Ep. 65 – “If You Don’t Have The Marbles For This Life Anymore, Just Say So”

Episode 65: “If You Don’t Have The Marbles For This Life Anymore Just Say So”

It’s a birthday extravaganza!!! The crew celebrates Vinnie’s birthday with balloons, presents, and, of course, keck. A query is posed regarding Slayer’s appearance on late night TV talk shows. After the horrifying events in Las Vegas, a sobering discussion of violence, guns, rights, and the politicization of tragedy ensues. After a keck breck, some more sad news as Vinnie and the crew memorialize a dear old friend who recently passed; DJ Stef. In biz talk the discussion centers around the deaths of Lance Russell and Bobby The Brain and The OG and Pz reminisce about the glory days. The crew realizes how much they liked Tom Petty’s music and how brilliant Harry Dean Stanton was. The requisite gimmicks are revisited: Tall Paul’s word association box is back in play, “Dear Vin” is the usual horrorshow, The Professor has a birthday-themed Cheapo Tip, and Gimmick Gang mail is asked and answered. The BSB wraps it all up with the squad’s recommendations and that’s that. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Today is as good a day as any to tell you to go get fucked…

Ep. 64 – “Gavin Coolidge: My Favorite President”

Ep. 64- “Gavin Coolidge: My Favorite President”

To kneel or not to kneel, that is the question. The crew delves into the prevalent issue of athletes kneeling for the national anthem. In the course of the discussion topics like nationalism, social standing, flags, anthems, wealth and class are all explored. Is there power in a gesture? How important is the messenger who delivers the message? After that, there is some awful, AWFUL news for the pidcast crew and their nightly routine. The Professor and The OG return from their Slurpee and pretzel run with a bombshell of breaking news and The Ko and Vinnie are devastated. Jackie Brown wants to punch Nicolas Cage in the face and also explains what “sounding” is. Tall Paul’s Word Association box is back, “Dear Vin” is the mad parade, The Talent’s Cheapo tip is a window into the grim world of the Professor’s mind. Gimmick Gang mail is read and answered, there is a lot of cock talk, and the squad recommends stuff. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: I don’t need some pig to tell me what the rules are…

Ep. 63 – “Litigious: The Biggest Titties You’ve Ever Seen”

After a lengthy hiatus the BSB crew is back and there is much to discuss and a lot of catching up to do. The Sicko starts it off with an exclusive announcement about a new book his company will be publishing. The Professor recounts another trip “down da shore,” complete with a preemptive Cheapo Tip. The OG recounts the shooting of the latest Done Deal video. Triple Lindy Pazzy talks about his latest Jedi Mind Tricks tour while invoking the Revenge of the Nerds series of films as well as describing adventures trying to cross the border into Canada. Frank Vincent and Grant Hart are memorialized. Biz talk is back: Steen rules, AJ rules, and Raw is shit. But Smackdown was fucking brilliant. Biz talk leads into OG’s story about how he watched McGregor/Mayweather. The usual gimmicks make the rounds: Tall Paul’s magic box of suggestions fuels the Word Association game, the maniacs represent in “Dear Vin,” The Talent brings his Cheapo Tip and the crew answers questions from the Gimmick Gang. Everything wraps up with the boys’ recommendations and everyone goes home happy. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: DERNT!

 

 

 

Ep. 62 – “Bumping Merkins”

Broad Street Breakdown has a studio audience full of family for episode 62 and things get a little crazy. The Professor pops EVERYONE in this one. The crew recaps their weekend at This Is hardcore and the Talent talks about his family vacation “down da shore.” Also, we find out the name of the zebra from the old Fruit Stripe gum. The OG and the Professor recap the recent Done Deal show in Brooklyn. In Biz talk, The OG rails against the apparent elitism he sees among the marks and tells you what’s what. As always, the squad brings it with the usual gimmicks, including a new twist on the word association game. Vinnie’s got some thoughts from some fuckin’ maniacs in this installment of “Dear Vin.” There’s a Cheapo Tip about male grooming, we read and answer letters from the Gimmick Gang and wrap it up with some nice recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Your whole aura is Plexiglas…

Ep. 61 – “What’s Scary Now, Motherfucker?”

It’s a Jackie Brown kind of night! Jackie Brown sits in with the guys for this episode as she and the OG tell the story of the recent marriage proposal. It’s a tale to warm the heart. Everyone is very excited for the upcoming This Is Hardcore extravaganza and the Professor is excited about his trip “down da shore.” In true Pablo fashion, he pits a call out for free drinks while he vacations and a discussion of the Jersey shore ensues. The Sicko “ughhhh” counter is still working, pretzels and Slurpees abound, and the fidget spinners are spinning. Vinnie and the OG discuss, in depth, the upcoming McGregor vs. Mayweather debacle with their particular brand of insight. As usual, the BSB gimmicks are highlighted; word association, “Dear Vin,” and The Professor has something of a tip concerning leftover pretzels. There is mail to be read and, as always, we send youse home with some recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Fuck those unknown motherfuckers, without a ten foot pole they can’t touch us…

