The EZPZ Podcast Special EP001: Electric Forest 2015

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Electric Forest 2015 has come and gone. During the afternoon of day three (Saturday) of the festival, Nick and Shaun sat in Lydia’s Subaru Outback and recorded a short, but special episode of The EZPZ Podcast on their iPhones. They discussed all the magical and insane things that transpired the first two days. They cover everything that they saw and experienced which included a fist fight to meeting one of their favorite artists to finding a lost kitten. Join in for this very special episode of The EZPZ Podcast!

PS: Shaun now knows it is actually pronounced Flux PaVILLION, not PaVILON! 😛

Intro Music: “Bloom” by Odessa

Outro Music: “Pay (For What)” by Mr. Carmack

The EZPZ Playlist: May 2015

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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May started off with me working on my final for my multimedia class. In this final, I had to make a video and podcast showcasing an event and store in Ames. I chose the Friday Night Draft for Magic: The Gathering at Mayhem Collectibles in Ames. In the video, I needed some audio. My friend, Kyle Ewing has a record label called Hang In There Records. So, I hit him up to see if I could use a couple of tracks from an artist of his record label. I ended up choosing TTO’s “Windmills” and Sundance Kid’s “Hole”. Both songs fit the mood I wanted to portray in the video and podcast.

Since I was editing the video and podcast to perfection, I listened to each song over and over again. It’s a good thing I love both songs. “Hole” by Sundance Kid would fit perfectly on a lot of albums by nationally touring post-hardcore bands. Greg Rudolph’s gritty vocals are far from phoned in and play nicely with the chugging guitar chords. “Windmills” has one of my favorite harmonies I have heard this year. When Ewing sings, “Play games with my imagination/ Haunting synchronization”, I cannot help but smile because it is so damn perfect. Ewing crafts a song that guides the listener from a pitch-dark boat ride of despair back into light. The guitar work is heart-wrenching until the latter half, where it becomes up-lifting and gives the listener a sense of optimism.

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I went and saw The Story So Far, Four Year Strong and Terror at Wooly’s in Des Moines with my girlfriend, The EZPZ Podcast co-host, Nick Gandy and his fiancé, Shayna on Saturday, May 9th. The show was awesome and way better than I expected. Terror tore apart Wooly’s and had the largest circle pit of the night because….duh…they’re Terror. I say it every time I see them but Scott Vogel is easily the best frontman in hardcore. I had not seen Four Year Strong for a few years and forgot how good they were live. They were probably the best act of the night. The Story So Far were a completely different band than when I saw them at Warped Tour in 2012. When I saw them in Minneapolis, MN at Warped 2012, Parker, the lead-singer, was jumping and running around like a mad man. He pretty much did nothing but stood and sang with a mic stand the entire set. I was shocked. Although, Parker sounded very good, it was not what I was expecting at all.

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I find myself going back to Bully at least once every week. I loved their show with Jeff the Brotherhood and the group of people I went to it with. It was just a great night. “I Remember” was released for those that had pre-ordered their debut album, Feels Like, on iTunes. I found myself jamming to it and “Trying” a lot in May in anticipation for the album’s release in late June. I am bummed I missed their co-headline show with Best Coast in Omaha on June 9th, but it just didn’t fit into my schedule or budget.

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I revisited Drake’s If Your Reading This It’s Too Late almost 3 months after it’s release. I like the album but I just couldn’t get into it. I added a few tracks that stuck after the 3-4 extra spins I gave the record.

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Superheaven released Ours Is Chrome in May. It’s another album I like but not too many of the tracks really stuck with me after the handful of spins I gave it. I really liked “I’ve Been Bored” and the video that went with it, so I threw it on the playlist.

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The EZPZ’s Artist of the Month, Turnover, released their sophomore album, Peripheral Vision and caught Nick Gandy and I off guard with how amazing it is. After the first few tracks, I was hooked. Run for Cover Records just keeps on releasing albums I love this year! I snagged the album from their BandCamp page for $5 after it apparently leaked online. “Dizzy On a Comedown” is one of my favorite songs of the year. I could not get the chorus out of my head all month.

