Pex Lives: A Doctor Who Podcast
James Murphy and Kevin Burns are both Certified Minor Internet Personalities with a shared love of Doctor Who. Explore the history of the show with them, as they watch classic serials and chat with each other each month about them. Each month, the pair will pick a classic serial to watch and then break down, exploring the themes, characters and production of the given story. There will also be jokes. New episodes on the first Sunday of every month.

El is joined by Annie Fish for a discussion that tries very hard to be about The Witchfinders. Find Annie on Patreon here

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El sits down with Deb Stanish of the Verity! podcast to talk about one of Doctor Who's most troubling episodes in memory.

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El decides she needs a token cis dude on the podcast, so reluctantly sits down with Jack Graham to talk Demons of the Punjab.

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El is joined by Beth Axford to talk about The Tsuranga Conundrum, and then to rename it.

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El, Holly, and a vast quantity of giant spiders. Happy (belated) Halloween.

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El sits down with Kate Orman to discuss Rosa.

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El! Shana! A cavalier disregard for your puny human notions of "on topic!"

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Lee 'n' James were working in their labs late one night when...

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El and Caitlin sit down to discuss the dawn of the Chibnall era. 

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Lee and James do what they do best, returning and finally satisfying the unceasing clamour of a rabid fanbase. There's also some bonus footage at the end. Next month: The Monster Club. 

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Your Pex Lives friends are back with a hot new joint to reaffirm who are the hottest on the mic in town. They talk Elvis, weddings, state of the podcast, and Snakedance. 

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In this very special one-off podcast, James Murphy has a passionate conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Sandifer on her new hometown, spirituality, food, and magic. 

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Lee, James and a terrible Milton Subotsky film about how evil cats are. 

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The brilliant Daniel Harper joins the amazing Lee Russell and the senile James Murphy for a discussion on the last ever Amicus films. Drunken pilots keeping a tally of the pterodactyls they're shooting out of the sky, scantily clad cave women, WW1 submarine soldiers, and Peter Cushing's gargantuan drill. 

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El and Jack watch Mind Robber 5

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El and Jack watch Mind Robber 4

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El and Jack watch Mind Robber3

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El and Jack watch Mind Robber2

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El and Jack watch Mind Robber 1

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El and Jack talk about moons that are eggs, etc. 

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Lee and James have reached the final Amicus horror, but not the final Amicus film. With this AIP joint, boasting the inimitable talents of Vincent Price in his pomp, they reflect on a flawed but worthwhile picture. 

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Commentary for Episode 2 of 'The Rescue'.

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For your convenience, we will be re-upping all the old commentaries here.  We're doing it one per month, so this month here's the commentaries Elizabeth and Jack recorded for 'The Rescue', the Hartnell adventure which introduced Vicki.

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Elizabeth and Jack watch 'The Big Bang', Season 5's grand finale, and talk about it. 

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Phil and Jack finally do their Pandorica Opens Commentary. 

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Fresh from a pair of Werewolf breaks, Lee & James talking about 1974's smashing together of Agatha Christie, blaxploitation, The Deadliest Game and William Castle. 

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Your friends Kevin and James are here to talk about the classic Peter Davison serial Kinda, Twice Upon A Time, and some other stuff too!

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The Shabcast returns and I'm rejoined by Phil to chat about the next TARDIS Eruditorum book, the 7th Doctor era, the Wilderness Years, the Virgin New Adventures, etc.

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Yeah! Lee & James cover the last true Amicus anthology. What will they think of it?

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Your awesome hosts are as punctual as ever - blame James - as they talk the ultimate Capaldi series, some Christmas goodwill, and the Pertwee serial Inferno, wrapping up their first ever discussion of a full season of Classic Who!

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Enjoy James & Lee having a good chat about this 70s Amicus entry. 

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In this episode of Pex Lives, your boys chat The Seventh Seal, Jodie Whitaker, the Ambassadors of Death, personal hypocrisies and much more. 

