Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sounds A Bit Like....

First off, I'm not alleging theft here.  Let's get that out of the way, just in case there happen to be any lawyers on here, looking for a "let's take the greatest broadcasting talent of his generation to court on flimsy pretenses" payday.  Alls I'm saying is that seconds 14 through 26 sound a bit like the theme from the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis' infamous "Zero Wing" from a minute on.  That's all.

Right?

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Friday, May 28, 2010

The Paul And Spike Show, Signing Off. Goodnight.

Holid-day.  Celebra-ate.  Holida-ay.  Celebra-ate.

 

Hello, everybodypeeps.  Spike here.  Your podcast in-boxes will be dark for the next few weeks, owing to the fact that @jockopablo and I are off on vacation.  Not together, you understand, oh no.  That would make things far too easy.  No, instead, our vacations are staggered, just for maximum impact.  Paul is off this week, I'm off next.  And just to add insult to injury, we'll throw in ANOTHER week for no reason other than laziness, which means we're back on Friday the 18th of June. 

This leads me on to the next point.  You may (or may not) have noticed that I talked about a major announcement about the future of the show on last week's episode.  It wasn't the fact that we're taking a few weeks off, it's actually that we're re-tooling the show.  You probably won't notice too much difference, but here's what's happening and why:

  • The show is eschewing news and current affairs to focus purely on media.  This will give it a better shelf life and, hopefully, bring in a few more listeners.  Don't get me wrong, the number of listens we get on a weekly basis knocks my socks off, especially considering we're not "names", we're not publicised anywhere and that there's forty billion other podcasts that cover news and politics.  We figured that by playing to what gets the most response from listeners (media questions), we could tighten up the searchable keywords and categories and be more attractive to a wider audience.
  • "The Paul And Spike Show" as we know it is officially no more - it will now be known as "Paul And Spike: Too Grumpy Critics".  All addresses and contact information stay the same, though, as will the RSS feed, so you will continue to receive the show in the normal way, for as long as you see value in it.
  • We'll keep having an interesting mix of guests on, and the weekly questions to the commentariat will continue, but we will now open the show with our own Week In Stuff, followed by the guest's who, quite frankly, probably doesn't give a tinker's cuss about whether we've watched the first season of "Drop The Dead Donkey" or not.  The week's question will follow on from there.
  • Runtime for the show will be sixty minutes.  No change for the folks who listen to the show on Radio Six International, but a big change for podcast listeners.  The reason we're cutting the show down is that we think 100 minutes is too long for a podcast; most podcast consumers will see an hour as a more comfortable time investment.  Besides, how many other podcasts do you listen to that are more than an hour?  Be honest.  It is a *bit* much.
  • Change six: there is NO CHANGE SIX.
  • Change seven: no poofters.
So there you have it.  See you on the 18th?

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Friday, May 21, 2010

TPASS#218 - Guest: Political Strategist Dusty Trice

THE PAUL AND SPIKE SHOW, EPISODE #218 - Friday May 21st, 2010.

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This week's guest is political strategist and film fan Dusty Trice. Plus, you'll find out what part of a film Paul broke when he was talking to cute ushers, why Dusty thinks a certain scene in "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" would make a great political commercial and what film Spike likes, but only because Tony Wilson said it was OK.  

0:00:00 - ...hold on a minute. Is Spike *flirting*? Drinks update: Paul is drinking the top-shelf tequila, Spike is drinking drain cleaner. Barf.

0:04:16 - Catchup time! Some stragglers with two American cents on last week's topic, and someone who has picked up a spooky numbers station!

0:12:47 - Some beautifully complex and smart questions from the commentariat, and a Dennis Kucinich impersonation you won't believe, as political strategist Dusty Trice joins The Boys to talk politics, social media, corndogs, and why Senator Al Franken's campaign manager jipped him out of a drink. Here's his rather impressive bio: "Dusty Trice is a New Media Professional with 14 years of political experience, most recently as a senior staffer on Sen. Al Franken’s campaign and as a Social and New Media Campaign Consultant. He has a strong political instinct with experience in using social networks and other New Media platforms to effectively convey campaign messaging."

0:43:47 - He's with Coco! Can you believe Dusty got to hang out with Conan O'Brien at an Al Franken fundraiser? How cool! Also, on the nightstand, the intriguingly titled "Lamb: The Gospel According To Biff", and he's been "kvetching over the new Dr Who" and the colour of his sonic screwdriver. One of us! One of us! One of us!

0:47:55 - Paul's Stuff week sees another one crossed off the Ebert list in the shape of Erich Von Stroheim's "Greed" (is the word is the word is the word), and the Korean action film "Shiri".

0:52:09 - Spike's been unimpressed by "Serpico", but - against all odds - manages to draw a straight line between the movies "Moon" and "Bubba Ho-Tep". Work that one out. Good news is that Paul has a plot theory. Hmmmm.

0:58:11 - This week's movie-related question is the polar opposite of last week's: which movies did you so enjoy that you can watch them multiple times? Most films people see once, maybe twice, and then forget about, but it takes an extra special movie to sustain repeated viewings. Dusty feels guilty about his low-brow choices... that is, until the commentariat put in their two uncouth cents. Want to add to the discussion? You're not too late - send them to The Usual Address and The Boys will add you to the catchup crew on a future show.

