Your hosts talk about a challenging month of civil unrest in the Twin Cities and beyond. They acknowledge their white privilege while exploring systematic injustice in law enforcement. Michael shares his perspective as the son of a police officer killed in the line of duty, and discusses the culture of law enforcement and "getting home to see your family." Chris talks about his friends in communities of color and how difficult it has been for them - and how he's tried to listen and find a way to be helpful. We review efforts to cope with COVID restrictions including video games, social-distanced group hangs, and plamping. Yes, plamping! We discuss the month of June, which marks anniversaries of different family members lost to suicide. We spend some time remembering Al and Mia, and close by offering some suggestions on how to take care of ourselves and each other.
Your hosts are back with another round of commentary on how to survive social distancing. Chris talks about his efforts to start a band, Turd Ferguson, and organize a virtual tabletop for his students to safely game. Michael discusses the challenges of going for a hike and being out in public as people begin to get back to "normal" activities. Both explore the anxiety that can arise from attempting to cultivate an audience for an activity that should likely be - first and foremost - a personal interest and hobby. If anyone knows of a fiddle player looking for work, then contact Chris!
Your hosts gather on a Friday night to talk about the week that was and discuss how to stay positive when a torrent of news and idiocy tries to drown you. Chris talks about his experiments with the House Party app, which seems to provide a unique online social experience compared to Zoom. The hosts discuss a variety of entertainment options ranging from Final Fantasy VII Remake to online performances to an array of creative endeavors by folks including the SNL From Home effort. Mainly, we're just trying to ride this out like everyone else!
Your hosts are joined by fabled guest, Siri, as she describes her array of professional and hobby skills. We discuss parenting during the coronavirus and explore what we'd like to incorporate into the new lifestyle whenever the world "returns to normal." We celebrate the rare situation of playing the same videogame at the same time - Final Fantasy VII Remake. We talk about early impressions of the game and wrestling with the real-time/turn-based combat system. We discuss the objectification of Tifa and exploitation of Barrett, and Michael learns for the first time that FF7R doesn't contain the entire FFVII experience. Siri shares a story that deserves some Stand By Me music and we close with a review of Be Kind, Rewind offerings to keep you busy.
Your hosts talk about their privileged efforts to manage positive self-care as the weeks of social isolation continue. They offer strategies for dealing with the magnitude of change ranging from practicing musical instruments to painting rocks. Michael provides a lukewarm review for Epic Tavern, an early-access game that seems to offer a lot of potential. Both hosts talk about the goals they'd like to accomplish - if only they had the talent to pull them off!
Your hosts provide brief updates on the status of their quarantine efforts and launch into a new task of listing "perfect albums." The instructions were to name an album that is "perfect" in the sense that it is easy to listen to in its entirety without a need to skip any songs. We review a few listener suggestions before getting into our lists. We agree on 'Appetite For Destruction' by Guns N' Roses and otherwise provide non-obvious suggestions to the audience. We encourage others to let us know what album you consider perfect!
Your hosts welcome "other Chris" onto the show, our friend who is a long-time veteran of the Postal Service; he talks about delivering mail during a global pandemic and the oddities he has encountered during his career. Your hosts recap developments related to recent episodes and Michael goes out of his way to defend the Spin Doctors. The trio discuss how they are striving to maintain a sense of mindfulness and purpose as the outside world stands still.
Your hosts talk about their efforts to keep touch with old friends and discuss strategies for finding just the "right" music in these trying times. Chris talks about a quest to create a playlist of "pretty" songs, and Michael shares his journey to find an obscure band - that he later learned was a duo of great renown. Michael grumbles like an old man yelling at clouds about the scale of modern videogames and how most games take too long to complete. He is informed what the "J" in JRPG stands for (hint, it's not Junior) and spends some time exploring game design choices in the latest God of War, "No wonder Kratos' arms are jacked - he's rowing a damn boat for 60 hours!"
Your hosts reconnect as the entire world grinds to a halt because of coronavirus. They talk about their efforts to stay connected with interests and friends, and offer some suggestions for how others can do the same. They discuss bygone days (approximately 15 days ago) when they went out to a bar for a drink and were propositioned by a daring female with an agenda! Hopefully we can all return to "normal" life one day. In the meantime, check out this episode.
Your hosts return for the first time this decade to review a strategy for consuming more new music, and discuss the merits and perils of discovering a sub-culture's popular artist perhaps too late. The focus is on branching out to absorb more music beyond the same, tired playlists that have sustained us over the past 20-30 years. Michael talks about his efforts to "self-monitor" his consumption of new music (and other media), and Chris continues in his Jedi Master role of providing education about musical genres and trends. We conclude with a discussion of whether or not to travel to Red Rocks to see Above & Beyond this summer.