Amped And Co

19 Jul 19
Rock ALL Photography

Photo by Nathaniel Shannon   CORROSION OF CONFORMITY will kick off the second leg of their North American headlining tour next week. The A Quest To Believe, A Call To The Void II Tour, set to commence on July 26th in Poughkeepsie, New York and run through August 25th in Providence, Rhode Island, includes appearances at […]

18 Jul 19
Anxiety Curse- Flagship Anxiety Transformation Programs

*COURTESY OF THE WALL STREET JOURNAL* Confetti rained down at the Nasdaq as Etsy Inc. ’s stock popped 94% in early trading. But all its CEO Chad Dickerson felt was dread. His toddler had vomited and was throwing a tantrum. Mr. Dickerson, too, felt sick to his stomach as he worried about how the online crafts marketplace would […]

17 Jul 19
Nwo Report

Source:Christopher Chantrill When we racist, sexist homophobes use the word “catfight,” we are merely observing — as you are not allowed to observe — that women fight each other differently from how men fight. It seems to us deplorables that women fight by calling each other names.  And so, in the catfight last week between Our […]

16 Jul 19
Thrive Global
…interact with your listeners as much as possible. Create social media accounts. Tag it up. Remember: this is a two-way conversation, people want to get to know you the podcaster and have a conversation, not just listen to the ones you’re posting in the iTunes store. As part of my series of interviews about “5 things you need to know to create a “binge-able” podcast”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Abbate. Emily is a freelance fitness writer and editor living in NYC with bylines everywhere from GQ to SHAPE. When she’s not tapping words to laptop, the certified trainer, run coach, and seven-time marathoner is working on her podcast Hurdle, which talks to everyone from entrepreneurs to top CEOs and athletes about how they got through tough times — hurdles of sorts — by leaning into wellness. Thank you so much for doing this with us Emily! Can you tell us the “backstory” about why or how you got started as a podcaster? After SELF Magazine folded at the end of 2016, I was thrust into life as a full-time freelance writer and editor. Looking for a fun way to channel her creative energy and make something of my own, I came up with the idea for Hurdle. It instantly became a labor of love. Can you share a story about the most interesting thing that has happened to you since you started podcasting? Hurdle brought me on my first-ever self-employed business trip to Los Angeles, recording five different episodes within 72 hours, arriving to at least half of those on scooter with all of her equipment in tow. Can you share a story about the biggest or funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? I was super amped to record inside a WeWork conference room with Sarah Larson Levey, a friend of hers and the co-founder of Y7. We had a blast talking through the beginnings of Sarah’s hip-hop inspired yoga studio, and when I got back to her apartment to listen through the audio, I realized the acoustics were so awful that the interview was un-usable. After chatting through what happened with Sarah, (“I thought you were going to tell me someone died … “) we re-recorded, and I learned exactly how and where to best record the podcast going forward, leaning into a recording studio inside the Empire State location for the next year or so. How long have you been podcasting and how many shows have you aired? I’ve been podcasting since the end of 2017, and have launched more than 70 episodes to date. What are the main takeaways or lessons you want your listeners to walk away with? Each person has hurdles that they are going to go through life. Some big, some small. Every bump in the road happens to teach us something great, and we have the opportunity to create whatever we want to in their wake. Ok super. Now let’s jump to the core of our discussion. You are a very successful podcaster. Can you share with our readers the five things you need to know to create an extremely successful podcast? Specifically, we would love to hear lessons from your experience about the best ways to: 1) book great guests; 2) increase listeners; 3) produce it in a professional way; 4) encourage engagement; and 5) best way to monetize it? (Please share a story or example for each.) The secret to booking great guests is simply to ask, period. You’re never going to get your dream guest if you don’t go out of your way and push your comfort zone. The worst thing they can do is say no, after all. I’m always looking to network and open to meeting new people — whether