Best friends Anson & Kurt jam about life

Vol. 2, Track 28B: Erntedankfest mit Oma
Jan 9 • 46 min
Asking his sister and the Crenwelge cousins of the Gen-Y/Millennial & Gen-Z generations for questions, Kurt interviews his loving grandmother post-Thanksgiving feasting. As part of the Silent Generation, we discuss her life, wisdom, perspectives, and…
Vol. 2, Track 28: Semisonic’s “Closing Time”
Jan 2 • 82 min
That's a wrap! In our final major episode of Blank Tape, we discuss why we started (and ended) the show, and what's next for one of our hosts. Also: now that it's the 20s, is all that's old is new again? Recorded Sunday, December 29, 2019.Links:Sidekicks…
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 8: Yippee Ki-Yay, Santa Claus
Dec 19, 2019 • 16 min
A tour of our favorite Christmas movies. Recorded Saturday, December 7, 2019.
Vol. 2, Track 27: How Do You Say “Christmas” in Italian?
Dec 12, 2019 • 70 min
The Advent and Christmas season is here once again. Our conversation is a series of mini-topics spanning the latest iPhone models and fine dining in the Tuscan sun. Also: we learn about the history of old bridges and the pachyderms who traversed the Alps.…
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 7: Excerpts from Messiah, HWV 56
Nov 29, 2019 • 17 min
Our November Patreon homework has us going down memory lane to concert halls and shopping malls as we talk the history of this great masterpiece and where in our lives we've had the chance to get our Bach Rock on. Recorded Wednesday, November 13, 2019.…
Vol. 2, Track 26: All Your Streams are Belong to Disney+
Nov 21, 2019 • 65 min
Nostalgia kicks into high gear as the Holiday Season approaches, and The Mouse unveils a brand new streaming service. We discuss what films and shows we are most excited to binge while we digest Thanksgiving turkey. Also: We learn about yoiking, and no,…
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 6: Scary Movies and Rocky Horrors
Oct 31, 2019 • 10 min
For this spook-tacular Halloween Patreon special, featuring guests Michael and Elizabeth Horsley, we discuss some of our favorite frightful films, and also share our experiences (or lack thereof) with The Rocky Horror Picture show. Recorded Friday,…
Vol. 2, Track 25: Tribble’s Dead, Jim
Oct 31, 2019 • 93 min
Special guests Michael and Elizabeth Horsley join us as we boldly go where no episode has gone before: Star Trek! There's TV, movies, an extended universe, and plenty of pips to go around for everyone. Also: the endless debate between tea (Early Grey,…
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 5: The World’s Most Famous Mustache
Oct 10, 2019 • 10 min
For this Patreon special, we discuss the first episode of the 1980s TV show and Hawaiian crime drama, Magnum P.I. Recorded Wednesday, October 10, 2019.Links:Magnum, P.I. - Wikipedia
Vol. 2, Track 24: The Return of the Empire’s New Hope Strikes Back
Oct 10, 2019 • 83 min
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Kurt and Anson discovered Star Wars! (So long ago, in fact, that we have a hard time remembering exactly how it happened.) We retrace our journey with the Force and discuss the cultural cornerstone that all…
Vol. 2, Track 23: NFL SuperPro, Literally
Sep 19, 2019 • 78 min
Get your superheroes and stats in order, because it's draft time! On tap for you today, we've got an eighteen-round, four-team fantasy football draft with a twist: all players on the roster must be a Marvel or DC superhero. From Ghost Rider to Kamala…
Vol. 2, Track 22B: Crab Cakes and America’s Pastime
Sep 5, 2019 • 4 min
Pull up a chair, and have a crab cake! Kurt reports live from the rainy city of Baltimore, where an out-of-town work assignment means a chance to sample an East Coast specialty and cheer on the home team at Camden Yards. Recorded Friday, August 23, 2019.
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 4: From Bottle Caps to Dominoes
Aug 29, 2019 • 17 min
For this Patreon special, we catch up on any new games and music that we've experienced recently. Recorded Saturday, August 17, 2019. This Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track's URL is a reference to fast-travel in video games, such as Fallout 76 or Zelda: Breath of…
Vol. 2, Track 22: The Oracle of Bacon
Aug 29, 2019 • 66 min
Step right up, folks; it's time for Six Degrees of Cinema! Kurt shares a Crenwelge invention and we quickly get lost in the weeds of actors and Hollywood history. Also: how many handshakes away are your hosts from Kevin Bacon? Recorded Saturday, August…
Vol. 2, Track 21: Snape Kills Dumbledore
Aug 8, 2019 • 70 min
With a snap of the fingers, Kurt is blipped back into existence, and Blank Tape is back on track after our summer holiday. It's a grab bag of Disney remakes, Marvel (of course), and even gym memberships. Also: why we're gonna need a bigger boat. Recorded…
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 3: Homework Catch-Up
May 30, 2019 • 18 min
It's a homework wrap-up as we touch on Hatari (1962), Flower Drum Song (1961), and discuss our favorite pre-teen and/or teenage memories. Recorded Thursday, May 23, 2019. This Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track's URL is a reference to the tagline for Hatari: "Hatari…
Vol. 2, Track 20: We’re in the Endgame Now
May 30, 2019 • 94 min
For our first-ever midseason finale, we take a spoiler-filled dive into Avengers: Endgame (starting at the 30-minute mark). We hit the highlights and discuss our favorite parts of this epic milestone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also: why the future…
Vol. 2, Track 19: Are These Your Drums?
