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#34 – More Deaths, More Perspective More death and darkness and more perspective: the horrific, senseless tragedy in Las Vegas. The recent deaths of Hugh Hefner, Monty Hall, Harry Dean Stanton, and…Tom Petty? And some light and the distractions of enjoyable movies and TV: Kingsman The Golden Circle and Vice Principals.

#33 – A Death Brings Perspective The unexpected, sudden death of a neighbor and the laser-bright perspective that brings. Some recent rock n’ roll, Steve’s all-time favorite band of all-time has a Christmas album coming out, and a favorite website, The Grommet.

#32 – IT’s Box Office, Toys, Sand, and a To-Do List 32 episodes? Yes! And now on iTunes! This week Steve breaks down IT’s epic box office take and discusses the 2017 National Toy Hall of Fame nominees. And did you know that there’s a global sand crisis? Finally, Steve finally just does not give a f**k, and how the to-do list helps with that, including seeing a big rock concert this coming week!

#31 – The Big Five-Oh  A solo episode from Portsmouth, NH, Steve pontificates on turning 50, being happy, online dating and 9/11. And being on iTunes, finally!

#30 – Labor Day Redux (Now the 1st Day of School Episode Steve rolls solo bantering and babbling about the end of summer, the Hollywood Squares, things not done, and Tupperware. PLUS, a special guest with a report on the first day of school, and a movie review. And, details on a unique screening of the movie IT, and other assorted bits o’ nothing.

#29 – Meanderings & More  A solo episode: the new Marc Maron stand-up special on Netflix, post-Mayweather vs. McGregor fight thoughts, shutting down the marathon training, plus new books on Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley.

#28 – The Big Riff-O-Rama Show It’s been awhile so Mel and Steve have a lot to riff on: the MN State Fair, who is on what stages? Steve is all-in on online dating and the attendant frustrations. A new Bob Marley book and a contest at…new and recent movies, the dark awesomeness of Ozark, and R.I.P. Jerry Lewis.

#27 – Part 2 of the Very Special Twenty One Pilots Very Special Episode

FINALLY!  Part 2 of our very special Twenty One Pilots Very Special Episode! Mel & Steve continue getting the lowdown from Maddie, Eli and Olivia on all that may or may not be happening with their favorite band. Blurry face, merch, September and more!

#26 – Our Very Special Twenty-One Pilots Episode, Part 1 Mel & Steve welcome Maddie, Olivia and Eli, three of the biggest 21 PILOTS fans around! In Part 1 of this “Very Special Episode,” this trio of super fans – proud members of the skeleton clique – discuss their favorite band and their music and what the near future may hold. Will Blurry Face make an appearance? What does it all mean?

Mini Motivational Episode A mini-episode featuring some timely advice from a best friend and a reminder via that change is unstoppable

  #25 – Mid-Summer Movies: Meh!  Steve and Mel dissect the summer movies and how many of them suck…except for a select few, including, Baby Driver. Plus, Johnny Depp is broke – will he go the Nicholas Cage route? And, Steven Seagal’s new movie…with Mike Tyson?

#24 – Meandering Insomnia Episode Steve goes solo for podcast no. 24 plotting a potential birthday trip; distractions include John McEnroe, trying to keep up with a ton of comedy on Netflix, favorite recent podcasts, a #1 single for an all-time favorite band of all-time and the challenge in trying to not do something.

#23 – A Deep Dive Into the New Cheap Trick Album – Steve flies solo, going deep into the new Cheap Trick album, We’re All Alright.

#22 – An Inside Look at Concert Promotion – Mel & Steve are psyched to welcome a special guest, Gene, from Minneapolis concert promoters Rose Presents. Gene gives the lowdown on what concert promoters do, how and why bands get booked and much more.

#21 – Mel is Back! Steve goes overboard without a life raft for the new Cheap Trick album, more on TV shows – renewed and cancelled shows; Michael Phelps will race a shark and French Fries can kill you

#20 – A Week Late!  Delayed thanks to some now-resolved technical difficulties! Featuring the new Alice Cooper single, underwear, cancelled TV shows, online dating and some weird news.

#19 – Back At It Again – Back at the podcast again, back at online dating, too. Riffing on that, new movies, TV and the new Cheap Trick single “Long Time Coming.”

#18 – What’s Your Final Destination? Some ramblings about feeling “meh!”, favorite podcast episodes and some movie stuff.

#17 – Record Store Day Preview – A special preview of Record Store Day, recorded at the Electric Fetus in Minneapolis

#16 – Don Rickles and Going Solo Steve goes solo for a short episode, discussing Don Rickles, learning how to be alone and a new book about Canada’s greatest rock band, Rush.

#15 – Mel Returns for Episode 15 (not 14, damn it!) Mel is back! Steve and Mel get distracted by Austin, TX, their first concerts, the latest movies, and more.

#14 – Paul McCartney’s Flowers In the Dirt Album Reissue Taking a look and listen at the new re-issue of Paul McCartney’s 1989 album, Flowers in the Dirt which features nine unreleased tracks

#13 – News, Giveaways, Binges and More: One more solo show: seeing Cheap Trick for the 45th time; checking out March Fadness; giveaways at Goodreads and binge-watching Crashing on HBO and Love on Netflix.

#12 – I Really Did Want to Ride The Rollercoasters:  A solo mini-episode: quick takes on the Oscars/Price Waterhouse debacle, the great marketing for Moonlight, Neil Diamond on tour!, and the greatest “coming of age” story – a tragi-comedic deflowering tale. Thank you to!

#11 – Reach Out and Take It: Mel is on vacation so Steve takes another solo turn, this time riffing on yet another great Cheap Trick song that was on a soundtrack; reviewing/analyzing a Super Bowl prediction (not the game’s outcome, however) and the Grammies, Metallica and Lady Gaga. Steve also explains why writing is a cathartic distraction and tells you about “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.”

#10 – Everything Works (If You Let It): Steve flies solo for episode 10, getting distracted by a largely forgotten song by his “all-time favorite band of all-time”, Cheap Trick; gives a Super Bowl prediction, and pays attention to the importance of paying attention to dedication and great performances in sports, arts, or wherever. And, GOATS OF ANARCHY!

#9 – January 31, 2017 – Oscars? No Thanks, We’ll Watch TV: Mel returns, no new year’s goals, the Oscar discussion is taken over by new TV series, and the Juggaloes appear in Weird News

#8 – January 15, 2017 – First Episode of 2017: New Year’s goals, pro and college football, the death of pro-wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka

December 18, 2017 – A Very Special Holiday Music Special!

#7 – December 6, 2017 – Finally, A Co-Host!

#6 – December 5, 2017: A Scientology Story

#5 – November 23, 2017: A special Thanksgiving-week episode: “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.”

#4 – November 21, 2017: The Coolest Job I Ever Had – AGAIN (no more technical issues!).

#3 – November 10, 2017: Toblerone news, a giveaway for the new book New Barbarians: Outlaws, Gunslingers and Guitars, and the coolest job ever

#2 – November 1, 2017: World Series ratings, the Oasis documentary “Supersonic”, the world’s oldest woman, topless selfie goes awry, movies and more.