Music Raygun

67 EpisodesProduced by Paul Ciampanelli & Kirk Pynchon

Each episode of Music Raygun explores a different musical artist, topic or concept. Hosts Paul Ciampanelli and Kirk Pynchon watch and discuss related music videos, TV clips, commercials, interviews and other pop-culture ephemera on YouTube.

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47.5: Miniepisode 20

December 10th, 2018

Paul and Kirk celebrate the holiday season by discussing the rumored Prince jukebox musical, sharing their galaxy-brain "Don't @ Me" takes, and …

47: Nile Rodgers

December 3rd, 2018

We’re taking a look at the career of Nile Rodgers, the genius guitarist, songwriter and producer behind Chic as well as hits from by Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, INXS and Daft Punk, all of whom are featured …

46.5: Miniepisode 19

November 26th, 2018

Feeling festive? Kirk and Paul are both excited for the holiday season. Kirk has some thoughts about how getting older has affected his outlook on …

46: TV Theme Music

November 19th, 2018

We’re doing something different on this episode of “Music Raygun.” Instead of talking about pop music, we’ll listen to some classic TV themes. From which TV shows, you ask? Here are some hints: a working-class sitcom …

45.5: Miniepisode 18

November 12th, 2018

Paul embarrassed himself in the last miniepisode, so there are corrections to make. Uncle Marc checks in to address a glaring omission. The "Don't @ …

45: Boy Bands

November 5th, 2018

Back in January 2017, your hosts recorded what’s now the show’s lost pilot episode. (Paul accidentally destroyed the file trying to teach himself …

44.5: Miniepisode 17

October 29th, 2018

Kirk and Paul discuss the Halloween songs that too many basic beezies play at Halloween parties. Plus also they name which song needs to become more …

44: Halloween II

October 22nd, 2018

Clanking chains. Creaking door. Spiderweb. Boo. It’s Halloween. This time of year gives us an excuse to do what rock and roll was invented for: …

43.5: Miniepisode 16

October 15th, 2018

A question about a particular song reminds Paul why Twitter is fun, Kirk has a strong opinion about a movie he hasn't seen, Uncle Marc checks in and …

43: Bass Guitar

October 8th, 2018

We’re gonna add some bottom so that the dancers just won’t hide. Get your thumb slapping and your finger popping because it’s time to take a deep dive into bass guitars and bass guitar players. We’re talking Verdine, …

42.5: Miniepisode 15

October 2nd, 2018

Paul and Kirk dip into the listener mailbag. Kirk talks about seeing Anita Baker in concert last month. The "Don't @ Me" takes are short but spicy. …

42: Off-Brand Picks

September 24th, 2018

On this episode of “Music Raygun,” we’re talking about off-brand picks! What does that mean? The topic what Kirk’s idea, because even though he has a self-described “narrow” enjoyment of music, there is still plenty of …

41.5: Miniepisode 14

September 17th, 2018

Paul and Kirk put a bow on the most recent regular episode with a few final thoughts about new jack swing. Kirk goes off the dome with a hot take for …

41: New Jack Swing

September 10th, 2018

This episode has been a long time coming. Paul and Kirk talked about having new jack swing as a topic back when they first conceived of “Music …

40.5: Miniepisode 13

September 3rd, 2018

Paul and Kirk redress a couple of glaring omissions from a recent episode, answer the question of that "Last American Virgin" soundtrack song, and …

40: Zbigniew Rybczynski

August 27th, 2018

For the first time on “Music Raygun,” Paul and Kirk have chosen to focus on the work of one particular music video director. In this case, it’s …

39.5: Miniepisode 12

August 20th, 2018

Kirk and Paul talk about an upcoming Anita Baker concert and the time someone won a date with Prince. "Don't @ Me" (them) about OMC or Duran Duran. …

39: B-Sides III

August 13th, 2018

“Music Raygun” B-sides episodes are when we look back to past episode themes for new videos that we left out, forgot or didn’t know about the first time around. So our third B-sides podcast serves up bonus clips from …

38.5: Miniepisode 11

August 6th, 2018

Kirk has news; the boys discuss summer music festivals and Bass Player magazine; two fresh, hot takes for the "Don't @ Me" segment; and, as always, a …

38: Quincy Jones

July 30th, 2018

Our topic for this episode is someone who’s been around for so long, is such a multi-hyphenate and has worked with so many other legends that he’s …

37.5: Miniepisode 10

July 23rd, 2018

Say yay, because Krag's back! Kirk has returned from his adventures abroad, and he's ready to tell us about fleeing to the Cleve and clubbing up down by the Flats (or not). On "Don't @ Me," one of your hosts has a take …

37: Grab Bag IV (w/ Katie Willert)

July 16th, 2018

Kirk’s on vacation, so pinch-hitter-in-chief Katie Willert is back in the “studio” to fill in for the Kragman. She and Paul are taking it easy for …

36.5: Miniepisode 9 (w/ Katie Willert)

July 9th, 2018

Kirk’s on vacation this week, so filling in we have BFF of the show Katie Willert. She and Paul discuss their respective personalized "Your Summer …

36: Music Videos 1995-97

July 2nd, 2018

For the first time since the second episode, we’re focusing strictly on music videos from a specific era. In this case, 1995-97. Given the age gap …

35.5: Miniepisode 8

June 25th, 2018

We're back to normal on a truly mini miniepisode, i.e., no guests and no high-stakes, winner-takes-all competitions. But there are a couple of …

35: Detroit

June 18th, 2018

Here’s a new entry in the show’s series profiling music from different cities, states and regions of the USA. This time it’s a long look at Detroit, Michigan, aka Detroit Rock City, aka the Motor City, aka Motown. …

34.5: Miniepisode 7

June 11th, 2018

Paul and Kirk answer some listener mail; a brain-melting correction changes everything they thought they knew about the "Boston" cover art; a band …

34: Dance II (w/ Isabel Nelson)

June 4th, 2018

Once again, “Music Raygun” welcomes a past guest back for another episode. Isabel Nelson returns to talk a bunch more about dance with Kirk, a fellow …

33.5: Miniepisode 6 (w/ Isabel Nelson)

May 28th, 2018

Say yay, because Isabel Nelson is back as our guest for a new miniepisode. Paul, Kirk and Isabel kick things off on a fun note by talking about …

33: Slow Jams (w/ Katie Willert)

May 21st, 2018

It’s time to snuggle up with your lovers under those covers, because you’re listening to the Quiet Storm on Music Raygun. Paul and Kirk welcome back …

32.5: Miniepisode 5 (w/ Katie Willert)

May 14th, 2018

Katie Willert was the first guest on Music Raygun, and now she's the first guest on one of our miniepisodes. She spills the tea with some behind-the-scenes secrets from the 2018 Met Gala red carpet, then shares a piping …

32: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

May 7th, 2018

Even if you don’t recognize the names of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, you know their work. Because they’re responsible for dozens of the biggest pop hits of the last 30-plus years. Original members of The Time …

31.5: Miniepisode 4

April 30th, 2018

Uncle Marc is back with a new email, we say goodbye to Bob Dorough, Paul has podcast recommendations, plus a new "Don't @ Me" and another round of …

31: Rebel Girls II

April 23rd, 2018

Last April, we gave you our first “Rebel Girls” episode of the podcast, so this year we wanted to make it an annual tradition. Here’s a bunch more badass woman in rock music, including Lunachicks, Liliput (nee Kleenex), …

30.5: Miniepisode 3

April 16th, 2018

It's another of our Music Raygun minis, the in-between episodes you can get only if you subscribe to the podcast (or find us on SoundCloud). But you're reading this, so you figured that out already. Good for you, sailor!

30: Grab Bag III

April 9th, 2018

We went back to the bag for Music Raygun No. 30. The grab bag, that is. We’ve got a real rando-crando mix of artists, songs and videos for you in this episode, including Bad Manners, BadBadNotGood, Beefheart, Blossom …

29.5: Miniepisode 2

April 2nd, 2018

We're back for another miniepisode as Kirk tries to redeem himself following a crushing defeat in the previous trivia game. Also, starting right now, …

29: Hip-Hop 1992-93

March 26th, 2018

When last we looked at hip-hop through the years, they were 1988-89. This time, they’re 1992-93. Kirk was finishing college. Paul was in elementary …

28.5: Miniepisode 1

March 18th, 2018

It's the first "Music Raygun" miniepisode! Since day one, we've warmed up for recording each episode of the show by first playing a quick round of Trivial Pursuit: RPM Edition, a game of music trivia published in 1985. …

28: Madonna

March 11th, 2018

How can two Joes Bag o’ Doughnuts like us hope to reckon with the fact of a living deity like Madonna? By admitting from the start that we only scratch the surface of the surface of this episode’s topic. But we’ll track …

27: Minneapolis

February 26th, 2018

We’re kicking off Year Two of this podcast by returning to the theme of our first episode. Sort of. That episode was about Prince. This episode is …

26: B-Sides II

February 12th, 2018

We’re wrapping up the first year of our podcast with a second helping of Music Raygun B-sides. That means looking back to past episode themes for bonus clips that we left out (or didn’t know about) the first time …

25: Funk

January 29th, 2018

Music Raygun is finally focusing on the funk. Typical to their tastes, Paul leans toward the early funk years of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, while …

24: Los Angeles

January 15th, 2018

Kirk and Paul already paid tribute to their respective hometowns of Cleveland and Providence, so now it’s time to acknowledge their shared current …

