September 1, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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TWWN – 75 – Winter Came

This week the Nerds gather to discuss the season finale of Game of Thrones. But first, they talk a little sports and reality TV before discussing Rebels and a bunch of other not-so-quick hits in this double sized episode!

The opening/closing song is Paul and Storm‘s “These Four Men” used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

April 24, 2017
by Joshua Potter
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A-Hole In One : Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix vol 2

 

The release of Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 is fast approaching, bringing with it another Awesome Mix, both literally and figuratively. I downloaded the album via iTunes soon as it released and, to sum it up, the thing is A-HOLE IN ONE. Yes, I’m quite pleased with my grammatically vocabular cleverness. Here’s why I love the album:

Awesome Mix vol 1 was mostly rock-centric, with some great slow jams and ballads, tracks that a general audience had at least heard, but maybe didn’t know their names. While vol 2 certainly follows suit (Sweet’s “Fox on the Run” and ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky” among others), it also dives into some folk rock, a little funk and some less mainstream tunes. I found myself loving most the tracks I hadn’t heard before, like Silver’s “Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang,” and Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.” The first being classic, sugary pop nonsense, and the second a soulful ballad much like another Sam Cooke tune, “You Send Me (I’m assuming most of you have heard THAT one).” I enjoyed the inclusion of, “Lake Shore Drive” by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah and Glen Campbell’s “Southern Nights” more than popular tunes like Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” or George Harrison’s, “My Sweet Lord.”

The album itself is a joy to listen through, but I’m most excited to see how the tracks are utilized in the film, especially with songs like, “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens and the aforementioned “Lake Shore Drive” making the cut. I can only guess these will be used in some melancholic way dealing with Star-Lord and his father, Ego, the Living Planet. Or maybe they’ll “Rooker it” (coining that expression NOW) and show some potentially tender moments between Star-Lord and Yondu, who quite obviously has some affection for Peter Quill as an adoptive father. And I’m calling it now: Toddler Groot WILL be dancing to “Flashlight” by Parliament. It is, WITHOUT A DOUBT, the Groot Dance Bomb of the album!

The final track of vol 2 is a gloriously comedic mash-up written by James Gunn and Tyler Bates (composer of both Guardians Scores) that features DAVID HASSELHOFF providing the vocals. Before anyone rolls their eyes, remember that Hasselhoff is supposed to be one of Peter Quill’s childhood heroes, and this track is supposed to be like Meco’s disco Star Wars Theme. Also, in what other context can you rhyme “procyon lotor” with “motor?” Yeah. They do it. And it’s AWESOME, just like the rest of the mix (it’s been on repeat since I downloaded it).

Here’s the track listing:

  • Mr.  Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Fox on the Run by Sweet
  • Lake Shore Drive by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
  • The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
  • Bring It On Home to Me by Sam Cooke
  • Southern Nights by Glen Campbell
  • My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
  • Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) by Looking Glass
  • Come a Little Bit Closer by Jay and the Americans
  • Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang by Silver
  • Surrender by Cheap Trick
  • Father and Son by Cat Stevens
  • Flash Light by Parliament
  • Guardians Inferno by The Sneepers feat. David Hasselhoff

So, once again, we’ve been given a mixed bag of an album, and that’s a really great thing! Whether it’s a one-hit-wonder or a chart-topper, these songs are meaningful to both director and film. They’re organic, symbiotic, and fluid to the plot (if it’s anything like the first Guardians). And if it’s anything like the first Guardians, these songs will connect and resonate with audiences, whether they’re longtime fans, or hearing them for the very first time.

The album is available via digital download from iTunes and Amazon, or on CD online and in stores!

April 14, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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TWWN – 60 – Fast and Nerdiest

The Nerds discuss the new Thor: Ragnarok trailer and the upcoming Last Jedi trailer. Some casting news, Iron Fist and Transformers fills out the middle. Then they deep dive on the Fast and Furious franchise including their favorites, expectations and the possible future of the franchise!

The opening/closing song is Paul and Storm‘s “These Four Men” used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

April 7, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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TWWN – 59 – Tuesday is Going to be Busy

The Nerds discuss some random nerd-bits including The Chronicles of Narnia, Doctor Who, the Deadpool/Beauty and the Beast parody video, Dune, Mission Impossible 6 stunts, space news, Marvel TV shows, Taylor Kitsch, and Don Rickles.

The opening/closing song is Paul and Storm‘s “These Four Men” used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

April 3, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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EP – 6 – Darth Mauled

The Escape Pod is back! It’s been far too long since we’ve talked Star Wars. They start with discussing the new Thrawn book and his place in the Legends timeline. Then there are some quick hits on Star Wars 40th Anniversary Toys, Rogue One deleted scenes, AT-AT Construction at Disneyland and some Han Solo casting. They end with a discussion of the Maul/Kenobi battle on Rebels and the emotional finale.

March 31, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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TWWN – 58 – The Gosling Sandwich

The Nerds are all together to discuss all things Nerdy! They start with some new comic book movie trailers (Spider-Man Homecoming, Justice League) which lead to medium-deep dives on both movie series. And the return of IT, and how IT will be giving us all nightmares. The Nerds then, finally, do their top ten lists for the year (Except Moorhead, who is a lazy, lazy bastard).

The opening/closing song is Paul and Storm‘s “These Four Men” used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

March 24, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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TWWN – 57 – Hush, Hush, Sweet Batman

This week the nerds gather to discuss DC Villains and The Flash. They also talk about The Rock and his career from wrestling to Furiousing, some new trailers, whether Free Will exists and finally some upcoming/recent video game releases.

The opening/closing song is Paul and Storm‘s “These Four Men” used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

March 17, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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TWWN – 56 – Matrix Rebooted?

This week the Nerds are short one Josh, but it’s ok, we have a spare! The remaining 3 of us discuss some new movie trailers, Kong v. Godzilla, a little video game news, some completely unnecessary reboots and finish up by discussing some (allegedly) underrated movies.

The opening/closing song is Paul and Storm‘s “These Four Men” used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5

March 9, 2017
by Kyle Bown
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TWWN – Ep. 55 – Logan’s Run

The Nerds are whole again as both Josh’s are in attendance this week! Just in time to as we do a surprisingly deep dive on the new Duck Tales animated show form Disney and discuss Darkwing Duck, and Disney as a whole. We then discuss a little Star Trek, some comic talk and end with talking about Logan and how the X-Men film timeline is completely fucked.  Enjoy!

The opening/closing song is Paul and Storm‘s “These Four Men” used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.5