Episode 16 - Paul Friemel of Ript Apparel

April 27, 2017

"Creatively, I would say try to draw what you love.  Try to make something that you would want to wear.   Something that makes sense to you, but also be careful about getting too far into your own head.  Do something you love but also be aware it has to speak to other people as well." - Paul Friemel

I had the pleasure of talking to the Founder and CCO of the Chicago based daily T-shirt site Riptapparel.com, Mr. Paul Friemel.  Paul talks about how playing in a band and working with the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins put him on the path to starting a successful online T-shirt brand.  The Grand Master of the RIPT Artist Group also lets me in on a few secrets of the brand, while providing an abundance of advice for aspiring T-shirt artists. 

http://www.riptapparel.com

 

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“Babes Rock the Brighton” - Impromptu Bobcast!!

April 24, 2017

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It's the first ever Impromptu Episode of the Bob Culture Podcast.  I take my handy dandy recorder down to the Brighton Bar for Babes Rock the Brighton featuring Baelfire, Vextion, Palaceburn, Arc'd Angel, Anthems for Autumn, and Pravda.   I talk to the man behind the event Mr. Michael Smitty Smith of Zenergy Entertainment, Joy of Arc'd Angel, Nick Rapidfire of The Musicians Rock Network, and Spags of End of an Era.  We talk about the origin of Zenergy Entertainment, the impact of these female fronted bands on the scene, and the upcoming Jersey Shore Festival. 

Links:   https://www.facebook.com/ZenergyEntertainment/
            https://www.facebook.com/jerseyshorefest/
            http://www.sledgepad.com
            http://www.riptapparel.com
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Episode 15 - Aud Ragle of Nerding the F Out

April 4, 2017

"I really think this is going to put the 3DS to bed, which is disappointing because it's actually one of my favorites.  Although Switch is very quickly replacing it.  I have a case for it.  I carry it around like I used to carry around my 3DS.  Who knows? I might get stranded somewhere and I want to be able to play Zelda."     

On my first ever Gamer edition of the show, I am joined by Aud Ragle of the Nerding The F Out Blog to review Nintendo's newest console, the Switch.  We discuss our favorite games of all time, all things Zelda, and even Pokemon beer pairing.  Before it's game over, make sure you stay tuned for two tracks from the new Charles Laurita and the Mischief Studio Series, "Bob-omb Battlefield Funk" and "Pokemon Gym Funk"!!

 


Nerding the F Out Blog:  http://www.nerdingthefout.com
Charles Laurita & The Mischief Studio Series Track Downloads (Name Your Price):  https://charleslauritathemischief.bandcamp.com/album/mischief-studio-series

Nintendo Switch with Neon Blue and Neon Red Joy-Con

 

 

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Episode 14 - Wrestlemania 33 Edition

April 1, 2017

"I don't want to be right, but I think that Roman Reigns is actually going to win.  I think they are building him again to do something crazy.  I really don't want to see it.  I'm going to cringe if Taker loses but I just have that feeling that's the way they are going."  - Michael Camp of Jersey Campfire Productions 

On this special Wrestlemania 33 edition of the show, I am joined by my panel of experts featuring Mike Vacc, Tim Urig of @HeyUSports and Michael Camp of Jersey Campfire Productions.  We go through the entire card match by match to make all of our predictions with some surprises along the way.  We also discuss the majority of "part timers" on the card, the impact of the Women's Revolution, and a possible Broken Hardys appearance.  Tune in to find out our thoughts on our favorites to win, surprise appearances, and even what we think about possible proposals and matters of the heart!  This is a Wrestlemania Podcast like no other!

 

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Episode 13 - Carlo Cooper

March 7, 2017

He said, "I had my two left fingers severed and reattached from an accident at work. Your sticks made my hands feel like they did before the accident."   They stimulate your pressure points and they were waking his hands up.  I had tears rolling out of each eye and I said, I have to do this.     - Carlo Cooper


I had the absolute privilege to speak with the Creator/Founder of CooperGroove Performance Drumsticks, The Master CooperGroover himself, Mr. Carlo Cooper.  Carlo talks about the origin of the sticks, the CooperGroovers Community, and making a better product that reduces pain and increases grip for drummers across the country. (and internationally!) Tune in to find out Carlo's thoughts on a Shark Tank appearance, appearing at NAMM, and a possible CooperGroove Artist tour!

