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. Sometimes they may barely mention the show. New episodes every month.

Another podcast excursion into the Media Hauntological, this time focusing on The Shining, the 1980 masterpiece by... well, by several people, including but not limited to Stanley Kubrick.  (See also a triumvirate of brilliant women: Diane Johnson, Wendy Carlos, and Shelley Duvall.)

This time George and I are joined by Kit Power.  Because we've decided we hate Elliot.  No, no, no.  I kid.  If the Joker ever tries to corrupt one of us, it'll be Elliot, because he's the best of us.  Truth is, George and Kit and I have long been planning a Shiningcast, since long before George, Elliot and I launched the project that I, to the silent embarrassment of everyone else involved, insist on calling It *IS* The Same Log.  

Luckily, it fits very well into the running thread of IITSL.  By agreement with Elliot, George and I went ahead with Kit, and this episode slots nicely into the series.

It's a long, long episode in which we mostly talk about the film but also talk a lot about the novel, some about the TV miniseries, and even a little bit about Doctor Sleep (book and movie).  As well as the usual manifold digressions.

Content warnings for discussion of very difficult subjects, and also for gushing because this is very very my favourite movie.

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The longest Shabcast ever - both in terms of its total running time and of how long it has taken to release - draws to a close.  

In this final fantastic episode, Holly offers some closing remarks about texts, fan art, fan fiction, fantasy and its relationship to real action, play, etc.  

As you might expect by now, these remarks are complex, thought-provoking, and challenging.  They take in matters of great delicacy, and even darkness and danger.  Touched upon in our final discussion are: the nature of fantasy, the line between the pornographic and non-pornographic, unregulated fan spaces, attempts to regulate them through community pressure, accusations and abuse in fandom, the safety of children to think through their development through fiction and gameplay, possible exploitation of young fans, good and bad faith in discussions of what is or isn't appropriate, the complexity of moral judgement and legality re representations of criminal and immoral acts, realism as ideology, the tension between exploration and normalisation, etc, etc.

Some of this is knotty stuff so content warnings abound.

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Elliot, George, and Jack continue their podcasting odyssey into the Media Hauntological, branching off into a related but new direction with Robert Eggers' 2015 masterpiece The Witch

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Witch_(2015_film)  

Content warnings abound.

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A little extra.  George, Elliot and I don't consider, let alone take a course of action as drastic as 'stop talking' lightly.  Our Blair Witch conversation continued for another near 40 minutes after the point where I ended the episode.  And here it is.

 

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Aaaand, for Halloween itself, here's yet another spooktobery new episode of It IS The Same Log (because these days we are *all* Heather in the woods sobbing "It's not the same log!" over and over again but... I gotta tell ya... it *is*) and once again I (Jack) am joined by Elliot Chapman and George Daniel Lea.

My (Jack's) October odyssey through the Media Hauntological with erudite and enthusiastic pod-mates Elliot Chapman and George Daniel Lea continues and culminates with a consideration of the source text of this show's title, 1999's terrifying, ominous, ineffable, and intensely freighted 'Found Footage' classic The Blair Witch Project, taking in digressions on The Terror, Stalker, Come and See, Salò, Cannibal Holocaust, Doctor Who, Peter Watkins, David Bowie, Baudrillard, Frederic Jameson, Lovecraft, and LeGuin.

We had some technical problems at the start and poor old George was a bit runny of nose with a nasty cold (rather appropriate given that BWP features some of the most celebrated snot-shots in cinematic history) but I've worked my usual folk magic - I am to podcasts what Mary Brown (maybe?) is to threatening corn dollies and stick sculptures - and made it so listenable your ears will cancel their plan to overthrow you and run your body themselves (yes, I was in on it).

As ever, my Patreon backers got advance access to this, so consider chucking me a dollar a month.  I have such sights to show you... slightly earlier than I show other people.

There's a substantial off-cut from the end of this conversation which you'll get as a separate extra, early next month.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blair_Witch_Project

Content warnings abound.

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@E11iotChapman

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Come one, come all! Elliot Chapman, master performer and one of the finest storytellers of our Internet Age, is on Human Bondage. He witnesses strange things, like Christopher Lee's third nipple, Kit's defense of Fleming's novel, a shoutout to Wrong With Authority fans, and James bodying Christine near the end.

