In which Jeff and KC rub elbows with one of the Northwest's premier podcasters, Mr. Casey "Hardwood" McLain (of the Offspeed Podcast with Aaron Kirby); they discover that stats are the future of sport; Casey reminds us that some weird coach somewhere said "I'm a man! I'm 40!"; we learn about Pete Palmer and his linear weights; with stats, even a lowly blogger can reach the mountaintop of web journalism, in the form of a Landing Looker Outer turned Fangrapherazzo; stats and managerial accounting are like long-lost twins; aborted children tend not to increase the rates of violent crime (at least not since 1878); famed local comedian and podcaster Monica Nevi encourages us to stand up against hate; next week's host of Everything is Awesome is determined by a trial by combat, with Lady KC going up against the crafty veteran Dude Casey; we learn that Casey talks about beer as well as sports (get his work at beergraphs.com); and Casey rattles off some dates where you can see him do his thing. Standup. Comedy. Go see it, Tacoma (you too, Richland, Auburn, and the rest of you slightly less awesome cities).
Closing Song: "So. Good" - Johnny Stinson
In which Jeff and KC return to the epically bad-A show that is Game of Thrones (or, as KC calls it "The Games of the Throne") to discuss various and sundry topics illuminated onscreen thereby; Child Foresters are seen piercing men with black things; Sansa gives Littlefinger a piece of her mind (while also passing his news off as her own); Jon Snow furrows his brow; a Tormund leers at a Brienne; KC is "not having it"; KC been getting caught up; dragons, inspirational speeches, and touching goodbyes; some other stuff with Daenarys and Meara and other ladies who really kick ass; and yeah, that terrible, awful thing that Bran has to witness (or cause, depending on how you see it), namely, the death of a lifelong friend and faithful companion; and the internet breaks as a result.
P.S. Listen to next week's episode with Casey McLain to find out about Dude Casey, Lady KC and much more!
In which Jeff and KC discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, Season 6, episode 4, "Book of the Stranger"; our heroes go over the plot, their favorite moments, studying the characters and their motivations, and speculating wildly over the upcoming revelations of this most awesome show.
Songs in this episode:
"Game of Cats" performed by El Jefe Tacoma
"Jacked Up Theme" performed by El Jefe Tacoma
In which Jeff and KC discuss a variety of fun topics, and we learn a little bit more about their personal stories; Mother's Day has come and gone, but not without a few tears; KC describes her biggest fears (including heights and snakes); Jeff has brain problems; our intrepid hosts explore their souls in poetic fashion in The Writing Process; KC regales us with tales of the roller derby life, introducing us to such teams as the Dockyard Derby Dames, Rainier City Rollers, Jet City, and Rat City Roller Girls; we learn of the sweet Dungeons and Dragons podcast with Brian Posehn (and friends); the news is discussed; baseball has returned and the Mariners are crushing it like never before; bus service is improving and yet KC still has yet to ride one; sales taxes increase in Tacoma and KC is not having it; Brandon Harvey of the Sounds Good podcast interviews super positive Snapchatter Sarah Hopkins; Splatterhouse Records celebrates its one-year anniversary, and more!
Closing Song: "Last Caress" - Hot Roddin' Romeos (Splatterhouse Records)
Grit City Podcast presents Thursday Night Comedy at the Acme w/host Josh Firestine
Dockyard Derby Championship
Captain Jean-Luc Picard Day at Destiny City Comics
In which KC, Jeff, and Fred continue their discussion on cheating, swinging, human evolution, and other important issues; "Where Dem Dragons At?" makes its triumphant return with a full-on in-depth discussion of Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2: "Home"; Theon Greyjoy says goodbye to Sansa; Lord Greyjoy crosses a shitty bridge and pays the Iron Price; The Red Witch loses her religion; Davos decides magic isn't all that bad; Jon snow is brought back to life, and the world of Throne watchers doth rejoice.
Closing song: "Lost Boy" by Ruth B
In which Jeff and KC welcome back Tacoma's own comic legend, Fred Bowski, to discuss such topics as 50 Shades of Gray, Beyonce's latest lemonade masterwork, cheating, swinging, and many other fascinating insights worthy of your auditory imbibery.
Don't forget to get out there and take in some local art, comedy, and music, and create some art yourself. You deserve it!
Closing Song: "Burn the Witch" - Radiohead
In which Jeff gives a shout-out to all the moms out there, including three special ladies in his life. Happy Mothers Day, y'all!
