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#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.

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