The High Five Podcast Episode 57 – Jack’s Favorite Switch Games Part 2

Welcome back for the second half of the chat between my son and I about his favorite Nintendo Switch games right now! Last time we discussed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby Star Allies and Super Mario 3D World. Today we finish up talking about that last one and also get into his top two games: Animal Cross: New Horizons and Super Mario Odyssey! We also talk about how excited he is for Kirby And The Forgotten World, which we still haven’t played yet.

We talked a bit about the weird continuity of the Donkey Kong series. If you’re curious here’s an in-depth rundown of Donkey “Cranky” Kong Senior’s history! Also, for good measure, he’s a pic of the kids playing the Switch after getting it!

This is not an ad, but I’m a big fan of my Retron which allows me to play my NES and Sega games without hassling with the old units. If that’s something you’d be interested in check out the Hyperkin website, they have all sorts of retro gaming options on there. They come with controllers, but you can also plug in your own if you still have them lying around.

As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

The High Five Podcast Episode 56 – Jack’s Favorite Switch Games Part 1

On today’s episode, I’m joined by my very special guest, my son Jack! He’s very excited to talk about his five favorite Nintendo Switch games. On this first part, wee talk about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kirby Star Allies and Super Mario 3D World. Come back next week to find out what the top two games are!

When talking about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Jack’s main character is Captain Falcon and he’s from F-Zero. We also talk about ROB the Robot from the NES era. Here’s a video showing what he could do.

If you want to listen to a few of the other episodes I mentioned in the intro you can check out my ranking of the Leprechaun films here and my recap with the kids about our favorite family shows of 2020 here.

As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

The High Five Podcast Episode 51 – 90s Teen Titans With Ben Morse

On this week’s episode, I chat with my friend, professor and comic book correspondent Ben Morse about the late 90s Teen Titans book written and drawn for the most part by Dan Jurgens with George Perez on inks for part of the run! Along the way we talk about the end of Marv Wolfman’s run on New Titans, other teen books from this era and the most important elements to creating a successful Teen Titans book! If you want even more context for this one, go back and listen to episodes 18 and 19.

Throughout the episode, we both mention a variety of articles and interviews about this Teen Titans run. Most of these come from TitansTower.com, which is also mentioned in the show. When I went to double check the links, though, the site was undergoing maintenance. I hope they work now!

Go ahead and give Ben a follow on Twitter and Instagram. As always, you can email me at high5tj at gmail.com or follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Also feel free to subscribe to my YouTube Channel!

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 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 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 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!

If you want to drop me a line you can do so at high5tj at gmail dot com or follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram.

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!

Drop me a line at high5tj at gmail dot com, on Instagram or Twitter.

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: