These Things Matter Podcast - Finale
  • These Things Matter Podcast
  • These Things Matter Podcast


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.


-Taylor & Kevin

These Things Matter Podcast - Kurt Vonnegut
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Nathan Lund
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Kurt Vonnegut


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.

These Things Matter Podcast - Cormac McCarthy
  • These Things Mattre Podcast - Sam Tallent
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Cormac McCarthy


“He never sleeps, the judge. He is dancing, dancing. He says that he will never die.”
― Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West

Our pal comedian Sam Tallent holds the record for most number of times appearing on the show. Why? Because Sam is a fantastic guest who loves fantastic things, like author Cormac McCarthy and the book Blood Meridian.

Join us as we chat with Sam about The Road, No Country for Old Men, All The Pretty Horses, and all the rest of Mr. McCarthy’s fantastic bibliography. Is there lots of talk of death? Of course there is! Grab your dictionary and let’s boogie!

These Things Matter Podcast - Charles Bukowski
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Mishka Shubaly
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Charles Bukowski


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! (Actually please don’t be scared that we glorify all things lecherous and base. We have a nice discussion about a nice poet… for the nice people!)

Be sure to follow Mishka, read his books, listen to his music, and check him out when he comes to your town!

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 - Peter Pan
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Kate Gonda
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Peter Pan


It’s Pan the Man! Join us as we chat with Kate Gonda, aka Taylor’s sister, about growing up obsessed with Peter Pan. If you ever wanted to have adventures with your plucky fairy friend, build tree houses with your pals, fight pirates, and chill with mermaids and American Indians, then Peter Pan was you guy.

Kate wanted to be Peter Pan for most of her childhood (and we have the pictures to prove it). As an adult, she’s rocking into the art world. Check out her portfolio at and if you see her around town, be sure to ask her to crow like Pan.

These Things Matter Podcast David Foster Wallace
  • These Things Matter Podcast - William Dewey
  • These Things Matter Podcast - David Foster Wallace


And now we present another installment in our ongoing series, “Taylor And Kevin Attempt To Appear Intellectual”. We tend to get a little intimidated talking about the world of literature. Luckily, with author William Dewey as our guest, we were not made to look like fools.

Join us as we discuss one of the rock star authors of the past 30 years, David Foster Wallace. A Gen X hipster whose prose is deeper than his too-cool-for-school reputation. A chronicler of hideous men, insanity-inducing movies and all manner of pop cultural topics including political campaigns, books, lobsters, cruises and porn industry award ceremonies. Jump off the high dive and into the deep end.

Be sure to check out William’s novels: WITHOUT A SOUL TO MOVE and THE HOMELAND OF PURE JOY.

These Things Matter Podcast Jack Kerouac Neal Cassady
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Heather Dalton
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady


We’re starting out the year on a literary note, y’all. We’re talkin’ Beats, daddio. Get your snappin’ fingers ready and buy a dime bag of speed because we’re talking Kerouac and Denver’s own Neal Cassady.

Joining us to talk about these legends of post-war America is producer and documentarian Heather Dalton. Heather has been putting together a documentary about Neal Cassady for six years now and she has many tales to tell. Are these former voices of a generation relevant today? Listen in!

Be sure to watch Heather’s show Sounds on 29th (featuring Kevin O’Brien in the latest episode), which you can stream online, and watch for her documentary Neal Cassady: The Denver Years!