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Geeks and Beats

Alan Cross and Michael Hainsworth

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Music, Pop Culture and Technology from radio legend Alan Cross and TV's biggest geek Michael Hainsworth
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46:30 | May 8th

Music producer Brent Bodrug drops by the G&B studios to protest Michael’s claim the 1982 track is little more than corporate rock written by committee. At least Michael softened-up Brent with his classic dry Dirty Martini, first.

37:32 | May 1st

Microsoft’s Amy Sorokas on the pre-concert VR experience by Muse, Michael’s VR space simulation addiction, and Jerry Seinfeld’s night at a party leads to a book. We read it. We’ve recently talked on the big show about artists like American DJ, Marsh...Show More
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29:58 | Apr 24th

Imagine that you spend months or maybe even years developing something that leads to an important scientific discovery; something that was previously impossible. Something so profound that could change the course of how similar things are studied. No...Show More

45:44 | Apr 17th

Game of Thrones Season 8, restaurant ratings for your ears, and Dubset makes DJ mixes legal. Dubset: Umixing the legal woes of remixes by Amber Healy Songs inspire and motivate us to try new things, go on adventures, get work done, even to push a lit...Show More

33:04 | Apr 10th

Once the Province of Ontario softened up their liquor laws in 1946, Toronto came alive. This is when Toronto’s jazz scene really started to flourish. The city grew a large base where it became a regular stop on the Jazz tour circuit. Jazzcast is a ne...Show More

35:02 | Apr 3rd

It’s the 1 year anniversary of walking away from a steady mainstream media career and Michael. Lessons learned about management styles, what he actually does in a day, and why the Boomer generation is to blame for destroying the news business. On Med...Show More

47:20 | Mar 27th

We have become so tethered to our devices. They run our lives whether we like to admit it or not. The primary functions of our phones are no longer voice calls, but rather the myriad apps that control the lights in our houses, allow us to deposit che...Show More

30:50 | Mar 13th

For every hit song on the radio or topping the Spotify chart, there are thousands more than never reach a widespread audience. Wouldn’t it be helpful if artists had a way to improve a song’s chances of success? Hit Songs Deconstructed is a tool that ...Show More

31:20 | Mar 6th

Once upon a time, the belief was that pop songs should be short, catchy, inoffensive and lighthearted. That time has returned. But the reason why is dramatically different this time around. In 1957, the first year of the Billboard Top 100 Chart, the ...Show More

41:48 | Feb 27th

The best compliment you could pay 2019 Oscar winner Jos Stam is that you didn’t see his work. And you’ve seen a movie in the last 5 years, you’ve watched his films. The artist turned computer geek went from Holland to Hollywood and turned computer ge...Show More

38:57 | Feb 20th

Have you ever actually listened to the song? It’s SO WEIRD. And it was even weirder when it was released on Halloween of 1975. Music producer Brent Bodrug joins us to deconstruct why almost 45 years later, it’s every headbanger’s favourite song to ro...Show More

51:57 | Feb 13th

Yeardley Smith of the Simpsons and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Zibby Allen join us to talk about their True Crime podcast, why the genre is so appealing to women, the hottie detectives they talk to, and how Smith managed to break her neck.

41:29 | Feb 6th

Superbowl 2019: a $3,000 ticket to see Maroon 5. We’ll explain why Janet Jackson isn’t the only one who deserves an apology. Also due for an apology: Rapper 2 Milly after Fortnite allegedly ripped off his signature dance move. Plus: why Michael might...Show More

38:33 | Jan 30th

This episode was largely about Michael’s infatuations: eSports and Sandy Horne of The Spoons. eSports evangelist and investor Genevieve Roch-Decter schools Alan on just how big the business is, while Michael is tongue tied about meeting legendary 80s...Show More

34:53 | Jan 23rd

Michael geeks-out over his visit to MIT’s famed Building 20, the music industry’s “Big Brother” drops by the studio to talk about it’s all-listening technology, Alan complains about his ailments.

40:10 | Jan 16th

We covered so much ground in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, we just had to do a two-parter. This week we visit the “Apple Store of Weed” for insight into what Canada can expect when stores open April 1st, we played a modern day Pinball m...Show More

57:55 | Jan 10th

The boys made it down to Sin City for the world’s biggest geekfest, spoke to BMW’s head designer about the future of the self driving car’s interior once we don’t have to pay attention to the road, we’re introduced to an app-controlled wireless and s...Show More

41:31 | Jan 2nd

Welcome to the new year, just like the last year. Everyone’s going nuts over the Netflix interactive movie Bandernsnatch, unless you’re in Apple’s Walled Garden. 2019 will be a year to please both Trekkies and Star Wars fans. And we’ll look back at w...Show More

31:24 | Dec 19th, 2018

Before you get on that plane to Grandma’s house, we’ve got a few gadgets to help get you through the holidays — and insight into why it’s taking so long to board to the goddamned plane. Plus: the secret behind an iconic track from The Clash, and our ...Show More

17:51 | Dec 12th, 2018

Why Will Ferrell will be remembered not for Ron Burgundy or his work on Saturday Night Live, but for the movie “Elf.” Michael reveals his revealing Buddy-related undergarments, and we learn how to give Clark Griswold a run for his Christmas light mon...Show More

41:50 | Dec 5th, 2018

We learn why Christmas music is arriving earlier and earlier, how it works on our brains as we shop, and what we can do about it with Dr. Brynn Winegard. Plus, the geeks reveal their favourite holiday songs, although it seems Michael is largely troll...Show More

58:40 | Nov 28th, 2018

The father of the video game industry, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, joins us to talk about the future of eSports, his love of pinball, and how the explosion of casual mobile gaming is the legacy of the Atari 2600. Plus, why he feels Apple is no long...Show More

54:12 | Nov 14th, 2018

Ganja gadgets for beginners. Alan and Michael visit Canada’s biggest cannabis culture shop, The Friendly Stranger on Queen Street West in Toronto. Owner, Robin Ellins reveals his plans for as many as 50 new stores; the surprising demographic entering...Show More

42:17 | Nov 5th, 2018

The World’s Most Popular Podcast™ has the gadget guide for anyone looking to make their escape this holiday season. And a quick getaway to somewhere warm doesn’t mean you have to give your tech the cold shoulder. Here’s the Ultimate Geek Guide to Tra...Show More

44:46 | Oct 31st, 2018

Canadian broadcasting legend Roger Ashby of CHUM Radio joins Alan and Michael to talk about 50 years of being on the radio, the secret to a successful marriage to work-wife Marilyn Denis, and how his “sound” evolved over the course of his career. Mea...Show More

38:41 | Oct 24th, 2018

A technological revolution is literally almost here and you probably didn’t even know it. Why 5G wireless is about more than just faster downloads with Intel’s head of Global Markets and Partners, Shannon Poulin.

