Podcast 42 #91: Sylvester Stallone

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Sylvester Stallone aka Rocky, aka Rambo is not only an actor, but a director, screenwriter, and producer as well. His new franchise: The Expendables is currently a huge hit. We take a look into how Sly got his start. We discuss Rambo and Rocky and how they got made…and even why he made porno early in his career. As an added bonus, we mess up a few times and leave all that silly goodness unedited. This episode was definitely a fun ride as JL does his best garbled Stallone impersonation, Chris messes up his Frank Jr. impersonation, and Laura and Nicole are spot on as usual. This week we are sponsored by SeatGiant.com.

 

Featured Beer: Funky Buddha’s Brewery’s Manhattan Double Rye Ale

 

Christopher De Voss – Frank Stallone Jr., Muhammad Ali, Chuck Wepner, Irwin Winkler, Brigitte Nielsen, David Morrell, Dolph Lundgren

JL Tross – Frank Stallone Sr., Sylvester Stallone, Kirk Douglas, John Travolta

Laura De Voss – Jackie Stallone, Swiss Teacher, Sasha Czack, Talia Shire, Dolly Parton

Nicole Fasone – Narrator, Carrie Snodgrass

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Podcast 42 #90: Conan O’Brien

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Conan O’Brien went from awkward writer to awkward talk show host. Not only an awkward talk show host, but a complete unknown awkward talk show host. He took that and turned it into a 25 year plus career with plenty of ups and downs. We go over his rise and fall of hosting the Tonight Show, and his career path to get there. Topic was suggested by Heather. Also, this week we are sponsored by SeatGiant.com.

 

Featured Beer: Marathon’s 26.2 Brew

 

Christopher De Voss – Conan O’Brien, Ed McMahon, Rich Hall

JL Tross – Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, David Letterman

Laura De Voss – Principal Skeetmore, Writers 1 – 4

Nicole Fasone – Narrator

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Podcast 42 #89: Friends

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Friends was about…well Friends, but beautiful friends in beautiful apartments, and one with a monkey. At least for the first season. The thing that made the show work was the chemistry between the six actors which seemed like they were real Friends in real life. It was often criticized as a Seinfeld ripoff, yet managed to stay in the top 10 shows of it’s entire 10 year run. Listen as we learn more about the show. Also, this week we are sponsored by SeatGiant.com.

 

Featured Beer: Sierra Nevada’s Brut IPA

 

Christopher De Voss – David Crane, Jennifer Aniston

JL Tross – Kevin Bright, David Schwimmer

Laura De Voss – Marta Kauffman, Ellie Kanner

Nicole Fasone  – Narrator, Courtney Cox

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Podcast 42 #88: Weird Al Yankovic

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Weird Al was always a little…well…weird, but it’s this weirdness that has given him a successful career in the music industry. While other artists come and go, Weird Al is always around to parody them. We learn how Weird Al got his name, what his career might have been, and the path he took to rise to the top of the billboard 100.

Featured Beer: First Magnitude Brewing’s Wakulla Hefeweizen  

 

Christopher De Voss – Nick Yankovic, Dr. Demento, Jake Hooker

JL Tross – Weird Al Yankovic

Laura De Voss – Mary Yankovic

Nicole Fasone – Narrator

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Podcast 42 #87: Tim Burton

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Tim Burton is a director, artist, producer, puppeteer, and sometimes actor who is known for his weird, wonderful, and unique vision that Hollywood has come to embrace.  His films have touched many and have achieved cult status. We discuss Burton from his rocky start at Disney all the way through his career of memorable and creative characters and films.

Featured Beer: Du Claw’s Sweet Baby Jesus

 

Christopher De Voss – William Burton, Glen Keane, Andreas Deja, Vincent Price, Danny Elfman, Chris Merritt

JL Tross – Tim Burton, Pee-Wee Herman

Laura De Voss – Jean Burton, T. Jeanette Kroger, Julie Hickson, Helena Bonham Carter

Nicole Fasone – Narrator

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Podcast 42 #86: The Ramones

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The godfather’s of American punk rock with their two minute – three cord songs take over an ailing music scene of the ’70s. You may love them or you may hate them, but with songs like Blitzkrieg Bop, Rock ‘n Roll High School, and I Wanna Be Sedated, they are staples of alternative radio. We travel back to the inception of The Ramones all the way through their 22 plus career in music. Our show ended up being a train wreck as well as quite fun…just like the Ramones. Gabba gabba hey!

Featured Beer: Uinta Brewing’s Baba Black Lager

Christopher De Voss – Joey Ramone, Danny Fields, Marky Ramone

JL Tross – Tommy Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone

Laura De Voss – Johnny Ramone

Nicole – Narrator

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Podcast 42 #85: Saturday Night Live

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Saturday Night Live, at the time of this recording, has been around for 44 seasons and is a comedy institution. It has launched some of the biggest careers in comedy and introduced us to numerous up and coming bands. Whether it be on point in the laugh department or fall completely flat, there is some skit or memory everyone has of this show. It is a huge part of the pop culture landscape. In this episode, we take you back to the beginning, past the first historical cast to how the show came to be.

