Wednesday, May 25, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 037 / Featuring the Sleepy & Freeze Show feat. Mic Crawf & Nick Nutter

I have been on TWO shows this week on Riverwest Radio.  I did my own last night and I did the Sleepy & Freeze feat. Mic Crawf show on Monday.  So here, for your edification are both shows.

This week's episode of Expect The Unexpected has more hard charging music than usual, owing to buying the new Flotsam And Jetsam, stumbling across a Skrillex/John Cena mashup and the passing of Nick Menza.  There are definitely some smoother moments, but the balance is in favor of the aggro.  Plus, "Sea Of Tranquility" has the best guitar solo of all time.  Not from a technical standpoint, but from a feelz standpoint.  Even if you have it at half volume, Abercrombie's tone is so piercing you might hurt yourself.

So here are this week's offerings...but wait!  I'm not done yet!  I'll be doing the Life...Welcome To Reality show on Friday from 6-8PM Central.  You can listen to that here when the time is right.

1. "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due" Megadeth
2. "Duvet Cyberia Mix" Boa
4. "Life Is A Mess" Flotsam And Jetsam
5. "Hiphopper" Thomas Rusiak feat. Teddybears STHLM
6. "Burning My Soul" Dream Theater
7. "Beneath The Underdog" Nellie McKay
8. "Boat Cruise" Thundercat
9. "Come Back Jonee" Devo
10. "New Sacred Cow" Kenna
11. "Sea Of Tranquility" Billy Cobham
12. "Duvet TV Sized" Boa


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 036: Schizophonia

This week's episode is all about dynamics.  The ups and downs, the swells and fades, the sturm und drang of musical and emotional expression.  Sometimes you need to slam into a brick wall and go from 100 to 0 because that's what the moment calls for.  So this frantic oscillation between modes is the picture I'm trying to paint with this playlist.  Enjoy!  (Remember, you can follow me on Twitter @NicholasNutter for more updates on the show, and a bunch of other nerdy stuff I retweet.)

1. "Dirty Water" The Standells
2. "Dream" Mahavishnu Orchestra
3. "Losing Out" Black Milk feat. Royce Da 5'9"
4. "Backstairs" The New Pornographers
5. "The Mouth Licking What You've Bled" Meshuggah
6. "Prayers For The Dying" Kilgore
7. "Hold Off The Dawn" El Perro del Mar
8. "Alpha Male" Anthrax
9. "It's Over" Level 42
10. "Love Like Blood" Killing Joke
11. "Poltergeist" Devin Townsend
12. "Wide Awake" Kenna

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Episode 035 - Request Line VIII

Wow, we had a wild one this week.  Post-grunge, alt. country, folk, thrash, gothic country, anime music, acoustic rock, classical theme music, saccharine pop, muthafukin' Riverdance, funk rock and Mariachi rock.  Have at this smorgasbord of crazy!  After all, you picked it!  (If you didn't and would like to hear something else, let me know @NicholasNutter on Twitter or leave me a comment.  I will play anything as long as it's less than one hour because that's how long the show is.)

1. "My Black Ass" Shellac
2. "Don't Start Me On The Liquor" Violent Femmes
3. "Country Death Song" Violent Femmes
4. "Brand New Key" Melanie
5. "Bare Bones" Overkill
6. "Do You Love Me" Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
7. Working!! (aka Wagnaria) Opening 1 [Full Version]
8.  "Could This Be Magic?" Van Halen
9. "Last Starfighter Theme" Craig Safan
10. "Daydream Believer" The Monkees
11. "Lord Of The Dance (With Taps)" Ronan Hardiman & Michael Flatley
12. "Steve" (Live) Ghettobillies
13. "MalagueƱa Salerosa" Chingon

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Seriously "High" Wizardry: Diane Duane is out of her mind, and I love her for it

This book is insane.

Thought it was gonna be a kid's book about wizard detectives or something, and it winds up being this Hard Sci-Fi, philosophical existential treatise that takes place beyond the observable universe, uses string theory in 1990, depicts a 10 year old creating an entire new race of beings out of a sentient silicon plate the size of New Jersey and a battle against the force that invented entropy at the beginning of the universe.

