The Litterboxx – Episode 23

This week I bring on my good friend Todd who run the ship for Wu Tang’s brand and Jamal, who is possibly one of the sharpest people I have ever met.

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We discuss a plethora of issues including merkins (look it up), finding bald sexy and finding someone who fits your level of crazy. We talk about J Swipe / J Date and how crazy dating can actually be in NYC – things always get insane, even if it is the most romantic city on earth. One night stands, best first dates and sleepovers with no sex are all topics we dive into. We also ponder the very serious question, “who’s responsibility is it to provide protection?” LUCK FAVORS THE PREPARED. Many laughs and some interesting perspectives.

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The Litterboxx – Episode 22

9cf8af8e4f3f927ccf16ab74913ee50eWe’re back again for one of my last Litterboxx podcasts in NYC and I bring on one of my bests to deliver the dude side of thangs, OPGRIME aka Matt Swain who is one half of Black Space Odyssey. As a cat dude he defends his people and we discuss the stigma attached to dudes who love KITTEHS. We discuss men who are creepers and going for girls way out of your league, guess it’s a pride thing? On the flipside he brings us into working in women’s fashion as a dudes dude and how he’s able to get through it. He discusses that guy who leaves a paper in the men’s room for…that time of the AM and the common courtesies men love in the workplace.

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I talk about my experience DJing the Pagoda City Tattoo Festival and the wide variety of tunes those who love tattoos listen to. We dive into presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Chris Christie, taking a close look at all the wonderful qualities (and many LOLZ) they have to offer. We go in and I drank half a bottle of tequila in the process so…enjoy!

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Now I’m Finding, Truth Is A Ruin

IMG_2082Fear is motherfucker ain’t it? I’ve done so much foolish shit in light of fear. I’ve written novels of material, severed ties without the blink of an eye and said some of the meanest, cutting things (my apologies, recipients of my wrath). Fearlessness is a real skill, something one needs to work on every day. When I look back to the Fort Knox that was my vulnerability I can’t help but laugh at my fears at that time. Pointless, almost to a laughable degree. All the opportunities in my career, love life and personal sanity I forewent, in the name of fear. Why was I such a pussy?!

The ageless advice is true: you miss 100% of the chances you don’t take. As someone who lives in my head half the time, taking true chances with my time / money / life has always seemed to be an “unnecessary risk.” Change is usually drastic and rarely wanted. The things you once held as security will not help you progress out of your comfort zone. Isn’t it ironic that we strive everyday to find familiarity and comfort, only to have to abandon it in order to achieve new things. Life, a continual contradicting shit show. Nothing stays the same forever, just ask the booming divorce industry. Longevity requires adaptation and sacrifice. That whole “through thick and thin” thing is real as fuck. Times aren’t always happy or self-serving and in order to stick it out you have to make the choice. Risks man, risks.

We’ve all me that person who’s “going to do X when…” or proclaiming, “I’m leaving that bitch / asshole when our lease is up.” Everything we do is a choice (coupled by the true fate of timing). With another new year descending upon us make sure to take some chances, take on some risks. Keep it moving.

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The Litterboxx – Episode 21

THE BUS MANNN
THE BUS MANNN
This week, I take clam chat to the extreme and bring on my friend Candace who dives into the touring life extensively from a female perspective. After we toured on Warped Tour last year, I realized what an awesome woman she was and how much I could candidly express my love for all things hot men and terrible to her. Those friendships, few and far between.

We start it off with a lens on MILF’s going for it harder than DILFS and the hilarity of watching it unfold. Isn’t it crazy that kids today are moving faster than any other generation? We recount how it was back in the day, the merits of beeper romance and that first time texting a guy. Remember when a mixtape or CD would suffice as a REAL GIFT? Times have changed.

We dive into Warped Tour and our experiences touring and being on the road. We’ve all heard DUDE tour stories, but get ready for some of our own. Biggest rule to adhere to – no shitting in on the bus. We talk about dudes who were “tour hot,” making the best out of the eye candy every day and dive into what it’s like to live life almost as a carnie.

Throwing a ton of other shit into the mix we discuss my love of short clothing and asked the eternal question – when is something too short? I dive into my hatred of Tinder, calling dudes out on their shit and talk about why women love James Deen so much. VIVA SNAPCHAT!