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Lee and James are descending down to the vault in this swift but great conversation on Amicus' 1973 film.

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Jack reads 'Lukundoo' by Edward Lucas White.

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Remember how I had a podcast?
 
All joking aside, I'm really, really proud of this one. Please join me in extending a very warm welcome to the wonderful Bob from RetroRGB.
 
Bob has done tireless work gathering information on how to preserve every aspect of classic video games: Not just the systems and the games themselves, but the whole experience of retro gaming. From the best way to hook up your old consoles to a modern flatscreen digital HD TV to the best way to track down and safeguard a CRT to build your own personal arcade, Bob's website RetroRGB is a wellspring of everything you'd ever want to know about the technical side of video game history and preservation. Over the course of an hour and a half, Bob and I share our thoughts on the retro lifestyle, some of our favourite video game memories and talk about what keeps us coming back to the old classics and retro aesthetics year after year.
 
This podcast is a real collaboration between RetroRGB, Eruditorum Press and the Forest of Illusions YouTube Channel. For the first time, I'm doing a proper crosspost: My YouTube viewers will get a video podcast (and, for the first time, get to see me in person), while fans of EP's podcast network get an audio-only version hosted, as always on the Pex Lives Libsyn (if that version isn't up yet when this goes live, it will be in the near future and I'll update the post accordingly). But more to the point, Bob was kind enough to not just guest on my show, but actually do all the technical work recording, mixing and uploading it too. I could not have gotten this out in time today were it not for him, so I wanted to give him an impassioned public thanks here as well.
 
Some liner notes:

 

This show was a blast to make, and I hope you all enjoy it!
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In this exciting one-off hear James trying to wing his way through a conversation he should have done more preparation for with the lovely and charming Mr Conrad Slater (@conradslater) about all things Mr Men. Lots of interesting stuff from Conrad on this little discussed phenomenon. I've sat on this recording for many months because the audio is a bit poorer than I like, but I think it's worth a listen. Enjoy.

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James & Lee talk Tales from the Crypt, the next entry in their journey through the Amicus filmography.

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James & Ric ( @squidfromspace ) chat about House of Penance, the 2017 horror graphic novel based on the true story of the Winchester Mystery House by Peter Tomasi, Ian Bertram and Dave Stewart.

Read Ric's writing for Geek Syndicate here:
http://geeksyndicate.co.uk/author/thescholarlysquid/

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Lee Russell and James Murphy continue their terrifying journey through the filmography of Amicus Productions with their most fun episode yet. They talk a classic anthology with tiny murderous dolls, the voodoo-enthused extremities of a dismembered body, strange tailors (ooooh), and pretty young scissor wielding women. How can you not listen?

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Phil sits down with Alex Reed of the band Seeming (they do our theme music!) to talk about his new album Sol. Features numerous clips from the album, including previews of three songs that haven't been publicly heard anywhere else yet. 

You can pre-order Sol on Bandcamp.

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Part 2 of Jack's Star Wars and Rogue One conversation with Sam Keeper.

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Kevin & James chat some Jean Luc Godard and some classic Doctor Who in the latest exciting episode of Pex Lives!

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This week, Jack chats with Sam Keeper - of the brilliant blog Storming the Ivory Tower - about Rogue One, and Star Wars generally.  More of this next week.

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Phil sits down with John Higgs to talk about The Doctor Falls, then stays sat down to interview him about his new book Watling Street.

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Phil sits down with Chris O'Leary to talk Mondasian Cybermen and many things that are off topic.

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Phil and Elliot Chapman sit down to talk The Eaters of Light.

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The Drunken Whocast returns, this time featuring Jack, Kit, and Daniel, talking about Series 2 (2006), and various other things, while in various stages of shitfacedness.  As will become obvious, this was recorded before the UK general election.  Stick with it.  I'm told hour 4 is the most entertaining.

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Phil sits down with Ian McDuffie to talk Gatiss. One of them volunteered for this job.

