Friday, July 20, 2018

Episode 43 - Write Your Own Funny Title (This is Hard)

This week's episode took too long to upload, but it's better late than never! This time you can listen to me talk about new releases from The Hold Steady, The Jayhawks, Snow Patrol, and Guided By Voices. I also talk about a 70s album by Nick Drake.  Then I discuss this week's happenings in the WWE. After that, I talk about the recent scandal, suspension, and reinstatement of Hulk Hogan from the WWE Hall of Fame, which includes a long segment where I talk about racism and gets kinda real. Lots of ground was covered this week! Here's the player:

Here's the time break-down:

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 4:42 - Music Break #1 - "Born in this Town" from the "Out from the Light" album.
  • 5:12 - New and Old Music Releases featuring The Hold Steady, The Jayhawks, Snow Patrol, Guided By Voices, Nick Drake
  • 31:40 - Music Break #2 - "Live Your Life" from the "Sorry, I Didn't Mean to Shout" release.
  • 32:11 - WWE Week in Review, with particular focus on the Extreme Rules PPV
  • 53:59 - Music Break #3 - "Simple Things" from the "Things I Meant to Say" album.
  • 54:30 - Hulk Hogan and Racism (Not kidding.)
  • 1:22:19 - Music Break #4 - "AMB 4" from the "Grounds" album.
  • 1:22:50 - Outro

And here are some photos:
Here's the cover photo. Eagle eyes will see a Hold Steady album in the back that I didn't talk about, since the new stuff is download only.

This is the "cover" of The Hold Steady's new single. Download it (and more!) now at!

The Jayhawks' new album "Back Roads and Abandoned Motels"

Snow Patrol's "Wildness"

Guided By Voices' "Ogre's Trumpet"

Nick Drake's final album, "Pink Moon"
And those are all the photos I could use...I don't have any pictures of Hulk Hogan being a racist.

See you next week!

Thursday, July 12, 2018


This week is mostly about my pedal board. I spent a lot of time and money on it, so you're going to have to deal with me playing around with it. Or skip this episode. You do you.  I also talked a little bit about my current listening which has been made up mostly by Mr. Big and Guided By Voices (the pairing we've all been waiting for!) and I talked about some other stuff in passing too.  But it's mostly the board.

I said I'd provide some links here at the blog, so here is the link for Philosoffee.  And here is the link for the long boring post I wrote about my board on my personal blog.

Here's the player:

Here's how the time broke down:
  • 0:00 - Intro - Including a plug for my friends at Philosoffee at 3:33 and a little bit of wrestling talk at 7:45.
  • 11:11 - Music Break #1  - "Nobody Else" from my It Could Be Worse album
  • 46:40 - Music Break #2 - "Who I Am" also from It Could Be Worse
  • 47:10 - Outro - Including a little bit more about the board that I forgot to mention but also my current listening starts at about 50:55.
And here are some photos:
First the cover photo.

A solo shot of ULTRA SUPER MEGA BOARD!!!

This is the amp I used and mentioned.

This is the Tele I played. I've used this photo on the blog before. I like it.

Electro-Harmonix's Oceans 11 Reverb pedal. Probably my favorite pedal I've bought in about 10 years.
And that's it!  Thanks for your support!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Episode 41 - Stupid Freedom

After an unexpected two-week hiatus, the show is back! Sorry for being away. In this episode I mostly talk about music and wrestling. The music includes stuff from Sloan, Ray Davies, Father John Misty, and Anna Burch. The wrestling includes a tribute to the late Big Van Vader and babbling about the recent happenings in the WWE.  Here's the player:

Here's the time breakdown:

  • 0.00 - Intro
  • 5:32 - Rest in Peace, Big Van Vader
  • 9:06 - Music Break 1 - Church Girls from "Trigger Warnings and Sunshine"
  • 9:36 - Music Talk including Sloan, Anna Burch, Father John Misty, and Ray Davies
  • 34:38 - Music Break 2 - Falling from "New Year's Eve"
  • 35:12 - Wrestling Stuff
  • 49:24 - Music Break 3 - Being There from "Things I Meant to Say"
  • 49:54 - Outro
I didn't take many pictures this week, but here's the cover anyway...

...and here's a spoiler for next week.  I don't know what-all I'll talk about, but you'd better believe I'll be talking about this:

Thanks for your support!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Non-Episode #3: Unwanted Hiatus

Those who've been looking for it will notice there hasn't been a new episode in two weeks.  I'm sorry about that. Two weeks ago, I mistimed some things in my week and just plain couldn't get a show together. I've got a day-job and other commitments and sometimes the week gets away from me. What I did not expect though was to then be sick this week. I've been down for a few days and doing edits and uploads and photos seems like a lot of work when you're this sleepy.  So...sorry...two weeks off.

I promise I'm coming back. Probably on 7/5 unless my health gets worse and I end up in the hospital or something. But I don't expect that to happen. Thanks for waiting, in the meantime!

