Thursday, July 20, 2017

Episode 322: Baby Driver, Jerry Seinfeld live, and The Big Sick



We start out this week with a listener email! It's a good 'un. We talk about the below Web Coulier, then about Ari Shaffer's new specials. We talk about the Sega and Atari Classic editions coming out, then Chuck enlightens me with some news out of D23
After that, Chuck and I break down the movie Baby Driver. It's a spoiler-free review, so go ahead and listen even if you haven't seen the movie. After that, we talk about our personal experiences around the 4th of July this year. Chuck talks about a double date he and Gina went on, then we talk about the N64 tournament for my birthday. We then get way, way, way, way off topic in determining whether or not people are mad at me all the time. We bring it back to the matter at hand and talk about our recent trip to see Jerry Seinfeld live in New York. We then talk about the new movie The Big Sick and I think Chuck spoils it a little, but he doesn't think so, so take that with a grain of salt (we both think the movie is excellent). We finish this week talking about the experience of once again judging the Ice Cream Throwdown for RI Food Fights! Woo!
- Brad

WEB COULIERS:
TRAILER: The Disaster Artist

Friday, July 14, 2017

Episode 321: Chuck's Recycling Feud, Spoiler-Free Spider-Man Review, and a Spoiler-Full Spider-Man Review



We are joined by our pal Lou Perella this week! We start by discussing an odd situation Chuck encountered with a neighbor. This man has an unhealthy interest in Chuck's recycling habits, and trespasses on Chuck's property repeatedly while Chuck isn't home. The final straw is a 2 AM encounter that leaves Chuck very unhappy. Lou and I do nothing to help. It's wonderful.
We then offer a spoiler-free review of the new film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Once we finish that spoiler-free take on things, we go deep into spoiler territory and talk about every aspect of the movie. It's a lot of fun whenever Lou stops by, and this week is no exception!
- Brad

Friday, July 7, 2017

Episode 320: Venom in the MCU, the SNES Classic, and Zoobilee 2017



Back in the studio again this week! Chuck and I talk about the new Jurassic World movie and wildly speculate about the plot. We then speculate about the plot of "Jigsaw," the new film in the "Saw" franchise. We then turn our attention to the news that the status of Venom in relation to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and continue our wild speculation about whether our symbiotic pal will make the leap to the MCU and how that could work. From there, we talk about the SNES Classic and whether or not it is worth a purchase. I defend the 16-bit game "Bubsy." We talk about our recent few weeks, including Senior Discount's show with the Toasters, an extended behind-the-scenes (from our points of view) of the Reel Big Fish interview(s). Chuck and Gina relate the story of Roger Williams' Zoobilee 2017 to me - Zoobilee being an annual fundraiser for the Roger Williams Zoo that features food from dozens of Providence restaurants and also Chuck messing up the mojo of the on-site band. We finish with a new segment that we brainstorm on the podcast and have fun doing so. Fun week!
- Brad

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Episode 319: A Beachside Chat with Reel Big Fish: Part 2



We are on the road again this week, in "beautiful" Hartford, Connecticut, continuing our conversation with Matt Appleton (Saxl Rose) and Johnny Christmas of Reel Big Fish! We pick up where we left off and learn the behind-the scenes of Matt's recording career, Johnny's entry into Reel Big Fish, Matt leaving Goldfinger, then Matt joining RBF! (and then joining Goldfinger again?) We talk about the current horn section and talk a lot about shelved recordings. A great talk with great dudes!
- Brad

NOTE: Hartford is considerably less beachy than Westerly, RI.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Episode 318: A Beachside Chat with Reel Big Fish



We are on the road this week, in beautiful Westerly, Rhode Island, talking with Matt Appleton (SAxl Rose) and Johnny Christmas of Reel Big Fish! Chuck and I chat with the guys about their musical upbringing, the place of "recorders" in grade school, how they got into music, their instrumental backgrounds, some sweet news about the upcoming Goldfinger album, and other stories leading up to their union with Reel Big Fish!
- Brad/Chuck

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Episode 317: The Story of "And That's Goodbye"



We're joined this week by Senior Discount drummer Christian Staton! We talk about the behind-the-scenes of the original EP for S*D's "And That's Goodbye." We walk through the whole process of the EP, from writing to recording to releasing, as Chuck and Christian regale us with band dude tales! They also discuss the behind-the-scenes of the extra tracks that will be now released on the deluxe version of "And That's Goodbye"; "Explode RI (Reignited)," "I'm Crazy (Live and Revived)," "A Death Threat to the World at Large," and "Ben Broke Edge." This is all in preparation for the release of "And That's Goodbye (Deluxe)" which drops on June 19!
- Brad

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Episode 316: "Q The Laughs," Alien: Covenant, and Wonder Woman



Back to a (relatively) normal podcast this week! Chuck tells me about the project he's been working on with Q, Walt, and Bryan of "Tell 'Em Steve-Dave" and hints at another as-yet-unreleased project. Chuck and I talk - spoiler-free - about Alien: Covenant and I am shamed for my lack of love for the horror genre. We talk about a new sushi restaurant in Barrington, then about our experience watching the movie "Split." We talk about the 90's Pub Crawl/PVDFest, then we are joined by Gina so we can finish with a spoiler-free review of Wonder Woman. Bonus: we follow up with spoiler-FULL reviews of Wonder Woman and Alien: Covenant.
- Brad

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Episode 315: Our D&D Adventure Concludes!



We left off last week because our adventure was too big to be contained in one episode. The adventures of Chuck, Macksoud, and I continue under the watchful eye of Game Master Matt Di Chiara. Will our adventure end in triumph or tragedy?!?
- Brad

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Episode 314: For the First Time Ever, We Play Dungeons & Dragons



This episode finds Chuck and I deliving into the world of Dungeons and Dragons. Let by Game Master Matt Di Chiara (The Copacetics) and accompanied by Well-Intentioned Goofball Eric Macksoud (Senior Discount, Soundoff), we set off on a great adventure. With battles, and exploration, and a surprising amount of sexual tension between Chuck's character and mine! Wow! It's our first time playing and boy oh boy, was that ever evident throughout the course of the episode. Enjoy!
- Brad

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Episode 313: A Friend's Departure, Motif Music Awards, and Master of None



Back to basics this week, as it's just Chuck and I recording. We talk about the below Web Couliers, then the news that Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is being held for ransom by hackers. Doesn't that seem odd? We talk about WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil being sued for a prank gone awry, then Chuck gushes about season 2 of Master of None. We talk about our pal Wes moving back to Ohio, then offer a spoiler-free review of "The Fate of the Furious." Chuck tells me about some restaurants in the area, then we banter about our experience at the Providence Motif Music Awards where Chuck was surprised to win Best Pop Punk Band 2017 with Senior Discount. We close out the week by talking about recently filming at the Providence Public Library with lead dude from ska-band The Copacetics; Matt Di Chiara! A (rare) short episode!
- Brad

WEB COULIERS:
TRAILER: The Orville
TRAILER: GLOW

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Episode 312: Live Podcast Recap and Guardians of the Galaxy 2



This week we welcome Gina Mastrostefano and Lou Perella on the podcast! We kick things off with a spoiler-free review of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. Once we've shared our brilliant opinions, we move on to a long discussion about the live podcast we recently hosted. We break down the segments (also spoiler-free) and talk about the background of the night and how we felt about things. We also read some audience feedback and have some fun with that. Once that is done, we dive BACK into Guardians and give a spoiler-full review of what we liked and what we didn't about the newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
- Brad

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Episode 311: Jeff Tremaine and Patrick O'Dell Talk 'Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine'



Chuck and I went to Tribeca Film Festival to interview Patrick O'Dell and Jeff Tremaine. Patrick is the director of the forthcoming documentary "Dumb: The Story of Big Brother Magazine," (and Big Brother Magazine was the precursor to "Jackass.") Jeff Tremaine produced the documentary and was also editor of the magazine (and co-creator/director of "Jackass.") Before we get into the interview, though, Chuck and I tell the story of our trip to New York and the exciting, surreal experiences we had doing the interview and going to the movie's premiere. If you like skateboarding, documentaries, or pranks, check out the interview!
- Brad

Check out the promo video our LIVE 300th podcast this Sunday in Providence, RI!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Episode 310: The Story of The Portuguese Kids



This week finds us talking with two of "The Portuguese Kids," Brian Martins and Derrick DeMelo. Brian and Derrick talk about how they (and the other Portuguese Kids) got their start making funny videos, how they got together as a group, and what made them shift their focus to the Portuguese side of things. We also have one of my favorite-ever running jokes throughout the episode. It's a good talk about ensemble comedy and some of struggles they've had to overcome to keep pursuing what they love. Ummmmm...Obrigado? Is that right?
- Brad

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Episode 309: The Story of Bowling For Soup



Wow! I went to Boston, got on a tour bus and interviewed the insanely welcoming Erik Chandler from Bowling For Soup! As we tend to do, we started at the BEGINNING! I went in for the details of how the band started in Wichita Falls, the journey from regular guy to musician, the justification for taking art seriously enough to make it a career, the "Holy Shit!" moments about moving forward, some super-secret tips for bands on how to fund their dreams, a "Back to the Future" reference that DOESN'T come from me, and a whole lot of band dude talk! This was a great time! And without giving anything away, I'm very excited for future stories with BFS.....!!!
- Chuck

Friday, April 7, 2017

Episode 308: The Epic Tale Of Jon Tillson (REMASTERED)



NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: This episode is the same episode that was posted yesterday, but we realized that Jon's dulcet tones were a little too low in the mix, so we've remixed the episode to re-release it (which is the first time we've ever done this) to give this giggling juggernaut the solid presence he deserves! Also, Brad may or may not have misspelled "Episode" in yesterday's posting. So now all that garbage is fixed! That is all!
We are joined this week by local stand-up comic Jonathan Tillson. After a quick "vomit story" from Chuck (one of many), we get into it with Jon. We hear about his background, his decision to start doing comedy, his comedy philosophy, and, most importantly, how he feels about the live-action reboot of "The Jungle Book." Such a fun talk with such a fun dude! Wow!
~ Brad

P.S. As always, yes, we discuss Gremlins.
-Chuck

Come check out Chuck, Brad and Jon this Sunday at the Comedy Connection!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eipsode 308: The Epic Tale Of Jon Tillson



We are joined this week by local stand-up comic Jonathan Tillson. After a quick "vomit story" from Chuck (one of many), we get into it with Jon. We hear about his background, his decision to start doing comedy, his comedy philosophy, and, most importantly, how he feels about the live-action reboot of "The Jungle Book." Such a fun talk with such a fun dude! Wow!
~ Brad

P.S. As always, yes, we discuss Gremlins.
-Chuck

Come check out Chuck, Brad and Jon this Sunday at the Comedy Connection!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Episode 307: Kong: Skull Island, Paige's Scandal, and New Dave Chapelle Specials



After our standard social media and upcoming show plugs (April 9 at the Comedy Connection), we discuss the below Web Couliers and try and figure out how to describe the action in Atomic Blonde as it relates to other movies. We do not succeed. After that, we talk about Henry Cavill being cast in Mission Impossible 6 via Instagram, an upcoming Amy Poehler/Nick Offerman project, Venom possibly getting an R rating, and a new Sarah Silverman show. Awesome! We also revel in the news of a new Goldfinger album, a Record Store Day exclusive from Against Me!, and a new Days N Daze album.
We dive into the scandal surrounding WWE Superstar Paige and her response. Chuck talks about his trip to see Lion King at the Providence Performing Arts Center, then a trip to see Bryan Callen and Stevie Blue Eyes do stand-up in Boston. We talk about actually eating Thai food at a restaurant in Barrington and discuss our appearance on 'Defend This,' our pal Keith Goward's podcast. We talk about seeing Anthony Jeselnik live (it was great), then talk about going to see Kong: Skull Island (uh...). Chuck tells me about the new Dave Chapelle specials that I haven't watched yet. We discuss Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (which we have finally seen). Chuck talks a little bit about some video games, including "Dead Storm Pirates," a light-gun game for the PS3. Finally Chuck tells me about his recent trip to see Dan Soder do stand-up. Was he as good as when we saw him at Nick's Comedy Stop a few years back? Listen and find out!
~ Brad

WEB COULIERS:
TRAILER: Atomic Blonde
TRAILER: Baby Driver
TRAILER: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Episode 306: The Story of Ten Cents Short



Let's talk to a young band, shall we? (SPOILER: WE SHALL!!!!!) We are joined this week by the guyz of Ten Cents Short, a Providence-based pop-punk band that doubles as four good human beings. Chuck and I talk with them about their journey toward bandship and some of the things they learned along the way. It's a super-fun conversation with Aaron, Austin, Dave, and John!
~ Brad

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Episode 305: Wrestlemania Discussion and Predictions



I know, I know, this could be considered "304 Part Two," but due to a variety of conflating circumstances, it's now considered episode 305. DEAL WITH IT. We are once again joined by the guyzos from Sweet Babylon - Izzy, Lenny, and Kyle! This episode is all about the Grandaddy of them all - WRESTLEMANIA! There are five very different levels of excitement in the room for the annual WWE event and we explore the reasons for it as well as make predictions for matches and winners! Super fun time with the SB Boys!
~ Brad

Friday, March 10, 2017

Episode 304: The WBRU Rock Hunt, Spoiler-Free Logan Review, and We Meet The Autoblow



This week finds the dudes from Sweet Babylon hanging out with us - Izzy, Lenny, and Kyle! The plan was to talk about Logan and Wrestlemania, but we had so much fun we split this episode into two. Here in Part One we talk about the voting for the WBRU Rock Hunt, then offer our spoiler-free thoughts on "Logan." Finally, Chuck unboxes a mysterious package - did Chuck seriously score a free $200 sex toy known as the 'Autoblow?"
~ Brad

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Episode 303: Our Ikea Nightmare, We the Kings, and Westworld



We are joined this week by the lovely and talented Gina Mastrostefano. Once we establish that, we start, as we should, with a story about Chuck in a Taco Bell bathroom. We examine the question "Should you knock before you enter a public restroom?" in exhausting detail. Speaking of exhausting, Chuck and I recently went to Ikea and the experience was not great. We share some other customer service stories, then go into Chuck's issues with Dish Network. Chuck and Gina tell me about the We the Kings concert from this past weekend, then briefly talk about Moana. Once that is done, we talk at length about the HBO show "Westworld" and go way way way into spoilers, so be warned!
~ Brad

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Episode 302: Chuck's Valentine's Week, Cookie Smackdown, and Lego Batman



We're catching up this week! After some plugs, we get into the below Web Couliers. Chuck and I talk about the recently-announced Jay and Silent Bob reboot and throw an interesting name into the hat to play Marshall Willanholly (Me. It's my name.) We discuss Playboy going back to publishing nudity and Michael Bolton's Big Sexy Valentine's Day Special. We recap our experience as judges/hosts for RI Food Fights' Spectacular Cookie Smackdown, then move on to reviewing The Boss and Lego Batman...one of which Chuck described as possibly the funniest animated movie he's ever seen. We talk about our fancy dinner, then Chuck talks about his week of celebrating with his girlfriend/birthday-haver. They went to see Louis CK. They went to see Us The Duo. They got donuts. They went to family parties. They finally invited me to a party and we talk about the fun we had playing board games on two separate occasions. We did not mention how poorly we've been eating lately.
~ Brad

WEB COULIERS:
TRAILER: The House
TRAILER: Sandy Wexler

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Episode 301: Chuck and Brad's Harry Potter Part 2!


In a callback to episode 218, Chuck and Brad come up with another almost-completely-improvised original story set in the Harry Potter universe. As before, Brad tries to narrate and Chuck tries to manage voices for all the characters. Does Jerry the Dementor make a return? Has Chuck figured out whether or not Ginny is a Genie? And where is Hermione in all this mess? LISTEN AND FIND OUT! PODCASTIARMUS!

NOTE: Episode 300 will be a live episode at some point in the near future! Round numbers make for better live theater!
~ Brad

WEB COULIERS:
PODCAST: Our First Harry Potter Story

Friday, February 10, 2017

Episode 299: Local Restaurants, Super Bowl Analysis, and Dead Rising 4



Another shorter episode to round out the week! After a quick plug for this weekend's Spectacular Cookie Smackdown, I relate a cute little story involving tech support for my dad. Chuck talks with me about a Fast and Furious Live show (I'm still confused), then we talk about some restaurants we've been to lately - how delicious were they? And would we talk about them if they weren't? Chuck talks about helping some friends move (my shoulder is still messed up!) and then we dive into a field of expertise: our Super Bowl experience. What did we think about the narrative of the game? Did Chuck's mom make great snacks for her party? Stuff like that! Chuck tosses in another restaurant mention, then we talk about the full experience of Dead Rising 4, including (at some point) spoilers for the end of the game. That's it for this week!
~ Brad

Monday, February 6, 2017

Episode 298 Part 2: The Philosophy of Liking Everything



Because we ran long last time we recorded, we cut the episode into two more-palatable parts. This is second of those parts for your palate! We talk about our somewhat shared philosophy of trying to like everything, specifically things in the arts but also food, social situations, and more. What are the pros and cons of such an approach? Does it make us seem like better people? Does it make us ACTUALLY better people (than we were)? Seriously, what is the downside to a positive attitude?
~ Brad

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Episode 298 Part 1: Director Ben Affleck, Gamestop Corporate Decisions, and Magnificent 7



We ran long this week, so pay no attention to the fact that we don't say "part one" at the beginning of the episode! This episode finds us talking about the below Web Couliers, then we talk about Johnny Knoxville's next film project, before chatting about Ben Affleck stepping down as director of "The Batman." We talk a lot about some Gamestop policies for their employees and how they will affect the business.
We then discuss Chris Gethard's one-man show being broadcast on HBO, then briefly talk about the New York Times' bestseller lists. We review our week - including my contribution of Chipotle to our Royal Rumble party - then I tell Chuck about the movie "Arrival." We then review Magnificent Seven (the remake) before cutting ourselves off for part one.
~ Brad

WEB COULIERS:
SUMMARY: The Ring movies (so far)
TRAILER: ESPN's "This was the XFL"
MUSIC: Jeff Rosenstock's Acoustic Benefit Album

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Episode 297: Appropriate Joke Targets, Nintendo Switch, and Stephen Lynch Live



We kick off this week with some basic updates, then a recap of an email sent in by one of our favorite listeners. True to form, we stay 100% on subject and contribute no nonsense to the discussion of this email. After that, we talk about the SNL writer suspended for making a joke about the president's son - was it too far? Are other minors in the limelight treated the same way? A real discussion! We come back from that and talk about Alien 5, a new Leslie Mann comedy (those are separate projects, although I would absolutely watch a crossover), as well as Jerry Seinfeld providing new content exclusively for Netflix.
We talk about the below Web Coulier, then the news that there is new music coming from Goldfinger, Blink-182, and the Transplants. Kevin Smith is part of the new Call of Duty DLC, which confuses both of us. We talk about the Nintendo Switch and our impressions of the new console. We talk about the Women's March(es) this past weekend, then review the Stephen Lynch show we saw last week. Was it ruined by drunk idiots? Yes! We discuss our recent stand-up appearances at Comix (there were also drunk idiots there), then Chuck poses a very important and interesting question based in the Spider-Man universe!
~ Brad

WEB COULIERS:
INTERVIEW: Matt Besser and Ian Roberts discuss bringing the UCB stage to the screen

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Episode 296: John Cleese Live, Laura Jane Grace's "Tranny," and Reel Big Fish



Whoa mama! We are back! And we want to update you on all the cool stuff we've experienced since the last time we did a "normal" podcast! We discuss Less Than Jake, our frustrations with WWE Survivor Series, our Thanksgivings, Chuck's Black Friday adventures, Chuck's move from Providence back to Warren, my car trouble, S*D's show with The Ataris....*comically deep breath*....our Christmas podcast, the hot wing video, Chuck's Disney trip, my car trouble redux, Friend Christmas, Actual Christmas, Chuck's Move Prep, Chuck's Move, my "boundary busting" meal, sledding....*pauses for a sip of water*....Chuck went to see John Cleese do a live Q&A, we saw Reel Big Fish (and others) at the House of Blues, and we end by discussing Laura Jane Grace's memoir "Tranny" and how it affected each of us. There was a lot of stuff to catch up on!
~ Brad

Friday, January 13, 2017

Episode 295: Brammies and Chammies 2016 - Part Two



I know it seems like we've been away a short time, and we definitely have. But we need to finish talking about our favorite things of 2016! We cover our favorite music and live events, our favorite podcasts, our favorite books, and then recap our entire (very busy) year! We close by talking about some of our favorite and least favorite stuff from our personal lives. We're just trying to be honest here.
~ Brad

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Episode 294: Brammies and Chammies 2016 - Part One



The Brammies and Chammies are back, baby!

I know it seems like we've been away a long time, and maybe we have. We explain why, then we get into our favorites from 2016. We cover our favorite TV shows and actors and moments, our favorite games, our favorite restaurants, and our favorite movies of 2016 in this episode. You like immediate-ish nostalgia? We got it!
~ Brad