Avocado Uterus would be a great name for a noise rock band.
Gobbledygeek episode 415, “A Butter Tree Grows in Utero,” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.
For all you kids at home with a copy of Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary Deluxe Second Edition taking pride of place on your bookshelf–boy, do we have a treat for you! Paul and Arlo are back on their bullshit, running at the mouth about anything they damn well please. This week’s subjects include: the extreme metal-ness of childbirth, Spider-Man: Miles Morales swinging onto the brand spankin’ new PS5, covert earbuds, Infinity Train heading to the station on HBO Max, a treatise on The Searchers and Apocalypse Now, and so much more.
NEXT: Zorro, the Gay Blade spends a day in The Double Life of Veronique for a doppelganger-centric Geek Challenge.
- “Doin’ It” by LL Cool J, Mr. Smith (1995)
- “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears, Blackout (2007)
Mentally, I’m here.
(Batman: Black & White Zombie statue designed by the legendary Neal Adams.)
Gobbledygeek episode 414, “Batman and the Heat Death of the Universe,” is available for listening or download right here and on Apple Podcasts here.
For another freewheeling freestyle extravaganza, Paul and Arlo cast their minds to everything from billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne to the inevitable end of all things. They wonder how they might write The Deli Counter of Justice in the harsh light of 2020 before the conversation mutates into a treatise on the relative fascism of Batman, an update on Arlo’s progress through Andy Mulvihill’s Action Park book, the boys reacting to the Dune trailer because that shit always gets mad hits on YouTube, and eventually a rumination on whether or not human life should even exist. What a fun pop culture podcast.
Next: more fun.
- “The End” by The Doors, The Doors (1967)
- “The End of the Line” by Traveling Wilburys, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 (1988)
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.
- “Multiplayer” by Barbie, Video Game Hero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2017)
- “Spare Change” by Pet Rocks and Fake Flowers (2020)
Original art ‘Sam-Chan’ by CrispyToastYT.
Gobbledygeek episode 401, “Texed,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
We’re all responding to quarantine (semi- or otherwise) in different ways. Paul seems to be practicing some sort of immersion therapy, living out the post-apocalypse in games like The Last of Us and shows like The Leftovers. Arlo, meanwhile, reaches for the comfort of old reliable favorites like the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie or the modern classic sketch comedy series Key and Peele. Have you ever realized they’re different people? The boys discuss texting syntax, Paul’s genuine repulsion at a certain aspect of The Leftovers, Arlo’s journey through old superhero comics, and so much (or at least a little) more.
Next: TBD, as per ush.
Total Run Time: 01:58:01
- 00:00:27 – Intro
- 01:55:00 – Outro / Next
- “Gunfight Epiphany” by Robert Duncan, Gunfight Epiphany (Theme from Terriers) (2010)
- “Let the Mystery Be” by Iris DeMent, Infamous Angel (1992)
Jennifer Garner in Gary Winick’s ’13 Going on 30′ (2004). Her face upon realizing she has boobs has become humanity’s face upon awakening each morning.
Gobbledygeek episode 399, “Disclaimer: Not a Criminal Act,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
FIRST THING’S FIRST: Paul obliquely confesses a past sin during this episode, it’s kind of a super tense moment, but Arlo has cleared off-mic that it was not a criminal act! So…do with that what you will! Elsewhere, the world is fucking ending, so you might as well watch The End of the Fucking World. Paul and Arlo muse on the collapse of civilization, discuss proper social distancing etiquette, and recommend things to watch and read as society dissolves. Some of those recommendations: The Hunt, now available on VOD since movie theaters have shuttered; comfy junk food movies like Yes Man and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; Netflix’s I Am Not Okay with This; Hawkeye: Freefall by Matthew Rosenberg and Otto Schmidt; Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber’s uproarious Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen; and, of course, perennial classic Good Burger.
Next: Ten years. 400 episodes. It’s all led to this. It’s a shame we’re all dying.