31:54 | Oct 17th, 2018

It’s our 200th episode and the 1 year anniversary of the death of The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie. Hip historian and author Michael Barclay joins us mid-book tour to talk about the last year of Downie’s life, the band’s place in music history, and w...Show More

38:36 | Oct 10th, 2018

As Michael ponders buying a 40 year old PC, a new laptop for his kid, or the new Kate Bush box set, the guys talk to Vinyl Me Please CEO Matt Fiedler. And we learn why you shouldn’t check-in to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas for the annual gathering of...Show More

43:11 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Facebook’s Oculus has finally given early adopters a reason to jump into VR. But should the rest of us? Augmented Reality expert and author Galit Ariel joins us to talk about why AR has a brighter future, why it’s a danger, but why we should remain o...Show More

30:58 | Sep 26th, 2018

It’s beginning of the end of Ticketmaster as we know it (and we feel fine). Alan and Michael discuss why the scandal-ridden company’s doubling-down on claims of innocence amid evidence it’s encouraging scalpers will tear it’s parent company apart. Th...Show More

47:23 | Sep 19th, 2018

How uncool. Wearing a band shirt to that band’s concert? We break down the fault lines running through the music industry. If it’s September 19th, it’s It’s Daniel Lanois’ birthday. Alan tells us of the time he tried to hire him for $12/hour. Plus: w...Show More

35:53 | Sep 12th, 2018

How far back does the “cover song” go? The geeks look back at it’s unusual origin, famous modern-day covers, and the surprisingly sexist original version of Aretha Franklin’s greatest musical contribution to feminism. Plus, Dolores O’Riordan’s final ...Show More

53:37 | Sep 5th, 2018

Season 6 Premiere Live on Location at Fan Expo 2018 and Alan Cross loses his mind over the wallet-sucking merchandising. “Dave” from 2001: A Space Odyssey tells us the meaning of the film, and William Shatner blows us off despite our deep connections...Show More

1:30:48 | Aug 29th, 2018

We promised a dumpster fire of a live show, and that’s what we delivered. But despite the technical difficulties we persisted and the big show went 90 freaking minutes with Brittlestar, the Internet’s Favourite Dad, and Chef Mike Benninger cooking up...Show More

31:53 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The boys got a little distracted this week getting ready for the big Live on Facebook Live from Michael’s Back Deck Show (it’s Sunday August 26th, 7pm ET). When they did finally pull it together, we learn of a woman who used music as a weapon. Agains...Show More

41:51 | Aug 15th, 2018

The geeks look at the first female inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Franklin. Don’t call it Musak 2.0, but bro it’s gonna change the way you unleash your beast mode at the gym. Jeff Yasuda of feed.fm drops by the studio to explain w...Show More

42:58 | Aug 8th, 2018

It’s the 2018 #BacktoSchool gift guide and Michael’s hopscotching across the country showing off an augmented reality chemistry set. Patrick Stewart better beam-up Guinan if he’s going to reprise his role as Jean Luc Picard. Our resident Trekkie(r) e...Show More

33:56 | Aug 1st, 2018

Noted Scientology debunker Scott Simpson joins us to break down the breakdown of that E-Meter used for the weird-o street-side “personality tests” after talking about Tom Cruise. It turns out the secret to the box office success of the high-ranking o...Show More

35:29 | Jul 25th, 2018

If you’ve got a bit of walkin’ around money, you might consider not walking at all. Alan’s uncovered the Jetpack that Michael’s been pining for all his life thanks to brit Richard Browning and the Gravity Daedalus suit. Meantime, some business nerds ...Show More

37:30 | Jul 18th, 2018

Sure, everyone credits Star Trek for bringing us cellphones. But did you know Sears & Roebuck gets the credit for bringing another science fiction gadget to your pocket? Georgia Tech professor and author Lisa Yaszek joins the geeks to talk about sci-...Show More

37:22 | Jul 11th, 2018

iPhone owner? A new study shows 2 out of 3 of you are doing better than 75% of the population. We explain. Eric Alper drops by the studio with his latest isolated vocal track: Talking Heads’ Once in a Lifetime. We’ll learn how the band developed its ...Show More

51:29 | Jul 4th, 2018

Canada Day viral video star Brittlestar joins the geeks to look at Canada’s contributions to comedy and music. We uncover the loophole that created Bob and Doug Mackenzie, how Barenaked Ladies channeled our own Michael Hainsworth, and review the top ...Show More

33:39 | Jun 27th, 2018

Vice Reporter Rachel Browne joins the geeks to talk about the conspiracy theory behind the October 17th legalization for weed in Canada, we find out why Dr. Johnny Fever was such a realistic character on WKRP in Cincinnati, and warn we just might ban...Show More

37:17 | Jun 20th, 2018

Why the first images of “Earthrise” were deliberately grainy, Bill McClintock’s latest mashup sees George Michael take on Slayer, and Uber suspends self driving car tests in Toronto

34:50 | Jun 13th, 2018

One of Anthony Bourdain’s career highlights: sitting down for a healthy meal with punk legend Iggy Pop. G&B Culinary Correspondent Amber Healy on the late gastro-explorer and his musical influences. Plus, the 2018 Geek Gift Guide for Dad Geeks and th...Show More

39:19 | Jun 6th, 2018

It’s the 20th anniversary of principal photography on one of the most iconic science fiction films in history. We’ll look at the connection between The Matrix, Raffi’s Banana Phone, and the coming of age of film soundtracks. Plus, the actors who turn...Show More

37:35 | May 30th, 2018

Brought to you by Dickies: We won’t ruin the Star Wars fun with any spoilers as we look at the 5 coolest things Han Solo-wannabe Michael learned about the scruffy looking nerf herder and Alan brings us back to Earth with a story about the recently de...Show More

39:52 | May 23rd, 2018

The isolated vocals and the hidden stories behind Rock the Casbah by The Clash, turning your home into a concert venue with Laura Simpson of Side Door, how much it would cost to insure the Millennium Falcon, and giving away a Google Home Max. Plus: A...Show More

37:55 | May 16th, 2018

It may be time for a staff-wide meeting. After crowdsourcing our Spotify playlist of Summer Driving Music, it was evident the team misunderstood the instructions. Alan Cross and Michael Hainsworth cherry-pick the hot tracks for a top-down, pedal to t...Show More

41:05 | May 9th, 2018

With the rabbit hole the geeks went down this week, you’d be forgiven for wondering if they were high. A conversation that starts off about an algorithm which turns the atomic signals from our galaxy into Jazz ends up being about weed, Elon Musk’s sn...Show More

34:34 | May 2nd, 2018

Educating the Pinball Wizard: video game writer Kim Sparks drops by the G&B studios to tell Alan women may be just as likely to play as men, but boys still have some growing up to do. And female pro-gamers experience a pay gap wider than traditional ...Show More

40:08 | Apr 25th, 2018

There was a time when a movie soundtrack could make a musician. Kenny Loggins, anyone? Jeff Bock of Exhibitor Relations Corporation joins the geeks for a preview to the summer box office. Plus, the death of Verne Troyer and how you can get your own H...Show More

33:36 | Apr 18th, 2018

The horrors of childhood music lessons. And how Ian Temple of New York-based Soundfly wants to be the mentor for those who survived them. Huey Lewis hangs up his microphone, and radio wackjob Art Bell is dead. Or is he?

46:27 | Apr 11th, 2018

TV’s Michael Hainsworth walks away from a 30 year mainstream media career and the title of Canada’s Most Watched Business Reporter. But why leave BNN and CTV News now?

33:42 | Mar 28th, 2018

What if you could own a piece of your favourite song? And you get a piece of the musician’s royalty cheque? The more people bought or streamed the track, the richer you get. That’s the idea behind Vezt by veteran rock music manager Steve Stewart. We ...Show More

34:13 | Mar 21st, 2018

The Amazon Echo cackling maniacally in the corner of your kitchen isn’t the only technology that scares the geeks on this episode. Alan introduces Michael to a site that can mimic your voice with just a minute’s worth of your actual dulcet tones. Alt...Show More

33:35 | Mar 14th, 2018

This week DJ Earworm joins the big show to explain why Drake is to blame for a major shift in music today and the mashups he does at the end of every year. Plus, we learn how to make a Volvo suck a little less thanks to Toto, and why Alan is to blame...Show More

30:30 | Mar 7th, 2018

Why is it “smart” science fiction bombs at the box office but candy floss like Guardians of the Galaxy brings in the big bucks? Insight from Georgia Tech Professor of Science Fiction Studies Lisa Yaszek.

32:01 | Feb 28th, 2018

Somebody’s gotten to Alan Cross.

28:29 | Feb 21st, 2018

Listener discretion is advised for anyone susceptible to getting a song stuck in their heads. Which is, like, everyone since 98% of us get earworms. On what is likely going to be the least-listened to episode of the season we’ll tell you the 5 reason...Show More

29:36 | Feb 14th, 2018

Alan’s not much of a fan of Feb 14, if you can’t tell within seconds of listening to the big show. The G&B team put together a pair of Spotify playlists for lovers and other strangers and those who hate the commercialized holiday. We run the tracks p...Show More

23:00 | Feb 7th, 2018

In the age of AI, the geeks meet up with one of Canada’s top radio programmers to find out why he’s doing things today the same way he did in 1977. Wayne Webster of Boom 97.3 on why after more 40 years in the business, he’s not worried about being re...Show More

32:11 | Jan 31st, 2018

This week we learn how The Kids Today can avoid sexual misunderstandings using an app, why Ticketmaster isn’t totally evil, and we play some music you’d never guess was composed by a machine. The brains behind AIVA out of Luxembourg joins us to talk ...Show More

30:56 | Jan 24th, 2018

The family of Tom Petty confirmed the musician died from the pain killers he was taking after touring with a fractured hip. This after also losing Prince the year before to a prescription drug cocktail. We’ll investigate why Dolores O’Riordan of The ...Show More
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0:00 | Jan 22nd, 2018

All you need to know about the dangers of fentanyl. In recent years, news reports on drug overdoses have centered on fentanyl. Whether it’s used alone or combined with other drugs, the results can be deadly.  We know that fentanyl is dangerous, but w...Show More

35:56 | Jan 17th, 2018

The technology of Blade Runner 2049 with Territory Studio’s Peter Eszenyi Every time we watch a sci-fi flick the “computer screens” drive us nuts, so we decided to find out why Blade Runner 2049 didn’t suffer from user interface dreck passed-off as p...Show More

55:34 | Jan 10th, 2018

Live from the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas! This week Michael skip-offs his obligations covering CES to catch a skin show with his wife, talks to the head of Ford’s self driving car divis...Show More

36:16 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Smart Homes, Turntables, and the death of the high end car audio store We’ve been off for Christmas break for a month and it feels like forever. Michael explains how he almost killed his wife Christmas morning, and Alan explains how he teases the Fed...Show More
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01:24 | Dec 9th, 2017

We’re on hiatus for December but it doesn’t mean we’re not hard at work on the big show. Plans for broadcasting live on location at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are coming together, but we need your help! Since somebody blew the en...Show More

40:33 | Nov 29th, 2017

We’ve got geek gift ideas for fans of Star Trek and Star Wars, gear heads wanting to peek into the brains behind their dashboard, vinyl lovers looking for convenience, and some interesting reads, too. And somehow we manage to sneak in some Murray Hea...Show More

29:54 | Nov 22nd, 2017

So we get a big-shot Google Canada person on the show and the first thing Alan does is ask Maria Cortellucci a tech support question. Eventually we get to why those language translation Pixel Bud wireless headphones aren’t the Universal Translator pr...Show More

32:33 | Nov 15th, 2017

Everybody’s sung along with Steve Perry to Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. Probably even The Pope. You can’t go to a Karaoke bar, turn on a TV, or, as Michael found out, do a home renovation without someone belting out the track. But why? We turn ...Show More

40:44 | Nov 8th, 2017

Alan is introduced to cosplay, and his geek brain asplodes. Documentarian Jean-Phillipe Brochu of Cosplay Culture joins us via our Mexico City studio to separate the furries from the fans. Correspondent Jay Moon interviews a Tragically Hip fan who au...Show More

34:37 | Nov 1st, 2017

Donald Trump promised us we’d finally know what we know about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy. Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opene...Show More

31:23 | Oct 25th, 2017

Canada has reacted to the death of The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie like there’s been a death in the family. Even if you weren’t a big fan, you were amazed at how many of his songs you knew. And if you were a fan, you got a lesson in Canadian ...Show More

35:12 | Oct 18th, 2017

Google backed up the truck this week to the G&B studios and unloaded a bunch of new toys for us to play with, including it’s iPhone Killer Pixel 2 and it’s new low-cost VR headset, after our ace producer Vanessa Azzoli reported from the big unveiling...Show More

34:10 | Oct 11th, 2017

Rising Youtube star Noah of Polyphonic drops by the G&B studios to deconstruct deconstructing musicians and their music. The reason Blade Runner 2049 can’t replicate the success of the soundtrack to the 1982 cult hit? Synthesizers. Michael builds a V...Show More

36:01 | Oct 4th, 2017

The life of rocker Tom Petty. He and the Heartbreakers make it into the Top Ten Songs about weed. The musician was an admitted pot head. We’ll talk to Randy Rowe of the Grow Up Conference about the legalization of Mary Jane in Canada and how Snoop Do...Show More

