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Rockstar 101 with SHIM and Brandon Coates

Rockstar 101 with SHIM and Brandon Coates

By Shimon Moore
SHIM and Brandon jump into their wayback machines and discuss all things rock and pop culture from the past, and how they relate to today.
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1990 - AC/DC 'The Razors Edge'
Everyone knows this but Thunderstruck is arguably Brandon's favorite song, plus Shim gives some incite into following up a really successful album.
April 19, 2021
1990 - Pantera 'Cowboys From Hell'
The guys talk about the Rage Against the Machine show being pushed back again before getting into Pantera's 'Cowboys From Hell'. Plus, as a bonus, Brandon has a story from Zakk Wylde and his guitar tech Moby that involves Dimebag Darrell, Jerry Cantrell, and a goat.
April 12, 2021
1990 - Alice In Chains 'Facelift'
The guy discuss Alice In Chains 'Facelift' which was the first grunge album to make it big. Plus, there were two things for the computer created in 1990 that we still use to this day.
April 05, 2021
1989 (Dr. Feelgood, Prince's Batman Soundtrack)
Dr. Feelgood was one of the biggest albums of 1989. Plus the Batman Soundtrack from Prince was amazing and he was a whole different level of Rockstar compared to everyone else.
March 29, 2021
Movies of 1989 (Batman and Back to the Future)
The guys are still discussing 1989, but now they're focused on the movies. Especially Batman and Back to the Future.
March 22, 2021
TV Shows of 1989 and a Rockstar FBI Hunt
The guys talk about some of the big TV happenings in 1989. Plus, a video surfaced with what appears to be a cult killing. Now the authorities are on the hunt for a rockstar.
March 17, 2021
The Best Rock of 1989
It's time to step into the wayback machine and talk about the best rock that was released in 1989. There are two albums that were considered flops when they were released but are now considered masterpieces.
March 01, 2021
2021 Rock Hall of Fame Finalists and the Most Annoying Music Cliches
The guys discuss the 2021 Rock Hall of Fame finalists and the most annoying music cliches. Plus they're getting ready for the best rock of 1989 and Brandon recommends the Beastie Boys documentary on Apple TV+.
February 22, 2021
Kickboxing and Unpopular Music Opinions
Brandon explains how he ended up with a bloody nose and a messed up jaw. Plus the guys talk about unpopular music opinions.
February 15, 2021
Cancel Culture and the Music Industry
The guys talk about artists that have done things that end up making you not want to listen to their music anymore. *DISCLAIMER* Shim and Brandon recorded this episode before any of the allegations were brought forth about Marilyn Manson.
February 08, 2021
The Best Rock of 1995
The guys discuss Brandon's playlist on Spotify that has the best rock of 1995. Find the playlist under Brandon's account @therealbrandolorian.
February 01, 2021
Do You Love Or Hate Your Own Music
Shim talks about whether or not he loves or hates his own music, plus the guys have kid stories to tell.
January 25, 2021
The Adult Regurgitation Conundrum
Is this the best episode the guys have ever done or the worst? We aren't sure but things take a turn pretty quick in this episode.
January 18, 2021
What is Dad Rock?
The guys discuss festivals and what is the young generation of rock? This leads to the question... What is Dad Rock?
January 11, 2021
Teaching Your Kid Guitar and Weed Stories
Brandon's kid was given a guitar, so Shim gives some advice on how to get her to learn to play it, plus the guy's fall down a rabbit hole of telling weed stories.
January 04, 2021
The Downward Spiral
The guys discuss Nine Inch Nail's The Downward Spiral, plus they wonder if an Am I the A-Hole is what people want out of Rockstar 101.
December 28, 2020
Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin
Lead singer of Puddle of Mudd, Wes Scantlin, joins the guys to talk about everything from working with Fred Durst to getting banned from Graceland.
December 21, 2020
Twitch and Diamond Certified Albums
Brandon is now an affiliate on Twitch, so he thinks he's a big deal. Plus the guys talk about the albums that have been diamond certified.
December 14, 2020
Chris Cornell and Vision Boards
Brandon tests Shim's knowledge of Soundgarden. Plus the guys talk about vision boards and collecting things.
December 07, 2020
Song Writing Process and Boring Conversations
Shim answers a question about his song writing process and Brandon talks about what to do when you're on air and you notice the topic isn't as good as you thought.
