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6b07: The Second Coming, with Francesca Fiorentini



Depression is “Break Stuff” Pointed Inward

The world’s only socialist wife-guy Sopranos podcast welcomes the return of podcaster, comedian, journalist, and #1 Matt Lieb tolerater Francesca Fiorentini to talk to Matt & Vince about season 6b episode 7, “The Second Coming.”

AJ’s back in school, but as Fran points out, he doesn’t need a political science degree, he needs to smoke a little weed. The only thing liberal arts education can do for AJ is make him depressed. And boy is he depressed. He’s so depressed that not even Chamillionaire’s Ridin Dirty can convince him that life is worth living. He knows that The US sees the Middle East rolling, and they’re hating enough to bomb Iran. How can he live in a world that is so dicked up?

Despite Carmela’s attempts to cheer him up with Lincoln logs (which some internet research revealed to be  a hot dog split open and slathered with cream cheese, similar to a Seattle-style street dog), AJ’s “Rude Goldberg suicide machine” is, of course, constructed incompetently enough to avoid a second episode in a row with a major character death. This is why AJ could never be a mob guy. How can he be expected to wack someone when he couldn’t even take out his own depressed self?

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6b06: Kennedy and Heidi, with Mike Falzone



We Get it

Get a stereo system with some balls to listen to the latest PYAG. Comedian, podcaster, and paisano Mike Falzone joins Matt and Vince for a conversation about The Sopranos season 6b episode 7, “Kennedy and Heidi.”

Fair warning for all you spoiler sticklers, If you have not watched the episode, don’t listen to this podcast, because there is a significant character death. Also, what are you doing? You better be subscribed to the patreon.

If you’re prepared to hear it, this is the perfect podcast to listen to while driving to the desert to do peyote with your dead friend’s former girlfriend, but you have to wear a dang seatbelt. Mike doesn’t want to be at your wake telling everyone what a wackadoo you were. Bob Barker is still alive and he will outlive you if you don’t put on a seatbelt.

If you have not watched the episode, don’t listen to this podcast. There is a significant character death in the episode. Also, what are you doing listening to the pod?

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6b05: Walk Like A Man, with Alison Rosen



Al(ison) Rosen About Love

Writer, TV personality, and host of the Upworthy Weekly, Childish, and Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend podcasts, Alison Rosen returns to talk to Matt and Vince to talk about The Sopranos season 6a episode 5, “Walk Like A Man.”

The alternate title for this episode is bell hooks, because it’s all about love, baby. AJ, positively distraught about his unrequited love for his former fiance Blanca, has his family worried he’s going to harm himself. Tony, trying to show love the only way he knows how, suggests he try drowning his sorrows in tiddies and meat like the other boys his age. Somehow this ends with AJ helping the other boys burn some kid’s foot with acid. It’s an experience AJ does not love.

According to bell hooks, love is “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” By this definition, Tony and the guys do not love Chris like they say they do. His sobriety represents spiritual growth, and as they point out on the podcast, the whole point of the mafia is to monetize spiritual stagnation. Paulie, Tony, Bobby, and Chris are shoveling so much shit on Chris’ side of the street, that he decides he’s done trying to keep it clean. He falls off both the wagon and his stool.

On a happier note, when two people (like Matt and Francesca) are in love, they do gross stuff in the privacy of their home, and the result is a future child. That’s right, LA Matt, flap flap, all up in that womb with the spratz. Our boy has a baby on the way. Now more than ever, we need your damn money. Please don’t make us do what Paulie yells at Chrissy. Please don’t make us suck the money out of your ass. Sign up for the patreon and leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts.

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6b04: Chasing It, with Will Menaker of Chapo Trap House



Vito Jr: Goth Icon

A lot to chew on in season 6b episode 4 of The Sopranos. Including, but not limited to, Tony’s compulsive gambling, AJ’s disastrous engagement, Hesh’s deadly farts, and the two giant ice cream sundaes purchased for Vito Jr. that will need to be fully chewed up before you even think about getting in Phil Leotardo’s car. Returning to discuss “Chasing It” with Matt and Vince is writer and co-host of the Chapo Trap House podcast, Will Menaker.

During a scene dubbed by Will as “The Vito Jr./Phil Leotardo Silo Summit,” Vito appears to be eating an ice cream sundae at the Applegate Farms Ice Cream stand in Montclair, New Jersey. When Phil calls it a sundae, Vito corrects him, preferring the name as it’s written on the cold treat’s cup, “The Silo.” Currently, neither the Applegate Farms’ website, their Yelp page, nor their Doordash menu mentions The Silo as an option. Is this a deprecated gluttonous treat gone the way of the supersized meal? A Sopranos prop department fabrication? A locals-only, in-person menu option that non-New Jerseyans can only fantasize about? We may never know, but what we can say for certain is that while eating his two Silos, this son of Tony Soprano’s deceased best earner looks like a Puerta Rican whoo-er.

The guys also delve into Tony’s misguided gambling strategies, the way he trades homophobia for antisemitism, and Matt brings an appropriately NuMetal bada-b song in honor of North Jersey’s shower shittingest grave vandalizer.

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6b03: Remember When, with Dave Schilling



Remember when Lin Manuel Miranda was on The Sopranos?

Remember when writer and LA Times Style columnist Dave Schilling was on the pod during season two to talk about “Knights In White Satin Armor?” Remember how great that was? This week on the pod, Matt and Vince welcome Dave back for a conversation about The Sopranos season 6a, episode 3, “Remember When.”

Remember when Richie Aprile ran Beansy over? Well despite pooping in a bag for the rest of his life (to Paulie’s horror), Paulie and Tony find him in Florida, living a pretty good life. After Tony’s first body becomes unburied, he and Paulie bounce to the Panhandle State to lay low for a while. While on their little vacation, Tony is embarrassed to remember how cool he used to think Paulie was, while Paulie can’t stop remembering what happened to Big Pussy the last time he was on a boat with Tony.

Remember when Tony says, “‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation?” That was this episode. The famous clip from the Remember When Machine segment bumper. During the segment, Dave, Matt, & Vince remember when Tila Tequila was a budding triple threat, but they do not remember any of the other early social media stars listed in the New York Post’s “Nine Hottest Celebs on the Web” article from 2007.  Remember print media?

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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.

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*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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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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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.

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