The Blerd Radio Podcast

Hey Folks! It's the very last Blerd Radio podcast of 2013. Big Money (the actual "blerd" of the show) is joined by his usual colleagues Mike DuquetteMike CunninghamMichael Parr and Dr. Z.

Except wait. Michael Parr isn't on this one. Ah well. One day all five will be on the show at the same time.

At any rate, this podcast discusses the best (and some of the worst) of the year that is just about to end. While the panel focuses mostly on music, there is also discussion about film, television and politics...the usual things that make Popblerd tick.

In this episode:

-We catch up with Cunningham, who missed the last podcast because his band, Neighbours, was rehearsing for a gig in which they had to play strictly Christmas songs.

-A discussion about Christmas music (carried over from the last episode) leads into Cunningham giving sincere praise to the Ying Yang Twinz holiday offerings.

-Beyonce's surprise album leads to a discussion about music consumption that highlights Amazon.com and their auto-rip feature...something that's referenced often throughout the rest of the podcast. Matter of fact, if Blerd Radio had sponsors...(hint, hint...)

-There's a weird foreign noise that appears in the background for about two minutes which turns out to be Big Money's radiator. It goes away, we promise.

-Cunningham ponders a disturbing trend in popular music; songs sounding ridiculously alike. He points to Sara Bareilles (which he has a little trouble pronouncing)'s "Brave" and Katy Perry's "Roar" as the most egregious example. Big Money simultaneously attempts to uncover a Grammy Award conspiracy involving the two songs.

-Duquette's brother did his senior thesis about "iCarly." This is not a joke.

-Names are thrown about for the best music of 2013, and Daft Punk and Disclosure give our lists a highly electronic sheen.

-What the hell is "Blurred Lines" fatigue?

-The panel attempts to figure out what the hell happened to rock music, while Dr. Z croons a few bars of a Led Zeppelin classic for our listening pleasure.

-As our conversation switches over to film, Cunningham and Dr. Z both agree that Idris Elba is the man, while Big Money tries to uncover another conspiracy; this one involving the news of Nelson Mandela's passing.

-The rest of the panel attempts to force Big Money to watch a Madea Tyler Perry movie.

-"Arrested Development" returns, and a member of the panel has a weird (and extremely vulgar: be on notice!) explanation for how Portia De Rossi's face ended up looking like this.

Portia

-Finally, the panel picks their "People Of The Year." We won't give away the names before you listen, but the honorees include a religious icon, a troubled whistleblower, a comely actress, and the baddest drummer in all the land (nope, not Dave Grohl. Sorry y'all.)

See you all in 2014!

Direct download: Best_2013.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Our latest podcast episode takes its name from an unheralded Christmas classic. A soul-stirring movie starring Ving Rhames (yes, that Ving Rhames) as...a female impersonator who looks suspiciously like disco superstar Sylvester.

Holiday Hart

As you would expect from a December podcast, our focus is on the holidays. Most specifically, holiday movies and holiday music. The ultimate '80s movie showdown takes place, as Big Money, Dr. Z and Michaels Duquette and Parr decide once and for all which is better- "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or "Scrooged."

Michael Cunningham is taking the week off to concentrate on schoolwork, his band, and disliking Karen Carpenter and Hall & Oates, which, of course, we filter and come up with "Cunningham hates white people!"

As far as tunes, the team discusses their favorite "nontraditional" Christmas music; a list that encompasses everything from Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" to The Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping."

Along the way, you'll hear the shocking story of when a near-teenage Duquette realized that Santa Claus didn't exist (SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE READING THAT STILL BELIEVES IN SANTA,) and the gang wonders whether the infamously mercurial Prince ever fired a member of his staff in person (because, of course, there has to be a Prince reference in every podcast.) Also, have your hearts and your nether regions warned by Dr. Z's story of the strangest Christmas gift he's ever been witness to.

Oh, and there's also the first actual instance of gas on a Blerd Radio episode. So, there's that.

 Our recommendations on this podcast are as follows:

Big MoneyDamnation Alley Distillery in Belmont, MA

DuquetteDisney's brand new movie, Frozen.

ParrForeverly, the brand new duets album by Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones. Oh, and Real Husbands of Hollywood

ZThe 33 1/3 book discussing Portishead's classic album, Dummy, written by RJ Wheaton.

Don't be a mitch! Listen to the show, and if you listen on iTunes, shoot us a comment!

Direct download: Xmas_Podcast.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:13pm EST

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