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The Litterboxx – Episode 20

The Litterboxx welcomes long time friend, consultant and all around funny guy DR.COCKTAPUSS to the show. As a man of medical knowledge, the doctor dishes out his diagnosis. He cracks on Zeena for “hating faces” and she professes her love for bald men (PURE SEX). We discuss dating straight edge folks and list out what vanilla activities you can do with them. Cocktapuss talks about “keeping it casual” in dating, the rouse of online dating and the validity of those who stay off of social media. Shady, or nah? We question if the internet is making us dumber…feels like it certainly feels like we’re losing brain cells daily.

As we get older, we value our personal rest time. Sleeping, resting, all these things – activities the Cocktapuss and I have conceded to. We discuss being half breeds and how it shaped our upcoming, particularly in the food domain – WE LOVE WEIRD ASS FOOD. Delinquent childhoods in NJ and having strict ass parents definitely comes up a few times. As always, we touch upon relationships and behaviors in dating. Do you hold hands? Can you stand sleeping with someone who snores? Do you ninja out? All addressed here, listen in.

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The Litterboxx – Episode 19

The Litterboxx is back this week with my dudes in Black Space Odyssey. We talk about the killer suburb dream snack combo, Dunkin’ Donuts x Baskin Robins (don’t front like you’ve never had a coffee and hot fudge sundae). The boys and I discuss the east coast versus west before diving into music and discussing Skrillex’s odd rise, the contents of Marc Rizzo’s from Ill Nino’s backpack, as well as the Alt Press APMA’s.

Being the creeper that I am, I talk about coercing dudes into shirtless photo shoots and how we all meet other people out and about. We gauge what the appropriate time to text back is and dive into Tinder experiences, from the male end. We come to the realization that if you’re poor, you gotta have a good body – RULE OF THUMB.

Listen to their new song “Acanthite” – shit will take you on a journey. Peep them on socials + playing throughout the NYC area: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Space-Odyssey/1664997790400158?fref=ts

Diving into 90’s fashion we discuss the core brands like LUGZ and Sean John. We also randomly discuss Slipknot urban legends, the experience of being a stagehand at NYC’s legendary Webster Hall and this year’s Mayhem festival. Zeena discussed some friends she meets on the flight back from LA, meeting a former NFL star and making her way through the madness.

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The Litterboxx – Episode 18

The Litterboxx gets a little fantastical and nerdy this week as Katy returns to update us on her latest journeys. We got fancy and shlepped out to Lincoln Center in NYC (dressed fabulously of course) to see Danny Elfman perform some of the songs from the Tim Burton films he’s composed. It was intense but magical all in one, especially that part where we were guzzling down 12 dollar gin drinks in minutes, CLASS.
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Summer is all around us and that means fashion faux pas galore. We talk about CAMEL TOE woes, shaving quandies and all that fun lady stuff. We rap about texting and communication etiquette, and of course playing that guessing game: scumbag or stupid, it’s as easy as Y or N. There’s stalkers, people tracking you down on Facebook for sport and checking that “other” mailbox on Facebook – believe me, worth a look.

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We discuss the west coat versus east coast vibe and whether or not it’s fake, or NAH. Tons of phonies everywhere though so no matter where you are – CHOOSE WISELY. Listen to The Litterboxx on Dash Radio’s Hot Button Radio, every Friday at 10 PM EST + 11 PM EST! Also download it via iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

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The Litterboxx – Episode 17

SUZY IZ SEXY
SUZY IZ SEXY
Summer is full of ridiculous behaviors in NYC, god knows we revel in it. On this episode Zeena hangs with a fellow single music industry babe + musician Suzy and discusses all the comedy of being a woman. Believe me, there is a TON of it. We cover the nuances of catching a good nude, receiving a unsolicited midday dick pic and learning how to drown out pesky opinions of guy friends. We also recount hilarious screen shots of terrible conversations (some sober, many not) with the opposite sex. Long distance romances are on the brain and we discuss the obvious pros and cons of it all. Mostly cons BUT you gotta hold out for the good stuff.

Snapchat is our social platform of choice and Suzy frequently posts up pics of her pet snake…not that kind of snake you dirty animal. We dive into taking the financial plunge of adult purchases like couches – it hurts, we know. Also in this episode, some Caitlyn Jenner / Kardashian talk because as much as it pains me, WE JUST CAN’T STOP LOOKING. The Litterboxx also sits down for a quick talk with Shawna from War On Women before their opening show in NYC for Refused. Shawna talks being a female in a heavy band, keeping your integrity and loving your body. Something we should all be doing :)

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Can’t a dude just love Best Coast?

I am a man, I love Best Coast.

