Piffcast: The Comeback-cast

After a nice long break, the Piffcast is back! It’s been a month, so Mike and TJ had some catching up to do…

– Developing a Kris Bryant’s up-to-bat Alert App
– Comic-Con Trailer Roundup
– TJ’s movie homework (including some Mark Ruffalo recommendations)
– What we’re watching on TV (Stranger Things, The Night Of)
– The Pokemon around Mike’s house (don’t go looking)
– Coldplay at Soldier Field and K-Pop ‘farms’
– A special thank you to awesome people

…and much more!

Join the conversation on Facebook or TwitterYou can subscribe to The Piffcast on iTunes too.

Justin Timberlake’s New Single, ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling!’, Makes You Move

Justin Timberlake’s new single has some serious Song of Summer” potential. It’s upbeat, fun, has some funk, and will be pulling you to every dance floor you encounter.

Timberlake released the video for Can’t Stop The Feeling Friday at Midnight ET (11 PM CT). It features Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, and the cast of Dreamwork’s Trolls, which Timberlake is voicing in.

Can’t Stop The Feeling! is available on…

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/CSTFi?IQid=yt


Amazon: http://smarturl.it/CSTFamz?IQid=yt

Google Playhttp://smarturl.it/CSTFgp?IQid=yt

…and it will likely get plenty of play on your favorite Top 40’s station all weekend long. Timberlake’s new album will be following soon, but details on its release have yet to be divulged.

For more, follow along on Facebook and Twitter

Piffcast: The Eleventh One – NFL Draft 2016

It’s Draft Week in Chicago and Eric Edholm (Shutdown Corner on Yahoo! Sports) joins the Piffcast to preview it. We talk about his process in preparing for the draft, the best overall player, trading up for the “Big 2” quarterbacks and who will be available later.  We discuss who could slide as well, and what the draft experience is like in Chicago. (31:30 mark, if you want to jump ahead)

TJ and I also go back and forth on Chicago baseball (he’s a Cubs fan, I’m a White Sox fan), moving to the city, some ideas we have for the show, and how we want to promote the things our listeners are doing. We want to hear from you! Let us know if you’re working on anything cool!

Feel free to react as you listen on Facebook or Twitter. Subscribe on iTunes here.

Twitter’s 10th Anniversary: First Ever Tweets From Some Favorites

10 years ago today, some guy named Jack sent the first ever tweet.

“Jack” is Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter. He also set the standard for grammar on social media, apparently.

Do you remember your first tweet? I guess I had Brian Scalabrine and Carmelo on the mind when I wrote mine…

With the help of Twitter’s Discover feature, I was able to dig up some maiden voyage thoughts as people in Sports and Entertainment got setup on their “favorite” Social Media platform.



Robert Downey Jr.


Chris Evans


Chris Pratt


Amy Schumer


Emma Watson


Jon Favreau


Kevin Spacey


Tom Hanks


Ron Howard


Jamie Foxx


Kristen Bell


Angela Bassett


Ben Affleck


Chris Rock


Brie Larson


John C. Reilly


Kevin Hart




Bryan Cranston


Aaron Paul


Krysten Ritter


Jason Segel


Mark-Paul Gosselaar


Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Jerry Seinfeld


Sarah Michelle Gellar


Aubrey Plaza


Gillian Jacobs


Lena Dunham


Norman Reedus


Michael J. Fox


Emilia Clarke


Eric Stonestreet


Sofia Vergara


Grant Gustin


Melissa Benoist


Chris Hardwick


Stephen Colbert


Ellen DeGeneres



Justin Timberlake




John Legend


Taylor Swift


Lady Gaga


Alicia Keys


Chance The Rapper




Bruce Springsteen


Andrew W.K.


Bruno Mars




Chris Martin


Axl Rose


Marc Roberge


Kanye West




Kobe Bryant


Shaquille O’Neal


LeBron James


Chris Paul


Kevin Durant


Derrick Rose


Jimmy Butler


DeMarcus Cousins


Blake Griffin


Damian Lillard


Russell Westbrook


Steph Curry


Mark Cuban


Adrian Wojnarowski (#WojBombs)


Jake Arrieta


Bryce Harper


Brandon McCarthy


Dan Haren


Andrew McCutchen 


Mike Trout


Felix Hernandez


Clayton Kershaw


David Ortiz


Kris Bryant


Frank Thomas


Joe Maddon


Ken Rosenthal




Von Miller


Kyle Long


Chris Long


Aaron Rodgers


Russell Wilson


Cam Newton


Odell Beckham Jr.


