This Is Rad!

With great power comes great podcasting. This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedians Ed Greer and Ron Swallow (Nerd G.O.A.T. Podcast) to talk about everyone's friendly neighborhood webslinger: Spider-Man. The guys talk about what makes the wall crawler such an enduring character. From his origin story to his costuming, Spider-Man does a great job acting as a cypher for every kid who feels powerless in a world of adults. They also talk about his unique position in the Marvel universe. Ron talks about how great it is that there is a superhero with a sense of humor. Ed loves nothing more than watching the webhead fuck people up. Kyle talks about his love for Peter Parker's angst (because of course he does...) and Burnside almost entertains the idea of reading! They also talk about how Spidey has the best rogues gallery and recommend some seminal spider-stories. And don't for a second think that the gang forgot to talk about the nearly infinite film and TV adaptations. They talk about the best and the worst, and you might be surprised by a few of their rankings. Is Spider-Man a menace to society or the arachnid hero our city needs? Listen and find out!

Weekly Rads:  The following bands: Lychee, Cellos, Pony; Comrade Detective; Fabe's churro sandwiches full of gelato

Raddendums: Maximum Carnage, Ultimate Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Unlimited, Turkish Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Return of the Green Goblin, @8armedspidey on Instagram, Terry Brooks

Direct download: 171_Spider-Man_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Pizza pizza! This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie are back in the studio after an awesome Summer of Rad to talk about an equally awesome topic: Pizza! (Seriously, it took them 170 episodes to talk about pizza?) They welcome comedian and all around good guy Steve Simeone to talk about everyone's favorite cheesy, tomato-y, crusty delight. And he takes his pies very seriously. Steve lays out his recipe for crafting a perfect pizza. They talk toppings. They talk about their favorite pizza chains and pizza places across the country. Pizza's great. It makes people happy. As this episode will make you! 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 President Show, Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, Chuck Klosterman's I Wear the Black Hat

Raddendums: PizzaRev, Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John's, Di Fara's Pizza, Grimaldi's, Two Boots, Vito's, The Amazing Pizza Machine, Pika's Pizza

Direct download: 170_Pizza_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

One year ago, Adam Tyler Murray promised "This Is Rad!" a boat. That promise went unfulfilled… until now. Join us on the high seas as we finish out the Summer of Rad 2017 with special guest Captain Lisa Curry! 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: FYF 2017, Flying Lotus' movie Kuso Brigsby Bear, and check out our new merch on TeePublic!

Direct download: 169_Boats_II_Truces_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:29am PDT

Hey good lookin'! Whatcha got cookin'? The Summer of Rad rages on in Kyle's backyard with a podcast cookout crossover extravaganza! The rad gang is joined by "The Goods from the Woods" own Rivers Langley and Mr. Goodnight and "What Did You Learn?"'s Monika Scott and Luke Jensen. Also, Kasey Clark and Jarrod Gilbreath are along for the ride! Rivers deep fries a whole mess of delicious food for everyone and shocks no one by knowing the entire history of Chick-Fil-A. (While working there, he found out their secret ingredient and now incorporates it into his own insanely good fried chicken recipe.) Monika spices things up with some hot links and cornbread, Luke sizzles up some steak fingers, Burnside bakes up some cheesy potatoes, Mr. Goodnight's all about that Milo's sweet tea and both Natalie and Kyle... forgot to make anything. It's a super fun summer episode you'll cherish forever!

Weekly Rads: Turtles Forever, Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling trailer

Direct download: 168_BBQ_II_-_Cookouts_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

Rad's up, dudes! The Summer of Rad continues in beautiful and sunny Malibu, where the gang returns to their buddy Spencer Emmons' beachfront abode to chat about the world of surfing. The rad crew are also joined by very special guest Zac McKeever. Zac is a longtime friend and the heart of the NerdMelt family where he is the head sound tech. Zac and Spence are lifelong serious surfers. The gang explores the origins and history of surfing. They talk about the natural, physical and mental factors that make surfing such a deeply loved and revered summertime staple. They also talk about optimum surfing conditions, the SoCal beach safety lesson the “stingray shuffle,” and bodyboards vs. Boogie Boards. Plus, Spence and Zac share some scary stories of wiping out. And Natalie sets out to understand what makes a wave “tasty.”

