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
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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.

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Direct download: Xmas_Podcast.mp3
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Blerd Radio 2013 | Episode 22: 30 Odd Foot Of Podcast

Hey Folks,

On this episode, Mike is joined by Bill Bodkin of Pop-break.com. We have a couple of relatively minor audio issues (which will be corrected in future episodes,) but we hope you listen anyway!

Without one central topic to discuss, the conversation winds up covering tons of juicy pop culture goodness. In this episode, you'll hear:

-Apparently this show was recorded on NATIONAL METAL DAY (and also Veteran's Day.)

-Bill went househunting with Jim Florentine-sort of. Not really.

-Who listens to the radio anymore and will it ever return to prominence?

-Oh HEY WE HAVEN'T INTRODUCED OURSELVES YET (10 minutes into the podcast...)

-Mike counters Bill's 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts listening experience with his Kevin Federline listening experience.

-Thanksgiving's coming up! Why is it a favorite holiday of both panelists? (Hint: FOOD)

-Can diabetics drink vodka? What about The Situation's "Devotion Vodka?" (disclaimer: it's not his vodka. He was the face of it for a time, though.)

-Bill and Mike try to make sense of "Black Friday"

-Bill really, REALLY, REALLY loves KISS (an addendum to the last two podcasts we did-which covered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) Bill apparently also really, REALLY, REALLY hates John Mayer. Mike has a sad.

-Mike is incorrect-Willie Nelson is NOT in the RNRHOF.

-A conversation about the most recent episode of "Law & Order: SVU" leads one of the panelists to admit that he's a fan of Taylor Hicks. SOUL PATROL!!!

-Are music-based reality shows going to go the way of the dinosaur?

-Why are "American Idol" superfans so cray-cray?

-We wrap up with a brief discussion about bullying and the Richie Incognito fiasco.

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-Mike shares memories of working a Ticketmaster counter back in the day,

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:05pm EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 | Episode 21: Jann Wenner Can Bite Me (Part 2)

Now that we've discussed the nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class Of 2014, it's time to get into the nitty gritty.

Dr. Gonzo, Big Money, Cunningham and Parr continue their Hall of Fame discussion, with a large part of this episode based around two questions:

-What *is* "rock and roll" music?

-Why does this museum exist in the first place?

This conversation leads us down a few different words, and also leads to one of the team's more, shall we say, spirited discussions.

Also discussed:

-Is the induction ceremony an actual event? Do people care? 

-Which artists have been left off the party list? And are the voters biased against British acts/bands?

-What is the shelf life of the museum? How long after Jann Wenner passes away will the Hall of Fame actually exist?

-Will these two Hall of Fame moments ever be beat? (Prince's guitar-gasm and Mike Love's freak out)

Also, this episode finds the team digging deep into recommendations, which include:

Christine Feldman's book "We Are The Mods" (Gonzo)

Paul McCartney's "New" (Parr)

Lou Reed's "Berlin" (Cunningham)

Toad The Wet Sprocket's "New Constellation" and Questlove's Soul Train book

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Direct download: RNRHOF_Podcast_Part_2.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:30pm EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 | Episde 20: Jann Wenner Can Bite Me (Part 1)

In case ya missed it, nominees for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class Of 2014 were announced several weeks ago. The list includes The Paul Butterfield Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Kiss, LL Cool J, The Meters, NWA, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, The Replacements, Cat Stevens, Link Wray, Yes and The Zombies. 

Being the pop culture (specifically music) gluttons that we are, we couldn't resist the urge to talk about the nominees, and we talked SO much about them (and the institution of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame & Museum) that we have yet another two-part podcast.

Of course, with the loss of Lou Reed over the weekend, we had to discuss that as well. In Part One, you'll hear:

-Why Big Money (and Cunningham)'s Lou Reed memories will always have at least a tangential tie-in to Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch

-Recommendations of the best work of Lou, both solo and with Velvet Underground, and a promise of mix CDs from Cunningham & Gonzo to Big Money.

