Episode 196: Steel Dragon

Episode 196: Steel DragonThis week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Hank test their might as they take the reigns of the show. In what proves to be a heavily music based show, the duo discuss their love of Apple Music and the joy of catching some of their favorite artists perform live through the streaming of some of the summer’s biggest events. Talk turns to Record Store Day, the continuing madness of vinyl collecting and the return of Columbia House. Hank teases the upcoming Summer Movie Preview as he touches on ‘Rogue One’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ They cap off this week’s show with some solid picks of the week, along with some great advice on how to avoid becoming the tech guy in your family. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

Episode 196: Steel Dragon

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Episode 150: Hitching The Wagon

Episode 150: Hitching The WagonThis week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason once again welcome back one of the show’s classic co-hosts, Chris Michalek. Chris offers a look at his recently finds in the world of vinyl and listening in ultra lo-fi. Jason and Jeremy revisit their conversation from last week on the cult movie phenomena know as ‘It Follows.’. Jeremy gives us the lowdown on his latest feature, a think-piece titled, “Heavy Hangers: The Best Boobs of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Films.” In short, it is quality read with lots of quality eye candy! The power trio then focuses in on a movement to save the ‘Dawn of The Dead’ bridge and ponder which classic movie locations they would love to visit. After offering up their picks of the week, talk quickly turns to the magic of hook hands and other free range oddities. Most importantly, on this very special episode, the gang focuses on the union of Jeremy and Producer Danielle! That’s right! They got hitched! We wish them all the best and remind Producer Danielle of the strictly enforced “No Returns” policy here at the APC Chapel of Love. Cue the music and prepare to throw the rice, loose change or well hidden cash their way!

Episode 150: Hitching The Wagon

Episode 139: Return of The Vinyl Hunter

Episode 139: Return of The Vinyl HunterThe Acid Pop Cult Podcast welcomes a blast from the past this week with the triumphant return of former host Chris Michalek. Chris gives us the scoop on what he has been up to. We explore his long running love affair with vinyl, hunting it down in the wild and some of his recent finds. We also recount Chris’ documentation of some amazing bathroom graffiti, via Instagram, while out on the road and Jason confesses to making his own contributions to the art form. Jason gives us the lowdown on getting up close and personal with two former mega-stars this past weekend — Burt Reynolds and Scott Weiland. Jeremy offers a solid pick of the week and spirited review of Oliver Stone’s 1981 feature, ‘The Hand,’ starring Michael Caine. To cap off an already jammed packed episode, the trip offer up a few quick picks in the form of movies and music for your listening pleasure. If that’s not enough, we’ll see you next Tuesday (K)night… #wacbfwsk

Episode 139: Return of The Vinyl Hunter

The First Step to Recovery is Admitting You Have a Vinyl Problem

It started innocently enough about a decade ago.

“I’ll do it once or twice,” I thought. “It’s no big deal.”

At first, it wasn’t.

Then a few times a year, turned into a few more times per year, and as the years piled on, so did the obsession. Now I’m here at the beginning of yet another year, and my once or twice habit, has turned into a financial drain that has added a lot of undue stress to my life.

Backrooms like these are where chasing this dragon leads. They are often scary and filled with freaks.

Backrooms like these are where chasing this dragon leads. They are often scary and filled with freaks.

Nearly every dollar I make, I struggle over the decision of using it to pay a bill, put away for a rainy day, or feed the beast. The beast is winning more and more often.

I was on the prowl all night last night looking for a fix, and finally went to bed depressed because I didn’t have the cash to score what I wanted, what I needed.

I feel like I’m losing control, which means my friends and family probably realized I lost control a long time ago. The addict is always the last to know.

My stereo equipment is inadequate, and my vinyl collection isn’t what i want it to be. It’s sad but true. It’s consumed me.

With addicts, things seem shiny at first. Then the shine wears off.

With addicts, things seem shiny at first. Then the shine wears off.

Last night I was searching for tube amplifiers, and phono preamps with tubes, and speakers capable of making such a purchase worthwhile. No matter where I turned, or what dark Internet rabbit hole I went down, I never had enough cash to be satisfied.

It didn’t used to be this way.

I bought a few records on a whim one day. I didn’t even have my own turntable. I had to use one belonging to someone else. It wasn’t long before I was on the hunt for my own.

That was when the cheap stuff was just fine. If it plugged into my receiver, and made noise, it did its job.

Then the records began to pile up. Not too many at first. Just a few here and there. It didn’t become a weekly habit for several years, and it wasn’t until earlier this year that I became a daily searcher.

Three years ago, I decided my turntable wasn’t good enough.

Then I got my hands on a classic Realistic LAB-395 Direct Drive turntable with its original Shure RXT-4 MM Cartridge, that only needed a stylus replacement.

Good enough, right? It plays. What more do you want?

Good enough, right? It plays. What more do you want?

Then my receiver wasn’t good enough.

It still isn’t, but until I do something with my speakers, there’s no point in chasing that dragon.

Since the speakers and tubes are still out of reach, I keep eyeballing an upgrade on the turntable, and maybe even a better phono amp that doesn’t have tubes.

The cycle is endless now.

If I’m not looking for high-priced audio equipment, I’m looking for over-priced accessories like dust arms, record cleaners, and stabilizer clamps.

In case you're asking, "What the fuck is a stabilizer clamp?" It's this.

In case you’re asking, “What the fuck is a stabilizer clamp?” It’s this.

I’m even considering learning how to solder and assemble electronics so I can get shit to put together myself.

I’m sick. I need help.

If it wasn’t for the steady flow of records I bring into the house, I’d be a miserable wreck with a bad case of the shakes.

There aren’t any Betty Ford clinics for this. I’ve just got to deal with it on my own.

I just hope I can come to grips with my problem, before I start pawning my grandmother’s jewelry and prostituting myself for .50 cents per ride downtown.

Turdles

This could get ugly, if I don’t turn my life around.

Episode 30: Bromance Blooms

This week Lee steps up to the hosting plate and knocks it out of the park, while Chris comes back to pick up the slack left behind from a missing J-Mo. Roxy’s Rack Review brings us the overlooked, yet masterfully done “Island of Death”. Roxy’s cute as always, but even her hotness is no match for the budding bromance between Lee and Chris. They talk a lot of music which is impressive considering they are old and have a hard time remembering stuff.

 Episode 30: Bromance Blooms