The Toy Department – Episode 99, Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

In Part 2 of the Two-Part Holidaytastic Spectacular Episode 99, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky are back with the second half of their year-end discussions, covering:

  • The BEST OF 2017 in television (2:05), wherein Madden and Kolsky both struggle mightily to reduce their Top Ten lists to less than twenty shows…
  • The BEST OF 2017 in music (41:55), which turns out to have the most differentiation between the two hosts’ lists…
  • Homework for next week: HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR’S EVE!!! And get ready for Episode 100, which might be somehow special (and will definitely include the announcement of the Toy Department’s 2017 Spotify Playlists) and even if it’s not is a nice, big, round number…

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The Toy Department – Episode 83

In Episode 83, Derek Madden finds Matt Kolsky on the island of Mabul, off the coast of Malaysian Borneo, where despite massive internet connectivity issues they manage to record a pod discussing:

  • The Kolsky family vacation to Borneo (0:40)…
  • The finale of Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones – where are we at, where do we go from here and are we sufficiently satisfied (10:30)…
  • Louis CK’s self-produced web series Horace and Pete (26:35)…
  • The series finale of Orphan Black (41:55) and whether the show managed to navigate some plot confusion and land on its feet in the end…
  • Two new albums: The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding (51:15) and Queens of the Stone Age’s Villains (57:00)…
  • Madden’s experience at the Kendrick Lamar show (1:01:45)…
  • Homework for next week (1:07:50):including catching up on HBO’s Insecure, the start of the NFL season and the new Netflix weed show Disjointed…

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The Toy Department – Episode 82

In Episode 82, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky revisit Madden’s diet before chopping it up about:

  • Madden’s trip to San Francisco for the Outside Lands festival (5:50), some highlights and whether the lineup was worth seeing overall…
  • Season 7, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones (17:15), rejecting the binary distinction of “action episode = good, exposition episode = meh…” and the joy of the week-to-week pop culture discussion around the show…
  • HBO’s Insecure (29:20), what a joy it has been throughout Season 2 so far and how it sets itself apart from lighter Sunday night fare like Ballers…
  • Netflix’s Ozark (36:20) and how a show that was initially panned by critics has developed a massive following…
  • Homework for next week (43:10): Kolsky is heading to Borneo (google it) so next pod is two weeks away, and the guys will be taking in a ton of media, including the last two episodes of Game of Thrones, the podcast Road Trippin’ with Richard Jefferson, the end of the clone-crazy series Orphan Black and Louis CK’s Horace & Pete…
  • A quick discussion on HBO’s Hard Knocks (50:40) which both Madden and Kolsky heartily recommend and will revisit on the next pod…

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The Toy Department – Episode 81

In Episode 81, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky banter about their sleeping habits before having more substantive discussions about:

  • A short and only half-informed discourse on the finalé of The Bachelorette (3:45)…
  • Season 7, Episode 4 of Game of Thrones (5:45): whether its greatness vindicates those who complained about the first three episodes of this season, the creepiness of Bran and the futures of our favorite characters…
  • HBO’s new Duplass-created show Room 104 (30:00) and what exactly it is, including a brief detour into the great career of James Van Der Beek…
  • The new installment of Wet Hot American Summer on Netflix (43:00) and how they recapture the tone and excellence of the movie that may have been lost in the first tv series…
  • Live music! Both Madden and Kolsky went to see live shows this week (50:55) and they discuss their experiences seeing Bruno Mars and Robert Randolph, respectively…
  • Recorded music! Madden finally listened to the new Vic Mensa record, The Autobiography (1:01:40) and agrees that it’s a damn good hip hop album…
  • Homework for next week (1:03:50): Madden has a big weekend planned, but that means he’s riding a plane so we’re going to learn about what movies are offered on a flight from Minneapolis to San Francisco…

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The Toy Department – Episode 80

In Episode 80, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky take a minute to discuss the weather before diving into:

  • Madden’s experience at a Guns N’ Roses concert (1:50)…
  • Season 7, Episode 3 of Game of Thrones (11:05) and whether it is lagging a bit or if expectations might simply be too high…
  • Toy Department Goes To The Movies Part 1 — discussing the film Atomic Blonde (19:20) and whether it lives up to its billing and its own ambitions…
  • Toy Department Goes To The Movies Part 2 — discussing the film Girls Trip (29:05) and the burgeoning stardom of Tiffany Haddish…
  • Some new hip hop: Tyler, the Creator’s new album (41:45) and the young female rapper cupcakKe (47:25) and her potential as an artist…
  • Some new rock music: the disappointing new Arcade Fire album (49:05) and the exciting new Nine Inch Nails EP (56:40)…
  • Homework for next week (1:02:20): the movie The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King’s books and starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey… the new Duplass Brothers-produced HBO show Room 104… and the new Vic Mensa album The Autobiography…

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The Toy Department – Episode 79

In Episode 79, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky take you behind the scenes of the Toy Department’s pre-production and schedule-planning, and mention Kolsky’s new gig with the SF Examiner before jumping all over:

  • A season wrap-up for Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale (2:30) and how the show successfully built to a thrilling ending…
  • Season 7, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones (10:40) and whether an exposition-heavy episode should be subject to criticism…
  • The announcement of Confederate, the new HBO Show from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (24:15) and the public response to the concept of a show that imagines the South winning the Civil war…
  • The new, almost-universally-lauded Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk (33:30) and why almost everyone is wrong about it…
  • HBO’s Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine documentary series The Defiant Ones (48:00) and just how completely it tells the story of those two music giants…
  • The Kyrie Irving drama with the Cavaliers (1:03:35) — what’s going on in Cleveland? And does it make sense for anyone?
  • Homework for next week (1:23:20): listening to the rapper CupcakKe (after Derek failed to do so last week), listening to the new Nine Inch Nails EP Add Violence, and watching the new movies Atomic Blonde and Girls Trip…

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The Toy Department – Episode 78

In Episode 78, Matt Kolsky’s smoothie leads to a brief diet digression from Derek Madden before they dive into more interesting and relevant discussions of:

  • The self-inflicted death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington (5:00)…
  • The Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones (12:35) and the general absurdity of the whiny complaints about it…
  • The new Netflix show Friends from College (29:10) and the strangely negative reaction from critics to what seems to be a very lovable show…
  • Hot dogs (39:40) — what goes on them, what they’re for, etc…
  • Kolsky’s inability to not become a weepy mess (45:00) during heartstring-tugging entertainment…
  • Homework for next week (49:25): including next week’s Game of Thrones episode and the rapper cupcakKe… plus whatever the guys tweet about during the week 🙂

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The Toy Department – Episode 77

In Episode 77, Matt Kolsky’s summer of vacation has moved to Chicago, where Derek Madden finds him for a discussion of:

  • The geography of the midwest and some brief critique of assorted cities…
  • Madden’s experience at a Diana Ross concert…
  • Haim’s new album Something to Tell You…
  • The new Broken Social Scene record Hug of Thunder…
  • The new FX drama Snowfall…
  • Homework for next week: including A NEW SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES!!! (and the Netflix show Friends from College)…

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The Toy Department – Episode 28

In Episode 28, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky open the podcast with a brief discussion about podcast listenership, then branch out to cover the very latest in:

  • Game of Thrones (2:20) where they break down the season finale (including small but heroic women doing WORK) and do a bit of looking forward to what’s next for our friends in Westeros…
  • International soccer (29:00) including Lionel Messi’s assertion that he intends to retire and a quick look at Euro 2016…
  • Madden’s Drake quandary – his girlfriend wants Drake tickets for her birthday, but Madden is disgusted with him… What does a man do in this situation??? (49:55)
  • A quick couple of TV-show-watching homework assignments for the future (57:40)…

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The Toy Department – Episode 27

In Episode 27, Derek Madden and Matt Kolsky open with a quick NBA finals recap/react before some deep dives into the very latest in non-essential topics:

  • Sunday’s penultimate episode of Game of Thrones Season 6 (6:15) which, with its battle scenes and intriguing interpersonal interaction, was much more up Madden’s alley than the previous episode…
  • Team USA Men’s Soccer (24:35) and their ugly loss to top-ranked Argentina in the Copa America semifinal, plus some general discussion of the team’s future prospects…
  • ESPN’s OJ Simpson docu-series (53:55) and just how wonderful a job that it did in placing the remarkable OJ story in context…

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