Thursday, March 22, 2018

Episode 30 - If This Isn't Nice, I Don't Know What Is

This week's show is evidence that surrounding yourself with stuff you like can greatly impact your mood.  I started out subdued and kinda down, but was my regular self by the end of it.  And I owe it all to talking about new music from David Byrne and the Decemberists, pro-wrestling (including my thoughts on the Ultimate Deletion and the stunning return of Daniel Bryan), and random stuff like The Legend of Zelda, Red Dwarf, and Kurt Vonnegut.

Here's the player:

Here are the time indexes:
  • 0:00 - Intro, including a startling omission from the previous episode.
  • 8:13 - Music Break #1 - "Earned" from my "Things I Meant to Say" album.
  • 8:44 - Music Stuff, including my excitement at the Flogging Molly/DKM tour and reviews of the new albums by David Byrne and the Decemberists.
  • 19:42 - Music Break #2 - "Napalm" from the "Something to Look Forward to" album.
  • 20:13 - Wrestling Talk including a summary of my conversation with Tony Schiavone, my thoughts on the Ultimate Deletion, and my thoughts on the return of Daniel Bryan
  • 40:59 - Music Break #3 - "The Last Folk Singers" from the "Sorry, I Didn't Mean to Shout" release.
  • 41:32 - Assorted topics including my final thoughts on Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the most recent season of Red Dwarf, and my love of Kurt Vonnegut.
And here's a mess of photos:
Here's the cover photo, big enough that you can see it.

This is the coffee I had at the St. Patrick's Day parade.

This is the band that plays every year.  The Irish Aires are one of my favorite parts of the day.

Together at last!

I reviewed these albums. In this order. Wonders never cease.

A couple of my photos came out crooked. Oh well. 

This one's crooked, too.

This one looks pretty good, though.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Episode 29 - A Big, Fat, Irish Jambaroo!

This week's episode is as Irish as the day is long! With St. Patrick's Day approaching on Saturday, I wanted to celebrate my heritage a little bit and talk about the Irish stuff I love.  There's music from the Dubliners to the Pogues to the Chieftains to Flogging Molly to Dropkick Murphys, etc.  I spend some time talking about Irish TV and movies too, including a segment on Father Ted.  I talk about Irish literature including Angela's Ashes, a Flannery O'Connor story, and several others.  I talk about random Irish stuff including my favorite Irish adult beverages from years gone by.  There's a lot of Irish stuff in this show, is the bullet point to take away from this paragraph.

Here's the player:

Here's the time index:

  • 0:00 - Introduction and opening remarks about being Irish and St. Patrick.
  • 10:23 - Music Break #1 - "Battle Cry" from my "Grounds" album.
  • 10:54 - A brief summary of Irish music I enjoy, both traditional and not-so-traditional.
  • 26:12 - Music Break #2 - "Coming Storm" off the "Things I Meant to Say" album, which I also used last week, so please forgive me.
  • 26:43 - An even briefer summary of Irish TV and movies that I enjoy.
  • 37:44 - Music Break #3 - "A Song for Friendship" from my "Grounds" album
  • 38:19 - A slightly less brief summary of Irish literature that I think is worth your time.
  • 48:13 - Music Break #4 - "Of Death and Dying" from the "Ink-Stained Fingers" album.
  • 48:44 - All the Irish stuff I wanted to talk about that doesn't fit in one of the above categories.
  • 1:02:41 - Music Break #5 - "A Turning" from the "Out from the Light" album.
  • 1:03:37 - Closing thoughts on being Irish, the racial problem facing it, and some additional thoughts.

...and here's a bunch of photos:

Here's the thumbnail at full size, if you like that.

This is some (but not all!) of the music I discussed.

Here are a couple of the DVDs I referenced. I can't find my copy of The Quiet Man for some reason...

Here are some of the books I mentioned, and one I didn't.

This it the hat I bought this weekend. And a big, hot, Irish sweater to go with it!

I promise I only bought it with the intent of cooking with it.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Episode 28 - Shipping Issues

Sorry this is a day late going up, but I was sick earlier in the week and everything's off schedule.  Kept it kind of short this week because my voice is going out thanks to being sick, too.  But I talked about a lot!  Subjects covered include Loot Crate's Star Trek Mission Crate, the pro-wrestlers shown on the t-shirts in the thumbnail, and music from The Decemberists, Snow Patrol, and Pearl Jam, plus whatever else comes to mind.  Stop reading this!  Click the thing!

Time Index:
  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 3:34 - Music Break 1 - "You and Your Perfect Life" from my "Something to Look Forward to" album.
  • 4:06 - My critique of the Star Trek Mission Crate and Loot Crate in general.
  • 13:07 - Music Break 2 - "Coming Storm" from my "Things I Meant to Say" album.
  • 13:36 - I discuss some pro-wrestling t-shirts I bought and why I bought them.
  • 25:56 - Music Break 3 - "Not Okay" from my "Trigger Warnings and Sunshine" album.
  • 26:30 - I talk about music from Snow Patrol, The Decemberists, a little bit of Irish stuff, and Pearl Jam.
  • 35:55 - Music Break 4 - "The Best" from my "Ink-Stained Fingers" album.
  • 36:25 - Outro
Here are a ton of photos!

Here's a bigger version of the thumbnail for those who like that.
This is all the stuff I got in the Mission Crate.  Yes. I am one of those horrible people who takes his collectibles out of the boxes and enjoys looking at them in the open air.  The horror!
This is the top of the crate.

This is the side of the crate, styled to look like the Galileo shuttlecraft, which was pretty cool. 
This is the division badge from the Discovery series...which I haven't actually seen, but hey this looks neat on my coat.

