These Things Matter Podcast - Bjork
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Nathan Hall
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Bjork

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.

Be sure to check out all things Nathan Hall at his website!

These Things Matter Podcast - Power Rangers
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Go! Go! Power Rangers! Just try to stop hearing that over and over and over in your head during this episode. Grab your sick guitar riffs cuz it’s time to talk Saturday morning/weekday afternoon/forever and ever in syndication television… it’s POWER RANGERS TIME!

We talk to Mr. Pacman’s Jim Compton about his (and his son’s) love of those teenage ninjas (non-turtle). Whether your jam is the OG Mighty Morphin crew, or Time Force, or Wild Force, or Power Rangers in Space, or Power Rangers Mega Force or any of the other 20-odd iterations of the show, all you need is a brightly-colored jumpsuit and a lot of explosions and you’re set to go!

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Well guys… we did it. Three years. A little over 150 episodes. Tons of guests, even more tons of stories, and a live concert! We’ll be releasing songs from the These Things Matter Supergroup concert portion of this live evening soon via Soundcloud, but in the mean time, hold onto your butts! It’s Kiernan Maletsky, Jessi Whitten and Jordan Doll of Westword, OpenAir 102.3 and Werewolf Radar Podcast, respectively, talking about Supergroups! Recorded live at The Oriental Theater on Thursday, April 30th! The phrase “Chewbacca was the Abraham Lincoln of Star Wars” is uttered. In other words, IT GETS NUTS!

These Things Matter Podcast - The Clash
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  • These Things Matter Podcast - The Clash

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.

Join us on April 30th at the Oriental Theater for our THIRD ANNIVERSARY SUPERGROUP SPECTACULAR featuring a live podcast taping and a live performance by the THESE THINGS MATTER SUPERGROUP! Get your tickets here!

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Kevin and Taylor decided that they’d engage in a bit of self-indulgence for their 150th episode. The two hosts sit down and talk about their current top five albums. Whose list is made up of all white dude punk bands and whose has Joni Mitchell? The answer may surprise you! (it won’t actually surprise you).

Join us on April 30th at the Oriental Theater for our THIRD ANNIVERSARY SUPERGROUP SPECTACULAR featuring a live podcast taping and a live performance by the THESE THINGS MATTER SUPERGROUP! Get your tickets here!

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This past weekend I was back in my hometown in Nebraska. I had to go sift through my old bedroom at my mom’s because she is selling the house I grew up in. As I was grabbing old shirts and VHS tapes I came across artifacts of my teen angst. Mixtapes, letters from girls, letters to myself; items I stashed in the cracks of my closet. Located in a spot where only I could find them, it was like a secret message from my former self. Young Ol’ Kev knew that I would need these again one day to remind me of who I was and how I felt. More than that, I needed these things to remind me of how much has changed and how much things will continue to change. Holding on to these scraps of paper brought me comfort in a moment when I felt like I was finally letting go of my childhood. I moved out 10 years ago, I rarely went down in that old room, but knowing that I’d never be able to go back down there and lay on the floor to listen to albums until 3 am made it feel like a connection was being severed. Those boxes are now in the office of my apartment that I pay for by DJing a pop-punk night. If you stay true to your younger self change isn’t always so bad.

Few bands have stayed as true to themselves as Alkaline Trio. While their peers have gone on “hiatus,” launched acoustic americana projects, or started podcasts, Trio has continued to put out good records that don’t stray too far from what made them so beloved. The band’s recent run of show in Denver, where they will be playing their entire discography over four nights, is proof that they have no intention of slowing down. For these shows they will be playing their most recent album first then performing their oldest album second. It’s like the fad of album nostalgia shows on steroids. The first night at Summit Music Hall on Wednesday, Trio played MY SHAME IS TRUE and GODDAMMIT.

