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.

Young filmmaker Matty O'Connor has a simple system for his potential lady friends. Invite them over, put on Boogie Nights, evaluate. While we have no statistical data as to the success rate of this technique, we can say that we understand the motivation. Paul Thomas Anderson, aka: PTA, has influenced at least one generation of filmmakers, and maybe the entire population of Southern California as well. Join us as we discuss his films, his themes, and whether or not he'll ever write a female lead role.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:30 AM

You need coolin'. Listeners, we're not foolin' Or at least you will need some cooling after this awesome episode featuring the one and only Mr. Tom Scharpling, past and future host of The Best Show, talking about the one and only Led Zeppelin. Does Tom also happen to include a track-by-track take down of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band? You'l have to listen to find out!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 6:58 AM

For this week's episode, Kevin ran out of town! He heard there were wild turkeys up in the Pacfic Northwest and so he got a a plane and left! Today's epsiode is therefore a guest podcacst called Read It and Weep out of Portland, OR. It features hosts Alex Falcone, Ezra Fox and Chris Smith, and it is all about pop culture as well! "A good podcast about bad books, movies and TV". Right up our alley! We thought it would be fun to take a listen to another show for a sec, so hop on in to Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1! And be sure to check out Read It and Weep at read-weep.com! 

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_131.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:30 AM

Oh, hi Mark! Thanks so much for stopping by for a game of football! Would you care for some entirely too long and horribly shot sex? Perhaps a framed picture of a spoon? Oh by the way, I got the results of the test back - I definitely have breast cancer.

Join us as we discuss the "Best Worst Movie" of all time, THE ROOM, with musician Mike Marchant. And don't forget to step out on your green screened balcony when you need a breather.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_130.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:30 AM

It's the return of musician Robin Edwards, aka Lisa Prank! Join us as we talk about one of Kevin's favorite subjects, Pop Punk! Don't write yourself off yet, guys.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_129.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:23 PM

Musician Nathan Wright has been in Gauntlet Hair and Kevin Costner Suicide Pact. He's booked shows, he's toured, he's been here there and everywhere. But we ain't seen nothing like him in any amusement hall. What we're saying is... he sure plays a mean pinball... or at least not terrible pinball. Actually, we've never seen him play, but his enthusiasm for the game makes us think he at least doesn't totally suck. Join us as we talk about that silver ball, the twack of the flipper, and the precarious glory of the tilt.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_128.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 8:03 AM

Hey, now! You've flipped to the correct channel. What network is this? We'll never tell, but we've got Larry, Hank and Artie - what more do you need? We chat with improviser Jason Wenger about the seminal, groundbreaking HBO series, The Larry Sander Show. See Bob Odenkirk and Janeane Garofalo fool around in bed! Watch Jeremy Piven be yet another asshole! Observe a litany of young comedic writers, performers and producers get their start! Learn life lessons and laugh and laugh and laugh!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_127.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:40 PM

Reel around the fountain, you guys. Join us as we slap actor/improviser Joseph Wolff Phillips on the patio for a bit, or at least talk to him about The Smiths and Morrissey. Is Johnny Marr a vital part of The Smiths sound? Or was it entirely Morrissey's baby? And what of those other two guys? And what of pretention, self-pity and romanticism? We get into it all.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_126.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:31 PM

Ian Cooke is a fantastic musician, a Denver treasure, and a serious dinosaur enthusiast! Join us as we talk all things dinosaur - books, movies, tv shows and music - and we find out how, in the eternal words of Dr. Ian Malcom, "Life, uh, finds a way."

Watch for Ian's dinosaur album coming Spring 2015! Check out http://www.iancookemusic.com/ for all the info!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_125.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:53 PM

Comedian Danny Palumbo is a hard core food dude. He cut his teeth as a line cook and would be happy to get drunk and make you a nice sauce. Join us as we talk Bourdain, Fieri, Lagasse, Batali, Ramsey, Oliver, Child and Dean. Titans of TV food. As Taylor says, "Food's a huge fuckin' deal." Shove it in your face!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:33 AM