We had an earthquake since we last chatted. Is it too soon to ask "what's up?"
In a new age of strong-man politics - Trump, Putin, Duterte et al - will it be unusual in the future for a world leader to die at 90? Fidel Castro checked out this week, leaving his cafe empire to the residents of his home city; us.
Trump remains president-elect, and yet the left is the problem apparently. Is "identity politics" alienating navel gazing, certain to ruin our chances with the salt of the earth? Or is it a target you can move about at will when you're angry about getting owned. If nobody is arguing in good faith, could it actually be many things?
Is fake news a problem? Can the media reform? You'll never guess what the answer is. Take our quiz to find out.
Sad13 - Fixina
Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan
Empire of the Sun - Two Vines
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - If It Was a Snake It Would Have Bit You
This is about fascism arriving, and being accepted, into the United States.
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor
Rich Robinson "Only A Pawn In Their Game" (Bob Dylan)
Divine Inspiration "The Way (Put Your Hand In My Hand)"
A Tribe Called Quest "The Donald"
Hey! Sorry for the delay. Moving house sucks.
The USA election is nearing a close, but the sheer weight of loose ends means any narrative closure is still a distant dream.
The loss of Helen Kelly is incredibly sad, and we mourn for what NZ may have looked like had she lived a long and proper time.
In a terrible game of Would You Rather, the nation tosses up gang vigilantes vs thousands more police. Cops get cute on social media while operate under false pretences out and about.
And Judith Collins' assertion that poverty can never influence crime puts talk radio out of business.
The Kingsman - Louie Louie
Aimee Mann - Can't You See?
YG - FDT
Crystal Fairy - Drugs on the Bus
Aaron Smith had a sex and the whole nation went nuts. Sports, eh. Don Brash is back. Congrats to all the mayors. Trump's sleaze velocity is too quick to properly measure. And libertarianism gets an airing.
The Naked and Famous - Young Blood
Roots Manuva - Witness
Best Coast - In My Eyes
The Right Brothers - Bush Was Right
Kevin meets a South African. We have a few drinks and a few drinks have us - the listener is saved from a diatribe on Syria by Dave injuring himself. Kids these days can't even maths. And nostalgia for times of great embarrassment almost make me delete this episode. Hurrah.
Lady Chann - Not Me
Paul Simon - Under African Skies
Queens of the Stone Age - the Blood is Love
JME - Don't @ Me
The new iPhone is here so we're a tech podcast now. What does this mean, at all?
KFC violence is violence.
Kevin has a go at pick up lines.
And the aliens are coming, so how are going to sort out adolescent rebellion, cultural appropriation, nuclear war and what new music is dope before they arrive?
MIA - Borders
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - El Vacio / Piojos Histericos
Millionaire - Body Experience Revue
Carly Rae Jepsen - When I Needed You
Hey! It's a drugs episode!
Minister of Health denies snorting fake coke. Good lord almighty.
Kevin tries weed philosophy. Goes as expected.
Jeremy Corbyn vs Hogwarts Labour. Marijuana vs Parliament. White Male Default Finance Expert syndrome explored.
Carly Rae Jepsen: Body Language
The Black Crowes: High Head Blues
Pulp: Cocaine Socialism
Hey, how's it going?
Harambe's effect on local body politics is far from over. The mayoral candidates' shift allegiance (game of thrones theme intensifies) and so do we.
Kevin gets some, gives some.
And in our quick fire round to finish; France, Trump, Bluegrass, Fox, Breitbart, Faith No More and Keidis.
Prophets of Rage - Killing in the Name
Deer hoof - Learning to Apologize Effectively
Dizzee Rascal and Calvin Harris - Hype
JD McPherson - North Side Gal
and the bumper music for last episode coz I forgot to note it then in case you didn't know:
Grimes - California
Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot
The Gutter Twins - Who Will Lead Us Now?
Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal
We live in a material world, and opinions are material, girl. What can Harambe can teach us about Post Truth Politics?
Also, Wellington will soon elect a brand new mayor. Who cares, and why you should too?
And Kevin has had an alright week, mostly pills and techno.
The DNC happened and Clinton is the democratic nominee. Nobody died of surprise, but what does this mean for the contest of political ideas? Also, the GOP and the fast food strategy.
Helen Clark is standing for the position of UN Sec Gen and it is not mandatory that you support her. Kevin Rudd is not standing and it is mandatory that you laugh.
Housing is an issue, isn't it?
And a second Kevin is disappointed.
CHVRCHES: Empty Threat
Massive Attack: Inertia Creeps
The Verve: Velvet Morning
Paula Cole: I Don't Want To Wait
The RNC is a grotesque parade, sure to be viewed by history as a simulation glitch, but what do Third Eye Blind think about it?
Millennials! Is there a culture of narcissism, or is there a culture war? Read Giovanni Tiso's bit on first home buyers.
Dan's 2000 novel gets another reading - remember to let us know what you think it is titled.
