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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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Direct download: 73113_Podcast.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:40pm EST

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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Direct download: July_15_Podcast.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:25am EST

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 EST

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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Direct download: Princecast_Part_One.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 1:19pm EST

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
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:44am EST

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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Direct download: Roundball_Soundoff_Playoff_Podcast.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:16pm EST

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 EST

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?

You can find Demick at the Fantasy Bookies website, and also on Twitter.

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Direct download: 4_13_Mike_Demick.mp3
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:51pm EST

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 EST

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 EST