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Everything is Awesome is a weekly love letter to all things awesome. Brought to you by Jeff Richardson and KC KAOS, two great writers and hilarious friends, who love talking about cool artistic stuff with cool people.
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Jun 24, 2016
Game of Thrones Chat

In which Jeff and KC revisit the awesomest of sword and sorcery shows, Game of Thrones; Circe is portrayed in a very poignant way by Lady Crane; Arya bleeds in a closet; Lady Crane is apparently an ass-kicking badass; the Hound lays a hardcore beatdown on a gang of dufuses (including one icky bumfingerer); a red priestess/Vampire Diarist preaches while Varys and the most famous dwarf in the galaxy bid their adieus; Circe faces off with her former lovin jerkhead cousin; Circe chooses head ripping; Brienne crushes on Jaime; Bronn teaches Pod how to brawl (after touching his junk); Brienne fails once again; King Tommen pulls a dick move and blows off his mom; Missandei takes the walk of shame; Jaime offers to chuck Edmuir's kid over the walls; Blackfish gets his swordfight on; fire rains down on the pyramid at Mereen; Daenerys Stormborn finally returns to kick some slaver ass; Clegane gets some new boots and might head north; waif rolls T2 style on a bathhouse chasedown; Arya slices a candle and we don't get the fight; a new face shows up on the wall and Arya heads back home.

 

Closing Song: "Daenerys's Theme (Chorale)"

Jun 19, 2016
Episode 57: The Floating Dead ft. Phil Dirt

In which Jeff and KC interview the super talented roller derby announcin, secret-job havin, heat stroke survivin, former punk rock super Spokane stallion Phil Dirt; KC gets her ocean party on with the Marauding Mollys; the hobbit from Love, Actually is discussed in exhaustive detail; Hillary wins New Jersey; Jazzbones gets the most DUIs; zombies are effing swimming now, for Christ's sake; and much, much more.

 

Songs in this episode:

"My First, My Last, My Everything" - Barry White

"I'm So Bremerton" - White Girl Wasted

 

 

Jun 19, 2016
Game of Thrones Chat

In which Jeff and KC tackle the issues raised and plots bloody of the most recent episode of Game of Thrones: "The Broken Man"; The Hound hears a nice speech and then all his friends die; Lady Olenna puts a harsh burn on Cersei; Margery tells Grammama to get her old backside back to Highgarden; Sansa gets schooled by a little lady; Davos bros down and makes the sale; The Blackfish hits Jaime with a real Downton Abbey style burn; Yara likes the hoes and tells Theon to sack up; and Arya gets set to dip before plans go a bit wonky.

 

Closing Song: "The Bear and the Maiden Faire" - The Hold Steady

 

Jun 18, 2016
Game of Thrones Chat

In which Jeff and KC discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Episode 6 Season 6 "Blood of My Blood". All sorts of great stuff in this one, especially a super great kiss.

 

We love this show!

Jun 14, 2016

In which Jeff remembers the victims of the Orlando shooting and reads their names.

Jun 12, 2016
Episode 56b: More with Seranine

In which we gain a deeper understanding of the life and ideas of Seranine, beginning with the aftermath of her family's car accident; her unfolding understanding of who she was and who she would become; music, acting, modeling, and social media; looking for work as a trans woman in transition between lives; and more.

Closing Song: "With Arms Outstretched" - Rilo Kiley

For some reason there's a bunch more stuff after the song. Not sure why. Magic?

Jun 9, 2016
Episode 56: My Trans Life ft. Seranine

In which Jeff and KC make the trek up north to sunny Shoreline, Washington, to interview the fascinating Seranine, blogger, model, musician, and inspirational online personality; Sheryl Crow receives her due; Billy Corgan fails as a human; Seranine's sickness sounds like stoniness; doctors say she's a boy, but her screams disagreed; her multiplayer online gaming characters stood in as proxies for her undiscovered truth; her emotional age stopped and now the years are flooding back; listening to fans and being there without advising; modelling effective communication strategies; Asian moms and conditional love; creepy doll with draining bottle doesn't arrive; Seranine calls her friend Jen #myfavoritemistake; Jeff and KC get all mushy and misty; Jeff is going to see the Mariners; listen to Livewire and the Mental Illness Happy Hour; and rabies is a liberal trans plot.

