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Betty Who “Heartbreak Dream” with Mariah Smith

April 16th, 2019


This week on Repeater, we sit down with comedian, writer, and producer Mariah Smith (Keeping Up With the Kontinuity Errors, Time Magazine) about Betty Who’s “Heartbreak Dream,” and talk about Mariah’s deep passion for …

Shura “2Shy” with Michael Stevens

April 9th, 2019


This week on Repeater, we talk with comedic performer Michael Stevens (Magnet Theater) about Shura’s “2Shy” and how the song got him through a post break-up year and reminds him to feel his feelings. Michael takes …

Jonathan Nelson “My Name Is Victory” with Rachel Pegram

March 26th, 2019


This week on Repeater, we’re talking with comedian Rachel Pegram (UCB, That Shit Ray, Low Fi NYC) about Jonathan Nelson’s “My Name Is Victory”, and how it got her through the year, and kept her writing. Pat, Evan, …

Cardi B ft Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like it” with Bailey Swilley

March 26th, 2019


This week on Repeater, we talk with comedian and writer Bailey Swilley (BoogieManja, Pretty Women: A Real Housewives Musical Review) about “I Like It” by star of 2018, Cardi B. In this episode, we explore music …

Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello “Tommy’s Coming Home” with Mikey Erg

March 19th, 2019


This week on Repeater, we talk with drummer, guitarist, and vocalist Mikey Erg (The Chris Gethard Show, Worriers, Early Riser The Ergs!, 100 Other …

H.E.R. ft. Daniel Caesar “Best Part” with Corin Wells

March 12th, 2019


This week on Repeater, we talk with Corin Wells (Above Average, UCB) about “Best Part” by H.E.R. featuring Daniel Caesar. Hear why Corin picked this …

Weezer “Endless Bummer” with Woody Fu

March 5th, 2019


Hold on to your hash pipes, it’s the WEEZER EPISODE!!!

The inedible Woody Fu (Crashing, The Last O.G.) joins us to talk about how Weezer’s …

Mitski “I Don’t Smoke” with Milly Tamarez

February 26th, 2019


The inconceivable Milly Tamarez (Vice, BET, FLEXX) joins us on the show to talk about how Mitski’s “I Don’t Smoke” got her through the rollercoaster …

Young Fathers “Only God Knows” with Addie Weyrich

February 19th, 2019


The unbelievably charming and hilarious Addie Weyrich (Crashing, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), joins Evan and Pat to snack and talk about the song “Only God Knows” by Young Fathers, and how it creates action movie worthy …

Bobby Matos “Nadie Baila Como Yo” with Oliver Wang

October 4th, 2018


Oliver Wang (Author, Heat Rocks Podcast, NPR) joins us from California for our first-ever remote interview. Oliver initially sent us three songs (including Fela Kuti’s “Water No Get Enemy” and Bobby Reed’s “The Time Is …

Aimee Mann “Save Me” with Friends Who Folk

August 17th, 2018

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It’s our third birthday! To celebrate, we invited Friends Who Folk over to QED for a very special LIVE show …

Against Me! August 3rd, 2018

August 10th, 2018


Evan and Pat are back to talk about seeing Against Me! Cherry Glazerr, and Taking Meds at the House of Vans in Brooklyn!

Against Me! has been a mainstay in our lives since 2003 and it was a blast to go together …

Lauryn Hill “Mystery of Iniquity” with Kerry Coddett & Attia Taylor

August 3rd, 2018


This week on Repeater we have a LIVE EPISODE featuring Kerry Coddett (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas) on the show to talk about Lauryn Hill’s poetic masterpiece “Mystery of Iniquity.” Attia Taylor of the band Strange …

The Feeling “Sewn” with Jake Cornell

July 27th, 2018


The delightful JAKE CORNELL (UCB, your goddamn dreams) joins Evan and Pat to talk about the song “Sewn” by The Feeling and how it relates to his …

