A Band of Gamers
Stay current with gaming and discover new music with three over-the-hill, positive-minded best mates. Podcast starts with Side A Video Games wherein the guys chat about the latest big news and games including impressions and reviews. Second half of the show, Side B Music, aims to help you discover new records you may have otherwise missed with recommended albums from the co-hosts and community. Proud supporter of local and independent music. Local music spotlights Wisconsin, Vancouver and Birmingham/England areas where the co-hosts reside.

The guys share their Top 5 Favorite Video Games and Top 10 Favorite Albums in ABOG's fifth annual Favorites of the Year Episode. Sit back and enjoy a double episode to close out 2016. 

In This Episode:

0:01:50 Favorite Video Games of 2016

  • Co-host top 5's

0:39:15 Favorite Albums of 2016

  • Co-host top 10's

1:42:10 Listener Emails and Record Night Crew Favorites

1:50:35 Post Game

  • Happy Holidays!
  • Looking forward to 2017

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Best of the Rest Video Games and Albums 2016, Review of The Last Guardian, record and tune from Tenement and the Enjoy the Rides test press winner announced in Post Game.

In This Episode:

02:30 Best of the Rest 2016: Video Games

  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Quantum Break
  • Doom
  • Titanfall 2
  • NES Classic
  • Ratchet & Clank

13:00 Video Games

  • Inside
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Bioshock
  • Pure Pool

24:00 Review: The Last Guardian 

36:50 Notable New Record

  • Tenement Bruised Music, Volume 2

44:35 Best of the Rest 2016: Albums

  • Brett Newski Land Air Sea Garage
  • Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression
  • Weezer Weezer
  • Deep Sea Diver Secrets
  • Steve Gunn Eyes On The Lines
  • Glenn Hughes Resonate
  • Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate
  • Alter Bridge The Last Hero
  • Sturgill Simpson A Sailor's Guide to Earth
  • Kula Shaker K2.0
  • The Dead Daisies Make Some Noise

59:00 Post Game

  • Winner of the Best of Batman Arkham Knight test press announced

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Video games walk the red carpet while fanboys scream for attention, review of The Crew's Calling All Units dlc, Joel's XBOX One S takes off, recommended new record from Wolf People, a Hot Coffin scorcher and recharging the batteries to finish the show.

In This Episode:

0:01:35 Gaming News

0:30:30 Video Games

  • Super Dungeon Bros
  • Minecraft: Story Mode
  • The Crew Calling All Units
  • XBOX One S Ready For Takeoff

0:49:30 Notable New Record

  • Wolf People Ruins

1:07:53 Post Game

  • Recharging The Batteries
  • Email your favorite album and game released in 2016 to Email@ABOGpod.com

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Exploring the Christmas tree forest after a No Man's Sky patch, review of Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 & 2, holiday shopping bonanza sale deals, A Tribe Called Quest's triumphant return, tune from Brian Wahlstrom and a singing moose head.

In This Episode:

0:01:30 Gaming News

  • No Man's Sky The Foundation Update

0:08:50 Review: Atari Flashback Classics Volume 1 & 2

0:16:15 Video Games

  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition
  • Titanfall 2
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • Holiday shopping bonanza sale deal

0:28:15 Notable New Record

  • A Tribe Called Quest We Got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
    • short song clip played prior to critique via fair use

0:49:35 Post Game

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ABOG reviews the NES Classic, catches up on the past ten years with Mass Effect, retrieves the plastic drum kit from the bus stop for a new Rock Band game, spins the latest from Blackberry Smoke and then blows the roof off with a fresh tune from the Handgrenades.

In This Episode:

0:01:40 Review of the NES Classic

0:21:00 Video Games

  • Mass Effect // XBOX 360 via XBOX One
  • Mass Effect 2 // XBOX 360 via XBOX One
  • Paladins: Champions of the Realm // PC
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Rock Band Rivals // PS4
  • Gears of War 4 // XBOX One
  • The Legend of Zelda // NES Classic
  • Punch Out! // NES Classic

0:51:30 Notable New Records

  • Blackberry Smoke Like an Arrow
    • Small clip from "Waiting for the Thunder" played via fair use

1:06:30 Post Game

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Shane and Karl are joined by ABOG Extra Life teammate and special guest Will Mackellar (TGWPIS and Battle Cattle UK) and they share, among other things, their experiences from Extra Life this past weekend. Includes a hefty 'Now Playing' section and closes out with a fresh tune from Foreign Goods.

In This Episode:

0:03:30 Extra Life 2016

  • Been around for years
  • Extra balls for Extra Life
  • The whys
  • 2016

0:23:10 Playing

  • ReCore
  • Mantis Burn Racing
  • Rocket League
  • Smash Up
  • Titanfall 2
  • Just Cause 3
  • Witcher 3
  • Zen Pinball 2
  • Letter Quest
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Gears of War 4
  • Overwatch
  • Borderlands 2

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ABOG spends Halloween as far away from Karl's as humanly possible. While avoiding The Crow, they talk elite controllers, Overcooked, Mystery Lights, ladies and listen to some Secret Gaijin. 

In This Episode:

0:03:10 Gaming News

  • Uncharted The Movie
  • GAME charging customers to demo PlayStation VR
  • Third party PlayStation 4 elite controllers

0:16:15 Playing

  • Overwatch
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Battlefield 1
  • Overcooked

0:33:30 Notable New Records

  • The Mystery Lights The Mystery Lights

0:53:20 Post Game

  • Shout out to all the wonderful ladies

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Gears of War 4 Review, Nintendo Switch reveal, Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer, Battlefield 1 initial impressions, Joyce Manor's Cody and an excellent tune off the Gauss EP.

In This Episode:

0:05:20 Review: Gears of War 4

0:19:45 Gaming News

0:31:10 Playing

  • Battlefield 1

0:38:30 New Records

  • Joyce Manor Cody
  • Gauss Thalweg

0:53:05 Post Game

  • New writers and reviews on ABOGpod.com
  • Halloween

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ABOG returns with Mafia III boat hopping, XBOX One outsells PlayStation 4, Mantis Burn Racing review, new records from Green Day and NOFX, tune from NOFX, King Biscuit Flower Hour and Friday Night Video Fights.

In This Episode:

0:05:15 Gaming News

  • Mafia III bugs and a classic soundtrack
  • XBOX One outsells PlayStation 4 in US for third straight month

0:13:15 Review: Mantis Burn Racing

0:25:20 Playing

0:30:00 New Records

  • Green Day Revolution Radio
  • NOFX First Ditch Effort

0:42:45 Post Game

  • Email
    • King Biscuit Flower Hour
    • Friday Night Video Fights

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Joel sweats his way through playing PS VR. Karl finishes Forza Horizon 3 and shares his further impressions. Shane paints a beautiful picture and shares a tune off of the new Boston Manor record.

In This Episode:

0:08:45 PS VR

  • PlayStation VR Worlds
    • Ocean Descent
    • The London Heist

0:26:10 Playing

  • Forza Horizon 3 // XBOX One
  • Gears of War 2 // XBOX 360 via XBOX One backwards compatibility
  • Resident Evil HD // PlayStation 4
  • Flower // PlayStation 4

0:44:45 New Records

  • Bon Iver 22, A Million
  • Boston Manor Be Nothing.

1:04:40 Post Game

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The guys conga their way to the front of the gig with hands-on impressions of the indie games from EGX, a review for Forza Horizon 3, This Wildlife's new record and a tune from Ryley Walker.

In This Episode:

0:03:20 EGX 2016 Video Game Impressions

0:31:50 Review Forza Horizon 3

0:48:45 Playing

1:02:05 New Records

  • This Wild Life Low Tides

1:15:15 Post Game

  • Shout Outs
  • ABOG is growing and looking for contributors. If interested, please send an email to Email@ABOGpod.com. 

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Direct download: 126.mp3
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Karl shares fresh impressions of upcoming games from the show floor at EGX 2016. Shane represents us all as he prepares for battle with his cell provider and returns to The Crew. Joel digs deep into HDR with the release of NBA 2K17 and Forza Horizon 3.

In This Episode:

0:11:15 EGX 2016 Impressions

  • Triple AAA games played at EGX
    • The Heist // PlayStation VR
    • Driveclub VR // PlayStation VR
    • Battlezone // PlayStation VR
    • Tethered // PlayStation VR
    • Gears of War 4 // XBOX One & PC
    • Horizon Zero Dawn // PlayStation 4
    • Dishonored 2 // PC
    • Tekken 7
    • Little Nightmares
    • Gran Turismo Sport // PlayStation 4
    • Yooka-Laylee

0:56:00 Playing

  • Forza Horizon 3 // XBOX One
  • The Crew // PlayStation 4
  • Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 "Can't polish a turd." // PlayStation 4

1:09:50 New Records

  • 25th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind
  • Chixdiggit! 2012
  • Jake Bugg On My One

1:29:25 Post Game

Music Played In This Episode:

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Direct download: 125.mp3
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Shane mixes autumn with a dessert and buys an obligatory copy of NHL. Joel plugs back in after a week in Wyoming with NFL Football and The Pukes. Karl organizes his digital PlayStation closet and taps his way to Castle Grayskull.

In This Episode:

0:06:15 Gaming News

  • Sony unveils PlayStation 4 Pro
  • NFL RedZone now available on PlayStation Vue
  • Firmware 4.0 for the PlayStation 4

0:31:30 Playing

  • Forza Horizon 3 Demo // XBOX One
  • NHL 17
  • FIFA 17 Demo
  • He-Man Tappers of Grayskull // Mobile
  • Soccer Stars // Mobile
  • Overwatch with the community Saturday nights

0:51:20 New Records

  • Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan Take It, It's Yours
  • The Pukes The Revenge of The Pukes

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Shane is a cat person and when isn't looking a scratching post in the mouth, is out in the darkness with his headlights on but no driving wheel connected. Joel's hazy for 4K HDR gaming and an upcoming vacation to Wyoming. Karl likes smooth horse rides and an accurate calendar.

