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6b02: Stage 5, with Brendan from the Frotcast



Ride the Painted Pod, Let the Spinning Wheel Cast

Much like a child, a podcast has many parents. That is to say, many individuals who act like parents, or that by a version, the podcast is their baby. This week’s guest is one of those individuals. Certainly one of PYAG’s parents is The Frotcast, and Joining Matt and Vince to break down The Sopranos Season 6b, episode 2, “Stage 5,” is The Frotcast’s largest daddy, Brendan.

If this were an episode of Friends, it would be called, “The One with Chrissy’s Movie Premiere.” Cleaver, the film with many parents, is finally ready for public consumption, and while the graphic violence might strike some as unsettling, it’s the possible inspiration for the film’s overbearing, selfish, mob boss antagonist that was Tony feeling uncomfortable. As he tells Dr. Melfi, he knows too much about the subconscious now to believe that Chrissy still respects him after seeing Stephen Baldwin’s portrayal of him.

The episode also features the most British song yet. Stick around to the end to hear it.

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6b01: Soprano Home Movies, with Noah Kulwin of “Blowback”



Liquor Before Grappa, Might Have to Fight Your Papa

Gather ‘round your Bluetooth speakers and celebrate the return of Pod Yourself A Gun. Matt and Vince are joined by Montclair, New Jersey native and host of the Blowback podcast, Noah Kulwin, to discuss the first episode of part B of the sixth and final season of the Sopranos, “Sopranos Home Movies.”

As the season begins, The Soprano family is celebrating the birth of its lovably murderous patriarch. What do you get the man who destroys almost everything he touches for his birthday? The police give him a gun charge, Carmella gives him head, and Bobby gives him a few solid smacks in the head and body. The Soprano siblings should have known not to mix alcohol and Monopoly. That’s a game that often ends in violence even when the participants aren’t drunk psychos.

It’s not all about Tony though, Bobby also passes an important milestone, notching his first kill in a laundromat in Canada. You could tell he didn’t want to do it, but he had to catch up to his wife in on-screen confirmed kills.

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612: Kaisha, with Brendan James of “Blowback”



Is AJ a virgin? Does Tony lay pipe? Who did 9/11? Who assassinated JFK? These are just some of the hard-hitting questions Matt & Vince try to answer on this week’s edition of Pod Yourself A Gun with the help of guest Brendan James. Co-host, producer, and music composer of the Blowback podcast, Brendan joins the pod to discuss The Sopranos season 6A episode twelve, “Kaisha.”

There is a definitive answer to the question about AJ’s virginity in the episode, as we see him bribe some noisy neighborhood teens with a bike to get them to go somewhere else long enough to give his new 30-year-old single mom friend from work the peace and quiet she needs to climb up on Anthony Jr Jr. Inspired by the scene, I’ve been driving around with a lightly used mountain bike in the back of my Ford Explorer, and so far it has not lead to sex, but I’m hopeful. The question posed on the pod is, was this AJ’s first time? He’s definitely hanging around girls his age throughout the show, but as Matt points out, he’s got the energy of a guy who has resigned himself to a life of sweaty handjobs.

Describe, in disgusting detail, what you imagine AJ’s sex life was like in five-star review on  Apple Podcasts.

*ALSO* Matt Lieb will be on a LIVE edition of The Bitchuation Room with Francesca Fiorentini on Thursday March 10th in Brooklyn!! Tix: https://bit.ly/TBRBrooklyn

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BONUS: Interview with Robert Iler



On a special new episode of Pod Yourself A Gun, Robert Iler stops by to talk about growing up on The Sopranos set with Tony Sirico making sure nobody is getting molested.

A big get for the PYAG boys, Robert Iler, the talented actor best known to this pod for playing mafia fail-son Anthony Soprano Jr, joins Matt & Vince to talk about growing up on The Sopranos set, his influence on AJ’s Nu Metal wardrobe, partying so hard that the entire city of New York can’t keep up, and the life of a professional poker player.

If you are a regular listener, you’ll know that AJ Soprano is the podcast’s id. He just wants to chill, skate, eat ziti, and not destroy the environment. Listen as Matt & Vince get behind the scenes dirt from the actor who brought the unforgettable character to life.

The most surprising reveal from the extensive interview is that Robert has seen the first two episodes of every season (they were played at each season’s premiere party) and has no interest in seeing the rest of the series. I guess when you lived it, you don’t get the same satisfaction from seeing a young Paul Dano say “That p*ssy’s yours… We shall know forsooth.”

If you were Robert, would you have kept the prop money? Let us know in a five-star review on Apple Podcasts.

*ALSO* Matt Lieb will be on a LIVE edition of The Bitchuation Room with Francesca Fiorentini on Thursday March 10th in Brooklyn!! Tix: https://bit.ly/TBRBrooklyn

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611: Cold Stones, with comedian/real Jersey Italian Paul Palmeri



Rosalie in Paris

Get your little berets and stinky cheeses ready for the latest PYAG. Comedian and actor Paul Palmeri joins Matt and Vince to talk about the Frenchest episode of The Sopranos, season 6A episode eleven, “Cold Stones.”

Paul, a self-described AJ-type, is a fitting guest for this AJ-heavy episode. After he gets fired from Blockbuster for loving the environment too much to let the promotional standees go unsold, Tony gets AJ a construction job. Framed as consequences for his poor decision making, Paul encourages AJ, and anyone listening, to cherish the opportunity to work outside and build things. Working inside and sending emails all day might not be physically demanding, but it will erode your soul in a way that young AJ will never understand. Imagine AJ in a conference room trying to learn scrum methodology or lean principles. Best case scenario: he’s a better project manager for a suicide attempt.

As much as all the dumb guys running this podcast love our dumb guy king AJ, this is a Rosalie Aprile episode. She’s in Paris showing the rest of us how to do a vacation. Get hit on by a hot young French person, buy some stuff, don’t poop, light a couple candles, and if your friend Carmela tries to kill the vibe by bringing up old trauma, kindly but firmly instruct her to shut the f*ck up. This is Paris, not therapy, you stunad. Eat a croissant and take some pictures you’ll never think about again. Leave dead family members where they belong — New Jersey’s Belleville.

If you have any merch from the band that Vince’s uncle and Victor Conti were in, please let us know in a five-star review on Apple Podcasts.

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610: Moe n’ Joe, with Erin Gloria Ryan of “Hysteria”



And You May Find Yourself in Johnny Sack’s House

Lend us your ears, ye piggies. Matt and Vince are joined by writer, host of the Hysteria podcast, and Janice Soprano apologist Erin Ryan, to talk about episode 10 of The Sopranos season 6A, “Moe n’ Joe.”

The episode, written by Mad Men creator and father of M. Holden Weiner, Matthew Weiner, features both a recreation of Led Zeppelin album cover using Sal the lawnmower man, and visual gag using a model train entering a tunnel as a metaphor for gay sex. This Weiner is a mad man indeed.

Tony Soprano is both a man and mad at all times. This week he’s mad at Bobby for Janice reasons, at Janice because she’s Janice, and at Johnny Sack for talking about that thing of theirs to the prosecutors. The result is a rare combination of spite and grace to screw Johnny out of his house and give it to Janice. At least Janice, and by extension, Erin get something they want.

Another thing Erin wants: to warn Gen Z about the perils of bringing back Y2K fashion. If you can hear her words over the sound of your puka shells rustling and your Slipknot track jacket swishing, please heed her warning.

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BONUS: Interview With Joe Gannascoli (Vito Spatafore)



What Do You Know, What Do You Say to Joe Gannascoli?

In just six short seasons, Pod Yourself A Gun has gone from the only Sopranos podcast to the only Sopranos podcast to get an interview with the actor who played Gino in season one episode eight, “The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti.” Remember? Christopher cuts him in line, and he gets all huffy about it? The actor’s name is Joseph R. Gannascoli, and you might also remember for his other work in the series, as the character performing the most surprising felatio history of television, Vito Spatafore.

In the latest Patreon-exclusive edition of PYAG, Matt and Vince talk to the man who played the man who killed Jackie Jr., lost a bunch of weight, got caught lassoing leather daddies, and ate Johnny Cakes in New Hampshire. During the conversation, Joe reveals how much of his own life was incorporated into the character, the book that inspired Vito’s gay storyline, and who the biggest ballbusters were on set.

