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Dec 21, 2016

On this eggnog-flavored episode, I'm joined by one of my favorite artists, the brilliant and prolific Alex Pardee. We share some of our favorite Christmas memories, including Santa's toy counterfeiting ring, sweaty Christmas carolers, boys wanting girl toys, dolls made out of produce, facial road rash, tall Tiny Tims and the death of Santa.

If you miss this episode, YULE regret it (I'm so sorry).

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Did you know that Santa made the Dungeons & Dragons Fortress of Fangs playset just for Alex? It's true.

I karate chopped everything in a 10 mile radius the year I got my Fisher Price Miss Piggy puppet.

Alex with his Valterra Zombie board before going pro.

They don't call it The Nightmare for nothing. This poser Nash skateboard nearly killed me.

Extras

Want to ruin Christmas for the kiddies, tell them that Santa Claus is dead.

I recount the time I wanted to be Jacob Marley.

Credits

Opening Song: These Are The Quotes From Our Favorite 80's Movies by The Bouncing Souls

Closing Song: Have A Holly Jolly X-Mas by Crom-Tech

Dec 5, 2016

My long-time friend, Abby and I compare notes on finding our local punk rock scene. We discuss the appeal of fast and loud music, the sense of belonging it afforded us, the and the values we came away with that make us the people we are today.

Bonus:  Abby delivers the first f-bomb, which in itself is pretty punk rock. Just ask Tipper Gore.  

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From unblemished beginnings...

...to discontented delinquent.

You know, just hanging around dying leopard stripes onto someones head.

Painting the Tune Inn sometime in the early 90s.

We discuss depictions of the underground music scene in the mainstream, such as the the bird flipping punk in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and among the ranks of the Garbage Pail Kids.

Extras

Abby and I made you a mixtape companion to the episode. However, I recommend listening to the podcast and mix tape at separate times.

Nov 16, 2016

For as long as I've known him, conversations with Mike Cooper usually devolve into talks about vintage Star Wars figures. In this episode, we commit one such conversation to podcast and also discuss our glue-happy fathers and their involvement in our star wars collecting.

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Mike's Puke-Custed, Party-Fest, Sewer Luke Skywalkerâ„¢ and rare Cloth Cape Darth Vader.

My glued down collection of Empire Strikes Back trading cards.

My dad was a Topps Trading Card counterfeiter.

TIE Interceptor trapped in amber.

My dad was proud enough of his coloring job to sign and date it. Show off!

Extras:

It is possible to watch Star Wars as it appeared in 1977.

More on Star Wars figures vs a glue-happy dad

A Walrus Man by Any Other Name

Nov 1, 2016

In childhood development, transitional objects provide comfort in difficult or unique situations. We're joined by Stacey Rader, of Adventures of a Geeky Vixen, to discuss some of the toys that helped us through some tricky times growing up and into adulthood.

We laugh, we cry (almost), and get a little gross.

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Turns out that Strawberry Shortcake rag dolls make great stunt padding in a pinch. And they smell good too. 

My old friend with the crooked nose and droopy eye.

Carrie Fisher meets Endor Carrie Fisher

E.T. means home. Me and my best friend with our Showtime Kamar E.T.s in 1982.

He's an adult, he's annoying, and he's an important part of Stacey's past.

Moss Man got me through a long drive to my impending doom (hospital visit).

When you're nervous about flying, it's good to have the ultimate co-pilot at your side.

B.A. Baracus at 35,000 feet

Extras
Jim Henson's The Christmas Toy

"More Than Just Teddy Bears" by Colleen Goddard 

"I Yam What I Yam!"

 

Oct 17, 2016

More Halloweenery! We're joined by Joey Gallimore, aka Dr. Jose, of cameraviscera.com, to dig up our childhood memories of being afraid of the dark. We talk about things that scared us on television and in the movies, and examine how those fears mutated into a want to make scares of our own and a love for the horror genre

We attempt to process the effects of seeing movies like Alice, Sweet Alice, CujoThe BroodDawn of the Dead at a young age. 

We both agree that the Catholic Church is a scary place and seek solace in the teachings of our patron saints, Chainsaw and Dave.

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Weirdo stoner puppets reassure Joey that he is, in fact, alive. Joey is not comforted.

Todd is undone by the unblinking autonomatronic terror of Shields and Yarnell.

Extras

Joey writes about the stuff that scared him as a kid.

Peek behind the scenes and defang the scares with Fangoria and Gorezone magazines.

It turns out you can order a Venus Flytrap on Amazon.

Sep 20, 2016

On the inaugural episode, we are joined by artist, toy maker, blogger, and fellow nostalgist Tyler Ham to discuss some of our favorite Halloween memories. 

We talk Halloween television, share some of our favorite Halloween decorations, feel a little bad for actor Michael Berryman, remember cheap boxed Halloween costumes, get wistful about Halloween Headquarters in the era before Spirit Halloween superstores, and get embarrassed about dressing up as Batman and The Joker respectively in 1989. Also, try as he might, Tyler can't figure out a way to be headless.

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Tyler mentions his vintage ceramic ghost light.

Tyler's custom The Thing from Another World Mego style action figure

The Imagineering! documentary.

Extras

Tyler's "Last Halloween" as The Joker.

Todd, the resident weirdo shines in the school's haunted house.

More on Ben Cooper and Collegeville boxed costumes.

Jeff Goldblum in a made for TV version of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Disney's 1949 short, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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