SPOILER ALERT: The good guys win by enacting Olber's Paradox.  They STOP THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE so that every point in the sky becomes a light.  The theory of Olber's is if the universe is infinite yet static (not expanding or contracting) every point in the sky would be as bright as the sun, because there would be infinite stars...



Also, there's a random character that helps Dairine through the continent-sized airport on Rirath B.  This turns out to be the Fifth Doctor.  As in Doctor Who.  He's never named, because that would be copyright infringement, but the frickin' Doctor is in this.  Creatures on Rirath B are also surprisingly non-Humanoid.  It's a knock on a lot of science fiction that we can only come up with alien races that have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head.  None of them are truly alien, y'know?  These are alien.

The main characters of the first two books are almost afterthoughts.  They meet up with Dairine (the little kid sister who gets an Apple laptop delivered to her that allows her to become a wizard; did I mention this is a series about kid wizards?) at the end on the planet with the sentient silicon plate.  I can't recommend this book enough, and I cannot recommend that you read this book before you read the first two in the series, as I have yet to do so and this was mind-blowing.

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Episode #034 - Vinyl

It's a strange proposition to stream vinyl digitally, to go through the rigmarole of actually changing plates live with a single turntable, but hey, this show has never really been about normalcy or sensibility.  Presented for you here this week is part three of our Format Experiment, begun with Wax Cylinders and continued with 78's & 45's; now we move to LP's.  We've got warm vinyl velvety goodness for y'all, so come and get it!

1. "Synchronicity I" The Police
2. "Jungle Waterfall" Return To Forever
3. "Something About You" Level 42
4. "Nightmare Patrol" Brand X
5. "Airhead" Thomas Dolby
6. "Dixie Chicken" Little Feat
7. "Main Title / Klingon Battle" Jerry Goldsmith
8. "The Pleasant Pheasant" Billy Cobham
9. "Sailing Shoes" Robert Palmer
10. "Hey Julia" Robert Palmer
11. "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" Robert Palmer

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Episode 033 - National Poetry Month

For this episode, I decided to read a selection of poems.  I write poems, and someday I'll put an effing book out with poems in it, but until that time please enjoy a performance of these things that I wrote down to cope with the problems of being alive:

1. "Very Soon (And In Pleasant Company)" Nick Nutter

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 032: Mil Town Represent

This week, the show took a look at Milwaukee Music in the wake of Milwaukee Day, (4/14, y'all) and a few new things because of Record Store Day.  And some that have ties to both!  Take a listen, wont you?  (Also, special thanks to Marc Ferch of Bad Bread for coming down to give me a copy of the single with an actual slice of bread in the packaging.  Listen to his WXRW show the Storefront Music Hour if you want to hear what Wisconsin Music is all about!)

1. "Get It Started" The Midwest Beat
2. "Tabernacle" Royce Da 5'9"
3. "The Shakes" Bad Bread
4. "Whiskey Dear" Lady Cannon
5. "Aphorism" Von Alexander
6. "Cobra" Cold Ghosts
7. "Hogsback Road" RatBatSpider
8. "Road Of Resistance" Babymetal
9. "Para-Paramesh" The GV Crew
10. "Orion's Belt" The GV Crew
11. "Another Love" Alice Smith
12. "The San Francisco Diamond" The Atomic Spins
13. "School" The Night Howls
14. "Project & Release" Spiral Trance feat. Tom Riddle of Stories For Strangers

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


It's that time again, and this is what y'all wanted to hear!  So take a listen and see what the audience was feeling this month.  (And remember, if you don't like what you hear, you can change it by sending me a request!  @NicholasNutter on Twitter and in the comments section are great places to do that.)

