Playlist Wars Podcast

One Topic. Three Playlists. YOU decide who’s best.

Guest Appearances

July 15, 2022: The Sip List

Sip along as my guest, Alex Gomez, and I count down our top 5 favorite movies about the great game of football!

July 14, 2022: General Admission

In this week’s episode we kick off with some Phish talk (1:15), Rage Against the Machine Tour talk (13:00), Kota the Fiend Album Memo (17:05). Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars & Summer Songs Playlist (23:50). We get into songs to listen to when leaving a job (1:32:50) followed by some music ramblings to take us out!  

June 30, 2022: Michael’s Record Collection

For this episode I welcome back to the show Brian Colburn, an Americana artist from New Jersey and the co-host of the popular Playlist Wars podcast. Brian and I have a shared love of the Precious Time album by Pat Benatar. With the 1981 album serving as our favorite Benatar record, we took the opportunity to spin it a few times and go through it track by track. 

To learn more about Playlist Wars, head to their website. Be sure to visit Brian’s Bandcamp page to check out his music. And, of course, check out Pat Benatar’s website for all things Pat Benatar.

May 30, 2022: Pop Culture Yearbook

We are closing the 1999 Yearbook with the MTV Films classic Varsity Blues. While we all love this movie, especially Giff, we have recruited a special guest who probably even loves it more, Gomez from the podcast Playlist Wars! Hear his pop culture influences through the years and why this movie has a special place in our lives.

We dig into every aspect of the movie, from the whipped cream bikini, to the trip to the strip club, to uncanny way everyone knows plays they have never run before. We finish things off with our lists of favorite sports movies of all-time, and Gomez is here for it all. All together now: I DON’T WANT…YOUR LIFE! Enjoy!

April 11, 2022: Soundtrack Your Life

Brian Colburn of the Playlist Wars podcast stops by to talk about his favorite movie, Tom Hanks’ 1996 film, That Thing You Do. The film boasts the infectious award nominated hit single, “That Thing You Do”, written by the late Fountains of Wayne / Ivy / Tinted Windows bassist, Adam Schlesinger, who would go on to write for various other films and TV shows, including the Emmy Award winning, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Beyond the title track from the film, we dive in to contributions from Dave Gibbs (Gigolo Aunts), who also went to have an illustrious career outside of his band, and we discuss the many songwriting contributions from none other than Tom Hanks, himself!

We also chat about the record label in the film that became a real record label specializing in soundtracks and we share some of our favorite Schlesinger penned tunes in mini-playlist form!

April 8, 2022: The Sip List

Hey sippers!  I’m joined by Brian from Playlist Wars podcast.  Sip along as we pay tribute to the late Taylor Hawkins by counting down our top 5 favorite Foo Fighters songs.

April 6, 2022: It’s Not That Bad

If I learned anything from the movies in the 80’s, it’s that the most famous people in the world are bouncers…Jasper apparently only has one band, and that it’s okay to rip out someone’s throat with your bare hand. No one’s putting Swayze in a corner on this one. Gomez from Playlist Wars joins the show to help us prove to you that Road House…is not that bad.

April 4, 2022: Indie Podcast Magazine

The launch issue for The Indie Podcast Digital Magazine. The #1 spot for beginner and veteran podcasters alike to come and learn about all things podcast. From tips and tricks to equipment suggestions. The April 2022 Edition covers everything that you should know and consider for “Starting a Podcast!”

April 4, 2022: The Itch Rock Radio & Podcast

Taylor Hawkins’ passing shocked the entire music world. A man who not only made music that people loved, but who exuded energy and light, suddenly gone. This week we’re scratching an Itch we never want to have to, but we’re not doing it alone. Our friend Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars joins us to revisit some of our favorite Taylor performances with Foo Fighters. Along the way, we’ll hear from fellow podcast friends Podioslave, TrawlCast, Prisoners of Rock and Roll, and the Infectious Groove with their tributes to a legend. And to close the show, we’ve got a very special performance from Blacktop Mojo’s recent performance in St. Louis. We’re grateful for Taylor, we miss him, and we hope this does him proud.

