ABOG Podcast - Video Games and Music
A young at heart trio keeps you up-to-date with the fast-paced video game industry. They also help you discover new music by recommending a record and playing a fresh tune from an independent artist.

An annual tradition, ABOG's favorite albums and video games end of the year extravaganza. Hear the third annual foty show jam packed with host and listener favorites and maybe a little too much holiday cheer. Includes favorites from both music and games of the video variety.

Special guest Karl joins the crew forming an ABOG power trio that spans the globe.

Ice Breaker- If there could be a caption under your name in your high school yearbook, what would it say?

Side A: Music (0:07:00)

Music- Host and listener favorite albums, songs, gigs, album covers and colored vinyl released in 2014

Side B: Video Games (1:50:00)

Games of the Video Variety- Host and listener favorite video games, indie games and consoles played this past year

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

This episode was recorded live using mixing board audio and due to some issues with Skype has a few audio hiccups.

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Joel throws musical paint at a blank canvas whilst releasing some tension and Shane gets stood up and rained on by the best dynamic weather an umbrella can withstand.

Ice Breaker- What animal do you resemble?

Side A: Music (0:05:15)

Music talk- Keyboards in rock music, Joel's coworker and the larger picture; his perceived double standard

Listening To- C.J. Ramone Last Chance To Dance, Damon Albarn & The Heavy Seas Live at Royal Albert Hall, The Honorary Title from Enjoy the Ride Records, Johnny Marr Playland, First Aid Kit live at Lakeland College, Volcano Choir and Sylvan Esso live at Turner Hall 11/30/14, Pearl Jam live in Milwaukee mp3 files

All music played with permission:

Side B: Video Games (1:30:30)

Video Games- Digital holiday sales, NCAA Football 2014, Little Big Planet 3 (PS4), Driveclub's dynamic weather, Killzone 3 Sundays (PS3), Nano Assault Neo X (PS4), Geometry Wars 3 (PS4), Grand Theft Auto V (PS4), Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare (PS4) for free during the PlayStation Experience.

Email your favorite album and/or video game released in 2014 by 12/23/14 and it will be shared on the next episode. Email@ABOGpod.com

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Less "Rock Around The Clock" and more "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" with Uncle Neil.

Ice Breaker- Would you get rid of your car if public transportation were available everywhere?

Side A: Music (0:05:00)

News- Black Friday Record Store Day, YouTube to enter the streaming music biz, Billboard 200 to incorporate music streaming into metrics, the counter points to Spotify and the other streaming services, the guys share their impressions of the new Foo Fighters record

Listening To- Coral Springs EP, The Descendents Cool To Be You, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, Trapper Schoepp & the Shades Run, Engine, Run, ANTEMASQUE, Neil Young Storytone (Deluxe), Pink Floyd The Endless River

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Side B: Video Games (1:21:00)

Video Games- Wolfenstein (PS4), Pinball Arcade (PS4), Joel's fear of the nerd flu when playing actual pinball, GTAV (PS4), Peggle 2 (PS4), Pix The Cat (PS4), Killzone 3 Sunday Nights, Madden 15 (PS4), Driveclub (PS4), first year of the PlayStation 4 and what the guys think of how it went

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Kickstart The Atomic Spins

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It's Pay Day for Shane on Halloween but sadly the artists aren't getting their proper cut. Joel talks through his considerations to cancel Spotify based on the recent news of unfair royalty payments.

Ice Breaker- What is your favorite candy?

Side A: Music (0:06:00)

News- RIP Jack Bruce, NEW TOOL, The Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival, Artists react to lower than normal payments from digital streaming services which causes Joel to reconsider his subscription to Spotify

Listening To- Lagwagon Hang, Johnny Marr Playland, Slipknot .5 The Gray Chapter, Sugar Stems Sugar Stems N' Friends, Primus & The Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble, Field Report Marigolden, Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, The Flaming Lips With A Little Help From My Fwends, Trampled By Turtles Wild Animals, Ladders Suha

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Side B: Video Games (1:09:50)

Video Games- PS4 firmware 2.0 impressions and woes, Drive Club (PS4), GTAV FPS makes the game a must buy, Resident Evil 5 (PS3), NBA2K15 (PS4)

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Music streaming services vs. curmudgeon old record spinners in a battle to decide who gets more hits in the top 100. Starts off strange but the tubes warm up and so does the episode. Turn the volume dial clockwise and enjoy another episode of good music and goofy banter with Joel and Shane.

Ice Breaker- What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten?

Side A: Music (0:06:15)

News- Who is Drake and why does he have more songs in Billboard's Hot 100 than The Beatles? Patrick Carney and why The Black Keys block music streaming services such as Spotify, New Gorillaz and The Good The Bad and The Queen in the works says Damon Albarn, Primus hiding golden tickets in their new album, Admiration for Steve Shutt, San Francisco radio stations ban Lorde's "Royals" during the World Series

Listening To- Uke-Hunt live 10/5, Joey Cape and One Week Records live 10/7,Chris Cresswell, Field Report Marigolden, Pearl Jam live at BMO Harris Bradley Center 10/20, Pearl Jam Yield, Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt splatter vinyl, Slipknot .5: The Gray Chapter, Primus & The Chocolate Factory with The Fungi Ensemble

All music played with permission:

Side B: Video Games (1:12:00)

Video Games- Drive Club (PS4) debacle or good game? Angry Birds Transformers- there is no debate, Plants Vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (PS4), NBA 2K15 (PS4), Wife monopolizing the PS4, Resident Evil 5 co-op (PS3)

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Joel and Shane deviate from the usual agenda to celebrate ABOG's 50th episode / two years. The guys pour a few beers and then reminisce about the first 49, history and favorite moments.