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Welcome back to the loooong discussion between myself, Jack Graham, and the excellent Holly Boson (@fireh9lly) in which Holly explains Final Fantasy VII to me, a total novice, in pitiless detail.

Sorry for the looooooong gap between this and the last installment.

So here, at last, is Part 4

This episode is mainly about why the remake is amazing.  Even so, some possibly disturbing subjects are mentioned, so I must again attach a content warning.

The series will conclude with a fifth part, probably next month.  Or possibly in eight months, knowing me.

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Aaaand here's another spooktobery new episode of It IS The Same Log (because these days we are *all* Heather in the woods sobbing "It's not the same log!" over and over again but... I gotta tell ya... it *is*) and once again I (Jack) am joined by Elliot Chapman and George Daniel Lea.

This time we tackle the legendary and infamous Ghostwatch, created and aired by the BBC in 1992 much to their own horror.  Written by Stephen Volk, directed by Lesley Manning.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostwatch

I would probably call this one of my very favourite pieces of uncanny media, brilliantly crafted, genuinely scary, and a veritable bottomless pit of implications.  I don't find much disagreement from my co-hosts and, once again, our enthusiasm runs riot.  We cover many topics from the BBC internal reaction, the public furore, media 'realism', gothic marxism, etc.  We were even plagued during recording by terrifyingly appropriate technical glitches.  Skype got media hauntological on our asses.  

Once again, my backers got days of advance access.

Spoilers and content warnings

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Spooktober continues with IITSL (because these days we are *all* Heather in the woods sobbing "It's not the same log!" over and over again but... I gotta tell ya... it *is*) and a new episode that is genuinely one of my (Jack's) favourite things I've ever done, a conversation with the same team as last time (Elliot Chapman and George Daniel Lea) about the classic 1972 Nigel Kneale TV ghost story The Stone Tape, the terrifying and multi-dimensional masterpiece of the BBC gothic.

Spoilers and content warnings

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stone_Tape

Whole show on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtvJWKaDI9s

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Welcome to the first episode of It IS The Same Log, a new series for October, in which Jack Graham (of I Don't Speak German and the Shabcast) talks to his erudite friends Elliot Chapman and George Daniel Lea about lesser-known landmarks in the cinema and television of the uncanny.  This week, it's 1980's The Changeling, an underappreciated classic of haunted cinema.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Changeling_(film)

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Christine and Kit welcome Roger Moore with Live and Let Die. They're joined by their brilliant and hilarious friend Miranda, who has never seen a James Bond movie and proceeds to gloriously dunk on the source material and this show's gringo hosts.

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Kevin and James talk the 1965 artifacts the Rescue, Bringing It All Back Home, & Highway 61 Revisited

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Christine, Kit, and James tackle Diamonds Are Forever, Connery's second (and last, yes, shut the fuck up) swansong as James Bond. It's a weird fucking movie and they have some takes on it. Things go to hell.

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The Human Bondage team returns to take on George Lazenby's sole outing as Bond, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. There's stuff we liked, stuff we didn't, and a great deal of fun was had in the conversation. Come for the breakdown of what may end up being one of the most faithful adaptation of a Fleming novel, stay for the Diana Rigg worship.

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Kevin and James have a great time saying "chumblies" to one another and then get into a deep dive in the second part of their subseries about Bob Dylan's albums, covering The Times They Are A-Changin' and Another Side of Bob Dylan.

 

Chumblies. 

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Hey, Bobby Dylan, we recorded you a 'cast.

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Christine and Kit are joined by James Slater-Murphy to talk about the horribly anti-Japanese You Only Live Twice.

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Kevin, James and Jack get wet. 

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The year of Pex Lives continues! This month: Resurrection of the Daleks. 

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Kevin and James shoot the breeze and talk about the third Dr. Who serial. 

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Here is the next part of the loooong discussion between myself, Jack Graham, and the excellent Holly Boson (@fireh9lly) in which Holly explains Final Fantasy VII to me, a total novice, in pitiless detail.

In this episode we delve into the history and politics of sequels and remakes, and fandom as a way of constructing the self.

Content warnings apply because some potentially troubling issues are mentioned.

Part 4 will be posted in advance of publication for my Patreon backers. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4196618&fan_landing=true

 

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Kevin and James talk current events and then gush about a great serial.

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Here is the next part of the loooong discussion between myself, Jack Graham, and the excellent Holly Boson (@fireh9lly) in which Holly explains Final Fantasy VII to me, a total novice, in pitiless detail.

