Music Raygun

Music Raygun

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Each episode of Music Raygun explores a different…
36.5: Miniepisode 9 (w/ Katie Willert)
Jul 9 • 15 min
Kirk’s on vacation this week, so filling in we have BFF of the show Katie Willert. She and Paul discuss their respective personalized “Your Summer Rewind” playlists on Spotify, then dive into some spicy takes in “Don’t @ Me” before polishing off the mini…
36: Music Videos 1995-97
Jul 2 • 83 min
For the first time since the second episode, we’re focusing strictly on music videos from a specific era. In this case, 1995-97. Given the age gap between Paul and Kirk, and their musical tastes, they experienced those years very differently from each…
35.5: Miniepisode 8
Jun 25 • 19 min
We’re back to normal on a truly mini miniepisode, i.e., no guests and no high-stakes, winner-takes-all competitions. But there are a couple of corrections for things we screwed up, plus a new tribute band name guessing game, a new band-name backronym and,…
35: Detroit
Jun 18 • 99 min
Here’s a new entry in the show’s series profiling music from different cities, states and regions of the USA. This time it’s a long look at Detroit, Michigan, aka Detroit Rock City, aka the Motor City, aka Motown. Detroit is a storied music metropolis…
34.5: Miniepisode 7
Jun 11 • 36 min
Paul and Kirk answer some listener mail; a brain-melting correction changes everything they thought they knew about the “Boston” cover art; a band name backronym is added to the list of all-time greats; the boys play an all-new game; and the Trivial…
34: Dance II (w/ Isabel Nelson)
Jun 4 • 108 min
Once again, “Music Raygun” welcomes a past guest back for another episode. Isabel Nelson returns to talk a bunch more about dance with Kirk, a fellow trained dancer; and Paul, a clumsy, oafish idiot. Baryshnikov makes a long overdue appearance, Marlon…
33.5: Miniepisode 6 (w/ Isabel Nelson)
May 28 • 21 min
Say yay, because Isabel Nelson is back as our guest for a new miniepisode. Paul, Kirk and Isabel kick things off on a fun note by talking about rock-star suicides. Then it’s another installment of “Don’t @ Me,” where Kirk drops one of his spiciest takes…
33: Slow Jams (w/ Katie Willert)
May 21 • 96 min
It’s time to snuggle up with your lovers under those covers, because you’re listening to the Quiet Storm on Music Raygun. Paul and Kirk welcome back Katie Willert to join them once again. This time they’re talking about slow jams, aka baby-making music.…
32.5: Miniepisode 5 (w/ Katie Willert)
May 14 • 25 min
Katie Willert was the first guest on Music Raygun, and now she’s the first guest on one of our miniepisodes. She spills the tea with some behind-the-scenes secrets from the 2018 Met Gala red carpet, then shares a piping hot Don’t @ Me before getting in on…
32: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
May 7 • 82 min
Even if you don’t recognize the names of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, you know their work. Because they’re responsible for dozens of the biggest pop hits of the last 30-plus years. Original members of The Time (as in Morris Day and the Time), Jam…
31.5: Miniepisode 4
Apr 30 • 19 min
Uncle Marc is back with a new email, we say goodbye to Bob Dorough, Paul has podcast recommendations, plus a new “Don’t @ Me” and another round of Trivial Pursuit: RPM Edition.
31: Rebel Girls II
Apr 23 • 86 min
Last April, we gave you our first “Rebel Girls” episode of the podcast, so this year we wanted to make it an annual tradition. Here’s a bunch more badass woman in rock music, including Lunachicks, Liliput (nee Kleenex), Luscious Jackson, Screaming…
30.5: Miniepisode 3
Apr 16 • 12 min
It’s another of our Music Raygun minis, the in-between episodes you can get only if you subscribe to the podcast (or find us on SoundCloud). But you’re reading this, so you figured that out already. Good for you, sailor!
30: Grab Bag III
Apr 9 • 82 min
We went back to the bag for Music Raygun No. 30. The grab bag, that is. We’ve got a real rando-crando mix of artists, songs and videos for you in this episode, including Bad Manners, BadBadNotGood, Beefheart, Blossom (Dearie, that is) and other names that…
29.5: Miniepisode 2
Apr 2 • 13 min
We’re back for another miniepisode as Kirk tries to redeem himself following a crushing defeat in the previous trivia game. Also, starting right now, you’ll find the “Don’t @ Me” segment living here in our miniepisodes. Exciting, right? And listeners want…
29: Hip-Hop 1992-93
Mar 25 • 95 min
When last we looked at hip-hop through the years, they were 1988-89. This time, they’re 1992-93. Kirk was finishing college. Paul was in elementary school. But they both have vivid memories of listening to hip-hop at the time. Gangsta rap got attention…
28.5: Miniepisode 1
Mar 18 • 13 min
It’s the first “Music Raygun” miniepisode! Since day one, we’ve warmed up for recording each episode of the show by first playing a quick round of Trivial Pursuit: RPM Edition, a game of music trivia published in 1985. It took us this long to figure out…
28: Madonna
Mar 11 • 97 min
How can two Joes Bag o’ Doughnuts like us hope to reckon with the fact of a living deity like Madonna? By admitting from the start that we only scratch the surface of the surface of this episode’s topic. But we’ll track the lion’s share of Madonna’s…
27: Minneapolis
Feb 25 • 94 min
We’re kicking off Year Two of this podcast by returning to the theme of our first episode. Sort of. That episode was about Prince. This episode is about Prince’s hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kirk has more Prince-associated artists to talk about. Paul…
26: B-Sides II
Feb 11 • 68 min
We’re wrapping up the first year of our podcast with a second helping of Music Raygun B-sides. That means looking back to past episode themes for bonus clips that we left out (or didn’t know about) the first time around. There’s a clip each from our…
25: Funk
Jan 28 • 86 min
Music Raygun is finally focusing on the funk. Typical to their tastes, Paul leans toward the early funk years of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, while Kirk prefers the vibe of the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. There are some favorites and some lesser-known…
24: Los Angeles
Jan 15 • 84 min
Kirk and Paul already paid tribute to their respective hometowns of Cleveland and Providence, so now it’s time to acknowledge their shared current home: Los Angeles. All the clips in this episode feature bands from LA. But Kirk and Paul skew hard to their…
23: Bad
Jan 1 • 96 min
Happy New Year, raygunners! In celebration of 2018’s dawn, this episode is something a little different. Kirk and Paul watch just one video. Well, two videos. It’s one music video, plus a short “making of” segment about it. And it’s Michael Jackson’s…
22: Happy Holidays
Dec 18, 2017 • 69 min
Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa, wonderful solstice and cool Yule to everyone. We know a lot of people say they hate Christmas music, and to them we ask: Are you listening to the right Christmas music? We hope you’ll find something to like…
21: Charlene deGuzman Interview
Dec 4, 2017 • 68 min
For the first time on “Music Raygun,” our guest is the topic. Charlene deGuzman is a musician, dancer, comedian, writer and advice columnist. She and Paul look back at her time as a member of Stomp, as Hannah Montana’s drummer, as the creator of a YouTube…
20: Grab Bag II
Nov 20, 2017 • 83 min
For the second time on “Music Raygun,” our topic for this episode is no topic at all. It’s our first sequel episode as we bring you another grab bag of videos. We’re looking at an assortment of our favorite clips that more or less defy categorization.…
19: Dance (w/ Isabel Nelson)
Nov 6, 2017 • 96 min
We’re joined by special guest Isabel Nelson, a friend of the show and, like Kirk, a trained dancer. That’s why the focus of this episode is dance. Isabel and Kirk are here to speak intelligently about the art form, with thoughtful comments rooted in their…
18: Halloween
Oct 23, 2017 • 86 min
It’s the most frightening episode of the show yet. Kirk and Paul are celebrating Halloween with the very spookiest and ookiest music clips they could find on YouTube. Some of them are Halloween-themed videos. One’s just something that terrified Kirk for…
17: The Jackson Dynasty
Oct 9, 2017 • 88 min
Michael Jackson was so huge in the 1980s that his success affected everyone in the music industry, not excluding the other Jacksons, i.e., Michael’s siblings. Everyone was so desperate for a piece of what Michael had that anyone related to him got a…
16: B-Sides
Sep 25, 2017 • 86 min
We’ve done a “grab bag” episode in the past where we said the theme was no theme. It was kind of random videos that didn’t fit any topic. We’re doing another assortment show this time, but it’s sort of the opposite, because instead of no theme, it’s all…
15: Punk
Sep 11, 2017 • 108 min
Kirk had his time to shine with the disco episode, but this one is all Paul’s doing. It’s finally time to talk about punk. Cretins hop, Pistols curse, and GG Allin does, well, the things that GG Allin did before he passed on. Knowing that Kirk doesn’t…
14: Hip-Hop 1988-89
Aug 28, 2017 • 107 min
What do we like? We like the cars that go boom, or at least the girls who sing about them. We also like Biz Markie, BDP, Heavy D, and Public E, so we’re taking a look at a very specific time period in rap history: 1988 and 1989. Kirk was in college,…
13: Disco
Aug 14, 2017 • 88 min
Kirk takes the wheel as “Music Raygun” goes back in time to the 1970s, when everything was bright and shiny on the outside, but sort of washed out and profoundly bleak beneath the surface. That’s right: It’s our disco episode. There’s Travolta, “Dance…
12: Rhode Island and Northeast Ohio
Jul 31, 2017 • 97 min
We’re going home, back to our respective hometowns. Paul is presenting the music of Rhode Island, and Kirk visits his old stomping grounds in Cleveland/Northeast Ohio. Both areas spawned bands with a working-class, blue-collar aesthetic, but that’s where…
11: Saxophone
Jul 17, 2017 • 124 min
For the first time, we’re focusing our attention on one instrument: the saxophone. This has been a long time coming. When we first discussed what topics we wanted to have on the show, “saxophone” was Kirk’s immediate thought. There’s lots of smooth jazz…
10: Harry Nilsson (w/ Katie Willert)
Jul 3, 2017 • 81 min
Katie Willert is back! She’s co-hosting while Kirk is on vacation. As promised during Katie’s first appearance on “Music Raygun,” she and Paul devote this episode to a legendary artist whom they love: Harry Nilsson. Nilsson never performed live, but he…
9: Grab Bag
Jun 19, 2017 • 99 min
We always say every episode of “Music Raygun” features a particular music artist, concept or topic. Well, we lied to you about that. Because this time, our topic is… no topic. It’s the first “grab bag” episode. We each chose a few of our favorite videos…
8: New Edition
Jun 5, 2017 • 117 min
Kirk is really happy whenever he gets to talk about one of his top five, possibly top three favorite bands ever. We’re talking about Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike (and Ralph and Johnny). It’s the long-planned New Edition episode. And that means we also…
7: Katie Willert
May 22, 2017 • 91 min
We’re joined by the fantastic Katie Willert, who’s here to share with us (and you) some of her favorite songs and videos. You know Katie from Cracked’s “After Hours,” the Upright Citizens Brigade, Funny or Die and and many other comedy things. We know her…
6: Yacht Rock
May 15, 2017 • 88 min
After a very brief hiatus, “Music Raygun” has returned. Kirk is back from vacation, and it’s time for us to turn our attentions to yacht rock, an admittedly nebulous, non-specific music genre that was roughly codified by a comedy web series circa 2005.…
5: Rebel Girls
Apr 17, 2017 • 82 min
We’re celebrating just a few of the coolest, baddest-ass and most revolutionary women in rock. A fictional band refuses to put out. A real band throws a used tampon at an audience. And the Plasmatics scare the bejesus out of Kirk. We take an all-too-brief…
4: Billy Joel
Apr 4, 2017 • 91 min
It’s time to take a close look at Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband William. You may know him better as Billy. Billy Joel. It’s Billy Joel. See, just because music is uncool doesn’t mean it can’t be good. Billy Joel is one of the most profoundly uncool pop…
3: Commercials
Mar 21, 2017 • 87 min
What does it mean to sell out? When, if ever, is selling out OK? (It is.) (Is it?) (Sometimes.) We take a long look at musicians who sold their music for advertising. Even though artists sell out all the time, we managed to find a few surprises. Like a…
2: Music Videos 1981-83
Mar 7, 2017 • 70 min
We set our minds back to the early days of MTV to watch music videos from 1981 to 1983. This episode stems from a pre-podcast tradition we had of getting together to watch collections of music videos batched by year. On the podcast, we take on early-MTV…
1: Prince
Feb 28, 2017 • 72 min
We started “Music Raygun” with a topic at least one of us has encyclopedic knowledge of. That one of us is Kirk, and the topic is Prince. We don’t talk about only Prince, but also some of the artists and groups associated with him. And there are a many.…