Info

The Baby-Sitters Club Club

Jack Shepherd and Tanner Greenring discuss the classic Baby-Sitters Club novels of Ann M. Martin in chronological order. Get ready to look with new eyes at the timeless adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and I guess Dawn. And probably Mallory too. Fine, and Jessi.
RSS Feed Subscribe in iTunes
The Baby-Sitters Club Club
2017
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: Page 1
May 15, 2017

A "very special” episode this week, Baby Nation, since Ann – in her infinite wisdom and unaccountable cruelty – decided to throw Jack and Tanner another curveball with a powerful novel about the triple threat of poverty, systemic racism, and teenage eating disorders. But with an exquisite grace worthy of Jessi herself, the boys manage to tiptoe shockingly quickly in the opposite direction of these delicate issues and towards the vastly safer ground of Marvel’s The X-Men, which Ann also foolishly included in this text. And it goes without saying that this whole discussion is positively teeming with horrifying doll creatures, so there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. 

 

"Cinematic Piano," by AShamaluevMusic

"Whistle and Clap," by MorningLightMusic

“Chloe’s Lullaby,” by Robert Austin

“Disturbing Ballet,” by Creepo TV

“Skyline,” by Sam OT

 

Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 

May 8, 2017
Mary Anne is finally getting that makeover we’ve been hearing about for so long! We also have reason to believe that Mr. Spier and Logan have a lot more in common than we thought, and that Mr. Spier and the X-Men’s Wolverine have a lot more in common than we thought. He’s the best there is at what he does, and what he does is weird sex play with food. Also, Jack is moving to Texas so nothing else really matters.
 
Music Credits:
“Sepia” by Podington Bear
“Red in Black” by Kosta T
“Vessel” by Ship Wrek, Zookeepers & Trauzers
"A Storm At Eilean Mor" by Jon Luc Hefferman
 
As always, special thanks to Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
May 1, 2017

It's the first ever Baby-Sitters Club Mystery! And things get very mysterious, very quickly. Stacey McGill has stolen a powerful ring that turns the babysitters against each other. Meanwhile, the boys are attacked by a terrible spectral presence in the room, Tanner spills an entire beer onto his crotch, and it seems almost certain that a fissure has been opened up between our world and the strange parallel universe in which the Baby-Sitters Club Mysteries take place. Jack and Tanner also chat with Kelsey and Holland from Whatever It Takes: A Degrassi Podcast to get their insights on the thousand mystifying mysteries contained within Stacey and the Missing Ring. 

Music credits: 

“Midnight Story,” by Platinum EDM
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 
Apr 24, 2017
It's "pandemonium" in Stoneybrook this week! Which means, troublingly, that ALL the demons are back. And, perhaps worse, all the boys are being strange and difficult, which is stressing Mallory out to no end. A guest appearance from some of the business boys over at Goliath Industries does very little to ease the tension, and neither does the extended discussion of alleged boy Logan Bruno's complicated relationship with American sports. Not a good showing for ANY of the boys this week, so it looks like Mallory may well be onto something here. 
 
Music credits:
 
“Where Did She Go,” by OurMusicBox
"Touch The Sky,” by 98.20.11 X Bienkovsky
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 
Apr 17, 2017
Sorry Baby Nation, no room for notes this week. Too many works cited. But thanks for listening!
 
Works Cited:
  • Martin, Ann M. Claudia and the Middle School Mystery. New York City: Scholastic, 1991. Print.
  • Positive K. “I Got A Man.” The Skills Dat Pay Da Bills, Island. 1992
  • Star Trek: First Contact. Directed by Jonathan Frakes, performances by Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton and James Cromwell, Paramount Pictures, 1996.
  • WarGames. Directed by John Badham, performances by Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy, MGM/UA Entertainment Company, 1983.
  • D.A.R.Y.L.. Directed by Simon Wincer, performances by Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, and Kathryn Walker, Paramount Pictures, 1985.
  • Carson, Greer. “Peter: An Introduction” Stoneybrookite, 16 March 2016, http://blog.stoneybrookite.org/2016/03/12/peter-an-introduction/.
  • Vinge, Vernor. Fire Upon The Deep. New York City: Tor Books, 2006-present. Print.
  • Abnett, Dan; Et Al.. The Horus Heresy. Black Library, 2004. Print.
  • Rothfuss, Patrick. The Name of the Wind. New York City: DAW Books, 2007. Print.
  • King, Stephen. Needful Things. New York City: Viking, 1991. Print.
  • “Serenity.” Firefly. Fox, Joss Whedon, Los Angeles, 20 Dec. 2002.
  • Mallory, Sir Thomas. Le Morte d’Arthur. London: William Caxton, 1485. Print.
  • "The First Face-Off: Part 1.” Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series. ABC, Gordon Kent and David Wise, Los Angeles, 6 Sept. 1996.
  • Martin, Ann M. Stacey's Choice. New York City: Scholastic, 1992. Print.
Music Credits:
 
