Category Archives: Stuff from the episode

Very Best of YouTube: Videos from Episode 8

My picks:

The Day My Kid Went Punk (1987)… a very special After School Special made for the truly special.

Get your med on…

Shit Alexis Says

And the top videos from my esteemed guests:

Katie wants you to learn finally learn how to use Windows 95 (with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry), ooh and aah over Duck Tales with real ducks (!), and enjoy the wonder of Val Kilmer losing/removing his glasses in just about every movie he’s ever made.

Meister Chimichanga is ready to waste another 30 seconds of your life… or more, if you want to spend some time checking out his YouTube channel!

Jo Ellen is a sucker for Peaches (and now I am, too), the beauty of Murmuration, and relaxing to the sound of clicking stones featured in an ASMR video (close your eyes for this one).

Keith offers up the pageantry of the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992 (you can access all 13 videos through that link – but David Bowie/Annie Lennox are in part 8 and Liza is part 13) as well as possibly the most perfect video in all of YouTube-dom: a horse taking it to the limit.

Ellen introduces us to the wonder of screaming goats in this epic montage.

And Joel directs us to the ultimate YouTube stress-buster (or celebratory video, depending on your mood today): KHAAAAANN! Perfect for any situation.


All-Important Videos from Episode 6

Here are some of the segments I reference in the episode:

Mike Love wears many hats on Lifestyles in 1990…

Mike Love makes an ass of himself at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (you can skip Brian Wilson trying to read his speech while Mike hovers in the background and then adjusts Brian’s mic… oh, just watch the whole thing!):

Things were OK for Vince Neil after he got kicked out of the Crue… No, really, everything was fine!

And here’s the Jackie Zeman video you didn’t know you wanted to see… so steamy.

Summer Reads & Dranks

brandy-slushHere’s how to make brandy slush, a frozen summer drank (no blender required):

Combine 7 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar. Boil until sugar dissolves. Let this cool.

Add 2 cups boiling water to 4 black tea bags and let it all steep until cool.

(This is the cooling portion of the recipe. Go read something online or watch Jeopardy.)

Once both of these items (the simple syrup and the tea) are cool, combine them in a container that you can also use to mix the rest of the ingredients and then put in the freezer. A plastic ice cream bucket, if you happen to eat enough ice cream that you purchased a bucket of it, works great.

1 12-oz. can of lemonade concentrate
1 12-oz. can of OJ concentrate
2 cups brandy

Stir it all up and then freeze until slushy – overnight is preferred.

To serve: fill a water glass 2/3 full with brandy slush and then top it off with ginger ale (you can also try 7Up or Sprite or a diet soda but I think ginger ale is the best, specifically Seagram’s because its not as sweet. There is going to be a lot of sugar in this drank!)

Best if served with a swizzle stick and a straw. Now sit around and talk smart… or read.

Which brings me to the books mentioned in episode 5’s segment “Beach Reads and Blanket Books.”

The Run of His Life: The People vs. OJ Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin (“The inspiration for the first season of American Crime Story on FX, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Connie Britton”)

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live: Collected Nonfiction by Joan Didion (this includes the books Slouching Towards Bethlehem and The White Album, both great reads on their own)

Beautiful: The Life of Hedy Lamarr by Stephen Michael Shearer

Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction and Suicide in My Family by Mariel Hemingway

Shirley, I Jest!: A Storied Life by Cindy Williams

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

Sick In the Head: Conversations About Life & Comedy by Judd Apatow

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir by Wednesday Martin, Ph.D. (sorry I forgot to mention the Ph.D. on the show…)

The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo (because what would a summer be without a book about America’s youngest serial killer?)

Re Jane: A Novel by Patricia Park (not sure why this title needs “A Novel” added to it but it must have something to do with the current craze for the colon. That’s the punctuation mark, not the body part)

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Not on our summer lists but some celeb/Old Hollywood memoirs and tell-alls we’ve read that are worth checking out:

Knock Wood by Candice Bergen
This ‘N That by Bette Davis
Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood by Suzanne Finstad
Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin
Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford (come on, you haven’t read this yet?)


Episode 4: Get Your Playlist Here

Michael Hutchence of INXS and his glorious hair.First, glorious Michael Hutchence and his outstanding late 80s hair. Mystify me!

Next, here is a playlist, should you wish to re-create it for yourself, of every song mentioned in Trouble on the Dance Floor: The COMPLETE Guide to Emergent Nightclub Dancing. Perfect for the emergent dance party you now want to have in your backyard this summer.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
When Love Takes Over – Kelly Rowland (David Guetta mix)
Absolutely Not – Deborah Cox
You Won’t Forget Me – Stevie Nicks (I think this is the song referred to – it was mentioned by lyric, not by title)
Sandstorm – Darude
This Joy – Vernessa Mitchell
One More Time – Daft Punk
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Commander – Kelly Rowland
Better Off Alone – Alice Deejay  (Joey’s “signature song”)

And if you want to check out the sweet Moog Cookbook album Ye Olde Space Bande Plays the Classic Rock Hits here it is on iTunes. You can also listen to it on Spotify.


Episode 3: Get More Stuff Here

Stuff from the stuff episode:

There is so much being written about the Queen of Tidiness, Marie Kondo, right now. You can also see her in action at the 92nd Street Y (or just get the highlights from New York Magazine). And you can read accounts from people who have Kondo’s much more thoroughly than I have.

Want to fold using the Kondo method? There are tutorials for that:


Me, I’m still balling up my socks.

If you enjoy the music featured in the episodes, you can listen to full versions of the songs, or download them, on or

A trip to an Arc Value Village thrift never disappoints.

The weirdest thing I found on my recent trip was this guy, encased in a bell jar. His name was Izzy Guilty and he was a Christmas gift that someone seems to have kept, out of guilt or maybe just forgetfulness, since 1984. I imagine that the day came for retirement, the office was cleaned, and this was promptly dropped off at Arc.


I also didn’t purchase:

Boy George Coffee Table BookOr

Charlton Heston and The Bible

But this little guy  (he’s a candle!) did get to come home with me, for sure.

Orange dog with big eyes