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A podcast all about pop punk and emo nostalgia. Each episode, we discuss one album and how it affected us.

A podcast all about pop punk and emo nostalgia. Each episode, we discuss one album and how it affected us.
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A podcast all about pop punk and emo nostalgia. Each episode, we discuss one album and how it affected us.






My Chemical Romance, "The Black Parade"

WHEN I WAS... A YOUNG BOY... MY FATHER... TOOK ME INTO THE STUDIO... TO RECORD A PODCAST... In the season finale of Friends and Girls, Cameron and Jill discuss what may be the crowning jewel of mid-00s emo, the alpha and the omega, the nucleus around which we all orbit... My Chemical Romance’s 2006 epic masterpiece The Black Parade. An album, but also frankly a lifestyle, TBP represents the apex of what we find so ridiculously attractive about emo as a whole—introspective yet theatrical,...


Brand New, "Your Favorite Weapon"

On this week’s very special episode of Friends And Girls, Jill and Cameron discuss an album that has recently gone from being an early-‘00s emo staple to a creepy casualty of the #MeToo movement: Brand New’s 2000 debut LP, Your Favorite Weapon. Yes, Jesse Lacey had been fully cancelled at this point, and our goal with this episode isn’t to redeem Brand New in any way, but to honestly and truthfully explore why misogyny and toxic masculinity is so rampant in every genre of punk, and what we...


Braid, "Frame & Canvas"

Often on F&G, we discuss emo and pop punk as a thing of the past, something we’ve grown out of, a guilty pleasure of sorts. And that may be true when we’re exploring our deep-seated, bittersweet love of Allister’s debut album or Gerard Way’s red eyeliner circa Three Cheers era. However, this week we are taking a deep dive into a record that resonates with us to this day, perhaps the crown jewel of late-‘90s midwestern emo, an album that still brings a tear to our eye and makes us want to...


New Found Glory, "Sticks and Stones"

This week, Friends and Girls tackles a major heavy-hitter in early ‘00s pop-punk, NEW FOUND GLORY’s seminal ode to first loves, broken hearts and potentially toxic bromances, 2002’s Sticks and Stones. Yes, they may have been a little too enthusiastic with the cargo shorts, studded belts and terrycloth wristbands, but goddamn it if those boys can’t write a mean three-chord pop song. Follow Cameron and Jill on this trip down memory lane as they dissect exactly why NFG hit us so hard in the...


Paramore, "RIOT!"

Yaaaaaassss Tangerine Dream! Come thru! In this ep, we cover Paramore's rise to fame (even though they were all children at the time), Hayley Williams as one of the few female pop punk icons, and what the hell happened to that woman from the Misery Business video. Also discussed: Riverdale, the emo swoop ™ as cultural appropriation, and, of course, Hayley Williams' Livejournal entries. Lastly, Jill and Cameron do dramatic readings of their fave emo lyrics from the album, and discuss where...


Dashboard Confessional, "The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most"

Are you still Screaming Infidelities because your life is a Ruined Puzzle? Do you find yourself always thinking, “Again, I go Unnoticed?” Are you a Saint/Sailor? Well, in this Brilliant Dance of an episode we discuss - you guessed it (or did you?) - Dashboard Confessional’s seminal album, you know, the one we ALL cried to in the bathtub, The Places You Have Come to Fear The Most! From Chrissy Carbs’ defined jawline, to that ridiculous MTV Unplugged episode, to really feeling like the world...


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Friends And Girls launches November 30th!