0:06:00 Gaming News

  • Free weekend of Overwatch
  • PlayStation Plus price increase
  • Pokemon Go upgrade
  • Stay off my (Lake Park) lawn with your Pokemon Go

0:18:00 Playing

  • Battlefield 1 Beta
  • Overwatch Season 2 // PlayStation 4
  • Assetto Corsa // PlayStation 4
  • Catlateral Damage // PlayStation 4
  • Playing Video Games on the XBOX One S
  • Gears of War 3 // XBOX 360 via XBOX One 
  • Madden 17 // XBOX One
  • Super Mega Baseball // PlayStation 4

0:48:00 Music // New Record

  • Brett Newski Land Air Sea Garage

1:03:50 Post Game

  • Shout Outs
  • Cuts (Outtake)

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The mailman stiff arms his way to the fantasy football cookies while Joel tries to resist this year's Madden title. Shane paints a beautiful picture drifting his way down the block but needs to stop and catch his breath. Karl bangs the skins and relies on simple clicker gaming for relaxation.

0:10:00 Absolute Drift: Zen Edition Review

0:19:30 Playing

  • No Man's Sky // PlayStation 4
  • Adventure Capitalist // Steam
  • Half-Life 2 // Steam

0:28:30 Madden 17 Review

0:49:00 Music

  • Ryley Walker Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
  • Chris Porterfield of Field Report live from Joel's house

1:08:55 Post Game

  • Shout Outs
  • Cut (Outtake)

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Direct download: 122.mp3
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Shane and Karl follow up ABOG's No Man's Sky discussion from the last episode after giving the game a few more hours play time. They also share tips for successful beer runs without being disconnected in Overwatch. In music Karl preps his drum kit for a wedding reception and the guys fall for an EP suggested by a listener.

0:01:30 No Man's Sky 

0:30:45 Playing

  • Tricky Towers // PlayStation 4
  • Titanfall 2 Tech Test
  • Overwatch // PlayStation 4

0:41:30 Music

  • Karl preps for his lead singer's wedding reception
  • more of the fantastic Dinosaur Jr Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not LP

0:53:25 Post Game

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Direct download: 121.mp3
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Joel gorges on meatballs, reviews the XBOX One S and decides how much more planetary exploration he'll be doing in No Man's Sky. Shane wants a new pair of shoes in order to feel guilty for not running and hopes for CD playback in the PlayStation Neo. Karl preps for a Wonderbook cross Vita system while playing two games that together equal one.

0:06:30 Gaming News

  • XBOX One S is out and Joel has a review
  • PlayStation event perhaps to reveal the Neo scheduled for 9/7/16

0:26:15 Playing

  • Pokemon Go // Mobile
  • Time Clickers // Steam
  • Neverwinter // PlayStation 4
  • Need For Speed // XBOX One
  • No Man's Sky // PlayStation 4
  • Overwatch // PlayStation 4

0:59:00 Music

  • Dinosaur Jr. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not LP
  • Green Day "Bang Bang" single
  • Tune from The Atomic Spins "Salt"

1:17:45 Post Game

  • Shout Outs
  • Cuts (Outtakes)

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Direct download: 120.mp3
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As Batman it's possible Karl could save Shane and his PlayStation Vita from any more agonizing games of Sound Shapes, but he can't save Joel from the green screen of death nor his impulsion to push his 4K TV with an XBOX One S.

0:04:45 Gaming News

  • XBOX One summer update gives both Joel and Karl some grief
  • Inside coming to the PlayStation 4 later this month
  • Pabst Can Crusher Pinball Machine // youtu.be/piyX4-LZ0kE

0:26:00 Playing

  • Karl takes the lead in Super Mega Baseball // PlayStation 4
  • Shane is not a fan of Sound Shapes // PlayStation Vita
  • Life Is Strange // XBOX One
  • Telltale's Batman // XBOX One
  • Neverwinter // PlayStation 4
  • Overwatch // PlayStation 4
  • Lucio Ball (via Overwatch) // PlayStation 4

0:57:40 Music

  • White Lung gig impressions from 8/5/16 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee
  • Tiny Rockets Satan 7"

1:11:15 Post Game

  • Shout Outs
  • Cuts (Outtakes)

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Karl is enjoying a two week holiday by playing Rocket League from a beach house and upgrading his phone to capture Pokemon. Shane beats The Crew, creates a new rating scale for racing games, and surpasses his former high score in beer consumption. Rather than beer chasing Shane, which he'd likely lose, Joel has been chasing his friends list in Super Mega Baseball and is starting to rack up some decent scores.

