This Is Rad!

"We recorded a podcast. We recorded a podcast for you. Oh, what a thing to do. And it was all Giallo…" This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie sit down with Radtober alum and spooky movie aficionado Alex Jacobs to talk about the uniquely Italian horror movie genre: giallo. Beginning in the 1960s, Italian filmmakers inspired by pulp novels and murder mysteries created proto-slasher films known for their stylistic use of music, color and black-gloved killers (along with brunettes and rampant murders at boarding schools). The gang discusses giallo's grand tradition of insane titles. Kyle and Alex get nostalgic about the use of the snap zooms in movies. Plus, we learn about vintage Italian cinema's total disregard for audio recording. But it wouldn't be "This Is Rad!" if there weren't some solid tangents, including a loving tribute to the non-giallo but still Italian horror classic “Suspiria." A fun and informative chat that lovingly celebrates a cool, lesser known corner of the horror movie landscape.

Weekly Rads: Raw, Happy Death Day, Stage Fright (1987)

Raddendums: Blood and Black Lace, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria, Dario Argento, Deep Red, The Case of the Bloody Iris, Five Dolls for an August Moon, All the Colors of the Dark, Bruno Nicolai, Twitch of the Death Nerve, Pieces, Four Flies on Gray Velvet, The Perfume of the Lady in Black, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, City of the Living Dead, Berberian Sound Studio, The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears, Inferno, Goblin, The Night Evelyn Came out of the Grace, What Did They Do to Solange? John Saxon, Opera, Phenomena, Tom Atkins, Torso, Search Party, Jason Zinoman's Shock Value, Roger Corman's How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime, American Juggalo

Direct download: 181_Giallo_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

Booooo...too! This week the rad crew revisits the topic of Ghosts, this time taking a Radtober field trip to a former speakeasy overrun with mobsters and murderers -- better known today as the World Famous Comedy Store! The Virgil to their Dante is return guest Steve Simeone, who managed the Store back in the day and has a lot of spooky stories to tell about the mysterious things he encountered working there, particularly when he was locking up alone at night. They learn about the history of the building, starting from its beginnings as a speakeasy (you can still see the bootlegging tunnels there today) before becoming the legendary Hollywood nightclub Ciro's. Steve is an amazing storyteller, and in this episode, the most haunting thing is how quiet Kyle and Burnside are as Steve marvels them with his experiences. Sit back, dim the lights down and know in your heart Kyle will never be this quiet on an episode again. Check out Steve's new album “What's up Nerds?” and his podcast “Good Times.”

Weekly Rads: Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Halloween Is Grinch Night, Four Tet's "New Energy," and our special guest Alex Jacobs!

Raddendums: Paula Shore's Dead, A Night at Ciro's, Andrew Dice Clay

Direct download: 180_Ghosts_II_The_Comedy_Store_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
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Dim the lights and gather round, children, because Radtober has begun! Kyle, Matthew and Natalie start the spooky season right with a little outdoor podcast about the internet lore that all the kids love: Creepypastas. They are joined by comedians and creepy aficionados Brian Cox and Vanessa Gritton to break down some of their favorite stories. They point out that not all pastas are created equal, with some being modern classics while others pretty impressively capturing the crude ruminations of a middle schooler with a keyboard. Creepypastas have become the modern version of the urban legend or twice-told tale updated for the world of smartphones and internet. They explore the origins of the genre and how it has evolved, review some of their favorite stories, and recommend some places to get your fix if you're new to this world. This episode is a pretty solid primer for the uninitiated and full of a ton of fun riffs if you're a longtime fan. It's a good time for pretty much everyone but Natalie who thinks they are very, very dumb. Also, in case you were wondering, yes, they do briefly discuss which ACTUAL pasta is the creepiest. Beware the Slender Man!

