I’m a loser babbbbyyyy so why don’t you kill meeeeee. Everyone knows the line, whether it’s from the standard ‘rock’ station in your car or the background of a movie. You may have thought while the artist waxes poetic about wax and termites, “wtf is this jabroni talking about”?” Well you’re in luck as Kalvin and Nick dissect Loser by Beck, line by line, in this edition of Selective Listening! Painfully random but tongue in cheek sums up this stalwart of the 90s and we aim to figure out just what the hell fueled this Norwegian(???) drug induced nonsense! Can we take it at face value? Or is there more hiding under the forced irony of each line? We aim to find out, while also establishing if we even like the song and how it maintains popularity today. If you like this song let us know why on Twitter @APASomething and @alone_podcast, and while you’re at it let us know what you think the message of this song from the folk/flunk/rap/buttrock ‘legend’ that is Beck is.
Let it go, let it gooooooooo! No, we’re not going to break into song, but we are back to let go of our made up awards for this month’s Disney Animated Movie Superlatives! Kalvin and Nick cast their votes, along with a healthy dose of our friends from Twitter, for Disney Movie awards broken down into five categories! Disney movies all share some themes in common like love stories, villains, helpful sidekicks, adventurous plots, and more. Of course it makes the decisions a little tougher with such a range of great animated films to choose from. With plenty of extra discussions and a visit from two bona-fide, Disney experts, there’s something for every Disney fan in this episode.
Welcome to the Jejune Institute, a purveyor of divine nonchalance as well as many other oddities and the mortal enemy of the Elsewhere Society. Will you, like countless others (including Kalvin and Nick), fall down the rabbit hole of this Alternate Reality Game that popped up from elsewhere in San Francisco in 2008 and disappeared in 2011 after inducting 10,000 people? Is it a cult, or something more. We dive into the Institute, a 2013 documentary based on the 2008 Alternate Reality Game and the inspiration for AMC’s Dispatches from Elsewhere, and what made it so enthralling that people became “indoctrinated” and some even forgot where the game ends and reality begins. The evil Octavio Coleman, Esq. and the exuberant Commander 14 will guide the search for Eva, a mysterious missing girl, as we decode The Dispatches from Elsewhere.
Who doesn’t love vampires, lycans, stinky sewn together dudes, invisible creeps, and more causing mayhem? No, Kalvin and Nick aren’t here to talk any old stable of monsters, but the Classics! We wind our way through the long history that comprises the Classic Monster scene, from the monster of Frankenstein to the Creature of the Black Lagoon and what makes them so endearing. With dozens of iterations, which ones are the best or most lethal? How did they come to be? And most importantly, how do you stop them? We dive into these subjects and more; while also establishing the thread that connects them all and the primal motivation that drives them forward.
Our world’s on fire, how bout’ yours? That’s definitely not the way we like it, but what we do like is our yearly Airing of Grievances! Oh what a year it has been in 2020, and Kalvin and Nick are here to get all cathartic about it! Still get those pointless phone calls at work after constant explanation? Do you find shopping in the post-COVID world a complete pain in the keister? Traveling, what’s that? All aspects of life can fall victim to the grinding of gears, and we’re no different. We clear the air on familiar subjects like work, dining, and entertainment while touching on some of our Twitter fans grievances as well.
Dragon Ball Z is a phenomenon that has permeated the far corners of the Pop Culture realm, and Kalvin and Nick are here to talk all about it! Starting with the history of DBZ (the short version, we promise) and who created it before diving into a graded Q&A to see just how far DBZ has infiltrated the lexicon of an admirer of Pop Culture (who has never consumed it). Developed by Nick, the superfan, answered by Kalvin, the Pop Culture fan and DBZ novice: saiyans, transformations, tails, weird head thingies, the afterlife, and more highlight this episode! Find out how Kalvin does before we find out if he will give the famed franchise a shot.
Movie sequels come in all shapes and sizes, but usually Part 2 feels like the middle child of any movie franchise. This week Nick and Kalvin celebrate what makes Part 2 of any franchise great by giving out our special blend of made up awards. New characters, devastating losses, and world expansion highlight this month’s Movie Superlatives. Be sure to stay through the end of the episode for the introduction of a new segment to the Movie Superlatives series: the first ever Movie Sucklatives, where we explore the not so great attempts at continuing a franchise.
History is full of people’s whose societies exist for but a moment before they are snuffed out by internal or external forces. The Chagossians of the Chagos Islands were one of these communities. This week Kalvin and Nick dive into a story of small island life dominated by the cash crops of their day, displacement, empires, and the machines of war. A serene atoll chain sparsely populated before a socioeconomic boom is at the center of this episode, as a people fade into history, but not before leaving behind a culture unique to themselves.
Links referenced in this episode:
Island of Shame book – https://www.amazon.com/Island-Shame-Secret-History-Military/dp/0691138699/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Island+of+Shame%3A+The+Secret+History+of+the+U.S.+Military+Base+on+Diego+Garcia&qid=1591196545&sr=8-1
Uh, uh, uh, we surely hope you’re ready for our newest series Selective Listening, where we take a well known or semi obscure song and break it down line by line! If you’re a fan of the show then you know how we feel about Notorious BIG! So, we couldn’t help but break down his epic hit Hypnotize for our inaugural episode after a little nudge from our Twitter fans over @APASomething. We unwind the double entendres, the words with purpose and a few lines that were just there for the hell of it. The layers go deeper than you’d think in this week’s Selective Listening episode on Hypnotize.
Ever since we can remember, we’ve wanted to be gangsters. Well, that’s not true, but it’s a damn good opening line! Gangster movies occupy a position near the top of the pop culture totem pole, with a rich history of brilliant actors and directors lending their talents to bring their tales to life. So, of course Kalvin and Nick had to give out some made-up awards! Who’s got the best crew? The best score, or cover? We touch on all things Gangster movies as well as some on the small screen.