Jul 20, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 222 – Toys Я Us

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I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid

they got a million toys at Toys R us that I can play with
I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys R Us kid
they got the best for so much less, it'll really flip your lid
From bikes to trains to video games
it's the biggest toy store there is (gee whiz!)
I don't wanna grow up, cause maybe if I did
I couldn't be a Toys R Us kid
more games, more toys, oh boy!
I wanna be a Toys R Us kid
 
On this special episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Head of Research Ryan and Belligerent Monkey Jay about Toys R Us. From their first visits to their final goodbyes and all of the years of hunting between, this retail chain felt like so much more than just a place to buy stuff. For toy collectors like these three, it was a haven.
 
Additionally, the Phantomaniacs and Needless Things Irregulars answered the call to share their own memories and sent in audio clips and short essays that will be shared on the show.
 
Listen in as Toys R Us kids from all over share their memories of the greatest toy store there was!
 
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Jul 12, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 221 – Weekend at Bernie’s Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
 
Mike Gordon joins the Irregulars for his first viewing of the summer classic, Weekend at Bernie’s!
 
80s darlings Jonathan Silverman and Andrew McCarthy star in this surprise hit movie about two average schmucks that have to make an entire town believe their dead boss, Alpha Male Bernie Lomax, is still alive and partying! To the delight of everyone, Night of the Comet star Catherine Mary Stewart also appears as Silverman’s love interest!
 
Listen in as Mike and the Commentary Team determine if this wacky super-80s flick stands the test of time!
 
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Jul 5, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 220 – Jon Carr

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Jon Carr is a writer, performer, and most importantly a storyteller who plies his trade at the renowned Dad’s Garage Theatre Company in Atlanta. His play, Black Nerd debuts on July 13th and will run through August 4th.
 
On this episode of the podcast Dave talks to Jon about the art of creating. From the root of his desire to create to the process itself, Jon shares the many different factors that led to his semi-autobiographical new play. Among the many topics covered are GI Joe, professional wrestling, and the current state of society.
 
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Listen in as Dave and Jon discuss inspiration, comedy, and what it takes to create!
 
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Jun 28, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 219 – 1988

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The dynamite team of Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Chris DePetrillo reunite to look thirty years into the past!
 
1988 was another banner year of the eighties, presenting us with new TV shows and toy lines and an absolutely stellar slate of films from Hollywood! As part of an annual tradition, Dave gathered some of the Needless Things Irregulars to reflect on the pop culture that made us who we are today. From hip hop to dinosaurs to the worst song ever recorded, this week’s episode travels back to a time when things were far more awesome!
 
Listen in as Beth, Dave, Sean, and Chris discuss their favorite – and not-so-favorite – pop culture from 1988!
 
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Jun 22, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 218 – Eric & Julia Lewald: X-Men The Animated Series

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On this week’s episode Dave talks to two of the minds behind the seminal 90s X-Men animated series!
 
­The early 90’s X-Men cartoon (now typically with “The Animated Series” attached) was a landmark in not only comic book adaptations, but in animated storytelling. It presented the complex stories and themes of Marvel’s Mutants in a more palatable, streamlined form while preserving the edgy and mature nature of the source material, as well as the social consciousness that the comics were known for.
 
Listen in as Dave goes behind the scenes of one of the greatest comic book cartoons of all time with the creators themselves!
 
Follow Eric and Julia on Twitter, Facebook, and of course their website!
 
Order their new book detailing everything you want to know about the X-Men animated series!:
 

   

 

 
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Jun 14, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 217 – Blue Hawaii Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
 
The Needless Commentary Team welcomes special guest ELZIG to the Phantom Zone for a viewing of the classic Elvis Presley film, Blue Hawaii!
 
Straight from the strip of HellVegas, just south of Memphis, and just across the Georgia state line – ELZIG, the Demon Elvis has been decimating the South with soulful, shredding rock n’ roll wherever he goes! And now, ELZIG helps kick off Needless Summer with a film featuring none other than the King himself!
 
Listen in as ELZIG and the Needless Commentary Team trade in their Hard Ticket for something Blue for their return visit to Hawaii!
 
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Jun 7, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 216 – MomoCon 2018 with Mike Gordon

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Our old pal Mike Gordon returns to the show to join Dave for a recap of MomoCon!
 
2018 was Needless Things’ first year at MomoCon! Not knowing exactly what to expect, our own Dave West spent two days and a night finding out what the anime/video game/comic book/pop culture convention is all about. From panels to the dealers’ room to guests, MomoCon had a very different set of offerings.
 
Mike Gordon, on the other hand, has had a table at MomoCon for his Tiki Zombie comic for several years now. With more experience and a different perspective – from behind the table – Mike was a perfect guest for this reflective conversation.
 
Listen in as Dave and Mike discuss the Momo-pros and Momo-cons of Atlanta’s fastest-growing pop culture phenomenon!
 
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May 31, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 215 – Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Screenwriter Chad J. Shonk and Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan Schweck join Dave to discuss the newest Star Wars film!
 
Initial trailers for Solo: A Star Wars Story were met with mixed responses from fans. Already wary of prequels, many wondered if a Han Solo origin story was necessary. Others took issue with the casting of Alden Ehrenreich as the young smuggler.
 
Beyond all of that, the production itself was fraught with drama. Lucasfilm – who seem to have a very clear vision for certain aspects of their beloved and profitable franchise – fired original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, replacing them with reliable Oscar-winner Ron Howard.
 
Whatever the case, this was a new Star Wars movie and theaters were going to packed with those curious to see this new vision of an old story.
 
Listen in as Dave, Ryan, and Chad analyze this adventure from a slightly longer time ago and a galaxy far, far away!
 
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May 25, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 214 – Flash Gordon Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!
 
1980's Flash Gordon holds a place of esteem in the annals of sci-fi cinema. Not because of Max von Sydow's spectacular portrayal of Ming the Merciless. Not for the electric soundtrack by masters of rock Queen. Not even for the heart-quickening sights of Timothy Dalton in tights and Brian Blessed in leather panties.
 
No, Flash Gordon is part of an elite group of movies that shaped the very persona of the founder of Needless Things, Dave West. This prestigious group includes such classics as Swamp Thing, Alligator, and Robert Altman's Popeye. These were just a few of the movies available on the broadcast marvel known as HBO during Dave's formative years.
 
Listen in as for the first time ever and in the company of the irrepressible Mike Gordon and the award-winning Bobby Nash, the Needless Things Irregulars experience FLASH A-AH!
 
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May 17, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 213 – The Casket Creatures: Return to Wolfton

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On this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave interviews those lovable horror punks The Casket Creatures, LIVE in the Phantom Zone!
 
Today marks the release of he Casket Creatures' newest album – Return to Wolfton
 
Featuring some of the best work in the Creatures' history, this album sets a new benchmark for what independent music can be. Between live shows, social media, and convention appearances throughout the year, this band has a work ethic and a standard of quality not often seen from people who drink so fucking much.
 
Listen in as Dave talks to Kevin, Cliff, and Ryan about the culmination of years of hard work and dedication!
 
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