-Will Link Wray or The Paul Butterfield Band be 2014's wild card?

(Gonzo also attempts to sing the Paul Butterfield Band's "Love March")

-Gonzo's woeful tale of being dragged to a latter-day Deep Purple concert.

-Cunningham's assertion that Sponge will find themselves in the HOF someday.

-A discussion about when Hall And Oates became cool with hipsters.

-Ice Cube's complete lack of gangsta credentials.

-Cunningham hates ABBA, Hall & Oates and KISS and is therefore a Communist.

-Gonzo and Big Money both appear to have trouble with the alphabet.

-A group version of an Aaron Neville impression, and the thought of a Neville/Barry Gibb duet.

-Gonzo's Fred Schneider impression!

-What Cat Stevens & Jim Morrison have in common.

-The introduction of the 5-year rule for prog rock bands

And so much more.

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Direct download: HOF_Podcast_Part_One.mp3
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With the regular team temporarily indisposed, the erstwhile Big Money joins forces with Bill Bodkin, the creator and editor-in-chief of Popblerd's sister site Pop-break.com for what they hope will be an occasional podcast.

The resulting episode is a delightfully all-over-the-place conversation that, like most Blerd Radios of late, had to be cut into two parts. In Part One, you'll hear:

-A general State of the State of Pop-break.com, including some sizzling interviews with today's biggest artists.

-Government shutdown my ass! Bill has a new job!

-Why Bill is your ultimate bachelor party guest.

-Kids, don't try 151 rum, you might end up passed out in someone's lap.

-Why don't they make 'em like Axl Rose anymore?

-You've heard of "Waiting For Godot?" Well, there was the one time Bill appeared in "Waiting For Grohl."

-Pop-break.com correspondent Maxwell Barna has fine taste in cardigans.

-The new fall season is upon us! Bill is digging "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," but Mike can't watch.

-Meanwhile, Mike is digging "The Michael J. Fox Show,' but Bill can't watch.

Of course, there's tons more. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and hey, leave a nice comment for us on iTunes!

Direct download: Blerd_Radio_2013_Ep_18_Bill_1.mp3
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Blerd Radio 2013 | Episode 18: 1993 (Part Two)

How difficult is it for five people to get into one studio?

Oh wait, that's how we started the last podcast.

Here's part two of our time machine trip to 1993. Dr. Gonzo is, once again, MIA, but the remaining crew of Big Money, Cunningham, Mike Duquette and Michael Parr hold down the fort until the next podcast with a series of humorous and educational anecdotes about a pivotal year in pop culture.

What will you hear/learn?

-We shout out Billboard's Top 10 albums of 1993, where Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" uncomfortably shared space with Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" and Kenny G.'s "Breathless," which sold 3.6 MILLION COPIES in 1993. Just for reference's sake: Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" is the best selling album of 2013 so far. Mr. G sold almost double that in one year.

-We attempt to figure out which of Garth Brooks' albums was in 1993, since the covers seemed to follow sort of, a...template?

-Cunningham indulges his Britpop fetish with a discussion about The London Suede.

-What's your beef with U2's "Zooropa?" The album that confounded millions of fans is now regarded as something of a cult classic (and rightfully so, if you agree with the gang.)

-Why did the NYPD love Fat Joe so much?

-Parr geeks out over The Smashing Pumpkins' "Siamese Dream" and his personal favorite track, "Mayonaise."

-Although two iconic bands of the '80s came back in 1993 (Duran Duran and Run-DMC, for those playing at home,) did 1993 represent the end of the "old guard" of the previous decade?

-We pay our respects to Frank Zappa (who passed in 1993) by asking the immortal question...can you enjoy his music without the aid of drugs?

-We also briefly discuss the 1993 passing of another icon, actor River Phoenix.

-We set a record for the most awkward time machine jokes of all time!

-Parr sets a personal record for most bands involved with in one year...a record that might have been broken since by Dave Grohl.

-It's Big Money's 20th workiversary and he's fishing for props!

