Thursday, November 22, 2018

7 Minutes With: Episode 12

Episode 12 of the "7 Minutes With" podcast, brought to you by, with your host Steve Weddle.

As always, Jedidiah Ayres talks about film, while Chris F. Holm suggests some music, and Holly West discusses TV.

This week, we're talking about the top ten songs of the week, the movie WIDOWS, and the BBC show Bodyguar


Chris Holm:

In which a forty-something music geek a thousand miles outside his comfort zone evaluates the week’s most popular songs.

10: Lil Baby & Gunna “Drip Too Hard”
If you’d told me the tenth most popular song in America was Lil Baby and Gunna’s “Drip Too Hard,” I would have assumed you made every part of that up. There’s not much song in this song—ostentatious autotune’s still a thing we’re doing, huh?—but what little’s there is catchy enough, I guess.

9: Sheck Wes “Mo Bamba”
I don’t know what the fuck I just listened to. This song is like ear herpes. If this is “Mo Bamba,” please put me down for less.

8: Kodak Black ft. Travis Scott & Offset “Zeze”
This one’s straight pop rap. Not my cuppa, but fine. Bonus points for the steel drum sample. Minus points for autotune, and the fact that it took three artists to make.

7: Post Malone “Better Now”
Sadly, I’m at least peripherally aware of Post Malone, although I’ve never to my knowledge heard his music. He once took Jimmy Fallon to Olive Garden for a bit. It was marginally more entertaining than this air-quotes song, which features—you guessed it—yet more autotune. It’s the cowbell of the twenty-teens.

6: Halsey “Without Me”
This is the first song on the list I’m actually familiar with, because it was co-written by a young songwriter from my neck of the woods. (I read about her in the newspaper.) I’m gonna stop pointing out autotune, because so far we’re five for five. You can tell Halsey is edgy because she says fuck.

5: Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams”
It’s super weird to me that this song is based around a sample of Sting’s “Shape of My Heart” off of Ten Summoner’s Tales. It’s also super weird to me that I recognized it immediately.

4. Marshmello ft. Bastille “Happier”
In my head, this song is the sequel to Pharrell’s “Happy” that no one asked for. There’s a dog in the video. I’m not sure if he’s Marshmallo or Bastille, but whichever he is, he’s my favorite.

3. Travis Scott “Sicko Mode”
The version of this that popped up on YouTube featured Drake. Also a horse. Sadly, Drake was not on the horse. Nor was he credited on the Billboard charts. Poor Drake. I enjoyed his “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” video, which he for some reason called “Hotline Bling.” Also, Travis Scott’s been on this list twice now, and I still have no idea who the fuck he is.

2. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You”
I know who all these people are, which probably doesn’t bode well for them, hipness-wise. When Google’s deep learning AI takes over songwriting, all songs will sound like this. It’s still on as I’m typing and I’ve already forgotten it.

1. Ariana Grande “Thank U, Next”
All in all, we could do worse than this in the top spot. Ariana Grande can seriously sing. Also, she’s been through some shit. This song’s a shockingly mature rumination on what she’s learned from her previous relationships, released after her breakup with Pete Davidson and the death of her prior ex, Mac Miller. (See? I know stuff about stuff.)

Jedidiah Ayres:

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Holly West:


Music in the episode: Kevin MacLeod (
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