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Culture, religion, politics, and the entire MxPx discography.

Latest Episodes

Episode 41 - The Transition Episode

EIn this episode, Andrew and John wrap things up. After a long summer hiatus, Andrew and John are back to tie up some loose ends. They listen to some voicemails from their last episode and tackle some contrAWversies from their interview with Chris McGrath from Much the Same. Also, how was that lineup from AudioFeed Festival? Never heard of it? No one has. But they discovered a pretty dope band while recording. Then they break down their thoughts on the latest MxPx cover, Franco Un-American by NOFX. Finally, what's next for the pod? Coming soon...Our Newest Podcast Ever, a deep dive into the discography of Five Iron Frenzy, including side projects. Please join us for the Second Season.

73 MINAUG 5
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Episode 41 - The Transition Episode

Episode 40 - Chris McGrath Interview

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are anything but the same. In fact, they interview Chris McGrath, the lead singer of Chicago punk rock band Much the Same. Chris joins Andrew and John in Magnified Studios East to talk fantasy novels, early musical influences, noteworthy European and Canadian punk bands, how a solo ukulele song ended up on a punk record, having dialogue even when you disagree, Chris’s faith and what a kingdom of God on earth might mean. And, of course, his thoughts on Red vs. Pink Starbursts. New record "Everything Is Fine" out July 26, 2019. Latest single "Snake In The Grass" available for download and streaming.

163 MINJUN 17
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Episode 40 - Chris McGrath Interview

Episode 39 - Fixer Upper with Special Guest Jenny Potter

EIn this episode, Andrew and John discuss crown molding. But first they discuss 80's and 90's Pace Picante Sauce commercials. Andrew gives a recap of the War on Women/Bad Cop Bad Cop/Direct Hit!/Smoking Popes show he attended. John liberally uses sound effects on his phone. They talk future shows they're attending. Andrew shares his thoughts on Pete Holmes's new book "Comedy Sex God." THEN! John's wife Jenny joins the pod as they enjoy the series finale episode of "Fixer Upper" starring Mike and Holli Herrera. Watch along as they give a running commentary and talk HGTV pet peeves, wainscoting, shiplap, dream houses, and what makes something "chic."

135 MINMAY 27
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Episode 39 - Fixer Upper with Special Guest Jenny Potter

Episode 38 - Pods Are Pods Forever

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are friends forever. They take a chance and it pays off big time. Find out how they spent a recent Thursday night and how it relates to Andrew's first album ever, Michael W. Smith's "The First Decade: 1983-1993." We can't spoil it, you just need to listen! Also, Andrew experiences a minor disaster while recording.

175 MINAPR 29
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Episode 38 - Pods Are Pods Forever

Episode 37 MxPx & Five Iron Frenzy Chicago Shows

EIn this episode, Andrew and John return from the punk rawk show! For those that missed it, MxPx played two shows in Chicago with Five Iron Frenzy. Andrew and John recap the epic weekend which included partying with Mag Pod Nation, getting tattoos, and hanging with MxPx and Five Iron. They break down the MxPx sets from both shows plus additional conversations with members of Mag Pod Nation. Also, Starbursts make yet another appearance in this ep.

159 MINAPR 15
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Episode 37 MxPx & Five Iron Frenzy Chicago Shows

Episode 36 - B-Movie and A/C EP

EIn this episode, Andrew and John get spicy. They talk about the upcoming MxPx shows in Chicago and details about the Mag Pod meet-up. Plus, is Andrew a boring guy? We get to the bottom of this. Also, what is the future of the pod? Then they scorch their mouths by eating extremely spicy hot sauces while asking each other goofy and serious questions. There is quite a bit of nose-blowing and spitting in this ep. You've been warned. Finally, Andrew and John share their favorite parts of the 2004 documentary "B-Movie" and break down their favorite tracks from the A/C-EP. Movie and EP discussion begins at 2:09:53.

187 MINMAR 25
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Episode 36 - B-Movie and A/C EP

Episode 35 - Goldfinger ("The Knife")

EIn this episode, Andrew and John talk...Goldfinger? But first, more Steve Kravac news! Also, more terrible accents, the Office, and a Sims Mag Pod world. Plus a challenge that could land you some Mag Pod swag! Then some politics schmolitics conversation in the form of Michael Cohen. And finally, track by track of the 2017 Goldfinger album "The Knife." Album discussion at 1:11:12.

