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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Dec 7, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 190 – Valerie Meiss

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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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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
 
"Bela Lugosi's Birthday" by Tiny Wonder
 
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Jul 27, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 171 – San Diego Comic Con 2017

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It’s time once again for the Needless Things Irregulars to look at the big news out of San Diego Comic Con!

Every year at Comic Con Hollywood, comic book publishers, and toy companies reveal some of the most exciting things that will be offered in the year to come.

Listen in as Phantom, Head of Research Ryan, Belligerent Monkey Jay, and Josh Wilson talk about the products and news that came out of SDCC 2016! Plus, a special look at Super 7's Masters of the Universe product with Mr. Beau Brown!

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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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Jul 6, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 168 – Spider-Man

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Phantom Troublemaker, Ryan Cadaver, and the Award-Winning Bobby Nash discuss everyone’s favorite wall-crawler, Spider-Man!

Spider-Man has been everywhere and done everything as Marvel Comics' highest profile and most consistently profitable character. He's been the subject of cartoons, movies, TV shows, and countless toy lines. Regardless of the media support or lack thereof, Spidey's face is one that the public loves and will always throw money at.

From his birth in 1963 up through the most recent movies from Sony, it's time for the Needless Things Irregulars to talk about their love of one of the greatest superheroes ever created!

Listen in as Phantom, Bobby, and Ryan discuss the history of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in comics, TV, and movies!

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“Spiderman” by The Ramones

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Jun 22, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 166 – Memory Lane Comics

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Recorded on location at Memory Lane Comics in Wilmington, North Carolina!

Phantom Troublemaker sits down with Jake, the owner of Memory Lane Comics, a Local Comic Shop which has been operating since 1983. Wilmington has been Phantom’s home away from home for his entire life, and as it turns out he was shopping at Memory Lane when he was just a little Phantom. The opportunity to talk to the current proprietor of such a legendary institution was too good to pass up.

Nobody has quite the same perspective on the comic book industry as the retailers that work within it. Jake’s years of fandom and business experience provide an interesting look at how things have evolved over the years. Plus, his story will be familiar to anyone that has been loyal to their Local Comic Shop for years!

Listen in as Phantom and Jake discuss independent business and the modern comic book market!

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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

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Jun 8, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 164 – Wonder Woman

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The Needless Commentary team convenes live in the Phantom Zone to discuss DC's newest blockbuster – Wonder Woman!
 
The modern era of films based on the DC Universe has received mixed reviews, to say the least. Man of Steel, Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad while profitable, were far from universally loved. Even within the ranks of the Needless Things Irregulars.
 
To the point where discussion of said films is strictly verboten.
 
Fans saw Wonder Woman as an opportunity to leave behind the controversial style that Zack Snyder had brought to the DC films and start anew with a tone of hope, humor, and inspiration. Director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were almost literally carrying the weight of DC on their shoulders with this new film.
 
Listen in as Phantom, Rad Ranger, Ryan, and Arian figure out whether or not DC films are back on track in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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Apr 21, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 157 - Thrawn

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Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, and Chad J. Shonk discuss Timothy Zahn’s new Star Wars novel, Thrawn, as well as Grand Admiral Thrawn’s history in the galaxy far, far away!
 
In 1991 Timothy Zahn released the first official, Lucasfilm approved narrative to expand the Star Wars galaxy beyond the events of Return of the Jedi. He continued the adventures of the characters we all knew and loved, but also introduced a number of new characters that would grow to become vital and beloved fixtures in the new ongoing canon of the Expanded Universe (now known as Legends).
 
Among those characters was Mith’raw’nuruodo, a member of the previously unknown Chiss species. Against all odds he rose through the ranks of the human-centric Empire to attain the rare rank of Grand Admiral, all in order to guard against a threat from outside the galaxy. Thanks to his tactical genius and driven nature, Thrawn became a hugely popular character to EU fans.
 
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and stated their intention to eject all previous canon, Thrawn was assumed to be lost to the changing tides. But then, late last year, it was announced that the Chiss Imperial would be returning to canon as part of the Rebels animated show, as well as having his history explained in an all-new, in-canon novel by his creator, Timothy Zahn!
 
 
Listen in as Phantom, Beth, and Chad discuss the history of one of the Empire’s greatest and most fascinating figures in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 
 
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Apr 6, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 155 – News Blitz w/Mike Gordon

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Mike Gordon returns to the Needless Things Podcast!
 
Phantom and Mike run down some current events in this multi-faceted episode! From the new trailer for Universal's The Mummy to creators on social media to the Undertaker riding off into the sunset at WrestleMania 33, this week's episode is all over the place in the very best of ways!
 
Additionally - Mike Gordon is one of the most fantastic people walking God's green Earth, but his home is under threat due to circumstances beyond his control. Please go take a look at how you can help and donate or simply spread the word. As all of our listeners know, Mike's the best of the best.
 
Listen in as Phantom and Mike share their thoughts on various pop culture goings-on in the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
 
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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 

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Feb 2, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 145 – The Crow 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!

Released on May 13th, 1994, Alex Proyas's The Crow was the graphic, edgy comic book movie that fans had been wanting since 1989's Batman. The trendsetting soundtrack helped the movie launch a new era of Goth culture while the dark themes of the movie inspired countless teens to don black and start acting all swoopy and dramatic.

Additionally, the tragic on-set death of promising actor Brandon Lee will forever mar this singular film, but at the same time adds an unmatchable gravitas and heaviness.

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker, Rad Ranger, Ryan Cadaver, and special guest Mike Gordon gather in the Phantom Zone to offer up their thoughts on this 1994 cult classic!

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Nov 10, 2016

Needless Things Podcast 133 – Mike Check

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Mike Gordon returns to the Needless Things Podcast!

Doctor Strange, Agents of SHIELD, and Westworld are just a few of the topics covered in today’s episode. After a review of Marvel’s newest entry into their cinematic universe, Phantom and Mike discuss what’s happening on TV and in comics. From Ash vs Evil Dead to new comics publisher Aftershock, find out what’s cool in the world of dorkery!

Listen in as Phantom Troublemaker and Mike Gordon talk about their favorite current pop culture on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

“Unity” by Operation Ivy

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