These Things Matter Podcast
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.
info_outline Ep. 244 - Kev and Tay's Farewell Show 03/21/2017
Ep. 244 - Kev and Tay's Farewell Show 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
info_outline Ep. 243 - Kurt Vonnegut w/ Nathan Lund 03/14/2017
Ep. 243 - Kurt Vonnegut w/ Nathan Lund 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.
info_outline Ep. 242 - Magazines w/ Ron Doyle 03/07/2017
Ep. 242 - Magazines w/ Ron Doyle 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.
info_outline Ep. 241 - Cormac McCarthy w/ Sam Tallent 02/28/2017
Ep. 241 - Cormac McCarthy w/ Sam Tallent 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?!
info_outline Ep. 239 - George Carlin w/ Matt Braunger 02/15/2017
Ep. 239 - George Carlin w/ Matt Braunger "I used to be Irish Catholic; Now I'm an American. You know, you grow." We had a blast talking to comedian Matt Braunger about George Carlin and his 1972 album CLASS CLOWN. Join us as we delve into the mind of the man known for his wordplay and his political prowess. Be sure to catch Matt on stage when he comes to your town!
info_outline Ep. 237 - Board Games w/ Harmony Rose and Michelle Rocqet 01/31/2017
Ep. 237 - Board Games w/ Harmony Rose and Michelle Rocqet 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!
info_outline Ep. 236 - Zelda w/ Mike King 01/24/2017
Ep. 236 - Zelda w/ Mike King 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!
info_outline Ep 235 - Donald Glover w/ Will Miles 01/17/2017
Ep 235 - Donald Glover w/ Will Miles 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!
info_outline Ep. 234 - Commando w/ Karl Hess 01/10/2017
Ep. 234 - Commando w/ Karl Hess 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.
info_outline Ep. 231 - Kev & Tay's 5th Annual (Not so) Holiday Spectacular! 12/20/2016
Ep. 231 - Kev & Tay's 5th Annual (Not so) Holiday Spectacular! Join us this holiday season as we talk about DJing, hecklers, egg nog, growing up... everything but the holidays!
info_outline Ep. 230 - Charles Bukowski w/ Mishka Shubaly 12/13/2016
Ep. 230 - Charles Bukowski w/ Mishka Shubaly 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!
info_outline Ep. 228 - Buffy The Vampire Slayer w/ Erin Stereo 11/29/2016
Ep. 228 - Buffy The Vampire Slayer w/ Erin Stereo 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!
info_outline Ep. 226 - Live! from the 39th Annual Denver Film Festival! 11/15/2016
Ep. 226 - Live! from the 39th Annual Denver Film Festival! 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!
info_outline Ep. 225 - The Golden Girls w/ Sharon Spell 11/08/2016
Ep. 225 - The Golden Girls w/ Sharon Spell 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.
info_outline Ep. 224 - Bruce Springsteen w/ Pat Byrne 11/01/2016
Ep. 224 - Bruce Springsteen w/ Pat Byrne 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!
info_outline Ep. 223 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles w/ Scott Sharp 10/26/2016
Ep. 223 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles w/ Scott Sharp 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!
info_outline Ep. 222 - Paul F. Tompkins w/ Steve Bessette 10/11/2016
Ep. 222 - Paul F. Tompkins w/ Steve Bessette 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!)
info_outline Ep. 220 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame w/ Joe Kwaczala 09/27/2016
Ep. 220 - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame w/ Joe Kwaczala 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!
info_outline Ep. 219 - Wes Anderson w/ Adam Maid 09/20/2016
Ep. 219 - Wes Anderson w/ Adam Maid "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.
info_outline Ep. 218 - The Who w/ Taylor's Dad 09/13/2016
Ep. 218 - The Who w/ Taylor's Dad 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!
info_outline Ep. 217 - Naked and Afraid w/ Ron Funches 09/06/2016
Ep. 217 - Naked and Afraid w/ Ron Funches 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!