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.

Welp... that's a wrap. We didn't quite make it to 250 episodes, and we didn't quite make it to five years, but that's how life goes sometimes. Who would have guessed when we started the show that Kevin would be heading off to New York City and Taylor would be heading to Los Angeles? ...I mean, I suppose you probably could have made an educated guess. Nevertheless!

We hope you have enjoyed the show whether you listened to one ep or every ep (god save your poor soul). Please know we telepathically heard every time you yelled at your listening device when we got something wrong. You guys yell a LOT!

To absolutely everyone involved in making this show - producers, guests, designers, photographers, bandmates and listeners - THANK YOU.

And now we present The End.

Love!

-Taylor & Kevin

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

For our penultimate episode we have one of our bestest pals, comedian Nathan Lund, talking about one of his favorite-est authors; Kurt Vonnegut. It should be noted that this was part of a marathon podcast recording session so Kevin may be a bit tipsy, Nathan may be a bit high, and Taylor may be a bit tired, but we couldn't call ourselves a true podcast, even after doing the show for almost a full five years unless we had at least a couple eps where people were not quite coherent.

Join us as we discuss Mr. Vonnegut's work, the tattoos he's inspired, and the mental breakdowns that lead to getting those tattoos.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:14pm EST

We only have three more eps left (including this one) and we could not finish up our run without talking to Ron Doyle. Ron was one of the hosts of Denver's original pop culturey podcast, The Denver Diatribe. He now co-hosts and co-produces The Narrators show and podcast. He has also been involved in several other shows around town, he volunteers at the High Plains Comedy Fest, and he makes time for his family after working as a free lancer. How does he do it!?

We don't know, but we do know that he sure loves magazines. Listen in as we discuss National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Spin, Cosmo, Field & Stream, The Source, Vanity Fair and of course Highlights magazine.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:15am EST

On today's ep we have one of our favorite guests and the winner of our Most Times On The Podcast Award, Mr. Sam Tallent. Sam Stops by to talk about one of his favorite authors, Cormac McCarthy. Author of The Road, All The Pretty Horses, No Country For Old Me, and Sam's absolute fave, Blood Meridian.

Join in as we talk about death and violence. Man's inhumanity to man! How 'bout it?!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:57pm EST

"That's it, baby, when you've got it, flaunt it, flaunt it!"

Hey! It's our fave radio DJ Jessi Whitten talk about her fave director/writer/actor/producer Mel Brooks!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:22am EST

On today's episode we talk to writer (and Taylor's old college pal) Rob Walker about the one and only John Hughes, director of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, UNCLE BUCK, PRETTY IN PINK, SIXTEEN CANDLES, ETC!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:21am EST

Join us as we talk to musicians Harmony Rose and Michelle Rocqet of The Milk Blossoms as they talk about their love of board games. Popular and obscure, new or used, strategy or skill-based, they love 'em all!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:14am EST

On today's ep we talk to musician Mike King of the band The Outfit about his obsession with The Legend of Zelda and all its sequels for NES, Super Nintendo, N64, etc, etc, etc. Join us as we grab our sword and shield and hit the road looking for rupees and dungeons!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:25am EST

Our new friend comedian Will Miles stopped by to talk about what it's like to be inspired by your peers, to be away from your family when there's a terrorist attack, and how Childish Gambino came to be legitimately amazing. We're talking Donald Glover! Community, Atlanta, LANDO?! Get into it, mystery team!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:20am EST

Diaz: Mellow out man. We can't talk business with you waving guns in people's faces. Your daughter is safe, Colonel. Now whether she stays that way is up to you. My people, they got some business with you. And if you want your kid back, then you gotta cooperate, right?

John Matrix: Wrong.

[shoots Diaz between the eyes]

And that about sums up the wonder of 1985's COMMANDO starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing John Matrix. He's a loving father, outdoorsman, deer feeder, fishing enthusiast, and he can kill you any number of a thousand ways.
Listen as we chat to comedian Karl Hess about his love of this action movie classic.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:12am EST

Rounding out the O'Brien parental units, on this week's episode, Kevin talks to his dad Dennis O'Brien about his pop cultural past!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:22am EST

Kevin sat down and chatted with his mom on this ep. Subjects include: Footloose, Prince, Van Halen, Journey, and of course Nebraska.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Join us this holiday season as we talk about DJing, hecklers, egg nog, growing up... everything but the holidays!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:50am EST

On this week's episode we talk to comedian/musician Mishka Shubaly about the one and only Charles Bukowski. Are you a drunk and poor 18 yr-old male with aspirations of becoming a great writer? This is the ep for you!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:28am EST

Join us as we chat with musician and competitive beardsmen Joe Mills about the prince of darkness, Nick Cave!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:36am EST

DJ Erin Stereo has finally fulfilled her 2016 goal of appearing on our show! We're happy to oblige when the topic is Buffy The Vampire Slayer! Join us as we talk about Joss Whedon's metaphorically brimming high school saga. It's Buffy, Xander, Willow, Giles, Cordelia, Angel, Spike, Oz and all the rest of the gang!

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

Join us as we get political talking to comedian Nate Craig about the PBS NewsHour!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:06am EST

We were so thrilled to do a live show once again from the Denver Film Festival! This time around we talked about movie musicals with producer/director Patrick Hackett, actor Hayden Szeto and actor/Gerry/Jerry/Terry/Larry... Jim O'Heir!

 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:39am EST

Join us for our last New York episode as we talk to comedian Sharon Spell of The Sharon Spell Show about her favorite TV show, The Golden Girls. From Midwestern housewives to New Jersey drag queens, all of America loves Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy. And how could you not?! Great writing, great timing, cheesecake, and incredible shoulder pads! Thank you for being a friend and listening.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:29am EST

Still in New York, by way of New Jersey, Kevin and Taylor talk to WFMU's Pat Byrne about The Boss. It's Bruce Springsteen time (and a little talk of The E Street Band)! Listen in as we discuss fathers and sons, grabbing that girl and getting out of town, plus Ben Stiller's amazing Bruce impression.

Be sure to listen to Pat Saturday nights on PROVE IT ALL NIGHT at wfmu.org!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:49am EST

Kevin and Taylor flew all the way to New York City to talk to comedian Scott Sharp about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and they hadn't even seen the Michael Bay movies! Yeah, they've got their priorities well in order. Listen in! AND GRAB A PIZZA, MAN! BUT NO ANCHOVIES!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Kev and Tay are sans guest for this minisode. They talk about the Fall (a bit) and school (as usual) and the election (for like a second) and The Simpson's Tree House of Horror.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:47am EST

Kev and Tay are sans guest for this minisode. They talk about the Fall (a bit) and school (as usual) and the election (for like a second) and The Simpson's Tree House of Horror.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:47am EST

On today's ep we talk to Alamo Drafthouse Denver's Steve Bessette about the one and only Paul F. Tompkins. Steve showed up in a lovely ensemble and bow tie to discuss the man, the myth, the Ice-T impersonator! (Not to mention Cake Boss, Gary Marshall, Werner Herzog and many many more!) 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:06pm EST

On today's episode we talk to Ancient Elk's Cody Coffey about Japanese author Haruki Murakami!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

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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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:29pm EST

"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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

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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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:31pm EST

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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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

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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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:02am EST

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:16pm EST

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. 

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:37am EST

Taylor's sick so we just wanted to say hi.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:25pm EST

Our pal Ben Jones, filmmaker and owner of Image Brew production house, loves extreme sports movies. Specifically, he loves the 1986 classic RAD and 1993's AIRBORNE. We talk BMX, skateboarding, surfing, roller derby, snowboarding and most importantly blading, dudes! You ever strap on your blades and fly down a hill? No?! You're missing out, man! Grab your knee pads and your helmet and let's fly!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Join us as we talk to Portland/New York comic Danny Felts about all things bicycles and cycling!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

Holy cow! What a show! We (mostly Kevin) talked to a bunch of folks at the 2016 Westword Music Showcase about summer gigs, summer festivals, SUMMAH!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:53pm EST

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:22pm EST

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:21pm EST

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?

