Sat down this week with not one but two different guests, to discuss to different topics to give to the first 2hr+ episode in a while. First, I travel to Brooklyn, NY to talk with street performer Matthew Silver. Who has recently been making noise in the viral section of the internet with his love movement. The day earlier to our conversation Matthew injured his back while performing the worm in a performance. Which led him to being laid up on his couch with an ice pack during this episode. He is an amazing dude with an amazing movement. Check out his videos when you get a chance. Next I talk to Stephen Kellner. Someone who I’ve known for almost a decade now. Stephen and I’s bands have been playing shows together for years. At one time he was in a band called Van Atta High. While I was in a band called Off Broadway. We were both the same age, rising to the top of the NJ scene together and there always seemed to be a silent rivalry between our two teams. I finally get the chance to ask Steve about this and hear what his side of the story was. We also take you back to the MySpace and AIM days. We also cover his latest musical release “12:34” from his band Roderick and of course we’ll listen to a couple songs from it. So check it out.
In celebration of DC Comics declaring today Batman Day. Here’s an early episode of Pop Cultivation. All about the man, the Batman:
Sat down, in line, at the Palisades Mall in Nyack, New York, for “the most anticipated movie of the summer” the Dark Knight Rises, the last installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Franchise. Joined with me are Caitlin, Billy, Frank and Chris who were just as excited and giggling in their seats when the movie began as I was. Switching up the format for the show once again, I gathered separate interviews with people who I knew loved Cape Crusader more or as much as me. You hear from Jay Amabile, owner of SexyArmpit.com a blog about New Jersey in pop culture. Also I chatted briefly with pro wrestler/actor Anthony Serio. Serio had the opportunity to be in the Dark Knight Rises (and, after seeing the movie, receives a nice on camera close up). He gives a little incite on working in the movie, what it takes to pursue your dreams and making them happen. Of course, I couldn’t of done this podcast without the Batman himself, my father, the biggest Batman fan I know. The man who brought me into this world and introduced me to the Dark Knight. Check it out and FOLLOW THE SHOW ON TWITTER: @PopCultPodcast.
Sat down this week to produce another “Best Of” episode of Pop Cultivation. This time we highlight one of the greatest guests in the history of this podcast. Francesco Paladino has appeared in episode 15, 22, 31,34, 37, 40, 83, 88 and in this special bonus episode we hear the best moments from those appearances.
Sat down this week with not one, but two seperate, totally different, brand new guests. Peter Appel is an actor based in NYC. Whos been seen in movies and television for over 25 years. This episode kicks off with a story about how Peter wasn’t originally this week’s guest. I actually didn’t even know Peter before this episode. Listen how my conversation with comedian Rick Shapiro quickly, (ok not quickly) became a conversation with Mr. Appel. PLUS, I talk with J.V. Bastard of the band Darrow Chemical Company. He’s the heart, the soul, the brains behind the group. We talk about his history of playing with The Misfit’s Michael Graves, his DIY lifestyle, I call him a “Marketing Junky” and we listen to a few tracks off their lastest EP “Plastic Smile”. Check it out!
Welcome to another bonus episode of Pop Cultivation. Welcome to the Bonus Episode 3 if you’ve been keeping a tally. Today’s bonus content is from the other night where I took this show live on the internet. So lets figure out what happens if you take two of the most significant characters in the history of this podcast and have them both as guests together on the same show, at the same time. Check it out.
So I’m trying to figure out what happens if you take two of the most significant characters in the history of Pop Cultivation and have them both as guests on the same show together. I guess we’ll find out tonight (6/20) when Regina Santorella AND Francesco Paladino return and we once again go LIVE on the INTERNET. 9pm est. RIGHT HERE!
Sat down this week with up and coming hip hop artist Un-Ez. We talk about his passion for his art and why he’s ready to make a career out of it. We talk about the genre of hip hop. We discuss his campaign #FreeMusicFridays. Where he produces a new track every week that he posts to his Soundcloud page for his follows to download. Oh and we also talk about Lil Terrio.
