Episode 101: Richard Ayoade, Translantic Transfusion, and Jagger Elks

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Richard Ayoade/Photo by Dean Rogers / TWC

This week: “Submarine” director Richard Ayoade starts his own cult… The blood of a sheep breeds some hair of the dog… & Swedes lose the faith (on the inside). Plus, an educated joke from director Richard Linklater, and a song from the band Cults.

Icebreaker: Richard Linklater
Acclaimed Texan filmmaker Richard Linklater (“Dazed and Confused,” “School Of Rock”) schools us in “Aggie” grammar. Linklater’s new movie “Bernie,” starring Jack Black, opened the LA Film Festival on Thursday night.

Broadcast listeners heard Irish folk-pop musician Julie Feeney wait till the last minute to give us a joke for this week’s show.

Small Talk: Tent Rent, Urinetown, and Elk Lips
The staff at Marketplace unearth some lesser known headlines…like why Portland, OR flushed away 9 million gallons of drinking water.

It’s hard to believe that members of the Church of Sweden find it so hard to believe…but that’s what Reihan Salam – columnist for “The Daily” – told our radio listeners. And we believe him.

A History Lesson with Booze: The First Blood Transfusion & “The Bloody Corpse”
This week back in 1667 the first successful human blood transfusion took place… which is not to say the ones that followed were successful. Listen to the wild and woolly story, then replace part of your bloodstream with this hangover cure – the mutant offspring of a Bloody Mary and a Corpse Reviver #2.

“Bloody Corpse,” as drawn by Mika Mas at the Experimental Cocktail Club in Paris.

In a shaker, muddle:

  • 1 slice blood orange
  • 1 dash absinthe

Then add:

  • 2/3 oz. lemon juice
  • 2/3 oz. red Lillet
  • 2/3 oz. Triple sec
  • 3/4 oz. gin

Shake and transfer into martini glass. Serve with a shot of spicy tomato juice. Take a few healthy swigs (don’t be sheepish!) and feel it flood your veins. O, and B positive.

Guest of Honor: Richard Ayaode
Richard Ayoade is one of the best-known comic actors in Britain thanks to his starring roles in TV comedies like “The I.T. Crowd” and “Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place” (which he co-created). This month, stateside audiences can check out his feature-film directing debut: the acclaimed coming-of-age indie “Submarine.” Richard tells Rico about the cult leader that dwells in the hearts of all men… and about his leading man’s biking skills. Or lack thereof.

One For The Road: “You Know What I Mean” – Cults
Boy-girl duo Cults converted the blog world with last summer’s hit “Go Outside.” Now, with the release of their debut full-length, they’re on the righteous path to indie rock stardom. Best heard while stepping out of a dark, dark place into the blinding light.

Music On This Week’s Show:

Sea & Cake – “The Argument”

The Wedding Present – “Signal”

Link Wray – “Jack the Ripper”

Tipsy – “Liquordelic”

Pourquoi Me Reviller – “Bloody Hours Of Nasty Torture”

Of Montreal – “Chrissie Kiss the Corpse”

Davie Allen & the Arrows – “Cycle-Delic”

Cults – “You Know What I Mean”