Nuclear Free is good, but is a boat a boat? Is racism only as bad as the most racist racist?
And McDonalds faces customisable scandal.
Björk - Innocence.
Third Eye Blind - Jumper.
Pulley - Soberbeah
Wesley Willis - Rock N Roll McDonald's
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charged Life
All sorts is going on, everywhere.
Rodney Hide clings to irrelevancy. Pokemon Go is literally a game changer. The bilious Left's hate-on for security personnel. Dan gets free KFC. Sugar vs local body politics. Chilcot and the myth of hindsight. If I stop recording around 9:30 it means I probably get to bed around 10:30 to 11.
Nadia Rose - "Boom"
Primal Scream - "Rocks"
Aimee Mann - "Sugarcoated"
Sibelius - "Violin Concerto in D minor"
We talk to Simon in the UK about the bloody events of the past week. Yes; all of them. And in the hour since we recorded this we've already been overtaken by evens so be kind, dammit.
But first another reading from Dan's juvenilia. And when the going gets tough, the tough write their staff's own resignation letters; it's human particle fibre board Paul Foster Bell.
The Twilight Singers - There's Been An Accident
R.E.M. - Man on the Moon
Geist - Zu Laut
The Stone Roses - All for One
First a short word on the incredibly sad events in Orlando, and also the death of Jo Cox.
Then; Dan got electrocuted. Australian politics is full bananas. Paid Parental Leave is smited, Bennet's latest shittalk goes south, and the 90 Day Fire At Will Bill scientifically sucks butt.
But the main event is Dan found his novel, written at age ~21. A couple of choice readings, plus a ?contest where you get to try and come up with the name. Let us know.
Big Freedia: Where My Queens At?
Shimon and Andy C: Body Rock
Sneaker Pimps: Spin Spin Sugar
UNKLE: Restless feat. Josh Homme
Hi! Check this new format shit out.
Hillary Clinton is the first ever woman to nab the presidential candidacy of a major political party. This is a milestone and worth celebrating. It is also bad. It is also good, anyway. But still bad...
For Brits who are sad they can't vote Trump, there's always Brexit! Postal voting is underway and the cretins appear to have a lead.
Staying with the Woke theme: meth. Does your house smoke it? Who to blame, who to pay? Is there anything behind the growing demand for P testing of homes - not for manufacture, just for use - aside from panic?
Also; are you bad enough dude to kill the gorilla? EDM and YA Fiction. Auckland's housing crisis and the help refuseniks - how government's shittalking came home to roost. Pun intended.
Run the Jewels: Close Your Eyes and Count to Fuck
Oasis: Fucking in the Bushes
Smash Mouth: All Star
Mark Lanegan Band: Methamphetamine Blues
Round three with Jonny Potts, comedian and general dude. We talk comedy, theatre, music, podcasting, justice, politics, misc!
And Dan plays a dangerous game...
Hey, we're BACK with part two of our sit down with comedian Jonny Potts.
MUSIC: This year has seen some big names check out, up to an including Prince. Also a year in which big names checked out: the 90s. We discuss it all. Yes, even the Judgement Night soundtrack.
Also, and content warnings apply here as there's nothing funny: the hate crimes, whitewashing and erasure in LGTB history and pop culture.
We discuss Jonny's podcast project, The Year of Reading Massively. We continue to have beers.
In this episode, protest and politeness in godzone. Is there a housing crisis? Drinking in parks. Music from days gone by what came on CDs. And a mysterious stranger...
We're back from holiday with tales of the United States. Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Obama - they're all here, man, drop on by.
And this will almost certainly be out of date by the time you listen to it, but we discuss the Panama Papers' effect on the image of NZ so far.
The world was rocked by the Panama Papers, a who's who of who'd rather not be who's who'd. This rot goes all the way to the top - is that the point?
Also; all you can eat pizza hut, class war, and the re-re-reanimation of political corpse Don Brash, this time with bonus racist conspiracy theories.
Hello, and welcome to our Five Hundredth Episode!
In the news; we discuss people out on the streets scrounging for change and attention: wannabe mayoral candidates. Will banning begging work or ahahahahahahaha. Here's that Wellingtonista article.
Health and safety changes, Kiwibank dissolves, Helen Clark makes a move and Coleman eats slops and loves it.
The flag referendum has happened. Are we a nation of know-nothing, culturally-cringey hayseeds who can't see past our noses? Or are we cool?
Also; Fast food! The celebration of dysfunction in alternative music hero building! Hip hop!
Bernie Sanders made a friend. Hillary Clinton loses momentum - is that all? The Republican garbage fire burns on. Real life romcoms are as creepy as you remember from the 90s.
Freedom campers - too much poop for civilisation to bear?
Brexit - is Britain calling time on its casual relationship of convenience with the continent? Will base populist politics trump hard-learned lessons from history, as almost always happens?
America keeps happening (feat. crack cocaine conspiracies).