Untitled Personal Podcast Project #15-Life Before Facebook

Greg, Brian, Matt and Megan discuss the latest trending topics, controversies, and general good times.
Community topic of tonight is -- What was life like before social media, the internet, and for some of us...technology.
This show features pictures of me in a dress. Be warned.
 
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There's No Time to Explain #2: Larry Mendoza

LarryMI have a conversation with Larry Mendoza of the Road to Reason TV Show and The Beltway Atheists. I ask the question, "What's Wrong with the Liberal Left?" Larry lists three issues that we only begin to discuss when he casually mentions he owns 23 snakes. We cannot help but discuss snakes (and what kind of metal Larry listens to when he's hanging with his snakes) for the next 45 minutes. Larry gives us the first installment of the segment, "I'm Not An Expert, But..." where he tells Stephen Hawking to get off his lazy tush and get cranking on figuring out the universe.  I wax poetic about the meaning of love in a vast and chaotic cosmos and give a movie review of The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, based on the true story from American history of mountain man Hugh Glass, a fur trapper who survived being mauled by a grizzly to be left for dead by his companions. The episode ends with a live (and poorly sung) recording of the song "Abraham Lincoln" by my old band, The American Cheese Band, which has a verse I wrote about Hugh Glass.

Larry mentions these bands during the podcast:

Eluveitie (Celtic folk metal hailing from Switzerland)

Amon Amarth (Melodic Viking death metal)

Ensiferum  (Finnish Folk Metal)


 
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I get a case on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast

judge-john-hodgman-square-mustache 156Inspired by a conversation I participated on FB with Jeff Sveien, I submitted a case to the Judge John Hodgman Podcast and he settled it in this episode while clearing the docket! I have a problem with restaurants who list chives on their menu but only ever serve green onions as a topping on baked potatoes. I'm looking at you Wendy's. The Honorable Judge Hodgman agrees with me and ordered me to report this to the Federal Trade Commission, ha.  Listen at 36:45 to hear my case.
 
 
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There's No Time To Explain #1: Richard Carrier

richard carrierI'm starting a new podcast, There's No Time to Explain, a podcast with the premise that there is no premise. I wanted to do a podcast where every week I talk about whatever I happen to be thinking about with whomever I happen to be talking to. My first conversation is with noted author and historian Richard Carrier. We talk about his life as a freelance historian and traveling author and then our conversation turns to the idea that we wage war very differently depending on our cultural ideas. Yes, I meant "Kamikaze," not, "Bonzai," forgive me, sheesh. Richard offers up an obscure movie review for "The Call of Cthulhu," by the H.P. Lovecraft Society. I recorded this interview in early 2015, but I listened to every moment and it's all still relevant (Except Johnny Jihad is dead, so there's that.)
 
Take a listen and drop me a line here with feedback, questions, or, if you'd like to join me on my podcast for an interview or conversation about whatever, let me know! I'd love talk to you about your music, band, business, project or whatever questions you'd like to get into with me.  Grab the RSS feed to catch new episodes.
 

 
 
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Untitled Personal Podcast Project #14-Greg on Drugs

I take the reigns tonight with Greg on serious pain meds. Matt and Megan chime in as we discuss the latest trending topics, controversies, and have good times.
Community topic of tonight is open (since this was a last minute endeavor) so stay tuned for a nice mix of conversation, debate, drugs, and laughter.
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UP3 #13-What grinds your gears?

Greg Daniels leads a conversation on the Simpsonesque topic, "What grinds your gears?"  Mat, Megan and I weigh in about the stuff that gets under our skin.  We also chat about the Birthers and Ted Cruz.  Is it time to get rid of the natural born citizen requirement for president? No one knows. (Actually, a lot of people know...the answer is YES.)  
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Music Review: Berkley II by Zeke Berkley

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Album art for Berkley II.
Zeke still looks exactly like this.
Zeke Berkley's second full length album, Berkley II, is a challenging, multi-influenced jaunt around what it means to create a pop album these days. Clearly the word "pop" has lots of meanings; I use it here to refer to a particular structure of songwriting, recognizable arrangement of verses and choruses, a bridge and instrumental, familiar harmonies and chord progressions that even the most outlandish of bands find themselves returning to time and again. This sort of pop rarely hits the top of the charts these days, but the structure, with a lineage tracing back to the humble balladeer singing heartfelt songs about unrequited love, transitioned into mainstream through big band crooners, set in concrete by four part harmonies and given rock and roll credentials by the Beatles, has spawned endless iterations with each aspiring artist trying their hand at writing a pop song in the same way aspiring poets write sonnets.

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UP3 #7 I attempt to mix a live band for the Podcast

So Google Hangout does this nifty thing where it slows down the video stream and then speeds it up in order to maintain continuity while buffering. Mostly great for talking but really bad for music. Keep that in mind as you watch Sin Chonies, a hard working cover band from Ventura, perform live, a podcast first for us. Obviously we suffer from some technical difficulties, but the idea is so cool, and the band was great, we're definitely gonna do it again. We chat to Alfred, Willie and Chris about the live music scene in Ventura County and what it takes to be a working musician these days. We also discuss the Trump campaign, Islamophobia, the definition of racism, and the impact of laws on culture.
 
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