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.

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

Oh, Leo. Your heart will go on. Or at least our guest comedian Justine Marino's heart will go on for you forever and ever. Justine watched Leo every day after school for years. She still loves a tall, skinny blonde-haired, blue-eyed dude. She's been with him through Titanic, through The Beach, through Gangs of New York, all the way through Django Unchained and The Wolf of Wall Street. She will never let go, Jack!! Listen in as we discuss Leo's transformation from the head of the Pussy Posse to his role as the new Jack Nicholson.

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

Merry every winter holiday we can think of! Kev and Tay forgo guests and get down to important matters. Ridiculous topics. Why they're not actually a comedy podcast. The Velveteen Rabbit. And Kevin's holiday party weariness.

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

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: 12:30am EDT

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: 1:58am EDT

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! 

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

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.

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

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:03am EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 10:40am EDT

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.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 9:31am EDT

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!

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

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: 3:33am EDT

The ladies who lunch... in Chicago... and are comedians... are here! To talk about Bevery Hills, 90210, the most famous zip code in all of TV-ville! Join us as we discuss all the drama and all the non-continuous problems each of our white and privileged characters experienced over the course of 10 seasons. We don't even get into the spin-offs!


Kevin's comedian pals from Austin were in town recently and we sat down with a few of them. First up: Aaron Brooks talking Blink-182. If you're a regular listener to the show, you know that Blink looms large in Kevin's life. Join Kev and Aaron as they go all gaga-eyed about the pop punk trio from San Diego who are a little bratty, a little glossy, but all heart. They did, after all, coin the maxium that, "Nobody likes you when you're 23", which is indesputable.

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

On today's show... Act I... comedian Elliot Woolsey explores his love of the public radio show, This American Life, in all its intricate and strange glory. We all do Ira Glass impressions, maybe a Garrison Keilor or two, and we talk about the life-changeing show that we've seem to have taken for granted for the last two decades.

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

It's a Two-fer Tuesday! Join us as we chat to double returning guests and comedians Chris Charpentier and Bobby Crane. The boys discuss Bose, Idaho white dude music, bands that jam that are not jam bands and how to make Bobby cry.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:16am EDT

Comedian Matt Monroe joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about meta movie making, Tarantino's sense of humor, and the white guilt associated with Django Unchained. 

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

Graphic Designer Josh Mattison joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about why Cyclopse was the lamest member of the X-Men, the lack of strong female leads, and the many spin-offs of the massive Marvel universe.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

Sam Tallent, Ian Karmel, Matt Ingebretson, and Andy Haynes join Kevin and Taylor live from TRVE Brewery to talk about their favorite stand-up specials

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 1:35pm EDT

Writer/Editor/Archaeologist/Man-About-Town Mark Sanders joins Kevin and Taylor as they indulge his BB gun obession, learn about the history of the BB gun, and why the book he was working on doesn't exist.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:14am EDT

Westword Music Editor Kiernan Maletsky joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about growing up without a TV, rapping Weird Al on road trips, and the importance of UHF.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:58am EDT

Ep. 114 - Kids in the Hall w/ Haley Driscoll

Improviser-Comedian Haley Driscoll joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about her favorite sketches, being a creative weirdo in high school, and how the Kids have influenced her comedy.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:21am EDT

Artist and Taylor's sister Kate Gonda stops by to talk about dressing like Peter Pan as a child, reading the books as a teen, and being frustrated with man-boys.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:23am EDT

Kevin and Taylor thought a minisode was long over due as they catch up on Kevin's travel, Taylor's existential crisis, and the pop culture that accompanies them.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:44am EDT

Comedian Kevin O'Shea joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about acting out The State sketches at summer camp, meeting some of the cast, and the show's influence on his comedy today.

