My Brother, My Brother and Me 189: Sex Toy Story


Hope you're having a great Monday, everyone! On the off chance that you aren't, we're here to boost your spirits with talk of inevitable death, Christmas shoes and then, for good measure, we ruin a Pixar classic.

Suggested talking points: Louisiana State Senator Jacob Sweetwater, Fistnanny, A Fleshy Bop-It, 45 Beedrills, The Killing Tree, Glassesface, Scat Invitational, Griffin Considers the End

My Brother, My Brother and Me 188: Holler Smarts

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Apologies for the tardiness of this episode: Griffin was suffering from a hat trick of debilitating ailments, which are detailed in the first few harrowing minutes of the show.

Suggested talking points: Kissing Oil, Hair Toys, Toby Keith's Gunstaurant, Snakepiss, Moustache Will Brothers, Inner Jack, Amateur B&B Party, The Grandma Show

My Brother, My Brother and Me 187: Yu-Gi-Oh Barber Shop

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This week, the brothers welcome their very first guestspert to the program: Cameron Esposito, who increases the show's normal amount of Macklemore-based discussion by roughly 900 percent.

Suggested talking points: Cool Runnings 2: The Bone Slide, Noodlecrying, Teen Gifts, 1/4 Centaur, Face Off 2, Apologist Protest Songs, Big Loafer

My Brother, My Brother and Me 186: Nipple Aesthetics


This episode finds you, the wasteland survivors, after the ravages of the Big Game have already -- excuse the pun -- touched down. We pray you took the necessary precautions, and that our transmission might bring you some comfort in these trying times.

Suggested talking points: Surviving the Game, Utility Hog, Teen Clubz, Love and Marriage, Male Nipples: Explained!, Tweet-fu, Breakfast Socks

My Brother, My Brother and Me 185: Draining a Niner

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This Child Star Turned His Body Into Hot Dogs For Griffin to Eat. You Won't Believe What Happened Next.

Suggested talking points: The Grammies, Jack Big Buttonitis, Guy Fieri Family Hour, Jack in the Box, JTT Hot Dogs, A Series of Airlocks, Cheddar's House Arrest

My Brother, My Brother and Me 184: YOLT

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Just read those suggested talking points. Are you brave enough to face off against this episode? Gird your loins, because it goes off the rails in like, minute two, and it never really gets back on them.

Suggested talking points: Yes And, Jack Bauer Food Poisoning, Drake's Secret Second Torso, The Life of Pie, Camelbak Love, Shoogle.Lycos.Angelfire.net, Jackson Galaxy's Kissing Rollercoaster, Judge Reinhold Receives Poor Service From a P.F. Chang's

My Brother, My Brother and Me 183: C-3P-Oh Yeaaahhhhh


Heartfelt apologies about the audio quality on this week's episode; Griffin's mic was obviously hacked by some sort of anti-advice internet forum. Next week, he'll make sure to 'cast straight from the throatputer, which should prevent these kinds of issues.

Suggested talking points: Wearable Tech, Party Planning, Steve Harvey the Ripper, Travel Tips, Belayment Payment, Scoping Kevin, 'Bating to that Plating, Premium Rush 2: No Bikes

My Brother, My Brother and Me 182: Yogi the Stareater


This episode features a 25-minute-long argument about which bear is the most powerful bear. It's a return to form, we guess? Which is kind of a sad statement about our form.

Suggested talking points: Gravy Hose, Islands in the Marathon, Chubby, Con, The Most Powerful Bear, Big Bang Theory

My Brother, My Brother and Me 181: Boycar


We sure hope you've been diligent in your dirt-digging, because 2013 is hours away from being behind us. Don't be scared -- we're here to guide you through the new year with a new, highly brand-able slogan.

Suggested talking points: Professionalism, Walk-thru, Second Day Darrell, Little Sister, Sky Bevs, 2014, The Check List

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ronnie Spector, Fred Schneider, and My Brother, My Brother and Me

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It’s the time of year when Bullseye focuses on what truly matters during the holiday season: great interviews with fascinating people. Celebrate with the Bullseye Holiday Special.

Girl Group Legend Ronnie Spector on Christmas, John Lennon, and a Perfect Coiffure

Ronnie Spector was the lead singer of the 1960s girl group The Ronettes. Along with her sister and cousin, she sang on five Top 40 hits, most notably Be My Baby, which still gets regular airplay on oldies stations.

But when it comes to her recordings with her ex-husband and producer Phil Spector, it might be the holiday songs off A Christmas Gift for You that remain closest to our hearts.

Spector spoke with Jesse in 2010 and explained that Christmas has always been a part of her life. When she was six years old, she sat on Santa’s lap at Macy’s and fell in love with everything about the holiday. The Ronettes recorded “Frosty the Snowman,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and “Sleigh Ride” for the album and, since their release in 1963, all three songs have become holiday classics.

Spector talked to us about puzzling over Santa's journey to her NYC apartment as a kid, going on stage at the famed Apollo Theater as an eleven-year-old, and knocking on doors with The Rolling Stones' Keith Richards.

This segment originally aired in December 2010.

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Andrew Noz on Holiday Rap: Outkast and Gucci Mane

Holiday songs don't have to all be Dean Martin or Michael Bublé. Hip hop critic Andrew Noz stops by the show to suggest a couple of rap songs that will be perfect for your holiday party.

The first is Outkast’s Player's Ball. It was originally recorded as a Christmas song for the LaFace Family Christmas album and with a few tweaks, it was repurposed as the group’s debut single. Then, Andrew says you should check out Gucci Mane’s Weird. It’s a great track that features a whole bunch of weird lyrics that allude to Christmas.

You can find Andrew Noz on Pitchfork, the Fader, or check out his blog at Cocaine Blunts.

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My Brother, My Brother, and Me Give Holiday Advice

Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy and Griffin McElroy stop by Bullseye to answer some of your most pressing holiday quandaries. They take on Dickensian fairs, lazy gifting, and the perfect playlist for your holiday party.

If you’ve still got questions that need answers, the McElroy brothers host a weekly advice show for the modern era called My Brother, My Brother, and Me. You can subscribe wherever you download podcasts, and send your queries to mbmbam@maximumfun.org.

This segment originally aired in December 2012.

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The B-52s' Fred Schneider on Christmas Music, Wacky Poetry and Creating a Signature Sound

There are few bands that better define outrageousness than The B-52s. And there is no greater symbol of that group's outrageousness than Fred Schneider. As frontman for The B-52s, he’s crossed a Georgia drawl with a unique style of talk-singing in songs like Love Shack and Rock Lobster.

In 2010, Jesse sat down with Schneider to talk about the holidays. The vocalist had just recorded a new Christmas album with his band The Superions. The album is called Destination… Christmas! and features several goofy holiday songs like “Fruitcake” and “Crummy Christmas Tree”.

Schneider tells Jesse how he comes up with his nutty lyrics, why he decided to write poetry in college and, most importantly, how to compose holiday songs on the fly.

This segment originally aired in December 2010.

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The Outshot: This Christmas by Donny Hathaway

On this week’s Outshot, Jesse tells you about his absolute favorite holiday song. He puts it on every year, and explains why you should too. Take a listen to This Christmas by Donny Hathaway.

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Special Credits

Be sure to check out these holiday classics, also in this week's show:
Father Christmas - The Kinks
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
I Hate Christmas - Oscar the Grouch
Down On Christmas - Stompin’ Tom Connors

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