Let’s start this off with some background: I’m a straight, white male (the privileged part is yet to be determined considering the $30,000 of college debt that have limited all my employment and living options). I’m 27, have a fair amount of experience under my belt and I consider myself pretty knowledgeable. I’m a typical dude but I realized growing up that a part of me identified with girls and women more than men. No Caitlyn Jenner, I don’t like acting or dressing like a girl, but I emotionally identify and align with the girls in pop culture that I was exposed to growing up more than the men.

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Being a child of the late 80s (which as far as I’m concerned means I’m a child of the 90s), there was a ton of feminist movements going on. Think about it: when grunge stepped up, there was a HUGE feminist movement going on. Kurt Cobain considered himself a feminist, the Riot Grrrl music scene started to pick up, and stronger women were coming to the forefront of rock and popular music. Courtney Love, Kathleen Hannah, Carrie Brownstein, and Kim Deal were (for my generation) the leading women of rock and roll. As the 90s progressed, the R&B and hip-hop scenes had a lot of women in the spotlight, and pop began to do the same. I vividly remember growing up and listening to the Spice Girls and loving their music. It was catchy and fun…it was actually kind of progressive. Women in power, acting like dudes and not caring. If a guy could get a bunch of girls to scream and get wet over him, the Spice Girls acted like they were able to do the same and they DID.

Maybe it’s just a factor of growing up, something we learn as we mature, but I honestly have no knowledge of there ever being a time where women and men weren’t equal to me. It just seemed normal to me that if you have the experience and know-how, it doesn’t matter if you have a penis between your legs or a vagina. Maybe the 90s were a better time? Doubtful. If anything it’s just that we’ve brought these issues into the forefront more now because anyone can make the news with a few taps and swipes on their phone. Clearly these women, these Riot Grrrls and Pop Princesses, brought the attention forward at that time. So where are we today? Same place, different time. The exposure is stronger and more easily accessed, while strong women still have a presence in rock and pop with an even stronger movement in alternative music, starring such songstresses as Lana Del Ray and Annie Clark (of St. Vincent) and my unexpected favorite, Best Coast.

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I was first exposed to Best Coast through Rocksmith, a video game that teaches you how to play a real guitar or bass (I highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking to learn how to play and can’t afford lessons, or are really self-conscious like myself). Bethany Cosentino is like my spirit animal-musician-person-thing and someone I deeply identify with. How could I as a dude, identify so well with this woman? Look no further than the first song on their first album, “Boyfriend” which laments, “I wish he was my boyfriend.” I was that dreamy-eyed youth that yearned for affection from a significant other. I didn’t commit to my first girlfriend until I was 22 who was my first kiss and more…if you get my drift. I was intimated by all the girls I knew and didn’t know how to approach women I was interested in without looking like a jackass. When I see Bethany, there’s a relateable quality to those vulnerable feelings. So what if a girl or a guy wants to be lovelorn and dreamy-eyed about someone? When you deal with anxiety, as most of us do, the dreamy desire and fear comes with the territory. Sonically the songs are upbeat and atmospheric, you feel like you’re cruising through Venice Beach, with the sun shining down and ocean breeze blowing through your hair. Feelin’ it.

Bands like Best Coast remind me that although I sometimes feel weird about identifying so closely with these women I was exposed to growing up, they helped define where my generation was going to go with equality. Rock on sexy women, kick out the jams and fight the power – I’m right here fighting the good fight with you.

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The Litterboxx – Episode 16

Katy and I have spent the past year bitching about the funny behaviors men throw our way, so I it felt appropriate to finally have some men takeover and spit out the male perspective. This, will be a regular occurrence on the new Litterboxx. Sprinkle of V here, a little D there – we’re going equal opportunity :)

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In this episode I bring my friend Matt to help with the co-host duties. A fellow east coast musician, filter-less jerk, Brooklyn resident and of course, merciless shit talker, Matt drops some dude bro knowledge on us. We talk about showing up to summer festivals at 3 PM and getting trashed off of beer all day, touring and making the best of your time on tour – going to strip clubs and dropping shrooms. On a more serious tip we discuss Monica Lewinsky overcoming stigma and the outrage of Rachel Doezal. Zeena also recounts her inability to fall out of ghettoland and pay for Spotify premium or give up Bud Lite faux margarita drinks.

Since we spend so much time bitching about dudes I asked, “do ya’ll talk about women?” Prob not in the same light. We talk drunk posts and retractions on Instagram, bad bands we rock to on the low (private sesh) and bad drunk behaviors. In addition to Matt I have on one of my favorite guests to date, our very own Magic Mike – A MALE ENTERTAINER. So many good stories about thirsty women, stripper fails, acting and of course, the misc jobs that lead up to his male entertainer domination. Listen in and get a few laughs.

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