Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hey friends,

I no longer use this blog.  I decided to separate it into a music blog and a Minnesota Timberwolves blog.

Music blog:


Or you can just check me out at

Mike Brody

Monday, August 20, 2012

Baby, Can I Change My Mind? - The Top Ten Ways That Dwight Howard Can Make Himself Even More Unlikeable

It takes a special kind of talent to make LeBron James seem like a good guy.  But that’s exactly what NBA superstar center and serial douchebag Dwight Howard has done this past year.  The former Orlando Magic center and newly minted Los Angeles Lakers star kept his former team, it’s fans and the league hostage for months on end as he issued multiple (and different) trade demands, then unexpectedly signed a one-year extension with the Magic boasting that he was “loyal”, followed by a behind the scenes ultimatum saying he’d only stay long-term if both Magic GM Otis Smith and head coach Stan Van Gundy were fired (which they were), only to change his mind afterward and demand a trade once again, claiming that he was somehow blackmailed.  In the process, several teams deconstructed their line-up in the hopes of signing or trading for the “Dwightmare”, leaving them in shambles instead.  Finally, the Magic called “Uncle” and traded him to the Lakers for peanuts, rewarding one of the most arrogant and baffling primadonna tantrums in basketball history by landing him on arguably the most storied team in the NBA, which is also reviled by much of the league itself.

The only explanation for this behavior is that Dwight Howard is actually trying to be hated.  He’s never gotten as much attention as he has as the foil. Either that, or he’s a moron.  But morons don’t play professional sports, right?!  There’s only one problem: Los Angeles loves it’s Lakers.  If he’s not careful, his anti-hero marketing scheme will be totally screwed.  How’s a bitch supposed to remain Basketball Public Enemy #1 in the bright, glamorous and adoring lights of LA?  Luckily, I’ve thought of ten sure-fire ways that Dwight Howard can remain despised even in the City of Angels:

10) Invite Jack Nicholson out for drinks.  When he passes out, bring Spike Lee in to shave his eyebrows and post the photo on Instagram.

9) Destroy all IN-N-OUT Burger joints in town and replace them with MO-B-DICK Burgers, the world’s first whale burger chain.

8) Refuse to wear shoes on the court unless they replace Steve Nash with Flava Flav.

7) Buy a whole section of seats in the lower section of the Staples Center and give them away free to fans under the condition that they join Church Of Scientology.

6) Declare that the greatest Laker of all time is Larry Bird.  

5) Befriend Mel Gibson and claim him as a “spiritual adviser and messenger of hope.”

4) Go to children’s hospitals to sign autographs.  Announce that his new signature is a full-throttle headbutt.

3) Demand to be traded to the movie Avatar.

2) “Screw it, send me back to the Magic.”

1)  Just be himself.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My debut comedy album "That's Not What I Meant" is out NOW!

  That's Not What I Meant Cover Art 

I'm pleased to announce that my debut comedy album on Rooftop Comedy records is out and available for purchase.  Get it from Rooftop Comedy records here.  It is also available on Itunes, Amazon, Google Play and and will also be available to stream on Pandora, Spotify, and more.  Thanks to everyone who helped me, supported me and helped make this happen.  Dominic and everyone at Rooftop have been fantastic to work with.  

Check out an interview I did with Rooftop Comedy here

Rooftop Comedy Productions To Release Debut Title From Comedian Mike Brody on April 24

April 10, 2012 


San Francisco – April 2012 – Rooftop Comedy, the leading interactive media producer of original comedy content, announces the release of Mike Brody’s debut comedy album: That’s Not What I Meant. The album will be available through retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and and will also be available to stream on Pandora, Spotify, and Brody will be performing a week’s worth of shows the week of his album’s release at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy in Bloomington, MN. For more information and other dates, visit


Mike Brody brings high-energy delivery to a sharply observed act that traces his odyssey from small-town Iowa through college life, sobriety, paranormal adventures, and a comedy career that began on a whim at an open mic eleven years ago. Brody’s ability to make the weird relatable has carried him across the country, headlining clubs, colleges, and bars. As the official event comedian for the SyFy Channel’s Ghost Hunters, Brody has performed in such unconventional venues as the Stanley Hotel (basis for Stephen King’s The Shining), Mt. Washington Resort, and Alcatraz.

On That’s Not What I Meant, Brody spills his guts, often at his own expense. He winds the crowd through his insecurities – his receding hairline, humble Iowa roots, and public restroom anxiety – and he has a blast while doing it. Part of what makes Mike Brody so refreshing is the fact that he’s genuinely enjoying himself on stage. While easily distracted by AC/DC cover bands and Iowa stereotypes, Mike is intent on making his points and enjoys showing off the scenery while getting there.

Previously released recordings from ROOFTOP COMEDY PRODUCTIONS include: Tommy Johnagin’s Stand-up Comedy, Grammy® Nominee Sandra Bernhard’s I Love Being Me, Don’t You?, Hal Sparks’ Escape From Halcatraz, Moshe Kasher’s Everyone You Know Is Going To Die, And Then You Are, W. Kamau Bell’s Face Full Of Flour, and Tom Segura’s Thrilled, among others.

