These Things Matter Podcast - Les Mis
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Jessica Austgen
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Les Miserables

What a treat it was to have actress and improvisor Jessica Austgen on our fair podcast. We built a barricade, raised some red flags, and sat down to talk about Les Misérables: the book, the musical, the phenomenon. Jessica has been a fan of the Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil musical since she was 10 years-old. Listen in as we chat about why the ultimate musical is so great, and about class warfare, grace, forgiveness… you know, all the light-hearted stuff.

Be sure to catch Jessica performing with her amazing group, Jane’s Addiction, the all lady Jane Austen improv comedy troupe!

These Things Matter Podcast - El Topo
  • These things matter podcast - Chris McGarry
  • These Things Matter Podcast - El Topo

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 had to be weirder than this.

Keep up with everything Chris is doing via his Facebook page for his honkey tonk band, Chris McGarry and the Insomniacs!

These Things Matter Podcast - Tron
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Tyler Jacobson
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Tron

As one of the founders of both Lipgloss (Denver’s premiere indie rock dance night) 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. And come check out MHSC the first Saturday of every month now at Syntax Physic Opera on South Broadway in Denver!

These Things Matter Podcast - Pavement
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Safe Boating is No Accident
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Pavement

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. We talk about whether or not being a dick is kind of a good thing in a lead dude, and what it’s like to know those “spacial” people that you want the whole world to discover. Then, be sure to get up on SBINA’s latest album, “Bonus Features“!

These Things Matter Podcast - Leonardo DiCaprio
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Justine Marino
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Romeo + Juliet

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. And be sure to watch for Justine‘s comedic happenings coming to a comedy club or television set near you!

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  • These Things Matter Podcast - The Velveteen Rabbit

For the 3rd time in a row, Kevin and Taylor sit down with mugs of alcoholic beverages (hot toddies, to be exact) and chat about nothing in particular. This year we decided to forgo singing as we figure we can only torture our listeners so much. Happy Holidays to all and a Merry Pop Culture Year to you and your loved ones!

These Things Matter Podcast - Boogie Nights
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Matty O'Connor
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Boogie Nights

“You’re not the boss of me, Jack! You’re not the king of Dirk! I’m the boss of me. I’m the king of me. I’m Dirk Diggler. I’m the star. It’s my big dick and I say when we roll.”

“My name is Donnie Smith, and I have lots of love to give.”

“I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine. I would say ‘that’s that’, Mattress Man.”

“I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.”

“If you leave me now, in the next life you will be my sworn enemy. And I will show you no mercy.”

Ah, Paul Thomas Anderson. King of the understatement. If any of the above quotes made you smile, have we got the show for you. We talked to filmmaker Matty O’Connor about PTA and about how to use PTA films to pick up chicks. Frank T.J. Mackey, anyone?

Check out Matty’s films on Vimeo, and let us know what you think about the new PTA film, Inherent Vice!

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There really wasn’t a better way to end the year of the pop-punk revival than to take in Reggie and the Full Effect, Saves the Day, and Say Anything at the Summit Music Hall this past Friday. After a year full of nostalgia album tours, Saves the Day and Say Anything both decided to get/cash-in on the trend before it’s too late. While both of these bands could have toured on their own to mostly full mid-size venues, the bill had Summit filled to capacity.

 

REGGIE AND THE FULL EFFECT

Near the end of my freshman year of college, after interviewing numerous small touring indie rock bands for my college radio station, I finally got an interview with a bigger name. It also just happened to be one of my favorite musicians at the time, James Dewees aka: Reggie, aka: Paco, aka: Klaüs from Common Denominator, aka: Fluxuation. I went backstage at the Gothic Theater before Reggie and the Full Effect opened for frosted tipped pop-punkers New Found Glory. After running through my list of questions about alter egos and ex-wives, I asked Dewees, full of 19 year old hubris, if I could sing Common Denominator’s “Dwarf Invasion” with him. He said absolutely. I was thrilled. I wanted to get a picture with him after the interview was over, but I was so nervous beforehand that I left the camera in the car. I went out to retrieve it and when I got to the car I realized I was so nervous that I not only left the camera, I had locked the keys in the car as well. I called my friend to bring the spare set, but it would take him an hour. I walked back to the green room defeated and told James Dewees that I locked the keys in the car with the camera. He said, “Shit, dude. You wanna hang out then?” For the next hour I drank PBRs in the greenroom with him and New Found Glory. We finally took the picture, which got deleted, and at the end of his set he gave me the mic to sing “Dwarf Invasion.” As Reggie opened the show on Friday, that night felt like a week ago.

It wouldn’t be a Reggie and the Full Effect show without costumes and this show was no different as Dewees came out in a full Santa costume accompanied by a backing band of Elves; shredding, rocking Elves. The Full Effect played the loudest rendition of “Under The Tray” I’ve ever heard. During the set Dewees acted more as warm-up comic emcee than rock star, telling funny stories and making fun of his weight gain. When they got to “F.O.O.D.” he said, “When I wrote this song I was 135 lbs. Ten years later, I weigh 235 lbs. Hey, that’s not bad! Have you seen the rest of the Get Up Kids lately?” Dewees fully embraced his middle-age weight when he closed with Fluxuation’s “Mood 4 Luv” dawning a 3-sizes too tight elastic sexy cop outfit, gut bulging out. He may be older and heavier, but his enthusiasm hasn’t waned a bit. Oh, and I finally got another picture.

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SAVES THE DAY

By the time the THROUGH BEING COOL backdrop went up, the album artwork with the band and party members removed showing an empty futon, the Summit became uncomfortably crowded with a surprising amount of bros. I don’t remember a ton of Chads at emo shows when I was a teenager. Had Dave Matthews stopped touring? Some even took it upon themselves to regulate the crowd and not let people pass by them. There was absolutely no point to this behavior because as soon as Saves the Day went into “All-Star Me” everyone on the floor began pushing and moshing with angstful abandon. Saves the Day plowed through the album barely stopping for a breath, no matter how badly the 30-something manboys in the crowd needed one.

Saves the Day wrapped up THROUGH BEING COOL in a little over 30 minutes, but since this was a co-headlining tour of sorts they had another half hour to play. The speed and efficiency of their set allowed for them to play essentially a greatest hits second set. First song, “At Your Funeral.” The crowd went nuts like they were waiting the whole show to hear a song not on the album they were going to see. It’s debatable that STAY WHAT YOU ARE may have been a better choice for a nostalgia tour. Saves the Day lacks the kind of definitively classic album like so many of their peers that have gone on nostalgia tours. Two generations of fans seem to be separated by which album they prefer. That night it was the best of both worlds, as they played “Freakish” while hitting other favorites like “Jessie and My Whetstone” and “Anywhere With You.” Near the end they played a newer song that drifted into a “Hotel California” jam session and you could feel the audience fatigue setting in. As Saves the Day left the stage the crowd would have loved a futon to sit on.

 

SAY ANYTHING

Between Saves the Day and Say Anything there was a mini exodus in the audience. A number of people came to see Saves the Day exclusively and barely knew Say Anything. As someone who has been a fan of both, this was the first time it dawned on me that maybe Saves the Day should have been the ones to the close out the night. The passion of those that remained more than made up for the slight dip when frontman Max Bemis took the stage and said, “This is a song of rebellion.” The sweaty, aggressive pit sang along with every word of every song like an agro Dashboard Confessional show. Bemis barely sang the first few songs, instead pointing the mic toward the crowd that was overpowering his vocals. This left little doubt to who should’ve closed out the night. Saves the Day would’ve had a tough time following this.

Since the release of …IS A REAL BOY, Max Bemis has released increasingly underwhelming records. It’s confusing how someone can make an album that is full of perfect power-pop singles then abandon that in favor of genre experimentation, but considering his mental health history, consistency shouldn’t be expected. With the band clicking the way it was though, it felt like a return to form. The crowd weren’t the only ones that looked like they had been waiting years to get back to basics. Near the end, Bemis sent everyone off stage and played mixtape classic “A Walk Through Hell” as well as “I Wanna Know Your Friends” before closing with the explosive “Admit it,” which had one of the guitar players go full Eddie Veder and climb up into the balcony to close the show. The house lights went up, but no one left. Eventually the band returned without Bemis and said he was still on the bus. Eventually he returned in an oversized Saves the Day sweatshirt. For once, it was a true encore but it felt unnecassary. They had no plan on what to play so the audience began yelling requests until Bemis played a solo rendition of “Baby Girl, I’m a Blur” leaving those hoping to hear “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” disappointed. It was a bit of an anticlimactic end, but ultimately after spending the night in a time capsule it’s hard to complain. All three acts were at the top of their form and played their old songs like they just came out. It’s hard to capture lightning in a bottle, but it’s even harder to recapture it without opening the bottle. The light was still burning within all three bands on Friday and as James Dewees said, “I hope to see you all in another 10 years.”

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These Things Matter Podcast - Led Zeppelin
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Tom Scharpling
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Led Zeppelin

Holy moly. Jeepers Creepers. You guys. You guys. It’s TOM SCHARPLING talking LED ZEPPELIN. Talk about good guys winning!

As host of The Best Show on WFMU and as the host of the forthcoming independently produced Best Show, Mr. Scharpling has preached the gospel of Jimmy Page and company for years. We were so honored and excited to have him on the show talking Zep, talking Lord of The Rings, and even throwing in a Beatles unfair record review for good measure! We’re all buying the stairway to heaven with this one, guys.

Be sure to catch the new Best Show on bestshow.net, and grab yourself a Scharpling and Wurster box set from Numero Group! Taylor’s already got her piece of Jon Wurster’s infamous telephone!

Illustration by Jeff T. Owens

In anticipation of the return of THE BEST SHOW and in light of the fact that Mr. Tom Scharpling graced our show recently, we thought it important to collect all our episodes featuring Friends of Tom in one place! This is like the opposite of the Hate Pit. (Illustrations by FOT Jeff T. Owens)

 

Pinball w/ musician Nathan Wright

 

The Larry Sanders Show w/ improviser Jason Wenger

 

Grateful Dead w/ Andy Kindler

 

Karaoke w/ comedian Josh Androsky

 

Planet of The Apes w/ super caller Jason Sims

 

Rock Documentaries w/ comedian Goodrich Gevaart

 

Joy Division/New Order w/ Maggie Serota

 

Radiohead w/ Daniel Ralston

 

Cover Songs w/ Neil Mahoney

 

William Shakespeare w/ podcaster Nowah Jacobs

 

Oh! And here’s Taylor’s eulogy for The Best Show when it’s WFMU run ended.