1. "The Batman Theme" Danny Elfman
2. "Take On Me" Ninja Sex Party
3. "Moment I Count" Boom Boom Satellites
4. "Horses" Palace Brothers
5. "Black Mask DJ Attack" DJ Revolution
6. "Karate" Babymetal
7. "Count Me In" 311
8. "Middle Of The Road" Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon
10. "Hope" Shaggy
12. "A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village / The Warning" Black Sabbath

Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Wrestlemania 32 and the Monday Night Raw that followed it are in the books, so let's talk about them, shall we?  This is really my first podcast, since I prerecorded the bulk of it (editing a 90 minute rant down to 43 minutes so I had room left to talk about Raw and bleeping all the swears & such).  So let's all commiserate with our collective postpartum depression, excitement, uncertainty and disappointment in varying degrees as only wrestling fans can.   It's Wrestlemania!

1. "Ministry" Meeno

Sunday, April 3, 2016

WRESTLEMANIA 2 VS WRESTLEMANIA 32: Fantasy Booking Run Amok!!!!

With Wrestlemania 32 mere hours away, I am here to put some fantasy booking in your brain...holes...that doesn't seem right.  Anyway, I've done this sort of thing once or twice before, and thought it was high time I revived the gimmick.

Today, we pit Wrestlemania 2 against Wrestlemania 32.  But not by match quality, or star power.  No siree, Bob.  We're going to make fantasy matches pitting past VS present to see who comes out on top.  Because of the sheer number of performers on both cards, it left me with eighteen matches.  As a result, I've decided to take a cue from Wrestlemania 2 and split things up into three separate cards.

[Side note: I took the NFL players out of the battle royal, because there were already so many frickin' wrestlers on this card.  Also, I didn't have anything else for the 10-divas tag match participants to do except turn they women's title match into even more of a clusterfuck or have the match they're already having with no extra trimmings, so I just didn't bother.]

So without further ado, let's take you down to ringside in Madison Square Garden:


Kalisto VS Rowdy Roddy Piper VS Paul Orndorff VS Terry Funk VS Rusev VS King Barrett VS Sheamus

The first thing that might stand out is the inclusion of Terry Funk in this match and not his partner "Hoss" Funk, but hear me out.  I don't really see Dory Funk Jr. in a ladder match.  But Terry Funk?  That fucker's crazy.  Also, three of the four members of the League of Nations are in this match, but Kalisto's nemesis Alberto Del Rio is not.  The reason for that will become clear in a minute, but first, let's just say the League would work together to take over the match, only to be overcome by their own egos and their plans undone.  The match would start with the same crazy scramble that begins any one of these matches you've seen since the first Money In The Bank, spots, spots, spots, League Of Nations takeover, League Of Nations dissention, more spots, Kalisto kills himself and Sheamus with a salina del sol off a ladder through the announce table or some shit and Piper and Funk are left to fight for the prize at the end, with Piper getting the win because he once wrestled in the Stampede territory and they invented the Ladder Match.


Alberto Del Rio VS Tito Santana

As far as famous unmasked Mexican wrestlers go in the United States, the progression goes: Pedro Morales, Tito Santana, Eddie Guerrero, Alberto Del Rio.  Since Pedro was not quite what he used to be by Wrestlemania 2 and Eddie Guerrero was in a different era altogether, that leaves Tito Santana in his prime against Alberto Del Rio, who may still be in his.  Expect 12 minutes of solid mat action, Del Rio pulling a bunch of heel shit, passion flaring during Santana's comeback and disappointment as he falls short.  I mean, come on.  Losing at Wrestlemania was practically Tito's gimmick.


The Miz VS Mr T

Celebrity Fight!!!  Mr T (kayfabe) knocks Miz's veneers out again that he just had replaced.  Second Round KO


Kevin Owens VS "Macho Man" Randy Savage

There were several dream matches I could have gone with involving Randy Savage (AJ Styles being one that springs to mind), but I went with current champion VS Past Champion, as I did with all title matches.  I think that makes for matches one might not expect.  Kevin Owens can't really bully the Macho Man like his normal opponents, but he could definitely take Savage off his game by threatening Elizabeth.  Not that he would hit her or anything; he doesn't need to.  Just get inside Randy's head, and you get him to make mistakes.  It's psychology, son.  Of course, even by Wrestlemania 2 Savage was bigger than Owens is at this point, so I give the match to him.  K.O. kicks out of the first elbow drop, as Savage kicks out of the pop-up power bomb.