Jewel “Near You Always” with Chrissy Shackelford & April Kae

July 20th, 2018


Chrissy Shackelford (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas) is on the show to talk to us about Jewel’s song “Near You Always.” April Kae (Imanigold) plays …

UGK ft. OutKast “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” with Johnathan Ross

July 13th, 2018

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Actor, improviser, director, and developer Johnathan Ross joins us in the studio this week to discuss UGK’s “Int’l Players …

Jawbreaker “Want” with Branson Reese & Matt Costabile

July 6th, 2018


On this *live* episode of the podcast, we talk with comedian, writer, and illustrator BRANSON REESE about the Jawbreaker song “Want” and we hear some music from our dear friend MATT COSTABILE.

After introducing …

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole (IZ) “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Evan

June 29th, 2018


Oh, how the tables have turned! Today’s episode features Evan as the guest.

For the second ever hosts-only episode, Evan talks about “Somewhere …

The Beach Boys “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” with Pat

June 22nd, 2018


We both just got back from Los Angeles and “self-care” is the name of the game! We’re trying something new and releasing an episode with NO …

Tirzah “No Romance” with Mona Chalabi & Cyberattack

June 1st, 2018


On this latest LIVE episode of the show, we sit down with data journalist and illustrator Mona Chalabi (Guardian US, BBC, FiveThirtyEight) to discuss the song “No Romance” by Tirzah. Since she’s currently not …

A Goofy Movie “Stand Out” with Lorena Russi

May 25th, 2018


Lorena Russi joins us in the studio to discuss the song “Stand Out” from A Goofy Movie. This is at least the third time we’ve talked about this movie on the show and Pat finally admits to never having seen it! (Get …

Louis Armstrong “La Vie en rose” with Bridgette Rizkalla

May 18th, 2018


We’re joined on this episode by Bridgette Rizkalla (UCB) to discuss the Louis Armstrong rendition of “La Vie en rose.” Bridgette tells us about wanting emotional substance in songs and how, no matter the genre or era, …

Paramore “Still Into You” with Lauren Denitzio (Worriers)

May 11th, 2018


One of our favorite songwriters, Lauren Denitzio of the band Worriers, joins us to talk about one of their most beloved songs, “Still Into You” by Paramore. Listen in for a great conversation on what makes a great …

Rufus & Chaka Khan “Ain’t Nobody” with Lauren Ashley Smith & Mikki Hommel

May 4th, 2018


Lauren Ashley Smith, head writer on The Rundown with Robin Thede, joins us on this LIVE edition of the show to talk about “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan. We are also joined by one of our favorite musical …

Bruce Cockburn “Wondering Where The Lions Are” with Kyle Gordon

April 27th, 2018


Annnnnd we’re back! Hope you all have been enjoying the start of your spring!

Legendary and delightful funnyman Kyle Gordon (My Dark Little …

Lorde “Supercut” with Jesse Roth

March 30th, 2018


Jesse Roth is in the studio to talk about “Supercut” by Lorde. According to Jesse, Melodrama is the album of her life. While Jesse’s favorite song on the album changes all of the time, Supercut is the perfect …

Hall & Oates “Talking All Night” with Glo Tavarez

March 23rd, 2018


The one and only Glo Tavarez joins us in the studio to talk about the Hall & Oates song “Talking All Night.” In case you don’t already know, Glo is a Hall & Oates megafan—she’s heard every song, every …

Hanson “Mmmbop” with Carly Ann Filbin

March 16th, 2018


On this episode, we have comedian and actor CARLY ANN FILBIN to talk with us about Hanson’s smash hit “Mmmbop.” If you’ve never met anyone with an undying love for the band Hanson, strap in.