Le’Veon Bell


Marshawn Lynch


Todd Gurley 


Ian Rapoport 


Adam Schefter


Jim Harbaugh



Did I miss any? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter and I’ll get back to you with anybody’s FIRST TWEET.

Favorite Music of Every NCAA Tourney Coaches

Monday morning, CBS Sports staff writer Matt Norlander helped us all get to know the coaches who will be patrolling the sidelines for the next few weeks during March Madness. I think musical taste could say a lot about a person, and Norlander asked each of the coaches who their favorite band or artist was.

While I have Xavier making a deep run, I might be questioning it more based on head coach Chris Mack’s answer. There is a lot of Eagles and Bob Marley love among the field. I do enjoy Northern Iowa’s Ben Jacobson mentioning his dad’s band. John Calipari’s is NOT Drake. And of course Mike Krzyzewski was the only one not to answer back…

…so Norlander designated Beyonce to Coach K.

Here are the answers the rest of the coaches gave from each region. I hope this totally influences how you fill out your brackets if you haven’t already.

The South

CBS Music Brackets

The West

CBS Music Bracket 2


The East

CBS Music Bracket 3


The Midwest

CBS Music Bracket 4

Which coach do you respect more (or less) based on their taste in music? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter

The 2016 GRAMMYs: Who’s Won What So Far

There are 83 categories for this year’s GRAMMY Awards. Believe it or not, that’s more than 20 less than they presented in 2011.

While the broadcast of the awards show doesn’t start until 7:00 PM CT on CBS, awards were being handed out nearly 5 hours before the show. To keep you posted on the “Who Wins What”, we’ll continuously update this page with announcements and winners.

Winning the first award of the night is…

Best Pop Vocal Album

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’


Best Instrumental Composition

Arturo O’Farril – ‘The Afro Latin Jazz Suite’


Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella

Ben Bram, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kristin Taylor and Kevin Olusola – ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’


Best Arrangement, Instruments And Vocals

Maria Schneider – “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)”


Best Recording Package

Sarah Dodds, Schauna Dodds and Dick Reeves – ‘Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys’


Best Album Notes

Joni Mitchell – ‘Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, A Ballet, Waiting To Be Danced’


Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package

Jack White, Susan Archie and Dean Blackwood -‘The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32)’


Best Historical Album

Steve Berkowitz, Jan Haust, Jeff Rosen, Peter J Moore and Mark Wilder – ‘The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11’


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical

Shawn Everett and Bob Ludwig – ‘Color and Sound’


Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical

Dave Aude – ‘Uptown Funk’ (Dave Aude Remix)


Best Surround Sound Album

James Guthrie and Joel Plante – ‘Amused To Death’


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Real Snarky Puppy and Metropole Orkest – ‘Sylva’


Best New Age Album

Paul Avgerinos – ‘Grace’


Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Christian McBride – ‘Cherokee’


Best Jazz Vocal Album

Cecile Salvant – ‘For One To Love’


Best Jazz Instrumental Album

John Scofield – ‘Past Present’


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Maria Schneider Orchestra – ‘The Thompson Fields’


Congrats Best Latin Jazz Album

Eliane Elias – ‘Made In Brazil’


Best Reggae Album

Morgan Heritage – ‘Strictly Roots’


Best World Music Album

Angelique Kidjo – ‘Sings’


Best Children’s Album

Tim Kubart – ‘Home’


Best Spoken Word Album

Jimmy Carter – ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety’


Best Comedy Album

Louis C.K. – Live At Madison Square Garden


Best Latin Pop Album

Ricky Martin – ‘A Quien Quiera Escuchar (Deluxe Edition)’

Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album

Natalia Lafourcade – ‘Hasta La Raíz’


Pitbull – ‘Dale’ (Tie)


Best Regional Mexican Music Album

Los Tigres Del Norte – ‘Realidades – Deluxe Edition’


