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.

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!

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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

You know how sometimes you randomly spit out the Millennium Falcon's transponder code? Or the names of Spock's parents? Or how you always carry a towel like the Hitchhiker's Guide decrees? You may in fact be a Futurama fan. Our guest journalist and podcaster Jake Browne is just that. His eyes light up when talking about Fry, Bender, Leela and all the rest of the gang. He goes into long diatribes about the merits of the show, and does not want to hear your "it's coming back on Netflix!" theories. Join us as we talk about a Simposon's spin-off-ish that has just as crazed of a cult following!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_145.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:30 PM

Today we welcome back comedian and podcaster Christie Buchele to talk about the one and only Garth Brooks. Christie talks about how there's a Garth Brooks song for every occassion and every mood. She talks about driving with her dad to work every day listening to those multi-million copy selling albums, and how Mr. Brooks will forever be associated with her dad.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_144.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:57 PM

Amongst many other musical credits, today's guest, Josh Kantor, is the organist for the Boston Red Socks. How cool is that? He is also a MASSIVE fan of Mr. Stevie Wonder. We rarely encounter Josh's level of fandom, but what fun it is to hear! Listen in as we discuss Stevie's music, his life, and how if you feel like checking out a synthesizer convention, you might just run into Little Stevie himself!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_143.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:11 AM

"It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world." According to our guest, comedian Amy Miller, there's something magical about Dolly Parton. We talk about what it's like to sleep in a bedroom where Dolly once slept, to graciously take B.S. from Jay Leno, and how to carry yourself with grace, joy and dignity even when the world isn't often looking at your face.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_142.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:00 AM

Musician Justin Couch is intimately familiar with Mr. Declan Patrick MacManus, aka: Elvis Costello. As a member of the band QUANTUM CREEP, Justin covered both MY AIM IS TRUE and THIS YEAR'S MODEL front to back. He learned about the craftmanship of Elvis and the intricate innerworkings of The Attractions. Join us as we discuss a musician's musician who, as Kevin says, is "playing for the back of the room." And be sure to check out QUANTUM CREEP's latest album on Hot Congress records!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_141.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:12 AM