35:45 | Sep 27th, 2017

The man who made Rock & Roll the sound it is today never played the guitar. Leo Fender’s widow Phyllis and biographer Randy Bell join the geeks to talk about what made Fender unique, how she never knew he was “that kind of famous,” and why real guita...Show More

34:48 | Sep 20th, 2017

The iPhone X is here — and you’ve come a long way, baby. We’ll speak to the senior editor of Motherboard Brian Merchant about his decade long trip through the history of the world’s most ubiquitous smartphone. We’ll also learn a few dirty little secr...Show More

40:04 | Sep 13th, 2017

Technology is making cheating that much easier, but it’s not the gear that’s making us unfaithful. Cynthia Lloyst of The Social and FindYourPleasure.com on the old-fashioned reasons for high tech infidelity. We’ll discuss rock stars who cheat — and t...Show More

33:32 | Sep 6th, 2017

You don’t want a smart home, you want an intelligent home. We’ll tell you why your house bares almost no resemblance to the home of George Jetson with Patrick O’Rourke of Mobile Syrup. We’ll bring you The Battle of the Smart Speakers: why Google Home...Show More

39:26 | Aug 30th, 2017

Pornhub’s Alex Klein drops by the G&B Studios for a deep dive into her pornography analytics to learn how the data drives sex trends. We’ll also look at the business model, who pays for porn, and how the site makes money without subscribers. Plus: th...Show More

35:03 | Aug 23rd, 2017

The Horseshoe Tavern: an institution for those who are into music (or booze). We’ll introduce you to David McPherson, the author of the upcoming book on the history of the bar favoured by your favourite bands. The perfect app for the beer snob. Our E...Show More

0:00 | Aug 16th, 2017

Doing an end-run around the music industry machine:  the former singer of I Mother Earth joins us to talk about paying musicians in digital currency and fans with digital extras — and it’s all about the most complicated technology today made simple. ...Show More

0:00 | Aug 9th, 2017

AI Killed the DJ? Not quite yet but we’ll introduce you to an artificial intelligence app developer who’s making Spotify that much smarter. How machine learning is teaching the pop stars of today how to write the hits. And how to program smarter robo...Show More

27:28 | Aug 2nd, 2017

Everything you wanted to know about Sexbots but were too creeped out to ask! We’ll ask sex advice columnist Cynthia Loyst of FindYourPleasure.com and CTV’s The Social if society will ever catch up to the technology. We’ll look at the history of sexbo...Show More

32:34 | Jul 26th, 2017

Political protest through Photoshop! We’ll introduce you to the man behind the Twitter sensation @TrumpsTies. The music of politics: why the 1960s isn’t the decade of the protest song you think it is. The collision of technology and politics: from th...Show More

34:11 | Jul 19th, 2017

Zombie film pioneer George Romero has died. But will he return from the dead? The music behind the horror genre. We’ll introduce you two men who invented new technology to give you the willies. The horror behind a music genre from Horrorcore to Pysch...Show More

0:00 | Jul 12th, 2017

Space: The Stylish Frontier! We’ll tell you about NASA’s new flight suit that takes a page from Hollywood. The author of spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo will join us to explain why astronauts shouldn’t lie about the size of their rockets. And the Golden...Show More

41:34 | Feb 3rd, 2016

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/S04E137-Scooby-Snacks.mp3 I’m back home now, but the last two weeks’ worth of podcasts were done from hotel rooms, one in London near Lancaster Gate and Notting...Show More

0:00 | Jan 20th, 2016

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/S04E135-The-Nerd-Awakens.mp3 Guest Matt Granger and Michael engaged in some serious Star Wars geekery that no self-respecting Star Trek fan would follow. I did, however, heckle from the balcony....Show More

41:02 | Jan 13th, 2016

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/S04E134-David-Bowie.mp3 With the death of David Bowie, no glib intro from me because the stars look very different today. * Michael and I start the show by discussing David Bowie and what he me...Show More

0:00 | Jan 6th, 2016

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/S04E133-Laserbrain.mp3   The countdown to the demise of the car compact disc player begins. Alanis King of Jalopnik joins us to look at the evolution of music in the auto industry. George Lucas ...Show More

41:32 | Dec 16th, 2015

As this show went into production, I was suffering from severe anxiety. Somewhere in the handoff between United and Air Canada at O’Hare, all my luggage disappeared. Two large suitcases containing a weeks’ worth of clothing and supplies required for ...Show More

41:22 | Dec 2nd, 2015

I’m going out on a limb here. If you’re reading this and listening to the G&B podcast, you’re a geek whether your obsessions lie with music, gadgets or otherwise. And with Christmas coming up, you’re probably hoping for some nice geekery under the tr...Show More

41:12 | Nov 25th, 2015

I had to do my half of the podcast on the road this week as I was in London pursuing a business opportunity that involved combining music with…golf. Yes, golf. But I can be done. If I can win the business, I hope to change the image of golf forever. ...Show More

0:00 | Nov 18th, 2015

Before we set the lineup for this week’s show, we conducted a Twitter poll on whether we should cover the Bataclan massacre or if people wanted this podcast to be a bit of an escape from the horror of the past weekend. The numbers came back 52% “esca...Show More

41:23 | Nov 11th, 2015

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/S04E128-Delete-My-Browser-History.mp3 Michael was very ill this week–a chest cold–and was self-medicating with a combination of dirty martinis and decongestants...Show More

41:36 | Oct 28th, 2015

I should point out that I had nothing to do with the pivot towards sexbots on this week’s Geeks and Beats show. I just want to make that clear lest I get blamed for the porny aspects of our program once again. Now, some show notes: * Slave vodka: An...Show More

41:07 | Oct 21st, 2015

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/S04E125-Spaceman-Spiff.mp3 Holy crap! We have a real life astronaut on this week’s show! A guy who’s actually been to freakin’ space! How cool is that? Listen t...Show More

0:00 | Oct 14th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/S04E124-Whats-In-A-Name.mp3 This week’s show was recorded after too much turkey and wine. Although my Thanksgiving meal was the day before, I was still feeling the after effects–so much so that ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 7th, 2015

However you spell it, no one should ever, ever read the crap that is 50 Shades of Grey. This picture pretty much sums up how I feel. You’re much, MUCH better off buying my wife’s chicklit/erotic romance series set on the island of St. Barts. Go here...Show More

0:00 | Sep 30th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/S04E122-DJ-Pope-Boyee.mp3 I’ve spent the last couple of days fiddling with my new iPhone 6s. Jeebus, I’m frustrated. It’s not the phone, which is pretty good. It’s fast, has some snappy new feat...Show More

41:39 | Sep 23rd, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/S04E121-Android-Love.mp3 Excuse me if I sound a little out of it on this week’s program because (a) I had just arrived home from a 24 flight from SE Asia; and (b) I was preoccupied with the Pola...Show More

41:06 | Sep 16th, 2015

Why you shouldn’t laugh at the Apple Pencil, even if Steve Jobs said nobody would want one. In space, nobody can hear you pour a drink. The International Space Station gets a whisky still. And why Michael isn’t going to race out and buy a big screen ...Show More

41:45 | Sep 9th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/S04E119-The-Merch-Awakens.mp3 After a two week layoff to recharge our martini shakers, we’re back with season four of this thing. How long can we keep it up? No clue. But your support has been g...Show More

0:00 | Aug 19th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/S03E120-Lost-Boys-of-Summer.mp3 First, DO NOT PANIC. This is the last podcast of Season 2 but we’ll be back with Season 3 after a two-week hiatus. Meanwhile, Michael–who claims he’s an introvert...Show More

0:00 | Aug 12th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/S03E119-Fixed.mp3 I’ve been fascinated by radio since my grandmother gave me a Lloyds transistor radio for my sixth birthday. I didn’t ask for it nor did my parents tell my grandmother that she ...Show More

0:00 | Aug 5th, 2015

  http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/S03E118-Dance-on-Your-Grave.mp3 That title requires some explanation. At our wedding twenty-five years ago yesterday, my wife was most dismayed at my unwillingness to dance. (Hey, it’s just no...Show More

0:00 | Jul 29th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/S03E117-Bumper-Stumpers.mp3 Another week and vacation bible school starts up at the church down the street. And I’ve already seen my first back-to-school inserts in my community newspaper. That ...Show More

41:22 | Jul 22nd, 2015

  http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/S03E116-Space-Sex-and-Stiles.mp3 “Stiles?” Did Michael misspell Harry Styles last name? After all, we do talk about his junk late in the program (see below), so it’s possible. He stays up way ...Show More

41:43 | Jul 15th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/S03E115-Star-Trek-the-Phantom-Menace.mp3 No, that title isn’t a typo. We do, however talk a lot about Star Wars and Star Trek in this week’s installment–not that this is a bad thing, of course. ...Show More

0:00 | Jul 8th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/S03E114-War-of-the-Words.mp3 Aliens never landed in New Jersey — unless you include Snookie from Jersey Shore. We’ll look at why the hysteria over War of the Worlds… wasn’t. Thinking of an Apple...Show More

0:00 | Jul 1st, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S03E113-Hoverbored.mp3 Feeling rested? How can you not given that June 30, 2015, had a leap second added to it? Now our clocks have been readjusted to the stupid Earth which insists on having it...Show More

0:00 | Jun 24th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S03E112-At-the-Right-Hand-of-The-Donald.mp3 Warning: There is not a single conversation thread in this week’s show that takes us into an orbit around Planet Porn. We will try to maintain this de...Show More

41:22 | Jun 17th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S03E111-62-Mile-High-Club.mp3 Yes, sex is referenced in the title of this week’s podcast. This one, however, is all on Michael. Same thing with the sexbots story that you’ll see in the lineup. S...Show More

40:58 | Jun 10th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S03E110-Life-Moves-Pretty-Fast.mp3 OFFICIAL STATEMENT: I will no longer respond to any allegations that I have a propensity for turning any G&B topic towards porn. That is all. Until the next ti...Show More

41:31 | Jun 3rd, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S03E109-Hard-Days-Chord.mp3 I did my best. Really, I did. I went almost the entire podcast without diverting into some analogy that involved porn. And I actually did it–until Michael tricked me ...Show More

0:00 | May 27th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/S03E108-No-Sex-Robots-Please.mp3 It has been noted by more than one person that I make at least one reference to porn on each and every G&B episode. I assure you that this is quite accidental an...Show More

41:12 | May 20th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/S03E107-Whale-of-a-Time.mp3 So I’m back in Singapore, sweltering in the equatorial humidity as I attend the annual Music Matters Conference in an effort to spread the Gospel of Geeks&Beats. I co...Show More

41:27 | May 13th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/S03E106-Stevejob.mp3 For this show, Michael had his usual glass of scotch but I was relegated to a bottle of cranberry juice as I strove to flush out any remains of a kidney stone (or stones) th...Show More

41:05 | May 6th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/S03E105-The-Bank-Awakens.mp3 So I left the baby bull terrier alone for just a minute–a minute!–and when it got too quiet I got suspicious. And with good reason, too. She’d eaten a hole in the ma...Show More

41:51 | Apr 29th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/S03E104-You-Like-Nickelback.mp3 I finally kicked the monkey pox I brought back from Borneo only to find out that everyone I seem to know has some kind of weird laryngitis thing that hangs around...Show More

41:16 | Apr 22nd, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/S03E103-The-Sounds-of-Star-Wars.mp3 Once again, please excuse the creakiness in my voice on this week’s show. I’ve still got the monkey pox from my trip to Borneo. This is probably why I let Mic...Show More

41:42 | Apr 15th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/S03E102-Idiot-Adopter.mp3 Yes, Michael has ordered an Apple Watch. But he was a little slow off the mark because he won’t get his until sometime in June. I, on the other hand, have decided to wa...Show More

0:00 | Apr 8th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/S03E101-Beibers-Monkey.mp3 Yes, Borneo. Kota Kinabalu, to be specific. I’m here to commune with the orang-utans who are here in rehab. No, not that kind of rehab, either.  And yeah, I also saw a...Show More

41:16 | Apr 1st, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/S03E100-Sir-Jony-iCar.mp3 And they said we wouldn’t last. I mean, look who we’ve got for a guest this week: Sir Jonny iCar! I did my part of the podcast from Singapore where the WiFi systems of ...Show More

0:00 | Mar 25th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/S03E99-TRON-GOTO-TROFF.mp3 We had to delay the taping of this week’s show by 24 hours because I was trapped on a Sunday night redeye back from LA. I had an aisle seat on the Delta 767, but the d...Show More

42:00 | Mar 18th, 2015

After a spring break, er, break we’re back! (Actually, I was here the whole time. It was Michael and Co. who left the country, making it impossible for us to have a podcast last week. However, he has a very good reason for his absence as you will hea...Show More

0:00 | Mar 4th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/S03E96-May-the-Force-be-with-You.mp3 Dammit, Michael! Leonard Nimoy was on Star Trek, not Star Wars! (I know he knows that, but he’s a Obi-wan guy and I’m firmly on Team Kirk. But if Mr. Spock w...Show More

41:42 | Feb 25th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/S03E95-Batteries-Not-Excluded.mp3 Let’s give Michael props for coming up with the title of this week’s episode. I had to think about it for a bit. I think he meant it as a tribute to my 9-volt G...Show More

0:00 | Feb 18th, 2015

The title of this week’s show notes post holds the record for the most colons ever used in a title of a podcast’s show notes. You may send all your congratulations to Michael and I individually. My portion of the podcast was recorded in a hotel in Du...Show More

42:01 | Feb 11th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/S03E93-The-Big-Shat-Attack.mp3 As we slowly creep up on episode 100–who would have thought?–we’ve been nominated for Toronto’s Best Podcast. And yes, we want you to vote.  Hey, who else can give...Show More

43:45 | Feb 4th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/S03E92-The-Super-Bowl-of-Sportsball1.mp3 We record the podcast every Sunday night at 7pm–which in this case of this last weekend was most inconvenient since the Super Bowl was on. Michael, who h...Show More

44:21 | Jan 28th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/S03E91-Tragically-Hep.mp3 As we close in our 100th episode–you’re already shopping for gifts, I know–Michael and I once again bring the various collisions of music and tech right to your ears at...Show More

0:00 | Jan 21st, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/S03E90-Love-From-New-York.mp3 We’re all kind of chuffed here at G&B HQ. Our new Patreon system of begging for money netted us a full seven dollars in its first week. Based on growth forecasts, I...Show More

0:00 | Jan 14th, 2015

http://www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/S03E89-Kirks-Trike.mp3 After taking the last half of December off to investigate new and exotic forms of vodka (you’ll hear about it in this week’s podcast) and another week so that Michael coul...Show More

42:06 | Dec 31st, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/S03E87-The-Edge-of-the-Holidays.mp3 New Episodes January 14th! ICYMI: The Edge from U2 dropped by the G&B studios. We accused him of spamming iTunes users. And ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 17th, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/S03E85-Episode.mp3 A week ago, I was basking in the sunshine of the NE Caribbean Command Outpost. As I type this, I’m in my old bedroom in my parents’ basement ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 10th, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/S03E84-The-Fab-Fake.mp3 If you’ve sent an email to alan@alancross.ca over the last few days, you’ll have seen my out-of-office message. That’s because I’m here....Show More

42:00 | Dec 3rd, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/S03E83-The-Nerd-Awakens.mp3 Michael is beside himself. It took just 88 seconds of the trailer for episode 7 of Star Wars to turn him into a blathering fanboy. B...Show More

42:01 | Nov 26th, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/S03E82-10-PRINT-HOARDERS.mp3 There are a couple of things about American Thanksgiving I really like.  (1) Football all day Thursday; (2) Canadian retailers foll...Show More

42:01 | Nov 19th, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/S03E81-Big-Bat-Theory.mp3 We rarely take up social or political causes on the show–frankly, we just can’t be arsed–but we’ve finally found a grassroots movement...Show More

42:00 | Nov 12th, 2014

http://media.blubrry.com/geeksandbeats/p/www.geeksandbeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/S03E81-Big-Bat-Theory.mp3 Eighty shows? Well, we’re impressed. We never thought we’d make it this far–and since there’s no reason to stop, we won’t.  Here’s wha...Show More

42:00 | Nov 5th, 2014

In what’s turning out to be an annual affair, this Geeks&Beats podcast recording was conducted at the Downtown Record Show in Toronto. Michael and I had our own table where we blathered on and also spoke to the hundreds (okay, maybe not hundreds; but...Show More

42:00 | Oct 29th, 2014

First things first:  Here’s a big fat reminder that Michael and I will be recording next week’s podcast from the Downtown Record Show this Sunday starting sometime around 10:30. (I want to start earlier; Michael wants to sleep in. So we compromised.)...Show More

0:00 | Oct 25th, 2014

Geeks & Beats London Bureau Chief Lanessa Tremblett reports from the first comicon that didn’t make London-area nerds trek all the way into Toronto just to get their geek on. And because she’s a millennial, she filed her report from her iPhone.

42:01 | Oct 22nd, 2014

We’ve really been able to up the level of our guests. Sting still hasn’t made an appearance–we’re snubbing him–but so far this season, we’ve had The Edge from U2 on the show, which is a pretty good upgrade. And this week, we speak to Billy Idol about...Show More

42:00 | Oct 15th, 2014

Everyone was back in their home studios this week to prepare this pipin’ hot podcast–which, by the way, is also now a legitimate radio show with its own network. I crap thee not. See? You should tune in. * So how is the new U2 album doing?  I mean, ...Show More

42:00 | Oct 8th, 2014

Actually, this week’s show was recorded while I was in Winnipeg. It would have been cooler to record it while I was in LA, but Michael was too much of a time zone wuss. Or was it me? I can’t remember. We talk about my Kate Bush adventure. Michael cr...Show More

42:00 | Oct 1st, 2014

Sorry I’m a day late in publishing these notes, but I’ve been travelling too much this week (Toronto-LA-London-Toronto-Winnipeg-LA) so I’m not sure what time zone I’m in at any given moment.  (Michael: Got you your Kate Bush t-shirt.) Here’s what was...Show More

42:00 | Sep 24th, 2014

You’ll notice something different about this week’s podcast. First, it’s a little longer than usual. And second, the show flows a little differently. That’s because we’re very, very close to taking this puppy from being a global podcast to an interna...Show More

0:00 | Sep 17th, 2014

For the first time in some time, no alcohol was consumed during the making of this podcast. Did that help or hurt? Download this week’s episode at the official Geeks&Beats website or subscribe through iTunes and find out. Meanwhile, you’ll need these...Show More

47:35 | Sep 10th, 2014

A busy week for both geeks and fans of beats, what with the Apple announcements and U2’s surprise album release.  And of course we talked about that–but there were many other things discussed, too. * Like the Song of the Summer of 2014… * …and Gene ...Show More

51:12 | Sep 3rd, 2014

Yeah, we just kinda disappeared for most of August. I had travelling to do and Michael had his annual party to plan. (I wasn’t there; I was travelling.) But we’re back and geekier than ever. Here’s what the premiere of Season 3 looks like. * What th...Show More

0:00 | Aug 6th, 2014

I think our wives are worried about the process by which these podcasts are recorded.  You’ll see what I mean. * A history of porn music! (Totally SFW) * Poll! 50 Shades of WTF?!  Staff writer @MattPadanyi wants to know what movie you’re looking for...Show More

0:00 | Jul 30th, 2014

I was on the road for this week’s recording of the G&B podcast.  Hunkered down in my parents’ basement in rural Manitoba, I was still recovering from having to explain the jokes on Family Guy to my mom.  That was awkward.  Also awkward was using Gara...Show More

0:00 | Jul 23rd, 2014

I thought I was going to finish my supply of the dreaded soju during this broadcast, but I couldn’t stand it. Next time… * First up, I go through the whole story behind my return to Corus/102.1 the Edge.  What, you thought I was going to give this s...Show More

40:37 | Jul 16th, 2014

First, big props to Michael for the show’s artwork this week.  It makes all the sense in the world when you hear us talk about Tommy Ramone.  As a longtime Ramones fan, I’m pretty bummed out–which explains why I went through two bottles of soju durin...Show More

