Thursday, August 10, 2006

Bob Dylan: For God's Sake, Podcast Him

Every time I hear about one of Bob Dylan's radio broadcasts on XM, it makes me want to hear it more and more. Whether it's riffing on the theme of his set list, coffee ("Y'know, one time coffee was believed to be the drink of the devil. When Pope Vincent III heard about this, he decided to taste the drink before banning it. In fact, he enjoyed coffee so much, he wound up baptising it, stating 'coffee is so delicious, it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it'.") or responding to a letter from Johnny Depp, who asked, "Who is the father of modern communism?" in a show devoted to dads ("Well, Johnny, Karl Marx was the father of modern communism. He also fathered seven children, four of whom survived to adulthood. His only son, Frederick Demuth, was illegitimate. I wonder if he calls his daddy on Father's Day."), it just sounds like tremendous fun. Best of all, when a fan asked for more new songs (Dylan's set list is heavily weighted to the old), he said simply, "The truth is, there's a lot more old songs than there are new songs."

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