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These Things Matter Podcast

Updated 18 days ago

Society & Culture
TV & Film
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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.

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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.

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34 Ratings
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iTunes Ratings

34 Ratings
Average Ratings
31
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0
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These Things Matter Podcast

Updated 18 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Ep. 230 - Charles Bukowski w/ Mishka Shubaly

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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!

Dec 13 2016
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #2: Ep. 221 - Haruki Murakami w/ Cody Coffey

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

Oct 04 2016
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #3: Ep 235 - Donald Glover w/ Will Miles

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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!

Jan 17 2017
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #4: Ep. 179 - David Lynch w/ Joseph Kolean

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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

Dec 01 2015
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #5: Ep. 187 - Tom Robbins w/ Kristin Skye Hoffmann

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"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.

Jan 26 2016
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #6: Ep. 177 - King Crimson w/ Derek Sheen

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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!

Nov 17 2015
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #7: Minisode 6 - Cancelled TV Shows

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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!

Oct 20 2015
57 mins
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Rank #8: Ep. 183 - French New Wave w/ Byron Graham

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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.

Dec 29 2015
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #9: Ep. 219 - Wes Anderson w/ Adam Maid

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"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, f**k 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.

Sep 20 2016
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #10: Ep. 184 - Monty Python w/ Devon Torrey Bryant

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"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!

Jan 05 2016
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #11: Ep. 229 - Nick Cave w/ Joe Mills

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

Dec 06 2016
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #12: Ep. 188 - Stephen King w/ Sara Wilson

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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!

Feb 09 2016
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #13: Ep. 192 - Lou Reed w/ Kritty Uranowski

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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.

Mar 08 2016
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #14: Ep. 197 - The Mighty Ducks w/ Sam Schmitz

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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!

Apr 12 2016
1 hour 22 mins
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Rank #15: Ep. 196 - YouTube w/ Adrienne Stortz

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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!

Apr 05 2016
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #16: Ep. 193 - Cursive w/ Matty Clark

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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!

Mar 15 2016
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #17: Ep. 191 - Turner Classic Movies w/ Neal Pollack

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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.

Mar 01 2016
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #18: Ep. 189 - Jaws w/ Dave Losso

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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.

Feb 16 2016
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #19: Ep. 180 - Blacksploitation Films w/ David Gborie

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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.

Dec 08 2015
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #20: Ep. 175 - The Sure Thing w/ Jon Solomon

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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?  

Nov 03 2015
1 hour 13 mins
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