<![CDATA[Next Level Podcast Network - Adam's Blog]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:39:34 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Articles from BeachPod Episode 14 - BJ Gaddour]]>Mon, 26 Dec 2016 03:31:15 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2016/12/articles-from-beachpod-episode-14-bj-gaddour.htmlHERE ARE LINKS TO MORE ARTICLES BY BJ WITH MORE INFORMATION ON TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THE PODCAST!
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<![CDATA[BattleFrog's Unfortunate Update]]>Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:52:08 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2016/08/battlefrogs-unfortunate-update.htmlWell, that was short-lived.

I was running a day or two late to post last week's training regimen in preparation of BattleFrog NJ on October 8th when I received a surprising email. BattleFrog Series is suspending the remaining races of 2016. So, unfortunately, I will no longer be posting my weekly training. 
Luckily, I was only two weeks back into getting ready for the race. Though I will still continue to train similarly to if I were getting ready for BattleFrog, I may be unable to log another race this season (One benefit of BF was it was easy on the wallet). If I do, I'll be sure to mention it on BeachPod
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<![CDATA[BattleFrog Training - 9 Weeks out]]>Sun, 14 Aug 2016 03:04:13 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2016/08/battlefrog-training-9-weeks-out.html
After running in my first ever Spartan Race in Palmerton, PA on July 17th, I took part in my first BattleFrog race two weeks later on July 30th. I think it's pretty safe to say, I've caught the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) bug. I'll talk about both experiences on episode 10 of BeachPod: Health & Fitness, but I've already begun to look ahead at future races. As far as 2016 goes, it seems like I should be able to squeeze in one more race. That race is going to be another BattleFrog Series race on October 8th, this time in New Jersey. 
Because October will have cooler temps than the July race, I'll be running in an afternoon open heat. Not only will it be the warmer part of a likely cool fall day, but the later heats are also less expensive. Plus, I'll be using promo code BFW10847 for another $20 off. You can also use that promo code for $20 off any BattleFrog adult race.

Generally, training programs run about 8 weeks. This isn't a training program. I'm not saying you should follow what I do leading up to a race. This is only my 3rd advanced OCR, and 5th overall. Over the next several weeks, I'm going to share with you my journey in preparing for one of the most physically demanding races out there. Look for a new post weekly with that week's training. Let's start with the week of 8/7-8/13. 

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Sunday 8/7
Today is actually a scheduled rest day. I took a week off after BattleFrog Philly. For the first time in a while I did next to no exercise. It felt a bit odd, so I was excited yesterday when I got to run 4 miles. Felt pretty sluggish because of the humidity and time off. It was a mostly flat run so a good way to ease back into it. Today my goal was just to stretch it out and hit 10,000 steps. 

Monday 8/8
Back on BeachPod episode 8, BF CMO Kevin Jones mentioned the training program you can follow on their website. I gave one of the MetCon workouts ("Runnin' to the Ground") a shot. 
  • 5 min run
  • 50 burpees
  • 4 min run
  • 40 burpees
  • 3 min run
  • 30 burpees
  • 2 min run
  • 20 burpees
  • 1 min run
  • 10 burpees

Overall, it took about 35-40 minutes to complete. Which says a lot considering it's only 15 minutes of running. Burpees are wonderful and horrible at the same time. I'm not sure you can ever be "good" at doing lots of burpees. But I do think anyone training for an OCR should train with a decent volume of them. This one definitely kicked my ass. 

Tuesday 8/9
Decided to give another BattleFrog workout a go today since yesterday's was a good one. This time, I grabbed one from the Strength & Skill category ("Picnic Time"). 
Complete for time:
  • 10 Bulgarian split squats (per leg)
  • 20 Step ups (per leg)
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 40 Dips
  • 50 Flutterkicks
  • 60 Calf raises
  • 50 Flutterkicks
  • 40 Dips
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 20 step-ups (per leg)
  • 10 Bulgarian split squats (per leg)

I don't remember the exact time it took to complete, but it was close to 20 minutes. Not a lengthy workout at all. There were definitely some challenging parts but, compared to yesterday, this one was lighter. Since there were no pull-ups included, I did a few towel pull-up variations to finish off my workout. 

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Wednesday 8/10
I had planned on doing a hill sprint workout, but plans changed and I had to do a workout at home. Unfortunately, there are no good hills in the immediate area. So, I checked out the BF site again and put my own variation on one of their Speedwork workouts ("Moving Along"). Rest  was 2 minutes in between and I went through it 5 times.
  • 2 stair sprints (run up stairs as fast as possible, the first run hitting every step, the other going every other step)
  • Jog down
  • Bunny hop up steps (keep feet together, hitting every step)
  • Run down
  • Weighted carry up and down (45lb plate)
  • Lunge up steps (skip a step or two)
  • Jog down
  • Farmer's carry up and down (50lb dumbbells)

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Thursday 8/11
Thursdays are fun because my brother-in-law comes up. He ran Spartan Palmerton with me and ran a different heat for BattleFrog Philly. I always recommend working out with a partner. It just gives you more motivation and forces you to workout in case you're not in the mood. After doing two races in 3 weeks, I realized what my strengths/weaknesses are. You'll see me do a lot of weighted carries, because I struggled with those a bit. The goal today was to work on my strength, but keep my heart rate up. We performed this as a circuit. Took about 3 minutes rest in between and did it two times through. If time allows, I'll do 3.
  • Farmer's walk up and down stairs 3 times (50 lb dumbbells)
  • Towel pull-up variation (One hand, both hands, wide, narrow, etc) x8
  • 1 min plank
  • Decline bench press x20 (35 lb dumbbells)
  • Hanging Knee Raise x10
  • Weighted step-up x10/leg (I put two 10 lb plates on one side of Olympic dumbbell handles pictured right. I held the dumbbells at the wider end with the weights, one in each hand. This challenges the grip strength more than a standard grip).
  • Weighted sit-up x20 (25 lb plate)
  • Weighted stair climb x10 up and down (45 lb plate)

Friday 8/12
Scheduled rest day today. During my lunch break at work, I made use of the gym by doing some time on the treadmill and elliptical, followed up with some static and dynamic stretching. As I do on all recovery days, I aim to hit at least 10,000 steps. 

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Saturday 8/13
The plan today was for a longer endurance run. I still have 8 weeks until race day so no rush on the miles. The heat index today was scheduled to be very hot and very humid, so I tried to get out as early as possible. Apparently 9 a.m. was still too late for Pennsylvanian August. 

I felt pretty good through the first 3 miles, then hit a wall. Maybe it was the heat catching up to me or the fact that, at that point, I had the sun directly in front of me. Either way, I had to slow down the pace. At this stage, I'm okay with that. I really just wanted to make sure to get in the miles and keep an easier pace anyway. Ended up getting in just over 4.5 miles on a mainly flat surface to finish the week. 

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<![CDATA[Articles From BeachPod Episode 4 - Lee Constantinou]]>Wed, 23 Mar 2016 02:17:00 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2016/03/articles-from-beachpod-episode-4-lee-constantinou.htmlHere are links to more Articles by Lee with more information on topics discussed on the Podcast!
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<![CDATA[Articles From BeachPod Episode 2 - James Fell]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:22:52 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2016/02/articles-from-beachpod-episode-2-james-fell.htmlHERE ARE THE LINKS FOR THE ARTICLES DISCUSSED ON THE PODCAST
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<![CDATA[Articles from BeachPod Episode 1 - Lou Schuler]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 05:08:03 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2016/02/articles-from-beachpod-episode-1-lou-schuler.htmlHere are the links for the articles discussed on the podcast

Bonus Articles:

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<![CDATA[Netflix: October 2015]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2015 02:28:36 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2015/09/netflix-october-2015.html
Here is this month's list of everything coming and going on Netflix in October 2015. There are a total of 90 titles being added and 88 being removed this month. Be sure to listen to episode 38 of the Showcast for a breakdown of some of September's highlights. 

Coming To Netflix

October 1
  • A Christmas Carol (1938)
  • About Alex (2014)
  • Alexander: Theatrical Cut (2004)
  • American Pie (1999)
  • Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1
  • Batman Begins (2005)
  • Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Curse of Chucky (2013)
  • Dark Was the Night (2014)
  • Design on a Dime: Collection 1
  • El Tiempo Entre Costuras (2013)
  • Extreme Homes Collection: Collection 1
  • Fixer Upper: Season 1
  • Genevieve’s Renovation: Season 1
  • Glass Chin (2014)
  • House Hunters Renovation Collection: Collection 1
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Million Dollar Rooms Collection: Collection 1
  • Monkey Thieves: Seasons 1-3
  • On the Town (1949)
  • Pal Joey (1957)
  • Pepe (1960)
  • Pressure (2015)
  • Property Virgins  Collection : Collection 1
  • Reasonable Doubt (2014)
  • Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
  • Robin Williams Remembered – A Pioneers of Television Special (2014)
  • Some Came Running (1958)
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
  • The Devil at 4 O’Clock (1961)
  • The Great Food Truck Race Collection: Collection 1
  • The Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story (2014)
  • The Nightmare (2015)
  • Throwdown with Bobby Flay Collection: Collection 1
  • Uncle Grandpa: Season 1 (more episodes)
  • Vanilla Ice Project: Seasons 1-4
  • Wakfu: Season 1
  • White Rabbit (2013)
  • Wild Horses (2015)
  • Worst Cooks in America Collection: Collection 1

October 2
  • Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy (2015) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • La Leyenda de la Nahuala (2007)
  • Reign: Season 2
  • The Vampire Diaries: Season 6

October 3
  • Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation (2015)

October 5
  • Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race (2015)

October 6
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show (Season 4)
  • iZombie: Season 1
  • Last Man Standing: Season 4
  • The Flash: Season 1
  • The Originals: Season 2
  • Tremors 5: Bloodline (2015)

October 7
  • Arrow: Season 3
  • Flor Salvaje: Season 1
  • Legends: Season 1
  • Supernatural: Season 10

October 8
  • American Heist (2014)
  • Strangerland (2015)

October 9
  • Mighty Med: Season 2
  • The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Winter on Fire (2015) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

October 10
  • Lalaloopsy: Band Together (2015)

October 11
  • Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (2014)
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Season 3

October 12
  • Jane the Virgin: Season 1

October 14
  • Lazarus (2015)

October 15
  • Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery: Season 1
  • Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live! (2015)
  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Part 1/ Part 2 (2004)

October 16
  • All Hail King Julien: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers (2015) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Beasts of No Nations (2015) – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • Circle (2015) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
  • Some Assembly Required: Season 2 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
  • The Principal: Season 1

October 18
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

October 20
  • Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered (2014
  • Marvel’s Avengers Assemble: Season 2

October 22
  • Results (2015)

October 23
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

October 24
  •  Jack Strong (2014)

October 25
  • Walt Disney Animations Studios Short Films Collection (2015)

October 27
  • August: Osage County (2013)
  • Manson Family Vacation (2015) – NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE

October 28
  • Chasing Life: Season 2
  • The Gunman (2015)

October 29
  • Return to Sender (2015)

October 30
  • Popples: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Leaving Netflix

October 1
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • American Masters: Billie Jean King (2013)
  • Analyze That (2002
  • Analyze This (1999)
  • Angela’s Ashes (1999)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Baby’s Day Out (1994)
  • Bandits (2001)
  • Barnyard (2006)
  • Beyond Borders (2003)
  • Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Collection
  • Buying & Selling: Season 1-2
  • Caprica: Season 1
  • Charlie Bartlett (2007)
  • Clockstoppers (2002)
  • Cold Mountain (2003)
  • Days of Heaven (1978)
  • Dead Man Walking (1995)
  • Destination Truth: Season 4
  • Domestic Disturbance (2001)
  • Down to Earth (2001)
  • Ella Enchanted (2004)
  • Hawaii Five-O (1968): Season 11-12
  • Hotel Impossible: Season 1-2
  • Interview with the Vampire (1994)
  • Kangaroo Jack (2003)
  • Life Happens (2011)
  • L’Auberge Espagnole (2002)
  • Maverick (1994)
  • Nature: Ireland’s Wild River (2014)
  • Nature: Leave it to Beavers (2014)
  • Nature: Love in the Animal Kingdom (2013)
  • Nature: My Bionic Pet (2014)
  • Nature: Parrot Confidential (2013)
  • Nature: Saving Otter 501 (2013)
  • Nature: Snow Monkeys (2014)
  • Nature: Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch (2014)
  • Off Limits Collection: Collection 1-2
  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
  • Plankton Invasion (2012)
  • Restaurant: Impossible Collection: Impossible
  • Rob Roy (1995)
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996)
  • Saturday Night Live: The 2010s: Season 37
  • Sid the Science Kid: Season 1
  • The Beautician and the Beast (1997)
  • The Big Lebowski (1998)
  • The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
  • The Dead Files: Season 1-2
  • The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1989)
  • The Pioneer Woman Collection: Collection 1
  • The Producers (1968)
  • The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption (2011)
  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  • Twilight (2008)
  • Twins (1998)
  • Windtalkers (2002)
  • You Got Served (2004)