that’s at my WeWork or walking through Grand Central. You have to be open to any and every opportunity.You have to be shameless about self promotion, and ask for it in your episode as well. When consumers are listening to your episode, they’ll be happy to share if you ask them to. Also, calling out listeners who engage with the podcast on your podcast is a great way to encourage interactivity.The best thing I did producing my podcast, aside from spending hours playing with GarageBand, is purchase two filters from a company called CrumplePop. These filters cost about $100 each, and dramatically improve the quality of every recording by eliminating echo and reducing other background noise.Again, interact with your listeners as much as possible. Create social media accounts. Tag it up. Remember: this is a two-way conversation, people want to get to know you the podcaster and have a conversation, not just listen to the ones you’re posting in the iTunes store.If you’re going to sell sponsorship messaging on your podcast, make sure you’re doing so to brands that you feel like truly align with your values. It’s more important to me to work with like-minded teams than it is to make money; don’t sell too soon or off-brand, your audience won’t appreciate it. From your vantage point what are some of the reasons why a person should consider creating a podcast series? Everyone has something special that they can share with the world, because there is only one version of you. Figure out exactly what your niche is, and build rom there. That’s the best advice: find what makes you uniquely you, and bring that to life. Nowadays it seems as if everyone is trying to jump on the podcast bandwagon. Are there people to whom you would advise to avoid podcasting and instead focus on another medium? Everyone can have a podcast, but there may be parts of the creation process that just aren’t your strong suit. Maybe you’re great at hosting, but don’t know the first thing about editing or producing. That’s OK. Own your strengths, and don’t overthink the process. The last thing you need to do is put off something that excites you because of the unknown. How has your position as a podcast host and a person of high authority, impacted your business, sales, and/or increased your opportunities? Can you share a story with us? I have been able to partner with some really great brands to create live Hurdle recordings, from Tory Sport and WeWork to Paragon Sports, Athletic Greens, and ON Running. Through these live activations, I’ve been able to bring together “Hurdlers” (That’s what I call my audience) to connect in real life; a really rewarding, special experience. I now do a lot more public speaking and panel moderation, which have contributed to my business goals throughout 2019. What makes your podcast binge-listenable? What do you think makes your podcast unique from the others in your category? What do you think is special about you as a host, your guests, or the content itself? I bring to the table my experience with a major 70-pound weight loss back in college, which inspired me to pick up running and become both a certified trainer and run coach. Now a seven-time marathoner as well as a veteran journalist, I got the professional experience to ask the hard questions with the personal experience to relate to my guests in a next-level way. Where can our readers find you on Social Media? @emilyabbate @hurdlepodcast Some of the biggest names in Business, Marketing, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a specific high-value guest (obviously still living) that you would love to interview on your show, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them! Serena Williams Serena’s one of the most excellent athletes of my time and also such a powerful force. She’s faced so much adversity in her career, a lot of which I know would resonate with the Hurdle audience. Devon Still After following the story of his daughter’s struggle with cancer, I know that he’d have so many inspirational things to say to the Hurdle audience. His attitude and positive outlook on life is refreshing. Thank you so much for sharing your insights!
16 Jul 19
Kraken Blog

This past week was certainly eventful! Check out all the important happenings this week in the world of crypto, presented by the experts at Kraken.

16 Jul 19
Silver Linings Everywhere

Have you ever put something on your to do list, and it just keeps getting set aside for other “to dos”? Or have you ever completely worked through a task in your brain, making sense of all the steps, and what it would look like or be like when it was all done, and then […]

