Sunday, April 30, 2006

Schnauzer Logic - Episode 13 Shownotes!!!

Sonovista, my friends!... ok... i know... i know... this is the latest the show notes have been posted... my bad... i'm struggling with a sinus infection that's sapped my strength (kind of like schnauzer kryptonite)... plus, the whole work:bills:money thing has been demanding a bit more of my time... AND we've finally had some truly nice weather here in northern california, so i've been dropping the top and taking out the ol' green convertible just to 'soak up the sun, and tell everyone to =lighten up='... but Episode 13 was a freekin greet shoo (said with a faux scottish brogue), so without further ado, lets roll the video tape:

First up, major super Great White North props to Bryan Cox, Stand-Up Comedian and Voice Actor extraordinaire, who deigned to be on the show as a guest, after we had a bit of fun with his Comic Road Story, Episode 1, last week... Bryan's a funny guy, and a great guest, and we look forward to playing the rest of the episodes in the series... Check out Bryan's own podcast, StandUps for Canada ::here:: and if you're looking for an experience voice actor, check out Bryan's production company ::here::.

We also talked with Jason Nathanson, an old friend of ours who's setting off to discover the "real" america in a 1988 VW van (along with a GPS, wireless laptop, digital camera, 180 days of freeze dried food and water, personal masseuse, Labradoodle puppy, and $5000 in gold bullion (no, not the kind you make soup with)... Jason will be with us each week with his own tales from the road, and you can read his blog at

We then had a major plumbing update from Parivz and his near-death experience with an Orbital Welder... funny, funny stuff...

And we finished off with Sean's review of the Wachowski Brothers (?) film V for VENDETTA, from the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd...

Plus, while listening to the show in order to prepare these show notes, i noted that we touched on (in no particular order)

Run For Your Life with Ben Gazzara
Mary Worth

Kobiyushi Maru
The North Dakota State Hat
Dick Cavett and his upcoming return to TV
The Banana Splits
The New Zoo Revue
Sid & Marty Kroftt
The Maury Povich Lawsuit
Misha got Married
The Movie United 93
The Movie Snakes On A Plane

(next week, Ritalin for Everybody!)

And on that happy note, here are this weeks Amazingly Talented Musicians, direct from

1. ALVA STAR from Minneapolis, MN - "Unhappily Yours"
2. Becca Kaid from Effingham, IL - "Feel My Fire"
3. Tenpenny Joke from Melbourne, Australia - "She"
4. The Rantings of EVA from Atlanta, GA - "Infrared"

And now you know what you didn't know when you didn't know what you knew!

So until next week:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome

And Happy May Day to all the workers of the world, especially those from south of the US Border...

Mi Perro es Tu Perro!


Thursday, April 27, 2006

Schnauzer Logic Podcast - Episode 13 is Online!!!

sonovista, my friends... busy, crazy, kookoo, nutty day, so the blog notes will be coming later on, but for now all you need to know is that Episode 13 is a winner, we have a great interview with Bryan Cox, an acomplished canadian stand-up comedian and Voice Over actor, a second great interview with Jason Nathanson, a young man in search of the American Dream (hint: it may be hidden up in canada), and classic plumbing update from Parviz... plus 4 new tunes that totally rock, dude... i mean like totally...

more, better, gooder, later...

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Episode 12 of Schnauzer Logic Podcast is Online... The

Sonovista, my friends! Schnauzer Logic - "The Deciderer Episode" is online and ready for your listening pleasure... We understand that bigger isn't always better (I mean, lets face it... of much of us can you take?), so we're going to do our level best to keep the shows to 2hrs each week, or less... This week's episode clocks in at 1:59:08, so we're off to a good start on this new resolution... In addition, I've been getting a lot of questions about the derivation of the term "Sonovista"... here's how I explained it recently:

"Sonovista is a made up word, at least for me, which was suppose to be the name of the show i did on KSCO before they made me change it to AirPlay... in my derivation it was suppose to be a combination of Sonos (the greek root for sound) and Vista (seeing inspirational views), so Sonovista was going to describe a show where you would hear things that would provide a grand inspirational view... When I explained it to the staff at KSCO, they all had that look a dog gets when you blow in its face, so we went with AirPlay and I turned Sonovista into a all-purpose greeting, like mahalo or shalom."

its a pretty good story, don't you think? one you can tell your grandkids...