 

Songs in this episode:

Seranine "Five Kinds of Subtraction" and "Queen Anne"

Jun 1, 2016
Episode 55: The Abortion Ghost Panic of 1878 ft. Casey McLain

In which Jeff and KC rub elbows with one of the Northwest's premier podcasters, Mr. Casey "Hardwood" McLain (of the Offspeed Podcast with Aaron Kirby); they discover that stats are the future of sport; Casey reminds us that some weird coach somewhere said "I'm a man! I'm 40!"; we learn about Pete Palmer and his linear weights; with stats, even a lowly blogger can reach the mountaintop of web journalism, in the form of a Landing Looker Outer turned Fangrapherazzo; stats and managerial accounting are like long-lost twins; aborted children tend not to increase the rates of violent crime (at least not since 1878); famed local comedian and podcaster Monica Nevi encourages us to stand up against hate; next week's host of Everything is Awesome is determined by a trial by combat, with Lady KC going up against the crafty veteran Dude Casey; we learn that Casey talks about beer as well as sports (get his work at beergraphs.com); and Casey rattles off some dates where you can see him do his thing. Standup. Comedy. Go see it, Tacoma (you too, Richland, Auburn, and the rest of you slightly less awesome cities).                     

 

Closing Song: "So. Good" - Johnny Stinson

May 31, 2016
Game of Thrones Chat:

In which Jeff and KC return to the epically bad-A show that is Game of Thrones (or, as KC calls it "The Games of the Throne") to discuss various and sundry topics illuminated onscreen thereby; Child Foresters are seen piercing men with black things; Sansa gives Littlefinger a piece of her mind (while also passing his news off as her own); Jon Snow furrows his brow; a Tormund leers at a Brienne; KC is "not having it"; KC been getting caught up; dragons, inspirational speeches, and touching goodbyes; some other stuff with Daenarys and Meara and other ladies who really kick ass; and yeah, that terrible, awful thing that Bran has to witness (or cause, depending on how you see it), namely, the death of a lifelong friend and faithful companion; and the internet breaks as a result.

 

P.S. Listen to next week's episode with Casey McLain to find out about Dude Casey, Lady KC and much more!

 

 

May 22, 2016
Game of Thrones Chat

In which Jeff and KC discuss the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, Season 6, episode 4, "Book of the Stranger"; our heroes go over the plot, their favorite moments, studying the characters and their motivations, and speculating wildly over the upcoming revelations of this most awesome show.

 

Songs in this episode:

 

"Game of Cats" performed by El Jefe Tacoma

"Jacked Up Theme" performed by El Jefe Tacoma

May 16, 2016
Episode 54: Do You Even Bus, Bro?

In which Jeff and KC discuss a variety of fun topics, and we learn a little bit more about their personal stories; Mother's Day has come and gone, but not without a few tears; KC describes her biggest fears (including heights and snakes); Jeff has brain problems; our intrepid hosts explore their souls in poetic fashion in The Writing Process; KC regales us with tales of the roller derby life, introducing us to such teams as the Dockyard Derby Dames, Rainier City Rollers, Jet City, and Rat City Roller Girls; we learn of the sweet Dungeons and Dragons podcast with Brian Posehn (and friends); the news is discussed; baseball has returned and the Mariners are crushing it like never before; bus service is improving and yet KC still has yet to ride one; sales taxes increase in Tacoma and KC is not having it; Brandon Harvey of the Sounds Good podcast interviews super positive Snapchatter Sarah Hopkins; Splatterhouse Records celebrates its one-year anniversary, and more!

 

Closing Song: "Last Caress" - Hot Roddin' Romeos (Splatterhouse Records)

 

Coming up:

Grit City Podcast presents Thursday Night Comedy at the Acme w/host Josh Firestine

Dockyard Derby Championship

Captain Jean-Luc Picard Day at Destiny City Comics

and more!

May 12, 2016
Episode 53b: Just Up To Code ft Fred Bowski

In which KC, Jeff, and Fred continue their discussion on cheating, swinging, human evolution, and other important issues; "Where Dem Dragons At?" makes its triumphant return with a full-on in-depth discussion of Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 2: "Home"; Theon Greyjoy says goodbye to Sansa; Lord Greyjoy crosses a shitty bridge and pays the Iron Price; The Red Witch loses her religion; Davos decides magic isn't all that bad; Jon snow is brought back to life, and the world of Throne watchers doth rejoice.

Closing song: "Lost Boy" by Ruth B

May 9, 2016
Episode 53: 50 Shades of Lemonade ft. Fred Bowski

In which Jeff and KC welcome back Tacoma's own comic legend, Fred Bowski, to discuss such topics as 50 Shades of Gray, Beyonce's latest lemonade masterwork, cheating, swinging, and many other fascinating insights worthy of your auditory imbibery.

Don't forget to get out there and take in some local art, comedy, and music, and create some art yourself. You deserve it!

 

Closing Song: "Burn the Witch" - Radiohead

May 9, 2016
Mini Episode 2: Happy Mothers Day!

In which Jeff gives a shout-out to all the moms out there, including three special ladies in his life. Happy Mothers Day, y'all!

