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Music critic Ian Cory & film/TV critic Josh Oakley discuss topics in pop culture, give recommendations & serve up takes that have been properly cold brewed.

Latest Episodes

Episode 043: The Tea is Going Out, The Annihilation Is Staying Right Here With Me

EIn this episode, we begin with a short chat about horrifying technology both imagined (Black Mirror) and real (Facebook). Then we look at the discordant thrills of Annihilation. Finally we touch on one of our favorite films of last year, Phantom Thread.

53 MIN2018 APR 5
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Episode 043: The Tea is Going Out, The Annihilation Is Staying Right Here With Me

Episode 042: Best of 2017

EIn this episode, we look at five broader pop culture topics that defined the year of 2017 for us. We get to the music of Mount Eerie and Julien Baker, the films of Christopher Nolan and Greta Gerwig, and great TV from Twin Peaks to The Good Place. And then Ian says something really beautiful about art and life and companionship and it made Josh cry. So listen, and here's to the new year.

61 MIN2018 JAN 18
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Episode 042: Best of 2017

Episode 041: This is the Okja and This is the It Comes at Night

EIn this episode, we discuss the new film from Bong Joon-ho, Okja. Then we catch up on Twin Peaks: The Return and dig into its stunning eighth episode. Finally we turn to the recent horror movie trend, from It Comes at Night to The Babadook.

62 MIN2017 JUL 9
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Episode 041: This is the Okja and This is the It Comes at Night

Episode 040: Without Chemicals, He Pods

EHellooOoOooO, and welcome to our episode entirely about Twin Peaks.

57 MIN2017 MAY 29
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Episode 040: Without Chemicals, He Pods

Episode 038: We Have to Go Back, Ja Rule!

EIn this episode we deal with expectations versus reality. First up is a lengthy chat on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., including wild theories of a follow-up album. Then we laugh about Fyre Festival to stave off the fear of tech/influencer culture. Finally we talk about a seminal TV series for both of us: Lost.

60 MIN2017 MAY 4
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Episode 038: We Have to Go Back, Ja Rule!

Episode 037: 2 Inside 2 Baseball

EIn this episode we begin with a brief look at Girls and the conversation surrounding the show. Then we get on with our now yearly tradition, talking outside baseball around Opening Day, and then a look at the inside baseball of online writing. We talk liberal sportswriting and music criticism.

53 MIN2017 APR 15
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Episode 037: 2 Inside 2 Baseball

Episode 036: Other People's Podcasts

EIn this episode we turn our attention to other podcasts. First, we discuss Emily Yoshida's It's Cool to Like Anime as well as the series Madoka Magica. Then we look at the ethics of the hit Missing Richard Simmons. Finally, we examine the reemergence of scumbag culture through the lens of a couple podcasts.

50 MIN2017 MAR 23
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Episode 036: Other People's Podcasts

Episode 035: South By Sunken Place

EIn this episode, we begin with a discussion of Get Out, the great debut horror film from Jordan Peele. Then we turn to Logan and SXSW's immigration controversy, looking at how both address how art and artists should deal with the current political era. Segments Get Out: 1:35 Logan/SXSW/Politics & Art: 28:52 Recommendations: 44:25 Music: "Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga" by Michael Abels (Get Out soundtrack) "Tsunami" by Told Slant

48 MIN2017 MAR 9
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Episode 035: South By Sunken Place

Episode 034: Split on Split

EIn this episode, we catch up on some movie talk. First we look at some films we mutually love, Paterson and Silence. Then we disagree slightly on Hidden Figures before getting to the real divide: M. Night Shyamalan's Split.

42 MIN2017 FEB 23
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Episode 034: Split on Split

Episode 033: 2016 in TV & Film

EIn this episode, we discuss the best television and film of 2016. Then we turn to a couple of personal resolutions for the year ahead.