ROOFTOP COMEDY records, produces and distributes live comedy performances from the best comedy clubs throughout the world. Using our remote broadcasting network, we film comedy every night of the week, 365 days a year. We work with more than 5,000 professional comedians, writers, and filmmakers to produce new material daily.   
From the Rooftop press release:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My favorite music of 2011

No need to make this extra wordy.  I'll keep it to a few sentences and let the music do the talking.

I broke it up into my favorite "rock" albums and my favorite "punk" albums.

My favorite "rock" albums of 2011:

10) Amebix - "Sonic Mass" - Honestly, I like this album just fine.  But it wouldn't have made the top ten without this song.  This song might be my favorite of the year.  The video is stunning as well.

9) Other Lives - "Tamer Animals" - I imagine an African plain when I hear this.  This sounds like the Lion King if it were an indie rock band.

8) D. Vassalotti - "Book Of Ghosts" - Even though I'm sick to death of this shoegaze revival bologna, this album knocked my socks off.  For fans of The Cure or Jesus & Mary Chain with a drop of grit and dirt to it.  Listen to it here.

7) Sallie Ford & The Outside Sound - "Dirty Radio" - Forget Adele and Amy Winehouse.  I like my soulful lady singers with a dab of 50's and no budget.  

6) Deer Tick - "Divine Providence" - Well, it took 30 years but somebody finally and truly channeled the spirit of "Hootenanny"-era Replacements.

5) Low - "C'mon" - Gotta respect a band that's from Duluth and lasted nearly 20 years.  The originators of the slow sound.  And still great as ever. 

4) P.S. Eliot - "Sadie" - The best of the numerous Crutchfield sisters' bands.  It's 90s punky indie pop brilliance. 

3) Arrington de Dionyso - "Suara Naga" - It's been years since I heard a band that made me go "Waaahh??"  I don't even know what to call this guy/band other than scary, psychotic and utterly brilliant.  He is from the US but learned Indonesian to impress a girl and now sings that way in his band.  This is NOT for everyone.  I felt he even warranted a double video post.

2) Tom Waits - "Bad As Me" - Tom Waits puts out his best album in years.  It's like a greatest hits sampling of his various sounds since the 70s.  He's earned it.

1) Cloud Nothings - "Self-Titled" - I haven't been this excited about a band in years.  I love wimpy singers who sound aggressive.  To me, the Cloud Nothings channel the spirit of the Violent Femmes meets early Built To Spill/Modest Mouse meets punk rock energy.  Every song is gold.  I'm not even sure which song to pick so I'll just take one at random.  They also just released a new 2012 album that's even better than this and sounds totally different.  Future stars. Check out their youtube page in full:

Honorable Mention: Bon Iver "Self-titled", Fucked Up "David Comes To Life", Jeff The Brotherhood "We Are The Champions", The Men "Leave Home", Atmosphere "The Family Sign" (it's rap but whatever - he sings a lot now), J Mascic "Several Shades of Why", Ty Segall "Goodbye Bread".

And my favorite punk albums of 2011:

10) Sharkpact - "Ditches" - Keyboard punk.  Screamers meets early Against Me!  

9) GG King - "Esoteric Lore" - I know nothing about this person/album other than that it came out in 2011, it feels like something from 1981 and I like it.

8) Joyce Manor - "Self-Titled" - The Jawbreaker comparison gets tossed around a lot because of their lyrics, but really they're more like a punkier, early Promise Ring. 

7) Marvelous Darlings - "Single Life" - It's not technically an album so much as a collection of singles, but it's so damn catchy and infectious.  Every song on here is just power-pop punk perfection.  

6) Fuck Knights - "Let It Bleed" - Minneapolis' own garage rock heroes.  Catch them live, they're the best.  

5) Royal Headache - "Self-Titled" - Sometimes punk doesn't sound punk.  This is 100% punk attitude, with a singer that sounds almost like Rod Stewart.  And that's a good thing.  Just listen to it.  They're amazing.  

4) Future Virgins - "Western Problems" - Future Virgins are possibly and quietly the best punk band in the world right now.  The only reason it's not higher is because I just got it.

3) Trash Talk - "Awake" - Best hardcore band around today, hands down.  The whole album is eight minute's long.  Punk's not dead, bitches. 

2) Night Birds - "The Other Side of Darkness" - Surfy punk that channels the Dead Kennedys without ripping them off.  Sounds old school and fresh at the exact same time.

1) ADD/C - "Busy Days" - I love this band so much that I wrote a joke about them (coming up on my soon to be released CD on Rooftop Records).  They were on my 2010 punk list as well because this was released so close to New Years that I'm not sure what year it counts for.  It's tops in both!  And the cherry on top is that they have the same drummer as Future Virgins.  Check out my story about ADD/C here and (because they have no web presence) watch their only video: