"Hello, everybody, and welcome to Time Crisis. I’m Ezra Koenig. Each week, I’ll be joined by New York City legend Despot and my second cousin Asher, a graphic designer. It’s 2015, the most Time Crisis-y year in history, so there’s quite a bit to talk about. Let’s explore the cultural landscape with our friends and enemies. Lots of good fun and lots of good music. Perhaps some bad music, too. This is Time Crisis."



  • Rashida Jones - actress and writer
  • Mark Ronson - DJ and producer
  • Desus Nice - comedian
  • The Kid Mero - comedian


In this inaugural episode, Ezra features a story from Rashida Jones about her childhood encounter with Michael Jackson's chimpanzee Bubbles. Despot joins to talk about Mark Ronson's personal history and career, and the group discuss awkward encounters with JAY-Z. Desus and Mero join for the Top Five.


Fun Facts

This episode features the first use of the explosion drop, though in this instance, Ezra makes the sound himself while noting the need for effects.


Top Five

  1. “Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Taylor Swift
  2. “See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)” - Wiz Khalifa
  3. “Fight Song” - Rachel Platten
  4. “Shut Up and Dance” - WALK THE MOON
  5. “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)” - Omi

Songs Played

  • “One of Us” - ABBA
  • “Grief” - Earl Sweatshirt
  • “Shutdown” - Skepta
  • “Vienna” - Billy Joel
  • “The Way You Make Me Feel” - Michael Jackson
  • “Bitch Better Have My Money” - Rihanna
  • “The River of Dreams” - Billy Joel
  • “679 (feat. Remy Boys)” - Fetty Wap
  • “Feel Right (feat. Mystikal)” - Mark Ronson
  • “Everyday (feat. Rod Stewart x Miguel x Mark Ronson)” - A$AP Rocky
  • “Ooh Wee” - Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg, Trife & Saigon
  • “Like a Feather” - Nikka Costa
  • “You, Me, Him and Her” - JAY-Z & Dynasty
  • “Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)” - Mark Ronson
  • “Rehab” - Amy Winehouse
  • “Throw Sum Mo (feat. Nicki Minaj & Young Thug)” - Rae Sremmurd
  • “I Like Tuh” - Carnage & iLoveMakonnen
  • “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” - Billy Joel
  • “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix Radio Edit)” - Omi
  • “Shut Up and Dance” - WALK THE MOON
  • “Fight Song” - Rachel Platten
  • “See You Again (feat. Charlie Puth)” - Wiz Khalifa
  • “Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Taylor Swift
  • “The Longest Time” - Billy Joel
  • “House of Bricks” - Despot
  • “F**k the Summer Up (feat. Biker Boy Pug)” - Leikeli47
  • “Used To (feat. Lil Wayne)” - Drake
  • “Big Shot” - Billy Joel
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