In which Jeff and KC bring a trio of awesome comedians to the new Tacoma Mailman Studios and put on a great party/comedy show; original guest cohost Fred Bowski drops by to wax poetic and ask Jeff uncomfortable questions; friend of the show Erica Knapp calls in with a sweet message; co-founder and original producer calls in with a message of support; wonderful Tacoma comedian Jim Stewart Allen explains how he became a history-based comic; awesome headliner Chase Roper comes on, drinks white wine, and describes the craziness that is his domestic existence; Jeff forgets the entire format of the show; and comedy erupts creating a show no one can hear because that's not how standup comedy works.
Songs in this episode:
"Soul Flight" - The Revivalists
"Chateau Lobby #4" & "Awful Things" - Father John Misty
"Oh! Darlin" - The Beatles
brief mention of RA Scion - Spotify that shit!
Signature cocktail - The Oregon Cocktrail
I was gonna write a blog post about this but I'm really just feeling crappy so I made a mini-episode instead. I quit drinking today and it sucks. I feel like I'm dying. I'm going to my first alcoholism support group meeting tonight and boy howdy I'm scared. If you listen to the show you know I have two other support groups, so this is just one more friggin thing I have to deal with. But I want to. Because blacking out is scary. And I want to feel my feelings finally and face my freakin fears already.
I don't know what else to say. My heart hurts. If you like this thing feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I will write you back, I promise.
Also, in advance, thanks for all the kind words. I'm gonna need em.
In which Jeff and KC ride to the ancestral home of Everything is Awesome, sunny Olympia, WA and meet up with original founder and co-host Melissa Suther AKA Miss Melissa, to commiserate and reminisce about the early days of the show, including discussions as wide ranging as: Jeff's possible ex-ho ex-girlfriend; wondering why we put on blinders for love; crazy mom wisdom and the doneness of one's dharma; a man towing tires in his toyota from the 90s; the history of the phrase "passin the panty"; an awkward place for childrens underwear; KC's First Day of Derby; the tender words of one Carl Palmer (not the percussionist); the pointlessness of much of leftist culture pseudo-activism; the people who are figuratively taking the power back; Bernie!; "What is a Tacoma 10?"; Mel's Facebook feed; the sad reality of gentrification; cocaine found in Northwest salmon; and various and sundry other items of fact and fictitiousness to include these upcoming events:
JBLM Betty Brigade will play a derby bout on Saturday April 30th. Derby is on fire with lots of dates so get with us and share the scoop! Email is email@example.com Show twitter is: @EIAPodcast
Season 10 Championship game for Dockyard Derby Dames takes place May 14th at Pierce College in sunny Lakewood, Washington
Seattle songstress Beatrix Sky will be at Obsidian, in sunny Olympia, Washington also on April 30th. She is rad so don't miss it.
Listen to Nerd Poker, Dungeons and Dragons with Brian Posehn and Friends. It's a hilarious game of D & D just for you the listener. Also, check out Stuff You Should Know. KC says its rad and hella informative
In which KC and Jeff interview the hilarious and complicated figure known as Tony Lewis; Tony explains a bit about his comedic approach; we learn about the reaction he and his mixed-race girlfriend face in the backwoods; a bunch of other stuff happened I don't have time to get into; and Tony is the bee's knees.
Songs in this episode:
"Pine Moon" - Feist
"The Plan" - Built To Spill
In which Jeff makes the acquaintance of one Ms. Laila Tova, spectacular poet and Tacoma resident; a great many fascinating topics are covered; the librarian ejects our heroes and they must retreat to the safety of the Red Rocket; Laila doesn't humblebrag, she straight up brags; Laila tells Tinder tales; a random loser calls Laila "harry with two r's"; the Lavender Sisterhood poetizes the internet; Ke$ha continues her fight against the rapist Dr Luke; Laila doesn't think humans were born bad; poems are read and commented upon; and great fun is had by all.
Closing song: "Surfing On a Rocket" - Air
Podcasts we recommend:
Smart Passive Income
The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
Historiography with Jim Stewart Allen
Find Laila's poems on instagram - laila.tova.writes
In which Kirk schools Amber and Jeff on various aspects of mental healthcare, including EMDR, Jungian analysis, psychodynamics, and CBT; we consider the value of confronting past abusers; we learn that inviting Mom to therapy is a VSS (Very Scary Situation); transference is explained; Kirk discusses autism and what it's really like; we learn that the media minimizes the truly awful aspects of mental illness; quacks and Crap Science are explained; Amber and Jeff critique the movie Frank; most psychopaths are not master criminals; Kirk laments our society's poor treatment of mental illness; Kirk's podcast is awesome; Jeff cries out "I'm a writer!"; Jeff says "You gotta get hard to make it in America"; and Luke Skywalker is pushed to heroism by family tragedy.
Songs in this episode: "Passing Time" and "Cozy" - Bread Knife Incident
Listen to Kirk's fantastic podcast Psychology in Seattle! psychologyinseattle.squarespace.com
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In which Jeff and Amber make the acquaintance of one Dr Kirk Honda, Seattle psychotherapist, instructor, podcaster, and musician; Honda's Japanese crest features three blades and three special leaves to wipe off the blood; Amber is encouraged to watch Clockwork Orange, Watership Down, Brazil, and Mr Robot; Jeff should try playing it cool; Jeff's super douchery comes out; Amber asks the question "Who are you and why am I here?"; we discuss various treatment options for complex post traumatic stress; Kirk tells us "no pain no gain, but there will be pain"; and numerous plugs and podcast recommendations are considered.
Songs in this episode: "Halliburton Boardroom Massacre" - David Rovics
"Anything We Want" - Fiona Apple
Check out Kirk's podcast, Psychology in Seattle -
This one is our 2nd most downloaded episode of all time!
In which we are introduced to the lovely tones of the supremely talented Ms. KC Kaos, independent businesswoman, writer, and roller derby queen extraordinaire; teenage comic Ezra Bonillas hops on the mic; we learn that he is the center on his high school football team; KC explains microeconomics in significant detail; Jeff saw The Witch [Editor's note: I give it a medium]; Mom and Dad are being a little too involved in Jeff's home purchase; Dave Chappelle better watch out, cuz Ezra comin; Ezra may or may not have been depressed; he would rather bomb than be one of the guys who just hangs out; and he admits to pulling a punk move when he and his crew ghosted at Vomity just before the feature.
Also, Trump is a fascist. Seriously what the fuck?
Closing song: "If U Stay Ready" - Suga Free
In which Jeff and Amber make the acquaintance of Olympia uber-promoter and dope-ass comedian Sam Miller, host of Vomity and currently slaying audiences around the Puget Sound; we learn that a bunch of other stuff happens but I forgot to take notes, something about guns or cops or meth or whatever; and Jeff figures out what happens and updates this description.
Closing Song: "Retrovertigo" - Mr. Bungle
In which the boys of hit me, Harold! join Jeff and Amber at Mailman Studios to share their stories and regale us with song; a bunch of other stuff happens that I don't have time to think about because a hot girl is talking to me while I'm typing this.
Songs in this episode:
"Symbiosis" - hit me, Harold!
"Morning Naps" - hit me, Harold!
"Sans Smarts" - hit me, Harold!
Check out their new EP, very very very different perspectives, on their Bandcamp page: hitmeharold.bandcamp.com/album/very-very-very-different-perspectives
In which Jeff and Erica connect long distance: Erica in Arlington, Washington, and Jeff in sunny Longbeach, California; President Obama unleashes a massive gun seizing campaign, dispatching heavily armored shock troops to VFW halls, WalMarts, Cabela's and other gun friendly zones across the nation (actually he just used an Executive order to track gun sales that hurts no one but whatever); Christmas is fun for everyone; Jeff discovers he is not one, but two great figures from the Bible - the answers may surprise you - and reacts appropriately; we hear a couple sweet modern jams; and the whole thing is capped off beautifully by a voicemail from one of our listeners and a world-class young poet, Ms. Laila Tova.
Songs in this episode:
"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" Neutral Milk Hotel
"Consequences of Sleeping" Little Green Cars
"Belay" Laila Tova - find her on Facebook or on Instagram as @laila.tova.writes
In which Jeff and Fred interview the legendary Northwest comedian, Brad Upton and discover many fascinating details about his life, including (but not limited to) teaching fourth grade; staying married for 28 years; having two kids; the best gigs and the weirdest; Fred takes holiday traffic to the woodshed; Jeff laments his existence as per uzhe; and good times are had by all.
Songs in this episode:
"Forest Green" Hannah Mendenhall
"The Last Time I Fell in Love" Johnny Mathis
In which several deleted scenes are revealed; Kayvin embodies the ghosts of George Washington Carver, Sly Stone, and Morgan Freeman (not actually dead at the time of this recording); George Washington disagrees with torture; Amber celebrates the North Carolina mayor who swears on the Constitution instead of the bible; and more hijinks ensue.
