I'm in the Arctic War and the Antarctic War
The ice is pink and black the sky is brown and grey
It's arbitrary, man, who you fight for today
It's geographic, man, for that they make you pay
For that they make you pay
This murder's never stopped since hands picked up a rock
It's cities and it's dust it's all downhill from here
We blew it when we tried to kick it into gear
Philosophy is dead on that we all are clear
On that we all are clear
The rumblings wake me up with blazing guns and then
The sky it opens up and Dawn she blazes fire
Through Elvis Presley's face the Czar and Khan retire
The mood it lightens up and Dawn douses the fire
So Dawn she saved the world
Or maybe just my brain
Or maybe all of us
Or maybe just the pain
Dave Linantud - guitar and vocals
Brian Lutz - bass, sound engineering, mixing
Sharon Santos - drums
Ian Burke - mastering
This is a macro, pull out to wide lens to see the built world outside of Baby Blue.
The influence of the Monkees on THE BIG OPERA and the actual germ of an idea that led to this is explained.
"Hell On Earth" is SFP's attempt at a straight up apocalypse song.
This song also ties into Doom Cookie's "Brown Tape."
This song has another big long ending added to take advantage of Sharon's drumming.
Dave talks about how he had to memorize Shakespearean soliloquies in high school.
The use of said soliloquies in THE BIG OPERA has really matured.
Brian talks about work and Dave talks about fostering pitbulls.
35:00 shout out to Kelsi and Corridor Cast
HELL ON EARTH
There ain't no good or evil here
Grace has just up and disappeared
Everything's too fucking loud
Collectively we're a mushroom cloud
The ground beneath me creeks and moans
The sky above is filled with drones
The singularity is worthless
This brutality is just senseless
The maelstrom sucks dry every lung
It doubles down on flares of sun
The war city's a battleship
Plastics forged from hearts and hips
The rich sit back and place their bets
This isn't armageddon yet
The selfish wants of greed protrudes
The moneymaking then ensues
As long as this machine does hum
Cannibals, daughters and sons
It chews them up and spits them out
Humanity ain't got no clout
The writers write of fogs of war
The fighters fight the scorers score
Language warps primordial thought
Human life is sold and bought
Ain't no good and evil here
Ain't no good or evil here
The fellas sit around a-strumming and a-singing. Rough but fun as fun can be.
0:00 "Seize the Day" by Eric Srtauch and Made Hood.
"Skyway" by the Replacements falsestart in keeping with the spirit of the Mats.
"Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan false start.
"Promenade" by u2 flase start.
9:30 "Climbing" by Sporadic Sunjam.
"Devil's Right Hand" by Steve Earle false start.
"Guitar Town" by Steve Earle false start.
17:00 "Rocky Raccoon" by the Beatles.
The legend of St Mark's Sister Benetia.
25:10 Jon Snow pops in.
26:00 "Freaks In the Mainstream" by SFP
40:20 "Give Up" by Made Hood.
47:00 Dave play's Henryk's latest guitar message and goes crazy for 15 minutes.
Made Hood is an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at University Putra Malaysia and played in bands with Dave when they were young flibbertygibbets. They joined Brian in Brian's basement, the legendary Possum Studios, and shot the shit. It's fun. Join in.
The fellas talk about these things:
1. The recent eclipse.
4, Silent Majority into Kona into Gamelan.
5. The Gamelan technique applied to circular saw blades.
6. Made gets a shitload of different tones from said blade!!!!!!
(Dave here. Professor Hood elevates the discussion somewhat. I sound like a fucking spaz. I'm pretty good at yelling shit out when Made or Brian is trying to make a point.)
DANCE YOUR DANCE
"The 'Irish Style' is just another flavor."
Dave attempts to make sense of the logo on Brian's shirt.
Rock opera maintenance is discussed.
"The dynamics are really there on 13."
"The whole entire coda is only there because we enjoyed playing with Sharon."
Dave plays Henryk's latest text.
"Who knows why these fickle people choose what they choose."
Compare and contrast: modern Russia v Medieval Mongolia.
Brian presents alternate pronunciations for Hollywood actors and actresses.
*SPOILER ALERT* The Expanse at 31:00 GoT at 34:00
40:00 all clear
"Albums mean nothing."