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Netflixers! Here's a link to some of the more pertinent movies mentioned, for your rentage/streamage. Brain Donors, Sex In The City, Coneheads, Star Wars (episode IV), Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, 24 Hour Party People, Seven Samurai, Maltese Falcon, Arsenic And Old Lace, Love With The Proper Stranger, Cinema Paradiso, Dirty Dancing

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tonight's Question: What Movie(s) Do You Love So Much That You've Seen Them More Than Three Times?

Last week we covered movies you loved but don't want to see more than once.  This week, conversely, which movies did you so enjoy that you can watch them multiple times?  Most films people see once, maybe twice, and then forget about, but it takes an extra special movie to sustain repeated viewings.  You can choose up to three movies, and we've set the watershed at more than three viewings.  Let us know which movies, and why.

Don't forget you have TWO opporchancities to get your apeth in this week, media pundit, blogger, social networking expert and political strategist Dusty Trice joins us, so if you have any questions, thoughts or comments, you know how to get in touch...

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As always, please try to get your comments in by 6pm US-e / 11pm UK on Tuesday night.  Even if you miss the deadline, go ahead and add them anyway and we'll use them in the catchup segment of the next show.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

This Week's Guest: Political Strategist Dusty Trice - any questions?

Political strategist, social media expert, iPad enthusiast and all around nice guy Dusty Trice joins us on the show this week to talk politics and movies. You got any questions for him? He's got quite an incredible resume, with several media appearances, he was one of the team who got Al Franken elected to the senate, he's been named a top political blogger by the Washington Post and has spent some time hosting on public radio.

Anything you want to ask him? You can log in to paulandspike.com with your existing Twitter or Facebook accounts and leave a comment there, you can email your questions to The Usual Address or Twitter them d'reckly to @spikester or @jockopablo

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Friday, May 14, 2010

TPASS#217 - I Loved It! ...But I Never Want To See It Again.

THE PAUL AND SPIKE SHOW, EPISODE #217 - Friday May 14th, 2010.

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This week, The Boys finally ask the question they've been threatening to unleash on the commentariat for a long time...

0:00:00 - Headphone thief Spike is experiencing disappointment with the spoils of his thievery. But all is not lost, he recommends a set of cheapies to you, the listener. So, there's that.

0:04:35 - This week on Challenge Paul, we see how much Star Trek (TOS) trivia he knows and can guess. One thing's for sure, he gruffly debates the split infinitive.

0:14:15 - Catchup from last week's "Obsessions" show, which leads on to whether scent is the strongest memory-stirring sense.

0:18:08 - This Week In Stuff, whereby The Boys share their 7-day media intake, in order to warm you to, or warn you from, what next to read/watch/play. A multimedia week for Paul, finishing "Silent Hill: Origins" on the PSP, diving into Terry Brooks' book "The Black Unicorn" and getting all zen with PBS' special "The Buddha". One more off the Ebert list, and two and a half hours he'll never get back, in the shape of Robert Altman's "Nashville", which has left an indlible mark on his hand - the shape of the remote.

0:34:02 - Wringing more value from his $9 monthly Netflix fee, Spike gets his documentary fix from the self-indulgent "We Live In Public" and the unfeasibly forgiving "Forgiving Dr Mengele". Also on the slate, two radio shows about the influential electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, the brains behind the theme tune to "Dr Who", although there's not much love from Spike for the new series.

0:57:50 - This week's question is one they've been threatening to do for a long time - what movie(s) did you watch once, enjoy, and never want to see again. Up for grabs are films like "Saving Private Ryan", "Philadelphia", and a groundswell of PTSD-mails for "Requiem For A Dream". Got any to add? It's never too late to send them to The Usual Address.

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Arrrr, me hearty! Be ye a Netflixer? Watch ye the movies mentioned on the show, land lubber. And other pirate phrases.

The Buddha :: Nashville :: We Live In Public :: Forgiving Dr Mengele :: "Requiem For A Dream" ::

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tonight's Question: Your Top 3 Movies You Saw Once And Never Want To See Again.

We've talked about doing this one for a long time, and have - so far - never gotten round to it.  But here it is - finally!

This week, we're talking about the movies that you watched once, enjoyed, but never want to see again.  A movie that traumatised you?  One that was hard to watch, but worthy?  Or maybe a throwaway flick that killed an enjoyable 2 hours, but you don't ever need to cross paths again?  Let us know - feel free to pick up to three if you're having trouble deciding.

  • Leave a comment on the blog - there's no registration required if you comment at paulandspike.com, you can log in with your existing Facebook or Twitter accounts.
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Friday, May 07, 2010

TPASS#216 - Obsessions

THE PAUL AND SPIKE SHOW, EPISODE #216 - Friday May 7th, 2010.

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0:00:00 - At the third stroke, the vague reference from the past will be... the British speaking clock. doot. doot. doot.

