Jay-Z’s 4:44, Best TV of 2017 (So Far), Bishop Briggs – IP 82

This week, Inside Pop dives into Jay-Z’s new album 4:44- we discuss some of the personal issues he revealed in his lyrics along with his evolution from his first album to now. We then discuss other artists who have bared their soul through music and some of the confessional – like songs with which we have connected –  including Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, Prince, Mary J. Blige and more.

Then, we revel in the abundance of programming that Peak TV has given us in 2017 with our Best of TV picks of the last 6 months. Find out which shows made our individual lists and which shows we shared our undying affection for.

Plus, Sean gives his Big Sell review and rating of last week’s suggestion from Amita- the singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs. Then, he shares his Big Sell which comes from one of the series on his Best of TV (So Far) list.

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You can also find Inside Pop on Maximum Fun network.

Spiderman: Homecoming, Best Movies of 2017 (So Far), Summer Blockbusters, Miguel – IP 81

The holiday weekend is over but the fun is just about to begin! Take a deep dive inside the world of pop culture and join Sean David Johnson and Amita Patel as they celebrate their debut episode on Maximum Fun!

  • Who are Amita and Sean? I mean who are they REALLY?: The co-hosts of Inside Pop (aka The Pop Insiders) give you a quick (re)introduction.
  • Inside Pop Quiz: Summer Blockbuster Movie Edition. Sean quizzes Amita on everything from which Spielberg summer flick has made the most money to which of Rihanna’s lines of dialogue from Battleship are the most memorable.
  • Best Movies of 2017 . . .  So Far: Special guest Mike Cecchini, editor-in-chief of Den of Geek joins Sean and Amita to discuss his favorite films of the first half of the year. Plus he shares an early review of Spiderman: Homecoming.
  • The Big Sell: Each week Sean and Amita take turns recommending something from the world of pop culture the other has yet to experience. Last week, Sean’s Big Sell to Amita was the Viceland episode of Earthworks featuring musician (and Inside Pop object of objectification) Miguel.  This week Amita big sells Sean music from British singer/songwriter, Bishop Briggs.

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The Big Sick, Top LGBT TV Characters, TLC – IP 80

This week, Amita discusses the new film, The Big Sick, written and starring Kumail Nanjiani. Will it be the sleeper hit of the summer?

Then, in honor of Pride Month, we revisit one of our favorite countdowns- our Top 3 LGBT Television Characters – with special guest Kevyn Fairchild.

And Sean gives his review of TLC’s new single “Way Back” in the Big Sell and suggests a Viceland show featuring IP favorite, Miguel.

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Big Announcement, Alabama Shakes – IP 79

This week we’ve got a big announcement in a short episode. After we share some exciting news about our podcast, we bring you Amita’s review of Sean’s last Big Sell, Alabama Shakes new/old song, “Killer Diller Blues.” After her review, Amita big sells Sean on a new joint by an older group.

And Sean also gives a bonus big sell and tells Amita about the fantastic Georgia O’Keefe exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Wonder Woman, Master of None, Tickling Giants, Sense8 – IP 78

This week- we dive into the world of pop culture with:

  • Wonder Woman – Amita gives her reaction and we discuss the film’s record breaking box office.
  • Master of None – We can’t get enough of the Season 2 and talk about Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s decision to hold off on Season 3…for now.
  • Sean pours some out for the final season of one of his favorite Netflix series, Sense8.
  • We share an excerpt of our interview with Sara Taksler, the writer/director/producer of the documentary, Tickling Giants.
  • And Sean rates and reviews last week’s Big Sell, the soul/funk/blues artist, Earl St. Clair and shares his Big Sell- a new single from Alabama Shakes.

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Game of Thrones, Spiderman: Homecoming, Cannes Film Festival, Wonder Woman, American Gods, Hype Songs – IP 77

This week, we are jam packed with everything you need to know about the latest in pop culture! We start off with a roundup of new trailers for Game of Thrones and Spiderman: Homecoming- do they live up to the hype?

And speaking of hype- we discuss our “Hype Songs” – the tracks that make us turnt up, get us energized and keep us in a good mood to conquer the day or rule the night.

Then, we discuss Sofia Coppola’s win at Cannes Film Festival for Best Director of the upcoming film The Beguiled, and the controversy surrounding the female only screenings popping up around the country for Wonder Woman this coming weekend.

Plus, Sean returns to the House of Hyperbole to discuss the most sexual sex scene he’s ever witnessed on television in the new series, American Gods.

And Amita gives her review and rating of last week’s Big Sell, British singer songwriter, Laura Mvula and suggests another unique soulful voice- Earl St. Clair.

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Twin Peaks, Chris Cornell, Alien: Covenant, Black Mirror – IP 76

It is happening again!

That’s right – we are back with another episode covering the most interesting pop culture of the week. Our topics this episode include:

  • Twin Peaks returns and Sean attempts to make sense of David Lynch and Mark Frosts’ deep, dark, inscrutable work. Does it live up to the immense hype and Sean’s great expectations? Listen to find out!
  • Chris Cornell died last week and Amita Patel shares her feelings and memories of the singer and also provides a guide to finding some of his best work online.
  • Alien: Covenant is the latest offering from Ridley Scott and Sean lets you know whether this film lives up to what we’ve come to expect from the director of Gladiator,  Thelma & Louise and of course, the original Alien.
  • The creators of Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, spoke at Vulture Fest in NYC and Amita Patel was there in order to share the inside scoop with you! Listen to hear insight into the creation of one of the great shows on TV today.
  • The Big Sell! Listen to hear what Sean thinks of Amita’s Big Sell from last week, the web series Hot Ones, which features celebrities promoting their latest project . . . while they eat hot wings. Amita’s pick features Key & Peele in the hot seat. And then Sean Big Sells Amita on a British singer (imagine that) he’s recently discovered.

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Links:

Amita’s Top 5 songs to remember Chris Cornell:

Audioslave- Like a Stone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QU1nvuxaMA

Soundgarden- Black Hole Sun (solo vocals): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bY5tDB9mp3c

Temple of the Dog- Hunger Strike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUb450Alpps

Nothing Compares 2 U- Prince cover @ Sirius XM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuUDRU9-HRk

I Will Always Love You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOvH5LSH9Sw

Master of None S2, Twin Peaks, Scandal Ends – IP 75

Let’s Rock!

This week we react to the first four masterful episodes of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s, Master of None. Amita shares the particular joy that comes with watching this South Asian auteur do his his thing!

Then we explain why watching the current season of Scandal is the equivalent to having Pity Sex!

Next we introduce a new segment, Way Into, in which we present a guide for you to become as ‘Way Into” a piece of pop culture as we are. In this inaugural segment, Sean presents a Way Into . . .  Twin Peaks – and tells you everything you need to know and do to prepare for the Twin Peaks premiere on Showtime on Sunday May 21st.

Then we celebrate our 75th episode in a very special way!

And as always, we end with The Big Sell. Amita rates and reviews Sean’s Instagram Big Sell from last week and sells him on a YouTube series that involves chicken, celebrities and hot sauce… Spicy!

Thanks to all of our listeners! Whether you’ve listened from the beginning or just recently found us – we are thrilled to have you here for our special milestone episode!

The best is yet come!

Sean’s Way Into Twin Peaks

  1. Watch Season 1
    1. If you only have time for two eps out of the 7 watch The Pilot and episode 3 – Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer.
  2. Read: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer
  3.  Watch Season 2 episodes 1-7.
    1. If you only have time for two episodes watch the season premiere + episode 7 Lonely Souls (Laura Palmer’s Killer is REVEALED!)
  4. Watch Fire Walk with Me.
  5. Watch Wild at Heart
  6. Read: The Secret History of Twin Peaks

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Sense8, The Dark Tower, The Defenders, South Asians on TV & Film, Broadway, Game of Thrones – IP 74

The May pop culture hot streak continues so we discuss the release of the trailers for the highly anticipated film adaptation of the Stephen King series, The Dark Tower; and The Defenders on Netflix.

Then, Amita gives her immediate (and spoiler free) reaction to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and also shares her exciting experience winning a Broadway Lottery. Meanwhile Sean is incapable of containing his excitement over the premiere of the 2nd season of Sense8.

The Pop Insiders also share the details of the recently announced Game of Thrones spin-offs and share which GoT characters they’d most want to see Frasiered.

Plus, Amita celebrates the influx of South Asians on TV and Film and the joy and inspiration they have given her.

And Sean reviews  last’s week’s Hall & Oates big sell and sells Amita on a climate change focused Instagram feed.

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Links:

The Defenders trailer

The Dark Tower trailer

Big Sell: Everyday Climate Change Instagram feed

DJ Khaled, Chance the Rapper, The Handmaid’s Tale, Mary J. Blige, Prince & The Revolution, Jonathan Demme, Gorillaz – IP 73

The Pop Insiders never lie! As promised – May is lit and in this episode we dive into the unbearable ‘litness’ of pop culture in its first week. We discuss:

  • DJ Khaled’s new song of the summer contender, “I’m the One”. We review the song and focus on Chance the Rapper’s provocative verse.
  • Mary J. Blige’s new album, Strength of a Woman.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.
  • Our ecstatic experience seeing The Revolution live in NYC.
  •  The passing of the great director, Jonathan Demme.

And of course we end with the Big Sell. Amita reviews Sean’s pick from last week – the recent Gorillaz episode of the music focused podcast, Song Exploder.

This week’s Big Sell: Amita sells a profile on Daryl Hall & John Oates featured on CBS Sunday Morning.

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Check Out James Dinh’s review of The Revolution’s show in NYC HERE