0:06:30 Gaming News

  • Nintendo NX potentially revealed
  • PlayStation VR requires a lot of space

0:21:45 Playing

  • Karl buys a new phone to play Pokemon Go // Mobile
  • Rocket League from a beach house // PlayStation 4
  • Salt and Sanctuary Co-op // PlayStation 4
  • Overwatch // PlayStation 4
  • The Jackbox Party Pack // PlayStation 4
  • Rebel Galaxy // PlayStation 4
  • The Crew // PlayStation 4
  • Super Mega Baseball // PlayStation 4
  • Super Mario 3D Land // Nintendo 3DS
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D // Nintendo 3DS

0:42:45 Music

  • Weezer and Panic! At The Disco Summer Tour 2016 live at Deer Lake Park 7/28/2016
  • Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate

1:09:10 Post Game

  • Shout Outs
  • Cuts (Outtakes)

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Joel thinks the Zune was an innovative device and since he's been playing Geometry Wars Evolved lately perhaps he's stuck in 2006. Shane can't be bothered with walking to the end of the cul-de-sac but still manages to catch a Pokemon in his beer.

0:08:15 Gaming News

  • Evo on ESPN2
  • Background music coming to XBOX One 
  • PlayStation 4 custom game music capabilities
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider 20 Year Celebration on the PlayStation 4
  • NFL Network and NFL RedZone on PlayStation Vue

0:30:15 Playing

  • Rare Replay // XBOX One
  • Pokemon Go // Mobile
  • Overwatch // PlayStation 4
  • Street Fighter V // PlayStation 4
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions // PlayStation 4
  • Super Mega Baseball // PlayStation 4

0:50:30 Notable New Music

  • Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate

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Direct download: 117.mp3
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Karl has to capture them all. The llamas of course. Joel boxes up his PlayStation 3 in a desperate attempt to curb his PixelJunk Monsters addiction and sprays deodorizer in the bathroom. Shane heals the ABOG team and makes up words.

Icebreaker

How should Joel address the situation regarding an offender of small office bathroom etiquette?

0:10:30 Nintendo may have released a new app that has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon, but the guys are more excited about different Nintendo news. They do yack a bit about Pokemon Go though.

0:31:00 Playing (Impressions)

  • Inside // XBOX One
  • Alto's Adventure // Windows
  • Lost Castle // Steam
  • Furi // PlayStation 4
  • Life Is Strange // XBOX One
  • PixelJunk Monsters // PlayStation 3
  • Overwatch // PlayStation 4

0:50:30 Notable New Music

  • Blink-182 California
  • This Wild Life "Pull Me Out" from their forthcoming Low Tides LP

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets "State of Flux (TRR Mix)" Sonic Team in Remixland
  • Outro by UNRB "The House On Lime Street" Collateral Jammage // https://unrbmusic.bandcamp.com

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Doesn't get any better than Golden Axe yet the guys still find a way to choose their top 10 favorite games and albums from the first half of 2016.

0:03:00 Favorite Video Games First Half of 2016

0:28:40 Favorite Albums First Half of 2016

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets "State of Flux" Drum Synth Fuzz
  • Outro by NO/NO "Bad Habit" Sound and Light

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Direct download: 115.mp3
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Shane is a gentleman when he chirps at the ballgame and when Karl's son beats his score. English people don't get baseball but they sure play a lot of Rocket League. Joel likes beards on his batters and David Lynch Inside his video games.

Icebreaker

What is your most memorable live baseball game experience?

0:08:55 Favorite baseball video games

  • Baseball // Atari 2600
  • Hardball // Commodore 64
  • Major League Baseball // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Bases Loaded // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Base Wars // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Little League Baseball: Championship Series // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Baseball Stars // Nintendo Entertainment System
  • Baseball Stars 2 // Neo Geo
  • World Series // Arcade
  • Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball // Super Nintendo
  • Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. // Nintendo 64
  • MVP Baseball // XBOX
  • MLB The Show // PlayStation 4
  • Super Mega Baseball // Playstation 4

0:24:40 Playing (Impressions)

  • Red Dead Redemption // PlayStation 3
  • Limbo // XBOX One
  • Lost Castle // Steam
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer // Steam
  • Witcher Adventure Game // Steam

0:35:30 Review of Playdead's Inside

0:41:45 Notable New Music

  • NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories
  • Jake Bugg On My One
  • Direct Hit! Wasted Mind

Music Played In This Episode With Permission From The Artists

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets "State of Flux" Drum Synth Fuzz
  • Outro by Direct Hit! "Artificial Confidence" Wasted Mind

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Pitting the PS3 and PS4 against each other, based on their first two and a half years and everything else being equal, the guys decide which had the better start. Karl drinks to relieve the stress of watching his wallet suffer through the Steam summer sale. Shane hooks his PS3 back up and feels obligated to play Oasis on Super Audio CD. Joel has been spinning his horse's legs all over Mexico powered by a man and his acoustic.

Icebreaker

What do you enjoy doing to relieve stress?

0:03:40 PS3 vs. PS4 in their first 2.5 years

0:31:25 Playing (Impressions)

  • Brutal Legend
  • Starpoint Gemini 2
  • Burnout Paradise
  • Forza 6
  • Overwatch
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • PlayStation Vue via Roku

0:48:45 Notable New Music

  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium Monolith of Phobos
  • Band of Horses Why Are You OK
  • Direct Hit! Wasted Mind
  • Seth Anderson One Week Records

Music Played In This Episode

  • Intro by Tiny Rockets "State of Flux" Drum Synth Fuzz
  • Outro by Zach Quinn "Weakling" One Week Records

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The guys share their most anticipated games from E3 2016 and then talk through what they've been playing. Shane introduces us to J-pervs. Karl and his banker friends go off the leash to Download Fest. Joel throws tires during concerts and still thinks Killzone 3 is the best.

