FOTI #7: Fathers, F-Bombs and Flickr

After a three-week break, our new podcast is up!

In this music-packed episode, Alison and Alpine draft their favorite Father’s Day songs, grade a Report Card packed with viral tunes, and surprise each other with startlingly good internet jams. Then on a totally unrelated note, we present a discussion of the downfall of the once-great photo sharing site Flickr. With the music of Alison’s favorite band, the Stockholm sister act First Aid Kit, and a lot of swearing by the hosts for some reason.

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To the links! The tweets we posted yesterday are below — plus bonus links.

Father’s Day Songs Draft

  1. Alison — “Papa Loves Mambo” by Perry Como
  2. Alpine — “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin
  3. Alison — “Just the Two of Us” by Will Smith
  4. Alpine — “Biological Didn’t Bother” by Shaquille O’Neal
  5. Alison — “Papa Don’t Preach” by Madonna
  6. Alpine — “Silver Thunderbird” by Marc Cohn (not its horrible video, though)

Also, this.

Report Card

Unquestionably one of the biggest viral hits of the past fortnight-plus, this video delivered some devastating and amusing real talk about ladies of a certain age. Even Alpine, the biggest G&O hater on the Internet, had to admit that he laughed out loud.

This brilliant Funny or Die video gets a standing ovation from Alison and Alpine — a pitch-perfect sendup of the best television show ever, and of Broadway as well. Props to friends of the podcast David Richman, Isaac Laskin and Matt Fogel for creating the tunes behind this masterpiece. David Simon loved it.

Ladies! Are you looking for a maid of honor to deliver the best speech EVER at your wedding reception? Alison is offering her abilities to astonish your friends and family with a rendition of this inspirational homily from Krispy Kreme. Thanks to Liker Patrick for enlightening us to the works of this interesting new talent.

Alpine surprises even himself by coming to a bold defense of this musical artist, praising the song’s “production values” to Alison’s outright astonishment. Eff the haters, Max Harris! You do you, man.

Our Musical Guest

Considering this episode is jammed with music, it’s only fitting that we have one of our best musical acts yet on the show. First Aid Kit is the Swedish group that our hosts compare favorably to legendary sibling acts the Beach Boys (Alison) and the Everly Brothers (Alpine). We first featured them on our blog in October 2008 as teenagers strumming in the forest, and they have definitely come a long way since then into a worldwide musical sensation.

Pick up their rad new album, The Lion’s Roar, wherever jams are peddled. And watch this video if you want to see three old men get their cynical hearts melted by two gorgeous ladies and their stunning harmonies.

Swedes, man. Can’t beat ’em.

Internet Challenge Surprise!

The great tunes continue as both Alpine and Alison unveil musical gems to astonish one another.

ROTI’s been singing the praises of Andrew Rose Gregory and his brothers (and sister-in-law) for about three years — his duets with Katie Couric are internet legend — but Alpine discovered this outstanding version Andrew and his band did of another internet sensation, Lana del Rey’s “Video Games.” No auto-tune, irony, or wacky editing on this one — just a tender man and his band tearing into a 21st-century classic.

Alison found this incredible mash-up album while eavesdropping on some of our Likers! (Thanks Leah and Nate…) It’s an audacious, delightfully disrespectful collision of the all-time classic indie record In the Aeroplane Over the Sea with a bunch of absurd hip-hop tracks. Jeff Mangum vs. Juelz Santana, if you will. The first and last tracks are especially brilliant.

The Fall of Flickr

Inspired by a superb article from Gizmodo’s Mat Honan and our recent travels, followed by a total disintested in posting vacation photos to a once-essential photo sharing site, we discuss what the hell happened to Flickr. Once the preeminent social photo sharing site, WAY ahead of its time, it’s now basically irrelevant in a world where Facebook buys Instagram for a cool billion. We autopsy the corpse.

Shoutout to our Likers!

While we took an extra week off, our Likers doubled in number. We should take vacations more often, we might get half as popular as some of the viral videos we cast judgment upon every episode. Become a Liker today at our Facebook page — you’ll get to check out and comment upon items for the show before we even record, listen to episodes as soon as they drop, and just generally be a cool person.

As always, our Likers found more great items than we had time to cram into the episode. Liker Ashley recommended Burning Love, the webseries so legit it’s basically a TV show. Liker Georgia sent along Lowest Moments, the Tumblr blog that reminds us of classic teen magazine features. Liker Matt gave us great happiness with a shoutout tweet.

Thanks for listening! We’ll be back in 2 weeks with Episode 8.

Theme song by Snowplows.
Cover art by Vicious Rumors.
Special thanks to Laura Hager and Ciulla Management for musical assistance!

About Alpine McGregor
Just like you, man. I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. All in the game, though, right?

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