Squat Cobbler: Alice Cooper – Paranormal – Part 2 (review)

‘Cause my mama says the world’s an oyster and I’m the pearl

Here is part 2 of our review on Paranormal.  In the episode we discuss the two new original Alice Cooper group songs and the live tracks from his current band – all this on the bonus material included with Paranormal!

Also, since we mentioned how cool the stage show is for “Feed My Frankenstein”…

SMLTBCBPB (Song most likely to be covered by Pat Boone):

Mike  – Holy Water

Kelly – Genuine American Girl

Reminder… Paranormal is doing very well on the charts… HELP IT DO EVEN BETTER!!

Squat Cobbler 38: Alice Cooper – Trash (review)

“I’ll drive you like hammer on the bed of nails”

This week Mike and Kelly discuss Alice Cooper’s 18th album, “Trash”.

They are pretty sure this is still the best selling of all of Alice’s albums and it featured a major return to the singles chart with “Poison”.

While it certainly can be debated, both Mike and Kelly felt this was a good album, just not a good Alice Cooper album.  Tons of guest stars including Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler and Kip Winger may have contributed to that.

Had this whole album been done live, it would have fared much better in the rankings.  Song like Poison and Trash really are a whole different level of awesome live.  For example:

 

SMLTBCBPB (Song most likely to be covered by Pat Boone):

Only My Heart Talkin’

THE RANKINGS

Mike

  1. Love It To Death
  2. Billion Dollar Babies
  3. Killer
  4. From the Inside
  5. School’s Out
  6. Welcome To My Nightmare
  7. Flush the Fashion
  8. Constrictor
  9. DaDa
  10. Muscle Of Love
  11. Special Forces
  12. Lace and Whiskey
  13. Zipper Catches Skin
  14. Raise Your Fist and Yell
  15. Trash
  16. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
  17. Easy Action
  18. Pretties for You

Kelly

  1. Billion Dollar Babies
  2.  Love It To Death
  3. From the Inside
  4. Killer
  5. Welcome To My Nightmare
  6. School’s Out
  7. Special Forces
  8. Flush the Fashion
  9. Constrictor
  10. DaDa
  11. Muscle Of Love
  12. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
  13. Zipper Catches Skin
  14. Lace and Whiskey
  15. Trash
  16. Easy Action
  17. Raise Your Fist and Yell
  18. Pretties for You

Squat Cobbler: Alice Cooper – Paranormal – Part 1 (review)

Your phone knows more about you than your daddy or your mother

We couldn’t wait to review the newest Alice Cooper release.  While all of Alice’s recent albums have been very strong, Paranormal really stands out.  A full (and awesome) new release, PLUS a bonus material that features the original Alice Cooper group members and some live tracks from his current band.

Since there is SO much here, we decided to break it into two reviews.  The second review (of the bonus material) will come out shortly.

As was mentioned on the show, Alice did some track by track interviews that in our opinion approaches Squat Cobbler “Alice talk” quality.  Here they are…

By the way… Paranormal is doing very well on the charts… HELP IT DO EVEN BETTER!!

N&S – Episode 136 – Alice Cooper and Six Crows

A return to some old standbys: A book and an Alice Cooper album. Guess who recs which one..

 

Kelly’s Rec:

Album: Paranormal by Alice Cooper

  • The brand new album from Alice Cooper!
  • Kelly gives a preview of his thoughts on the album before he and Mike talk about it on Squat Cobbler.
  • Some Links: a playlist on YouTube, Spotify, Amazon Prime

 

I’m only 30 out of 50 Shades of Grey….

 

 

Mel’s Rec:

Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

  • This is a super cool, gritty, fun caper of a Young Adult Fantasy novel.
  • It is currently $2.99 on Kindle until Sept 4, 2017.
  • Follow Leigh on Tumblr, she is super interactive with her fans.

 

 

Social Media Corner:

Kelly: @bexsaunders7 – Bex the BritChick on twitter. She likes memes and depressing poem starts…

 


Mel: @dswt on instagram or twitter. It’s the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. They save baby elephants ( and lots of other stuff too) They are awesome.

