These Things Matter Podcast - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Joe Kwaczala
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Bob and Bruce

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!

And go see Joe when he comes to your town or hosting The Wheel Show in L.A.!

These Things Matter Podcast - Gene Hackman
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Adam Maid
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Wes Anderson

“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, especially when he’s performing in Bridge & Tunnel, his sketch comedy group which includes friends of the show Jason Gore and Kristen Bartlett!

These Things Matter Podcast - The Who
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Dad
  • These Things Matter Podcast - The Who

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! (Here’s a pic of Larry back in the day for reference – a cool dude, man).
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These Things Matter Podcast - Uncle Tupelo
  • THese Things Matter Podcast - James Fritz
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Uncle Tupelo

Continuing our journey through the back roads of country music, we have comedian James Fritz on today’s episode to talk Alt Country! Kentucky-born Fritz has a place in his heart for Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, Wilco, Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt, Neko Case, Gillian Welch and The Jayhawks. Not to mention the godfather of them all, Graham Parsons. Maybe not so much with Ryan Adams, but hey! Chella Negro has him covered for you on our Ryan Adams podcast ep!

These Things Matter Podcast - Spice Girls
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Corinne Fisher
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Spice Girls

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We dare you to try to get “Wannabe” and “Say You’ll Be There” out of your head after this episode. Join us as we chat with GUYS WE’VE F**KED podcast‘s Corinne Fisher about her life-long obsession with the Spice Girls. Did we get our lives spiced up a little bit by Scary, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Posh? Of course we did. Girl Power, y’all!

These Things Matter Podcast - The Beatles
  • These Things Matter - Aunt Nadine
  • These Things Matter Podcast - The Beatles

We’re super sorry for the delay on this one – a series of mishaps and errors prevented us from getting this out to you on time. But here it is!

Taylor took a trip to Portland to visit her cool aunt (whom you may recall from our calls to help her GoFundMe campaign) and to record a cool episode of the show!

We talk about The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Beatles trading cards, and, of course, Beatles Rock Band.

These Things Matter - Westword Music Showcase 2016
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Westword Music Showcase 1
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Westword Music Showcase

Holy cow! What a show! We (mostly Kevin) talked to a bunch of folks at the 2016 Westword Music Showcase about summer gigs, summer festivals, SUMMAH!

Interviews include:
Patient Zeroes
Jessi Whitten of OpenAir
Ancient Elk
Ru Johnson of Roux Black
Bree Davies of Westword
Greg Ziemba and Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp

(Thanks to Karen Wachtel and Robert Drew Burleson for the pics we borrowed without asking)

These Things Matter Podcast - Tom Petty
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Katie Moulton
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Tom Petty

We were running down a dream on today’s episode, talking to Westword music editor Katie Moulton about her absolute obsession, Tom Petty. Alone, with the Heartbreakers, with Mudcrutch; she loves every version. Join us as we talk about why Tom Petty is one the the most underrated American musicians, and why he probably likes it that way.

Read Katie’s excellent recap of the Mudcrutch show we discuss on this episode here!

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  • These Things Matter Podcast - In The Whale
  • These Things Matter Podcast - Korn

Nate Valdez and Eric Riley of IN THE WHALE didn’t realize when they asked to talk about Nu Metal that their brains contained vast oceans of knowledge about Korn, Limp Bizkit, System Of A Down, Orgy, Slipknot, Puddle Of Mudd, P.O.D., Linkin Park, Incubus, Godsmack, Kid Rock etc, etc, etc. In the late 90s/early 2000s, you could not escape the juggernaut of mostly white dudes combining rock and rap. A genre that should have been created by a corporate cigar chewing guy, but is as of The People as backwards caps and Jnco jeans. Bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogy said up jump the boogy, indeed.

Listen in! And then be sure to check out IN THE WHALE when the come to your city!