December 2nd, 2013 by Matt
As I near the point where I’m caught up on the back episodes of My Brother, My Brother and Me, I realized I don’t want to ever catch up. I always want to be able to fire up a new episode. So to that end, I started looking for a few new podcasts. I tried out Wham Bam Pow with Cameron Esposito, It’s That Episode with Craig Rowin and Pop My Culture. They’re all good, but nothing that compelled me to listen to everything in their archives. Then I remembered that I’d long ago subscribed to The Flop House, a bad movies podcast that I saw recommended in some year end staff picks list at the AV Club. Being that I already had How Did This Get Made, I didn’t think I had any room in my heart left for another podcast making fun of bad movies. I was very, very wrong.
Whereas the joy in listening to HDTGM is pretty much all in the incredulity with which the hosts describe the movie they watched. They can’t believe that someone let Robin Williams make a sad/scary movie called “Toys” and market it to children or that Halloween 3 is a franchise movie that doesn’t feature its star character, for example. The joy in The Flop house is that it scoots aways from that middle ground and is both more serious (identifying script elements that could be easily changed to improve the movie) and more silly (doing 5+ minute riffs about Sly Stallone showing up to their party and refusing to leave). It’s run by two Daily Show writers and their bartender buddy and is another podcast where it feels like you’re genuinely just in the room with some funny friends (see also Harmontown and My Brother My Brother and Me).
Listen to the Flop House episode #140 “After Earth”
November 25th, 2013 by Matt
Image by Tom Fowler Graphic Design
I start a new job in almost exactly two weeks. As soon as my first paycheck hits my pocket I’m going to find a way to donate or send a gift to Paul F Tompkins for providing me with more top-shelf comedy than anyone has in a long time. As if his appearances on Comedy Bang Bang (last week as “the ghost of Richard Harrow”), Doug Loves Movies (last week as “Werner Herzog”) and other shows weren’t enough, his work with Paget Brewster on the Thrilling Adventure Hour is arguably the best comedic duo out there today not named Key and Peele. But as K&P aren’t on a podcast and this is the weekly comedy podcast highlight… let’s get on with Beyond Belief.
Last week we were treated to a twofer of Beyond Belief episodes because of Halloween. One, “Ladies and Skeleton,” was explicitly Halloween-themed and the other, “Son of Beyond Belief,” was a sort of bonus episode. Both were everything you want from an outing with the Doyles: witty, saucy and booze-filled. It was also great to hear from Superego’s Matt Gourley as [spoiler?] Pinocchio.
Listen to Thrilling Adventure Hour #143 “A Halloween Beyond Belief”
Tags:Beyond Belief·Paget Brewster·Paul F Tompkins·Thrilling Adventure Hour
November 18th, 2013 by Matt
Another great week for my favorite podcasts. We got Rob Delaney and Michael Jackson (Mookie Blaiklock) on Comedy Bang Bang for “A Visit From Hee Hee-ll,” Shel Silverstein dropped by the Dead Author’s Podcast and Harmontown explored changing language, vodka and fetishes in “Dangle, Dipping and Heel Popping.” But even with those as enjoyable as they were, the juggernaut of comedy this week was My Brother, My Brother and Me.
In MBMBaM’s episode “Torsey” the brothers created a new classic goof. Spinning off of a weird Yahoo Answers question about how to keep their horse from biting and kicking at other horses, the brothers imagine a horse incapable of doing either of those things… Torsey the torso horse. After you listen to the episode, I suggest you check out the fan art.
Listen to the MBMBaM episode “Torsey”
Tags:My Brother My Brother and Me
November 13th, 2013 by Matt
Going into this show, I thought it had been a long while since I’d seen Blitzen Trapper. I remembered seeing them in 2008 and 2009, but completely forgot that I saw them last year at the Mohawk during SXSW opening up for The Roots. I think the Roots must’ve fried my brain that day, because Blitzen Trapper are hard to forget.
I was incredibly pleased that BT’s live show has continued their upward climb in quality. I’ve seen them four times over six years and each one has been great. I didn’t know quite as many songs this time around since I hadn’t heard their new record before the show, but even their songs I didn’t know were fun. Blitzen Trapper also achieved a rare feat: getting me to love a song the first time I heard it. They played the single “Shine On” off their then upcoming album VII. It’s a gospel-tinged americana track that’s as gripping as it is lighthearted.
More photos after the break.