15 Jul 19
Consequence of Sound
Setting the Stage: Saturday night was an emotional evening, as feelings of curiosity and anticipation swept over the audience with Los Angeles based metalcore band The Ghost inside set to play their first show since a tragic bus accident in 2015. The Ghost Inside formed in 2004 under the name A Dying Dream. They changed their name and released a well-received debut album, Fury and the Fallen Ones, in 2008. In January 2012, the band signed to the famous indie punk label Epitaph Records. And in 2014, they released their fourth studio album (and second album for Epitaph), titled Dear Youth, which cracked the Billboard 200 Chart at No. 63, their highest position yet. Things seemed promising for the band as they embarked on tour to support Dear Youth, until one tragic night in November 2015; a truck crashed into the band’s tour bus near El Paso, Texas, killing both the bus driver and truck driver as well as leaving vocalist Jonathan Vigil, guitarist Zach Johnson, and drummer Andrew Tkaczyk in critical condition. Tkaczyk was in a coma for 10 days and eventually lost his right leg. The band would offer updates in the coming months and years, as they struggled to heal emotionally and physically from the accident. In August 2018, Tkaczyk posted an encouraging video of his new drum kit, dubbed “The Hammer”, that his father custom made for him. He stated that he was close to playing at the level he was at before his leg amputation. In February 2019, the band released a video featuring some new music they were working on in the studio. Shortly thereafter, they also announced their first concert since the bus crash. It was to be a “one time only” event to take place on July 13th at The Shrine Outdoors in Los Angeles. They said that the future of the band remained uncertain, and this would definitely be their only show in 2019. Tickets sold out within five minutes after they went on sale on March 1st. Taking the Stage: Nestled between buildings at the University of Southern California college campus, The Shrine was packed with an amped up crowd eagerly awaiting The Ghost Inside. Unannounced opening acts included This Wild Life, Wage War’s Cody Quistad and Trade Wind. Trade Wind, which consists of Stick to Your Guns vocalist Jesse Barnett and Stray From the Path guitarist Thomas Williams, played just before The Ghost Inside with an emotionally charged set of their emo acoustic brand of music. Barnett dedicated their set to the members of The Ghost Inside, whom he said had been through “every band’s worst nightmare.” After Trade Wind, music was piped in over speakers as The Ghost Inside’s gear was set up. Just before they hit the stage, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” played while the entire crowd sang along. This seemed like a fitting beginning for The Ghost Inside’s set. As “Bohemian Rhapsody” faded out, a voice bombed over the speakers describing the history of the band. It described how the story of the band started 15 years ago here in Los Angeles and just when it was taking off, “it came to a sudden end, but here tonight are our mothers, brothers, family, and friends” are here to see the return. Then, the band hit the stage with full force, starting off with “Avalanche”, a single from Dear Youth that they were promoting just before the crash. During the intro to “Avalanche”, the band was mysteriously silhouetted in giant spot lights up against a black back drop. Then, as the heavy part of the song kicked in, the lights finally lit up the band members onstage. The band’s sound was amazing, with all of the musicians on point and bringing an epic energy to their playing. The crowd was mesmerized by the performance, many emotional over the fact that they thought they would never see this. Vigil mentioned that when they originally booked the show, he thought that they couldn’t fill up The Shrine, having no idea the tickets would sell out in five minutes. Vigil was in rare form, being very open about discussing the band’s trials and tribulations with equal parts somberness and reverence for how far they had come. However, he was careful not to mention too much about the band’s future, mainly focusing on the moment. For example, before the third song, “The Great Unknown,” Vigil addressed the crowd for the first time: ” I never thought today would come. We spent so much time with this dream we wanted to achieve… but then everything changed for us… As much as I said, ‘we’ll be here, we’ll be back,’ as much as I said that, there was always a little piece of me that doubted this day would come.” He added, “Three years and eight months, every single thing we went through, every physical therapy is for today. We had to learn how to walk again, we had to learn how to live again, we had to learn how to play again, we had to learn how to be broken. If we didn’t have the encouragement of all you guys here tonight and all the fans around the world, I honestly don’t know if we’d be here right now. This next song is about that, it’s called ‘the Great Unknown.’” Vigil was right about all the fans all over the world, and of all ages. Waiting in line for the bathrooms and beer, fans discussed how far they had traveled to be there. One fan was from Maryland, another from Florida. Several fans were seen with young children. At one point, Vigil asked, “Who here is from Cali?” and about half the crowd cheered loudly. Then he went down the list: “Who’s here from the rest of the country” followed by more loud cheers; then the singer asked about Australia, Canada, and even Japan and each question was answered with scattered cheers. Vigil remarked that many bands wonder what it would be like to have all their fans in one place and they are lucky enough to actually see that happen. The frontman was also very appreciative, thanking the fans, the band’s family, and Brett Gurewitz (guitarist of Bad Religion and Epitaph Records owner). Vigil then told the story of how the first record he ever bought was Offspring’s Smash, which was an Epitaph Records release, and so it fulfilled a dream of his to be on that label. He was also very grateful that the label stood by them through all they had been through. He also thanked Tkaczyk’s father for creating the special drum kit that allowed his son to play that night. The Ghost Inside has always been a band that tackled difficult subjects with a sense of encouragement. The significance of this was not lost on Vigil who described how the band’s uplifting lyrics kept coming back to him throughout their recovery. Lyrics like “I’ve got something here worth fighting for/ Give it all, Give it all, Give it all/ Give me everything that you’ve got” from the song “Unspoken,” which the band played as their second song. Vigil said it took the fan’s encouragement and the band’s own message to get him through the rough period. The band played nearly 20 songs, including the aptly titled “Phoenix Flame” and “The Other Half,” which were played for the first time live, both off of 2014’s Dear Youth. They ended with the heavy, fast and emotional “Engine 45” off of 2012’s Get What You Give, their first release with Epitaph. The show left the audience with a sense that this may indeed have been a “one time only” event, but with hope for the future nonetheless. Setlist: Avalanche Unspoken The Great Unknown Dear Youth (Day 52) Out of Control Outlive Greater Distance Between the Lines Phoenix Flame Thirty-Three Mercy Shiner Dark Horse The Other Half Chrono Move Me White Light Faith or Forgiveness Engine 45 [cos-videojs id=”jessekillswitchengage2-1561411979671,winstonofparkwaydrive2-1562109951362,calebofbeartooth2-1562612865196,killswitchengageandparkwaydrive-1558043654809,zakkwyldeonozzyosbourne-1559668891519,fever333setlist-1558043350073″ auto_play=true show_playlist=true sticky=true]
15 Jul 19
Bloody Disgusting!

