Secret Stash: The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast

“You silly, silly bitch.” That’s the type of comments you can expect when you tune-in to The Joe Rogan Experience podcast with host Joe Rogan. If you’re not aware of who Joe Rogan (@JoeRogan) is — in a nutshell he’s a long time comedian, martial arts expert and working actor. You probably know him as the host of Fear Factor and or the color commentator of the Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC). But what makes him different from others in the field is his diverse and uncommon interests. From advocating marijuana [like us] and isolation tanks, to disproving chem-trails, Rogan will talk on an obscure topic you’ve never heard of and sell the shit out of it.

Obviously the show is not for everyone, as debauchery and raunch can take over in a split second. Usually this can be credited to the producer and co-host Brian Redban (@RedBan). Personally, I find the filth humorous and perfectly sparse . Don’t act like you’ve never laughed at a dick joke. Just be warned, it’s not office friendly – so get your earphones out. Let’s review.

Production: Not a strong suite of the show. The Podcast started with snowflakes on Ustream, as I stumbled on to it one day, noticing Rogan and Redban experimenting. There were long awkward gaps of silence as they tinkered. Since then, the video quality has improved tremendously, the audio is studio level now, the graphics have been  updated with matching psychedelic themes and the guests are usually phenomenal. So, what’s my problem?  The audio levels do still jump around, which can be an annoyance, especially when a boisterous guest like Joey Diaz comes on or a soft spoken guest isn’t matching Rogan’s octaves. I find myself constantly lowering and raising the volume on those occassions. Another small issue is the three hour format, which can cut the show right when a great topic comes up. The only way to fix these issues would be to script or structure the show, which would take away from it’s indie, counter-culture feel. I’ll deal with it.

Entertainment: The most important element. The guys aren’t knocking it out of the park every time up, but their batting average is on some Barry Bonds steroid level shit. The  guests are life enriching with the wealth of information they bring to the show. I used to think that my enjoyment of the show was because Joe’s views resonated with my odd views, but the community proves that many of us think the same. I’ve never had anyone (including Rogan haters) I’ve introduced the show, not at least become intrigued by the posed questions.

Ad-Freedom: Nobody likes ads, but publishers need to pay the bills. The show does it’s best to not make the advertising obtrusive, but sometimes the intro rants can become bothersome. Really, we shouldn’t be complaining, since we get the content free of charge, unlike some other podcasts. You also have the option of purchasing Sirius XM radio if you want the show ad-free.

Accessibility: I love being able to start listening in the office and then jump in my car and continue on where I was. I credit this to the JRE army, spreading the content far and wide. You can get the podcast on Vimeo, Youtube, Ustream, Stitcher, iTunes, Podcast directories and smartphone Apps. I even found a app on my discontinued Boxee Box (IPTV).  

Frequency: We all want more, but Joe is a busy man. Luckily he’s helped introduce many of his like-minded friends to podcasting, creating the ever-growing Deathsquad crew. Joe’s off a week doing stand-up and the UFC, I catch up with Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, or Joey Diaz’s Church of What’s Happening Now and there’s many more. Check out DeathSquad.TV for a good list of similar podcasts.

Educating: As the host says, “get it together bitches.” You aren’t going to ever grow if you don’t learn how to control your environment. Hunter S. Thompson taught me that. Rogan has professionals in important and or fascinating fields that will give you a crash course in everything from politics to cryptocurrency to end of the world planning. You don’t need to buy what they’re selling, but it’s a start to knowing what’s out there. I just learned about Bit coin from a recent episode with Andreas Antonopoulos. After most episodes I feel enriched with what I would of never learned if it wasn’t for The Joe Rogan Experience. Praise Odin.

Should I buy an Xbox One Now? Here’s what you should know

Console wars are entertainingly nasty.  We flame each other in forums and comments over the choice someone else made with THEIR money. If you haven’t seen the finale of South Park, they really nailed the trivial PS4 vs. Xbox One wars. Don’t get me wrong, I do understand the logic behind defending such a huge investment in a console – especially with the Xbox One. I took that $600 ($499 console + tax + one game) plunge and it was not an easy decision. I’ll admit, I even sometimes question if I made a $600 mistake. Here’s what I’ve found in my breakdown, which I hope helps you make an intelligent decision.

The Hardware: You’ll hear conflicting reports on who has the faster console, but truth be told, they are faster in different aspects. Most will agree however that with all things considered, Sony has the slight edge again in overall hardware. I wouldn’t let that be a deciding factor though. In the end it comes down to the developers use of the technology. Despite the PS3 having better hardware specs than the 360, statistics showed that renderings were better on Xbox 360 with majority of cross-platform games.

Ryse GraphicsEntertainment: In my opinion this is what matters the most. Do you enjoy your console? Moving from the 360 to One, I felt that I enjoyed the older console more. Why? Possibly because of the lack of my favorite titles and small list of products in the store currently. Obviously that’ll change, but for now I have to enjoy what I have. The games I do have are really fun (RYSE, COD Ghost, DR3), but I’ll be coming to the end of them soon.

Really the Xbox One is made to be enjoyed with their integrated television watching experience. Instead it angered me because “One” does not support my lone service provider in my area (COX sucks!), like it does say Verizon Fios TV. You can plug any external box into the Xbox One, but it doesn’t do anything, other than launch it. I ended up running the Cox cable box on its own to save the electricity of running both.

Cost: $599 is not cheap. Microsoft forces the Kinect down your throat to justify it’s extra $100 charge over the competitor. Whether you’re in to the new camera and voice recognition or not, it’s a bundled deal for now. Reports have surfaced that Microsoft will be releasing a lite version of the Xbox One that reduces the price, to compete with the Playstation 4.

“Microsoft will be releasing a lite version of the Xbox One that reduces the price.”