We kick off the episode by …

Love Songs Only! 2018 Edition

March 9th, 2018



We continue our annual tradition of LOVE SONGS ONLY for the Valentine’s Day edition of the live show and we invite …

The SteelDrivers “Blue Side Of The Mountain” with Brady O’Callahan

February 23rd, 2018


World-renowned funnyman Brady O’Callahan (UCB, The Onion) is on the show to talk about The SteelDrivers’ song “Blue Side Of The Mountain.”

Brady tells us about growing up in Ohio and being introduced to country …

Stars “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead” with Lily Du

February 16th, 2018


The indomitable Lily Du (The President Show, Broad City) joins us in the stu-stu-studio to share with us her love of the Stars song “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead.” We talk with her about carrying songs through different …

Jacob Sharp – “Great Tide”

February 9th, 2018


Jacob Sharp (Mipso) returns to the show and joins us in the studio! Jacob talks about Phil Cook’s “Great Tide,” a song that reminds him of friendships and touring, plus, it features killer instrumentation and …

Ryan Adams “Let It Ride” with Josh Sharp & Jacob Sharp

February 2nd, 2018


Josh Sharp (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, Jacob’s brother) is on the show to talk about “Let It Ride” by Ryan Adams. Jacob Sharp (Mipso, Josh’s brother) joins Josh to play the cover together! The brothers …

St. Vincent “Cruel” with Sarah Pappalardo

January 26th, 2018


The hilarious and sharp-witted Sarah Pappalardo (co-founder, co-editor of Reductress) joins us on this LIVE episode of the show to talk about St. Vincent’s song “Cruel.” If you’re not familiar with Sarah or

Sufjan Stevens “Impossible Soul” with Amanda Giobbi

January 19th, 2018


The ball of energy known as Amanda Giobbi (UCB) is on the show to talk about Sufjan Stevens’ epic song “Impossible Soul.” Clocking in at just over …

Harvey Danger “Flagpole Sitta'” with Tom Sanchez

January 12th, 2018


Strap in! Tom Sanchez (Magnet Theater) is on the show to ruin his brand! A big pop music fan, Tom talks to us about “Flagpole Sitta'” by Harvey …

Frank Ocean “White Ferrari” with Maeve Higgins & Bartees and the Strange Fruit

January 5th, 2018


Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America, Inside Amy Schumer) joins us to talk about Frank Ocean’s understated jam “White Ferrari.” Maeve is from Cobh, Ireland and now resides in NYC, where she’s a stand-up, actor, and …

Robyn “Dancing On My Own” with Elena Skopetos

December 29th, 2017


Writer and actor Elena Skopetos (Songonauts, Magnet Theater) is in the studio to talk with Evan and Pat about Robyn’s masterpiece “Dancing On My Own.” This powerhouse song has it all – a little sad, but a lot of fun – …

The Verve Pipe “The Freshmen” with Megan Gray

December 22nd, 2017


Megan Gray (Artistic Director at Magnet Theater) joins us in the studio to talk about “The Freshmen” by The Verve Pipe. The song came to Megan when her boyfriend Louis gave her a mixtape just before she embarked on …

The Stone Roses “She Bangs The Drums” with Kevin Cobbs

December 15th, 2017


Everyone’s favorite southern belle, Kevin Cobbs, joins us on the show to talk about “She Bangs The Drums” by The Stone Roses. Hear about Kevin’s recent daddy/son road trip, how growing up in Atlanta shaped his musical …

Janet Jackson “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” with James Arthur M.

December 8th, 2017


The venerable James Arthur M. joins us on this episode to discuss Janet Jackson’s masterpiece “Love Will Never Do (Without You).” James is New York-based actor, a correspondent for THWIP!: The Big Marvel Show, and the …

Janet Jackson “If” with Eliot Glazer & Mikki Hommel

December 1st, 2017


Writer, actor, and classically trained vocalist, Eliot Glazer, uses his best public radio voice to tell us about his favorite song: Janet Jackson’s  “If.” Our friend Mikki Hommel makes her first appearance on the show …

Amerie “1 Thing” with Caitlin Brodnick & Gen Wilson

November 24th, 2017


We’re very excited to have Caitlin Brodnick, the author of Dangerous Boobies, on this archival episode of Repeater. This episode was our second ever, recorded in December 2015! Caitlin is our neighbor, we’re roommates, …

Concrete Blonde “Joey” with Maris Kreizman & Parrot Dream

November 17th, 2017


Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210) brought her favorite sad song with her: Concrete Blonde – Joey.