November 30, 2020
The Frustration of Corporate Overlords
Brandon explains how corporate overloads can be incredibly frustrating and the issues that streaming on the Internet presents to radio stations.
November 23, 2020
How Do You Know If Your Manager Loves You or Money?
Shim answers a question from social media about being in a new band and management, plus Brandon has stories about band names. Oh, and Brandon also gives Shim a quick quiz on Hanson. Yeah, the band.
November 16, 2020
How Well Does Shim Know the Simpsons?
Shim was pretty confident about his Simpsons knowledge. How well did he do on the quiz? Plus the guys talk about their favorite Pantera songs.
November 09, 2020
How Well Does Shim Know Silverchair?
Shim is a diehard Silverchair fan. This is clear. But how well does he know the band? Brandon puts Shim's knowledge to the test.
November 02, 2020
What Lesser Known Band Would You Recommend?
The guys try to stay on topic in this episode. Shim recommends the one album you have to hear, Brandon has a lesser known band you should check out, and they also fall down a Simpsons rabbit hole.
October 26, 2020
Which Rock Bio Should We Read First?
The guys discuss starting a rock 'n roll book club. They try to figure out which rock biography they should read first. Plus Brandon has some random rock trivia questions for Shim.
October 19, 2020
Remembering Eddie Van Halen
The guys remember Eddie Van Halen, plus talk about band members who were unceremoniously kicked out of their bands. Also, who wants to start a rock bio book club?
October 12, 2020
What is the Best Movie Soundtrack with special guest Aimee Osbourne
The guys discuss movie soundtracks and are joined by Ozzy Osbourne's daughter Aimee Osbourne. Her single House of Lies is available now and her album Vacare Adamaré will be available on October 30th, 2020.
October 05, 2020
What is 'Butt Rock'?
The guys discuss the term 'butt rock'. What does it mean?
September 28, 2020
Are These the Greatest Vocalists of All Time?
Brandon has narrowed down his list of vocalists for the tournament. Did he get it right? Shim disagrees with some of the choices.
September 21, 2020
Which Song Has the Better Intro Guitar Riff?
The guys debate which intro guitar riff is better: Wonderwall, Sweet Child O' Mine, Back in Black, or Enter Sandman? They also tell karaoke stories and discuss the best group song.
September 14, 2020
Who is Kalen Chase?
Kalen Chase is a vocalist who has worked on many projects, including being Jonathan Davis' backup singer for a few years. He joins the guys to talk about his new solo project he's working on.
September 07, 2020
How Do You Ruin Disneyland For Your Kid?
Brandon explains how he possibly ruined Disneyland for his kid, plus the guys talk about Nickelback.
August 31, 2020
Back to School and Greatest Vocalists
The kids are back in school, even though it's vastly different between the US and Australia. Plus the guys talk about copyrighted music and the greatest vocalists of all time.
August 20, 2020
Aaron Lewis and Live Learns
The guys talk about meeting Aaron Lewis, seeing his solo acoustic sets, and what a 'live learn' is.
August 07, 2020
Mike Shinoda's Raid, The Tooth Fairy, and Reading Music
Mike Shinoda's Twitch stream raiding Shim's Hollywood Rebellion. The guys talk about the Tooth Fairy, and Shim gives some advice on learning to read music. 
August 04, 2020
Royal Bliss Song and Brent Smith
Royal Bliss has a new song coming out that Shim is on, plus the guys talk about Brent Smith and is he as humble as he comes off. The answer is yes.
July 31, 2020
Radio 101
Brandon talks about his own personal Howard Stern "WNBC" moment and gives a quick education in radio. Shim, of course, has fun with it.
July 28, 2020
Pretend and Reopening
Shim answers a question about a song that was never released and the guys talk about things opening back up and what Disney Parks are now like.
July 25, 2020
Gambling, Rock on the Range, Ben Burnley and LZ or Hendrix
Brandon has a gambling story. Shim has a Rock on the Range story. The guys talk Ben Burnley, plus debate Led Zeppelin or Jimi Hendrix.
July 21, 2020
Tri Polar Stories and Bush's Live Concert
Shim shares some stories from the making of Tri Polar and Bush is doing a virtual concert meant to look and feel live.