Includes fireside chats, childhood memories, gut checks, mic feedback, embarrassing moments, dumb people who say the Beatles are overrated and at least one lap full of beer. A more live and looser take than usual that beer was worn without interrupting the show. Pro move Shane!

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It's important to buy a stanjo for your banjo. This and other valuable life lessons provided by Joel and Shane in another entertaining episode of ABOG Podcast.

Ice Breaker- What's the last movie that you saw?

Side A: Music (0:05:45)

News- Antemasque's album due out in October, September 23rd is David Bowie Day in Chicago, Bowie's personal archive exhibit, Malcolm Young retires but AC/DC continues on, U2 and Apple working on a new digital music service, Fugazi's First Demo, Qello concert streaming service on the PlayStation

Listening To- Chris Cresswell One Week Records, Queen Live at the Rainbow '74, Black Diamond Heavies A Touch of Someone Else's Class, Death From Above 1979 The Physical World, Royal Blood, Ryan Adams, Fugazi In On The Killtaker, new/old Pioneer SX-636 receiver and EPI speakers, Deadmau5 White(1<2)

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Side B: Video Games (1:11:30)

Video Games- NHL 15 (PS4), Surgeon Simulator (PS4), Madden 15 (PS4) Grid Autosport (PS3), FIFA 15 (PS4), Minecraft (PS4)

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Shane, born wearing ice skates, makes Joel and Death From Above 1979 Canadians and Joel eats all the cookies.

Ice Breaker- What is your favorite dessert?

Side A: Music (0:05:00)

News- Wilco to release 20 year anniversary box set and will tour in support of, The Tweedy Father/Son gig, Iggy Pop is world's greatest dad, Faith No More announce 7" to release on Black Friday, Jackals (aka 16 year old girls) are raiding record stores, Clerks soundtrack on vinyl,  George Harrison and Paul McCartney tributes, Cure covers The Beatles,  

Listening To- Brodie Dalle Diploid Love, U2 descending back to Earth with Songs of Innocence, Jayke Orvis and the Broken Band Bless This Mess, Joseph Huber, Death From Above 1979 The Physical World, Royal Blood, Benjamin Booker, Sylvan Esso live in Milwaukee at The Pabst Theater 9/5/14, The Black Keys/Cage the Elephant live at BMO Harris Bradley Center 9/9/14, Packers lose to Seahawks and Joel loses the wager- Deadmau5/Minecraft

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Side B: Video Games (1:28:30)

Video Games- September is mandatory tube top month, Walking Dead Season 2 (Vita), upcoming Telltale games, NHL 15 (PS4), Madden 15 (PS4)

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Shane and Joel are joined by long-time friend of the show Karl Palmer and he fits in tighter than Michael Jackson's glove. Together they share fresh tunes from the best local/independent artists, talk lots of music and then hit up a full side B of video game discussion.

Ice Breaker- What is your favorite app?

Music (0:06:30)

News- J Mascis releases Tied To A Star, music streaming becoming more relevant, Faith No More to reunite (again, permanently this time?), Scorsese creating Ramones biopic, love for the Rolling Stones, great concert experiences (Jack White live), Pearl Jam

Listening To- Luluc Passerby, random playlists, Gaslight Anthem Get Hurt, Stone Roses reissue debut album, Thomas Zwijsin Nylonized, Jack White live at Deer Lake Park 8/28/14, Rodrigo y Gabriela live at The Riverside Theater 8/14/14

All music played with permission

Side B (1:19:00)

Video Games- 3DS street passing in airports, Velocity 2X, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare (PS4), Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4), FIFA 14, NHL 15 Demo, Hearthstone (PC), Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box UK (PS3), Infamous First Light (PS4), you can trade hard copy games for a few quid, Killzone Shadowfall (PS4)

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Joel could take a hint from Shane's mastery of the whole body cleansing thing in order to gain  more coffee and guitar time. Great music, impressions of Gaslight Anthem's Get Hurt album and side B content that goes off the rails in a new episode of ABOG Podcast.

Ice Breaker- How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

Music (0:07:00)

News- Highest selling vinyl for first time in over 20 years, Paul McCartney scores video game soundtrack and is set to release an upcoming single in support of, Tom Petty finally has a #1 record after 37 years of hits, Jeff Lynne professional glommer, authorized Nick Drake biography, Foo Fighters preorder vinyl offerings with varying album cover choices

Listening To- Rob Zombie (Hellbilly Deluxe) via Enjoy the Ride Records, Gaslight Anthem (Get Hurt), .357 String Band, Joseph Huber (The Hanging Road), The Good Luck Thrift Store Outlet, Phox live at Turner Hall in Milwaukee (video), This Wild Life vinyl, Rodrigo y Gabriela (9 Dead Alive)

All music played with permission

 Side B (1:10:40)

Video Games- Last of Us: Remastered (PS4), Ultra Street Fighter 4 (PS3), Surgeon Simulator (PS4), FIFA 14 (PS4), Mario Golf World Tour (3DS), Super Mario Land 3D (3DS), Nano Assault EX (3DS), Road Not Taken (PS4), Remastered games almost better than nothing

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