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

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:56am EST

"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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

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?

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:36pm EST

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.

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

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:12am EST

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:00am EST

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:55am EST

Quack, quack, quack!! Right? Right? On today's show we talk to Buntport Theater's Sam Schmitz about that pillar of 90s kids entertainment and subsequent professional hokey team, The Mighty Ducks. Emilio Estevez at his most likeable, with his most flopable hair, plus all the fun-loving, Bash brothering, Mall Of America rollerblading action you could want!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Kids these days! Always lookin' at the YouTubes! Well... yeah! They are! We oldies have no idea about how much the vast video content has changed the media landscape. YouTube is the new television, and all we can do is hope to know PewDiePie's name, let alone what the hell he's talking about. Join us as we talk to Youtuber Adrienne Stortz (XOXO Cooks) about all things tubular!

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

This was one of the most fun episodes we've ever done. We talked to musicians Graham and Alex Eschen about one of their favorite topics: Sandwiches. SO many types of bread, so many lunch meats and cheeses, so many slices of tomatoes and lettuce leaves and onions and olives and pickles and mustards and mayonnaises and on and on and on. Join us as we talk about the world that exists between two slices of bread... and you might want to have sandwich making materials handy. You're gonna be hungry.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:18am EST

Yeah! Sure we'll do an episode about diners! It's an iconic American location for movies, songs, books, TV shows, and the occasional naked gentleman screaming and bleeding! Listen in as we chat with comedians Jay Whitecotton and Josh Lathe to find out more!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:47am EST

Join us as we chat with Matty Clark, the owner of one of Denver's best venues, Hi Dive, about a little band from Omaha, Nebraska: Cursive. Part of our million-part series documenting all the Emo and Pop Punk in the known universe!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:01am EST

If you haven't taken a walk on the wild side in your life yet, you might have a jumping in point with this episode. Join us as we talk to musician Kritty Uranowski, all the way from Toronto, Canada all about her love, Lou Reed. We talk Velvets, Bowie, Iggy, Eno... you know, all the good stuff. Tales of record collecting roomies and cigar smokin' dads. It was allllllright.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:09am EST

How many hours of entertainment has Turner Classic Movies provided the modern world? Where else can you go to find authentic filmmaking, commercial-free PLUS Zsa Zsa Gabor? Only TCM. Join us as we talk to author Neal Pollack about why having classic films on in the background is sure to enhance any solitary activity, including writing the great American hipster novel.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:00am EST

Here we go... Shania Twain, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, The Judds, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood... and on and on and on... DO y'all remember when you couldn't escape the power of pop country music? Every bachelorette party screaming out, "Man, I feel like a woman!" (Actually that still happens today). Join us as we talk to comedian Avery Moore about music that is the BEST music to sing to in your car. Let's go girls.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:48am EST

You guys, we're gonna need a waaaaaaayyyy bigger boat! Jon Wurster's misquote from The Best Show only proves to illustrate the enormity of the cultural impact of Jaws. It's difficult to understate, really. Join us and our guest, comedian Dave Losso, as we talk about all things Dreyfuss, Scheider, Spielberg and of course Shaw.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:41am EST

Avid readers of Stephen King are a rare breed. They are lovers of sophisticated trash and could be your aunt who reads nothing else, or your teenage cousin who goes on to be an astrophysicist. Our guest, Nerd Nite Denver's Sara WIlson, is somewhere in between. King was definitely a gateway drug to other authors, but she still loves the thrill of a good scary tale. Bring your buckets of blood and come along!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:41am EST

