Content for this episode was suggested by montrith.
Edited by STOG
The modern world is one of isolation. As citizens of The First World, we are increasingly given license to socialize with whom we want, experience the things we choose, and create communities where we notice one lacking. As this happens, the concept of the status quo fades into a more abstract concept, and people start to wonder if they're normal being who they are. Looking for guidence, they turn to the internet, which is problematic because asking the internet what's normal is like.... asking the internet what's normal. If there's a better corollary I haven't thought of it. This week, The F Plus discovers new ways to take peyote.
The Sasquatch (or "Bigfoot", if you're prone to epithets) is a large ape-like creature which typically finds its home in the Pacific Northwest where it somethimes poses for blurry photographs. Also it can read and write. Also it has sixth sense. Also it exists both in our world and in another dimension which has neither shape nor form. Also it lives among The Star People. Also it can teleport. Also it farts a lot. Also it can shape shift. Also it actually exists. Look, the point here is that dolphin expert Joan Ocean has a website which introduced all to the beauty of nature, and now we want to teach others about it. This week, The F Plus starts to apologize for that long hiatus.
There's a number of laws we all understand: Murder is illegal pretty much everywhere, as is theft and assault. We all recognize that, but then there's always gray areas. Does a schoolyard fight count as assault? Is it truly theft is it's not a physical object? And is murder justified if the person you just killed was talking about how funny last week's Big Bang Theory was? Legal experts have a difference of opinion, and as a country ages, laws get more and more complex. The finer points become less clear to the country's citizens, in particular the citzens who are also idiots. This week, The F Plus makes a protein shake with iguana meat.
Growing up is hard. There's plenty of fiction centered around the frustration of adolescence, even more fiction on the malaise of adulthood, and then it's death after that. Wouldn't it be nice to just be a baby forever? Well, no - obviously it wouldn't. None of us remember our time as an infant, but clearly being mute, frail and covered in your own waste cannot be the most intellectually stimulating time of your life. But then, there's those that think that all sounds pretty good, especially if they can have sex while they're at it. This week, The F Plus wonders if adult babies are grosser than Bad Dragon customers.
Celebrity is a powerful but complicated status to keep on yourself. Some achieve by accident, some achieve by will, but then suddenly twenty years have gone by and you realize the ticket sales aren't what they used to be. Take Sinéad O'Connor for example. Responsible for a double platinum album in 1990 and the center of the biggest SNL scandal since John Belushi invited Fear on stage, now we're nearing the end of 2011, and she still wants you to know she's in the mix. This week, The F Plus learns a little something about lurrve.
PIECES READ, IN ORDER
Note: All pieces came from the front page of Sinéad O'Connor's website, so you'll have to scroll down to find the right entry.
20.08.11 IS SINEAD ABOUT TO HUMP HER TRUCK?
24.08.11 Search called off
24.08.11 campaign resumed
28.08.11 Sinead's follow-on piece from last week in todays Irish Sunday Independent. (un-cut version complete with all references to buttfuckery which were inappropriate for publication by a family newspaper)
01.09.11 open letter to Bob Dylan
and tidbits from 16.09.11 Revised advert for boy (man) friend.
Shane MacGowan & Sinead O'Connor - Haunted
The Blockheads w/ Sinead O'Connor - Wake Up And Make Love With Me
Girl Talk - Play Your Part pt. 1 (ft. Sinead O'Connor, T.I, & Too Short)
We've been doing The F Plus podcast for a couple years now, so it's actually kind of an oversight on our part that we've never read stories about Roy Orbison. Or, more specifically, stories about Roy Orbison being completely wrapped up in clingfilm. Honestly, I can't imagine how we've avoided the subject for so long. This week, The F Plus finally experiences the greatest pleasure man has ever known.
So I just now realized that I accidentally uploaded an unfinished workfile of the audio for part 2 instead of the correct file with cleaned audio throughout. Both files start out the same, but by the time bumpgrrl gets on stage things get a little wonky, and by the time Portaxx is listing ways to say I Love You, the audio is definitely A Problem.
Honestly, I'm sure plenty of you noticed this, but maybe you were too polite to say anything, because it wasn't put to my attention until now.
SO, what I need you to do is delete your old file, fplus_live_2b_final.mp3. That's the one that's unkind to your ears, and it was uploaded accidentally. DELETE IT! The new file is called fplus_live_2b_fixedaudio.mp3, and that is up to standard. Also, you can actually hear Portaxx speak, which is sometimes a good thing.
As I said, both files start out the exact same, but there's a real difference in sound quality after Jimmyfranks' reading. Plus, now you have an excuse to listen to this again!