Icebreaker

Ever have a video game or a song draw you in like a tractor beam?

0:04:30 E3 2016 Most Anticipated Games

  • God of War
  • Injustice 2
  • Spider-Man
  • Technomancer
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Batman Arkham VR
  • Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR Mission
  • South Park The Fracture But Whole
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Gears of War 4
  • Steep
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

0:22:15 Playing (Impressions)

  • Halo Wars 2 Beta
  • Overwatch
  • Rebel Galaxy
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst
  • Super Mega Baseball
  • Akiba's Trip Undead & Undressed
  • Pixel Junk Monsters
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Killzone 3
  • Life is Strange

0:53:10 Karl's Time At Download Fest 2016

  • Beartooth
  • Inglorious
  • Sixx:A.M.
  • Rival Sons
  • Escape The Fate
  • Megadeth
  • The Shrine
  • NOFX
  • Black Sabbath

1:12:55 Notable New Music

  • Rival Sons Hollow Bones
  • William Tyler Modern Country

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Joel and Shane share their impressions of the E3 2016 Sony and Microsoft press conferences.

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The Overwatch hype train hasn't passed ABOG as all three guys have been playing the game and share their impressions of it. Shane's face melts off seeing La Sera and he smashes up the place in Dangerous Golf. Karl benefits from being a cheapskate on Steam and shows off his space exploration skills in Rebel Galaxy. Joel faces Doom when entering a mall so opts for no pants and the wrong size shoes instead.

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Shane finds a clever way to blame shitty episodes of ABOG on the listener and crowns an early favorite of the year after finding a horse head mask. Karl provides some impressions of Overwatch after recruiting his family to earn him achievement points in Solitaire. Joel digs holes, plays the hell out of Doom and adds Midwest Death Rattle's Post-Apocalypso to the growing 2016 top list of records.

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Sir Willem Something Shane likes puzzle platformers and being treated with respect from customer service. Joel longs for a video game version of Rummy as he spends the week stuck on the same Pixel Junk Monsters level. Karl bakes up a few new gaming experiences on the PC and ruins a couple families teaching kids a basic beat.

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Shane buys a new console and gets violated PlayStation style. Karl keeps a watchful eye on his wife and reviews Uncharted 4. Joel starts the week with Psych Fest and finishes on the heavier side with Doom.

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Karl summons disco balls to review Ratchet & Clank while learning 34 songs. Shane is back with his fear of planes but is busier than a dog with two dinks. Joel moves the fish from the basement to the pond and ends up turning into a squid.

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Shane brings the chocolate sauce to the ballpark and hits one over the fence with his review of MLB The Show 16. Karl finds a new use for Amiibos, marvels at Ratchet & Clank on the PS4 and lucks into a box of Record Store Day releases. Joel fights the Wii U gamepad in Star Fox Zero and enjoys some Little Blue Crunchy Things.

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Shane is tongue tied after the cherry blossoms disappear but manages to give a state of the union for racing games on current gen consoles. He also ponders an XBOX One after hearing Joel's review of Quantum Break. Joel unboxes his Wii U for the third time and admires the guitar prowess of Prince.

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It's grilling season so the guys toss their favorite meat on the barbecue before hitting up what they've been playing, give Tom Clancy's The Division a thorough review, discuss notable new music releases, share their record store day loot and play out the show with a funk/soul tune from Charles Bradley.

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Ep103 Contents

Icebreaker // What is your favorite food to grill out?

0:03:00 Side A Video Games

0:19:10 Review // Tom Clancy's The Division

0:32:55 Side B Music

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Shane gets lonely when in an orange status and Karl can't stop singing Lovely Rita to his new Chillblast gaming rig. In episode 102 of A Band of Gamers Podcast, the guys share an amazingly positive story in gaming news and review the Chillblast Fusion Division Gaming PC. They close out the show with a great new track from Vancouver's Twin River.

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Ep102 - Contents

Icebreaker // If you had to eat a worm, how would you cook it?

0:03:00 Side A Video Games

 

0:25:30 Review Chillblast Fusion Division Gaming PC

0:39:45 Side B Music

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Joel proves he'll never be a pro gamer and reviews the XBOX One Elite Wireless Controller. Karl can't get enough of the Final Fantasy XV demo and shares the specs of his new gaming rig. Shane hits his way out of the flu slump with MLB The Show 16 and misses a few up-close enemies in the Doom closed multiplayer beta. In Side B the guys mention a few notable new releases and play a tune from Mechanical Life Vein and face to face. 

Ep101 - Contents

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Icebreaker // In a pinch, what is your go to meal?

0:03:40 Side A Video Games

0:31:00 Review // XBOX Elite Wireless Controller

0:43:30 Side B Music

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Joel, Shane and Karl reveal embarrassing moments, put a positive spin on Sony closing Evolution Studios, review Salt and Sanctuary, answer listener questions and choose their favorite song from the first 99 episodes.

