Record bin Roulette http://www.kplu.org en Shaken, not stirred: 50 years of James Bond http://www.kplu.org/post/shaken-not-stirred-50-years-james-bond <p>Here's the dazzling new VIDEO version of RBR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hETMjElEKJg&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>50 years ago James Bond hit the big screen with <em>Dr. No</em>, and with it’s heady cocktail of intrigue, treachery and sex, pretty much set the standard for every spy movie to follow.</p><p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 20:33:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6432 at http://www.kplu.org Shaken, not stirred: 50 years of James Bond Be afraid, be very afraid of these Songs http://www.kplu.org/post/be-afraid-be-very-afraid-these-songs <p>Here is the splendid new VIDEO VERSION of Record Bin Roulette. Be afraid. Be very afraid. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOe38hO1CyU</p><p>Halloween used to be for kids only. Until aging baby boomers appropriated Halloween for themselves, Halloween was one time when kids had a holiday of their own. You realize how much boomers have held on to childhood, when your local bank teller is a scurvy pirate and the supermarket check out lady is dressed as Wonder Woman.</p><p>Here are some Halloween-ie tunes to help you get your spook on…</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:04:30 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6783 at http://www.kplu.org Be afraid, be very afraid of these Songs Giving Pop Music "The Business" http://www.kplu.org/post/giving-pop-music-business <p>Radio with moving pictures, a miracle! Heres the new video version of Record Bin Roulette! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZKGoTDyMHY</p><p>Business and commerce may be the foundation of our culture, but there aren’t that many pop songs about it. And it shouldn’t be surprising that there are not many songs written from the boss’s point of view. But as you might expect, we found a boatload of songs written from the worker’s point of view. Here’s Roy Orbison’s &nbsp;“Working For the Man”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQaewasPFgU</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:04:30 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6718 at http://www.kplu.org Giving Pop Music "The Business" Taming the Forces of Nature with Music http://www.kplu.org/post/taming-forces-nature-music <p>This is how radio <em>looks</em>, the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!&nbsp; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urbbQmGMiEs&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>It was a dark and stormy night when we set out to conquer the Forces of Nature. We’ll spare you the songs about Earthquakes, Lightning and Floods and jump right to <em>The Wizard of Oz</em>, where we found <strong>Dorothy Gale</strong>, singing about the tornado that sent her house careening into Munchkinland: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOEq-ImGWJ0&amp;feature=related</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6635 at http://www.kplu.org Taming the Forces of Nature with Music A Tip of the Hat to these Songs About Hats http://www.kplu.org/post/tip-hat-these-songs-about-hats <p>This is how Record Bin Roulette LOOKS in VIDEO ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLitlqpWWoY</p><p>This week the Record Bin Roulette Wheel randomly stopped on the category “Hats”. We rarely question The Wheel’s judgment, but we must admit we were a little worried The Wheel might be spinning eccentrically.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6546 at http://www.kplu.org A Tip of the Hat to these Songs About Hats Winning Elections With Music http://www.kplu.org/post/winning-elections-music <p>Here's the sparkling new VIDEO version of Record Bin Roulette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqqXSyziFOU&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>Music has always been part of political campaigns, vital for firing up crowds of supporters. But these days, candidates are also expected to divulge what songs are on their mp3 players, so we can assess their “hipness”. We know that President Obama likes Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and the Fugees. Mitt Romney goes for The Beach Boys, Garth Brooks and Alabama.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6352 at http://www.kplu.org Winning Elections With Music Singin' about the country life http://www.kplu.org/post/singin-about-country-life <p>Here's the shiny video version of Record Bin Roulette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGZDYzgxDCg&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>Although 8 out of 10 Americans live in cities, we still idealize a life in the country, and there are plenty of songs to prove it. And if you are considering a move to the boonies, there is actually free land available. The only catch is you’d have to live in Plainville, Kansas.</p><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6284 at http://www.kplu.org Singin' about the country life A Sugar Rush of Pop Songs http://www.kplu.org/post/sugar-rush-pop-songs <p>It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWaoCxqejMU&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p class="MsoNormal">There is a lot of disagreement about whether a “sugar rush” exists, but these studies have obviously been conducted by scientists without young children. But there is agreement that anything this good must be bad for you.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6185 at http://www.kplu.org A Sugar Rush of Pop Songs Product placement in Pop Songs http://www.kplu.org/post/product-placement-pop-songs <p>Companies like Coca Cola spend billions of dollars on advertising each year, much of it for product placement in movies, TV and books. But sometimes it happens the other way around—products find themselves written into pop songs. From Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” to Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”, brand names have inspired some big hits…and the advertising is free.</p><p>Here’s the spiffy new video version of Record Bin Roulette:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dWbgbocl9I</p><p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 6021 at http://www.kplu.org Product placement in Pop Songs Singing the praises of the 1 percent http://www.kplu.org/post/singing-praises-1-percent <p>We could shock you with startling statistics about how the richest 1 percent own about 50 percent of the wealth, and how it’s been getting worse for the rest of us for a few decades now. But that’s depressing! And we’d much rather watch cartoons.</p><p>Like this 1933 <em>Merrie Melodies</em> gem “We’re in the Money”:</p><p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 5973 at http://www.kplu.org A Nice Hawaiian Punch of Songs http://www.kplu.org/post/nice-hawaiian-punch-songs <p>Watch the episode in glorious video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMV9ciAYePY</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 5902 at http://www.kplu.org A Nice Hawaiian Punch of Songs Dialing up our favorite telephone songs http://www.kplu.org/post/dialing-our-favorite-telephone-songs <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;Somehow we got along fine before there were cell phones. You couldn&rsquo;t call as your plane was taxiing to the gate, couldn&rsquo;t call for help when the car broke down, and couldn&rsquo;t call ahead when visiting friends. We were often late, had to ask strangers for help, and dropped in on folks without warning. It was kinda nice, actually.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 5732 at http://www.kplu.org Dialing up our favorite telephone songs It’s all about me - songs that brag and boast http://www.kplu.org/post/it-s-all-about-me-songs-brag-and-boast <p>Hey kids! It&rsquo;s the latest thing&hellip;radio with pictures! Now Record Bin Roulette has visuals to accompany the sound! Thanks to our intrepid intern Katy, who came up with this new way to enjoy the show. Check it out!<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAERoh4fKQ8"> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAERoh4fKQ8</a></p><p>As we learn in this week&rsquo;s episode, talking about ourselves makes us feel good&hellip;so these next singers must be feeling pretty good about themselves.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 5682 at http://www.kplu.org It’s all about me - songs that brag and boast Monkeying around with pop songs http://www.kplu.org/post/monkeying-around-pop-songs <p>We actually have a lot in common with Monkeys, Chimpanzees and Apes. Seems we share 96 percent of the same DNA. But it also turns out that we share 50% of the same DNA as a banana, which actually may explain why we all like them so much.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 5600 at http://www.kplu.org Monkeying around with pop songs Tour de France Inspires Pop Music Gold http://www.kplu.org/post/tour-de-france-inspires-pop-music-gold <p>The <strong>Tour de France</strong> is the world&rsquo;s epic bicycle race, a grueling 2,000 mile ride that takes 3 weeks. &nbsp;It&rsquo;s arguably the most demanding athletic event, said the <em>New York Times</em>, comparing it to running a marathon several days a week for three weeks. With the 99<sup>th</sup> Tour underway right now, we salute the humble velocipede and their sore-bottomed riders.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:30:00 +0000 John Kessler & John Maynard 5554 at http://www.kplu.org Tour de France Inspires Pop Music Gold