This episodes moves on from preparatory context to the basics of the game and its history, Holly's textual approach to the game, and such subjects as Cloud Strife, fandom, shipping, etc.

Content warnings apply from this point on because some potentially troubling issues are mentioned.

Part 3 will be posted in advance of publication for my Patreon backers. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4196618&fan_landing=true

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The first part of a new, multi-part Shabcast in which my brilliant friend, writer and podcaster Holly Boson (@fireh9lly), takes me on a journey into a realm of which I was previously entirely ignorant, the complex labyrinth that is the Final Fantasy series of video games, especially Final Fantasy VII.  

This first episode is an hour long and is just the preparatory context she needed to give me to set me up for the actual trip.  

My Patreon backers got advance access to this and already have advance access to Part 2.  Consider pledging me a dollar a month here: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=4196618&fan_landing=true
 
IDSG Ep76, on D.W. Griffith's three-hour silent epic of hate Birth of a Nation, will be up soon.  Hopefully tomorrow.
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It's called Survival - and only the strong can survive

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The Pex Lives lads have returned after tragically losing an episode. They chat elections (you know, Solihull's by-election, the recent gains made by Plaid Cymru) and lockdowns and the worst (?) serial of Doctor Who, which James picked cos he fancied some Troughton and did no further research.

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The crew discuss Thunderball.

DISCLAIMER: Since this podcast's release, several people have accused Sam Maleski of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct. In solidarity with Maleski's victims, Christine and Kit have severed ties with their former co-host. Eventually, Christine, James, and Kit will record new podcasts covering the first four James Bond films.

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Picking up from where they briefly left off, Lee & James discuss 1973's death cult biker folk horror action classic Psychomania.

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No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die! Please. We hated every minute of this movie. Deeply. 

DISCLAIMER: Since this podcast's release, several people have accused Sam Maleski of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct. In solidarity with Maleski's victims, Christine and Kit have severed ties with their former co-host. Eventually, Christine, James, and Kit will record new podcasts covering the first four James Bond films.

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Heeeeere's Jack, back with another Shabcast.  In a break from recent tradition, this new episode does not feature me talking to Kit Power about his new book even though he does have a new book out as usual.  Devastating news?  Well, it would be except that instead I'm talking to the unfeasibly and annoyingly talented Christine Kelley (@ballardiangorse), writer of the brilliant Dreams of Orgonon blog and all-round starburst of interestingness.  Nominally our conversation is about Alien and The Shining, movies to which we both indefinitely rent cranial real estate, but you'll find we range pretty freely from topic to topic as you'd expect from Eruditorum Press people.  Our topics include Mckellen's Richard III, Julie Taymor's Titus, Branagh's Hamlet, and even a few things that aren't Shakespeare movies.  Enjoy.

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My Twitter: https://twitter.com/_Jack_Graham_
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Christine's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ballardiangorse
Christine's blog: https://katebushsongs.wordpress.com/
Christine's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ballardiangorse

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Christine, Sam, and Kit are joined by the brilliant Chris O'Leary for a hoot of a podcast on From Russia With Love. They talk about thriller storytelling, the politics of espionage, tanning, and microdosing 

DISCLAIMER: Since this podcast's release, several people have accused Sam Maleski of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct. In solidarity with Maleski's victims, Christine and Kit have severed ties with their former co-host. Eventually, Christine, James, and Kit will record new podcasts covering the first four James Bond films.

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Kit Power, Sam Maleski, and Christine Kelley embark on their journey to discuss every Eon Productions-filmed James Bond movie. 

DISCLAIMER: Since this podcast's release, several people have accused Sam Maleski of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct. In solidarity with Maleski's victims, Christine and Kit have severed ties with their former co-host. Eventually, Christine, James, and Kit will record new podcasts covering the first four James Bond films.

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Kevin and James talk to the lovely and talented Will Shaw about his book on the Rings of Akhaten and the classic McCoy serial Dragonfire!

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We're still here with our resident Kate Bush expert for a very short but even sweeter talk about the Pirate Planet! Doctor Who, whoo!

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Here it is folks! Part 1 of the long awaited talk with the amazing, informative and wonderful Christine Kelley, focusing on her blog and Kate Bush in general!

