Think Outside the Box Set
By Nathan Hunt and Cameron DeWhitt
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Your hosts Nathan Hunt and Cameron DeWhitt explore artists that have achieved renown or success, but that for some reason are unfamiliar. For example, do you know anyone who’s listened to an entire Garth Brooks or Insane Clown Posse album all the way through? We don’t! So we decided to listen to all of them.
||Explicit24. Underoos in Your Overalls||In 2012, ICP released their album The Mighty Death Poop, the second card in the second hand of Jokers Cards. …it's not bad. There are a few good songs on The Mighty Beth Pop, but lots of them are kinda mediocre, and a couple are just straight up bad.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23. Drunk on Annoyance||Nathan's getting punchy this week, because he didn't really enjoy ICP's many versions of their 2009 album Bang! Pow! Boom!. It's not that it's bad, it's just… the shine is wearing off a little bit. ICP's been releasing these albums over almost 20 yea||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22. Haunted Rumps||ICP continues a string of more-or-less enjoyable albums with their 10th studio release The Tempest. Nathan had a great time listening to it and maintains that it's ICP's best album yet, while Cameron is unconvinced (and bored). Freed from their first ha||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21. Prepare to Be Murdered On!||ICP released the second part of their Joker's Card about The Wraith, which has… no Wraith in it? That's OK, though, because Cameron and Nathan still have plenty to talk about, including non-funky crows, Dr. Oz®'s patented Drano Cleanse™, and Camer||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20. Butch Candles||Here it is: Insane Clown Posse’s holy testimony 🙏✝️🙏. ICP reveals that they’re secret Christians, the Dark Carnival is God, and that they’re not sorry if they tricked you. Just like that weird kid at school who tried to make friends with||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19. Make Sure There’s No Crystal Lumps||ICP's 2000 album Bizzar is a return to form, but better! This is their best one so far, which makes it really fun to talk about. But for some reason, Cameron and Nathan still stall and digress into such topics as Amy Grant's slay rides, Digimon (digital||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18. Chekhov’s Waffle House||ICP strikes back! …into our hearts, with their 2000 album Bizaar. Yes, you read that right: not bazaar, and not bizarre, but Biza'ar! It's one part of their album duo Bizaar/Bizzar, which Cameron helpfully points out are neither "correct" spellings of||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17. Faygo Blues||The Amazing Jeckel Brothers dropped in 1999, and dropped our hearts with it. After the success of The Great Milenko, Insane Clown Posse faced a lot more attention in the mainstream media—which brought more scrutiny and much more criticism. ICP struck||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16. Grape Nuts Truther||Cameron and Nathan continue to investigate the music—nay, the phenomenon—of the Insane Clown Posse, with their 1997 album The Great Milenko. Along the way, they digress a lot, ending up talking about mom’s spaghetti and other fine foodstuffs. It's||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15. Hallelujah! It’s Raining Blood!||Bonobo societies, Monster Mashes for the 90s, the Jokester of Dark Knight fame, and little juggalinos—it’s all a part of Cameron and Nathan’s discussion of Riddle Box, Insane Clown Posse’s third album! Join us as we wind the crank and see what||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14. The Ol' Flush 'n' Flesh||Nathan and Cameron listen to ICP’s second album, Cameron invents old-time ICP music, George Washington’s teeth fall out, and Theo has a juggalo birthday. It’s all part of the kooky karnival fun of The Ringmaster! The Ringmaster, Insane Clown Poss||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13. Crasscinating—Just Not on This Album||Well, here we are… the first Insane Clown Posse album! It’s… not great. We have a hard time maintaining enthusiasm (or staying awake) through the sheer misogyny and arrhythmic rapping. There are a few bright(er) spots, but overall, we’re left||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12. Go Tell It on the Merkin: A Very Garf Xmas||Merry Christmas, everyone! It's a very special heartwarming episode dedicated to Garf's very special Christmas album Beyond the Season. Recorded live in Chicago on Thanksgiving, Cameron and Nathan are joined by Ashley Bowman, Becca DeWhitt, and Rachel Y||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonus #1: I See Pee||Say it with us, in a real real spoooOOOOoooky voice: "I WANNA PLAY A GAME." That's right! It's time to choose the artist we investigate after Garf, and what better way than with a horrifying, flesh-rending, gruesome carnival of carnage? Just call Nathan||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11. Bouzouki Joseph||Garth's very last album forever: 2016's Gunslinger. We wish we could say it's a triumphant return to form… but it's more of a flaccid, bland return to form. At least it's not horribly offensive?||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10. Feeble Little Throw of a Tiny Little Bone||Garth makes a not-at-all triumphant return after 13 years of hiatus with his album Man Against Machine. And boy does it stink to high heaven. Not only did Garf not appear to learn anything in his time away, it seems like he regressed in some important||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9. DJ Dead Dad||Garth Brooks didn't want to make this album. But he did. Because his record label made him do it. After the Great Gaines Failure of 1999, Garth wanted to hide under a rock and retire until 2014. But his word is bond, and so is his contract with Capitol||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8. Anno Gaines||Today's the day! Human soul patch Chris Gaines gets his day in the sun as Garth Brooks dons a wig and a smoldering, sexy, cheeks-sucked-in face for his best rockstar playacting. Pucker up your pair of kissable ellipses, because this bad boy is going to||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit7. Faddy and Fommy||There are 7s all over this album… it’s a real Dan Brown-type situation. That’s right, it’s Garth Brook’s album Sevens! We lost count at some point, but there are probably 7 instances of the number 7, or something.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6. The Greatest Goat of All Time||In what way can horses be "fresh"? Is Garth riding with all his freshest of horses? Do horses have placentas? Nathan and Cameron seek answers for all these questions—and more—on another action-packed episode of Think Outside the Box Set!||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5. I Wanna Be a Cowboy-Baby||Today's Garth Brooks album: In Pieces. Nathan and Cameron discuss their cowboy-baby fetishes, and Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney show up to lend some wisdom. Be sure to check out Beyond the Box Set, also, which is a real podcast!||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4. Wokelahoma||We talk about Garth's very good album The Chase. Garth takes a stand for what's right, especially in his first song "We Shall Be Free." That song was more controversial than Garth anticipated, and it won a GLAAD Media Award for it lines about people get||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3. Minnows Love Pom-Poms||Cameron and Nathan discuss Garth Brooks' third album Ropin' the Wind—spoilers: it's not very good. But they manage to divert the conversation to Serbia, Nathan's great aunt, a folk singer named John McCutcheon, and the Essenes, all in the name of avoi||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2. Country Genius Junior the Third, Esquire||Cameron and Nathan discuss Garth Brook's second album, No Fences. Garth's biggest-selling album, No Fences is a solid improvement on his self-titled.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1. Garth Brooks, and Here’s Why||Cameron and Nathan launch their podcast, Think Outside the Box Set. They begin by explaining the premise: "learning to appreciate an artist’s back catalog." Then, they head into a discussion of their first subject: Garth Brooks.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I Wanna Be a Cowboy-Baby
This podcast is just the best. Cameron and Nathan dissect the works of (so far) Sir Brooks and Lords J and Dope with exacting precision and unparalleled wit. I went into this without being a fan of Garth Brooks (the first artist whose works they discuss) and left that season with a more profound understanding of what informs his music and makes him tick - in addition to some good, good goofs. The show's hosts are adept at expertly mixing humor with informative discussions regarding each of their chosen artists' albums. I always walk away from each episode with more knowledge than I held prior to listening (the parallels drawn between ICP's disgusting and over-the-top depictions of violence and those of the 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire were particularly fascinating), but more importantly I also walk away with a fresh store of goofs, gaffs, and japes with which to restock my chuckle box. Even if you aren't a fan of the music they discuss, Nathan and Cameron's Think Outside the Box Set is absolutely worth a listen.
I heard your ad on MBMBAM and got excited about a podcast review of ICP. There were only Garth episodes up at that time though, but I ended up enjoying those too! When I first started listening, I thought you guys were going to review a different artist every episode, the thought of that MANY Garth-related episodes was a bit daunting... but I really enjoy the informed analytical perspective and open mindedness you bring to the artists under review, listening to music outside of one's comfort zone has always been interesting to me.
The idea of song analysis in general is rather new to me, usually I just hear music and enjoy it, or I don't. I think listening to this podcast has changed the way I listen to new music.
I'm really enjoying your breakdown of ICP's albums, I'm not a juggalo myself, but tangentially interested in juggalo culture via an ex-boyfriend, and also involvement with the Homestuck fandom (a webcomic that features a couple of alien juggalo characters).
Looking forward to the rest of ICP, and I put my vote in for Alanis next, too!
I love this podcast! I came looking for wit and solid criticism on the music and I got it. Even after just listening to a few podcasts you start analyzing music on your own, which is pretty trippy.
Anyway, this podcast is great for all music lovers, and I would highly recommend it to just about anyone.