156 MINMAR 11
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Episode 35 - Goldfinger ("The Knife")

Episode 34 - Ten Years and Running

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are all over the place. First, they discuss Steve Kravac's new solo project, Steven Bradley. Then, they talk about cheating and lying as kids. Plus Alf, 350 Fest, and what a 10 song Pokinatcha album would look like. Also, Andrew defends TV...again. Finally, track by track of the 2002 retrospective album "Ten Years and Running." Album discussion begins at 1:23:51.

165 MINMAR 4
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Episode 34 - Ten Years and Running

Episode 33 - Pokinatcha (Revisited)

EIn this episode, Andrew and John go back to the beginning. Having failed to completely cover every song in their first episode, Andrew and John go track by track this time. But first, what would an On The Cover III look like? Then, we cover listener answers to the Question of the Week (what was your first introduction to Pokinatcha?). Also, we talk about PFR for way too long. Finally, we cover the entirety of Pokinatcha, songs, artwork, photos, and copy errors and all. QOTW and album discussion begins at 1:18:19. Buckle up, this is a long and silly one.

179 MINFEB 25
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Episode 33 - Pokinatcha (Revisited)

Episode 32 - Mike Herrera Live From The Basement

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are forgiving. But first Andrew recounts his harrowing journey to Minnesota. John provides some delicious snacks. They talk the latest Tumbledown and MxPx news! Andrew shares one of his first (and only) tour stories. Then, when should (or shouldn't) you forgive someone? If someone serves their time, is that enough? If someone is doing good work, does that change anything? Andrew and John discuss forgiveness in a "you're cancelled" culture. Finally, they discuss Mike Herrera's 2011 "Live From The Basement" record. Album discussion begins at 1:49:24.

155 MINFEB 18
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Episode 32 - Mike Herrera Live From The Basement

Latest Episodes

Episode 41 - The Transition Episode

EIn this episode, Andrew and John wrap things up. After a long summer hiatus, Andrew and John are back to tie up some loose ends. They listen to some voicemails from their last episode and tackle some contrAWversies from their interview with Chris McGrath from Much the Same. Also, how was that lineup from AudioFeed Festival? Never heard of it? No one has. But they discovered a pretty dope band while recording. Then they break down their thoughts on the latest MxPx cover, Franco Un-American by NOFX. Finally, what's next for the pod? Coming soon...Our Newest Podcast Ever, a deep dive into the discography of Five Iron Frenzy, including side projects. Please join us for the Second Season.

73 MINAUG 5
Comments
Episode 41 - The Transition Episode

Episode 40 - Chris McGrath Interview

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are anything but the same. In fact, they interview Chris McGrath, the lead singer of Chicago punk rock band Much the Same. Chris joins Andrew and John in Magnified Studios East to talk fantasy novels, early musical influences, noteworthy European and Canadian punk bands, how a solo ukulele song ended up on a punk record, having dialogue even when you disagree, Chris’s faith and what a kingdom of God on earth might mean. And, of course, his thoughts on Red vs. Pink Starbursts. New record "Everything Is Fine" out July 26, 2019. Latest single "Snake In The Grass" available for download and streaming.

163 MINJUN 17
Comments
Episode 40 - Chris McGrath Interview

Episode 39 - Fixer Upper with Special Guest Jenny Potter

EIn this episode, Andrew and John discuss crown molding. But first they discuss 80's and 90's Pace Picante Sauce commercials. Andrew gives a recap of the War on Women/Bad Cop Bad Cop/Direct Hit!/Smoking Popes show he attended. John liberally uses sound effects on his phone. They talk future shows they're attending. Andrew shares his thoughts on Pete Holmes's new book "Comedy Sex God." THEN! John's wife Jenny joins the pod as they enjoy the series finale episode of "Fixer Upper" starring Mike and Holli Herrera. Watch along as they give a running commentary and talk HGTV pet peeves, wainscoting, shiplap, dream houses, and what makes something "chic."

