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Music Raygun

139 EpisodesProduced by Paul Ciampanelli & Kirk PynchonWebsite

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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Pandemisode: Sugar Ray, Ukuleles vs. Banjos

June 29th, 2020


We talk about new music from Chromeo, Haim and Bob Dylan. Don't at us about Sugar Ray or ukuleles vs. banjos. And in "Top Fives," we reveal our top …

Pandemisode: Stand-Up Piano Players, Madonna

June 15th, 2020


On this pandemisode, hot takes about on-their-feet pianists and Madonna's song "Boderline." And Paul and Kirk name their top five songs that must be …

Pandemisode: Backstreet Boys vs. 'N Sync, Huey Lewis and the News

June 1st, 2020


On the pandemisode: SWV on "Survivor," trying to name the Backstreet Boys, the most nostalgic song for Gen Xers, and Paul and Kirk's all-time top …

Pandemisode: R.E.M., Berlin vs. Missing Persons

May 18th, 2020


This week, don't at us about Mike Mills singing lead or the difference between Berlin and Missing Persons. We play "Tribute," our fun tribute bands guessing game. And for "Top Five," the topic is songs about social …

Pandemisode: The Black Eyed Peas, Deer Tick vs. Deerhoof vs. Deerhunter (w/ Tony Ciampanelli)

May 4th, 2020


The world's a mess, but your friends Paul and Kirk are here to help you through it. This week we discuss Prince's ouevre; Billboard's top rock songs …

Pandemisode: Beyoncé vs. Mariah Carey, Falco vs. Taco (w/ Tony Ciampanelli)

April 27th, 2020


The pandemic goes on, but so does the podcast. In addition to regular segments "Don't at Me" and "Prince Tweets 2 U," a socially distanced Paul and …

Pandemisode: The Rembrandts, Foreign Lyrics (w/ Tony Ciampanelli)

April 20th, 2020


After some time off for social distancing, the boys are back, sort of. Paul and Kirk are recording from their respective homes to bring you an …

Grab Bag VIII

March 16th, 2020


Every 10 episodes, we throw away the "themed shows" premise of our podcast and dive into the grab bag. For the eighth installment, meet the most …

Miniepisode: The Chainsmokers vs. Gotye vs. the Human League, and USA for Africa vs. Northern Lights

March 9th, 2020


The Chainsmokers, Gotye and the Human League: Who ripped of whom? Which nation had the best charity supergroup charity single? Prince invites U 2 …

Dance V (w/ Isabel Nelson)

March 2nd, 2020


It's time for another dance episode of "Music Raygun," so you know we brought Isabel back to the studio. This is a dance-movie-heavy episode featuring clips of films from the 1940s, '60s, '80s, '90s and 2010s; plus …

Miniepisode: Danity Kane, the Pussycat Dolls, Noodly White Boys and the Police (w/ Isabel Nelson)

February 24th, 2020


Our friend Isabel Nelson came by to give us her opinion about noodly white-boy singer-songwriters while Kirk pits Danity Kane against the Pussycat …

B-Sides VI

February 17th, 2020


As another season of "Music Raygun" comes to an end, we're wrapping things up with one of our regular "B-sides" episodes. Every six months, we …

Miniepisode: Double Albums and Mariah Carey

February 10th, 2020


A correction, hot takes about double albums and Mariah Carey, the debut of a new (sort of) game, and Paul fights fiercely to keep Kirk from winning a …

Godley and Creme

February 3rd, 2020


Kevin Godley and Lol Creme weren't just inventive musicians — they first came to fame as members of the band 10cc before leaving to continue making …

Miniepisode: MC Hammer and Selena Gomez

January 27th, 2020


Paul talks about seeing Nada Surf at the Troubadour. Hot takes about MC Hammer and Selena Gomez. Prince tweets 2 U, yes U. And Kirk seeks to extend …

Cover Songs

January 18th, 2020


An episode about cover songs was long overdue, so here it finally is. Paul and Kirk each discuss five of their favorite cover versions, which ones …

Miniepisode: The Boyboy West Coast and Heart

January 13th, 2020


We're back from the holiday break. Kirk gives Orville Peck a second chance. Hot takes about The Boyboy West Coast and Heart. Paul tries to prevent …

Best New Music 2019

December 30th, 2019


Just under the wire, Paul and Kirk are sneaking in one last end-of-year best-of list for you. Here you'll find each of their top five — possibly …

Miniepisode: Spandau Ballet, Wham! and Songs 'Considered the Worst'