Weekly Rads: Bedbugs, I'm Alan Partridge

Raddendums: Howard Kremer, Duke Kahanamoku, Dogtown, Jeff Ho, Zephyr Surfboards, Larry Bertlemann, the Wedge, Clark Foam, Back to the Beach, Riding Giants, Laird Hamilton, North Shore, Point Break, Slater’s New Wave, Peralta, Endless Summer, Blazing Boards and Beyond Blazing Boards, Blue Crush, Snakes on a Plane, Disney Bears

Direct download: 167_Surfing_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category: -- posted at: 10:11pm PDT

The Summer of Rad returns! This week the rad gang hits the great outdoors (i.e. Kyle's lovely backyard) with Matt Lantrip and Brandie Posey, two Warped Tour veterans, to discuss this venerable summer music institution. It's the day after Kyle and Nat's big Fourth of July party, and Kyle and Laura spend a lot of the episode downing leftover Jello shots. The gang weighs in on the good, the bad, and the ugly side of the festival and talks about the influence of things like Hot Topic and Myspace on the way that a generation of kids found music. (The late '90s and early '00s pop punk ecosystem was a delicate place full of a lot of dyed hair with swoopy side bangs, and this group has some opinions about it.) About halfway through, Kyle's brother Kasey joins the fray. Together, they chat about the best acts they've ever seen along with a few of the worst. They also have a spirited debate about the most "Warped Tour" band of all time and give some tips for how to make it through a hot day at the festival without dying. Plus, The Living End might be the world's most underrated live band, Less Than Jake are still great after all these years, and there is some debate about the merits of pop punk. The group also explores some of the festival's recent and past controversies. Prepare to hear a bunch of people fire off about a million band names and enjoy Natalie shaking her head at every last one of them.

Weekly Rads: The Little Hours, Summer School

Raddendums: Blink-182 & Dude Ranch, Green Day, Underoath, Paramore & Riot!, The Damn Things, Sum 41, New Found Glory, Gwar, Bad Cop Bad Cop, Neck Deep, Lollapalooza, Save Ferris, Andrew WK, Thursday, My Chemical Romance, The Honda Civic tour, Matt & Kim, Against Me, Black Veiled Brides, Bring Me the Horizon, Atilla, Norma Jean, Brokencyde, Anti-Flag, Hawthorne Heights, 303, Flogging Molly, I Killed the Prom Queen, Pierce the Veil, The Casualties, Bad Brains, Fishbone, Less Than Jake, Joan Jett, Gym Class Heroes, Plain White Tees, Bad Religion, Manic Hispanic, Cadillac Tramps, Joyce Manor, Neil Hamburger, Chronic Future's Time and Time, Yellowcard, The Screamers, Limp Wrist, Story So Far, 45 Grave, Bikini Kill, The Dickies

Direct download: 166_Warped_Tour_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04am PDT

Ommmm... This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie sit down and stretch out with comedian Dana Moon to discuss the meditative art of yoga! Dana talks about doing hot yoga next to Colin Farrell and Drew Barrymore. Kyle talks about his heady days finding inner peace with Wii Fit Yoga. Matt talks about doing yoga video tapes in Cleveland. Plus, Natalie talks about recently getting into yoga at her gym (and being jealous Dana can do crow pose). Everybody is disturbingly on topic this episode. But don't worry, because the gang also discusses the ideal way to eat Pop-Tarts, math, psychedelic drugs, and Nat exposes that Kyle went through a "sea shanty" phase (to the surprise of no one). Namaste!

Weekly Rads: ASSSSCAT 3000 at the Del Close Marathon, Culture Abuse, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's "The Nashville Sound," Brandie Posey's neighbors' 4th of July displays, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at the Greek & "Lovely Creatures," Burnside's face when he went on Splash Mountain, Doom, and our special guests Laura Knight, Brandie Posey, Kasey Clark and Matt Lantrip!

Raddendums: Wii Fit Yoga, Carlos Castaneda, Third Eye Blind, Michael A. Singer's The Untethered Soul, Wayne Dyer, Class Pass

Direct download: 165_Yoga_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Rad Break foreva... This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie sit down with comedian Kelly McInerney to talk about the odd yet super cool career choices of actor/filmmaker James Franco. Kyle thinks he's a modern day John Cassavetes and is impressed that he keeps making weird shit that should have ruined his career by now. Kelly dressed up as Alien from "Spring Breakers" for Halloween. The gang work their way through his filmography from mega-hit movies like Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" to the arthouse masterpiece "Spring Breakers" to lesser known works like "Interior. Leather Bar." (which Kyle is weirdly obsessed with). They chat about "Pineapple Express" and how it was able to find a new and interesting take on pot comedies. Plus, Kelly saw an early screening of "The Disaster Artist" at SXSW this past year and gives us a little preview of what we can expect from the upcoming film chronicling the making of the ultimate bad movie: "The Room." A fun chat about a guy who is a lot deeper than some folks give him credit for.

Weekly Rads: The Summer of Rad is coming!, My Morning Jacket's Okonokos, Dumb on Hulu

Raddendums: Spring Breakers, Pineapple Express, Actors Anonymous, The Interview, Freaks and Geeks, Alien: Covenant, 127 Hours, Shia LaBeouf, Randall Park, Milk, Howl, Planet of the Apes, This Is The End, Sausage Party, Why Him?, The Disaster Artist, King Cobra, Interior. Leather. Bar., General Hospital, Saturday Night, We're the Millers, Palo Alto, Kill Your Darlings

Direct download: 164_James_Franco_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

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, and our special guest John Ungaro!

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:general -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT