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.
S6E5. Clocks, How Do They Work?
Nov 12 • 60 min
Summer Girl by Smash Mouth. Nathan tries to see if there’s a little less nothing in this album, Cameron likes his dumb and bad style, and Smash Mouth gets into some real LiveJournal territory. Learnin’ Links: Zoom, a bad movie Just one of many examples of…
S6E4. I’ll Be G’there for G’you
Nov 5 • 69 min
Get the Picture? by Smash Mouth. Cameron wants to get Tim-Tam blasted, Nathan has some titular fun, and Smash Mouth are the true heroes of the 9/11 years. Learnin’ Links: Retrofuturism “Beg the question” vs. “Raise the question” Scientist renounces…
S6E3. How Cute It Isn’t
Oct 29 • 60 min
Smash Mouth by Smash Mouth. Nathan snoozes outside the box set, Cameron wonders if he’s activating sleep agents, and Smash Mouth jazzes so hard—er, so smooth. Learnin’ Links: PCH Columbia Record Club Soul patch Bloatee Listen along to Smash Mouth here, if…
S6E2. Scrappy Overdogs from San Jo
Oct 22 • 73 min
Astrolounge by Smash Mouth. Smash Mouth releases an album that’s really -ive, Cameron is blinded by the whiteness, and Nathan proves Smash Mouth culture still exists using the power of STATISTICS. Learnin’ Links: UFO pronunciation Ed Sheeran on Game of…
S6E1. Beer Headphones
Oct 15 • 93 min
Fush Yu Mang by Smash Mouth. Nathan doesn’t even have fun being grumpy, Cameron is willing to “give it to him,” and Smash Mouth has a small break in their lives of unending privilege. Learnin’ Links: Countable noun There are twice as many kangaroos as…
S5E8. Better than Pure Sentimental Nonsense
Oct 8 • 68 min
The Visitors by ABBA. Cameron criticizes Nathan for audio good practices, Nathan tries to avoid mom-shaming, and ABBA wants to build a disco song. Learnin’ Links: MacGuffin Interlocutor Men by Scene on Radio Listen along to The Visitors here! You can…
S5E7. Gimme that Divorce Table
Oct 1 • 72 min
Cameron attends a musical orgy convention, Nathan has a precognition (of boredom), and and ABBA can’t finish without Night Velvet™. Learnin’ Links: Panpipes Omnibus Project’s episode on dancing mania Bad Dad, Soccer Dad Feet of clay Hit Parade’s episode…
S5E6. Upbeat Disco Schlager
Sep 24 • 76 min
Upbeat Disco Schlager Cameron eats his tea, Nathan complains about dingos punching kangaroos, and and ABBA teaches Genius.com commenters about how the wind casts shadows. Learnin’ Links: Omnibus’ episode on disco demolition Mnemosyne Harvest by Neil Young…
S5E5. This Ain’t No Mayonnaise
Sep 17 • 67 min
ABBA: The Album by ABBA. Nathan does eagle stuff, Cameron eats a nice bow of eagle noodles, and ABBA really makes us think with questions like “what if eagles?” Learnin’ Links: Schlager Fucking Jumping the shark Ostinato Maps—wait! Listen along to ABBA:…
S5E4. Ice-Cold Goss
Sep 10 • 81 min
Arrival by ABBA. Nathan invents the academic discipline of Mexicorientalism, Cameron gets Famous for His Drippins™, and ABBA teaches us how sexy geometry can be. Learnin’ Links: It’s legally complicated, but spousal rape was either legal or punished less…
S5E3. Sister See-Ya
Sep 3 • 62 min
ABBA by ABBA. Nathan makes a bold declaration about trees, Cameron makes a courageous confession about what kind of man he is, and ABBA warms our hearts in the tropical loveland of Sweden. Learnin’ Links: Zwarte Piet Let me google that for you Apparently…
S5E2. My Mama Sad
Aug 27 • 78 min
Waterloo by ABBA. This MONDAY MONDAY MONDAY, THRILL as Nathan and Cameron choose completely arbitrary moments where they think ABBA is being self-aware, and then THROW DOWN. Learnin’ Links: Did an MJ impersonator sing on the last Michael Jackson album?…
S5E1. Quadrilengual Trilingual Quouple
Aug 20 • 80 min
Ring Ring by ABBA. Nathan sags himself right off a cliff, Becca gets herself into an Ikea Situation, and Cameron begins his transformation into Barry Sacks (the king of the bari sax). Learnin’ Links: Abba in Hebrew (and other Semitic languages) “Wednesday…