Joey has been one of Maris’ favorites for years, and even sang it from a porch for the world to hear! We talk …

The Hold Steady “You Can Make Him Like You” with Early Riser

November 10th, 2017


Two guests! One host! Oh, what a night! On this LIVE episode, Pat talks with Kiri Oliver and Heidi Vanderlee of the band Early Riser about a song they both love! With Evan out of town, Pat interviews Kiri and Heidi …

Diddy’s Kong Quest “Bramble Blast / Stickerbrush Symphony” with Pat May

October 27th, 2017


Pat May (Magnet Theater, Story Pirates) joins us to talk about “Bramble Blast / Stickerbrush Symphony” from the video game Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest. That’s right, another Pat! Two Pats! Innovation! Pat …

Sia “Breathe Me” with Landon Charles Hughes

October 20th, 2017


It’s part 2 of 2 in the “Pat in Los Angeles” series!

Landon Charles Hughes (Comedian) is on the show to talk about “Breathe Me” by Sia. This song connected with Landon in a significant way. The interview spans a …

Toto “Africa” with Annalise Domenighini & Project Diem

October 13th, 2017


On this very excellent episode of Repeater, we sit down with Annalise Domenighini, a social editor and music writer at Noisey, LIVE in front of an audience at QED in Astoria, Queens. Annalise brings with her the only …

Elisa “Dancing” with Tessa Hersh

October 6th, 2017


The incredible Tessa Hersh (UCB, RIOT) stops by to talk about “Dancing” by Elisa. This song hits everyone hard! We talk about friendships, relationships, sadness, and love. The song has us dancing around feelings we’ve …

King Floyd “Groove Me” with Jo Firestone & shadow monster

September 29th, 2017


The incredibly funny Jo Firestone joins us to talk about King Floyd’s classic soul song “Groove Me.”

We hope you have your popcorn ready cause Jo …

Julien Baker “Photobooth” with Bryan Berlin

September 15th, 2017


Storyteller, writer, and videographer Bryan Berlin joins us to talk about Julien Baker’s cover of “Photobooth” (originally by Death Cab for Cutie)! …

Paramore “Fake Happy” with Jamie Coletta

September 1st, 2017


Todays episode features Jamie Coletta, the director of marketing at Side One Dummy Records. This is our first episode recorded out of New York, our …

St. Vincent “Paris Is Burning” with Abby Russell

August 18th, 2017


Today we’ve got the very funny Abby Russell (performer at Magnet Theater; associate producer for Giant Bomb). She’s the real hero of this episode, so please say so in the comments below. We talk about listening to …

Roy Orbison “Running Scared” with Adam Wade & Lindsay Dunphy

August 4th, 2017


Classic good guy Adam Wade joins us to talk about Roy Orbison – “Running Scared.” We talk about all things Hoboken, New Jersey, growing up in New Hampshire, writing and storytelling, and how songs age along with their …

HAIR “Let the Sunshine In” with Nikita Burdein

July 28th, 2017


Nikita Burdein joins us for our first-ever studio episode to talk about “Let the Sunshine In” from Hair! Nikita is an all-star musical improviser here in New York and was very patient while Evan & Pat showed how …

Arcade Fire “My Body Is a Cage” with Geri Cole & Mikki Hommel

July 7th, 2017


The wonderful Geri Cole (writer, Sesame Street) stops by to talk about Arcade Fire’s immense song, “My Body Is A Cage.” We talk about album …

Christina Cola, Chrissie Gruebel, & Cory P Willis

June 2nd, 2017


A “blizzard” prevents our original lineup from getting to the venue so we instead play host to the incredible trio of Christina Cola, Chrissie …

Valentine’s Day Spectacular!