-The podcast concludes with a lesson in "Pittsburgh-ese" from Cunningham.

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Direct download: 1993_Podcast_Part_2.mp3
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How difficult is it for five people to get into one studio?

For the third consecutive podcast, we are down a man. This time, Michael Cunningham is back and the lovable, huggable Dr. Gonzo is out.

However, the four remaining co-hosts (Big Money, Cunningham, Mike Duquette and Michael Parr) do not suffer in Dr. Gonzo's absence. Actually, enough material was recorded for two podcasts. So take that, Zachary!

Anyhow, this two-parter finds us hopping into the Blerd Radio Time Machine (not unlike the Great Space Coaster) and taking a trip back in time...landing in 1993. It's a transitional year that brought forth everything from the falls from grace of pop icons to hip-hop's nexus shifting Westward. In part one, you'll hear:

-Michael Parr provides us with a Michael Winslow-esque soundtrack for our time travel adventures.

-A tip of the hat to the film "Addams Family Values" and props to the late Raul Julia.

-WTF Moment #1 of 1993: Michael Jackson being charged with child molestation, being forced to strip for the LAPD, and broadcasting his innocence Live From Neverland Ranch.

-WTF Moment #2 of 1993: Prince changes his name to an unpronounceable symbol. Or, wait...maybe there *is* a pronunciation.

-We briefly discuss old people who stay with MTV too long (Kurt Loder, Jon Norris, Su Chin Pak, Sway)

-It's the 20th anniversary of the releases of two seminal albums: "Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)" and The Breeders' "Last Splash."

-Cunningham does the best RZA impression in the history of the world.

-Has West Coast hip-hop not aged as well as East Coast hip-hop? And what of the revolution in Southern hip-hop that had yet to occur in 1993?

-What the hell is President Obama doing in the "Whoomp! There It Is!" video?

-What the hell is Drake doing in a movie called "Charlie Bartlett"?

-Cunningham explains "intrinsic ethos" as it pertains to artists today (Lupe Fiasco) and yesterday (Ice Cube/2Pac)

-Why are we talking about Drake and Lupe Fiasco on a podcast dedicated to 1993?

-Cunningham Goof #1: This is not Faith Hill

-Cunningham Goof #2: Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre were not members of the N.W.O.

-Cunningham redeems himself by offering up the most white people-friendly version of 2Pac's "Strictly 4 My N-----" album title possible.

-Discussion of two more albums celebrating their 20th anniversaries: Nirvana's "In Utero" and Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way" leads to...

-Is Lenny Kravitz underrated?

-We discuss how to properly pronounce "Vanessa Paradis"

-And finally, we examine the subtle differences between musically harkening back to a particular era (a la Amy Winehouse) and directly ripping off the sound of specific artists (like our pal Lenny.)

Part two will be up very soon, so don't fret! Your favorite artist will be covered!

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Direct download: 1993_Podcast_Part_1.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:55pm EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 | Episode 16 (F'Real): Ga Ga For GaGa (Oh Ra Oh Ra Ma!)

Whoops...did we say the last episode was #16? Actually, THIS episode is #16. Hey, we're podcasters and pop culture gluttons, not mathematicians. Anyway, the latest episode of Blerd Radio focuses largely on one person and one person only--the estimable Lady Gaga. Yes, it's a Gaga podcast--and three of the four participants are heterosexual.

Anyhoo, the team is down a Mike for the second consecutive show, although Mike Duquette has returned from a one-episode absence. Unfortunately, Michael Cunningham decided to play dutiful boyfriend and attend to his ailin lady. Although we think he just didn't want to talk about Lady GaGa.

Among the sub-topics Big Money, Michael Parr, & Dr. Gonzo explore are:

-Does Lady Gaga's fixation on artistic credibility detract from her considerable pop smarts?

-Is Lady Gaga's embrace of elements of gay culture helpful or hurtful?

-How big is the Haus of Gaga?

-What was the purpose of the viral video with the naked...whatever she was doing?

