Recorded on Day 59 of the Gulf Oil Leak, we finally offer our take on the situation currently affecting Louisiana’s coast. We apologize in advance to Detroit residents, fans of ESPN Zone, and anyone who ran into trouble pre-ordering a fourth generation iPhone; we lob some insults your way that could rightfully be considered cheap shots. But we are speaking more out of frustration than hate, and we save most of our true vitriol for guys like Dick Cheney, who tops our list of “People Who Are Surely Going To Hell Or Are Probably Already There.”
Thanks for bearing with us during the long hiatus, it has been a weird few weeks down here in New Orleans. Hopefully by the time we tape the next episode, we can just cut right to the lighter topics such as Ticketmaster, Pat Robertson, Hawkvision, Caligula, Good Luck Chuck, the USFL, and (of course) Steely Dan. Enjoy.
#010: Jazz Fest, Drug Tests, DJ Lethal
A lot has happened in the world since we last put out one of these here podcasts, and instead of trying to talk about everything, we come at you with a concise - dare I say organized - discussion about a few topics that struck our fancy over the last few weeks. We’ve got a very brief review of the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, some thoughts on the newest legal marijuana alternative and an impassioned plea for Lauryn Hill to put out another record.
You want a diatribe about Graham Nash? Or drug tests? Or Limp Bizkit? Well you’re in luck, because we got that. Steely Dan? Check. The Huffington Post? Check. House of Pain, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Sugar Ray? All here, and more. Enjoy.
#009: Taxes, Gratuity, Karaoke
Full disclosure here folks: one of us drank way too much before this week’s episode, and then that same person took a while to upload it to the internets. While this was recorded almost a week ago, as far as topoi goes, it doesn’t get much more timeless than making fun of Tea Party protests, complaining about gratuity, singing the praises of karaoke, and sharing stories about some of the weirder places you have woken up.
It’s all here, with special guest appearances from Looking Glass, The Band, Sinead O’Connor and Steve Buscemi, just to name a few. Enjoy.
The Best of The Matt & Jack Podvast, Volume 1
Alternative Media Expo 2010 is blowing into New Orleans on April 17 and for the occasion we have assembled a little clip show filled with some of our favorite stories, conversations, zingers and freak-outs from the first eight episodes (and supplemented it with some fresh content about melodicas, kayaking, laser tag, The Eiffel Tower and Christina Applegate).
Thanks to all our listeners for the continued support. Enjoy.
#008: Crystal Pepsi, Pinkberry, Light Bulbs
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists descended on New Orleans and, if you are anything like us, you kill time before a One Eyed Jack’s show by getting drunk off Thunderbird and recording a podcast. We revisit The Real World by offering some final thoughts on the the Washington, D.C. season, address the cult of Pinkberry, and ponder the future of civilization via a discussion of Crystal Pepsi, Nokia cell phones and incadecent light bulbs.
But what’s a conversation about the future without mention of Time Cop, Bicentennial Man, The Terminator and Freejack? And what’s a Podvast without mention of Steely Dan,the American Express Plum Card, Nip/Tuck, John Kerry, Steve Jobs and Van Hagar. Enjoy.
#007: SXSW, Street Gangs, Politics
A lot has happened since the last time we were in the studio, and for the latest edition of the Podvast we try to cover as much as possible without sounding like total dorks. The first annual Foburg Music Festival descended on New Orleans’ Frenchman Street, and SXSW rolled into Austin. We give a brief overview of the the former, then Jack shares some fascinating insights about the latter.
And as much as we try to avoid political discourse, we would be remiss if we didn’t talk about Health Care Reform and Sarah Palin’s new reality show, as well as get a few things off our chests in regards to gay marriage and evolution. If it makes you feel any better, we manage to touch on Surfer Blood, The Lion King, Big Rock Candy Mountain, Bill Maher, pizza, Jon & Kate Plus 8, sissy bounce rap and Planet Earth. Enjoy.
