Gobbledygeek episode 137, “Tangled Up in Bluebirds,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Late one evenin’, the boys were recordin’
Talkin’ about Bob Dylan
How AJ saw him live
To see if he was still freewheelin’
Paul, he said he liked Oblivion
Oh, that Tom Cruise
Hemlock Grove, Paul liked the pilot
AJ thought it’d make him snooze
And Boston unfolded right before our eyes
Police scanners heard
Fake tweets and false news
Also, Paul was attacked by a bird and now threatened by a herd
Tangled up in bluuuuuuebirds
Next: the Summer Movie Preview!
I am a terrible self-promoter and forgot to link to the first issue of The Ann Arbor Review of Books, wherein I wrote about this year’s Oscars telecast and red carpet coverage, but I won’t make the same mistake twice! The new issue of Ann Arbor is available right here for all Kindle-enabled devices (click here if you’re in the UK, or here if you’re in Canada). That’s $2.99 not only for my review of the film Smashed starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul, but also for takes on Zero Dark Thirty, Enlightened, upcoming Gobbledygeek guest Wesley Mead’s piece about the new They Might Be Giants album Nanobots, and more. Please support independent publishing and check it out!
Gobbledygeek episode 132, “Bang & Twang (feat. Rench from Gangstagrass),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Hip hop? Bluegrass? The two genres might not be as different as you think, which Paul and AJ learn this week by talkng to Gangstagrass mastermind Rench. Rench discusses his attempt to bridge the gap and of how the fusion came about. Along the way, there’s talk of Whedon, Axe Cop, and of course, Justified. Plus, AJ raves about Enlightened, Paul chats about the new comic Helheim, and there’s more (yes, really!) Americans talk.
Next: the boys are joined by Jason Tabrys of The BastardCast.
(Show notes for “Bang & Twang.”)
We’ve already discussed our favorite films, TV series, and comics of 2012. Now, to round things out before the impending season 4 premiere, we’ll “discuss” our favorite albums. “Discuss” is in quotation marks because, as we’ve frequently noted on the show, we are really, really bad at knowing how to talk about music. So we figured we’d let the music speak for itself.
Enjoy and check back on Sunday for the season premiere of GOBBLEDYGEEK!
PAUL: 10. SOME NIGHTS by fun.
Key track: “Some Nights”
AJ: 10. LONERISM by Tame Impala
Key track: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
It’s the end of season 3 as we know it (and Bat-Turkey feels fine).
Gobbledygeek episode 124, “2012 in Review,” is available for listening or download right here.
Another year coming to an end. Another season of Gobbledygeek over. Before you begin your mourning process, Paul and AJ have a lot–and we do mean a lot–to say in this super-sized finale, gabbing about their favorite movies (superheroes and tigers get a nod), music (they really don’t have the same taste at all), books (haha, they’re illiterate), and much more. It’s been a great year for the show; we salute you. Have a happy holiday and a wonderful new year. See you in 2013!
(Show notes for “2012 in Review.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 102, “Insolent Musical Peasants,” is available for listening or download right here.
This episode was meant to go up last week, but fearless editor Paul was suffering from a case of nearly dying (feel better, Paul!). It’s here now, though!
The boys would like to sing a little song for you. Actually, no they wouldn’t, because that would be awful for your ears, but they would like to tell you about songs they’ve enjoyed so far this year. Paul and AJ’s musical interests don’t always overlap; Paul listens to sensitive singer-songwriter types, while AJ’s that guy who actually reads Pitchfork. Still, they’re able to unite over a few weirdos like Jack White, Father John Misty, and Leonard Cohen. AJ also tells you why you should listen to new records from Spiritualized, Dr. John, and The Men; while Paul gives you the low down on Fort Atlantic, Band of Skulls, and even Lana Del Rey.
Next: Paul and AJ discuss The Amazing Spider-Man, which, SPOILER ALERT, might prove to be pretty divisive.
(Show notes for “Insolent Musical Peasants.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 101, “What Does God Need with a Starship?,” is available for listening or download right here.
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus opened earlier this month and has generated some nerd controversy with its Alien overtones, questionable character motivations, and general ambiguity. Paul and AJ discuss everything they liked about the film (it’s gorgeous!), everything they didn’t (“Yes…father“), and Paul contemplates as many of the film’s big questions as he can before AJ loses interest. Plus, the boys discuss the other Alien films, read an e-mail, and actually get asked a Formspring question for the first time in like a century.
Next: something to do with music. We’d like to say we’re just playing coy, but we honestly have no idea.
(Show notes for “What Does God Need with a Starship?”)
Gobbledygeek episode 100, “The Best (and Worst) of Bat-Turkey,” is available for listening or download right here.
That’s right, gobblers. 100 episodes. Who’da thunk it? Not us, that’s for sure. If you’re a long-time fan of the show, we’ve got a nice trip down memory lane for you, and if you’re new to our ridiculousness, this is a great primer/history lesson/greatest hits CD. The boys play snippets from various episodes throughout the show’s run, going all the way back to our extremely painful first episode. These things used to be three hours long! And live! Wow. You’ll also hear some of Paul’s finest rants, the boys attempting to tackle the issue of feminism in pop culture, AJ’s fascination with dinosaur-on-dinosaur erotica, and our chats with guests like K. Dale Koontz and Ernie Cline. Plus, some old friends drop by to share their thoughts on the show.
Next: it’s back to your normal, everyday Gobbledygeek with a discussion of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
(Show notes for “The Best (and Worst) of Bat-Turkey.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 90, “Once Upon a Time…in Nazi-Occupied France,” is available for listening or download right here.
Atten-SHUN! It’s the last week of Tarantino Month, so that means one thing, and one thing only: we’re here to discuss Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino’s charmingly misspelled WWII epic. Points of interest for the boys include Brad Pitt’s ridiculous accent, the puzzling nature of Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa, the film’s Spaghetti Western stylings, the greatness of Mélanie Laurent, and what Tarantino has to say about the power of cinema. Plus, AJ recounts his Lez Zeppelin experience and Paul has a few extra thoughts about The Hunger Games.
Next: The Geek Challenge returns when AJ challenges Paul to Donnie Darko, and Paul retorts with Real Genius.
(Show notes for “Once Upon a Time…in Nazi-Occupied France.”)
I’ve often wondered about tribute acts. What’s it like to devote your life to recreating the sounds of another band? Don’t you ever want to play your own material? The tribute groups I’d seen before were Beatles acts, and though some of them were very impressive (I’ve seen Rain twice, and I’d like to see them again), they attempted to slavishly recreate everything about the band, which included adopting fake Liverpudlian accents and calling each other “John” or “Ringo.” Inevitably, a little something was lost in translation. As Lez Zeppelin took the stage at Musica here in Akron, Ohio, this past Saturday, I was curious to see how they would attempt to recreate the sound and fury of Led Zeppelin, especially since their gimmick is that–as their name implies–they’re an all-girl band.
Turns out, their gimmick isn’t so much a gimmick. From the moment they launched into a ferocious “Immigrant Song,” all of my questions seemed suddenly irrelevant. Lez Zeppelin rocks so hard that you don’t want to think about why they would perform the music of a decades-gone band; you just want to revel in the how. And how, indeed. Musica is a pretty small place, one that would seem more suited to opening act Thom Chacon, a Dylanesque singer-songwriter. Yet those close quarters played to the band’s strengths. I’m sure they can kick up quite a ruckus in a larger venue, but at Musica, the audience simply found itself dwarfed by sheer, glorious noise.