“In My Head” by Podington Bear
“Space Station” by alxd
“Bassjump” by Bryan Mason & Karner H
 
As always, special thanks to Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
Apr 10, 2017

Your two heavily jet-lagged boys are back in the USA and they're ready to talk about our precious Dawn, Claudia's latest outfit, and saving the planet! Somehow that goes off the rails pretty fast and what we've ended up with here is a surprisingly deep dive into the life and work of the music producer Steve Albini? Sorry about that! Stick around for an appearance by Stoneybrook News's Pulitzer-prize winning correspondent Chuck Whittaker, some profound analysis of the complicated "earring-hierarchy" in the BSC, and, yes, just a little taste of Bread Theory. 

Music credits:

“Time Police,” by ErikMMusic
“Breaking Point,” by PlatinumEDM
“Overture,” by Lionheart
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and a special thank you to Baby Bee Matt, aka WolfKiller for this week’s Heavy Metal outro. 
Apr 3, 2017
There’s some new babies in Stoneybrook this week, and they only thing they love more than Kid Kits is racial purity! That’s right, they’re racist! Like, so awful and racist that it’s almost absurd. Not exactly easy to riff on, but they may be Doll People as well, so at least Ann gave us something to work with. Also, Jackie Rodowsky is starting a band! (When he’s not busy hurtling away from Earth at 99.9% the speed of light on a doomed mission into the cosmos.)
 
Music Credits:
 
"Prelude No. 23 in F major” by Steven O’Brien
"Prelude No. 23 performed on an out of tune piano” by Steven O’Brien
"When Memories Break” by BadWabbitz
"Playground Lullaby” by Robert Austin
“You Gotta Have Theremin and Ukulele” by SquidLord
"Space Oddity (Tribute)” by Steven Ondas
“Space Oddity (Cover Version) feat. KAIA” by Valence
"Fading Lights” by Nyte
 
As always, special thanks to Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
Mar 27, 2017

Ever wanted to be a fly on the wall when a couple of flesh-jobs hooked on Synchro and lurking around the meatspace in the dark alleyways of Roppongi, Tokyo, burble their nonsense-talk to one another? Well, you're in luck today, and wouldn't you know it, they're talking about Baby-Sitters Club #55, "Jessi's Gold Medal"! Mostly. They also have a worrying amount to say about Boat Girls, "The Watcher," and a strange little timewalker called Jackie Rodowsky. But that's just the Synchro talking. Anyway, sorry, we were super jet-lagged for this one and it got pretty weird! 

Music credits:

“Dreamland,” by Whitesand
“The Last Frontier,” by Luke West
“Feel the Knife,” by Lionel Schmitt
“Nightwalker,” by Sentient Pulse
“Ultima (Bassketball),” by Binz &Rajangator
“Land of Honor,” by Maxx McGee
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 

 

Mar 20, 2017
This week, Mallory, Jack, and Tanner all dream of horses, and make the mistake of dreaming too small...
 
"There’s something that we K-PAXians have been around long enough to have discovered. The universe will expand, then it will collapse back on itself, then will expand again. It will repeat this process forever. What you don't you know is that when the universe expands again, everything will be as it is now. Whatever mistakes you make this time around, you will live through on your next pass. Every mistake you make, you will live through again, & again, forever. So my advice to you is to get it right this time around. Because this time is all you have." –Prot, K-PAX
 
Music Credits:
“Pure Swell” by Podington Bear
“My Sharona” MIDI
“Where Have All The Cowboys Gone” MIDI
"Back In Time” by YV
“I Need To Start Writing Things Down” by Chris Zabriskie
 
As always, special thanks to Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
Mar 13, 2017

The boys sit down for a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion about what the perfect government might be, but things get derailed essentially right out of the gate because Tanner has a cold and also, the attention-span of a fly. So, if you came looking to sink your teeth into some political philosophy, prepare to be disappointed, because this ended up being mostly about where Alan Gray fits on a D&D alignment chart, what Karen Brewer's latest business idea is all about, and why all the boy craziest baby-sitters seem to end up alone. Also, there's a new hidden force in Stoneybrook, and it's the scariest yet. 