#006: Twitter, MTV Unplugged, Pornography
If you were one of the literally tens of people anxiously waiting for Part 2 of the “Minivast” to hit the airwaves, you’re out of luck: It was terrible so we shelved it. Instead, we are back for a full-scale episode that chronicles the rise and fall of MTV Unplugged, offers a theory on how professional sports and pornography control the universe, and laments the unfortunate timing of Spacehog’s musical career.
What’s a conversation about MTV Unplugged without mention of Eric Clapton, Nirvana and Dashboard Confessional? And what’s a Podvast without mention of Michael McDonald-era Doobie Brothers, bocce, Goodfellas, Steely Dan, My Boys, Twitter, Girl Talk and the Winter Olympics? Enjoy.
#005: Independent Live Music Minivast I, Part 1 of 2
We decided it was time to get back in the habit of seeing bands we’ve never heard of before perform at venues slightly off the beaten path. And since we’ve got this here microphone and happen to enjoy the sound of our own voices, we decided to record our thoughts and post them on the internets.
In the first edition of our “Independent Live Music Minivast” series, we discuss our recent excursions to Circle Bar and Bank Street Bar for some good old-fashioned free indie rock shows. Sun Hotel and Chicken & Whiskey are the subject of Part 1, with Autotomii, Wildfire, We The Granada, and Smiley With A Knife getting some press on Part 2.
#004: Mardi Gras, Mayors, Jukeboxes
The mayoral election is in the books, the Saints won the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras has come and gone, so we are back in the studio to talk about all these things and more. Our voices are shaky and our synapses are fried, but we pulled it together for a few hours to talk about bum wines, Twitter, AT&T’s colossal 3G fail, jukeboxes and The Doors (both the movie and the band).
We tried to keep it concise and coherent, but that couldn’t stop the conversation from spilling over to The Band, Warren Zevon, Elton John, Lou Reed, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Michael McDonald-era Doobie Brothers and - of course - Steely Dan. Enjoy, and please keep the great feedback coming.
#003: The Real World, Malt Liquor, The Rusty Nail
With Mardi Gras parades rolling and the filming of The Real World: Back to New Orleans well underway, we have the perfect excuse to discuss some of our favorite topics in the history of discussion. After briefly touching on some of the better Carnival Krewes and exploring the difference between red wine and malt liquor, we dive headfirst into all things Real World. We offer a theory on why recent seasons have been so hard to watch, share some thoughts on the housemates’ new digs and make a few pleas to the producers who recently descended on our fair city. Additionally, with the help of some awesome feedback from our culturally-literate listeners, we set the record straight on the things we got wrong in the first two episodes.
DISCLAIMER: Appropriately, some portions of this episode get very NOLA-centric, especially when we start talking about geography and the best/worst bars in the city. But fear not, intrepid listeners. The majority of the discussion stays relatively broad, and the rest provides some great insider information that you can use to impress your friends when The Real World: Back to New Orleans hits the airwaves.
#002: Avatar, Steppenwolf, James Spader
After a week off, the “Podvast” is back, taking on such important issues as FAA regulations, Avatar, Steely Dan, Avenue Pub, Weekend at Bernie’s, Coldplay, Mannequin, Andrew McCarthy, James Spader, Boston Legal, Steppenwolf, Ally McBeal, David Cronenberg, Crash, Goodburger, Donald Trump and much more. Don’t mind the verbal tics and rhetorical crutches. We know exactly what we are talking about and are joined by longtime friend of the show Dave.
#001: Trader Joe’s, Drowning Mona, Beverly Hills 90210
On the first official episode of the “Podvast,” me and my buddy Jack discuss this blustery New Orleans weather, Trader Joe’s, Drowning Mona, Beverly Hills: 90210 vs. Saved By The Bell and The Jersey Shore. We also try to keep it PG-13, as well as figure out what the hell that means, anyway.