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).
Worker's rights, immigrants, building supplies - oh my.
Also, the Flag Debate Debate still rages - we conduct a very scientific poll on Dave.
Flag referendum kicks off and by gum, what a to do. Present wisdom holds that voters can be shamed by their stupidity into voting for change (this doesn't work, btw). Let the pathologisation of your enemies commence.
Bill English is in a cat and mouse game with budgetary surplus, in which no stone is left unturned, no concept left unsullied.
And, ACT are the new Green party.
Hey! New Zealander of the Year was announced, did you win?
The FBI and Apple are head to head in a game of cat and mouse.
The Oscars happened.
We bought a beach.
Dan went swimming (unrelated)
Subway return from the brink of brand collapse to talk about talking about sandwiches. And Chief Justice Scalia died recently.
Already the rhetoric around his replacement has a lot to tell us about how quickly the worship of proper process evaporates when it suits your opponent. The US is proper bananas at politics, what else is new.
Sorry about the wait. Today we talk online etiquette, dildos to the face, Kanye West, the Grammies, Christchurch and third-term-terminal-toryism.
In this episode; the TPPA is a thing that will almost certainly happen very soon. Are the political costs of fronting a secret deal you didn't do too well negotiating something you should have to wear as the government in charge of this kind of thing? Is this a loaded question?
Also; RoK are bad and suck and idiots. Their stated anti-female ideology is simply a threat, and threatening. Please read Stephanie's piece on them here, and if you can show up to an event near you to counter them. (Wgtn, Akl)
TVNZ unveil plans to launch a new male-focused television channel. Ha ha ha.
Corbyn; much like a sober analysis of the middle east, remains unpalatable to the mainstream.
And the flag.
Also in the news; farting on airplanes. Is this rude, or mandatory.
And David Bowie has died which is a surprisingly big deal.
Late antiquity had the Attila the Hun, the middle ages had Genghis Khan, and Boomers have Kids These Days. Can the violent scourge be stopped and civilisation saved?
In Australia, Peter Dutton sent a text.
And John Campbell's latest podcast episode on refugees and migration in New Zealand asks a stark question - are we a more open, accepting and compassionate society, or just lucky?
It's a new year. In the news media wasteland that is the holidays we have had a surprising number of armed insurrections. Is this Oregon's final form?
A boy ate a huge melon.
Star Wars happened to everybody, especially the poor men.
And there was a 5.9-on-the-richter-scale disturbance in the force in North Korea.