The word Dave's looking for at the end of the podcast is "arbitrary."
Blood rules the day
Vested to pay
In every way
David Byrne is from Are-Butt-Iss.
"Stationary and inside is boring."
"That's pretty fucking boring."
- Sisters Of Mercy, BauHaus, and Ween shout outs
"Pentatonic off the E also a G major."
Baltimoring: When one plays in different bands on different instruments.
"Engulf is all the pipes."
- Mongol reference around 11 minutes.
There's a Stalin and Hitler reference at 13 then back to the Mongols and "deep war," also practiced by General Sherman towards the end of The War Between the States.
- Vercigenitrix at 14
"I love the Prime Directive."
A Martian Life thought experiment occurs at 17:00.
Brian talks about scuba diving and an encounter with a manta ray.
- Biggest mountains in America
*GoT spoilers at 40:00*
"I'm no big fucking Shakespeare guy I just know what they made me read in high school."
"Shakespeare's characters are dumb as fuck."
Retreat and then attack and then
Retreat and then attack I said...
The story of tiring Porky out at the Circle 9 Eutaw Street CD Release party is retold.
Brian uses the term "turnaround" at around 5 minutes.
An impromptu stae of the podcast info drop happens.
The fellas talk about the Rally for Reverend Jim's all day show last July.
"When's the last time you vomited before that?"
"Who sees further, you or your eyes?"
22ish - Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo reference
The fellas rejoice Jodie Whitaker as the 13th Doctor which leads to ANOTHER prolonged Doctor Who discussion.
Dave seems surprised around 27 when Brian starts talking about the Big Opera.
"In terms of comedy the Earwolf Podcasts are the best."
"Deconstructing the jam until it's something else altogether."
*SPOILER ALERT* GoT at 58 minutes
KILL THE MOTHERFUCKER
Kill the motherfucker
I shot a motherfucker
Stabbed a motherfucker
Sliced a motherfucker
All these motherfuckers
This here motherfucker
Just a motherfucker
Kill the motherfucker
"It's about flea medicine!"
- suicide and depression
- macro to the micro
Sharon replaced CJ on drums for this act.
"It's hot as fuck in Ball-di-more."
"This is the big sprint towards the end."
"Young people like podcasts."
On demand is the very best.
"They're trying to fill it with fun stuff."
"He's out there twirling around."
- Bruce Willis and the Diehard movies to Hudson Hawke to Stephen Hunter of the Baltimore Sun.
The fellas talk about old movies as a reflection of society and move to Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, war movies, and the novel ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Erich Maria Remarque.
- then MONGOLS MONGOLS MONGOLS!
"I love that motherfucker Graham Hancock."
Dig it murder's suicide alright
Suck it stubbornness is pride inside
Fuck it breathing nitrogen again
Shoot it war's a pathogen my friend
I feel patricidal won't you come and slow my world?
Here now downright tribal won't you come and slow my world
I been laid low I been can't go I been fathomed out
Where's my peep hole drenched in trench low is the highest bout
I'd surrender or pretend or not to kiss the mud
Blood and lice and smoke and lice and dying in the crud goddammit
Only oceans fear and oceans beach to desert stretch
There's a line around the earth to fucking heave and wretch
Every single goddamn walker's fighting in this war
Men and women all religions not the rich but poor goddammit
I am drenched in pouring rain
Maybe I have gone insane
Only feeling here is pain
Everything I do's in vain
Right now I just want to die
Take a chance and try to fly
Depression has doused my soul
I have lost all my control
Depression cradle me depression soothe me
Solve everything violently
Kill 'em all and let 'em be
Rock and rolling glory be
I am drowning in a see of depression
Previously on The Big Opera:
Act 1 Dawn: Dawn, Angel White, and Elvis Presley are introduced.
Act 2 Angel White: Clinical depression, existentialism, Dawn and Angel White's relationship.
"Everybody's got the summer cold."
Act 3 Old Man Blues: CJ Johnson legitimizes The Big Opera.
Act 4 The Sync: Dawn's resurrection journey.
Act 5 The Vacuum: Dawn's "Sermon On the Mount."
"The Force" is "Star Stuff" is "Religions."