November 10th, 2013 by Matt
As a Kentuckian, you could argue that I’m a bit biased in favor of this episode. This week the Sklar Brothers were joined by Matt and Drew from Kentucky Sports Radio. However, I’m sure I’d have picked this episode even I couldn’t be motivated by Kentucky pride.
Even though they aren’t proper comedians, Matt and Drew are great guests for the Sklars. They have a lot to say about UK basketball (obviously) and riff well on the Sklar’s dumb criminal stories. Plus, their tale about meeting Marilyn Manson on an airplane is a great story. Thanks for making Kentucky proud, guys.
Sklarbro County #76 with Matt Jones and Drew Franklin of KSR
November 6th, 2013 by Matt
I’d heard Grace Potter was a great live act, but most of that praise came from the same older customers at the record store that will praise watered-down blues rock acts. Luckily this is one time we could all agree. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals are a damn good live band.
As I left Killer Mike’s set and ran to catch Grace Potter, the band was finishing up their explosive first track. As I got there, Grace sat down and unbuckled her shoes. As she kicked them off, I realized that seeing her barefoot in her flowing robes backed by a powerful rock band was the closest I had ever come to feeling like I was seeing Stevie Nicks in her prime. Everyone on that stage had incredible presence and overflowed with skill. Even when Grace left the front of stage to play piano, her band filled in the frontwoman vacuum with overlapping guitar solos and plenty of lead guitar crowdwork.
The best moment for me was when the band kicked into “Medicine” once I was back in the crowd. It’s a fantastic song that for months I always thought was a Heart song when it would come on WRFL. It’s not only a crowd pleaser, but a song that the band clearly enjoy using to pump themselves up. In a lineup full of my favorite bands, that song still stands out from Forecastle 2013.
Tags:Forecastle 2013·Grace Potter
November 6th, 2013 by Matt
As of Forecastle I hadn’t yet heard Killer Mike and El-P’s Run the Jewels. I would say it’s a shame I wasn’t prepared, but I don’t think they did anything from that album while I was there. The first 20 minutes or so were all Killer Mike solo. It was a good show, but it hurt to see El-P off stage bobbing his head and not on stage. Unfortunately I had to leave early to catch Grace Potter. She put on an amazing show, so I don’t regret it, but I would’ve liked to catch this powerful duo together.
Tags:Forecastle 2013·Killer Mike
November 4th, 2013 by Matt
Listen to Walking the Room with Brian Posehn
I’ve always meant to listen to Walking The Room, but I probably hadn’t heard more than 10 minutes of it before this week. It’s tough to jump into a podcast if there’s no familiar guest or shared comedic sensibility right off the bat. This past week’s episode gave me the “in” I had been waiting for: Brian Posehn, friend of WtR host Dave Anthony, joined the show as a guest co-host for the week. It’s a great episode that pulls from their decades of friendship to offer brutal truths (on aging comedians without work) and hilarious revelations (sunroofs are for fathers to shoot other drivers the bird without their kids seeing it). The duo also dropped a huge news announcement… that Dave Anthony would be guest appearing on Brian’s D&D podcast Nerd Poker!
Listen to Nerd Poker episode “Priest of Judas” with Dave Anthony
I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned it on YANP before or not, but Brian Posehn’s Nerd Poker podcast got me interested in D&D. From there I listened to the Penny Arcade/WotC adventures and on to Critical Hit, where I learned to actually play the game. Now I run a weekly D&D game where my friends drink beer, curse at monsters and roll dice. It’s incredibly fun and I owe it all to Brian Posehn for being so funny that it convinced me to listen to a podcast about a topic I couldn’t have cared less about. And now Dave Anthony, who similarly doesn’t have any interest in D&D, has been sucked into playing a game. He starts off comically dismissive of the whole idea (and refusing to accept that his character is a “Dragonborn” and not a literal huge dragon with wings), but slowly gets into the spirit when it’s time to loot treasure and fight bad guys… and annoy Brian’s new character Damien Darkomen, the Priest of Judas. Great episode for D&D players and fans of good comedy.
Tags:Brian Posehn·Dave Anthony
November 1st, 2013 by Matt
MP3: Yip Deceiver – Lover
I saw Yip Deceiver put on an incredibly fun show on my birthday a few months ago. They’ve grown a lot since I first saw them open for Of Montreal years ago. Their new album Medallius features enough synth-pop to make you want to race right out and find a dance party. Here’s the passionate urging of “Lover” to start your Friday right.
Yip Deceiver on Soundcloud