May 1, 2016
Episode 52: Jeff's Happy Housewarming

In which Jeff and KC bring a trio of awesome comedians to the new Tacoma Mailman Studios and put on a great party/comedy show; original guest cohost Fred Bowski drops by to wax poetic and ask Jeff uncomfortable questions; friend of the show Erica Knapp calls in with a sweet message; co-founder and original producer calls in with a message of support; wonderful Tacoma comedian Jim Stewart Allen explains how he became a history-based comic; awesome headliner Chase Roper comes on, drinks white wine, and describes the craziness that is his domestic existence; Jeff forgets the entire format of the show; and comedy erupts creating a show no one can hear because that's not how standup comedy works.

 

Songs in this episode:

"Soul Flight" - The Revivalists

"Chateau Lobby #4" & "Awful Things" - Father John Misty

"Oh! Darlin" - The Beatles

brief mention of RA Scion - Spotify that shit!

 

Signature cocktail - The Oregon Cocktrail

 

Apr 30, 2016
Mini Episode 1: Jeff Quits Drinking

I was gonna write a blog post about this but I'm really just feeling crappy so I made a mini-episode instead. I quit drinking today and it sucks. I feel like I'm dying. I'm going to my first alcoholism support group meeting tonight and boy howdy I'm scared. If you listen to the show you know I have two other support groups, so this is just one more friggin thing I have to deal with. But I want to. Because blacking out is scary. And I want to feel my feelings finally and face my freakin fears already.

I don't know what else to say. My heart hurts. If you like this thing feel free to email me at everythingisawesomepodcast@gmail.com - I will write you back, I promise.

Also, in advance, thanks for all the kind words. I'm gonna need em. 

 

Peace,

Richardson

Apr 24, 2016
Episode 51: Passin' the Panty ft. Miss Melissa Suther

In which Jeff and KC ride to the ancestral home of Everything is Awesome, sunny Olympia, WA and meet up with original founder and co-host Melissa Suther AKA Miss Melissa, to commiserate and reminisce about the early days of the show, including discussions as wide ranging as: Jeff's possible ex-ho ex-girlfriend; wondering why we put on blinders for love; crazy mom wisdom and the doneness of one's dharma; a man towing tires in his toyota from the 90s; the history of the phrase "passin the panty"; an awkward place for childrens underwear; KC's First Day of Derby; the tender words of one Carl Palmer (not the percussionist); the pointlessness of much of leftist culture pseudo-activism; the people who are figuratively taking the power back; Bernie!; "What is a Tacoma 10?"; Mel's Facebook feed; the sad reality of gentrification; cocaine found in Northwest salmon; and various and sundry other items of fact and fictitiousness to include these upcoming events:

JBLM Betty Brigade will play a derby bout on Saturday April 30th. Derby is on fire with lots of dates so get with us and share the scoop! Email is everythingisawesomepodcast@gmail.com Show twitter is: @EIAPodcast

Season 10 Championship game for Dockyard Derby Dames takes place May 14th at Pierce College in sunny Lakewood, Washington

Seattle songstress Beatrix Sky will be at Obsidian, in sunny Olympia, Washington  also on April 30th. She is rad so don't miss it.

Listen to Nerd Poker, Dungeons and Dragons with Brian Posehn and Friends. It's a hilarious game of D & D just for you the listener. Also, check out Stuff You Should Know. KC says its rad and hella informative

Culturize Yourself.

Apr 1, 2016
Episode 50: Flair and Flannel ft Tony Lewis

In which KC and Jeff interview the hilarious and complicated figure known as Tony Lewis; Tony explains a bit about his comedic approach; we learn about the reaction he and his mixed-race girlfriend face in the backwoods; a bunch of other stuff happened I don't have time to get into; and Tony is the bee's knees.

 

Songs in this episode:

"Pine Moon" - Feist

"The Plan" - Built To Spill

Mar 27, 2016
Episode 49: Honeyed Words and Unapologetic Bragging ft. Laila Tova

In which Jeff makes the acquaintance of one Ms. Laila Tova, spectacular poet and Tacoma resident; a great many fascinating topics are covered; the librarian ejects our heroes and they must retreat to the safety of the Red Rocket; Laila doesn't humblebrag, she straight up brags; Laila tells Tinder tales; a random loser calls Laila "harry with two r's"; the Lavender Sisterhood poetizes the internet; Ke$ha continues her fight against the rapist Dr Luke; Laila doesn't think humans were born bad; poems are read and commented upon; and great fun is had by all.