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Ep100 - Contents

Icebreaker // What is the most embarrassing moment as a co-host on ABOG?

0:05:23 Side A Video Games

 

0:16:20 Review Salt and Sanctuary

0:32:00 Side B Music

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0:59:50 Favorite tunes from the first 99

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Joel reviews Firewatch and feels dirty watching television with PlayStation Vue, Shane visits the arcade in his living room to play Bubble Bobble and Karl rationalizes playing two shooter MMO's at the same time since starting Tom Clancy's The Division. This before the guys give their impressions on new music releases from Iggy Pop, Damien Jurado, Brian Fallon and face to face. With a St. Patrick's Day appropriate tune, The Gleasons close out the episode.

Ep99 - Contents

Icebreaker // How do you catalog and organize your physical music collection?

0:03:35 Side A Video Games

Gaming Conversations // PlayStation VR details announced including price and launch month, and the guys revisit their interest level now that they have the full skinny. Kotaku claims that sources tell them Sony is working on a Playstation 4.5. Is this Sony trying to keep up with Microsoft who previously detailed potential plans for an upgraded XBOX One or just a rumor? XBOX to support cross-network play. ABOG puts a positive spin on this news after reading some of their favorite negative reactions.

Playing // Shane and Karl join forces in brotherhood (PS4), Karl is hooked on Tom Clancy's The Division (PS4) and gives his impressions of the game. He then tries to make the point that playing two first person shooter / MMO style games at the same time is possible and feasible. As long as you're in the sweet spot with one of them. Karl remembers his weekly obligation so played some Rocket League. This time representing ABOG in a tourney set up by ESL. Shane relives his youth thanks to PlayStation's Arcade Archives series. They released Bubble Bobble (PS4) this past week so he lost his mind and then played a ton. Even posted a high score of 271,000 to their server if you want to chase it down (PSN: Skippynixx). When he wasn't playing Bubble Bobble, Shane checked out the new Sky Fortress dlc in Just Cause 3 (PS4). Claims it's the greatest thing to happen to Just Cause. Joel finished Firewatch (PS4) and gives it a review. Spoilers- Buy It! PS Nation says Joel sounds like the main character and he doesn't argue with them about it. Speaking of, he recently sat in on one of their episodes which you can listen to here (link). Joel cut the cord years ago but is inching his way back towards a regular cable bill thanks to the new PlayStation Vue service. He gives his impressions of the service hopefully to help you decide if it's worth the guilt. Although he's really enjoying it, he feels guilty by the added expense and the fact he's getting up there in monthly television bills again between this and all the other services he subscribes to. Will he find enough ways to offset the additional cost?

0:51:15 Side B Music

Listening // face to face Protection (Fat Wreck Chords), Brian Fallon Painkillers, Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression, Damien Jurado Visions of Us on the Land (Secretly Canadian), Emerson, Lake & Palmer Pictures at an Exhibition. Karl shares how his last name may have been influenced by ELP and how it helped him get some drum equipment more easily. Prog rock is difficult to listen to, but it's also really rewarding. The Gleasons ring in St. Patrick's Day at Anodyne Coffee in Milwaukee. 

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Joel and Shane are joined by Dan Loosen, co-founder and co-event organizer of Midwest Gaming Classic, and they talk about the evolution of Midwest Gaming Classic and how a community of passionate people saved it from extinction. Dan shares a mantra he learned working at Six Flags Great America that he applies to day-to-day life and contributes to running such a successful and popular annual event.

In Side B and since A Band of Gamers contributes MGC Music to Midwest Gaming Classic, they talk through their first year running it and what they've changed to make it even better in year two. Bob Dylan inadvertently provides Dan with his best concert experience and Michael Jackson tops off his list for dream line-up at a music festival.

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Karl unknowingly kicks off Intergalactic Shmuppreciation Month and buys tickets for the upcoming Download Festival. Joel gets stuck in Broforce, climbs a tower in Firewatch and downloads the new app from Discogs. Shane applies balance learned from the last episode, shares his passion for La Sera's latest, and talks some guitars inspired by Todd Wisenbaker's chops.

Contents

Icebreaker // It's Saturday morning, what's the first thing you do when you get up?

0:03:20 Gaming Conversations // Reactions to announcements from the XBOX Spring Showcase. Shane is excited for the recently announced Just Cause 3 dlc. Karl shares his impressions of the Uncharted 4 multiplayer stress test. No Man's Sky gets a release date and ABOG supports the $60 price tag.

0:22:00 Playing // Galak-Z (PS4) kicks off Intergalactic Shmuppreciation Month (credit to Drunken Gamers Radio), Karl can't stop playing Borderlands 2 and uses a PS3 specific cheat to help get closer to the PS4 platinum trophy (PS3 & PS4), NHL 16 (PS4), Star Wars Battlefront online Saturday nights (PS4), Broforce (PS4), obligatory weekly Rocket League talk, Firewatch (PS4)

0:41:15 Side B Music // The Official Discogs App is finally available and the guys share their impressions. Joel discovers CW Ayon Enough to be Proud. Karl buys tickets for Download Festival which leads to discussions about such bands as Black Sabbath, Tesseract, Skindred, NOFX and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Shane is enjoying La Sera's latest release and impressed with Todd Wisenbaker's guitar playing. He talks about the guitarist's axes and then closes out the show with a tune off of Music For Listening To Music To.

