Friday, September 18, 2020

I WATCHED 30 ROBIN WILLIAMS MOVIES (and so can you!) - 9/17/20

This week's episode is a movie-length theme episode. After realizing that we'd passed what should've been Robin Williams' 69th birthday and also the 6th anniversary of his death, I decided to watch some Robin Williams movies. And "some" turned into "30." In this special episode, I talk about all 30 of the movies I watched and also give my thoughts on Robin in general. It's a fun ride!

Here's the player:


And here are some photos:
The cover photo, for your collection, Brad, Kelly, Amanda, and Phil. (I don't know if anybody actually does that, but if I got one of the names right, they're freaking the fuck out right now.)
This is a collage of all of the title screens and/or DVD menus from the movies I watched. Took each photo on my phone as the movies started and I thought it looked neat in my phone's photo gallery.

Here's the stack of BluRays and DVDs!
I think of this as "wave one." Watched them all in one weekend before realizing I was going to watch WAY more and slowing down.

...wave two...

...wave three...
...wave four...
Thanks for your support! Did I watch your favorite Robin Williams movie? If not, what is it and should I watch it?

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Implants in Our Nipples - FAST CASH 9/1/20

Today's episode of Empty Checking FAST CASH is just shy of a half hour of talking about Knives Out, Taylor Swift, and some candles I bought. It's short, it's sweet, and it's something finally uploaded! Dig it!

Here's the Player:

Time Index:

And here's a handful of photos:
Here's the cover photo
These are the DW Home candles I bought.

These are the Frostbeard Studio candles I bought. (For frame of reference these are about the size of the jars of paint you use to play with in elementary school. The DW ones are more like the size of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.)
My copy of the super-fun "Knives Out."

Tay-Bae's new album Folklore. Gotta be down with the Tizzle-Swizzle.


Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Inaugural "Fast Cash!" (8/5/20)

This is a super-short episode (for me, anyway)! I've been wanting to sometimes just do short episodes where I maybe only talk about a couple of things because I don't always have an hour-long episode to do, but I can always do 15-20 minutes. So I'm going to do that sometimes, and when I do I'm going to call it a "Fast Cash" episode to tie in with the "Empty Checking" phrasing and whatnot--you get it. This is the first one! Fast Cash!

In this one I bid farewell to Pete Hamill, then talk about the Yakuza game series, the new album by Alanis Morissette, and Rick and Morty. It's a good one. But short! FAST CASH!!!!!!!!

Here's the player:



Sorry I don't have a time breakdown together...in thinking it was a short episode it didn't dawn on me that it would still be a good thing to do. Oops. Anyway, there were things I talked about and songs of mine playing between them, etc...

But here are a handful of photos. There are only a few. Because FAST CASH!

Here's the cover--that's Yakuza Kiwami 1 on the TV behind me. It was surprisingly hard to get the camera focus.
Pete Hamill's "Forever." Sorry to hear he passed away this week.


This is a gif from Yakuza Kiwami 1 - sorry I can't find it again to post the source. It shows off come of the goofy nature of the game. You play as the guy in the foreground. The dancing guy is best explained by the caption, which reads, "...And what the hell are you doing? Can zombies even do... whatever the hell this dance you're doing is?" in case you can't read it. :)
Alanis Morissette's new album. It's great.


Rick and Morty seasons 1-3. Really dig it!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

*BONUS EPISODE* - The Departure Episode (7/30/20)

This episode is a BONUS EPISODE where I sit, listen to my "Departure" album, which came out in April, and do more or less a commentary track for it. It's just for fun and for people who like hearing this kind of thing. There will be a "normal" Empty Checking episode to follow this weekend, so don't get too upset if this isn't your kind of thing. :)

I'll be completely honest, I recorded this one and immediately tossed it online without a preview listen, so hopefully I don't say anything too weird. :)

Anyway, here's the player:


And here are some photos of the stuff I talked about:
Here's the cover photo. It's like the album cover, but with shit written on it that shouldn't be there!

These are at least the majority of the guitars used on the album. From Right: Rickenbacker 360, Les Paul Studio (in back--the red makes it blend in with the desk a little), Fender Telecaster, 1973 Martin D18, ESP LTD, Fender Strat.

And these are the basses - Rickenbacker 4003, Ibanez EX Series, Ibanez Soundgear, Fender Signature Series Geddy Lee Jazz.

This is my pedal board as it now stands. There's a whole episode in just listing those things!

I talked about this pedal in the show--the Elements by Dr. Scientist. Easily the best distortion I've ever owned.

The Boss Blues Driver. Presently "retired" from my board, but it's served me well and I'm sure I'll call on it again.

And this one's the real star of this album...the Devin Townsend Mooer Ocean Machine. One of the coolest pedals I've ever been lucky enough to own.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

I Don't Always Know When a List is Going to Happen (7/25/20)

In this episode I catch up on a few things I've been meaning to talk about for a while including Books by Charlene Ng and Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Prime series Good Omens, the movie Rocketman, and music from Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Rufus Wainwright. All that and more!

Also note that I'll be posting a BONUS EPISODE later this week where I listen to and talk about my album "Departure" just for fun. It'll come a little sooner than a normal episode might, so be on the lookout for that.