 


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Squat Cobbler 37: A very very very very special Squat Cobbler

Rather than recommendations this week, Mike and I go behind the scenes on the various podcasts we do and also discuss my recent troubles with “The Man”.  Ironically, for a show where we talk about “cleaning up” audio, there are a few rough patches this show.  The original recording had some warbling here and there – sorry!

You’ll hear about the tools and processes we use, favorite guests for Squat Cobbler, the Alice Cooper reviews and A Saul and Battery.  You will also learn why the podcast audio for Squat Cobbler now differs on this blog verses YouTube – and much more.

We also REALLY want your input on our latest planned adventure… SQUAT CINEMA

The plans so far:

  1. Get together on Friday nights to watch a movie together via Rabb.it
  2. Maybe have a short film before the main event
  3. Have fun

We would love your input on what would make this better.  We discuss Squat Cinema towards the end of this show.  Hope to hear from you on this!!

N&S – Episode 135 -Podcats

Another episode where we recommend other people’s podcasts. Weird.

 

Mel’s Rec:

Podcast/AudioDrama: Mars Corp by Definitely Human Productions

  • Imagine waking up a few hundred years late for your job as Station Manager of the MarsCorp terraformign station. On Mars.
  • A fun story of Corporate Culture. In space. Full of zany characters and one lovable robot named Baxter. He has a telebelly.
  • Available at all of the normal places podcasts can be found.

 

 

Kelly’s Rec:

Podcast: Every Little Thing by Gimlet Media

  • This new podcast by Gimlet Media is hosted by Flora Lichtman and it’s about the little things.
  • Gimlet describes it’s about “searching for the extraordinary lurking in every nook and cranny of the ordinary”.
  • There are some very timely topics, such as eclipse chasers, the senate Parliamentarian, and the ever popular Dewey Decimal System.
  • Short little episodes about little, but important things.

 

Social Media Corner:

Mel: @BeautifulBizarreMagazine on Instagram: If you want to see some cool art from all over the spectrum, check this account out. It’s beautiful and a little creepy, and just really really cool.

Love Love Love “Sweet Casey,” by @loopyboopy, she’s SO lovely!❤️😍

A post shared by beautifulbizarremagazine (@beautifulbizarremagazine) on


Kelly: @TerriBlanchard on Twitter: She’s a super nice coffee drinking funny Canadian.

 


And Our Special Guest this week:

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Squat Cobbler 36: Alice Cooper – Raise Your Fist and Yell (review)

You can take my head and cut it off, but you ain’t gonna change my mind

For the first time in these reviews, a guest joins Mike and Kelly to discuss Kelly’s much dreaded analysis of Alice Cooper’s 17th album, “Raise Your Fist and Yell”.

Terry brought some great insight and humor to what could have been an EXTREMELY short review otherwise.  We hope to have him back!

In other big news, there is no longer a tie at the top of Kelly’s list.  Billion Dollar Babies now holds the #1 spot exclusively.

Terry mentioned during the show there was some concert footage from the tour supporting Raise Your Fist and Yell.  While not the greatest audio or video… here it is.

SMLTBCBPB (Song most likely to be covered by Pat Boone):

Mike and Terry – Freedom

Kelly – Chop Chop Chop

Raise Your Fist and Yell ended up at #13 on Mike’s list and #16 on Kelly’s – with an assist from Terry on Kelly’s placement.

THE RANKINGS

Mike

  1. Love It To Death
  2. Billion Dollar Babies
  3. Killer
  4. From the Inside
  5. School’s Out
  6. Welcome To My Nightmare
  7. Flush the Fashion
  8. Constrictor
  9. DaDa
  10. Muscle Of Love
  11. Special Forces
  12. Lace and Whiskey
  13. Zipper Catches Skin
  14. Raise Your Fist and Yell
  15. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
  16. Easy Action
  17. Pretties for You

Kelly

  1. Billion Dollar Babies
  2.  Love It To Death
  3. From the Inside
  4. Killer
  5. Welcome To My Nightmare
  6. School’s Out
  7. Special Forces
  8. Flush the Fashion
  9. Constrictor
  10. DaDa
  11. Muscle Of Love
  12. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
  13. Zipper Catches Skin
  14. Lace and Whiskey
  15. Easy Action
  16. Raise Your Fist and Yell
  17. Pretties for You

Squat Cobbler 35: Shudder and Explode

Mike and Kelly reflect upon Squat Cobbler’s “evil doppelganger” relationship to the Nurture and Support podcast and then go on to recommend…

Kelly’s recommendation: Song Exploder (podcast)

Hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, Song Exploder is a podcast that breaks down a song each episode with the participation of musician(s) who created it.  Very interesting and tightly edited (each show is less than 15 minutes). There are episodes with Björk, U2, Metallica, Solange, Iggy Pop and many more.

Mike’s recommendation:  Shudder (Streaming service)

Sponsored by AMC, this horror specific streaming channel boasts on of the largest movie catalogs.  It has a number of exclusives on movies and TV shows, as well as original content.  It also has a unique live viewing option not often found on streaming services.  Check it out at www.shudder.com

Social Recommendations

Kelly – @scifi_or_bust (Instagram)

Mike – @christian_menses (Instagram)

N&S – Episode 134 – Whole Lotta Literature

This short ep is just chock full of literary inspiration.

 

Kelly’s Rec:

Website: InspiroBot.me

  • Special thanks to Sean Shick for dropping this little gem in front of Kelly’s eyeballs. Special Runner Up Thanks to Matt Shivers for keeping it there.
  • Click the HAL3000 -ish button and wonderful inspirational magic appears.
  • Also, you can access your past inspirations from the “My Quotes” section.
  • Go. Look. Click that Generate button ans share your inspirations with us.

LOOK AT THESE. LOOK!

 

Here are some of Mel’s:

 

 

Mel’s Rec:

Podcast: Levar Burton Reads

  • Just like it sounds, Levar Burton reads short stories from various genres to you.
  • It is magical. You should go listen now.
  • It’s available everywhere podcast can be, and if you are a Stitcher Premium member you can listen to the next ep before it airs.
  • Also, Levar Burton retweeted me. Really.

 

Social Media Corner:

Kelly:  Ian Colletti @IanColletti aka Eugene on Preacher.


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Squat Cobbler 34: Alice Cooper – Constrictor (review)

The world needs guts

This week Mike and Kelly discuss Alice Cooper’s 16th album, “Constrictor” and talk tattoos at the end of the show.  After a couple years of “retirement”, Alice teams with Kane Roberts for a most encouraging return.  Perhaps a little filler here and there, but this is a very fun album overall.  The clear standout song is “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” from the Friday the 13th series.

SMLTBCBPB (Song most likely to be covered by Pat Boone):

Mike – Thrill My Gorilla (ed note: Mike has Pat in a gorilla suit performing it)

Kelly – Life and the Death of the Party

Constrictor ended up at #8 on Mike’s list and #9 on Kelly’s.

THE RANKINGS

Mike

  1. Love It To Death
  2. Billion Dollar Babies
  3. Killer
  4. From the Inside
  5. School’s Out
  6. Welcome To My Nightmare
  7. Flush the Fashion
  8. Constrictor
  9. DaDa
  10. Muscle Of Love
  11. Special Forces
  12. Lace and Whiskey
  13. Zipper Catches Skin
  14. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
  15. Easy Action
  16. Pretties for You

Kelly

  1. Love It To Death (tie)
  2. Billion Dollar Babies (tie)
  3. From the Inside
  4. Killer
  5. Welcome To My Nightmare
  6. School’s Out
  7. Special Forces
  8. Flush the Fashion
  9. Constrictor
  10. DaDa
  11. Muscle Of Love
  12. Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
  13. Zipper Catches Skin
  14. Lace and Whiskey
  15. Easy Action
  16. Pretties for You