102 episodes

Make it Stop is a podcast dedicated to dissecting terrible albums. Hosted by musicians Heather Mack and Mike Dunn and featuring a variety of quirky guests from the Boston arts and music scene, Make it Stop braves the putrid depths of the worst albums ever made. By the end, you'll be begging them for more...while screaming "make it stop!" Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Make it Stop: A Bad Music Podcast Heather Mack; Mike Dunn

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    • 3.9 • 51 Ratings

Make it Stop is a podcast dedicated to dissecting terrible albums. Hosted by musicians Heather Mack and Mike Dunn and featuring a variety of quirky guests from the Boston arts and music scene, Make it Stop braves the putrid depths of the worst albums ever made. By the end, you'll be begging them for more...while screaming "make it stop!" Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

    Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Disc 2 (w/ Mark Gallagher)

    Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Disc 2 (w/ Mark Gallagher)

    Have you got our latest podcast project? It's time for even MORE of that Van you love to hate, because we're deep diving into round 2 of this miserable musical end of life crisis. Joining us this round is comedian and "famous coward" Mark Gallagher, known for his hilarious character work and his deep, deep appreciation of ornery out of touch white rock stars with God complexes and a chip on their shoulder the size of their ex-wife. Maybe not the second part. Either way, this disc is less wife-hatred and more life-hatred, specifically towards mask-wearers, public health officials, and the proverbial "they" who "own the media". Whoever could he be referring to? Hope you enjoy this blustering, bloviating batshit f*****y, 'cause we sure as hell didn't.
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    • 2 hr 36 min
    Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Vol. 1 Part 1 (w/ Brandon Vallee)

    Van Morrison - Latest Record Project Vol. 1 Part 1 (w/ Brandon Vallee)

    Welcome Back, Stoppies! We're officially rounding the corner on a whole 100 episodes and 5 seasons of musical masochism, so thank you for your patience in advance for what will likely be a much more relaxed release schedule this time around. As punishment for our tardiness we kick off the "fun" by attempting to tackle cantankerous Celtic crooner Van Morrison's Latest Record Project Volume 1. An album that finds the short statured human neck lamenting the endless persecution he has suffered and continues to suffer at the callous hands of his ex-wife as well as the deep state. For Van the only thing worse than paying alimony and child support is having to wear a mask while you do it, and make no mistake he will let you know exactly how he feels about it, over babby's first 12 bar blues, for about 6 minutes at a time, about 28 times in a row. Your fave, returning guest Brandon Vallee, gets roped in to try to parse which of the two boogeymen Van is railing against on any given track, and now we're worried he'll never talk to us again. A wild night is calling, but don't blame us for what happens when you answer. Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network!
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    • 2 hr 20 min
    Season 4 Finale - Ska vs. Nu Metal Thunderdome (w/ Ethan Marsh)

    Season 4 Finale - Ska vs. Nu Metal Thunderdome (w/ Ethan Marsh)

    Alright stoppies, it's the moment you've all been waiting for - a knock down, drag out deathmatch between two deeply embarrassing teenage genres of the late 90s: Nu Metal vs. 3rd Wave Ska. Nu Metal Mike vs. Perpetual Ska Kid Heather battle it out with fan of both genres and very funny comedian Ethan Marsh reffing to make sure there's no wallet chain yanking or funny trombone stuff going on, keeping it a good clean fight. Representing Nu Metal is of course the legendary Florida miscreants Limp Bizkit who know their way around a sick riff, heavy bassline and a catchy sgriggedy scratchy DJ Lethal breakdown on 1999's Significant Other. Challengers and fellow Floridians Less than Jake take on the nu metal megastars with 1998's Hello Rockview, a stalwart of the ska-punk pantheon and catchy and fun in their own right, if a little repetitive as they make sure every song calls out how lame and boring Florida is (we agree). Which embarassing genre will reign supreme as the least worst? Find out on our EPIC SEASON 4 FINALE - Enjoy!
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    • 2 hr 40 min
    Crash Test Dummies - Give Yourself a Hand (w/ Mistress Carrie)

    Crash Test Dummies - Give Yourself a Hand (w/ Mistress Carrie)

    MMM MMMM MMMM...nah. The world was briefly captivated in the early 90s by Brad Roberts' low, smoldering baritone and his band of eccentric Canadian rockers the Crash Test Dummies. The one hit hit hard, but after a string of sloppy follow ups, the Dummies were in the doldrums by the time 1999's Give Yourself A Hand rolled around. To switch things up they decided to have Roberts sing in a falsetto and let keyboardist Ellen Reid play lead on a few songs for some reason - though those tracks provide the only bright spots in an otherwise chaotically awful album. No wonder their label dropped them after sharting out miserable musical monstrosities like "I Want Your Goo". Getting into the goo with us is none other than legendary Boston Rock Goddess Mistress Carrie of the Mistress Carrie Podcast and formerly of 107.3 WAAF (rest in peace), who does her best to honor the artistic intent while also eviscerating their bleating boring b******t. It's a heck of an episode folks, and it's MMM MMM bad. Enjoy!
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    • 2 hr 12 min
    Billy Idol- Cyberpunk (w/ Manny Raposo)

    Billy Idol- Cyberpunk (w/ Manny Raposo)

    We're killing our Idols this week as we surf the circuits of cyber hell with none other than Billy Idol, who in 1993 was an aging "punk" desperately clinging to relevance while soaked in a haze of club drugs and heroin. But the drug called The Internet became the most addictive of all as he lazily skimmed Neuromancer and decided he was the ultimate authority on the emergent cyberpunk culture, to the point of audaciously making it the title of his album. Orchestra hits, sexy spoken word, sitars and self indulgent interludes abound on this 20 track digital disaster, though we have a blast surfing through the cybersludge with guest Manny Raposo who helps us contextualize this virtual insanity. Does it work? Not in the slightest, but it's also a hell of a fun ride.
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    • 2 hr 21 min
    Jack White - Boarding House Reach

    Jack White - Boarding House Reach

    We're reaching, and retching this week as we take a deep dive into Jack White's version of a musical midlife crisis, 2018's Boarding House Reach. Vocoder, hot topic spoken word poetry and RAPPING all make an appearance on this bloated collection of song stems, incoherent rambles, and riffless meandering sonic slogs that sound like the last gasps of a former musical genius. Most damning of all is the fact that more than half the songs aren't even songs at all - a far cry from the tight, furtive garage rock of Mr. White's heyday. It's sure to disappoint you as much as it did us, so reach around and hold on tight. It's bound to be a bumpy ride.
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    • 1 hr 56 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Suncoast_Digest ,

More Cynical Jukebox Zeroes

So, this is basically Jukebox Zeroes, except way more politically charged (even some guests seem to notice-Scott in the TMNT ep) and the pitfalls such people fall into. If you can get past that, tho-and not everyone can- it’s perfectly decent, and it is a slightly different POV than JZ. Also, they hate twenty one pilots. That alone is a star off.

🧸 Teddy Stokes 🧸 ,

Two of My Biggest Inspirations!!!

I’ve been listening to this podcast for about two years now and it’s one of my favorite things ever. As someone who gets criticized for being critical of art and media, I definitely relate to both Heather and Mike. I think it’s good to dissect music because it’s a reflection of our culture. There are so many POC, women, and LGBTQ+ folk who have shaped so many genres and created trends, but never get the credit they deserve. I’m glad that some people are willing to share unpopular opinions on beloved bands and artists. Some of these people don’t deserve the accolades and worship they have received.

Note: I was so excited when they shouted me out at the end of the will.i.am v.s. twenty one pilots episode! I’m trans and was going by the name Azazel at the time. I was initially confused because I haven’t used that name in almost a year, but I got so giddy when I realized they were talking about me. Brian saying he loved me was so cool. I hope you all remember me! I’m Teddy, you’re biggest Gen-Z fan!!! You have inspired me to work in music criticism as well.

wingxs ,

These two are my spirit animals.

I've always been curiously fascinated with "bad" pop culture; be it a cringeworthy song or an abysmal film, and am *so* glad that I stumbled across this podcast. The hosts are ridiculously amusing and truly hilarious - and their dynamic is really the soul of this show, which is ripe with some of the worst albums and songs I've ever had the (dis?)pleasure of hearing. Listening to 'Make It Stop' hasn't failed to make me laugh. The music choices are always entertaining, and the brand of humour is just so up my alley. Love!

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