Tue, 26 April 2016
Spencer Emmons, come on down! You’re the next contestant on The Rad Is Right! Spencer “Serf LA” Emmons returns to This Is Rad! to share his life in the world of game shows. From his early days working with his mom on The Gong Show to working cue cards on Singled Out, Spence has seen it all. Strap in for trivia galore as they talk the Family Feud curse, that serial killer from The Dating Game and a breakdown of how live game shows are shot. Also, the gang learns what Alex Trebek looks like without a shirt. Plus, Natalie pits Kyle and Burnside head-to-head with Spencer in our first TIR Trivia Showdown!
Weekly Rads: Patience by Dan Clowes, The Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way, the update for Rocket League to play basketball
Raddendums: Louie Anderson, Mark Goodson, Merv Griffin, Dick Clark, Buzzer, Tattle Tale, The Gong Show & Chuck Barris, Newlywed Game, Bob Eubanks, Bob Hope, Alex Trebek, Rayburn, Bowser from Sha Na Na, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson, The Price Is Right, Singled Out, American Idol, Adam Lambert, Danielle Perez, Pitfall/Roulette, Finders Keepers, Masters of the Maze, Nick Arcade, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Card Sharks, Password, Game Buzzer, Nelly, MXC, Distraction, Remote Control, King of Kong, Josh Androsky the skateboard rabbi on The Price Is Right
Wed, 20 April 2016
This week Kyle and Matthew talk about the '90s cultural force that swept the UK: Britpop! In their journey, they are joined by Meltdown’s resident British person Jake Robinson and the lovely Ben Morse to discuss what constitutes a proper Britpop song. Jake explains his two camps of Britpop: "Swaggery" bands and "Cheeky Fun" bands. They have a nice retrospective on the Blur/Oasis war. They also break down the less talked about Verve vs. Verve Pipe war that was waged here in the United States. They talk about the origins of Britpop, the subgenres and offshoots. Kyle and Jake recommend the BBC documentary “Seven Ages of Rock” as an excellent primer for rock music from an English perspective. They also debate who does a better version of the song “Common People”: Pulp or William Shatner. The gang also chats about the lasting effects of Britpop on both sides of the pond and Natalie learns the horrible truth about Engelbert Humperdinck. Cause maybe, this is gonna be the podcast that saves me. And after all, you’re my Rader-wall. If you're in the L.A. area, come to our special Earth Day edition of Retro Rad April 22nd at 9pm at the NerdMelt Showroom!
Weekly Rads: Sturgill Simpson's The Sailor's Guide to Earth, Trader Joe's Popcorn in A Pickle, Documentary Now
Raddendums: Stone Roses, Oasis, Second Coming, Manchester, dance-rock, Happy Mondays, Soup Dragons, Worzel Gummidge, Take That, Seven Ages of Rock, Arctic Monkeys, NME, Radiohead, Blur & Parklife, Pulp, The Verve, Definitely Maybe, Travis, Embrace, Suede, Jarvis Cocker, Separations, Definitive Class, Supergrass, Teenage Fanclub & Bandwagonesque, Primal Scream, Aphex Twin, Block Party, Echobelly & "Great Things," Engelbert Humperdinck, Trigger Happy TV, The Killers, Damien Hirst, Stuart Lee, Placebo, Robbie Williams
Wed, 13 April 2016
Nineties Cartoons day is a very dangerous day. This week Kyle and Matthew take a nostalgic trip into the Aaahh!!! real animated world of '90s cartoons with comedians Keith Carey and Anna Valenzuela. They talk Nicktoons, Disney Afternoon, Cartoon Network and much more. They also discuss the delicate kid karma at play when the Northridge Earthquake ruined Kyle's chance to meet the Power Rangers. But Keith has no remorse for Kyle's house being destroyed after Kyle mentions he had the Real Ghostbusters firehouse playset. Also, Kyle and Anna chat about "Denver, the Last Dinosaur" and his lasting presence on Spanish TV. (It's kind of like if Morrissey were a dinosaur that liked to skateboard.) And the group attempts to answer one of life's great questions: How does CatDog poop? Check out Anna and Keith on the 12 Questions and Mean Boys podcasts, respectively!
Weekly Rads: Miitomo, Green Room (2016), Hot (Lean) Pockets that were on sale at the store
Raddendums: Ren & Stimpy & "Space Madness," Phi Phi O'Hara, Doug, Rugrats, When that girl pooped in the hot tub on Big Brother, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Rocko's Modern Life, American Gladiator, Hey Arnold, KaBlam!, Action League Now!, The Angry Beavers, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, CatDog, The Wild Thornberrys, Mighty Max, The Biker Mice from Mars, Roughnecks: the Starship Troopers Chronicles, Invader Zim, Reboot, The Fairly OddParents, Johnny Bravo, Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory, Fish Police, Tiny Toons, Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers, Talespin, Rocket Power, Sonic the Hedgehog, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eek the Cat, Vin Diesel and Street Sharks, Animaniacs, Muppet Babies, Blue Clues, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Life with Louie, Bobby's World
Tue, 5 April 2016
Whip it! Whip it good! This week Kyle and Matthew tip their fedora to comedian Caitlin Durante with a wide-reaching conversation about everyone's favorite professor of archeology: Indiana Jones. They discuss the three movies - that's right, we said THREE - as well as the video games, ride and stunt show. Along the way they break down aliens vs. God, pregnant vampires, banging hot-zis (hot Nazis), IPop (International Palace of Pancakes) and do their very best Sean Connery impressions.
Weekly Rads: Wrestlemania 32, "Oh, Hello," Cobalt
Raddendums: Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs, Space Jam, Karen Allen, Meatballs, Men in Black, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Mr. Plinkett's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Review, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade video game, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, The Pagemaster, Chex Quest, Doom, Duke Nukem, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Dinosaur/Countdown to Extinction, Indiana Jones stunt show, Forrest Gump