Don’t know what to get your friends and loved ones for the holidays this year? If they’re lovers of merriment, obnoxious humor and immature behavior, we can think of no better gift than The Popdose Podcast, Episode 4! Sure, it doesn’t cost anything to give as a gift, but that just leaves you more money to spend on yourself this season. Because let’s face it — you’re worth it.

In this episode, our illustrious hosts discuss — you guessed it — the holiday season, from gifts to music and everything in between. You’ll also find out exactly how Cabbage Patch Kids are born. We only wish we were making this up. Please leave us your thoughts in the comments, and if you like the show, please leave a review on iTunes. Enjoy!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 4: Cabbage Section (1:01:45, 70.7 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.

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Show Notes

0:00 Intro, leading into a varied holiday discussion. We start by discussing the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Jason’s emotional attachment to the 3-D Santa Claus. We also discuss Jeff’s daughter and her newly-found Christmas spirit (much to Jeff’s dismay), Christmas in NYC, Yule a Go-Go, tonight’s Acoustic ’80s Christmas Show, Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and the In Harmony and In Harmony 2 albums, the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” Jeff Vrabel’s hatred of “Wonderful Christmastime” and everything else except for Jimmy Buffett, Buffett’s Christmas album, Carly Simon’s Christmas album and the Pet Shop Boys’ Christmas album, Carly Simon’s new album and the unfortunate cover, unnecessary covers of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” heckling a Five For Fighting concert, Wing’s Christmas album and last year’s Mellowmas finale, and the end of a very, very long sentence. Finally, come join the Facebook group page for the Popdose Podcast!

Theme: Best Christmas Present

22:51 Jason admits his favorite present: a Cabbage Patch Kid when he was eight years old. This leads into a discussion of the Cabbage Patch Kid consumerism rush of the mid-’80s. Jeff regales us with the story of Babyland General Hospital and Dave recalls an episode of This American Life that discusses the FAO Schwarz “nursery.” That brings us to an awesome idea for a Cabbage Patch Graveyard, and product graveyards brings us, of course, to Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard.

34:10 Speaking of ice cream, Dave shares his favorite present: a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker, which he’s used to make awesome flavors like Bourbon Vanilla Pecan and Gingerbread Latte. If you buy one (and you should buy one), he recommends getting the Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book.

38:02 Jeff recalls getting a TiVo, completely ignoring the awesome wireless headphones Jason bought him two years ago. Dave recalls using the World Cup as a good excuse to get TiVo.

EnDOSEments, Holiday Style

41:39 In another EnDOSEment move that surprises nobody, Jason endorses The Yule Log. He also endorses the John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together album. (Song: Percy Faith, “Joy To the World,” which opens up the yearly presentation of The Yule Log)

49:04 Though Jeff has no real favorite holiday movie (except this one), he notes he has a lot of holiday films on his shelf. This year, he’s introducing How the Grinch Stole Christmas to his kids. We digress into a discussion of the new Mel Brooks box set, and the potential awesomeness of having the Popdose staff all in one office. (Song: Thurl Ravenscroft, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”)

54:54 Dave expresses his love for A Christmas Gift To You From Phil Spector, Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector. (Song: Darlene Love, “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)”)


58:40 Don’t forget about Mellowmas (as if you could possibly forget about Mellowmas), and please leave us a review on iTunes. We wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a very, very Happy Kwanzaa!

About the Author

Jason Hare

Jason Hare used to love Christmas. He feels differently now.

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