Severin Films has been killing it in the genre home video department for as long as they’ve been around, but lately, they’ve really amped things up for fans of Italian horror. On August 27th they plan to keep the gore coming with two new titles joining their lineup, but of which feature the work of a […]

15 Jul 19

GROUND CREW COMMAND UPDATE The UNKNOWN LIGHTWARRIOR Massive Cabal Base Taken-Out. Final Blocks Before Lightworker Activation JULY 11 2019 Message for the 144K GET READY ! A MASSIVE CABAL base was TAKEN-OUT. The 144K PREPARE YOURSELVES for even BIGGER more INTENSE moves both on the PHYSICAL and NON–PHYSICAL PLANES. MASS-MEDITATIONS = WE TRULY know the […]

14 Jul 19

Should you build a culture of caring? 85% of employees hate their job leading to lower customer satisfaction. So, let’s fix this by caring in business.

14 Jul 19
The Australian

Confetti rained down at the Nasdaq as Etsy Inc.’s stock popped 94% in early trading. But all its CEO Chad Dickerson felt was dread.

13 Jul 19
Movie Motorbreath

Lately I’ve been finding myself over excited for the possibility of Chad Stahelski adapting Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim, a series that was a personal guilty pleasure read back in my undergrad years. This excitement was verbalized shortly after seeing his latest feature John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, the third in the John Wick franchise that saw him […]

12 Jul 19

      THE NEW YORK RIPPER (Blue Underground) June ,2019                                  original Theatrical release: 1982, Vidmark.                                         Color. 93 mins. […]

11 Jul 19
Tales From The Strip

This is the true story of four young men, with a dream in their hearts, and stars in their eyes… Magic Boys “How long is this fucking thing going to take?” My best friend asked me while we waited in the lobby of a production studio, “I’m fiending for a bump, big time.” “Soon, just […]