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Episode 12 - Metal Life Crisis

February 16, 2017

"The fluidity of this band is just insane.  To be honest, having these two in the band, Gerry and Mark, is a big influence on me and Kevin.  First off, He (Gerry) was my teacher.  Secondly, I admired these two to death when I was younger.  I used to roadie for them. I was always best friends with all of them.  Like Mark was saying before about the gelling of this band, it's a family."  -Shawn Kaiser of Metal Life Crisis

 

It's time for a Metal Life Crisis!! The veteran metal heads join me on the "Bobcast" to talk about their inspirations, their catalog, and how they have made such a huge impact on the local scene in such a short time.  These guys all picked up music at an early age and have been rockin for 30-40+ years!! (individually and through other incarnations)  After talking with the foursome, I could tell that these guys were not simply just band mates, but legitimate inspirations (for) and fans of each other.  Check out the full interview along with featured tracks "Monsters Feed" and "Ecodrain"!

 

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Episode 11 - Royal Rumble Edition

January 26, 2017

"Cena's not my favorite guy.  He's not in my top five.  But I will never boo him when I go to a show.  Because he does work his you know what off, and he's always there putting in the time.  He addresses the fact that whether you love him or hate him he's still gonna be doing this for years."   - Mike Vacc

 

It's Time for my favorite match of the year: The Royal Rumble.  My best friend and wrestling fanatic, Mr. Mike Vacchiano and I discuss our Royal Rumble predictions and how they might influence this year's Wrestlemania card.  Along the way we discuss the success of the current champions, why wrestling is considered "fake", surprise rumble entrants, and what we expect to see from the superstars on the Road to Wrestlemania.  

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Episode 10 - Star Wars Rogue One Edition

December 24, 2016

"The fact that it enhances A New Hope for me, makes it an important film.  It was a movie of firsts for me:  X-wings fighting AT-ATs for the first time, and seeing Vader going crazy fighting thirty people.  We've never seen that." - Jeff Masella 

*SPOILER ALERT*  It's the podcast from a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far away!!!  I sit down with the 501st Legion Darth Vader himself and Star Wars Fanatic, Mr. Chris Francese to talk about the group's charitable work and pick his brain about the newest Star Wars installment, Rogue One.  I also join my wife, Kate Ortiz and director/writer, Jeffrey Masella to talk in depth about the film's characters, easter eggs, lack of the scroll/John Williams, and our thoughts on future Star Wars stand alone movies.  Tune in to see where we rank this film among the other installments and May the Force Be With You!!

 

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Episode 9 - Improv Jam

December 12, 2016

"If you're relating to your scene partner and acting like you belong, the audience is willing to believe you.   They are willing to see in a way, how smart you are, and how you can kind of trick them into thinking that this thing is scripted.  You have the opportunity to spin some magic, and the audience wants that.  They're waiting for that, and the crazy part is that they can smell fear."  - Nick Saint Onge

Scene in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!!! I had the opportunity to sit down with some of my favorite performers and local comedy legends, Improv Jam!!  We discuss the art of creating characters on the spot, dealing with hecklers, and keeping a scene going.  Mike, Ria, Steve, and Nick share how they came to be the talented performers they are today, and show me first-hand how to be part of an evolving scene!!  Improv Jam is every Saturday in Red Bank, NJ at 9pm, right next to the Count Basie Theatre. 

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Episode 8- Charles Laurita & The Mischief

November 12, 2016

"You having us on the podcast is awesome because so many bands just see each other as competition, and there is no real support.  Music is supposed to be fun.  What we're doing (podcasting) is super cool.  Local musicians supporting each other."  -Chandler Scales of Charles Laurita & The Mischief

 

The Godfathers of "Alternafunk" reminded me why I love doing this whole podcasting thing so much.  Charles, Chandler, and Will of the Mischief keep me quite entertained as they talk about creating music inspired by fantasy, comics, and Sci-fi.  Additionally, they give me a glimpse into the future with a new single from their upcoming full length album, "Interstellar Fortuneteller".   We share some really epic tunes on this "bobcast", as the four of us come to a conclusion about the local music scene:   "Less Ego, More Eggos" 

Photo Credit:  Jimmy Giambrone

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