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In honor of their iconic album, The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance just released a 10-year anniversary reissue with a bunch of previously unreleased content. One of these unreleased songs is "The Five of Us are Dying", an early version of the title track "Welcome to the Black Parade". This is the first song on this show and Rocket follows it with talk about the new album. Rocket talks about DHS homecoming and the football game against Jesuit this weekend. DHS also elected Harambe as homeoming royalty in case anyone missed that. Rocket talks about the first presidential debate and the sad picture of Bernie Sanders that quickly circulated online. Rocket talks about the latest and greatest Acme play reading, "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank". Long story short: it was sad.

Debate and Twenty One Pilots

A couple exciting things happened this past week. The first was twenty one pilot's release of "Cancer" and old My Chemcial Romance classic. This cover is part of a compilation of MCR covers from their magnum opus album The Black Parade. A current pop-punk or metalcore band covers every song in the album and Cancer is TOP's. This coincides with next week's release of the ten-year anniversary album, The Black Parade / Living with Ghosts which includes a boatload of newly released demos. Rocket talks about the potential for the covers and their implications in relation to MCR's original artistic vision. Rocket talks about the latest and greatest Acme play reading—The Arabian Nights and the upcoming one, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. The other exciting thing was the first debate tournament of the year with the Speech and Debate team. Rocket talks about some of the debate topic's from this past Saturday.

Some New Tunes

There's a bunch of new music out in the worl and this show has some of it. Speaking of music, City of Trees was last weekend and experts report that it was a pretty swell time. Rocket talks about extracurriculars that exist in the DHS world including Speech and Debate which is starting up and has the first debate tournament of the year next weekend. Rocket talks about Acme Theatre Company's current play readings and the most recent one, A Wrinkle in Time. He recants a couple dreams which leads him to reading some psychology. As for the new music this show kicks off with "Revolution Radio" by Green Day from their new album of the same name. Their upcoming tour stops in Berkeley but this show is already sold out. Of Mice & Men has a new album out too: Cold World. Rocket plays "Real" off the new album.

Post-Labor Day Weekend

That's right, the first 3 day weekend of the new school year came and went. During that weekend Rocket watched the classic "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" and talks about it at length. The movie follows the story of Johnny Depp's and Leonardo Dicaprio's characters as brothers stuck in a small town. 10/10 would watch again. Rocket also mentions an upcoming play reading Acme Theatre Company is hosting that's open to the public for the play adaptation of "A Wrinkle In Time". Rocket reads the description of the novel on the back cover of the book. Extracurricular type things are starting up at DHS and the Speech and Debate team has their first official meeting this Wednesday. Rocket reads from The Psychology Book because his history teacher also teaches psych and sometimes talks about psychology in hisory class. This show also includes some pristine jokes from the book 1001 More Cool Jokes.

SF Mime Troupe: Schooled

Welcome to the first full week of the school year :,(. The SF Mime Troupe, a political travelling theatre company performed its current show "Schooled" as part of its 57th season in Davis and Sacramento this past weekend. Rocket talks about the expereince of helping the troupe set up for their Davis performance and seeing the show in Sac. Their entire set and stage are loaded and unloaded from a single Mime Troupe van with their quintessential red star on the side. This show focuses on the issue of corporate interests in the public school system and the merits and detriments of technology. The storyline mirrors this current election cycle with three different characters representing Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump. These three teachers all run against eachother for the position of school president with their competing ideologies of schooling.

Colin French on the End of Summer

Special guest Colin French joins us to talk about summer and some of the firest albums of the season. He gives ratings to these albums in terms of tears, hairs, and coloring books along with his professional musical analysis. These albums are: Retrograde, Blonde, Home of the Strange, Aggressive, Home Inside My Head, Misadventures, Coloring Book, and The Bible 2 spanning genres from pop-punk to metalcore to hip-hop. He also answers some thought-provoking inquiries such as: "Who is your favorite Greek god?", "Do aliens exist?", and "If you designed an Olympic sport for another solar system, what would it be?". Colin also selected some summer-themed jams for this show: "Dismantling Summer" by The Wonder Years and "Summertime" by My Chemical Romance.

End of Summer Things

Summer's ending and that means a few things. It means graduated seniors are leaving high school and many are leaving Davis. It also means Davis High's Speech and Debate team are hosting their annual, free summer camp open to anyone interested in learning about the team. The end of summer also means Acme Theatre Company's end of the season Banquet which Rocket talks about. Rocket gave a speech at the event about Acme's first show of the year, A Fiarytale Feast, which Rocket recounts some of including a fantastic joke: "What did the anarchist theatre technician say when the authorities asked him if he had the proper registration for his boom pole?" Listen for the punchline. Rocket also talks about APUSH and how dumb the summer assignment is. In memory of the late Maya K (rip), Rocket reads from two books she gave him earlier in the year about embarassing stories and jokes.

Vans Warped Tour 2016

The Vans Warped Tour is an annual summer music festival which boasts being the oldest North American touring music fest as well as the US' largest. Spanning a wide range of genres, this summer's lineup (varying from venue to venue) includes Sum 41, Falling in Reverse, Crown the Empire, Four Years Strong, 3OH!3, Good Charlotte, Neck Deep, State Champs, We The Kings, The Story So Far, Mayday Parade, Sleeping With Sirens, and Yellowcard. Rocket talks about going to this years show in Mountain View, his third consecutive Warped Tour with his younger sister (her first concert). Rocket talks about the day's activities and all the bands they saw including many from the list above. Rocket also talks about Acme's summer show, The Madwoman of Chaillot, which closed this weeekend and the ensuing strike process to clear the theatre. Rocket also reads a good number of cringe-worthy elephant jokes because during the Madwoman shows he wished he had more elephant jokes on hand.

Maya Krishnan's Birthday

Today's show features exclusive guest Maya who just turned 18 along with her friend Jasmine who contributed occasional sound effects. Maya just graduated from DHS so she talks about her plans for the future: moving away from Davis, going to college, and how she feels about leaving. She also reflects on all of high school and being 17. She talks about her birthday plans as well as her musical and artistic inclinations. Maya sings and plays piano (sometimes both at the same time). She talks about DHS choirs and writing music and then she sings on air!!! She talks about her experiences with dance and painting and her plans for art and music in the future. She talks about her favorite TV shows and movies and Rocket talks about Lights Out, a recent scary movie. Maya talks about stage managing for Acme Theatre Company's current production, The Madwoman of Chaillot and how she got involved in theatre. All the music featured on this show was selected by Maya.


This show is all about Ireland and Rocket's recent month-long trip there with 23 California college students and his family. Over the course of the film-making summer abroad class, the group travelled from Dublin to Belfast to Derry to Galway to Cork and back to Dublin. The class learned about Irish history and culture from pubs to geology and by the end of the trip each student had made a film. Rocket acted in one student's film, "The Protester", which is available on Youtube. Rocket talks about events from the trip including visting the Giant's Causeway and the Dublin Pride festival. On the trip, one student told an obnoxious shaggy dog story which Rocket repeats about a little boy named Jimmy and his good friend Tom who witness a horrific accident that ruins Jimmy's life. This show also features a couple Irish jams: The Irish Rover and Dirty Old Town by The Pogues.

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