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Phil sits down with Kit Gonzo to chat mind control, monks, and Toby Whithouse.

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A podcast discussing the Doctor Who episode "The Pyramid at the End of the World."

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Jack is joined by James Murphy to discuss social care, the NHS, privatisation, and the 'Dementia Tax'... and by Daniel Harper to discuss the US health care system and the AHCA.

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Phil and Jack talk Extremis from within your computer. 

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Lee and James are back! With this super obscure non-anthology Amicus entry from 1972. Enjoy!

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Phil and Shana sit down to talk about Oxygen. 

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Jack is joined by Daniel (again) to talk about freedom of speech.  Oh, and big black cocks. 

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Our scheduled guest couldn't make it, and so Seth Aaron Hershman steps into the breach at short notice and gets rewarded for his trouble by an episode that's easier to complain about than praise, and easier still to just fail to have anything to say about at all. How do we do talking about it for an hour? You tell us.

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Phil! Caitlin! Punching racists! What more could you possibly want out of your morning commute other than the abolition of capitalism and with it the basic idea of a commute?

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In which Daniel Harper and Phil Sandifer find much more to grouse about than smile about.

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Kicking off our weekly series of podcasts on Doctor Who Series 10, Phil and Jane talk "The Pilot." 

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This episode is a tie-in with an essay by Josh, and features the two of us chatting about Species (1995), perhaps the very definition of a movie that is really interesting despite being pretty bad. 

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James and still-fresh new awesome co-host Lee Russell continue to look at the Amicus genre films with this Christopher Lee starring version of the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story. Both were surprised at just how good this film was. It's available on YouTube in full if you want to check it out before listening.

 

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Kevin & James kick off their run through the first Pertwee series with the Doctor fighting Autons and Kevin fighting James making him watch a Pedro Almodovar film.

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The triumphant return of the Shabcast, featuring returning guest Shana talking to Jack about 80s fantasy cinema classics Return to Oz and The Neverending Story.

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City of the Dead: 11 - The House that Dripped Blood

We're back! A quick regeneration for one of us, but City of the Dead has returned from its mouldy tomb. James and new co-host Lee Russell (of the excellent They Must Be Destroyed On Sight podcast) are here to tackle the next Amicus horror film. They're viewing vampires! Watching witches! Seeing stranglers! And dealing with decapitators!

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39: The Tenth Planet, or, It's far from being all over...

With an ailing Pex Lives crew, battling the elements, the general and precipitous downward spiral of what has laughingly been called the civilised world, uncooperative technology, and a pair of immune systems that have crapped out just when we needed them most, we have lashed ourselves to the wheel and sailed on into the raging storm of knackered nautical cliches. Kevin had to phone in his contribution because his laptop wouldn't connect to the internet so the sound quality isn't what we like it to be, but it is still listenable. We also went considerably shorter than we usually do. Shortening it further, hundreds of consumptive sounding coughs were edited out from the file, but some have slipped through.

For all that as a disclaimer, we stand by this as something worth your time. It's probably the most-Doctor Who focused thing we've ever done, if that's what you like. Here we talk about William Hartnell's swansong as the Doctor and a little about the news that Peter Capaldi is leaving the revived show this year.

Enjoy!

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Your intrepid hosts, Josh & Ben, return! Are the scolls now even older? Listen and find out!

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38: The Power of the Daleks, or,  Why do human beings kill human beings?

In their exciting return, Kevin and James talk potential celebrity deaths, the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special and the all-new animated reconstruction of the classic Patrick Troughton serial the Power of the Daleks!

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The Elder Scrolls Part 1

Are you ready for this? The premiere of the long awaited Josh Marsfelder podcast!

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So, the best year ever draws to a close, which means it's time to kick back and enjoy another tinselly Shabcast... this time featuring EP's new recruits from 2016, Josh, Shand, and Daniel.  And me, obviously.  Have a good one.