23: Bad

January 1st, 2018

Happy New Year, raygunners! In celebration of 2018’s dawn, this episode is something a little different. Kirk and Paul watch just one video. Well, …

22: Happy Holidays

December 18th, 2017

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, happy Kwanzaa, wonderful solstice and cool Yule to everyone. We know a lot of people say they hate Christmas music, …

21: Charlene deGuzman Interview

December 4th, 2017

For the first time on “Music Raygun,” our guest is the topic. Charlene deGuzman is a musician, dancer, comedian, writer and advice columnist. She and …

20: Grab Bag II

November 20th, 2017

For the second time on “Music Raygun,” our topic for this episode is no topic at all. It’s our first sequel episode as we bring you another grab bag of videos. We’re looking at an assortment of our favorite clips that …

19: Dance (w/ Isabel Nelson)

November 6th, 2017

We’re joined by special guest Isabel Nelson, a friend of the show and, like Kirk, a trained dancer. That’s why the focus of this episode is dance. Isabel and Kirk are here to speak intelligently about the art form, with …

18: Halloween

October 23rd, 2017

It’s the most frightening episode of the show yet. Kirk and Paul are celebrating Halloween with the very spookiest and ookiest music clips they could …

17: The Jackson Dynasty

October 9th, 2017

Michael Jackson was so huge in the 1980s that his success affected everyone in the music industry, not excluding the other Jacksons, i.e., Michael’s siblings. Everyone was so desperate for a piece of what Michael had …

16: B-Sides

September 25th, 2017

We’ve done a “grab bag” episode in the past where we said the theme was no theme. It was kind of random videos that didn’t fit any topic. We’re doing another assortment show this time, but it’s sort of the opposite, …

15: Punk

September 11th, 2017

Kirk had his time to shine with the disco episode, but this one is all Paul’s doing. It’s finally time to talk about punk. Cretins hop, Pistols …

14: Hip-Hop 1988-89

August 28th, 2017

What do we like? We like the cars that go boom, or at least the girls who sing about them. We also like Biz Markie, BDP, Heavy D, and Public E, so we're taking a look at a very specific time period in rap history: 1988 …

13: Disco

August 14th, 2017

Kirk takes the wheel as “Music Raygun” goes back in time to the 1970s, when everything was bright and shiny on the outside, but sort of washed out and profoundly bleak beneath the surface. That's right: It's our disco …

12: Rhode Island and Northeast Ohio

July 31st, 2017

We're going home, back to our respective hometowns. Paul is presenting the music of Rhode Island, and Kirk visits his old stomping grounds in …

11: Saxophone

July 17th, 2017

For the first time, we’re focusing our attention on one instrument: the saxophone. This has been a long time coming. When we first discussed what topics we wanted to have on the show, “saxophone” was Kirk’s immediate …

10: Harry Nilsson (w/ Katie Willert)

July 3rd, 2017

Katie Willert is back! She's co-hosting while Kirk is on vacation. As promised during Katie’s first appearance on “Music Raygun,” she and Paul devote …

9: Grab Bag

June 19th, 2017

We always say every episode of “Music Raygun” features a particular music artist, concept or topic. Well, we lied to you about that. Because this …

8: New Edition

June 5th, 2017

Kirk is really happy whenever he gets to talk about one of his top five, possibly top three favorite bands ever. We’re talking about Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike (and Ralph and Johnny). It’s the long-planned New …

7: Katie Willert

May 22nd, 2017

We’re joined by the fantastic Katie Willert, who’s here to share with us (and you) some of her favorite songs and videos. You know Katie from Cracked's "After Hours," the Upright Citizens Brigade, Funny or Die and and …

6: Yacht Rock

May 15th, 2017

After a very brief hiatus, "Music Raygun" has returned. Kirk is back from vacation, and it’s time for us to turn our attentions to yacht rock, an …

5: Rebel Girls

April 18th, 2017

We’re celebrating just a few of the coolest, baddest-ass and most revolutionary women in rock. A fictional band refuses to put out. A real band …

4: Billy Joel

April 4th, 2017

It’s time to take a close look at Christie Brinkley’s ex-husband William. You may know him better as Billy. Billy Joel. It's Billy Joel. See, just …

3: Commercials

March 21st, 2017

What does it mean to sell out? When, if ever, is selling out OK? (It is.) (Is it?) (Sometimes.) We take a long look at musicians who sold their music …

2: Music Videos 1981-83

March 7th, 2017

We set our minds back to the early days of MTV to watch music videos from 1981 to 1983. This episode stems from a pre-podcast tradition we had of …

1: Prince

February 28th, 2017

We started “Music Raygun” with a topic at least one of us has encyclopedic knowledge of. That one of us is Kirk, and the topic is Prince. We don’t talk about only Prince, but also some of the artists and groups …
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