Ep. 59 – “One Simple Thread Can Get You Dead”

The crew is down to a trio this week as the Sicko is absent from this episode and nearly taps from illness. Right off the bat, The Professor’s comments lead to a game of “F, Marry, Kill,” with members of the Gimmick Gang being the subjects. It’s as disturbing as it sounds. Vinnie offers up a touching eulogy for Prodigy.  After that, a discussion of Bill Cosby trial begins. Does wealth trump the system? The crew examines the entitlement of ego and the hubris of a very disturbed man, and the bizarre worship of celebrity so prevalent in our culture. Vinnie and OG then discuss the Russo vs. Cornette battle. In absence of the Sicko, Vinnie takes over the word association gimmick. “Dear Vin” brings its usual incoherent madness, The Professor tells you how to get over on the cable companies, we dip into the BSB Mailbag, and, as always, we send youse home with some recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: “There must be some misunderstanding…”

Ep. 58 – “I Like 58 Better, Only ‘Cause it Seems Like More”

The Professor educates us on “Real Estate Porn” and discusses clipper care and grundle cheese. The Sicko cuts his arm for King Diamond. That’s just the beginning. Vinnie recalls an old George Carlin bit about “politically correct language” and the clip sparks a conversation about modern-day political correctness and its ensuing language restrictions, social media’s role in communication, and includes a discussion of Vince Russo and female wrestlers. Hint: The OG cuts a promo on Russo. Afterwards, the usual gimmicks make an appearance: word association yields a classic Nicolas Cage story from Vinnie, “Dear Vin” brings out some more thoughts from some fucking maniacs, Pablo Cheapo extols the virtues of credit card bonus points, we answer letters from the Gimmick Gang in the BSB Mailbag, and, as always, we send youse home with some serious recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: “Before you get up and tell me that I’m wrong, why don’t you shut up and listen to the fucking song…”

Ep. 57: “Through the Bushes; The Autobiography of Gianni Pown: A Wang in the Woods”

It’s that time of year again! Summer is rapidly approaching and that means only one thing in Philadelphia: time for This is Hardcore fest. Old friend Chris Striegel stops by the BSB to fill youse in on all things TIHC-related and hypes us up for our favorite yearly festival. Chris gives us a rundown of who is on the bill for this year and drops an exclusive announcement about one of the many ancillary shows surrounding the main event. Chris X sticks around for the entire show and lends his expertise to the Biz talk. The OG is still no-selling and will not be insulted by the Biz. In usual fashion, the crew kicks it with all the standard BSB gimmicks: The Professor brings his tip of the week, Vinnie reads from the insanity manifesto known as “Dear Vin,” and a Chris X-centric version of Word Association is played. Episode 57 also sees the inception of rising superstar Gianni Pown, mama. After all that, the crew sends you home with another round of recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Life is the sieve through which our anarchy strains…

Ep. 56 – “I’ve Got Froot Loops in My Head Tonight”

After a trip to Old World Italy, (courtesy of The Professor), Broad Street Breakdown recaps the first ever Done Deal show and a night out on the town. Afterwards, Vinnie issues an apology to the Gimmick Gang. Then things get heavy. Episode 56 was recorded the same day the world got news of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell’s suicide. It’s a situation that really hits home for the crew, and a very in-depth and frank discussion of addiction and suicide ensues, with everyone really delving deep into personal experience and holding nothing back. It’s an intense exploration of some pretty dark shit, and the squad handles it with aplomb and dignity. Later on, in Biz talk, The OG is still no-selling and will not be insulted, and he and Vinnie field some wrestling questions from the Gimmick Gang. As usual, all the requisite gimmicks are played; Word Association, “Dear Vin,” The Professor gives you a tip on how to get free drinks, and we read some letters from the BSB Mailbag. As always, the show wraps up with some serious recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: They say things are gonna get better. All I know is they fuckin’ better…

Ep. 55 – “If You Like Megadeth You Can’t Listen to This Podcast”

It’s the OG’s birthday! BSB is back, and episode 55 kicks off with a tribute to the OG on his birthday with song and treats. After that, it’s right into the Biz as the boys discuss their most recent venture to House of Hardcore in Philly. A night at the 2300 Arena is punctuated with a coveted interview with Philadelphia’s biggest wrestling mark: The Wooch. Vinnie and the OG analyze, in depth, an off-the-cuff interview the Professor gets with a fixture of Philly’s wrestling scene. He’s the guy you see front row at every Philly-area wrestling event and the crew has affectionately dubbed him “The Wooch.” After that, The Broad Street Breakdown tries something new. A recent obsession with the channel Mtv Classic leads to a viewing party, and youse are invited along as the crew watches and comments on ‘80s metal videos from the glory days of “Headbangers Ball.” As usual, all the regular gimmicks shine: a couch-bound round of the Word Association game, The Professor gives Cheapo advice to a Gimmick Ganger seeking help in the ways of the Chep, Vinnie walks you down that dark path of “Dear Vin,” Cody Mac makes another guest appearance, and the BSB wraps it up with some prime recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Our attitude’s all fucked up and real shitty…