#22: Mike “Coach” Opalek

Mike Opalek was on the original Senate team, and has performed stunts in such 90s classics as Airborne, Brink, Double Dragon, and Batman and Robin.

From his front porch in Salt Lake City, Mike talks about rollerblading in the movie industry, being a blade coach, and, of course, making whiskey and beer. We end by hashing out possible plot points in the script for Airborne II and whether or not it could ever get made.

The alternate title to this podcast would have been “Ice Thug Life with Mike Opalek,” but we’re better than that.

Follow Mike on Instagram. He’s @opalek.

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Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_Opalek.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 10:46am PDT
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#21: John Vossoughi, Tyler Noland, and Neil Chen

Tyler Noland, John Vossoughi, and Neil Chen are three master shredders exploring Montana by escaping wildfire in Glacier National Park, putting in long days skating in the hot sun, and soaking in hot tubs full of dudes.

This episode was recorded this on July 23, 2015, over a few pots of coffee and many cigarettes on the deck of a cabin just outside the Lolo National Forest.

To support the podcast, check out RockTownPress.com

Intro music is “Devils Poker” and the outro music is “I Ain’t Dead Yet,” both by The Afterdarks.

Direct download: RTP_21Montana.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:08am PDT
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On Independence Day, host Brian Krans boarded up the Rock Town Garage to he kept his terrified dog, Friday, company as fireworks and gunfire lit up East Oakland. He talks past and present America, blade haters, being a blade ambassadors, and whether any of these podcasts have a point.

To support this podcast, buy something from RockTownPress.com. Use the promo code PODCAST to save 10 percent off your entire order.

Direct download: RTP_FourthofJuly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm PDT
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Brandon Ford is a staple of the Boston blading scene. He stopped by the Rock Town garage while driving across the U.S. for his moving company. We talked about blading in the Olympics, the Jenner effect, neighborhood crime, the power of good weed,  conspiracy theories regarding Middle Earth, the mindset of mass shooters, and dogs.

I had a good time hanging out with Brandon, so I hope you enjoyed the podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher so you don’t miss out on future episodes of the Rock Town Podcast.

 

 

Direct download: RTP_BrandonFord.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:56pm PDT
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Skookum is an all-blader rock band from Oakland, comprised of Sean Salazar, Patrick Calilung, Brendan Tidd, and Brian Shima. Sean and Pat stopped by the Rock Town garage to talk about the meaning behind their name, picking a rock star death, and blading before playing. This podcast features music from their live set on May 27, 2015, at the Stork Club in Oakland, Calif.

Check out Skookum on Bandcamp and follow them on Instagram.

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Direct download: RTP_Skookum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm PDT
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#17: Chris Dafick

Chris Dafick is one of modern rollerblading’s most prolific nomads and currently en route to Spain. He stopped by the Rock Town garage to talk about blading, the Shredweiser life, the need to always keep moving, and looking up from your phone every once in a while.

Visit shredweiser.com and follow them on Instagram as @shredweiser.

Support this podcast by shopping at rocktownpress.bigcartel.com

 

Direct download: RTP_Dafick.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 6:34pm PDT
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#16: Assault Rifles & Pedophiles: An American Love Story

AR&P is Brian Krans' third novel. In this podcast, he talks about how his experiences working in retail and newspapers blend together to create what's been called a "masterfully developed plot with more unexpected twists than a Quentin Tarantino movie."

The book follows a cops and courts reporter who gets exclusive access to the trendy celebrity suicides as the world hangs on the brink of mass extinction.

You can read the first chapter of the book on Goodreads, order a physical copy from Rock Town (or a poster or a hat), or get a digital version from Amazon

Direct download: ARPodcast_Done.mp3
Category:Books -- posted at: 10:08am PDT
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#15: Michael "Gumby" Braud

Michael "Gumby" Braud is a do-or-die blader from the South living in California. He talks about his new video, "On the Rise," almost dying, peeing blood, the right-wing side of UC Berkeley, childhood dreams of being a stuntman, the unionizing of rollerbladers, and $100 skates.

Michael would appreciate if you supported his Kickstarter to pre-order "On the Rise."

You can support the Rock Town Podcast by buying merch from our website.

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: RTP_MichaelBraud.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 8:26am PDT
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On Saturday, Aggressive Mall hosted the first San Jose Street Comp. Here's your audio coverage of the event, including guest commentary from Korey "Sneaky" Waikiki, Jose Fuentes, B.J. Bernhardt, Joey Augustin, the Wolves Den Crew, and others. 

Support for this podcast by buying goods from Rock Town Press.

Direct download: RTP_SanJoseStreetComp.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 11:39am PDT
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RTP: Fear and Loathing at the Pow-wow Pro/Am

The 9th installment of the Panhandle Pow-wow took place March 12-15 in Jacksonville, Fla. For four days, rollerbladers from across the globe descended for a weekend of camping, blading, and boozing at Kona, the nation's oldest skate park. 

This podcast features the talents of Jason Reyna, Kevin Dowling, Kevin Lapierre, Blake Taylor, Guy Crawford, Brent, Scherer, Mark Weaver, Kennan Scott, Shane McClay, Montre Livingston, Adam Roberts, Adam Bazydlo, and many, many others. 

See you back in the Florida panhandle in 2016. Bring a tent, a beer coozie, and a good attitude. 

You can support the Rock Town Podcast by shopping at www.rocktownpress.bigcartel.com.

Direct download: PowWowPodcast_FINAL.mp3
Category:Blader Digest -- posted at: 2:20pm PDT
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