38:50 | Jul 9th, 2014

Michael just doesn’t get the World Cup, so we can’t talk about that.  He’s allergic to dogs, so we can’t talk about my bull terriers.  I don’t have kids so we can’t talk about parenting.  So what do we talk about when we get together? Glad you asked…...Show More

37:22 | Jul 2nd, 2014

Normally, I’d have this up by 10 am but because of Michael’s dodgy Internet service (something we talk about on the show), we had a, er, disconnect.  Blame him and Mr. Rogers.  Just remember that the show goes up for download at 12:01 am every Wednes...Show More

35:12 | Jun 25th, 2014

Something interesting is definitely afoot for the G&B empire.  Super-secret high-level meetings are being held in Cones of Silence.  Stand by. This week, we examine the following in great and entertaining detail. *  Why the White Stripes’ “Seven Nat...Show More

41:46 | Jun 18th, 2014

Wait: what’s this about a potential opportunity to take G&B to terrestrial radio?  Hmm.  Stand by… * Being radio nerds, Michael and I had to talk about the passing of Casey Kasem, which includes our favourte CK moment. * The PERFECT Father’s Day ...Show More

39:49 | Jun 11th, 2014

So now it’s my turn to be sick.  Stupid summer colds.  And there’s a very good reason William Shatner is featured in this week’s artwork, but you’ll have to listen to the show to find out what it is. Here’s what went on this week: * How much product...Show More

32:18 | Jun 4th, 2014

Here’s the nub:  I thought that the announcements Apple made at WWDC were pretty amazing.  Michael, however, texted me during the event, saying that “this WWDC blows.”  Hmm.  A hostly disagreement.  (And guess which one of us puts together the artwor...Show More

48:26 | May 28th, 2014

Normally we record these shows Sunday nights before all my cartoons start.  But since I arrived home from a 24 flight from the Far East late Sunday afternoon, we thought it would be best if we delay things by a day.  I hope it worked. Let’s talk abou...Show More

0:00 | May 21st, 2014

My dog is very, very angry at me.  I’ve been travelling almost every week since the beginning of April so any sign of suitcases in the hallway drives her batshit.  Reports from back home say that she’s most upset with my presence here in Singapore fo...Show More

0:00 | May 14th, 2014

Although I’ve lived on my own for many years, this week’s podcast involved me returning to my geek days of yore.  That’s right: I recorded my half of the program in my parents’ basement. I was visiting, okay?  Dad’s 80th birthday and Mother’s Day fel...Show More

0:00 | May 7th, 2014

Congratulations(?) to Jason Tollman and Stephen Lussier, the newest members of the Geek&Beats staff! In complete contravention to any government rules regarding interns, we’ve “hired” them to do some writing and coding for the show and the website.  ...Show More

0:00 | Apr 30th, 2014

I injured myself in the opening sequence of this week’s program, but I’m fine now.  Mostly. This week, Michael and I discuss: The nerdiest album EVER. How are you at compiling Linux kernels? Star Trek for Ocultus Rift.  (But why Voyager?) ET found i...Show More

37:36 | Apr 23rd, 2014

This was another one of those shows where one of us–in this case, me–was away from the home studio.  But since the show must go on, I was able to secure an Internet connection from my bunker on the west coast of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.  Here’s...Show More

0:00 | Apr 16th, 2014

It’s (not) a Very Special Episode of Geeks & Beats.

0:00 | Apr 9th, 2014

In a first in the long and storied history of the G&B media empire, we took our show on the road and recorded everything at the Downtown Record Show on Broadview in Toronto.  And much to our shock, people showed up to say hello and to claim their sup...Show More

38:42 | Mar 26th, 2014

There was a hack.  An intrusion. A Ddos attack. Zombie bots.  NSA? Mossad? MI6? KGB? Script kiddies?   We had to rebuild the server which melted down in a pile of toxic fumes. Is it something we said? You be the judge. * Sign of the Apocalypse:  Kat...Show More

0:00 | Mar 19th, 2014

We timed this week’s recording of the podcast very well.  We wrapped up in time for Michael to watch Seth MacFarlane’s Cosmos and I got to watch all my Sunday night cartoons.  Now if we could only do this every week. And when’s Bob’s Burgers back?   ...Show More

0:00 | Mar 12th, 2014

Michael is back from Jamaica just in time for a goofy mid-March blizzard.  He’s not happy. However, it was a good show.  As Michael says “If there’s one podcast you listen to between now and next Tuesday, it should be this one. AA++ WUD BUY AGAIN.” G...Show More

46:39 | Mar 5th, 2014

Usually it’s me who’s doing the podcast from some remote location around the planet, but this time it’s Michael who is somewhere in the vicinity of Montego Bay, Jamaica, sipping on–wait for it–pina coladas. How…embarrassing.  Even the tree frogs that...Show More

0:00 | Feb 26th, 2014

As I eagerly await the delivery of my very own G&B Miracle Travel Mug of Travelling (FYI:  I paid list price just like everyone else), I’m thinking of ways to get the word out on this podcast.  It’s good, if I do say so myself. And we have have some ...Show More

0:00 | Feb 19th, 2014

During every Olympiad, there’s always That Guy. You know the person I’m talking about.  The dude who is suddenly an expert in all sorts of obscure sports.  In the case of the Winter Olympics, he holds forth on the differences between luge and skeleto...Show More

0:00 | Feb 12th, 2014

Once again Michael scheduled our weekly podcast recording during a major sporting event, which meant that instead of watching the Winter Olympics, I was in the studio.  Then again, by recording in the evening instead of the morning means that both of...Show More

0:00 | Feb 5th, 2014

have no idea how I was snookered into recording a podcast during the first half of a Super Bowl, but Michael (as you’ll hear) has little interest in any sort of sportsball.  But duty calls, so I sucked it up.  Here’s what was discussed this week. The...Show More

0:00 | Jan 29th, 2014

The little man Steve Jobs wanted to hide in every Macintosh. We’ll look back at the iconic computer and look ahead to a world where Apple rivals American Express. The world’s first twitter libel lawsuit. We’ll tell you how Alan got Courtney Love Off....Show More

0:00 | Jan 22nd, 2014

Michael is still sick with the CES Plague; in fact, it’s turn into a throat infection.  I, on the other hand, have fully recovered from a strain of H1N1 that wasn’t covered by my flu shot.  However, I had been made rather grumpy by the Faithful Bull ...Show More

0:00 | Jan 15th, 2014

Michael was most ill this week, thanks to (a) a visit to CES in Las Vegas (where everyone gets sick); and (b) a flight back to Toronto on WestJet with Patient Zero of an imminent H1N1 outbreak (paramedics and hazmat people boarded the plane when it l...Show More

37:40 | Jan 8th, 2014

The World’s Most Popular Podcast(tm) broadcasts LIVE from the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, baby, Vegas! This week Michael reports on an Internet connected toothbrush and Alan bristles (get it? Hah!), tries on a dog collar that...Show More

