This Is Rad!

Rad-ama! This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie welcome comedian Bronston Jones to talk about the mighty Van Halen. Van Halen are almost as famous for their larger than life band members than they are for their amazing music. They discuss the insanity of David Lee Roth, debate Van Halen vs. Van Hagar, and give explanation to the band's famously insane "no brown M&Ms" request on their tour rider. Bronston reminiscences about sneaking into Van Halen concerts by just acting like he was supposed to be there. Kyle reminisces about getting a concussion while performing at Bronston's Venice Underground show. Burnside calls hair metal "hairy metal." And Slash (who is not in Van Halen) is apparently a big fan of dinosaurs. So if you are done runnin' with the devil, then sit down right now and JUMP into this episode.

Weekly Rads: County fairs, Hollywood Dead Film Festival, John Wick on the USA network

Raddendums: 1984, Top Jimmy, Crazy from the Heat, Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Head, The Osbournes, Some Kind of Monster, the Us Festival, Duff McKagan, Better Off Dead

Direct download: 163_Van_Halen_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Rad control to Major Tom... This week we sit down with comedian/Animorphs expert Brent Schmidt to talk about Sekret Machines, the new multimedia project by Blink-182's Tom Delonge. Brent read the books Chasing Shadows and Gods, both first parts in two separate trilogies of books in the series. Brent first walks us through Chasing Shadows, the 700+ page novel, and it is a sci-fi epic of the highest caliber. Kyle, who was never a Blink fan, is blown away simply by the sheer scope of the project. There are a few spoilers along the way, but we'd be hardpressed to think that after everything you hear you won't be at least a little curious to give it a read. After breaking down the novel, the gang is just getting started. They move over to talk about Gods, the non-fiction sister book to Chasing Shadows, and this where things get weird, folks. Kyle and Brent take Natalie and Burnside on a journey around the stars and into the deepest recesses of the human mind. Thrill at the idea of theories beyond the comprehension of modern science! Marvel at the weird places where magic and science merge! Kick back, get groovy and enjoy one of the weirdest, wildest and most lively chats we've ever had on This Is Rad! Come in with an open mind. We are not presenting hard fast facts, but we do break open some very interesting ideas that lead to some fun conversations. Plus, we get into a couple sweet riffs about lip piercings. Take your protein pills and put your helmet on, radsters!  

Weekly Rads: Not E3, Emmylou Harris, One Punch Man, Moreton Bay Fig Tree, Fetch Quest & Doctor DC

Raddendums: Coast to Coast; Chasing Shadows; Gods, Man, and War; Operation Paperclip; Gravity's Rainbow, Sightings, Anton Levay, Babylon 5, Jacques Vallée, Last Podcast on the Left, The Edgewood Arsenal, Necronomicon, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica

Direct download: 162_Tom_Delonges_Sekret_Machines_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT

Ceci n'est pas une podcast! This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie sit down with comedian Kevin Macias to talk about Art History, as they discuss their favorite time periods and artists through the ages. Natalie likes cave paintings and ancient art, Kevin and Kyle share their mutual love of fascist artwork, and Matthew phones a friend (Laura) to learn why Greek/Roman nudes weren't "packing heat." They also talk graffiti, performance art and give a lot of great recommendations for contemporary artists you should totally check out! 

Weekly Rads:  Our new website thisisradpodcast.com, The Limestone Comedy Festival and radsters in Bloomington, Indiana; Teen Witch Fan Club, David Cook aka Bonethrower, Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran, Bernie Wrightson's The Amazing Spider-Man Hooky, Slowdive, Day of the Dead

Raddendums: Nat Geo WILD, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Picasso, Rothko, Mondrian, Yves Klein, Keith Haring, Robert Arneson, Cindy Sherman, Pecker, De Chirico, Neo Rauch, Cake/Cake 87, The Artist Is Present, Narcissister, Basic Instinct, Frida Kahlo, Destino, Basquiat, Blank City, Yue Minjun, Bosch, Goya, Koontz, Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst, Richard Serra, Walter De Maria, James Turrell, Oskar Kokoschka, Geoff McFetridge, Pettibone, Patrick Martinez, Banksy

Direct download: 161_Art_History_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

This one time at rad camp… Kyle and Matthew welcomed Grant Bubar, our youngest guest ever, to talk about Marching Band and Marching Band related memories! This week they talk quads, snares, timpanis and more! French horns are hard. Choir kids suck. And band camp is where you go to test the limits of hydration. But really this episode just turns into a middle school boy free-for-all as they talk about band trip make outs and fingering... like way more than appropriate. And Matt addresses the rumor about whether trumpet players are good at going down on girls (hint: "clenching my embouchure"). Natalie rolls her eyes through most of the episode until she’s caught looking at pictures of Pokemon, so who is she to judge? Grant is in a band called The Ladyfingers! Their EP is called "Couches"! Check ‘em out!

Weekly Rads: Casey's Buffet in Wilmington NC, Alien: Covenant, DC Comics/Dark Horse: Aliens Digital Comics, Friday the 13th The Game, SUPERHOT VR, Fargo: Season 3

Raddendums: Voodoo Glow Skulls, Kraftwerk, Bomb the Music Industry, Ohio University's NES performance, The Blue Devils, Rocksmith

Direct download: 160_Marching_Band_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08pm PDT

Mucha Lucha! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with graphic design/tattoo artist J. Gonzo (http://jgonzodesigns.com/) and author Keith Rainville (frompartsunknown.com) to talk about the art of Mexican wrestling: Lucha Libre. First, Gonzo talks tattoos, his history of giving them, and the scary ways to get 'em. Turns out Kyle has a lot of friends with prison tattoos, which should surprise no one. Natalie also gets upset because Gonzo has offered to give Kyle his long sought after “Slow Ride” tattoo. But that is a story for another day. The boys get down to business and discuss the history and cultural significance of Lucha Libre wrestling. They talk about how Nacho Libre was many Americans' first exposure to Lucha culture. Gonzo defends the film for all its flaws and points out a few ways that the film could have gone from third-tier Jack Black movie to legit love letter to Lucha wrestling. Speaking of movies, Kyle picks Keith's brain about the history of Luchadores on film. For those who don't know, Luchador films are an amazingly weird genre where you can watch a man in a mask fight guys dressed like Dracula. Believe it or not, that's something Kyle is SUPER into. Burnside, as the host most well versed in wrestling, works to understand the differences between American and Luchador wrestling. Gonzo and Keith also explain how the styles diverged and evolved over time and how Luchadore wrestling plays into the identity of Mexican culture. Keith talks about his history with Lucha Libre and the Lucha zines he published throughout the '90s. They talk about '90s zine culture and how zines about specific subcultures found their way around the world in a time before the internet. Both Gonzo and Keith's lives and careers have been massively affected by Lucha culture, and they share some experiences from their own lives that are pretty incredible. Get ready for some high flying moves, mysterious characters, and masked men punching werewolves in the face. This episode has everything! Viva!

Weekly Rads: White Reaper, Prey, Cowboy Bebop

Raddendums: Love and Rockets, Latino Comics Expo, Lucha Mexico, Tales of Masked Men, Santo vs. the Vampire Women, Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards, Champions of Justice, Nacho Libre, Lucha Lucha, Sonámbulos, Lucha Underground, Fantastic Planet, Los Straightjackets

Direct download: 159_Lucha_Libre_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:35pm PDT

This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie dip their balls in it with Beowulf Jones (RISK! Podcast) and talk about the seminal '90s sketch show The State, which launched all of your favorite comedians. The State taught him how to think and got him out of some dark times. The gang discusses favorite sketches, the Halloween special, the brilliance of Role Models and how Paul Rudd is charming as fuck. Beowulf talks about working on Wainy Days and as a professional techie for State alumn like Kevin Allison. And they calculate the cost of $240 worth of pudding today with inflation. Also, Matt has fond memories of Forever 21. Will there be a Cake Like reunion? We're outta hereeee! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.                                     

Weekly Rads: The Flaming Lips

Raddendums: The Sifl and Olly Show; Daria; Cake Like; You Wrote It, You Watch It; Writing Movies for Fun and Profit: How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!; Stella; Cake Like; Viva Variety; Risk!; Wainy Days; Kevin Allison's WTF; They Came Together

Direct download: 158_The_State_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:21am PDT

Continue making mine Marvel! This week Kyle and Matthew welcome back comedian Jeremy Scippio for a Marvel movie threepeat. They start off sharing strip club stories before giving their rundowns: Jeremy makes a case for Doctor Strange. The expectations are set pretty high for Guardians 2. Kyle needs to get off his ass and watch Logan already. This Logan talk allows Kyle to bring up his hope for a hard reboot of the X-Men franchise. He wishes the show would get a more grounded feel similar to that of the Daredevil Netflix series. Speaking of Netflix, the guys talk about the hits and misses on the streaming front. They also point out that the new Thor trailer takes pretty liberally from the Guardians playbook. Plus, Jeremy breaks down why a solo Hulk movie is never going to work. It's a good old fashion nerd round up. Excelsior! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: The Black Angels, Soundboxing, Mindshow

Raddendums: Thor: Ragnarok, Legion, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Logan, Old Man Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Dr. Strange

Direct download: 157_Marvel_Movies_III_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42am PDT

VR

We are… we are VR! This week Kyle and Matthew are joined by The FOO Show's Will Smith - no, not THAT Will Smith - to talk about the past, present and future of VR. Will hosts a virtual reality talk show about video games and discusses building an avatar and parts of their show in VR. The gang discusses early gaming experiences (mad love for the Wavebird, yo), drone races, experimenting with narrative structure and, of course, the shittiness of VR Troopers. What are you waiting for? Move all your furniture out of the way, pop on your goggles and plug in for some virtual rad-ality! This episode is sponsored by Loot Crate. Give yourself a geeky gift this month! Visit www.lootcrate/thisisrad and enter the promo code thisisrad for $3 off on any new subscription.

Weekly Rads: Clive Barker's Hellraiser Anthology, Squatty Potty, Snipperclips

Raddendums: Horizon, Red Dead, BioWare, Film & Odyssey, Breath of the Wild, Tilt Brush, Jedi Training Academy video, Google Cardboard, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Daydream, The FOO Show

Direct download: VR_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Someone better call the fire department because "This Is Rad!" is smoooookin'! This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie welcome back comedian Brandie Posey (151 episodes later) to talk about her love of Canadian comedian Jim Carrey... and how he inspired her to be a big weirdo! She appreciates his physicality and commitment as a performer and the place of anger it comes from. She's seen basically every Jim Carrey movie and has been to every Jim Carrey movie on opening day since Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Together they talk about his early and underrated stuff, the importance of bringing your own popcorn to the movies, and why taking your kid to see Scary Movie might be irresponsible parenting. This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: John Dies at the End, Dr. Luigi, Bill Nye Saves the World

Raddendums: VH1 Award shows, The Duck Factory, Once Bitten, Teen Wolf, Peggy Sue Got Married, Earth Girls Are Easy, In Living Color, Ace Ventura: Detective, The Mask, Dumb & Dumber, The Cable Guy, Batman Forever, Liar Liar, Man on the Moon, Courtney Love's Hole & Celebrity Skin, Andy Kaufman, Cannibal Corpse, Can't Hardly Wait soundtrack, Me, Myself & Irene, Dumb & Dumber 2, Batteries Not Included, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Wayne's World 2, Three Ninjas, The Majestic, Pecan Pie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Levity, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Number 23, Yes Man, I Love You Phillip Morris, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Kick-Ass, Talladega Nights, Walk Hard, Magic Mike XXL, Ride the Snake

Direct download: 155_Jim_Carrey_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37am PDT

It's "Lifestyles of the Rad and Luxurious"! This week Kyle and Matthew welcome back comedians Monika Scott and Tom Seiniger to talk about personal luxury and comfort. Kyle and Natalie talk about their trip to a Korean spa and the massages, saunas and public nudity that followed. Monika comes bearing hydrating eye masks and talks about her years in the trenches working as an esthetician. Tom gives some cooking tips and sells Kyle on getting a tongue scraper to make his breath smell better. The conversation works to show that luxury is not something that should only be enjoyed by the super rich. By being better to your body and mind, you can live a better life without having to spend a lot of money. Plus, a certain Cajun mutant stops by to dole out some life advice. Treat yourself to a mani/pedi, pop in your headphones and enjoy! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon. Enter the promo code RAD at mackweldon.com for 20% off your next order.

Weekly Rads: Kendrick Lamar's Damn, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Mass Effect Andromeda, Persona 5, Tickled and our special guests Alex Jacobs, D'arby Rose and Jarrod Gilbreath!

Direct download: 154_Luxury_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38pm PDT