Wed, 31 May 2017
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
Tue, 23 May 2017
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
Wed, 17 May 2017
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
Wed, 10 May 2017
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
Wed, 3 May 2017
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