Pop Culture, Autobiographically. Join hosts Kevin O'Brien and Taylor Gonda as they discuss things that matter, e.g. music, movies, books, and TV. We talk to guests and each other about pop culture and its never ending impact on our lives.

"The words. You are good with the words, man." So say we to our returning guest, author William Dewey. In out longest episode yet, we talk about one of our favorite shows of all time, Mad Men. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Joan Harris, Roger Sterling, Pete Campbell, and on and on and on. We could name 40+ characters that we know and care about over the course of the show's 7 seasons, let alone countless scenes and even more moments of dialogue. Join us as we talk about what makes Mad Men so profoundly effective, enlightening and insightful.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:29 PM

Our favorite composer, Nathan Hall, returns to talk about another ethereal, divine Renaissance lady, Ms. Bjork. Having lived in Iceland for a year, Nathan can give us the lowdown on this small but vibrant land and the woman who in many ways represents all things Icelandic. We explore the ins, the outs, the belts, the whoops, the squeals, the ticks and tones. Oh, to get involved in the exchange of human emotions is ever so satisfying. It's human behavior, guys.

Direct download: 154_Ep._154_-_Bjork_w__Nathan_Hall.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:00 AM

Go, go Power Rangers! Need we say more? We chat to Mr. Pacman's Jim Compton about those mighty morphin kids. You guys remember the saga of the Green Ranger? When all the Red Rangers teamed up? Or any of the 20-something different iterations of the show? Because Jim does, and he's got the convention ticket to prove it!

Direct download: 153_Ep._153_-_Power_Rangers_w__Jim_Compton.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:20 PM

Hi guys! Welcome to our Third Anniversary Supergroup Spectacular, guys! Live at the Oriental Theater, guys! GUYS! We did a live podcast all about supergroups with Kiernan Maletsky, music editor from Westword, Jessi Whitten, Music Supervisor at 102.3 OpenAir, and comedian extrordinare, Jordan Doll. THEN you get a bonus clip from our These Things Matter Supergroup! The finale of our stage show! "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads!

We'll release the rest of the concert in some form soon, but for now we'd like to thank everyone for listening over the past three years, and all the guests for sharing their time and stories with us.

Direct download: 152_Ep._152_-_Live_3rd_Anniversary_Supergroup_Spectacular.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:05 PM

John Hickey is the Chair of the Communications Department at Kevin's alma mater, Regis University, and he's Kevin's old college radio boss! Join us as we reminisce about the days of sleeping on studio couches, humanitarian trips to Mexico, and the merits of politics in music, all of which were scored by Joe Strummer and The Clash for both John and Kevin.

Direct download: 151_Ep._151_-_The_Clash_w__John_Hickey.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:00 AM

For our 150th episode, Kevin and Taylor sit down without a guest to discuss theur current top five album list. Kevin and his never-ending emo/pop punk love takes things very seriously, Taylor does not. Listen in as they discuss how their current top five lists are reflections of themselves in this moment, three years into the making of These Things Matter. Holy moly!

Direct download: 150_Ep._150_-_Top_Five_Albums.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:06 AM

Join us as we talk to the King of Denver's South Broadway about the King of Rock 'n' Roll! Jim Norris has been a fan of Elvis all his life. He has a song for every moment and a black velvet painting up in his venue 3 Kings Tavern. Be sure to catch a show there or at Mutiny Information Cafe, and be sure to talk to Jim about Elvis if you see him. You won't regret it.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_149.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:54 PM

"You can do what you wanna do... in living color". When that song came on, our guest comedian and improvisor Janae Burris, knew the party was starting. For 5 seasons (3 or 4 if you only count the Wayans years, which maybe you should) IN LIVING COLOR brought raunch, sex, fly girls, homeboys, soul singers, old bluesmen, gay film critics and sleezy infomercial hosts to network television, and that was just David Alen Grier! Join us as we discuss one of the most groundbreaking shows ever on television. We give it two snaps up, a twist and a kiss.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_148.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:50 PM

Today we have another proud son of Nebraska on the show - comedian Zach Peterson. And like all proud sons of Nebraska, Zach loves Alexander Payne movies. Kevin and Zach reminisce about growing up in Omaha, seeing Citizen Ruth being filmed, watching Hollywood come to their Midwestern town. We talk about realness, authenticity, small town life and why it's so gratifying to see Jack Nicholson in a role where he plays his own age.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_147.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:33 PM

If we could put into words the sound of the bass at the begining of The Breeders' "Cannonball" right here, we would do it. Alas, it is something you just have to experience sonically, loudly and often. Watching MTV Buzz Bin videos. On a Saturday afternoon. In 1993. Join our guest Hutch Harris of The Thermals and of stand-up comedy as we talk about Kim Deal's band. You know that other band that's not the Pixies? Fronted by a pair of sisters? That one band that Kurt Cobain always talked about? Yeah, that one.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_146.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:00 AM