WATSON AND THE SHARK
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THE PODCAST THAT ARRIVED ON A STORMY NIGHT

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Adventure 1.0

Welcome to the first Adventure for WATSON AND THE SHARK. 

First, we talk with Sam Mickens of the Dead Science.  Their most recent album Villainaire is on Constellation Records.  The first song you'll hear from them is the bombast of "Monster Island Czars" from that album.  What a beast! After that, you'll hear the warmth of Goldmund's "Door of Our Home" (he'll be featured on a future adventure).  After that you'll be greeted by The  Dead Science's Holliston as Sam discusses it.  We'll work into their triumphant Sword Cane.  We might definitely hear the "Zweiter Akt (Zweiter Teil): Fausti Weheklag I" by Alfred Schnittke lurking in there.  We'll talk Constellation, Shudder to Think, Ice Grillionaires, , Schnittke, and their musical future. And finally, we'll head out for a walk on The Dead Science's Black Lane. 

Then, we'll be with a truly dear man, Brian Baise.  Brian has appeared in the prestigous and much loved quarterly literary journal McSweeney's as well as the always interesting St. Anne's Review ("Don't Leon Sanders Me"). We will walk down the Corduroy Road with Brian Baise over more Goldmund tracks: "Methusela Tree," "Provenance," and unforgetably "Image-Autumn-Womb."

We are sent off with a tune by Strawberry LumberZach and crisis by WATS economic editor Craig Boyer.

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 2.0

Welcome to the second Adventure for WATSON AND THE SHARK. 

Watson and the Shark Adventure 2.0 features for the Spring Season.  This time we take a trip with Goldmund/Helios/Mint  Julep leader Keith Kennif.  He has recorded several records for Type and his full bio can be read here.  We discuss Matthew Woodson who has done several of the distinguished album covers for Helios.  The music featured in this segment:
Helios' Fourteen Drawings from Caesura
Goldmund's All Four Holy Mountains from The Heart of High Places
Goldmund's Mound Builders from The Malady of Elegance
Helios' Hope Valley Hill from Caesura

Secondly, we have Washington, D.C. hardcore band Coke Bust.  They have their first full-length coming on Six Weeks Records.  The band has made their mark with a demo released several years ago and being a strong member of a pack of straight edge resurgence.  Featured are two songs from their forthcoming LP:

No One to Impress
Prove You Right
and
Void's Go South (live)

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 3.0

You made it to the third Adventure for WATSON AND THE SHARK!

Watson and the Shark Adventure 3.0 features for the Spring Season, something quite delightful!  This time we take a shorter trip with Mike Hill -- frontman and founder of Tombs.  Tombs was formed from the ashes of Anodyne and has, since their inception in 2003, recorded several records for Relapse, Black Box Recordings, and Level-Plane Records.  We discuss Neil Young, Black Flag, story arcs in music, and the name of their first full length, Winter Hours.  The music featured in this segment:


Gossamer by Tombs from Winter Hours
Old Dominion by Tombs from Winter Hours
The Desert by Ennio Morricone from The Good, The Bad, the Ugly OST
Filled with Secrets by Tombs from Winter Hours
Story of a Room by Tombs from Winter Hours

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 4.0

You found it! You made it to the very fourth Adventure for WATSON AND THE SHARK!

This time, we seafare with King Cat creator, and primary publisher John Porcellino on this fourth high sea fourth Adventure for Watson and the Shark Adventure!  To compensate for last adventure's brevity, we have extended this adventure beyond the mere scope of 28 minutes!

Shackles be gone!  

King Cat was created from the zine world of the late 1980s and later morphed into one of the funniest, saddest, and most influential comics of all time. King Cat is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this month! He has self-published all individual King Cat comics while a collection called King Cat Classix was published by Drawn and Quarterly. In 2008, Hyperion published a graphic novel based on Henry David Thoreau's Walden and other writings. It was published in conjunction with The Center for Cartoon Studies. His work has also appeared in McSweeney's Quarterly and Kramer's Ergot. We discuss Thoreau, Walden Pond, punk rock, zen, Billy Joel, Spanish Flea, first records, Akira Kurosawa's Dreams, zine culture, and how he manages to draw so small. 

ADVENTURE 4.0

Click above for link to mp3 of podcast.

This adventure also has a wave of music featured including:

Artist
Track Name
R.E.M.
Gardening at Night
Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd
And then I Turned Away
Dolly Parton and Port Wagoner
Last Thing on my Mind
John Tilbury
Chorale
The Replacements
Don't Ask Why
Electric Light Orchestra
Livin' Thing
Cocteau Twins
Cherry-Coloured Funk
Robin Guthrie
Monument
Precious Wax Drippings
No Place I Can't Go
Bad Brains
How Low Can a Punk Get
Black Flag
Bastard in Love
John Tilbury
Sweet Chariot
Van Morrison
Who Was that Masked Man
Robyn Hitchcock
Heart Full of Leaves
The Smiths
Frankly, Mr. Shankly
Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Mexican Shuffle
Billy Joel
The Stranger
The Replacements
Careless
John Tilbury
Passing Fancy
John Tilbury
Invention
John Tilbury
Saltair Melody
Neil Young
Till the Morning Comes

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 5

The prom episodes.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed creating them.

and living them.

