Popmtic Podcast

Popmatic Podcast April 2014: Cherry Blossom Festival and All Things Japan

By , April 6, 2014

In honor of Cherry Blossom Festival, we celebrate all things Japan. Greg has been there. If you are Japanese, please to go to town in the comments. And what is tickling our fancy.


The guy that married a pillow could be considered an extreme example of otaku. Read about it here.

Cookpad featuring the recipe family favorite meat miso

Japanese Soul Cooking by Tadashi Ono

Sonobana Grocery

Akira Kurasawa movies

The Films of Akira Kurasawa by Donald Richie

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (CD | Hoopla) by Gwen Stefani

Harajuki Girls

Gothic & Lolita Bible

Gothic Lolita Punk by Rico Komanoya

Maneki-neko or “Lucky Cat”

Ascendacies: The Best of Bruce Sterling by Bruce Sterling featuring the short story “Maneki-neko”

The Cat Returns

“Cat Heaven Island”

Nyalan and Deshi feline travel mascots

cat cafes

Haruki Murakami books

Japanese: The Game


Raid: Redemption

Raid 2 official website

Future Islands

Future Islands performing their song “Seasons (Waiting On You)

Two Ten Jack

Izakaya: the Japanese Pub Cookbook by Mark Robinson

Veronica Mars movie

Godzilla featuring Japan and U.S. versions

Bambi Meets Godzilla


A transcript of the show is available upon request.

Jerry Schatzberg: Legends of Film Podcast

By , March 31, 2014

During this episode of Legends of Film we talk to Jerry Schatzberg, director of Scarecrow, The Panic in Needle Park, and Movie’s @ Main’s upcoming feature, Sweet Revenge. Mr. Schatzberg discusses casting Morgan Freeman in his breakthrough role, the importance of improvisation, and problems that occur when your lead actor is also your screenwriter.

Come see Schatzberg’s film Sweet Revenge on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Main Library downtown.

Popmatic Podcast March 2014: Nashville READS (About Animals)

By , March 2, 2014

With Karen Joy Fowler‘s We are All Completely Beside Ourselves being named the next Nashville READS title, we wax poetic about our favorite animal tie-ins. Somehow Babe: Pig in the City didn’t make the list? And what is tickling our fancy this month.

Nashville READS


Animals by Pink Floyd

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin bio pic with Claire Danes

Peter and the Wolf by Sergey Prokofiev

Rikki Tikki Tavi animated by Chuck Jones

original Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling

National Geographic’s Cobra vs. Mongoose

Twin Peaks TV series

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me


What’s Happenin’ Captain by Library Pete


Tennessee First Lady Read20 Book Club

The weather has been great.

Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-Defying Adventures in Extreme Weather by Reed Timmer

Storm Chaser: In Pursuit of Untamed Skies by Warren Faidley

Lucky Day Collection

Twin Peaks fan art


Legends of Film: Randy Jurgensen

By , February 24, 2014

During this episode we talk to retired New York City police officer Randy Jurgensen, technical advisor on the film set of this month’s Movies @ Main feature Report to the Commissioner. Jurgensen explains his role as technical advisor and talks about his on-screen part as the shooter of Sonny Corleone in The Godfather and his work on the movie The French Connection (including the case that inspired the film.)

Listen to the complete interview to hear about Jurgensen’s encounter with Lenny Bruce!

Come see Report to the Commissioner on Saturday March 8, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library downtown.

Popmatic Podcast February 2014: Groundhog Day – African American History Month Mashup

By , February 2, 2014

Just like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, we’re caught in a time loop. We tell you about the best books, movies and music to read / watch / listen to over and over again. Tell us your favorites in the comments. Because we’re ninjas, we seamlessly weave in African American History Month plus what’s tickling our fancy.

African American History Month at NPL


In a surprise AMA on Reddit Bill Murray said he thought Groundhog Day was really underrated.

