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Mark And Sarah Talk About Songs

Mark Blankenship and Sarah D. Bunting talk about one song each episode.
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Apr 24, 2018

Mark journeys through Whitney Houston's songs on the 'Bodyguard' soundtrack, ranking each one alongside the Patreon patrons. This leads to chart facts, appreciations of sass, and a sidebar about your friend's dad who wanted you to call him by his first name. 

Want to discuss the NON-Whitney songs on this soundtrack? Join us at patreon.com/mastas for even more 'Bodyguard' action. Want to make a request or just say hello? Email us at talkaboutsongs[at]gmail[dot]com, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or tweet us at @TalkSongs.

Apr 19, 2018

We don't wanna wait...to get on with this ranking! If you need a podcast that discusses '90s TV themes which were also chart hits, then we'll be there for you. We're also searching our souls to explain our feelings about Dawson, strong margaritas, and Bryn Mawr. All that, plus a super-funky birthday chart reading! (More on Jamie Walters from Mark right here.)

 

This week's intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and the outro is by Crowded House. Wanna get closer to free...ing up our ability to make this podcast? Become a sponsor at patreon.com/mastas. Wanna make a request, get a birthday chart reading, or just say hello? Tweet us at @talksongs, email us at talkaboutsongs[at]gmail[dot]com, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast.

Apr 5, 2018

The huge Paul Simon hit from the huge Graceland album is our topic today, along with the redemption of Chevy Chase; relationship realism in pop music; AND a playlist about earworms that goes in a very unexpected direction. Grab a piccolo and join us!

 

Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is also by Paul Simon. Wanna make a request or just say hello? Tweet us at TalkSongs, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com. Join us at patreon.com/mastas for special content, polls, and the chance to vote on our ranking episodes!

Mar 29, 2018

The massive Grammy-winner from Andre 3000 and Big Boi left Sarah cold...at first, but soon enough she and Mark were hip-deep in an exploration of Elvis, Queen Bey, jukebox America, and how much Beatles-adjacent content Mark can tolerate. (Answer: some!) And don't miss a novelty-song birthday reading that reveals one listener's Rick Dees-tiny!

 

Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Mr. James Brown. Wanna make a request or just say hello? Tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com. Join us at patreon.com/mastas for special content, polls, and the chance to vote on our ranking episodes!

 

 

Mar 22, 2018

Oh Sting, you old button-pusher! We're digging into the moral and sexual politics of The Police's "Don't Stand So Close To Me," which leads us to hit songs about unexpected subjects, literary references, and (naturally) tantric intercourse.

 

Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Sting. Wanna make a request or just say hello? Tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com. Want to vote in ranking episodes and get special content? Join us at patreon.com/mastas!

Mar 15, 2018

Who needs fluent English when you've got dope Scandinavian beats? Mark and Sarah succumb to the joy of Ace of Base's "The Sign," meaning they write their own vaguely grammatical lyrics, have specific memories about nerding out to this music in a friend's pickup truck, and figure out the exact number of times you can hear this track before it drives you crazy.

 

Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Stereo MCs. We'd love to hear from you! So send us a request at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com or tweet us at @TalkSongs or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. If you want to cast votes for our ranking episodes, join us at Patreon at patreon.com/mastas.

Mar 8, 2018

When we get drunk and discuss listener requests, we land on Heart's "What About Love" and the journey the band's sound took between the '70s and the '80s. Along the way, we discuss guitar solos, weird subjects for hit songs, and (somewhat unexpectedly) why King Lear is a frustrating play.

 

Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, our outro is by the Haden Triplets, and our interest in your requests in strong. Send them to us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, @talksongs (on Twitter), or facebook.com/mastas.podcast. And if you want to participate in polls and hear bonus content, become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.

Feb 28, 2018

Look out, 'cuz here we come! Joined again by the delightful Joe Reid, we're unraveling the mysteries of this year's Oscar-nominated songs, and we're ranking our favorites to determine a winner. We stand up for some of these tracks, and we pray some of them to get washed away by a mighty river. And of course, we remember to go deep with Oscar facts, Broadway shade, and pre-exhaustion for meaningful performance numbers.

 

(NB: Still some sound issues for Mark in this episode; we should have it solved by next time! Thanks for your patience.)

 

Our intro is by Laura Barger and Jack Baldelli, and our outro is by Aimee Mann. Want to request a song or get a birthday song reading? Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com; tweet as at @TalkSongs; or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. Want bonus content and a chance to vote on future ranking episodes? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. To buy a MASTAS shirt, visit our FB page for purchase info.

Feb 22, 2018

Madonna from the '90s is not Madonna from the '80s, and we really need to parse what that means. (Yes. Need!) That's why we're ranking every song on GHV2, her second greatest hits album. Get ready for tales of late-night drives, thoughts about "transitional pop," and a whole thing about the sexiness of restraint.

Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Clinton. Want to request a song or be in touch? You can email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @TalkSongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. And if you want some sweet bonus content, join us at patreon.com/mastas!

(Editor's Note: Technical issues mean you may experience some clicking and tinniness at times during the episode. We apologize for the inconvenience; we're working on fixing the root cause! - SDB)

Feb 15, 2018

Things get experimental as we discuss "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters. We not only talk about this song's unusual history and the variety of mixed emotions that any Carpenters tune evokes, but ALSO take an improvised dip into Karen's solo work. As in, Sarah loads it into the sound board mid-discussion, and we just go wild! 

 

Our theme song is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Paul Simon. Wanna request a song? Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To become a patron and hear exclusive content, visit patreon.com/mastas.

Feb 8, 2018

A few weeks ago, Mark discovered the remarkable songwriting of Walker Hayes and told Sarah about it. Inside his songs, Sarah discovered some stirring similarities to her own life. This led to our current episode, where we dig into four Hayes tunes, geek out over their structural ingenuity, and remember yet again that great music can show you back to yourself.

 

Our theme song is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Lou Reed. Wanna be a patron and get special content? Join us at patreon.com/mastas. Want to commission a birthday reading or make a request? Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, and tweet us at @talksongs.

Feb 1, 2018

Oh, Mariah! You want tea, and we're spilling it. More to the point, we're talking about "Emotions," a perfect example of why Mimi got famous in the first place. As we think about where she was then and where she is now, we discuss the sound of actual joy, the power of tall women, and the ability of some divas to go crazy on their own terms.

 

Our intro is by Andrew Byrne, our outro is by Booker T and the MGs, and our Patreon page is at patreon.com/mastas. So why not join us there for special content? And why not email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us @talksongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast?

Jan 25, 2018

We're not miserable people, but we still love The Smiths. Go figure! Sarah tees up one tune each from the Smiths, Morrissey, and Johnny Marr, which leads to jaunty lyrical analysis, MANY disagreements about the band's best work, and a reminder that Mark's husband once mowed the lawn in all black, because his soul insisted he should.

 

Mark's husband (Andrew Byrne) also delivers our intro, and the outro comes from Teenage Fanclub. Share your Smiths musings via email (talkaboutsongs@gmail.com), Facebook (facebook.com/mastas.podcast), or Twitter (@talksongs). And for bonus content, become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.

Jan 18, 2018

It's time for musical justice! Joined by the glorious Pam Ribon, we discuss three songs that should be famous, but somehow aren't. Come for Beyonce, Annie Lennox, and Bic Runga, but stay for Billy Joel stripteases, unusual uses for cream soda, and the cockney rage of Teddy Ruxpin III. 

 

ALSO: Pre-order Pam's rom-com graphic novel, MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR. And go enjoy WRECK-RALPH 2 this fall, which she wrote!

 

Our intro is by David Gregory Byrne, our outro is by Weezer, and our contact info remains the same. Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, and get special content as a patron at patreon.com/mastas.

Jan 11, 2018

We kick off 2018 with a truly magical episode, in the sense that "Magic" by the Cars is a fantastic song. Joined by special guest Kevin Smokler, we discuss making rock look easy, polishing your production juuuust enough, and getting over yourself to enjoy a bouncy hook. Plus, we explore the many ways to pronounce "Ocasek" and the secret history of our patron saint, Soikus Paynoot. 

 

Speaking of...Soikus delivers our theme song this week, and our outro is by Fountains of Wayne. Stay in touch via email (talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com), Facebook (facebook.com/mastas.podcast), or Twitter (@talksongs). And if you want access to special content, then become a patron at Patreon (patreon.com/mastas).

Dec 28, 2017

As we finish our countdown of our favorite songs of 2017 and 1967, we're startled to discover that a horn line has made us pregnant, a bouncy New Wave groove has masked our rage, and a gentle country song has essentially reminded us to love. And speaking of love: We love YOU, our listeners, for being such wonderful companions on our weekly wanders. See you next year!

 

Our theme song is by David Gregory Byrne, our outro is by Cat Power, and the best ways to reach us are @TalkSongs (Twitter), patreon.com/mastas (to become a Patron), talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, or facebook.com/mastas.podcast.

Dec 21, 2017

We're counting down our 10 favorite songs of 2017 AND ALSO 1967. Because that's how we roll, y'all! In this episode, we look at #s 10-6 on both lists, which lets us cover everything from sultry R&B piano to #MeToo anthems to the surprising excellence of One Direction's solo efforts. Join us next week for our top 5 in both years!

