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.

Our new pal comedian Joe Kwaczala has one of the more interesting obsessions we've run across. No, he's not an architectural nerd obsessed with a certain building in Cleveland, Joe is obsessed with the list of people in, possibly in, and about to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Who's eligible? Who's deserving? Who's snubbed? Who gets to perform? Who gets left out? Who's wearing the most leather at 60-something years-old? These are the questions Joe wants to know! Join us as we talk all things RnR legendary!

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"Here are just a few of the key ingredients: dynamite, pole vaulting, laughing gas, choppers - can you see how incredible this is going to be? - hang gliding, come on!"

"I saved Latin. What did you ever do?"

"You heard me, Coltrane."

"I'm going to find it and I'm going to destroy it. I don't know how yet, maybe dynamite."

"Maybe we could express ourselves more fully when we say it without words."

"Are you cussing with me?"

"I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about."

"You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant... oh, fuck it."

Need we say more?

Except to say our guest, Adam Maid, is a sketch comedian and stand-up of the highest order and you should go see him whenever he is in your general vicinity.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_219.mp3
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Another member of the Gonda clan has been added to the These Things Matter roster! Join Larry Gonda, aka: Taylor's dad, as he talks about The Who. Well, The Who, high school in the 70s, canned hams, being a dad in the 80s, and *gasp* marijuana!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_218.mp3
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Undateable's Ron Funches joins us to talk about the weird and wild world of NAKED AND AFRAID. That's right. The reality show that pits two to twelve humans against the forces of nature and the unending desire to give up and get that sandwich from that Craft Services table instead of that rat or that eel or that roach. Listen in like the TV film crew you are!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_217.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Holy moly, guys! What a show! We talked to comedians Chris Garcia, Kenny DeForest, Eliza Skinner and Caitlin Gill about their favorite TV show characters and BOY did they have some answers! Jump in for some incredible diatribes about the merits of some fantastic and often overlooked characters!

Thanks to High Plains Comedy Fest for having us back 4 yeas in a row, and thanks to our pals at Hi Dive for always showing us a good time!

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We were so excited to welcome Kentucky's own comedian James Fritz to the show to talk Alt Country. Even now that he lives in L.A., Fritz has a place in his heart for Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt, Neko Case, Gillian Welch and The Jayhawks. Not to mention the godfather of them all, Graham Parsons.

Join us as we chat and reminisce and slag off Ryan Adams.

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We were busted flat in Baton Rouge when we came upon poet Brian Foley. After many drinks, we had a chat about one of his favorite people, Kris Kristofferson. Join us as we discuss this poet, picker, prophet, pusher, pilgrim and preacher. The walking contradiction himself.

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We dare you to try to get "Wannabe" and "Say You'll Be There" out of your head after this episode. Join us as we chat with GUYS WE'VE F**KED podcast's Corinne Fisher about her life-long obsession with the Spice Girls. Did we get our lives spiced up a little bit by Scary, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Posh? Of course we did. Girl Power, y'all!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_213.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

We're back! Together! Kevin and Taylor! Taking on the pop cultural world one subject at a time! Today we have radio legend Bret Saunders of the KBCO Morning Show! Anybody who has lived in Colorado over the past 20-odd years knows Bret's voice, but did you know he also writes a jazz column for the Denver Post. How about that!?

We talk to him about his love of comedy auteur Albert Brooks. We focus on Mr. Brook's first three "punk rock" movies, REAL LIFE, MODERN LOVE and LOST IN AMERICA, but really, we span the gamut. Join us! And then watch all these movies on Netflix!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_212.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

We're super sorry for the delay on this one - a series of mishaps and errors prevented us from getting this out to you on time. But here it is! Taylor took a trip to Portland to visit her cool aunt and to record a cool episode of the show! We talk about The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Beatle trading cards, and, of course, Beatles Rock Band. 

Direct download: These_Thigns_Matter_Episode_211.mp3
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