Here's what I look like when I'm sick:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Episode 40 (featuring Dave Brink and Commedore) - The Pleasant Sloppy Drunks

It's a very different episode this week. I got tired of listening to myself, so I blindsided my brother Dave and my friend Commedore with phone calls and recorded them. We mostly talked about the Dropkick Murphys/Flogging Molly show in St. Louis on the 12th, but took a few turns as well (especially in the call with Dave). I don't talk about a lot else. It's mostly just raving about those bands, that show, and music in general.  It was fun.  Here's the player:

Here's sort of a time index:
  • 0:00 - Intro stuff including talking about how I spent my weekend and stuff like that...
  • 6:22 - Music break 1 - "Not Quite Middle Life Crisis" off the "Trigger Warnings and Sunshine" album.
  • 6:52 - I start talking about the Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly show, but then get bored of hearing my own
  • 12:35 - I call my friend Commedore and talk about the concert, particularly the opening act Jake Burns, who I missed.
  • 27:12 - I call my brother Dave and we talk about the concert some more and music in general for a long time.
  • 1:06:58 - Music Break 2 - "Of Death and Dying" from my "Ink-Stained Fingers" album.
  • 1:07:30 - Outro stuff.
And here are some photos:

Here's the cover photo, bigger so you can see it...but it's a weird tri-selfie, so who really wants to? Photo taken at the DKM/Molly show.

I referenced this in the show. This is the size of the BOX my new pedal board came in...

The ticket!

So cool to have both names on the same shirt!

DKM shirt from the show. I am exactly as fat as I look in this photo.

Flogging Molly shirt. Also I'm realizing as I'm writing this that I'm pointing at something in almost all of these photos.

Flogging Molly Polo-style shirt. I can probably actually wear this to work!
Thanks for your support, folks!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Episode 39 - The Episode Where I Can't Pronounce Anything

Kind of a short one this week. Mostly wanted to talk about music and comedy, so that's pretty much what you get. I talk about new releases from Willie Nelson, Ghost, and Roger Daltrey. Then I talk about how I'm excited to finally have the WWE Network (I've already watched a Pay-Per-View from 1990 that featured the Freebirds in Confederate Flag capes and And then I talk about some recent comedy I've watched on Netflix, including stuff from John Mulaney, Iliza Shlesinger, Patton Oswalt, and Marc Maron. And probably some other stuff, too. I had fun. You might also, maybe.  Here's the player:

Here's the time index:

  • 0:00 - Intro Stuff
  • 6:55 - Music Break 1 - Beautiful Disaster from the "Trigger Warnings & Sunshine" Album
  • 7:27 - New Music Releases
    • Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing (8:32)
    • Ghost - Prequelle (10:42)
    • Roger Daltrey - As Long As I Have You (20:54)
  • 24:45 - Music Break 2 - Give it Up from the "Ink-Stained Fingers" Album
  • 25:15 - Streaming Media and Stand Up Comedy
  • 34:37 - Napalm from the "Something to Look Forward To" album
  • 35:07 - Outro
And here are some pictures:

First the cover for those who have a weird folder where they've saved every one on a hard drive somewhere.

The CDs I talked about. Weird group.

Image taken from an Amazon ad. Finally made the commitment, mostly to watch as much vintage wrestling as possible and as little of the new stuff as possible.

Image taken from Amazon. All of his stuff is great, but I'd recommend starting with this one.

Image taken from Netflix. Even they don't know how to pronounce her last name.

Image taken from IMDB. I'm steeling myself up to watch Annihilation soon.

Image taken from Amazon. One of Maron's better specials post 2000, in my opinion.
And that's it! Thanks!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Episode 38 - People Suck at Driving

After an unexpected week off, I'm back with an episode that goes all over the place! This week, after giving some updates on my personal life, I talk about the recent Roseanne scandal, the WWE, Batman's 1966 series, music from Primus and the Beatles (respectively), and even touch on some books by Liz Moore and Nicole Krauss.  It's a busy one!  Here's the player:

And here's the time indexes:
  • 0:00 - Introduction and stuff about my personal life.
  • 8:45 - Music Break 1 - "Sometimes You Say Goodbye" from the "Sorry, I Didn't Mean to Shout" release.
  • 9:15 - TV Talk
    • The Roseanne Scandal (9:15)
    • WWE (18:33)
    • Batman '66 (23:40)
  • 28:54 - Music Break 2 - "Outdoor Summer Concerts" (single)
  • 29:24 - Music Stuff
    • Primus - The Desaturating Seven (29:24)
    • The Lost Art of the Concept Album (33:52)
    • The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (36:08)
  • 39:44 - Music Break 3 - "Church Girls" from the "Trigger Warnings & Sunshine" album.
  • 40:15 - Outro stuff, including books by Liz Moore and Nicole Krauss.
And here are some photos:
Here's a cleaner copy of the cover photo.

I talk about the Batman 66 series in fond detail, as you may have guessed by now.

I mentioned making this in the podcast. It was my tribute to Adam West upon hearing he'd passed away.

Overlooked this one last year!

I've got a controversial take on this one.

My Nicole Krauss collection.

My Liz Moore collection.