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Pod Yourself A Gun - A Sopranos Podcast

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Comedians Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini watch every episode of The Sopranos and talk about it with friends, fans, actors, writers, TV critics, and anyone who loves The Sopranos as much as them.

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Comedians Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini watch every episode of The Sopranos and talk about it with friends, fans, actors, writers, TV critics, and anyone who loves The Sopranos as much as them.

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Best sopranos podcast out there!

Frot yourself a gun

By hobo with a squirt gun - May 02 2020
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Love the Frotcast. Love the sopranos. Love the podcast.

iTunes Ratings

250 Ratings
Average Ratings
231
4
3
1
11

10/10

By NDHS2014 - May 09 2020
Read more
Best sopranos podcast out there!

Frot yourself a gun

By hobo with a squirt gun - May 02 2020
Read more
Love the Frotcast. Love the sopranos. Love the podcast.
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Pod Yourself A Gun - A Sopranos Podcast

Latest release on May 20, 2020

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Comedians Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini watch every episode of The Sopranos and talk about it with friends, fans, actors, writers, TV critics, and anyone who loves The Sopranos as much as them.

Rank #1: Pod Yourself A Gun 4: Meadowlands, With Felix Biederman From Chapo Trap House

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Felix Biederman (@ByYourLogic), Chapo Trap House's premiere Sopranos enthusiast, joins Pod Yourself A Gun this week to discuss Sopranos episode 4, Meadowlands. The Sopranos is still finding its voice in this episode, though there are glimpses of what it would eventually become. Our discussion brings us to such topics as the Three 6 Mafia, the size of polo shirts in the late 90s, the coolest Jewish kid in middle school, AJ's taste in Gnu Metal, the merits of the N64 controller, and the first appearance of crooked detective Vin Makazian. There's also pager pranks, 90s websites, the ouvre of Ulver, a real-life mafia hit this week, and the question of whether today's gangsters are modeling themselves on The Sopranos the way the Sopranos characters modeled themselves on The Godfather. Oh, also, it's 16 minutes of riffing before we actually start discussing thE episode. You all should probably know that going in. They were pretty good riffs though.

Mar 17 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #2: Pod Yourself 16: Toodle-Fucking-Oo, With Shereen Younes (S2E3)

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Pod Yourself A Gun, the world's only Sopranos rewatch podcast, is back with another fresh and wholly original hour of thoughtful Sopranos critique/offensive impressions of Italian-Americans and jokes about dick sucking lips. This week Matt and Vince watched season 2, episode 3 "Toodle-Fucking-Oo" or as Vince titled it "Hey We're Old School, Right?"
This episode introduces Richie Aprile and Beansy into Sopranos lore and we see three generations of Soprano women (Meadow, Janice and Livia) flex their manipulation muscle.

General themes include:
-Old school vs new age
-Dr. Melfi vs Jennifer Melfi
-Lips vs tits
-Can you beat a woman if she's not your wife?
-You can't even beat your kids anymore!

Matt and Vince welcome the hilarious Shereen Younes (of the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast) who offers a MIND BLOWING theory regarding the relationship between Beansy and Richie. It honestly will change the way you watch the rest of season 2. Enjoy this episode you worthless bookyaks. GABAGOOOOOL!

Dec 06 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #3: Pod Yourself A Gun 14: Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist’s Office

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In episode 14, season one of The Sopranos is over and season 2 begins!
"Season Two opens with the aftermath of the federal crackdown: Junior's in jail, Melfi refuses to see Tony, Christopher's expanding into new business ventures, Pussy is still missing...and Tony's adjusting to life as the new boss. To complicate matters even more, Tony's free-spirited sister Janice arrives to take care of Livia."
In "Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist's Office," which originally premiered January 16th, 2000, sees Tony making nice with Big Pussy, Christopher running a pump and dump scheme while getting deeper into heroin, and the first appearance of Aida Turturro as Tony's sister Janice, one of the all-time great TV characters and very triggering according to Matt. I think we all know at least one Janice.

It's also the first time we meet Matt Bevilaqua, played by Lillo Brancato Jr., previously of A Bronx Tale, who would go on to do eight years in prison for his part in a botched burglary during which an off-duty police officer was killed. That's pretty dark, but the important thing to remember is that this episode is full of important trivia, some of which we remember. Give it a listen or va fongool.

Oct 22 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #4: Pod Yourself 15: Do Not Resuscitate, With Alison Stevenson (S2E2)

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Pod Yourself A Gun's Sopranos rewatch continues with episode 15 (season 2, episode 2), "Do Not Resuscitate." First aired January 23rd, 2000, this episode sees Tony deal with a race strike at one of his construction sites, Livia dealing with Janice, and Livia being caught in the web of one of her own manipulations (or is she??). Oh, and we also get the first appearance of Tony's long-suffering punching bag, Bobby Baccalá, and find out that Big Pussy Bonpensiero actually is working with the Feds after all.

I watch all the episodes at least twice for this show, and this one probably gained the most so far from the second viewing. "Do Not Resuscitate" is easily the most subtle Sopranos episode up until this point and arguably one of the most subtle of any episode. As such, there's lots to debate and discuss!

