The EZPZ Podcast EP020: The Glove Department



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What’s up, Internet! One thing to note before we get into the show notes: Shaun has been uploading his Let’s Plays on Fallout 4 on The EZPZ’s YouTube channel. Check those out if you haven’t yet. They are in glorious 1080p HD 60 FPS. Alright, let’s get into the show notes.

Ronda Rousey lost to Holly Holm! What a fun match to follow. The lemon heads share their thoughts on the match.

Electric Forest announced they are banning Native American headdresses for 2016. They will be looking at restricting totems, too.

He who will not be named said something else racist. What do you know?

ISIS claimed they would be issuing an attack at WWE’s pay-per-view event Survivor Series. Hacker collective, Anonymous, announced they will be shelling out attacks on ISIS.

Going back to activities/props being banned from music festivals, wubbing is something Dan does not think should be banned. Dan Is Pro-Wubbing.

Shia LaBeouf discusses how his love for himself only grew after his “Shia Watched Shia” event.

Our thoughts are with hardcore band, The Ghost Inside! They were in a horrific car accident which killed their driver and all the members sustained serious injuries.

At the time of this recording, Shaun was about 25 hours into Fallout 4. He showed Nick a few neat things in the game and they discuss some glitches and bugs Shaun’s found. Overall, Bethesda has done a top-notch job with ironing out all the bugs.

And rounding out the show, Nick wanted to discuss Justin Bieber’s antics at a skateboard park in Chicago.

Thanks for listening to the podcast! We have Alex Marean on EP020 of the show next week! Look for it soon!

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WEEK 3: My 4-Hour-Body Diet Food Diary

**Disclaimer: I failed to follow the diet during week two so miserably that I decided to scrap the week. I would like to blame the peanut butter and Little Debbie’s cake gorging on my road trip to Chicago and back on Friday to see Armor For Sleep, but I started eating badly on Tuesday… Oh well! 

Here’s week three!

Monday, 10/12

Tuesday, 10/13

Wednesday, 10/14

Thursday, 10/15

Friday, 10/16


Saturday, 10/17


Sunday, 10/18

The EZPZ Podcast Special EP003: Armor For Sleep


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Nick and Shaun went to the Armor For Sleep 10-Year Anniversary Tour for What To Do When You Are Dead! This tour got announced in late June and they snagged tickets on day one because well, it’s Armor For Sleep. Nick hadn’t seen them before this and after the fun road trip they took to see Title Fight in March, they knew they had to record the fun moments for this road trip.

DISCLAIMER: This special episode was recorded in Shaun’s Mazda 3 on an iPhone 6 during the drive home from Chicago, so the audio isn’t the best. It was great seeing the band back in action. We discussed our fun road antics, our fast food choice, “The Great Shaun Mix-up” and the show itself.

Again, we are sorry for the audio quality, this was recorded on an iPhone 6 and is more of a way to capture the memory of two best friends road-tripping to see a band that means so much to them.

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The EZPZ Podcast EP011: World Wide Chill

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What’s up, everybody! This week we have a very special episode of The EZPZ Podcast with co-host Ian Dunshee! You have probably heard about Ian before in some of #StealthModeDan’s stories. Ian is Dan’s best friend and brings a level-headed viewpoint to the table of lemon heads. The episode dives right into how Dan and Ian met, which included a really funny and sweet story of despising one another in study hall to sharing a stage in a high school pop-punk band. After discussing their small band, Shaun asked the table what they thought about Des Moines’ own, House of Bricks, shutting down somewhat recently. Some shared how they were happy and some shared that they will miss seeing small acts before they explode into big acts.

Ian is Dan’s best friend but until this summer, they had not see each other in over a year. Ian shared that he had been in Martinique, which is part of the Caribbean, studying archaeology. On the island of Martinique, he shared about how he was the reason people “tchip” in the streets. Ian discussed other things that were different about the culture in Martinique. He said that the music and party scene could not be more different than in the states.

