Episode 10: Filling a gas car with diesel

Right after the Fun 4 Kidz Podcast Gaming Hour (that Sammy Sparkles always makes me smile), it’s the triumphant 2014 return of The Crapshoot. Josh and Jess enjoy a few Spaten Optimators and talk job stuff (Jesse’s end-of-year retail madness and Josh’s terrible old out-going market research call center job), the danger of promising to meet a deadline in public, Josh’s pathological affection for clothes he didn’t originally like, xmas cards, Axl Rose, Jesse being a bad person, Sugar Bush Squirrel, and putting the wrong kind of dead dinosaur in your car. AND MUCH MORE.

Episode 8: Conan Neutron Destroys Our Computer

conan-neutron Right after Let’s Talk Turkey sports radio with Bill Williams, we’ve got an at least semi-rowdy Crapshoot this week, snagging touring San Francisco rock fella Conan Neutron for a bunch of beery basement chatter about music, podcasts, failing effectively, being stuck in traffic, fucking with Karl Rove, wacky morning DJs, guest lists, and loads more.

Also the computer keeps crashing. One has to presume this is the result of Conan’s animal magnetism.

We talk about, along with everything else, Conan’s current band, Victory and Associates (further of which their most recent album, Better Luck Next Life, his previous band, Replicator; Conan’s Karl Rove googlebomb rock compilation stunt, Karl Rove: Courage and Consequence — The Unabridged Audio; and V&A’s rock-music-and-jovial-bullshitting podcast, You Can’t Stop The Signal.

Music this time around: two tracks off of V&A’s recent Better Luck Next Life, For Serious and Everything’s Amazing (Nobody’s Happy).

Episode 7: Lost In Time And Space

This week (right after the 80s sitcom nostalgiacast Whatcha Walken About, Willis), Josh and Jesse sit down sans guest to talk about, among other things: “hipster” as an aesthetic category vs. hipster as an insult, Cold Smoke Scotch Ale from Missoula, Montana, creative freedom and creative paralysis, Josh’s Ferengi Express game project, contemporary free-to-play games as an evolution of 80s arcade coin-guzzler mechanics, Deep Space Nine, the high cost of high warp, the danger of concretizing units in a poorly-fleshed-out sci-fi universe, and a harrowing personal story unfit to even describe here.

Music this time: Josh’s freshly-recorded cover of the difficult-to-attribute youtube mantra It’s Okay To Not Like Things, and an old Aural Times news-song of his called AT&T To Acquire Bellsouth.

Episode 6: Let’s Settle This Over Some Joose

joose-et-al-bw Hot on the tail of The Breaking Styrofoam Hour, this week’s Crapshoot is a special king-sized edition because we just couldn’t stop talking to XOXO conference founder Andy “waxy” Baio, possibly because he got us drunk on some really bad booze. Clever play.

We pick Andy’s brain about all kinds of stuff (it helps that he’s done all kinds of stuff, not least including helping build Kickstarter, creating the interactive fiction community/toolset PlayFic, building the now-sadly-shuttered Upcoming.org, etc, etc), including the incredibly frustrating story of the legal fallout over his wonderful commissioned chiptune Miles Davis cover project, Kind of Bloop. We also talk about XOXO (videos of the talks now up!) and his Creative Mornings talk, and we drink two different flavors of Joose (and one flavor of Sparks).

Music this time out is a couple of excerpts from the aforementioned Kind of Bloop, So What and Freddie Freeloader.

Episode 5: Two Jesses From Ukiah

Jesse Brennan On right after math quiz podcast One In A Million, this is our Jesses From Ukiah special, with our guest this time being Jesse Brennan, a now-Portlander from the same California hometown as co-host Jesse Holden.

We dig into sketchy yardsale recording setups, improvised art, the merits of reaching vs. grasping creatively, Brennan’s Frope, It’s Not Saturday project, dealing with internet comments, computers as consumption vs. creation devices, the torture of remembering that you forgot an idea, post-project depression, pirate radio, and, sure, cloacae, why not.

We also talk about several of Brennan’s creative projects, of which, links: Coffee Critics, an animated short in which Holden briefly appears as well; HANGIN OUT WITH TROUT with Captain Marty; Eggs on America; and the big one, which juuuust finished up its second season between when we recorded this and when we’re posting it, Frope, It’s NOT Saturday!

Music this time out is a couple of Chippy & CuddleBug songs by Brennan: Blood and Vacation Song.

Episode 4: How Many Eggs Is A Deviled Egg?

On right after One, Two, Three, Foooore! Golf For Beginners, it’s our fourth episode of The Crapshoot, with Josh and Jesse kibitzing about a whole cornucopia of topics: being bad at multitasking, delusions of grandeur, accidental Vincent Price impressions, how cats are stupider than people, accidentally racist pre-tweens, pop culture spoilers vs. directors’ cuts, making eggs inside toast holes, corner pocket cup holders, stealing fortune cookies, etc.

Music this time is a couple more short songs from Josh’s old Aural Times project: It’s A Terrible Mistake, Says Pyleva, and Court: Hallucinogenic Tea OK.

Episode 3: Beering it up with Brad “Brad Sucks” Turcotte

bradsucks_bw This time on The Crapshoot (airing right after the debut/finale episode of the Words That Rhyme With Orange podcast), we sit down with an actual Canadian, visiting Ottowan musician Brad Turcotte, who has for years now been making catchy-as-hell music under the moniker Brad Sucks.

We managed to snag Brad for some beers and BSing on his very first visit to Portland, in town for the second ever XOXO conference; we ply him for thoughts on his musical career, his coding projects from back in the day, dealing with anxiety through creative work and vice versa, the nature of fandom and fanbases, David Bowie, Robo Taco, where in Star Wars Machete Order the Battle of Endor and other spinoff episodes belong, and just what’s so great about having the higher ground if you’re an angry guy with a laser sword.

Music this time is a couple of tracks from Brad, the classic Making Me Nervous and his recent Bowie cover Soul Love.

Episode 2: Moon men throwing baseballs at the sun

In our sophomore outing (on right after Kent’s Catcast), it’s just your two cohosts, drinking beer and tackling a bunch of life’s tough questions, like: do kids know what a CRT is? What will 30th century anthropologists make of podcasts about Hellraiser? How do you do a mixtape right? What’s the deal with indie video games? And, hey, could a person standing on the moon throw a baseball into the sun?

And a lot more. Remember Myst? We do. We talk about that a bit.

Bumper music this time is a few old shortish weird things Josh has recorded: Have Yourself A Walken Little Christmas, Town in a Lake (a song written by Jessamny West about the time Randolph, VT was misplaced by Google Maps), and the Aural Times non-classic Ernesto! Ernesto! Ernesto!.

The theme song from Kent’s Catcast is, of course, an excerpt of Bach’s Bourrée in E minor that he’s taught his cats to sing.

If you want to check them out, the video games we mentioned included Gone Home, Dear Esther, and Braid, and the podcast episodes on Cabin in the Woods are Jesse’s In the Cut: This Majestic, You Know, Merman and Josh’s We Have Such Films to Show You: Cabin in the Woods.