May 9, 2019 • 65 min
We're joined by Pete Sosa, a punk rock percussionist with The Street Dogs and C.J. Ramone. Pete has rocked out from coast to coast… to coast, and the other coast. He's got the inside scoop on recording albums, life as a touring musician, and the latest…
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 2: 1812 Overture
Apr 18, 2019 • 5 min
We continue checking items off of our homework to-do list with a musical suggestion from Mr. C: Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Formally known as "The Year 1812 Solemn Overture", this classic piece doesn't get enjoyed enough in its entirety. Recorded…
Vol. 2, Track 18: Man Overboard!
Apr 18, 2019 • 24 min
It's a battle against WiFi on the high seas! Anson joins Kurt from a cruise ship somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico for a chat about cruises, Captain Marvel, and black holes. Also: the joys of 24-hour pizza service. Recorded Thursday, April 11,…
Vol. 2, Track 17: I Find Your Lack of Metal Disturbing
Mar 28, 2019 • 72 min
Deal me in and turn it up to 11, because we're diving into card games and symphonic metal — and even some of Kurt's original compositions. Also: are YOU going to Scarborough Fair? Recorded Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Links:Shiner Lemon PilsGrabbin’ Pills —…
Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track 1: What’s Up, Programs?
Mar 7, 2019 • 34 min
We did our homework! Well, at least half of it. We watched Tron (1982) at Mr. C's suggestion. On this very special Hi-Fi Hero Hidden Track, we discuss the special effects, music, and Legacy of this pioneering sci-fi film. Recorded Friday, March 1, 2019.
Vol. 2, Track 16: A Wooden Leg Named Smith
Mar 7, 2019 • 59 min
There's never a dull moment between musical competitions, athletic competitions, and even D&D baby number two. Also: the inner workings of one Admiral Boom. Recorded Friday, March 1, 2019.Links:La CroixSt. Arnold’s Spring BockTrader Joe’sHouston Livestock…
Vol. 2, Track 15: Sweet Victory
Feb 14, 2019 • 56 min
A cinematic year in review, the Super High-Scoring Bowl™ (didn't watch), and the occasional technical difficulty. Also: where (and when) to go to San Antonio to see men propose en masse. Recorded Thursday, February 7, 2019.Links:Valentine’s DaySaint…
Vol. 2, Track 14: From Gringotts to Gravel Pit
Jan 31, 2019 • 91 min
We're joined by Heather Campbell, who's an old friend, an Artist at Valve Software, and a MOBA connoisseur. Also: that's three things, so Half-Life 3 confirmed. Recorded Thursday, January 10, 2019. The Blank Tape Patreon is live! Special Guest: Heather…
Track 13: Christmas Holiday Bonanza and Year-End Special
Dec 27, 2018 • 58 min
Our first-ever live year-end retrospective show. We look backwards and forwards to all things Blank Tape, and end with a live musical performance to celebrate the season. Also: It's a Wonderful… Recasting! Recorded Saturday, December 22, 2018. Intro…
Track 12: Hey, Siri, Make Me an App
Dec 6, 2018 • 79 min
Bugs, crashes, simulators, scrums, sprints, and — quite literally — grumpy old gits. It's all in a day's work as we explore what it takes to make an app, how we got here, and why we care so much about apps anyway. Also: why two burgers are better than…
Hidden Track 11B: 00111111
Nov 22, 2018 • 6 min
Brainstorming topics for next episode. Will it be computer science, software development, or all of the above? Recorded Thursday, November 1, 2018.Links:CTOFlip Phones FOREVER!FakeblockHOS
Track 11: Don’t Start a Land War in Asia
Nov 15, 2018 • 76 min
She's got a Ticket to Ride, and we do, too. This episode is all about the board games, from the small ones that sharpened our minds (and competitive spirits) as kids, to the large family games we enjoy today. Also: how to get your practice in for a dice…
Hidden Track 10B: Settling a Score
Nov 1, 2018 • 12 min
The secret behind the music in "Meet the Sniper", and why we aren't worried about ripping off from Valve. Recorded Thursday, October 11, 2018.Links:Meet the SniperTeam Fortress 2Heather Campbell — (@makaniart) | Twitter & makanidotdot (Tumblr) & makani…
Track 10: Lord of the Funyun Rings and Mountain Dew
Oct 25, 2018 • 63 min
Pull up a chair and roll for initiative — it's time for some Dungeons & Dragons! Kurt gives us an overview of the game, its history, and its modern champions. We share our personal experiences and stories of memorable games past. Yes indeed, in the game…
Track 9D: Offbrand: Backstabbed
Oct 4, 2018 • 3 min
Backstabbed by Offbrand. Recorded circa 2003-2005.Special Guests: Max Metzler and Stephen Pavlik.
