C.A.P.E.

C.A.P.E. = Chris Aballo’s Podcast Experiment

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CAPE 166: Mike Murano and The Funky Mummies

Chris completes the Murano Trilogy by chatting with his cousin Mike Murano, drummer for The Mighty Pines and beyond.  Mike talks to Chris about how he became a touring musician, what’s great about the St. Louis music scene, how his band had to get creative to promote their new album during the pandemic, and the importance of being confident enough to put your work out there.

CAPE 165: Better Than Animal Crackers with Joe Murano

Chris welcomes sportscaster and host (and cousin) Joe Murano for his podcast debut so they can dig into his broadcasting journey.  The pair discusses how evolving technology has changed the landscape for news and sports, how hosting is harder than people think, gigs that are too good to leave for retirement, and handling a 22 hour broadcast during a hurricane.

CAPE 164: CHRIS Alive II

On April 16, the show returned to A Shared Universe PodcaStudio for the first time in four months and celebrated with a livestream.  Here is the full audio of the episode featuring Chris, Andrew, Christian Cordes AKA Engineer Chris and Ming Chen.  This all-star show takes the conversation all over the place, from street-fighting Muppets and Elvira to vaccine Twitter bots and retired parents getting taken over by technology.  Chris also debates getting a show TikTok account, answers some listener mail and pays tribute to Joey Ramone, all while responding to live viewer comments.

CAPE 163: Militia Vox Part 2 – All The Metal Girls Love Me!

In the second half of their chat, Chris and Militia Vox explore her album The Villainess and how it evolved into visual and immersive experiences.   They also delve into her newfound love of horror film scoring, how artists are more appreciated in death, why bands’ shirts are fashionable even when the music isn’t, lessons learned from the pandemic, and how Judas Priestess helped her fulfill a longtime ambition to front an all-female band.

Check out Militia Vox on Bandcamp!

CAPE 162: Militia Vox Part 1 – Marked By Redd Foxx

Musical multi-hyphenate Militia Vox joins Chris for the first episode of this two part interview.  She shares her experiences of growing up in Maryland as a piano prodigy, clashing with administrators at Boston Conservatory, getting out from under the thumb of authority figures, her previous life as a backing vocalist and finding her own artistic voice.

Check out Militia Vox on Bandcamp!

CAPE 161: Imagine Jet Li Pulling A Quarter From Behind Your Ear

Jeff Schnitzer sits in on the show so he and Chris can dive into how they will return to the outside world after being spoiled by grocery delivery and in-store pickup.  The duo discusses Coming 2 America, superior and inferior sequels, and how edited-for-TV movies misled them as young viewers.  Jeff also makes a surprising revelation about what he watches after his family goes to bed.

CAPE 160: I Need A Better One with Pete Murano

What does the title mean?  Listen to find out!  Chris welcomes back guitarist and cousin Pete Murano from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.  The two chat about their extensive family tree along with predictions for the return of live music, how it has felt to be off the road for an entire year, cooking for Instagram, 2021’s very unique Mardi Gras, and what happens behind the scenes on late night talk shows.

CAPE 159: ChrisIsBadForYou.com

Chris welcomes Andrew, Ryan and Jack back to the show to share their vaccine status along with intense discussions about going back out into the world, ordering seafood at a steak house, the Anti-Ryan Movement, irresistible accents, and what to do when you encounter a drunken Midwestern mother.

CAPE 158: I Can’t Eat Pedals with Sean Johnson

YouTuber and guitar gearhead Sean Johnson returns to CAPE for his third appearance to catch us all up on his evolution during the last year.  He and Chris discuss how virtual conventions don’t cut it, the ways 2020 re-prioritized Sean’s review videos, why Uncle Buck is the best John Hughes movie, and how teen shows don’t go as deep as they used to.  Plus, Quarantine This or That continues!

Check out Sean on YouTube!

CAPE 157: 52 Weeks Later

Since we’re approaching a full year since the pandemic and lockdown began, Chris looks at where we are today compared to last year, including how quarantine kickstarted the return of CAPE.  He gives a brief history of the show for those of you who have come along since 2020, plus he details future plans for the show’s Patreon and gives a quick review of the new Spongebob movie.