When it comes time for your three favorite schmucks to gather ’round their computers and record themselves talking for a couple of hours, usually they’ve already spent at least a week discussing possible topics that will truly engage and amuse their listeners.

Not this time.

See, because of the holidays, we’ve gotten a little off our regular monthly schedule, so in order to knock us back on track, we present you with this very special (read: unrehearsed) Bonus Episode of The Popdose Podcast, in which the three of us get together and just talk about whatever we want. Don’t worry, you’ll still get your fill of mother jokes (if you didn’t get your fill of Dave’s mother last week…ZING!) and comments about Mellowmas, Michael McDonald, and, of course, Wing. Just think of this episode as the aural version of us going commando, and then proceed to erase that image from your mind so you can get through lunch.

So please, have a click, won’t you? You can do so here or on iTunes (link below), and speaking of iTunes, don’t forget to leave us a review if you like what you’ve heard!

The Popdose Podcast, Episode 5: The Bonus Episode (1:08:46, 78.7 MB), featuring Jeff Giles, Jason Hare, and Dave Lifton.
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Show Notes

0:00 Intro: Jason & Jeff applaud themselves for another harrowing season of Mellowmas, discussing Lindsay Lohan, the “best” Mellowmas track, Jason interviewing New Yorkers about Bob Dylan, and the awesomeness that is the Popdose mic cube. We also discuss the volume of snail mail Jeff gets on a daily basis, yet he can’t seem to snag a screener of Crazy Heart.

10:24 At long last, the anticlimactic story of When Jason Met Jefito, including an unfortunate digression into My Two Dads, and the effects of a Stereogum link on traffic.

16:51 Holiday Recap! Dave did nothing, Jeff went to Florida and smoked cigars, and Jason went to a “toptional” resort in Cancun. Dave also didn’t get any gifts, but not because nobody loves him — it’s just the way his life is set up. Jason’s wife’s secrecy in preparing his Christmas gift leads to — of course — a discussion about Michael McDonald. Jason bitches about the man repeatedly blowing the lyrics to a Christmas standard, and we all do an attempt at a McD impression: first Dave, then Jason, then Jeff.  This leads us to ask you, the listener:

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We then discuss the duet of “Little Drummer Boy” featuring Michael McDonald and Billy Corgan (which none of us were willing to listen to, so we had no idea it was actually just a joke), and the horrible implications of having any social contact with Corgan.

26:07 Jason reports on training for a triathlon in July, and will be raising $5400 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The mention of July brings up Jack Wagner’s eventual return to the Mohegun Sun, and our plans for the very first Popdose Carnival — stay tuned for more details once we figure out what the hell we’re talking about.


34:58 Jason endorses the book So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star by Jacob Slichter, drummer from Semisonic. A digression into the music of Semisonic follows, including an argument between Jeff and Dave on whether “Closing Time” is their worst song ever, followed by a completely ridiculous digression regarding the upcoming remake of Mannequin. Jason tells a story about “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” and realizes he has all of his facts wrong, and Jeff gets unnaturally angry over the song being nominated for an Oscar. The three of us lament over Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” Oscar win, and Dave highlights the completely incongruous guitar solo. (Nice word, Dave.) Jason proclaims his love for Lee Sklar, which leads to a discussion of our favorite bassists. Jeff tops Jason’s Mannequin story with an inaccurate claim of his own, much to Jason’s delight. Somehow we end up talking about Air Supply. Goddammit. (Song: Starship, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”)

56:30 Dave endorses Big Fan, now out on DVD. For some reason, we have nothing else to say about it. (Song: Bruce Springsteen, “Wrecking Ball”)

1:00:13 Jeff endorses the latest season of Friday Night Lights and mentions some of the work of Peter Berg, including his upcoming film version of the board game Battleship, leading to a digression of some of the more pathetic movie treatments on their way to theaters. (Song: Lyle Lovett, “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)”)

Wrappin’ It Up

1:06:07 Outro: Thanks for listening to us ramble, and don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes, and to visit our Facebook fan page as well as the Popdose Twitter feed. Finally, Jeff offers a teaser for our February episode, which you definitely do not want to miss.

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Jason Hare

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

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