Do we believe, for instance, as Matt Zoller-Seitz speculates, that it was Livia who told Junior that the director of the Green Grove Retirement Community was spreading Sopranos secrets? And that when Junior told Tony and got the guy whacked, which became an excuse for Livia not to go back there, did she become the victim of her own plans, and thus the choking sequence when she found out about it? This is by far the most complex "fan theory" I will ever engage with but in this case I think it actually might be true.

Our guest this week is Alison Stevenson, wonderful comedian and long-time friend of the pod who also has her own podcast about relationships and a Wednesday night gig on Adult Swim. As always, please enjoy this episode, and if you don't, va fongool.

Nov 07 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: Pod Yourself A Gun 5: College, With Francesca Fiorentini

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In "College," The Sopranos basically became the critically acclaimed blueprint for future prestige TV dramas that makes it worth doing a whole podcast about. It's when the show first came into its own. After a series of sitcommy, lighter-but-solid episodes, Tony takes Meadow to tour colleges in Maine, where he sees an infamous snitch. Meanwhile, Carmella tries to come to terms with the guilt of being a mob wife during her emotional one-night stand with Father Phil.

Francesca Fiorentini from The Bitchuation Room and The Young Turks joins Vince Mancini and Matt Lieb in the studio this week to discuss the episode, with all your favorite segments: the Wayback Machine, It's the 90s, Bada B-Stories, and Gabba Va Fongool. We get an explanation of "Ugotz" from Stevie B, and for the first time ever on Pod Yourself A Gun, your voicemails. You can leave us a voicemail at 415 275 0030, support us at Patreon.com/Frotcast, and don't forget to rate and review on iTunes! It really helps our visibility. Thank you all for listening, and as always, va fongool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7q1phGcChI

Mar 31 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #6: Pod Yourself A Gun 3: Denial, Anger, Acceptance, with Adam Tod Brown from Unpopular Opinion

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Hey all you Sopranos fans out there who are also fans of the Frotcast. It’s time for your third exciting episode of Pod Yourself A Gun, a Sopranos podcast where Vince Mancini and Matt Lieb discuss every single episode of the Sopranos. This week we talk Sopranos episode 3, “Denial, Anger, Acceptance,” with Adam Tod Brown of the Unpopular Opinion podcast. We discuss anything and everything about this episode from Jackie’s cancer, to Meadow’s meth problem, to a very Anti-Semitic storyline involving Hasidic Jews jewing each other out of money and then jewing Tony down in a depiction that would make Jerry Lewis cringe. It’s very possible that Italians hate Jews more than I suspected. Anyway, listen to this episode immediately and please give us 5 stars and a review on iTunes. We will love you forever if you do.

Feb 22 2019

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Rank #7: Pod Yourself A Gun 13: I Dream Of Jeannie Cusamano, With Laremy Legel

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This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, we're discussing episode 13, "I Dream Of Jeannie Cusamano," the season one finale of the Sopranos and thus the season one finale of Pod Yourself A Gun. In this episode, all of the Sopranos biggest season one storylines come to a head, and many to a resolution. Tony finds out his mother and uncle conspired to try to have him whacked. Carmela realizes Father Phil is a fuckboi. Dr. Melfi puts her cards on the table and tells Tony what she suspects about his mother. Tony becomes a physical threat to Dr. Melfi. Tony removes a suspected snitch from his crew and comes clean to his remaining guys about seeing a shrink.

In one of season one's best episodes and arguably one of the best season finales of any show, we get a culmination of the themes introduced with a few intriguing questions left to explore. It seems to come from a time when prestige TV seemed to think it owed us more in terms of catharsis and closure. It ranges from dramatic and thrilling (Jimmy Altieri's death, Tony flipping the table on Dr. Melfi) to introspective and psychological (Carmela calling out Father Phil, Livia's psychosomatic dementia) to the kind of comedy that really only the Sopranos could do and maybe hasn't been done the same since (Mikey Palmice's death scene, one of the greatest in TV history, and one of the best lines in the show, "cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this!").

To discuss this week's episode, our guest is Laremy Legel, former critic at Film.com, author of Film Critic, long time friend of the pod and Matt and Vince's co-star in Whoop Dreams, a documentary about the Gathering Of The Juggalos. He joins your regular hosts, Matt Lieb from Good Mythical Morning, The Star Wars Show, and Newsbroke on AJ+ and Vince Mancini, Senior Film And Culture writer at Uproxx. Please enjoy, but if you don't, as always, va fongool.

Oct 02 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: Pod Yourself A Gun 6: Pax Soprana, With Sopranos Sessions Co-Author Matt Zoller Seitz

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In this episode of Pod Yourself A Gun, we're talking episode six of The Sopranos, "Pax Soprana," released February 14th, 1999 (happy belated Valentine's Day to all the lovers out there).
At Tony's suggestion, Junior is made acting boss after Jackie dies. In therapy, Tony surprises Dr. Melfi with an admission. Carmela and Irina (Tony's mistress) both suffer as Tony's libido takes a nosedive.
Lots of topics to dive into in this episode, including Tony's most overt come on to Dr. Melfi to date (ever?), and some of his creepiest interactions with his poor goomar, Irina. Meanwhile, Junior is torn between being a Godfather and being a grumpy ass Fox News grandpa, Livia is manipulating Junior, Junior is taxing Hesh, Carmella is sweating Tony, Mikey Palmice is throwing people off of the bridge at Patterson Falls to make it look like a suicide, and Father Phil even gets a brief bit of screentime, reprising his role as the king of all f*ckboys.

