134. We're Taking a Break...

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Pat moves into an AirBnB, Tom explains the differences in cold brew and Japanese style iced coffee, Taylor Swift runs into some controversy (*Pikachu Face*) over who owns her masers, Tom does a follow up on his New Year’s Resolutions, and the guys explain why they’ve decided to take a 2 month break from doing the show. Miss you all already.

133. High School Reunion + 10 Year Anniversary Mixtape

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The guys take some time to recap their 10 year high school reunion, of which 1 attended and 1 did not last week in Erie, PA, fun times were had at Tom’s dad’s house, 17 year old time tries to dance to Soulja Boy with a girl, Pat watches The Hills for days on end, Pat is struck by a miracle foul ball which ends up as nothing more than foul play, and the guys craft their high school reunion playlist which will live only on this show.

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Songs of the week:

Hitch Hikin’ by Bruce Springsteen

Eternal Youth by Rude.

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132. The Road Trip Episode

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This episode was recorded at 72 miles per hour in the middle of what ended up being an epic road trip back home to Erie, PA for a 10 year high school reuinion. Tom recounts a story of finding a message in a bottle from Canada, attempts to discuss some kind of morning routine/schedule, but they end up having a crush-off of different kinds of potato chips… Don’t ask me, I just write the descriptions.

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131. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out v. From Under the Cork Tree, 2005 Deathmatch

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2005 did not disappoint our little corner of the music universe when it gave us A Fever You Can’t Sweat out by Panic! at the Disco and From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy mere months apart. While there’s plenty of similarities and cross-overs between these 2 groups, their unique sounds took on a life of their own and proved to be pretty polarizing, even in the decade since their release. The guys take a stab at breaking down the 5 best parts of each album in this week’s episode.

130. Tom DeLonge and the Future of Blink-182

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It’s no secret that Tom DeLonge has been busy making waves in the field of UFO research, and with the news of Blink-182 touring Enema of the State in it’s entirety, the guys discuss the ethics of the situation. Should Blink tour this groundbreaking recording without one of its main songwriters, and would it be better for society if Tom just left Blink behind and focused solely on The The Stars Academy? The guys may not have the answers, but they do have a lot of opinions.

129. No Pads, No Helmets... Just Balls v. The Young and the Hopeless

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The year 2002 saw the release of some really great movies, tv shows, and especially studio albums, including but not limited to No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls by Simple Plan and The Young and the Hopeless by Good Charlotte. This week, the guys come loaded with their 5 strongest arguments for why each album their representing was better than their partners. Which one do you think bops harder? Let us know on Twitter!

128. Desert Island Albums, Jr. High Edition

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Drawing inspiration from Lord of the Flies, of which both Tom and Pat both indulged in the Cliffnotes versions in high school, the guys draft the albums that would have made it to their desert island playlists, had they been stranded in 8th grade. It was a fun look back at what they were listening to at the time, and tbh, a modern day desert island wouldn’t look too terrible different.

127. Linkin Park's Meteora v. Something Corporate's Leaving Through the Window, 5 for 5

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In a bizarre mashup of sorts, the guys decide to each talk about 2 completely different albums at the same time, inspired by a friend and listener of the show. Tom covers the album Meteora by Linkin Park, and in normal long-winded Tom fashion, it’s full of stories form his adolescence. The album helped him through some serious family trauma as a young teen, motivated him to wear nothing but DC clothing for years, and he even performed a song for three 7th grade girls in his bedroom after an early dismissal day. But he was in 6th grade so it was totally cool.

Pat discovered his album Leaving Through the Window”by Something Corporate much later in life after having a few casual interaction in 8th grade along with Tom. One of the songs has strong ties between him and his wife, while others remind him of strolling campus alone as a bushy eyed college freshman.

126. Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard

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Tom kicks things off with an apology that was months in the making, the guys discuss Blink-182 touring with Lil’ Wayne, Pat throws some serious shade at Jacksonville, Florida (sorry Tom’s mom), there was a traumatic experience while hearing Ocean Avenue for the first time, whether or not Best of Me by The Starting Line is a better pop-punk song, does Metallica rock or not, and about an upcoming 10 year reunion and the anxiety that surrounds it. Was that even a sentence?

125. Bring Me to Life by Evanescence

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No middle school skating party is complete without three things: four wheels, glow sticks, and screaming “Wake Me Up!” as your mom watches you maneuver left turns for hours on end. Bring Me to Life by Evanescence is an absolute anomaly that shook the entire nation in 2003, winning 4 Grammys, and introducing “Goth Metal” to a whole mess of children who would otherwise still be jamming Sk8er Boi by Avril Lavigne.

This week, the guys break down the lyrics, music video, and dig into some of the interesting back story behind the making of this song, along with uncovering one of the greatest names in emo history, Ben Moody.

124. Me! by Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco

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The most anticipated single of the year dropped as we started recording this episode. Taylor Swift teamed up with Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco to create the jam of the summer in Me! We discuss all that’s lead to this moment, where she’s come since reputation, then watch the video live!

