The debut show! The beginning of a radio revolution! Dave and Jim lose their broadcasting virginity with Heart & Soul! When, what to our wondering ears should appear, but a giant wizard with a magical, time-traveling wheel! The boys embark on a journey throughout all of time and space that would change the face of radio…forever.
The boys travel to 1941, only to discover a remote orphanage that houses dozens of babies that eventually become famous musicians. What are the odds? After failing to shut the babies up, Jim and Dave travel to 2002 where they decide to risk destroying the very fabric of space and time by meeting the 2002 versions of themselves. Although the boys were left feeling icky, the space/time fabric remained in tact. Inspired by these events, Jim decides to witness the 1954 birth of his parents. Man, that was heavy, I bet.
Dave and Jim go all the way back to 1917 only to ﬁnd out that they donʼt ﬁt in. Next, they attend a New Years Eve party in Malibu and witness the natural turning of 1969 into 1970. Something goes wrong and our heroes ﬁnd themselves stuck in 1970. Is the wheel broken? Will the wizard come to their aide? Will they have to get an apartment?
Our faithful time travelers are stuck in 1970, living in a Malibu apartment. Just when it seems that the wizard has abandoned them, the true cause of their predicament takes a physical form. In a hail of fruit, the wizardʼs arch nemesis, famous Romantic composer Claude DeBussy rears his ugly head. Dave and Jim try to scare him away with a Stooges song, but DeBussy has seen this trick before. Our heroes remain trapped in 1970, and DeBussy seems determined to keep it that way. This doesnʼt look good, PP.
Jim and Dave contemplate the future while they wait patiently in 1970 for the wizard to ﬁgure out a way to escape the clutches of the ornery Claude DeBussy. As their traveling situation grows stagnant, the guys break down the speciﬁc blues origins of famous rock band, Led Zeppelin, Jim tries for the hundredth time to get Dave into Bob Dylan, and the boys pay tribute to the great, Louisville-born Lebowski Fest. All of a sudden, after a full year in 1970, the wizard informs our heroes that DeBussy has been defeated and, ﬁnally, they can leave…..or can they?
After failing to thwart Debussy, Dave and Jim seek spiritual council in Marvin Gaye’s 1971 blockbuster, “What’s Going On.” Pastor T.L. Barrett & his youth choir serve as the catalyst (a proverbial lightbulb, if you will) that inspires Dave to dust off his harp and begin to serenade and hypnotize Debussy like one of those guys that play the flute and have king cobras in baskets. You know? Dave’s harp skills prove to be successful, and the mighty Debussy finally breaks down. The wizard accepts Debussy’s tearful requests for forgiveness, and allows him back into the fold, as one of the family. Finally, the boys get the hell out of the early seventies. Dubbed by critics as being the most emotionally powerful hour in radio history, Sir Microcosm shows us the true meaning of friendship in this triumphant phoenix of broadcasting prowess.
It’s the first episode of Sir Microcosm where the boys are driving in a car. On their trip, Jim and Dave discuss the duality of 2Pac, the misunderstanding of Blind Melon due to a little girl in a bumble bee costume, the song “Take On Me” by A-Ha, the cops, dry counties, the song “Amanda” by Boston, the Louisville Zoo, the bending of space and time, the parallel worlds theory that that guy from Eel’s dad found, ball of yarn theory, some kind of thing that messes with your memory, the duality of Buck Owens, satisfying the people, Nina Simone’s voice, Bob Marley’s accent, and the fact that sometimes they talk too much…but sometimes they just don’t talk enough. We may never know the truth, but one thing we do know is this episode is packed tight with some monster jams.
Well, it was inevitable. One cannot musically represent the reaches of all time and space without dipping one’s dipstick into the hot, sweaty gas tank of hair metal. It’s a good thing Dave has such a dipstick. As Jim banged his head in delight, a flash of nostalgia brought a tearful smile to his face. He recalls the time that Dan Fogelberg took him to Raceland Mall to smell Richard Marx’s face…or something like that. After the wizard issues a special certificate for everyone born in 1981, Dave and Jim spin the wheel, and find themselves in 1998. Once there, Dave breaks down and admits that he often enjoys heavy music and doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. Jim tries to comfort him by playing a song from the wrong year; thus, upsetting the wizard. Finally, Jim turns Dave and the rest of the world into Eels fans.
Damn James! Dave and Jim have to bust out their fun gun and put it to heavy use because, get this, they decided to play #&@%# “hip hop” music…on National Public%@?^& Radio! These two innovators of modern broadcasting are still “down to Earth,” as the kids like to say, and to prove it, they take turns playing songs that they really like that really suck. What? Of course you can be the judge. Beware, though, for one of the songs causes Dave to insensitively disrespect the music of a fallen entertainer. All of us at the office blame it on his love for that evil heavy music. What an @&%$?!! Yes, 2009 proves to be a roller coaster of bangers and hangers. The boys attempt to pay tribute to Michael Jackson in the year of his passing by playing one of his old jams, but the wizard is listening…and boy is he furious! Wow! We’ve never seen the wizard like this! This is strike two for our forgetful time travelers. Finally, it’s off to 1958, where someone finds Bobby Fischer and smoke …. gets …. in …. your ……… EYES!!!!!!