March 28, 2022: Effin’ Cultured

*** Please note: This episode is NSFW ***

Brian from Playlist Wars joins us this week in a music heavy episode! For all you Playlist Wars fans… this show is NSFW! Listeners beware: We say goodbye to a rock legend; play “The Eff You Say: Lyrics Edition;” talk Dolly, Kanye & the Grammys; play a game of “What The Eff Were You Thinking: Grammys Edition;” and build our 20 album time capsule of 90’s Rock! Come on in, and get yourself Effin’ Cultured!

March 20: 2022: Effin’ Cultured

*** Please note: This episode is NSFW ***

Bobby, Griff, Rick, and Gomez from Playlist Wars get together, have a few drinks, and review 2000’s Boondock Saints! Does the movie deserve the 28% it has with the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, the 91% the audience has given it, or somewhere in between?

Is it dead!? Join us for a drunk, St. Paddy’s day themed fermenting, and get yourself Effin’ Cultured!

March 14, 2022: Latin Jukebox

Joins us and listen to this wonderful episode where we talk about music, Playlist Wars and Latin heritage…Today’s music come from wonderful bands like U2, Metallica and AC/DC. Enjoy the show, because music is an universal language!

March 7, 2022: Pop Culture Yearbook

We’re looking back at the 1991 yearbook in March. We start with a topic so big, we couldn’t handle it ourselves. 1991 was one of the greatest years ever in music with many iconic albums released that are still beloved today. So to help us out, we recruited music expert Brian Colburn from the podcast Playlist Wars.

We cover as much as we can. From the memories we still have to the hit singles to the awesome albums, we have an hour so jam packed, you’ll think you’re on a Joyride! So listen Right here, Right Now. It’s Unbelievable!

Feb. 7, 2022: Podioslave

Episode 100…we made it! We wanted to do something special for this one, so we brought some old friends back and asked them “what’s your go-to down home cookin’/comfort food album that you always come back to?” This is a compilation style episode that has all new, never before heard content.
Episode features commentary from: Tucker Rule/Thursday, Spose, Brian Fair/Shadows Fall, Benny Horowitz/The Gaslight Anthem, Greg Bergdorf/The Bourbon Bros/ex-Zebrahead, Ryan Sinnott/The Distillers, Steve Ewing/The Urge, Damien Moyal/As Friends Rust, Phil Lipscomb/Taproot, Brian Colburn/Playlist Wars Podcast, Rob/Northeast Rock Radio Legend, Josh Toomey/Talk Toomey Podcast/Primer 55, and last but not least…..the 3 of us! A huge thank you to all the listeners, guests, and friends/family of the pod. You’re all what makes the Podioslave engine continue on every week! Cheers to another 100.

Feb. 2, 2022: Space Castle Podcast

What? A bonus episode? You betcha! Not only because we love you, but because we’ve been dying to have on our dude Gomez from Playlist Wars to talk about Cobra Kai! D.T. and the Sleeveless One have a long-form, candid conversation about the Netflix series thus far (including season 5), and their predictions for season 6! Grab a beer, pop some popcorn, and let’s talk karate!

Jan. 17, 2022: Something For Nothing: A RUSH Fancast

Is there such a thing as a Rush deep cut? To the diehards, no. But we’re making lists anyway! And to help us out we have Brian Colburn of the great Playlist Wars podcast! Together, we wrack our brains to come up with five no-so-popular-but-definitely-should-be Rush songs each. Email us at and let us know who created the best list, and send us your own list of five deserving Rush deep cuts!

Dec. 6, 2021: Pop Culture Yearbook

For December we are doing a mashup of Christmas topics and the year 2003. To kick it off, we focus on Christmas music. Borrowing the format from fellow podcast Playlist Wars, we each created what we think is the perfect 10 song Christmas playlist. Did Giff, Pete, or Brad create the best one? How hard is it to cut down so many wonderful options to only 10?

Speaking of Playlist Wars, we have a special appearance from host Brian Colburn. He shares three of his favorite songs before we begin. Please check them out. If you like music, you’ll love what they do. So roast some chestnuts by your open fire and enjoy this festive episode!

Nov. 24, 2021: The First Run

On this special episode of TFR Focus, Chris and Matt are joined by Gomez of Playlist Wars to discuss one of his favorite actors and franchises, Nic Cage and National Treasure!  It’s guest’s choice this time as Gomez wants to breakdown Nic Cage and Disney’s National Treasure films.  Not only that, but then the guys tick off their 5 Favorite Nic Cage Performances! All this and more on the latest episode of The First Run Focus!

Nov. 23, 2021: Michael’s Record Collection

It’s Thanksgiving week and I’m thankful to all the supportive folks out there who have downloaded Michael’s Record Collection, streamed my videos on YouTube, subscribed to the MRC newsletter on Substack, and supported the show on Patreon. I’m also thankful to have met some great friends along the way while doing this show. One of those is Brian Colburn, a New Jersey musician who also happens to co-host the excellent Playlist Wars podcast. You may recall I had his podcasting partner Gomez on Episode 22 to discuss his show as well as Meteora by Linkin Park. Brian told me about his musical origin story, his own music, and then we discuss the fantastic 1984 album Heartbeat City by The Cars.

Nov. 19, 2021: The Film Crickets

This week we were joined by Gomez from Playlist Wars! He helped us break down the 1986 BMX movie, Rad! Does it hold up? 

Oct. 18, 2021: Podioslave

In our 84th episode, we’re joined by Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars. The four of us rank our top 5 concerts of all time, with a few twists and turns along the way. Ever want to be on stage at an arena show? Is live music your drug of choice? Ever see an iconic metal band bring hedge clippers on stage? We got stories…

Oct. 15, 2021: Bend & Scoop Podcast

Special Guest: Brian Colburn from the Playlist Wars Podcast.

Oct. 8. 2021: She Will Rock You

Welcome to our first ever fan-picked topic! We asked what you most wanted to hear, and Tom Petty was the clear winner. Leah walks through his entire musical career, from Mudcrutch to solo work, and everything in between. As a special bonus, you’ll hear from Brian Colburn from Playlist Wars about the album Wildflowers (and more!).

Oct. 6, 2021: It’s Not That Bad

What happens when you take a beloved movie, replace almost everyone in it, and try to make lightning strike twice? Well, if you’re on a golf course and there’s lightning, you run. If you’re trying to make Caddyshack 2…you also run. But all’s fair on the fairway as Brian and Gomez from Playlist Wars join the show to watch this dog’s leg of a film…and if we hurry, we can make it to Bunny Skylar’s in time for Brunch…all to prove to you that Caddyshack 2 is not that bad.

Sept. 26, 2021: Beer In Front Podcast

In Part II of 1971 in Music, I’ll discuss some great records of the best year in Rock & Roll history along with some friends. This was a lot of fun talking to old and new friends about my favorite topic that doesn’t come in a pint glass! Thanks to everyone who participated and thank you for listening! 

Sept. 24, 2021: Beer’d Al Podcast

It’s another rollicking trip through one of the greatest albums in the history of the world! The list of the greatest albums in the history of the world, of course, includes the entirety of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s oeuvre. 

This week, Lauren is joined by Brian from the Playlist Wars podcast. We’re going track by track through Al’s 1984 offering In 3-D. You don’t want to miss it!

Sept. 15, 2021: Indie Podcaster

Join Podcast Father on his journey as the Indie Podcaster. Episode #21 Creator Spotlight: Brian Colburn from Playlist Wars podcast. Brian and his friend Gomez created this Podcast earlier this year to share their passion of music. (Podcast Father) and Brian discuss various things; how he met Gomez in high school and how they’ve remained friends and he goes into detail describing his passion for music. Also discussed is the concept of their podcast and individuals and content creators who have influenced him.

Aug. 30, 2021: Made You A Mix Tape

Brian Colburn isn’t just the co-host of the popular podcast Playlist Wars…he’s much, much more. Musician, music connoisseur and perhaps the most encyclopedic knowledge of cover songs you are bound to come across. Listen in as he talks casts, covers and community.

Aug. 23, 2021: Who’s Your Band

Comedian Sean Morton and Playlist Wars host Brian Colburn interview special guest Love/Hate, Quiet Riot, RATT singer Jizzy Pearl, who discusses his time in RATT & Quiet Riot, his career as an author, and much more!

Aug. 18, 2021: F**k My Work Life

In this episode Jay and Kay have special guest Brian Colburn from Playlist Wars (if you haven’t already, go check out that podcast!) He tells us two amazing stories from his radio days. 

Aug. 16, 2021: Pick A Disc

Brian from the Playlist Wars podcast introduces Matt to his favorite album of all time, the 1978 self-titled debut from The Cars. They talk a little about the band, how they probably influenced the genre of New Wave and how they’re all staples of US rock radio to this day! This was a great one to record….

Aug. 5, 2021: Michael’s Record Collection

I welcome Alex Gomez from the entertaining and unique Playlist Wars podcast. They’ve got a fantastic show with good guests and an interesting premise and every episode brings something a little different. Gomez was kind enough to tell me how he and Brian Colburn got the show started and then we dive into his favorite record: Meteora by Linkin Park. This second album by the band came out in 2003 and is well outside my comfort zone, but I did enjoy exploring it to find what I liked about it and what other people see in this band. Thanks to Gomez for challenging me to step outside my usual wheelhouse.

June 29, 2021: The Nostalgia Test

Dan & Manny celebrate their 1-year podcast anniversary with Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars to put Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1-3 to the ultimate test–THE NOSTALGIA TEST! Long Island, NY & New Jersey come together on this super East Coast episode. Dan, Manny, & Brian reminisce on their Top-5 lists from the 3 Billy Joel Greatest Hits albums. Brian brings a ton of Billy Joel love, knowledge, and heartfelt tangents, Manny puts his Top-5 together on the spot, and Dan can’t believe “Uptown Girl” is considered part of the Greatest Hits

June 25, 2021: Made You A Mix Tape

Alex Gomez is co-host of the incredible podcast Playlist Wars, and jumps on this podcast to tell us all about what makes a good song for him, music in the movies and the ultimate “would you rather” question…hockey game or concert at MSG?

June 22, 2021: The Itch Rock Radio & Podcast

It’s time for a double dose! This week we’re joined by our friend Brian Colburn of Playlist Wars to discuss the ever-polarizing Weezer! And we’re not just doing it once, but twice! The Itch is here to disagree about 2021’s Van Weezer and OK Human, and Brian and his co-host Gomez were kind enough to let Aaron join them this week on Playlist Wars to attempt to put together the ultimate 10-song Weezer playlist. Can his list compete? We’ll see! Either way, we hope you love these episodes at least as much as you love the band.*

Nov. 12, 2020: Records Revisited

The guys welcome back Jeff Johnson of the Who Did It First Podcast and Brian & Jay from the Tunestiles Podcast to talk about Tom Petty’s 1994 record “Wildflowers.” Plenty of other discussion including can a person fart himself to death, the Wildflowers and All The Rest reissue, shoutout to Triangle Vinyl in Clermont Florida, Rick Rubin and Jeff Lynne, squirrels!, Benmont!, Mike Campbell!, Margo Price, the best greatest hits record ever, and do Canadians love Rod Stewart?

July 16, 2020: I F’ Love This Record Podcast

Derrek and Brian discuss The Cars’ self-titled debut record, family listening, new wave, and more. 

Sept. 4, 2020: Records Revisited

The guys welcome repeat revisitors Jeff Johnson (Jeff Makes Jokes) and Brian Colburn to chat about the legendary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers classic “Damn the Torpedoes.” Other discussion includes the brilliance of Jimmy Iovine and Shelly Yakus, shakers, the brilliance of Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, tracks that didn’t make it on the record (and should have) and a big announcement about our Toto’s “Africa” question. Have we mentioned that we love Benmont Tench?

March 19, 2020: Records Revisited

The guys are joined by Brian Colburn to discuss Poison’s “Flesh & Blood.” Plenty of other discussion like the Peter Pan genre, long intros, bad tattoo artists, how Bobby Dahl inspired Brian to play the bass, what really killed hair metal, and finding solace in music and just letting the music play.

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