0:08:08 - It's been a newsy week, The Boys discuss the Times Square bomber, from the same school of terrorism as the Glasgow Airport comedy jihadists. Also, Bill Maher claims that Republicans are racists. Or, rather, that racists are Republicans.

0:20:35 - This Week In Stuff, the segment where you can find out what TV shows, movies and books to either love or avoid. Have you discovered "The Singing Detective" yet? Paul is hoping that you'd watch the proper one, and not the remake. He took in another episode of "Benny Goodman: King Of Swing", which mentioned something that Mark Morriss of The Bluetones was moved to acquire, after Paul's glowing review in TPASS#209. One off the Ebert list, "L'Avventura" from prospective cereal maker Michelangelo Antonioni-Os, and one from the listener recommendation list, "The Phantom Of The Paradise". Carburetors, man! That's what life is all about! The PSP's been getting some button-mashing love, via "Silent Hill: Origins". So, sshh!

0:45:10 - Another quiet week for the Netflix-killing Spike, with the proper British version of the stunning "State Of Play", and documentaries "Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father", and laments the "pivotable" points of "The King Of Kong".

0:54:20 - Question time. A badly asked question, or just a bad question? The Boys discuss obsessions, their own and those of the commentariat. Obsessions discussed are time, instruction manuals, shortwave radio, football and how many Christmasses Paul has left.

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Are you a Netflixer? Here are links to the movies mentioned in this week's show: L'Avventura :: The Phantom Of The Paradise :: State Of Play :: Dear Zachary: A Letter To A Son About His Father :: The King Of Kong

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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Fapman (The Un-caped Crusader?)

Don't worry, it's safe for work. (although if your boss comes by and you tell him "what am I doing? Oh, you know... goofing off and watching trailers for porno movies", The Paul And Spike Show accepts no responsibility for medical bills incurred when you get thrown out onto the street.)

We're all familiar with the great comedy minds that work in por... sorry, 'the adult industry', thanks to their ability to take genuine movie titles and make fantastic puns out of them. Like, for example, "Ascent Of A Woman", "Shaving Ryan's Privates", "The Little Spermaid", "Lawrence Of A Labia" and "The Bone Collector". ...oh, wait.

Watch the trailer. There's no *ahem* "action" going on in the trailer (which is why it's SFW) but, quite frankly, there doesn't need to be. It's a note perfect parody of the 60s series, from the music to the costumes. And just think... for once, crap acting only adds to the atmosphere!

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Monday, May 03, 2010

What Are You Obsessed With?

This week's question is about obsessions.

Obsessed with having your DVD/CD collection in strict alphabetical order?  Obsessed with a specific person?  Or TV show?  Or movie?  Or radio station?  Do you have an obsession with checking Twitter at a certain time every day?  With holding your steering wheel in exactly the same place?  Maybe you're obsessed with collecting every single piece of memoribilia from "Gilligan's Island", or with the sugar packets all facing the same way?  Past or present, serious or funny, yours or someone you know's, let us know at all the usual places:

You can submit up to three.  If you want to remain anonymous, please START your comments with that.  As a general rule, we don't pre-read emails or tweets or comments before we read them on air, so if you're going to disclose that you're obsessively following your ex, make sure you state that you don't want us to reveal your name at the start.

As always, please try to get your comments in by 6pm US-e / 11pm UK on Tuesday night.  If not, go ahead and add them anyway and we'll use them in the catchup segment of the next show.

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Music You Want To Hear, Played By A Man Who Wants You To Hear It.

TPASS#215 guest John Osborne's new radio show "John Peel's Shed" premiered this week.  For the next four weeks John will be playing songs that came directly, and literally, from the shed of British radio royalty.  John's relationship with Future Radio is covered extensively in his book "Radio Head".

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In 2002 John Osborne won a competition on John Peel's Radio 1 show. His prize was a box of 150 records from John Peel's own collection. John Peel's Shed is a show featuring the best tracks from those records. The series starts on Sunday 2nd May at 9 pm on Future Radio.
 
The record collection includes 7 inch singles and full albums, including Screaming Lord Sutch, Royal Trux and Chilly Gonazles. The prize was won after John Peel invited listeners to send in reasons why they listened to his show, which he would send as part of the submission to that year’s Sony Awards. “My winning sentence was 'Music you want to hear played by a man who wants you to hear it.'” Osborne remembers. “Another box of records was won by someone suggesting 'John Peel has got thousands of records and is not afraid to use them.'”

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Sports Fans: You're Retro Whether You Like It Or Not.

If you've watched or attended a sporting event in America over the past five or six years, there's little doubt that your ears have been assaulted by this song during one of the many, many breaks they seem to take during what should be gameplay:

And in other news: fwaarr, eh?  It's a song called "Kernkraft 4000" by a German techno outfit called Zombie Nation.  I must admit, as a big fat geek, it gives me the warm fuzzies to think that a stadium filled with sweaty, testosterone-heavy, Kappa-Tossa-Wanka, painted-face meatheads are all singing along with a twenty-six year old tune from a Commodore 64 game.

Yes, dears.  The Star Dust level of "Lazy Jones".  Tee-hee!

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