Podcast, Sports

The Blitz: Episode 2 Podcast Preview

The NBA’s conference finals heats up before their respective game 2s as the Miami Heat pulled away with a strong second half in today’s Miami-Boston opener. The Celtics sputtered to 11 anemic first quarter points before bouncing back strong in the second. After being tied 46 a piece at the end of the half, the Heat would dominate the second behind LeBron James’ game-high 32 and Dwayne Wade’s 22. The biggest talking points however, poor officiating and ghost technical fouls- one of which Celtics coach Doc Rivers has called, “the worst he’s ever had”.

The Blitz podcast will talk about all things Heat and Celtics as they progress through game 2 Wednesday night. Do the Celtics have enough in their aging legs after a bruising 7-game series against the Sixers? Can the Heat finally get over the hump of last year?

We’ll also talk Western Conference where fundamental basketball takes center stage as both the Spurs and Thunder showcase good ol’ fashion basketball the way Dr. Naismith drew it up. Are the feisty Thunder too inexperienced to topple the Spurs? Can the Spurs continue their impressive winning streak?

We’ll talk NBA and more when the second episode of The Blitz Podcast comes streaming through very soon!

In the meantime, want to get your bets in before game 3? Can the Celts turn the tide? Can the Spurs go 2 up? We’ll see you soon on The Blitz!

You can also check out the first episode of The Blitz right here.

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Football, Podcast, Sports

The Blitz: Episode 1

The Marshalltown begins its journey into podcasting with The Blitz, our all-new sports round-up show hosted by the two guys that used to do the radio show. The inaugural broadcast features some dodgy recording, some post-radio broadcasting haze and a blocked nose, but it’s step 1 in returning to regularly scheduled material from the world of sports.

Episode 1 features a round up of the crazy English Premier League season, recent NBA playoff developments and our incorrect Champions League Final prediction.  Check it out below. It’ll get better… we promise.

The Blitz: Episode 1

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Punk Rock Academy Fight Songs

Where do you start when it comes to the music and bands that would ultimately define you? How do you compress a lifetime’s worth into an hour? You can’t, but we tried. The punk explosion of the mid-90’s played in important part in many a suburban teenager’s life- and its long serving effects are still being felt today. While some will discredit the movement for homogenizing a previously (and notoriously) underground element, one can also see its positive influence on the world.

Speaking personally, without it, I would have never found the vast and incredibly life-altering artistic appeal of a scene buried deep beneath the surface. Whether it was hardcore, post-hardcore, indie, or punk in its earlier forms, bands like Green Day and Offspring were the gateways to enlightenment, activism, and self-reliance. For an hour, we tried to reminisce and share some of the bands that made it big during this time period, bands that went on to influence millions of listeners around the world. We also made time to remember some of those who were fueled by the mega label’s who sought to cash in on this trend, and ultimately sank some promising bands. We spun tracks by the previously mentioned, Rancid, No Use For a Name, Klover, Jawbreaker, Millencolin, and MxPx to name some.

To this day, these songs still resonate.

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Whiskey For The Holy Ghost

It is an anomaly to me, that Mark Lanegan isn’t as recognized as he should be. While active music listeners will undoubtedly form some sort of familiarity with his name, the majority of the media seem reticent in their praise for his massive discography. So when we did the show about him, it was less us being the bullhorn for the uninitiated, but rather two music fans who sat in amazement at how impressive his voice, and his work is.

We used words like “soulful” a lot, and fawned at how amazing songs like “Nearly Lost You” are. We had a wide variety of music from his career not only as the voice of the Screaming Trees, but a lot of his collaborative work with the likes of the Queens of the Stone Age, Greg Dulli, and Isobel Campbell. We were going to close with a Gutter Twins track, but I think Brad stuffed that up. Trust us to mess with a good thing.

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Big Take Over

The Bad Brains are a complicated band with a sordid history. As detailed in Stephen Blush’s American Hardcore, they were never short of revolutionary music making, controversial attitudes, and a desire for self-destruction that ultimately limited the band’s potential and appeal. I was reading Blush’s book during the week of the show and their praise seemed wholly justified as we went from song to song. Just an amazing sense of power and urgency- fueling the kind of anger that would influence countless future artists (Minor Threat among them) to greater things.

An hour of power. I think we stuck to their more noted material, and stayed away from their more metal/rock leanings that saw them fade during the late 80s and early 90s. A viciously fun show.

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