Episode 186: Hot Buttered Controversy

Episode 186: Hot Buttered ControversyThis week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason welcome back Thomas Bryce of Shit Movie Fest to the third mic position. Tom gives us the rundown on what he has been up to since his last visit. The trio take a quick look at a plethora of upcoming events from Super Bowl 50 to magical memories from the days of yore. Pennsylvania. Talk turns to the potential horrors of a Chyna Vs. Sunny sex tape, which results in Jmo taking Tom to school on the ins-and-outs of how money is made in the adult film industry these days. Tom discusses his love of the ‘Tremors’ series and all things Kevin Bacon while teasing his upcoming trip to the historic Colonial Theatre for a screening of the cult classic, ‘Tremors.’ It’s all fun and games until Tom brings some heat to a growing controversy on a Kickstarter campaign gone bad for the cult favorite — Popcorn. He breaks down the facts as he knows them and reveals how he was seemingly beat out of a $100 bucks in hopes of bringing a fan favorite to Blu-ray (about 5 years ago). It’s a wild ride that will leave you thirsting for street justice and another episode. Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to tune in each week for the latest and greatest!

Episode 186: Hot Buttered Controversy

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Episode 170: Off The Top Rope

Episode 170: Off The Top RopeIt’s time once again for a fix of pop culture goodness with the Acid Pop Cult Podcast. This week Jeremy and Jason offer up some sage advice to a younger generation. With tips ranging from spending your hard earned cash on a quality mattress or avoiding the pitfalls of a back injury by avoiding the recreation of the high flyers you know and love from the WWE, this tag team has you covered. Jeremy offers a look inside the world of WWE fandom both retro and nu-wave, while Jason gives us the rundown on beloved child actor Kurt Russell’s horror-western “Bone Tomahawk.” They also recap Jason’s recent interview with Patrick Renna (Ham of ‘The Sandlot’), Tommy Savas (The Sopranos) and director Jason Schnell for their upcoming dark comedy, ‘Bad Roomies.’ Jeremy also offers another update on ‘Friday The 13th: The Video Game” as it surges past it’s Kickstarter goal. Like a fine wine, they get better with age but they are still getting too old for this sh*t. Download, listen and spread the word!

Episode 170: Off The Top Rope

Episode 168: Give Me Some Sugar Baby

Episode 168: Give Me Some Sugar BabyThis week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy are recovering from their Halloween hangovers. They quickly take flight with a look at CBS’s well-received new superhero drama, “Supergirl,” and set their sights on the magic of the new Starz series, “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” Jeremy also offers up another update on the “Friday The 13th: The Video Game” Kickstarter campaign, while Jason gives us the scoop on his recent interviews with Alice Eve, Elliot Knight (Once Upon A Time) and comedian Iliza Shlesinger. It’s a jam packed episode served up hot with lots and lots of spices. Download, listen and spread the word!

Episode 168: Give Me Some Sugar Baby

Episode 167: Hell Night Hoopla

Episode 167: Hell Night HooplaThis week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy are time traveling. Jason offers a look at his experiences on ‘Back To The Future’ Day, both positive and negative. From Deloreans to Pepsi Perfect to craft beer, this segment has it all. Taking it back even further, the duo examine Jason’s recent trip to Chiller Theatre and his meet up with legendary ‘Lost Boys’ saxophonist, Tim Capello. Jeremy continues his decent into Halloween madness with some classy pumpkin carving and a marathon viewing of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series. Other discussions include the magic of the WWE live experience, an update the the ‘Friday The 13th: The Video Game’ Kickstarter campaign, putting your money where your mouth is when it comes to crowdfunding campaigns and what you should be checking out with their Picks of The Week. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. Download, listen and spread the word!

Episode 167: Hell Night Hoopla

Is the Pono an Audiophiliactic Phony?

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Nearly 16,000 people have ponied up almost $5.5 million for the Pono Music Player’s Kickstarter campaign, which will come to a close April 15. That is a surprising amount of support for a product designed to play high quality, lossless audio files which preserve recorded sounds exactly as the artist and producer intended. 

Who knew so many people cared about sound quality this much?

Pono is certainly a product aimed at a niche market. Most music listeners don’t seem to be very discerning about the quality of the sounds their audio equipment is capable of reproducing. This is evident when you take the time to look at the quality of equipment most people use. Typically, I see low-end, straight-off-the-Wal-Mart-shelf stereos in homes and offices, or bargain bin headphones incapable of managing the range of frequencies a product like Pono is alleged to be able to recreate.

And there is nothing wrong with that.

In fact, I envy people who aren’t hellbent on assembling an audio system capable of reproducing sound so precise it’s possible to hear the nuances of the space in which the source material was recorded. I’m not an audiophile by any means, mostly because I can’t afford to be, but I do believe I have higher standards than most when it comes to audio. When I’m in a listening mood, muddy sound drives me to the bring of insanity, as I spend hours attempting to tweak settings to find something satisfactory. This makes the act of listening to music more complicated than it probably needs to be.

So I suspect that I’m among the target audience for the Pono Music Player, but so far, nothing about the product has lit that gotta-have-it fuse in my head.

I like the idea.

If you have ever heard a CD, or record for that matter, played on high-quality equipment, and then heard an mp3 played right after it for comparison, the difference between them is astonishing.

An mp3 is a compressed version of the original recording, and when it is compressed data is lost for the sake of saving space. It’s the same concept used in jpeg photos. The smaller you try to make the file size, the more data the file loses, and the picture becomes blurry. There are nuances in recorded music, like the characteristics of space, that are lost to mp3s.

