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Popmatic Podcast for July 29, 2015: A Vacation from Yourself

By , July 29, 2015

The Vacationers by Emma StraubDid you know there is a new National Lampoon’s vacation movie coming out today? No, I’m not kidding. Here are some books, movies and music you can get from the library instead. Chevy Chase fans please leave your grumbles in the comments. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.


The Vacationers by Emma Straub

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific by J. Maarten Troost

Amanda’s review of The Sex Lives of Cannibals


Legends of Film interview with Westworld producer Paul Lazarus

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Jeff Goldblum laughing

Return to the Valley of the Go-Gos by The Gos-Gos CD | Hoopla

Lexicon Devil: The Short Life and Fast Times of Darby Crash and The Germs by Brendan Mullen

The Dying Grass by William Vollmann


Elvis Costello’s MTV Unplugged

Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst


Ballet 422

I’m On Vacation” by Rhett & Link


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for July 22nd, 2015: That 70s Episode

By , July 22, 2015

My Aim is True by Elvis CostelloWith President Carter visiting the library, we can’t help but to think of the 1970s. Q: What makes the “me decade”? A: Singer songwriters, space rock, gritty crime movies, and one of the best kids books of any decade. Leave your picks in the comments. Plus—what is tickling our fancy this week.


My Aim is True by Elvis Costello

This Year’s Model by Elvis Costello

Armed Forced by Elvis Costello

The Right Spectacle: The Very Best of Elvis Costello – The Videos

The Conversation

All the President’s Men


Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

Charley Varrick

the music of Yes

Music of Yes: Structure and Vision of Progressive Rock by Bill Martin

Listening to the Future: The Time of Progressive Rock 1968-1978 by Bill Martin


Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

This is How Google’s Deep Dream Sees Nashville

Here’s Patti Lupone Talking About Stealing Theatergoer’s Cellphone

Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery

Postcards of the Wiener Werkstätte at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for July 15th, 2015: French Like the Fries

By , July 15, 2015

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre DumasAmanda being out and technical difficulties did not stop the rest of Popmatic crew from celebrating Bastaille Day the way good old-fashioned red-blooded Americans should—by talking about movie soundtracks. I’m not talking Les Miserables. I’m talking Coneheads?! French factoids and absurdity abound. Plus, what is making Jeremy cry this week.


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas

The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas

The French Connection

Legends of Film interview with Randy Jurgensen

Coneheads (Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The Passion of Joan of Arc


Omni Hut

ArieScope Pictures

finale episodes of Mad Men


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for July 8th, 2015: ‘Merica All Year

By , July 8, 2015

Desserts from the famous Loveless Cafe : simple Southern pies, puddings, cakes, and cobblers from Nashville's landmark restaurantCountry music, comics, cake, and radical politics – this episode is as American as apple pie. Plus, you down with JPS?

American II: Unchained by Johnny Cash

American IV: The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash CD | Hoopla

Johnny Cash Reads the Complete New Testament

The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites by Libby Haight O’Connell

Folk Hits Around the Campfire

Smithsonian Folkways American Roots Collection

House of Earth by Woodie Guthrie

Mermaid Avenue sessions by Billy Bragg & Wilco

Desserts from the Famous Loveless Cafe: Simple Southern Pies, Puddings, Cakes, and Cobblers from Nashville’s Landmark Restaurant by Alisa Huntsman

Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book by Gerard Jones


Hellboy II part of Movies @ Main

Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros Soundtrack by Andrew Schartmann

Blackstone Brewery Strawberry Picnic

Nashville Cat Rescue

John Phillip Sousa


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for June 24th, 2015: Regency, or Sense and Snarfibility

By , June 24, 2015

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover (Rules of Scoundrels Volume 4) by Sarah MacLeanThe Regency period looms disproportionately large in any public library collection. We’ll clue you in as to why. Amanda challenges listeners to give her a reason to read Jane Austen. And we ask you, should the library start making book lists again? Plus what is tickling our fancy this week.


Richard Sharpe novels by Bernard Cornwell

Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell

Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean

Pop Culture Happy Hour‘s “Romance Novel Special

Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein Thomas Edison’s 1910 version

Young Frankenstein

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke

Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep




Ancestry.com is free in the library

The Connection

Kung Fury

Ask Me About My New God! by Maria Bamford


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for June 17, 2015: It’s Fathers’ Day! Where’s My Cake?!