The Dudley Boys VS The British Bulldogs

How fucking hard nosed would this match have been?  I can imagine a spot where Dynamite eliminates himself and D-Von via diving headbutt.  (The rules for this are always changing; just roll with it)  But those damn Dudleys don't follow any rules, so when they go for the 3D to eliminate Davey Boy, Dynamite moves the table out of the way to make the save.  Eventually, Davey running power slams Bubba through a table in the corner to win.


Dean Ambrose VS Jake "The Snake" Roberts

Believe it or not, this match has a legitimate storyline you can point to.  On an Old-School Raw in 2014, Jake "The Snake" came out to drape a snake over a prone Dean Ambrose to end the show.  These two have interacted, and it's enough to start a feud.  Ambrose could play it up like he took offense to being so insulted, they trade promos, then on The Snake Pit (Jake's interview segment) they have at it, setting up the match.  (Also, they both use the DDT as a finisher.)

The Lunatic Fringe against the cold and calculating snake.  Ambrose would try to do all sorts of fast paced, crazy things and Jake would manage to recover and slow everything down.  Roberts would know being methodical in the face of this madness is the key to victory, so he would bide his time and strike when Ambrose over-commits.  One DDT later (just like it should be) and Ambrose is counting the lights.



Charlotte VS The Fabulous Moolah VS Sasha Banks VS Becky Lynch VS Velvet McIntyre

This match starts with all four opponents beating the ever-loving shit out of Moolah and putting her through the announce table.  Why?  Because of what she did to hold women's wrestling back for four whole decades by making it quite literally all about herself.  Now it's her who's been buried beneath the Spanish announce table.  During this, Velvet McIntyre's wardrobe malfunctions (just like at Wrestlemania 2) and she sneaks to the back for new gear.  What we're left with is a match that's actually happening at Wrestlemania 32: Charlotte VS Sasha VS Becky.  I think this match has a real chance at stealing the show, and this would be no exception.  As Moolah looks on as she tries to gather herself midst the wreckage, she sees these three women doing things she could never have even conceived of doing herself.  And it eats her ALIVE.  You know what?  She deserves that.  At some point, Velvet makes a run in again and beats up three exhausted competitors, but Sasha puts her in the Banks Statement and voila!  The Boss lives up to her name.


Ryback VS Ted Arcidi

Mainly, I just thought this would be funny.  The Big Guy VS a guy who's notorious in wrestling lore for being a practically immobile mound of muscle.  Ryback clotheslines him the fuck out of the ring or something and Arcidi doesn't get back up.


The Big Show VS Andre The Giant

The comparison is undeniable.  WCW would have had you believe this was Father VS Son (it's totally not).  Big Show is undeniably more athletic, but you'd be hard pressed to say Big Show is an irresistible force against such an immovable object as Andre.  I've seen Big Show flip a Hummer, and I still think Andre might have been stronger.  Dude was unreal.  Except...he actually existed.


Brock Lesnar VS King Tonga

Wait, who?  Of all the talents I could have pitted against the Beast Incarnate, this is what I chose?  hear me out, man.  King Tonga went by a few other names, namely Haku and Meng.  Tonga Fifita is his real name, but King Tonga is what he went by when he participated in the NFL VS WWF Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 2.  And at that time, he was still a svelt 265lbs.  I've seen a match from around this time period, and not only was he a babyface, he could move around like Ricky Steamboat.  Think of the tough, brutal reputation Haku has and pair that with agility and mat wrestling savvy.  That's King Tonga.  Now do you want to see him face Brock Lesnar?  Fuck yeah, you do!  This match would've been something special, even if it was 300lb. WCW Meng with the giant afro, but this, with dude 15 years younger, would've been crazy.  Lesnar still goes over, though.  He's the guy who beat the streak.


Sami Zayn / Dolph Ziggler / Zack Ryder / Stardust / Sin Cara / Heath Slater / Curtis Axel / Adam Rose / Bo Dallas / Roman Reigns / Shane McMahon / Corporal Kirchner / Nikolai Volkoff / Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart / Hercules Hernandez / Uncle Elmer / Hoss Funk / Junkyard Dog / Tony Atlas / Pedro Morales / Dan Spivey / Hillbilly Jim / The Iron Sheik / Bruno Sammartino / The Magnificent Muraco / George Wells / Cowboy Bob Orton / George "The Animal" Steele / Mark Henry / Jack Swagger / Damien Sandow / Darren Young / Konnor / Viktor / Goldust / R-Truth

Three bizarre notes in the history of Wrestlemania: 1. Bruno Sammartino and Pedro Morales both wrestled in a Wrestlemania, 2. It was the same match, and 3. It was their only Wrestlemania appearance (not counting Bruno's Hall Of Fame induction, of course).  Bruno had two of the five longest World title reigns in the history of WWE, and Pedro had another, and the only time they ever wrestled at a Wrestlemania was buried deep in a shitty cross-promotional battle royal with NFL guys in it.

Now, another thing you might notice is two main event names from this year's Wrestlemania are in this match: Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon.  I couldn't find an opponent that made sense with Shane (though that didn't stop them from actually booking him in WM32, now did it?) and honestly, the same goes for Roman.  That's not necessarily a knock on these guys so much as it demonstrates their quizzical status in the game.  A) What's Shane doing here at all (answer: injury-induced Desperation) and B) Who do you put Roman with?  Paul Orndorff?  Not compelling.  Hercules?  Same.  Can't put him with Hogan, though that would make sense because Champs fight Champs.  So I put him in the Battle Royal, and he will win this thing because he's got the Royal Rumble record for most eliminations in a single year.  Believe that, Naruto.


The New Day VS The Dream Team

This match would be all right, but it would feel like any other tag title defense these guys have ever made. Beefcake & Valentine would get in some licks, but The New Day are so over they can't be beat right now.



The Usos VS The Killer B's

Two high flying tag teams doing their thing.  B's try their Masked Twin Magic switcharoo deal, but B. Brian Blair gets a savat kick to the back of the head during the rollup, Usos fly and win the day, making him humble.


AJ Styles VS Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

This is another reason I didn't go with Styles/Savage.  This would be a better match in my opinion.  I cannot even begin to describe how good this would be.  I cannot do it justice.  This would be the best match on the card.  And in the end, I feel like the Phenomenal One has more innovation in his offense, and that's what will allow him to excel past such a talent like Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.  But it would be damn close.


Tyler Breeze VS Adorable Adrian Adonis

Confession: I've never seen Tyler Breeze wrestle.  Well, he was in the Rumble but this year but that doesn't count.  I honestly have no idea what this guy can do in the ring.  What I do know is he's only won...two main roster matches?  I think?  I've at least seen Adrian Adonis win before, so by that alone, I give the Adorable one the duke over Prince Pretty.


Chris Jericho VS Bret "The Hitman" Hart

This might be the second best match on the card.  Yes, it's 1986 Bret Hart VS 2016 Chris Jericho, but that would still be fucking amazing.  Taking that into account, however, I have to do the unthinkable and put Jericho over.  Bret Hart was awesome even back then, but Chris Jericho now is better than one half of the Hart Foundation before they even started wearing pink.


The Undertaker & Kane VS King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd

Hoss fight!  Four big motherfuckers beatin' on eachother to the delight of...some?  It's bowling shoe ugly, but you know 'Taker & Kane win this.  Hell, Bundy was the fourth victim of the streak; those two fought at Wrestlemania 11.


Triple H VS Hulk Hogan

As good as The Game is, he lost his only match against the Hulkster in 2002 when Hulk was 49.  In this scenario, the shoe is on the other foot: Hogan is in his prime and Helmsley is almost 47.  Also, IT'S HULK HOGAN IN HIS PRIME.  At Wrestlemania.  We'll say The Game kicks out of the legdrop, but not the second one.  And once again, Wrestlemania ends with ten minutes of "I Am A Real American" and lots of muscle poses.  As it should, really.


So, that's it.  Let me know what you think in the comments.  Or if you wanna bitch about Wrestlemania 32 down there, feel free!  The Showcase of the Immortals may be in a state of flux right now, but holy shit, you could say the same of Wrestlemania 2.  Then we got Wrestlemania III, so hey.  Keep the faith.

Thanks for reading!