October 4
  • Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 1

October 7
  • Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure (2013)
  • Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games (2014)

October 8
  • Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy (2012)

October 9
  • Crank (2006)

October 12
  • Bratz Kidz: Fairy Tales (2007)

October 15
  • Good Luck Chuck (2007)
  • Pinky Dinky Doo: Season 1
  • Play with Me Sesame: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Animals and Nature: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Classics: Vol. 1-2
  • Sesame Street: Cookie and Friends: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Creativity and Imagination: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Everyday Moments: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Music and Dance: Season 1
  • Sesame Street: Numbers and Letters: Season 1

October 16
  • Bruno (2009)
  • Chico & Rita (2010)

October 20
  • Freelancers (2012)

October 22
  • Machine Gun Preacher (2011)

October 25
  • Nanny 911: Season 1

October 26
  • Bratz: Genie Magic (2006)

October 27
  • Alexandria (2010)

October 29
  • America’s Sweethearts (2001)

October 30
  • Life in Our Universe: Season 1

October 31
  • Braxton Family Values: Season 3

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<![CDATA[Netflix: September 2015]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2015 03:21:07 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2015/09/netflix-september-2015.html
Here is this month's list of everything coming and going on Netflix in September 2015. There are a total of 94 titles being added and 76 being removed this month. Be sure to listen to episode 34 of the Showcast for a breakdown of some of September's highlights. 

Coming to Netflix

September 1
  • 72 Dangerous Animals: Australia: Season 1
  • Arthur: Season 17
  • Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)
  • Battle Creek: Season 1
  • Blackbird (2014)
  • Capital C (2014)
  • Combustion (2013)
  • Da Jammies: Season 1
  • Divorce Corp. (2014)
  • Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever! (2014)
  • Hamlet (1990)
  • Hardball (2001)
  • Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean To Brag (2014)
  • Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)
  • Los hombres tambien lloran: Season 1
  • Masters of the Universe (1987)
  • Mississippi Damned (2009)
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Volume 1
  • Mouk: Season 1
  • Our Man in Tehran (2013)
  • Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)
  • Person of Interest: Seasons 1-3
  • Puffin Rock: Season 1 - Netflix Original
  • Rambo: First Blood (1982)
  • Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
  • Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)
  • Shake the Dust (2014)
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999)
  • Such Good People (2014)
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005)
  • The League: Season 6
  • The Monster Squad (1987)
  • Up in the Air (2009)
  • Zathura (2005)
  • Zoo Clues: Season 1

September 2
  • Black or White (2014)
  • Miss Julie (2014)

September 3
  • Drumline: A New Beat (2014)

September 4
  • Baby Daddy: Season 4 (new episodes)
  • Bad Night (2015)
  • Madame Secretary: Season 1
  • Melissa & Joey: Season 4 (new episodes)

September 7
  • Space Dandy: Season 2

September 8
  • 6 Years (2015) - Netflix Exclusive
  • Love At First Fight (2014)

September 9
  • Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)

September 10
  • Fugitivos: Season 1
  • Longmire: Season 4 - Netflix original

September 11
  • About Elly (2009)
  • God Bless the Child (2015)
  • Madame Bovary (2014)

September 12
  • It Happened Here (2015)
  • Portlandia: Season 5
  • The Roughnecks (2014)
  • Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

September 13
  • Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 4 (part 2)
  • Pixies (2014)

September 14
  • Call the Midwife: Series 4

September 15
  • Closer to the Moon (2015)
  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)
  • Kambu: Season 1
  • Rubble Kings (2015)
  • Sin Senos no Hay Paraiso: Season 1
  • The Bank Job (2008)
  • The Road Within (2015)
  • Zoobabu: Season 1

September 16
  • Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
  • Reservation Road (2007)
  • The Blacklist: Season 2
  • The Fosters: Season 3

September 17
  • The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1

September 18
  • Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015) - Netflix original

September 21
  • Gotham: Season 1
  • The Following: Season 3

September 22
  • Person of Interest: Season 4
  • Philomena (2013)
  • SMOSH: The Movie (2015)

September 23
  • The Loft (2015)

September 24
  • Iris (2014)

September 25
  • Blue Bloods: Season 5
  • Hawaii Five-0: Season 5
  • Parenthood: Season 6
  • VeggieTales in the House: Season 1 (New episodes)

September 26
  • The Canyons (2013)

September 27
  • The Walking Dead: Season 5

September 29
  • Bones: Season 10
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
  • Monster High: Boo York (2015)
  • RL Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015)

September 30
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot: Season 12
  • Leafie: A Hen into the Wild (2011)
  • Midnight's Children (2012)
  • Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4-7
  • Ned Rifle (2014)

Leaving Netflix

September 1
  • Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
  • Better Than Chocolate (1999)
  • Bratz: Rock Angelz (2005)
  • Care Bears: Big Wish Movie (2005)
  • Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot (2004)
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
  • Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! (2009)
  • Doomsday Preppers: Season 1-3
  • Electrick Children (2012)
  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
  • Ink Master: Season 2
  • Jackie Brown (1997)
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
  • Mortal Kombat: The Movie (1995)
  • Patch Adams (1998)
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
  • Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)
  • Rules of Engagement (2000)
  • Rumpelstiltskin (1987)
  • Sarah's Choice (2009)
  • School of Rock (2003)
  • She's the One (1996)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  • the IT Crowd: Series 1-4
  • The Lost Boys (1987)
  • Total Recall (1990)
  • W. (2008)

September 2
  • Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This (2010)

September 3
  • Dinosaurs: Season 1-4

September 4
  • Delta Farce (2007)

September 5
  • Marilyn in Manhattan (2012)

September 7
  • Ramsay's Best Restaurant: Season 1

September 9
  • Bratz: Friendship is Always in Style (2014)
  • Kicking It (2008)

September 10
  • 100 Below Zero (2013)
  • Becoming Chaz (2010)
  • Crash & Bernstein: Season 1-2
  • War Witch (2012)

September 13
  • High Fidelity (2000)

September 14
  • Corky Romano (2001)

September 15
  • Best of Teletubbies
  • Bratz: The Video: Starrin' & Stylin' (2004)
  • Coach: Season 1-9
  • Spiral: Season 4
  • Valhalla (2013)

September 16
  • Hank: Five Years from the Brink (2013)
  • The Slap: Season 1

September 20
  • Reporter (2009)

September 22
  • National Geographic: Inside Guantanamo (2009)
  • National Geographic: The Battle for Midway (1999)

September 26
  • Indy 500: The Inside Line (2011)
  • Lethal Force (2011)
  • Ron White: A Little Unprofessional (2012)

September 27
  • LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 1-2
  • My Boys: Season 1-4

September 28
  • Undeclared: The Complete Series

September 29
  • Bratz: Desert Jewelz (2011)
  • Comic Book Men: Season 2
  • Coriolanus (2011)

September 30
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • If I Stay (2014)
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)
  • Nebraska (2013)
  • Saved! (2004)
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
  • The Expendables 3 (2014)
  • The Good Guy (2010)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  • The Prince (2014)
  • The Skeleton Twins (2014)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)
  • World War Z (2013)
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<![CDATA[Musikfest 2015: Jerry Seinfeld - August 10th]]>Sun, 16 Aug 2015 01:50:49 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2015/08/seinfeld-musikfest2015.htmlFor more on Jerry Seinfeld's show and the rest of Musikfest, listen to episode 32 of the Showcast!
There were a lot of reasons for me to pass up on an opportunity to see Jerry Seinfeld perform as Musikfest’s first non-music headliner. 

I’ve watched a few episodes here and there of his overwhelmingly popular 1990s sitcom, but never really got into it the way avid fans had. I was hesitant to rely on the weather holding out, as the Sands Steel Stage is an outdoor venue. Heck, I had never been to a comedy show with a crowd so large (over 5,700). Shows like that can lose the intimate feeling of a smaller show. 

Despite all of these reasons, it only took one reason why I should go see Seinfeld to convince me – I love comedy. After all, who doesn’t love to get a good laugh? My desire to see whether or not Seinfeld’s standup routine would make me laugh in a way his show hasn’t quite done, drew me into the crowd that night. 
After an ominous weather forecast for much of the day, Mother Nature cooperated and gave the audience a perfect setting for a night of comedy. In case the crowd forgot about the historic steel mill landmark behind him, Seinfeld was quick to point out that Bethlehem decided to take tons of rust and turn it into a tourist attraction.

His set lasted just over an hour and was mostly comprised of observational humor. At the age of 61 (as he pointed out), he’s had plenty of experience to think of. I even heard a gentleman a few seats over saying “that’s true” throughout the night. After the fourth or fifth time I could only thing to myself, “We know dude. That’s why it’s funny.”