-Is ArtPop the end for Lady Gaga as a cultural force, and if not, when will the end be?

Oh, and we talk about Madonna. A lot.

Recommendations this week include the Michael Jackson "Bad 25" documentary. John Mayer's Paradise Valley, the band Haim, and the documentary Bury The Hatchet. We also give props to Cunningham's band Neighbours and their great new album.

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It's almost VMA time, so the great minds of the Blerd Radio podcast decided to spend an hour (or so) talking about MTV and its evolution over the past thirty years. However, our normal team of 4 1/2 Mikes is down one Mike this week-Mike Duquette called in sick to the podcast. So, it's up to Big Money, Michael Parr, Michael Cunningham and DOCTOR Zack Stiegler to pick up the proverbial slack. And pick up the slack, we do.

Highlights of this episode include:

-The podcast delving into a tangential conversation about Prince within five minutes of the opening bell.

-A fairly shameless plug for Cunningham's band Neighbours, who have a record out right now.

-Have radio and MTV (at least as a vehicle for music videos) completely gone the way of the dinosaur?

-Despite the bevy of options available to us for consuming music, how the chances of discovering new music have decreased sharply.

-The VMAs vs. The Grammy Awards

-We coin the term "Jehovah Pan"-yes, it's in relation to Michael Jackson

-Kanye West has performed on 7 VMA shows-how come we don't remember all of them?

-We discuss the most awarded artists in VMA history and ask how and why Fatboy Slim has nine moonmen.

-Is Lady GaGa the only pop artist flourishing currently in the medium of music video? Hell, why are music videos even made anymore, period?

-Michael Parr indulges his semi-inexplicable man crush on the band Coheed And Cambria.

-We try to convince Cunningham to leave his job and become a video director.

-Best VMA moments, including Krist Novocelic beaning himself with his bass, Howard Stern as Fartman, a wheelchair-bound Snoop Dogg, Poison scrapping on stage, and the Diana Ross/Lil Kim titty incident.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

An innocuous comment made by our own Zack "Dr. Gonzo" Stiegler in an email thread led to a whole damn hour of the 4 1/2 Mikes crew (Stiegler + Big Money Mike + Michaels Cunningham, Duquette and Parr) talking about music of the '90s and whether it holds up to other decades in musical history. In this episode, you'll hear:

-The concert Dr. Gonzo went to that reads like a rummage through a '90s refuse bin

-Why we all secretly envy Mark McGrath

-Why the death of the commercial single made careers out of many of the bands *in* that refuse bin.

-How badly mixed/mastered two of the decade's defining albums are (and why Big Money should probably get his hearing checked.)

-Dr. Gonzo's Anthony Kiedis impression

-Cunningham's Madd Rapper impression

-Why the double CD is a thing that should never, ever, EVER happen again

-Buck O Nine. Really. Buck O Nine.

-"All Eyez On Me": yay or nay?

-"Emancipation": yay or nay?

-The enduring appeal of Sublime

-Cunningham's not being fit for a high-top fade

and so much more.

(oh, by the way...Cunningham's band has a new album out. You should buy it.)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

Blerd Radio 2013: (Get) Lucky #13

Big Money, Michael Parr, Mike Duquette, Mike Cunningham and Zack (Dr. Gonzo) are back for their summer review podcast. However, things take a bit of a turn, and the team ends up discussing 2013's three most talked about music releases: Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories," Kanye West's "Yeezus" and Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience."

Each of those three albums has been a lightning rod for controversy. Daft Punk defied expectations by making an album that sounded like it came straight out of 1979, and are nevertheless enjoying the greatest success of their career while also providing a platform for the return of the legendary Nile Rodgers. Meanwhile, Kanye (whose name probably means "abrasive" in another language) made the most difficult and uncommercial album of his career. The remaining question is: did Kanye know exactly what he was doing when he recorded/released "Yeezus?" And what does this mean for his future?

Meanwhile, JT's latest album is far and away 2013's biggest seller. Is it an artistic as well as a commercial triumph? It certainly forms the musical bed for the podcast intro ("Let The Groove Get In.")

