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Serious Series of Utmost Importance: The Series
63 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
MUSIC/YOGURT: Glass Animals and Glass Danimals
We explore the discography and sound of the band Glass Animals. Of course, we also go through the natural accompaniment to the band by drinking several Danimals flavors out of glasses.
57 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
GAMES: The Rise and Decline of Activision-Blizzard and the Games That Define Them
Our Season 4 Premiere! Chris and Neil journey through the beginnings of Activision and Blizzard, their merger, and the 2021 scandals that now define the company. We talk the games that people identify with Activision-Blizzard (the Warcraft franchise and Call of Duty primarily), as well as how Chris loves the Destiny franchise. He just goes on and on about his love for Destiny. He has good taste.
53 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
MUSIC: The Black Keys (The Black Keys vs. The White Stripes - Dawn of Ruckus Part 1)
In Part 1 of our 2 part series on "The Piano Feud" between Jack White and The Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, we explore the discography of the Black Keys. Spoilers - they're pretty good.
56 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Movies/Cultural Icons: The Keanussaince (The Decline and Rise of Keanu Reeves)
Like a cool ocean breeze over the Hawaiian mountains, the triumvirate of Serious Series returns with an exploration of the man, the myth, the meme: Keanu Reeves. We go through his early movies (the Bill & Ted movies and others), his decline (Matrix Reloaded, Matrix Revolutions... probably some others) to his triumphant return (John Wick, John Wick 2... hopefully some others). Along the way, we'll discover the difference between Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock, whether the meme version of Keanu is close to the real one, and speculate about when the Keanusaince will end. None of us have been able to play Cyberpunk without it crashing, so we literally cannot talk about that one though.
67 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
SCIENCE/MUSIC: Vaccines (Medical Vaccines and the band "The Vaccines")
Vaccines have had a long course through history, starting in their formation in the 2010s and going through their upcoming 5th studio album. But we talk a lot more about medical vaccines in this episode - Join us for a tour through the history of vaccines, from ancient Chinese approaches to inoculation against smallpox to the current crop of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. None of this is medical or musical advice, but its sure a fun ride. As The Vaccines lead singer might say, it's gonna be a nitroglycerin fueled romp. If you feel like understanding that reference, listen to the episode!
70 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
ELECTRONICS/GAMES: The Eighth Console Generation (PS4, Xbox One, Wii U/Switch)
Chris and Neil do a retrospective on this current console generation from the weird misfires of the early Xbox One and the Wii U to the later misfires of the Google Stadia and the memory of the Wii U. Along the way there were some successes, like the PS4 & Switch, and some great decisions like getting rid of the Kinect & the Wii U. We talk about some of the best console exclusives this gen and speculate about what Generation 9 will hold. Smart moneys on the Wii U 2: Stadia Boogaloo.
59 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
MOVIES: The Star Wars Prequels
Steve, Neil, and whiskey talk about Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, as well as a little bit about The Clone Wars and Rogue One. Consensus? Pretty good stuff, but rough in parts like sand. And goddamn do they makes some great memes.
59 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
FOOD: Cereals (AKA Serious Cereals of Utmost Importance)
Milk and Cereal? Milk and Cereal. Milk and Cereal? Cereal and Milk! Tom and Neil talk about the history of cereal, from its invention as an anti masturbatory aid to its evolution as an anytime pick me up. Also expect important, serious conversations about why Tom hates leprechauns and what the best spin off cereal is.
67 minutes | Mar 28, 2020
MUSIC: Tame Impala
Tom and Neil dive into the discography of everyone's second to third favorite Australian band and everyone's first to second favorite Kevin Parker project, Tame Impala! From the highs of Innerspeaker, Lonerism, Currents, and the Slow Rush to the lows of the period before they were making music, we tackle it all and answer the question on everyone's mind - are Impalas native to Australia? The answer may surprise you! It's no.
57 minutes | Mar 22, 2020
DISEASES/BOARD GAMES: Pandemics of History
Tom and Neil explore past pandemics in the midst of the current one, including The Plague, The Spanish Flu, SARS, MERS, and Pandemic (the board game)!
43 minutes | Oct 6, 2019
TV/COMICS: The Boys
Chris and Neil dive into the Amazon Prime series "The Boys" and the comic series it's based on. And a lovely discussion of different slang meaning of the boys too.