Exclusives: Titles like RYSE, Forza and Dead Rising 3 can only be found on Xbox One. Just as games like InFamous and Resistance can only be found on PS4. It comes down to taste whether you like this or that. If the past tells us anything, it says Microsoft will pay publishers for more exclusive content in the long run. And if you do have a good cable provider that is supported by Xbox One, then you’ll likely enjoy that television integration with Xbox One, which Sony does not offer.

Decision?

The Playstation 4 is the obvious choice for the economic gamer. However, if you’re a big Xbox Live user and or user of premium cable providers like Fios, AND you have the extra hundred to hand over, then you’ll enjoy Xbox One. That’s a lot of ifs, and even though I don’t fit in all categories, the fact is I enjoy the exclusive titles and the familiarity. I am very happy with my Xbox One. The graphics are mind-blowing, the speed (except when installing/updating) is awesome, and besides, most of my friends and family are still on Xbox Live. That’s probably where they have most of us stuck.

You’re missing out on the Showtime Series “Gigolos”

When I’m asked what my favorite television shows are, one that usually bewilders is when I exclaim Showtime’s “Gigolos.”  As you’d imagine, the premise is based off five gigolos (yes, man whores) in the backdrop of Lust Vegas. Women pay an absorbent amount to have sex with these upscale male escorts, as they make a financial killing. If that alone is not enough to titillate your senses, let me further expand on why Gigolos will become your new favorite guilty pleasure.

Originality: The show is refreshing in the fact that the lifestyle of a Gigolo is truly unique. Constant upkeep of physical appearance with workouts in jiu-jitsu and high-fashion shopping in beautiful Vegas. Oh, and there’s also the shopping of sex costumes and toys for clients. Not many can say that is part of the description of the day-job. You also get a look from the female clients perspective. Usually the message conveyed is that the Gigolos are doing these women a service that truly improves their lives. The most used line in the show from women:

I’m too busy with my job to find a man and he makes me feel beautiful.”

 Production: Nothing special in the design and effects of the show, but the backdrop of Vegas is intriguing enough. The short story lines make it easy to jump in the show at any point, even as it enters the fifth season.

The Cast: Plenty of character to go around. Each Gigolo naturally has a specific desirable look for the clients. There’s of course the popular bad boy white rapper, the mature veteran, the light-skinned black dude,  the feminist hippie and the young and muscle-bound former Army man.

Entertainment Value: The show is not perfect, but it is entertaining majority of the time. Like most premium shows, there is full-frontal (weird idiom) nudity and sex to keep it interesting. The clients aren’t usually the most attractive women, giving an amateur porn feel. The clients also usually have some interesting sexual fantasies. From having sex in front of their husband, to pretending to sleep, to furry fandom sex. It’s hard to look away. Not for the prude.

 Availability: It’s not easy to catch Gigolos. Probably due to the sexual content. The show airs late on Thursday nights on Showtime. Yes, that means you need to have a subscription to Showtime, but with that subscription comes the possibility to watch the show anytime online via the Showtime App or on the website.

With all that considered, hopefully you at least give the show a try. Here’s the link to the official site, with more info. I am in no way associated with the show in case you conspiracy types ask. Honestly, I’ve been trying to watch as little television as possible. I’m proudly down to four shows for now (Kroll Show, The Walking Dead, Workaholics, Gigolos), until others start-up.

The Real 2013 Rap Album of the Year: Hopsin “Knock Madness”

When Macklemore took home the award for 2013 album of the year at the Grammy’s, many Rap fans were quick to call a robbery. After all, Kendrick Lamar came on the scene with ferocious lyrics, gaining a massive following. What people should know however is it comes down to sales. Macklemore took the award with his massive sales, thanks to his ability to transcend the rap genre. It’s no secret that like rapper Eminem his appearance appealed to a broader audience. And unlike Marshall, Macklemore hits more of the Pop audience as well. Regardless, I’m here to tell you why neither man would have been chosen if it was based on the heart of Hip-Hop — skills.

“If talent was measured, Hopsin would of been the 2013 hip-hop album Of The Year with his album Knock Madness. “

Following up from his 2010 album hit “RAW, ” the artist known as Hopsin makes his long awaited return with vengeance in “Knock Madness.” An accurate description of Hopsin’s rap style is dark, gritty, controversial, clever and introspective. If you’re a fan of artist such a Eminem, Tyler the Creator and The Game, then Hopsin is likely an artist you’ll enjoy.

If you’re not aware,  the formerly underground rapper has been around for some time. Sadly, the talent only holds four album releases, which is due to his feud with past label Ruthless Records. Hopsin repeatedly drops bars, airing out laundry on the label throughout both RAW and Knock Madness in hopes of warning off any other artists considering signing with the label. Ruthless, founded by the late Eazy-E today it is simply a long list of former artist that have since departed. Talks of a possible upcoming N.W.A. movie is expected to generate some income for the label, which is now owned by the widow of Eazy-E.

Perhaps a blessing in disguise. Hopsin’s long running struggles, as well as gained connections with fellow upcoming talent such as Tech N9ne seems to have created a masterpiece. Hopsin’s controversial trash talk of  top-selling hip-hop artist like Kanye West and Lil Wayne bleeds through the speakers with fury. There’s no doubt that there is true spite in his words. Reminiscent of the original Marshal Mathers LP, we also have a dark and very personal story unraveling in most tracks, followed by easy going tracks like “Lunchtime Cypher.”

The album is one that I find perfect for the gym and even other times. Good for adrenaline rushes, but not the best ‘chill track’ to listen to prior to going to bed. As I mentioned prior, if you’re a fan of hardcore rap, you’re a fan of Hopsin. Download the album on iTunes and let us know what you think below.