July 17, 2020
Shim Covering Linkin Park and Uncut Gems
Shim talks about him covering Linkin Park and the guys discuss Uncut Gems. Shim was NOT a fan.
July 14, 2020
Computer Problems and Tik Tok
Brandon's back at the gym, Shim is having problems with getting his new computer, and the guys discuss Tik Tok.
July 10, 2020
Losing Things and New Concerts
The guys talk about losing things and what is the future of concerts?
July 07, 2020
Dehydrated and Screaming at Demons
Shim has a great story about an early drummer for the Sick Puppies, and he gives some insight into what happened to Screaming at Demons, the 'band' he was in after leaving the Sick Puppies.
July 04, 2020
Live Nation and Porn Descriptions
Shim talks about Live Nation changing the rules for artists and Brandon has a list of movies being described as if they were pornos. Shim has to guess the movies.
June 26, 2020
Reaction to Reaction Videos
The guys talk about reaction videos and how much is the person "reacting" really doing to get the page views.
June 12, 2020
Pledge of Allegiance and Taylor Swift
The guys are talking about the Pledge of Allegiance and Taylor Swift taking a stand on social media against Donald Trump.
June 06, 2020
George Floyd and Trapt
The guys discuss Chris Taylor Brown of Trapt's reaction to the George Floyd video.
May 29, 2020
Odd Music Tastes and Mel Blanc
The guys talk about music they enjoy that most people wouldn't think they'd like, and they talk about the strange story of Mel Blanc coming out of a coma.
May 19, 2020
Top 5 Influential Albums
The guys talk about their top 5 most influential albums in their life. What albums shaped their musical tastes?
May 11, 2020
Chipping and Tipping
The guys talk about putting microchips in people and the difference in tipping depending on where you are from.
May 06, 2020
Appointment TV and Nostalgia
The guys are talking about television and that feeling of nostalgia you get when it comes to watching things like 'Stranger Things'.
April 27, 2020
Conspiracy Theories, Lockdown
The guys are talking about conspiracy theories, the lockdown, and the difference between how the US and Australia are handling the COVID-19 pandemic.
April 20, 2020
Facebook Live Episode 2
We're going live again, sort of. We did record this one for Facebook and we're talking COVID-19 because well, what else is there?
April 14, 2020
Facebook Live Episode 1
Shim and Brandon are trying to do episodes live on Facebook. It's been a work in progress but here is the first one.
April 14, 2020
Taylor Swift and Politics in Music
The guys talk about politics in music and whether or not a band should take a stance. 
March 23, 2020
Shim's Beard and Teacher Altercations
The guys talk about Shim's beard and the reaction on social media, plus they' discuss altercations they had in school when they were younger.
March 16, 2020
Shim's Soccer Adventure and Wimpy Injuries
Shim has been roped into a soccer league with fellow dads, and the guys talk about wimpy injuries.
March 09, 2020
Brandon's Amazing Daughter, and Shim's Writing Process
Brandon's daughter did something that made him the proudest he could possibly be as a father, and Shim talks about his writing process and using real life experiences for his songs.
March 02, 2020
WAAF, Rage Tickets, and Being Misunderstood
The legendary WAAF is GONE! It's a truly sad day for the world of rock. Brandon gives the details of scoring Rage Against the Machine tickets, and the guys talk about being misunderstood for something they said.
February 24, 2020
Workouts, AITA, and Grief
The guys talk about what they do to workout, Brandon introduces Shim to Reddit and 'Am I the A-hole?', plus the guys talk about dealing with grief and being able to joke about serious topics.
February 17, 2020
Shim's Move, Dog Breakfast, and Valentine's Day
Shim recently moved and of course it didn't go smoothly, Shim answers a question about Dog Breakfast (the Sick Puppies original EP), and they guys talk about Valentine's Day.
February 10, 2020
Replacement Singers
Shim and Brandon talk about bands that have had replacement singers, and some that you might not know had a replacement singer.
February 03, 2020
The Joker and Oscar Talk
The guys talk about 'The Joker' and the Oscars. 
January 27, 2020
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020
The guys talk about how much of a joke the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has become, going through a list of the biggest snubs.
January 20, 2020
Most Anticipated Album of 2020
Shim talks about the fires in Australia, the guys take a question from Twitter, and they talk about which album they're most looking forward to in 2020.