Along with all the inside dirt on The Sopranos cast and crew, the conversation covers Joe’s fascinating journey from self-taught chef and self-proclaimed degenerate gambler to self-taught actor to golfing dad with two christmas trees. Sign up now at patreon.com/frotcast to listen AND if you sign up for the Pod Yourself a Shoutout tier, Vince will give you a mafia nickname on the podcast.

 

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609: The Ride, with comedian Kyle Ayers



St. Elzéar’s Fire

Put your favorite gold hat on and listen to the latest PYAG with comedian and host of the Never Seen It podcast Kyle Ayers talking to Matt and Vince about The Sopranos season 6a episode 9, “The Ride.”

The “ride” in question is a faulty teacup carnival ride that puts Janice in a neck brace, or at least inspires Janice to make use of a neck brace in a classic Janice grift. The teacups were part of the St. Elzear’s festival, which itself is a grift perpetrated by Paulie and a local church. When the new priest then tries to shakedown Paulie, he, of all people, is the first in this episode, and maybe the series, to point out that the Catholic Church might be the real gangster, or at least the real child abuse cover-upper.

Before the festival Chris and Tony are reminiscing about that time they conspired to kill Christopher’s fiancé, and Kyle points out that for some reason, Tony seems uncomfortable reminiscing with his criminal friends about their heinous criminal acts. The lesson being: work/ life balance is hard for everyone.

There’s also some talk about the Beatles, “Brokeback” as an adjective, the drawbacks of cannoli as an eating contest food, and pasta slop foley art.

You really need to get yourself into rehab, but for now, it won’t hurt to toot a little five-star review on Apple Podcasts.

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608: Johnny Cakes, with author Leah Carroll



Blockbusted

Writer, podcaster, and author of Down City: A Daughter’s Story of Love, Memory, and Murder, Leah Carrol joins Matt & Vince to talk about Vince’s favorite episode of The Sopranos, season 6a episode 8, “Johnny Cakes.”

Leah is a uniquely qualified guest, as she has a personal connection to an actual Rhode Island mob figure named Nicky Bianco, who introduced her to arugula. That’s the new bar. You cannot be a guest on PYAG unless you have been fed by an actual made guy. If a Gotti made you leek soup, hit us up. If not, just keep enjoying the slop we’re shoveling in your bowl, piggy.

In a bit of a reversal, the Soprano crime family’s most notorious bottom, Vito, is introduced to the titular Rhode Island delicacy by a volunteer firefighter beefcake named Johnny. Vito can receive what Johnny’s feeding him, but can he receive the love and affection he craves? As noted on the pod, this show was made for the modern cynical misanthrope, so don’t count on love setting anyone free.

While Vito is trying to find himself in New Hampshire, our favorite failson, AJ Soprano, is in New Jersey doing the same. Working at Blockbuster has its perks. He had an opportunity study knife fights in movies and utilize the techniques in an assassination attempt on Uncle Junior. But, AJ being AJ, he fumbles the blade before he has a chance to avenge his father. AJ is good guy, in that he is too soft and incompetent to kill someone. Poor guy never had a chance to gain his father’s approval through murder.

Let us know what we have to do to get some smoked turkey around here in a five-star review on Apple Podcasts.

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607: Luxury Lounge, with Allen Strickland Williams



It’s The Ring Meets Pod Yourself A Father

Comedian and writer Allen Strickland Wiliams joins Matt and Vince for a conversation about Powder (1995), Nuovo Vesuvio’s response to COVID, and season 6a episode 7 of The Sopranos, “Luxury Lounge.”

As Allen notes early on, the episode discussed belongs to a specific Sopranos subgenre of episodes that feature neither a therapy scene, nor any advancement of the major mob-related plots. “Pine Barrens” is another example. “Luxury Lounge” may not be as memorable as “Pine Barrens,” but it’s definitely the only Sopranos episode in which Lauren Bacall gets punched in the face.

Chris goes to Los Angeles for a meeting with an uninterested Ben Kingsley about a role in Cleaver, and notices that, not for nothing, but Hollywood is the home of the real gangsters. These famous actors get awards for pretending to be someone else, and even if they don’t win, they get free sunglasses.

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