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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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Podcast 42 #82: Stephen King

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Let’s talk about the master of horror, Stephen King. We are pretty sure he has close to a thousand books written…but who is counting?! Certainly not us because we threw out the number a thousand first. King has become the center of what horror and the fantastical world of imagination can produce. King is a pop culture icon. Most of his works have been turned into movies and most of his movies have been turned into late night, popcorn rentals to scare the wits out of your preteen step sister by tricking her into thinking you’re watching Pitch Perfect 7.

 

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Podcast 42 #81: Riddle Me This

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Riddles are fun! OK, maybe they are not so fun…but they are frustrating…and that’s something. Right? Tonight we test our wits and brains and patience and forehead vein popping skills, as we tell a few riddles, murder a few riddle people, and see who can come out on top as Riddle Champion Of The Universe! (or at least Podcast 42 Champion Of The Universe!) 

 

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Podcast 42 #80: Dave Grohl

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Dave Grohl, drummer for Nirvana, leader of The Foo Fighters, and true rock pioneer. In this episode we talk about Grohl’s rise to rock guru, including his time with Nirvana, and what brought him out from behind the drum kit to front his own band….the fighters of foo. We have special guest callers with their thoughts on Dave Grohl as well as the usual trivia and fishbowl facts. Sitting in for Faraz is Laura De Voss.

 

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Podcast 42 #79: Random Phone Messages

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Back in the ancient times, phones used to be attached to the wall. The biggest accessories to buy for the wall attached phone was the cord extender and the answering machine. You should know what the answering machine does and the cord extender allowed you to have a longer reach with your phone that was attached to the wall. Now you weren’t just tied to the kitchen, you could also roam into the dining room while on the phone. Also, the internet wasn’t a thing so if you wanted to know movie times, the weather, your horoscope, etc you had to call from your house phone. We found some weird numbers to call and some cursed numbers to call from these dark caveman-like times.

 

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Here is a list of the numbers we called:

Callin’ Oates: Your Emergency Hall and Oates Hotline 719-26-OATES

Better Call Saul (505) 842-5662
Nacho (505) 242-6087
Day Spa & Nail (505) 842-5325

Here and There Along the Echo is a weird, sprawling phone tree with information about the fictional Echo River, part of computer game Kentucky Route Zero. (270) 301-5797

The Harvard Sentences (858) 651-5050

The Westchester County, New York its a CPTA announcement test. (914) 737-9938

“You have just deactivated this feature.” (202) 965-9970

The Rejection Hotline: 605–475–6968

Bad Breath Notification: 605–475–6959

Hogwarts Admissions Office 605-475-6961

Divorce Hotline: 605–475–6960

Outsource A Friendship to India: 605–475–6966

Creepy: 801-820-0263

Boothwell Industries: 630-296-7536

Crying: 978 435 9163

Wrong Number: 786 519 3708

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Podcast 42 #78: Creepypasta Theater

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What is a creepypasta? Well we are glad you asked. Creepypastas are short horror stories and memes that have been written by the internet to be shared around the internet. They are often brief paranormal stories intended to scare you. They include gruesome tales of murder, suicide, and sometimes contain pop culture figures like Spongebob Squarepants or Sonic the Hedgehog. Some are really creepy and some are totally ridiculous. Today we find the best creepypastas, and by best, we mean worst and read them to each other.

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Podcast 42 #77: Interview With Craymo

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We talk with actor/musician Craymo. Craymo is the one that sings our beer cooler jingle by the way. Craymo’s music is positive, upbeat, catchy, and heartfelt. We travel back to Craymo’s beginnings and learn what inspires him to create. We also tap into his battle with bullies as a member of the LGTBQ community and how that shaped his career and personal life. As a bonus we have some snippets from his acting work, his appearance on Star Search, and at the very end of the show 3 Craymo songs!

 

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