Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs

By Mark Blankenship & Sarah D Bunting

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Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting are journalists, friends, and music fans who love talking about pop music of all stripes.

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Episode 158: Joni Mitchell, "Help Me"
29:53
A straightforward chat about Joni Mitchell's "Help Me" unexpectedly leads to cole slaw, The Amazing Race Canada, and how to paint on a grain of rice. But that's Joni Mitchell, right? She inspires all kinds of things! Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Prince. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Sep 19, 2019
Episode 157: Styx, "Come Sail Away"
27:32
Thanks to Styx's low-key insane rock anthem "Come Sail Away," we're talking about benevolent aliens, the Monroe Doctrine, and the moistest balladry known to man. Plus, there's a birthday chart reading with an unexpected connection to horror films! Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Aimee Mann. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Sep 12, 2019
Episode 156: Documentary Now!, "Co-Op"
35:04
When is a terrible musical a wonderful musical? When the musical is "Co-Op." We're talking about the original cast recording for the flawless episode of Documentary Now!, and we're geeking all the way out over it. We're also talking about Sondheim, the demands of good parody, and (of course) cocaine. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by George Benson. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Sep 05, 2019
Episode 155: Ranking Songs Called "Jump"
50:59
We're ranking songs called "Jump," and that's got us talking about everything from Gerald Ford to childhood fights to the secret randiness of calypso music. Oh, and there's a sidebar about Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Jenny Jump. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Aug 22, 2019
Episode 154: The Verve Pipe, "The Freshmen"
19:56
What actually happens in "The Freshmen" by The Verve Pipe? What happens to us when we have to listen to it? Which result is more tragic? Listen on to find out! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Barenaked Ladies. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Aug 15, 2019
Episode 153: Linda Ronstadt, "When Will I Be Loved"
30:47
We decidedly disagree about Linda Ronstadt's "When Will I Be Loved," but don't worry! Our mutual love of other Ronstadt songs (and our mutual hatred of the goddamned Everly Brothers) saves our pod marriage in the end. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Nerf Herder. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Aug 08, 2019
Episode 152: Britney Spears, "Toxic"
35:19
We love the song "Toxic," but do we love what the culture has done to Britney Spears? Join us as we shake our thangs, ponder the peculiar fates of early-aughts pop divas, and look at the bottom of Shonda Rhimes' resume. Plus, we answer a listener voicemail! Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Chuck Berry. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Aug 01, 2019
Episode 151: Ashley McBryde, "American Scandal"
40:31
Have you ever been horny in a legendary way? Then listen to our discussion about Ashley McBryde's country music anthem "American Scandal." We're joined by special guest Allen E. Read to talk about lyrics that make you worry about your boyfriend, a moratorium on Marilyn Monroe references, and musicians who sing about being famous. Plus, we ponder the mystery of "PG Boo." Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. Special Guest: Allen E. Read.
Jul 18, 2019
Episode 150: 10,000 Maniacs' "In My Tribe," Ranked
1:11:52
As we rank every song on 10,000 Maniacs' "In My Tribe," we embrace our love for buzzkill liberals who sing about our national shame. We also imagine life in Natalie Merchant's family, analyze the meaning of audible breathing in songs, and ponder what Collucci can't do. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Phoebe Bridgers. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Jul 11, 2019
Episode 149: Scissor Sisters, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'"
27:32
It's the end of Pride Month, so you'd better believe we're talking about the gloriously gay "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by Scissor Sisters. And we're Mark and Sarah, so you'd ALSO better believe this gets us talking about Apollo, Dionysus. secret sexy slang, and true crime books. Plus, we answer a listener's voicemail question about our favorite melancholy songs! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Clinton. Want to leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767! You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas
Jun 27, 2019
Episode 148: Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over"
26:15
We could listen to Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" on a perpetual loop, and we're investigating why. Along the way, we stop at their hit "Something So Strong" and a couple of '80s-related tropes we're always happy to see. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Tim Finn, Dave Dobbyn, and Bic Runga. Want to leave us a voicemail? Call 646-389-0767. You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), join us at patreon.com/mastas.
Jun 20, 2019
Episode 147: Rihanna, "Bitch Better Have My Money"
31:08
Will our friendship survive our intense disagreement about Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money"? Probably! For one thing, we're united in our general enthusiasm for RiRi. For another, we have to work together to enact our revenge fantasy against employers who don't pay their freelancers in a timely manner. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Public Enemy. Want to leave us a voicemail? Call 646-389-0767. You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), join us at patreon.com/mastas.
Jun 13, 2019
Episode 146: John Cougar, "Pink Houses"
24:46
After a patron vote, we're talking about "Pink Houses," the somewhat muddled Americana anthem by John Cougar Mellencamp Watson Crick Donoghue IV. It makes us consider the value of good-enough rock and the importance of mastering your lyrical tone. Plus, we talk about sports a little! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Neil Young. Want to leave us a voicemail? Call 646-389-0767. You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), join us at patreon.com/mastas SHOW NOTES Find Angela Predhomme's music right here: http://www.angelapredhomme.com/
Jun 06, 2019
Episode 145: Bobby Darin, "Mack The Knife"
34:00
Bobby Darin's version of "Mack The Knife" lets us cover our favorite nerdy bases, including theater history, true-crime history, and handsome men in white tuxedo jackets. We also ponder whether Darin was a proto-gangsta rapper, and we get pissed all over again about Kevin Spacey. Plus, we answer a listener voicemail! SHOW NOTES Stereogum's #1s series (https://www.stereogum.com/category/franchises/the-number-ones/) Our intro is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is by Cake. Want to leave us a voicemail? Call 646-389-0767. You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To get access to bonus content (and vote in ranking episodes), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
May 30, 2019
Episode 144: Fergie, "Fergalicious"
38:04
Fergie's aggressively, deliciously stupid song "Fergalicious" gets us talking about intentional superficiality, women describing themselves as commodities, and all the reasons fifty year-olds don't have to give AF about anything. Plus, there's a listener-requested playlist about the best songs for preparing to go out! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Fantastic Plastic Machine. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. Buy a shirt (https://mastas.fireside.fm/articles/mastasshirts)! Attend The Blankenship Chair's first "episode"! (https://signup.theblankenshipchair.com/events)
May 23, 2019
Episode 143: k.d. lang, "Hallelujah"
17:41
k.d. lang's just-right cover of "Hallelujah" gets us talking about underrated singers, misunderstood lyrical intentions, and concerts that made us cry. There's also an unexpected sidebar about funny website names, because why not? Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Tracy Chapman. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
May 16, 2019
Episode 142: Don Henley, "The End Of The Innocence"
19:13
A listener request gets us talking about the tear-stained yet oddly belligerent nostalgia of Don Henley's "The End of the Innocence." We also talk about Michelle Pfeiffer, posturing ponytails, and (naturally) Viagra. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Rufus Wainwright. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast), or call us! 646 389 zero POP. Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
May 09, 2019
Episode 141: Stevie Wonder, "You Haven't Done Nothin'"
14:20
A chat about "You Haven't Done Nothin'," Stevie Wonder's chart-topping protest anthem, leads to imaginary fights with the Jacksons, musical smackdowns we love, and the irritating necessity of a chore wheel. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Cornershop. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
May 02, 2019
Episode 140: The Magnolia Soundtrack, Ranked
1:04:13
We're feeling wry and symbolic, so we're ranking every song on the Magnolia soundtrack. The Aimee Mann songs get us especially fired up, whether we love them or (in one case) hate them forever. But which song will land at number one? Listen on! PLUS: We have a phone number now! Wanna leave us a voicemail? Just call 646-389-0767. (That's 646-389-0-POP). Meanwhile, our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Aimee Mann, post-Magnolia. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Apr 25, 2019
Episode 139: Lizzo, "Juice" and "Cuz I Love You"
24:32
Lizzo's deee-licious R&B jams "Juice" and "Cuz I Love You" have us talking about songs that sound like multiple genres at once, women who rock body positivity, and artists who can balance the sincere and the ironic. Plus, sexy men cry, and we like it! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Adore Delano. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Apr 18, 2019
Episode 138: Duran Duran, "Rio"
45:59
We return to regular episodes with "Rio," as performed by our #MarchMASTAS winners Duran Duran. The conversation quickly turns to Simon LeBon's little durannie, then veers to bands that have fun being famous, sweet drum fills, and rivers as metaphors. We also have a listener-requested playlist of songs that are ideal at high school reunions! Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is a deep cut from Duran Duran. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Apr 11, 2019
March MASTAS Single 11: The Championship Round
19:17
The final challenge begins! The #MarchMASTAS tournament ends with Duran Duran facing Tears for Fears, and in this single, we talk about why that makes spiritual sense, which of our listeners equates Tears for Fears with childhood adventures, and what the hell a "union of the snake" actually is. The updated bracket is here (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198)! Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com; tweet us at @TalkSongs; and vote vote vote at facebook.com/mastas.podcast and/or patreon.com/mastas!
Mar 29, 2019
March MASTAS Single 10: Final Four
27:13
Only four BritBands remain! We've reached the penultimate round of #MarchMASTAS, and it's got us talking about what we really mean by "80s band," which Duran Duran member is the most kissable, and why U2 might be more British than we thought. Plus, there are more fantastic listener stories and song stylings from Eurythmics and Tears for Fears. The updated bracket is here (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198)! Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com; tweet us at @TalkSongs; and vote vote vote at facebook.com/mastas.podcast and/or patreon.com/mastas!
Mar 25, 2019
March MASTAS Single 09: Elite 8
34:03
The #MarchMASTAS Elite 8 has been chosen, and now it's time for the prospective regional champions to fight it out...after several hair's-breadth wins, one walloping, and even more wonderful stories from the listeners about 1986 summers, hiding in the drama room with The Cure, and the can-still-get-it-est front man left in the competish. Come for the predictions, stay for the not-for-kids throuple with the Eurythmics! The updated bracket is here (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198)! Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com; tweet us at @TalkSongs; and vote vote vote at facebook.com/mastas.podcast and/or patreon.com/mastas!
Mar 21, 2019
March MASTAS Single 08: Sweet 16
48:46
Some of the Sweet 16 match-ups are anything but, as #MarchMASTAS leads to beloved bands meeting each other in what we think will be close contests. Our overview episode contemplates head versus heart, legendary videos, anthems of pride, and the best Latvian-hockey soundtrack ever. The updated bracket is here (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198)! Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com; tweet us at @TalkSongs; and vote vote vote at facebook.com/mastas.podcast and/or patreon.com/mastas!