The box for the Picard/Locutus figurine.

The figure still in the box.
The Enterprise in the box.

I really dig this t-shirt and am looking forward to wearing it around!

...hmm...which guitar case should this go on?  Maybe the banjo case?

And I also talked about these!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Episode 27 - The Kevin Smith Episode

This week's episode is a tribute to Writer/Director/Etc Kevin Smith, in light of his near "widow maker" heart attack earlier this week.  That's all we're doing, so this is a very short description! Here's the player:

And here are a couple of photos:

I was going for kind of a "Silent Bob" thing.  Got close.
Here's my Kevin Smith collection as it presently stands (minus a couple of special editions, etc).

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Episode 26 - This Episode Would Look Fantastic in Sequins

On this week's episode I mostly just talk about the Olympics and my love of Rufus Wainwright, including my thoughts about his show in St. Louis on February 16. I also touch on a few personal things and complain about stuff.  The usual.  But this episode ended up meaning a lot to me, so I hope you enjoy it!

Here's the player:

Time indexes:
  • 0:00 - Introduction and personal stuff.
  • 9:48 - Music Break 1 - "Earned" from my "Things I Meant to Say" album.
  • 10:21 - Olympics-talk...
  • 23:19 - Music Break 2 - "Angel" off of my "Out from the Light" album.
  • 23:50 - My thoughts on Rufus Wainwright, his show in St. Louis last week, and his impact on my life. It gets a little personal.
  • 59:08 - "Sometimes You Say Goodbye" from my "Sorry, I Didn't Mean to Shout" album.
  • 59:40 - Outro stuff.  I briefly touch on wrestling, my disappointment in LootCrate, and my brother's new dog. Then I flounder trying to figure out howto say goodbye.
And here are some photos:

Me in my Rufus Wainwright t-shirt.
My new lamp and corner-shelf.
My new wall-shelf (with my Star Trek collection on it) and picture of the guys from Rush as the Canadian Gothic.
My Rufus Wainwright collection.
Autographed copy of "Take All My Loves!"

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Episode 25 - Nice to Be on the Podium

On this week's episode I talk about what I've seen so far from the Winter Olympics, then discuss music from Mr. Big (including an RIP to Pat Torpey), Roxy Music, Big Star, and AC Newman.  After that, I talk about this week's happenings in the WWE. Also some other stuff.  It's a fun one.

Here's the player!

Time indexes:
  • 0:00 - Intro Stuff/State of the Podcast
  • 6:10 - Music Break 1 - "In My Heart" from my "Out from the Light" album.
  • 6:40 - Olympics!!!
  • 17:53 - Music Break 2 - "Simple Things" from my "Things I Meant to Say" album.
  • 12:23 - Music stuff (with a tribute to Pat Torpey at the top)
  • 38:46 - Music Break 3 - "Everything" from my "Grounds" album.
  • 39:17 - This week in the WWE. Including the revelation that I'm not a fan of the Undertaker.
  • 55:10 - Music Break 4 - "Live Your Life" from my "Sorry, I Didn't Mean to Shout" release.
  • 55:30 - Outro and touching on some loose ends.
Here are some photos.  I could not get to the box with the Chuck Taylors I referenced in it...but I will!  They belong in my office.  I'll post a photo of those whenever I dig them out.
The Mr. Big albums that everybody but the guy to whom I'm paying tribute in this episode signed.
The other music I discussed this week.
Not the most flattering or professional looking shot...but this is the Steve & Larson "Friendos" shirt.
A little better...this is the Schiavone Wedding shirt.
Just thought folks might find this interesting...this is my outline for the episode.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Episode 24 - I Know A Lot About Kelsey Grammer (And So Can You!)

(In advance, I apologize for not having any extra photos in this post. Things got moving late this week and I just plain ran out of time.)

This one's all over the place. I talk about the Superbowl and tell a story about how I thought Prince died almost 20 years before he did. I pay tribute to John Mahoney and that descends into talking about all the terrible things that have happened to Kelsey Grammer over the years. I talk a little about my love of The Office.  Then I also get into talking about playing Zelda: Breath of the Wild, poorly explain what amiibos do, and stuff like that...  Of course, there's talk about the WWE as well. And I talk about new music from Novo Amor/Ed Tullett.  All that, plus a bunch of other stuff!

Here's the player!

Here are the times for those who wish to skip stuff:
  • 0:00 - Opening remarks and intro music.
  • 3:15 - Music Break 1 - "What Matters Most" off of my "Something to Look Forward To" album.
  • 3:46 - Me pretending to know about football and talking about the Superbowl. (Including a story about how I thought Prince died in 1997 at the 11:48 mark.)
  • 19:06 - Tribute to John Mahoney and a weirdly long examination of my encyclopedic knowledge of the misfortunes that have befallen Kelsey Grammer.
  • 27:22 - I talk about how I like The Office a little.
  • 30:27 - Music Break 2 - "Born in This Town" from my "Out from the Light" album.
  • 30:57 - Gaming talk, with particular emphasis on Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • 42:57 - Music Break 3 - "El Santo Frente a la Muerte!"  from the "Sorry, I Didn't Mean to Shout" release.
  • 43:39 - This week in the WWE.
  • 58:11 - Music Break 4 - "Being There" from the "Things I Meant to Say" album, featuring background vocals by Becky Outlaw, who has just a ridiculously cool last name.
  • 58:43 - Music talk, including my thoughts on "Heiress" by Novo Amor and Ed Tullett
  • 1:07:03 - Outro Music
Thanks for your support!