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. 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. 22 – “Three Inches off the Hip”

Live from the Macaroni Mansion, the gang returns with another fine episode of the Breakdown. First up: The OG visits the doctor and prepares for a sleep study gimmick. Then, a recap of This Is Hardcore weekend and everything that went down with Philly’s favorite hardcore fest. An attempt at discussing the importance of skate culture gets derailed when the OG calls an audible and the crew instead goes off the rails and talks about the Rolling Stone top 40 “punk rock” bands list. Meanwhile, in Biz talk, with a lull in the summer program, Paz and the OG dive into their top tag-team tandems of all time. As usual, your favorite segments are represented: “Dear Vin,” Listener emails, and the Professor AKA Producer Pablo pulls out a special hat for this installment of the Word Association gimmick. Another Cheapo Tip is offered, and the squad comes through with more recommendations for youse to check out. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: we tried to look on the Brightside…found out there isn’t one.

Ep. 21 – “Chris Is Hardcore”

It’s This is Hardcore time! This week’s episode the gang welcomes old friend and fellow wrestling expert Chris Striegel, AKA Chris X, who is one of the driving forces behind Philadelphia’s premier hardcore festival. Chris gives us a look at the behind-the-scenes action, as well as the huge effort that goes into putting the yearly four day gathering together, while giving everyone a preview of what they can expect from this year’s edition. Conversations with Chris spark the BSB crew into talking about their own memories of hardcore shows from back in the day, and several “who’s better” challenges go down. As usual, the OG Gavin and Vinnie get into some seriously in-depth conversations about the biz, and Chris X is right there in the mix to add his perspective on the recent draft, as well as everything else going down biz-wise. Episode 21 also features all your favorite gimmicks: Word Association, “Dear Vin,” and Professor Pablo hits you with a summertime Cheapo Tip. Listener email is read and recommendations are proffered, and everyone goes home happy. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: We’re just grabbing for something to hold onto in a world that’s disintegrating around us…