Zelooperz “ISBD” with Erik Garlington (Proper.)

Musician Erik Garlington (Proper.) took our prompt of "a song you always put on a road trip playlist" and turned it on its head! Erik's song is the wild Zelooperz "ISBD" — a song he loves, but nobody else in the van seems to enjoy quite as much. Payback for all the Korn that gets played? Who can say! There's a show first of Evan & Pat giving their real-time reactions to this chaotic dolphin-sampled track.

Erik tells us about moving in a military family, how that impacted his self-identity and ultimately inspired his music "thing." The conversation explores touring and what it's like doing all that driving, understanding how much malarkey is acceptable in the van, and being on the road with your best friends. He also talks about his approach to forming the band and who he was looking to play music with.

This episode we're donating to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. (Or, your local branch!) If you don't know Planned Parenthood, they're an incredible organization that provides reproductive healthcare, education, and information.

Keep up with all things Erik on Twitter and Instagram @likerealproper. And don't forget to buy their music & merch! (Fun fact, Proper. at Saint Vitus was the last show Evan and Pat attended before the pandemic shut down everything!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3ye0KQt6S4

Montell Jordan “This Is How We Do It” with Jerah Milligan

Actor, writer, and director Jerah Milligan (Black Mirror, Astronomy Club, Black Men Can't Jump) joins the boys to talk about the feel-good smash "This Is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan. The fellas discuss music that makes you feel good, Montell Jordan's overlooked rap skills, and the one golden rule for karaoke: NO BALLADS.

For this episode, we're donating to Street Watch Los Angeles, an inspiring organization that fights for tenant rights and the rights of unhoused people in LA. Please check out their work and consider donating yourself.

Keep up with all things Jerah on Twitter and Instagram @jerahmilligan. And don't forget to subscribe to his podcast, Black Men Can't Jump (In Hollywood).

Follow Repeater on Twitter and Instagram @repeatershow.

Wheatus “Teenage Dirtbag” with Alex Song-Xia

Actor, writer, and comedy mastermind Alex Song-Xia (Rick and Morty, The Squirrel Comedy Theatre) is on the show to discuss the adolescent masterpiece that is "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus. Reaching back into our vault of past Repeater guests, we surprised Alex with Wheatus frontman Brendan B Brown! The episode begins with a discussion around how and perhaps why "Teenage Dirtbag" entered Alex's life sometime around 2013 and what has made it their most-played song according to Last.fm. Around the 25-minute mark, Brendan joins the conversation to answer questions about the song, discuss its staying power, and pitch Alex on his dream for a Wheatus and Rick and Morty collaboration. Bringing these two fans of each other together is truly a dream and makes for a very special episode.

For this episode, we're donating to Heart of Dinner, an inspiring organization that has been so important since the Covid pandemic hit New York. Heart of Dinner exists to combat food insecurity and isolation within NYC’s elderly Asian American community. Please join us in supporting this amazing org.

Follow Alex @alexsongxia on Twitter and Instagram.

Keep up with Brendan and @Wheatus on Twitter and Instagram. And check out their Patreon while you're at it.

Finally, keep up with us @repeatershow on Twitter and Instagram.

The New Pornographers & Mogwai with Evan & Pat

Surprise! Here's a bonus episode that was mostly an excuse for Evan and Pat to catch up. They revisit the conversation that sparked Repeater in the first place. "What's new? What have you been listening to?" The guys chat about Covid, anticipating vaccines and their plans when fully vaccinated. The glimmer of hope for a return to "normalcy" lends a bit of positivity to the understandably tough year.

First up, Evan explores The New Pornographers' classic "Letter From An Occupant." He describes how it has the "edge" he was looking for in Indie rock, the boys discuss Canadian supergroups, and dive into the bonkers lyrics. Plus, they shout out the recent Worriers cover and how much of a treat The Old Friends EP is in general—a delightful set of covers to be a little light in a dark year.

https://youtu.be/XBAUQaj6EJo

Next up, Pat brings a live version of "Hunted by a Freak" by Mogwai. The news of their album As the Love Continues hitting #1 on the charts inspired him to explore their archives and uncovered a collection of tracks from Peel Sessions on BBC Radio 1. Pat talks about vocoders, patience with instrumental music, and what the song title 'means.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpGZV82eQCs

The privilege of getting vaccinated helped to inspire the idea to promote charities with the show. This week Evan and Pat invite you to join them in donating to Astoria Mutual Aid. Started at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Astoria Mutual Aid aids the people of Western Queens. They assist those in need with groceries, picking up prescriptions, baby supplies, and most recently assisting with vaccination appointments. Solidarity forever!

Hosts

To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it?

    Evan Barden

    Evan Forde Barden is a writer, actor, and former garage band king living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Originally from Massachusetts, Evan moved to NYC in 2010, where he met Pat and stopped playing music. When he’s not hosting Repeater, Evan makes sketch comedy with Young Douglas. He loves dancing, vegan treats, and NBA basketball. He has never worn a shirt.

      Patrick Cartelli

      Pat Cartelli is a storyteller, performer, and designer based in Astoria, Queens. He co-hosts Repeater alongside Evan Forde Barden. Pat also has a video sketch group called Summer Collider where he directs, writes, and performs. On top of all of that Pat is a Storyteller and can be seen at QED, The Creek and the Cave, and Astoria Bookshop.