BALLS.146 Exum Planet Bust

Dubs taking sickies, low seeds you don't want, storm chasing, Stuie MacLillard, Beeso on sledging/sledging on Beeso, bricks for tanks, Denver The Last Dinosaur, Spurs on the outside, offensive offense, sticky Raptors, Bucks short, The Pat Connaughton Experience, playoff life expectancy, Spies Like Pop, semi-operational Death Stars, rebuilding Wall, comparing the Gold Coast Titans to a team with an actual fanbase, Wayne-ovator's delight, LeBron killed a guy, East playoff potentials, 76 in a 100 zone, State of Oregon, Dante's return-o, the Suns try to kill Rrrricky Rrrrubio, Fantasy World Cup (not the excellent Baddiel/Skinner show from 1998), CP3 stays Me7o, Vinny Del Negro with better press, Barbary of Sevilla, Champions League quarters, the word Doc is trying to remember is 'coefficient', Scotland with sunshine, Scotland with sauerkraut, Scotland with sovereign Qatari wealth, Pietering out, and in time added on, twitter Philandery and sledging: have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again. iTunes:

BALLS After Dark.127 Protest with jazz hands

Yer Old, Polish victory laps, thinking you know these guys, half pixies, The Splash After The Last One, don't be nice, Jazz Odyssey, beyond the rusteds, the_fauves_defender has logged on, making old people happy, industrial relations, boomers on social media, off-peak and off-piste, DYLAN DYLAN DYLAN DYLAN DYLAN, Al your fault, classic upsets, as good a Bob Dylan impression as has ever been committed to recording, Thriller Is Trash IV: A New Hope, The History And Philosophy Of Classic Albums, Neverrewind, Chooks Against Reagan, comparing eras (again), bad but influential, Beeso is wrong, what makes art important, and yes, more Jazz Odyssey. We hope you like our new direction. Shouts to Adamhfoto for guesting this week, in which we reviewed The Breeders' All Nerve and Ministry's AmeriKKKant. Next week Beeso's back to give his take on All Nerve, plus we review new Fu Manchu and a (very) arguable classic from The Cat Empire circa 2003. Review albums are on our After Dark album review playlist; our fave tracks of the year are on our 2018 After Dark Mixtape. Our pods are also available on iTunes:

BALLS.145 And now a messledge from our sponsor

Special emergency guest host Adamhfoto joins the Doc to discuss check 1-2, does sledging work, dropping the pitch mic, Mrs Warner before she was Mrs Warner, golden cucks, everything is Steve Waugh's fault, imaginary Great Danes, on-pitch ad breaks the Wrong Reverend, sledging Kegs, #OffBrand, talking balls on #BALLS, immovable objects, bad Lodge takes, crimes against yourself, say no to eight dollar pies, captive premiums, Posterization Nation, Hardenaldo, Blazing it, flawed contenders, unSpursy Spurs, broken narratives, Lebron has trust issues, Dubs depth, Tiger tries to win a thing*, Loeb: it's French for GOAT, the wrong Lyon, Rashid Khan't and comparing eras.

*Spoilers: Tiger did not win the thing

BALLS After Dark.126 Does what it says on the tin

Talking about your feelings, STDAs, risk and daring, Buckley's chance, seachangelings, the right space, dropping J's, Mark Ronseal, metal prototypes, Thriller Is Trash 3 (Man United 0), carbon-dated production choices, history in reverse, double legacies, Pew Pew Pew Research, cis-white-male diplomatic immunity has just been revoked, the depths of hell, haven't we done this before, the St Kilda sand, Balls After What? and 404 ep not found. This week Franz Ferdinand were Always AscendingJoan As Police Woman showed Damned Devotion and Judas Priest flashed British Steel (rusted.) Next week, in another all-legacy act special: The Breeders, Fu Manchu and The Cat Empire's STDA from 2003. Review albums are on our After Dark album review playlist; best tracks of the year are on our 2018 After Dark Mixtape.  iTunes:

BALLS.144 Three Billboards Outside Cleveland, Ohio

Winter Olympics coverage, around the grounds, storytelling on demand, adopting Canadians, narrative over everything, CA go straight to market, Philanderthropy, having enough stuff, NEVALOST, transforming SA cricket, better without Wall, hot take analytics, carpet C-bombing, spilt tea and #pettywarz, ROY slavin', top tips, third quarter Dubs, third placed Spurs, showing your stuff, Dame Time, Harden on power forwards, winning the Blake trade, Wade heroics, Raptors offence, LeBron to Philly, get Bogut a job, Ron Mueck references and the sport of AFL. (We never did get back to the Atlanta twitter thing, but here it is.) iTunes:

BALLS After Dark.125 Now only 49.88% trash

Everywhere is Mount Morgan, Stormzy spits fire, class tourism, gimme all your money, the end of monoculturism, sold out in Gladstone, the Bill Russell of albums, Michael Jordan eating popcorn dot gif, circular arguments, Jett Generation, shaking it up, tasty snacks, milquetoast (DRINK), bio hazards, #RealOpeners, solid energy, indie teen movie soundtracks, all that and less, poppity poppity pop, what percentage trash is permissable in a classic album, late-00s new music deserts, Rob's got the look (he's got the look), Air Bruce, Spotify out here trolling #beesointhebushes, aromatherapy, old washed Kurt and losing your stage vision. Reviewed this week: Bat Fangs' self-titled debutBlend Inn by Hockey Dad and Oracular Spectacular (2007) by MGMT. Next week: new stuff from Joan As Police Woman and Franz Ferdinand, and a classic from the dawn of heavy metal from Judas Priest. Review albums hang out on our After Dark album review playlist; shouts to our 2018 After Dark Mixtape. #BALLS and After Dark are also available on iTunes:

BALLS.143 Once a jolly swagman, always a jolly swagman

Thorn in my side, missing Link, the business of All Star, playoff play-ins, mixed messaging, Game Set Match, defusing Rockets, CAVS IN CRISIS, the Raptors fight fate, the Butler didn't do it (DNP-CBF)*, dunking on judges, Jim's GM Blaming, the Cuban Missive Crisis, Defo Maybe, degenerate Australian NBA gambling, cheaper League Pass, live sport needs a live audience, AFLYtho, taking February off, disLodging the Broncos, Sam Kerr is not here for your nonsense and (tell me why) Frankfurt doesn't like Mondays. 

*because the fates love themselves some irony, Jimmy Butler did his knee in his first game back after All Star, DNP-CBF or not. Goodnight Minnesota.

BALLS After Dark.124 Aesthetic over everything

Palate defibrillators, performative wokeness, Bjork O, going somewhere, artistic inspirations, fraint paise, ⸘INTERROBANGS‽, DIY bios, cannon eisteddfodder, punishing earnestness, the only good concert band is a dead concert band, Paul McCartney Ruins Things, 1980s pop benchmarking, virgins and prayer, disco funk rootage, self-caricature, the art vs the artist, getting blamed for your descendents, more fun side projects, middle management, free kicks, popping the trunk, stupid done clever and the future of gayface,  plus a special After After Dark. In this week's After Dark, Beeso and the Doc review new albums from Dream Wife and The Go! Team while Michael Jackson's Thriller is our classic. Next week: Bat Fangs' debutBlend Inn by Hockey Dad and a 2007 CLSC from MGMT. FKNAWSM. This, last and next week's albums are as always on our After Dark album review playlist; our 2018 After Dark Mixtape gets better every week. Statistically it has to, right?Also on iTunes:

BALLS.142 Maybe it's because I'm a LDNR

In which Beeso and the Doc talk Blake mysteries, making Sir Ed, Beeso in the bushes, act like you've been here before, hail Marys, Turkish Delly, enjoying Jazz, schedule effects, losing Heat, reinventing yourself, Rose v. Wade, hangovers from 2016, horny Czechs, Frankie Smokes, recruiting from Boston, your moment of Zen, noone likes hearing the Truth, no second option, outPacing expectations, coaching yourself, NBA Disrespect Twitter, back of the west, playing minutes concern trolling, working through your holidays, bring back Boris, #thewestiscomfortablymediocre, Nike owns London, football in hell, cage matches at sea*, Shaq's early (but he's ready) and meeting the superhumans.

*Fun fact: Nike's '02 World Cup 'Secret Tournament' ad series was directed by Terry Gilliam. At $100M it was one of his cheaper projects, and actually got delivered on time.

BALLS After Dark.123 Stupidity with purpose

In which Beeso and the Doc discuss explaining yourself, therapy?, the great unwashed, continuing the timeline, I sucked a lot of pop, Quincy Jones gets bars off (twice), Norway is hard-out, Tom of Finland joins the Kiss Army, getting a handle, collecting Easter eggs, backwards AC/DC, organ work, powder ballads, half entendres, 80s soundtracks, legacy achievements, opening big, cul de sacs, narratives, MAH WAAHFE, You Am 11, The Albion Love Den Effect, religious trawling, GO GO GO, problematic classics, GOAT MJJs, the holy trinity of late 80s pop, and inappropriate teenage cream. This week's new albums were DZ Deathrays' Bloody Lovely and Turbonegro's ROCKNROLL MACHINE with Icehouse's Man Of Colours (1987) serving as our classic of the week. Next time we talk: Dream Wife's self-titled debut, SEMICIRCLE by The Go! Team and Michael Jackson's 1982 magnum opus Thriller, featuring the quotable Quincy Jones on the big desk. This, last and next week's albums are as always on our After Dark album review playlist; our 2018 After Dark Mixtape continues to develop, but you can always check out our 2017 version. BALLS and After Dark are also available on iTunes:

BALLS.141 IT's all Boston's fault

In which Cleveland trades everybody, Steve gets snubbed, Kris snaps, Don kicks, it's not the heat it's the humidity, Konspiracy Korner, the Cavs get remodelled, the Raptors are a real (?) thing (??), Foles calls Philly Special, the Superbowl is unexpectedly great (unless you like defence), every Rose has its Thibs, Lachlan Penfold talks Dubs, Sweet Lou gets paid (ish), Sweet Lou blows up your spot, Exum re-enters, medical malpractice costs IT, Elon waves it in the wind, this show is brought to you by Bud Very Light, banning international T20, saying hi to our friends in Adelaide, I'm A Celebrity Push Me Into The Sea, barking at right angles and burning your best takes.

BALLS After Dark.122 Down in the Parklands

In which Beeso and the Doc talk SADCs, second cousins, staff karaoke, Underbelly Adelaide, storytime with Beeso, failure to proceed, whatever happened to their rock & roll, moves like Jagger on meth, longer shortlists, the Parklands badlands, home viewer mixtapes, over the Falls, Hottest 100 1997 vs 2017, the reverse Gizzard, Hillsong hold music, popularity is mediocrity, Monster Magnet > Myron Magnet, Fatboy Slim Dusty, essence of 1987, doing it for Brisbane and problematic faves. This week's new albums were K21's Any Given D-Day and BRMC's Wrong Creatures with the Hives' Veni Vidi Vicious nominated for classic consideration. Next week: DZ Deathrays' Bloody Lovely, Turbonegro's ROCKNROLL MACHINE and Icehouse's Man Of Colours (1987). All that and less on our After Dark album review playlist; not much yet on our 2018 After Dark Mixtape but check out our 2017 version in the meantime. iTunes:

BALLS.140 I don't want no snubs

In which Beeso and the Doc get into Blake Griffin: Clipper For Life, in the weeds, the Lee Jenkins Rebab Clinic, ping pong trophies, fixer-uppers, LBJ invites himself into the Dubs' heads, stoner unicorns, marginal interests, don't touch the talent, Beeso's best bets, Russ vs Embiid, getting salty in DC, PRUNTY SZN, don't read The Pick & Roll AU, punchy from swamp heat, Jazz themes, EPL competitive imbalance, buying into the game, Frank statements, shouts to Milli Vanilli, partying in Loganholme, #Legacy, Aussie Bert, the Herald Snub (#buythepaper), I bless the players down in Africa, good stadium food, bad stadium food, bad stadium design, losing at WIN, Wahoo and yahoos, goodnight grid girls and cross-promotional considerations.