Music Interlude: “It’s Carnival” by Destra

Dan gave us the mathematical lowdown on how biking is faster than walking. He started using the Des Moines Bcycle when out and about downtown which is a bicycle rental service. He gave the service two thumbs up and thinks people in Des Moines should use it more often. Ian just got back from RAGBRAI this last week and discussed how awesome of an experience it was for him. He got to see Cheap Trick and hang out with a bunch of fellow cyclists across the country. Ian wanted to make sure listeners do not think that to be a part of RABGRAI, you have to be a master cyclist.

Music Interlude: “Surrender” by Cheap Trick

Dan had another anxiety attack this past week. The anxiety/panic attack lead to a freaky occurrence at work between him and a customer. The lemon heads start talking about their own ghost stories. Dan goofed on Shaun for “not believing” in ghosts or paranormal activity. The stories shared by the lemon heads included a weirdo that claimed he “smelled something” while Ian was cooking in the community kitchen, stories about a high school friend of Ian and Dan’s who always had ghostly experiences and and Nick seeing a white figure standing at the door across the hall as a kid.

Music Interlude: “Ghostbusters” (Theme Song) by Ray Parker, Jr.

The Meek Mill and Drake drama really beefed up this week with Drake finally retaliating on OVO Sound Radio. The lemon heads discussed how they were happy Drake finally had a response after staying silent all week. Drake’s response was in the form of a track called “Charged Up”. All three hosts of the show thought Drake completely demolished Meek with this track. Ian thought the whole situation was about as mature as schoolyard fights, which the co-hosts could not exactly deny.

Music Interlude: “Charged Up” by Drake

Shaun wanted to discuss the incident at a concert in New Zealand, Earl Sweatshirt punched a fan that stormed the stage, tried to hug him and possibly take his mic. He wanted to ask the other lemon heads and Ian if he boys discussed how they think that it is pretty dumb that fans think they can storm the stage. It is one thing if the fan wants to crowd surf and stage dive, but that was not the case at an Earl Sweatshirt show in New Zealand. The lemon heads and Ian came to a consensus that they believe fan should not be storming the stage, period. This can create an unsafe environment for not only the artist and security but also fans. Security needs to be upped for certain acts and in this case security dropped the ball.

Music Interlude: “Wool” by Earl Sweatshirt

That’s a wrap! This was a very fun episode to record. What did you agree or disagree with in the show? Is there a host that you love, hate or love to hate? Shoot them all your love/hate mail to their email, Twitter and Instagram accounts below. Thank you so much for listening. We love doing the show and appreciate all of your support.

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The EZPZ Podcast EP006: J-Wowwza


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The EZPZ Podcast is back with episode 006 after taking a week off. The podcast took a week off for Memorial Day so the lemon heads could visit with family and friends. Which is what Shaun and special guest co-host, Shelby Johnson did. Shelby is sitting in this week for Nick Gandy since he is on vacation.

The show started off with introducing our guest co-host: Shelby Johnson! She was quick to tell the listeners that her favorite band is Balance and Composure. Shelby and Shaun discussed their family trip to Buffalo Center and Scarville in northern Iowa for Memorial Day.

Dan dove into the Food Truck Throwdown that was held in Des Moines, IA at The Social Club on Saturday, May 31st. Shaun mentioned he wanted to check it out but was unable to since he was at his friend’s wedding. Dan said that the wait for just getting wristbands wrapped around the block. He and his friend dipped and checked out Tacopocalypse in Des Moines, IA. He and Shelby dropped bombs about Tasty Tacos when Shaun asked if he liked Tacopocalypse or Tasty Tacos more.

Dan spoke about the new wine bar in Des Moines, too. He checked out Della Viti Des Moines, which is a self-serve wine bar. The lemon heads believe it is the first of its kind in Des Moines. The place was packed, which is what we want to hear for a new business in Des Moines doing dope shit! Dan mentioned he liked the idea, ambience and the price point of Della Viti and recommends people check it out.

Music Interlude: “Reflection” by Balance and Composure

Shaun and Shelby spoke about why they were a tad late to recording the podcast. They said it was because Shaun had to stay back and chat with a Des Moines police officer with his girlfriend Lydia. On Saturday morning, Lydia’s car was broken into and her iPod was stolen! The lemon heads discussed car theft and how it is affecting many people in Des Moines including guest co-host, Shelby Johnson.

Music Interlude: “Quas” by Sam Gallaitry

Shaun moved the conversation onto the shows they were watching. Shaun said that he was passively watching Jersey Shore with his girlfriend Lydia. Lets bring back #GTL, people! Nah, never mind. Then the crew moved onto Adventure Time and discussed how wonderful the show is for people of all ages. Shelby made sure to flex her Adventure Time knowledge by naming a specific episode that features Lemon Grab for people to watch.

Going off of butts exploding, Dan showed us a weird video he found on World Star. The video was showing just how weird San Francisco can be with the World’s Biggest Human Puppet Show. It was truly insane. The show was held at the Summer Salt Festival. Check it out below if you want to be truly disturbed.

Music Interlude: 5 South (Braeden Bailey Remix) by Mark Johns

Dan and Shaun gushed about how awesome the PantsOff! Podcast LIVE recording that was held at The Lift in Des Moines, IA on Tuesday, May 26th. The host of the PantsOff! podcast, Brian Campos, even gave The EZPZ a shoutout at the LIVE recording. The podcast format was really cool. Brian Campos would do his thing on stage and then he would let Des Moines’ The Maytags play a couple tunes. Then he would return to the stage to chat with the band and even asked them some questions regarding their show at 80/35 this year, recording their new album in Nashville this coming August and whatever else they have set for the future. The entire experience was truly magical and got Shaun and Dan fired up. We have a lot of love and respect for Brian Campos and hope to have a live recording of our own one day!

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Music Interlude: “Pushing Up Rivers” by The Maytags

To round out the episode, the lemon heads chatted about some music news this week including A$AP Rocky dropping At.Long.Last.A$AP. Shaun and Shelby discussed their mutual love for Turnover’s Peripheral Vision. The lemon heads chatted about the controversy that was brought to the Twitter-verse with the official announcement of the disbanding of OFWGKTA.

Dan got heated and announced The EZPZ’s official #FuckYou for the week. The #FuckYou award was given to Des Moines’ Juice Magazine. The magazine published a photo of Dan Brown in an article titled “Day Drinking”. Since Juice is owned by the Gannett Company, the photo was also put into the Des Moines Register. Check out the photo below.

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Music Interlude: “Most of the Time” by Turnover

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@ShaunSJohnson’s April 2015 Playlist!

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Every month since January 2011, Shaun Johnson has been making monthly playlists of his favorite music. As soon as the last couple days of the month roll around, Shaun starts a new playlist for the next month with whatever music he is jamming out to at that time. These playlists include any music that Shaun loves and are not confined to any specific genre or release date. The playlists usually include new music, but they can also include tracks from bands that Shaun is planning on seeing live that particular month.

These write-ups are solely for Shaun to promote the music he loves and to give him an outlet to write about music in a consistent manner! Don’t be afraid to send him your thoughts on his write-up or playlists on Twitter: @ShaunSJohnson

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I had the privilege of interviewing CHON’s Drew Pelisek in Omaha at The Slowdown at the Circa Survive, Balance and Composure show. It was one of the best concerts, let alone be experiences of my life. Pelisek was one of the coolest band members I have ever met in my entire life. My media production class at Iowa State University demanded a project every single week for the last 6 weeks of class. The main stipulation of the assignments was that they have to have something to do with an event in Ames. It can be a feature on a future event, too. This was particularly rough for me since I lived in Des Moines, Iowa.

I tweeted at Pelisek a few days before their show at The Slowdown in Omaha with Circa Survive and Balance and Composure about a possible interview to preview their Iowa State University show just a few weeks later. He said, “yeah” and I was excited. The tweet was completely on a whim and a final attempt before I would have to do some sort of lame preview of something I don’t care about in Ames.

