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.

Direct download: these_Things_matter_Episode_180.mp3
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/

Direct download: These_things_Matter_Episode_176.mp3
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?

 

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_175.mp3
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.

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