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Spending more time in the studio and less in the gaming room for a proper geezer balance. Karl has an ear for drums and his hands on the cards. Shane hocks a loogie at his landlord and drives more video game cars. Joel plants a garden with Old Earth and discovers some new jazz.

Contents

Icebreaker // Ever have a friend recommend a video game and/or band that made you cringe but later became one of your favorites?

0:06:00 Gaming Conversations // Balancing video games with other hobbies specifically being sure gaming doesn't take a disproportionate amount of free time.

0:20:35 Playing // Borderlands 2 (PS4), The Four Kings Casino and Slots (PS4), Lego Marvel's Avengers (PS4), Destiny: The Taken King Iron Banner (PS4), Project Cars (PS4), Rocket League (PS4), Driveclub (PS4), Plants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (XBOX One), Gears of War: Ultimate Edition co-op (XBOX One)

0:41:45 Side B Music // Karl laments the fees he paid for his Steel Panther tickets but is stoked to go and see them. Shane is listening to La Sera's latest and enjoying it so much he bought tickets for their upcoming Vancouver gig. Joel is enjoying the new Old Earth album Lay for June and just discovered Kamasi Washington's The Epic. Friend of the show from Ep68, Mike Mann, has a new record coming out in March from his band RedBelt and the guys share a tune from the upcoming release.

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Bored of the museum, Shane heads for the bar and then to play the new Street Fighter V before being booted from the servers. Since he can no longer connect, the guys share their all-time favorite fighting games. Afterward Karl goes Sky High in Rocket League and Joel hosts a record night. 

Contents

Icebreaker // Favorite exhibit in a museum?

0:04:30 Gaming Conversations // Favorite fighting games of all time, ADR1FT Clair de lune Trailer and how it has shifted Joel and Shane's opinion of VR

0:23:30 Playing // Street Fighter V (PS4), Shane sleeps through half of Star Wars Battlefront, The Walking Dead, Karl scores Sky High in Rocket League Season 2, Boosting ABOG FC players in FIFA 16, Tom Clancy's The Division beta (PS4 & XBOX One), Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (XBOX One)

0:48:00 Side B Music // Record night (Spotify Playlist) - Nevermen, Alkaline Trio My Shame is True, Them Crooked Vultures, Tenement Predatory Headlights, Faith No More King for a Day Fool for a Lifetime, Prong X, Valerie June Pushin' Against a Stone, The Big Lebowski soundtrack. Shane brings us a taste from Deep Sea Diver's latest after talking about their new album a bit.

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Joel, Shane and Karl carry some salt into this episode and successfully keep the audio witches away. They share their overall impressions of the PlayStation Vita, gaming news, what they're playing and listening to and then pepper the ending with a scorching tune from Tenement.

Contents

Icebreaker // Salt or pepper?

0:03:10 Gaming Conversations // MLB The Show 16 is not coming to PlayStation Vita and since it officially marks the last of Sony's first party support, the guys reminisce and decide whether or not the system was worth it in the end. New game from Insomniac, Song of the Deep, physical release to be published by GameStop. Tom Clancy's The Division in an upcoming open beta. Knack 2 leaked but the guys aren't sure if a sequel is even warranted.

0:16:15 Playing // Unravel (XBOX One & PS4) has the entire crew captivated. Hear them gush about why it's worthy of a purchase. ABOG FC kicking ass (not really) in FIFA 16 (PS4). Karl agrees with Shane that The Order: 1886 (PS4) is vastly underrated. The guys also share a couple other games they've been playing during the past week.

0:35:15 Side B Music // Midnight Reruns Force of Nurture, Kula Shaker K 2.0, Father John Misty I Love You Honeybear, and MGC Music 2016 full line up and other details revealed for the upcoming Midwest Gaming Classic

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Audio issues, multiple takes, spilled beer and 1/3 Karl couldn't keep you away from episode 93.

Contents

Icebreaker // Which is the real football?

0:05:55 Gaming Conversations // Favorite football games of all time

0:16:30 Playing // Lego Marvel's Avengers (PS4), Baba Yaga dlc Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Gems of War (XBOX One), Marvel Puzzle Quest (XBOX One)

0:28:10 Music // Weezer, Oasis, Metallica, Known to Wander/MGC Music

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Back for a few days from a tour through Europe and Australia, Joel and Shane had the fortune of hosting Brett Newski in the ABOG studio for a quick chat about his musical beginnings. Brett is in town to release Hi-fi D.I.Y. before embarking on yet another tour. Hear about the first job he took in order to save for a guitar, sharting his pants while having to learn how to sing with an audience present and few other funny stories from arguably the hardest working musician currently living in Milwaukee.

