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This week, I'm joined by author Greg Renoff as we discuss the new book he wrote with legendary rock producer Ted Templeman.

Show notes:

- Greg's first book was 2015's Van Halen Rising

- Five years later, people are still discovering it

- Wrote about the early years of VH from a fan's perspective

- The band filled a void when their debut came out

- That book led to Greg's new book, Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music

- Templeman came to book signing for Van Halen Rising

- Greg later pitched the idea of a book about Templeman

- Book looks at his start as a musician and the albums he worked on as a producer

- Renoff wanted to add more structure to Templeman's recollections

- Book's out on ECW Press on April 21

- Took a few years to put together before the editing process

- Did a lot of interviews with Ted, exchanged many emails

- He didn't want to dwell on controversy too much

- Book starts with his childhood in Santa Cruz through the last album he worked on with the Doobie Brothers in 2010

- Didn't cover every album he worked on

- He was a talented musician in his younger days, as a jazz phenom and then a minor pop star

- Heavily influenced by Tito Puente

- Got into producing with the Doobies in '71, and later Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Montrose

- Not in touch with the VH camp anymore, but appreciative of his work with them

- Worked with Van Morrison a few times

- Templeman was on TV with his pop group Harpers Bizarre, but he didn't see a future in performing

- Was interested in production and moved behind the scenes in 1970

- Nearly got out of the industry

- Started at the bottom listening to tape submissions

- Found the Doobie Brothers demo

- VH already had the harmony vocals, and Ted incorporated those (and provided some) on most of those albums

- By the time he got to VH, Ted was intent on finding bands a radio hit

- Worked with a wide range of artists from Carly Simon to the Bulletboys

- Sometimes he was brought in to finish projects that others had started

- Currently interested in streaming and following certain artists

- Initial book launch plans have changed because of COVID-19

- Hoping to do joint interviews eventually

- Greg plans to do another VH book

- Started work on it, but will get back to it once coronavirus restrictions are lifted

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This week on Quarantining With Kumar, I talk about how life has changed drastically in a short period of time because of COVID-19.

Show notes:

- Recorded while driving around to get some essentials

- Day 5 of self-quarantine, working from home

- The state of Massachusetts has pretty much closed all non-essential businesses

- We haven't experienced anything like this before (in my lifetime)

- Life after 9/11 was weird, but got back to normal fairly quickly

- Some states have implemented "shelter in place" rules

- Social distancing is the big buzzword

- Public gatherings are outlawed

- Spring breakers defied warnings

- Everything's getting canceled: Sports, trips, concerts

- We need to stay home to keep virus from spreading

- Most people I know are complying with the quarantine

- Musicians are doing livestreams instead of concerts

- Optimistic this will end soon, but it's hard to tell

- Watching out for older folks who are more susceptible to virus

- Some people are freaking out with conspiracy theories

- Got to ride this thing out

- Stay positive

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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I talk to Phil Stacey and Dave Olson about baseball's cheating scandal while we drive to a rock concert.

Show notes:

- Recorded on the way to see the Drive-By Truckers in Somerville, MA

- Not the first cheating scandal in MLB, but this has a different feel

- Houston Astros accused of stealing signs on the way to 2017 World Series

- Every team cheats in some way or another

- "If you're not cheating, you're not trying"

- Corked bats, scuffed pitches

- Baseballs were juiced last year to generate interest

- The sport is fading in popularity

- Too slow for short attention spans of today's society

- Steroids in the late '90s were ignored in favor of home run records

- Did the punishment fit the crime?

- Astros were fined and lost draft picks, but could have been worse

- MLB didn't expect this to blow up; former Astro revealed it in an interview

- Public reaction has been loud

- Two other teams have fired their managers who had connections to Astros that season

- Did MLB and the teams coordinate these actions?

- MLB wants this to go away and it's not

- Other teams and players are upset about it

- A pitcher sued because Astros lit him up and he was out of the majors

- Astros are going to be booed mercilessly all season on the road

- We don't know how much the sign stealing helped them

- Houston will get some big TV ratings this season

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- Altuve was a heroic figure, now tarnished

- MMA and pro wrestling are resonating with a younger generation

- A lot of baseball teams struggle to fill the seats

- Young kids would rather watch eSports, where other people play video games

- Easier to cheat in baseball or basketball

- Astros intern figured out how to steal signs and convinced management to adopt it

- Astros players should expect to get hit by a lot of pitches this season

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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