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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Charlottesville: Fix You First

In Episode 353, Germar recognizes the number of white people, in the aftermath of Charlottesville, that 1) are looking for direction, and 2) are giving direction. Here, he explains that they should 1) listen, and 2) acknowledge their role in this mess, then do better. He gets very specific, with an anecdote and guideline.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Game of Thrones: Eastwatch

In Episode 352, Germar and Jessica somehow find another notch and then surpass even that lofty standard. If you love Game of Thrones and you don't listen to this podcast, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?!?! And the opening is so NSFW. 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charlottesville: What's Really Goin' On.

Most of you are not standing with us, and you never have.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Indie Music: My Silent Bravery "Got It Going On"

by Germar Derron

I've listened to every My Silent Bravery track that I could find. "Got It Going On" is not only the best of those tracks, but it's quintessential MSB. It's light and fun. The acoustic guitar carries throughout, and the vocal is clean and pitch-perfect, but not overpowering or overbearing.

I love that "GIGO" is brief. Much of the best of America's soundtrack includes songs that last no more than about three minutes--Classic Motown, The Beach Boys, Queen (because we love them), etc. The best artists know how to get in, make a point, get out, and leave us wanting more. MSB nails that model on "GIGO."

I may never be able to separate the track from the music video. And I adore the boldness of both. This song--that's about how amazing the singer might be--is accompanied by the most "confident" music video I've ever seen. The actors, all scantily clad, exude that confidence. And here, the filmmakers took some serious chances. It could be controversial, but I get it. The chance that they took was worth it. It paid off.

GIGO leads an interesting introduction of an album. This album will be released in parts of three different EPs over the next year. And like all of the best indie artists, MSB already has his foot in the door. The video premiered through The Huffington Post. GIGO is currently charting on the Hot Billboard Singles Chart, right under Estelle and Mick Jagger. And the album is co-written and produced by Jim McGorman (Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne). He's a pro already and demonstrates that on GIGO.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Are you in Indiana? 12 Ways to know if you're in Indiana

You love lists and Look to the Cookie doesn't do enough of them. So here are the rankings and reasons for the top 12 clues that you might be in Indiana, according to a black guy that lived in Indiana once.

12. Do people keep asking you, “What are you doing in Indiana?” I’ve lived in six states and visited 24 others. But only when I moved to Indiana did people ask “why” in a way that suggested I’d made the most grave of mistakes. 

11. You flew over it. If you flew over the state, you might be in Indiana. There are not many reasons to land there. Flyover states--just listen to the song.

10.  Are pockets of people Canadian, but swear that they aren’t? People in parts of this great state speak in that nasally, Wisconsin-y, Michigan-Canadian border way that grates on your ear drums. And when you mention it, they say “wuat ackceant?”

9. Somehow, you’re in the south. If you notice a high number of confederate flags, southern drawls, overalls, pickup trucks, and country music stations, you might be in Indiana. 

8. How good do they beer? Hoosiers often arrive with a 30-pack of beer that you’ve never heard of, and then they drink it, and then they drive home. *BELCH* But never on Sundays.

7. You're in a wine-ry. Every town has a winery, and tastes are free. I did ssssooooo much “tasting.” Some wineries make slushy samples and some moonlight as distilleries and make mixed drink samples. YAY booze!
6. It’s a college town. Ball State, Holy Cross, IU, Indiana State, Purdue, Notre Dame, and-- I kid you not--85 others. In Indiana, every town is a college town. So culture and enlightenment are everywhere, if you want to live in an episode of Girls for the rest of your life. State law prohibits happy hours, but don’t miss those $3 Long Island pitchers in Bloomington. I died that night—again.

5. Are you having sex, because there’s nothing else to do? No shade—get it in. But Indiana is the only place where it’s normal to catch your girlfriend sleeping with your brother’s girlfriend and his girlfriend’s girlfriend. And of course you join them, and laugh about it later, over a 30-pack, with your brother.  *minds explode*

4. Breasts and pecs are smaller on average. No, they’re not; stomachs are bigger. I Googled. Indiana is ranked 11th in obesity rates, and worse than every other place I’ve lived, including those southern states. Hoosiers carry their heft as a badge of honor. Most people there don’t pretend to diet or feign workouts. They don’t wrap their stomachs, suck them in, or cover them and cower all day. Those big bellies enter rooms first, lead conversations, and jiggle and sweat heavily on dance floors. Do you Indiana.

3. Big bushy sticky beards. I realize that it’s a thing now. Lazy dudes convinced women that stinky face forests are sexy. Indiana might be the laziest state in the union. I love when something sticky gets caught in the upper beard below the lip. It’s fun to watch it not trickle, or fall or bounce—it’s more like paint drying.

2. White people are EVERYWHERE. When I drove through Kansas--east to west--I passed fields of corn on both sides of me for hours. A drive through Indiana feels similar if you replace corn with white people. There are fields and fields of whites everywhere. But don’t worry, half of them are cool in that “I think black people are cool, but I don’t know too many in real life” type of way.

1. Are you a tall fat white guy with a beard? I’m not sure if there’s a year-long convention, or if it’s one family of giants. But if you’re a tall fat white guy with a beard, this is the place to be. There are more tall fat white guys with beards than there are minorities. Occasionally, you’ll catch one with a fresh shave and it’s creepier than Stranger Things, It, and The X-Files combined. They look like giant happy babies. I want to kiss those chubby cheeks.

0. Am I sober?  Yes. Yes, I am.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Top 10: College Lessons from Outside of the Classroom

Episode 349 is probably the BEST personal pod in quite some time. People say that 65% of what you learn in college is picked up outside of the classroom. Here, Germar shares his top 10 non-lecture lessons from undergrad, grad, and law school.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hostel Management; Dunkirk

Episode 347 barely made it off the shelf. Here, Germar talks about his time managing a hostel in southern Indiana. What did he do? How did it go? And what did he learn? But first, Germar saw Dunkirk and had more thoughts about it than he imagined.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Girls Talk Geek - A Game of Thrones

Jessica Kinney thought that she could moonlight in the world of GoT podcasting. She thought that Germar wouldn't find out. But he did find out, and he wants his cut. Here, Jessica, Shannon, and Jolene discuss Thrones--yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War

In Episode 348, once again, Germar and Jessica provide the best GoT coverage outside of the actual episode. And this episode may be their best yet! Subscribe, then share, then comment, then rate, then tell all your friends, then write a thinkpiece about our episode about their episode, then receive one million dollars.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

GIRLS Ended This Year

In Episode 346, we realize that we're four months late to the party. Girls ended, and Germar has lots of important thoughts. But first, Germar has a final thought on all things LGB and especially T (now you gotta click).

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