Here's the player:


Time Index:

  • 0:00 - Intro Stuff
  • 12:16 - Music Break - "The Best"
  • 16:44 - Books - "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng, and "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
  • 35:02 - Music Break - "Slip Away"
  • 35:32 - Movies/TV - Good Omens and Rocketman.
  • 55:19 - Music Break - "Greetings From Far Away"
  • 55:49 - Music Reviews - "Rough and Rowdy Ways" by Bob Dylan, "Homecoming" by Neil Young, and "Unfollow the Rules" by Rufus Wainwright
  • 1:14:46 - Music Break - "Always"
  • 1:15:16 - Outro Stuff
And here are some photos!
Cover photo--I'm a little weirdly washed out in it, but whatever.

My Lamp! (Part One)

My Lamp! (Part Two) I really like the base.

My Lamp! (Part 3) - In action...

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng - Her stuff is a pleasure to read.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - I also watched and talked about the Prime show of the same name, but since that's not a physical product, there's no photo of it. Streaming media sucks that way.

Promised I'd post a picture of my "Shelf of Honor" in the front room. If anybody wants me to name the books on it, I'll be glad to!

I'm not sure if I gave this movie a positive or negative review, after listening back to it...

New Bob Dylan! You'd think this would've gotten me to revive my Dylan blog, but nope!

"New" Neil Young from the 70s! Nice to have it!

New Rufus Wainwright. - The record so nice I bought it thrice. Fun fact, the title on the album covers is a sticker. It was stuck to the outer wrapper of the products, but I wanted to keep it on the albums, so I peeled off the stickers and stuck 'em on there. :)

Friday, June 5, 2020

Take Off Your Shoes and Get Funky - 6/4/20

This week's episode was a difficult one to record amidst the tension presently ongoing in the country (and my immediate area) but I think it's a good one and I said a couple important things among the nonsense. I spend a little time up front talking about the murder of George Floyd--there was no way not to do so. The tone shifts after about 10 minutes into being a regular show after that where I talk about my newest guitar, Rush, Prince, The Who, Doctor Who, and Little Fires Everywhere, as well as paying tribute to Lynn Shelton and Marc Maron. It's a weird tone this week, but I hope you enjoy it!

I mentioned in the episode that I'd post the link to the Rush museum project thing that I mentioned. The place to order stuff is through rebuildlestudio.com, but sometimes that pops up an unsafe site error for some people because it's trying to redirect you to their webstore, which is here: https://www.freewebstore.org/souvenirs-of-le-studio. Site's totally legit. Don't let it worry you if you get that message. The guy's forte is building this museum, not a flawless website.

Here's the player, which is doing that thing where it posts the wrong photo again for some reason. Sorry. Hopefully it corrects itself since I don't seem to be able to control that.



Time Index:

  • 0:00 - Introduction and some words about George Floyd and being an old white guy.
  • 10:54 - My 40th Birthday and New Guitar
  • 18:30 - Tribute to Lynn Shelton and Marc Maron
  • 25:45 - Musical Break
  • 26:20 - Talking about music by Rush, Prince, and The Who
  • 42:11 - Musical Break
  • 42:40 - Talking about Tom Baker era Doctor Who and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
  • 52:50 - Musical Break
  • 53:24 - Outro Stuff
Photos:
The (correct) cover, of course.

The guitar photos will look familiar to anyone who follows me on social media. But isn't it pretty?

Check out that gorgeous gold hardware.

Cool black on black leather paisley strap, too! 
Zeroing in on the strings.



And that wonderful headstock. (These things take forever to tune, by the way.)

Rush Permanent Waves 40th Anniversary release...oh yeah, and a piece of the glass from the room where they recorded it!

Prince box set--even sexy as a cartoon.

Here's all the stuff in the box. I'm a real sucker for a box set!

I also mentioned The Who. Didn't mention this album specifically but recently listened to it.

A little Tom Baker for ya'!

First book I've read in my 40s. And I loved it!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Other Platflorms (5/16/20)

Sorry the episode went up on Sunday instead of Friday! But it's a fun one. I talk about a ton of stuff and speak at about a mile a minute. Mostly I spend like a half hour babbling about my experience catching up on Kevin Smith's more recent movies and also touch on Planet of the Apes, 60s music, and Jason Isbell. Do it up!


  • 0:00 - Intro Stuff
    • 3:05 - RIP Fred Willard
    • 11:03 - Guinness Over the Moon Milk Stout
    • 16:02 - Yakuza 0
  • 19:38 - Music Break - Intervention
  • 20:09 - Movies - Mostly Kevin Smith and a little Apes just for fun.
  • 56:40 - Music Break - Deeper Than Oceans
  • 57:11 - Music Stuff, including Jason Isbell and a follow up on stuff Dave mentioned last week.
  • 1:06:41 - Music Break - Pneuma
  • 1:07:41 - Outro Stuff
Here are some photos. Sorry most of them are off center. I was in a hurry when I took them and then later didn't care enough to fix it. :)

Here's the cover photo. It's a mess!

We lost Fred Willard this week. This is probably my favorite thing in his catalog. Watch it.

Here's the outside of the can of Guinness Over the Moon Milk Stout. It's nice looking...but we all know...

...you'd rather see what's on the inside!

Borrowed this image from IGN, since I downloaded instead of buying a physical copy. On the outside it just looks like a Japanese beat-em-up.

But once you get into Yakuzo 0 it's a goofy, weird, fun series where you can end up adding a chicken to your party that you've named nugget, and your fighting style is more WWE than it is Marty Scorsese.

I caught up on Kevin Smith's catalogue. Liked most of it. LOVED some of it. Did some yelling about one of them...

APES!!!!

New Jason Isbell. Sweet listening and sounds EXTRA sweet on a rainy day.

And thanks to the episode with Dave last week, I've been pretty stuck in the 60s all this week!