Mar 18, 2019
March MASTAS Single 07: Round Of 32, Right Side Of The Bracket
27:10
It's the #MarchMASTAS Round of 32! As we talk about the first-round winners from Sophistication Station and Rock This Island, we ponder the limitations of Asia (the band, not the continent) and lose our minds reading a listener's terrifying fanfic about the dude from Simply Red. Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198) Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Mar 13, 2019
March MASTAS Single 06: Round Of 32, Left Side Of The Bracket
27:28
We're continuing #MarchMASTAS with the Round of 32. In this single, we discuss the contenders from Moody-Broody and Florid & Fabulous who made it to the second round. We also read some of the amazing listener comments from last week and get detailed about the spiritual differences between Eurythmics and Depeche Mode. Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198) Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Mar 12, 2019
March MASTAS Single 05: Rock This Island Region
21:31
And so we wrap up the #MarchMASTAS Round Of 64 with the Rock This Island region, and it's a one-hit wonderland of lost gems, milk on snare drums, and Sarah riding hard for "Der Kommissar." Which top seed do we predict heads to our Britpop Final Four? Listen and see -- and then go vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages. Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198) Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Mar 07, 2019
March MASTAS Single 04: Sophistication Station Region
25:16
Get your Billy Porter on, people: #MarchMASTAS has stepped into the righthand side of the bracket, the Sophistication Station region! Tuxes, opera gloves, the Duran Duran side project that DIDN'T make the cut, and a sidebar about fights over Joey McIntyre. Predicted upsets ahoy! Go on and vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages. Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198) Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Mar 06, 2019
March MASTAS Single 03: Florid And Fabulous Region
22:47
MarchMASTAS continues with the bottom left portion of the bracket, the Florid And Fabulous region! All the extra-est moments of '80s British music, plus our predicted upsets...and Mark threatens pod divorce over Sarah's 6/11 matchup pick. Don't forget to vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages! Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198) Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Mar 05, 2019
March MASTAS Single 02: Moody/Broody Region
21:30
MarchMASTAS gets underway in earnest at the top left of your tournament bracket: the Moody Broody region! We discuss the match-ups, make predictions, sing you some forgotten songs of the '80s, and choke on hairspray and longing. Don't forget to vote on our Facebook and/or Patreon pages! Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198) Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Mar 04, 2019
March MASTAS Single 01: Welcome To The '80s British Band Bracket!
20:51
Welcome to our version of March Madness: #MarchMASTAS, a tournament bracket designed to determine which '80s Britpop band will reign supreme! We're devoting the entire month of March to this project, and in this Single, we'll be talking about our selection process, reviewing the regions and match-ups in the first round, and reminding you to vote early and often! Best British Bands Of The '80s: The Bracket (http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=471198) Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Feb 28, 2019
Episode 137: Barbra's "Evergreen" vs. Gaga's "Shallow"
51:22
It's the Oscars episode, and this year -- with an assist once again from Joe Reid -- we're contemplating one Oscar-winning A Star Is Born song, and one presumptive winner: "Evergreen," from the Streisand ASIB; and Gaga and Cooper's "Shallow," from the 2018 ASIB. What is the sound of one lavender ribbon flapping? Where is Diane Warren's parade? And should actors win awards on the basis of a single scene? All those answers and fewer in Episode 137. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Jeff Bridges and Colin Farrell. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. Special Guest: Joe Reid.
Feb 21, 2019
Episode 136: The Cranberries, "Ridiculous Thoughts"
37:56
A discussion of the Cranberries' "Ridiculous Thoughts" gets us talking about the bands we loved in private, our ongoing feelings for My So-Called Life, and the preponderance of tank tops in 90s rock videos. Plus, Joe Reid is our special guest! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is a crucial TV theme from the 90s. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. Special Guest: Joe Reid.
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 135: Shakira, "She Wolf"
19:35
At first we thought Shakira's "She Wolf" was a confusing mess, but then we realized it's a plea from an office temp whose co-workers are forest predators. Listen on to learn how we made this thrilling discovery. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Mike Post. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Feb 07, 2019
Episode 134: The Gin Blossoms, "Hey Jealousy"
22:59
Let's get happy as we get sad! We're talking about "Hey Jealousy," the Gin Blossoms classic that makes us think about bad breakups, unfortunate pain, and the type of joy a great song can provide. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by the Sundays. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Jan 31, 2019
Episode 133: Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers, "Islands In The Stream"
24:25
Dolly Parton flies in on angel wings to sing with Kenny Rogers as we discuss "Islands in the Stream." We also talk about sensual grooming, Christmas hook-ups, and song parodies that may not realize they're parodies. Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by the Bee Gees. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Jan 24, 2019
Episode 132: Michael Penn, "No Myth"
34:01
What if we were Romeo in podcast jeans? That's just one question in our look at Michael Penn's alt-rock classic "No Myth." We also deliver conspiracy theories about the VMAs, diverging ideas about what makes a good lyric, and fan fiction about Aimee Mann and Robin Wright. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Aimee Mann (with Michael Penn). Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Jan 17, 2019
Episode 131: The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," Ranked
1:34:36
At long last, we discuss the Beatles, with a ranking of every song on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Which track does Sarah consider an all-time top 10? Which one makes Mark froth with rage? Listen on to find out! Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by The Monkees. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Jan 10, 2019
Episode 130: Instant Funk, "I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)"
13:28
Can you guess how our discussion of Instant Funk's semi-classic "I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)" leads to visions of an Ikea orgy and a comparison of our most disgruntled-sounding Southern accents? If you guess correctly, then please explain it to us, because we're still not sure! Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by The Clash. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Jan 03, 2019
Episode 129: Sad Christmas With Emmet Otter And The Carpenters
27:31
Sad Christmas can be fun! We're talking about a pair of heartrending holiday tunes, and it's got us thinking about everything from the cosmic mystery of death to adorable otters in hats. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Bing Crosby. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Dec 20, 2018
MASTAS Presents: Money Can't Buy You Podcast 04, "Real Close (Tortured Lullaby)"
55:37
In Episode 4 of our MASTAS spin-off, Dan and Tracie and Sarah dig into the past, present and future of The Real Housewives of New Jersey's most polarizing personality. Scared to be around Danielle Staub? Turns out she real scared to be close to you, too. SHOW NOTES Bandcamp page: moneycantbuyyoupodcast.bandcamp.com The RAICES compilation: https://rilullaby.bandcamp.com/ "Prostitution whore!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXCet3ekQ0E Staub and LSLM perform on WWHL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbKgZ1lVAe4
Dec 17, 2018
Episode 128: Brandi Carlile, "The Joke"
28:14
If you think we have nothing to say about Brandi Carlile's soaring ode to the strength of the downtrodden, then the joke's on you! Also, the song is called "The Joke," and it's got us digging deeply into what makes us believe in a songwriter's message. Did you get excited when we mentioned MASTAS t-shirts? Buy one here (https://www.facebook.com/mastas.podcast/photos/a.1054610307995033/1430212323768161/?type=3&theater)! And if you want to be in touch, we're at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, facebook.com/mastas.podcast, and @TalkSongs. Lastly, our theme is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is by The Connells.
Dec 13, 2018
Episode 127: Bon Jovi, "Wanted Dead Or Alive"
32:38
We've seen a million podcasts, and we've rocked them all! The big hair and bigger chords of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" have us talking about New Jersey's identity crisis, the history of MTV Unplugged, and the appeal of uncool rock stars. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by The Association. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Dec 06, 2018
Episode 126: LL Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"
18:46
Don't call it a podcast! We've been here for years! Okay, it IS a podcast, and this time it's about LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out." This leads to conversation about good-time hip-hop, LL's weird career, anthems for badasses, and (naturally) Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by JVC Force. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Nov 29, 2018
Episode 125: ABBA-sode!
59:46
At long last, ABBA. Adam Grosswirth joins us to discuss three of the group's classic songs, plus unlikely Swedish museums and the naughtiest things you can scream out a window. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Madonna. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. Special Guest: Adam Grosswirth.
Nov 15, 2018
Episode 124: Erasure, "Oh L'Amour"
29:59
When does sad music make us happy? When we're talking about Erasure's "Oh L'Amour"! We're also covering the hierarchy of '80s Brit bands, MASTAS bingo, and songs that protect you like armor. Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne and our outro is by Duran Duran. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Nov 08, 2018
Episode 123: Three By '60s Girl Groups
27:53
Don't listen to your parents, kids! Love that bad boy, or he'll DIE! These and other valuable lessons are learned as we discuss "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las and "He's a Rebel" by the Crystals, with Lyn and the Invaders' underground cut "Boy Is Gone" thrown in for good measure. Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by the Beatle-ettes. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Nov 01, 2018
MASTAS Presents: Money Can't Buy You Podcast 03, "Painkillr"
56:29
In Episode 3 of MCBYP, Dan and Tracie and Sarah examine the bona fides of RHOBH's own Erika Jayne, the second-most legit musician in the Housewives stable. Is "Painkillr," her 2014 "chart" "topper," a sweaty club banger or a subversive study of a woman on the edge? It depends how quickly you listen to the lyrics. SHOW NOTES Bandcamp page: moneycantbuyyoupodcast.bandcamp.com How Many F**cks? video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXCLDj9tBBM XXPEN$IVE video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hL99eTKil8 Painkillr video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx4F4K7BT04
Oct 29, 2018
Episode 122: Ke$ha, "Praying"
27:28
Sometimes a great song is the best revenge. We're talking about Kesha's "Praying" and all the ways it underlines how music can help us, both individually and collectively, kick some butt. Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Dubstar. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Oct 25, 2018
Episode 121: Travis Tritt, "Foolish Pride"
19:28
When is a generic country song actually the best country song? As they discuss Travis Tritt's weepy "Foolish Pride," Mark and Sarah realize they don't entirely agree on the answer. However, they both HAVE an answer, which leads to extended metaphors about living rooms and a return to the idea of male emotion in popular song. Our theme is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Steve Wariner. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Oct 18, 2018
Episode 120: The Footloose Soundtrack, Ranked
1:00:30
Kick off your Sunday shoes, because we're ranking every song on the Footloose soundtrack! This sparks debate about Kenny Loggins's place in the world, Shalamar's sexy talk, and the value of fringe on a football uniform. Our theme is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Tommy Keene. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Oct 11, 2018
Episode 119: 1992-dome! Tom Cochrane's "Life Is A Highway" vs. Jon Secada's "Just Another Day"
30:41
What's worse: A song you've grown to hate, or a song you've always hated? That's the quandary in our discussion of Tom Cochrane's "Life is a Highway" and Jon Secada's "Just Another Day." As we consider our rage, we also touch on party etiquette, ill-fitted shirts, and how to fail at McDonald's. Our theme is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Red Rider. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Oct 04, 2018
Episode 118: Carly Rae Jepsen, "Cut To The Feeling"
34:50
In what might be the most MASTAS conversation ever, a discussion of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Cut to the Feeling" leads us to '80s movies, conversational French, gazpacho recipes, and the punishing constraints of Western masculinity. All that, plus a pop chart reading for a 10-year-old! Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Hole. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Sep 27, 2018
Episode 117: Paul Davis, "Cool Night" and "'65 Love Affair"
22:32
Paul Davis may have been the crappiest boyfriend on 80s lite FM, but damn if his tunes aren't catchy! As we recall the moist sounds of "Cool Night" and "'65 Love Affair," we reflect on long-haired hunks, melodic sexual harassment, and raising a toast to your own nuts. Our theme is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Polly Jean Harvey. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Sep 20, 2018
MASTAS Presents: Money Can't Buy You Podcast 02, "Love Me First"
42:52
In Episode 2 of our MASTAS spin-off, Dan and Tracie and Sarah go deep into the catalogue of the original Real Housewives vanity singer extraordinaire: Kim Zolciak. After orienting ourselves with “Tardy for the Party” (music with a message!) and a clip from Kim’s legendary on-camera vocal lesson, we discuss our decision to cover “Love Me First,” a song that was not only not featured on the show, but has never been heard by anyone other than us. You’re welcome! Also: listener tribute cover, and a JT LeRoy-esque conspiracy theory! SHOW NOTES Bandcamp page: moneycantbuyyoupodcast.bandcamp.com Original YouTube demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDBNadjZbHI Kim Zolciak version of song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sceau4DgYiU Cardboard Ox website: http://www.cardboardoxmusic.com Slim Williams's "Dan Smith Will Teach You Guitar": https://soundcloud.com/acorn-slim/dan-smith-will-teach-you-guitar?in=acorn-slim/sets/acorn-slim-demos-march-jun
Sep 17, 2018
Episode 116: Maroon 5, "Moves Like Jagger"
25:39
Is "Moves Like Jagger" a good song? Is Maroon 5 a good band? And who's the Jag of Project Runway contestants? All these questions are explored as we investigate the surprisingly durable career of a Voice coach and his buddies. Our theme is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by The Rolling Stones. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (talkaboutsongs@gmail), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (facebook.com/mastas.podcast). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.
Sep 13, 2018
Episode 115: Aretha Franklin, "Think"
24:07
<p class="p1">We've got to think! Think about why we love Aretha Franklin! Our discussion of "Think" lets us honor the dearly departed diva as both a musician and an eccentric auntie. Listen for Aretha's drunk-driving PSA, and our fantasia about fur coats and sacks of cash.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our theme is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Cat Power. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Aug 30, 2018
MASTAS Presents: Money Can't Buy You Podcast 01, "Money Can't Buy You Class"
45:44
<p class="p1">On Episode 1 of the new MASTAS spin-off, Dan and Tracie and Mark and Sarah dig into the vanity singles of the Real Housewives, beginning with New York City and the first song from the great Countess Luann. Considering it first appeared on the show in 2010, the song is also a testament to Luann's ability to keep it (and her) in the cultural conversation, because, as they say: elegance is learned, relevance is earned. Then we break down the song construction of this classic single, and debut Dan and Tracie's melancholy re-interpretation of "Money Can't Buy You Class."</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">SHOW NOTES</p> <p class="p3">Bandcamp page: <a href= "http://moneycantbuyyoupodcast.bandcamp.com/">moneycantbuyyoupodcast.bandcamp.com</a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Original YouTube demo: <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXj2ObSZy7Q">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXj2ObSZy7Q</a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Luann version of song: <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEDvlSAMhQU">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEDvlSAMhQU</a></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Cardboard Ox website: <a href= "http://www.cardboardoxmusic.com/">http://www.cardboardoxmusic.com</a></p>
Aug 27, 2018
Episode 114: Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation 1814," Ranked
1:11:24
<p class="p1">We are a part of a MASTAS Nation! By which we mean we're ranking every song on Janet Jackson's classic album "Rhythm Nation 1814." Along the way, Sarah startles herself by loving a slow jam, Mark chair-dances so hard he almost hurts himself,  and we both have some strong advice for pop stars who make political statements. Plus, we welcome our first-ever return customer for a pop chart astrology reading!  </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Janet Jackson. This episode was recorded at <a href="http://www.kks.nyc">King Killer Studios</a> in Brooklyn. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Aug 23, 2018
Episode 113: The Bangles, "Eternal Flame"
23:12
<p class="p1">Is this burning an eternal podcast? We'd like to think so! A discussion of the Bangles' classic ballad gets us to some of the '80s' best songwriters, the unusual harmony of the "circle of fifth," and (most importantly) a powerful musical about STDs that we'll be writing soon.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Aimee Mann. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Aug 16, 2018
Episode 112: The Lovin' Spoonful, "Darling Be Home Soon"
27:22
<p class="p1">The sweet sound of The Lovin' Spoonful's "Darling Be Home Soon" gets us talking about relationships that give us space, lyrical phrasing that gives us chills, and YouTube comments that make us believe in humanity. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Cake. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Aug 09, 2018
Episode 111: Bruce Willis And Don Johnson (with special guests Dan and Tracie!)
40:44
<p class="p1">There was a time when both Bruce Willis and Don Johnson had hit songs, and we're talking about both "Respect Yourself" AND "Heartbeat." This week, "we" means Mark, Sarah, and our very special guests Dan Rogge and Tracie Potochnik. Listen on for info about the exciting MASTAS spin-off, along with talk about TV stars with pop music dreams, the value of the Pointer Sisters, and how Don J. made a proto-<em>Lemonade.</em></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our theme is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Jack Wagner.  Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3">SHOW NOTES</p> <p class="p3">Dan and Tracie's <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/monica-the-podcast/id1215711740?mt=2"> Monica!: The Podcast</a></p> <p class="p3">The full-length <a href= "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQsMCQ6kxzc"><em>Heartbeat</em></a></p> <p class="p3">Sarah <a href= "https://www.google.com/url?q=https://tomatonation.com/culture-and-criticism/thy-name-is-don/&sa=D&source=hangouts&ust=1533226868945000&usg=AFQjCNHx1TjaGBuRjFWGbofxifKGqTqQGQ"> fumes in <em>Heartbeat</em>'s direction</a> on Tomato Nation</p>
Aug 02, 2018
Episode 110: Episode 110: Miranda Lambert, "Bathroom Sink"
29:44
<p class="p1">What starts as a simple discussion of Miranda Lambert's "Bathroom Sink" quickly evolves to include Dolly Parton's song about a dead dog, the best way to destroy your ex-boyfriend's car, and yet another potential side project for Allison Krauss. So here's to country-music superstars: You never know which dirt road they'll lead you down next!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Ms. Dolly Parton. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jul 26, 2018
Episode 109: Def Leppard, "Pour Some Sugar On Me"
23:58
<p class="p1">We don't believe in metaphor, so for us "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is a song about dessert. Okay, not really. Talking about Def Leppard's hard-rock classic gets us surprisingly amped, even if we do have to draw some very delicate lines around what's problematic and what's cockular. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Talking Heads.  Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p> <p class="p3"> </p> <p class="p3">And don't miss that word from our sponsor, Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, about the Cyndi Lauper/Rod Stewart shows next month!</p>
Jul 19, 2018
Episode 108: Elvis Costello and Duran Duran, "Watching The Detectives"
33:38
<p class="p1">Noir and nastiness and...nerds? That's what you get with "Watching the Detectives," Elvis Costello's archly clever jam. Special guest Kevin Flynn joins us to discuss mysterious lyrics and peppy songs about dark deeds. We also discuss Duran Duran's cover of this joint and what makes a cover work in the first place.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by the Police.  Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jul 12, 2018
MASTarot Reading!
4:50
<p>Go beyond the veil as Sarah tells your future with the help of Jimi Hendrix -- then learn more about our July promotion for new Patreon patrons!</p>
Jul 05, 2018
Episode 107: Bond-Movie Songs, Ranked
57:08
<p class="p1">MASTAS is for your ears only as we rank 7 Bond themes that reached the top 10. Will the sky fall as we discuss everything from Duran Duran's sex appeal to Sheena Easton's Oscar misadventures? Will we live and let die after Mark's shocking revelation about his dessert preferences? Listen and find out!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our theme this week is the Bond theme. Obvs. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jun 28, 2018
Episode 106: Turnerdome! (Two #2 Hits By Tina)
32:22
<p class="p1">Tina Turner had a pair of weird (but wonderful) #2 hits in the '80s, but which one is the WEIRDEST? We're sussing it out as we discuss "We Don't Need Another Hero" and "Typical Male." Naturally, we also discuss thunderdomes, children's choirs, and men who still wear spats. Listen closely for a cameo by a Finnish metal supergroup!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p3">Our intro is by Andrew Byrne. Our outro is by Sting. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jun 21, 2018
Episode 105: Miley Cyrus, "See You Again"
26:34
<p>[NOTE: MB's sound is tinny; that's all SDB's fault. Our apologies! We're working on it.] ...Turns out we're both big Miley Cyrus fans, and proud of it! A discussion of her breakthrough hit "See You Again" leads to a defense of her buttcheeks, an aside about power pop choruses, and a contest that could win you a MASTAS t-shirt.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Lennon & Maisy. Want to request a song, buy a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Email us (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), tweet us (@TalkSongs), or Facebook us (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Want to get bonus content and vote in ranking episodes? Become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jun 14, 2018
Episode 104: Smashing Pumpkins, "Today"
22:16
<p class="p1">If it makes us happy, does it matter what Billy Corgan says "Today" is about? That question drives our conversation about the Smashing Pumpkins classic, though there are sidebars about poetry, MTV, and (yet again) Candlebox. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Hole. Talk to us on Twitter (@TalkSongs), Facebook (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>), and email (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), where you can also request songs or arrange for birthday chart readings. Get extra content and join our ranking polls at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. </p>
Jun 07, 2018
Episode 103: Meat Loaf, "Paradise By The Dashboard Light"
34:07
<p class="p1">Who'd have guessed we'd disagree this much about Meat Loaf? For one of us, "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" is just the tonic, and for the other, it's a dram of poison. That disagreement leads to reflections on excess, mid-air motorcycles, and the existential reckoning that comes with a really long song.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by William Joel. You can reach us via email (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), Twitter (@TalkSongs), or Facebook (<a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>). Hear bonus content and participate in ranking episodes by becoming a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas.</a></p>
May 31, 2018
Episode 102: Olivia Newton-John, "Magic"
22:33
<p class="p1">One of us loves Olivia Newton-John's "Magic" and the other can't remember it, even after hearing it. But which is which? Listen to find out, and you'll also hear about Olivia's enduring legacy, an unexpected covers album of her greatest hits, and the glory of musicals on roller skates.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by Andrew Byrne. Our outro is from <em>Starlight Express</em> (yessir!). Want to request a song, a pop chart astrology reading, or similar? Tweet us at @TalkSongs, email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, or Facebook us at <a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. Want to hear bonus content and vote in polls? Become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
May 24, 2018
Episode 101: Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B, "Finesse"
19:08
<p class="p1">Can anyone look good in an olive cotton suit? Bruno Mars can! We talk about his mastery of '90s style and New Jack Swing on his new song "Finesse" featuring Cardi B, and that gets us thinking about the glory of good nostalgia, the reasons beats sound cheap, and our varying tolerances for eating concentrated orange juice straight from the can.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by David Gregory Byrne, and you'd better believe that our outro is by Bobby Brown. Want to request a song, a birthday reading, or a specialized playlist on the subject of your choice? Email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. Want bonus content? Become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas.podcast">patreon.com/mastas.podcast</a>!</p>
May 17, 2018
Episode 100: Surprise Party
46:25
<p class="p1">It's our hundredth episode! To celebrate, Sarah and Mark surprise each other on-air with their song choices, and their esteemed colleague Tara Ariano delivers a surprise listener request. Will they like the unexpected choices? Will they occasionally squeal with delight? Will Teddy Ruxpin have an opinion? Listen to find out!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">The intro for this episode is by everyone who's ever written a MASTAS theme. The outro is by Chemical Brothers. To support our next 100 episodes -- and get bonus content -- join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. To make a request, email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com,</a> tweet us at @TalkSongs, or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast.</a></p>
May 10, 2018
Episode 99: Prince, "Little Red Corvette"
20:40
<p class="p1">Can a song make you pregnant? Listen to "Little Red Corvette" and call us in nine months. Our appreciation of Prince involves the two-way street of sexual objectification, guitar riffs that double as orgasms, and the varying fortunes of the Purple One's proteges.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Laura Berger and Jack Baldelli. The outro is by Sheila E. Wanna vote in ranking episodes and get bonus content? Join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. Wanna request a song, ask for a birthday horoscope, or just say hello? Email us at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at <a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. And that Deadspin piece is <a href= "https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/prince-songs-to-fuck-to-ranked-1636443346"> right here</a>. </p>