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You can find me on Twitter and Instagram: @ShaunSJohnson

I record a podcast with my friends Nick Gandy and Dan Brown called The EZPZ Podcast. We are YouTube and theezpz.com/category/podcast! Thanks for reading. June will be a packed month like April because of Electric Forest! I’ll be discovering a ton of new artists and revisiting old ones.

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The EZPZ Podcast EP007: Back From the Grave


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Hello, lemon heads! The EZPZ Podcast is back this week and they are are back as a full team this week! Episode 007 kicked off with Nick chatting about his vacation to Denver, Colorado. He said he went to a couple dispensaries, hung out with friends and saw Bassnectar at Red Rocks. If you have no idea what Red Rocks Entertainment Venue is, click here! Your favorite lemon heads chatted about the show at Red Rocks and what makes the venue so special. Dan said that he saw Bassnectar at Red Rocks in 2013. 

The lemon heads fell down the lemon hole and they discussed their first concerts and how they miss some music venues in Des Moines. House of Bricks is no longer around and Peoples Court is dead. Although, Val-Air is still kickin’ in Des Moines, IA, it is nothing like it used to be. They discussed how Des Moines could use a middle-ground music venue that has a maximum capacity of 1500 or so. Wooly’s has a maximum capacity of 700 and 7 Flags Event Center has a maximum capacity of 3000. There really isn’t a middle-ground in Des Moines and it is causing a lot of bands to drive right through Iowa.

Music Interlude: “Humbled” by Mr. Carmack

The lemon heads asked Nick what he thought about Bassnectar’s performance at Red Rocks. Nick chatted about how he and his friends had to park at the base of the mountain and hike up to the stage. 

Here is Bassnectar LIVE at Red Rocks in 2013! Dan Brown was there!

Music Interlude: “Inconsiderate” by Mr. Carmack

Fallout 4 got a release trailer and the lemon heads chatted about the game and past iterations on the series. Shaun was particularly excited. Nick really wanted to chat about your best friend in the game, Dogmeat. The lemon heads fell down the lemon hole and started chatting about video games much to Dan’s chagrin.

Music Interlude: “Grind (Lex)” by Mr. Carmack

Ross Ulbricht of the dark Internet’s illegal black market for any-and-everything-illegal, Silk Road, got two life sentences in prison for numerous crimes. Dan explained what Silk Road was and how it worked. Dan said he had been on Silk Road before and he gave some insight as to how easy it was to use. It was essentially an Amazon for drugs and other illegal substances. 

Speaking of drugs, Dan did his usual good deed of the week by finding a video he found interesting on the Internet. The video showed a 20-something dude, Joey Salads, slipping “drugs” into women’s drinks at bars. It probably wasn’t really drugs since this was a social experiment. Also, it is worth nothing that he told the women before they drink their spiked drink what was going on. The lemon heads discussed how important it is to keep an eye out for each other out in the real world. Dan discussed how he had actually experienced a situation to where a friend of his got roofied somehow at a bar downtown Des Moines, IA. Thankfully nothing awful happened to her but it was an eye opening experience to say the least. 

Music Interlude: “1994” by Mr. Carmack

The lemon heads announced that Nick and Shaun are going to Electric Forest in less than 2 weeks and that they are going to be recording a podcast at the festival itself! We should have a few guests and friends on the podcast to discuss what they saw and who they think are the best acts of the festival.

Music Interlude: “Walkin’” by Mr. Carmack

Mr. Carmack is one of Dan’s favorite producers, so to celebrate the announcement of his soon-to-be-released EP, Red EP, our interludes are all Mr. Carmack tracks. He’s a phenomenal producer and everyone should support him. Click here to check out his tracks on SoundCloud. Mr. Carmack is one of the first acts that Shaun and Nick will be seeing at Electric Forest and they cannot be anymore excited about it!

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Here’s the first track off of the Red EP, “Solutions”.

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Thanks for listening! That wraps episode 007 of The EZPZ Podcast. 

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