January 13, 2020
Celeb Deaths and Positive Stories
The guys talk about celebrity deaths from the 2010s until Shim gets bummed out, then they try to find more positive stories to talk about.
January 06, 2020
Resolutions, Scientology, and Xmas Cancelled
The guys are talking about New Year's Resolutions, the time Scientology tried to recruit Shim, and a mall cancelled Christmas in Australia.
December 30, 2019
Holiday Traditions, and Australian Stereotypes
The guys are talking about their holiday traditions, and going over a bunch of Australian stereotypes. Plus Shim educates everyone not from Australia about 'drop bears'.
December 24, 2019
Elias and Rasheed from Nonpoint join Brandon as they wrap up their tour in El Paso, TX. They're talking Christmas traditions and movies, plus the Mandalorian.
December 20, 2019
Xmas, Elf on the Shelf, and Xmas Movies
Shim is a bit frustrated with Christmas. Brandon explains the Elf on the Shelf, what is the best Christmas movie ever? Brandon has a tournament bracket with voting to find out.
December 16, 2019
Top 66 Rock Albums of the 2010s
The guys head to and go through the list of the top 66 rock albums of the 2010s. 
December 02, 2019
Disney+, Shim's Instruments, and Catholic Weddings
The guys discuss Disney+, how many instruments Shim plays, and Catholic weddings. Both guys had Catholic weddings despite the fact neither one grew up Catholic.
November 25, 2019
Fan Questions
The guys head to social media and answer as many questions as they can. If you have a question or topic you'd like discussed, ask away on social media. Twitter - @shimmoore Instagram - @brandon_goat_coates
November 18, 2019
Rage Against the Machine and the Last Decade
Rage Against the Machine has announced some show dates, including the first show beginning in El Paso. Plus the guys discuss the last decade and it gets pretty deep.
November 11, 2019
More Ghost Stories, Religion, and a Nazi Book
Yes, we realize this is Rockstar 101, but the topics got a little heavy again as Shim has another ghost story, the guys talk about religion with their families, and Brandon's daughter brought a really heavy book about the Nazi's and World War II. Yeah, she's only 8 years old. 
November 04, 2019
Brenna Update and Ghost Stories
It isn't the smoothest of transitions, but Shim gives an update on Brenna and then the guys tell ghost stories.
October 28, 2019
Wonderland, Looney Toons, and the Great Barrier Reef
The guys talk about Wonderland Sydney and theme parks, Princess Diana, Looney Toons, and the Great Barrier Reef.
October 21, 2019
Tri-Polar, Sad Songs, and James Hetfield
Shim answers a question from Twitter about Tri-Polar. Brandon tends to gravitate towards slower, sad songs. Plus the guys are talking Metallica and James Hetfield being back in rehab.
October 14, 2019
Brenna Update and Music Tastes
Shim has an update on Brenna and how much money they raised for her cancer treatment. Plus the guys talk about when and where you get your music tastes, and how nostalgia comes into play.
October 07, 2019
Recording Drums and Halloween
Shim gives some insights into recording drums and the guys talk about Halloween. It's big in the US, but is it in Australia?
September 30, 2019
Growing Up, WWE, and Tool
The guys talk about their interests growing up, discuss WWE, and Shim has had a chance to listen to the Tool album more so he has a more thorough review.
September 23, 2019
Song Writing Process and Kid's Toys
Shim answers a Twitter question about his song writing process, Plus the guys talk about kid's toys and what they were into as kids. Find Shim on Twitter @shimmoore Find Brandon on Instagram @brandon_goat_coates
September 16, 2019
Kid's Shows and Hurricanes
The guys are talking about entertainment for kids including Rocko's Modern Life, Bluey, The Never Ending Story, and Spongebob. Plus Brandon tells hurricane stories from living in Florida. Find Shim on Twitter @shimmoore Find Brandon on Instragram @brandon_goat_coates
September 09, 2019
Tool, Chris Stapleton, and Crappy Connections
The guys are talking about the new Tool album, just how awesome Chris Stapleton is, and a movie called 'Blaze'. Also, the guys started this podcast not realizing it was already started and the phones cut out in the middle of recording.
