Elisha Sessions

Jul 10

Buy Me, You’re Sick – pt 2

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Sonny the Cuckoo BirdIn our first installment of Buy Me You’re Sick we looked at products that offer to serve the same psychological function as high-end prostitutes. Today it’s about consumables whose commercials basically say “our loyal customers have mental health issues.”

Please note the distinction with Crazy Eddie’s Used Cars – “I must be insane to offer prices this low!” No, these products tell you that you’re the insane one. These products are so great – they inspire such fervour and loyalty – you will pride them over family, over friendship, over even sex or sleep.


Jun 10

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – WRAP

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Well you all know what happened. Now Roger Bozack and Peter Baran set up camp in the eerily empty Media Center in Johannesburg, abandoned coffee cups littering the floor, and try to make some sense of it all. Ultimately that means playing a bunch of songs from Nigeria, including bonus tracks from Matt DC’s championship squad – “Pon Pon Pon” by Dagrin and “This Kind Party” by Egnyte. A big thanks to our listeners – you know who you are, all two of you. We’ve had a lot of fun doing the show.

Produced by Elisha Sessions

Jun 10

Summer Party Blend!!

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Peter Baran and Roger BozackResonance FM 104.4 in London has been airing our breathless coverage of every Pop World Cup match since it started way back in whenever it was, and the last half-hour roundup goes out this Saturday at 16:00. Peter Baran and Roger Bozack will analyze this year’s global pop fandango, and we’ll hear some bonus tracks from Matt DC’s Nigeria, who clearly had more in reserve should their championship match with Andrew Hickey’s Germany have gone into a penalty playoff thingie.

But you don’t have to wait til then to hear it! We’ll be posting up the episode here at some point tomorrow. And if you feel like catching up on the previous episodes, you can do so here, where there’s also a link to subscribe to the podcast.

In the meantime, why not download this 1hr+ mix of Nigerian party tunes? It’s called SUMMER PARTY BLEND and it’s by DJ Ennie Billie-ons.

There’s also an unreal number of Nigerian jams on this constantly updated blog by DJ Wolf. See you on the radio!

Jun 10

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – THE FINAL

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Tom Ewing joins Peter Baran and Roger Bozack in the broadcast booth for the simulcast of the championship match between Germany and Nigeria and gets raked over the coals about this year’s voting irregularities. Well, not so much raked as politely questioned. Did I say irregularities? I meant thoroughly vetted processes that ensure equitable results for all! Voting is open until midnight Monday. So go vote! We also take a look at this year’s third-place playoff between Cameroon and Honduras. Your hosts return in a week for a wrap-up and look back at this – it must be said – amazing competition.

Produced by Elisha Sessions.

Jun 10

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – SEMIFINALS

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Roger Bozack returns from his mysterious illness and joins Peter Baran in the broadcast booth as the crucible of this Pop World Cup gets amplified to the breaking point – tossed on the horns of a swelling tide and cast into a literal pressure cooker of competitive pop music. Protean upstarts Honduras face Germany and Nigeria take on Cameroon – that’s right, there’s just four nations left, so plenty of time for additional “analysis”. Voting remains open for the next couple of days! Outro is “Bucovina” by Shantel, which may sound familiar to Sabres of Paradise fans.

Produced by Elisha Sessions

May 10

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – Quarterfinal Results

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With Roger Bozack pulling a sickie, it falls to Eli Sessions to join Peter Baran in the booth for all the quarterfinal results. In the sporting tradition for which the Weekend Update has become justly celebrated, we focus on the sides who lost last week and reminisce over their best moments. Eli’s prediction of a narrow Cameroon victory was bang on the money, as it turns out, but Spain’s manager, Alberto, has a parting treat for all his fans. It’s Marta Sanchez, Spain’s current Queen of Pop, with “Superstar” which you can listen to here. The outro is “The Boat That I Row” by Sodsai Chaengkij.

Produced by Eli Sessions

May 10

Eurosong Derby Playoffs

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Kat Stevens, having skillfully managed Slovenia into the Pop World Cup’s Round of 16, will be liveblogging the semifinals of that other, slightly more Swarovski-crystal-laden pop competition, the Eurovision Song Contest. It all kicks off tonight at 8pm on The Singles Jukebox.

And don’t forget that the polls are still open for Nigeria v Ghana and Cameroon v Spain in the Pop World Cup 2010. So go vote! And reduce the chances of another controversial result.

Update! Tom Ewing and Mike Atkinson will also be taking part!

May 10

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – The Quarterfinals

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Roger Bozack gets Peter Baran down the line from Capetown to take in all the action from the Pop World Cup 2010 Quarterfinals. In an all-African tie Nigeria battles Ghana for the host continent crown, though the Cameroonians appear to be staking a claim for Kilimanjaro regardless when they face Spain (take that, imperialist French running dogs). The Netherlands face a surprising Honduras and then all of Germany takes on the southern half of Korea. You know what to do now – go vote!

Produced by Elisha Sessions

May 10

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – Round of 16 Roundup

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Sixteen nations – but only eight can advance. It’s a cruel game. No matter the quality of play, in the Pop World Cup there must be winners and there must be losers. Peter Baran joins Roger Bozack via ISDN linkup to take a look at the teams that didn’t have quite enough to push through to the quarterfinals. As a special treat Baran gives us a listen to the side he would have fielded had his American team been able to get there, “Didn’t It Rain” by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight.

Produced by Elisha Sessions

May 10

Pop World Cup – Weekend Update – Round of 16 – 2

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Two Pop World Cup managers in the studio this week, but hope is alive for only one of them. Honduras manager Steve Hewitt sits in with Roger Bozack and a bereft Peter Baran as Hewitt’s Honduran squad faces Portugal, Paraguay meet the Netherlands, and Cameroon take on New Zealand. You’re left with a bit of “Killa Sound” by DJ Zinc.

Produced by Elisha Sessions.