto” has its eye on something both deeply personal yet universal: the idea of what makes a person special. It’s tempting to scoff at the thought of a group of the world’s most talented artists, animators, designers, songwriters, and musicians telling its audience that they shouldn’t be so hard on themselves – or their children, more pointedly – when you know that they worked themselves to the bone to make this movie, but at the same time, where’s the lie?

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Dizzy Heights #82: ‘Time’ Songs

Features Love Spit Love, Muse, The Smiths, Pulp, and more

May I say once again that I have great respect for anyone who has a radio show with a schedule that, say, can’t be abandoned for three months. I clearly do not have the discipline to handle that much responsibility.

I’m sorry I was gone for so long. I had this general feeling of malaise that I couldn’t shake. Every time I thought about doing a show, I just…didn’t. Then my wife entered a flash fiction contest, and I suddenly had an entire weekend to myself, for all intents and purposes, and poof, a show was born.

I mention that someone made their debut in this show. That is not true. He debuted seven months ago. I should have remembered that, but here we are.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #81: Tonight

Featuring The Cars, Supergrass, Spinal Tap, Cheap Trick, Jude Cole, Rick Springfield, and more.

It only made sense, after watching song after song pop up as I searched for songs about yesterday, today, and tomorrow, that I’d do a show about tonight. Tonight is filled with limitless potential. Lives will change. Names will be made. And it’s all gonna happen TONIGHT.

Then I went through my library, and didn’t have nearly as many songs as I thought I would.

Thankfully, my friends stepped up big time with some excellent suggestions. As one put it, this is an example where teamwork helped make the dream work.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #80: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Is there a song that reminds you of something embarrassing that you did, and no matter how much distance there is between that moment and the present, the association remains? A permanent reminder of what a fool you once were?

Just wondering. That definitely does not exist with me and one of the songs in this show, nope nope nope.

And I definitely didn’t delete the part in my talkie bit where I talked about it, and then uploaded a version of the show that INCLUDES THE EMBARRASSING THING I MEANT TO DELETE.

Sigh.

Thank you, as always, for listening. *crawls under rock*

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Dizzy Heights #79: A Show About Death

Featuring Bis, Gary Numan, Mini Mansions, Midnight Oil, The Divine Comedy, and more.

This was supposed to run the week of April 8. Why did it not run then? I have no answer for that. I just didn’t get around to recording the talkie bits until now. Sometimes, life just gets in the way.

Gary Numan was the inspiration for this one, which means that David Bowie would probably have hated this. 

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #78: You

Features Robert Palmer, Stereophonics, The Lightning Seeds, Ben Folds, Joe Cocker, and more.

This is a ‘rainy day’ show idea I’ve had for a while, and as luck would have it, as I’m uploading it to Mixcloud, it’s raining.

The rule is that every song has to start with ‘You.’ ‘You’re’ and ‘You’ll’ were right out. Just ‘You.’ I was even able to sync up the opening funny bit with the theme for the second time ever.

Oh, and you oughta know…that I didn’t play that song.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #77: Conjunction Junction, Vol. I

This idea started where all good ideas start: in the shower.

Originally, this was going to be nothing but songs that start with ‘If,’ but I ultimately decided to mix things up. You will notice, though, that ‘if’ rules the roost, at least in this installment. Pretty sure I’ll be bringing this one back for a second tour of duty.

NINE artists make their Dizzy Heights debut this week, including two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and an alt-rock giant that’s been a radio mainstay for almost three decades. I would argue that they’re a wildly inconsistent mainstay, but a mainstay just the same.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #76: The Cuervo Gold, The Fine Colombian – Songs with Greetings and Salutations

Hello! Goodbye. Welcome! Hey. Goodnight. Bye! One of those six words appears in every song in this show (and in three cases, two or three of them appear). It is that simple.

I am not deep.

Yes, it’s true: I talk about editing one of these songs down from its monstrous run time, then listened to it again, and realized I could cut another 35 seconds and create a better edit, even though the “better” edit still sticks out like a sore thumb to me. It’s my “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Beatles fans nod knowingly. So does my wife, who gets that reference against her wishes.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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Dizzy Heights #75: Zipperhead – ‘Girl’ Songs

No joke, I’ve been sitting on this idea since my last Name That Tune quiz at Popdose, which was *checks notes* a little over 11 years ago. So, this idea is slightly younger than my youngest child. Who’s in middle school. Man, I think I need to lie down for a minute.

My apologies for the delay. This show was originally supposed to go live the week of January 14, but…some things happened. Disappointing things, which I will explain, possibly to my detriment. I regret nothing.

Thank you, as always, for listening.

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The Popdose Interview: Terri Nunn (2020)

A zeptosecond may officially be the shortest unit of measure of time, but in reality, the shortest measure of time is 15 minutes with Berlin singer Terri Nunn. Within seconds, interviews with Terri stop being interviews and become conversations – case in point: when we interviewed Nunn in 2013, we talked about Berlin, but also talked about Devo, Prince, Giorgio Moroder, Andrew Eldridge, Kylie Minogue, The Psychedelic Furs, Thompson Twins, Trevor Horn, and Kraftwerk – but with only 15 minutes, one must stick to the script, as it were. In this instance, the script was discussing Berlin signing with August Day Records to make the playful and gorgeous orchestral album Strings Attached. Oh, and two core members of the original band have since returned to the fold. Terri Nunn and Berlin are in a very good place.

But before we begin, she has a question. A 100% in-character question.

Hey, before you record, are we allowed to curse? Because one interview I did this morning. I did. And I thought, uh oh, I didn’t ask.

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