S4E9. Wicked T-Pains Never Die
Aug 13 • 72 min
Oblivion by T-Pain. Nathan courageously admits he can’t do 18 push-ups, Cameron pitches a movie reboot, and T-Pain is laid to rest. Learnin’ Links: Hieroglyphics Teff WPA source recordings Listen along to Oblivion here! You can support us in several ways:…
S4E8. Mark T-Wayne
Aug 6 • 72 min
Cameron eats problematically, Nathan comes up with a new breakout character, and T-Pain recruits someone to help him be shittier to women. Learnin’ Links: Humorism Omnibus podcast Key & Peele Dubstep J. Robert Oppenheimer Hello From the Magic Tavern…
S4E7. A Blapp Hole
Jul 30 • 85 min
Stoic by T-Pain. T-Pain returns after a few years of not making music, with his mixtape Stoic! It’s got some of his highest highs, but also some of his most defensive moments. And what was the deal with that Little Shop of Horrors song, anyway?? Learnin’…
S4E6. A New Train (-Wreck)
Jul 23 • 84 min
rEVOLVEr by T-Pain. We’re trying out a new format this week! Surprise! We decided to focus less on comprehensiveness, and more on just being enjoyable and entertaining. That is, the old format was increasingly leading to perfunctory song discussions, and…
S4E5. The Snatchies
Jul 16 • 84 min
Prevolver by T-Pain, part 2. T-Pain has a habit of releasing mixtapes to supplement his albums. This one is a predecessor to his 2011 album Revolver (no, not the Beatles one). Aaaaaaaand… it’s really super duper long. So we had to split it up into two…
S4E4. Fully-Clothed Patti LaBelle
Jul 9 • 83 min
Prevolver by T-Pain, part 1. T-Pain has a habit of releasing mixtapes to supplement his albums. This one is a predecessor to his 2011 album Revolver (no, not the Beatles one). Aaaaaaaand… it’s really super duper long. So we had to split it up into two…
S4E3. Make It Rain Fettuccine
Jul 2 • 91 min
Thr33 Ringz by T-Pain. Wait a minute, when did T-Pain become ICP? He rounds up his three-ring circus for this, his most Dark Carnival album yet! Unfortunately, he also manages to pick up some of ICP’s bad habits… Listen along to Thr33 Ringz here. Learnin’…
S4E2. Masculine Fantasy of Condensation
Jun 25 • 102 min
Epiphany by T-Pain. It’s T-Pain’s biggest album, or at least it has his biggest single “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’)”. It’s a good album! Probably more consistent than Rappa Ternt Sanga, but T-Pain himself maybe doesn’t seem as nice as he did on his…
S4E1. Alan Rickman Pillow Talk
Jun 18 • 102 min
Rappa Ternt Sanga by T-Pain. Time for season 4, mothertruckers! We’re back like scoliosis, with a discussion of T-Pain’s first album Rappa Ternt Sanga. Yes, Cameron won the vote, with almost 60% of the vote for T-Pain. It’s a fun album with great music……
Interlude: Kurt is Short for Shirley
Jun 11 • 89 min
Roots by Curtis Mayfield. It’s our last interlude episode for now! This week, Cameron tries to convince us all that Curtis Mayfield’s 1971 album Roots is really cool and interesting. It only has 7 songs, so Cameron has plenty of time to drone on and…
Interlude: The Blue Apron of Songs
Jun 4 • 87 min
Paris 1919 by John Cale. Are you ready? It’s time for Nathan’s English-Class Bullshit Time, the part of the show where Nathan tries to turn his podcast into an English class—because those are renowned for being soooooo entertaining! As part of their…
S3E8. Mommy Needs a Minute
May 28 • 101 min
Havoc and Bright Lights by Alanis Morrisette. It’s Alanis’ last album! 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights sure is another Alanis album, continuing her collaboration with Guy Sigsworth. It’s kinda fun, and features some pretty good songs. But we manage stay…
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…