Our guest this week is New York Magazine television critic and RogerEbert.com editor at large Matt Zoller Seitz, who co-authored The Sopranos Sessions with Alan Sepinwall and originally covered the series for the Newark Star-Ledger.

Enjoy and please give us a review and rating on iTunes! (Unless you hate it, in which case don't do that).

Apr 18 2019

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Rank #9: Pod Yourself A Gun 8: El-P From Run The Jewels On ‘The Legend Of Tennessee Moltisanti’

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Episode eight of The Sopranos, "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti," premiered on February 28th, 1999. More than 20 years later, we're discussing it with El-P, rap veteran and one half of Run The Jewels. And, as it turns out, a huge Sopranos fan. This episode is that perfect combination of great guest and great episode to discuss.

Perhaps remembered as "the one where Christopher tries to write a screenplay," episode eight is one of the best episodes of season one and certainly one that hits on all cylinders -- comedy, drama, character psychology, and moving the story forward. It has the best dream sequence of any Sopranos thus far, the funniest AJ moments, amazing malapropism, delightful racism against the Irish from Livia, and takedowns of intellectuals and stand-up comics as brutal as any comment on the mafia.

Some of the firsts in this episode include our first glimpses of Dr. Melfi's family, including her self-hating Italian ex-husband and her insufferable son, who "just moved into a smoke-free dorm room at Bard." In a show full of vicious thieves and murderers, Melfi's son manages to stand out as the least likable. It's also the first time we see Joseph R. Gannascoli as Gino, later to be recast as Vito Spatafore, who starred in one of the all-time great Sopranos episodes, "Johnnycakes," which was incidentally directed by the same director as this episode, Tim Van Patten, brother of Dick.

Enjoy, and if you like the show, rate us on iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts. You can help keep the show ad free by subscribing to our other show on Patreon, at Patreon.com/Frotcast.
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May 19 2019

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Rank #10: Pod Yourself A Gun 9: Boca, With Anna Hossnieh From Daily Zeitgeist

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For episode nine, Anna Hossnieh from The Daily Zeitgeist and Ethnically Ambiguous podcasts joins Pod Yourself A Gun to talk "Boca," episode nine of The Sopranos. Released March 7, 1999, "Boca" is allegedly a double meaning title, referring both to Uncle Junior's trip to Boca Raton with his girlfriend Bobbi Sanfilipo, and as in Italian/Spanish for mouth, since this episode is all about loose lips. Junior's loose lips because he likes to perform cunnilingus, and Bobbi's because she loves cunnilingus and loves to gab to all her friends about Junior's cunnilingus skills. Which is a problem for Junior because apparently in the mafia, doing oral sex on a lady makes you gay. Doing the last thing any gay man would want to do is one of the gayest things you can do, as we know. Eventually he pulls a modified Cagney on her which seems extremely rude.

Other plotlines include Meadow's soccer coach abandoning the team to coach at Rhode Island, and Meadow's soccer coach having sex with one of the players, which leads her to slit her wrists on the swingset, which is where everyone loves to slit their wrists, obviously. Meanwhile Artie and Charmaine bicker over what to do about Tony, and Artie and Tony bicker over what to do with the soccer coach, and Junior and Mikey Palmice bicker over what to do about the feds. Silvio just nods a lot. Supposedly he wore his own golf hat for this episode. Incredible.

If you love us, leave us a review, or even better pay us for our time over on Patreon. Email us at frotcast@gmail.com, voicemails at 415 275 0030. We love you, don't stop believin.

Jun 21 2019

1hr 5mins

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213: SEASON FINALE “Funhouse” with Nelini Stamp

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Hello my dear podsiglieries. The season finale of Pod Yourself A Gun season 2 is here, which means Matt and Vince watched the season finale of Sopranos season 2. Curious how that works, isn’t it? This week, Matt and Vince welcome activist and Working Families Party organizer Nelini Stamp to the virtual Bada Bing (a zoom call) to discuss the end of Big Pussy, food poisoning, and much more. Hope you enjoy and we’ll see you in season 3! GABAGOOL!

Also, please don’t forget to give us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts, and remember “our true enemy has yet to reveal himself.”

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S2E13 Funhouse

Premiered April 9, 2000

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In the Season Two finale, Tony has a series of ‘fever dreams’ that help to shed light on some of his problems–particularly his troubles over Big Pussy.

BADA B STORIES

-Pussy sleeps with the fishes

-Tony sick from two dishes

-Artie Defends his delicious

-Jersey sells phony minutes

-Carm wears mink from the riches

-Livia flies with her sis’s

-FBI creep cuz their vicious

-Meadow graduates high school

BADA C STORIES (AKA THE LAST 14 GODDAMN MINUTES)

-Livia gets caught

-Tony gets arrested

-Tony gets out

-Melfi gets real w Tony

-Meadow gets a degree

-Chris gets his button

-Scatino says bye

May 20 2020

1hr 24mins

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212: Knights In White Satin Armor, With Dave Schilling

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Back when we started this crazy Sopranos rewatch podcast all those year ago, “Knights In White Satin” was exactly the kind of episode we had in mind. Episode 12 of season two, this one really is one of the greatest Sopranos episodes ever, easily a top fiver. It introduces all sorts of new and interesting characters, from Jackie Aprile’s son Jackie Jr. to Irina’s cousin, the one-legged chain-smoking Svetlana (one of my favorite characters in all the Sopranos canon) whose boyfriend romantically picked her up off the floor at the Gap store. But for the most part, episode 212 is an entirely self-contained miniature movie, with fully developed plotlines, complete character arcs, big twists, and satisfying resolutions. I bet you didn’t think Richie and Janice’s wedding was going to turn out like that, did you! If you’re a Sopranos virgin looking for one episode to get you hooked, check out this one, I’m friggin’ tellin’ you over heah.

As always we have your hosts, comedian Matt Lieb from Newsbroke and film and culture critic Vince Mancini from Uproxx, and we also welcome sportswriter Dave Schilling (ESPN, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, The Guardian), currently of the Full Court Chat podcast. We go through every plotline in Bada B Stories, countdown our favorite scenes, and explain those bits you may have missed. We hope you enjoy it, but in case you don’t, va fongool.

Don’t forget to give us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts, and please, say hi to your mothers for me.

May 12 2020

1hr 12mins

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211: House Arrest, With Bobby Bigwheel

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In season 2, episode 11 of The Sopranos (aka episode 211) everyone is trapped. Junior is trapped in house arrest and trapped in his old body, Dr. Melfi is trapped in a spiral of alcoholism, and Tony is trapped with Richie Aprile in his family and in being the boss. It’s both probably the most Scorsese episode and the first episode where Dr. Melfi’s storyline is one of the better ones. Dr. Melfi’s son, the intellectual Napoleon Dynamite, even makes a brief appearance, in a scene that is an absolute masterpiece of classic Sopranos comedy, where every character is equally terrible.

Joining us this week is Twitter-lebrity (*dodges tomato*) and huge Soprano-head Bobby Bigwheel, helping us talk through all your favorite Pod Yourself A Gun segments, from Bada B Stories, Da Real Gangsta, It’s The 90s, Malapropism Corner, and Gabba Va Vongool. We also answer your listener voicemails.

As always, your Pod Yourself A Gun hosts are Matt Lieb from Newsbroke and Vince Mancini from Uproxx. You can leave us an email at frotcast@gmail.com or a voicemail at 415 275 0030. Don’t forget to leave us a five-star review on Apple Podcasts. We hope you love every minute of it, and until next week, don’t stop believin’.

May 04 2020

1hr 16mins

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210: Bust Out, With Nando Vila From The Young Turks

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Episode 210 (season 2, episode 10) of The Sopranos originally aired on HBO on March 19th, 2000, when Julia Roberts was burning up the screen in Erin Brockovich and Vladimir Putin was just a week away from his first election. “Bust Out” saw Tony and his crew running a classic “bust-out scam” on Tony’s high school pal turned degenerate gambler, David Scatino, played by Terminator 2‘s Robert Patrick. The plan involved the gang running up huge debts on Davey’s sporting goods store’s lines of credit with no intention of paying them back. It’s a smaller-scale version of the same basic business model currently employed, fully legally, by private equity companies.

Almost 20 years and one month to the day since it first aired, Matt and Vince are joined by producer and TV personality Nando Vila (The Naked Truth, Happy Ending, The Young Turks) to discuss this episode in Pod Yourself A Gun 210. We provide the cultural context in The Wayback Machine, run through storylines in Bada-B Stories, translate slang with Stevie B in Gabba Vafongool, identify cultural reference points in It’s The 90s, and figure out who “Da Real Gangsta” is. Along the way, we discuss our favorite and least favorite scenes and try, desperately, unsuccessfully, to get Matt to stop saying “tiddies.” It’s fine, The Sopranos was an R-rated show, why shouldn’t our Sopranos rewatch podcast be an R-rated show?

As always, ours is the first and only Sopranos rewatching podcast on the internet and if you disagree with us you are wrong and a liar. Please leave us a five star review on iTunes because we love you. Email us at frotcast@gmail.com, leave us voicemails at 415 275 0030, and subscribe to our other podcast at patreon.com/frotcast.

Apr 19 2020

1hr 15mins

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209: From Where To Eternity, With Emily Fleming From Good Mythical Morning

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This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, the internet’s first and only Sopranos rewatch podcast [citation needed], we’re going back 20 years and one month to March 12, 2000, the premiere of “From Where To Eternity,” episode 9 of season 2 (209) of the Sopranos. Helping us discuss, we have Emily Fleming from Good Mythical Morning.

Written by Michael Imperioli, “From Where To Eternity” sees Christopher waking up from his coma after being shot by Sean Gismonte and Matt Bevilacqua, having been clinically dead for an entire minute. Chrissy claims to have seen a vision of hell, which is actually an Irish bar called “The Emerald Piper,” where every day is St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish win every bet. Meanwhile, Carmela hears about Ralphie Rutoldo’s Brazilian goomad and wants Tony to get a vasectomy, and Pauly has his own run-in with the supernatural, thanks to a psychic and later a priest. Later, Tony and Big Pussy decide what to do with Matt Bevilacqua.

In a bit of life imitating art, Lillo Brancato Jr., who played Matt Bevilacqua, was later involved in a botched burglary of his own in which an off-duty police officer was killed. Brancato spent four years in prison and is apparently back to acting.

Anyway, we play all your favorite segments, from Bada B Stories to It’s The 90s, and Malapropism Corner to Da Real Gangsta. We hope you enjoy it, and as always, if you don’t, va fongool. Please don’t forget to leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts, you make a you mama so a proud.

Apr 10 2020

1hr 14mins

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208: Full Leather Jacket, with Karl Hess

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Hey, everyone, it’s time for your favorite Sopranos podcast ever, Pod Yourself A Gun. The world’s ONLY Sopranos podcast (that’s not hosted by a former cast member nor by people who respect prestige TV). This week Vince and Matt are joined by comedian, podcaster, Cooking Channel TV show host and huge Sopranos fan Karl Hess as they discuss Sopranos season 2 episode 8 (208) “Full Leather Jacket.” AKA the most Seinfeld-ass episode of the Sopranos of all time. It’s mostly about how Richie Aprile gives Tony a jacket as a gift and Tony insults him by not wearing the jacket. Seriously, that’s like the biggest storyline in the episode. It’s bizarre and forgettable and a pleasure to talk about with Karl. Here is a bit more info on the episode.

SYNOPSIS:

“Although Richie is miffed at Tony for forcing him to build a ramp for the pizza-parlor owner he paralyzed, he decides to make a peace offering. Unhappy with their lowly status as Christopher’s lackeys, Sean and Matt decide to pledge their allegiance to Richie–through a violent, unexpected act.”

BADA B STORIES

-Richie wants to give Tony a jacket
-Meadow wants to go to Berkeley
-Carm wants a letter of rec to Georgetown for Meadow
-Matt and Shawn want respect
-Chris wants to marry Adrianna
-Tony wants Richie to build a ramp for Beansy

We hope you enjoy it! And please remember to give us a review and 5 stars on the Apple podcast app.

Apr 06 2020

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207: D-Girl, with Brandie Posey

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Hey everyone! Another week into the Coronavirus quarantine and your boys Matt and Vince have nothing but time to Zoom chat about The Sopranos with all of their friends. Lucky you! This week our guest is comedian Brandie Posey of the podcast Lady 2 Lady. This is the first time she has ever watched an episode of the Sopranos to completion and boy did Matt and Vince pick a perfect one. From season 2, episode 7, “D-Girl,” which originally premiered February 27th, 2000.

This episode isn’t just one of the funniest episodes of The Sopranos so far, it’s incredibly relevant to both Brandie and Matt’s life mired in the drab realities of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. Whom amongst us hasn’t had the fate of our careers decided by a 20-something executive with no creative bone in their body and who name drops constantly? Very relatable.

SYNOPSIS
With Anthony Jr.’s confirmation approaching, Tony and Carmela find their son’s growing apathy a cause for concern. Meanwhile, Christopher’s interest in show biz is reignited when he meets a well-known filmmaker through his cousin’s girlfriend.

BADA B STORIES
-Chris meets Amy Safir, his cousin Gregory’s fiancee
-AJ’s existential buffoonery
-Chris meets Jon Favraeu and llearns what it means to be used by Hollywood
-Big Pussy is forced to wear a wire to AJ’s confirmation

Hope this makes your quarantine a little bit more tolerable. Enjoy! Don’t forget to leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and subscribe to bonus content at Patreon.

Mar 30 2020

1hr 9mins

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Check Out ‘Made Women,’ Now Available

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Good morning, Podsiglieres. We know how much you love Pod Yourself A Gun, for the laugh-out-loud comedy, the intense drama, and the staggering insights Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini lay out each week. But this week we’re drawing your attention to Made Women: A Sopranos Rewatch Podcast.

Hosted by Sopranos cast members Drea De Matteo who played Adriana La Cerva, and her best friend, entrepreneur and New Jersey native Chris Kushner, Made Women is taking listeners straight back to the New Jersey Turnpike for a deep dive into the iconic mafioso world that truly changed the course of television. Each week, Drea and Chris will unpack a different episode from the series, exploring themes and ideas from the show while also relating those themes back to their current lives. Made Women will feature lively discussions, special guests, exclusive insider input, stories from behind the scenes, and so much more. So, after you check out this clip that we’re about to play, go ahead and click the link in this episode description or search Made Women on Apple Podcasts or wherever you stream audio content to subscribe for free and be sure to catch new episodes every Monday!

Click here to Listen: Made Women 

Mar 30 2020

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206: The Happy Wanderer, with Sean Keane

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Hey everyone, hope you are having a great time locked in quarantine for the foreseeable future. Luckily for you, this means you get to enjoy some more of your favorite Sopranos podcast. This week, we invited Sean Keane (Roundball Rock podcast) to watch season 2, episode 6 “The Happy Wanderer” – which is Tony’s succinct little pet name describing all the obliviously joyful people he wants to murder.

This episode introduces us to David Scatino, the father of Meadow’s friend Eric and a local sporting good store proprietor who went to high school with Tony Soprano. David uses his high school connections with Tony in order to get a seat at the “executive game” where he ends up 45 boxes of ziti in the hole. Meanwhile, Meadow and Eric are rehearsing for cabaret night at their school and Meadow desperately wants to sing a solo rather than a duet.

Other Bada B-stories include:

-Tony is taking JRs executive card game

-Tony learns he had a retarded uncle name Hercules

-Chris cheats the fish market

-Richie gets put in his place by Tony

-Janice is pulling a Livia w Richie

It’s a fantastic episode of the Sopranos and an even more fantastic episode of Pod Yourself A Gun.

Mar 21 2020

1hr 5mins

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205: Big Girls Don’t Cry, With Rafael Shimunov

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Hot off “Commendatori” last week, in which the gang traveled to Italy, the show introduced Furio, and we were treated to arguably the best Paulie Walnuts episode of the show, this week brings us an incredible Christopher episode.

In “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” originally aired February 13, 2000, Chris Moltisante has been signed up (by his girlfriend, Adriana) for a class called “acting for writers,” in which the teacher immediately informs the class that “the actor is an instrument for conveying ideas.”

As funny as Paulie in Italy was, Christopher in acting class might be even funnier, whether it’s crushing at improv, expanding his range with James Dean, or getting offended by the mere sight of one of his classmates’ dumb faces (could you blame him? Mitch from Hartsdale is the worst). Is David Chase better at making fun of therapy or at making fun of the arts? Meanwhile, Furio has come to America, Big Pussy has been passed over, and Richie Aprile has moved into Tony’s mom’s house with his sister, Janice. Once again, this is one of my favorite episodes and it ends with an all-time great tracking shot scene of Furio unleashing strangely humorous ultra-violence.

To help us discuss it all, we have this week’s guest, Rafael Shimunov, from JFREJ (Jews for Racial and Economic Justice) and The Jewish Vote. I hope he loves our dumb theme song! As always, you can email us at Frotcast@Gmail.com, leave us a voicemail at (+1) 415 275 0030, and support the show by becoming a patron at Patreon.com/Frotcast.

Feb 25 2020

1hr 9mins

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204: Commendatori, With Drew Magary Formerly Of Deadspin

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And we're back! Pod Yourself A Gun: A Sopranos Podcast has returned from our self-imposed hiatus to discuss episode four of season two (204), "Commendatori." Or, as it's known in It's Always Sunny naming convention, "The Gang Goes To Italy."

Joining us for this episode is columnist/writer/author Drew Magary, formerly of Deadspin, currently of GenMag and Vice. Drew was a semi-regular guest on our other podcast, the FilmDrunk Frotcast, though this is the first time we've had him on since his brain exploded and he almost died, and since his company got bought by private equity ghouls and the entire staff quit in protest.

2019 was an eventful year for Drew! But mostly he's just here to discuss "Commendatori," one of my personal favorite episodes of Sopranos. Reportedly this episode was one of David Chase's least favorite (even though he wrote it) and in fact it was the first (and only) episode Chase brought up in this 2019 interview when asked if there were any episodes he wishes he could do over. Apparently he thought Sofia Milos was too sexy as the mob boss.

Whatever the case, I love this episode (I made an entire dish based on it for this cooking challenge), partly because the episode is peak Pauly Walnuts. Here he's been basing basically his entire life and persona on this idea of coming from Italy and being Italian and then he finally goes there and the food is weird and the people are kind of rude and everyone thinks he's a dumb asshole.
When he sees the old man on the waterfront and says, "Commendatori, buongiorno!" and the old man asks "Are you with NATO? You cut our ski lift cable," (in Italian, which Pauly can't really understand) it's one of the best moments in the entire series.

It's also the first time we meet Furio, and it opens with a car jacking scene in which the actor who plays the annoying rich kid went on to write Pan and Wonder Woman.

As always, if you like the show, leave us a review, and maybe even throw us a few bucks on Patreon. If you don't, well, va fongool.

Feb 14 2020

1hr 8mins

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Pod Yourself 16: Toodle-Fucking-Oo, With Shereen Younes (S2E3)

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Pod Yourself A Gun, the world's only Sopranos rewatch podcast, is back with another fresh and wholly original hour of thoughtful Sopranos critique/offensive impressions of Italian-Americans and jokes about dick sucking lips. This week Matt and Vince watched season 2, episode 3 "Toodle-Fucking-Oo" or as Vince titled it "Hey We're Old School, Right?"
This episode introduces Richie Aprile and Beansy into Sopranos lore and we see three generations of Soprano women (Meadow, Janice and Livia) flex their manipulation muscle.

General themes include:
-Old school vs new age
-Dr. Melfi vs Jennifer Melfi
-Lips vs tits
-Can you beat a woman if she's not your wife?
-You can't even beat your kids anymore!

Matt and Vince welcome the hilarious Shereen Younes (of the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast) who offers a MIND BLOWING theory regarding the relationship between Beansy and Richie. It honestly will change the way you watch the rest of season 2. Enjoy this episode you worthless bookyaks. GABAGOOOOOL!

Dec 06 2019

1hr 8mins

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Pod Yourself 15: Do Not Resuscitate, With Alison Stevenson (S2E2)

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Pod Yourself A Gun's Sopranos rewatch continues with episode 15 (season 2, episode 2), "Do Not Resuscitate." First aired January 23rd, 2000, this episode sees Tony deal with a race strike at one of his construction sites, Livia dealing with Janice, and Livia being caught in the web of one of her own manipulations (or is she??). Oh, and we also get the first appearance of Tony's long-suffering punching bag, Bobby Baccalá, and find out that Big Pussy Bonpensiero actually is working with the Feds after all.

I watch all the episodes at least twice for this show, and this one probably gained the most so far from the second viewing. "Do Not Resuscitate" is easily the most subtle Sopranos episode up until this point and arguably one of the most subtle of any episode. As such, there's lots to debate and discuss!

Do we believe, for instance, as Matt Zoller-Seitz speculates, that it was Livia who told Junior that the director of the Green Grove Retirement Community was spreading Sopranos secrets? And that when Junior told Tony and got the guy whacked, which became an excuse for Livia not to go back there, did she become the victim of her own plans, and thus the choking sequence when she found out about it? This is by far the most complex "fan theory" I will ever engage with but in this case I think it actually might be true.

Our guest this week is Alison Stevenson, wonderful comedian and long-time friend of the pod who also has her own podcast about relationships and a Wednesday night gig on Adult Swim. As always, please enjoy this episode, and if you don't, va fongool.

Nov 07 2019

1hr 6mins

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Pod Yourself A Gun 14: Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist’s Office

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In episode 14, season one of The Sopranos is over and season 2 begins!
"Season Two opens with the aftermath of the federal crackdown: Junior's in jail, Melfi refuses to see Tony, Christopher's expanding into new business ventures, Pussy is still missing...and Tony's adjusting to life as the new boss. To complicate matters even more, Tony's free-spirited sister Janice arrives to take care of Livia."
In "Guy Walks Into A Psychiatrist's Office," which originally premiered January 16th, 2000, sees Tony making nice with Big Pussy, Christopher running a pump and dump scheme while getting deeper into heroin, and the first appearance of Aida Turturro as Tony's sister Janice, one of the all-time great TV characters and very triggering according to Matt. I think we all know at least one Janice.

It's also the first time we meet Matt Bevilaqua, played by Lillo Brancato Jr., previously of A Bronx Tale, who would go on to do eight years in prison for his part in a botched burglary during which an off-duty police officer was killed. That's pretty dark, but the important thing to remember is that this episode is full of important trivia, some of which we remember. Give it a listen or va fongool.

Oct 22 2019

1hr 3mins

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Pod Yourself A Gun 13: I Dream Of Jeannie Cusamano, With Laremy Legel

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This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, we're discussing episode 13, "I Dream Of Jeannie Cusamano," the season one finale of the Sopranos and thus the season one finale of Pod Yourself A Gun. In this episode, all of the Sopranos biggest season one storylines come to a head, and many to a resolution. Tony finds out his mother and uncle conspired to try to have him whacked. Carmela realizes Father Phil is a fuckboi. Dr. Melfi puts her cards on the table and tells Tony what she suspects about his mother. Tony becomes a physical threat to Dr. Melfi. Tony removes a suspected snitch from his crew and comes clean to his remaining guys about seeing a shrink.

In one of season one's best episodes and arguably one of the best season finales of any show, we get a culmination of the themes introduced with a few intriguing questions left to explore. It seems to come from a time when prestige TV seemed to think it owed us more in terms of catharsis and closure. It ranges from dramatic and thrilling (Jimmy Altieri's death, Tony flipping the table on Dr. Melfi) to introspective and psychological (Carmela calling out Father Phil, Livia's psychosomatic dementia) to the kind of comedy that really only the Sopranos could do and maybe hasn't been done the same since (Mikey Palmice's death scene, one of the greatest in TV history, and one of the best lines in the show, "cunnilingus and psychiatry brought us to this!").

To discuss this week's episode, our guest is Laremy Legel, former critic at Film.com, author of Film Critic, long time friend of the pod and Matt and Vince's co-star in Whoop Dreams, a documentary about the Gathering Of The Juggalos. He joins your regular hosts, Matt Lieb from Good Mythical Morning, The Star Wars Show, and Newsbroke on AJ+ and Vince Mancini, Senior Film And Culture writer at Uproxx. Please enjoy, but if you don't, as always, va fongool.

Oct 02 2019

1hr 9mins

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Pod Yourself A Gun 12: Isabella

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This week on Pod Yourself A Gun, we discuss episode 12 from season 1 of the Sopranos, "Isabella" - where Tony is deep in depression about the disappearance of his friend (and possible snitch) Big Pussy. As we near the end of the first season of the Sopranos, and the first season of Pod Yourself A Gun, Matt and Vince have decided that all of you listeners out there deserve an episode of this show with NO GUEST and just the pure, unadulterated analysis of your loyal PYAG hosts. Just the raw shit, no filler. And what better episode to do this than Isabella, which has zero nudity. That's right, ZERO.

Bada B-stories:

-Tony is depressed

-JR puts a hit out on Tony

-Livia is losing her mind

-Tony meets Isabella, who may or may not be Tyler Durden

Enjoy, please review and comment, email us at frotcast@gmail.com, voicemail 415 275 0030, and donate at Patreon.com/frotcast. We love you, and don't stop believin.

Aug 30 2019

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Pod Yourself A Gun 11: Nobody Knows Anything, With Joey Devine

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It's time for another hilarious, informative, and not-nearly-frequent-enough episode of the world's premier Sopranos podcast, Pod Yourself A Gun. This week Matt Lieb and Vince Mancini are talking season one, episode 11, "Nobody Knows Anything." Our guest is Joey Devine from the world famous NBA podcast, Roundball Rock.