December 23rd, 2019


Whose sax-pop '80s classic is better: Spandau Ballet's or Wham's? Kirk settle the debate. Meanwhile, Paul defends a list of songs "considered the …

Music Movies

December 16th, 2019


The idea for this episode has been around for almost as long as the show's existed, and now it's finally here. Paul and Kirk talk about some of their …

Miniepisode: Cheap Trick and Billie Eilish

December 9th, 2019


Who didn't direct the music video for Stevie Wonder's "Fun Day"; Alanis Morissette on tour with Liz Phair and Garbage; Cheap Trick as rock 'n' roll …

Stevie Wonder

December 2nd, 2019


By special request from a "Music Raygun" fan, this week's episode is all about Stevie Wonder. That it took us 73 episodes to get to this topic with …

Miniepisode: Prince and the Fugees

November 25th, 2019


An encounter with Pat Smear, the 2019 Soul Train Awards, plaudits from Straya, hot takes about Prince and the Fugees, and of course the music trivia …


November 18th, 2019


The next in our ongoing series of instrument-focused shows, the drums episode has been a long time coming. This one features music lessons from greats like Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Sheila E, Charli Persip and …

Miniepisode: John Mayer and Prince

November 11th, 2019


Kirk and Paul talk about the announced Bee Gees biopic. Hot "Don't @ Me" takes about John Mayer and Prince. And Kirk defends his two-win streak in …

Music Videos 1989-91

November 4th, 2019


Take a trip back in time to look at some cool music videos from 1989, 1990 and 1991. Kirk supplies R&B and pop from Chuckii Booker, Jane Child, …

Miniepisode: Atlantic Starr vs. Five Star vs. Midnight Star, and Halloween

October 28th, 2019


The new Morris Day memoir. Bands with "star" in their names, ranked. A long rant about Halloween music. And the music trivia quiz goes on.

Grab Bag VII

October 21st, 2019


Every 10 episodes, we throw away the "themed shows" premise of our podcast and dive into the grab bag. For the seventh installment, you'll find music from one half of the "Miami Vice" duo (not the half you're thinking …

Miniepisode: Lil Nas X and the Charlie Daniels Band

October 14th, 2019


Paul recounts a mild rock 'n' roll adventure in West Hollywood. Kirk learned something about the Blues Brothers. "Don't @ Me" deals with roads in old …


October 7th, 2019


Let's not beat around the bush: People love to make fun of Florida. But not us. We're here to celebrate the Sunshine State and some of the countless bands and musicians who came from there. There's Southern rock and …

Miniepisode: The Pips and R.E.M.

September 29th, 2019


After a tidal wave of corrections and clarifications, Kirk and Paul wade into controversial waters about Gladys Knight's band and R.E.M., …

Asylum Records

September 23rd, 2019


Long before he became best friends with the Clintons and starting spending his days on a yacht in Mallorca with his idle rich friends, David Geffen was a kid in LA who wanted to run a music label that put artists first. …

Miniepisode: Lana Del Rey and Paula Abdul

September 16th, 2019


Paul talks about a paperback book Kirk found on the street and gave to him. "Don't @ Me" has hot takes about Lana Del Rey vs. Ann Powers, and the …

Your Grandmother Should Know

September 9th, 2019


This one's called "Your Grandmother Should Know" because each clip features music from either the 1930s or the 1940s. That era of music history is …

Miniepisode: Baby Band T-Shirts and Sophie B. Hawkins

September 2nd, 2019


Kirk promotes a new music comedy show, not because he's involved in it (he's not) and not because it's sponsoring the show (it's not), but just …

Heavy Metal Parking Lot

August 26th, 2019


Thirty-three years ago, two young men named Jeff Krulik and John Heyn drove to the parking lot outside the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, to …

Miniepisode: Brandy, Monica and the Clash

August 19th, 2019


Kirk corrects a few of his recent gaffes; patron saint of "Music Raygun" Uncle Marc checks in with thoughts about guitars; "Don't @ Me" addresses whose the boy actually was between Brandy and Monica, and what happens …

B-Sides V

August 12th, 2019


Let's tie a bow on "Music Raygun" season five. It's been six months already, which means we're closing out another season by looking back on the season's episode themes to take one more bite of those apples. It's a …

Miniepisode: Gene Van Buren and Roxy Music (w/ Katie Willert)

August 5th, 2019


Kirk is on assignment, but Katie Willert is on hand to talk about Motown recording artist Gene Van Buren and Vice's recent "Guide to Getting into Roxy Music." There's also an expo mission of our music trivia quiz.


