Happy Thursday, listeners!
And, if we haven’t said it yet, HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We’re already TWO EPISODES in to this year, and we are gearing up to uphold our Award-Winning status.
Adam and I have each published articles on the site in the past week, as we continue to generate tons of new content for you. Adam wrote a great summary about “In The Basement”, a collection of in-studio performances that are available at Crackle.com, and I have published my review of Redbox Instant, as they are running their customer BETA testing. Definitely check out both of those.
We’re also looking into transitioning the design of our site, so please be patient while we make some organizational adjustments. If there are things you’d like to see on the site, let us know!
Right-o. We taped Episode 67 on January 2nd, and treated it as our “Hangover Recovery/Bloody Mary Night” taping (despite the fact that we took all of Jan. 1 to get back to normal), and our Mic Check this week followed suit. Listen as everyone recalls their first drinking experiences.
Also, as per our update last week, we have something special on this week’s episode page for you. Go listen!
Good morning, listeners!
We’re glad that everyone survived everyone survived that whole Mayan end ‘o the world bit, and have transgressed into 2013 with us!
We’ve been pretty busy in the new year, having already taped TWO EPISODES in the first week, PLUS, we’ve released the tracks to the Buffering Christmas Party Karaoke Caroling! Make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get updates as to when new and bonus content is released!
Also, we’re looking to start a contest on our Facebook page, but we need to hammer out the details (and rules) before we can get rolling there. Stay tuned!
On to Episode 66! Adam and I had a great time on New Year’s Day with Kia & Zach Hammill (Adam’s sister & brother-in-law) in studio as we worked to recover from the previous night. Having survived the holiday season as a whole, we opted to take the Mic Check to remissness over holidays past, and some of our favorite memories. It’s a quick, but straight from the heart, Mic Check that you should check out.
(As an added bonus, we will be posting episodes on our site EARLY for you to check out before they head to iTunes, Stitcher, etc., so make sure to jump over to the Episode 66 page to take an early listen!)
Enjoy! And Happy New Year!
So Adam, Bennett, Frank and I had a great time this week in the Wheels Brewing Co Studio, where Bennett and Frank turned out to be a great pairing, due to their common bond over “League of Legends”. With Bennett joining for the first time, and Frank having not been on in ages, it was great to get a fresh perspective on how other people devour streaming media compared to the diet Adam and I follow consisting primarily of Netflix.
Since this is a late posting, you get a BONUS Bonus Track right now! We had a fantastic riff after riff Mic Check this week, roaming from 90’s TV on Nickelodeon to “Machete” to Christmas trees, and on, and on, and on. Lots of great laughs in that Mic Check.
We also taped an instructional audio clip tied to “Movie Bluff” so we no longer need to explain it in EVERY episode (this means more time for GAMES!). We’ll make a lot of noise (a la postings) when it is available.
Until then, enjoy the Mic Checks for Episode 64.
First, sorry for the delay. With today’s weather-related traffic, and technical issues plaguing the studio this week, it took a few extra minutes to get everything up and running.
The good news? Now you get EVERYTHING from this week AT ONCE! All bonus tracks, and the episode have been posted simultaneously to give you hours of entertainment while you avoid the Minneapolis roads during the first legitimate snow of the year. (To all those in not-so-snowy areas, I wish I was there)
As I mentioned above, we had a few tech issues this week with John Egan joining via Skype. It was the run-of-the-mill “signal cut out a lot” stuff, so we’ve learned our lesson for the second time, and will put all of our energy toward FaceTime in the future, if we opt to phone guests in.
But that technical issue gave way to an additional bonus track this week, so go listen to that. And, of course, we have our Mic Check available on our site. We talk about beer. Preferred beers, to be specific.
AND, if you enjoy the “Buffering …” Podcast, go vote for us on Vita.MN’s “Best of 2012” list for Podcasts. You can check out the list, and vote, here. Vote! Vote! Vote! We don’t need first, but we’d love to hit top 10 in our second year! Voting ends on 12/9.
To start, we owe you a Bonus round of Movie Bluff from last week. It’s a REALLY, REALLY long game, but it’s a great one, so check it out! You can find it here.
Right. First, new content announcement! Comedian John Egan is developing some new content for us, based around a contest he won through HuHot Mongolian Grill. He’ll be on next week, so stay tuned! Until then, check out his Facebook page.
Next, we’re excited to announce that we have the next five episodes ALREADY BOOKED, and you are in for a hilarious and fun December. Stay tuned for that as well.
Finally, we had a great week with Peter Jurgensen and Matt Walstead joining myself and Adam in the studio this week. It’s another one of those ‘childhood friends invade the studio and hilarity ensues’-type moments.
Our Mic Check was brief this week, but fun, none the less. We recap Thanksgiving by creating a THANKSGIVING THEMED CARNIVAL! Including the obese gentleman who abuses the Midway. You know what? I’ll stop giving away stuff if you go listen right now. NOW! GO!
Adam and I had a FANTASTIC time this week taping Episode 60 with Katie Best & Maianne Preble, where we discussed A LOT and NOTHING at the same time. Great banter, super funny, and somewhat saucy.
We can blame all of that on this week’s Mic Check, as we started on that foot, and never left it. We talk about “Skyfall”, sexy James Bonds, Bond pornos, car pornos, and so much more.
