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When creative people feel insecure, sometimes the best cure is talking things out with a friend over cocktails.

When creative people feel insecure, sometimes the best cure is talking things out with a friend over cocktails.
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When creative people feel insecure, sometimes the best cure is talking things out with a friend over cocktails.








Purple Rain

Most people don't know that I record a lot of covers of my favorite songs. I don't ever release them because they're just for me. Most of the time, they're pretty rough... in need of beat matching, autotune or whatever would make them passable for general consumption. Today, I'm making an exception to my "no release" rule, flaws and all.

Duration: 00:05:31

Faith, Fuel and False Flags

Pat is off on a shoot, so Joy and Jeremy discuss all the polite topics: Religion, politics and fossil fuels.

Is It Worth It?

Joy, Jeremy and Pat discuss Linds Redding's post about his view of the advertising industry in the face of death.

Jenkem and the Night Market

This episode is a balanced mélange of outright stupidity mixed with fascinating authenticity. In this episode, we discuss kids huffing poop gas and the Piper family trip to China.

What We Did Over Our Summer Vacation

The gang is back! We spend this show checking on on how our baby birthing, book writing and knot tying goals shook out.

Challenge Coin: ACCEPTED

Here we are: The last episode before our hiatus. We certainly couldn't have had a better guest to share with you than our friend John Roderick. In this episode we discuss Jeremy's encroaching Kaczynski-ism (minus the pipe bombs), digging holes with your boots, babies, writing, David Rees's insistence that we all get ripped in 2015 and challenge coins. It's a lot to leave you with. That said: Farewell for a bit. We will return, rested and ready, in late June 2015. Until then, listen to old...

Survive, Evade and Get Ripped with David Rees

In the first of our two makeup interviews, we talk to artisanal pencil sharpener and television personality David Rees about trips to Africa, hiatuses and bodybuilding.

The Final Countdown

Two episodes away from the season finale. We discuss extreme constraints and a long-buried sense memory that may not even be real surfaces in Jeremy's psyche.

Shut Up and Drink It

While Pat is away on a birthday cruise, Joy and Jeremy tackle a grab bag of topics. Midway through, it seems that Jeremy has a mental meltdown looming large in the near future. In this episode: Saved by the Bell, Budweiser backlash, Monster Jam, meltdowns and that dead guy. PROGRAMMING NOTE: This episode mentions that we'll be going on hiatus in May. In fact, we have decided to start that hiatus on March 20th. For those keeping track by episode number, that means we're taking our break...

Mystery Piñata Time

Jeremy and Joy discuss cartoons with Spencer Rothbell, Head of Story for Cartoon Network's Clarence.

Duration: 00:42:39

The New Tradition

In our last episode, we discussed the fact that the tradition of the Super Bowl spot has jumped the shark. In this episode, we discuss candidates for the new emperor of big stage advertising.

Duration: 00:33:20

3D Creepy Baby for the Internet

Joy and Jeremy discuss being a creative professional as illustrated by a newspaper cartoon. Or is it cartooned by a newspaper illustration?

Let's All Be Serial

Happy New Year, friends! Joy and Jeremy start the new year by trying to figure out what 2015 has in store for The Shakes. One thing we'd love to have happen is the return of phone calls. You can call (816) 852-0668 24 hours a day, seven days a week to leave voicemail with whatever's on your mind. Or, look for tweets from @theshakes to find out when you can call in live and talk to Jeremy, Joy and Pat.

Weepy Flurmcast

Alternate Title: Clear out Your Jelly and You'll Be Just Fine This is the last episode of 2014. It was not supposed to be. We had two terrific episodes lined up with David Rees and John Roderick, but Jeremy messed up and didn't record their audio. So, here we are, closing with what was meant to be next week's show. In this episode: Black Mirror, Christmas specials, Pat and Jeremy's rising estrogen levels and the most inscrutable DVR of recent memory.

Grandpa's Toast Fetish

Here's the episode we were supposed to release for your Thanksgiving road trip listening pleasure. But the hotel wifi on Jeremy's Thanksgiving road trip made it impossible to publish. So, here's your Thanksgiving dessert a week late. In this episode: Self-aware jazz, John Muller, cognacs, Pat's weird toaster grandpa, film school in the Midwest, making out with Tiffani Amber Thiessen and the return of cannibalism, just in time for the holidays.

The "Yes Girl" That Wasn't

Pat invites Wolf & Wilhelmine's founder and director of strategy, Heidi Hackemer, in for a chat about reinventing the way her shop works by living out of a Ford F-150.

Al Capone Pissed Here

We return from licking our World Series wounds by having A1 Corporate Shill Chris O'Connor come to the studio. We crack open one the first 1,000 bottles of Rieger Whiskey and talk about entrepreneurialism. Except for Joy. She's pregnant.

The Smell of Other People's Hair

It's a mixed bag of discussion. Because, you see, our cable's out and we've already been to the rec center this week. In this episode: Rob Lowe's DirecTV spots, ChoreMonster at the Disney Accelerator, Walking Dead season 5 discussion and crackheads. ERRATA: Contrary to Pat's statement, ChoreMonster did not sell to Disney. Rather, some sort of partnership is in the works.

Duration: 00:05:45

The Royals Episode

Now, more than ever, the time has come to have the definitive discussion of the Kansas City Royals. But, don't worry. It's not all baseball, apple pie, Grandma's slacks and Chevrolet. The discussion somehow goes to a "little person" that Jeremy once cast in a commercial that allegedly has an alternate career in niche adult cinema. But, baseball!

Duration: 00:18:33

How Many Stories Does It Take to Get to a Lollipop Moment?

Pat brings up the topic of "Lollipop Moments," seemingly innocuous actions that one does for others with little thought that ultimately have a lasting impact on that other's life. But Joy has questions. And Jeremy just leans his head into the billowy, cloud-like Auralex and lets the discussion unfold.

Duration: 00:17:12

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