Greetings, dear readers! Guess what time it is? If you guessed “time for another Blerd Radio podcast,” then you, sir or madam, are correct!!

This podcast features panelists Michael Cunningham, Michael Parr, Dr. Z and Mike Duquette along with myself, and we’re throwing our annual summer party.

You’re invited to listen in as we discuss:

-Cunningham’s moving adventures, as he is now “neighbours” with Dr. Z. Speaking of which, Cunningham’s band, Neighbours, may be no more, which whets appetites for a revival of his “hyphy” project, Shranky Drankz. Their Folgers coffee jingle is HOT LIKE FIYAH

-The concept of the “Summer Anthem,” a fairly new conceit that most agree began in the early ’90s with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s “Summertime,” but which has roots in ’60s classics by The Beach Boys and the Motown label.

-This AV Club article which laments the death of the “Summer Anthem,” in light of Iggy Azalea’s fairly forgettable hit “Fancy,” but the panel wonders if the summer anthem is just taking a long nap, as opposed to being dead.

-The mention of Iggy Azalea leads to a short discussion about female rappers and one panelist is left in disappointed awe after being told that many popular female rappers likely didn’t write their own lyrics (and, allegedly, neither does Iggy.)

-It’s summer movie season! What’s popping at the box office? Duquette gives us the lowdown on “Transformers,” “22 Jump Street” and many of the season’s hottest flicks.

-The panel collectively scratches its head about “Jersey Boys.”

-A discussion about summer television immediately goes nowhere, because none of us really watches TV. God damn, we’re pretentious!

-Binge watching…yay or nay? You might be surprised by the panel’s opinion.

-There is a lot more reading being done, though, and most of it is music related. Whether it’s the umpteenth book about Michael Jackson, a classic 33 1/3 book, the tales of guitar god Joe Satriani, or the posthumous autobiography of Rick James, pages are being turned!

-Non-entertainment related summertime activities! Dr. Z and Cunningham give it up for amusement parks, roller coasters and funnel cake. I finally receive a satisfactory explanation as to what funnel cake actually is.

-We find out that Parr’s wife is a “G” for persuading her husband to go on a roller coaster. Props!

-Recommendations include Dave Holmes’ column on Vulture and more. Listen to get the full scoop!

You can listen a) in the player below, b) download us from Liberated Syndication and/or c) check us on iTunes. Enjoy!

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