Our own Keith Jackson makes up a playlist of songs every month that he recommends you listen to before watching the live show. Each title relates to something you're going to see, and it's fun to figure out how, some being less than obvious.

No band has endorsed us or anything, so we cannot make the music available here, but since he puts so much work into this (and he's awesome at it), we want to share his playlists with you. Feel free to check out the songs prior to listening to the relevant podcast episodes when they come out!

march 2019 show

Relates to Universe Journey “Tough Decisions,” Daniel Kravitz, Chosen One “Mind If I Smoke?”, and Packer & Ratcliff “Pymer Labs 2: Electric Boogaloo.”

  • Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’, Journey

  • The Choice Is Yours, Black Sheep

  • Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide), Marcia Griffiths

february 2019 show

Relates to Universe Journey “Commander on the Bridge,” The Topnotch Tangler “The Devil’s Triangle,” and opening from FFN’s Date Night.

  • Tick, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

  • Frantic, Metallica

  • Bad Romance, Lady Gaga

  • Date With the Night, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

january 2019 show

Relates to Universe Journey “Mysterious Ways” and The EPA commercial “Water.”

  • She’s So High, Blur

  • Go Into the Water, Dethklok

  • Slither, Velvet Revolver

December 2018 Show

Relates to The Topnotch Tangler “The Shadowy Figure,” Space Dirt “The Gathering Storm,” and Packer & Ratcliff “Wells Said.”

  • Life Force Storm Troopers, The Fierce Lime and His Ponytail Assassains

  • In The Future When All’s Well, Morrissey

  • Shadowplay, Joy Division

  • Storm, Guano Apes

IABD After Dark #2 (December 2018)

Relates to Universe Journey “Away Mission,” Pornstar Detectives “Bruce Looks for New Talent,” and Packer & Ratcliff “Mini-Musical.”

  • Float Away, Excision

  • Frankly, Mr. Shankly, The Smiths

  • Down on the Farm, Guns ‘N Roses

  • Farmer Refuted, Hamilton

  • Simon Says, Drain STH

IABD CLassic #1 (November 2018)

Relates to Universe Journey “The Conundrum With C’mons” and Daniel Kravitz, Chosen One “Childish Thing.”

  • Invisible Kid, Metallica

  • C’mon Billy, PJ Harvey

  • Invisible Man, The Breeders

  • C’mon Marianne, The Four Seasons

  • Invisible, Anthrax

  • C’mon C’mon, The Van Bondies

november 2018

Relates to Itsahlbend Theatre “The One Talented Skillful Brother and His Three Mildly Competent Siblings” and Evangalien commercial “Thanksgiving.”

  • Egg Man, Beastie Boys

  • Shiny Happy People, R.E.M.

  • Love Rears Its Ugly Head, Living Colour


Relates to Space Dirt “The Forest Through the Trees,” Universe Journey “Hello-Hello-Hello-Hello,” and our opening act, The Sick World of Doctor Show.

  • A Forest, The Cure

  • Hello, Adele

  • Sickman, Alice in Chains


Relates to Universe Journey “The Next Chapter” and The Topnotch Tangler “Coming In Hard.”

  • Home, Michael Buble

  • Bad, Michael Jackson

  • I’m Bad, LL Cool J


Relates to Morning Show “The Aide,” “Trees” commercial, and “Universe Journey: The Musical.”

  • When Heroes Go Down, Suzanne Vega

  • Feed the Tree, Belly

  • Begin Again, Knife Party


JULY 2018

Relates to Packer & Ratcliff “May Showers,” Space Dirt “The Pilot,” and Daniel Kravitz, Chosen One “Pit of Despair.”

  • Sweet Amber, Metallica

  • The Ballad of the Gravel Pit, The Gravel Pit

  • Lost in Space, Misfits

  • Vanishing, Barenaked Ladies

JUNE 2018

Relates to Universe Journey "All Good Things... Part 1" and Morning Show "First Show."

  • The Beginning of the End, Rob Zombie

  • Ted, Just Admit It, Jane's Addiction

  • What's the Buzz?, Lie Quiet Awhile


may 2018

Relates to Universe Journey "Woman vs. Fauxman" and Packer & Ratcliff "Origins."

  • Someone New, Hozier

  • Adam's Apple, Aerosmith

  • The God That Failed, Metallica

  • The New Sad, Barenaked Ladies


APRIL 2018

Relates to The Topnotch Tangler "Baby Blues" and Itzahlbend Theatre "Hansel and Gretel."

  • Burn the Witch, Queens of the Stone Age

  • Combat Baby, Metric

  • Crackpot Baby, L7

  • ...Baby One More Time, Britney Spears


MARCH 2018

Relates to Universe Journey "The Dream," Daniel Kravitz, Chosen One "The Safe House," and Packer & Ratcliff "Jameses: A New Hope."

  • Jimmy James, Beastie Boys

  • Never Let Me Down Again, Depeche Mode

  • Rocket Man, William Shatner


february 2018

Relates to Pornstar Detectives: 2019 "Stripped Down" and Universe Journey "Eee Zee Aaa."

  • Hands All Over, Soundgarden

  • Channel Z, The B-52's

  • HandClap, Fitz and the Trantrums


January 2018

Relates to Itsahlbend Theatre "The Grasshopper and the Ants" and Packer & Ratcliff "Spacey-Wacey."

  • Army Ants, Stone Temple Pilots

  • The Grasshopper Unit (Keep Movin'), Beastie Boys

  • Making Plans for Nigel, XTC


december 2017

Relates to Universe Journey, "Sleigh Ride" and the rest of the holiday show.

  • Strawberry Sleighride, Pizzicato Five

  • Christmas in the Silent Forest, Ilaria Graziano



Relates to the Universe Journey RPG Event.

  • Roll Right, Rage Against the Machine

  • Let's Pretend, Tree of Snakes

  • The Individual, Vas Defrans

  • Trogdor, Homestar Runner

  • Fun & Games, Barenaked Ladies



Relates to Universe Journey "Waking Up Is Hard To Do" and Mystery Dream Team "Frankenstein's Monster."

  • Waking Up, Elastica

  • Frankenstein, The Edgar Winter Group

  • Runnin' Down a Dream, Tommy Petty & the Heartbreakers



Relates to Universe Journey "Neu Life" and The Topnotch Tangler "Flimsy."

  • New Life, Depeche Mode

  • Human, L7

  • Robots, Flight of the Conchords

  • Jazz Flight, Brendan Small (Home Movies)



Relates to Universe Journey "It's a Trap!," The Topnotch Tangler "That Sure Is Some Funky French!,", and Packer & Ratcliff "Surprise!"

  • The Trap, Johnny Marr

  • Foux Du Fafa, Flight of the Conchords

  • Surprise, Luscious Jackson

  • Walk Like An Egyptian, The Bangles


July 2017

Relates to Universe Journey "False Echo," The Topnotch Tangler "Zanni and The Pall," and Packer & Ratcliff "Alexander."

  • Gigantic, Pixies

  • Pop the Bubble, Banjo Drill

  • Mad World, Tears for Fears

  • Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton Cast


JUNE 2017

Relates to the Ghost Buddies commercial.

  • Walking with a Ghost, Tegan & Sara

  • Ghost Parade (On Town's Square), Black Cat Revival

  • Ghosts, Tree of Snakes

  • The Ghost in Between pt. 1, Phantods


MAY 2017

Relates to The Scary Dead "Final Four."

  • Dead Souls, Joy Divison

  • Scary Monsters (& Super Creeps), David Bowie

  • Raise the Dead, Phantods

  • Dead and Gone, The Black Keys


april 2017

Relates to IABD Madness, Universe Journey "City of the Past That, In a Way, Exists Forever," and The Topnotch Tangler "Rhyme and Rhyme Again."

  • Madness, Muse

  • Tomorrow's Just Another Day, Madness

  • Rhyme the Rhyme Well, Beastie Boys

  • Check the Rhime, A Tribe Called Quest


March 2017

Relates to Universe Journey "It's All About Zee Parts 1 & 2" and The Topnotch Tangler "Perfect Weather".

  • Playing With Lightning, Expansion Union

  • Evolution, 311

  • Cha Cha Slide, DJ Casper

  • She's Thunderstorms, Arctic Monkeys

  • Thundercleese, The Brak Show

  • Stormy Weather, Pixies

  • Stormy Weather, Ella Fitzgerald


february 2017

Relates to Daniel Kravitz, Chosen One "Blumpkin & Felchy", The Topnotch Tangler "Deplorable Duet," and Robbie "Robbie Sells Flashlights."

  • Monsters in the Parasol, Queens of the Stone Age

  • Do It Clean, Echo & The Bunnymen

  • Do It, Beastie Boys

  • Honey Honey, Damn the With Siren

  • The Anthem, The Honeys

  • Flashlight, Parliament

  • Flashlight, Jessie J

  • Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love), Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg


January 2017

Relates to Universe Journey "Changes" and Daniel Kravitz, Chosen One "The Hub."

  • D Is for Dangerous, Arctic Monkeys

  • Warning, All Too Much

  • Danger! High Voltage, Electric Six

  • The Danger Zone, Digital Underground

  • The Red, Chevelle

  • Monster, L7

  • Monsters in the Parasol, Queens of the Stone Age



Relates to Universe Journey "The Funeral of Dr. Awshucks" (and the previous month's UJ episode, "Defrosted").

  • Hey Man Nice Shot, Filter

  • Dead End Friends, Them Crooked Vultures

  • Instant Death, Beastie Boys

  • All My Dead Friends, The Town Monster

  • Every Planet We Reach Is Dead, Gorillaz

  • The Killing Moon, Echo & The Bunnymen

  • Green Bird, Gabriela Robin


November 2016

Relates to Packer & Ratcliff "Relish."

  • The Power of Love, Huey Lewis & The News

  • Rats, Sonic Youth

  • Rats, Pearl Jam

  • Cheesy Rat Blues, LL Cool J

  • Doubleback, ZZ Top

  • Rat Salad, Black Sabbath

  • Packshot, La Femme


September 2016

Relates to Universe Journey "Women, Women Everywhere," The Scary Dead "Worlds Collide," and Pornstar Detectives "Wherefore Art."

  • kool thing, Sonic Youth

  • Run the World (Girls), Beyonce

  • Planet of Women, ZZ Top

  • Simultaneous, Chef (South Park)

  • No You Girls, Franz Ferdinand

  • Pictures of You, The Cure

  • Foux Du Fafa, Flight of the Conchords


August 2016

Relates to Universe Journey "Dirt in Your Eye" and The Topnotch Tangler "Sweet and Sour."

  • We Care a Lot, Faith No More

  • Dirty Harry, Gorrilaz

  • Dirty Boys, David Bowie

  • dirty boots, Sonic Youth

  • Dirty Deeds, AC/DC

  • The Anthem, The Honeys

  • Get Tangled!, The Gravel Pit


June 2016

Relates to Universe Journey "March to War Part V: Cliffhanging."

  • War Pigs, Faith No More

  • Theme from The Warriors, Barry Vorzon

  • War with You, L7

  • C'Mon C'mon, The Von Bondies

  • C'Mon Billy, PJ Harvey

  • C'Mon Marianne, The Four Seasons