7 Unusual Musical Genres: Episode 44

In today’s modern world there are so many different musical styles and genres that it can be hard to keep track. Luckily, Robot Pizza Van has gathered some of the more unusual of them for you to take note of. You have a paper and pencil ready, or was that just a figure of speech?

First we listen to Lowercase which is a style of extreme ambient minimalism. It’s like turning up the sound on something that is usually quiet. Then Vaporwave is a style of music that reminds me of the soundtrack to software of the 1990s. We also listen to a kind of music called Noise. The people who play this music call it that. I’m not making a judgement.

Hey, time for a new paragraph! Speedcore is like techno music played real fast. Then there’s Cringe Pop. That’s when it’s so bad it’s good. It comes around full circle.

One, two, three, four, five… ok, then throat singers, we listen to some throat singers. And finally, the seventh and last unusual musical genre that we check out is Seapunk. It is much like the above mentioned Vaporwave with the added benefit of everything being sea-themed, including mermaids, shipwrecks and cool haircuts.

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Definitely Not A Christmas Special: Episode 43

Nobody learns any lessons and the bad guy wins at the end. Amidst the protests of co-hosts Rygar, Borg, and some supernatural surprise guests, Offroad makes sure that this is not a Very Special Christmas Episode.

Just a regular old episode. Yep. Pen spinning is a thing that we’ve all done. You haven’t? Pick up that pen there and hold it like you’re going to write something. Now flip it around your hand without dropping it. Ok, now… pen spinning is a thing that we have all done, but some people take it to another level. There is an entire pen spinning competitive world with international championships.

Then we look at some ‘funny news of the past’ including a scientist who invented bullet proof wheat (make a joke about lasagna here, maybe something about lasagna replacing body armor?) and edible ink on hot dogs (hot dog-vertising).

And although we try not to, in the end… I guess we all learn a little bit about ourselves. But you should listen anyway.

Music by Uncle Milk
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Real Life Superheroes: Episode 42

This time on Robot Pizza Van… real life superheroes are people that put on a superhero costume and patrol the streets, protecting the innocent and righting wrongs. Just like in the comic books (a comic book is like a movie that you have to read). There’s a whole bunch of people doing this all around the world. We check out some of these real life superheroes, like Squeegee Man for example, to see what the story is.

We also try a new Borg segment about unusual startup companies called “Don’t Get Me Started!” and look at Elon Musk’s Neuralink.

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Mysterious Sounds: Episode 41

Listen to some mysterious sounds with us including the bloop, the hum, and the loneliest whale. We also check out Tibetan throat singers (what else do you sing with?), spectral band replication, and helium – the funniest gas.

The military put microphones into the oceans to listen for enemy submarines. Besides submarines they heard sounds that they couldn’t explain (like “The Bloop”). Some of the sounds were so loud and carried so far that they must of been made by a massive creature or event. If it was a creature it would be the largest creature… ever.

There’s also “the Hum” which is a ‘hummimg’ sound that is heard in different places all over the world. No one knows for sure if it’s a real sound (a machine or something) or just imagined. Not everyone can hear the hum.

Then the loneliest whale is so lonely because his whale calls are a higher pitch than the others, so high in fact, that the other whales can’t hear him. And If you were wondering what spectral band replication is well don’t worry because Borg tells all. Oh, and there’s a large cat.

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Sneakerheads: Episode 40

8-thumbWhat is a sneakerhead? It’s not a person with a big shoe for a head. I was really excited when that’s what I thought it was. It turns out that a sneakerhead is someone who is fanatical about sneakers… for their feet.

The hosts of the show – Offroad, Borg and Rygar are not shoe experts. Nonetheless, they have been extensively trained in socks, each own at least one pair of sneakers and are thus qualified to speak on the subject. This episode is meant to introduce the laymen to the wonderful world of sneaker fanaticism.

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