Track 9C: Offbrand: The Division - Acoustic
Oct 4, 2018 • 2 min
The acoustic version of The Division by Offbrand. Recorded circa 2003-2005.Special Guests: Max Metzler and Stephen Pavlik.
Track 9B: Offbrand: Prime - Demo
Oct 4, 2018 • 2 min
The demo version of Prime by Offbrand. Recorded circa 2003-2005.Special Guests: Max Metzler and Stephen Pavlik.
Track 9: Questionable Tempos and Chicken Chimichangas: The Offbrand Story
Oct 4, 2018 • 76 min
We got the band back together! In this very special episode, we are joined by Max and Steve. With Kurt, they form the classic pop punk rock band from 2005: Offbrand. Also: teen angst in all its raw, musical glory. Recorded Wednesdsay, September 26,…
Track 8: That’s Not a Didgeridoo!
Sep 13, 2018 • 77 min
History lessons abound as we cover events past and present — including our first-ever News Tidbit of the Week — and we enjoy some unintentional musical accompaniment. Also: the state of the roads in 1860s New York City. Recorded Thursday, September 6,…
Track 7: MCU, Part Deux: All Stan Lee, All the Time
Aug 30, 2018 • 83 min
Spider-Men, Sherlock Holmes Synergy, put pilots, and more Stan Lee cameos than we can count. Also: Kevin McCallister's preferred audio equipment. Recorded Thursday, August 23, 2018. Follow-up Did we do our homework? (Spoiler: No) New homework for Kurt:…
Track 6: Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Time-Travel Westworld Murder Adventure Park
Aug 16, 2018 • 67 min
It's a grab bag full of summer activities, Solo (A Star Wars™ Story)™, Westworld, and one special theme park that's Kurt's worst nightmare. Also: a ticking time bomb for Homestar Runner. Recorded Tuesday, August 7, 2018. Books! Kurt: Going After Cacciato,…
Track 5C: East Coast EP
Aug 9, 2018 • 29 min
Live from New York, it's Tuesday night! Join Anson on this travel episode as he and his wife visit some friends in the city that never sleeps. Recorded Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Special Guests: Daniel Moore, Dr. Sarah Moore, and Elvia…
Track 5B: West Coast EP
Aug 9, 2018 • 32 min
We're going out west where the days are short and the nights are long in the California sun! Join Kurt on this travel episode as he, his wife, his parents, and his grandmother reflect on their visit to Whittier. Recorded Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Special…
Track 5: Double CrossFit with Cheese
Aug 2, 2018 • 47 min
A few notes on musicals, followed by a discussion of constantly varied functional movements at high intensity. Also: our upcoming restaurant concept. Recorded Thursday, June 7, 2018. Links:The Tonight Show (Jimmy Fallon)ConanHAMILDROPS‘The Hamilton Polka’…
Track 4: The Elephant in the Room Where It Happens
Jul 19, 2018 • 54 min
Our favorite musicals, including Great Detail about Hamilton. Also: young adult fiction from a galaxy far, far away. Recorded Saturday, May 26, 2018. Kurt's favorites Mary Poppins Bedknobs and Broomsticks Fiddler on the Roof Sound of Music A Funny Thing…
Hidden Track 3B: A Podcast Named BLANK TAPE
Jul 12, 2018 • 10 min
Finally choosing a name, DnD baby #1, a ska show in Austin, and vacation scheduling. Recorded Thursday, May 17, 2018.Links:Strong Bad — Famous checker of emailsStrong Bad Email #57: Japanese CartoonCar Seat Headrest - “Fill In The Blank”The Mighty Mighty…
Track 3: Not Just Farm Fresh Eggs
Jul 5, 2018 • 62 min
Musicals, specifically the ones that we have performed in school and out of school. Also: when one man's trash is another man's treasure. Recorded Thursday, May 17, 2018. High school (A+K) Guys and Dolls Grease Oklahoma Once upon a Mattress College and…
Track 2: A Deep Dive on the Comics
Jun 21, 2018 • 62 min
The Marvel Cinematic Universe, from comics on paper to films released in phases. Also: the debut of a klaxon. INFINITY WAR SPOILERS (and MCU speculations) begin 39:05, end 57:15 (basically). Recorded Saturday, May 12, 2018. Favorite films Anson: Iron Men,…
Hidden Track 1B: What’s in a Name?
Jun 14, 2018 • 8 min
The origins of the show, and some early brainstorming as we try to choose a name. Recorded Wednesday, May 2, 2018.
Track 1: Cats and Dogs, and Mass Hysteria
Jun 7, 2018 • 43 min
The pets we've had, the ones we have, and the differences between them all. Also: how to improve your personal biome. Recorded Wednesday, May 2, 2018.Links:Ghostbusters (1984) — The origins of “mass hysteria”Chewey