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 Podcast Episode 25 – Rebel Girls With Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos Part 1

On this week’s High Five Podcast, I talk to my longtime friend Dr. Elizabeth Keenan-Penagos about her book Rebel Girls from a few years back. We recorded last fall, but the conversation about this excellent book still feels fresh. In part one (of three), we really dig into the characters of the book and what went into bringing them to life in 1992 Baton Rouge. Over the next two episodes, we get into the history of Riot Grrrl, the beautiful weirdness of David Lynch and my very first experiences listening to Bikini Kill and Bratmobile.

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.

The High Five Episode 24 – Wild Canadian Horror

Yesterday was Canada Day. To celebrate the independence of our neighbors to the North I made my way through a stack of Canuxploitation flicks. Some made the list…others did not. Find out by listening to the episode…or scrolling down and looking at the posters in the gallery below.

In the episode I talk about the great Canuxploitation.com and it’s primer on the idea, which you can find here. I also mentioned the excellent HorrorMovieADay by Brian Collins. He doesn’t post daily anymore, but still reviews flicks on there and around the web. Plus, the archives are incredible. Oh, and here’s my old review of The Pit.

Feel free to leave a comment here or rate the show on Apple Podcasts. You can email me at high5tj at gmail com or drop me a line on Instagram or Twitter.

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 Episode 20 – Excellent Eighties Disc 12

On today’s episode, I roll the metaphorical dice and watched five different movies all from the 12th disc of the Excellent Eighties DVD set! It was…something.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 19 – New Teen Titans With Ben Morse Part 2

On this week’s episode of the podcast, my pal Ben Morse and I close out our conversation on the first three years’ worth of New Teen Titans comics from Marv Wolfman and George Perez! Follow Ben on Twitter and Instagram!

Between last week’s episode and this week’s I mentioned two interviews I read in prep for the episode. The Wolfman one is here, the Perez one is here.

We talked about a lot of other Titans-related books, here’s a few artistic representations. I couldn’t find an image of the Tom Grummett Titans poster online, but you can check out the one I had below!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 18 – New Teen Titans With Ben Morse Part 1

This week I’m joined by the fantastic Ben Morse to discuss one of the most seminal runs of comics, New Teen Titans by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Recorded in the spring of 2020, we discuss the run, how it was reflected in modern comics and what we think of the mixing of genres (spoiler: it’s awesome). Do yourself a favor and follow Ben on Instagram and Twitter!

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The High Five Podcast Episode 17 – Lost Screenplays Adapted As Comics

On today’s episode, I’m running through a quintet of fabulous comic books that adapt unfilmed screenplays of somewhat historical significance. They also happen to be super fun reads.

I read the Things from Another World interview with Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau here.

If you’re curious about the novelization of William Gibson’s Aliens 3 script, here’s the Amazon link.

In addition to the intro penned by William Gibson, I also read this Wayback Machine archived blog post he wrote.

If you have Marvel Unlimited, check out The Star Wars here. You can watch Empire Of Dreams on Disney+!

Here you can see the official Jim Henson Company clip about Time Piece. If anyone knows where I can see the full version and/or The Cube, let me know.

I refer to this Ramon K Perez CBR interview conducted by my pal Steve Sunu!