0:00 | Jan 1st, 2014

Did Michael and I go out last night to ring in the new year?  Absolutely not.  Why?  This poster pretty much sums up our attitude to the fake enforced (and ultimately disappointing) thing that is New Year’s Eve. I’m not sure what Michael did last ni...Show More

0:00 | Dec 18th, 2013

What a difference 18 hours makes.  When I woke up, it was a gloriously sunny 30 degrees at the Northern Caribbean Command Post.  I had a nice quiche-and-croissant breakfast, went for a run and enjoyed a few final minutes by the pool.  Later that nigh...Show More

0:00 | Dec 11th, 2013

At this moment, Alan Cross is sunning himself in the Carribean. So instead we bring you an interview he recently did with William Shatner. Alan just calls the guy up to talk about his new album. Yes, that’s right: Captain Kirk has a progressive rock ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 4th, 2013

I finally got my studio problems sorted out.  First, it was a ground fault loop that sent a horrible buzz through everything I tried to record.  After that, it was an intermittent Internet connection thanks to a semi-broken cable under the sidewalk o...Show More

0:00 | Nov 27th, 2013

Livin’ on a Viral Video: Jon Bon Jovi’s New Jersey Anthem is back on the charts after 26 years. Also back? The Sam the Record Man Sign. We’ll speak to the son of the man behind Canada’s music industry icon. 50 years of Companions, Daleks and the musi...Show More

0:00 | Nov 20th, 2013

The Love Boat — not for atheists? The Captain of the television show classic makes a hard turn to starboard. Nothing says Christmas quite like AC/DC. Why British bookies are placing the odds of a holiday to hell at 3 to 1. Microsoft’s new XBox is X-R...Show More

0:00 | Nov 13th, 2013

$300 could turn your next party into the worst party ever — or the best, depending on your opinion of Karaoke. We’ll introduce you to Singtrix. Here’s a cool idea for Google Glass: Watch the orchestra from the perspective of the Conductor (there’s a ...Show More

0:00 | Nov 6th, 2013

This episode is 100% Rob Ford-free.  I think.  Then again, both Michael and I were in drunken stupors (he with dirty martinis, me with a 21 year-old Japanese whiskey).  And the bad news is that there’s video evidence of everything. Time to ditch the ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 30th, 2013

Lou Reed’s last words were posted on Facebook and Twitter. Few 71 year olds would consider doing so, but clearly the Poet of Punk was dialed into the hipster scene to his last breath. It’s probably a good thing he made his money starting in the 70s s...Show More

0:00 | Oct 23rd, 2013

Someone can’t count.  By my reckoning, this is Episode 28.  Michael insists that it’s 27.  We need some forensic accounting in the office, apparently. Meanwhile, it appears my house has a Stuxnet infection. First my M-BOX malfunctioned (it developed ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 16th, 2013

Is it just me or is this fall’s crop of new TV shows really weak?  Network TV is certainly a wasteland when it comes to new shows (although I don’t mind The Crazy Ones, the new Robin Williams/Sarah Michelle Gellar comedy).  Premium cable isn’t much b...Show More

0:00 | Oct 9th, 2013

A use for that useless slot in your car’s dashboard. Looking for a new gig? What about running iTunes Radio in Canada? The no-cord earbuds. And – our Greatest Concert Story EVAR contest continues! Our Google+ Hangouts Live On Air saw a 150% increase ...Show More

0:00 | Oct 2nd, 2013

It’s been more than a week since the faithful bull terrier went down 2-0 in the series against the skunk in the back yard.  Fortunately, the skunk thought this was a best-of-three affair and has moved on to the next round against the weimaraner down ...Show More

0:00 | Sep 25th, 2013

Canadians will be getting an early Christmas present from Apple. iTunes Radio is coming, but not until the Americans “Beta Test” it for us. Alan has found a workaround for those who can’t wait. That will give us plenty of time to figure out why our i...Show More

31:43 | Sep 18th, 2013

If I sound a little out of it on this week’s podcast, it’s because I had to get up at 5:45 PT after a long trip to Los Angeles that didn’t get me into my hotel room until after 1am PT. Nevertheless, the show must go on.  Download the episode here, st...Show More

34:26 | Sep 11th, 2013

Alan and I debate yet another (disappointing) offering from Cupertino. We also bring you an offering from Manchester: unwashed urinals stained with British rock history. Ever thought of making a music pilgrimage? Alan and I run down the list of must-...Show More

0:00 | Sep 4th, 2013

After a month-long hiatus, Michael Hainsworth and I are back with season two of Beats & Geeks. It’s available now through iTunes or you can download/stream it here.  Here’s what you can expect this week. The dumbest town in Alabama and their local ra...Show More

30:57 | Jul 31st, 2013

I’m at my parents’ place in rural Manitoba this week where nothing much happens. It’s driving me crazy. All we’ve done over the last couple of days is watch Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy (even though it’s the excreable “kids week”) and Family Feud. Last...Show More

35:16 | Jul 24th, 2013

A first in music history – Google Glass on stage gives the fan a rock-star view. It only took 18 years, but Alanis Morissette has a new jagged little pill to swallow in the form of a viral video correction. How to derail a radio station contest. We’l...Show More

32:08 | Jul 17th, 2013

Boy, it’s hot.  My office windows face southwest so I get blazing sunshine from about 11am until…well, until I can’t take it anymore.  And no matter how much I water the ficus tree that I have blocking the windows, it keeps going “Are you kdding me, ...Show More

32:27 | Jul 9th, 2013

I think I have alligators in my backyard.  Not only have we had a ton of rain, but I stupidly left the irrigation system on automatic.  As did all my neighbours.  Consequently, a good portion of my yard seems to be sinking. If I’m not around for next...Show More

32:21 | Jul 3rd, 2013

I learned a valuable lesson this past week: don’t pre-judge when it comes to the whole Google Glass thing.  I was prepared to hate the things and whinged endlessly about the end of personal privacy and the inevitable transformation of humanity into u...Show More

34:30 | Jun 26th, 2013

My dog is a horrible little animal during the summer solstice.  No matter how busy she is the day before or how late she says up, she’s up with the sun, demanding her morning walk.  Today that was at 5:57am. And weekends are even worse.  Last Sunday,...Show More

30:17 | Jun 19th, 2013

(Apologies to Mel Brooks – Michael) In my experience, there are two kinds of people:  those who prefer Superman and those who’d rather hang out with Batman. Me, I’m rather agnostic.  When I was a kid, I insisted on wearing a utility belt with my Supe...Show More

34:56 | Jun 12th, 2013

My poor wife.  For the past couple of years, she’s been working on a series of novels that, despite being very good, have had a hard time finding love from an agent or a publisher.  She has, however, just secured a contract with the same Australian p...Show More