 

Closing song: "Surfing On a Rocket" - Air

 

Podcasts we recommend:

Smart Passive Income

Balancing Point

The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds

Historiography with Jim Stewart Allen

 

Find Laila's poems on instagram - laila.tova.writes

Mar 20, 2016
Episode 48b: Owen and Beru Had To Die ft. Kirk Honda

In which Kirk schools Amber and Jeff on various aspects of mental healthcare, including EMDR, Jungian analysis, psychodynamics, and CBT; we consider the value of confronting past abusers; we learn that inviting Mom to therapy is a VSS (Very Scary Situation); transference is explained; Kirk discusses autism and what it's really like; we learn that the media minimizes the truly awful aspects of mental illness; quacks and Crap Science are explained; Amber and Jeff critique the movie Frank; most psychopaths are not master criminals; Kirk laments our society's poor treatment of mental illness; Kirk's podcast is awesome; Jeff cries out "I'm a writer!"; Jeff says "You gotta get hard to make it in America"; and Luke Skywalker is pushed to heroism by family tragedy.

 

Songs in this episode: "Passing Time" and "Cozy" - Bread Knife Incident

 

Listen to Kirk's fantastic podcast Psychology in Seattle! psychologyinseattle.squarespace.com

 

Rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher! We need more listeners and local sponsors!

 

 

Mar 17, 2016
Episode 48: But There Will Be Pain ft. Dr Kirk Honda

In which Jeff and Amber make the acquaintance of one Dr Kirk Honda, Seattle psychotherapist, instructor, podcaster, and musician; Honda's Japanese crest features three blades and three special leaves to wipe off the blood; Amber is encouraged to watch Clockwork Orange, Watership Down, Brazil, and Mr Robot; Jeff should try playing it cool; Jeff's super douchery comes out; Amber asks the question "Who are you and why am I here?"; we discuss various treatment options for complex post traumatic stress; Kirk tells us "no pain no gain, but there will be pain"; and numerous plugs and podcast recommendations are considered.

 

Songs in this episode: "Halliburton Boardroom Massacre" -  David Rovics

                                 "Anything We Want" - Fiona Apple

 

Check out Kirk's podcast, Psychology in Seattle -

psychologyinseattle.squarespace.com

Mar 5, 2016
Episode 47: Problematic Comedy Heroes ft. Ezra Bonillas

This one is our 2nd most downloaded episode of all time!

 

In which we are introduced to the lovely tones of the supremely talented Ms. KC Kaos, independent businesswoman, writer, and roller derby queen extraordinaire; teenage comic Ezra Bonillas hops on the mic; we learn that he is the center on his high school football team; KC explains microeconomics in significant detail; Jeff saw The Witch [Editor's note: I give it a medium]; Mom and Dad are being a little too involved in Jeff's home purchase; Dave Chappelle better watch out, cuz Ezra comin; Ezra may or may not have been depressed; he would rather bomb than be one of the guys who just hangs out; and he admits to pulling a punk move when he and his crew ghosted at Vomity just before the feature.

Also, Trump is a fascist. Seriously what the fuck?

 

Closing song: "If U Stay Ready" - Suga Free

Mar 3, 2016
Episode 46: The Inimitable Sam Miller

In which Jeff and Amber make the acquaintance of Olympia uber-promoter and dope-ass comedian Sam Miller, host of Vomity and currently slaying audiences around the Puget Sound; we learn that a bunch of other stuff happens but I forgot to take notes, something about guns or cops or meth or whatever; and Jeff figures out what happens and updates this description.

 

Closing Song: "Retrovertigo" - Mr. Bungle

Feb 25, 2016
Episode 45: Different Oranges with hit me, Harold!

In which the boys of hit me, Harold! join Jeff and Amber at Mailman Studios to share their stories and regale us with song; a bunch of other stuff happens that I don't have time to think about because a hot girl is talking to me while I'm typing this.

Songs in this episode:

 

"Symbiosis" - hit me, Harold!

"Morning Naps" - hit me, Harold!

"Sans Smarts" - hit me, Harold!

 

Check out their new EP, very very very different perspectives, on their Bandcamp page: hitmeharold.bandcamp.com/album/very-very-very-different-perspectives

Feb 8, 2016
Episode 44: Meet the Future Mrs. Jeff Richardson

 In which Jeff and Erica connect long distance: Erica in Arlington, Washington, and Jeff in sunny Longbeach, California; President Obama unleashes a massive gun seizing campaign, dispatching heavily armored shock troops to VFW halls, WalMarts, Cabela's and other gun friendly zones across the nation (actually he just used an Executive order to track gun sales that hurts no one but whatever); Christmas is fun for everyone; Jeff discovers he is not one, but two great figures from the Bible - the answers may surprise you - and reacts appropriately; Jeff reveals his adoration for a lovely Danish maiden, and subsequently learns that she is underage; we hear a couple sweet modern jams; and the whole thing is capped off beautifully by a voicemail from one of our listeners and a world-class young poet, Ms. Laila Tova.

 

Songs in this episode:

 

"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"  Neutral Milk Hotel

 

"Consequences of Sleeping"  Little Green Cars

 

"Belay"  Laila Tova - find her on Facebook or on Instagram as @laila.tova.writes 

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