Best Tropical Latin Album

Ruben Blades w/ Roberto Delgado – ‘Son De Panamá’ 


Best American Roots Performance

Mavis Staples – ‘See That My Grave Is Kept Clean’ 


Best American Roots Song

Jason Isbel – ’24 Frames’


Best Americana Album

Jason Isbel – ‘Something More Than Free’


Best Bluegrass Album

Steel Drivers – ‘The Muscle Shoals Recordings’


Best Blues Album

Buddy Guy – ‘Born To Play Guitar’


Best Folk Album

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn – ‘Béla Fleck And Abigail Washburn’

Best Regional Roots Music Album

Jon Cleary – ‘Go Go Juice’


Producer Of The Year, Classical

Judith Sherman


Best Opera Recording

Seiji Ozawa, Isabelle Leonard and Dominic Fyfe – ‘Ravel: L’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges; Shéhérazade’


Best Choral Performance

Charles Bruffy, Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale – ‘Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil’


Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance

Eighth Blackbird – ‘Filament’


Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Augustin Hadelich and Ludovic Morlot – ‘Dutilleux: Violin Concerto, L’Arbre Des Songes’


Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – ‘Joyce and Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall’


Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Stephen Paulus – ‘Paulus: Prayers & Remembrances’


Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato & Antonio Pappano – ‘Joyce and Tony – Live From Wigmore Hall’


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media

Glen Campbell  – ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’


Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media

Antonio Sanchez – ‘Birdman’


Best Song Written For Visual Media

Common, Rhymefest and John Legend – ‘Glory’


Best Music Video

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bad Blood’

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Best Gospel Performance/Song

Kirk Franklin – ‘Wanna Be Happy?’


Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song

Francesca Battistelli – ‘Holy Spirit’


Best Gospel Album

Israel New Breed – ‘Covered: Alive In Asia [Live]’

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

Toby Mac – ‘This Is Not A Test’


Best Roots Gospel Album

The Fairfield Four – ‘Still Rockin’ My Soul’


Best Country Solo Performance

Chris Stapleton – ‘Traveller’


Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Little Big Town – ‘Girl Crush’


Best Country Song

Little Big Town – ‘Girl Crush’


Best Dance Recording

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are Ü Now’


Best Dance/Electronic Album

Skrillex, Diplo and Justin Bieber – ‘Where Are Ü Now’


Best R&B Performance

The Weeknd -‘Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey)’


Best Traditional R&B Performance

Lalah Hathaway – ‘Little Ghetto Boy’


Best R&B Song

D’Angelo – ‘Really Love’ 


Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Weeknd – ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’


Best R&B Album

D’Angelo – ‘Black Messiah’


Best Metal Performance

Ghost – ‘Cirice’


Best Rock Song

Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’


Best Rock Album

Muse – ‘Drones’ 


Best Alternative Music Album

The Alabama Shakes – ‘Sound & Color’


Best Rap Performance

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’ 


Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Kendrick Lamar ft. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat – ‘These Walls’


Best Rap Song

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’


Best Pop Solo Performance

Ed Sheeran – ‘Thinking Out Loud’


Best Pop Duo/Group

Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’


Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett and Bill Charlap – ‘The Silver Lining: Songs of Jerome Kern’


Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical

Jeff Bhasker


Best Rap Album

Kendrick Lamar – ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’


Best Country Album

Chris Stapleton – ‘Traveller’


Song Of The Year

Ed Sheeran & Amy Wadge – ‘Thinking Out Loud’


Best Musical Theater Album



Best Rock Performance

Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’


Best New Artist

Meghan Trainor



Album Of The Year

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’



Record Of The Year

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars – ‘Uptown Funk’


Solid night of music. For more follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

#SB50 Roundup: Prop Bets, Podcast, Playlist and More


Tonight’s the night…

(5:30 PM CT for kickoff, to be exact)

A week (and a year) of hype for the 50th installment of THE BIGGEST SPORTING EVENT IN THE WORLD. All caps necessary. 

Here on MichaelPiff.com we did everything we could to get you prepared for the “Big Game”. 


From the color of the Gatorade dumped on the winning coach to the combination of tonight’s victor and our next President, listed HERE. 

