Episode 211

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The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 211

In this episode:

  • meeting Jeff Bridges again,
  • The Dude and the Zen Master by Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman,
  • more Paunch Luck and people who don’t post their videos of events,
  • Starman (1984) starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen,
  • our review of the 2nd season of Comic Book Men on AMC (birthday party, Kevin Smith signing, Ming in drag, and Stan Lee),
  • Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K obstacle course run (www.runforyourlives.com),
  • stuck between a rock and a hard place,
  • fellow NAVA member Stephanie McKeon’s appearance on Comic Book Men,
  • video gaming podcast Our Brooklyn Bytes hosted by Leon Barber and Stephanie,
  • celebrity deaths (Hector “Macho” Camacho, Larry Hagman, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Shankar, Jack Klugman, Norman Schwarzkopf, Conrad Bain, Abigail Van Buren, and Earl Weaver),
  • Paul McCartney is NOT dead,
  • Quincy, M.E.,
  • the 1987 computer game Earl Weaver Baseball,
  • Robert Duncan McNeill’s 666 Park Avenue was canceled,
  • the Paunch show archive created by Frank Nora of onsug.com,
  • Stefani Germanotta (pre Lady Gaga) performing Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Maker” in NYC in January 2006 (video),
  • Eddie Brickell’s “Good Times” music video on Windows 95 CDs,
  • a listener email from Led Zeppelin cover band Custard Pie and That Confounded Bridge guitarist Kevin Nay,
  • and a Paunch tweet retweeted by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Glenn Howerton (our photo collage showing Glenn’s uncanny resemblance to Lindsey Buckingham).

Pictures and Video from the Jeff Bridges book signing, New York, 1/8/2013:
Jeff Bridges QnA NYC 1-8-13

Jeff Bridges Signing NYC 1-8-13

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Episode 193

posted on Apr 21, 2012 | Comments (8)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 193

In this episode:

  • Cheat our way to episode 200?,
  • our review of The Three Stooges (2012), starring Will Sasso, Sean Hayes, and Chris Diamantopoulos, directed by the Farrelly Brothers,
  • Moe beats up the cast of the Jersey Shore,
  • sequel to Twins (Triplets), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny Devito, and Eddie Murphy,
  • Google Maps 8-bit April Fools gag,
  • watching The Big Lebowski (1998), starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, at the landmark Loews Jersey Theater,
  • Rob’s dissactifaction with Zooey Deschanel on New Girl on FOX,
  • Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion dollars,
  • Greg always getting You Tube errors,
  • Lou Ferrigno finally gets fired on The Celebrity Apprentice,
  • KFC chicken pot pie,
  • Marvel fanboys attending a 6-movie marathon leading up to The Avengers,
  • our review of 21 Jump Street (2012), starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum,
  • our review of Disney’s box office bomb, John Carter (2012),
  • Lifetime television movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable (2012), starring Rob Lowe,
  • celebrity deaths: Mike Wallace and Jack Tramiel,
  • Tramiel’s role (or non-role?) in the downfall of Atari,
  • and one reason why the NEC TurboGrafx-16 flopped.

Also, as custom, here’s my camera phone shot of The Big Lebowski on the big screen….
The Big Lebowski

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Episode 177

posted on Sep 7, 2011 | Comments (1)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 177

In this episode:

  • our trip to Barcade in Jersey City, NJ (microbrew beers and 1970s-1980s classic video arcade games),
  • Barcade running on 100% wind power,
  • Rob’s dream about “Macho Man” Randy Savage,
  • the 2011 ThunderCats cartoon show,
  • Larry Kenney vs. Will Friedle as the voice of Lion-O,
  • John Erwin as the voice of Prince Adam and He-Man,
  • Greg’s movie review of The A-Team (2010),
  • Paunch Stevenson Show celebrity encounters,
  • Greg meeting Tom Wopat (Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard),
  • John Schneider and Tom Wopat on Smallville,
  • Greg meeting Jeff Bridges (Barney Cousins from The Vanishing),
  • celebrity deaths (Christopher Mayer from The Dukes of Hazzard and Bubba Smith),
  • the 2011 season of Curb Your Enthusiasm finally taking place in NYC,
  • our future children missing out on pop culture from the past,
  • important pop culture getting lost in time (CHiPs, the Marx Brothers, The Little Rascals, Droopy, The Ant and the Aardvark, etc.),
  • the upcoming Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood spin-off Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,
  • Jonah Hill’s weight loss,
  • Mike Masse’s music video for “Long Time” (acoustic Boston cover),
  • the decline of music videos,
  • Rob constantly hearing people whistle Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” in England,
  • Rob’s 4D movie experience,
  • and Tom Wopat’s music vs. Jeff Bridges’s music.