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

Blerd Radio Episode 12: The PrinceCast (Part Two of Two)

Know what today is? It's the birth date of one of the greatest musicians to ever click-clack his high heels across a floor. Yes, we are celebrating the 55th (!) birthday of Prince Rogers Nelson with Part Two of our Prince Podcast!

Once again, Big Money is joined by the team of Mike DuquetteZack (Dr. Gonzo) Stiegler and Michael Parr, in addition to welcoming recent Popblerd recruit Michael Cunningham (AKA “ThePacketMan”) 

Picking up from where we left off (Prince's recruit of Larry Graham as an Obi Wan Kenobi-type mentor, we discuss)

-What would have happened if Prince had not followed Larry Graham, but gone with, say, Sly Stone instead?

-Possible future collaborators for Prince, including ?uestlove and D'Angelo.

-What is the best Prince album of all time? (there was no majority vote.)

-Cunningham makes a somewhat uncomfortable comment in reference to "Sister."

-Duquette takes some good-natured roasting from the whole team.

-Is Prince "pop", "soul," or some ridiculously unclassifiable genre?

-The "Prince Drones": the sexy, indistinguishable string of proteges that he is most famous for.

-Did legitimate talents like Sheila E. suffer at the "Prince Drones"' expense?

-Would you have a beer herbal tea with Prince?

-Our Prince recommendations; which include a book or two, some 12" mixes, and lots of D.M.S.R.

We hope you not only enjoy our Prince-cast, but come back for future ones!

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Music: "We All Wanna Be Prince" by Felix da Housecat.

Direct download: Princecast_Part_Two.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 Episode 11: The Prince-Cast, Part One

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to bring you...

Part One of our Prince Podcast (AKA "The Princecast)

In this purple episode, Big Money is joined by the team of Mike Duquette, Zack (Dr. Gonzo) Stiegler and Michael Parr, in addition to welcoming recent Popblerd recruit Michael Cunningham (AKA "ThePacketMan") We're all huge Prince fans, and we yapped so much about the Purple Yoda that we had to split the podcast into two parts.

In Part One:

-"New Prince" and 3rd Eye Girl: How does Prince appeal to the kids in an age of Skrillex and Britney Spears? Will he ever have another pop hit?

-What's the story with the 22 year old manager Prince found on...MySpace? Can he really be managed to someone who wasn't born until "0----|--->" came out?

-Zack tries (in vain) to defend "Lotusfl0w3r."

-What is Prince's worst studio album?

-Prince acolytes: Justin Timberlake and Maroon 5. If they can break through, why can't the originator?

-Please please please let us get Prince remasters (but if you're tired of waiting, there's always DJ Foefur's bootleg remasters. Go Look 'em up on YouTube)

-What's Tony M. doing these days, and can he do it in 30 minutes or less?

-The "Ultimate Prince" fiasco and this awesome Popmatters article.

-Good Prince vs. Bad Prince: the Purple Piano/Sampler

-Larry Graham's influence on Prince and what caused Prince to fall under his spell.

Stay tuned for Part II, coming in about a week (quite possibly on Prince's birthday, June 7th.)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:19pm EDT

Ladies & gentlemen, welcome to this year's 10th episode of Blerd Radio! In this episode, Big Money joins forces with Bill Bodkin from Pop-break.com for a wide-ranging hour of chat that focuses heavily on what music, movies and television we'll be checking out this summer (holy crap, it's almost Memorial Day!)

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We also discuss:

-The origin of the name Pop-break.com and how it relates to...Keanu Reeves?

-Why television's representation of the Jersey Shore (from where Bill originates) is ALL WRONG.

-That one time when Bill almost killed Simon Pegg.

-Big Money getting all hubba hubba over Zach Galifianakis

-We coin the term "gutler." 

-Bill's undying love for Leonardo Dicrapio DiCaprio

-Future president Chris Christie and a cautionary tale about having sex with someone who has had lap band surgery.

