Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 5

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 5 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

AJ, Kenn, and Joe have reached the end of Mad Men season 1, and in a way, the end of the first “season” of Smoke Gets in Your Ears. To round things out, the gang discusses the season finale “The Wheel,” including Don’s vulnerabilities and epiphanies, Peggy’s ascension in the office (not to mention the shocking thing that happens to her after the fact), and how Betty is oh so very sad. Plus, don’t miss a super-sized installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 5.)

Listen to Episode 190, “Keep the Nightlight On (feat. Kurtiss Hare)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 190, “Keep the Nightlight On (feat. Kurtiss Hare),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

We here at Gobbledygeek are avowed fans of big-budget epics, be they superheroic or Tolkienesque. But independent film is an important part of any moviegoer’s diet, one many don’t have access to. Which is why Paul and AJ are thrilled to speak with Kurtiss Hare of the Nightlight Cinema, the new arthouse theater bringing indie film to Akron, OH. Kurtiss talks about the Nightlight’s origin, the incredible response to the project’s Kickstarter, and how he hopes the theater will grow. Plus, Paul gets an education from some Masters of Sex and AJ revisits the classics.

Next: in two days–that’s right, two days!–we stop picking fleas off each other long enough to discuss the latest in the modern reboot of the classic Apes franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

(Show notes for “Keep the Nightlight On.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 4

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 4 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Men acting as if they are cowboys and riding women as if they are horses, rejuvenating undergarments, promiscuous household appliances…all this and more on the new episode of Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast! AJ, Kenn, and Joe near the end of season 1, as they discuss “Long Weekend,” wherein Roger has a semi-eclipse of the heart; “Indian Summer,” in which Pete receives a package; and “Nixon vs. Kennedy,” wherein the scumbag and the prettyboy (but which ones?) are after your vote. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 4.)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 3

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 3 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Don’t you just love Pete Campbell, that petulant scamp? No but sort of also yes? Well, that’s exactly the reaction AJ, Kenn, and Joe have on the new episode of Smoke Gets in Your Ears. In addition to admiring/despising Pete’s many admirable/despicable actions (and giving him the best nickname he could ever be given), they discuss “Red in the Face,” in which a slap is heard round the supermarket; “The Hobo Code,” wherein little Dick Whitman learns an important lesson from a hobo; and “Shoot,” in which it is decided that no pigeons are safe from Betty Draper’s wrath. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 3.)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 2

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 2 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Dramatic revelations! Petty revenge fantasies! Talking bears! All this and more can be found on the new episode of Smoke Gets in Your Ears, as AJ, Kenn, and Joe discuss “New Amsterdam,” wherein Pete wants an apartment; “5G,” in which we learn all (?) about Don Draper’s past; and “Babylon,” which finds frightening new ways to look at the two-way mirror. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 2.)

Listen to Episode 188, “The Sandman: Vol. III – Dream Country (feat. Greg Sahadachny)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 188, “The Sandman: Vol. III – Dream Country (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

A dream is a wish your heart makes, or so the song goes. What happens when that wish is fulfilled? Neil Gaiman has a few answers in The Sandman: Vol III – Dream Country, wherein a writer finds his muse, cats rule the world, Shakespeare puts on a play, and an immortal prays for death. Paul and AJ get back on track with their year-long Four Color Flashback exploration of Gaiman’s masterpiece, this time joined by The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny. Plus, Joss Whedon turns 50, Tim Burton’s Batman turns 25, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 has something to say about strong women.

Next: doubling down on our Four-Color Flashback with another trip to The Dreaming, as Eric Sipple joins us for a discussion of The Sandman: Vol. IV – Season of Mists.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol. III – Dream Country.”)

Introducing the Mad Men Podcast ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears’

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 1 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Because one podcast full of incoherent babbling just wasn’t enough, we here at Gobbledygeek are pleased to introduce our very first side-cast, SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EARS: A Mad Men Podcast. Our faithful old AJ Wiley is joined by our friends Kenn Edwards of So Let’s Get to the Point and Project Batman, and Joseph Lewis of the short film Nowheresville, to discuss every episode of Mad Men from the very beginning. AJ and Kenn are long-time fans; this is Joe’s first time through. Each podcast, they’ll discuss three episodes of Matthew Weiner’s acclaimed drama.

This time, they’re analyzing the first three episodes of Mad Men: “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” which introduces us to the world of Don Draper and Madison Avenue circa 1960; “Ladies’ Room,” which shows how women are treated in this mad man’s world; and “Marriage of Figaro,” wherein Don is very late for a birthday party.

This should be fun. We hope you enjoy it.

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 1.)

Listen to Episode 187, “How to Train Your Paul 2 (feat. Eric Sipple)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 187, “How to Train Your Paul 2 (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Welcome back to the land of Berk, where the dragons soar, the adults have Scottish accents, and the kids have grown up. Frenemy Eric Sipple joins Paul and AJ to discuss How to Train Your Dragon 2, which–spoiler alert–they all agree is a fine film indeed. Among the points of discussion are the more mature tone, the stunning animation (with an assist from the great Roger Deakins), and Cate Blanchett’s role as Valka, Hiccup’s mother. In a strong year for sequels, this is one of the strongest, and we’re here to tell you why. Plus, in other dragon-related news, the gang dissects the Game of Thrones season finale.

Next: getting back on our track with our monthly Four-Color Flashback series discussing Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Greg Sahadachny of The Debatable Podcast joins us for an analysis of Vol. III – Dream Country.

(Show notes for “How to Train Your Paul 2.”)

Listen to Episode 186, “Godzilla vs. Ray Pier”

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Gobbledygeek episode 186, “Godzilla vs. Ray Pier,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Godzilla, that green, rubbery, nuclear-breathing master of destruction–he’s basically like if Gumby kicked ass, right? His origins were a little different. Close to a decade after America dropped the atom bomb, Japanese filmmaker Ishirô Honda sought to show us, in stark black-and-white, what the bomb may have wrought: a physical manifestation of his nation’s desperation and anxiety. And, yeah, he was green, rubbery, and breathed nuclear fire. Paul and AJ revisit the 1954 original, looking to discover why it remains so potent despite being so crudely made. Oh, and they talk about the new one for a few minutes too. Plus, Cosmos comes to a close and Jack White gets weird on Lazaretto.

Next: There’s this movie? That follows this other movie? About this dragon? Something about that.

(Show notes for “Godzilla vs. Ray Pier.”)

Listen to Episode 185, “Live from Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014″

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Gobbledygeek episode 185, “Live from Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Hello, Birmingham! Live from the Alabama Phoenix Festival, it’s Gobbledygeek! Paul and AJ returned to APF 2014 to host a series of panels about everything from summer movies to Orphan Black, and while they were there, they thought it’d be neat to record a live podcast. Joining them in the hot seat is Gobbledy-stalwart Kenn Edwards; in the audience, frequent guests/loved ones/freaks of nature Eric Sipple, Joseph Lewis, and Pam Smith. The gang talks to the crowd–including a man dressed as Casey Jones and two teenaged Bronies–about how the con’s going, why they enjoy the sense of community it provides, and that awful-looking Ninja Turtles movie.

Next: Paul and AJ return to their boring, excitement-free home lives to discuss the original Japanese Godzilla. And I guess they’ll mention the new one too.

(Show notes for “Live from Alabama Phoenix Festival 2014.”)