 

Our theme song is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is by Van Morrison. This episode also contains a birthday chart reading, and if you'd like your own, just email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com. You can also tweet us at @talksongs or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To become a patron and get access to special content, just head over to patreon.com/mastas

Dec 14, 2017

MASTAS is doin' it for ourselves! And by "it," we mean "discussing a classic cut by Eurythmics and Annie Lennox." Diverging opinions on the song lead to lively chat about Aretha's eras, the good and bad of '80s pop, and the reason we need so many different kinds of feminist art. Plus, there are references to semiotics, Swann's Way, and coffee shops!

 

Our theme song is by Andrew Byrne, our outro is by that blue-eyed soulster Huey Lewis. If you want to join the fun, become a Patreon sponsor at patreon.com/mastas to get bonus content and voting privileges in ranking episodes! Tweet us at @talksongs, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, and email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com.

Dec 7, 2017

MASTAS is a battlefield! As we rank the songs on Pat Benatar's "Best Shots" album, Sarah briefly quits the podcast, parts of Mark are predicted to explode, and "The Legend Of Billie Jean" is revealed as the film that unites the planets.

 

Special thanks to our patrons, whose votes directly impacted the rankings. To become a patron, join us at patreon.com/mastas. Meanwhile, our theme music is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is by Karla Bonoff. Lastly, you can tweet us at @talksongs, email us at talkaboutsongs[at]gmail[dot]com, and facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast.

Nov 30, 2017

We get very crazy and somewhat less sexy and cool as we discuss TLC's "No Scrubs," covering everything from the personae of girl group members to the sassy fun of response songs. Plus, we acknowledge the ongoing cultural contributions of Meadow Soprano. Our outro is from Salt 'n Pepa, and the intro is by Andrew Byrne.

 

To reach us, email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, tweet us at @TalkSongs, or Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. To support MASTAS (and get bonus content!) become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.

Nov 16, 2017

At long last, the Rolling Stones get MASTAS-ized. We're talking about the folksy wisdom and iconic backing vocals of "You Can't Always Get What You Want," not to mention the value of community music, the ways that chart peaks don't always reflect quality, and the hope that America can chill out for a second.

 

Our theme song is by Andrew Byrne, and our outro is by Gary Jules. Wanna be part of the fun? Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, and tweet us at @talksongs. And if you want to help us keep the lights on (AND get access to bonus content), become a patron at patreon.com/mastas.

Nov 9, 2017

Screw daylight savings: It's always sunny at MASTAS! We're in an especially good mood this week, since we're talking about the bisexual badassery of Halsey's song "Bad at Love." We also create a playlist of musical theater songs that make us happy. We're chorus kids at heart!

 

Wanna sponsor your own playlist? Make a request? Email us at talkaboutsongs@gmail.com, FB us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or tweet us at @TalkSongs. Wanna hear bonus content? Become a patron at patreon.com/mastas. Digging our theme music? Our intro is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is from Broadway's own "Guys and Dolls," heard here via Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely.

Nov 2, 2017

Your podcast hosts may actually be European gay men. We both find parts of ourselves in solo tracks by George Michael and Elton John, and then we have a blast trying to decipher the slurry vocals on their duet of "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me." Meanwhile, there's a sidebar about the necessity of small acts of kindness.

 

Wanna hear a bonus ep about a new George Michael documentary? Become a Patreon patron at patreon.com/mastas! Plus, you can email us at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com, tweet us at @talksongs, and Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. And finally: Our theme song is by Jack Baldelli and Laura Barger, and our outro is by Sinead O'Connor, for reasons that will become clear as you listen. 

Oct 26, 2017

While Sarah's away on assignment, Mark suggests four new songs (and one forgotten '80s hit) that you need to hear right now.

What'd you think of his choices? Let us know on Twitter at @talksongs, on Facebook at facebook.com/mastas.podcast, or on email at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail [dot] com. And don't forget to become a MASTAS patron at patreon.com/mastas, which will give you access to all sorts of bonus content. 

Oct 19, 2017

Welcome to flavor country, people. In precisely 20 minutes, we're discussing 10 songs. Yes, 10! Together, they create a heady mixture of listener requests, personal faves, and patron-selected cuts, and good LORD, does does it get wild up in here. Come for the Rod Stewart fury and stay for the truly insane impersonations of MC Skat Kat. 

 

Our theme is by David Gregory Byrne, and our outro is...cut for time! Wanna join the patron-sponsored fun? Go to patreon.com/mastas. Tweet us at @talksongs. Facebook us at facebook.com/mastas.podcast. Email us at talkaboutsongs [at] gmail. And of course, download all the songs you hear legally!

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