Sugar & the Hi Lows

This week, one of our favorite new bands, Sugar & the Hi Lows, comes by and performs live in our studio. Last year saw the band release its self-titled debut as well as a Christmas EP, and if you're into new music with an old sound, you will love Sugar & The Hi Lows. Also this week, we bring in our editors to talk about the brand new issue of RELEVANT, featuring a compelling look at the epidemic of suicide, the return of Five Iron Frenzy and a recap of the year of the Christian athlete. Plus, we get a couple of listeners on the phone to talk about their podcast-inspired YouTube song, "The Ukulele and the Slide Whistle."

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Bonus Content

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Featured Videos

Sugar & The Hi Lows, 'See It For Yourself'
Sugar & The Hi Lows, 'I've Got You Covered'
Sugar & The Hi Lows, 'Two Day High'
"The Ukulele and the Slide Whistle"

The podcast-inspired song from Liz Dail and Bethany Tompkins


Best. Halftime. Show. EVER.

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Notable Jokes & Runs

2:25 - A discussion of the new headphones Maya bought from Marshall's. They also talk about shirts found at truck stops.

5:48 - Cameron talks about alligator back scratchers found at truck stops in the South. Jesse talks about using one of the gator hands to pay for a pack of gum and passing it off as a birth defect. He did the same trick once with a pig's foot as well.

8:30 - They discuss buying clothing from Marshall's, Ross, and TJ Maxx.

12:45 - A discussion of K-Mart, its ad campaign, and how depressing it is to be in one on a Friday night. Jesse jokes about being a K-Mart employee.

22:55 - Jesse gives an update about the Ikea monkey.

29:40 - Calvin reveals that his name was going to be Dallas Reynolds. And that he would have been named Jessica if he was a girl. They try to envision what the television show would be that would star a female Calvin and his wife: Jessica & Jessica.

Notable Guest Moments

36:33 - Introduction to Sugar & the Hi Lows.

37:30 - Sugar & the Hi Lows performs "See It For Yourself".

56:57 - Cameron talks about Sugar & the Hi Lows playing in their studio.

57:24 - Sugar & the Hi Lows perform "Two Day High".

63:48 - They interview Liz and Bethany, the singers from the Youtube video.

Other Notable Moments

18:15 - Jesse's slice about the recent Colts' halftime show, of a monkey riding a dog like a horse and herding rams. They worry that this is the beginning of Planet of the Apes.

24:18 - Maya's slice about a new company called Brand Yourself.

26:15 - Cameron talks about getting congratulations meant for the other Cameron Strong, a music executive.

27:51 - Calvin talks about being confused with his dad, since he's a Jr. They joke that Facebook is a social obituary site for senior citizens.

41:27 - Tyler Huckabee and Stephanie Smith join the podcast to discuss the new issue of Relevant. Suicide, and the process that led to choosing the story for the cover. The Year of the Outspoken Christian Athlete, Local Natives, Five Iron Frenzy, What God is doing in our generation.

61:19 - They play a video, "The Ukulele & the Slide Whistle", made by two podcast listeners.

71:56 - Feedback to Question of the Week: "Post pictures of celebrities you have phonepic-stalked."

77:57 Outro: "Oh, darn it, I'm out of oregano. Hurry, run to Marshall's, in the spice section!" - Jesse

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Question of the Week

What are your new year resolutions?

The start of a new year always gets us thinking about making some changes. Maybe it's a new diet or more sleep or less TV. And let's just be honest, regardless of how many times in our lives we've actually kept our new year's resolutions, we continue to create new ones each January. So this week we want to know what your new year resolutions are for 2013.




Liz commented…

To be interviewed on the Relevant Podcast. Oh wait. THAT HAPPENED. :)

Sarah Callies


Sarah Callies commented…

My resolution... dead serious... is to finally learn how to squeeze the toothpaste out of the tube from the bottom and not the middle. I know my hubby would love it if I could master this skill, so I'm doing it for him.

Brooke O


Brooke O commented…

My new years resolution is to eat chocolate. every day.

Just kidding...sort of.

My word for 2013 is unashamed. For now, it's about being unashamed in expressing my thoughts and opinions, which I've struggled with since adolesence.
A few things I'd like to do this year also include practicing hospitality by hosting friends in my home at least 1x/month, read at least one book per month; and read through the NT.

Finally, I'll say that I've been listening to the podcast for just a couple of months during my long runs on the weekends. You guys make me look forward to those long runs! I often wonder what the passers by think of my giggling while running.

Peter Weida


Peter Weida commented…

Wow, the music and videos from the Sugar and the Hi Lows are amazing. When I heard it on the podcast, I thought I was listening to the album and not a live recording. Now that I'm watching them, WOW!! You guys are doing great work on that.

On a side note, keep up the laughs guys, every podcast I laugh till it hurts over and over. Love ya.

Hansai Rastogi


Hansai Rastogi commented…

Thank you for benefiting from time to focus on this kind of artists. It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

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