Sister Act

Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

Bourne films starring Matt Damon

The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments as a teen comedy

Death at a Funeral UK version*

Death at a Funeral USA version


*These titles are on order and will appear in the catalog shortly.


the novels of Ross Thomas

Chopped cookbook gets April release date

Hatchet Job of the Year Shortlist

SNL‘s Real Race Problem

Oscar Picks at the Belcourt

Goya: The Disasters of War at the Frist

Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan at the Frist

Hate watching” is a thing?


A transcript of the show is available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast January 2014: The Best of (Last) Year

By , January 5, 2014

This is the best of the year. If you listen the whole way to the end, there is a whole other mini-episode hidden inside.

Hunger Awareness Month


Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Beauty Queens by Libby Bray

MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood

Circle of Six: The True Story of New York’s Most Notorious Cop Killer and the Cop Who Risked Everything to Catch Him by Randy Jurgensen

Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong

Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music by S. Alexander Reed

audio interview with S. Alexander Reed on I Die You Die site

Storm Kings: The Untold History of America’s First Tornado Chasers by Lee Sandlin

Wild Tales by Graham Nash


the music of Graham Nash

Reflektor by Arcade Fire

check out of vids of Reflektor

The Blessed Unrest by Sara Bareilles

Night Visions by Imagine Dragons

Random Access Memories by Daft Punk



Upstream Color

All is Lost

Pitch Perfect

Spring Breakers

Leverage (final season of)

Orphan Black

30 Rock (final season of)

Breaking Bad (final season of)


four new Marvel shows on Netflix

James McBride’s band

Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton

Sorcerer on Blu-ray

It was the year of glitter.


A transcript of the show is available upon request.

Legends of Film: Robert Shaye

By , December 29, 2013

Legends of Film is proud to present an interview with Robert Shaye,  Founder and CEO of New Line Cinema.  Mr. Shaye also directed The Last Mimzy, which will be shown Saturday January 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the downtown Public Library.

Popmatic Podcast December 2013: Family Matters

By , December 2, 2013

Reed / West / Kardashian / AndersonHolidays are often a time we spend with family and loved ones. On this episode we feature projects created by families or loved ones in collaboration. You know like Gustav Klusis and Valentina Kulagina… sorry, I mean The Carpenters. Listen and you will be enlightened. And what is tickling our fancy this month.


Björk & Matthew Barney

Drawing Restraint 9

Charlotte Church’s John Peel Lecture on women in music

Melissa McCarthy & Ben Falcone


Wild Belle

Charles Todd

Ian Rutlege series

Frank & Eleanor Perry

David and Lisa

Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

Metal Machine Music

“O Superman”

Kanye West & Kim Kardashian


 Astronauts Wives Club by Lily Koppel

Yokai Attack! The Japanese Monster Survival Guide by Hiroko Yoda

Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn (read by Jim Frangione)

Jim Henson by Brian Jay Jones (read by Kirby Heyborne)

The Lost Art of Ah Pook is Hereby Malcolm McNeil

Barnaby Rober’s video for David Bowie’s Love is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix)


A transcript of the show is available upon request.

Legends of Film: Tina Hirsch

By , November 9, 2013

During this episode we talk to film editor Tina Hirsch. Ms. Hirsch explains her role as a film editor, including how she helps create a great chase scene. Ms. Hirsch also recounts a time of “looking out windows” with Director Brian De Palma.

Come see Mystery Date, one of the films Ms. Hirsch edited, on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Main Library, downtown.

Popmatic Podcast November 2013: Get Hitched!

By , November 4, 2013

Someone in the Popmatic crew is getting married! You’ll have to listen to find out who. [Ed. note: Unless they spoil it on the blog before this posts!] In honor of this joyous union, we discuss the best books, movies, and music all about weddings. Okay, we really just discuss movies (again). Things get surprisingly dark. We do talk about books at the end though.


The Proposal

Bill mentioned the notorious “red wedding” in Game of Thrones Season 3. That’s not out on DVD yet but you can catch up on the first two seasons.

The Godfather

The Deer Hunter

Conversations with Other Women



I Knew It Was You

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion (read by Dan O’Grady)

Jack Irish novels by Peter Temple

Jack Irish TV show

MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood (read by Bernadette Dunn, Bob Walter, and Robbie Daymond)


A transcript of the show is available upon request.

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