BALLS After Dark.121 My mixtape brings all the tunes to the yard

It's our Mixtape Special, in which Beeso and the Doc wrap 2017 Unwrapped (our AOTY special), Abs in the menchies, retiring on top, old man hats, red mad and nude, lovely bits, summery summaries, The Curation, seamless transitions, signposts and movements, setting the table, Tay slander, Hov slander, bangers and fizzers, taking over the neighbourhood, pivoting ponies, making gravy, even deeper water, the downward spiral, Mike Patton Is Mike Patton In, secret tracks, what are you into, getting your $1.79 worth, coffee and beer > coffee in beer, mixtapes vs playlists, 80s cul de sacs, short attention spans, alphabetic copouts, recency bias, grotty old blues, fitting the flow, how to spell K21 and New York vs everybody. This week we reviewed Beeso's mixtape and the Doc's mixtape. Doc dumped a bunch of mixtape cover art from his back catalogue into a gallery on our FB page.Other mixtapes are available (send us yours and tell us about them, via socials or email) - including our glorious 2017 After Dark Mixtape, with our favourite tracks from albums we reviewed last year (and all the songs from last week's AOTY special.) Next week: the 2018 review season kicks off with K21's Any Given D-Day, BRMC's Wrong Creatures and the Hives' 2000 banger Veni Vidi Vicious. BALLS is also on iTunes:

BALLS.139 Babble-on tings

In which Beeso and the Doc talk the All Star Draft, the rancid stench of failure, the West being trash for not being demonstrably less trash than the East, on-paper Clippers, Kyrie's feels, Cavs Academy 7: Mission To Mediocrity, captain-coach-GM-owner, the Bucks stopped here, from the booth to the bench, watching basketball in the '90s, systems coaching, Dan Tony, Tunnelgate walkbacks, All Star Dapto 2019, #TeleviseTheDraftOrAtLeastLeakTheOrder, Mr Beeso Goes To Washington (And Trashes Everything About It), NBA Australia are bad, Mick Hucknall's love child takes 8 for 35, the Stern Conference, is T20 good for developing young spin bowlers: a pointless but enthusiastic argument, the Bert van MarWiki, hello and goodbye. 

BALLS After Dark.120 2017 Unwrapped: Album Of The Year Special

It's our 2017 Album Of The Year Special, in which we figure out our 2017 Album Of The Year, which is Special. Beeso and Dr Yobbo count down their Top Five (ish) albums of 2017 as reviewed on BALLS After Dark, as well as their worst reviewed albums and favourite undiscovered classics. Here's the full list of the albums we reviewed this year. We also sizzle next week's Mixtape Special - in which we dial it back 20 years and put together our best 80 minute CD-R playlist. Send us your mixtapes (streaming service playlists, track listings from old C90 tapes or CD-Rs, whatever). Also this week: sliding locks, flawed but fun, great but problematic, historic prejudices, Previously On After Dark Album Of The Year, mildly interesting, drug use and big muffs, banging the under, effervescence, shouts to Salt N Pepa, truth telling, the Rowling Effect, online edits, getting into yourself, cereal killers, TWATTO, summer lovin', 2016 drivebys, don't read the comments, Album Of The Last Week Of December, Voltron records, stayaways, #susanalbumparty, different bad, getting high on your own supply, future classics, time and place, mixtapes: they're why albums matter, bangered out and born ready. 2018 new music SZN starts in a few - our album review playlist will be updated post-next-ep with new picks. Our 2017 After Dark Mixtape is finished in all its glory - check it out. Send us your 80 or 90 minute playlists for next week via the social medias or via email (ballspodcast at gmail). Bless.

BALLS.138 Equal seventh in podcast All-Star voting

In which Beeso and the Doc return for 2018 to talk fun and games in the Association, inverted summers, Chris Paul finally leading a team somewhere, 73-and-none, Cleveland in January, LeGone James, low intensity minutes, Lonzo's All-Star votes, Pelicans invading LA, Jimmy rubs off, intermittent Thunder, New Yuks, Kemba surprise, Kawhi so serious, Beeso cannot maths, I keep on searching for the tunnel's end and I'm struggling for light, #TeleviseTheDraft, the No Fun League, break up the Pats and old man arguments. After Dark 2017 Album Of The Year special coming soon.

BALLS After Dark.119 #NeverGoogle

In our final After Dark for the year: Honeymoon Disease, Warbly Jets, Aenima by Tool, year-in-review preview, the Ozzest 100 and disappointing legacies.
BALLS After Dark will be back in mid Jan with our 2017 Best Of episode, counting down our favourite albums of the year. Here's the full list of the 78 albums we reviewed in 2017.