The Vibe Guide

The unofficial episode guide for vibe tasters of the Elis James and John Robins Podcast

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Episode 163

Sad Cooking, Ear Seed & Green Day

Show broadcast on 1 April 2017

Sometimes the vibe just works, whether you've roasted the peaches or not. This week sees an absolute hammer of a podcast, nay HAMMERCAST. Robins in Santander, James on an escalator and Prod V in love with Lorde. Still. Which Mercury Prize winners are PCD's? You'll find out! A boss-related shame well, a positive trouncing on Beta Bet and all that you need to know from the week that was in Elis' light hearted paper review. All this plus a stack of Emails, some stinking humble brags and AT LAST, the answer to the question 'What does it really mean to Keep It Session?'

Podcast intro

More apocalyptic daydreams from listeners. A rare occurrence of the Teenage Fan Club feature - printing out the full scripts to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy and having a full read-through with your friends.

John's introduction of Elis

"To my left, the creator and distributor of the new Welsh pound coin. Inspired by the new pound sterling coin, he has released his own design. The 500g 'Coal Medallion' is in the shape of Pembrokeshire County and is called the Pund. "

Conversations and riffs

John had an unexpected stay over in London last night and this morning purchased some new pants, socks and t-shirt. He also now has some spare pants in his Radio X cubby hole for those emergency situations.

Prod V is on personal terms with pop star Lorde. Elis was too chatty on the train and gave a young boy some advice about the different rates at which young people develop.

Elis' brother in law is appearing on Master Chef. Cue impressions of grimace-y Greg Wallace. John needs a website with recipes for cooking for one - sad cooking, Delia Smith's Tears for Dinner.

A revelation from Elis that when he once had acupuncture he had a seed put in his ear to relieve stress and it is still there, five years later.

A recorded PCD message from the band alt-J!

Text-in topic

Listeners text and tweet during the show on this week's topic.

Anyone you know who went through puberty later than normally expected?

Elis James' Light-Hearted Paper Review

Elis' selection of humorous stories from this week's newspapers.

An article on what type of music (or none at all) is most effective in shops. Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody is apparently the worst to play! Bristol's oldest swing is to be removed. The Green Party will give us a three day weekend if they win the next General Election.

John's Shame Well

John frees another listener of their shame.

Visiting the toilet at the same time as your new boss and trying to think of something to say to break the awkward silence, only to say over your shoulder 'cheers!' as you leave the room and be met with bemusement.


Elis and John compete to name as many things as possible on a theme in alphabetical order in 30 seconds.

Types of fish. John wins 11-4, but Elis earned two bonus points for suggesting 'Addock at the start.

Email of the Species

Listeners' emails into the show.

A listener accidentally caught EJ pounding the E on video (running up an escalator through a video shot). John explains the concept of session ale on behalf of a new PCD.

The 'Keep It Session' Sessions

A special section at the end of the podcast for music recommendations.

Car Seat Headrest (John)

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