Weekly Rads: Bob’s Burgers fan art special, IKEA’s MALM and tiny villages, Twerkin' Mummy

Raddendums: SCP Foundation, 4chan, the NoSleep Podcast, Ted the Caver, Polybius, I'm a Search and Rescue Officer for the US Forest Service, The Sluts, A House of Sugar, Abandoned by Disney, Creeps McPasta on YouTube, Return to Sender, The Terrifying Note Addressed to My Six-Year-old Son, Dead Bart, Squidward's Suicide, The M Show, Candle Cove, Channel Zero, The Deepest Part of the Ocean is Not Empty, NoEnd House, Jeff the Killer, Slenderman, Night Mine on YouTube, Don't Hug Me I'm Scared, Marble Hornets, The Sixth Sense, Primer Impacto, Pet Stop, The Sacrament

Direct download: 179_Creepypasta_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Yooooooou waaaaant a poooooodcast, but you can't have it... Actually, you can! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian and return guest Travis Clark to talk about one of rock music's weird and wonderful oddities: Mike Patton. For the uninitiated, Mike Patton was the singer for the band Faith No More, but his back catalogue is pretty incredible. If you've been listening for a while and thought, “boy, they haven't done an episode in a while where three guys nerd out about a bunch of bands I've never heard of...” then fear not, friends, because we have an episode chocked full of music nerd goodness. Kyle points out that Mike Patton might be rock music's most brilliant grouch. Travis breaks down what it is about the singer that has made him such a cult figure for so many. Travis and Matt also point out that all of Kyle's favorite Mr. Bungle songs are terrible. It's a very fun episode and one that has been requested for quite some time, so enjoy! 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: Eating Raoul, Taco Bell, Mulholland Drive/Moana

Raddendums: Mr. Bungle, Dillinger Escape Plan, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Lovage, Judgment Night, Courtney Barnett, Fantomas

Direct download: 178_Mike_Patton_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:19pm PDT

This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie welcome film critic and podcaster William Bibbiani ("Canceled Too Soon") as he talks about his love of the Step Up franchise. He takes the gang through all five insane films and explains why Step Up is the Fast and the Furious of dance movies. He also talks about the pernicious art of hat theft, why you should always bet on Moose, and the need for a very Step Up wedding. But seriously, these movies are insane. Did you know one character is an effin' robot? 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: American Vandal, Plague Vendor, porcupines, lammergeiers, Kesha's Rainbow & "Godzilla"

Raddendums: Channing Tatum, Cry Baby Lane, The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage, Save the Last Dance, Step Up, Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D, Step Up: Revolution, Step Up: All In, League of Extraordinary Dancers, Jem and the Holograms, The Brady Bunch Movie, Addams Family Values, Baywatchin', Walker: Texas Ranger, Iron Man 3, Kevin Maguire, Ian Churchill, Air Buddies, Alejandro Jodorowsky

Direct download: 177_The_Step_Up_Movies_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
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Cheers! This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with Jarrod Bruner and Carlos Huizar to talk about the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems: beer. They taste test some different kinds of beers, including several selections from Carlos' personal collection along with Jarrod's own homebrewed coffee IPA. They all discuss their first experiences drinking beer and how that affected their feelings about drinking over the years. Kyle gives some tips for the best way to shotgun a beer. Carlos shares some experiences with beer festivals. Jarrod takes us through his process of homebrewing. Burnside shares his experience drinking absinthe. Plus, they have a controversial discussion of the proper way to consume a Guinness. A super fun episode that will definitely leave you thirsty for more! 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: Death from Above’s “Outrage! Is Now,” Destiny 2, The Cleveland Show, It

Raddendums: Stone Brewery, Monkish Pale Ale, Francis Connor, Sweetwater Brewery, Hazy Fuentes, Dark Lord Day, Three Floyds, Pliny the Elder, Allagash, Untapped

Direct download: 176_Beer_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

What happens when three podcasts unite to single-handedly destroy white supremacy? A live show of epic proportions! In this special bonus episode, This Is Rad! is joined by The Goods from the Woods (Rivers Langley & Mr. Goodnight) and The Mean Boys (Keith Carey & Tom Goss) in a podcast crossover extravaganza for the ages, with all proceeds benefiting the Southern Poverty Law Center. There's a charitable dominatrix (Catherine Walters), everyone’s favorite non-gendered corporate spokesbeing (Lootaclaus), a 90 second talk show (featuring Jordan Morris and Brandie Posey) and much more! The show took place at the NerdMelt Showroom on September 8, 2017. Watch the show here: or make a donation to the SPLC today:

