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JBTV PODCAST-THE SOFT MOON

6/18/2018
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The Soft Moon joins the JBTV podcast!

Duration:00:52:06

A Comic with a Point to It (Contest of Challengers)

6/18/2018
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Wrestling mouthpiece Jimmy Hart is coming to Challengers this Saturday! This was almost the week that Patrick retired from comics retail. Nancy Drew and By Night are 2 new excellent comics that both started this week. Marvel resurrects both Iceman and the Unstoppable Wasp, both with their previous writers. Exactly what pushes each of our retail buttons. Oni’s “Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns” is a great resource in comic form! What does the (possibly) looming UPS strike mean for...

Duration:01:03:30

Father's Day Weekend (The Daily Life Of Frank)

6/18/2018
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It’s Father’s Day Weekend on The Daily Life of Frank. Being a happy Dad of two amazing kiddos, I’m wishing every Dad (except the deadbeats), a very HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! This week I talk about my WWE Weekend trip with my brothers, recap my son’s birthday, pooping green and blue, hero to my daughter, and much more!

Duration:00:40:08

Do you know what it's like to be p***ed on? DO YOU? The return of Apocalypse Hoboken (recorded at Legit Dogs & Ice)

6/16/2018
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Chicago punk legends Apocalypse Hoboken are gearing up for two reunion shows at Chop Shop (July 13 & 14). That seemed like a perfect excuse to chat with Todd and Andy from the band. It's been a while, for sure. Joining us in the car is the source of this week's meal: Matt Habib, proprietor of the transcendent Legit Dogs & Ice 51 S. Grove Ave (Elgin). The food was ridiculously good. Go there now. We'll wait. Anyway, here's what was discussed on this week's show, sponsored by Boost Mobile:...

Duration:00:39:59

What if Diamond Comic Distributors went away? (Contest of Challengers)

6/10/2018
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The new Divorce Gun album “The Waning Days of the World” is available now! iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, 7Digital, iHeartRadio, Napster, Tidal, Rdio, Deezer, Pandora, Shazam, and in-store at Challengers! Diane Nelson has stepped down from her role as President of DC Entertainment. Spider-Geddon seems way too soon to have yet another Spider-Crossover. Game Stop is going to start selling monthly comic books. Maybe. I mean, they haven’t officially announced it, but it’s a thing we...

Duration:01:08:55

I’m 35! (The Daily Life of Frank)

6/10/2018
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I’m 35 and the podcast is 35! Damn, I’m getting old. This week on The Daily Life of Frank I talk about the passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. I also share my personal struggles with mental illness. My son is turning the big 2 and the party planning is in full gear. There’s going to be dinosaurs, pork, beer, and probably a fight. Also, I take a serious moment to discuss the importance of being supportive of your kids and the fine line of having opinions and spewing hate. All this...

Duration:00:42:36

Advice for local bands, plus 2 live in-car performances: Kevin Singleton of The Cold Mourning/Bottom Lounge

6/10/2018
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This week, musician Kevin Singleton (The Cold Mourning, El Famous, Inept) joins me for a performance outside Bottom Lounge (1375 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607), the epic Chicago live music venue he manages. Kevin plays two awesome Cold Mourning songs ("Hopeless," "Tombstone") before we bring food into the car from the spectacular Bottom Lounge menu. If you're planning to see a show at Bottom Lounge, plan on getting there early for dinner; the food rocks. We talk about: Kevin had to become...

Duration:00:41:56

NINA NESBITT on JBTV

6/8/2018
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Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and musician Nina Nesbitt joins the JBTV podcast!

Duration:00:34:47

Amazon Knows Everything About You (Contest of Challengers)

6/8/2018
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Comixology will be producing original, creator-owned comics on their digital platform. We talk about the Forbes article about it. We’re not opposed to in-store promotion of characters that have a current media presence. If you could only hear the sounds Patrick makes when reading the monthly Previews catalog for the first time each month. We got a sweet Eisner “For Your Consideration” package in the mail. It’s great when parents and kids engage with comics as a family. It’s not great when...

Duration:01:04:40

A Bunch of Animals (The Daily Life of Frank)

6/5/2018
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He’s back and you thought he was dead. Episode #34 of The Daily Life of Frank is on the Yak Channel and this podcast is going to be a quickie because he has a delicious Giordano's pizza on the way. He talks about his favorite beer, bugles, and how’s its going to be a seriously fantastic summer. He talks about hanging out the baseball game, old wrestlers, fried Twinkies, and the amateur weather man. He talks about his trip to the zoo and how his neighborhood might be a cheap zoo. Also, he...