61 minutes | Sep 15, 2019
MUSIC/MOVIES: Late Daft Punk (Human After All, Electroma, Alive 2007, Tron: Legacy Soundtrack, Random Access Memories, collaborations with Kanye & The Weeknd)
We explore the back half of Daft Punk's career. Will there be a Tron 3 and will they score it? Will that Will.i.am collaboration ever be released? Is Jay-Z the worst? We don't answer any of these questions, we just talk about Daft Punk's music, man. Some great albums in the back half. And Alive 2007 is amazing. In fact, don't even listen to this episode. Just listen to Alive 2007 on repeat. Great stuff. But also listen to this episode!
71 minutes | Sep 8, 2019
MUSIC/MOVIES: Early Daft Punk (Darlin, Homework, D.A.F.T.: A Story About Dogs, Androids, Firemen, and Tomatoes, Discovery, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem)
We explore the first half of Daft Punk's long and eclectic career, from their formation as a pseudo-indie rock band called Darlin to the full length musical anime they made as the video portion of the Discovery album. Along the way we discuss what makes Daft Punk special, how they evolved between albums, and answer the age old question: Are We Human, or Are We Dancer? Oh, wrong band. We ask some other stuff though, take a listen!
84 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
MOVIES/TV: Marvel Cinematic Universe Post-Endgame & Phase 4 Thoughts (Avengers Endgame, Spider Man Far From Home, Phase 4 Announcements, Sony Sucking)
Why even bring Spider Man back from the dead in Endgame if they were just gonna kill him again a couple months later. You know who really killed spider man? Late stage capitalism man. Chris and Neil chat about Endgame, Far From Home, the news about Spider Man leaving the MCU (Spidexit?), and all of the Phase 4 and beyond announcements so far: Black Widow, Falcon and Winter Soldier, The Eternals, WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, Hawkeye, Thor Love and Thunder, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Blade. Naturally, because we're professionals, we stay on topic the whole time.
52 minutes | Aug 25, 2019
Movies/Games: Pokemon Detective Pikachu and Pre-release thoughts on Sword/Shield
C-man (our co-host Chris!) is back and mad as hell. Why is he so angry? Because Boris Johnson lied and now we can't have a full National Dex in the Galar region because of Dexit. Also we talk about Detective Pikachu and reminisce about the early Pokemon movies.
32 minutes | Jun 16, 2019
Art: The Paintings of Jim Carrey/The Electric Jesus Jim Carrey
You know Jim Carrey the actor, but do you know Jim Carrey the actor who also paints sometimes? We take a dive into the artwork, from the actually pretty good modern paintings to the stranger political cartoons that he's become known for, and ask some questions along the why. Like why? Who is this for? Does anyone monitor Jim Carrey's Twitter use? And again, why?
28 minutes | Jun 9, 2019
Music: Vampire Weekend LP4 "Father of the Bride"
Tom and Neil tackle Vampire Weekend LP4, "Father of the Bride," and its thematic links to the Steve Martin movie. Do we really? No, we just talk about the album. But now you're intrigued. What do we really talk about? Do we discuss the evolution of Vampire Weekend from Modern Vampires of the City to now? Do we talk about how this album was developed and why it seems different than other Vampire Weekend work? Do we talk about Spider Man Into the Spider-Verse? Maybe we do, maybe we don't. Only way to find out is to listen!
81 minutes | May 12, 2019
Movies/TV (But Pretty Much Just Movies): Marvel's The Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe
We take a look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a focus on The Avengers movies! For the ten of you who have not yet seen Avengers: Endgame, we definitely spoil it, and talk about its implications and what the MCU could look like going forward (Endgame discussion starts at 53:45). For you die hard Avengers fans out there, we have a quick segment about the original Avengers team right at the front of the episode. And for you people who don't like the Avengers or the MCU or who think Iron Man is just a triathlon or a kick ass Black Sabbath song and should have stayed that way, who hurt you?
90 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
Books/TV: Game of Thrones & A Song of Ice and Fire
For the first time on the internet, someone has the courage - nay, the audacity - to put some Game of Thrones themed content out there. We talk about the show, the book series in general, the differences and the stuff that was cut that probably shouldn't have been. Also, as you expect, we make a detour into talking about The Venture Bros and David Bowie. Featuring Franklin!
49 minutes | Mar 6, 2019
TV/Movie: Westworld (The HBO Show and the 1973 Original Movie)
Neil and Steve discuss if Marilyn Manson looks like a fat Nicolas Cage (spoiler - he does!). We also talk about what the hell was going on in the first two seasons of Westworld, the differences between the show and the movie, and whether it's worth getting into a show that requires diagrams and youtube videos to understand.
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