The boys get to go home for a spell, and wisely spend their time covering the upcoming 10th anniversary of Louisville’s Forecastle Festival. Jim handles the “fork” and Dave takes care of the “astle” in this collectors edition of Sir Microcosm. This episode is jam packed with jams that only a true lover of jams could appreciate. I tell ya, we’ve got Wax Fang, Floating Action, Everest, Nico Case, Fruit Bats, Orchestre Poly-Ryhtmo, Charles Bradley, Wilco, Rachel Grimes, Galaxy 500, The Ravenna Colt, Ben Sollee, Lydia Burrell, & Daniel Martin Moore. More jams than one person can stomach. Stomach it, y’all.
There must’ve been something going around, because our faithful heroes get a little gross. What is your favorite way to catch something? The oral or ocular interception of a foreign disgorgement? Cunnilingus or fellatio? Irresponsible fornication? Cocaine?Quaaludes? Who knows? All we know for sure is that 1977 gave us some seriously good tunes and Dave sure likes him some Peter Gabriel. Next, in 1945, Jim and Dave barely dodge a horribly violent act of war and escape to the year 2001. On second thought, it might have just been a Metallica song. Either way, the boys barely got out of there with their skin. Yikes!
It was supposed to be the end of the world, but it wasn’t. The boys reminisce about the unadulterated horror they felt when the computers were going to confuse their ones and zeros, bringing the world to it’s knees. Jim describes how dirty his van got after listening to Bjork and Dave remembers that one time that John Stamos played with the Beach Boys at Candlestick Park. Dave then tells Jim about a guy named Nick Cave. Next, it’s off to 1988, where Jim and Dave deeply discuss the origin of shocking hip hop and the messages within. The boys’ discussion caused a rampant reevaluation of curse words by our nation’s top scientists and almost resulted in the closing of the FCC. Revolutionary broadcasting at it’s best.
In the latest Nielson reports, the numbers showed that exactly 50% of Sir Microcosm fans hate to listen to Jim and Dave talk. John P. from Houston says, “I really dig the music, but I gotta be honest, I don’t understand what the hell those guys are talkin’ about most of the time.” Sally J. from Topeka says, “Those Sir Macrochism guys are dorks.” Joe S. from Madison says, “Whichever one of those guys that has that voice like, ‘Hi, I’m on Sir Microcosm’ … yeah that guy… he needs to just shut up and play some more kick-ass tunes, dog.” In honor of and respect for their loyal fans who think they should be quiet, Sir Microcosm presents the first ever silent episode. No talk, just bangers. By the way, don’t ever let anyone tell you that the staff at WFPK doesn’t love a good Slayer mosh pit, because it’s not true. Studio J has been completely destroyed and I think I saw a man by the water cooler with a broken nose. I hope he’s okay.
In this episode, Dave and Jim debate the talent of teen idol, Ricky Nelson. Did he write his own songs? Who cares. He was hot. Next, Jim refers to the Miles Davis book where Miles profanely praises the brilliant Ornette Coleman. This information serves as a catalyst that leads the boys into a spiraling whirlwind of scientific facts and mathematical equations explaining and pinpointing the exact origin of dubstep. Before tonight’s episode, this discussion was rooted in mere theory. Now, thanks to our heroes, the facts are revealed and millions of perplexed minds are set at ease. Unfortunately, while enjoying a refreshing glass of Kool-Aid, Dave got harassed in the mall by a pack of mean teenagers, so the boys leave the 50s and land in 2006. Once there, Jim and Dave have a discussion about cleanliness and, in the midst of a crass 2006 generalization from Dave, Jim breaks down and confesses that he likes it dirty. I always thought so, but I wasn’t sure.
When merited, obscurity is not puzzling. When two brothers from Fruitland, WA make a record in their dad’s barn and dress up like Elvis impersonating gas station attendants at a discotheque, obscurity is not surprising. However, when those matching the above description create an album that is officially an unadulterated BANGER, obscurity is intriguing and mysterious. The boys stay in 1979 to play only one song from this strange musical anomaly by Donnie & Joe Emerson, then take off for 2004. Once there, Dave and Jim discuss hometown heroes, VHS or Beta, sex, love, money, Mos Def, Pharrell’s noisy-mouthed production techniques, Kanye West performing live, Kanye West being a household name, Kanye West as a champion, Kanye West’s good ideas, Kanye West’s trademark speed-up-the-track production techniques, Kanye West’s horrible car accident, Kanye West rapping with his mouth wired shut, the lyrics to “Through the Wire” by Kanye West, Kanye West sampling Chaka Kahn, congratulating Kanye West, giving Kanye West a chance, hoping Kanye West gets the attention he deserves, Jesus, Uncle Jesse from Full House, Helmet, Prince’s ability to do whatever he wants, Air, the invention of the talkie walkie, and Will Johnson.