Atlas Genius

This week we introduce you to a great new indie/electro/pop band, Atlas Genius. The Aussie duo has just released their debut album, When It Was Now, featuring the hit song, "Trojans." We also talk to author and social entrepreneur Jeff Shinabarger. He's the guy behind GiftCardGiver and Plywood People, and has recently released the book More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity. Fire up the grill and take the cover off the pool because the Boys of Summer are back!

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Bonus Content

Featured Videos

Atlas Genius - Trojans (Official Video)
More or Less Book Trailer by Jeff Shinabarger

Find out more about Jeff's book here

Episode Wiki

Notable Jokes & Runs

4:15 - Cameron asks Tyler about his relationship with his new girlfriend. Tyler talks about his "decision jeans", and about falling asleep while wearing denim.

9:29 - Cameron talks about Leagues spending the night at his house, and keeping his son from waking them up. Jesse jokes that they had a rough night's sleep due to wearing denim while sleeping. They joke about him using Tyler's denim down comforter.

14:39 - Jesse talks about "eyebrow flossing", aka eyebrow threading.

26:18 - Jesse tells a story about his days working at K-Mart, when he accidentally gave a customer an empty propane tank.

Notable Guest Moments

33:34 - Introduction to Atlas Genius.

48:36 - Introduction to Jeff Shinabarger.

Other Notable Moments

2:41 - Tyler Huckabee returns to the podcast after his move to Nashville.

13:42 - Tyler reveals that M. Night Shyamalan ghost-wrote the film She's All That. They discuss the plot twist of Rachel Leigh Cook taking off her glasses.

20:29 - Jesse's slice about a woman who didn't get a receipt from Dunkin' Doughnuts, and filmed herself verbally abusing an employee who handled the situation remarkably well.

29:55 - Tyler's slice about the American Psychiatric Association declaring caffeine withdrawl to be a mental disorder.

42:05 - Relevant Recommends: Houndmouth, Light Society, Jimmy Eat World.

57:47 - Feedback to Question of the Week: "Who should sit in and join the show?"

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Question of the Week

What is the most awkward interaction you've seen while waiting in a checkout line?

The grocery store, the movie theatre, the mall checkout line. You're standing there, minding your own business when suddenly you observe an altercation about to take place. Voices are raised, feelings are hurt, and there you stand, witnessing a very public showdown that you wish was taking place behind closed doors. Whatever it is, we've probably all been there, so this week we want to know about the most awkward interaction you've ever seen while waiting in a checkout line. Bonus points if you got involved!

6 Comments

Bobby Keating

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Bobby Keating commented…

While waiting for my food at Wolfgang Puck Express in Orlando, a very elderly yet unwise woman (yes, she was wearing depends) sat down at a very recently empty table next to us. Lying in front of her was a half eaten plate of the patron before her. Of course, she began to eat the remainder of the food. When workers very kindly tried to take the plate off the table, she refused and pushed them away so she could finish the remainder the of the obviously scrumptious dish.

Paula Boardman

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Paula Boardman commented…

I listened to this podcast on the way to work this morning, and was interested (but not surprised, given the recent overhaul of the DSM-5) to hear caffeine withdrawal was now considered by the APA as a "mental illness" - so I checked my copy of the DSM-5 on arrival at work....and surprise surprise! There it was on age 506.

benjammin

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benjammin commented…

This wasn't a check out line but a drive thru. I worked at a local burger joint and we had just reopened our drive thru window. I had taken a couples order and while waiting on their food to be finished, I happened to look up only to see the man ( who was in the passenger seat ) beating the crap out of his girlfriend/wife or whoever she was. I ran toward the window only as they sped off in the car. If I could have I would have dragged the guy out and taken care of the situation.

Tim Rhodes

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Tim Rhodes commented…

In college back in the day, one of my many part-time jobs was bagging groceries. One day I was bagging for a particular cashier, who was always very nice and talkative. At one point, a mother with 4 or 5 children running around comes through, and the cashier starts talking to her:

"You've got such adorable children!"

"Thanks."

There's a pause, and then the cashier decides for whatever reason to say, "And I see you've got another one on the way!"

The woman looks horrified, and shouts, "No I'm not!"

Which was all awkward enough, but the worst part of it all was the silence afterwards, only to be broken up by the scanning of groceries: ".............beep..........beep....beep............beep....."

Christine Schofield

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Christine Schofield commented…

I was buying baby food at Target, minding my own business, buying some Gerber, and the cashier asked me when I started feeding my child solids. When I told her (6 months), she started talking about her 3 month old grandchild, and how shocked she was that she wasn't on solids yet, how she couldn't believe her parents would deprive her of mashed peas, and so on and so forth. Apparently there was some major not-so-passive judgment going on toward those poor parents, especially given her complaints to a complete stranger in her check out line.

I said nothing. For some reason, I did not want to get involved in her family dynamics.

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