The crowd was mostly made up of aging pop-punk dudes. There was an abundance of beards, black hoodies, and bad backs milling around the venue. Matt Skiba, Dan Adriano, and Derek Grant all entered the stage to thunderous applause and they looked great. Alkaline Trio are aging better than all of the Trio tattoos in the crowd. Adriano looked especially fit; his necklace and t-shirt made him look like a yoga instructor. They opened with “She Lied to the FBI,” the first song off of MY SHAME IS TRUE. The song has an almost timeless Trio sound. The problem with Alkaline Trio is that they’re taken for granted because a lot of their sound seems so obvious, but they are so good at making incredible songs seem effortless. If I heard the songs from MY SHAME IS TRUE five hundred times like I have their early stuff I’m sure they would become favorites too. Alkaline Trio songs are like a good sitcom, the more times you experience it the more enjoyable it becomes. There is a comfort in the familiarity not unlike the box of junk that sits in my office.

As they were wrapping up MY SHAME IS TRUE I noticed that the crowd was pretty subdued. There was no pit, circle or otherwise, and everyone was conducting themselves like rock show veterans. That is until the first few chords of “Cringe.” The place exploded. Everyone started pushing. Beer flew across the air. We were all just conserving our energy, apparently. It’s not Warped Tour ‘03 anymore. “Cop” followed at full throttle and the pit grew bigger. Despite the newfound life in the crowd there was a noticeable lack of crowd surfing further proving the experience and maturity of the audience. Trio flew through GODDAMMIT like the album had just came out. Until Matt Skiba jumped the gun and started playing “Trouble Breathing” when the band was on “Southern Rock,” but considering he is playing every album this week in addition to his work as the new Tom DeLonge in Blink-182 this is completely forgivable.

They rounded out the set with Skiba leading a sing-a-long of “Sorry About That,” which transported me back to all the parking lot sing-a-longs after local punk shows when I was a kid. Once everyone got good and emotional, the band came back out and Matt Skiba said, “This song is called ‘My Friend Peter.’” The crowd went nuts and rightfully so, Trio couldn’t leave us all on such a low key note giving the audience one last chance to throw a beer in the air. Alkaline Trio put on a frenetic and fun show that seamlessly blended their newest work with their oldest. It was like a plane crash that never hit the ground. The night was a perfect walk down memory lane while continuing to looking forward.

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These Things Matter Podcast - Elvis Presley
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Jim Norris
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Elvis Presley

Jim Norris is a Denver treasure. He’s the owner of 3 Kings Tavern and Mutiny Information Cafe, two of the best venues/stores/coffee shops/bars/pinball arcades/green rooms in all of Denver. Jim is also an Elvis Presley fanatic, as the black velvet painting hanging at 3 Kings will attest. Jim has been a hip-shakin’, side burn-admiring, Elvis glasses tattoo-having devotee since he was a little kid, and we have tons of fun talking all about The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll with the King of South Broadway.

Slip on your blue suede shoes kids and jump on in!

These Things Matter Podcast - Wayans
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  • These Things Matter Podcast - In Living Color

“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 sleazy 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.

And be sure to follow Janae on Twitter and the Denver comedy scene!

These Things Matter Podcast - Nebraska
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Zach Peterson
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Alexander Payne

Comedian Zach Peterson is a Nebraskan through and through. His Omaha roots are evident as he talks about his love of fellow Nebraskan Alexander Payne. From the Great Platte River Road Archway to the adult emporium outside of Omaha, Payne knows his Midwestern realism. He brings this realism to Hawaii and Northern California wine country as well, and we bring it to this week’s episode! (Boom!)

Be sure to catch Zach on his podcast (which he co-produces with friends of the show Kevin White and Goodrich Gevaart, and on which Kevin’s Denver version will soon appear) Arguments and Grievances, plus listen to his new podcast Getting Around To It. Oh! And Zach is also one of the producers of Chicago’s The Comedy Exposition, a fantastic comedy festival coming soon to a Chicago near you!!