Rock & Roll Shin-soo Choo (audio)



Rock & Roll Shin-Soo Choo features discussions mixing baseball and rock music. Nearly twenty years ago, hosts Gabe Estill, Jonathan Goetz and Levi Leach all went straight from spending their allowances on baseball cards and Starting Lineups to spending paychecks on records, CDs and concert tickets. From classic rock and metal to indie, alternative and whatever may have been released last week, their diverse musical tastes generate discussions that will touch all four corners of the rock and roll landscape. Each episode also covers current events in Major League Baseball, along with its rich past of heroes, characters and bit players.


  • 112: Field Guide to the Bay Area

    16/08/2021 Duração: 01h51min

    In this episode, we take you beyond the late '60s and into the heart of the Bay Area's diverse musical landscape. We also round the bases with two of baseball's more successful franchises, the Oakland A's and the San Francisco Giants. From Rickey Henderson to Madison Bumgarner to franchise owners with never-ending wanderlust, we discuss some of the area's baseball history. Then we share some of our favorite music from the area, from the Pointer Sisters to the Doobie Brothers to Metallica to Too Short, and much more.

  • 111: Country Goes Cassette

    01/03/2021 Duração: 01h15min

    In this episode, we welcome guest panelist Tom Snyder as we cover country music from the 1980s and into the 1990s - an era that would welcome new trends, slicker production, and early forays into music video. From Urban Cowboy to Curb Records and Hank Jr. to The Judds we discuss the highs and lows of a genre that further cemented its place in the mainstream. Of course, we also attempt to tackle the 800-pound gorilla that is Garth Brooks.

  • 110: Field Guide to the Twin Cities

    12/10/2020 Duração: 01h24min

    The Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota have been the source of a fair amount of rock and roll and baseball history. Along with guest panelist and musician Paulie Matushek, we cover a bit of each in this field guide. From the Replacements to Prince to Cory Wong, we share some of our favorite music to come from the area. Then we tackle some Twins history, from their championships at the Metrodome to all-time greats like Killebrew, Blyleven, Carew, and Puckett.

  • 109: 100 for 100, Pt. 10

    24/08/2020 Duração: 01h18min

    We have reached the end of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll. Our shared items include an iconic piece of sports equipment, an important first name in the history of rock guitarists, a team that bounced back from a heartbreaking finish to the season, and much more.

  • 108: 100 for 100, Pt. 9

    24/07/2020 Duração: 01h11min

    We enter the top 15 of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including a non-traditional instrument in rock, an all-time Chicago Cub, an influential collaboration at an early '90s award show, and much more.

  • 107: 100 for 100, Pt. 8

    15/06/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    We enter the top 25 of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including band loyalty, a trailblazing music festival, a couple midwestern baseball stadiums, one west coast stadium, and much more.

  • 106: 100 for 100, Pt. 7

    11/05/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    We continue a countdown of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including a high school tradition in vagrancy, a renewed interest in a rock sub genre, a Sunday childhood tradition, and much more.

  • 105: 100 for 100, Pt. 6

    09/04/2020 Duração: 01h13min

    We continue a countdown of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including a gut-busting nostalgia sports Twitter account, an all-but-extinct music buying experience, a curse-breaking grand slam, and much more.

  • 104: 100 for 100, Pt. 5

    25/03/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    We continue a countdown of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including a sinister musical craze, a classic baseball card set and subset, a 1980s music video, a nightly baseball program, and much more.

  • 103: 100 for 100, Pt. 4

    16/01/2020 Duração: 01h15min

    We continue a countdown of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including bygone eras of ticket outlets and baseball card shops, an emotional supergroup reunion and pennant clinching win, our favorite artists from Illinois, and more.

  • 102: 100 for 100, Pt. 3

    18/12/2019 Duração: 01h16min

    We continue a countdown of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including a pair of surprisingly popular bands, a too-good-to-be-true record club, an 8-bit baseball game, a baseball card set from the '80s, and more.

  • 101: 100 for 100, Pt. 2

    07/10/2019 Duração: 01h07min

    We continue a countdown of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll, including a baseball player's unusual equipment choice, a champion of heavy metal, a relatively obscure baseball collectible, a defunct streaming audio service, a record store in Kansas and more.

