Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 413 – “Action Park: Everything Is Legal in New Jersey”

The notorious wave pool at Action Park in Vernon, NJ.

Gobbledygeek episode 413, “Action Park: Everything Is Legal in New Jersey,” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.

As Hamilton taught us, everything is legal in New Jersey. So we shouldn’t be surprised that it was once home to Action Park, the most dangerous amusement park in the world. Eugene Mulvihill’s vision of a lawless hellscape with pleasure as its only principle is the American Dream in miniature, with a guest appearance by Donald Trump himself! Paul and Arlo discuss the new HBO Max documentary Class Action Park, which brought the Mulvihill legend to their attention; some ancillary material available on YouTube, including one insane post-credits sequence; how Paul would love to bean somebody with a flaming tennis ball; and their respective childhoods, one as a latchkey kid in the ‘70s/’80s and one as a cowardly nerd in the ‘90s/’00s. Will they emerge unscathed? Tune in and find out!

Next: another episode of your favorite podcast. No, not that one. This one. Wait. Come back.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 01:24:00

  • 00:00:30  –  Intro / Main Topic
  • 01:21:07  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • Action Park commercial (1983)
  • “Don’t Talk to Strangers” by The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Turtle Tunes (1994)

THE LINKS

Listen to Gobbledyeek Episode 412 – “folklore (feat. Joseph Lewis)”

Taylor Swift in the music video for ‘cardigan’ (2020), directed by herself

Gobbledygeek episode 412, “folklore (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.

Paul and Arlo are doin’ good, they’re on some new shit: actually talking at length about music! A/V director and founding Gobbler Joseph Lewis joins the boys to rave about Taylor Swift’s newest (and best) album, Folklore. The gang discusses how Folklore offers a more mature and introspective look at Swift’s pop star persona, how the collaboration with The National’s Aaron Dessner enhances her sonic palette, the drama of the Teenage Love Trilogy, the beautiful video for “cardigan,” and more.

Next: slippin’ and slidin’ with Class Action Park.

BONUS MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS

Joe

  • Manic by Halsey
  • Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers
  • Gaslighter by The Chicks
  • Tourist Season by Miel
  • The New Abnormal by The Strokes
  • Run-On Death Sentence by Alex Jonestown Massacre

Arlo

  • Every Bad by Porridge Radio
  • Rough and Rowdy Ways by Bob Dylan
  • Song for Our Daughter by Laura Marling
  • Once I Was an Eagle by Laura Marling
  • Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

 Paul

  • Louie 99 by Pet Rocks and Fake Flowers
  • Imploding the Mirage by The Killers
  • Twelfth by Old 97’s

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 02:46:30

  • 00:01:00  –  Intro / Banter
  • 00:07:14  –  Our histories with Taylor Swift
  • 00:28:38  –  Track-by-track review of folklore
  • 02:31:28  –  Other new music recommendations
  • 02:42:50  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “the 1” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
  • “cardigan” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
  • “exile” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
  • “seven” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
  • “august” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
  • “illicit affairs” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
  • “betty” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)
  • “hoax” by Taylor Swift, folklore (2020)

THE LINKS

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 411 – “Biennial Torture Session (feat. Chance Mazzia)”

Chance Mazzia has a lucrative second career as an erotic fiction model.

Gobbledygeek episode 411, “Biennial Torture Session (feat. Chance Mazzia),” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.

He wasn’t going to get away that easy. Just in time for his biennial torture session, Chance Mazzia has been roped into another episode of Gobbledygeek. Since his last go-round, Chance has become a high school teacher, thereby automatically becoming a more productive member of society than either Paul or Arlo. Chance tells us about the esports team he coaches at school, Paul and Arlo share a rare moment of commiseration by not knowing any of the games Chance mentions, the gang is bummed out by the latest developments concerning Netflix’s live-action Avatar remake, and Paul and Arlo are surprised to fall in love with Harley Quinn.

Next: Taylor Swift delivers the best album of her career with Folklore.

THE MUSIC

  • “Multiplayer” by Barbie, Video Game Hero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017)
  • “Spare Change” by Pet Rocks and Fake Flowers (2020)

THE LINKS

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 410 – “Geek Challenge: Puppet Master vs. Seed of Chucky”

Top: ‘Puppet Master’ (1989), directed by David Schmoeller
Bottom: Jennifer Tilly in ‘Seed of Chucky’ (2004), directed by Don Mancini

Gobbledygeek episode 410, “Geek Challenge: Puppet Master vs. Seed of Chucky,” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.

They’ll tear you a new puppet hole, bitch! The worlds of Charles Band and Don Mancini collide in a pre-Gobbledyween Geek Challenge. Paul sends Arlo a psychic alert letting him know to watch 1989’s Puppet Master, the first of producer Band’s direct-to-VHS Full Moon Features and the source of approximately one trillion sequels. In turn, Arlo goes meta and has a doll voiced by him call Paul while the real Arlo is tied to a bed behind him, commanding Paul to watch 2004’s Seed of Chucky. Paul recounts the joy of watching Full Moon Features in his 20s, Arlo launches a full-throated defense of Mancini’s vision, and they are both just completely miserable. Plus, the boys have nothing but nice things to say about Taylor Swift’s Folklore.

Next: we’re off, then we’re not.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 01:49:34

  • 00:00:25  –  Intro / Banter
  • 00:16:56  –  Puppet Master
  • 01:03:15  –  Seed of Chucky
  • 01:45:00  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “Master of Puppets” by Metallica, Master of Puppets (1986)
  • “Doll Parts” by Hole, Live Through This (1994)

THE LINKS

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 409 – “Hamilton (feat. Sarah Kosheff)

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton’ (2020), directed by Thomas Kail.

Gobbledygeek episode 409, “Hamilton (feat. Sarah Kosheff),” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.

2020 may be an absolute shitshow, but thanks to Disney+, we can all be in the living room where it happens: the filmed performance of Hamilton, recorded in 2016 with the original Broadway cast, is now available to stream. Paul and Arlo may have talked about Hamilton, oh, once or twice or 18 times since its debut five years ago, but luckily über-fan Sarah Kosheff is on hand to help them find new things to say. Arlo talks about getting to see an actual production of Hamilton for the first time, Paul relays the time he was sprayed with Groff sauce, the gang discusses the up-close nuance of the troupe’s acting, and they address some of the political and cultural criticisms of the show.

Next: we get all dolled up for a Geek Challenge featuring Puppet Master and Seed of Chucky.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 02:15:20

  • 00:00:18  –  Intro / Guest
  • 00:01:34  –  Main Topic
  • 02:09:40  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “Alexander Hamilton” by Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2015)
  • “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” by Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2015)

THE LINKS

 

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 408 – “The Last of Us Part II (feat. Kenn Edwards)”

Ellie (Ashley Johnson) in ‘The Last of Us Part II’ (2020).

Gobbleydgeek episode 408, “The Last of Us Part II (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

A deadly virus rages across the world. The U.S. is in shambles. Despite the imminent threat, humans have started to turn on one another. And in other news, this week Paul and Arlo are talking about Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated zombie apocalypse sequel The Last of Us Part II. Joining them for a discussion of this brutal, beautiful game is none other than Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards. The gang discusses how the game departs from its predecessor, the incredible acting of Ashley Johnson and Laura Bailey, how writer-director Nate Druckmann forces the player to confront the consequences of their actions, and more. Also, Arlo didn’t actually play it! Plus, Kenn tells us about AJM’s new album Run-On Death Sentence and his Lost rewatch podcast Pushing the Button.

Next: there’s hope for our ass after all. Sarah Kosheff joins us to discuss the filmed performance of Hamilton.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 02:55:47

  • 00:01:24  –  Intro / Banter
  • 00:06:43  –  Kenn’s new podcast
  • 00:16:25  –  Kenn’s new album
  • 00:30:24  –  The Last of Us Part II
  • 02:45:45  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “Future Days” by Troy Baker (2020)
  • “Take On Me” by Ashley Johnson (2020)
  • “Millennial Whoop” by Alex Jonestown Massacre, Run-On Death Sentence (2020)

THE LINKS

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 407 – “Chucky at the Blockbuster Museum”

Gobbledygeek episode 407, “Chucky at the Blockbuster Museum,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

The beauty of Gobbledygeek freestyle episodes is that Paul and Arlo will hop on the microphone and start yammering about something or other, then next thing you know, bam, it’s been a tight 45 on the Child’s Play franchise. Killer doll movies, killer German time travel shows (what up, Dark), killer longings for idealized video stores of yesteryear, killer viruses–this episode’s got it all. It will kill you.

Next: speaking of somebody who got killed, Hamilton: An American Musical comes to Disney+.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 01:49:40

  • 00:00:20  –  Intro
  • 01:45:06  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “Chucky Rap” by Daddyphatsnaps, Chucky Rap (2019)
  • “The Buddi Song” by Mark Hamill & Bear McCreary, Child’s Play (2019)

 

 

 

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 406 – “Jimmy Cliff and the Apocalypse”

Jimmy Cliff in ‘The Harder They Come’ (1972), directed by Perry Henzell

Gobbledygeek episode 406, “Jimmy Cliff and the Apocalypse,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

The world is, yet again, a much different place than when we last recorded an episode of Gobbledygeek. In the month since the police killing of George Floyd, there have been a wave of protests worldwide and renewed conversations about what role police have in society, if any at all. We–Paul and Arlo–are not sure we should be part of this conversation. After postponing recording for many reasons, our initial urge to record some deep, thought-provoking discussion about racial injustice has subsided. We’re two white guys on an extremely niche podcast that is supposedly about pop culture. We are not going to cover any new ground. What we will say, unequivocally, is that Black Lives Matter. Yesterday, today, always. We do discuss the state of the world, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, police abolition, ACAB, etc.–hopefully in a respectful way that might interest some of our listeners. Oh, and there’s still a pandemic going on, so we talk about that too.

Fear not: we also talk about pop culture! Paul plays The Last of Us: Part II, Arlo watches great films by Black filmmakers like Charles Burnett and Billy Woodberry, we have a brief discussion on the state of the comics industry mid-COVID, and more. Hopefully there are some laughs.

Next: we’ll be back, theoretically in a week’s time.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 01:40:35

  • 00:00:40  –  Intro
  • 01:37:36  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “Fuck tha Police” by N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton (1988)
  • “Pressure Drop” by Toots & The Maytals, Monkey Man (1970)

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 405 – “Moonshadow and Slyfox”

Gobbledygeek episode 405, “Moonshadow and Slyfox,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Ah, youth. A time of joy and comfort, of excitement and adventure. Also pain and fear and anxiety and awkwardness and all that fun stuff. Spinning out of their recent conversation with senior British correspondent Wesley Mead, Paul and Arlo talk about nostalgia (Greek for “pain from an old wound,” according to Don Draper). They regale the listener with tales of their misbegotten youths, from chronic illness and cutting class to oddball rebellion and a very memorable chauffeur experience. Is any of this interesting? Who knows? We’re past episode 400 here, what do you expect?

Next: as always in these strange times, you’ll know when we do.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 01:31:39

  • 00:00:45  –  Intro
  • 01:27:55  –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “Borrowed Time” by John Lennon, Milk and Honey (1984)
  • “Moonshadow” by Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat (1971)

Listen to Gobbledygeek Episode 404 – “Monty Wezzo’s Flying Quarantine (feat. Wesley Mead)”

We rigorously fact-checked this information and have concluded it is, without doubt, 100% true.

Gobbledygeek episode 404, “Monty Wezzo’s Flying Quarantine (feat. Wesley Mead),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.

Rule, Wezzo! Wezzo, rule the podcast! Gobbledygeek’s senior British correspondent, Wesley “Wezzo” Mead, returns after a truly mind-boggling 22-month gap to fill us in on how exactly the UK is falling apart. Boris Johnson is handling the COVID-19 pandemic very poorly, especially for someone who nearly died from the virus–but still not as poorly as Galactic Emperor Trump, with his Space Forces and super-duper missiles. You’ve heard all about how Paul and Arlo are coping with quarantine, but what’s Wezzo been watching? Well, do you remember the Olsen twins sitcom Two of a Kind and Amanda Bynes vehicle What I Like About You? No? That’s okay, Wezzo remembers them for you! Nostalgia plays a big role this episode, as we pine for our glory days from the discomfort of our hellish present; and specifically, those tactile yet intangible sense memories. Wow, deep! But it’s mostly What I Like About You.

Next: gonna cruise her round the town, show everybody what I’ve found, rock ‘n’ roll with all my friends, hopin’ the music never ends, these happy days are yours and mine, oh happy days.

THE BREAKDOWN

Total Run Time: 01:53:55

  • 00:00:33  –  Intro? (Time has no meaning anymore…)
  • 01:51:05   –  Outro / Next

THE MUSIC

  • “Blinded by the White” by Butch Walker, American Love Story (2020)
  • “Sweet” by Porridge Radio, Every Bad (2020)

LINKS