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Phil Sandifer sits down with Kieron Gillen to talk about his new series Uber: Invasion, the second part of his alternate history World War II story, which sees Nazi superhumans invade the US. So yeah, that's a little on the nose.

This podcast is in part to promote The Last War in Albion, Phil's new book on the early work of Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. You can buy that here.

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37: The Mind Robber, or, don't worry about fiction. Hang on to real life.

Kevin and James are back to talk some all-time great Doctor Who, the passing of Fidel Castro, communism, capitalism, childhood mindscapes, the United States' inexorable ride to authoritarian xenophobic government and a little state-of-the-show musing. 

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Kevin is joined in the Pex Lives recording bunker with friends-of-the-show Gene and Kim to begin answering the question: after the election, what is to be done?
 
A statement From Gene, Kim and Kevin:
 
We should not only organize on the basis of reacting to events as they transpire, but we must take the initiative and not allow them to keep us on the back foot. We will defend our existing gains by demanding more, by rejecting complacency. We need to build a movement around those demands in order to create the conditions for the new society. We should not stand for the mere restoration of liberalism, but for supplanting it. We should seek to secure not just the familiar rights, but real liberation founded on material equality. The immediate, short-term struggles must be understood in light of the long struggle. We have to demand what they cannot deliver. 
 
Amelioration is our priority, but we must not substitute reformism for reform. we have no interest in rescuing the Democratic Party from itself. We can use the party for as much as it is useful, but we must remember it is not a neutral tool, and neither is the state. These are organs of the ruling class. Their very structure presupposes rule by the capitalist class. So we must take care.
 
We don’t have all the answers. We can see the broad sweep, but We're just as disoriented as anyone. We may come across as alarmist in the podcast. We don't mean to. We think we should prepare for the worst and consider what we’d do if it came to that, but we can't tell the future, and there are reasons to be optimistic. 
 
We also don't want to get anybody killed or hurt. Assessing risk and figuring out what you can do—that’s not for us or anyone to do for you. Just remember that whatever you can contribute will be useful, and stay safe. Your local organizations will probably have better ideas than we do.
 
Oh, and one last thing: a shoutout to @PissPigGrandDad, who’s fighting for the revolution in Rojava. Solidarity with the YPG.
 
Links:
 
-Where Does the Left Go From Here? Jezebel. Particularly check out Roqayah Chamseddine's insights.
-Interview with @PissPigGranddad. Civil Defence Units.
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Pex Lives 2016 Election Special

Kevin and James talk Trump, Clinton, Bernie, Labour, PiL, the Specials, and a little more. 

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This week/month/day/whatever, I'm joined by Kit Power to chat about two Stephen King novels, The Dead Zone and The Running Man, and their respective film adaptations.  Kit and I think these movies have some application to issues of the day.  See what you think.

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36: The Curse of Peladon, or, #imwithher

Look! Just when you thought we were down and out, we leap off the canvas and throw a few more hits. 

We spend our first half catching up, then have an extended chat about Kevin's hero Mike Love of the Beach Boys before dropping into ever cheerful Current Events. After that, we talk about a western from 1951 called the Furies and then just a little sprinkling of your Doctor Who content with the topical Curse of Peladon. 

 

Enjoy.

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This time Jack is joined by Jane, Shana, and Daniel, to talk about the brilliant movie Dark City from 1998.  Quizzy joins in too, to the point of sabotage.

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The Nattering II: Super Fun Sized Annual

This is an unusual edition of not Pex Lives. We weren't able to get together and record your expected two hours plus of Dr Who related - tangentially Dr Who related - conversation because of, well, capitalism. Instead, what I've put together is somewhat akin to those Giant Annuals of comics you used to get as a kid, usually for Christmas. I thought the Pex Lives listenership might enjoy a little variety. With that in mind, I've got a conversation that Jack Graham, Kit Power, and Daniel Harper - who all of you know - had. It was unplanned and informal, just some friends shooting the breeze at half hour's notice. I've also got Gene Mayes and Kim Karr talking the first act of John Carpenter's career, from 1974 - 1981. A really good chat.

Here's an article by Kit Power about the times that he talks about herein and the benefits of even a compromised Labour government over a Conservative one.

http://gingernutsofhorror.com/my-life-in-horror/keep-it-up-son-take-a-look-a-what-you-could-have-won

@thegenemayes

@kimcreep

@_Jack_Graham_

@kitgonzo

@danieleharper

@jmcm1916

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Jack and Phil talk High-Rise

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Part 2 of Shabcast 24, with Jack, James, Kit and Daniel, talking about Oliver Stone's JFK and Nixon.

The conspiracy is balls, by the way.

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The first part of a new Shabcast featuring Jack in conversation with James and Daniel (again), and for the first time Kit Power.  The subject is Oliver Stone's '90s political movies JFK and Nixon, and their relationship to actual politics and history.

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35: Underworld, or,  Kicked us out at gunpoint.

Hey! It's the Pex Lives Show! This month, your beloved regular hosts, Kevin and James, are joined by listener favourite and fellow Eruditorum Press-ista Jane Campbell to briefly chat Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy and some fairly respectable old Dr. Who. A lot of it is through the lens of the power of myth. Also: we finally throw out our long awaited Presidential endorsement.

Those movies discussed are, of course,

A Fistful of Dollars

For A Few Dollars More

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

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Yes, I use the Oxford comma.  I use it because it is sensible, stylish, and clarifying.

Oh, and this is Part 2 of Shabcast 23, featuring the continuation of my latest chat with Daniel Harper.  I think the title is pretty much self-explanatory. 

That's my thing now.  Self-explanatory titles.  And Oxford commas.  They're my thing too now.  And irrelevant commentary on my own style.

Self-explanatory titles, irrelevant commentary on my own style, and Oxford commas.

See, they're nice aren't they?  If that comma hadn't been there, before the 'and', it could've looked like I was saying I now make irrelevant comments about my own style and about Oxford commas.  And clearly I would never comment irrelevantly about Oxford commas.

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Please find attached the latest Shabcast.  It's the first part of another long chat between myself and Daniel.  In this episode we talk about the 2006 Mike Judge movie Idiocracy, which is 'relevant' nowadays as loads of people have jumped to the wrong conclusions about the Trump phenomenon and clambered aboard the everyone's-an-idiot-nowadays-except-me bandwagon, using Idiocracy as a cultural touchstone.  Daniel has little time for the film and isn't shy about saying why.  And nor am I. 

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Phil sits down with David J Haskins of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets to completely ignore both of those things in favor of talking about magic and Haskins's work with Alan Moore, including V for Vendetta, "March of the Sinister Ducks," The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, and The Birth Caul

Direct download: David_J.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:51pm UTC
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Pex Lives Xtreme 1: Sport... TO THE MAX

In the first installment of an irregular, ongoing series: Kevin hosts longtime friend of the podcast, Ben Knaak, to discuss the baseball season (at the time), the Olympics, taxpayer financing of new stadiums, and - of course - Lucha Underground.

All that and more, on this very special premiere episode of Pex Lives Xtreme!

Direct download: Pex_Lives_Xtreme_1.mp3
Category:Pex Lives Xtreme -- posted at: 6:26am UTC
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A clip show featuring never-before-heard bits of previous Shabcasts.

Direct download: Shabcast_22ish_-_The_Clippening.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 7:29am UTC
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34: The Crusade, or, a lion without claws!

Welcome to your Pex Lives. In this episode, Kevin and James talk about then-current events, the First Doctor serial the Crusade, and three more classic westerns.

Those movies were:

Shane (1953)

Johnny Guitar (1954)

The Searchers (1956)

Direct download: The_crusade_pex_lives.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 6:10pm UTC
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Direct download: aberration.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm UTC
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Find out why the Titanic sank, with Jack and Josh.  Plus - other stuff!!!

