Hoonicast #4: Epic Podcast of Epicness Edition

Gilgamesh would be proud.

The word “epic” is frequently overused to describe things that aren’t necessarily, as Merriam-Webster defines, “a long narrative poem in elevated style recounting the deeds of a legendary or historical hero.” I mean, hell, thanks to the Internet it’s been used to define everything from sandwiches to bucket-wheel mobile strip mining machinery. What’s the fun in that? Is Gilgamesh scarfing down a bacon and egg grinder the size of Ishtar herself before defeating the Bagger 288 in the strip mines of Tagebau Garzweiler? Hell no. And I’m pretty sure the preceding sentence has never been uttered (or typed) in the whole of human history.
But this Hoonicast, however, finds itself more in line with Wagner’s Götterdämmerung than any mere hour of nonsensical gasoline-scented rambling. We embark on a heroic, meandering, booze-filled quest that spans the subjects of British motorcycles, tipping Reliants, Nickelback, salacious gossip about Andy Didorosi, smuggling ammunition from the Great White North, the importance of putting water pumps in dishwashers, old Car and Driver issues, pool tables fashioned from or inside Datsuns, Amber’s amazing Secret NinjaClaus gift that we’ve finally gotten around to and also puts the rest of ours to shame, and our wonderful lack of pants. Also, I order a pizza made by a vending machine.

Click the image above or this link to listen to the Hoonicast. You can also right-click and “save as.”

Join Alex Kierstein, Blake Z. Rong, Mitch Bell, Jason Davis, Jim Brennan, Amber, and special guest Count Dooku Christopher Lee—an innocent young boy whose life was tragically changed forever by the crippling disease known as Peugeotitis, for which there is no known cure and whose medication changed parts numbers a decade ago. We may have had a theme at one point, but it temporarily escaped the chroniclers’ minds. Oh, and somebody bought a Honda. Big whoop.
Image source: [Laura Gibbs]

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  1. Froggmann_ Avatar

    Awesome! I have something to listen to on the way home!

    1. Froggmann_ Avatar

      Ok I'm listening to this now, and yes I am at work. As for SFW, that's what headphones are for.

      1. Froggmann_ Avatar

        We need more songs about engines in modern culture. LT-X, Rotary, Modular I don't give a crap.

  2. Ambersand Avatar

    So. Scared. To. Listen.

    1. Tomsk Avatar

      You needn't be.

  3. Black Steelies Avatar

    As for transporting a 504 cross country, the blog Bangshift does something called the Red Ball Express named after the famous WW2 allied convoy. Anyway the forum community organized together to transport a Javelin from desert country up to Boston for Lohnes' to build as an ice drag racer. Just some nifty food for thought.
    The Red Ball Express has left the building!!!

  4. dwegmull Avatar

    You mentioned the Bagger 288. Now will shall all suffer / LOL/ cringe at this video:
    [youtube azEvfD4C6ow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azEvfD4C6ow youtube]

    1. Froggmann_ Avatar

      Ears… blood… not good

  5. GTXEliminator Avatar

    Wonder how the pizza was.

  6. SSurfer321 Avatar

    Any update as to how soon I can get these from itunes?
    I love my ipod but sometimes proprietary software sucks.

    1. marmer Avatar

      Just save the mp3 to somewhere you can find it (right-click or control-click, and Download Linked File or Save As… or whatever), and then use the Import command in iTunes. Use the Info command to change it to a podcast or whatever you need to do. I have zero problems doing exactly that.

  7. scroggzilla Avatar

    No metal in Canada?
    [youtube D2Ihi2u35JY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Ihi2u35JY youtube]

    1. scroggzilla Avatar

      [youtube iJABB8Yihr8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJABB8Yihr8 youtube]

      1. scroggzilla Avatar

        [youtube ZIV2UbHO0xs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIV2UbHO0xs youtube]

        1. scroggzilla Avatar

          [youtube dXbjKWuPJ4A&feature=related http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXbjKWuPJ4A&feature=related youtube]

          1. scroggzilla Avatar

            Disclaimer: Scroggzilla hosted the heavy metal show at his local college radio station in the mid 80's and parlayed that into a brief employment interlude with Combat Records.
            (sticks tongue out and flashes devil horns)

    2. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      [youtube QayT9zlj18k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QayT9zlj18k youtube]

    3. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      [youtube LeG-6bpeUkA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeG-6bpeUkA youtube]
      (and Townsend's other projects)

    4. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

      [youtube JHC98ZBe2Vs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHC98ZBe2Vs youtube]

    5. Deartháir Avatar

      I stand corrected. There is no GOOD metal in Canada. 😉

      1. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

        Okay, so what do you like?

      2. scroggzilla Avatar

        Personally, I prefer your country's punk bands.
        [youtube m38EdJeM6dU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m38EdJeM6dU youtube]

  8. Eggwich Avatar

    I was going to silently boycott listening for two days due to the usage of Epic in the title, but then I grew up.
    A good show, Alex, you are a good host.
    But, I am a little pissed no one stuck up for Rush. Seriously?

    1. Deartháir Avatar


  9. BlackIce_GTS Avatar

    I forgot last night what with the maligning of Canada's Metal prowess, but;
    Blake: About the robotic pizza vendor, you must tell us things. What selection of toppings is available? How much of the process is visible? Is the pizza any good?
    Knowing what I know of British pizza, it most certainly is not. Maybe robots make it better though.
    This is a topic worthy of and suited to AtomicToasters. I just checked why is it not there already?!.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      We've asked Blake to do a write-up about it. He can't be bothered to unbunch his panties for long enough to put in the ten minutes of effort it would take to take a couple of photos and throw some words at a page. But it's okay, because he's a student, and we all know they NEVER have any time to slack off from their studies and do things like, I dunno, drink.

  10. Plecostomus Avatar

    I'm fucking drunk right now, but I listened to the pod cast at work and it made my day better. I am friends with all of you on facebook, how do i sit in on the next one?
    I need more racer 5.

  11. lilwillie Avatar

    Excellent! Finally got to catch up on these. Well done Hoons!

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