Untenable Podcast, Mixtape #10: One of US

The one with the special message.

In this week’s episode, a new mixtape revisits a time of concern and questioning amidst social unrest.


Intro song:  “3 Libras” A Perfect Circle

Song 2: “Years Go By” The Devlins

Outro song: “Wasting Time” Collective Soul

Episode mixed: 94.5

The Untenable Podcast Mixtape #7: BritPop Till You Can’t Stop

The one with too much bollocks.

This week’s episode is another blast from the past (somewhat recent past) when Mike and Jay contend with issues of old, like Tomorrowland, Tron, GI Joe: Retaliation, Star Wars, and the age old debate between art and commerce.


Intro song: “Come Undone” Robbie Williams  

Middle song: “Don’t Look Back in Anger” Oasis

Outro song: “Bittersweet Symphony” The Verve

Mixed episodes:

Episode 57: Tomorrowland is Never Promised
Episode 68:  Unfuggin’ Believable!

The Untenable Podcast, Mixtape #6: SPRING BREAK IN THE USA

The one with two hosts on Spring Break.

This week’s episode is another Mixtape because Mike and Jay are gonna party during SPRING BREAK. Actually, no. Both are on Spring Break, but both have commitments preventing them from recording new content; however, the next episode should be chock full of gaming and movie talk from the both of them. SPRING BREAK FOREVER!



Excerpts from Episodes: Links to original full episodes.

Ep. 26: http://traffic.libsyn.com/untenablepodcast/Untenable_Podcast_Episode_26.mp3

Ep. 23: http://traffic.libsyn.com/untenablepodcast/Untenable_Podcast_Episode_23.mp3

Intro song: Phoenix #2772  “Beach Groove”

Song #2: David Bowie “No Plan”

Outro song:  Arcade Fire “Song on the Beach”

The Untenable Podcast, Mixtape 5: A Country for Some of Us

The one with two yahoos in a room and a voice recording app.

This week’s episode is another Mixtape, chock full of goodies from the early days of the podcast, especially the good old days of Mike and Jay recording “in-studio” with an app on the iPad Mini.

Mixtape 5



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31 Days of Our Favorite Horror Movies, Day 22


In the Mouth of Madness  (1995, dir. John Carpenter)

Having recently delved back into the works of H.P. Lovecraft, I have a fondness for John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness. I remember watching this movie with Mike back in the mid-90s, probably while I was still in high school. We had a habit of hanging out and renting VHS tapes of horror and comedy movies, sometimes action movies. Those were the top three genres that I remember watching the most during my high school years. We were pretty much fans of anything John Carpenter too, and I’m not sure if this is true for Mike, but I think the only John Carpenter film that I haven’t seen is his remake of The Village of the Damned, starring the late Christopher Reeves in one of his last starring roles.

All that I remember about the first time I watched In the Mouth of Madness was that it kinda freaked me out. The monsters I could handle, tentacles and all. But when the viewer’s perception, my perception of reality is called into question, I wasn’t prepared for it to happen. I mean, up until that point in my viewing habits, I was only used to a certain type of narrative structure and flow – everything was linear and relatively straight forward. The protagonist experiences, A, B, C, and so-on, until the end of the movie. But this movie literally had a moment where the fabric of reality, the movie screen, was peeled back and another layer of the movie’s narrative is created. All Hell breaks loose, and we eventually find the protagonist discovering that “reality” as he once knew it, was no longer reality, it had become fiction.

Fine. That was cool. But at that moment I do remember having a flash of “whoah, wait a minute. If he can acknowledge this shift in reality, what’s to stop me from having that same realization? Like, what if I’m a part of this weird narrative and someone is watching what I’m doing?” That moment of near-existential crisis after watching the movie is what I like about good horror, as it should provoke me into thinking about weird shit like that. I’m not usually thinking about the meta-cognitive aspects of media that I watch, but with this movie I had the prep to lead me into that kind of viewing habit.

There are some moments of dated references, some obvious nods o pop culture, but some really solid performances by Sam Neill and Jurgen Prochnow. Mike’s creep out moment has a female character turn into a human spider after surviving a car crash and scampering away, legs and arms flailing. I’ll admit, there are some disturbing moments of this movie that I’d rather not revisit, that being one of them.