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This week on the show Kyle and Matthew took a field trip to Disgraceland, the home of their sister podcast The Goods From The Woods, to chat with Rivers Langley, along with River's Mom Gail Langley and first time guest Rosalie Atkinson about one of the great American rock bands The Allman Brothers Band. Kyle and Rivers both share their fandom for the band and Matt talks about his discovery of the band through Rock Band. But Rosalie... Rosalie is on a whole other level. Over the past few years Rosalie has been working on a project about the band that included a pretty incredible road trip/pilgrimage with her Mom to significant locations in the bands history. Along the way she's talked to a ton of folks who worked with the group and her knowledge on the subject is pretty nuts. This is some good old fashion music nerdery. Whether you are a longtime fan or totally unfamiliar with their music, this is a fantastic primer and celebration of the band, their music, and their somewhat tragic history. So kick back, eat a peach, and enjoy!

 

Weekly Rads:

 

Matthew: Fleabag (amazon show)

 

Laura: Sorry To Bother You (movie)

 

Kyle: Radland Records (Kyle is starting a small comedy record label!)

 

Come to Kyle's album taping December 3rdat Star Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Also: Between now and December, if you would like to schedule a time for Kyle to run his hour with you one on one or with a small group (or if you live in the southwestern United States and have somewhere you'd like him to perform, or if you wanna watch him do it via skype) please contact us atthisisradpodcast@gmail.combecause seriously he's pretty much down for anything as he tries to finalize his new album.

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Direct download: TIR_Allman_Bros_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

This week on the show Kyle and Matthew chat with their friend and fellow former NerdMelt staffer, Jack Kelly. Together, they break down the most popular broadway musical of the last decade. They are reverent, focused, and absolutely do not spin off on any weird tangents whatsoever... Man, you should see your face right now. This week on the show, Kyle, Matthew, and Jack Kelly breakdown the unstoppable cultural juggernaut that is Hamilton. They discuss their experiences with the play and how it has emotionally effected them. They break down the brilliance of Lin-Manuel Miranda and the fine art of balancing historical accuracy with dramatic storytelling. They get into how the play reflects the larger idea of American identity and how that seems to have manifested into a play that speaks to and has effected so many people in so many ways. Also, they talk about fan fiction. Erotic fan fiction. Over the last few years Jack created a massive alternate universe fan fiction using the characters from this popular play. These stories have created some internet drama. They are also pretty awesome. This episode does a pretty great job illustrating how and why Jack is one of Kyle and Matthew's favorite people and the trio have a fantastic time using the backdrop of this awesome play to get really, really weird. This was a personal favorite episode for all parties involved and before you even ask, yes, we will be doing a follow up with more stories about fan fiction in the future. There is a lot of really fantastic writing out there about the significance of Hamilton as a piece of art. There is also this podcast, which does that but also gets pretty sexy. Please join us on an odyssey into the great American psyche.

 

Weekly Rads:

 

Matthew: Marvel's Spider-Man (video game)

 

Kyle: Smokey and The Bandit (movie)

 

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Direct download: TIR_Hamilton_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm PDT

This week on the show, Matthew is on assignment so Kyle and Laura welcome Kyle and Lucia. Wait, two Kyles?! Oh my medication! Kyle McCormick and Lucia Fasano are two of Kyle C's favorite people. They're amazing musicians, podcasters, and comedy people and they've come on the podcast to chat about their mutual love of RomComs. Now before you scoff, let's remember that every genre of movies has good and bad so before you turn up your nose, give us a chance to sell you on this often maligned genre. Okay, that out of the way, we have a grand old time breaking down what makes a good RomCom and believe it or not, we go on some tangents and riffs. Is The Wedding Singer a perfect movie? What vintage classics hold up and which ones don't? Is it possible to find Billy Crystal kinda hot? All this and more will be explored! Come meet cute with us!

 

Weekly Rads: 

 

Matthew: Magic For Humans (Netflix) 

 

Kyle: Blank Check (podcast) 

 

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Direct download: TIR_RomComs_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30pm PDT

Guys, it finally happed. After months of talk on the intros, we are finally devoting a whole episode to Overwatch. And in case that wasn't enough, we brought Adam Murray along as well. Join Kyle, Matt, Adam, and fantastic first time guest and streamer Sloan Wolf as they explore what it is about this game that has taken the world by storm. They break down the complicated lore and the interesting ways it brings people in with its diverse cast of characters. Plus, Adam and Matt get in a pretty heated debate about a hamster. They talk about the positives and negatives of online gaming and they try to assuage Kyle's anxieties about getting made fun of my teens. (Spoiler: he's still afraid) Plus, we learn that Laura really loves blimps.

 

This episode is sponsored by the fine folks at Mack Weldon. Go to mackweldon.com and use the promo code RAD to get 20% of your order. (And tell em Sacky sent ya...)

 

Weekly Rads:

Kyle: Trackmania Turbo (video game)

 

Kasey: Pettyjohn Chime (guitar pedal)

 

Nancy/Mom: That's From Disneyland! Pop Up Exhibit and Auction (event)

 

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Direct download: TIR_Overwatch_Final_with_edits.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

This week Kyle, Matthew, and Laura are joined by comedian/national treasure Jackie Kashian for a chat about the steamy world of romance novels. We learn that the term “romance novel” carries with it about a million sub-categories that range from the delightful to the deranged and just about everywhere in between. For our hardcore book nerds out there this episode also explores a bit of the history of the paperback novel and it's place in the American cultural lexicon. Plus, since Jackie and Kyle are in a room together things of course turn to the broader world of pulp novels including many a fantasy/sci-fi/horror recommendation. Expect to pause this one to write stuff down pretty regularly. If you are a fan of this show you may or may not know that Kyle produces The Jackie and Laurie Show, in which Jackie Kashian is the aforementioned Jackie (along with Laurie Kilmartin). It's a great show and if you are a comedy nerd there are some amazing inside baseball stories. So dim the lights, light a few candles, and spend a little time with your favorite radness based podcast.

