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.

I don't know if I'm unhappy because I'm not free, or if I'm not free because I'm unhappy." - Patricia Franchini. Ahhhh, French cinema. If you are looking for existentialism, casual sex, talk of love and hate, and heaping spoonfuls of ennui, you've come to the right place. Join us as we talk to journalist and comedian Byron Graham about Truffaut, Godard, and all the other men of the late 50s and early 60s who experimented in the auteur style and who changed filmmaking forever.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:17am EDT

Join us as we sit and drink and chat and sing with our Supergroup: Leighton Peterson, Chella Negro, Justin Couch, Fez Garcia, Nathan Wright and filling in for Nathan Brazil Sufi Magpie Stevens!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Kevin and Taylor aren't often around kids. This could be the reason they thought it would e a really fun idea to ask a 3 year-old her thoughts on the Disney movie Frozen. It wasn't a terrible idea, they just got more slobber and less insight.

Join us as we chat with musician Michael Saul and his adorable kid Miranda (with cameos by her twin brother Oliver) about their fave, or at least most watched movie! Parents around the world can relate.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:53am EDT

We LOVE Mr. Gborie. If you've never seen David Gborie do stand-up, we just don't know what you're doing. Likewise, if you've never seen Shaft or Foxy Brown, or Super Fly, or any number of Blacksploitation movies, you gotta get on that , like, yesterday.

Join us as we talk to David about his love of the genre, about how you to can have a race catharsis, and how when it comes down to it, ain't nobody better than Pam Grier.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:17am EDT

All we really want to do is list Dennis Hopper from Blue Velvet quotes in this summary. Unfortunately, the FCC might come after us even though they have no jurisdiction over podcasts. Such is the insane world of David Lynch. A seemingly upstanding citizen embroiled in a world of drugs, sex, gun play, violence, profanity and blatant lip syncing? You better believe it's Lynch. Join us as we talk to filmmaker Joseph Kolean about one of his favorite directors, and about how to be a director in 2015 is to be influenced by Lynch. There's no avoiding it. It's happening

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:21am EDT

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 EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

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/

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:26pm EDT

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?

 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

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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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:01pm EDT

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)

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:26am EDT

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:31am EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

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!

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"It's quite possible that I'm your third man, girl / But it's a fact that I'm the seventh son." Oh, Jack White. Oh, Meg White. It's difficult to explain what the coming of The White Stripes was like if we weren't a teenager when White Blood Cells dropped. For our guest, comedian Eric Dadourian, they were the first true musical obsession after years of a strictly religious upbringing.

Join us as we discuss these Detroit kids and their crazy rock 'n' roll. And be sure to follow Eric on Twitter and on stage at @ericdadourian.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

To start the episode off, we ask who are the people on the Mt. Rushmore of horror? Though we don't come up with an answer by the end, we know for certain that Wes Craven is one of those disembodied heads. Join us as we talk to documentarian and writer Keith Garcia about one of the masters of scaring the living daylights out of you. We talk allegory, blood fountains, and whether or not Nightmare on Elm Street Part II is the gayest movie of all time.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

You say it's your birthday? Well it's my birthday too, yeah! So let's chat about it! Kevin and Taylor talkin' 'bout birthdays, sprinkling in a bit of pop culture along the way. Oh, and were you aware of the fascinating story of Showbiz Pizza and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza? Well now you will be! It's minisode time!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:57am EDT

Ah, August. Ah, Summer. Ah, South Broadway. In Denver, all these things mean it's time for the High Plains Comedy Festival! These Things Matter has been a part of the fun for all three years, and we've moved on up every time. Year one, we were in Mutiny Cafe, performing for a crowd that was not quite sure what they were watching. Year two, we blew the roof and the Satanism outta Trve brewery. Year three, featured on this episode, we were fortunate enough to have the show in the best venue in town, the Hi-Dive. Our topic was "Comedy Movie MVP" and with our guests, Karen Kilgariff, Jay Larson, Jonah Ray and Ron Funches, we discuss who brings it in comedies on the silver screen. Who's got the best batting average, comedy movie-wise? And how many other sports references can we throw in to the mix?

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:05am EDT

"Would you like a jelly baby?" Perhaps only on a quirky, wildly imaginative, extremely British show like Doctor Who could such a saying be a catch phrase, and yet there it is! From the Fourth Doctor to be exact. Oh, what's this now? You were unaware of the sci-fi/sci-fantasy show that's been running for over 50 years (give or take a 13 year break) on the BBC? Since 1963, in fact? Where there have been 12 manifestations of the main character (13 if you count the War Doctor, which, of course you should count the War Doctor). My dear companion, you have so much to learn!

