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The One With Happy Haircut

On this episode: Luke brings us some hot podcasting news, Brian and Luke talk about one of the best rap albums of the year, Loki the trickster tricks our hosts into an episode of Thor Talk, Brian wishes Chris Hemsworth a happy haircut, there’s a lot of talk about 7-11, Luke introduces a brand new segment and our hosts play you quite possibly the strongest set of eight songs in the history of the show.

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Songs Played on The One With Happy Haircut

Joey Bada$$ feat. Schoolboy Q – Rockabye Baby from ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$ out now on Pro Era

White Reaper – The Stack from The World’s Best American Band out now on Polyvinyl Records

Pet Symmetry – Stare Collection from Visions out May 26th on Polyvinyl Records

Michigander – Nineties new single Fears out April 21st

Shugo Tokumaru – Hikageno from Toss out April 28th on Polyvinyl Records

Mt. Wolf – Heavenbound from Aetherlight out May 26th on CRC Music

Cayetana – Certain for Miles from New Kind of Normal out May 5th on Plum Records

Deep State – Mountains from Thought Garden out April 14th on Friendship Fever

Shugo Tokumaru - Port Entropy
Artist: Shugo Tokumaru
Album: Port Entropy

Rating: 2 out of 5
Rating: 2 out of 5

Songwriter/mad sound scientist Shugo Tokumeru is a Top 40 Sensation in his native Japan, while here in the US, four albums in, he’s more a of a hip cult name to drop alongside musical polymaths like Stephen Merrit, Andrew Bird, or fellow countryman Cornelius. With Port Entropy, Tokumaru creates this kinda toy orchestra phantasmagoria, pulling out all the stops with weird-beard pop sass. Port Entropy is, at times, impressive in its overwhelming technicolor imagination. Therein lies the rub. Tokumaru’s music is just too arch and self-satisfied. It feels like an endless, rapidfire onslaught of quirky ideas (Was that a singing saw? Where did that children’s choir come from? Christ, is that a jungle full of animals?), leaving the listener too overwhelmed to grasp onto a memorable tune or motif. Like kiddie prog rock or a Rube Goldberg machine that won’t turn off… (P-Vine)