73 MIN2017 JAN 5
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Episode 033: 2016 in TV & Film

Latest Episodes

Episode 043: The Tea is Going Out, The Annihilation Is Staying Right Here With Me

EIn this episode, we begin with a short chat about horrifying technology both imagined (Black Mirror) and real (Facebook). Then we look at the discordant thrills of Annihilation. Finally we touch on one of our favorite films of last year, Phantom Thread.

53 MIN2018 APR 5
Comments
Episode 043: The Tea is Going Out, The Annihilation Is Staying Right Here With Me

Episode 042: Best of 2017

EIn this episode, we look at five broader pop culture topics that defined the year of 2017 for us. We get to the music of Mount Eerie and Julien Baker, the films of Christopher Nolan and Greta Gerwig, and great TV from Twin Peaks to The Good Place. And then Ian says something really beautiful about art and life and companionship and it made Josh cry. So listen, and here's to the new year.

61 MIN2018 JAN 18
Comments
Episode 042: Best of 2017

Episode 041: This is the Okja and This is the It Comes at Night

EIn this episode, we discuss the new film from Bong Joon-ho, Okja. Then we catch up on Twin Peaks: The Return and dig into its stunning eighth episode. Finally we turn to the recent horror movie trend, from It Comes at Night to The Babadook.

62 MIN2017 JUL 9
Comments
Episode 041: This is the Okja and This is the It Comes at Night

Episode 040: Without Chemicals, He Pods

EHellooOoOooO, and welcome to our episode entirely about Twin Peaks.

57 MIN2017 MAY 29
Comments
Episode 040: Without Chemicals, He Pods

Episode 038: We Have to Go Back, Ja Rule!

EIn this episode we deal with expectations versus reality. First up is a lengthy chat on Kendrick Lamar's DAMN., including wild theories of a follow-up album. Then we laugh about Fyre Festival to stave off the fear of tech/influencer culture. Finally we talk about a seminal TV series for both of us: Lost.

60 MIN2017 MAY 4
Comments
Episode 038: We Have to Go Back, Ja Rule!

Episode 037: 2 Inside 2 Baseball

EIn this episode we begin with a brief look at Girls and the conversation surrounding the show. Then we get on with our now yearly tradition, talking outside baseball around Opening Day, and then a look at the inside baseball of online writing. We talk liberal sportswriting and music criticism.

53 MIN2017 APR 15
Comments
Episode 037: 2 Inside 2 Baseball

Episode 036: Other People's Podcasts

EIn this episode we turn our attention to other podcasts. First, we discuss Emily Yoshida's It's Cool to Like Anime as well as the series Madoka Magica. Then we look at the ethics of the hit Missing Richard Simmons. Finally, we examine the reemergence of scumbag culture through the lens of a couple podcasts.

50 MIN2017 MAR 23
Comments
Episode 036: Other People's Podcasts

Episode 035: South By Sunken Place

EIn this episode, we begin with a discussion of Get Out, the great debut horror film from Jordan Peele. Then we turn to Logan and SXSW's immigration controversy, looking at how both address how art and artists should deal with the current political era. Segments Get Out: 1:35 Logan/SXSW/Politics & Art: 28:52 Recommendations: 44:25 Music: "Sikiliza Kwa Wahenga" by Michael Abels (Get Out soundtrack) "Tsunami" by Told Slant

48 MIN2017 MAR 9
Comments
Episode 035: South By Sunken Place

Episode 034: Split on Split

EIn this episode, we catch up on some movie talk. First we look at some films we mutually love, Paterson and Silence. Then we disagree slightly on Hidden Figures before getting to the real divide: M. Night Shyamalan's Split.

42 MIN2017 FEB 23
Comments
Episode 034: Split on Split

Episode 033: 2016 in TV & Film

EIn this episode, we discuss the best television and film of 2016. Then we turn to a couple of personal resolutions for the year ahead.

73 MIN2017 JAN 5
Comments
Episode 033: 2016 in TV & Film