70 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!"

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

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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!"

    Quarantine Stream: Mike and Heather review the Joe Exotic Videography

    Quarantine Stream: Mike and Heather review the Joe Exotic Videography

    On today's Make It Stop Heather and Mike take aim at the uniting cultural event that has brought a quarantined America together: Tiger King. Specifically, the music of the King himself, Joe Exotic. Or rather, the music he commissioned someone with a much better (and clearly wildly different) voice to make. Your intrepid hosts react live to no less than 16 of the deposed exotic animal monarch's bizarre music videos, and they have it all -- outrageous outfits, unsubstantiated murder accusations, and six minutes straight of uncut ape death. It was a scarring experience and we're happy to share it with you. Stay safe out there, #Stoppies. Part of the Pantheon Podcast network.

    • 1 hr 55 min
    March Badness FINALE

    March Badness FINALE

    It's the Worst, Least-Wonderfulest time of the year. March was always a brutal month, but this one is definitely the Baddest on record - with a global pandemic forcing entire cities on lockdown, hospitals desperate for gowns, masks and ventilators, and scary spiky death graphs getting ever more urgently plotted. This is a Bad Time, #stoppies, but what are we to do in a crisis besides doubling down on this, our deepest dive so far into the most despicable, soulless, self-indulgent rock music ever made? As we stand here, dangling on the precipice of total destruction, our precious time on this planet is more important than ever. So relax, grab a tasty quarantine edible or two, and spend the next hour and 45 minutes with us as we argue over whether Nickelback or Imagine Dragons is more bad than the other one. Just like our toes dancing on that cliff's edge, it's a razor thin margin and a heckuva ride, #stoppies. Won't you join us from the safety of your own homes as we settle this, once and for all? Part of the Pantheon Podcasts Network.
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    March Badness Semi Finals Episode 2: Imagine Dragons vs. Hollywood Undead (w/ Ben Stein)

    March Badness Semi Finals Episode 2: Imagine Dragons vs. Hollywood Undead (w/ Ben Stein)

    Just when you thought March couldn't get any badder, it goes ahead and gets way, way worse. Seriously, what the f**k? With a nation in turmoil, a pandemic growing exponentially more serious by the hour, and all of us confined to our houses in order to attempt to stave off an even more nightmarish dystopian timeline that seems more inevitable each day, what the f**k is a #stoppie to do? What we always do: eviscerate the most miserable audio excrement the industry has to offer. The second March Badness Semifinal round heats up with a head to head battle between horny late stage Warped Tour trashboys Hollywood Undead vs. the audio equivalent of a Crate and Barrel catalog, Imagine Dragons. Distract yourself from the sense of impending doom by deep diving with us and returning guest, dear friend of the pod Ben Stein to decide which stupid band is stupider. It's not like you have anything better to do. Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    March Badness Semi Finals Episode 1: Pitbull vs. Nickelback

    March Badness Semi Finals Episode 1: Pitbull vs. Nickelback

    As podcasters we are the first line of defense against boredom in these unbearably trying times. As such we here at Make It Stop are *pleased* to bring you Part One of the March Badness Semi-Finals. This round pits Nickelback's 2014 post-butt experiment No Fixed Address against #1 seed Pitbull's 2014 album, which is literally called Globalization. Make It Stop mainstay Brandon Vallee jumps into the fray with Heather and Mike to tackle the nearly impossible task of determining which of these albums is worse. It's the closest match of the tournament thus far. Who will reign supreme!? Tune in to find out!
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    • 2 hr 21 min
    March Badness Round 1, Episode 2: Nickelback vs. Maroon 5 (w/ Katie McCarthy)

    March Badness Round 1, Episode 2: Nickelback vs. Maroon 5 (w/ Katie McCarthy)

    Round 1 of the 2020 MARCH BADNESS TOURNAMENT continues, this time pitting butt rock legends Nickelback and their 2005 "classic" All the Right Reasons against radio pop stalwarts Maroon 5 and their 2015 album V. Heather and Mike are joined by Make It Stop returnee and extraordinarily funny comedian Katie McCarthy. Together they endure 22 terrible tracks and must make the dreaded decision of which artist has earned a ticket to the semi-finals to take on the first seed, Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull. What style of trash will win the day? The sleazy b*****b anthems of Nickelback or the tepid white boy dance pop of Adam Levine and his supposed "band"? Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

    • 2 hr 8 min
    March Badness Round 1, Episode 1: Imagine Dragons vs. Eminem (w/ Lilz and Patrick of Jukebox Zeroes)

    March Badness Round 1, Episode 1: Imagine Dragons vs. Eminem (w/ Lilz and Patrick of Jukebox Zeroes)

    Welcome to our nightmare, Stoppies! It's our first episode of the 2020 MARCH BADNESS TOURNAMENT, where the lowest rated artists from the past decade duke it out to be crowned the worst of the worst. Today's showdown begins with a familiar foe, bane of the pod Eminem and the 2009 edition of his perpetual tired ass comeback routine, Relapse. Facing off against Marshall is the milquetoast mason jar wedding band Imagine Dragons and their 2014 record Smoke + Mirrors, an album distinguished only by the fact that every song featured on it has probably washed over you in a dentist's waiting room at some point. Helping us navigate this miserable matchup are fellow bad music experts Patrick and Lilz of Jukebox Zeroes, who do their best to provide objective critique while we slowly descend into madness. Who will win (or in this case, lose) - the self deprecating, over compensating musical masochism of Eminem or the literal nothingness of Imagine Dragons? All we know is that no matter who wins in March Badness, we all lose. Part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

    • 1 hr 47 min

Customer Reviews

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!

Bri0242! ,

Cringeworthy

The first 20 minutes is practically worthless and is just filled with people talking over each other and laughing. It feels like you are listening to a bunch of popular kids from afar as they just make fun of everything and everyone. I was hoping for an actual critique or some structure.
I had high hopes for this show, but it’s hard to even listen to. Others might enjoy listening to people put everyone down, but it’s definitely not for me.

Tamp1243 ,

Lots of misinformation

When I first started listening I found this to be quite amusing. The Marky Mark episode is A+ material. Got a few chuckles out that. However, when I got to the Manson episode I couldn't stop cringing. For one, the so-called "goth" they had as a guest was obviously not a goth at all to think that Manson and Nine Inch Nails are goth artists. Neither make goth music. For the hosts to be somewhat music experts or at least knowledgeable about music history to have a music podcast, it was quite surprising that they were not aware that goth is an actual genre of music and not just sad teenagers wearing black and moping around. Surely they know of The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, etc.? It was quite ironic because they sang Bela Legosi's Dead at the start of the podcast, only for it to go downhill from there. They kept referring to Manson as goth when he is not. His music certainly is not.

Also the Tool epsiode was fairly mean spirited. I am not a fan of the band in any way, shape, or form, but the jokes about the man's mother were really below the belt. It was quite easy to critique the album without making tasteless jokes about the man's deceased mother. Those jokes were unfunny and unnecessary.

Also, on the Otown/Aaron Carter episode, someone said "it's rare to see a person of color in a boy band." First off, New Edition, an all black boy band was mentioned at the start of the episode. Secondly, I'm going to assume everyone in that room was white because they seemed to only know of the white boy bands, and were completely unware of the plethora of black boybands from B2K, B5, Guy, Another Bad Creation, Troop, Jodeci, etc. There's even a couple of boy bands with various races like All 4 One and Color Me Badd.

A lot of episodes followed the same trend of not quite knowing a lot about the genre they were covering...perhaps do some broader research first.

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