Adventure 5.1

I say! Discovery! You made it to the beginning of the fifth Adventure and first prom for WATSON AND THE SHARK!

This time, we look at the prom so take your medicine and curb your senioritis so you donut miss a second! Our chief guide is Lars Soderlund

Lars discusses being a prodigy at rhetoric and howadventure5 that can retard your high school love life. He'll guide you through your prom memories past and future. Get ready for the first part in a series of wild adventures that includes characters like Lord Skeffington and Johannes the German tux shopper!
Remaining parts of this series will appear shortly! Collect all three!

L'AVENTURA 5.1

This first part of theadventure also has a wash of prom music featured including:

Artist
Song
Ida
Post-Prom Disorder
Camille Saint-Saens
Aquarium
Montell Jordan
This is How We Do It
Rcokwell with Michael Jackson
Somebody's Watching Me

Go here to discover L'AVENTURA 5.2 where Lars realizes real tragedy.

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 5.2

I say! Discovery! You made it to the next segment examining the fifth Adventure and first prom for WATSON AND THE SHARK!

This time, we look at the prom so take your medicine and curb your senioritis so you donut miss a second! Our chief guide is Lars Soderlund

Lars discusses the result of his torrid Tori spell(ing?) and the further woes of Christina. We are also introduced the mysterious summer lady, Katy.

Lars will guide you through your prom memories past and future. Get ready for the second part in a series of wild adventures that includes characters like Katy, a recliner, Lord Skeffington and Johannes the German tux shopper!

So, grab an iced coffee, your prom dress, a rented tux, and my father's limo (but not the satellite radio!), and relax and enjoy this fine feathered tale.
Remaining parts of this series will appear shortly! Collect all of these!

L'AVENTURA 5.2

(just click that for a sweetened mp3)

This first part of theadventure also has a wash of prom music featured including:

Artist Song
Ida Post-Prom Disorder
Tim Hecker Ghosts in Silver
Burt Bacharach The Look of Love

Go here to discover L'AVENTURA 5.2 where Lars realizes real tragedy.

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 5.3

The drama continues...

This time, we look at the prom so take your medicine and curb your senioritis so you donut miss a second! Our chief guide is Lars Soderlund

Lars discusses the continuing fortunes of prom.

Lars will guide you through your prom memories past and future. Get ready for the second part in a series of wild adventures that includes characters like Katy, a recliner, Lord Skeffington and Johannes the German tux shopper!

So, grab an iced coffee, your prom dress, a rented tux, and my father's limo (but not the satellite radio!), and relax and enjoy this fine feathered tale.
Remaining parts of this series will appear shortly! Collect all of these!

L'AVENTURA 5.3

(just click that for a sweetened mp3)

This first part of theadventure also has a wash of prom music featured including:

Artist Song
Ghosts and Vodka Conversational All-Stars
Billy Joel Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

Go here to discover L'AVENTURA 5.3 where Lars realizes real tragedy.

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 5.4

The drama deepens as does the night!

Grab your hot air balloon.

Grab your date.

Grab your bottle of love potion.

Lars discusses the continuing fortunes of prom.

He has a guest.

Lord Skeffington and Johannes the German tux shopper!

So, grab my father's limo and relax and enjoy this fine feathered tale.
This is the final part for the Prom Adventure! Collect all of these!

L'AVENTURA 5.4

(just click that for a sweetened mp3)

This first part of theadventure also has a wash of prom music featured including:

Artist Song
Ghosts and Vodka Conversational All-Stars
Billy Joel Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

Go here to discover L'AVENTURA 5.4 where Lars realizes real reality.

Please send all comments and questions to alexandermlesher@gmail.com and do it truly and truly quickly.

Have a most beautiful weekend.

Adventure 6.0


Watson and the Shark Podcast is finally swinging back after 18 months of moving (twice), living overseas, computer failures (in which I thought I lost everything), and oil spills (frown).

BLACK SS is fronted by angry and happy man, CHUCK SS. This interview was conducted in March of 2009 while a stranger appeared outside of my window and started raking up my strawberry leaves. BLACK SS is a pared down, straight forward, Oi!-inspired, straight edge hardcore band from Syracuse, New York.

The first part of this interview looks at the nonevolution of BLACK SS, the history of vegan sXe hardcore in Syracuse, the stifling elements past and present in hardcore, what is important to BLACK SS uniquely, and a great deal more. And, this is just part one.

Most of the music you will hear is BLACK SS with supplementary contributions from Maurice Ravel, Eric Satie, jazz, and John Adams.

This will quickly be followed by the next part of the interview (hopefully sooner than later)

Please enjoy this and inform of us of any concerns, delights, comments, and/or questions.

alexandermlesher@gmail.com

MP3 OF ADVENTURE 6.1

Adventure X.3
DUDE FEST 2011
Adventure 7.0


Watson and the Shark Podcast Masterworks presents an early evening with Chris Taylor of the band Pygmy Lush. Please listen in!

Please enjoy this and inform of us of any concerns, delights, comments, and/or questions.

alexandermlesher@gmail.com

MP3 OF ADVENTURE 7.0