Music credits:

“Heartbreak,” by Bauhinian Vibes
“Klonkey Donkey,” by Nicolai Heidlas Music
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 
Mar 6, 2017
We hit a record-setting number of segments this week, but what do you expect when you’re dealing with 2 MANY BABIES! (We’re still not totally sure what that title is supposed to mean, but don’t worry, we never get around to discussing it.) This week, Mary Anne and Logan get married and kiss in front of their classmates, an egg-napper is on the loose in Stoneybrook, and there may be a new queen ascending who could be the songstress Adele!
 
Audio Credits:
 
"Lurking in the Depths" by Grumpy Music
"Horror Creepy Children Shouting" by SoundEffectsFactory
"Glitch Drone FX” by Glitch Noise Effects
"The Wide Drone” by RoyaltyFreeSounds
"Entrance to the Queen of Sheba for Two Oboes, Strings” by Georg Friedrich Händel
“My Sharona” MIDI
“Mad World” MIDI
 
"bicycle 2D" by Anes & Bateaux
“Savage” by Paul Flint
 
 
Thanks to Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
Feb 27, 2017

Hello and welcome to Blackheads! A hit new show from your friends Jack and Tanner, of the Pete Black Appreciation Society. Today we're diving deep into the mysterious case of Pete's misguided infatuation with Laine Cummings, Stacey McGill's surprisingly awful ex-best friend. Join us for a wide-ranging convo about love, loss, the future of the BSC and, of course, the nightmare haunted dolls who control our every thought and action.

Music credits:

 
“Easy Things,” by Gee
“Stepping Along the Sky,” by Teknoaxe
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 
 
 
 
Feb 20, 2017
After the long, dark night of the soul, we finally have a New Dawn, Baby Nation. And despite the fact that she looks a little like a late era Axl Rose, she’s captured the attention of a new Bruno named Lewis. Can Dawn escape the thrall of Lewis Bruno? Can Mary-Ann just chill for, like, a second? Can we find Norman Hill a new family? Well, your guess is as good as ours. Tanner had to do a LOT of Googlin’ this week.
 
Audio credits:
“Trickledown” by Podington Bear
“Overture” by Lionheart
 
Special thanks to Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
Feb 13, 2017
Let go of your hearts this week, Baby Nation, and for good measure let go of your heads as well, because this episode is a giant trust fall through space and time into a strange and glorious future. If that worries you, here are some discussion questions to keep you grounded: Is Claudia's art derivative or is she making a deliberate point about the anxiety of influence? Can Janine be stopped before she creates an artificial intelligence that destroys the world? And did you know that when it snows my eyes become large and the light that you shine can't be seen? See you on the other side, Baby Nation!
 
Audio credits: 
 
“The Son of Blacksmith,” by Charles Chulainn
“The Mysterious World 2,” by Staruss Stuff
“Atoms,” by Spire Wolf
“Don’t Leave Me,” by Lionel Schmitt
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 
Feb 9, 2017

A very special bonus "Little Sister, Little episode," a phrase which Jack and Tanner utter about 700 times during this particular conversation because, frankly, they would not pass a field sobriety test if the podcast police dropped by during this recording. Luckily, their good buddies Goliath Hardbody and Jason Jasonson are there to keep them on track and bring you an insightful and thought-provoking insider's analysis of Karen Brewer's disruptive new startup, the Kittycat Club. 

Music credits:

“Funny Song,” by Royalty Free Music
“Don’t Leave Me,” by Lionel Schmitt
Feb 6, 2017
Difficult episode this week, Baby Nation! And not just because of the subject matter, which is TOUGH, but also because apparently every single airplane in America decided to buzz by Jack’s apartment during this recording session?! Look, this episode is mostly about Jack and Tanner doing their best NOT to talk about childhood cancer, but Ann insisted. Oh well.
 
Music Credits:
"Arboles" by Podington Bear
“Wren” by Podington Bear
“Haunted” by CO.AG Music
“YO!” by Stratus
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
Jan 30, 2017
 
 
There's no easy way of saying this, Baby Nation, but Mallory is over it. She's sick and tired of her abundant chores, the endless parade of babies she's required to sit, and the constant, relentless terror of living in a parallel-universe nightmare town, infested with living dolls, chaos dinosaurs, and as of recently, wolves. Stick around for all of that, as well as a very important PSA from Jack and Tanner about exactly how much time you should be putting in at the office, because some of us may have misunderstood the rules on that one. 
 
Music Credits:
 
“Triumph of Hope,” by Bausic Productions
“Mary’s Little World,” by Ryan Creep
“Sky,” by PlatinumEDM
“Don’t Leave Me,” by Lionel Schmitt
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 
Jan 23, 2017
We’re considering changing the name of the show to “The Pete Black Club” because we discovered our favorite character in the entire series this week. Here’s all the rad stuff Pete Black did this week: Burned Cokie Mason, worked on his part of the school project, and found a way for Tanner to mention Bread Theory. There’s some other less important characters in this book like Mary Anne and Logan and a toilet monster, but we can’t really remember what they got up to because we were so laser focused on Pete Black’s antics.
 
Music Credits:
“Detroit" by Podington Bear
"Party Hard” by Mike L
“Constellation" by Podington Bear
“My Sharona” MIDI

Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music.
Jan 16, 2017
It's been awhile since we had some good, clean baby-sitting fun, but that's what Kristy always brings to the table, and this "Baby Parade" lark is no different. Sit back, relax, and enjoy what can only be described as a romp, as Kristy Thomas pits baby against baby in a bloody, catastrophic battle for the future of civilization, while Jack and Tanner have a good, old-fashioned gossip sesh about Communism and Killer Dolls. 
 
Music Credits:
 
“Spooky Ride,” by Twin Musicom
“8-Bit Black Parade,” by 8-Bit Sound
“Electro Upbeat EDM,” by Metro
“Red Army Choir Russian National Anthem,” by Yurttan Haberler
 
Thanks as always to original Baby Boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and to Superbrat for the outro music. 
Jan 9, 2017
Have the boys got a special treat for you, Baby Nation! Did you know that Jack and Tanner are actually officials with the Parisian government? It’s true! And they have an opportunity of a lifetime for you. For just 500,000 Francs, you can buy the rights to all the scrap metal on the Eiffel Tower to do with what you please. DO NOT PASS UP THIS CHANCE, BABY NATION!
 
Music Credits:
“Meditation” by Joshua Messick
"Tomorrow Comes" by Dana Boulé
"You Gotta Have Theremin and Ukulele” by SquidLord
"Invincible” by Deaf Kev
“Starling" by Podington Bear
 
Thanks, as always, to original baby boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and Superbrat for the outro music.
Jan 5, 2017

Another very special bonus mini-episode hosted by the great Tanner Daniel Greenring! Jack is also present. This week, the boys are discussing "Karen's Worst Day," a terrifying thought experiment by Ann M. Martin about a world in which literally everything goes horrifyingly, irrevocably wrong. 

Music credits:

“Intense Suspense,” by Audionatix

Jan 2, 2017

We've come to the end of the road for our friend Anastasia McGill. Ann M. Martin's mercy is infinite, but her patience is not, and if one of these baby-sitters was going to get the  ol' "Ned Stark" treatment, it was basically always going to be Stacey. Jack and Tanner spend most of the episode grappling with their guilt about the fact that they don't really miss her all that much, and Jack desperately and somewhat pathetically tries to gin up a conversation about German philosophy. 

Music credits: 

 

“Drama Track 10,” by Mohammed Monir
“Don’t Leave Me,” by Lionel Schmitt
“Hype,” by Spire Wolf
 
Thanks, as always, to original baby boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and Superbrat for the outro music.
Dec 26, 2016

A shadow lurks in the wings while Jessi Ramsey dances for her life on stage... Jack and Tanner receive a mysterious smuggled message from an unexpected source... And the baby-sitters have a pet show! Really just a stunning amount of content in this book. Enough to make you wonder whether some nefarious entity behind the scenes might just be pushing Ann M. Martin a little bit too hard

Music credits: 

“Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta,” by Bela Bartok

“AnonymOus,” by Snowbird 
 
Thanks, as always, to original baby boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and Superbrat for the outro music.
Dec 22, 2016

Ho Ho Ho! And welcome to a very special holidays episode of the Baby-Sitters Club Club. Ole’ Saint Ann squeezed down the chimney to give Baby Nation the gift of the Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa book, which Jack and Tanner read and discuss this week, just in time for Christmas. Then the boys find some holiday joy in their hearts and give some Secret Santa gifts to one another as well! In fact, Jack WANDERS right into Tanner’s trap when he gets his very special gift on this bonus episode.


Thanks, as always, to original baby boy Scott Lamb for the intro music!

Dec 19, 2016

Love is dead, and Mary-Anne and Logan are the two who killed it. That’s right baby nation, your second-favorite duo is no more (your first-favorite being Jack and Tanner, of course)and a new life is coming to Stoneybrook, which means an old life must be extinguished. Nice knowing you, Stacey! Also, Saint Martin blesses us with a new rule mechanic for Wandering Frog People that should make the game a little more exciting in the coming weeks. 

Music credits:
“Tucson” by Silent Partner
“Canary” by Jim Yosef
“ILY” by Axol

Thanks, as always, to original baby boy Scott Lamb for the intro music, and Superbrat for the outro music.

1 2 3 Next »