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)

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.

Macho Man Randy Savage - Be A Man (w/ Jenelle Valencia of BLOWW)

February 19, 2019

We're justifiably in a position that we'd rather not be in listening to this album. But the cream will rise to the top, ooh yeeeah. Macho Madness, yeeah, has got more to offer than Mike and Heather think that Macho Man's got, yeeeeah, and let him tell you somethin' right now, cards stacked against Macho Man Randy Savage's album Be A Man, let him say it yeeeah, let him say it out loud and let him point to this week's guest Jenelle Valencia of the Boston League of Wicked Wrestlers, The Macho Man Randy Savage is not happy with Make It Stop, yeeah. He is the cream in the World Wrestling Federation and there is no doubt about it, yeeah, you Stoppies know that he's the cream of the crop!

Lil Dicky - Professional Rapper (w/ Brandie Blaze)

February 5, 2019

Strap on in #stoppies, because it's time for another hefty dose of White Nonsense(TM) and for this one we're bringing in the big guns. Local rapper and professional fuck abandoner Brandie Blaze joins us this week to take aim at Lil Dicky, perhaps one of the most overhyped and underhanded rapper we've ever discussed on this show. Lil Dicky's brand of aw-shucks faux-self-deprecation is the hallmark of this bloated 19-song flaccid handie of an album, whose culminating message seems to be white people can try on hip hop as a costume and make millions as a shortcut to a comedy career. Isn't that just fucking hilarious? But it's even more wild when Ms. Blaze pulls back the veneer and exposes Dicky for the fraudulent, privileged huckster he is. Plus hear all about the songs on Brandie Blaze's bangin' playlist as an added bonus for making it through this monstrosity with us. Trust me--you don't want to miss it!

Check out Brandie Blaze's excellent music here: https://soundcloud.com/brandieblaze 

Produced by Heather Mack at Boston Free Radio studios in Somerville. Intro/outro music by Patrick Ahern. 

Luke Bryan - Crash My Party (w/ Brandon Vallee)

January 22, 2019

Fire up the engine of your old pickup, grab a cold beer and head on down to the cornfields. Throw the radio on and watch as an endless parade of blue jean clad farmhand girls dance modestly in the headlights. Stay away from those downtown boys because they are the devil incarnate and we'd like nothing more than to steal their women, take them out to the cornfields in our old pickup, grab a cold beer, throw the headlights on and watch them dance the night away in their blue jeans to our favorite song, playing on that old terrestrial radio. Local comedian and podcaster (of Dead Last Podcast) Brandon Vallee joins us and he's just swigging a beer, listening to the radio in his old pickup. And we're gonna drive on down to them old cornfields I'll tell ya. Throw the headlights on and dance the night away. We're listening to Luke Bryan's Crash My Party. It's got everything. Songs about trucks. Songs about beer. Songs about cornfields. Songs about jeans. Songs about kissing girls. Songs about dancing in headlights. And dangnabbit what did we say about them dang downtown boys? Stay away from 'em we said dang it!

Worst of 2018

January 8, 2019
As we ring in the new year, we can't forget to pay the proper (dis)respect to the worst music that 2018 had to offer. From the requisite washed up 90s rockers, to the alt-right anthems, to the shallowest of rappers, we've got ourselves a smorgasbord of shit on this episode of Make It Stop. We didn't think it could get worse than 2017, but we should know by now that we're in a never ending race to the bottom, and just when we think we've reached it, the bottom drops out. So pour yourself a celebratory glass of bubbly and toast to Heather and Mike's misery, you sadistic Stoppies you. Cheers, pricks!

Smash Mouth - The Gift of Rock (w/ the Dunn Family and Brian)

December 28, 2018

Ho ho ho #stoppies, we're hoooome for the holidays! We've all been very bad boys this year and have been rightfully cursed with another lump of musical coal in our collective stockings, Smash Mouth's desperate 2005 Christma$ ca$h grab, 'The Gift of Rock'. Joining us to unwrap this precious 'gift' is our very own family, including the youngest Dunn brother Alex, "Dad for the People" Paul Dunn, and in lieu of Heather's actual blood relative we bribed our friend Brian to perform the role of her dad, because that makes about as much sense as this album does! Anyway, it's enough to bring shame upon our extended family and yours, as we hitch up our sleigh and roll merrily along through strained and soulless christmas covers, awful appropriative patois, and a hilariously detailed 'behind the music' history of the band Smashmouth courtesy of the Dunn Research Conglomerate. It's enough to make you throw a whole loaf of bread at Steve Harwell's forehead, which means it's a whole heckuva lot of fun. Merry Christmas!

Boy Band Thunderdome pt. 2 (w/ Emily Ruskowski, Sake Toomey, and Jenny Chalikian)

December 18, 2018

Part 2 of 2. Check out part 1 here! 

Alright #stoppies, I know we say this a lot, but it's true--this episode is our funniest one yet. Seriously, when else have we been able to snag 2 professional comedians (Emily Ruskowski & Jenny Chalikian) and one hysterical burlesque producer/professional babe/future youtube star (Sake Toomey) together in the same room, talking about boy bands? Since TODAY, that's when! We brought our grown ass friends that are also unashamed teenyboppers together for a very special 2 PART THUNDERDOME where they battle it out over whether O'Town's shamelessly sexual liquid nightmare of a debut album can beat out proto-Bieber boyband lil' bro Aaron Carter's early 00s disasterpiece Aaron's Party (Come Get It). Find out who Heather's favorite Backstreet Boy was, why Jacob from OTown had an octopus in his bedroom, and discover which of our panel had no choice but to write a HUNDREDS OF PAGES LONG Aaron Carter fan fiction as a child since they didn't have internet in their room. It's all so funny, we couldn't help but blow our liquid load a week early so you can "come get it" and be back for more next week for part 2. Get ready for some horny harmonies, prepubescent poetry, and a whole lot of hats on a very special episode of Make it Stop!

 
 

Boy Band Thunderdome pt. 1 (w/ Emily Ruskowski, Sake Toomey, and Jenny Chalikian)

December 11, 2018

Alright #stoppies, I know we say this a lot, but it's true--this episode is our funniest one yet. Seriously, when else have we been able to snag 2 professional comedians (Emily Ruskowski & Jenny Chalikian) and one hysterical burlesque producer/professional babe/future youtube star (Sake Toomey) together in the same room, talking about boy bands? Since TODAY, that's when! We brought our grown ass friends that are also unashamed teenyboppers together for a very special 2 PART THUNDERDOME where they battle it out over whether O'Town's shamelessly sexual liquid nightmare of a debut album can beat out proto-Bieber boyband lil' bro Aaron Carter's early 00s disasterpiece Aaron's Party (Come Get It). Find out who Heather's favorite Backstreet Boy was, why Jacob from OTown had an octopus in his bedroom, and discover which of our panel had no choice but to write a HUNDREDS OF PAGES LONG Aaron Carter fan fiction as a child since they didn't have internet in their room. It's all so funny, we couldn't help but blow our liquid load a week early so you can "come get it" and be back for more next week for part 2. Get ready for some horny harmonies, prepubescent poetry, and a whole lot of hats on a very special episode of Make it Stop!

Lil Wayne - Rebirth (w/ Russell Chisholm)

December 4, 2018
It's a trip down memory lane this week as Mike and Heather are joined by their old friend Russell Chisholm. They reminisce about their shared love of The Best Rapper Alive Weezy Baby before diving into the worst thing he ever did -- the massively maligned 2008 rap-rock turd known as Rebirth. Lil Wayne runs the gamut on this album, churning out a wide variety of garbage -- bad punk, bad butt rock, bad ballads, and even bad ska (aka ska). It's all tremendously difficult to listen to and we're sorry you have to share this miserable experience with us. May god have mercy on our souls.