The longest episode of “Yaxzon Jackson” to date includes beer sippin’, multiple “Saturday Night Live” references, a small snit about “We Are The World,” and some wild new mailbag sound effects. Dig in:
Apologies for lapsing into the Brody Stevens impression. #positivepush
“Yaxzon Jackson” soldiers on through Dangerous. Marvel at the link below—it’s your gateway to two hours of discussion about the sixth track, “Can’t Let Her Get Away!”
Highlights: my inability to say “multi-instrumentalist,” Rollie’s ability to receive certified mail in the middle of our podcast, and talk of the infamous MJ/Lisa Marie Presley MTV smooch. Pure sex right in your ear!
Comin’ at ya with a double dose of the “Yaxzon Jackson” podcast. That’s right, two episodes back to back, because my computin’ machine went sunny side up last week and I couldn’t post anything. So technically I’m behind. Technically and every other way.
The good news: at least one entry here covers a Dangerous cut people have actually heard. Imagine that, spending two hours talking about a Michael Jackson song human beings recognize and enjoy!
Thanks for listening.
Episode the third of “Yaxzon Jackson” is out and proud. If you think the King of Pop was above handjob references you’ve clearly never experienced the lusty weirdness of “In The Closet”:
Also: Howard Stern, Boba Fett, and the final(?) word on “Batdance.”
Thanks for listening.
- just noticed the ad Fallon’s holding for their show at the tennis stadium Photoshops the PTMM arms into tennis jackets; nice one
- the new guitarist has Goo Goo Doll hair/air; at least he fits sonically
- I hope I rock a t-shirt as well as Westerberg when I’m fifty
- they sound great, but I’d still like to hear a reunion with Mars back on drums
- the ending tease was cruel; my heart leapt that they might play another
Episode the second of “Yaxzon Jackson” is up and ready to be consumed by you, the eager listener. Dig in to hear Rollie and I discuss “Why You Wanna Trip On Me,” Michael J’s sequel of sorts to “Leave Me Alone” that features zero seconds of rapping from Heavy D:
We also turn the tables this time by having Rollie be the one who is too loud.
Other show notes: I had only been awake for fifteen minutes when we started recording, the construction noises you hear are real, the phone calls you hear are fake, Rollie is still handling all the tech stuff so hats off to him, I struggled hard not to make any Garry Shandling references in this ep.
- my roommate acquired a secondhand copy of this game recently and invited me to play it “whenever”; this is a dangerous thing to say to an underemployed freelance writer
- for all of GTA V’s realism and expertly rendered landscapes it’s still just a dumb video game, something outlined clearly when you want your character to jump a fence but it’s too high so his gangly body just slams against it like a fish out of water (another good example: get enough cop cars chasing you and the game becomes The Blues Brothers in terms of police vehicles soaring through the air and recklessly slamming into things)
- every in-game radio station plays the same five or six songs over and over and over again, which is very true to life
- GTA V uses the T.S.O.L. song “Abolish Government/Silent Majority” on one radio station, but considering the objectives of the game maybe they should have gone with “Property Is Theft?”
- I’ve never been to L.A. so I can’t speak to the accuracy of the game’s Los Santos facsimile; it seems legit, but at the same time certain portions appear to be modeled after specific blocks or areas in other lesser celebrated cities, which maybe the designers did on purpose re: hometown pride?
- the coolest auto I have grand thefted so far is a lifeguard’s pickup truck, which is the closest GTA V comes to offering an Ectomobile (yes, I know there are codes/mods you can put in to make an Ectomobile, but come on, I’m a thirty-five year old ex-gamer who dipped before Super Nintendo came out, I’m lucky to have figured out what all the XBox buttons do)
- according to this game there are vicious mountain lions waiting just off the California freeway, desperate for their next taste of human flesh; if they ever make GTA Connecticut they’re gonna have to change that to deer ticks
- one thing you definitely cannot do in GTA V is throw it all away to become a dancer; you can go into the strip club but you cannot climb up on the stage to show everyone your stuff a la Magic Mike, which is total fucking bullshit and forces me to give this game a C