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You'll never call them late for a beer. Shane, Joel and Karl are back for another video game and music conversation and then reveal the first band playing their MGC Music stage at the Midwest Gaming Classic on April 9th, 2016.

Contents

Icebreaker // How late is late?

0:04:30 Gaming Conversations // Former founders of Criterion Games reveal Dangerous Golf. Sony merges PlayStation into US-based Sony Interactive Entertainment. Lifetime XBOX One and PlayStation 4 console sales and the potential impact on the next few years of ABOG gaming.

0:13:00 Playing // ABOG FC via FIFA 16 (PS4), Tom Clancy's The Division Beta, Lego Marvel's Avengers (PS4), Star Wars Battlefront (PS4), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Halo 5: Guardians (XBOX One)

0:36:50 Music // Suede Night Thoughts, Kula Shaker, Brett Newski American Folk Armageddon and the reveal of the band kicking off this year's MGC Music stage at the Midwest Gaming Classic.

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Shane and Karl survive poison and vampire bites by channeling their super powers, playing video games and spinning records. Must be another episode of ABOG wherein Joel can't come up with the creative words to describe a stellar episode.

Contents

Icebreaker // Would you rather be bitten by a radioactive spider or a vampire?

0:03:45 Gaming Conversations // Iron Maiden's RPG Legacy of the Beast where you can play as Eddie and travel through time battling monsters from the Iron Maiden universe. EA releases some free dlc for Star Wars Battlefront. There's a beta for World of Tanks out on the PS4. The ins and outs of recovering an old gamertag on a new XBOX One after establishing a new gamertag.

0:17:15 Playing // Rocket League Snow Day (PS4), Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (XBOX One), Fallout 4 (XBOX One), The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (XBOX 360), Titanfall (XBOX One), Little Big Planet (PS3), Little Big Planet 3 (PS4), NHL 16 (PS4), The Golf Club (PS4)

0:40:20 Music // The Gaslight Anthem, Brian Fallon, Megadeth Dystopia, Dave Mustaine 

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A Band of Gamers toast David Bowie and share their thoughts on his last album Blackstar in Side B. Before flipping sides they talk about Amazon's latest video game announcement, their most anticipated games of 2016, what they're playing and then close out the show with a great tune from Rocketbirds Hardboiled Chicken.

Contents

Icebreaker // If you won the lottery and had a million dollars, what would you do with it?

0:03:15 Gaming Conversations // Amazon announces 20% off preordered and new video games with Prime membership which seems to be a competitive reply to Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked. What about the digital titles? Can we get 20% off on full game download cards? Joel wishes he could.

Which games are the guys most looking forward to in 2016? Uncharted 4: A Thief's End (PS4), Cuphead (XBOX One), Raging Justice (XBOX One), New Legend of Zelda (Nintendo console), Tom Clancy's The Division, The Last Guardian (PS4), Gran Turismo Sport (PS4), Unravel, No Man's Sky (PS4), Crackdown 3 (XBOX One), Rise of the Tomb Raider (PS4)

0:14:40 Playing // Plants Vs. Zombie Garden Warfare 2 (Beta), Lego Dimensions, Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), Joel is further from the Rocket League platinum trophy than he thought, Guns Gore & Cannoli (PS4),  NHL 16 Online Team Play (PS4)

0:37:25 Music // ABOG remembers David Bowie and other artists who passed away that left a lasting impact on their lives. They then share their thoughts about the last Bowie record Blackstar.

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VR is a walk in the park to ABOG regardless of the price but they still prefer the old fashioned controller and monitor set-up for gaming. Speaking of monitors, Joel shares the scoop on his new television and then Shane and Karl worry about their PS4's thanks to the added power of the 7th core. This and the usual what they're playing, listening to and another fantastic tune to close out the show.

Contents

Icebreaker // How was your holiday? What did you do on New Year's Eve?

0:04:15 Gaming Conversation // Oculus Rift's price is announced at $599 US, Joel shares his impressions of his new Samsung 4K television after replacing a faltering set and Sony unlocks the 7th core.

0:25:10 Playing // Rise of the Tomb Raider (XBOX One), XBOX One game sharing, Just Cause 3 (PS4), Guns, Gore and Cannoli (PS4), Borderlands 2 Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep, Undertale (Steam)

0:50:30 Music // David Bowie Blackstar, David Bowie Station to Station, Albert Hammond Jr Momentary Masters, Red Hot Chili Peppers Live at Cardiff June 2004 (free download)

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An annual tradition renewed for another season. A Band of Gamers shares yours and their favorite video games and albums of 2015.

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0:02:00 Community Submissions // With contributions from David Sodee @dbsodee, Chris Patrick PSN:beanhead26, Louise Davis @TheLastLurtz, Katie Stubbs @katieee120, Sergio @Musikfool81, Chad @close_2nd, Chris Jones, Michael Bothe @MikePSN2013X, Si Lane, Javier Farfan, William Mackellar @lardteamaker, Rob @nafscub, Scott Ollek @FL1P42

0:22:00 ABOG Favorite Albums 

0:32:05 ABOG Favorite Video Games

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