Songs in this episode:
"Effigy" Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Life in a Glasshouse" Radiohead
In which Jeff and Amber return to The Apartment; Olympia standup comedian Kayvin Da Clown stops by; Amber describes the making of Starburst pizza; Kayvin explores the concept of breast physics in video games; Dueling Facebooks make its triumphant return; Kayvin muses on the nature of nachos and White Castle burgers; Bernie Sanders meets a letter carrier and the outcome will surprise you; Amber explains that she doesn't like feelings; we learn that cats tend to only meow at humans; Amber grows weary and lays head down near the bathroom door; and much, much more.
Songs in this episode:
"Beyond a Doubt" s/s/s
"Burning Pile" Mother Mother
In which Jeff and Amber try in vain to reconnect with Maggie J Strong (@magdalinejane) of Pretty Misandry; the two leave an adorable voice mail; Amber points out Jeff's strange breathing patterns; Paris is rocked by assholes with guns; Amber posits that soldiers and terrorists are more or less the same thing; Jeff disagrees; spanking is linked to aggression in adults; Jeff discovers he is an Aries Rising (which is coincidentally the name of the next Bruce Willis film); the Ballard Boyz continue to kill it at their monthly variety show; Seahawks play sports; Jeff's element is fog; Veteran's Day is celebrated; Amber takes a ticket to Bonertown; Jeff and Amber discuss chip strategies at parties; Drake calls Amber on her cellphone; singing jogger tells fake story to point out the kindness of imaginary children; and much, much more!
Jeff's Poem: Live By Dying
Closing Song: "Why Try" by the Hollers
In which Amber Sayman hops into cohosting duty to help interview the most amazing new podcaster; Ms. Maggie J Strong AKA Magdaline Jane skypes in and shares with us her many varied experiences as a woman, womens' rights advocate, and sex-positive sexual assault survivor with a hilarious take on the issues of feminism and Mens' Rights Activists; tampons and Diva Cups make a repeat appearance; Maggie unloads a whole lot of stuff and the crew discuss it; Maggie drops off the line and Jeff and Amber face plugs and podcasts all alone, without a safety net.
In which Nicholas Jones and Wes Engelbach stop by the studio to bro down about the music business, tell how they met on a golf course (they weren't golfers), Jeff and Shakim bust out some poetic stylings, Jeff's Facebook Feed is long and rambling, and Shakim closes out the show with his newest jam.
Closing Track: "Forlornly" - Shakim "Luck" Leckie and producer Joey Braswell
I can't tell you how great it is to be out of the trough of depression. If you've never dealt with it, you probably can't understand how bad it really is.
The thing is, I'm not lazy. All that stuff my brother and ex-wife used to say to me was bullshit. I needed help, not criticism. And why did I even take the words of my abusers seriously anyway?
That's the thing about trauma. Each new injury piles up on top of the ones that came before. Eventually your soul becomes like one of those hoarder houses, with abuses and scars piled up so high you can barely get around. If it's bad enough and goes on long enough, some of us develop debilitating personality disorders that are nearly impossible to treat, if we even try.
I've been trying to face my trauma and my bipolar disorder for two years now, and it's finally paying off. I'm not perfect; I still make decisions on which tasks to blow off, but I'm doing better.
It also doesn't hurt that I've made some really wonderful friends in the last year, who don't judge me or think less of me for the struggles I'm facing.
In addition, I've made friends with at least one woman that thinks I'm pretty cool. I've never been very good at accepting compliments, but after receiving a few I'm realizing why I needed them so badly from my last girlfriend. When they're missing from our lives, we feel the lack. That's exactly why I try to throw them around to my loved ones, even when I'm in the depths of my depression. Sometimes just honoring someone for being kind, or thoughtful, or for accomplishing something great, can build up positive energy that they might send your way when you need it most.
At our most primal level, we humans are selfish creatures. We take what we can get because biologically we never know when it will be gone. But what's so interesting is that when we give of ourselves with no expectation of reciprocity or gratitude, something shifts inside of us and gives us a good feeling. Which tends to make even our darkest days just a little bit brighter.
That's partly why I'm doing this. Because I want you to know someone loves you. Someone experiences the world with some of the same pain. You are not alone, and neither am I. And in that realization, we find we can keep on going one more day, one more hour, one more minute, and we stay alive.
So stay alive. Give love. Be a part of the love that surrounds you. There is hope. Go share it with someone, and see what happens. It could change your life, and theirs.