September 02, 2019
Shim's Money Back Guarantee
The guys had planned on recording a new episode over the weekend, but Shim left his phone at his mother-in-laws place. In place of what the guys had planned, here is an interview from The Buzz Adams Morning Show (the show Brandon produces) from March of 2019.
August 26, 2019
Saudade and Corey Taylor
Shim says he's willing to play any of his music live, including 'Saudade', the song he did for 'Resident Evil', plus Shim has a funny story about Corey Taylor and his son.
August 19, 2019
White Supremacists
The guys got sidetracked again, so here is a special episode about Brandon's experiences with white supremacists.
August 15, 2019
El Paso Shooting
The El Paso shooting hit really close to home as Brandon has lived in El Paso, TX for 4 years. Do the guys have a solution to the problem? Absolutely not. But they'll at least try to give a different perspective, rather than the same old rhetoric.
August 12, 2019
Green M&M's and Beer
Putting green M&M's on your rider isn't a douche move, it's actually pretty brilliant. Plus Brandon finishes his Papa Roach story that ends with him drinking all of Papa Roach's beer.
August 05, 2019
Tube Socks and Pillows
Brandon starts his Papa Roach story and learns about fresh tube socks. Also, if you're backstage and there's only one of something, don't touch it. That's meant for someone. Unless Corey Taylor offers to pour you a drink. And Shim gets left behind at a gas stop all because of a pillow.
July 29, 2019
Cover Songs
What cover songs are better than the original? Shim tells the story of covering Destiny's Child's song "Say My Name" and why they weren't allowed to release it.
July 22, 2019
Shim's Shelf Adventure, Equal Rights and Equal Pay
Shim finally had some spare time to spend with his family, but they didn't get to spend it how they'd hoped. Plus the guys talk about equal pay, equal rights, and equality.
July 09, 2019
Big 4 of Grunge, First Big Contract
Brandon brings up grunge, and poses the question. If you had to rank the Big 4 of Grunge, what would the order be? Plus Shim has some advice for any aspiring musician looking to sign that first big contract.
June 19, 2019
Parenting Lessons
Yes, both Shim and Brandon are parents. This podcast was originally supposed to be about Avengers: Endgame, instead it's about parenting.
June 05, 2019
Avengers: Endgame
It's time for the guys to nerd out and talk about Avengers: Endgame. How was the movie? Where does the MCU go from here?
May 13, 2019
People Met on Tour, Cockroach in a Woman's Hair
We have more stories from the guys being on the road, including a woman that had an actual live cockroach in her hair.
April 24, 2019
Road Stories, Van Window Blows Out
We have stories from Shim and the guys on the road, including one of the van windows blowing out.
April 20, 2019
The Dirt vs Bohemian Rhapsody
Shim and Brandon discuss The Dirt vs Bohemian Rhapsody. Which movie was better? Which had more flaws?
April 09, 2019
Drive Auto Story, Meet the Band
Shim tells a heart warming story courtesy of Drive Auto, and you get to meet the rest of the band.
April 02, 2019
Brandon's First Interview with Shim
Ever wonder what it was like when the two guys first met? This is the first time Brandon interviewed Shim.
March 25, 2019
Omaha Story, Metallica Day Miracle, Bohemian Rhapsody
Shim tells a story from Omaha, Brandon talks about his Metallica Day Miracle thanks to Jim Breuer, and the guys discuss the Bohemian Rhapsody movie
March 11, 2019
Crucified Video, Papa Roach, Bands Never Scene
Shim talks about the video for Crucified, the guys talk about Papa Roach, and then talk about bands they've never seen live that they want to. Spoiler, it's the same band for both guys.
March 06, 2019
Kids, Velvet Revolver Story, Role Models
Both Shim and Brandon have kids, so of course that has to be brought up. Shim has a great Velvet Revolver story, plus they discuss solid role models for kids today.
February 27, 2019
Weather, Job Annoyances
Yes, when it's winter in the US, it's summer in Australia. Plus, the guys answer questions including "What do people perceive about your job that annoys you?"
February 18, 2019
Top 50 Nu Metal Albums
Shim and Brandon discuss the top 50 Nu Metal albums of all time. Apparently Kid Rock's 'Devil Without a Cause' didn't really make it to Australia.
February 11, 2019
Introduction to Rockstar 101
 Shim and Brandon introduce you to the class, and what you can expect from Rockstar 101.
February 01, 2019