OK... on to this week's show. First off, just before we were getting ready to go into the studio, we checked out the latest stories on the Huffington Post and found the "I'm The Decider" song parody by Paul Hipp, and figured we had to put it on the show... by the time you read this it'll probably be everywhere (or nowhere, if the Beatles lawyers get involved), but we had it kind of firstiest!... We then moved into the next regular segment, which is the -intentionally lame- joke (yes, its suppose to be a groaner), but i just wasn't able to get it out, and with Sean and Parviz laughing at me, i pushed the button to start the Big Show music... during the intro we gave the joke to Parviz, who managed to get through it... We then got caught up a bit with Sean and talked a bit about listener comments (we love 'em!). After our first break we talked about the 100th anniversary of the famous 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, and our own experiences getting through some earthquakes (Parviz always has an interesting perspective) and took our next break... We then dove into our new weekly Plumbing Update with Parviz and introduced his new plumbing segment theme music, "The Plumber Is The Man" by Ann Zimmerman (folk singer and Harvard educated lawyer!)... If you take away anything from this segment, its this: "Parviz Knows Nothing" (said proudly, again and again)... We then auditioned a new comedy segment from Canadian stand-up Bryan Cox, entitled "Comic Road Story"... To quote a famous (and a bit course) british expression, we could rightfully be accused of "taking the piss" of Bryan's segment, but in an exchange of emails today Bryan proved himself to be a great sport, and more than willing to poke fun at himself, so enjoy Bryan's segment and look forward to more Bryan (perhaps even -live-) in upcoming shows... We then played a bit of the "Boys from Modesto" (no, not really), and took our next break returning with a discussion of James Blunt and his hit, "You're Beautiful" which led to the first, last, and only episode of Schnauzer Idol and on behalf of Sean and Parviz i promise that we will never never never never never never never never never sing on the show again! (and if you're listening to the show as a podcast or on the in-line player, feel free to fast forward and you'll be totally forgiven)... Finally, we took our last break and return with the Question of the Week (Close Encounters of the Celebrity Kind) and wrapped it all up for another week (whew)...

On the tuneage front, apart from the opening parody, the Plumbers Song, and our two karaoke numbers, we were able to highlight the following amazing performers:

1. Desert Radio from Vancouver, BC - "February Day"
2. LIVE 45 from Sedgley, UK - "Love Me When I'm Dead"
3. Ben Park Drive from Denver, CO - "Get Away"
4. Randy Coleman from Los Angeles, CA - "Goodbye Renee'"

And now you know what you didn't know when you didn't know what you knew!

Next week we'll talk with our friend Jason Nathanson as he gets ready to head out on his trip across America... plus more sillyness and great GarageBand music, and maybe a surprise or two... so until then:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome

and as you're saying your prayers, could you throw in a good word for my mom... she turns 80 in another few months and they just found some masses in her lungs which is not the kind of news you want to get for your 80th birthday.

many thanks for listening and have a great week!


Sunday, April 16, 2006

Brush with Celebrity - Question of the Week

Sonovista, my friends... hope you are all having a joyous easter/passover/other holiday...

just a reminder that the question of the week, this week, is to share your stories about meeting celebrities (stories involving stalking can and will be used against you in a court of law!Wink)

you can send us an email or an audio file telling your story, or simply jot it down in the comments section of the blog.

btw, sean has resurfaced and all is well... whew!

see you all wednesday... until then, namaste... robin

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Episode 11 of the Schnauzer Logic Podcast is Posted!!! (A little bit louder than Episode 10)

Sonovista, my friends, and welcome to our second decade of shows... A short show blog this week... why read when you can listen!?!

First, we get caught up with Parviz and his new job, his new look and his same-old bad attitude... With Sean MIA, we look to hook up with Mike Lema and Parviz's friend, Ken, who has been emailing like a fiend, but come up lacking (like the hair on Parviz's head)... We then take our first break and return with the details of Parviz's new career... its the story of a spiritual journey that will inspire generations to come... we then take our next break and come back with Part (2)(a) of the Kip Addotta interview, which leads directly into our next break. When we come back we preview the upcoming trip of our friend Jason Nathanson and how we managed to score his new blog site from a great guy, Anders Clerwall of Sweden, who hosts his own video blog at be sure to check out Anders site and drop him a note to say "hi" and "thanks!" for transferring the site to Jason... we also talk about opening day with the SF Giants and running into Francis Ford Coppola as I was walking out of the stadium, and come up with next week's question of the week:

Tell Us About Your Brush With Greatness/Celebrity? - send us an email or an MP3 recording and we'll put it on next week's show!

We then take our next break (very jazzy) and come back with a discussion about Grups and a recent article in New York magazine about 40-somethings who are doing adulthood differently from their parents... Then a quick break and back with the last installment, Part (2)(b) of our interview with Kip Addotta, finally closing with an update on my Delta Airline refund (not yet), and some (even more) random ramblings.

And with that, here are this week's amazing artists:

1. Barrelfish from San Jose, CA - "Again"
2. Blinded Canada from Kelowna, BC, Canada - "Cryin"
3. Joe Turley from Nashville, TN - "Like I Doo"
4. Kick The Cat from Chicago, IL - "Blow Me"
5. Lori McKenna from Boston, MA - "Never Die Young"

And now you know what you didn't know when you didn't know what you knew!

