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Episode 23 “Soda Shaq”

September 23, 2013

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On today’s show, Matt and Phil discuss the books they’ve been reading lately, including some books Matt picked up at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Komics Festival).  They also discuss the Marvel Now! runs of Hawkeye, Deadpool and Fantastic 4/FF.  There is a brief spoiler-free discussion of Man of Steel.  Then Phil chugs 3 cans of Soda Shaq and nearly passes out.

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Episode 22: “The Rockford Episode”

July 21, 2013

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In this episode, we are joined by friend of the show Jen Smith.  We talk about our favorite things in Rockford, about the schools, about buying local, and about taking pride in your community.  We also discuss a few songs from Phils Best of 2012 mix cd. Oh yeah, and we also talk about The Walking Dead.

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Episode 21: That’s Kinda Raven

April 9, 2013

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In this episode Matt and Phil continue their way through Phil’s favorite songs of 2013.  Phil also discusses Shia Labeoourofiu (sp?)’s secret plot to destroy everything Phil loves.  The guys also discuss kickstarters and some of their favorite podcasts.  Also, they respond to a listener question about what books they’re reading.  And Matt finishes the episode off by talking about one of his favorite websites.

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Episode 20: “Neo-Tokyo is about to explode!”

February 14, 2013

Akira, Tetsuo, Avatar, Nickelodeon, Japandroids, Bombast Podcast title card

Episode 20 of the show is now available at the libsyn site.  CLICK HERE to go there for the download.  You can also download the show from iTunes.

To start the show off, we talk about a few tracks from Phil’s “Best Songs of 2012” mix.  We discuss the song “The House that Heaven Built” by the 2-man art-punk group Japandroids, the expansive folk-pop song “Danse Caribe” by singer-songwriter Andrew Bird, and the pop song, “Some Nights” by Fun.  Lots of joking around ensues.  We round out our music segment by talking about the unexpected wistful folk song “70 Excuses” by Somalia-born hip hop artist K’naan.  Matt has some stuff to stay about the graphic novel series, Akira, particularly Volume 4.  Akira is a dystopian sci-fi masterpiece by Katsuhiro Otomo.  Then Phil talks about the animated series Avatar the Last Airbender, which he recently watched in its entirety.  Then somehow we get sidetracked and start talking about the Matrix movies, steampunk, and cyberpunk.

Bonus Features for Episode 20!

February 10, 2013

Believe it or not there is a new episode of bombast podcast on the way!  One thing we talk about is my best songs of 2012 mix.  Although we only talk about a few songs on the show, here is the full track-list (with some links to YouTube so you can listen, too:

1.  “The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids from the album Celebration Rock

2.  “The Jig is Up” by El-P from the album Cancer for Cure

3.  “I’ll Be Alright” by Passion Pit from the album Gossamer

4.  “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” by Lupe Fiasco from the album Food and Liquor II:  The Great American Rap Album Part 1

5.  “Lost” by Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra from the album Theatre is Evil

6.  “Danse Caribe” by Andrew Bird from the album Break it Yourself

7.  “Some Nights” by Fun. from the album Some Nights

8.  “(If) You Want Trouble” by Nick Waterhouse from the album Time’s All Gone

9.  “Below my Feet” by Mumford & Sons from the album Babel

10.  “Lost River” by Murder By Death from the album Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon

11.  “Morning Sheets” by Patrick Watson from the album Adventures in Your Own Backyard

12.  “Fox’s Dream of the Log Flume” by Mewithoutyou from the album Ten Stories

13.  “70 Excuses” by K’Naan from the album Country, God or the Girl

14.  “good kid” by Kendrick Lamar from the album good kid, m.A.A.d. city

15.  “Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter” by Titus Andronicus from the album Local Business

16.  “Staring Down the Sun” by Further Seems Forever from the album Pennyblack

17.  “Ask” by Sharon Van Etten from the album Tramp

18.  “Varúð” by Sigur Rós from the album Valtari

Bad Robin Costume -San Diego Comic-Con 2012 edition

November 18, 2012

I just realized that I put the pictures of me in my terrible Robin costume on the Bombast Facebook page, and on my flickr, but I had never put them here.  Looking at these pictures, I’m remembering what a great time I had at San Diego.  It was a blast!

Robin and Wonder Girl

Robin, Robin, and Hawkeye

Robin and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

Insomniac Blog Reading.

October 27, 2012

Boy am I glad that it’s Saturday.  I’ve passed a sleepless night, and I am just now passing through to the other side.  Right now, my thoughts are suddenly accompanied the sunlit view outside my window.  Right now, my thoughts are suddenly accompanied by the dim awareness that at this particular moment, ‘normal’ people are now joining me in consciousness.  I’m a night owl by nature, but due to my job I wake up at 5:30 every weekday.  I could easily stay up late every one of those 5 days, but I try not to, because at the age of 29, the effects of a late night (even more so when it’s followed by a workday) are MUCH greater than they were at the age of 22.  So anyway, I passed a sleepless night.  Not because of any worry or stress, but because of a series of bad decisions.  Let me list them.

1. Taking a nap after work.  I was tired, but I shouldn’t have hit the hay as earlier as I did.  Anything earlier than 7-8ish is risky.
2. After waking up from that nap, I didn’t go back to sleep within 2 hours.  I’ve learned, that if I miss that magic 2 hour window, I will become fully awake and alert, and and that point, I’m spinning the roulette wheel.  But anyway I did it.  I had laundry that I just had to do, and I had to go to the video store, and then I had to make a lengthy call to a close friend.  On of the ‘fun’ components of living with my ADD is poor impulse control.  If I always live with the conviction (or the reality?  maybe.) that if I don’t something NOW I won’t do it ever.  Yeah.  Who’s got poor planning ability?  yeah, this guy.
3. Bad food choices.  If I stay up long enough, I get hungry.  I made myself a PBJ.  Which is okay.  But I was still kinda hungry, so I had two burritos and a lot of cheese.  Worst idea of MY LIFE.  Let’s just say that by the time I actually got tired, I had a stomach that was so obnoxiously unsettled, it was impossible to sleep.

So anyway – I spent the night listening to podcasts, trying to read Morrison’s Animal Man comics from the 80s, watching youtube music videos so I could test and see if the buzz around Frank Ocean is deserved, and to make sure I wasn’t confusing Drake songs with Kid Cudi ones.  Or Kanye West ones.  I feel like I also did a million other little things.

During the night I also did some blog reading -from one of my favorite bloggers, David Brothers, who writes out his thoughts at  There are a couple of blog posts there which were soo good, I just had to share them.  Those 2 posts are the reason I decided to write this post at all.

The first one was sparked by a news report of an alleged worker riot/disturbance at a Foxconn Factory in Taiyuan, China.  This was originally reported on September 2012.  Read the blog post HERE> Foxconn Riots: “Tell-Lie-Vision distorts your vision”.    I’ve gathered up the choice quotes; these are the ones that grabbed me.

“The impression is that Apple is the biggest offender here, and those other guys are small time in comparison.  Here’s a list of Foxconn clients I pulled off Wikipedia: Acer Inc.,, Apple Inc., Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, Nintendo, Nokia, Sony, Toshiba, and Vizio.

They’re ALL compromised and we’re all compromised by extension. Not just Apple. A significant number of personal electronics are made at Foxconn. That Kindle you bought your mom, your old Nokia flip, that blu-ray player you watch your HD porno on… the poison has deep roots. I’m writing this post on a MacBook. I just went for a run using an iPod Nano. I was watching youtubes earlier on my Sony Google TV box-thing. I was reading comics on my iPad last night.  I benefit from the exploitation of others, we all do. And I think this style of journalism actually hurts awareness of that.”

This is a sobering thought, but it’s worth thinking about.  Those of us in the first-world that benefit from the wonders of consumer electronics, don’t consider the societal costs of these products and the global economic system they come out of.  These societal costs can hit hard for the people in the third world that actually assemble these wonders of plastic, anodyized aluminum, gorilla glass and silicon. And maybe we should.  At least, I think so.

From there he makes a leap to some thoughts about the way this kind of journalism works.

“This type of thing shows that even factual reporting is a game, whether it’s the news gleefully playing along and encouraging the Obama birth certificate controversy or… do you remember the shooting at the Empire State Building a few weeks back? It was immediately termed a mass shooting and the think pieces started rolling out about gun control and how we’re messed up as a country. Turns out, the mass shooting was actually one guy shooting one other guy and then being killed by the police, who also managed to shoot nine bystanders in the process. It’s not the mass shooting that anyway said it was.

Meanwhile, nineteen people were shot in Chicago that weekend, a number that they match week after week after week. But that’s not marketable enough to go above the fold. It’s sad. Complex did a horrifying memorial for the teenagers who’ve died in Chicago this summer. “Between the first of June and the 31st of August, 152 people were killed. Of those, 38 were teenagers.” Scary, right?”

I don’t know what I can add to that.  I think it’s dead on-target.

The other post by David Brothers is on a much different wavelength.  While I was casting around for ways to use up my hours of insomnia, I watched a popular R-rated comedy that along with the jokes, awkwardness, and gross-out gags, had interspersed moments of heartfelt drama.  It was quite well-done, and the moments where the movie had a MESSAGE, and the characters had to face their life, hit me like a ton of bricks.  I mean they demolished me.  I identified with the character soo much, and What they were going through felt like exactly what i’ve been going through for a while, for 10 months, at least.  I cry easily at movies, and the label of something being a ‘comedy’ is no protection for me. (This is especially the case when I am over-tired, confused by a late afternoon nap, and unable to sleep.  Haha, oviously, right?)  The second David Brothers article I’m mentioning here relates to this experience.  He talks about a comic story available online (Boxes by Dustin Harbin) and the effect it had on him.  You can read the article HERE > Dustin Harbin’s “Boxes” Is Real Talk. Here’s the money quote, at least for me:

“I read Boxes and I get that weird bad/good feeling that you get from watching movies or reading books that make you cry. It’s sort of like the feeling I associate with horror movies, a “Bad things are about to happen” type of foreboding, but with the benefit of knowing there’s an answer at the end, or if it not an answer, confirmation that you aren’t alone. A creeping/comfortable feeling, maybe, or brutalized/validated.

The bad feelings that you get from the work, the lumps in your throat and identification you feel, hurt, but they also confirm that someone else is feeling what you feel.”

Go read that post.  And go read Boxes.  I don’t think you’ll regret it.  As for me, I think I’m going to get some sleep.

Episode 19 – “John Porcellino Cartoonist Interview”

September 28, 2012

Episode 19 of the show is now available at the libsyn site.  CLICK HERE to go there for the download.  You can also download the show from iTunes.

This is a pretty mellow show, but I think it’s a good one.  John Porcellino is the cartoonist between the long-running King-Cat mincomic series, and many collections and other books. One of them that Phil and I (Matt) recently read is Perfect Example, a true-life high school story, that has been described as a coming-of-age story which reads like a “goodbye to the familiar Road trips, drunken concerts, and late-night make-out sessions.”  According to cartoonist Chris Ware, “John Porcellino’s comics distill, in just a few lines and words, the feeling of simply being alive.”
We caught up with John Porcellino before he went to SPX, one of the mainstays on the indie comics convention calendar.  Phil and I talk with John P. about self-publishing, what he gained from his art school experience at NIU, the difference between the early days of alternative comics (the 80/90s) and now.  We also talk about doing comics for the love of it, and learning from the artwork (it really applies to writing, drawing, and music, as well) while you are making it.  And since we share the stateline region with John, I had to ask him about the changes from living in an urban/suburban environment to living in the more rural environment of South Beloit.

John P’s website is H E R E

Episode 18 -“High-Heeled Horseshoes- Sexy?”

September 22, 2012

Episode 18 of the show is now available at the libsyn site. CLICK HERE to go there for the download.  You can also download the show from iTunes.

SPECIAL CROSSOVER EPISODE!  If a podcast can have friends, then the Pod People Podcast is one of the best friends that Bombast has.  If you don’t know, that show has a focus on Young Adult fiction, and for this episode, we cross over with the hosts of Pod People, Emily White and Vic Caswell.  We start off the episode with a round of the game show, “Hip Hop Artist or Superhero?”.  From there, we move on to Matt’s homework assignment for the show, which was to get a date and go to the GZA concert, how to pick up chicks while buying tires, and we talk about Phil’s novel, “Peter Brown Goes to Boston”, and Phil talks about Emily’s YA novel, “Elemental”, which he just finished reading.  We also talk about a tendency of male character in YA to be what girls wished guys were like, and we compare that to unrealistic women characters in superhero comics.  If you listen further, you’ll find out the reason that Phil needs to go see a Twilight movie in the theater, and you’ll hear Mat ramble on about the Bill Murray movie, “What about Bob?”.  We round out the end of the show with the epic topic, Sexiest Male and Female Superheroes.  The topic does derail briefly into a disagreement about Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” (1992).  We laugh a lot during this episode, and I hope you enjoy it, dear listener, because we had blast recording it.

Things discussed on the Show (links)
Peter Brown Goes to Boston – a novel by Philip Jacke
Elemental – a novel by Emily White
Pod People Podcast

Strange Stories featuring the pets of Supergirl and Superman – iO9 article

Episode 17 -“The Logging One”

September 22, 2012

Episode 13 of the show is now available at the libsyn site. CLICK HERE to go there for the download.  You can also download the show from iTunes.

Matt wasn’t around to record the intro, so instead Phil got to record with a special guest, time-travelling brain-damaged era SINBAD!!!

Let’s just say that Phil’s been a fan of Sinbad for a long time.


voted “most likely to host a podcast” in high school

Once Matt finally shows up, he states some very unpatriotic opinions about America vs Canada.   We talk about the olympics, both the Canadian and the hip-hop version.  We also move on to discuss comic ratings vs their intended audience.  After that, we receive a visit from special guest gollum/smeagol.