May 26th, 2017


We host a Valentine’s Day soirée with beautiful guests Caitlin Brodnick, Trumane Alston, Branson Reese, Christina Cola, and Juan Nicolón! That’s …

Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On” with Chris Duffy & Dear Georgiana

May 5th, 2017

Comedian, podcast host, and radio personality, CHRIS DUFFY, joins us to talk about Celine Dion’s masterpiece “My Heart Will Go On.”  We chat with Chris about out teen years, VH1 Divas Live!, and the incredible …

Otis Redding “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” with Courtney MaGinnis & Anielle Reid

April 7th, 2017

Comedian Courtney MaGinnis (Caroline’s, College Humor, NPR) joins us on the show to talk about drunken family vacations, designing underwear for …

The Mountain Goats “Shadow Song” with Nicole Silverberg & Kaylyn Marie

March 3rd, 2017

Writer and comedian Nicole Silverberg (Reductress, GQ, UCBT) and singer-songwriter Kaylyn Marie join us on this episode to celebrate the one-year …

The Cure “Pictures of You” with Will Stephen & Trevor Bachman

February 3rd, 2017

This episode features Will Stephen (SNL) and we discuss The Cure’s “Pictures of You!” It’s a fun story of why the song stuck with him, AIM profiles, seeing The Cure live, and going to shows alone.

Trevor Bachman is …

Dave Matthews Band “American Baby” with Anna Drezen & Jessy Tomsko

February 3rd, 2017

Anna Drezen (SNL, Reductress, How May We Hate You?) stops by to talk about Dave Matthews Band’s “American Baby.” What follows is an enjoyable …

Elvis Costello “All Grown Up” with Christian Finnegan, Connor Ratliff & Mikey Erg

January 6th, 2017

Christian Finnegan (Are We There Yet?, Chapelle’s Show, Best Week Ever) joins us for a special holiday-esque episode of Repeater! Musical guests 

Beyoncé “Schoolin’ Life” Bowen Yang & Keith Rubin

December 2nd, 2016

Bowen Yang (Live On Broadgay, Lake Homo High, Broad City, Pop Roulette) joins us to talk about Beyoncé’s “Schoolin’ Life”. It’s an …

Mighty Mike “Imagine A Jump” with Ivan Anderson

November 4th, 2016

Songwriter and musician Ivan Anderson joins us to talk about Imagine A Jump (John Lennon / Van Halen mashup by Mighty Mike). Lucky for us, Ivan was …

DMX “Intro” with Nore Davis & Sharkside

October 7th, 2016

Nore Davis (Comedian, “Home Game” available on iTunes & Spotify) came by to talk to us about DMX – “Intro,” from It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot. In addition to talking with us, rap duo Sharkside performed a few songs …

Steve Winwood “Valerie” with Brendan B. Brown (Wheatus)

September 9th, 2016

This one certainly was surprising. We had Annalise Domenighini come in a few months ago and she chose Wheatus‘ “Teenage Dirtbag” as her song. Turns out Twitter is excellent and we managed to get Wheatus’ main man, …

Styx “Show Me The Way (Desert Storm Mix)” with Aparna Nancherla & Evan Altshuler

September 9th, 2016

We talked to Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers, Inside Amy Schumer, Whiplash at UCB) about Styx’s “Show Me The Way (Desert Storm Mix)” and got to discuss growing up outside of DC, making your own decisions …

The Old 97’s “You Belong To My Heart” with Josh Gondelman & Kaylyn Marie Scardefield

September 9th, 2016

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Repeater: A Little Show About Big Songs! Our first episode features Josh Gondelman (writer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, co-author of You Blew It!) and Kaylyn Marie

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