Good morning Loyal Mockers and welcome to the first annual Rock’n’Roll Bracket Challenge sponsored by eCig! I am a huge college basketball fan and in years past my friends would receive a massive amount of ‘Basketblogs’ during March Madness. Basketblogs being running diaries of what I was listening to and what was happening on the court-it was always a lot of fun and I am slightly modifying the concept in an ambitious project that I will probably not come close to finishing…32 original studio albums released in 2017 battling it out it out head-to-head in a single elimination tournament! Each match-up will be a half hour long with the two records being spun in a random with the winner being determined by a scoring system that will somewhat mimic a basketball game. Let’s take a quick look at the first round match-ups!
-Deaf Havana vs. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever…Yeah, I don’t really listen to a lot of popular music so get used to a lot of bands you have never heard of.
-Ryan Adams vs. Old 97’s…Epic clash between two long time indie rock veterans.
-Elbow vs. The Sadies…Stately British indie rock vs. meat and potatoes rock’n’roll.
-Ron Gallo vs. Sallie Ford…Sounds like a famous court case involving a New York mobster and his mistress.
-The Courtneys vs. Julia Byrne…Girl power!!
-AFI vs. Los Campesinos!…Podcast friend Jamie HS will be pulling for his emo heroes in this one.
-Gone is Gone vs. Foxygen…Stoner rock vs. a bunch of stoners.
The Flaming Lips vs. Dirty Projectors…Will Wayne Coyne sprinkle frog dust all over a heartbreaking Dirty Projectors record?
-Hurray for the Riff Raff vs. Dams of the West…No, I swear I am not making these band names up!
-Stephen Pearcy vs. Strand of Oaks…My brother in podding Eric will be happy to see the former (and maybe current) lead singer of Ratt make the bracket.
-Black Star Riders vs. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah…Another Eric Mocker Approved Album in a tough match-up with a revitalized Clap Your Hands.
-Jens Lekman vs. Cloud Nothings…Our good man and resident MassHole McNutts is to blame if the Cloud Nothings album craps out against the eccentric Icelandic singer/songwriter.
-Jay Som vs. Dropkick Murphys…Well, I know who I would take in an actual fight.
-Hand Habits vs. The Shins…Grizzled indie veterans return to take on yet another female fronted outfit that no one has ever heard of.
-Vagabon vs. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard…Nope, still not making these up.
John Andrews & The Yawns vs. Grandaddy…Not sure if calling your band The Yawns is a good idea.
–And there you have it! Feel free to fill out your Mocker Rock’n’Roll Bracket Challenge or at least send us a tweet @MockersPodcast to tell us who you are rooting for! The match-ups will begin this afternoon with results being posted continuously. Thanks for reading and enjoy the basketball!