Direct download: Shabcast_21b_-_The_Stern_Section.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 11:13pm UTC
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33: Ghost Light, or, Wicked.

Kevin and James are joined by their friend Tomas to continue their dive into their dusty Westerns with a trio of John Ford pictures, before happily skipping toward the classic Sylvester McCoy serial Ghost Light! 

The films discussed are:

Stagecoach (1939)

My Darling Clementine (1946)

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

 

Direct download: ghost_light.mp3
Category:Seventh Doctor -- posted at: 11:51am UTC
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This week Jack is joined by returning Shabcast guest, and writer of the brilliant blog Vaka Rangi (which is now part of Eruditorum Press), Josh Marsfelder.  They talk Trek for a bit, then Aliens and James Cameron, and then get on to another of Josh's passions: the Titanic (movie and reality).  It's a lively chat, loaded with fascinating, mythbusting details. 

Part 2 next week, in which Jack and Josh conclude talking Titanic and move off onto myriad other topics.

 

Direct download: Shabcast_21a_-_The_Bow_Section.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 5:23pm UTC
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At last that guy who sings the unsettling theme music about burning down the world shows up for an interview, in which we completely fail to talk about him because this month we're just promoting Neoreaction a Basilisk. So instead we talk about accelerationism, hyperstition, and the end of the world.

Neoreaction a Basilisk remains available on Kickstarter all May. 

Direct download: Neoreaction_a_Basilisk_5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:29am UTC
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Phil is joined by Eruditorum Press's very own Jane Campbell to talk about the gnostic and mystical implications of Neoreaction a Basilisk, which as I'm sure you know by now is available on Kickstarter all through May. And if you enjoy these podcasts, you should really back it, because holy crap the hosting bill this month is mental.

Direct download: Neoreaction_a_Basilisk_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:07pm UTC
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32: The Gunfighters, or, Prey to every cliché-ridden convention of the American West.

Kevin & James kick off their Western series with a chat about the Gunfighters, a Dr. Who serial from '66. Before that, they have a great conversation about three Gary Cooper films.

High Noon (1952)

Man of the West (1958)

The Hanging Tree (1959)

Direct download: Los_Cabelleros.mp3
Category:First Doctor -- posted at: 11:19am UTC
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City of the Dead: 10 - Torture Garden

As James madly tries to get this up on the day he moves house, he reflects on how proud he is of this episode that includes killer cats, killer pianos, and an immortal Edgar Allan Poe. There's another segment in the film, too. God, what is it? Oh yeah, Hollywood robots. Just another day at the office for the internet's best and only podcast devoted to Amicus films. Enjoy.

Direct download: Amicast_10_Torture_Garden.mp3
Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 8:23am UTC
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Phil sits down with Sam Keeper of Storming the Ivory Tower to talk about Neoreaction a Basilisk, it's gnostic structure, and his secret traumatic origin story.

Neoreaction a Basilisk is currently available on Kickstarter.

Direct download: Neoreaction_a_Basilisk_3_Sam_Keeper.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:25am UTC
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Jack is joined by James Murphy for a brief and concise chat which definitely doesn't touch on much politics at all.

Direct download: Shabcast_20_-_The_Gospels_of_Jack_and_James.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 7:19am UTC
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Phil continues his self-indulgent Neoreaction a Basilisk book tour with Eruditorum Press's very own Jack Graham, where we sit down and have the two-and-a-half hour conversation about horror philosophy, leftist politics, and the alt-right that you'd expect us to. Also a bunch of Hugo Awards stuff, and generally one of the best Sandifer/Graham rambles to date.

You can get Neoreaction a Basilisk on Kickstarter all through May.

Direct download: NAB2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am UTC
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Part 2 of Shabcast 19, featuring Jack in conversation with Daniel Harper.

Direct download: Shabcast_19b_-_The_Skies_Are_Not_Cloudy_All_Day.mp3
Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 9:14am UTC
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