All of those subtle elements are preserved in what are essentially straight-from-the-studio, High Resolution Audio, FLAC files, where artists and engineers worked hard to craft them into an auditory experience for the listener.

The question becomes whether the Pono player is capable of doing what it claims it can do.

Neil Young is one of the founders of Pono, and has been the official honk in the media. He promoted it on Letterman last month.

Neil Young is one of the founders of Pono, and has been the official honk in the media. He promoted it on Letterman last month.

Pono is approaching recording industry people already, trying to arrange for the high resolution audio files to be made available for purchase through its own online store. So far, they appear to have some big names lined up for availability when the product launches, but someone who is into music so deeply they need to have super-high-quality files, is also more than likely into artists outside the popular/mainstream selections. How long until the more obscure artists are releasing high resolution audio files?

Also, are we going to see a new industry standard ushered in just for this product, and a handful of others jumping onto the high resolution audio movement’s bandwagon?

The music industry has seen this kind of thing before. Remember DAT or the Minidisc? Both mediums failed to take hold in the consumer market, despite their claims of superiority.

Then there is the issue of having a music player capable of recreating a wide range of frequencies, and yada, yada, yada, and rendering it useless by playing it through speakers/headphones incapable of accurately reproducing sounds that fine. If the speakers can’t hang with what the Pono is putting out, then there is no real point to having it.

Then there are the naysayers who poo-poo the idea that high resolution audio files in general.

I’m not going to get into a all the technical jargon because I don’t have a legitimate expertise in the subject, but in theory, from what I understand, the high resolution files take the standards established for CD quality, and pump some steroids into it so more information can be stored per bit of data and then subsequently be read and reproduced for playback.

There are those out there, who actually understand sample rates, bit-depth, and all that jazz, like some of the folks at Gizmodo, claiming the Pono and other high resolution audio players are pointless due to the limitations of human hearing. They contend the 44.1 kHz/16-bit CD-quality standard sampling rate is already capable of producing the highest discernible resolution our ears can handle. Anything more, like the 192kHz/24-bit high resolution audio files, is unnecessary.

If this is correct, then this entire project is little more than another gimmick aiming to suck dollars from the pockets of pseudo-audiophiles like me, and perhaps even the pockets of a few legitimate audiophiles, which is something that’s not all that difficult to do. For example, the $1,500 record player, which is not even shockingly high priced when compared to other “audiophile quality” components. Hardcore audiophiles with deep pockets have no qualms about spending $100,000 on a home stereo system.

So the Pono has a lot of forces working against it, including the science of human hearing, and getting an entire industry to try something new — again. At the same time, it has a lot going for it too, namely the $5.5 million the project has collected via Kickstarter.

Just as I did with DAT, Minidisc, and even Laserdisc on the video side of things, I think I’m going to sit this one out and see how things go. I have a suspicion the Pono is going to fizzle out in a year or two, and then quickly become a common sight on vendor tables at a flea market near you.

In the meantime, if you haven’t listened to music not deriving from a lossy compression file such as an mp3, make it a point to give it a shot some time soon. You might be surprised by what you’ve been missing, provided you have the equipment capable of revealing them.

The Garbage Pail Kids Need Your Help This Christmas


If my math and memory is correct, I was in the fourth grade when one of my classmates showed me a handful of cards featuring unabashedly grotesque art spoofing a toy parents fist fought over during the holiday season.

Nasty Nick and Up Chuck were the first two cards I saw. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Then I realized they weren’t just cards. No. They were stickers. I was immediately hooked and had to get some of my own.

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I still like Garbage Pail Kids and occasionally grab a pack of the new generation when I see them in a store. So when I learned a documentary called 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story was in the works I nearly shit my pants.

I obsessively collected Garbage Pail Kids for years afterward. Unfortunately the first series of cards that featured Nasty Nick and Up Chuck were replaced with the second series of characters by the time I convinced my mom to start buying them for me, so I only had a handful from the initial run. I didn’t let that happen again. From series two through series 13 I made sure to get them all, and I put every one of them in a binder in numerical order.

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Like I said, I was obsessed.

The collection was stolen a few years ago, but I won’t bore you with all the details regarding that bit of shenanigans. It hurts just thinking about it.

The point to all this isn’t really about my childhood obsessions per se, but it is to alert everyone to the Kickstarter campaign associated with the Garbage Pail Kids documentary.

We generally don’t pimp many Kickstarter campaigns here at Acid Pop Cult, but occasionally a project like this one comes along and we are compelled to support it.

Now through January 5, 2014, the filmmakers are trying to raise $75,000 to complete the project. So if you are as old as I am, and had a childhood obsession with the Kids, you might want to consider supporting it.

Find out more about the documentary on the 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story Kickstarter page.

Sincerely, your Acid Pop Cult pal…

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Episode 59: He Did It All For The Funny

Episode 59: He Did It All For The Funny

Acid Pop Cult, now 68.267% more interactive! The gang answer emails and tweets from the world of four listeners. Chris and Jeremy talk about their fun at C2E2, including Jeremy’s dreadful time during the Maniac remake, Chris hating on nerds, more Aquaman hate, some hard Kevin Smith dick sucking, and a beer line. Lee educates the boys on some literature and “The Confederacy of Dunces.” Jeremy says “in concession” instead of “in succession” twice in one episode, which drove him nuts during the edit. Words were not his friend on episode 59. If you’re not a fan of Kevin Smith, Jeremy is sorry in advance. If you are a fan of Kevin Smith, you’re welcome in advance. For some stupid reason I can’t upload our episode card… it’s really funny and I’m now suicidal because of this tragic blunder.

*Editor’s note: We don’t really think Lee is a racist. We’re sorry in advance.

Episode 59: He Did It All For The Funny