 

Weekly Rads:

(from alone in his car while driving!)

 

Kyle – Premier Guitar Rig Rundown videos (youtube)

 

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Direct download: TIR_Romance_Novels_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

This week on the show we welcome writer and comedian TK Kelly for a chat about one of America's greatest songwriters, the one and only Tom Petty. The gang explore Petty's career for his early days through the massive success of Damn The Torpedos to some of his incredible collaborations with the grandmasters of rock music. They break down what is is about the Heartbreakers as a backing band that works so well. Kyle highly recommends the 2007 documentary “Running on a Dream” that covers his career in detail and is a great addendum to this episode. Plus, it wouldn't be Rad without a few side tangents and we get into it about Third Eye Blind. What does that have to do with Tom Petty? You'll have to listen to find out. (Spoiler Alert: it doesn't really, but the tangent is pretty fun anyway.)

 

This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon! Go to www.mackweldon.com and use the promo code RAD at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

 

Weekly Rads:

 

Kyle: The Raid: Redemptions (movie)

 

Matthew and Laura: The OC Fair Monster Truck Rally (event)

 

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Direct download: TIR_Tom_Petty_TK_Kelly_final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

Anna Valenzuela and Jenny Chalikian have returned for another installment of our ongoing retrospective of Battlestar Galactica. First and foremost, let's all celebrate the fact that we have gotten Matthew addicted to the show. Now that he's as sick as the rest of us, everyone can dive in and explore season one of the series. At this point, the parallels between the show and the changing political climate of the time are really starting to show. For a show about space robots there sure are a lot of metaphors about 9/11 and the war on terror. Thrill as Burnside has his first hot takes about characters! Plus, Jenny and Anna have been doing rewatches and reflect on how time as influenced their feelings about different characters. The gang dig in and time flies. This retrospective has been super fun and we hope that it has encouraged some of you to watch along with us.

 

Weekly Rad:

 

Matthew: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (video game)

 

Kyle: So You Wanna Be A Outlaw by Steve Earle and The Dukes (album)

 

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Direct download: TIR_BSG2_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

This week Kyle and Matthew sit down with comedians Christine Little and Leah Lamarr for a delightful chat about self help. Kyle has spent the better part of this year immersed in the world of self help and recently started working with Christine on a new podcast called “A Little Advice” in which she uses her BA in psychology to give other comedians life advice. Leah was her first guest and after they recorded that episode, she stuck around. Here's a fun thing you'll find in this episode, Kyle and Leah (who'd never met before this episode) learn that they have the same terrifying laugh. For real, you'll hear it in this episode and it's pretty haunting. The gang discuss The Artist Way, a creative recovery program that Kyle, Christine, and Leah all participate in. They also discuss relationship advice books and make a few recommendations for books that have been helpful to them. This episode stats real silly but also gets pretty intense by the end. Thrill as Christine and Matthew break down his relationship (spoiler alert: he loves Laura). Marvel as everybody shares about their experiences trying to get out from the darkness that can sometimes cloud your head. This episode hardly scratches the surface of the world of self help but if you're thinking that you might want to explore some of this yourself, this isn't a bad place to start.

 

Weekly Rads:

(with special guest Kasey Clark)

 

Kyle: Heavy Liquid (comic)

 

Kasey: Culture Abuse (band) Babylon 5 (TV show)

 

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Direct download: TIR_Self_Help_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

This week on the show, the gang set off for the high seas for another nautical adventure as they bid adieu to another Summer of Rad. They are joined by their ship captain Lisa Curry along with Kyle's bestie Jarrod Gilbreath and making her podcast debut the hilarious Kate Gaffney. The sextet cruise around Long Beach harbor and have a nice chat about life, boating, and several topics I'm not sure we're allowed to talk about in an episode description. (For real, this is another episode you maybe don't play in the car with the kids.) One more fun in the sun episode for your summer listening pleasure.

 

Also, we totally forgot that last week was the show's four year anniversary! Thank you everyone who has been with us on this crazy journey. We had no idea if anyone would ever listen to this show when we started it and the fact that we've developed such an incredible audience of smart, funny, and sweet people has been such an incredible experience. Truly from the bottom of our hearts, that you for listening!

 

Weekly Rads:

Kyle: Resident Evil 7 (video game) (note: Spoiler warning skip 19 mins 58 seconds to 21 mins 51 seconds, if you don't want the first hour of the game spoiled for you.)

 

Laura: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (video game)

 

Matthew: Overwatch Update (video game), No Man's Sky Update (video game), and Ladybird (movie)

 

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Direct download: TIR_Boats3_Final.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT

Summer of Rad is full of surprises including this fun little bonus episode. The good people of Knott's Berry Farm were nice enough to give Kyle and special guest Julia Prescott tickets to spend a day in the park. What neither Kyle nor Julia anticipated was that it would be the hottest day of the summer. While their time at the park was cut short because they were going to die, they got some fun rides in and recorded their experiences with the longtime SoCal staple in the car on the way to and the way back from their trip. Kick back and enjoy two grade-a theme park nerds chatting about theme parks, growing up in SoCal, and working as writers. Enjoy!

 

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Direct download: TIR_BONUS_Knotts_Julia_Prescott.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30pm PDT