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

Owner of the Oriental Theater Scott LaBarbera joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about Trey Parker & Matt Stone's writing process, growing up Jehovah's witness, and the evolution of South Park

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

From the Westword writer Ashley Rogers joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about surreal dream sequences, cry-dancing, and how a VHS box set made her the Twin Peaks girl in college.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

Comedian Allen Strickland Williams joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about the two Johns, goofy/dark lyrics, and the time he spent an entire cruise listening to They Might Be Giants.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

From the Buntport Theater Erik Edborg joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about building a friendship around a love of Queen, movie montages, and the real meaning of Bicycle Race.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:44am EDT

We were so excited to have Andy Kindler over to chat. He ran through a range of topic choices, all of which we had already done, until we landed on the Grateful Dead. Andy loves 'em, and he also loves talking drugs, lyrics, Leno, Scharpling and any number of ADD-induced topics. We hope you enjoy!

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

General Manager of Twist & Shout Records Patrick Brown joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about jazz purists, smack, and the diverse catalog of Miles Davis

Direct download: These_Things_Matter_Episode_106.mp3
Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:17am EDT

3 Cheers for Street Justice! Comedian/Dictator of Fun Josh Androsky hops out of the car and into the podcast to talk about getting thrown out of a karaoke bar, trying to one-up Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and how a good 'raoke set can make up for a bad stand-up set.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:03am EDT

Comedian Andy Sell came all the way from L.A. to talk to Kevin and Taylor about working for Bradbury, the poetic nature of his work, and "the moment of truth."

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 2:29am EDT

From Illegal Pete's/Great Than Collective Virgil Dickerson joins Kevin and Taylor to discuss growing up on the mean streets of southern Colorado, East Coast vs. West Coast, and raising a kid as a rap fan.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:54am EDT

For our live two year anniversary, we took the show on the road! With appearances from Ru Johnson, Timmi Lasley, Sam Tallent, Jessi Whitten, Randy Washington, Rob Burleson, Robin Edwards, Jordan Doll, Fez Garcia, David Gborie, Andrew Orvedahl, Chris Charpentier and Jules Posner, our live show from the Sidewinder Tavern has something for everyone, including the Limp Bizkit lover in your life! Listen in as our guests each tell one story about one song.

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

Kevin and Taylor have made it to their 100th episode! As a result they thought it was time to look back on the best qupis, stories, and guests of the first two years of the show.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

Composer Nathan Hall joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about being one of the three Tori Amos fans in his small home town, her influence on his work, and how she manages to strike a personal nerve.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:28am EDT

Drummer Fez Garcia takes time away from his many bands to join Kevin and Taylor to talk about getting ritalin instead of a drum set, seeing Mars Volta live for the first time, and the importance of not being a poser.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 6:31am EDT

Colorado Public Radio's Scott Carney joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about dance music for intellectuals, having a cool dad, and the "David Bryne Dance."

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:11am EDT

Owner of Sexy Pizza & Denver Relief Kayvan Khalatbari joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about growing up watching Breakfast Club at his grandma's, John Hughes influence, and who exactly was in the Brat Pack?

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 3:28am EDT

Creative Manager of the Alamo Drafthouse Keith Garcia joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about a thing that happened to his cousin's friend's roommate one time, how his dad started his love of urban legends, and their influence on horror movies.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:37am EDT

Comedian Troy Walker joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about his favorite pre-show pump songs, Eminem's vunerability, and why he isn't a fan of grand gestures.

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

Writer William Dewey joins Kevin and Taylor to discuss tortured artists, DFW's cult status, and his grasp of misogynists.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:28am EDT

Graphic Designer Michael King joins Kevin and Taylor to talk about going to arts camp in rural North Carolina, reglious iconography, and how a cassette of A Broken Frame changed his life.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 5:10am EDT

Ep. 90 - RuPaul's Drag Race w/ Katelyn Simkins & Crystal Allen

Make-up artist Katelyn Simkins and photographer Crystal Allen join Kevin and Taylor to bring the T about Drag Race, throw some shade, and talk about working with drag superstar Sharon Needles.

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Category:Pop Culture -- posted at: 4:05am EDT