This might be our most meandering show yet. Due to a lack of guest, we get a little crazy about snow days and school.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:52am EST

"A better world has gotta start somewhere. Why not with you and me?" And so the quoting begins. When you were 19, if someone handed you a Tom Robbins book, more than likely it would change your life. It certainly did for our guest, director Kristin Skye Hoffmann. We talk of beets and love and sex and drugs and how the world can change for the better with just a little mayonnaise.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:14pm EST

You gotta catch 'em all. No, ALL. All 700-odd some Pokémon, you guys. Our guest, comedian Rachel Weeks, can tell you about the first 150, but if YOU want to be the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time, you need them ALL! What are you wasting time listening to podcasts for? Get out there and win battles and collect your damn pokeballs, otherwise what good are yah?!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:47am EST

Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Brandon DiCamillo, Ryan Dunn, Chris Pontius, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey. Jackasses, to be sure, but also comedic geniuses? Auteur filmmakers? Detectives on the edge of social normality? Cultural scientists? Or just a bunch of white dudes who like getting kicked the balls a lot?

 

Listen as we talk to comedian Andrew Michael to try to put Jackass in it's proper place - inside the mind of a 13 year-old boy.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:10pm EST

"There shall, in that time, be rumors of things going astray, and there shall be a great confusion as to where things really are, and nobody will really know where lieth those little things... with the sort of raffia work base that has an attachment. At this time, a friend shall lose his friend's hammer and the young shall not know where lieth the things possessed by their fathers that their fathers put there only just the night before, about eight o'clock."

Ahhhhhhhhhh Monty Python. "It's for the real nerds." - Taylor. "Power nerds" - our guest, musician Devon Torrey Bryant. Taylor and Devon have maybe the biggest geek out we've ever had on the show over Graham, John, Terry, Terry, Michael and Eric. Is this the fastest we've ever talked? Possibly. Will you hear us do silly voices and British accents. Definitely.

Join us for Taylor's ultimate episode discussing the Flying Circus, The Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, all the albums, all the sketches ALL THE MONTY PYTHON YOU CAN SHAKE A POINTED STICK AT!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_184.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:10am EST

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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_183.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:17am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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.

Direct download: these_Things_matter_Episode_180.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:17am EST

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

Direct download: 179_Ep._179_-_David_Lynch_w__Joseph_Kolean.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:21am EST

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.

Direct download: 178_Ep._178_-_New_York_Adventure.mp3
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
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:01pm EST

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

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

"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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_169.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EST

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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Podcast_Episode_168.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EST

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 EST

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?

Direct download: TTM_LIVE_HP.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:05am EST

"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!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_166.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:22am EST

"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!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_164.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_162.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:04am EST

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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_161.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:51am EST

"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.

Direct download: Ep._160_-_Rocky_w__Mara_Wiles.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:25am EST

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.

Direct download: 159_Ep._159_-_Conan_OBrien_w__Isa_Jones.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:39am EST

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!

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_158.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:59am EST

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. 

Direct download: 157_Ep._157_-_Skateboarding_w__Sean_Jordan.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:00am EST

"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!

Direct download: 156_Ep._156_-_Firefly_w__Chuck_Coffey.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:30am EST

"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.

Direct download: 155_EP._155_-_Mad_Men_w__William_Dewey.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:29am EST

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.

Direct download: 154_Ep._154_-_Bjork_w__Nathan_Hall.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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!

Direct download: 153_Ep._153_-_Power_Rangers_w__Jim_Compton.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:20am EST

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.

Direct download: 152_Ep._152_-_Live_3rd_Anniversary_Supergroup_Spectacular.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:05am EST

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.

Direct download: 151_Ep._151_-_The_Clash_w__John_Hickey.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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!

Direct download: 150_Ep._150_-_Top_Five_Albums.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:06am EST

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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_149.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:54am EST

"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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_148.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:50am EST

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.

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_147.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:33am EST