135 MINMAY 27
Comments
Episode 39 - Fixer Upper with Special Guest Jenny Potter

Episode 38 - Pods Are Pods Forever

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are friends forever. They take a chance and it pays off big time. Find out how they spent a recent Thursday night and how it relates to Andrew's first album ever, Michael W. Smith's "The First Decade: 1983-1993." We can't spoil it, you just need to listen! Also, Andrew experiences a minor disaster while recording.

175 MINAPR 29
Comments
Episode 38 - Pods Are Pods Forever

Episode 37 MxPx & Five Iron Frenzy Chicago Shows

EIn this episode, Andrew and John return from the punk rawk show! For those that missed it, MxPx played two shows in Chicago with Five Iron Frenzy. Andrew and John recap the epic weekend which included partying with Mag Pod Nation, getting tattoos, and hanging with MxPx and Five Iron. They break down the MxPx sets from both shows plus additional conversations with members of Mag Pod Nation. Also, Starbursts make yet another appearance in this ep.

159 MINAPR 15
Comments
Episode 37 MxPx & Five Iron Frenzy Chicago Shows

Episode 36 - B-Movie and A/C EP

EIn this episode, Andrew and John get spicy. They talk about the upcoming MxPx shows in Chicago and details about the Mag Pod meet-up. Plus, is Andrew a boring guy? We get to the bottom of this. Also, what is the future of the pod? Then they scorch their mouths by eating extremely spicy hot sauces while asking each other goofy and serious questions. There is quite a bit of nose-blowing and spitting in this ep. You've been warned. Finally, Andrew and John share their favorite parts of the 2004 documentary "B-Movie" and break down their favorite tracks from the A/C-EP. Movie and EP discussion begins at 2:09:53.

187 MINMAR 25
Comments
Episode 36 - B-Movie and A/C EP

Episode 35 - Goldfinger ("The Knife")

EIn this episode, Andrew and John talk...Goldfinger? But first, more Steve Kravac news! Also, more terrible accents, the Office, and a Sims Mag Pod world. Plus a challenge that could land you some Mag Pod swag! Then some politics schmolitics conversation in the form of Michael Cohen. And finally, track by track of the 2017 Goldfinger album "The Knife." Album discussion at 1:11:12.

156 MINMAR 11
Comments
Episode 35 - Goldfinger ("The Knife")

Episode 34 - Ten Years and Running

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are all over the place. First, they discuss Steve Kravac's new solo project, Steven Bradley. Then, they talk about cheating and lying as kids. Plus Alf, 350 Fest, and what a 10 song Pokinatcha album would look like. Also, Andrew defends TV...again. Finally, track by track of the 2002 retrospective album "Ten Years and Running." Album discussion begins at 1:23:51.

165 MINMAR 4
Comments
Episode 34 - Ten Years and Running

Episode 33 - Pokinatcha (Revisited)

EIn this episode, Andrew and John go back to the beginning. Having failed to completely cover every song in their first episode, Andrew and John go track by track this time. But first, what would an On The Cover III look like? Then, we cover listener answers to the Question of the Week (what was your first introduction to Pokinatcha?). Also, we talk about PFR for way too long. Finally, we cover the entirety of Pokinatcha, songs, artwork, photos, and copy errors and all. QOTW and album discussion begins at 1:18:19. Buckle up, this is a long and silly one.

179 MINFEB 25
Comments
Episode 33 - Pokinatcha (Revisited)

Episode 32 - Mike Herrera Live From The Basement

EIn this episode, Andrew and John are forgiving. But first Andrew recounts his harrowing journey to Minnesota. John provides some delicious snacks. They talk the latest Tumbledown and MxPx news! Andrew shares one of his first (and only) tour stories. Then, when should (or shouldn't) you forgive someone? If someone serves their time, is that enough? If someone is doing good work, does that change anything? Andrew and John discuss forgiveness in a "you're cancelled" culture. Finally, they discuss Mike Herrera's 2011 "Live From The Basement" record. Album discussion begins at 1:49:24.

155 MINFEB 18
Comments
Episode 32 - Mike Herrera Live From The Basement
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