July 29th, 2019


A few episodes of "Music Raygun" have had musical instruments as their themes, namely saxophone, bass and piano. Well, there are only a few instruments left to cover as long as we're talking about your basic rock band, …

Miniepisode: Marvin Gaye and a Singing Water Cooler

July 22nd, 2019


Uncle Marc writes in, hot takes about Marvin Gaye and a bad product's good jingle, and Kirk tries to build a streak in the music trivia quiz. All that plus a new segment: "Prince Tweets 2 U."

Dance IV (w/ Isabel Nelson)

July 15th, 2019


Isabel Nelson is back for another dance episode and we've got ballet comedy, a dancing teenage Kelly Ripa, Fred Astaire and Barrie Chase doing "word …

Miniepisode: The Cure, Phil Collins and Vanilla Ice (w/ Isabel Nelson)

July 8th, 2019


Kirk knows what Robert Smith was really about, special guest isabel Nelson grades Phil Collins' helpfulness, Paul defends history's most dunked-on …

Duets and Collaborations

July 1st, 2019


Just like "Music Raygun" is a collaboration between Paul and Kirk, all the video clips on this episode feature musicians singing or otherwise working …

Miniepisode: The Beatles and 4 Non Blondes

June 24th, 2019


Paul talks about seeing the Elton John biopic "Rocketman" with fellow "Walk Hard" fan Katie Willert. Hot takes about the songs "Yesterday" and …

San Francisco

June 17th, 2019


The music of San Francisco is a lot more than the fabled San Francisco sound. The city's given the world its share of punk, new wave, light rock, disco, power pop and R&B. Grace Slick and her band show up here too, …

Miniepisode: Extreme and Song Lyrics

June 10th, 2019


Kirk returns to his minepisode chair to weigh in on Paul's music selections in the previous miniepisode. Kirk stans lo-fi hip-hop beats. Also, …

Summer Grab Bag

June 3rd, 2019


Every 10th episode of "Music Raygun" is a "grab bag" with no specific topic discussed. But for this grab bag episode, there's a theme: summer. What …

Miniepisode: Best New Music

May 27th, 2019


Paul's solo on this miniepisode because he was sick this week and couldn't record with Kirk when they normally would've. In an all-new, one-time-only …

Def Jam Recordings

May 20th, 2019


Nearly 60 episodes deep into this podcast but we've never before focused an episode on an iconic record label. Better late than never as the first label we chose for an episode topic is the iconic Def Jam Recordings. In …

Miniepisode: Paula Abdul and Vampire Weekend

May 13th, 2019


Paul and Kirk discuss their field trip to the Annenberg Space for Photography to see the exhibit "Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop." Also, …

Smooth Jazz (w/ Katie Willert)

May 6th, 2019


We're celebrating Kirk's birthday as he picks the clips for this entire show. It's the long-promised "Music Raygun" smooth jazz episode. All the greats of smooth jazz are here, like Grover Washington, David Sanborn, Bob …

Miniepisode: Natasha Bedingfield, the Doors and Queen (w/ Katie Willert)

April 29th, 2019


The show's fifth Beatle, Katie Willert, returns to "Music Raygun" to help celebrate Kirk's birthday, which this miniepisode does by bringing back the "Trading Card Corner" segment. Plus the usual hot takes and trivia. …

Todd Rundgren

April 22nd, 2019


Singer. Songwriter. Producer. Multi-instrumentalist. Power pop godfather. Technologist. Innovator. Born to synthesize. That's Todd Rundgren. He's the …

Miniepisode: Beyoncé and Motörhead

April 15th, 2019


Kirk clarifies Ween and Paul clarifies "Freaks and Geeks." Kirk has a piping hot take about the Knowles sisters. Paul ordains the Sexiest Song Ever. …


April 8th, 2019


In an episode that focuses on one instrument, Paul and Kirk look closer at some of the great pianists in history. Like Chico Marx. And Dennis …

Miniepisode: Midnight Oil and Beethoven

April 1st, 2019


Kirk goes to New York and Paul assembles a Ween playlist. Uncle Marc checks in. Hot takes on Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning" and Beethoven's String …


March 25th, 2019


Kirk and Paul love exploring U.S. states and cities for their musical histories. But Philadelphia challenged them because it boats such an …

Miniepisode: Vinyl Collectors and Jefferson Airplane

March 18th, 2019


Paul and Kirk have more to say about Vanity 6, because of course they do, every episode of this podcast should be about Vanity 6. Also under …

Girl Groups

March 11th, 2019


Here's a sort-of companion piece to our "Boy Bands" episode, but this one's all all-girl groups. Sorry, but there aren't any Spice Girls or Pussycat …

Miniepisode: Gang Starr and the Monkees

March 4th, 2019


No corrections but a crucial clarification is on offer in this mini, plus some fun chatter about B-list hair metal and "flyover states." Don't @ us about Gang Starr and the Monkees. And will Kirk finally break his music …

Teen Angst

February 25th, 2019


What was Kirk's teen angst like? What was Paul's like? If you've been listening to "Music Raygun" for a while, you can guess. And we suspect you'll …

Miniepisode: Alicia Keys, 'A Star Is Born' and Beastie Boys

February 18th, 2019


This is a jam-packed mini. Uncle Marc checks in, the takes fly in "Don't @ Me" and there's the music trivia quiz, of course. But in the middle of it all is another installment of "Trading Card Corner." This time, Kirk …

B-Sides IV

February 11th, 2019


We're wrapping up another season of "Music Raygun" with our fourth B-sides episode. Twice a year, we look back on the previous six months' worth of episodes and revisit those topics for one more video clip each. …

Miniepisode: Janet Jackson and Song Length

February 4th, 2019


Paul talks about a recent encounter he had with the lead singer of Nada Surf. Then things get vicious in the "Don't @ Me" segment when Kirk attacks …

Janet Jackson

January 28th, 2019


Janet Jackson's been a long time coming on "Music Raygun." We've talked about Michael Jackson. We've talked about the Jackson family dynasty. We've done an episode about Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. All along, we've …

Miniepisode: Keytar and Devo

January 21st, 2019


Paul is still sick but the show must go on so he and Kirk are here to serve you another "Music Raygun" miniepisode as scheduled. No breaks! A past …

Grab Bag V

January 14th, 2019


It's the 50th episode of "Music Raygun." Can you believe it? Did you think we'd last? Did you expect us to make it this far? Is anyone even listening? Anyway, the first 50 were only the beginning. There's a lot of …

Miniepisode: ABBA and Katy Perry

January 7th, 2019


Welcome to 2019, raygunners. Kirk has stories from his holiday vacation to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The "Don't @ Me" takes come …

Dance III (w/ Isabel Nelson)

December 31st, 2018


It's our third dance-themed episode. And that means the lovely Isabel Nelson is back in the room. She pops and locks with fellow dancer Kirk and …

Miniepisode: Alanis Morissette, the Beatles and Paul McCartney (w/ Isabel Nelson)

December 24th, 2018


It's Christmas Eve, and our dear friend Isabel Nelson has returned to the show for some holiday cheer. Everyone's got something to say for "Don't @ …

Happy Holidays II

December 17th, 2018


Merry everything and happy always to you raygunners. It’s that special time of year when, for some people, the spirit of Christmas somehow transforms …

Miniepisode: Paul McCartney and Mumford and Sons

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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: Halsey and Queen

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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: Leonard Cohen and 'Weird Al' Yankovic

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 @ …

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 …

Miniepisode: Drowning Pool, Puddle of Mudd, Shock G and Humpty Hump

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 …

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: …

Miniepisode: Yes and 'A Star Is Born'

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 …

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, …

Miniepisode: Len and Maroon 5

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. …

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 …

Miniepisode: Prince and Smash Mouth

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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: Panic! At the Disco, Pet Shop Boys, Blancmange and Wham!

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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: OMC and Duran Duran

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. …

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 …

Miniepisode: John Mellencamp and Squeeze

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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: Young MC

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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: Robin Thicke and Don Henley (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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: The Beatles and Lil' Kim

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 …


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. …

Miniepisode: The Chainsmokers and Meatloaf

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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: The Darkness, GG Allin, Amy Grant and Bob Dylan (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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: Elvis, Huey Lewis and the News, and Migos (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 …

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 …

Miniepisode: Spyro Gyra and Monster Magnet

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 …

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), …

Miniepisode: Sufjan Stevens and the Blues

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!

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 …

Miniepisode: Van Halen and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'

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, …

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 …

Miniepisode: Introducing Miniepisodes

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. …


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 …


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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …


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, …

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, …

Charlene deGuzman

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …


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, …


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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …


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 …

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 …


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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