123. Taking Back Sunday, In an Old Freezer, but with Stock Footage

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MakeDamnSure is a song that captivated the iPod Nano’s of everyone in our sophomore high school class. The guitar riffs are infectious, the melodies carry every adolescent emo heart away to the darkest corner of their angst, and the lyrics are weirdly poetic and altogether confusing. But, unfortunately, the music video kinda sucks.

This week the guys break down the shot list with insider information from some behind-the-scenes footage that originally aired on MTV2, take a dive into the lyrics, ultimately disagreeing on what the song actually means, then discuss plans for next week when Tylor Swift announces something on midnight April 26th.

122. Strange Love by Simple Creatures, a Mark Hoppus and Alex Gaskarth Supergroup

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After a storm of housekeeping, including but not limited to, the Taylor Swift Book Club, seeing Kelly Clarkson in concert, and several apologies for last week’s episode, the guy dig into the new “Supergroup” from Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, “Simple Creatures” .

The guys discuss whether or not this album is objectively good, whether or not they actually like it, will it make future road trip playlists, is it “cool kid music” and who would actually be jamming this EP on the regular. This last bit is met with wild speculation involving some college kids, a Bluetooth speaker from Wal-Mart, and failed joints rolled in student sponsored housing. It gets weird.

121. Oh Canada... the draft

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Our sister station up north takes an entire episode for themselves to draft their favorite songs that have come out of the Great White North. As always, the songs come with wildly entertaining stories of what the world was like when the guys first heard the songs: stories about catholic school, car rides with their dad, thinking you discovered porn at your friend’s house (sorry, just The New Pornographers album), and how a 5.1 surround sound experience literally almost made one of them fall out of their chair.

120. Graduation Day by Head Automatica

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The year is 2006, you’re 15 years old, you’re wearing the T-shirt of the band you’re about to see, which you just found out is social suicide. You’ve got underwear around your neck, you’re about to get absolutely black out drunk for the first time in your life, but for now, it’s 6pm in Cleveland, Ohio, the lights dim, and before Angels and Airwaves or Taking Back Sunday takes the stage, Head Automatica tears the roof off the already roofless outdoor venue. In this situation, you’re kind of a combination of both Pat and Tom as they recount one of their first concert experiences, and how they first became introduced to Head Automatica.

The guys both break down the lyrics, which are much darker than both realized, a reoccurring theme on this show, the video, and a little bit about the bands career. Daryl Palumbo, if you’re out there, the voice impressions were done out of love. We promise.

119. Steve Aoki feat Blink-182... a Disaster Piece

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Blink-182 recently released a new song and music video with Steve Aoki, and wow… So much to talk about. The lyrics are wack, the video is wack, the collaboration is wack, Steve’s Kill Bill jumpsuit is kinda cool but also kinda wack, and there’s just a lot of things going wrong with a band that’s been so important to us over the years.

That then begs the questions… Did the integrity of the band leave with Tom? Have they sold out? Do we care if they sold out? What does the future of Blink-182 look like moving forward? Before we can answer those questions, we gotta do what we do best: speculate wildly over unimportant details of the music video, and break down the lyrics that are super self-explanatory, but not before totally forgetting to mention major details like the blinding and totally cringe-worthy Smirnoff vodka ad that totally just made matters worse.

Also, Tom is starting a vlog (but don’t tell Pat), the guys discuss publishing their first book, our sister station “Oh, Canada” drops in to give some takes on Mr. Aoki, and we all take a little bit of time to relax.

118. Partying in the USA with Matt Farley of Motern Media

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Matt Farley of Motern Media fame stepped in for Tom this week to discuss Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus with Pat. For those of you who don’t know Matt, this dude has over 20,000 songs on Spotify and has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon for his song “Used to be a Pizza Hut”. Straight up, this dude is a genius. You can also buy our anti-novel Ron Carnage: The Thinker Boy now on Amazon! What a week. We love you all. How do I end this thing….?

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117. The Year 3000 by The Jonas Brothers

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The year is 3000, you’re underwater for some reason, your great great great granddaughter is doing fine, and The Jonas Brothers are making bangers out of songs that weren’t theirs to give. Tom and Pat take out the microscope and dig into the ethical dumpster fire that is the music video for this song. Pat tells a store about microwaving a pistachio for an hour and a half, and Tom drops a bomb on Pat before announcing he’s officially self-employed. What a ride.

116. Ron Carnage: The Thinker Boy (the first 6 chapters)

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In a huge change of plans and a rare solo episode, Tom talks about his 36 hours spent in Las Vegas, why it’s a solo episode this week, about the founding member of Creed buying him dinner in Vegas, and he reads the first 6 chapters of their new antinovel, Ron Carnage: The Thinker Boy.

115. 2002 Mix Tape Draft, feat. Bill Conway of The Hard Times

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Bill Conway, co-founder of The Hard Times stopped by to talk about his brand new podcast, his experience writing some of the funniest parody articles at The Hard Times, throw some straight edge shade towards Pat, and to draft his favorite songs from 2002 with us. As always, lots of great stories, and it was really awesome to hear the perspective of the music scene from someone quite a bit older than us. Needless to say, we have some new music to dig into.