Total Run Time: 02:08:53
- 00:00:46 – Random thoughts on the end of the world
- 00:59:30 – Paul interrupts the flow to obliquely confess a past sin
- 01:13:00 – What to watch / read as we slowly go mad and die alone
- 02:02:26 – Outro / Next
- “Doom Days” by Bastille, Doom Days (2019)
- “Make Art Not Friends” by Sturgill Simpson, SOUND & FURY (2019)
Art by Dean Ormston (pencils/inks) & Dave Stewart (color) from ‘Black Hammer: Age of Doom’ (2018)
Gobbledygeek episode 397, “Four-Color Flashback: Black Hammer,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re a superhero who saves the world and then gets zapped to a shitty little farm town in another dimension that you literally cannot leave? In Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Dark Horse series Black Hammer, Abraham Slam, Golden Gail, Barbalien, Talky-Walky, Colonel Weird, and Madame Dragonfly sure do. For this month’s Four-Color Flashback, Paul and Arlo discuss the recently concluded “main” storyline of Lemire and Ormston’s ever-expanding creation, consisting of Black Hammer issues #1-13 and Black Hammer: Age of Doom issues #1-12. From a backwater farm to the furthest reaches of time and space, our heroes explore every facet of the superhero genre. Along the way, they confront the metatextual realities of comics storytelling–and the just plain textual fact of aging.
Next: we have no plans.
Total Run Time: 02:33:48
- 00:00:37 – Intro
- 00:02:14 – Black Hammer
- 02:29:10 – Outro / Next
- “(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” by R.E.M., Reckoning (1984)
- “How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On the Farm” by Andrew Bird, Soldier On (2007)
Regina King in HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ (2019).
Gobbledygeek episode 396, “FCF Bonus: HBO’s Watchmen (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
No one, especially not Alan Moore, ever really wanted a Watchmen sequel. Which is exactly why handing the reins to Damon Lindelof, who has a history of disorienting and upsetting expectations, is a stroke of genius. Last year’s HBO series, spearheaded by Lindelof, is a bold, startling continuation of Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel masterpiece–so of course, after talking about the book, Paul, Arlo, and reformed podcaster Greg Sahadachny had to discuss the TV show. The gang talks about the ways in which Lindelof subverts and pays tribute to Moore and Gibbons’ work; how Lindelof built a writers’ room with people who were not like him; the show’s provocative exploration of race and authority; whether or not the show sticks the landing; and much, much more.
Next: due to one scheduling kerfuffle after another, we’ve got another Four-Color Flashback for you! Paul and Arlo will discuss Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer.
Total Run Time: 02:32:50
- 00:00:30 – Intro
- 00:05:40 – Sturgill Simpson’s A Good Look’n Tour
- 00:28:28 – Watchmen
- 02:28:25 – Outro / Next
- “Turtles All the Way Down” by Sturgill Simpson, Turtles All the Way Down (2014)
- “Best Clockmaker On Mars” by Sturgill Simpson, Sound & Fury (2019)
- “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nahesi Coates, The Atlantic
- “Watchmen Gave Us All the Answers” by Kathryn VanArendonk, Variety
- “HBO’s Watchmen Captures the Spirit of the Graphic Novel Better Than Anything Else” by Princess Weekes, The Mary Sue
- “The Real Black History Hidden Within HBO’s Watchmen” by Karama Horne, SyFy Wire
- “The Incendiary Aims of HBO’s Watchmen” by Emily Nussbaum, New Yorker
- “Stephen Williams goes behind the scenes of the emotionally devastating and technically dazzling ‘This Extraordinary Being.’” by Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair
- “How ‘Watchmen’ Pulled Off One of the Best TV Seasons of the Decade” by Adam B. Vary, Variety
- “Olivia Hooker, one of the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, dies at 103” by Deneen L. Brown, Los Angeles Times
- “Following Watchmen, 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Added to Oklahoma Curriculum” by Adreon Patterson, CBR
- The Official Watchmen Podcast – website – iTunes
Art by Dave Gibbons from ‘Watchmen’ (1986-87).
