Ep. 67 – “Lobotomized Kennedy”

It’s a family reunion as The Broad Street Breakdown celebrates the triumphant return of Cousin Friz! Everyone loves the Frank, and it’s like he never left. The crew gives a recap of the recent wedding of The OG and Jackie Brown, in which a splendid time was had by all. There was keck, there was dancing, masks, and everyone looked real sharp, ya dig? After that a more serious topic is broached: with the recent spate of sexual assault and abuse allegations in the world of entertainment, the squad gives their take on recent events in a discussion that encompasses mental health issues, addiction, and Corey Feldman’s movie. As usual, all the gimmicks make their rounds: a special Jimmy Blast edition of word association is proffered, The Talent has a wedding-themed Cheapo Tip, “Dear Vin” is the usual bloodbath you’ve come to expect, letters from the Gimmick Gang are read and answered, and, as always, we send youse home with some real nice recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: Peace to my family, death to my enemies…

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. 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. 54 – “I Know What I Do in the Bathroom and it Ain’t Fucking Sane”

Fresh from a long road travelled, Vinnie is back with some stories from life on tour with old friends 7L & Esoteric, and the BSB squad celebrates the return of a new episode. There is much to cover, and things get off to a rousing start with the Professor being shunned by the OG while Vinnie recounts a bizarre brand of behavior exhibited by Eso. A very personal discussion of bathroom etiquette ensues. The OG gives you the rundown on his new band: Done Deal, and their imminent debut. The return of the crew’s latest, all-encompassing obsession, “The Leftovers,” is discussed in depth as everybody tries to wrap their head around the show’s mind-boggling season premiere. In Biz talk, The OG and Vin recap Mania and gloat about how they were right in their Hardy Boys’ predictions while delving into what will become of the Broken Matt gimmick now that they’ve signed with Vince. All your favorite gimmicks return with Pablo’s Cheapo Tip, a round of Word, the BSB mailbag, and, of course, “Dear Vin.” We wrap it all up and send you home with some recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Are you morbid?

Ep. 53 – “I Hate When You Do Things That Make Me Upset”

Right out the box the OG pits another “Who wins in a fight” on youse, this one involving two of the top “Who’s worse” candidates, and these are two of the top strappers that ever strapped. It’s a posit that inspires some good, healthy, vitriol. Later, the boys delve into a discussion about parenting; specifically the idea of using physical violence to discipline children and the generational variations of what discipline is. The conversation takes on convention and addresses the “back in MY day” crowd. In Biz talk, more in-depth discussion of the evolution of Broken Matt Hardy and what is to become of the brothers. Will they end up with Vince? What’s going to happen at Wrestlemania? Speculation abounds and Vinnie and the OG proffer their theories. As expected, the usual gimmicks make an appearance; Vinnie takes another walk down the dark road that is “Dear Vin,” A Cheapo Tip is offered, Word Association goes for a round, The Professor reads emails from the BSB mailbag, and everybody pits up some excellent recommendations for youse. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: Where were you while we were getting high…

Ep. 52 – “Two Shitty Eyeball”

After a brief hiatus the BSB is back. Vinnie kicks it off with a tribute to a fallen friend as he recounts his friendship with recently passed Bill Paxton. Then, while in the midst of recounting the Sicko and The Professor’s trip to Brooklyn for a Sheer Terror show, the OG calls an audible, and, just like that, a new BSB game is born. The Gavin tells of his most recent bout with sickness and it leads into a vintage Man of the People story. Vinnie’s reading of a Curtis Scoon statement begins a crew discussion of personal accountability and the politics of left vs. right. In Biz talk, the OG and Paz celebrate the lives and careers of two fallen heroes and then discuss the recent happenings with Broken Matt Hardy. As usual, all the favorite gimmicks are revisited: word association, “Dear Vin,” the BSB mailbag, The Professor goes fox hunting in his latest Cheapo Tip, and, as we always do, the squad sends youse home with some nice recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: This one’s for you, never hang up your boots…

Ep. 50 – “I Don’t Even Care Enough About You to Chuck a Fuckin’ Apple”

Broad Street Breakdown hits the half-century mark with episode 50, and the crew celebrates with a very spirited discussion about the Trump inauguration and the recent marches and protests assembled in his honor. Punching Nazis, Transgender issues, the Feminist Movement, and several other complex social issues are touched upon in this lively conversation. The OG calls an audible and deviates from the show’s format by dropping his recommendation in the first half of the show, then tells a Man of the People story about a recent movie production near Cresson St. Tattoo. In Biz talk, Vinnie and The OG rundown a new top 10 list for youse to ponder. Afterwards, the usual gimmicks take place as the crew dives into Word Association, “Dear Vin,” letters from the Gimmick Gang in the BSB mailbag, and, of course, a whole new set of recommendations. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: I know the world’s got problems, I got problems of my own…

Ep. 47 – “Break Down the Banter”

It’s the Professor’s birthday, and that can only mean one thing: ice cream KECK! The crew surprises The Talent with the traditional BSB gimmicks of ice cream keck and cards. The OG calls an audible right out the box: no thinking about it, who are your top 3 hardcore singers of all time? The question goes around the table and leads into a nuanced discussion of the nature of the artist and what it means to grow along with one’s art. We all know of those certain artists that dropped that one life-altering album and never came close to catching that same lightning in a bottle. What is the science behind “falling off,” in an artistic sense? It’s an interesting discussion that wends its way through hardcore, punk, hip-hop, and any other genre of subculture music the guys can think of.  Afterwards, The OG and Vinnie talk Biz stuff, getting ready for the Royal Rumble and discussing the Hardy brothers. Without fail, the usual gimmicks make their appearance: word association, “Dear Vin,” letters from the BSB mailbag, and The Professor’s Cheapo Tip of the week (complete with a new twist and rating system). The gang wraps it all up and sends youse home with some personal recommendations. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: We’ll teach you a lesson in violence you won’t soon forget…