The Piffcast…

We brought back the show just in time for Super Bowl 50! Don’t forget to post your Super Bowl Party spread to Facebook or Twitter. The tastiest looking pic wins the first Piffcast Prize Pack. One of the things included is mentioned early in the show, so listen up!


The Playlist…

For your Super Bowl party, check out the music from the artists we listed in the “Denver vs. Carolina: Everything But Football” breakdown…and the Halftime acts too. 


And more…

Like the 2016 NFL Bad Lip Reading videos…Parts I

and II


Follow along on Twitter during the game and don’t forget to send your Super Bowl Spread pics to @Mike_PiFF03 for a chance at the first ever Piffcast Prize Pack

Super Bowl 50: Denver vs. Carolina – Everything But Football

By now, nearly storyline and angle for the Broncos and Panthers have been hashed out going into the Super Bowl. The Prop Bets are available to keep the non-football fan interested, which include wagers on things like how long Lady Gaga will sing the anthem, which song Coldplay will play first, and what color the Gatorade is that will be dumped on the winning coach. Even the commercials are getting leaked early (although I think that takes some of the fun out of it).

The Denver Post and The Charlotte Observer are also in on the game with their own friendly bets. If the Broncos win, the Post will receive “No. 1 IPA beer in the country” Hop, Drop and Roll (brewed in Charlotte) as well as some World Famous barbecue. If the Panthers win, the Observer will receive a broad selection of Colorado craft beer and bison steaks.

A tradition that we began here a year ago was to go beyond the teams playing the game, and compare the regions they’re from in EVERYTHING BUT FOOTBALL. Last year, New England had the edge over Seattle in our game here and eventually won the Big Game itself.

So for the fans (and newspapers) of each team, lets see how they stack up.


From Denver

John Denver, Ginger Baker (drummer), Earth Wind & Fire, Flobots, The Fray, India.Arie, The Lumineers, Glenn Miller (Jazz), Neutral Milk Hotel, OneRepublic, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Judy Collins, The String Cheese Incident, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

From Carolina

James Taylor, Tori Amos, George Clinton, K-Ci & JoJo, Anthony Hamilton, John Coltrane, Ben Folds, Petey Pablo, Fred Durst, The Avett Brothers and Ryan Adams.

The Edge – Carolina

This may be the toughest call, considering how subjective music is for everyone. However I’m taking quality over quantity here. Fred Durst and the EDM of Denver cancel each other out for things I’m good without. There are more pop acts in Denver, if The Fray and OneRepublic are your thing. Both regions bring the Funk with George Clinton and Earth Wind and Fire. But I’ll take the Carolina singer songwriters (Taylor, Adams and Folds) over John Denver *skypoint*.

Bonus Points too for my favorite school slow dance song ever, “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo.



Set in Colorado

South Park, Community, Diagnosis: Murder, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Nikita, Stargate SG-1, The Real World: Denver, The Man in the High Castle, Dynasty and Mork & Mindy. 

Set in Carolina

East Bound and Down, Dawson’s Creek, The Famous Jett Jackson, One Tree Hill, The Andy Griffith Show.  

The Edge: Denver

There isn’t too much programming set in either region. Community and East Bound and Down duke it out pretty well for comedies. I do love Andy Griffith and that whistling will be stuck in my head for the rest of the month, but 19 seasons of South Park is too many to pass on. Sorry, One Tree Hill fans. 



Set in Colorado

The A-Team, About Schmidt, Aliens vs. Predators: Requieum, Beerfest, The Big Short, Blades of Glory, City Slickers, Cliffhanger, Interstellar, Misery, Phantoms, The Prestige, The Shining, Stargate, WarGames, and Dumb and Dumber


Set in Carolina

Cape Fear, Carrie, Cold Mountain, The Descent, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Kiss The Girls, Maximum Overdrive, Pitch Perfect, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Tin Cup, A Walk To Remember, and Bull Durham.

The Edge: Denver

Carolina makes a case with solid Kevin Costner sports movies. But Denver has two amazing Christopher Nolan films (Interstellar and The Prestige) the better Stephen King horror flick between The Shining and Carrie…and Dumb and Dumber. 


