Episode 18 - The Lemats

May 9, 2017

"What music has done for me and for us, I want to give back to that.   Music has always been there for me. If you're getting through a tough situation music can be very cathartic, that's really what I'm drawn towards.  Music pulls me in, and that's how I write."  - Frank Calabrese of The Lemats

Local rockers, the Lemats join me on the show to share their latest EP "The Lemats: Live at the Saint". The quartet, known for their bluesy, folk, rock n' roll sound, discuss their origin story, the writing process, and the desire to give their listeners something to lean on.  Lead Singer, Frank even gives me some solid advice on how to write lyrics for an original song.  Keep it here for the tracks "Black Cloud" (Live) and "The Astronomer" (studio version) from the record.   http://www.thelemats.com

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Episode 17 - Mike and Michelle Vermillion of SledgePad Innovations LLC

May 2, 2017

"I ordered a box of foam to sit home and experiment with.  I got a PA and microphones and I did everything with my ear.  I would cut something I thought would work, and then I would try something else.  I came up with a formula for the exact right amount of compression.   When I threw it in the drum it laid in the drum like a V.  I put it all together and put a mic on it.   It was like one of those moments.  I ran up the stairs to say Michelle come here and listen to this."  -Mike Vermillion, Founder of SledgePad

Here's another one for all my drummer pals!  Throwing a blanket in your bass drum is now a thing of the past!  I had the pleasure of speaking with the very lovely and intelligent Mike and Michelle Vermillion of SledgePad Innovations LLC.  The couple share all the details of their revolutionary bass drum head to head dampening system, the SledgePad. We discuss the origin of the product, the functionality, new products, and how SledgePad is being used on stage with national acts such as P!nk, Collective soul, Cher, and more!  http://www.sledgepad.com   sledgepad19@Gmail.com

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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. 

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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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