Join us as we talk to the Dudio himself, improviser and Best Show producer, Jason Gore, all about his beloved Doctor Who. Do we end up going off on an hour and a half defense of the Sixth Doctor? No. No, of course we don't. But if you're a David Tennant fan, you might be in for a treat!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:22am EDT

Charlie Chaplin's Tramp changed Evan Weissman's life. He loves him from his bowler-ed head to his bowlegged feet. How could one man be such a raconteur, innovator, perfectionist and physically masterful comedian? If more people were able to concentrate so intensely on their craft, says Evan, we'd live in a better world filled with people stuffing their butts with eyeballs. Yeah, this is a weird one. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

"Don't worry, we will always be together." "That's what Diana Ross said." Yup. Sister Act. We're doing a show all about Sister Act. You say, "Taylor and Kevin. This seems ludicrous!" which is a funny way for you to pronounce "religious", we'll admit.

Hop on board the Whoopie train as we talk about Catholicism (as usual) and about whether or not people should be allowed to rap about being down with "G.O.D." with our guest, musician Amanda Gonulsen from Automatic Iris!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

"I wanna be stereotyped. I wanna be classified." Of course you do, Milo. That's why we love you. That's why our guest, podcaster Damian Burford and millions of other fans have tattoos of your illustrated face. Join us as we discuss the founding fathers of pop punk. The tongue-in-cheek founders of singing songs about liking food and pining for girls - both vitally important to your punk rock lifestyle.

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Join us as we talk to Buntport Theater's Hannah Duggan all about the best show to have on in the background always, Law & Order!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:04am EDT

A comic book is just a comic book, right? Superheroes, explosions, buxom women, etc, etc? Reading twin Brazillian brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá will rearrange all your notions of what a comic book can be. Join us as we talk to cartoonish Zak Kinsella about Gabriel and Fabio, two of the most innovative illustrators and writers working today, in any medium. Their signature work, Daytripper, will change hearts and minds, as Kevin O'Brien can attest.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:51am EDT

"You're gonna eat lighting, and you're gonna crap thunder!" Ah, that great Philadelphian, Mikey. We could pull ten dozen more inspiring quotes from the whole Rocky franchise. Our guest, comedian Mara Wiles, loves Rocky. She loves his sweetness, his tenacity. She sees past his status as a "bum" to a guy who practices a turtle joke for his would-be love. Join us as we discuss boxing, the 80s, and how to lay out the neighbor kid who drives too fast in your cul du sac.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

Here's what comes of putting a TV in your child's bedroom: Kids tired for school the next day, a lack of punishment available when they are sent to their rooms, and an unending love of the man they call Coco. Kevin and our guest, journalist Isa Jones, LOVE Conan. He is "their guy" as Marc Maron would say. Join us as we discuss the gigantic, red-headed weirdo we let into our homes every night, not to mention the crazy world he creates around him.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

Daniel-san and Mr. Miyagi. A couple-ah karate kooks who took the 80s by storm! Listen as we talk to podcaster Jon Ekstrom all about The Karate Kid franchise, including the terrible third sequal and the even more terrible The Next Karate Kid starring Hillary Swank! Never thought we'd be typing those words!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Hey, guys! Guess what? We have a lost episode! Yup. It finally happened. Do you know anything about zip files that won't unzip? Are you tech savvy? Any tips? Let us know! Email us at info@thesethingsmatterpodcast.com!

We'll be back soon!

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What a joy it was to talk with comedian and skateboarder, Sean Jordan. Sean joined us during the Crom Comedy Festival all the way from Portland, OR, and he as wearing a cast on his foot, which he broke doing the thing he loves most: skateboarding. Join us as we talk boards, thrashing, shredding, ollies, decks, wheels and Rodney Mullen. 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Ah, Joss Whedon. People go mad for your witty repartee and your on-the-nose characters who have ironic distance from their situation. Chuck Coffey certainly loves it! We talk to the vacation rocker about his love of Mal, Zoe, Hoban, Inara, Jayne, Kaylee, Simon, River and Derrial. Get up in this Serenity, guys! And then check out Chuck's band SPELLS, aka the best band in Denver!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

"The words. You are good with the words, man." So say we to our returning guest, author William Dewey. In out longest episode yet, we talk about one of our favorite shows of all time, Mad Men. Don Draper, Peggy Olson, Joan Harris, Roger Sterling, Pete Campbell, and on and on and on. We could name 40+ characters that we know and care about over the course of the show's 7 seasons, let alone countless scenes and even more moments of dialogue. Join us as we talk about what makes Mad Men so profoundly effective, enlightening and insightful.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:29am EDT

Our favorite composer, Nathan Hall, returns to talk about another ethereal, divine Renaissance lady, Ms. Bjork. Having lived in Iceland for a year, Nathan can give us the lowdown on this small but vibrant land and the woman who in many ways represents all things Icelandic. We explore the ins, the outs, the belts, the whoops, the squeals, the ticks and tones. Oh, to get involved in the exchange of human emotions is ever so satisfying. It's human behavior, guys.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Go, go Power Rangers! Need we say more? We chat to Mr. Pacman's Jim Compton about those mighty morphin kids. You guys remember the saga of the Green Ranger? When all the Red Rangers teamed up? Or any of the 20-something different iterations of the show? Because Jim does, and he's got the convention ticket to prove it!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:20am EDT

Hi guys! Welcome to our Third Anniversary Supergroup Spectacular, guys! Live at the Oriental Theater, guys! GUYS! We did a live podcast all about supergroups with Kiernan Maletsky, music editor from Westword, Jessi Whitten, Music Supervisor at 102.3 OpenAir, and comedian extrordinare, Jordan Doll. THEN you get a bonus clip from our These Things Matter Supergroup! The finale of our stage show! "Road to Nowhere" by Talking Heads!

We'll release the rest of the concert in some form soon, but for now we'd like to thank everyone for listening over the past three years, and all the guests for sharing their time and stories with us.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:05am EDT

John Hickey is the Chair of the Communications Department at Kevin's alma mater, Regis University, and he's Kevin's old college radio boss! Join us as we reminisce about the days of sleeping on studio couches, humanitarian trips to Mexico, and the merits of politics in music, all of which were scored by Joe Strummer and The Clash for both John and Kevin.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

For our 150th episode, Kevin and Taylor sit down without a guest to discuss theur current top five album list. Kevin and his never-ending emo/pop punk love takes things very seriously, Taylor does not. Listen in as they discuss how their current top five lists are reflections of themselves in this moment, three years into the making of These Things Matter. Holy moly!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:06am EDT

Join us as we talk to the King of Denver's South Broadway about the King of Rock 'n' Roll! Jim Norris has been a fan of Elvis all his life. He has a song for every moment and a black velvet painting up in his venue 3 Kings Tavern. Be sure to catch a show there or at Mutiny Information Cafe, and be sure to talk to Jim about Elvis if you see him. You won't regret it.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:54am EDT

"You can do what you wanna do... in living color". When that song came on, our guest comedian and improvisor Janae Burris, knew the party was starting. For 5 seasons (3 or 4 if you only count the Wayans years, which maybe you should) IN LIVING COLOR brought raunch, sex, fly girls, homeboys, soul singers, old bluesmen, gay film critics and sleezy infomercial hosts to network television, and that was just David Alen Grier! Join us as we discuss one of the most groundbreaking shows ever on television. We give it two snaps up, a twist and a kiss.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:50am EDT

Today we have another proud son of Nebraska on the show - comedian Zach Peterson. And like all proud sons of Nebraska, Zach loves Alexander Payne movies. Kevin and Zach reminisce about growing up in Omaha, seeing Citizen Ruth being filmed, watching Hollywood come to their Midwestern town. We talk about realness, authenticity, small town life and why it's so gratifying to see Jack Nicholson in a role where he plays his own age.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

If we could put into words the sound of the bass at the begining of The Breeders' "Cannonball" right here, we would do it. Alas, it is something you just have to experience sonically, loudly and often. Watching MTV Buzz Bin videos. On a Saturday afternoon. In 1993. Join our guest Hutch Harris of The Thermals and of stand-up comedy as we talk about Kim Deal's band. You know that other band that's not the Pixies? Fronted by a pair of sisters? That one band that Kurt Cobain always talked about? Yeah, that one.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

You know how sometimes you randomly spit out the Millennium Falcon's transponder code? Or the names of Spock's parents? Or how you always carry a towel like the Hitchhiker's Guide decrees? You may in fact be a Futurama fan. Our guest journalist and podcaster Jake Browne is just that. His eyes light up when talking about Fry, Bender, Leela and all the rest of the gang. He goes into long diatribes about the merits of the show, and does not want to hear your "it's coming back on Netflix!" theories. Join us as we talk about a Simposon's spin-off-ish that has just as crazed of a cult following!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

Today we welcome back comedian and podcaster Christie Buchele to talk about the one and only Garth Brooks. Christie talks about how there's a Garth Brooks song for every occassion and every mood. She talks about driving with her dad to work every day listening to those multi-million copy selling albums, and how Mr. Brooks will forever be associated with her dad.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:11am EDT

"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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:12am EDT

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:18am EDT

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: 2:42am EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:22am EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:33am EDT

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

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"!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

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