The next few days before the show I was jamming to CHON’s new album, Grow, nonstop, along with all of their other tracks. I listened to CHON and only CHON for the first week of April because of all the editing I put into the video.

The beginning of April I was watching Transparent on Amazon Prime. I had just finished The Walking Dead’s season five and Better Call Saul’s first season, so I needed to move onto something else. When deciding I watched a couple trailers of shows. Transparent was one of those shows. In the trailer, they used Vance Joy’s “Mess Is Mine”, which is a phenomenal song that fit very well in the shows trailer.

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Sufjan Stevens masterfully crafted some of the most heart-wrenching songs of the year with one of the best albums of 2015 with Carrie & Lowell. There are a bunch of great songs on the album, including “All of Me Wants All of You”, “Fourth of July”, “No Shade In the Shadow of the Cross” and more. The album is truly wonderful and will be on my end of the year list, for sure.

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Madeon also released a new album in 2015 with Adventure. It is a good album, but somewhat forgettable, overall. I do enjoy the tracks where he collaborates with a solid vocalist most. The track with Passion Pit, “Pay No Mind” is probably the best on the album.

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Death Cab for Cutie’s Kintsugi was released in April, also. It falls short of most of their other works. It’s a shame because of how great I know that Death Cab for Cutie can be. This was also their last album together as the same band that released the fantastic albums in their catalog, like Plans and Transatlanticism with Chris Walla’s departure.

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The third single from Passion Pit’s Kindred was released mid-month. It was “Until We Can’t (Let Go)”. If I were to rank the tracks on the album in terms of best to worst, I would put it in the middle of the album overall. A lot of Kindred is really solid, songs like “Lifted Up”, “”Whole Life Story” and “Where the Sky Hangs” are close to the quality of Gossamer’s tracks. I think that Gossamer is nearly perfect overall, so Passion Pit had a lot of work to capitalize on that album. Overall, I think Kindred fell short of that, but it is still a solid album.

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Earl Sweatshirt released I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside at the end of March. Although, I haven’t given it enough time, I really like the first half of it. Tyler, the Creator released the Cherry Bomb in April, too. This year has been a really great one for rap and hip-hop albums. I think Tyler released a good album. The two singles, “FUCKING PERFECT” and “DEATHCAMP” are really great. I also love “SMUCKERS” with Lil Wayne and Kanye West. Lyrically it is heads above Wolf, but I don’t think the album is better at this moment. I connected with songs like “48”, “Awkward” and “Answer” off of Wolf. Tyler, the Creator really has a lot going for him and I think he will be around for a long time.

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I threw some Run the Jewels on the playlist because they were announced as one of the headliners at this year’s 80/35 in Des Moines. I cannot wait! The show will be absolutely bonkers. Earth Wind & Fire’s “September” was on the radio at work and I found myself grooving to it.

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The Bully and JEFF the Brotherhood show was at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines on April 11th. It was a great show and got me even more excited for Bully’s first full length, Feel Like on June 23rd.

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The Brand New, Circa Survive show was on April 25th and both bands were absolutely unreal. Brand New sounded very good and were everything I expected them to be. They opened with their new song, “Mene”, too, just as I predicted. Seeing Circa Survive twice in the same month was pretty neat. Anthony Green is one of the best frontman and performers of all-time. He looks healthy, vibrant and sounds clean. I’m happy for Green and the rest of the dudes in Circa Survive.

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I became somewhat reminiscent of Electric Forest and some of my friends in my “forest family”. Before Electric Forest, I had never listened to Tycho. At Electric Forest, after we got our camp all set up and the schedule of performances poster put up, we all sat around the poster discussing who we wanted to see. The only person in the group that said anything about Tycho was my friend, Danyiel Turner. There was so much to do and see at Electric Forest but none of it meant much unless I was experiencing it with my friends. So, I told him I would tag-a-long with him for Tycho. And I’m glad I did, since they put on one of the best performances of Forest. Now nearly a year later I’m still listening to their debut album Awake. They would definitely be up higher on my end of the year music list, too.

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