We also snapped some photos of Barcade Jersey City:
Flickr – Barcade, Jersey City, NJ 8/20/11
Barcade Jersey City

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Review of Jeff Bridges’ New Album

posted on Aug 31, 2011 | Comments (0)

So the great Jeff “It’s Me Barney” Bridges just released his second musical album Jeff Bridges, first since 2000′s Be Here Soon. This new album is sort of a continuation of Jeff’s work in the film Crazy Heart (2009), about a down and out country singer. He worked with highly successful producer T-Bone Burnett on the album. This album is definitely country, but it’s old school country, which is why the country music press hated it! I personally hate newer country, essentially everything made from Billy Ray Cyrus onwards. Anyway, Rolling Stone Magazine gave it 3 out of 5, which I’d probably agree with. Several of the songs were just way too slow and bogged down, although a few were very good, and one is now stuck in my damn head! Here’s a quick rundown of the tracks in the CD I got, with 2 Barnes & Noble bonus tracks:

  • What a Little Bit of Love Can Do -> The signature track, very catchy, Bridges voice actually works quite well with this song.
  • Falling Short -> This is a strange one, seems to go nowhere.
  • Everything But Love -> Folksy, very pleasant.
  • Tumbling Vine -> Like track 2, written by Jeff Bridges, in the tone of “The Dude,” and highly psychedelic.
  • Nothing Yet -> Another slow one, put me to sleep.
  • Blue Car -> A nice poppy folk song with a easy beat (though slow).
  • Maybe I Missed the Point -> Easily my favorite track, and now stuck in my head. Wish he did the whole album like this.
  • Slow Boat -> Spoken word? Why?
  • Either Way -> Dullish love song.
  • The Quest -> Old school country song.
  • I Will Wait -> First B&N exclusive bonus, modest.
  • Shotgun Bride -> Second B&N exclusive bonus, kind of falls off the cliff.
  • Drag Me To The Party -> Amazon MP3 exclusive, more odd spoken words.

Oh, and surprise, I got to meet Jeff Bridges at the Fifth Avenue Barnes & Noble in New York! Here’s his signed CD cover and my picture just before getting it signed. We’ll talk about the encounter in Episode 177.

Jeff Bridges Signed CD

Jeff Bridges Signed CD

Greg meets Jeff Bridges

Greg meets Jeff Bridges

Episode 158

posted on Oct 22, 2010 | Comments (1)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 158

In this episode:

  • closing of the local Belleville, NJ, Pathmark,
  • Led Zeppelin cover band Custard Pie (website),
  • Robert Plant performing Led Zeppelin as country music (Band of Joy),
  • Romanian Led Zeppelin cover band (Mike Godoroja & Blue Spirit) on YouTube,
  • Jeff Bridges sings country songs,
  • Jeff’s new album (Be Here Soon),
  • Rob’s Comcast DVR upgrade,
  • Google TV,
  • the lack of true digital “VCR” recording devices,
  • Star Wars films being released in 3D,
  • how much more will George Lucas butcher the films?,
  • how many more formats can he re-release them in the future?,
  • Joaquin Phoenix’s fake mental breakdown film I’m Still Here (2010) bankrupting director Casey Affleck,
  • Addams Family the musical (website),
  • The Munsters remade as a serious drama,
  • Patrick Stewart’s Broadway play A Life in the Theatre,
  • Frank Welker roasting George Burns (video),
  • celebrity deaths (Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis, Stephen J. Cannell),
  • rapid fire movie reviews of latest 2010 films (Going the Distance, Easy A, The Town, You Again),
  • professing our love for It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,
  • the Bumper Dumper,
  • and Leonard Nimoy’s singing talents once again.

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