By , June 17, 2015

The Godfather DVDThis episode got real dark, real fast. Every dad we talk about is deceased, a criminal, or both. Regardless, Happy Father’s Day!



This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

This Is Where I Leave You film

The Godfather

The Godfather Part 2

The Godfather Part 3

The Godfather by Maria Puzo

Lone Wolf Cub by Kazuo Kioke & Goseki Kojima

Tim Buckley CD | Hoopla

Jeff Buckley CD | Freegal


Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly


Fallout 4

shirt folder [what?]

Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for June 10, 2015: Bonnaroo vs. CMA Fest

By , June 10, 2015

ZABA by Glass AnimalsBonnaroo and CMA Fest are the same weekend causing a musical vortex unlike anything in the history of the known universe. Welcome to the unknown. We have recommendations.


Benjamin Booker by Benjamin Booker

Sturgill Simpson CD | Freegal

Florence and the Machine CD | Hoopla

Glass Animals

Nick Thune

Natasha Leggero

Cameron Esposito

The Kindest Thing Jay Leno Ever Did for Me

Reggie Watts

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop


Deadmau5 CD | Freegal | Hoopla

Tanya Tucker’s Greatest Hits by Tanya Tucker


Dear Bitches Smart Authors podcast

From the Desk of Warren Ellis by Warren Ellis

Phenomenal” by Eminem

Go” by The Chemical Brothers

Steve Albini’s Face the Music 2014 keynote

Sewer Goddess


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for June 3, 2015: Super Summer Challenge

By , June 3, 2015

NPL Summer ChallengeSummer Challenge is here! This year’s theme is super heroes so the Popmatic crew gets bit by a spider and saves the day by giving you awesome book, movie and music recommendations. And yes, listening to this episode, or any episode of Popmatic, counts for Summer Challenge points.

Summer Challenge sign-up

Summer Challenge events

Superheroes Wikipedia Edit-a-thon


Black Widow: the Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto & Clayton Cowles

Captain America and the Black Widow by Cullen Bunn & Francesco Francavilla

fan made Black Widow movie titles

Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster the Creators of Superman by Brad Ricca

Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-creator of Batman by Marc Tyler Nobleman

Arrow tv show

Green Arrow comics

Flash comics

Legends of Tomorrow trailer

Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore


Robert Altman retrospective at the Belcourt Theatre

COPRA by Michel Fiffe

Brain Freeze Comics + Zines

Hoopla has comics!

Google Fiber

Google Fiber Announces ‘Digital Inclusion Fellowships’

Silicon Valley



Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for May 27, 2015: Vroom, Vroom

By , May 27, 2015

SennaAre you still buzzing from the Indy 500? Maybe just depressed that Dave Letterman is off the air? None of the Popmatic crew like racing as much as Letterman does but they all love Talladega Nights. And some serious stuff too.


Senna DVD | Hoopla

Fast Track series by Erin McCarthy

Richard “Dick” Trickle

The Last American Hero

The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby by Tom Wolfe featuring the essay “The Last American Hero”

Death Race 2000

Ackermanthology: 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts featuring “The Racer” by Ib Melchior

Legends of Film interview with Tina Hirsch

Legends of Film interview with Lewis Teague

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby


Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Norm Macdonald’s last appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman

The Dali Museum

Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack CD | Hoopla

Eat the Document by Dana Spiotta


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

Popmatic Podcast for May 20, 2015: WAR

By , May 20, 2015

Monuments Men DVDIn honor of Memorial Day, we pick our favorite war books and movies. And our favorite war… music? Maybe. Plus what is tickling our fancy this week.



The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert Edsel

The Monuments Men film

The Bridge On the River Kwai

Fury: My War Gone By by Garth Ennis & Goran Parlov

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by John Krakauer


Honest Trailers YouTube channel

Postmodern Jukebox at Cannery Ballroom

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll part of Light + Sound Machine

“Cement Slippers” by Dengue Fever from the album Cannibal Courtship

Dengue Fever Presents Electric Cambodia

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector by Mick Brown; read by Ray Porter

The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-kept Secret by Kent Hartman

The Devil Is Here In These Hills: West Virginia Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James R. Green

Harlan County U.S.A.


Transcripts of the show are available upon request.

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