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

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED #031 - Request Line VII

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
9. BODY COUNT
10. "Hope" Shaggy
12. "A Bit Of Finger / Sleeping Village / The Warning" Black Sabbath

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - EPISODE 030: WRESTLEMANIA!!!

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:

NEW YORK

LADDER MATCH FOR THE U.S. TITLE:
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.

WINNER: ROWDY RODDY PIPER


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.

WINNER: ALBERTO DEL RIO



BOXING MATCH
The Miz VS Mr T

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

WINNER: MR T


WWE INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH
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.

WINNER: "MACHO MAN" RANDY SAVAGE


TABLES MATCH:
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.

WINNER: THE BRITISH BULLDOGS


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.

WINNER: JAKE "THE SNAKE" ROBERTS


CHICAGO

WWE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
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.

WINNER: SASHA BANKS


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.

WINNER: RYBACK VIA COUNTOUT


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.

WINNER: ANDRE THE GIANT


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.

WINNER: BROCK LESNAR


MEGA BATTLE ROYAL OF ALL TIMEY-TIMEZ (36-Dude)
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.

WINNER: ROMAN REIGNS


WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
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.

WINNER: THE NEW DAY



LOS ANGELES

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.

WINNER THE USOS


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.

WINNER: AJ STYLES


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.

WINNER: ADORABLE ADRIAN ADONIS


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.

WINNER: CHRIS JERICHO


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.

WINNER: THE BROTHERS OF DESTRUCTION


WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
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.

WINNER: HULK HOGAN


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!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode #029: Live In The Now

All right, here we are.  I'll just let the music do the talking here.  Episode number matches the date for the last time possible.  RIP Phife Dog.  Wrestlemania's this weekend.  Live life to the fullest:



1. "Awake" Tycho
2. "Figaro Kids" 2 Mello feat. Ghostface Killah
3. "Rise Anew" A. Wolf & Her Claws
4. "Skinnyman" Static-X
5. "Oscar Wilde" Company Of Thieves
6. "Out Of Frequency" The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
7. "Scenario" A Tribe Called Quest
8. "Check The Rhyme" A Tribe Called Quest
9. "Marrow" Meshuggah
10. "How Much Fun" Robert Palmer
11. "Chasing Fear" Testament
12. "My Way" Limp Bizkit

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 028: New Music March 2016

We are here to give you a roundup of all the new musics worth listening to (imho) thusfar for 2016.  I wasn't able to find a slot for Circus Maximus on the show, since Redemption had a frickin' 10 minute song, but I'll be bumpin' that next week.



1. "Ultimate Authority" Prong
2. "Downtown" Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Foxy Shazam, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster
     Caz
3. "Feedback" Kanye West
4. "Satellite Love" Maritime
5. "Stratosphere" Mutemath
6. "Untitled.05.28.2013" Kendrick Lamar
7. "Complacent" Everclear
8. "Signals" School Of Seven Bells
9. "Suzerain" Anthrax
10. "I Need It All" Mega Ran, K Murdock & Mikal kHill
11. "New Horizons" Textures
12. "Hope Dies Last" Redemption
13. "Foreign Policy" Megadeth

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 027: 78's & 45's

This week is a foray into the world of 78rpm and 45 rpm records of gramaphonic nature.  Join us on a time traveling adventure to hear music from the turn of the 20th century and beyond!



1. "Stars And Stripes Forever March" John Philip Sousa
2. "Creole Girl" Castle House Orchestra
3. "Are You Sincere?" Nat M. Willis
4. "Nothing Like That In Our Family" Billy Murray
5. "La Muerte del Bardo" Venitian Trio
6. "De Clouds Are Gwine Te Roll Away" Vernon Dalhart
7. "Alligator Crawl" Fats Waller
8. "After You've Gone" Louis Armstrong
9. "Ten Cents A Dance" Ruth Etting
10. "I Got A Woman" Ray Charles
11. "Hey Jude" The Beatles
12. "Enigmatic Ocean" (45rpm) Jean Luc Ponty
13. "Cul De Sac" (45rpm) Genesis
14. "Fight Fire With Fire" (45rpm slowed to 33 1/3 rpm) Metallica


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 026: Request Line VI

Hard to believe I've been doing this for six months, but hey!  We deed it.  This is a request episode, so go nuts and listen to what people wanted to hear.  If you want to hear something in a future episode, let me know in the comments or on Twitter @NicholasNutter .

[SIDE NOTE: I have to apologize for the audio issues this week.  Because our recording set up, internet and streaming set ups all decided to take a dump last night, this copy of the episode is off the emergency back up hard drive, and has a lot of skipping in it.  Quick little quarter second skips, but probably once every 10 seconds to two minutes.  No idea why, but we're lucky to have a copy of the show at all.  Two shows that air the same day didn't even get recorded.  So, keep that in mind.]



1. "The HERO!! - "One Punch Man" Opening Theme" JAM Project
2. "Ashita o Narase" (Fairy Tail Zero) Kavka Shishido
3. "MeatShake" Ugly Duckling
4. "Evolution" Skyharbor
5. "Melody" Erin McKeown
6. "Sovay" Andrew Bird
7. "Sure Shot" Beastie Boys
8. "Master Of Puppets" Metallica
9. "Simplesmente (Tom Middleton Remix)" Bebel Gilberto
10. "Shameless" Ani DiFranco
11. "Tank!" Yoko Kanno & The Seatbelts
12. "Welcome To The Jungle" Guns N' Roses


Thursday, March 3, 2016

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED - Episode 025

This week we look at the number 25, specifically Track 25.  And we break a record for most songs played in an episode!  Check it out:




1. "The Beginning Of Everything" Takeshi Watanabe
2. "Expectation" Kow Otani
3. Laverne & Shirley (Making Our Dreams Come True)
4. "New Leaf" Bad Religion
5. "Glass Shoes" Yoko Kanno
6. "M25-3" Yoko Kanno
7. "Fury Theme" Kyle Richards
8. "A New Life" Iain Ballamy
9. "Pete's Song" The Infected
10. "Tsumetai Shisen B (Cold Line Of Sight B)" Reiichi Nakaido
11. "Gul Bil Las" Mats/Morgan
12. "Ready For Love" Mindless Self Indulgence
13. "Track 25" (from Toonami Supernova Megamix) Skull Island
14. "My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" Frank Zappa & The Mothers
15. "Breathing Lightning" Anthrax
16. "Need You Tonight" Bonnie Raitt
17. "Smoke Me Some Funkalyptus" The GV Crew
18. "Moment Of Truth" S.O.D.