A large chunk of the set was spent talking food. And maybe it was the fact that I hadn’t eaten in a few hours, but by the time the show was over, I was starving. Part of the food jokes pointed out how similar the words sucks and great are. Seinfeld pointed out that he didn’t like going to “great” restaurants, because he ends up disappointed and walking away thinking that it “sucked.”

One hit with the audience was when he mentioned that when you’re eating an ice cream cone and the ice cream falls off, it sucks. “But what do you say,” as he threw his arms in the air, “that’s just great.”

Not every single joke had me laughing so hard I was slapping my knee (I literally did that a few times). But, there was a constant beam of laughter throughout. Almost every joke hit in some way.

He even mixed in some adult humor along the way, referencing erectile dysfunction pills. I actually thought this was some of his funniest material of the night.

Another part of life he touched on was our dependence on technology. This material seemed to hit the most with the rest of the crowd. From what I could see, it was a vastly mature audience. Because of that, they also had realized how technology and human interaction has changed. As Seinfeld mentioned, because speaking has been overrun by texting, he felt like a blacksmith standing on stage talking to us for an hour.

I was a little surprised he didn’t have an opener to get things warmed up, but I guess at this point, he doesn’t necessarily need one.

As he mentioned during the show, life isn’t too short, it’s too long. Old people are just trying to finish their time by going on cruises and doing crossword puzzles.

As I look back at the show, I can see it was a once in a lifetime experience.

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<![CDATA[Musikfest 2015: O.A.R. - August 9th]]>Sat, 15 Aug 2015 16:34:03 GMThttp://nextlevelradioonline.com/6/post/2015/08/oar-musikfest2015.htmlFor more on O.A.R.'s show and the rest of Musikfest, listen to episode 32 of the Showcast!
Last year, Next Level Radio was only half a year old when Musikfest rolled around. We hadn’t quite established ourselves enough to earn the opportunity to review some of the year’s shows. Luckily for us, things are different this year. (Toot our own horn alert) In the last 18 months, we’ve talked to over 70 celebrities from the entertainment industry! Some of those guests were headlining at SteelStacks, which is part of ArtsQuest in Bethlehem, who runs Musikfest. So before I get into the great time I had at O.A.R., I’d like to extend a thank you to them. 

I had seen O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) last year in Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, so I had a feeling it would be another good time. And sure enough, I was right. 
The great aspect of a band, such as O.A.R., is that every show is different, more so than most other acts. Other musicians I’ve seen have sounded great, but they came out, sang a bunch of songs, talked to the crowd a few times, and that was it. 

Not that those performances were sub-par. Some of the best concerts I’ve attended happened just like that. But, it’s very refreshing to attend an event like O.A.R. They were able to come out and play for a couple of hours, pumping out 22 songs. What they add to each experience includes some great jam sessions and even some ad-libbing done by lead singer, Marc Roberge. 

The band was so into the music that Roberge even apologized to the audience (just under 3,400), after forgetting to address them until over an hour into the set. 

Another plus about O.A.R. is their uncanny ability to go from complete jamming and hype to settling the beat down for a soulful song, like “Irish Rose” or “Peace.” 

One highlight of the show (and there were quite a few) included a superb “battle” between saxophonist Jerry DePizzo and trumpeter Jon Lampley, right in the middle of the fan-favorite song “Hey Girl.” Both put on a great show all night, but it’s hard not to notice Lampley and his awesome attitude. Never have I seen a person playing the trumpet that had such a blast doing it. I would be surprised if his musical and stage skills went unnoticed by any crowd member. 

The band is rounded out by guitarist Richard On, who has been playing with Roberge since the eighth grade, bassist Benj Gershmann and drummer Chris Culos. 

Before wrapping with arguably their biggest hit, “Crazy Game of Poker,” O.A.R. brought out their opening act for a cover. The band did the same thing last year with Phillip Phillips. This year’s act was Allen Stone, another entertainer who brings a ton of energy to the stage. So it was easy to see why the two combined for a spectacular rendition of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” also popularized by the Black Crowes. 

The only complaint I would have about the band’s performance at Musikfest would be the lack of an encore. I wouldn’t consider this an occurrence that happens often at an O.A.R. concert, as last year’s concert included one. 

The Sands Steel Stage at PNC Plaza was a perfect venue for an O.A.R. concert. Even though I spend most, if not all of the concert standing, I prefer having a seat to call my own. Just makes things easier than pushing through a crowd of people. The weather cooperated beautifully, and the steel mill as a backdrop made it a picture-perfect setting.
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