From Denver

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From Carolina

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The Edge: Carolina

It was a tough call, but I drooled the most researching all that southern comfort awesomeness. 


In Denver

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In Carolina

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The Edge: Carolina

Both seem perfect if you love the outdoors. I think if you love skiing/snowboarding and weed, you’ll probably lean toward Denver. The idea of mountains, beaches, and some college sports staples have me wanting to visit Carolina first. Red Rocks is a hard venue to pass up though.

Craft Beer

In Denver (327 Craft Brewers)

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In Carolina (151 Craft Brewers)

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The Edge: Denver

This one is depends on your tastebuds, but I’ve always been partial to Colorado beer. Carolina seems to be on its way though.

Sports (other than football)

In Denver

  • Colorado Avalanche
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Colorado Buffaloes 
  • Colorado State Rams

In Carolina

  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Duke Blue Devils
  • North Carolina Tar Heels
  • North Carolina State Wolfpack

The Edge: Carolina

The two Stanley Cups won by the Colorado Avalanche are admirable, but 12 Men’s Basketball National Championships won by Duke (5), North Carolina (5), and North Carolina State (2) are a bit more impressive…

…plus the fact that state produced the greatest player in NBA history. 

Michael Carolina


Final Score


Denver –   3

Carolina – 4


Who has the edge, in your opinion?

Let me know what you think on Facebook or Twitter

Big thank you to Dago Cordova, Mike Kvackay, Jennifer Witkowski and Donald Moenning for help with firsthand research. 

Coming Soon To MichaelPiff Dot Com in 2016

For everyone who has followed along or checked in over the last year and a half, thank you so much for doing so. If people didn’t read, I wouldn’t write…Your encouragement for me to to keep doing so is more appreciated than you know.

The plan in 2016 is to continue covering everything in movies, music, sports, TV and food, but to generate more and more fun and entertaining content for all the topics this blog has become known for. Below is a list of things I look forward to featuring on the site and hope to get your input on. I am also always open to ideas and collaboration, so please feel free to reach out on Facebook, Twitter, or email me at piff.michael@gmail.com. I would like to include guest posts as well, so PLEASE let me know if you’re interested.

The Burger Challenge

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Just like the Pizza Challenge a year ago, I’m looking for the Chicago area’s best burger! So far I have visited 10 burger joints and plan to have 40 ranked before summer. Above are some of the awesome items that I’ve tried and I’m always looking for recommendations.  Follow along on Twitter and Instagram as the list grows, and let me know if you’d like to team up for an upcoming burger adventure.

Note: A Wings Challenge has been suggested as the next project. Stay tuned for that.


Movie/TV Madness Tournament

An annual tradition for those who have followed my work for the past few years, I’ve conducted a multi-week bracket tournament for both TV shows and movies. In the spirit of the NCAA Tournament, we list 68 competitors and break them up by region with appropriate seedings. Readers vote round-by-round on the winners of each matchup. The madness happens in March, but stay tuned to see if you’ll be voting on movies or TV shows this year.

Ballpark Foodie

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Something I look for when visiting stadiums across the country is a unique and awesome food item I can’t get anywhere else. Starting this Spring, I’ll be reaching out to Major League Baseball organizations to see what baseball fans can look forward to at the concession stands for the 2016 season. I’ll be checking out as many ballparks as possible but if you happen to find something yourself, please send a photo my way on Twitter with the hashtag #BallparkFoodie and I’ll feature it here!


TV Show and Movie Power Rankings

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I wrote up a few lists regarding my favorite TV Shows and movies from the past year (The 2015 Movie List will be complete after The Revenant finally hits theaters). Rather than wait months at a time for new lists, I’ll have an updated Power Rankings for new movies and favorite TV shows as I watch them every couple weeks. Look forward to how Batman v Superman stacks up against Captain America: Civil War, and House of Cards with Game of Thrones…There will also be a pre-season 6 ranking of all surviving (or speculated to be surviving) Thrones characters.


The 2016 Fantasy Football Draft Board

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ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper will be updating their NFL Draft boards up until the first pick is called…I’ll be doing the same this year with all Fantasy Football positions. If you’re like me, you’re already thinking about your first round pick for next year’s Fantasy draft. From the end of this season until draft time next year, I’ll have a regularly updated version of my Fantasy “Cheat Sheet” for you to prepare.


More Mixtapes!

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The college radio DJ in me LOVES sharing music and giving people a look into what I’m listening nowadays. It also encourages me to check out new artists and tracks and see if they’re worth including in upcoming playlists. Here are the mixtapes from 2015, and lookout for what’s to come in 2016. Maybe we’ll finally get new Radiohead and Tool that we keep hearing about.

The #Twitter101

Twitter 101

In 2015, I started a new tradition of keeping a list of my favorite follows on Twitter. I plan to update the list every year with new accounts and some of old reliables that make Twitter fun to be on. If you recommend anyone to follow or would like to nominate yourself for consideration, just say so here!


The New Piffcast 2.0 (Finally)

Pirate Piffcast

When I started writing this blog, I fully intended to relaunch my podcast and feature it here. This year I’m fully committed to bringing it back, discussing all the topics I write about here, getting YOUR thoughts and opinions on-air, interviews with people and experts who know way more than I do, etc. If you’re interested in contributing to the podcast or would like to even sponsor it, contact me via Facebook, Twitter or email me at piff.michael@gmail.com


These are just a few of the plans I have for this year, along with the columns and articles that help make this blog what it is. Looking forward to getting things rolling and to make big things happen in 2016! Follow along for all the fun on Facebook and Twitter

Michael’s Mixtape: The Star Wars One

I don’t know about you, but I am just basking in the glory that is Star Wars Week worldwide. I’ll be seeing Episode VII: The Force Awakens on Thursday and drinking galactic themed drinks at a bar that’s turning itself into the Mos Eisley Cantina from A New Hope. Yep, I have no shame in my Star Wars geekdom.

Even Spotify is getting in on the game, matching users with Star Wars characters by their taste in music. I’m not totally thrilled being Anakin, but I do love me plenty of punk rock.

Anakin playlist

I dig the lightsaber on the bottom, not so much the new Fall Out Boy they included.

Since it all finally set in that this movie is happening and I’m actually going to see it (so since Saturday night), I’ve been surfing Spotify for Star Wars appropriate music. Not just the epic John Williams masterpieces, but songs about space and intergalactic awesomeness. So why not put it all into one easily accessible playlist that my friends and likeminded individuals to enjoy?

1. “Star Wars Theme” – John Williams


2. “Starman” – David Bowie

Album: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, 1972

3. “Space” – Something Corporate

Album: North, 2003


4. “Return to the Moon” – EL VY

Album: Return to the Moon, 2015


5. “Spaceship” – Kanye w/ GLC


Album: The College Dropout, 2004


6. “Stormtrooper” – Pepper

Album: Kona Town, 2003


7. “Cantina Band” – John Williams


8. “A New Hope” – blink-182

Album: Dude Ranch, 1997


9. “Future People” – Alabama Shakes

Album: Sound and Color, 2015


10. “Chewbacca” – Supernova Chile

Album: Clerks Original Soundtrack, 1994


11. “Empire Strikes First” – Bad Religion

Album: Empire Strikes First, 2004


12. “You Satellite” – Wilco

Album: Star Wars, 2015


13. “Space Truckin'” – Deep Purple

Album: Machine Head, 1972


14. “Both Sides of the Gun” – Ben Harper

Album: Both Sides of the Gun, 2006


15. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z & Alicia Keys

Album: The Blueprint 3, 2009


16. “People of the Sun” – Rage Against of the Machine

Album: Evil Empire, 1996


17. “Imperial Death March” – John Williams


18. “Intergalactic” – Beastie Boys

Album: Hello Nasty, 1998


19. “Man on the Moon” – R.E.M.

Album: Automatic For The People, 1992


20. “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Time) – Elton John

Album: Honky Chateau, 1972


21. “Major Tom (Coming Home)” – Shiny Toy Guns

Album: Girls Le Disko, 2009


22. “Rebellion (Lies)” – Arcade Fire

Album: Funeral, 2004


23. “Spaceman” – The Killers

Album: Day & Age, 2008


24. “The Throne Room” – John Williams


The Full Spotify Playlist

Anymore songs that come to mind, send them to me on Facebook or Twitter to be added to the playlist!