Also I talk with Colin Billings the VP of Growth at Stitcher Radio. We talk about one of my favorite apps. I ask him why they changed their logo from black to white. It’s a great conversation for users of the application or people interested in using it.
Sat down this week with the very talented Thomas De Vinko. I thought I met Tom when he started taking drum lessons from my dad, but I was quickly reminded of another scenerio of when we first met. Which I find to be completely hilarious. We talk about how he loops and samples vinyls to create sounds to play drums over which ultimately become songs on solo albums he produces in his basement. Tom plays actually all of the music in this episode. Like you’re going to hear him drum over the theme song of the show.Plus I also talk to Pro Wrestling Syndicate stars Bonesaw (BOOSAW) and the PWS Champion Mario Bokara before they go one on one this Saturday at Supercard in the mainevent. Check it out.
Sat down this week with “east coast godfather of skateboarding”. If you live in the “tristate” area you’ve probably seen his sticker before. You might of even thought it was something else. Years ago my friends owned a skateboard DVD entitled “Vinny Raffa has a posse”. With us being obsessed with skateboarding at the time, we loved it. Especially since some of it was filmed right in the next town over. Never would I of thought that years later I’d be sitting down with Vinny Raffa for a one on one interview. Also in this episode I talk with a former band mate, Mike Steenstra about his appearance in Raffa’s DVD. Also Eggs returns to the show so I can return something of his that I had for over ten years.
Sat down over past few weeks with various guests that I’ve previously sat down with before for this podcast. Over 20 guests return to Pop Cultivation this week. Some to catch up. Some to say hi. Someone plays us a sample of their new song. We head to the Francesco show and something weird happens. Someone who has only appeared once but created a giant splash in the Pop Cultivation river returns to the show. We hear stories of how friendships have started because of this podcast. Plus somebody drops in unannounced. Check it out.
Sat down with this week’s guest from his studio in Union City, New Jersey. A studio that I recorded a 3 song EP at with my band Off Broadway… 7 years ago. Jesse Cannon worked in nearly every aspect of the music business. Music producer and owner of Cannon Found Soundation, runs the blog Musinformation.com, artist management, author of the over 700 page book “Get More Fans: The DIY Guide to the New Music Business” and many more titles. We talk about our history of how we know eachother. We talk about podcasts. We also talk about something that hits close to home and I’m sure to a few of my listeners, we touch on the topic of depression. Something that Jesse suffered with in his teens that he has now overcome. This is a great episode. There’s so much you’ll learn from this.
Sat down this week to produce another “Best Of” episode of Pop Cultivation. This time we highlight one of the greatest guests in the history of this podcast. Regina Santorella has appeared in episode 10, 62, 65, 70, 73, 78 and in this special bonus episode we hear the best moments from those appearances.
Sat down this week with the lead singer and guitarist of the now defunct band Off Broadway, the former keyboardist of Action Item, the co-founder of the clothing line Tandem Label and starting next month, his own jewelry store The M located in New York City… Are you getting all this? This week’s guest is Mark Shami. Someone who I once was quite close to. Someone who I once had differences with. Following last week’s episode with Jesse DeFlorio, who also was a member of Off Broadway, Mark and I sit down to run through the history of our band. Mark also shares why his left his most recent music endeavor Action Item. This might be one of the greatest episodes in this show’s almost 2 year history.
Sat down this week this a former bandmate, one of my best friends Jesse DeFlorio. I haven’t seen Jesse in a while and it’ll probably be a while until I see him again. This episode is recorded less than two weeks before Jesse leaves to make a home for himself on the west coast. He’s moving to LA, somewhere I thought I wanted to live. So we talk about that. We also bring you back to the beginning, how he and I first met. I express how difficult it was being apart of Off Broadway but also share some of the great moments that we had. I didn’t think I had too much influence on this guy, but then he reminded me of a tour I passed up which launched a career of his. Check it out!