The High Five Podcast Episode 46 – Favorite Records & Podcasts Of 2021

I’m wrapping up my Best of 2021 posts today with one going through my sonic journeys this year both musical and podcast…ical?

Want to give a listen to six and a half hours of my favorite late 90s/early 00s pop punk songs? Now, you can! I called it Four Minutes In Heaven because it made me giggle. I totally forgot that I also made a Weezer playlist called Throw Up The W.

You can still check out my old Angelfire page here. Sadly the Blue Note banner ad isn’t still around.

If you like music and/or comedy, you definitely need to watch this drum battle between Buddy Rich and Animal from The Muppet Show.

And you know you want to see some Prince

While you’re at it, here’s the 60 Minutes piece about Welcome 2 America and the Vault.

I did a search and found this 2012 post I did about discovering How Did This Get Made?!

If you’re curious about some of the previous episodes I mentioned in this one, here are some handy dandy links!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 44 – Newer Holiday Horrors!

I hope enjoy these Christmas-themed horror films from the past decade! Sorry for this one coming out after the holiday itself, but it’s still got some goodies!

If you’re interested in reading about a few of the other movies I mentioned, I wrote about Better Watch Out and Sint here, Red Christmas and A Christmas Horror Story here and Rare Exports here!

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The High Five Episode 40 – Toy Movies

On this week’s episode, I’m running down some of the most interesting films based on toy lines, most of which began when I was a kid! Along the way, I recount my personal history with the toys as well as the movies and even give some history as we go. For sources I used the He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe and Barbie episodes of the excellent Toys That Made Us series on Netflix as well as some real life books: The Official 30th Anniversary Salute To GI Joe 1964-1994 by Vince Santelmo and The Art Of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe by Tim and Steve Seeley.

Here’s a fan reconstruction of the Universal Conan show that got Gary Goddard the job directing Masters Of The Universe!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 27 – Rebel Girls with Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos Part 3

With this week’s episode we conclude the epic and delightful conversation I’ve been having with Dr. Elizabeth Kennan-Penagos, author of Rebel Girls. This time around we talk more music, including Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney and even Taylor Swift! Enjoy!

The Spotify playlist based on Elizabeth’s suggestion is here. You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram and Twitter and also keep an eye on her website, ElizabethKeenanWrites.com! You can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

The High Five Podcast Episode 26 – Rebel Girls With Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos Part 2

On this week’s episode, I continue chatting with author and music professor Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos. In the first part, which you should definitely listen to, we got into the characters and setting of her 2019 YA novel Rebel Girls. In this one, we dig further into the pop culture that fuels the book including Athena’s love of Bikini Kill’s Revolution Girl Style Now tape, Shaun’s affinity for Spider-Man and our own love of David Lynch! I hope you enjoy part two of our talk from the end of last summer!

I put together a lengthy Spotify playlist based on Elizabeth’s suggestion, you can check that out here. You can follow Elizabeth on Instagram and Twitter and also keep an eye on her website, ElizabethKeenanWrites.com! You can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Oh and here’s a video of Bikini Kill performing “Rebel Girl” from the Tubes for good measure:

The High Five Episode 23 – More Weezer With Matt Bond Part 2

Hello and welcome to the second half of my chat with longtime friend Matt Bond about our favorite band, Weezer! In this one, we dig into the greatness of Van Weezer, physical media and Tales From The Black Hole! For links to the podcasts and interviews we talk about, check out last week’s post!

In the last episode we talked about how awesome “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” is. Here’s a clip of Weezer performing it live — with a CHOIR! — at the Spike Video Game Awards. It’s…wild.

Also, Matt mentioned a new Weezer song in a video game, it’s called “Tell Me What You Want,” it’s from the game Wave Break, features a “Weezy Mode” and I absolutely want to play it. Here’s a clip:

You can follow Matt on Twitter. I’m on there too. Dig me on Instagram too if you like. You can also leave a comment here, review the show on Apple Podcasts or email me at high5tj at gmail dot com. Have a good one!

The High Five Podcast Episode 22 – More Weezer With Matt Bond Part 1

Today we welcome my pal Matt Bond back to the show to talk about not only the two latest Weezer albums — OK Human and Van Weezer — but also Rivers Cuomo solo outings Alone, Alone II and Not Alone! This will be a two-parter! If you want to hear our initial talk, which covered the band’s other 13 records, check them out here and here.

We reference a lot of interviews, podcasts and videos in this one, so here are the links! Matt mentions Rivers on a podcast, which is an episode of Pete Holmes’ You Made It Weird from 2017. He also mentioned his brother-in-law’s podcast which is called Are You Ready For Another…?

I mention bits and pieces of info gleaned from this OK Human NPR piece, an LA Times interview from the same time plus this awkward Forbes Van Weezer interview with Scott, Brian and Pat and the interview with Suzy Shinn from Slate. You can also watch the recent Rivers interview on the Zach Sang Show here:

In the episodes we also talk about the wild theory that Kurt Cobain and Rivers Cuomo are the same person. The website is called RiversCobain if you want to check it out. It’s nuts. I really didn’t realize the live version of OK Human I watched was a ripped off pay-per-view livestream. If you search for A Night With Weezer, you’ll find it. I do want to officially plug TheGuitarNotebook for posting all those great Weezer Blue Album bass tab lesson videos.

You can follow Matt on Twitter. I’m on there too. Dig me on Instagram too if you like. You can also leave a comment here, review the show on Apple Podcasts or email me at high5tj at gmail dot com. Have a good one!

The High Five Podcast Episode 21 – My Five Favorite 20 Weird Records Discoveries

On this week’s episode, I run through my five favorite discoveries from a box of weird old records I bought from eBay! It’s a pretty wild list! Follow #20weirdrecords on Insta for more spotlights!

Here’s the Jackie Gleason article I mentioned in the episode.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 16 – May The Force Be With Me

On this week’s episode, I’m celebrating my nearly life-long Star Wars fandom! From the days of watching the movies on cable to earning a few bucks from one of my favorite franchises, this one covers it all!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 14 – Weezer With Matt Bond Part 2

On this week’s episode, Matt Bond and I finish up our talk about our decades-long relationship with Weezer and how we’ve both decided to embrace them, Ride Or Die, though we each got there in different ways. If you missed out on part one, you can listen to it here.

Also, if you’re curious, these are the custom made CDs Bond mentioned: