I'm as big a fan of Monty + The Machine (aka "Not a Podcast") on Saturday morning as most of you seem to be. A raucous, slacker-anarchic show even with only two voices. Fun, different, some good Emerging Demo Sports Takes.
It's still kind of finding its way, though; still poking a sharp stick into the side of The Ticket. Is it a good strategy? I dunno. I shake my head sometimes, but I don't punch out.
Yesterday, for example.
The Machine was on fire, returning to his roots as a guy who talks a lot. The guy has a very unique radio timbre, and it's an interesting sound to have coming through the buds, but the guy gives some signs of being positively Sturmian as the syllables pour out of him, irrespective of what else is happening on the show at the time. I thought that he and Justin had really worked out a nice balance in the last couple of months, but Justin's 1-1:30 news was a jumble of both of them talking at once. (Hey, Machine, don't get upset -- love the show, love what you got. OK? This is just what one guy is hearing. Maybe I'll hear from Confessors who ain't hearing the same thing. And I'm estimating a P1 readership for this site on the order of 0.05% and a Cumulus readership south of that.)
And then there was the Eli Jordan Ticker. It was cruising along at its usual dramatic pace, when all of a sudden there was a bunch of talking going on over his report. I thought it was Machine, but I could be mistaken about that. Could have been both him and Justin. I tried to tell if whoever was talking over the Ticker was doing it accidentally because of a mis-hit board button, or just crashing the Ticker for the hell of it, but since the whole thing was incomprehensible, it was hard to tell. I will say this, Eli didn't miss a beat, so it wasn't clear to me that he could hear the host-noise going on over his report.
But I think he did, and I think he did not believe it was a technical meltdown, because:
After it was all over, Machine and Justin tried to get Eli to get on-mic to . . . well, it wasn't clear what they wanted to talk to him about, although they said once or twice they wanted to "ask him a question." But Mr. Jordan was having none of it, a 100% layout, Eli has left the building, leaving M+M to vamp embarrassingly for a bit before moving on.
And M+M didn't blame the technology.
I dunno, guys, dunno what you get out of jabbing the Musers, don't know what you get out of jabbing Eli, don't even know what you get out of pretty harshly jabbing the Siroises as you also did yesterday (and do a lot). I know, I know, it's a M+M bit to be the snotty newcomers. Maybe that's what Cat is looking for, maybe you've got a deal with Mike and Cash.
But it's starting to take on just a bit of a hostile cast, pretty aggressive for a show that may feel established to its hosts but does not to most everyone else (all right, maybe just to me). I really want to be hearing M+M on the air for the foreseeable future, so I'm hopeful that they will give some thought to the whereabouts of that fine line between bit and bloviation.