"Old Spice Commercial"
Act 6 Baby Blue: Baby Blue takes centRE stage.
Act 7 Hopeless: Baby Blue is getting bananas.
Act 8 Breakdown: Baby Blue finds himself.
Act 9 Atlantis: This starts Bonkersland.
Act 10 Battle: The stage is set for Baby Blue and war.
"Each act has its own sprinkle of vibe."
"Hamlet Contemplates Suicide" is the "A Day In the Life" of soliloquies.
Micro to macro to micro.
"A nod to the Doctor."
"It was how I would get drunk and be a dick."
"We needed to actually write an actual 'plot song.'"
The fellas recount plot points leading up to this and how Steve Earle figures into it.
Music nerd talk: pentatonic E is G major.
"Fuck ups are where ideas come from goddammit!"
"Eccentricity makes that shit special."
Overdubapalooza commences with this song.
Where did the change occur? The fellas debate it.
Dave bases his Shakespeare reading style on Ray Lewis's pregame speeches.
We're specifically trying to do 'Hey Jude.'"
"This is your third coat of mud.
Well they killed the malevolent colonel
I'll never see Atlantis again
They shipped me back to the front
Back to being just a grunt
My karma done got wrecked
New tattoo on my neck
They keep their eye on me
'Cause I seen what could be
I got to get back there
I got to get back there
Out of this karma wrecker
While in Atlantis I found an ancient record
It was made of vinyl Dawn she sat me down
It was named after an early gun
But the music was free and fun
She burned a sacred plant
She let the record chant
The band was clearly free
The band was clearly free
In the corner laughed a man in white
He was glowing like a tracer light
He ain't no karma wrecker
He said "Hello, son, my name just call me Elvis
Dawn she gave my whole life back to me"
Then Dawn began to sing
More beautiful than anything
I could see the notes she sung
As if it were from my tongue
I could taste her warming breath
She made me not fear death\
She made me feel alright
She said "You're a shining light
You ain't no Karma Wrecker."
In a trance I made it to the front lines
Dawn and Elvis met with Caesar and Temujin
I think I may have cried
My heart grew dead inside
The stink of millions dead
The polar caps froze red
Time to just survive
Make it out alive
To Atlantis where I believe
To Atlantis where I believe
There ain't no karma wrecker
I don't know
Dave talks to John Lennon.
"Atlantis" is finally addressed, been talking about it for a year and a third.
Tumbleweeds shout out around a minute 30.
"From here on out...we get bonkers with the production."
The nuance of applying building terms to recording production be addressed.
On analog we would "perform" the mix. Not so no more - good and bad (as precedent for the use of a dash I site Kerouac's DHARMA BUMS). "Educated Man" on Circle 9's THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES is a good example.
*Shout out to THE DREAD PIRATE DIABLO the legendary Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo Joey G Gallagher.*
The fellas talk about the integration of Shakespearean soliloquies into psychedelic punk rock opera hillbilly stuff.
HANK III, bitches!
Got a side business booming
Found the guy that makes the fucking drugs
I know him as the malevolent colonel
The one who coddles all us fucking thugs
Got my buddies let me cruise right through the missiles
Guess in other words they're called the enemy
Give 'em drugs I give 'em cash and other goodies
And all the largesse coming back to me get down
Gotta keep this transport moving
Can't believe my motherfucking eyes
A secret entrance through the glass desert
And an underworld that's better than surprise
Got plants and art and poetry and women
And everybody's coming up to me
Got to thank the malevolent colonel
For everything now that I fucking see get down
They tell me that this place is called Atlantis
The throbbing people mingle sing and fuck
How'd this fucking place be kept a secret
Eventually it's got to die to luck
The mayor is a fucking sexy lady
She keeps it so it's never up and gone
I need to meet the woman with the power
I hear her name is sunshine lit at Dawn get down
Every time I pull into Atlantis
Where the scientists make robot hookers purr
I get out of the transport and I rare back
'Cause I'm pushing on my horse down through the spurs
It's nirvana to the bohos and the artists
Singing songs and dancing every single night
Only law is that there is no re-religion
'Cause the intellectuals don't feel it's right
Dave really likes his guitar solo.
