Today we’ve got the very funny Abby Russell (Comedian with the Magnet Theater, Associate Producer for Giant Bomb). She’s the real hero of this episode, so please say so in the comments below. We talk about listening to music between class, living across the street from your high school, and video games as art! We also nerd out about learning how to play St. Vincent songs and how cool Annie Clark is.
Thank you to the Magnet Training Center for the recording space!
Nikita Burdein joins us for our first-ever studio episode to talk about “Let the Sunshine In” from Hair! Nikita is an all-star musical improviser here in New York and was very patient while Evan & Pat showed how naive they were regarding musical theatre. In this episode, we talk about crate digging for cast recordings and what makes for a good musical! Pat had just discovered how great Hamilton is, so we go pretty in depth with that, and Evan admits that he still hasn’t listened to the soundtrack.
The wonderful Geri Cole (writer, Sesame Street) stops by to talk about Arcade Fire’s immense song, “My Body Is A Cage.” We talk about album closers, living abroad, growing up, life changes, friendship, and love. It gets deep! Mikki Hommel returns to the show and plays a killer cover of “My Body Is a Cage.” She also plays an incredible improvised song and one of her original tunes!
A “blizzard” prevents our original lineup from getting to the venue so we instead play host to the incredible trio of Christina Cola, Chrissie Gruebel, and Cory P Willis who all join us for this spontaneous multi-guest episode. We discuss “Hazard” by Richard Marx, “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) by Pete Rock & CL Smooth, “Today” by Tom Scott & The Honeysuckle Breeze, and finally, “The Shakes” by The Menzingers. All three guests are hilarious and we of course end up talking about Dave Matthews Band along with such topics as close friendships, hip-hop sample culture, and horrible hangovers. This episode rules.
We host a Valentine’s Day soirée with beautiful guests Caitlin Brodnick, Trumane Alston, Branson Reese, Christina Cola, and Juan Nicolón! That’s right, it’s our first-ever multi-guest episode and we ask each of them to talk about a love song *or* a song that relates to their love lives. We discuss such wonderful tracks as Joanna Newsome’s “Good Intentions Paving Company,” Ben E King’s “Stand By Me,” Macy Gray’s “I Try,” No Doubt’s “Ex-Girlfriend,” and The Punch Brother’s “Another New World.” We basically speed date our way through this lovely bunch of comedians and end up quite smitten by the end of it. PLUS! The sickest pop-punk and emo band in the tri-state area, MY DARK LITTLE CORNER, plays a set of their hilarious songs for everyone to enjoy.
Comedian Courtney MaGinnis (Caroline’s, College Humor, NPR) joins us on the show to talk about drunken family vacations, designing underwear for teens, and the Otis Redding song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay.” Hilarity ensues as we get to know our wonderful guest and, wouldn’t you know it, there’s even some arm wrestling. Plus! Singer, songwriter, banjo player, and excellent human, Anielle Reid, takes the stage to cover Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” and to play a couple of her own wonderful songs. You really can’t go wrong with this episode, folks! Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review!