May 03, 2018
Episode 98: Two "Moon River"s
26:22
<p class="p1">What takes "Moon River" from "great song" to "timeless classic"? We have several theories to discuss, and only one of them involves the essential bleakness of the Finnish. We also touch on lyrics that make space for interpretation, Judy Garland's inspirational pain, and Henry Mancini's spot-on conducting. Plus: Teddy Ruxpin gets pissed!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Jason Castro (yes, of <em>American Idol</em>). Want to request a song, ask for a birthday chart reading, or just say hi? Email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook,com/mastas.podcast. Want access to bonus content and polls? Join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Apr 26, 2018
Single No. 13: Ranking Whitney Houston's 'Bodyguard' Songs
31:12
<p>Mark journeys through Whitney Houston's songs on the 'Bodyguard' soundtrack, ranking each one alongside the Patreon patrons. This leads to chart facts, appreciations of sass, and a sidebar about your friend's dad who wanted you to call him by his first name.  Want to discuss the NON-Whitney songs on this soundtrack? Join us at patreon.com/mastas for even more 'Bodyguard' action. Want to make a request or just say hello? Email us at talkaboutsongs[at]gmail[dot]com, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or tweet us at @TalkSongs.</p>
Apr 24, 2018
Episode 97: Hit-Single TV Themes Of The '90s
55:21
<p class="p1">We don't wanna wait...to get on with this ranking! If you need a podcast that discusses '90s TV themes which were also chart hits, then we'll be there for you. We're also searching our souls to explain our feelings about Dawson, strong margaritas, and Bryn Mawr. All that, plus a super-funky birthday chart reading! (More on Jamie Walters from Mark <a href= "http://previously.tv/beverly-hills-90210/ray-pruit-of-90210-had-a-fake-band-with-a-real-1-hit/"> right here</a>.)</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">This week's intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and the outro is by Crowded House. Wanna get closer to free...ing up our ability to make this podcast? Become a sponsor at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. Wanna make a request, get a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Tweet us at @talksongs, email us at talkaboutsongs[at]gmail[dot]com, or Facebook us at <a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>.</p>
Apr 19, 2018
Episode 96: Paul Simon, "You Can Call Me Al"
31:37
<p>The huge Paul Simon hit from the huge <em>Graceland</em> album is our topic today, along with the redemption of Chevy Chase; relationship realism in pop music; AND a playlist about earworms that goes in a very unexpected direction. Grab a piccolo and join us!</p> <p> </p> <p>Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is also by Paul Simon. Wanna make a request or just say hello? Tweet us at TalkSongs, Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, or email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>. Join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a> for special content, polls, and the chance to vote on our ranking episodes!</p>
Apr 05, 2018
Episode 95: Outkast, "Hey Ya"
30:32
<p>The massive Grammy-winner from Andre 3000 and Big Boi left Sarah cold...at first, but soon enough she and Mark were hip-deep in an exploration of Elvis, Queen Bey, jukebox America, and how much Beatles-adjacent content Mark can tolerate. (Answer: some!) And don't miss a novelty-song birthday reading that reveals one listener's Rick Dees-tiny!</p> <p> </p> <p>Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Mr. James Brown. Wanna make a request or just say hello? Tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, or email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>. Join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a> for special content, polls, and the chance to vote on our ranking episodes!</p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
Mar 29, 2018
Episode 94: The Police, "Don't Stand So Close To Me"
23:46
<p class="p1">Oh Sting, you old button-pusher! We're digging into the moral and sexual politics of The Police's "Don't Stand So Close To Me," which leads us to hit songs about unexpected subjects, literary references, and (naturally) tantric intercourse.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Sting. Wanna make a request or just say hello? Tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, or email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>. Want to vote in ranking episodes and get special content? Join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>!</p>
Mar 22, 2018
Episode 93: Ace Of Base, "The Sign"
18:06
<p class="p1">Who needs fluent English when you've got dope Scandinavian beats? Mark and Sarah succumb to the joy of Ace of Base's "The Sign," meaning they write their own vaguely grammatical lyrics, have specific memories about nerding out to this music in a friend's pickup truck, and figure out the exact number of times you can hear this track before it drives you crazy.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Stereo MCs. We'd love to hear from you! So send us a request at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a> or tweet us at @TalkSongs or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. If you want to cast votes for our ranking episodes, join us at Patreon at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 92: Heart, "What About Love"
37:19
<p class="p1">When we get drunk and discuss listener requests, we land on Heart's "What About Love" and the journey the band's sound took between the '70s and the '80s. Along the way, we discuss guitar solos, weird subjects for hit songs, and (somewhat unexpectedly) why <em>King Lear</em> is a frustrating play.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, our outro is by the Haden Triplets, and our interest in your requests in strong. Send them to us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, @talksongs (on Twitter), or <a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. And if you want to participate in polls and hear bonus content, become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas.</a></p>
Mar 08, 2018
Episode 91: 2018 Oscars Best Song Nominees, Ranked (With Joe Reid!)
1:05:41
<p class="p1">Look out, 'cuz here we come! Joined again by the delightful Joe Reid, we're unraveling the mysteries of this year's Oscar-nominated songs, and we're ranking our favorites to determine a winner. We stand up for some of these tracks, and we pray some of them to get washed away by a mighty river. And of course, we remember to go deep with Oscar facts, Broadway shade, and pre-exhaustion for meaningful performance numbers.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">(NB: Still some sound issues for Mark in this episode; we should have it solved by next time! Thanks for your patience.)</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Aimee Mann. Want to request a song or get a birthday song reading? Email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>; tweet as at @TalkSongs; or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. Want bonus content and a chance to vote on future ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. To buy a MASTAS shirt, visit our FB page for purchase info.</p>
Feb 28, 2018
Episode 90: Madonna's GHV2, Ranked
1:18:26
<p class="p1">Madonna from the '90s is not Madonna from the '80s, and we really need to parse what that means. (Yes. Need!) That's why we're ranking every song on GHV2, her second greatest hits album. Get ready for tales of late-night drives, thoughts about "transitional pop," and a whole thing about the sexiness of restraint.</p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Clinton. Want to request a song or be in touch? You can email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @TalkSongs, or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. And if you want some sweet bonus content, join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>!</p> <p class="p1">(Editor's Note: Technical issues mean you may experience some clicking and tinniness at times during the episode. We apologize for the inconvenience; we're working on fixing the root cause! - SDB)</p>
Feb 22, 2018
Episode 89: The Carpenters, "We've Only Just Begun"
22:02
<p class="p1">Things get experimental as we discuss "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters. We not only talk about this song's unusual history and the variety of mixed emotions that any Carpenters tune evokes, but ALSO take an improvised dip into Karen's solo work. As in, Sarah loads it into the sound board mid-discussion, and we just go wild! </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Paul Simon. Wanna request a song? Email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. To become a patron and hear exclusive content, visit <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Feb 15, 2018
Episode 88: Four Journeys With Walker Hayes
46:42
<p class="p1">A few weeks ago, Mark discovered the remarkable songwriting of Walker Hayes and told Sarah about it. Inside his songs, Sarah discovered some stirring similarities to her own life. This led to our current episode, where we dig into four Hayes tunes, geek out over their structural ingenuity, and remember yet again that great music can show you back to yourself.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Lou Reed. Wanna be a patron and get special content? Join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. Want to commission a birthday reading or make a request? Email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, and tweet us at @talksongs.</p>
Feb 08, 2018
Episode 87: Mariah Carey, "Emotions"
25:24
<p class="p1">Oh, Mariah! You want tea, and we're spilling it. More to the point, we're talking about "Emotions," a perfect example of why Mimi got famous in the first place. As we think about where she was then and where she is now, we discuss the sound of actual joy, the power of tall women, and the ability of some divas to go crazy on their own terms.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, our outro is by Booker T and the MGs, and our Patreon page is at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. So why not join us there for special content? And why not email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us @talksongs, or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>?</p>
Feb 01, 2018
Episode 86: The Smiths, Morrissey, And Marr
34:50
<p class="p1">We're not miserable people, but we still love The Smiths. Go figure! Sarah tees up one tune each from the Smiths, Morrissey, and Johnny Marr, which leads to jaunty lyrical analysis, MANY disagreements about the band's best work, and a reminder that Mark's husband once mowed the lawn in all black, because his soul insisted he should.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Mark's husband (Andrew Byrne) also delivers our intro, and the outro comes from Teenage Fanclub. Share your Smiths musings via email (<a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>), Facebook (<a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>), or Twitter (@talksongs). And for bonus content, become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jan 25, 2018
Episode 85: Why Aren't These Songs Super-Famous, With Pam Ribon
47:54
<p class="p1">It's time for musical justice! Joined by the glorious Pam Ribon, we discuss three songs that should be famous, but somehow aren't. Come for Beyonce, Annie Lennox, and Bic Runga, but stay for Billy Joel stripteases, unusual uses for cream soda, and the cockney rage of Teddy Ruxpin III. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">ALSO: Pre-order Pam's <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/My-Boyfriend-Bear-Pamela-Ribon/dp/1620104873/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516132623&sr=8-1&keywords=my+boyfriend+is+a+bear"> rom-com graphic nove</a>l, MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR. And go enjoy WRECK-RALPH 2 this fall, which she wrote!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, our outro is by Weezer, and our contact info remains the same. Email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, and get special content as a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jan 18, 2018
Episode 84: The Cars, "Magic"
50:43
<p class="p1">We kick off 2018 with a truly magical episode, in the sense that "Magic" by the Cars is a fantastic song. Joined by special guest Kevin Smokler, we discuss making rock look easy, polishing your production juuuust enough, and getting over yourself to enjoy a bouncy hook. Plus, we explore the many ways to pronounce "Ocasek" and the secret history of our patron saint, Soikus Paynoot. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Speaking of...Soikus delivers our theme song this week, and our outro is by Fountains of Wayne. Stay in touch via email (talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com), Facebook (<a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>), or Twitter (@talksongs). And if you want access to special content, then become a patron at Patreon (<a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>).</p>
Jan 11, 2018
Episode 83: Our Top 10 Hits Of 2017 -- And 1967 (1-5)
47:21
<p class="p1">As we finish our countdown of our favorite songs of 2017 and 1967, we're startled to discover that a horn line has made us pregnant, a bouncy New Wave groove has masked our rage, and a gentle country song has essentially reminded us to love. And speaking of love: We love YOU, our listeners, for being such wonderful companions on our weekly wanders. See you next year!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by David Gregory Byrne, our outro is by Cat Power, and the best ways to reach us are @TalkSongs (Twitter), <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a> (to become a Patron), <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, or <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>.</p>
Dec 28, 2017
Episode 82: Our Top 10 Hits Of 2017 -- And 1967 (6-10)
41:33
<p class="p1">We're counting down our 10 favorite songs of 2017 AND ALSO 1967. Because that's how we roll, y'all! In this episode, we look at #s 10-6 on both lists, which lets us cover everything from sultry R&B piano to #MeToo anthems to the surprising excellence of One Direction's solo efforts. Join us next week for our top 5 in both years!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is by Van Morrison. This episode also contains a birthday chart reading, and if you'd like your own, just email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>. You can also tweet us at @talksongs or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. To become a patron and get access to special content, just head over to <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. </p>
Dec 21, 2017
Episode 81: The Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin, "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves"
31:58
<p>MASTAS is doin' it for ourselves! And by "it," we mean "discussing a classic cut by Eurythmics and Annie Lennox." Diverging opinions on the song lead to lively chat about Aretha's eras, the good and bad of '80s pop, and the reason we need so many different kinds of feminist art. Plus, there are references to semiotics, Swann's Way, and coffee shops!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by Andrew Byrne, our outro is by that blue-eyed soulster Huey Lewis. If you want to join the fun, become a Patreon sponsor at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a> to get bonus content and voting privileges in ranking episodes! Tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at <a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, and email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>.</p>
Dec 14, 2017
Episode 80: Pat Benatar's Greatest Hits, Ranked
58:33
<p class="p1">MASTAS is a battlefield! As we rank the songs on Pat Benatar's "Best Shots" album, Sarah briefly quits the podcast, parts of Mark are predicted to explode, and "The Legend Of Billie Jean" is revealed as the film that unites the planets.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Special thanks to our patrons, whose votes directly impacted the rankings. To become a patron, join us at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. Meanwhile, our theme music is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Karla Bonoff. Lastly, you can tweet us at @talksongs, email us at talkaboutsongs[at]gmail[dot]com, and facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast.</a></p>
Dec 07, 2017
Episode 79: TLC, "No Scrubs"
23:13
<p class="p1">We get very crazy and somewhat less sexy and cool as we discuss TLC's "No Scrubs," covering everything from the personae of girl group members to the sassy fun of response songs. Plus, we acknowledge the ongoing cultural contributions of Meadow Soprano. Our outro is from Salt 'n Pepa, and the intro is by Andrew Byrne.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">To reach us, email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @TalkSongs, or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. To support MASTAS (and get bonus content!) become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Nov 30, 2017
Episode 78: The Rolling Stones, "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
18:00
<p class="p1">At long last, the Rolling Stones get MASTAS-ized. We're talking about the folksy wisdom and iconic backing vocals of "You Can't Always Get What You Want," not to mention the value of community music, the ways that chart peaks don't always reflect quality, and the hope that America can chill out for a second.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Gary Jules. Wanna be part of the fun? Email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, and tweet us at @talksongs. And if you want to help us keep the lights on (AND get access to bonus content), become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Nov 16, 2017
Episode 77: Halsey, "Bad At Love"
22:48
<p class="p1">Screw daylight savings: It's always sunny at MASTAS! We're in an especially good mood this week, since we're talking about the bisexual badassery of Halsey's song "Bad at Love." We also create a playlist of musical theater songs that make us happy. We're chorus kids at heart!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Wanna sponsor your own playlist? Make a request? Email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, FB us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, or tweet us at @TalkSongs. Wanna hear bonus content? Become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. Digging our theme music? Our intro is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is from Broadway's own "Guys and Dolls," heard here via Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely.</p>
Nov 09, 2017
Episode 76: George Michael, Elton John, and George Michael and Elton John
37:41
<p class="p1">Your podcast hosts may actually be European gay men. We both find parts of ourselves in solo tracks by George Michael and Elton John, and then we have a blast trying to decipher the slurry vocals on their duet of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me." Meanwhile, there's a sidebar about the necessity of small acts of kindness.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Wanna hear a bonus ep about a new George Michael documentary? Become a Patreon patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>! Plus, you can email us at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com, tweet us at @talksongs, and Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. And finally: Our theme song is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is by Sinead O'Connor, for reasons that will become clear as you listen. </p>
Nov 02, 2017
Single No. 6: New Songs You Need, Vol. 2
12:58
<p>While Sarah's away on assignment, Mark suggests four new songs (and one forgotten '80s hit) that you need to hear right now. What'd you think of his choices? Let us know on Twitter at @talksongs, on Facebook at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or on email at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com. And don't forget to become a MASTAS patron at patreon.com/mastas, which will give you access to all sorts of bonus content. </p>
Oct 26, 2017
Episode 75: 10 Songs In 20 Minutes
20:00
<p class="p1">Welcome to flavor country, people. In precisely 20 minutes, we're discussing 10 songs. Yes, 10! Together, they create a heady mixture of listener requests, personal faves, and patron-selected cuts, and good LORD, does does it get wild up in here. Come for the Rod Stewart fury and stay for the truly insane impersonations of MC Skat Kat. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is...cut for time! Wanna join the patron-sponsored fun? Go to <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. Tweet us at @talksongs. Facebook us at <a href="http://facebook.com/mastas">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. Email us at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail. And of course, download all the songs you hear legally!</p>
Oct 19, 2017
Episode 74: Four By Pink
36:14
<p class="p1">Can our friendship survive our disagreement about Pink's pop songs? Well, yes. But it's still surprising to discover where we diverge about this particular star's approach to rebellion, politics, romance, and self-laceration. Plus, there's a long, juicy analogy about a dorky girl in your high school who goes wild. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by (wait for it) Danity Kane. If you want special MASTAS content, become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">Patreon.com/mastas</a>. If you want to ask us questions, make a request, or ask for a birthday song reading, email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @talksongs, or FB us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>.</p>
Oct 12, 2017
Episode 73: Jamie Foxx feat. Guru & Common, "Any Given Sunday"
20:37
<p class="p1">What is the sound of hip-hop apathy? It might just be the theme song for "Any Given Sunday"! We're talking about how Jamie Foxx, Common, and Guru ever got into this mess, not to mention our varying levels of enthusiasm for football metaphors in song. Oh, and the Super Bowl Shuffle gets in there, too! </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">David Gregory Byrne delivers our theme song, and Notorious B.I.G. handles the outro. If you wanna talk gridiron songs, just email us at <a href= "mailto:talksongs@gmail.com">talksongs@gmail.com</a>, Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>, or tweet us @TalkSongs. If you want to be a patron and get exclusive content, then join us at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. </p>
Sep 28, 2017
Episode 72: Fountains Of Wayne, "Stacy's Mom" and "Red Dragon Tattoo"
26:15
<p class="p1">Stacy's mom. Thinks MASTAS is the bo-omb. ...While we talk about that hit by Fountains Of Wayne (plus their lesser-known cut "Red Dragon Tattoo"), we also get real about ironic pop songs, female characters who deserve justice, and that time Mark thought he was smarter than G.B. Shaw. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">This week's theme is by Andrew Byrne, and the outro is by Ivy, which will make particular sense once you've heard the episode. To reach us, just shoot us a message on Facebook (<a href="http://facebook.com/mastas">facebook.com/mastas</a>), Twitter (@talksongs), or email (talkaboutsongs [at] gmail). To become a patron and get access to exclusive special content, join us at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas.</a></p>
Sep 21, 2017
Episode 71: Kanye West, "Jesus Walks"
27:35
<p class="p1">We're grappling with the mad genius of Kanye West and his towering single "Jesus Walks." Along the way, we touch on Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, and the ability to separate artists' tragedies from their work. Oh, and ass. We also talk about ass. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">This week's theme is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by MC 900 Ft. Jesus. (Praise be!) Email us at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com. Tweet us at @talksongs. Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. And if you want to support this podcast AND get access to special content, become a patron at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Sep 14, 2017
Single No. 5: The Eagles' "Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975," Ranked
23:17
<p>Sarah goes solo in this Single -- but not entirely, as you listeners helped decide which vintage Eagles track had "Lyin' Eyes" and which should be "Already Gone." (Your votes did nothing to improve Sarah's puns, however.) See how these classics stacked up!</p> <p> </p> <p>You can find us on Facebook at facebook.com/mastas.podcast; give us a holler on Twitter at TalkSongs; and support MASTAS (and the next Eagles ranking Single) at our Patreon page, patreon.com/mastas.</p>
Sep 08, 2017
Episode 70: REM's "Out Of Time," Ranked
1:06:18
<p class="p1">We're ranking every song on REM's sad-boy rock milestone "Out of Time." Will we lose our religion at the sight of all these shiny happy people? Which songs will we decide truly belong, and which songs will we wish were half a world away? Join us and see...and get ready for some startling upsets when we add in votes from our Patreon subscribers!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">We want to add your vote to our next ranking episode, so become a patron at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. We'd also love to hear from you, so email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @talksongs, or find us on Facebook at face <a href= "http://book.com/mastas.podcast">book.com/mastas.podcast</a>. </p>
Aug 31, 2017
Episode 69: Bryan Adams, "Summer Of '69" (with guest Danny MacEachern!)
1:02:14
<p class="p1">It's the sexiest MASTAS yet as we celebrate Episode 69 with "Summer Of '69." Our special guest Danny MacEachern gets us talking about Bryan Adams, Can-Con and the ongoing mystery of the videos from the "Reckless" album. Plus, we have a special playlist of songs we specifically remember hearing for the first time!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Soikus Peynoot. To become a MASTAS sponsor, join us on Patreon at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. To send us song requests or general inquiries, email us at <a href= "mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at <a href= "http://twitter.com/talksongs">twitter.com/talksongs</a>, or join us on Facebook at <a href="http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>.</p>
Aug 24, 2017
Episode 68: "Stay" Title Bout
42:47
<p class="p1">Which "Stay" can stay? That's the question in this very special episode, where we rank six hits -- all called "Stay" -- and determine which one gets to keep its title. The rest get renamed (in our hearts, at least), and we all walk away wearing cat-eye glasses, berating our married lovers, and dancing dirty. </p> <p class="p2">Our theme this week is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys. We'd love to have you vote in rankings like this one, so become a Patreon sponsor at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p> <p class="p1">We'd also love to hear from you, so email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>.</p> <p class="p1">More on those teeny songs that fit on the end of your mixtapes' Side A right here: http://tomatonation.com/culture-and-criticism/the-end-of-side-a-the-end-of-an-era/</p>
Aug 17, 2017
Episode 67: Richard Marx, "Satisfied"
19:01
<p class="p1">It's Mark and Sarah Talk About Mullets! And specifically, the tonsorial glory of Richard Marx. We also discuss his song "Satisfied," the rare ability to write commercial songs that don't suck, and an abundance of David Coles.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, our outro is by Dolly Parton, and if you want access to top-secret MASTAS episodes, then become a Patreon sponsor at patreon.com/mastas. We'd also love to hear your requests and comments, so hit us up at <a href= "http://twitter.com/talksongs">twitter.com/talksongs</a> or <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. </p>
Aug 10, 2017
Episode 66: Stevie Nicks, "Stand Back"
31:17
<p class="p1">By the pricking of our thumbs, something MASTAS this way comes! Yes, that's a reference to famous witches, because we're talking about Stevie Nicks. A discussion of "Stand Back" leads to thoughts on her general awesomeness, the price she's paid for it in certain circles, and the value of lyrics that make emotional (not literal) sense. There's also a sidebar about "American Horror Story"! </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">This week's theme is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Donovan. To contact us with song requests or other observations, just tweet us at  @TalkSongs, email us at talkabout songs [at] gmail [dot] com, or find us on Facebook at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. To become a patron and get access to special content, join us at patreon.com/mastas. </p>
Aug 03, 2017
Single No. 3: New Songs You Need, Vol. 1
11:10
<p class="p1">Bonus episode! In this MASTAS Single, Mark goes solo to recommend four new songs that you need right now, including cuts from Haim, New Politics, Sara Evans, and Delta Rae. Let us know if you dig them! </p>
Jul 31, 2017
Episode 65: West Side Story, "Somewhere"
43:45
<p>There's a plaaaace for uuuuus...to wonder if the songs of West Side Story don't work better separately than as a show; to rag the soppier selections from the Sondheim catalog; to lament the film's brownface; and to discuss...Rick Springfield? Send in the clowns for an all-new MASTAS!</p> <p> </p> <p>Today's theme song is by Andrew Byrne. Our outro is The Chairman Of The Board, Mr. Frank Sinatra. Send those song requests, ad buys, and flowers for Poor Jud to talkaboutsongs at gmail dot com, and visit our Patreon page for exclusive content!</p>
Jul 27, 2017
Episode 64: Three By '80s Starship
40:38
<p class="p1">Selling out never sounded so good! With a soldier's bravery, we investigate Starship's three number-one hits of the '80s: "We Built This City," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," and "Sara." And you'd better believe that OUR Sarah is still crying foul about that last one. Plus, Mark has a whole Starship story that involves high-top Converse! </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme song is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro music is by Jefferson Airplane. Which is kinda-sorta the same band as Starship! If you want to tell us something or request a song, then tweet at @TalkSongs or email us at talkaboutsongs[at]gmail[dot]com. Or hit us up on Facebook at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>.</p>
Jul 20, 2017
Episode 63: Ben Folds, "The Luckiest"
34:45
<p class="p1">The tears flow freely as we discuss "The Luckiest," Ben Folds's perfect gem of a love song. We also talk about each other's weddings, the Jason Isbell concert where Mark almost left his drink at the bar, and Sarah's enduring connection to a speech in "The Opposite of Sex."</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our theme is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Jason Isbell. Follow us on Twitter at @TalkSongs, and for access to top-secret bonus content, become a MASTAS sponsor at <a href="http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>! </p>
Jul 13, 2017
Episode 62: "Ode To Billie Joe" And "Harper Valley PTA"
22:54
<p class="p1">Have we got a story for YOU! Well, okay, these SONGS have stories, and they are doozies. As we chat about "Ode To Billie Joe" and "Harper Valley PTA," we swoon for the power of a narrative country hits and the film adaptations they inspire. Speaking of the films, please enjoy Sarah's meltdown about the stars of the "Billie Joe" opus. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Our outro is by Waylon Jennings (because...what else could we choose?), and our theme is by Andrew Byrne. Get access to special MASTAS content at <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>. Send us song requests or buy an ad at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>. Tweet us at <a href= "http://twitter.com/talksongs">twitter.com/talksongs</a> and FB us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. And finally, remember to legally download the music you hear on our show!</p>
Jun 29, 2017
Episode 61: Train, "Hey Soul Sister"
22:47
<p class="p1">Sometimes comprehending evil means looking it in the face, so we're voluntarily talking about the lyrical and sonic crimes of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister." Along the way, we also defend the comparative integrity of Mr. Mister and Everclear. Weird! (To skip the song clip and just hear our ranting, avoid 2:01-2:47.)</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">This week's theme is by Andrew Byrne. Our outro music is the closing-credits music from <em>Big</em>. Get access to top secret content by becoming a MASTAS producer at <a href= "http://patron.com/mastas">patreon.com/mastas</a>.</p>
Jun 22, 2017
Episode 60: Tori Amos's "Little Earthquakes," Ranked
1:11:16
<p class="p1">Turns out we <em>haven't</em> been silent all these years: We've been podcasting, which is rather noisy. Today, we're making noise about Tori Amos and ranking every song on her album "Little Earthquakes<em>." </em>This leads to some surprising disagreements, an Andrew Lloyd Webber reference, and a story about Mark, his dad, and the Divinyls. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Today's outro is by Joni Mitchell, and our theme is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger. And here's some great news: You can become a MASTAS producer! <a href= "http://patreon.com/mastas">Support us at Patreon</a> to unlock special content, interact with us in fresh ways, and help us keep the lights on! </p>
Jun 15, 2017
Episode 59: Michael Jackson, "Black Or White"
21:59
<p class="p1">Can a person even like Michael Jackson anymore? We're wondering as we discuss his maybe-not-classic "Black or White." After we ask the tough questions, we also get into overlooked talents, a young Tyra Banks, and controversial crotches.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">After you've listened, go Sarah's MJ obituary: http://tomatonation.com/culture-and-criticism/the-bitter-end/</p> <p class="p1">Our outro song is Jermaine Jackson's "Do What You Do." This episode's theme is by David Gregory Byrne. And oh yeah: If you like the podcast, please leave us a positive review on iTunes!</p>
Jun 08, 2017
Episode 58: The Backstreet Boys, "I Want It That Way"
25:54
<p class="p1">We are. Your MAS-TAS. Your true. Pod-cas-tass. Backstreet Boys infuse our spirits with "I Want It That Way," and we talk about the best way to get over one's self and just enjoy a pop song. Vin Diesel and Megan Fox sneak in there somehow, and so does a BSB documentary from a few years ago. Plus, listen past the credits for an outtake of Mark losing his mind!</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">On the subject of boy bands, this week's outro is "New Kid (On The Block)" by Barenaked Ladies, and our theme is by future boy-band impresario Andrew Byrne. Remember: legally download this week's songs, and if you want to buy an ad or request a song, email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com.</p>
Jun 01, 2017
Episode 57: En Vogue, "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
21:09
<p class="p1">And now it's time for a podcast! Thanks to multiple requests, we're talking about En Vogue's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)", and we are grateful for the funkiness. We're also brimming with theories about the song's major characters, facts about its important place in 90s pop, and sidebars about Paula Abdul.</p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">Speaking of: Paula provides "Opposites Attract," which is this week's outro. Our theme is by David Byrne. As always, please legally download them music you hear on MASTAS, and if you'd like to buy an ad or request a song, email us at <a href="mailto:talkaboutsongs@gmail.com">talkaboutsongs@gmail.com</a>.</p>
May 25, 2017
Episode 56: Single Moms In Pop
43:41
<p class="p1">Just in time for Mother's Day, we're talking about pop songs featuring single moms. As a chorus of birds chatters outside Sarah's house, we consider how society's shifting attitudes about motherhood are reflected in a variety of dope hits. We also consider roller skating, Motown writer's rooms, and beats that make any subject enjoyable. </p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">MASTAS is Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting, This week's theme song is by Andrew Byrne. The outro is "Mama" by Spice Girls. Tweet us at @TalkSongs. And please download all the songs we discuss legally. </p>
May 11, 2017
Episode 55: Four By Phair
43:47
<p class="p1">Sarah wanted to talk about a Liz Phair song, and then it became FOUR Liz Phair songs. And even that seems a little scant, actually, as we dive into the far-reaching excellence of her music, the weird demands of her fans, and the unlikely heartbreak of the cast of <em>24. </em></p> <p class="p2"> </p> <p class="p1">MASTAS is Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting. Theme song by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger. Outro by Liz Phair. Visit us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a>. And don't forget to legally download the music you enjoyed in this episode.</p>
May 04, 2017
Episode 54: Stone Temple Pilots, "Plush"
27:45
<p class="p1">We have theories about grunge! MANY THEORIES! A discussion of "Plush" by Stone Temple Pilots leads to everything from the band's unexpected evolution to the possibility that true-crime shows inspired the whole genre. Listen closely for Mark's special grunge vocals and Sarah's explanation of our whole Candlebox thing.</p> <p class="p1"> </p> <p class="p1">MASTAS is Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting. Theme song is by David Gregory Byrne. Outro by Foo Fighters. Please visit us at <a href= "http://facebook.com/mastas.podcast">facebook.com/mastas.podcast</a> and don't forget to download everything you hear legally.</p>
Apr 27, 2017
Episode 53: Roxette, "Listen To Your Heart"
18:33
<p class="p1">Roxette uses "Listen To Your Heart" to blast us with power-ballad glory. That gets us talking about the value of being earnest, the glory of not-quite-English lyrics, and the exciting (for Mark, at least) chart facts surrounding Sweden's most popular bands. Bonus drinking game: Take a shot every time we say "Scandi"!</p>
Apr 20, 2017
Episode 52: Todrick Hall feat. RuPaul, "Low"
19:48
<p class="p1">Our booties may never stop shaking! We are gagging over "Low" by Todrick Hall and RuPaul, which gets us talking about the joy of hot beats, the magic of witty lyrics, and the necessity of unapologetic sexuality in queer anthems.</p>
Apr 13, 2017
Episode 51: Billy Joel, "Sleeping With The Television On"
19:32
<p class="p1">Billy Joel's mama named him William, so we will call him William! A chat about his early-'80s album track "Sleeping With the Television On" leads us to consider the best and worst Joel-isms, that strange era when TV stopped showing things for the evening, and the mysterious identity of this Leyna woman. </p>
Apr 06, 2017
Episode 50: The Indigo Girls' "Indigo Girls," Ranked
1:19:34
<p class="p1">We're so old! To celebrate our 50th episode, we rank every song on the Indigo Girls' self-titled album, and you'd better believe there are tears. There are also roughly 500 important high-school memories, an analysis of the spiritual in popular song, and a few terrible lyrics that we just can't forgive.  </p>
Mar 30, 2017
Episode 49: Bette Midler, "The Rose"
26:36
<p class="p1">Some say love it is a podcast and MASTAS its only...pod? Strained metaphors aside, we're talking about Bette Midler's "The Rose," and we're pleasantly confused by our affection for this treacly ditty. Plus, we make an urgent request for a very particular cover version. Who will make our dreams come true?</p>
Mar 23, 2017
Episode 48: Duran Duran, "Hungry Like The Wolf"
29:53
<p class="p1">Why yes we ARE tastefully sweaty! That's because we're rocking out to Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf." Why is this song still so alluring? So forbidding? So weird? We discuss all this and more, including a whole sidebar about songs you can't listen to around your friend's parents. Plus, there's a new pop chart astrology reading!</p>
Mar 16, 2017
Episode 47: Yaz, "Only You"
25:17
<p class="p1">Don't get sad; get MASTAS! We're savoring the danceable ache of Yaz's "Only You," which several listeners asked us cry about together. We're also discussing our respect for frontwomen, a time that Sarah used to drive around acting crazy, and Mark's ludicrous British accent.</p>
Mar 09, 2017
Episode 46: Best (And Worst) Oscar-Winning Songs
50:53
<p class="p1">MASTAS would like to thank the Academy for...some of these Oscar-winning songs. But for some of them, we'll never forgive them! As we talk about Oscar highs and lows, we also reflect on Celine Dion's teeth, Sarah's time at Talbot's, and Mark's unforgettable trip to China.</p>
Feb 23, 2017
Episode 45: Gladys Knight And The Pips, "Midnight Train To Georgia"
19:11
<p class="p1">Gladys Knight is basically Sophocles, y'all. Or at least, we find a way to link "Midnight Train to Georgia" to classic Greek drama. There are also stops at Mark's college years, Sarah's sympathies for '70s ladies trying to lean in, and the allure of hot backing vocals. </p>
Feb 16, 2017
Episode 44: The 59th Grammy Awards
49:43
<p class="p1">And the award for Sassiest Podcast goes to...MASTAS! Unless Adele wins, that is. Either way, we're talking truth about this year's Grammy nominees for Record and Song of the Year. Listen for Bieber shade, Rihanna praise, and the origin story for Mark and Sarah's entire deal.</p>
Feb 09, 2017
Episode 43: The "Saturday Night Fever" Soundtrack, Ranked
1:17:53
<p class="p1">We got the night fever, and we never recovered! Join us as we rank every song on the <em>Saturday Night Fever</em> soundtrack, and gasp along as we discover that we radically disagree on certain disco classics. Stick around for a little feminist/queer theory, a little praise for Yvonne Elliman, and a LOT of lust for '70s-era Travolta and Andy Gibb.</p>
Feb 02, 2017
Episode 42: Tim McGraw, "I Got Friends That Do"
25:12
<p class="p1">Mark and Sarah aren't particularly religious, but when Tim McGraw compares himself to God, they still get up in arms. His insidiously "sensitive" song "I've Got Friends That Do" provokes rage about everything from arrogance to disrespecting Dolly Parton to halfheartedly suggesting the existence of parallel universes. </p>
Jan 26, 2017
Episode 41: Another Bad Creation, "Iesha" (with guest Nick Rheinwald-Jones!)
32:23
<p class="p1">Turn your overalls around for MASTAS 41! Special guest Nick Rheinwald-Jones brings us Another Bad Creation's "Iesha," which naturally leads us to their boy-band battle with Kris Kross, the Svengali dreams of Michael Bivins, and the endless ocean of tweens who scored R&B hits in the early '90s. Plus, we find some MASTAS fanfic in a dark corner of the internet!</p>
Jan 19, 2017
Episode 40: Three By Jason Isbell
32:08
<p class="p1">It's country-folk heartbreak, served three ways! The piercing songs of Jason Isbell get us talking about less-is-more lyrics, the fallacy of closure, and phony-baloney country artists who are not like Jason Isbell at all. Plus, there's a thing about J-Izzy sending you a kitten. HE JUST MIGHT DO IT.</p>
Jan 12, 2017
Episode 39: Fiona Apple, "Criminal"
37:50
<p class="p1">This world might be bulls**t, but this podcast sure isn't! MASTAS rings in 2017 with the funky self-loathing of Fiona Apple's "Criminal," which gets us talking about women who resist the mold, hit songs that lead to weird experiments, and the things we'd do to honor S. Epatha Merkerson.</p>
Jan 05, 2017
Episode 38: R.E.M., "Stand"
10:49
<p class="p1">Can listening to R.E.M. make you cool? It sure used to seem that way! A discussion of their classic hit "Stand" leads to thoughts on college radio, weird shower dancing, and the way stupid lyrics can be totally awesome sometimes. Also: This is our last episode of 2016! Thanks for spending time with us this year.</p>
Dec 22, 2016
Episode 37: Naughty And Nice Christmas Songs
44:47
<p class="p1">Well ho, ho, ho there! We've each chosen two Christmas songs we like and two Christmas songs that make our eggnog curdle. If you think that causes emotional moments of reflection, a tirade about mommy kissing Santa Claus, and a whole thing about buying presents at the mall, then you're right! </p>
Dec 15, 2016
Episode 36: Madonna's "Immaculate Collection," Ranked
1:23:44
<p class="p1">Mark and Sarah have basically been preparing for 26 years to rank every song on "The Immaculate Collection." Now that day has come. Get ready for personal memories, passionate stances, and several gasps of surprise. Get ready, too, for a ton of song clips, because how can you choose just one? (Editor's note: you may experience some echoing in parts of the recording. We apologize for any inconvenience.)</p>
Dec 08, 2016
Episode 35: Enya-lanche! "Orinoco Flow," "Ebudae," "Storms In Africa II"
31:27
<p class="p1">Why are we so freaking relaxed? Because we're talking about Enya! Join us as we ponder her unlikely career, the reason straight boys think she's cool, and all the fictional languages she uses to lull us into a beautiful state of peace.</p>
Dec 01, 2016
Episode 34: Chicago, "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?"
15:58
<p class="p1">MASTAS loves dad-rock! In particular, Sarah's dad loves Chicago, which gets us talking about the brassy horns of "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" Then Mark uses his "skeezy lounge lizard" voice, Sarah goes deep with road trip memories, and John Fogerty gets confused with J. Geils. Mark's dad won't be happy about that last one.</p>
Nov 17, 2016
Episode 33: Beyoncé, "Countdown"
23:33
<p class="p1">We don't quite join the Beyhive, but we certainly buzz around it as we discuss Beyonce's "Countdown." We also ponder what it means to be perfect onstage, when a cheap chorus is just the tonic, and how Rihanna fits into the picture. Special thanks to John Ramos and Tara Ariano for pitching in last week -- and to all of you for tolerating Sarah's <em>Aeneid</em> references.</p>
Nov 10, 2016
JASTAS: Til Tuesday, "Voices Carry"
27:24
<p>Mark's not feeling well, so special guest John Ramos sat down with Sarah for a discussion of Til Tuesday's "Voices Carry," including the secret history of the song's cast of characters, swearily relatable feminist icons, and Sarah's cassette-klepto situation. Theme song by Tara Ariano!</p>
Nov 04, 2016
Episode 32: Beck: "E-Pro"
17:11
<p class="p1">Beck's sick groove gets us talking about hits that don't reflect their artists, songs that work best when they open an album, and, of all things, Radiohead. </p>
Oct 27, 2016
Episode 31: The Beach Boys, "Kokomo"
17:35
<p class="p1">Kokomo's not a real island, but MASTAS is a real podcast! A request for the Beach Boys' comeback hit gets us discussing chant-songs, celebrity bartending, and (of course) John Stamos. </p>
Oct 20, 2016
Episode 30: Robyn, "Call Your Girlfriend"
17:44
<p class="p1">Swedish diva alert! MASTAS goes electro with Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend," which gets Mark all tongue-tied with enthusiasm and gets Sarah wondering if the beat and the subject matter are such a good fit. Plus, there's important discussion of Old Lady Walks (tm). </p>
Oct 13, 2016
Episode 29: Dan Bern, "Marilyn"
12:55
<p class="p1">It's twisted history as MASTAS considers Dan Bern's "Marilyn" and his sassy rewrite of Monroe's life. That leads to us to Hollywood iconography, the value of having fun with an acoustic guitar, and at least one too many versions of "Candle In The Damn Wind."</p>
Oct 06, 2016
Episode 28: Lefty Folk Songs We Love (...To Hate?)
