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.

You pal Kevin O'Brien jaunted off to New York for a week to take in the sights and smells, and maybe stumble through a song on a rooftop. Maybe he got into a conversation about being a news producer in the biggest market in the country. Maybe he just soothed his after-brunch stomach with the subtle sounds of a humming truck. Whatever fun he got into he recorded for your audio pleasure! Listen in as we take in the sounds of NYC, which, for Kevin, mostly involve people originally from Denver.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:08am EST

Seattle comedian Derek Sheen is one of those guys. He's one of those, "Yeah, but have you heard this album?" guys. He may have turned Kevin and Taylor from Prog Rock detractors to Prog Rock endorsers. Take a trippy ride, man, through the world of David Fripp and King Crimson, from their psychedelic proto-metal phase, to their synth and drum-driven era, to their modern heavy, heavy stuff. It's all here for you, just join the court of the Crimson King, dudes!

Direct download: These_Thigns_Matter_Episode_177.mp3
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Join us as we talk to Joseph Kolean (director of Valley Maker music video - "Only Friend"), Rob Christopher (director of the feature film, Pause of the Clock), Don Swaynos (producer of the short film, The Outfit) and Michael Haskins (actor and producer of the feature film, Decay) about their favorite animated films LIVE from the 38th annual Denver Film Festival at the Sie Filmcenter. WHy do we talk about animated films? Because the opening night feature - Charlie Kaufmann's Anomalisa - features some stop motion puppet sex. We can't not talk about that!

Check out the rest of the fest through November 15th right here: http://denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org/

Direct download: These_things_Matter_Episode_176.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

Our pal Jon Solomon is a DJ who can be heard every Wednesday evening across the Delaware Valley from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm ET on 103.3 fm WPRB out of Princeton, NJ. We talk to him about the seminal Cusackian film, THE SURE THING. A silly romantic comedy with actual heart! Actual teenagers doing actual teenage things! WHOD'AH THUNK IT?! Ron Reiner, that's who. Join just, won't you?


Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_175.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EST

I smoke two joints in the morning
I smoke two joint at night
I smoke two joint in the afternoon
It makes me feel all right

I smoke two joints in time of peace
And two in time of war
I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints,
And then I smoke two more

There's really not much more you can say than that. Join us as we talk to drummer Gregg Ziemba about the one and only Sublime.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_174.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

Welp, sometimes people cancel on you, so you have to come up with a show... and then sometimes you decide to do the show on cancelled TV shows and it all makes sense. Join Taylor and Kevin as they discuss the legacy of our favorite shows that have gone too soon!

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We had the time of our lives talking to writer/performer Kristen Bartlett about the film Dirty Dancing (and, tangentially, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights... not to mention the musical and the VIDEO GAME?! yeah). Join us as we reminisce about Swayze, Grey, and of course Orbach. It's the 60s and the 80s at the same time, and pretty much everyone is white and people are practically having sex on the dance floor. What's not to love!? Get ready to do your lift, grab your watermelon, and come join us!


(Please note we had a bit of an issue with echo when recording in two different spots, so thanks for your auditory patience)

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_173.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:26am EST

Rarely on These Things Matter do we get to hear a guest's entire life story, but on today's episode with comedian and podcaster Zac Maas, We hear that and more! How does a smart-ass white kid from South Dakota start spitting science? Aesop Rock is your answer. Him and Atmosphere, El-P, RJD2, Blackalicious, The Coup, Mos Def, MF Doom, etc, etc, etc. The more poetic side of hip hop. The more thoughtful and political side. That's what we're chatting about today.

Direct download: These_things_Matter_Episode_172.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:31am EST

Join us as we chat with cartoonist Lonnie Allen about his love/hate relationship with Frank Miller. Creating pre-teen dreams can be eye-poppingly astounding, or eventually kind of sad. Listen in!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_171.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:57am EST

Whether you joined the quest as a kid reading the books, or with the rest of the world when the movie version of The Fellowship of The Ring came out, You're probably familiar with The Lord of The Rings. Tolkien's masterpiece is known far and wide as both a work of incredible lyricism and genius, and incredible silliness. Perhaps you painted "FRODO LIVES" on a wall in 1971? Maybe you pretended to be a half-orc with your pals and some foam swords? Perhaps you just wished you could fine an elven cloak hidden somewhere in the back of your closet? However it came upon you, LOTR does not leave quickly. In fact, it lasts like 3-4 hours a movie! Grab Gimli and Legolas and join us as we talk to actor, director and fight choreographer Geoffrey Kent about The LOTR... oh, and let's hunt some orc!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_170.mp3
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