Ep. 32 – “Oh, It’s Whatever… Unless it’s not Whatever. So, if it’s Not Fucking Whatever Let Me Know”

Remember back in the day, like the ‘60s and ‘70s, when what was called “protest music” was also known as “pop” music, and some of the biggest artists charted high and had mass popularity with songs that tackled social issues? You don’t see much of that anymore, and it’s a topic that Vinnie, The OG, and the boys get into in this episode. Mrs. X joins the show for this episode to add her thoughts on the subject, and it makes for an interesting conversation. Later, The OG and Vinnie complete their countdown, revealing their top 5 workers right now and letting you know what’s what. The Professor comes back with another Cheapo Tip that will blow your mind. Stupid Sicko and Sad Ian continue their depressing dialogue. Everybody joins in for a round of Word Association and Vinnie takes you down that dark and deeply disturbing path known as “Dear Vin.” Pablo reads your emails and the gang sends you home with some more choice recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: I thought that if you had an acoustic guitar then it meant that you were a protest singer…

Ep. 31 – “I Would Love it if I Was Capable of Loving Things”

When the Broad Street Breakdown crew goes out they always come back with stories, and this episode is no different. First up: Sicko and Mrs. X return fresh from a Morrissey concert in Philadelphia and, as expected, Sicko was miserable and tells you all about it. Afterwards, Vinnie, Gavin, The Professor, and the Sicko give you the rundown on their big Saturday night out at the 2300 Arena for House of Hardcore, and it’s a scene. Keeping it in the Biz; Paz and the OG take umbrage with the PWI top 500 list from last week’s episodes and come back with their own top 10 of workers right now. Numbers 10-6 are covered and their list is the law of the land, pals. The Professor calls an audible and shuts down the Cheapo Tip for this week after an unruly listener tries to shoot on the Professor’s way of life, and the crew ain’t having that. The usual gimmicks are there for your consumption: Word Association, “Dear Vin,” the listener mailbag, and, of course, a new round of recommendations for youse to enjoy. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: We will not be treated as property.

Ep. 30 – “Save the Genius for Me”

Calling all vinyl heads! This episode celebrates the perfection of the crew’s favorite musical format: vinyl. Double LPs, ornate gatefolds, imports, picture discs, colored wax… vinyl is recalled and celebrated as Vinnie and The OG talk about records and why the format is still so stubbornly vibrant and important. From collectors to producers to being the head of an independent record label, Vinnie and the boys talk about why vinyl has meant so much to them. Then, in Biz talk, Vinnie and Gavin return to Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s top 500 list, counting down and commenting on numbers 10-1. How does PWI’s list compare to the BSB’s? Tune in and find out. As always, the gang steps up with your favorite gimmicks: Sad Ian and Stupid Sicko take their ongoing dialogue to more ridiculous places, the Word Association game goes another round, Paz takes you into the strange and frightening world that is “Dear Vin,” Professor Pablo reads your emails, and the squad sets you up with some choice recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: why do we constantly smile at people who we’d much rather kick in the eye?

Ep. 29 – “No Flowers Grow Here”

An episode of “South Park” gets the conversation started, and Vinnie, OG, and the boys get into some political talk. As with most things in life, it all comes back to the Biz, and the Broad Street Breakdown is well-schooled in the art of the work. Remember kids: everything is a work, especially politics, and the BSB crew ain’t a bunch of marks. Later, a recent Pro Wrestling Illustrated top 500 list is dissected and commented on, with Paz and the OG taking on numbers 20-11 to start. Sad Ian and Stupid Sicko face off in another test of depressing wills. The Professor is back to serve youse with another Cheapo Tip, everyone plays a round of the Word Association gimmick, Vinnie delves into the darkness that is “Dear Vin,” Professor Pablo reads your emails and the gang presents you with another round of recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: We don’t like trendy cunts who pose…

Ep. 28 – “We’re Wired Differently than Some Other People”

Vinnie has a barbershop encounter that leads to a heavy discussion about rage as The OG and Paz walk you through a blackout and try to find the elusive balance between anger and peace. It’s a conversation that leads to some heavy turns and a few “back-in-the-day” fight stories. Later, in Biz talk, Vinnie and The OG discuss CM Punk’s foray into the world of MMA and the art of the work and the worked shoot. They also set youse up for the upcoming House of Hardcore event about to jump off in Philly. Another round of all the gimmicks you love gets trotted out: Word Association, Professor Pablo’s Cheapo Tip of the Week, Listener email, “Dear Vin,” and, of course, the squad sends you home with some prime recommendations that you need to be checking for. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: It’s all just lies, what they said, just some shit to fill your head…

Ep. 27 – “Just Because I Don’t Care Doesn’t Mean I Don’t Understand”

The Professor is back and he comes bearing gifts and fantastical stories about magical lands, Hulks and wizards, and Hogmeat. Vinnie and the OG grill Producer Pablo about his recent vacation and the stories are vintage Pablo. Afterwards, the crew breaks down the most recent Misfits reunion show, and their take on one of the most anticipated reunions in recent memory may surprise you. Later, Vinnie and Gavin take the Biz talk to the holy land, with word of a Holy Grail being found in the form of footage from the infamous “Battle of Atlanta.” Don’t worry, we trot out the usual gimmicks for youse: Word Association, the always-inspiring listener Mailbag, crew recommendations, and, of course, “Dear Vin.” It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Things seem so much different now, the scene has died away…

Ep. 26 – “I’m Not a Comedy Guy, Man. Nothing’s Funny”

What happens when the mainstream gets its dirty mitts on subculture, and the filthy lucre begins to fly? Vinnie, The OG, and The Sicko examine the effects of culture vultures and what their impact has been on things like music scenes and tattoo culture. It’s a question of the squares, man, and how they fuck up everything we love. With The Professor on vacation, the crew heads back to where it all began: Found Sound Studios, with Scott Stallone back on the boards, and an old friend sitting in, all mystery-guest-like. Vinnie and The OG Gavin bring it all back to the Biz with your weekly rundown and, as usual, your favorite gimmicks make the rounds: Word Association, “Dear Vin,” and some Gimmick Gang emails. As always, the squad has a heavy list of recommendations for you, and everyone goes home with a smile. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: We’re fighting a war we can’t win… they hate us and we hate them.

Ep. 25 – “My Head Likes the Ghosts”

So… What scares you? Fear is the face of our first Thursday episode, and Vinnie, The OG, The Professor, and the Sicko discuss their deepest, darkest fears, and you might be surprised by some of the paths they travel. Mental trauma, primordial fear, childhood phobias, C.H.U.D.s, “Small Wonder,” and tests of faith are all fodder for this episode’s discussion. Later, you know the deal: Biz all day, and Paz and the OG go into the Seth Rollins vs. Finn deal and examine the price of working stiff and snug, as well as discussing a common favorite: Heath Slater. Of course, no episode of the BSB would be complete without the standard gimmicks youse all love: Word Association, “Dear Vin,” listener email, and another round of recommendations. Does the Die-Vul make another appearance? What about our man, the ultra-heavy Phil Amino? All this, and more, on The Broad Street Breakdown: Hard times are coming your way.