"Lend me your rears."
"It was facing the wrong direction."
"Stories all melt together."
Correction: Ronnie James Dio not Tiny Iommi at 13 minutes.
Electric guitar evolution gets touched upon.
"Somebody took the Chuck Berry bottom and put the the Jimi Hendrix top on it. What the fuck's going on?"
"Is your toe that fat normally?"
"Eat some chocolate, man."
"I ain't had me lamb in a long time."
"I'm going to go get me a rollo."
They do an imitation of the Gourds covering Snoop Dogg.
Doctor Who at 56ish.
THE ROAR OF THE DRUNKEN GODS
Seven months in the shit
Turns out warring is legit
Killed as many as I lost
What a cost
It's funny how I love my gun
It's funny how they never run\
It's funny that I never sleep
It's funny how they never beg
It's funny how they get new legs
It's funny how the night is day
The roar of the drunken gods
The worst of the lightening rods
The drunken gods choose not to sip
Let her rip
The fellas have been working on overdubs.
The importance of riffs in extended jams is discussed.\
It's a special 4th of July podcast!
Act 13 gets dubbed "Space and Time."
The Big Opera is a mix of Doctor Who, Mad Max, Tommy, the Clash, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
ALLEN COLLINS plays the "Freebird" solo.
Dave's brother's family went to see Metallica in Houston.
Then there be a general pop culture landscape review, Netflix and CW/DC shows from Brian and Doctor Who from Dave.
Dave imitates the 10th Doctor saying "DAH-LEXX."
Dave says "Game Of Spoilers" when he means to name check the "Storm Of Spoilers" Podcast.
Dave does GoT.
"I avoid stuff as much as possible."
The fellas separate Bill Cosby from his comedy and break down the differences in different drywall muds.
Then they engage in July 4th Parade nostalgia.
Then Brian gives a thumbnail sketch of Tesla.
Brian and Dave speak upon Brian's new bass.
The fellas hit some plot points.
Atlantis makes an appearance in the commentary.
Dace's sinus infection takes center stage.
"12 plus 6 is 18"
"20 totes magoats."
The fellas talk comic book movies and TV shows and such like.
Then the fellas speak on work in Bawmer last winter and spring.
The fellas THEN touch on trying to stay in shape.
Catonsville Bakery Reminiscence
Doctor Who mention at 56 minutes.
I hate my fucking job I hate my fucking job
Fight or die
First day of basic had us drinking human blood
We're the only resource left ain't nothing up here, cuz
They killed five the first day 'cause they would not fall in line
I say "yes sir no sir" but I'm just biding my time
The sergeant tried to rape me so I slit his fucking throat
Colonel said "Well goddamn, son, you're the kind of kid I can promote."
Got my new stripes branded on the fingers of my fist
Last thing that you'll see coming 'cause I never fucking miss
There ain't no mirrors here they don't want us to see
There ain't no living here they don't want us to be
Last night I dreamt that I was falling from the sky
When I woke up I did not know that I could still cry and cry and cry
Dual theme songs play today.
What are the fellas wearing? (Dave's Beastie Boys shirt is his wife's.)
The fellas go through the machinations of plot furtherment.
The fellas reminisce about the early days of Facebook and how Dee Barth preferred Friendster.
The band with Sharon drumming didn't need cues to come in together on the starts and stops of this song.
City comparison: Minneapolis, Baltimore, Kansas City, East Saint Louis.
State comparison: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri.
Doctor Who reference around 21 minutes.
Pop culture update: Sense 8 and American Gods.
More ideas for the YouTube channel.
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BABY BLUE GUN
I'm gonna join the army 'cause they're making me
They took the best of rioters with them was me
They fight their endless wars it don't mean shit to me
I'm gonna join the army 'cause they're making me making me
They punched me in the face and threw me in a truck
We'[re packed in here like cigarettes, man, what the fuck
They tell us that the plan is just for us to die
They'll feed us to the factory and make their weapons with our flesh and pride
And everything inside
They asked me for my name I said "I'm Baby Blue
I'm everything you hate and fear and cannot do."
They kicked my ass again and said it's just for fun
A tattoo on my shoulder says "I'm number one Baby Blue Gun"
Baby blue gun