Direct download: 175_The_Good_The_Rad__The_Mean__-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am PDT

This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedian Billy Anderson and Taco Bell grandma Becky Joiner to talk about Stephen King movie adaptations. Kyle thinks we're currently in a "Kingassaince." They unpack the different versions of The Shining, which leads to a nice chat about what makes a good movie versus what makes a good book. They also discuss how Kyle and Billy's friendship comes from their mutual love of The Stand TV miniseries. They work through all the classic King adaptations (and a few of the not so classics) and also chat about how the non-canonical Pet Sematary 2 is pretty great. They explore the evolution of King's themes through the decades and how those themes have been addressed in film. Plus, they point out that there is an Annie Wilkes lurking inside of every nerd. They also propose how much cooler it would have been if the second season of Stranger Things had flashed forward to the kids as adults. Finally, they talk about their cautious optimism for the new It movie, and Kyle encourages everyone to check out the upcoming Gerald's Game adaptation for Netflix. If you are a fan of the King, then you do not want to miss this one - it's a real creepshow! 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: Ben Dunn's wedding, MC Hammer's Addams Family Groove, Kid 'n Play's Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody

Raddendums: Carrie, The Rage: Carrie 2, The Shining, Creepshow, Creepshow 2, Cujo, The Dead Zone, The Talisman, Christine, Children of the Corn, Firestarter, Cat's Eye, Maximum Overdrive, Stand By Me, The Shawshank Redemption, The Breathing Method, Gerald's Game, Different Seasons, Apt Pupil, The Raft, The Lawnmower Man, The Running Man, Dollar Babies, The Stand, Pet Sematary, Pet Sematary 2, Misery, The Mangler, Thinner, Nightflyer, The Green Mike, Secret Window, Dreamcatcher, 1408, The Mist, It, The Dark Tower, The Stand miniseries

Direct download: 174_Stephen_King_II__The_Movies_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Where we're going, we don't need rads… This week Kyle, Matthew and Natalie sit down with comedian Caitlin Durante (The Bechdel Cast) to talk about her favorite movie thrillogy: Back to the Future! But first, in traditional "This Is Rad!" fashion, they talk about Titanic for a while and discuss the ill-fated movie Titanic 2, which shockingly does exist. They unpack what makes Back to the Future so great, why Michael J. Fox is a national treasure, and why Crispin Glover is so dang weird. Natalie is obsessed with the Eric Stoltz movie that never was, Kyle defends Back to the Future 2, Caitilin unpacks the "Briff Conundrum," and yes, Part 3 is... addressed. So fire up your flux capacitors, accelerate to 88 miles per hour and travel BACK! IN! TIME! 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 Good Place, Bubblegum by Mark Lanegan

Raddendums: Titanic 2, Thelma & Louise, The Full Monty, Billy Elliot, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Billy Zane, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, Ruben and Ed, Aliens 2, The Bechdel Test

Direct download: 173_Back_to_the_Future_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Seriously, are you even laxing, bro? This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with lax rat and @midnight alum Adam Toltzis to talk about lacrosse! … after about 20 minutes of nonsense about working at @midnight. The gang discusses the fascinating origins of the sport and explore why some sports have such strong regional ties. Adam recounts how his body adjusted for the better after retiring from the sport. Plus, they discuss why this obscure sport has such a bad rap. There is some discourse on douches and how it is unfair to blame a whole sport for the actions of a group of dipshits who enjoy it. (It's a real “the more you know” moment.)  Kyle, Matt and Nat learn what NARPS are. Kyle and Adam unpack the Mighty Ducks franchise. We learn Burnside is a "porpoise boy." Also, Adam shows them that lacrosse players have some of the greatest (i.e. most ridiculous) names in the history of sports. Come for the talk about brony vore porn, stick around for an interesting chat about an often misunderstood sport.

Weekly Rads: Burnside's birthday at Hurricane Harbor, Overwatch Animated Shorts, The Secret of Ventriloquism by Jon Padgett, Akira

Raddendums: Mighty Ducks 2, Tour de Pharmacy, Everybody Wants Some!!, 30 for 30: Fantastic Lies

Direct download: 172_Lacrosse_-_This_Is_Rad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT