Make it Stop: A Bad Music Podcast
Season 2 Finale Part 2: Brokencyde - 0 to Brokencyde

Season 2 Finale Part 2: Brokencyde - 0 to Brokencyde

July 2, 2019

Part 2 of 2.

This week on Make It Stop we close out season 2 with a bang, bringing back four beloved guests to take on the newest album by the worst of the worst -- Brokencyde. Brandon Vallee, Angela Sawyer, Emily Ruskowki and Nick Ortolani join Heather and Mike to talk about the scenesters turnt hipsters as they transition from crunkcore, discover weed and Juuls, and continue pretending they know how sex works. All of this in front of a live audience at Somerville's VOX POP studio in Assembly Row. It gets weird and gross as we search for meaning in the wasteland that is Brokencyde's lyrics. We laugh, we cry, and we're gonna miss you all this summer. Godspeed ye Stoppies. Good night and good luck.

Season 2 Finale Part 1: Brokencyde - 0 to Brokencyde

Season 2 Finale Part 1: Brokencyde - 0 to Brokencyde

June 25, 2019

This week on Make It Stop we close out season 2 with a bang, bringing back four beloved guests to take on the newest album by the worst of the worst -- Brokencyde. Brandon Vallee, Angela Sawyer, Emily Ruskowki and Nick Ortolani join Heather and Mike to talk about the scenesters turnt hipsters as they transition from crunkcore, discover weed and Juuls, and continue pretending they know how sex works. All of this in front of a live audience at Somerville's VOX POP studio in Assembly Row. It gets weird and gross as we search for meaning in the wasteland that is Brokencyde's lyrics. We laugh, we cry, and we're gonna miss you all this summer. Godspeed ye Stoppies. Good night and good luck.

Part 1 of 2. 

Creed - Human Clay (w/ Sherman and Lucifer Christmas)

Creed - Human Clay (w/ Sherman and Lucifer Christmas)

June 4, 2019

Creed's Human Clay. An album of contradictions. It's the best-selling album we've ever covered yet it's universally reviled. It's chock full of praise songs yet the band claims to not be Christian rock. It's packed with lyrical moralizing yet Scott Stapp is a mess of a human being, the human embodiment of Florida Man. 20 years after Human Clay's release, lapsed Christians Shay "Sherman" and Lucifer Christmas join Heather and Mike to try to make sense of it all. You'll hear all the stories, from T.I.'s lifesaving blunt to Scott Stapp's manic angel-driven road trip. Let us take you higher, stoppies.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out of Our Shells (w/ Scott Kurland)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out of Our Shells (w/ Scott Kurland)

May 21, 2019
Cowabunga! Today we're taking a trip down memory lane to 1990, when the US was deep in the grip of Turtlemania. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were everywhere, an inescapable vortex of inexplicable SoCal vernacular, mountains of action figures, and cartoon pizzas with really delicious looking drippy cheese. So strong was their hold on pop culture that not even the music world was safe. Coming Out of Their Shells was not just an album but an entire tour with an accompanying concert VHS. The Turtles' rockin' tunes tell the tale of four gnarly dudes who just wanna tube, and The Shredder's dastardly plan to use a machine to destroy music or something? I dunno. Splinter also sings a song about skipping rocks on a pond for whatever reason. Scott Kurland from the Writers Bagel Basket podcast joins us and he and Mike attempt fruitlessly to explain the Ninja Turtles lore to an extremely confused Heather. It's a doozy.
 
#notallturtles
Chris Gaines (Garth Brooks) - Chris Gaines Greatest Hits (w/ Lisa McColgan)

Chris Gaines (Garth Brooks) - Chris Gaines Greatest Hits (w/ Lisa McColgan)

May 7, 2019
What happens when one of the biggest country stars of all time decides to slap on a wispy wig and a soul patch and reinvent himself as a hard partying sex addict rock star with extensive reconstructive surgery? And this new persona has been meticulously crafted to serve as a background character in a movie that never even went into pre-production? And this hard partying rock star's music is all tepid acoustic soft rock? The project is buried, obscured, and forgotten for all eternity, that's what happens... until now! On this week's Make It Stop, Lisa McColgan of Bikini Whale swings by to talk about Chris Gaines, the ill-fated alter ego of country megastar Garth Brooks, and we try, with little success, to parse out exactly why the hell this confounding identity crisis even happened. So strap on your flavor saver and dive in with us.
Worst of David Bowie

Worst of David Bowie

April 23, 2019

Ziggy Stardust. The Thin White Duke. Jareth The Goblin King. David Bowie went by many names and adopted many personas during his 50+ year career, and in that time he quickly became a rock legend, selling over 100 million records and taking his place at the top of the pop culture pantheon. All accolades aside, we here at Make It Stop take great pleasure in tearing down the infallible, and David Bowie is no exception. On this episode we dig through his catalogue of over 25 studio albums to bring you the bottom 10 worst David Bowie songs of all time. From schmaltzy covers to cheesy 80s synth jams to adult contemporary snoozers, this list runs the gamut of garbage, and is sure to be a dire warning to all Stoppies that cocaine is a hell of a drug.

Shaq - Can’t Stop the Reign (w/ Garvey Salomon)

Shaq - Can’t Stop the Reign (w/ Garvey Salomon)

April 9, 2019

This week on Make It Stop we're talking about The Big Baryshnikov himself, Shaquille O'Neal. The world belonged to Shaq in 1996. He had just jumped from the Orlando Magic to Kobe Bryant's LA Lakers, with whom he would go on to win three of his four NBA Championships. He had shocked the world with his ostentatious Reebok Shaqnosis sneakers, which featured a psychedelic black and white vortex design, and which remain coveted by hardcore sneaker heads today. And he was in the midst of a flourishing rap career, as the only NBA player ever signed to a multi-million dollar major label record contract. Parlor Sports bartender and man about town Garvey Salomon joins us to discuss Shaq's 1996 opus You Can't Stop The Reign. Interscope rolls out the red carpet for The Big Shaqtus on this record, with lush production from DJ Quik, Poke and Tone and Easy Mo Be, and features from the likes of Lord Tariq, Mobb Deep, Jay Z and even the Big Poppa himself, Notorious B.I.G. But are all these bells and whistles enough to distract from Shaq's lackluster lyrical chops? Is DJ Diesel himself really as "hooparistic freakaristic" as he claims to be? And why does he insist on calling himself "Enrico Consales"? The world may never know.

Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods (w/ Tooky Kavanagh)

Justin Timberlake - Man of the Woods (w/ Tooky Kavanagh)

March 26, 2019

Strap on a decorative banjo and get out yer picklin' jars, cuz we're prepping for a musical apocalypse on this episode of Make it Stop! The target of our most recent ire is platinum selling, Superbowl ruining, troll-serenading superstar Justin Timberlake's latest gasp at relevancy, his 2018 mountaineering misfire, Man of the Woods. Featuring a cacaphony of ill-placed musical references and clumsy metaphors, this bloated 16 track mistake finds the uncooked ramen-headed heartthrob of yesteryear reinventing himself as a modern day Grizzly Adams. Burning down this forest of bad ideas with us is none other than local comedian Tooky Kavanagh, who has performed multiple stand up sets dedicated to the scientifically accurate claim that JT isn't just a mediocre white man profiting off Black culture and doing Janet Jackson dirty, but he's also a common marsupial. Listen in to hear which marsupial and much more on this episode of Make it Stop: A Bad Music Podcast!

Black Eyed Peas Blackout Power Hour (w/ Dave Klotz, Julia Sherratt, and Brian Melanson)

Black Eyed Peas Blackout Power Hour (w/ Dave Klotz, Julia Sherratt, and Brian Melanson)

March 15, 2019
Oh Danny Boy, the Peas the Peas are calling. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've decided to bless our dear #Stoppies and curse ourselves with a shitshow of epic proportions. Heather and Mike are joined by stalwart friend of the pod Brian Melanson (The Cobcast) as well as our dear friends Jewelz Sherratt (Solo Sexx) and Dave Klotz (cool and nice guy) to dive into the back catalog of the Black Eyed Peas one drink at a time. That's right, we listen to not one, not two, not three, but FOUR BEP and BEP-adjacent albums for the first ever MAKE IT STOP POWER HOUR. With only 60 seconds to talk about each song and a rapidly skyrocketing blood alcohol content, Heather, Mike and their guests have to race against the clock to get their "witty" "banter" in before the buzzer. It's...well, it sure is something alright. So pull up a stool and cry some drunken tears of laughter into your green beer. Erin Go Bragh you bastards.
Earth Crisis - Slither (w/ Ryan Shea)

Earth Crisis - Slither (w/ Ryan Shea)

March 5, 2019

Open up the fucking pit and pick up some fucking quarters, it's hardcore week on Make It Stop. Or rather, it's rap metal by way of hardcore, as we sit down with local comedian and hardcore lifer Ryan Shea to talk about straight edge vegan stalwarts Earth Crisis and their painful 2000 crossover attempt Slither. Ryan walks us through the finer points of the hardcore lifestyle, Mike tries to pretend he was anything more than a cowardly poser during the genre's peak, and we all get deep into the lore of the early 00s Boston Beatdown scene. Probably too deep. We're probably going to get beaten up over this one. Oh well.