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.

We were running down a dream on today's episode, talking to Westword music editor Katie Moulton about her absolute obsession, Tom Petty. Alone, with the Heartbreakers, with Mudcrutch, she loves every version. Join us as we talk about why Tom Petty is one the the most underrated American musicians, and why he probably likes it that way.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_207.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

Nate Valdez and Eric Riley of IN THE WHALE didn't realize when they asked to talk about Nu Metal that they contained vast oceans of knowledge about Korn, Limp Bizkit, System Of A Down, Orgy, Slipknot, Puddle Of Mudd, P.O.D., Linkin Park, Incubus, Godsmack, Kid Rock etc, etc, etc. In the late 90s/early 2000s, you could not escape the juggernaut of mostly white dudes combining rock and rap. A genre that should have been created by a corporate cigar chewing guy, but is as of The People as backwards caps and Jnco jeans. Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy, indeed.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_206.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

We're back at it again, brother! Nathan Lund started the Wrestling train running in episode 31, but we added rocket fuel via Brett Davis of The Special Without Brett Davis, Wednesdays at 11pm EST on New York public access and at http://brettdavis.tumblr.com/. Brett stopped by with Steve Whalen to talk Ultimate Warrior, The Vaudvillans, and lots and lots of other fantastic wrestling characters, past, present and future. Join us in the squared circle, won't you?

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_205.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:17am EDT

We sat down with the legendary authority on Denver music, Tom Murphy, to talk about his obsession - Denver music. Bands that were, bands that are, bands that are yet to come? DIY for your nerve!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_204.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:56am EDT

"That John Denver's full of shit, man."

Ain't it the truth, Lloyd Christmas. We hear yah. And so does our guest, comedian Whitmer Thomas. Join us as we discuss all things Carrey. A figure of renown amongst children in 1994. Did you quote Ace Ventura, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber constantly? Did you cry your eyes out at Eternal Sunshine? Of course you did! Follow us, and LEMMIESHOWYAHSOMETHIN on today's episode.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Epsiode_203.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

Sometimes we do episodes where we cannot stop talking about the subject due to the absolute obsession of our guest. And then sometimes we do episodes where we talk about all sorts of things including the subject. This is one of those. Drum machines, the 80s in general, dream pop, synthesizers, Joy Division, even U2! When you get Oko Tygra drummer Neil Robertson talking, you go all over the place. Listen in, won't you?

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_202.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

This may be our least on-topic episode yet, which is saying a lot. Join us as we ostensibly talk to Seth and Spencer Stone of The Dirty Few about Britney Spears, but then they don't really care and would rather talk about Mountain Dew, but then they have 6 beers each, but then... oh, just listen.

Direct download: these_things_matter_episode_201.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

We've done it! We've made (a little over) 200 episodes! How'boutthat?! Listen in as we reminisce with a fabulous clip show!Featuring:

Ep 146 - The Breeders w/ Hutch Harris
Ep 109 - They Might Be Giants w/ Allen Strickland Williams
Ep 107 - Grateful Dead w/ Andy Kindler
Ep 131 - Led Zeppelin w/ Tom Scharpling
Ep 142 - Dolly Parton w/ Amy Miller
Ep 180 - Blacksploitation Films w/ David Gborie
Ep 101 - Limp Bizkit from the Live Second Anniversary Show w/JulesPosner
Ep 117 - Live from the High Plains Comedy Festival w/ IanKarmel& Sam Tallent
Ep 167 - Live from the High Plains Comedy Festival w/KarenKilgariff
Ep 147 - Alexander Payne w/ Zach Peterson
Ep 122 - Blink-182 w/ Aaron Brooks
Ep 169 - The White Stripes w/ Eric Dadourian
Ep 192 - Lou Reed w/ Kritty Uranowski
Ep 155 - Mad Men w/ William Dewey
Ep 113 - Peter Pan w/ Katharine Gonda (aka: Taylor's Sister)
Ep 184 - Monty Python w/ Devon Torrey Bryant
Ep 195 - Sandwiches w/ Alex and Graham Eschen
Ep 182 - TTM Supergroup Holiday Spectacular!

Thanks to all our listeners, thanks to all our guests, thankstoeveryone who's ever spared a thought for our little show. Loveyouguys.

Direct download: TTMP_Ep200.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:12am EDT

Holy cow, you guys. Thanks to our pals Oliver Howard and Devon Torrey Bryant we are able to bring to you a live recording of our Fourth Anniversary show!! We reunited the Supergroup, which features Chella Negro (Chella & The Charm), Leighton Peterson (Safe Boating is No Accident), Justin Couch (Quantum Creep), Fez Garcia (Tjutjuna), Nathan D Brazil (Salads and Sunbeams), and Nathan Wright (The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact) PLUS bonus musicians Mike Ditto on keys, and Abi McGaha Miller on sax!

Each band member chose a Bowie song to cover and we chatted about it and played it!

Thanks to Syntax Physic Opera for having us and thanks to everyone who came out to watch!

This ep is a little larger than most - we wanted to give you a great sounding concert, so we hope you don't mind if it takes a little while longer than usual to download.

Four years. That's pretty freaky Bowie.

Direct download: TTMP_Ep199HiQuality.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:00am EDT

These Things Matter was delighted when our pals at Buntport Theater asked us to chat with them about Greek Mythology - the through-line of their current theatrical season. We talked to Hannah Duggan, Brian Colonna, Erin Rollman, Erik Edborg, and Samantha Schmitz about myths, mortals and monsters, and perhaps a little Bill and Ted's Exellent adventure thrown in for good measure. Be sure to check out their new season at www.buntport.com!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_198.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:55am EDT