Duration:00:41:19

Marina City talks about the WKQX Piqniq and Next2Rock while devouring City BBQ's menu

6/2/2018
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Chicago band-on-the-rise, 101 WKQX Piqniq artist and regional Next2Rock finalist, Marina City jumps in the car for a wild, delicious romp through the menu of recently-opened restaurant City Barbeque in Berwyn (7108 W. Cermak Road Ste B2, Berwyn, IL 60402). Let the record show: The food at City Barbeque is amazing. I'm already planning my next visit. I loved it all, but especially the ribs and collard greens. This episode is presented by BOOST MOBILE. City Barbeque's magnificent...

Duration:00:45:25

The Shacks on JBTV!

5/30/2018
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NYC band the Shacks joins JBTV in the studio!

Duration:00:58:02

As Passive-Aggressive as We Can Get (Contest of Challengers)

5/30/2018
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Obligatory Mach Kick (Transformers) reference! There may be one every week moving forward! An in-depth discussion about a new Yelp review, and the responses we chose not to send. When comic fans become comic creators, and the role comic shops play in them getting there (via Joe Field’s Twitter, @FlyCoJoe). We have a Kids Comics Workshop (with Gabi Mendez and Sheika Lugtu). Announcing the Challengers Correspondence Club, hosted by Letter Writers Alliance co-founder Donovan Challenger!...

Duration:01:03:03

'Car Con Carne is my social life' - Dinner with new friends TAKE THE REINS

5/21/2018
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The phenomenal suburban Chicago band Take the Reins joins me for dinner at Hamburger Heaven in Elmhurst (281 N York Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126). Before you listen to this episode, make sure to listen to their recently-released "Addiction by Subtraction" album! In this episode, sponsored by BOOST MOBILE, we discuss: The bitter blood feud in West Chicago between Scooby's Hot Dogs and the Cascade Drive-In Where is band member Dave? The trunk. The mystery of an olive burger: SOLVED. The...

Duration:00:23:38

It’s Not Your Fandom; It’s Only For Me (Contest of Challengers)

5/21/2018
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Hyping up the Nerd Cred! This episode is an official Public Meeting. The new West Coast Avengers comic looks great! The Kessel Run vs the Kobiashi Maru (and I am not looking up the actual spelling of those). Some of the new Marvel #1’s look great. Some do not. Thundercats Roar is a thing. Thundercats + OK K.O.! + Adventure Time + Steven Universe. What Dal wants from the DC CW shows next season. The Dark Nights Metal soundtrack is still happening. Soundtracks to comics can be fun. You know,...

Duration:01:03:35

It's Laurel! The Daily Life Of Frank)

5/21/2018
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It’s Episode #33 on The Daily Life of Frank podcas and this week he discusses how those who are hearing "yanny" are clearly part of a conspiracy, the Royal Wedding and why he might be watching, why moms have to be the bad guys because dads don’t want the stress, how his son reminded him of Stevie Wonder trying to get a cup of coffee, needing to finding investment in your kids tv shows, weaning off of medication and attempting to feel zen (can swearing be a side effect?), first time Jewel...

Duration:00:44:48

Vegetarian Mexican food with Chicago alt band Hidden Hospitals

5/14/2018
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This week, I'm joined Dave Raymond, singer/guitarist/songwriter for the super-cool Chicago band Hidden Hospitals. He picked the location for the recording: The vegetarian taqueria Quesadilla La Reina Del Sur (2235 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). The food was really good, if not destructively spicy. If you happen to be listening to this during the week of 5/14/18, go see Hidden Hospitals May 18th at the Burlington! Here's what we talked about on this episode, sponsored by Boost Mobile:...

Duration:00:19:40

May The Fourth (The Daily Life of Frank)

5/10/2018
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This week on The Daily Life of Frank, Frank talks about his family’s plan for a Summer of Fun, his love for the Kentucky Derby and covers all the weird news from New Jersey. In addition, he talks about the MTV Movie and TV Award nominees and tells the world his deep, dark secret about Star Wars. Frank talks about neighbors and Jewel shopper complaints and why it's not a good idea to poop on someone’s front lawn. Also, he is back on the diet train so screw you healthy food. All this and...

Duration:00:51:09

Hollywood calling: Author Emily Belden talks 'Hot Mess' and why the new book is perfect for the CW

5/8/2018
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Emily Belden, author of "Hot Mess," jumps in the Madza 3 for a new episode (sponsored by Boost Mobile). We got tacos from El Potosi (Spanish for "The Potosi") this week. Spoiler warning: Not so much. We also talked about: El Potosi had some confusing items in the cooler, including not-for-sale Coronas and a sheet cake. Emily's new book, "Hot Mess": About a Chicago woman who suddenly finds herself entangled with an up-and-coming, bad boy, chef... who maybe has a drug issue. Chicago's...

Duration:00:31:52

Free Comics For The Trash Day 2018 (Contest of Challengers)

5/8/2018
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Free Comic Book Day 2018 is history! Hear our complete rundown of how the day went. Plus! The new BCW Comic Book Bin storage box. And, ONI’s My Boyfriend is a Bear!

Duration:00:58:19