44:59
<p class="p1">When is a lefty folk song terrible and when is it wonderful? Mark and Sarah make arguments on both sides, getting their social consciousness going with Indigo Girls, Simon and Garfunkel, Dar Williams, and at least one mention of Corazon Aquino. </p>
Sep 29, 2016
Episode 27: Patrick Swayze feat. Wendy Fraser, "She's Like The Wind"
33:06
<p class="p1">With our special guests The Shondes, we get all up in our feelings and talk about Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind." Naturally, this leads to talk of <em>Dirty Dancing</em>, freeze-frame peen, implied blazers on jazz singers, and the mysterious life of Wendy Fraser. </p>
Sep 23, 2016
Episode 26: Salt-n-Pepa, "I'll Take Your Man" and Meshell Ndegeocello, "If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)"
17:50
<p class="p1">MASTAS isn't single, but we WILL take your man! Classic cuts from Salt-n-Pepa and Meshell Ndegeocello get our attitudes up to eleven. We also reflect on smiling in hip-hop, being grateful to lose your lover, and double-dutch as a metaphor.</p>
Sep 16, 2016
Episode 25: American Anthems / Bruce Springsteen, "Born In The USA" and the Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready To Make Nice"
34:10
<p class="p1">We're rocking the vote (or something) with Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" and Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice," which may be the most politicized pop songs of the last 35 years. In between the punditry, Sarah does her best Bruce impression, Mark invents a rap about big booties, and nobody cuts Billy Joel any slack.</p>
Sep 09, 2016
Episode 24: Britpop Battle! Blur's "Song 2" vs. Oasis's "Wonderwall"
22:39
<p class="p1">A '90s feud lives on! This week, we pit Blur's "Song 2" against Oasis's "Wonderwall," and along the way, we make up tons of fake facts about Damon Albarn. We also fall deep into a memory well of hangovers, high-school friends, and dubious fashion. </p>
Sep 01, 2016
Episode 23: Scandal feat. Patty Smyth, "The Warrior"
18:03
<p class="p1">Shootin' at the walls of MASTAS! Kevin Smokler's listener request, '80s classic "The Warrior," gets Mark talking about his childhood dance parties, Sarah discussing her Patti Smith/Patty Smyth confusion, and both of us praising the women of Reagan-era rock. Now pardon us while we fist-pump to a killer (Homeric?) chorus. </p>
Aug 26, 2016
Episode 22: Tinie Tempah, "Written In The Stars"
12:55
Mark and Sarah Disagree About Songs! Opinions are divided on Tinie Tempah's hit featuring Eric Turner, which leads to lively debate about rap-rock, the numbing power of sports promotion, and a shuddering remembrance of Limp Bizkit.
Aug 18, 2016
Episode 21: Olympics Songs feat. Mancini Houston Smith Estefan Perry LLC
40:16
And the participation ribbon goes to...MASTAS! As Olympians compete in Rio, we rank five songs with various ties to the Olympic games. As medals are awarded, there's also talk of Whitney Houston's glory, unexpected uses for cotton, Sarah's memories of the Fresh Prince, and Mark's favorite babysitter, plus Bebel Gilberto sings us home!
Aug 10, 2016
Episode 20: Color Me Badd, "I Wanna Sex You Up"
20:20
We wanna sex you up, and we PROMISE we know how to do it! Special guest Tara Ariano joins us to stare into the abyss of Color Me Badd's sex-clumsiest hit, which makes us ponder terrible backing tracks, surreal lyrics, and the power of the duffel coat. Bonus points if you spot the cameo from MASTAS Associate VP of feline outreach, Mabel!
Aug 03, 2016
Episode 19: George Michael, "Freedom '90"
19:41
Guest 'caster Tara Ariano gets our church arms swaying when she brings us George Michael's "Freedom 90," a perfect slice of funky fame-hating. Talk of Michael's legacy leads us to supermodel shout-outs, analysis of the singalong chorus, and a whole thing about sweaters.
Jul 27, 2016
Episode 18: Led Zeppelin/Dread Zeppelin/Dolly Parton, "Stairway To Heaven"
40:29
Mark can't remember ever hearing "Stairway to Heaven," so Sarah (and special guest Olivia) take him on an educational journey through the Led Zep original and notable covers by Dread Zeppelin and Dolly Parton. This leads to detours through the power of guitar solos, the band T-shirts New Yorkers love most, and art you can make with potatoes.
Jul 21, 2016
Episode 17: Sia, "Reaper"
34:51
This podcast is just like Sia: You can't see our faces, but you CAN hear our voices! This week, we're talking about "Reaper," Sia's bouncy ode to cheating death. Along the way, Sarah writes the world's weirdest fanfic, Mark wonders what kind of lemonade you bring to a morbid pep rally, and we both get fired up about how female artists are treated. Use the comments to share your favorite Sia song, Six Feet Under memory, or story about convincing death to chill for a minute!
Jul 14, 2016
Episode 16: The Monkees, "Circle Sky"
18:37
Hey hey, we're the MASTAS! ...Ahem. The point is, we're digging this killer '60s jam from the Monkees, and we're talking about how the band members went from TV show jokes to venerated rock icons. That doesn't mean we account for the Monkees movie, though. Meanwhile, Mark tries to remember the name of Linda Ronstadt's band and Sarah wonders how many times Mike Nesmith's songwriting has gotten him laid. (Let us know, Mike!)
Jul 01, 2016
Episode 15: Guns N' Roses, "November Rain"
21:49
It's a sad day for wedding cake as we discuss Guns N' Roses big hairy spectacle of a big hair ballad. Get ready to learn about Mark's weird habits from middle school, Sarah's deep research on this killer music video, and the ways Smashing Pumpkins might have had more fun if they had just been around in the '80s. (Note: Mark forgot to mention it in the episode, but he'd like you to know this is the longest song ever to reach the Top 10.)
Jun 23, 2016
Episode 14: Bastille, "Pompeii"
18:27
Somehow, talking about Bastille's big hit from last year sends Sarah to her college English papers, Mark to his lifelong obsession with Suzanne Vega, and both of us to a surprisingly emotional reflection on the role of the human body in making music. Plus we pinpoint the exact moment that Coldplay became a bunch of jerkwads!
Jun 16, 2016
Episode 13: Supremes Covers
33:18
We asked for Supremes covers, and you really went to (Mo-)town! Based on your suggestions, we discuss everything from lounge lizards to dance divas, all doing their best Diana Ross. We also ponder what makes a cover awesome (or terrible) and why the Motown sound works so well in other genres. While we bleach that La Toya Jackson vocal out of our ears, amuse yourselves with joints from Kim Wilde, Reba, Tim Curry, the Stray Cats, and the high priest of girls' bikes.
Jun 09, 2016
Episode 12: Young MC's "Principal's Office" And DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince's "Parents Just Don't Understand"
26:40
Mark and Sarah get funky fresh with Young MC's "Principal's Office" and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's "Parents Just Don't Understand." In between dope late-'80s beats, we discuss the sneaky wit of party rap, the power of your drive-thru order, and the difference between charming confidence and sheer jackassery.
May 26, 2016
Episode 11: Chic's "Le Freak" and R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)"
24:09
Mark's friend Erin requests "Le Freak," which takes us to Mark's birthday pop chart reading and funky dances you can't do at home. Then a listener requests R. Kelly's "Ignition (remix)", and we try to process the gross things America avoided when the song became a hit. Tweet us at TalkSongs to tell us how to dance the freak or how to bleach R. Kelly from our minds.
May 19, 2016
Episode 10: John Parr, "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)"
21:46
Joe Reid returns to request "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)", which gets us ALL up in the business of '80s movie songs and their inspirational key changes. Plus, Sarah remembers horrifying high-school traditions and Mark recalls that time he invented a stupid dance. Tweet at us @TalkSongs with our favorite "watch the video instead of the movie" songs.
May 12, 2016
Episode 9: Joplin Carlile LLC, "Get It While You Can" And "That Year"
24:10
It's wailin' ladies this week, with Janis Joplin's immortal "Get It While You Can" sharing the docket with "That Year," a cathartically sad song by Brandi Carlile. That leads us to Janis's enduring awesomeness, cover versions that trump the originals, and that time Mark thought he was reincarnated. Tweet us at talksongs to tell us about your Janis memories, your Brandi Carlile favorites, and the songs that make you feel it all.
May 04, 2016
Episode 8: Jewel-erdome! "You Were Meant For Me" vs. "Hands"
21:46
Welcome to Jewel-erdome, where two awful Jewel songs enter and only one leaves. As we decide which single commits the greater crime, we discover Mark's rage for terrible lyrics, Sarah's dark past with a cappella groups, and yet another way that Dawson's Creek is relevant. Tweet us at talksongs to tell us who dies in YOUR Jewel-erdome! (Note: It's acceptable to say that your hopes are what die in Jewel-erdome.)
Apr 28, 2016
Episode 7: Mazzy Star, "Fade Into You"
24:47
Special guest Joe Reid joins us as we open the listener mailbag and pluck out Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You," our most-requested song. This sad '90s classic leads us everywhere from emotional trends in pop music to those short songs you put on mix tapes. Oh, and Sarah and Mark continue their ongoing discussion of Candlebox. Tweet us at TalkSongs with your requests, mixtape preferences, and ideal soundtrack cut from My So-Called Life. Special Guest: Joe Reid.
Apr 21, 2016
Episode 6: Jesus Christ Superstar, "I Don't Know How To Love Him"
23:11
There’s a little Broadway and a little rage as we talk about “I Don’t Know How To Love Him.” Join us as we consider the anti-feminism of '70s ballads, the political power of musical theater divas, and Mark's dramaturgical dorkiness for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tweet us at talksongs with your song requests, favorite musicals, and tip for Sarah's performance in Oklahoma!
Apr 14, 2016
Episode 5: Cam, "Mayday"
18:19
In Episode 5, we've got a brand-new verzh of our MASTAS theme song -- and lots of thoughts about the dramaturgical rigors of country music (...you heard us), Friends, Junior Brown, Dolly, Dolly-WOOD, noun salads, Garth Brooks's alter egos, and what makes a good driving song. Tweet us at @TalkSongs with your favorite driving songs, and whether you too want to become a mule-skinner.
Apr 07, 2016
Episode 4: Ellie Goulding, "Codes"
16:00
In MASTAS Episode 4, we're riding the sweet wave of Ellie Goulding's "Codes," while also pondering Swedish hitmakers, songs that help us get over terrible boyfriends, and that band from the Buffy soundtrack that Sarah FINALLY remembered. Tweet us at TalkSongs to suggest future songs, share your favorite Max Martin hits, and identify your favorite "old-lady walk."
Apr 01, 2016
Episode 3: Madonna, "Get Together"
22:19
In Episode 3, MASTAS FINALLY gets to Madonna. What took us so long?! While celebrating the neo-retro glory of "Get Together," we consider how Madge references her own past material, wonder why American radio hates people over 40, and admit that her weird religious references don’t bother us that much. Tweet us at TalkSongs to praise your favorite forgotten Madonna track, suggest songs for future eps, and share your enthusiasm for Mark's cheapo keychain.
Mar 25, 2016
Episode 2: Luscious Jackson, "Naked Eye"
20:30
In Episode 2 of MASTAS, Sarah asks us to ponder "Naked Eye" by Luscious Jackson, which leads to tributes to '90s ladyrockers, theories about the career prospects of former drummers, and fond/horrified remembrances of our Clinton-era hairstyles. Tweet us at TalkSongs to get your riot grrrl on, suggest songs for future eps, and tell Mark if he correctly remembered who was in Belly.
Mar 22, 2016
Episode 1: Heavy D and the Boyz, "Now That We've Found Love"
18:33
What ARE we gonna do...with it? The inaugural episode of MASTAS gets into it with Heavy D's "Now That We've Found Love" and covers such burning questions as why everyone shot videos in abandoned warehouses and why only one guy got to wear a transparent rain dance suit. Don't forget to hit us on Twitter at TalkSongs to discuss the ep, suggest cuts for future eps, and wonder why Sar so square.
Mar 15, 2016