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#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 st


#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.