In episode 11, which premiered March 21st, 1999, Pussy has a bad back and might be a snitch, dirty detective Vin Makazian is sick of the way Tony has been treating him, Junior learns new secrets from Livia, and we meet a smattering of new characters -- including Debbie, the madame with a heart of gold, Mikey Palmice's wife, the mysterious and wonderful bordello doctor known only as "Dr. Mop and Glow," and a reference to "the Jonas Salk of backs." This episode also marks the first time we hear Pauly Walnuts' Godfather theme car horn. So many things to discuss!

Download it now and tell all of your friends.

Aug 21 2019

1hr 8mins

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Pod Yourself A Gun 10: A Hit Is A Hit, With Miles Gray

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Miles Gray from The Daily Zeitgeist podcast joins Matt and Vince this week to discuss Sopranos episode 10, "A Hit Is A Hit," released March 14th (Pi Day!), 1999. In this episode, Pauly, Pussy, and Christopher kill a drug dealer for a big score, and everyone has their own ideas what to do with the money. Tony wants to fund an IPO, Carmella wants to play the stock market, and Christopher bankrolls Adriana's music producing ambitions.

Meanwhile, "gangsta rapper" Massive Genius (played by Bokeem Woodbine) finagles a sitdown with Hesh, who Massive G believes owes royalties to a distant relative. Adriana signs up an old friend for some studio time, and Tony decides to play golf with his neighbor, Dr. Bruce Cusamano, an Amerigan, or a Wonderbread Wop, hoping for some hot stock tips but instead becoming a dance bear for the country club squares.

A lot people have said this is one of the Sopranos worst episodes, but notwithstanding some poor writing of the black characters, I (Vince) think this is actually one of the better episodes of this season. I read it as foreshadowing all the dumb bullshit people blew their money on in the early aughts, when everyone suddenly decided they were a stock picker and real estate speculator. It also, yet again, is unsparing towards all the characters, gangster or straight, Wonderbread Wop or goombah. Everyone is their on distinctive flavor of A-hole, and isn't that just like life?

We finish things off discussing which of the Sopranos characters, if any, wouldn't have voted for Trump.

If you like the show, give us a review! Donate at Patreon.com/Frotcast. Email us at frotcast@gmail.com, leave us a voicemail at 415 275 0030.

Jul 25 2019

1hr 1min

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Pod Yourself A Gun 9: Boca, With Anna Hossnieh From Daily Zeitgeist

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For episode nine, Anna Hossnieh from The Daily Zeitgeist and Ethnically Ambiguous podcasts joins Pod Yourself A Gun to talk "Boca," episode nine of The Sopranos. Released March 7, 1999, "Boca" is allegedly a double meaning title, referring both to Uncle Junior's trip to Boca Raton with his girlfriend Bobbi Sanfilipo, and as in Italian/Spanish for mouth, since this episode is all about loose lips. Junior's loose lips because he likes to perform cunnilingus, and Bobbi's because she loves cunnilingus and loves to gab to all her friends about Junior's cunnilingus skills. Which is a problem for Junior because apparently in the mafia, doing oral sex on a lady makes you gay. Doing the last thing any gay man would want to do is one of the gayest things you can do, as we know. Eventually he pulls a modified Cagney on her which seems extremely rude.

Other plotlines include Meadow's soccer coach abandoning the team to coach at Rhode Island, and Meadow's soccer coach having sex with one of the players, which leads her to slit her wrists on the swingset, which is where everyone loves to slit their wrists, obviously. Meanwhile Artie and Charmaine bicker over what to do about Tony, and Artie and Tony bicker over what to do with the soccer coach, and Junior and Mikey Palmice bicker over what to do about the feds. Silvio just nods a lot. Supposedly he wore his own golf hat for this episode. Incredible.

If you love us, leave us a review, or even better pay us for our time over on Patreon. Email us at frotcast@gmail.com, voicemails at 415 275 0030. We love you, don't stop believin.

Jun 21 2019

1hr 5mins

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Pod Yourself A Gun 8: El-P From Run The Jewels On ‘The Legend Of Tennessee Moltisanti’

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Episode eight of The Sopranos, "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti," premiered on February 28th, 1999. More than 20 years later, we're discussing it with El-P, rap veteran and one half of Run The Jewels. And, as it turns out, a huge Sopranos fan. This episode is that perfect combination of great guest and great episode to discuss.

Perhaps remembered as "the one where Christopher tries to write a screenplay," episode eight is one of the best episodes of season one and certainly one that hits on all cylinders -- comedy, drama, character psychology, and moving the story forward. It has the best dream sequence of any Sopranos thus far, the funniest AJ moments, amazing malapropism, delightful racism against the Irish from Livia, and takedowns of intellectuals and stand-up comics as brutal as any comment on the mafia.

Some of the firsts in this episode include our first glimpses of Dr. Melfi's family, including her self-hating Italian ex-husband and her insufferable son, who "just moved into a smoke-free dorm room at Bard." In a show full of vicious thieves and murderers, Melfi's son manages to stand out as the least likable. It's also the first time we see Joseph R. Gannascoli as Gino, later to be recast as Vito Spatafore, who starred in one of the all-time great Sopranos episodes, "Johnnycakes," which was incidentally directed by the same director as this episode, Tim Van Patten, brother of Dick.

Enjoy, and if you like the show, rate us on iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts. You can help keep the show ad free by subscribing to our other show on Patreon, at Patreon.com/Frotcast.
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May 19 2019

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