-Eazy-E and ODB's upcoming holograms.

-Why the cancelling of "Happy Endings" is the worst thing to happen to TV

and a whole lot more. Enjoy the show and be on the lookout for future Big Money/Bill podcasts!

Direct download: Mike_Bodkin_1.mp3
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Blerd Radio 2013 Episode 9: Playoff Action, Its Fantastic!!

As we do every now and then, Blerd Radio is making a quick diversion into basketball territory. 

In this episode, Big Money is joined by GG as well as Jay from The New York Knicks podcast for an hour of playoff talk.

Although several games have been played since the episode was recorded, the teams involved remain the same. So, we discuss...

Do GG's Warriors really have what it takes to pick off the veteran San Antonio Spurs? (and why does GG want to get rid of David Lee so much?)

Can the Oklahoma City Thunder stand strong against the intmidating physicality of the Memphis Grizzlies without Russell Westbrook? In retrospect, do you think it might have been a good idea to keep James Harden, seeing as Serge Ibaka has faded into the background?

Is Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibideau playing mind games with the league officials, considering several questionable calls have popped up in their series against the Miami Heat? And why isn't Miami wiping the floor with a ridiculously shorthanded Bulls team?

Are the Indiana Pacers a junior version of the Memphis Grizzlies, and will the New York Knicks' JR Smith learn to stop partying with the likes of Rihanna and concentrate on basketball? Also...why does Jay call Amar'e Stoudamire the "black cloud?"

Also...

Who the hell voted Denver Nuggets coach George Karl Coach of the Year?

Will Chris Paul stay with the Los Angeles Clippers although he and superstar Blake Griffin appear to have major beef?

How fucked up are the Los Angeles Lakers?

(according to Jay, not as fucked up as the Brooklyn Nets.)

If the Miami Heat wins championship #2, are LeBron James' days numbered?

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:16pm EDT

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Blerd Radio is back.

We're fresh from the month of May and joining us are some of our favorite people: Mike Duquette, Michael Parr, and Zack "Dr. Gonzo" Stiegler. 

This episode finds us going on more tangents than usual. Key topics include

*the return of Daft Punk, and other reasons why May is going to be an awesome month for new music

*you'll find out what "twee music" entails.

*Will Ferrell is NOT as bad as Adam Sandler

*How does Lauryn Hill owe the government money and Pras doesn't? (also, Dr. Gonzo makes an incredibly labored Lauryn Hill pun...)

*Dr. Gonzo makes up for the pun by discussing his efforts running the Pittsburgh Marathon.

*Mariah Carey loves the Eighties!*

*A discussion about Parr's baby leads into the topic of adult onesies (leading to the quote that provides this podcast with its title)

*The new Superman is packing some serious salami in the downstairs department.

*A sendoff to Kris Kross's Chris Kelly leads to the unanimous complaint that it should be easier to figure out where the back and the front are on men's underwear.

*Big Money tells an incredibly gross Record Store Day story

*John Mayer returns!

*Recommendations

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Welcome to another thrilling episode of Blerd Radio! In this episode, Big Money is joined by Demick, from the Fantasy Bookies site and podcast. Of course, there is nothing about fantasy bookmaking discussed. Hell, there's barely anything about sports discussed. But you will find out...

*The origins of the name "Demick," as well as the names that Demick uses whenever he has to reserve a table at a restaurant (or at Panera Bread.)

*The greatness of the actor we all know and love as "Leon."

*Television programming; more specifically the OWN Network, which just debuted a LaToya Jackson reality show.

*Is Michelle Obama the new Oprah?

*What the hell is The Wobble?

*Living Colour at Wrestlemania (the podcast begins with a few seconds of "I Want To Know," which can be found on their debut album Vivid.

*Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist", the inequity of trading "gold chains" for "iron chains," and is Paisley really Brad's last name?

*White people using the "N" word and why it's wrong.

*Who is the Bob Dylan of rap? Hint: it ain't Jay-Z.

*The increase of long-term story arcs in television and where it started.

