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.

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

Our guest today, musician Genevieve Patterson, visited the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and saw the MYPOIA exhibition; a retrospective of Mark Mothersbaugh's visual and auditory art. She was so inspired, she asked if she could come on the show to talk DEVO. Of course we said, "Are we not men (and one woman)? We are DEVO!"

Join us as we chat about Devolution, energy domes, sythesizers and Miley Cyrus. Yup. Miley Cyrus.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_140.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:18 PM

Comedian Troy Baxley is a legend. He is known far and wide as THE Denver comic of his generation. You can still see him perform at tons of clubs all over the nation, and if you're lucky, you might end up with one of his matchbooks! Troy is also a matchbook collector, aka: a phillumenist. He joined us to dicsuss this unique hobby, which puts him in the company of may octogenarians he'd rather not be around. Join in on the flamey fun!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:42 AM

At the end of the day you're another day older... but you've also lived ianother day n the world with Les Misérables, so it can't be all bad! Join us as we chat with Les Mis super-fan and super-improvisor Jessica Austgen. Learn how she went from jamming to Jean Valjean at 10 years-old to a proposal on the stage of the current broadway run of the show!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_139.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 6:22 AM

Musician Chris McGarry cannot explain what it is about surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky that he loves so much. That doesn't stop us from trying for an hour and a bit. We talk The Holy Mountain, Dune, The Dance of Reality, but most especially the one that started it all, El Topo. The first midnight movie, an original cult classic, El Topo set the tone for a whole generation of filmmakers to come. If you wanted to be weird, you getta be weirder than this.

Keep up with everything Chris is doing via his website or his Facebook page for his honkey tonk band, Chris McGarry and the Insomniacs!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_137.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 6:33 AM

As one of the founders of both Lipgloss and the Mile High Soul Club, Tyler Jacobson has been making Denverites shake their booties for years. Long before those endeavors, young Tyler's bootie was sitting in a movie theater seat enthralled at the sight of Tron starring Jeff Bridges. Join us as we discuss the cult classic, plot holes and all, and why sometimes two Jeff Bridges are not better than one.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_136.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:00 AM

Leighton Peterson and Neil McCormick of Safe Boating is No Accident are a couple of Alt 90s bros. They love chattin' about Napster and CD burning and Slack Rock and all sorts of sweet Gen-Xiness. Join us as we discuss one of the ultimate 90s Gen-X Alt-Nation Indie Rock bands, PAVEMENT. And then get up on their latest album, "Bonus Features"!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_135.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:30 AM

Oh, Leo. Your heart will go on. Or at least our guest comedian Justine Marino's heart will go on for you forever and ever. Justine watched Leo every day after school for years. She still loves a tall, skinny blonde-haired, blue-eyed dude. She's been with him through Titanic, through The Beach, through Gangs of New York, all the way through Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street. She will never let go, Jack!! Listen in as we discuss Leo's transformation from the head of the Pussy Posse to his role as the new Jack Nicholson.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_133.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:00 AM