So until next week:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome

and if you see Sean, tell him to call home... we miss him...


Saturday, April 08, 2006

Episode 10 of the Schnauzer Logic Podcast is Posted... Plus SF Giants 2006 Opening Day Photos! (Barry... Barry... Barry...)

Sonovista, my friends!!! Sorry for the delay in posting this week's show notes... We did the Big Show on Wednesday night, which i edited and posted into the wee hours of the morning. Then on Thursday, I had breakfast with Rosemary Chalmers of KSCO (who was at the Queen concert Wednesday night with Parviz!) and then went to see the San Francisco Giants 2006 Opening Day game where they topped the Atlanta Braves (thanks, Larry!, for the extra ticket)... then I had some $work$ to do on Thursday night and Friday morning, and then a dentist appointment Friday afternoon and then spent Friday night in photoshop, editing the photos from the game for my Nephew... (whew...)... not that you care about *any* of this!... (although you can see the photos, full size, from the game by clicking on the photo of Barry and heading over to my Flickr site... and notice how all the Atlanta Braves have their arms crossed... i LOVE this game Wink)

So... show notes... right... i almost forgot... we had a GREAT 10th episode anniversary show, and i just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Parviz and Sean and John DeKoven and Rachel Weinstein for taking the second mic over the past 10 weeks, as well as everyone else who blogged or emailed or provided audio or material for the show! Thanks to technology, we've managed to put together a little virtual community of somewhere between 500 and 1000 folks from around the world who get to laugh a little and think a little and listen to some cool toonage every week... We would do this even if no one were listening, but then we'd just be sad and a little tragic... this way we're "Podcasters"! (woo hoo)... and thanks, too, to Ethan St. Pierre of for making our little show a part of his network...

And on to the show... Big Ups to Rachel Weinstein for sitting in... We opened with a bit of audio from the old KSCO show where I used to mangle the live spots for American Longevity products... after 2 weeks, the sponsor got so pissed they pulled them, but I think they were the most entertaining live reads for a liquid vitamin ever! Anyway, we'll play some more in the coming weeks. We then moved into the show and talked a bit about relationships and being single at 40 and Qigong and more with Rachel... After the first break we came back with Part 1 (Section A) of our all-new 2006 interview with legendary Stand-Up comedian, Kip Addotta. (Part 2, Section A and B next week)... As you know, I did an interview with Kip almost 5 years ago that didn't end well (!), but he was a gentleman and agreed to a second take... We talked from almost an hour, and its a fascinating discussion about the art and craft of stand-up comedy, as well as some amazingly honest observations about the comedy 'business'. Many thanks to Kip (and be sure to check out his son Victor's webpage for some of the most amazing hand crafted furniture i've ever seen!)

We then took our next break and came back with some Reality TV talk, a discussion about Paris Hilton playing the role of Mother Teresa in an upcoming movie, and more... We then took our next break, so Rachel could leave to get to an appointment, and came back with a discussion about a New York magazine article about 9/11 and "The Ground Zero Grassy Knoll"... Then, moving from something serious to something seriously funny, we played a classic Cranky Dog Spew from Critical Chip of PLEASE send an email to the Cranky Dog hisownself using this *link*, and ask him to do a new spew!... We then came back to discuss the Question of the Week and took our next break, after which we dove right into Part 1 (Section B) of the Kip Addotta interview... And finally we attempted to play (no, really!) the band, Nothing Less from Modesto, California, but got the wrong track loaded, and just ran out of time! We closed the show with Sean's broken laptop/mylar tape tale of woe, and my complaint against Delta Airlines.

Big Ups, btw, to all the celebrities who sent their warmest wishes on our 10th show, and to Jason Nathanson for managed to locate a spare spit valve for my Yamaha Flugelhorn... you da' man!

As mentioned, all the toons this week come from previous shows:

1. Casino66 from Malmo, Sweden - "Restarting"
2. Lotte from Oslo, Norway - "When I Close My Eyes"
3. Redwood School District from Montclair, NJ - "Two Guys, A Girl..."
4. BB Chung King & The Buddaheads from Burbank, CA - "Company Graveyard"

And now you know what you didn't know when you didn't know what you knew!

Thanks to everyone for listening! We really REALLY appreciate it! And be sure to tell your friends! And until next week:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Episode 10 (Woo Hoo!) of the Schnauzer Logic Podcast is Online!!!

going to the ballgame to see the San Francisco Giants Home Opener, so the blog will be updated later today/tonight... but the show is online and intense and funny and sad and thought provoking and hugely entertaining and just a little in a foreign language...


Sunday, April 02, 2006

Question of the Week

Sonovista, my friends... here is this weeks question:

You have to give up one piece of technology for a year... which would it be:

a. cell phone

b. dvd player

c. cable tv

d. tivo

e. the internet

f. other

cheers!... robin