We did break away from the raunch with a few other conversations, but a lot of our mid-episode call-backs dealt with the fun and funny conversations. You can hear this week’s Mic Check by clicking here.
Happy Thursday, folks! It’s time for this week’s Mic Check!
We had a fun time this week, especially since it was Election Day! Actually … we were all somewhat nervous, as many of the ballot initiatives and politicians we supported had reported “neck & neck” right up to election day. We knew it would be hard to stay away from it, so we do actually discuss the code we developed to convey results without bringing the election into it.
Otherwise, we’ve effectively (though not officially) done away with the Mic Check theme topic and/or question. We’ve worked our way to this nice even plane where we can just start riffing with our guests, and then we’re through the Mic Check without even thinking about it.
We bounce all over the place for this Mic Check, including, but not limited to, the following: “Avatar”, The Quadratic Equation, Star Wars, “Wreck it Ralph”, our Polling Places, Cheat Codes, and Family TV watching experiences (but not necessarily in that order).
It was announced today that the CBS network will be pushing a number of titles from its library to Hulu.com for the streaming site’s premium Hulu Plus users, starting January 2013. According to the LA Times, the new titles to Hulu will include classic TV shows like “The Twilight Zone”, “I Love Lucy”, and “Star Trek”, as well as a handful of newer titles like “CSI: Miami” and “Numb3rs”.
It’s hard to get very riled up about this new deal, as there doesn’t seem to be a net gain for anyone involved as a result. Casual visitors to Hulu will not have access to these videos (assuming ‘casual’ translates to ‘without premium account’), Hulu members who invest the $7.99 per month don’t get any new content, as the videos soon to be available to Hulu have been on Netflix and Amazon Prime for months already, and CBS won’t get new viewers on their channel as they continue to hold a tight grip on their new content.
It’s also hard for me to get mad or excited about the deal as a whole since I know next to nothing about CBS’s line-up, nor do I have a drive to educate myself either. Since moving into my apartment in Minneapolis, I have yet to sign up for any cable or dish TV service, and I constantly have to remind myself that I have an over-the-air antenna, but when that’s employed, I must catch things exclusively when broadcast, lacking any sort of DVR as well. With all of these puzzle pieces in place, my primary veins for discovery of new material comes from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, and with CBS nowhere near there with new content, I feel no need to reach out if they won’t from the other side of the chasm.
And before you say anything, yes, they do have full episodes on their web site from their new shows. But, as a man, I demand the ability to flip the channel quickly as my attention span expires, in order to hunt for something more entertaining, and having to sit at my desk (purposefully uncomfortable in order to encourage progress over lolly-gagging) turns me off to the idea of trying to engage in new content.
As I write this, I feel more and more like a true, lazy American, demanding everything be delivered to me on my couch, but, instead, I believe it is CBS that should be chastised for not taking advantage of every opportunity before them to leverage their content for more viewers, money, and more money. But, obviously, the world of streaming media, especially how it translates from broadcast to screen, is still not 100% foraged, and CBS could be concocting a new path that’ll be followed in the future, but, for now, I just don’t get it.
(And yes, I am generalizing severely on this topic, knowing that a lot of programming is held back by production companies and/or cast and crew, also looking to make an extra buck or two, but I find it hard to believe that networks are surrounded by great examples of pushing content online, seeing its lifts in digital video sales and live-broadcast viewership, and still opt out. My hope is that they come to their senses soon, so Adam and I will have some new content to discuss.)
It’s a late night/early morning (depending on how you look at it) BONUS TRACK!
We had Amber Hendricks and Spencer Knapp in the studio this Sunday, after we were all out celebrating Adam and Producer Caity’s birthdays, so we recovered, and chatted through any lingering hangovers.
We have gotten really good at letting conversations flow through our Mic Checks, rather than posing off the cuff, random questions. This week followed that new code. Lots of chatting and riffing about apps, babies, energy drinks, and more!
On top of that, if you’re rusty on how Build a Title works (the game we play on this week’s episode), make sure to listen in, as we review the rules with Amber and Spencer.
It’s also worth it to check out this week’s episode page, as we have posted photos of a bonus guest who stopped by during the game-portion of the show.
We’re leaping into the future here at the Wheels Brewing Co Studio! It’s another partial web-based episode, as Kris McNeal joins us via Skype, with Jeff Priesmeyer along Adam and myself in the studio.
We have a few things to cover this week!
First! Before we actually tackled the Mic Check this week, I chatted with Kris about his recent Big Water Bike adventure, where he Zach Chase became the first people to circumnavigate the Great Lakes system on bicycles. You can learn more about it at their web site (www.bigwaterbike.com) or on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bigwaterbike). We chatted for about 20 minutes about how the trip went, what drove him to do it, and the logistics of lodging and filming a documentary at the same. That interview is available today in the Bonus Tracks!
Once that interview wrapped up, we invited Jeff into the fray, as we discussed some of our recent favorite soundtracks that we’ve been cycling through, or any album, for that matter. A lot of great selections throughout that conversation, in case you’re looking for something new to listen to.
Next, Adam and I are trying to get into the habit of generating more articles, so you should see some more action on the web site soon!
Time for some Bonus Track action. Click here to check out the Mic Check and Interview with Kris McNeal!