9 Secret Eps
Partially inspired by the song "9 Secret Steps" and TMBW's exploration of song themes, the show's premise is to discuss a selection of TMBG (and solo project) songs divided by topic, throughout nine main episodes. Main episodes typically touch on 15 songs with John, Jon and a guest fan taking turns introducing five songs each that they feel represent the topic.
Bonus episodes feature interviews in a looser form, discussing TMBG with accomplished fans such as Paul Myers or people who have worked with the band including Susan Drew and Bo Orloff. One bonus episode features a phone interview with John Flansburgh conducted by co-host John Walker years before the creation of the podcast.
|#1||Flansburgh/Linnell||—||Each John's songwriting||March 14, 2021|
|#2||Ambassadors of Love||Abi Bash||Love, relationships, heartbreak||May 12, 2021|
|#3||Life's a Funny Thing||Kyle A. Carrozza||Humor, comedy in music||May 26, 2021|
|Bonus||Seriously Joking||Paul Myers||Special guest fan interview||June 4, 2021|
|#4||Educational Value||Greg Simpson||Educational songs||August 17, 2021|
|Bonus||Going Major||Bo Orloff, Ira Robbins, Susan Drew||TMBG transitioning to Elektra||September 1, 2021|
|#5||The One Where You're No Longer Alive||Shawn Jones||Death and serious injury||September 28, 2021|
|#6||Live Giants!||Mike Buffington||TMBG's live shows||November 25, 2021|
|#7||Solo Johns||Will Hines||John & John's solo projects||December 24, 2021|
|Bonus||Flansburgh on the Line||John Flansburgh||2001 phone interview with JF||April 1, 2022|
|#8||Dial-A-Song Classics||Andrew Tisher||Songs exclusively on Dial-A-Song||May 5, 2022|