Needless Things Podcast 195 – Masters of the Universe Part 1

January 11th, 2018
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Masters of the Universe toys have a significantly lower profile these days, so rather than attempting the usual annual recap, Dave and Mr. Beau Brown are having an Eternian free-for-all! No Masters-related topic is off limits as two superfans discuss their love of Mattel’s franchise.
 
In this, the first of two episodes, Beau and Dave talk about the current state of the Masters of the Universe franchise.
 
Listen in as Dave and Beau discuss the past, present, and future of the most powerful toy line in the universe!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 194 – The Last of the Nog

January 5th, 2018
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Recorded LIVE in the Phantom Zone!
 
Ryan Cadaver swings by the Phantom Zone for a conversation about movies and more! From looking back at 2017 to speculating on 2018, topics include the DC Extended Universe, Black Mirror, the virtues of fun movies, and more. Later in the show Phantom, Jr. joins the conversation for the first time ever to explain where the heck all of the Infinity Gems are!
 
Plus, Ryan and Dave debut the Needless Things Beverage Experiment! Jack-O-Blast + the last of the 2017 egg nog = ???
 
Listen in as Dave, Ryan Cadaver, and Phantom, Jr. discuss whatever pop culture comes to mind!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 193 – Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

December 29th, 2017
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Recorded LIVE in the Phantom Zone!
 
The Needless Things Irregulars are joined by special guest Chad J. Shonk for a lively roundtable discussion about the newest entry into the ever-growing Star Wars saga!
 
While massively successful, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi has divided fans. Some declared it a triumphant departure from a known formula, some hysterically decried it as heresy, and some fans fell in the middle; recognizing both faults and ingenious new ideas.
 
Listen in as Dave, Rad Ranger, Battle Cougar, Ryan Cadaver, Arian Gulick, and Chad J. Shonk each share their thoughts on the eighth installment of the epic saga!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 192 – Star Wars: A New Hope Needless Commentary

December 21st, 2017
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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!
 
Determined by a fan poll in the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group, this month’s Commentary is on Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope!
 
The Commentary team is joined by the illustrious Chad J. Shonk to share memories and thoughts about one of the greatest movies of all time and one that is a touchstone for Needless Things fandom.
 
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Needless Things Podcast 191 – A Very Gordon Christmas!

December 14th, 2017
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Our pal Mike Gordon joins the show to discuss the most wonderful time of the year!
 
From television specials to movies to music, Christmas cheer is available in every corner of pop culture. Over the decades artists have embraced this time of year as an opportunity to celebrate fellowship, joy, and hope (and also to make some money – we're not naive). As a result there are countless ways to enhance your own personal yuletide experience!
 
Listen in as Dave and Mike talk Serious Christmas Business on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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Jingle Bells” by Gwen Stefani
 
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Needless Things Podcast 190 – Valerie Meiss

December 7th, 2017
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Dave talks to musician, illustrator, puppeteer, and all-around renaissance woman Valerie Meiss!

 
 
“A fascination with fairytales and detective stories at bedtime, a never-ending stockpile of cardboard, and a slew of old junk and toy instruments have left their mark on Valerie Meiss' work.
 
She boldly claims to be a singing, songwriting musician (though hardly a singer-songwriter) and performance artist. She makes a life for herself playing shows, building and performing with puppets, and illustrating children's stories or daily memoirs in her little house on a hill in the wild woods of a tiny mountain town in Western North Carolina.
 
She toured regionally and nationally for 8 years and learned the exciting trade of travelling rockstar in the band Hellblinki.  Now she can be seen performing as Tiny Wonder, and sometimes as Miss Mousie & The Rigamarole.”
 
Listen in as Dave talks to Valerie about her path from illustrator to musician to puppeteer in this wide-ranging episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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"Bela Lugosi's Birthday" by Tiny Wonder
 
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Needless Things Podcast 189 – Boglins & Sectaurs with Timothy Clarke

November 30th, 2017
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LIVE from the Dragon Con 2017 Puppetry Track!
 
Dave – formerly and sometimes still known as Phantom Troublemaker – talks to the wonderful Tim Clarke about two of the legendary 80s toy lines he created – Boglins and Sectaurs!
 
Listen in as Tim talks to Dave about the genesis of these two innovative puppetry-based concepts and their legacy in the world of toys!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 188 – Justice League

November 24th, 2017
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The Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to discuss the newest entry into the DC Comics movieverse, Justice League!

Starting with Man of Steel in 2013, Warner Bros. has been trying to ape the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite having an available roster of arguably the best-known superheroes, the films have struggled to find acceptance, much less the acclaim of the MCU.

After a major course correction with this year’s Wonder Woman, WB has been attempting to right the ship with a lighter overall tone and more fan-pleasing interpretations of the characters. Leaving behind the darker, more grounded influence of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, the marketing of this newest film has been promising more action and high adventure, as well as some much-needed levity.

Listen in as Dave and the rest of the Irregulars discuss the highs and lows of Justice League in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 187 – GI Joe: The Movie Needless Commentary

November 16th, 2017
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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!
 
This month’s movie is the 1987 animated feature, GI Joe: The Movie. The Irregulars are joined by special guest Noel from GI Joe cosplay group The Finest’s Southern Command.
Thirty years ago Hasbro planned to release an animated theatrical GI Joe feature, but those plans were derailed by the failure of similar Transformers and My Little Pony releases. The feature – which had completed production – was instead moved to a VHS release and eventually made part of the regular animated series’ syndication as a standard five-part miniseries.
 
Over the years many elements of the feature have come under fire, from character selection to continuity to the introduction of the feature’s villains, Cobra-La.
 
Listen in as Dave, Arian, Ryan, and Noel revisit this landmark in GI Joe history to discuss its worthiness!
 
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Needless Things Podcast 186 – Kamikaze Zombie

November 9th, 2017
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Dave talks to Clint from Birmingham, Alabama horror punk/metal band Kamikaze Zombie!
 
Kamikaze Zombie started in 2014. They are heavy crossover band from Birmingham Al, with multiple influences from hardcore, metal, and punk. All of these very different influences led them to become their own genre of heavy music with multiple styles flowing through every KZ song. Kamikaze Zombie pushes to bring "old school" back to the masses with horror movie, serial killer themed stage shows and lyrics, black metal melodies, doom/sludge/death metal breakdowns, and in your face punk /thrash aggression.
 
Kamikaze Zombie has share the stage with Superjoint (Phil Anselmo and Jimmy Bower), Max and Igor Cavalera, Doyle, Crowbar, Raven, OverKill, Venom, Child Bite, GoatWhore, Iron Reagan, Battle Cross, Valient Thorr, Havck, Toxic Holocaust, Decapitated, Hammer Fight, Dark Sermon, Exalted, and many more.
 
Listen in as Dave and Clint discuss horror, metal, and comics in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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