*The artistic merit of Chris Brown (and an unintentional crack from Demick that involves the music of Brown "not striking him."

*Your responsibliity as a famous person.

*Bands that don't play their big hit, epecially when it's their ONLY hit.

*Why does Rick Ross have a sneaker deal?

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:51pm EDT

Get your boogie shoes on (or crank up those power chords if that's your thing) because the Popblerd crew has devoted an hour to talking about the Seventies!

Check out our list of the 100 Best Albums of the Seventies

In this episode of Blerd Radio (featuring Big Money Mike, Zack, Mike D, and special guest Jay Kumar from Competely Conspicuous,) you will hear about:

-The fact that only one of the co-hosts actually lived through the decade in question, and another of our co-hosts wasn't even born until 3/4 of the way into the following decade. 

-What the podcast contributors are drinking (hint: we're all pretty boring)

-Why Zack hates Chicago (and Kansas...and..Asia?)

-Why EVERYONE (except Big Money) hates The Eagles. Oh, excuse me--EAGLES.

-The term "fat sweaty guy angst" is coined to discuss rock star Meat Loaf.

-Koomdogg's introduction to the world of music...via the Village People.

-The Ringo Starr Record Store Day release (no, really.)

-Our enduring and undying love for Stevie Wonder

-A lovely VMA moment featuring Stevie getting stranded on stage by Will Smith, Kool Moe Dee, and most of Dru Hill.

-"The Beatles Pass."

-We invoke our temporarily sidelined co-host Michael Parr in a variety of discussions. It's almost like he's there! Well, kind of? Hmmm...not really.

We also discuss in detail each of the albums that made the top 10 on our list. I attempted to mix in a portion of a song from each album into the podcast, but that pursuit quickly became futile. So, sorry everyone.

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Direct download: 70s_Podcast.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:40am EDT

On this free wheeling episode of Blerd Radio, Big Money is joined by author, pop culture critic, and all-around mensch Dave Smokler.

Topics covered include:

-"Oz the Great and Powerful": Why's everyone hating?

-The "Police Academy" 2014 reboot: will Steve Guttenberg come back?

-Bing is a viable search engine! Who needs Google? (don't screw my computer up, Google)

-Big Money learns the term "Costanza Ring"

-Who is the "Alpha Baldwin?"

-We talk a little about the lost Blerd Radio podcast with Jesse, and his gift of Dale Jr. potato chips.

-How many people have to be in a sexual scenario before it can be called an orgy?

-Megan Fox's "toe thumb"

and a bit of racial politics are thrown in there as well (for the record, Big Money is black and Dave is Jewish...so don't come after us!)

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Direct download: Smokey_Podcast.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:55am EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 Episode 4: Blerd Radio Plays the Hits

This one's for the music geeks:

Big Money, Dr. Gonzo, Mike D., and Michael P. discuss the evolution of the greatest hits album. What started them? Why are they popular? Which artists are best served by compilations? Which artists will never release a greatest hits album? Which artists have too many greatest hits albums?

Along the way, several tangents are explored, including:

One of us has smoked too much pot in his life to only own one Bob Marley album.

For all our freestyle fanatics, Stevie B. gets a shout out!

Anyone else know that U.K. band Squeeze re-recorded all their hit singles a few years ago?

Does anyone know that more recently, Toad the Wet Sprocket re-recorded all of their hit singles (plus a few key album tracks.)

Aunt Bunny fell down the steps!

Mike D. does a pretty good Billy Joel (speaking, not singing) impression.

The gorilla from the Rolling Stones "GRRRR" album has a name. And a twitter.

Why does anyone prefer Prince's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" to Sinead O' Connor's?

Also, there are dick jokes, Jay-Z stabbing jokes, and even a Clive Davis gay joke for your giggling pleasure.

Enjoy, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Direct download: Blerd_Radio_2013_Episode_4.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 Episode 3: Just Ridiculous!

As we do every now and then, the Blerd Radio podcast hoops it up. This basketball-centric episode is co-hosted by Big Money, GG and Jay from the NY Knicks Podcast. We celebrate the mid-point of the 2012-2013 NBA season and All-Star weekend by giving midseason assessments of our favorite (and least-favorite teams,) predicting who will make it to the NBA finals, and reminiscing about All-Star weekends of years past. 

Highlights include:

-A mid-season appraisal of our beloved (and suddenly REALLY GOOD) New York Knicks

-GG low-key calling out Big Money for being a fairweather fan.

-We find out what the initials "J.R." in J.R. Smith's name really stand for, and shake our heads in disapproval of the Twitter hashtag #vamplife, which Mr. Smith is apparently fond of using.

-A discussion of Roy Hibbert's dazzling mediocrity.

-The word "vociferous" makes its way into a Blerd Radio podcast for the first time.

-why Dwight Howard is the Tin Man of the NBA (no heart!)

-Jay realizes that his preseason NBA finals picks weren't so farfetched after all.

-Is the All-Star game still relevant?

-A celebration of Baby Jordan, "Sky" Walker, and the handful of folks who were better Slam Dunk contest participants than they were actually NBA players.

-The first discusson of Terence Stansbury in years by anyone not related to Terence Stansbury.

-Some revised championship predictions.

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Direct download: Blerd_Radio_2013_Episode_3.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 Episode 2: Effin' Problems

On this episode, Big Money Mike is joined by Demick from the Fantasy Bookies podcast. This particular show covers quite a bit of ground, including:

-Big Money's Napoleon complex

-Demick's tryout for his high school basketball team

-The life lessons that one can learn from World Star Hip Hop

-What happens when you insert a random black person into a traditionally "white" sitcom (e.g. "Girls," "Friends," "Seinfeld") (answer: mostly awkwardness)

-Kufis are cool.

-The 10th anniversary of the premiere of "Chappelle's Show," the greatest comedy sketch show of all time.

-Political awareness in popular music as exemplified by Lady GaGa and Ke$ha

-How do you make a radio version of a song that's almost all swear words?

-What happens when a gay dude suddenly realizes that Manti Te'o might have pulled the fake girlfriend ruse to cover up his own sexuality?

-When will an active athlete in one of the big four American pro sports come out of the closet?

-A certain trivia host's presumably prodigious endowment.

-Carmelo Anthony might just be really, REALLY stupid.

-Demick wishes he was gay. Kinda.

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Direct download: Blerd_Radio_2013_Episode_2.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Blerd Radio 2013 Episode 1: Cat Butt

Apologies for our delayed start to 2013, but Blerd Radio is up and running. The first show of the year joins Big Money Mike with his cohorts Mike Duguette, Michael Parr, and Zack "Dr. Gonzo" Stiegler. 

This potpourri-scented effort covers a lot of ground, including:

-Season 12 of "American Idol"

-What Nicole Kidman sees in Keith Urban, and what Aussies might be a better fit for the actress.

-The television show and movie "Catfish."

-The Manti Te'o mess, including some semi-serious psychology and media analysis.

-The Roots' Picnic lineup, in addition to their upcoming album and collaboration with Elvis Costello.

-The album that was almost called "Cat Butt"

-The comeback of soul singer D'Angelo (but not his abs.)

-New singles from David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Destiny's Child and will.i.am

-Sharts

-Justin Timberlake is overrated/Ne-Yo is underrated.

-Prince's plans for 2013

-Recommendations from each guest.

In addition: the first mom joke of 2013 occurs barely two minutes into the show, Duquette makes a slightly awkward Foghat reference when discussing the "Idol" co-hosts, Parr brings up the much-beloved show "Cheaters," our friend IrishJava gets shouted out, several bad jokes about Naughty by Nature are made, we coin the term "pullin' a Roker," and Duquette-in a frighteningly prescient moment-calls a Fall Out Boy reunion less than 24 hours before it was actually announced.

AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Direct download: Blerd_Radio_2013_Episode_1.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:30am EDT

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