  • 100: 100 for 100, Pt. 1

    18/09/2019 Duração: 01h06min

    To celebrate this landmark episode, we begin a countdown of our 100 favorite things about baseball and rock and roll. Whether this is your first episode, your 100th or somewhere in between, thank you for listening.

  • 99: Choo-In Hall of Fame Inductions

    18/07/2019 Duração: 01h26min

    Every year we hold the Choo-In Hall of Fame inductions, which is intended to recognize artists that are unlikely to be enshrined into the actual Rock Hall, but we feel are equally deserving of the recognition. This year, Levi inducts Average White Band, Gabe inducts The Tubes and Jonathan inducts Gov't Mule. Warning: No baseball content in this episode.

  • 98: Field Guide to 1989

    03/06/2019 Duração: 01h20min

    The year 1989 was a heckuva way to close out a decade. Upper Deck disrupted the trading card industry, giving us one of the most iconic baseball cards of all time, while an earthquake shook up the World Series between two Bay-area teams - the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants. In the music industry, veterans like The Cult, XTC and Chris Rea offered superb albums that may be overshadowed by all-time classics from Tom Petty and the Beastie Boys. But newcomers like Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, and - yes - even Milli Vanilli, made breakthroughs nobody would soon forget.

  • 97: Opening Day 2019

    25/03/2019 Duração: 01h30min

    In what has become an MLB Opening Day tradition, we welcome back Ricky Cobb of Super 70's Sports as a guest panelist. In addition to catching up on Ricky's whirlwind year, we critique sports uniforms, discuss underrated '70s ballplayers and share our favorite vintage baseball video games. We then go around the horn to share some storylines we are looking forward to in MLB in 2019 and our playoff and World Series predictions.

  • 96: Field Guide to Philadelphia

    28/01/2019 Duração: 01h16min

    For our Field Guide to Philadelphia, we welcome Philly natives Craig Rosen and Perry Shall as guest panelists. Craig shares his memories of attending Live Aid at JFK Stadium, while Perry tells us about his involvement in the Philly music scene as both a graphic artist and musician. We all discuss local artists like The Hooters, Hall & Oates, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Marah, The War On Drugs and many more. Craig then tells us about his favorite memories for a Phillies franchise that has experienced many highs and lows over the years.

  • 95: Field Guide to Detroit

    15/11/2018 Duração: 01h14min

    Detroit, Michigan has exported some of the finest baseball, rock and, ahem, Motown in history. In this Field Guide, we pay homage to the city's World Series champion 1968 and 1984 Detroit Tigers, the franchise's best players (along with our more obscure favorites), old Tiger Stadium and much more. Then we shift to music and share our thoughts on Detroit's place among American music hubs, choose our Detroit "Mount Rushmore" of music and share favorite lesser-known album releases from the city.

  • 94: Field Guide to 1993

    08/10/2018 Duração: 01h14min

    Joe Carter hit a World Series-winning home run off of Phillies reliever Mitch Williams in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, making the Blue Jays back-to-back Series champs. And back-to-back winners was a theme carried throughout 1993 by rock's newest heavyweights. Both Nirvana and Pearl Jam followed their previous massive hits (which were still in the charts), with equally acclaimed follow-ups – In Utero and Vs., respectively. But the year was about much more than angst-ridden alternative rock. Hip hop continued its ascendency, both critically and commercially.

  • 93: Field Guide to 1988

    09/07/2018 Duração: 01h15min

    It's 1988 and the revolution has begun. With debut albums from Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, NWA and Eazy-E, rock is shedding its hairspray image and rap is getting ready to take over the mainstream. In MLB, a "performance-enhanced" revolution will introduce itself to America's Pastime in the form of The Bash Brothers, as sluggers Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire will lead the Oakland A's to 104 wins and its first AL pennant since 1974. Ultimately, a hobbled Kirk Gibson will provide one of the most iconic World Series moments in history and a lights-out Orel Hershiser will lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first championship in more than 20 years.

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