Gobbledygeek episode 395, “Four-Color Flashback: Watchmen (feat. Greg Sahadachny).” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
After a year of pointedly discussing no superhero stories, Paul and Arlo revive Four-Color Flashback for a new decade with the big kahuna of all superhero stories: Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986-87 maxi-series Watchmen. Aided by emotional sherpa Greg Sahadachny, once and future host of The Debatable Podcast, the boys openly admit there is no new light to shed on perhaps the most analyzed comic book of all time–then get to shedding. What’s it like reading Watchmen in 2020? In the wake of Damon Lindelof’s TV sequel? The gang finds that, like all great art, Watchmen has not changed in the 33 years since its run wrapped, but we have. In a world where fascism seems much more tangible, where superhero fiction reigns supreme, Moore and Gibbons’ work has taken on a renewed sense of meaning. The gang discusses the book’s formalist genius; our heroes’ utter contempt for those they claim to save; why, for a certain type of reader, Rorschach is a morally just idol; and plenty more.
Next: we continue watching the Watchmen with a discussion of Lindelof’s HBO show.
Total Run Time: 01:50:43
- 00:00:21 – Intro
- 00:04:00 – Watchmen
- 01:47:43 – Outro / Next
- “Desolation Row” by Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
- “Cosmic Charlie” by The Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (1969)
- “In 1986, Watchmen skewered the way we love superheroes. It’s still as relevant as ever.” by Alex Abad-Santos, Vox
- “Watchmen’s Fearful Symmetry: (almost) frame by frame”by Pedro V. Ribeiro, Medium
- Sam Hamm’s Watchmen Script
A Shakey’s Pizza in the wild.
Gobbledygeek episode 390, “Freegobble: Return to InfoPrison,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
Ever have a job so shitty, it haunts you years (or even decades) down the line? Paul and Arlo have, and it’s called Gobbledygeek! Hey-o! In all seriousness (?), Paul recounts a traumatic experience at Shakey’s Pizza and Arlo is filled with regret over his time at the right-wing call center InfoCision. Cue flashbacks to high school football teams ravenous for wings and evil televangelists separating the faithful from what little coin they carry. Speaking of the latter, Arlo laments Kanye West’s evangelical turn on Jesus Is King. Elsewhere, Paul watches TV, including Succession, Primal, Daybreak, Watchmen, and Modern Love; and braves crowds of drunken revelers at shows for Bastille, Joywave, Trampled by Turtles, and The Avett Bros.
Total Run Time: 01:39:58
- 00:00:33 – Intro
- 00:01:12 – We are NOT sponsored by the Gobble meal delivery service
- 00:07:30 – Cold pizza and really, really hot wings
- 00:14:43 – Way too much about InfoCision
- 00:43:48 – Not nearly enough about some great new TV shows
- 00:54:08 – More than a little bit about Succession
- 01:07:20 – Unfortunately, we discuss the new Kanye album
- 01:15:30 – A Popeye’s chicken sandwich interlude
- 01:17:15 – Back to Kanye (and controversial comments on Beyoncé)
- 01:24:31 – Lastly, Paul’s been to some concerts
- 01:37:05 – Outro / Next
- “This Fucking Job” by Drive-By Truckers, The Big To-Do (2010)
- “Blastoffff” by Joywave, Blastoffff (Single) (2018)
Gobbledygeek episode 383, “Salty Spiders,” is available for listening or download right here and on iTunes here.
The Amazon is burning and all anyone cares about is Spider-Man. Yay! Welcome to another exciting episode of Gobbledygeek! After nixing a fash-bashing Geek Challenge because Paul absolutely could not sit through three hours of The Sound of Music, he and Arlo decide to freestyle it and, well, all is not well! The world’s on fire, the government is imploding, and Spider-Man might not get to be an Avenger anymore! As for that last one, the boys have deeply conflicted feelings about their love for the character and the Marvel movies with their disdain for Disney the Evil Empire. Plus, Arlo still won’t watch all the things Paul says he should watch, and Marc Maron chimes in.
Next: for even more lighthearted family fun, the boys have asked their The Deli Counter of Justice co-editor Eric Sipple to join them for a discussion of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, extremely depressing yet extremely essential, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale.
(Show notes for “Salty Spiders.”)