 

Support Christine & read her blog here: https://www.patreon.com/ballardiangorse/

Follow her here: https://twitter.com/ballardiangorse

 

Our short chat on Pirate Planet will be soon forthcoming!

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Gallimaufrey, innit.

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Kevin n James are back with their 50th episode!

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Once again, I'm joined by my friend and frequent collaborator Kit Power - writer of novels, stories and essays, and podcaster - to chat about his newest project.  This time it's his forthcoming collection of essays from his My Life in Horror series, nearing the end of its long and distinguished run at Gingernuts of Horror

We range freely over such subjects as the meaning of Horror in general, the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, nostalgia and problematic faves, George Orwell, time travel, the peculiar religious conversions of rock musicians, Hillsborough, the hypocrisy of the right, and so on. 

Please pop over to Kit's Indiegogo for MLiH and help him fund it.

 

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Kevin and James get their literature on.

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Looks like Germany's declared war on the Pex Lives boys.

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Kevin and James are back with a chat on the infamous Talons of Weng Chiang.

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Your friends at Pex Lives sat down to chat some Doctor Who.... and then didn't. Look forward to part two, where we will!

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This time last week, Kit Power & a plague ridden James S. Murphy sat down to discuss the rapidly deteriorating state of British politics. Now! For the first time, you can hear their words as though they were said out loud next to your very ears, thanks to the magnificent modern marvel of Recorded Sound!

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The long awaited (by a small number of people with extremely good taste) return of the Shabcast.  I chat with Kit Power about his new books, a non-fiction book about the movie Tommy and, more particularly, his new novella The Finite.

Instantly one of my personal favourite ever Shabcasts.

Mild content warnings and spoilers

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Show Notes:

Tommy from PS Publishing

The Finite from Black Shuck Books

Kit's previous books Godbomb and A Warning...

Kit's column 'My Life in Horror' at Ginger Nuts of Horror, via his recent piece on Where The Wind Blows

Discussion between George Daniel Lea, Laura Mauro, and Kit on Where The Wind Blows

Kit guests on an episode of They Must Be Destroyed on Sight! talking about Tommy (and Parents)

Wrong With Authority Footnote episode on George Romero movies Martin and The Crazies, featuring Kit and Daniel Harper

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James and Kevin catch up on mic for a short while and you get to listen. 

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El is joined by Miranda to talk about Daleks and more.

Check out Miranda's art at her DeviantArt page.

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On 30th Dec 2018, El and Jack did a Q&A on the Eruditorum Press Discord Server. 

This is what happened...

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El is joined by Niki Haringsma to talk about Chibnall's first season finale.

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El is joined by Rachael Stott, illustrator of Titan Comics's Thirteenth Doctor comic, to talk in the vague direction of It Takes You Away.

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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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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:26am UTC
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El and Jack talk about moons that are eggs, etc. 

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:08am UTC
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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. 

Direct download: madhouse.mp3
Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 3:40pm UTC
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Commentary for Episode 2 of 'The Rescue'.

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 10:06am UTC
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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.

Direct download: The_Rescue_1.mp3
Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:49am UTC
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Elizabeth and Jack watch 'The Big Bang', Season 5's grand finale, and talk about it. 

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 9:37am UTC
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Phil and Jack finally do their Pandorica Opens Commentary. 

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Category:Commentaries -- posted at: 1:18pm UTC
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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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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 11:18am UTC
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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!

Direct download: kinda.mp3
Category:Fifth Doctor -- posted at: 2:40pm UTC
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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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Category:Shabcast -- posted at: 1:12pm UTC
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Yeah! Lee & James cover the last true Amicus anthology. What will they think of it?

Direct download: From_Beyond_the_Grave.mp3
Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 12:41pm UTC
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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!

Direct download: Pex_Lives_Inferno.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 11:27pm UTC
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Enjoy James & Lee having a good chat about this 70s Amicus entry. 

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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 5:53pm UTC
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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. 

Direct download: ambassadors.mp3
Category:Third Doctor -- posted at: 10:23am UTC
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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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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 11:33am UTC
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Jack reads 'Lukundoo' by Edward Lucas White.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:03am UTC
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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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Category:VakaRangi -- posted at: 3:36pm UTC
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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.

Direct download: mr_men.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm UTC
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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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Category:City of the Dead -- posted at: 9:24pm UTC
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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/

Direct download: House_of_Penance.mp3
Category:Panel Talk -- posted at: 4:09pm UTC
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