June 5

Mastermind Team’s Robcast Episode 228 | Plaid vs Periwinkle

mtrthenetwork's Rob Lee & Dann D
Anime is cool, Eartha Kitt is cooler

An all new episode of the Robcast is ready and waiting!

Eartha Kitt returns from the grave for a new round of New Challenger. Rob gets involved with the effort to help Ellicott City while Dann challenges the current King of Wakanda to become the legendary Italian Panther. The Crown City Cook finally breaks the silence on McDonald’s “new” quarter pounder with cheese burger. This week’s Geek Stuff is extra special with two separate stories about Pokemon! Which will you choose, Pickachu or Eevee and does anyone really play Pokemon Go anymore?

What does a pineapple, a durian and a jazz fruit have in common and why does Andy Rooney keep giving us useless advice? All we know for certain is: you can’t get cum on a cake in Georgia no matter how hard you try.

Meanwhile, Greg makes a funny.

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode cooked entirely on a George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine.

 

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June 4

Geek Stuff | FLCL Progressive

This past weekend saw the resurrection of one of Anime’s weirdest, most beloved series, FLCL.

Pronounced Fooly Cooly, FLCL originally aired in Japan back in 2000 with an American dub later on in 2003. I’ve tried in the past to sit thru these six episodes to no avail. Fortunately, with Adult Swim re-airing the first season every Saturday night I was able to manage a half hour a week for what is no doubt one of Japan’s harder to comprehend animes. And trust me, it isn’t the easiest thing to follow. In short, the plot revolves around a boy who gets hit by an alien with a guitar and then proceeds to try to be normal despite the robots that keep growing from his head no thanks to the alien with a guitar. There’s heavy sexual overtones, weird references to things I’m not totally sure exist, violence and the overall sense that this is supposed to be a coming of age story for the main character, Naota. All of those things are great but they hit you at a sprinter’s pace until the episode ends and you’re left scratching your head like Krusty the Clown declaring “What the hell was that?!”

FLCL: Progressive is the long-awaited second season to all the aforementioned above. And while it had a more focused feel to the storyline, one thing was for certain: this is still a very weird and sexually charged world.

The episode opens with a mysterious girl walking thru a tattered landscape. Everything is in black and white with the exception of a sharp horn growing from the girl’s forehead. She somehow finds herself in front of a giant red eyeball before waking up. Thru the course of her day, we learn that her name is Hidomi and she spends the bulk of her time ignoring the waking world whenever possible. Her neon blue cat ear headphones (which are always affixed to her head) represent her refusal to acknowledge anyone before they have a chance to get to know and subsequently reject her for whatever reason. We meet a few of her classmates, who are obviously part of the sexual overtone of the show, her mom and a brand new guitar wielding alien who rides in the back of a self-driving low rider instead of a bright yellow Vespa. Like Naota in the first series, Hidomi gets struck by the self-driving car and before the end of episode one, finds herself in the exact area where her dream took place.

Before the new alien with a guitar parts ways with Hidomi, she remarks “It looks good on you.” referring to the bright red horn growing from Hidomi’s forehead. The next day in school, Hidomi is left reflecting out the window as it’s revealed that her teacher is actually the original alien with a guitar from the first series. The class cheers, Hidomi looks hesitant and I feel a lot less confused by this FLCL than the one that came out over a decade ago.

The hallmark of this series is the music. The Pillows are the original J-rock band who composed an entire album just for FLCL 1 and it’s safe to say that they have done it again! One of my favorite parts of this show is the song “Little Busters”, a song that when it starts playing, signals to the audience that the episode is almost over. Every other track is brand new just for FLCL: Progressive and it feels like The Pillows never fell out of love with the series (Although I really wish “Ride on Shooting Star” was still the ending credits theme). Hopefully as the show goes on there will be more to enjoy, but for now, I am sated, mainly because we have new The Pillows to look forward to but partly because I know exactly what the hell is going on this time around.

-DD

 

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May 24

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 226 | Pickled Dicks

Robcast’s hosts, Rob Lee & Dann D, are trapped in a world of weird crime, strange food and off-color remarks.

… And on the seventh day, God said “Let there be podcasts!” 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

In this week’s all new episode, Rob Lee & Dann D stare madness in the face as they critique and re-purpose the KFC Skinwich during our Crown City Cook segment. Rob & Dann have a great idea on their hands on how to make this sandwich better. What do you think? Should fried chicken skin be used as lettuce? Is Rob’s sandwich nothing more than a Chik-Fil-A sandwich – if you know Rob he loves Chik-Fil-A and always looks for excuses to talk about it.

Rob enjoys pickled and fermented foods like Kimchi and Kombucha but not Pickled Dicks. Those are not on the menu at #mtrthenetwork.

Rob discusses the joys of puppy parenthood before melting Dann’s face with an all new round of New Challenger where stories include Super Gonorrhea, BBQ Becky in Oakland and a Brooklyn Haircut gone wrong. Dead-ass.

Whether you listen now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode that proves why you never bring a gun to an alligator fight.

MTR The Network blesses you with the #godsofpod, Rob Lee & Dann D, every week.

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May 15

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 225 | The Circle of Sadness

The future is incredibly close on an all new episode of the Robcast!

What starts out as a frank and serious discussion gets mutated into a flurry of dick jokes. New Challenger makes its triumphant return, leaving no one alive in its wake. Lines are clearly drawn in the sand when the Dine n’ Dash Dater strikes again. Rob and Dann discover the secret to becoming panty distributors on the Japanese market. The Crown City Cook continues his pursuit of segmentation despite his hatred of cold brew coffee and fruit pizza. Meanwhile, Greg plots his next move from a secret base hidden deep below the earth’s molten crust.

What will happen when one man makes it his personal mission to kill all child molesters? All we know for certain is, Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones will never be the same.

Whether you stream now or download and listen later, you don’t want to miss the episode that will leave you asking the question: what came first, the cocaine or the pizza?

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May 8

Mastermind Team’s Robcast 224 | It Only Takes Coffee

A new day is dawning in the MTR universe!

On this all new episode, Rob and Dann delve into the past in order to move into the future! Foregoing New Challenger for free form conversation that hasn’t been seen since episode 190-something, Rob and Dann reflect on pizza and NBC’s entire TGIF lineup. Rob waxes poetics about the finer perks and pitfalls of gainful employment while Dann pretends he’s not living a bleak existence. What will happen when Mr. Belvedere and Evil Cousin Larry threaten the fabric of time? Is the key to life really embedded in the fibers of an old ratty orange couch? Can Geek Stuff carry an entire show as the only segment left standing with only two white wolf power orbs in his pocket? Leave your old Playstation demos at the door and unite with the last generation of arcade kids!

Join us for this very special, stink-line free episode of the Robcast.

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