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Bullseye Live at Listen Up Portland!

02/15/2019 - 19:00 - 21:00
Portland, OR
Venue Name: 
Revolution Hall

Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St #110
Portland, OR 97214

Tickets are on sale now!

Featuring special guests:

Corin Tucker and Lance Bangs
Bill Oakley
Comedy from Kate Nyugen
Musical Guest Roseblood, fronted by Kathy Foster

Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)

Switchblade Sisters Episode 62: 'Defending Your Life' with 'Operator' Director Logan Kibens

Logan Kibens

Defending Your Life

This week we slice and dice with writer/director Logan Kibens. She's on the program to discuss Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life. This is one of Logan's favorite films as well, and she explains the philosophical aspects of it that keep her coming back to watch over and over again. She and April point out how this film is a precursor to shows like 'The Good Place.' Logan elaborates on working with actors and getting past the intimidation phase. She discusses convincing people to invest in her first feature, even though she'd never directed one before. Logan also talks about working on that debut feature, Operator, starring Martin Starr and Mae Whitman. Plus, they examine how even though Defending Your Life flopped upon its release, it has endured due to its universal message of living without fear.

You can see Operator on Netflix.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Defending Your Life.

With April Wolfe and Logan Kibens.

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EP68: Chani Nicholas on Cyndi Lauper's "She's So Unusual" (1983)

Heat Rocks
Chani Nicholas

The Album: Cyndi Lauper She's So Unsual (1983)

She's So Unusual dropped October 14th, 1983, and introduced much of the world to Queens' pop punk tough girl Cyndi Lauper. She presented as a colorful character with colorful hair and colorful homies and charmed her way into pop culture with ten tracks recorded for CBS at the Record Plant, NYC.

The former front woman for rockabilly band Blue Angel took a demo written by Philly rocker Robert Hazard and retooled it to become an anthem for her and the Eighties. "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" was the hit single that launched She's So Unusual and Cyndi Lauper into fame and led the album to platinum success, with six singles, two Grammy Awards, and critical acclaim for days.

She's So Unusual was the pick of astrologer/activist Chani Nicholas, who joined us to break down the relevance and resonance of the album in her life, Cyndi's star appeal, the queer gaze present on the album, Cyndi's quirky Cancerian coolness, and the her impact on music and the masses.

More on Chani Nicholas

More on She's So Unsual

Show Tracklisting (all songs from She's So Unsual unless indicated otherwise):

  • Time After Time
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • Money Changes Everything
  • She Bop
  • Divinyls: I Touch Myself
  • When You Were Mine
  • Prince: When You Were Mine
  • When You Were Mine
  • Money Changes Everything
  • The Brains: Money Changes Everything
  • Time After Time
  • Money Changes Everything
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Early Guitar Demo
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Demo
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there.
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One Bad Mother, Episode 287: Togetherness! Is There Anything We Like Doing As A Family? Plus Podcasters Manoush Zomorodi & Jen Poyant

One Bad Mother
Manoush Zomorodi
Jen Poyant

Biz and Theresa ask the big question…is there anything we like doing together as a family? Togetherness, a word that goes hand in hand with family and yet, in practice, seems hard to achieve (unless you count everyone sleeping in the same house as togetherness). Is there a small window where we all like doing the same thing or is the secret in accepting that there is no perfect togetherness scenario? Plus Biz gives an update on feeding her kids, Theresa is a great mom and we talk to Manoush Zomorodi & Jen Poyant of ZigZag.

Check out ZigZag podcast at, on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow ZigZag on Twitter @zigzagpod. Manoush is @manoushz and Jen is @JPoyant.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

The JV Club Ep. 305: Rachel McElroy

The JV Club
Rachel McElroy
Janet Varney

Join us this week for a very exciting guessing game of “Which Instrument Did You Play in the Marching Band” and much, much more with the simply delightful (and Janet's fellow only child) Rachel McElroy, who, it’s probably safe to say, had one of the most original and exciting dollhouse inhabitant dynamics of the late 20th century.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Ep 83 - Tomatoes, Movies and Craft Books with Don Coscarelli


Judge John Hodgman Episode 397: Quid Pro Ho Ho Ho


Ash-Lei files suit against her brother Josh. Their family does a gift exchange for their Ukrainian Christmas celebration every January. Josh has already opted out of participating in Western Christmas gift giving. He would also like to opt out of the Ukrainian Christmas gift exchange. But Ash-Lei says he should participate. Who's right? Who's wrong?


For more photos of Linda Holmes' wonderful dog, Brian, make sure to follow her on Twitter @LindaHolmes. And make sure to check her out on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour.


Thank you to Travis Pelham Boozer for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.



Chris Holmes & Drew Pearce

Jonah Raydio
Chris Holmes
Drew Pearce

Hey There, pocasterinios. This week a big big show. Joining us we have past guest/McCartney opening act/musical genius Chris Holmes returning to the show. Joining him is screenwriter/director/Brit Drew Pearce who’s feature debut Hotel Artemis is now on all your streaming devices now.

Chris takes his time on Americas #1 music podcast to première his song cut from Red Dead Redemption 2. He and John Bates had written the credits song for the first game and were asked to write a prequel to the song for Red Dead 2. However, when lyrical songs were cut at the last minute for the game, Chis and John had an extra song on their hands, and Chris played it for us. It’s up on it’s own here at Chris’ bandcamp page. Check it out!

We talk Drews old No Heroics show, Chris release of his first band Yum Yum, drifting in drumming, Chris’ time with the Smashing Pumpkins, the fact that Steven Miller went to high school with the CobraSnake, Paul stories and the Beastie Boys.

All that plus we play some great submitted music


Chris Holmes & John Bates song for Red Dead 2. Blessed Are The Peacemakers

The Feels- Work It Out

Over Sea, Under Stone- Fuck Elizabeth

Permanent Makeup-Edgelord Blues

Brad Sucks-Making Me Nervous

Lutheran Heat- Wire, X and Heart

Inside Pop Ep. 143- Winter 2019 Pop Culture Preview

Inside Pop

We kick off the new year with a special Winter Preview edition of the Inside Pop Quiz! Sean tests Amita's knowledge of major upcoming releases in TV, Music and Movie. Play along and see how much you know (and how much you find out) about some of the most anticipated offerings of the season.

Plus - the Big Sell returns in a big way! Find out why Amita's Big Sell of a conversation between Gina Rodriguez, Gabrielle Union, Ellen Pompeo and Emma Roberts gets four stars! Plus hear all about Sean's Oscar campaign season influenced Big Sell - a revealing discussion between actors Mahershala Ali and John David Washington.


The Horror films Jordan Peele asked Lupita Nyong'o to Watch Before Filming Us:

Dead Again, The Shining, The Babadook, It Follows, A Tale of Two Sisters, The Birds, Funny Games, Martyrs, Let the Right One In, and The Sixth Sense.

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Wonderful! 66: The Mallpisode


Rachel's favorite friend-meeting process! Griffin's favorite typing optimization! Rachel's favorite hair length! Griffin's favorite place to hang as a teen!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus -

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