Featured Beer: Coast Brewing Dead Arm

 

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Podcast 42 #84: The Podfix Mixtape

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It’s a new year, which means a new you…for about a week, and then just go back to the old you…screw them if they don’t like it. In this episode first, we toot our own horn with the stats of the show from 2018. Don’t worry, it’s a quick tooting. Then we introduce you to all the great shows that The Podfix Network has to offer. Why? Because we are now part of The Podfix Network! *Cue trumpets and half-naked singing angels* We are looking forward to bringing more of the same great nonsense we always bring along with our great new partners at Podfix.

Featured Beer: Dogfish Head’s 75 Minute IPA

 

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Random Thoughts Without A Microphone

So….

I’m reading the Beastie Boys book. Right there, that sentence will divide all those who read this into two camps:

Camp A: Really?! That’s so cool! I want to read that!

Camp B: Ugh. Seriously. You got to fight for your right for good music!

But that doesn’t matter to the point of this, at least not entirely.

In the first chapters of the book, either Michael Diamond or Adam Horovitz (it doesn’t credit who actually wrote what part of the book) talk about the early days of when the Beastie Boys were first coming onto the scene of their musical time. They talk about being on the edge of a great movement in cultural history, where rap and punk and music that didn’t fit into any one category was living and breathing and growing on the streets and burrows of New York City. It wasn’t on mainstream radio play, but it was everywhere as if you walked the blocks of the city and it got stuck on your shoe, and you just kind of left a trail of this musical energy everywhere you went. It was an energy that everyone knew about and no one knew about.

The Beasties talk about the underground hole-in-the-wall New York clubs, with their run-down tiny (or in some cases no) stages, dingy lights, and one toilet unisex bathrooms. They talk about the no-name bands of the time, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Blondie, Bad Brains, Human League, etc., who are now household names, but at THAT time were secrets that only flyers stapled to lampposts shared.

 

It made me jealous to think that Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz got to experience and be a part of a historical movement that would shape and culturally change a conventional medium that had been relatively the same for a very long time. It was the birth of rap from the streets. It was the birth of punk from the underground bar. It was the birth of bands that were not afraid to take 4/4 time signature and mash it with unconventional hooks, riffs, choruses, and bridges. These bands figuratively beat their sounds into the music sheet with a mallet until it fit. These same bands would later be signed to record deals, that in turn would be devoured by all sorts of persons through radio, TV, and battery operated portable devices.

And then it dawned on me that I too was in a great cultural movement. A movement that has been slowly taking the invisible floating airwaves above and around us, and smashing them into the earbuds of anyone who owns any type of device that can pluck the internet from the sky.

This cultural movement is Podcasting.

Now, much like rap and punk and every other type of music that is deemed new and different and exciting, it is in fact just taking something already invented and turning it upside down.  Rock and Rap can be boiled down to reinvented Blues, which can be boiled down to sing-song Nursery rhymes, which can be boiled down to Cavemen beating sticks on rocks. I get that I skipped several steps there, but you don’t really need a seventy paragraph music lesson here. So Podcasting is to Talk Radio, is to The Farmers Almanac, is to those same cavemen getting bored of beating rocks with sticks and grunting information to each other on how to hunt, make fire…and maybe even discussing getting new sticks. Those ones they have are getting worn out from all the rock beating.

So much like the Beasties being around all these bands that are going from nothing to everything, I too am around all these Podcasts that are becoming staples and household names in the cultural landscape. There are some big ones that everyone knows such as Serial, WTF, Lore, and Joe Rogan, but there is also about a gazillion smaller shows on any and all subjects you could imagine. You can find Podcasts on your favorite TV show…and, not just one podcast, but hundreds…and even if your favorite TV show only aired three episodes on a network that only lasted 4 months. You could still probably find a podcast dissecting each and every episode. You can find Podcasts that are improv, Podcasts that are scripted, Podcasts that are just two drunk guys talking about the 3rd string Seattle Seahawks players and where their favorite place to eat is and why.

I would not listen to that show, but you might.

What it all comes down to are passions. Microphones and WiFi is cheap enough to share one’s passions. So why not?

And I for one, am loving exploring and hearing things from people putting themselves out there. I feel I am never without entertainment, be it good or bad, in the age where we have taken the radio talk show and turned it upside down.

If you are a Podcaster yourself, I just want to thank you.

Much like the Beastie Boys in their early days, you didn’t know if what you created would resonate with anyone. It’s scary and download numbers are not always accurate.  Being in a band you can get that immediate feedback, from concerts and whatnot, unlike a Podcaster who is releasing their voice in a chasm of a million other voices. It’s kind of like being a single red M&M poured into a jar of nothing but red M&Ms, but still trying to be found and enjoyed.

Don’t worry about trying to be found, just enjoy being at the edge of this great movement in cultural history.

Christopher De Voss

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Podcast 42 #83: Super Christmas Show

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It’s that time of year again. It’s time to celebrate Christmas/Hanukkah with loved ones, not so loved ones, and strangers dressed in red suits with white trim. This year we celebrate with Google translated Christmas stories and songs, interrupting carolers, and Christmas commercials of the past. This is our last show for 2018 and we would like to thank all of you that supported and listened. We wish you and yours a very merry Festivus and you can keep your damn figgy pudding to yourselves.

 

 

Featured Beer: Warsteiner Dunkel

 

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