Archive for June, 2011

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Popspotting #82: California Killing (July 1, 2011)

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“I want to get back to my city by the bay…” We have a great Feedback Friday show, thanks to you! We’re so glad you enjoyed our last music show, and today we talk about some great songs about California that didn’t make Jen’s list last week, and get a couple of listening recommendations. We turn to TV to talk the ill-fated NBC show “The Event,” the shortlived Joss Whedon show “Dollhouse,” and the controversial season finale of “The Killing.” Finally, we can confirm that the official “Breaking Bad” podcast will return with the upcoming fourth season, premiering July 17. Subscribe in iTunes today!

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Popspotting #81: PopTalk with Colleen Glatfelter (June 30, 2011)

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Colleen GlatfelterJoining us this week for “PopTalk & Trivia Thursday” is Colleen Glatfelter, a long-time friend, blogger, and veteran podcaster. A New Yorker at heart, she’s now in North Carolina thanks to true geek love, having recently married podcasting powerhouse Jay of “The LOST Podcast with Jay & Jack.”

Today she shares her love of celebrity gossip (but not really mean celebrity gossip), “Game of Thrones,” and Rick Riordan. Then, the trivia.

We had a blast talking with Colleen (only half of our free-flowing conversation made the podcast), and we can’t wait to see her again in person at Comic-Con next month. If you want to connect with her, check out her blog (CollWrites.com), follow her on Twitter (@Colleen84), or look for her on Instagram!

Want to join us on Popspotting and school us on what’s cool? Drop us a line!

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Popspotting #80: Favorite Hawaii Foods (June 29, 2011)

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SushiWe hope you’re not hungry when you listen to today’s show… and we’re not even sure if our topic will make your stomach growl, or turn! Jen, born and raised in a small Florida town, shares the five foods she discovered in Hawaii that she says changed her life. The menu includes Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and of course, Hawaiian.

This episode is dedicated in part to “The Sporkful,” a great food podcast by Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison. Dan is the composer behind the Popspotting theme song, a creation that played a pivotal role in pushing us to get our show off the ground.

What counts as exotic food where you live? Any dishes or cuisines you think we’re missing out on? If you think food makes for a good “Wildcard Wednesday” theme (or if you don’t), please let us know!

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Popspotting #79: Firefly (June 28, 2011)

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It’s been over a decade since the crew of the Serenity first took flight on FOX. The short, sporadic, eleven-episode run of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” is now the poster child for all smart television that’s prematurely killed by stupid networks. A “space western” may have been impossible to categorize, but the show is impossible to resist, with colorful, fleshed-out characters, brisk and brilliant writing, and a tragically huge sense of potential that sadly was never realized. The 2005 movie “Serenity” helped to continue the story, but fans are still eternally left wanting more.

Helping to keep the spirit of “Firefly” alive are annual charity screenings of “Serenity” called “Can’t Stop the Serenity.” They’re staged all around the world, most recently in Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, even Vancouver, Canada, and Newcastle, UK. (Next stop, Pittsburgh, PA and Madison, WI.)

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Popspotting #78: Cars 2 (June 27, 2011)

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Cars 2 PosterIt’s been five years since we’ve heard from Lightning McQueen and his friends from Radiator Springs. The original “Cars” wasn’t the strongest Pixar film, but still a favorite of our family. “Cars 2” picks up the pace and takes us around the world, and into the world of international intrigue, with a spy plot that director John Lasseter says was inspired in part by the Jason Bourne movies. Tow Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) takes a more central role, and we meet new characters (including a British pair voiced by Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer). There’s car geek trivia and movie references, and like “Wall-E,” there’s even a subplot of social commentary. Even a so-so Pixar flick is a good flick by any other measure, so this sequel offers a pretty good ride.

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Popspotting #77: “Raising Lady Justified” (June 24, 2011)

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Raising HopeIt’s Feedback Friday! As usual, the show is packed with great stuff today. You tell us about “Raising Hope” on Fox, seeing Lady Gaga live (rest in peace, Clarence Clemons), iPhone camera app hoarding, “Justified,” “Terriers,” “Torchwood,” “The Hunger Games,” “Jennifer Government,” and the official “Breaking Bad” podcast.

You got us thinking… what musicians or bands do you most want to see live?

Special thanks to Anne-Sophie Reinhardt of Zurich, Switzerland, who’s blogging at My Intercontinental Life, and has started podcasting herself!

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Popspotting #76: Astronauts and Zombies (June 23, 2011)

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Moon Movie PosterFor today’s PopTalk & Trivia Thursday, we check in with Albert Ross in Charlotte, North Carolina. He shares his love of “Moon,” a 2009 gem by Duncan Jones starring Sam Rockwell, “Bar Karma,” a choose-your-own-adventure series on Current, and “Walking Dead,” AMC’s smash hit from earlier this year. Then, it’s time for trivia!

You can follow Al on Twitter at @albatros69, or find him on Facebook.

Interested in joining us on Popspotting? Drop us a line!

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Popspotting #75: California Songs (June 22, 2011)

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LunaWith less than a month to go until Comic-Con in San Diego, Jen is in a California state of mind. So going back to our “Pith of Pop” roots (the segment she used to do on HawaiiUP more than five years ago), we explore a musical Top Five for today’s “Wildcard Wednesday.”

Today she shares her top five songs about the Golden State. Her picks include Led Zeppelin, The Doors, and The Runaways. She’s even got a couple of runner ups!

Wikipedia lists hundreds of songs about California, so we know we’ve missed a few great ones in our list. Have you got your own favorites? And have you got a suggestion for our next top five theme?

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Popspotting #74: Weeds (June 21, 2011)

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WeedsLast week we talked about a series in which a devoted parent turns to illegal drug sales to make ends meet for the family. Why not continue the theme? For TV Tuesday, we discuss “Weeds,” a series on Showtime created by Jenji Kohan.

While the setup is similar, “Weeds” is almost the opposite of “Breaking Bad.” Whimsical, hilarious, shiny and sexy. It stars Mary-Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins, Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon, Hunter Parrish, and Alexander Gould. The seventh season begins June 27, 2011.

We’re only caught up through season five, with season six on our to-do list. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we know what’s ahead. But we’re enjoying ourselves enough to continue. Are you watching “Weeds”? Did you give up on it? What other shows could fill the same “wickedly fun adult comedy” slot on our TiVo?

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Popspotting #73: Ray Nicolette Double Feature (June 20, 2011)

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Jackie BrownThis week, we take a break from the multiplex and dig into our movie collection to share our love for two great films: “Jackie Brown” and “Out Of Sight.” Both films feature a slimy ATF agent named Ray Nicolette, and are adapted from Elmore Leonard novels. And while directors Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh have very different styles, these films have more in common than you’d think.

“Jackie Brown” (1997) stars Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. “Out of Sight” (1998) stars George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, along with Ving Rhames, Steve Zahn, and Don Cheadle (and, yes, Keaton).

For “Movie Monday,” we hope to cover a mix of new releases and past favorites, but we’d love to know if you have a preference. And as far as diving into older films, if you’ve got a pick or two to share, or even a complementary “double feature,” we’d love to hear it!

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