Think Outside the Box Set

Think Outside the Box Set

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A podcast about learning to appreciate an artist’s back catalog.
S3E7. Liberty Wind
May 21 • 98 min
Flavors of Entanglement by Alanis Morrisette. Hit the pause baton, because it’s about to get deliciously spaghetti-tangled all up in here! Nathan and Cameron try to make sense of Alanis 2008 album Flavors of Entanglement with the help of Imaging Heap, the…
S3E6. Are We Heaven Fun Yet
May 14 • 87 min
So-Called Chaos by Alanis Morrisette. Alanis has some pretty damn good songs on this album. It’s not quite as arresting as Jagged Little Pill, but some of the songwriting is very nuanced and mature. Plus, we get to talk about Sonic Adventures and Ryan…
S3E5. Inconsistent Affectation Junkie
May 7 • 89 min
Under Rug Swept by Alanis Morrisette. Alanis’ fifth album is a huge step up from Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. There are some very good, very moving songs on this one—and thank god she decided to make it shorter than 27 songs. There are still things…
S3E4. A Brezhnev of Freshness
Apr 30 • 97 min
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie by Alanis Morissette. It’s the Phantom Menace of Alanis albums! 1998’s Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie was Alanis’ followup to her massively successful Jagged Little Pill, and it’s… not so good. I guess Alanis forgot…
S3E3. The Song that Launched a Thousand Hacky Bits
Apr 23 • 108 min
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. It’s finally here! Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill is not only the opening salvo of the New Alanis™ after her first few pop albums, it’s also her most successful album to date. As if that weren’t…
S3E2. Animal Club
Apr 16 • 95 min
Now Is the Time by Alanis Morissette. Alanis’ (Alanis’s?) second album Now Is the Time, from 1992, is a solid improvement on her first album. But it’s still the generic CanadaPop that Alanis would leave behind soon for her real career, with Jagged Little…
S3E1. The Lost City of Alanis
Apr 9 • 91 min
Alanis by Alanis Morissette. Well here it is, our coverage of Alanis Morissette! We cover her first, and e-pony-mouth, album Alanis. It’s kinda generic pop, sort of Madonna-lite. We had fun, though, especially because we were joined by very special guest…
S2E14. Huffin’ that Grumpy Weed
Apr 2 • 89 min
The Marvelous Missing Link: Found by Insane Clown Posse. We’ve reached the end of history! Er, the end of ICP—and of season 2 of Think Outside the Box Set. Praise the Dark Carnival, we’re done! The Marvelous Missing Link: Found from 2015 is the latest…
S2E13. I Peed on My Son
Mar 27 • 97 min
The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost by Insane Clown Posse. ICP’s The Marvelous Missing Link: Lost has Nathan raving: “it’s aggressively on the negative end of mediocre”! It’s not super bad, per se, but it’s just so boring… in fact, it’d be better if it were…
S2E12. Underoos in Your Overalls
Mar 19 • 98 min
The Mighty Death Pop by Insane Clown Posse. In 2012, ICP released their album The Mighty Death Poop, the second card in the second hand of Jokers Cards. It’s not bad. There are a few good songs on The Mighty Beth Pop, but lots of them are kinda mediocre,…
S2E11. Drunk on Annoyance
Mar 12 • 99 min
Bang! Pow! Boom! by Insane Clown Posse. Nathan’s getting punchy this week, because he didn’t really enjoy ICP’s many versions of their 2009 album Bang! Pow! Boom!. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s just… the shine is wearing off a little bit. ICP’s been…
S2E10. Haunted Rumps
Mar 5 • 100 min
The Tempest by Insane Clown Posse. ICP continues a string of more-or-less enjoyable albums with their 10th studio release The Tempest. Nathan had a great time listening to it and maintains that it’s ICP’s best album yet, while Cameron is unconvinced (and…
S2E9. Prepare to Be Murdered On!
Feb 26 • 95 min
The Wraith: Hell’s Pit by Insane Clown Posse. ICP released the second part of their The Wraith Joker’s Card, which has… no Wraith in it? That’s OK, though, because Cameron and Nathan still have plenty to talk about, including non-funky crows, Dr. Oz®’s…
S2E8. Butch Candles
Feb 19 • 100 min
The Wraith: Shangri-La by Insane Clown Posse. Here it is: Insane Clown Posse’s holy testimony 🙏✝️🙏. ICP reveals that they’re secret Christians, the Dark Carnival is God, and that they’re not sorry if they tricked you. Just like that weird kid at school…
S2E7. Make Sure There’s No Crystal Lumps
Feb 12 • 97 min
Bizzar by Insane Clown Posse. ICP’s 2000 album Bizzar is a return to form, but better! This is their best one so far, which makes it really fun to talk about. But for some reason, Cameron and Nathan still stall and digress into such topics as Amy Grant’s…
S2E6. Chekhov’s Waffle House
Feb 5 • 88 min
Bizaar by Insane Clown Posse. ICP strikes back! …into our hearts, with their 2000 album Bizaar. Yes, you read that right: not bazaar, and not bizarre, but Biza’ar! It’s one part of their album duo Bizaar/Bizzar, which Cameron helpfully points out are…
S2E5. Faygo Blues
Jan 29 • 92 min
The Amazing Jeckel Brothers by Insane Clown Posse. The Amazing Jeckel Brothers dropped in 1999, and dropped our hearts with it. After the success of The Great Milenko, Insane Clown Posse faced a lot more attention in the mainstream media—which brought…
S2E4. Grape Nuts Truther
Jan 22 • 100 min
The Great Milenko by Insane Clown Posse. Cameron and Nathan continue to investigate the music—nay, the phenomenon—of the Insane Clown Posse, with their 1997 album The Great Milenko. Along the way, they digress a lot, ending up talking about mom’s…
S2E3. Hallelujah! It’s Raining Blood!
Jan 15 • 86 min
Riddle Box by Insane Clown Posse. Bonobo societies, Monster Mashes for the 90s, the Jokester of Dark Knight fame, and little juggalinos—it’s all a part of this balanced breakfast Cameron and Nathan’s discussion of Riddle Box, Insane Clown Posse’s third…
S2E2. The Ol’ Flush ‘n’ Flesh
Jan 8 • 89 min
The Ringmaster by Insane Clown Posse. Nathan and Cameron listen to ICP’s second album, Cameron invents old-time ICP music, George Washington’s teeth fall out, and Theo has a juggalo birthday. It’s all part of the kooky karnival fun of The Ringmaster! The…
S2E1. ICP: Crasscinating—Just Not on This Album
Jan 1 • 92 min
Carnival of Carnage by Insane Clown Posse. Well, here we are… the first Insane Clown Posse album! It’s… not great. We have a hard time maintaining enthusiasm (or staying awake) through the sheer misogyny and arrhythmic rapping. There are a few bright(er)…
Go Tell It on the Merkin: A Very Garf Xmas
Dec 18, 2017 • 69 min
Beyond the Season by Garth Brooks. Merry Christmas, everyone! It’s a very special heartwarming episode dedicated to Garf’s very special Christmas album Beyond the Season. Recorded live in Chicago on Thanksgiving, Cameron and Nathan are joined by: Ashely…
Bonus #1: I See Pee
Dec 11, 2017 • 76 min
I WANNA PLAY A GAME. Say it with us, in a real real spoooOOOOoooky voice: “I WANNA PLAY A GAME.” That’s right! It’s time to choose the artist we investigate after Garf, and what better way than with a horrifying, flesh-rending, gruesome carnival of…
S1E11. Bouzouki Joseph
Dec 4, 2017 • 73 min
Gunslinger by Garth Brooks. Garth’s very last album forever: 2016’s Gunslinger. We wish we could say it’s a triumphant return to form… but it’s more of a flaccid, bland return to form. At least it’s not horribly offensive? This is our shortest episode…
S1E10. Feeble Little Throw of a Tiny Little Bone
Nov 27, 2017 • 94 min
Man Against Machine by Garth Brooks. Garth makes a not-at-all triumphant return after 13 years of hiatus with his album Man Against Machine. And boy does it stink to high heaven. Not only did Garf not appear to learn anything in his time away, it seems…
S1E9. DJ Dead Dad
Nov 20, 2017 • 87 min
Scarecrow by Garth Brooks. Garth Brooks didn’t want to make this album. But he did. Because his record label made him do it. After the Great Gaines Failure of 1999, Garth wanted to hide under a rock and retire until 2014. But his word is bond, and so is…
S1E8. Anno Gaines
Nov 13, 2017 • 91 min
Garth Brooks in… …the Life of Chris Gaines by Garth Brooks. Today’s the day! Human soul patch Chris Gaines gets his day in the sun as Garth Brooks dons a wig and a smoldering, sexy, cheeks-sucked-in face for his best rockstar playacting. Pucker up your…
S1E7. Faddy and Fommy
Nov 6, 2017 • 94 min
Sevens by Garth Brooks. There are 7s all over this album… it’s a real Dan Brown-type situation. That’s right, it’s Garth Brook’s album “Sevens”! We lost count at some point, but there are probably 7 instances of the number 7, or something. Learnin’ Links:…
S1E6. The Greatest Goat of All Time
Oct 30, 2017 • 85 min
Fresh Horses by Garth Brooks. In what way can horses be “fresh”? Is Garth riding with all his freshest of horses? Do horses have placentas? Nathan and Cameron seek answers for all these questions—and more—on another action-packed episode of Think Outside…
S1E5. I Wanna Be a Cowboy-Baby
Oct 23, 2017 • 87 min
In Pieces by Garth Brooks. Today’s Garth Brooks album: In Pieces. Nathan and Cameron discuss their cowboy-baby fetishes, and Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney show up to lend some wisdom. Be sure to check out “Beyond the Box Set,” which is a real podcast!…
S1E4. Wokelahoma
Oct 16, 2017 • 99 min
The Chase by Garth Brooks. We talk about Garth’s very good album The Chase. Garth takes a stand for what’s right, especially in his first song “We Shall Be Free.” That song was more controversial than Garth anticipated, and it won a GLAAD Media Award for…
S1E3. Minnows Love Pom-Poms
Oct 9, 2017 • 86 min
Ropin’ the Wind by Garth Brooks. Cameron and Nathan discuss Garth Brooks’ third album Ropin’ the Wind—spoilers: it’s not very good. But they manage to divert the conversation to Serbia, Nathan’s great aunt, a folk singer named John McCutcheon, and the…
S1E2. Country Genius Junior the Third, Esquire
Oct 3, 2017 • 91 min
No Fences by Garth Brooks. Cameron and Nathan discuss Garth Brook’s second album, No Fences. Garth’s biggest-selling album, No Fences is a solid improvement on his self-titled. Learnin’ Links: No Fences Country and Western music in a Boston accent at…
S1E1. Garth Brooks, and Here’s Why
Sep 27, 2017 • 90 min
Garth Brooks by Garth Brooks. Cameron and Nathan launch their podcast, Think Outside the Box Set. They begin by explaining the premise: “learning to appreciate an artist’s back catalog.”; Then, they head into a discussion of their first subject: Garth…