Our new podcast: ‘I Love You So Much’

A few months ago, we told you we’d let you know when we were ready to announce our new podcast, the one that will succeed “Statesman Shots.” Welp, folks, that time has come.

The new show is called “I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast” (or ILYSM for short) and here’s a teaser for the new show:

The good news is that if you’re an iTunes user, you don’t have to wait to subscribe. The show is already up on iTunes, and we’d love for you to join us.

What’s different on the new show? We’ll have three hosts, including Tolly, Omar and now Addie Broyles. We’ll still talk about Austin life and pop culture, but in a different format and with a lot more variety of topics in keeping with our pals at Austin360. If you enjoyed “Statesman Shots,” we think you’ll dig “I Love You So Much.”  We’ll be doing one final sendoff to “Shots” soon and tell you more about the new show on that last short episode and how to get more involved with the podcast. The “Shots” archive isn’t going anywhere. You’ll still be able to access that podcast feed and old episodes on statesman.com/shots.

You’ll be able to find the new show at its own site page, which we’ll announce soon, and @loveaustin360 isnew Twitter handle. Freaking out about all the changes? You can email us at loveaustin360@statesman.com, which goes to our three hosts. And while you’re at it, send us a note with your questions and problems: we’re starting up an advice segment and could use your personal, Austin-centric problems.

How to listen:

Download the MP3 version here. (1 min)

And here’s the RSS to subscribe to the podcast.

Come on over, we promise you’ll have a good time!

 

 

Statesman Shots #91: Taylor Kitsch on African Children’s Choir and post-‘FNL’ life

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It’s OK to let your Tim Riggins love burn bright. Ours will never die as we continue our “Friday Night Lights” re-watches forever.

Taylor Kitsch (right) joins the "Statesman Shots" podcast to talk about the Rock the Brazos New Year's Eve gala and much more with co-hosts Omar L. Gallaga (left) and Tolly Moseley (center). Credit: Alyssa Vidales / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Taylor Kitsch (right) joins the “Statesman Shots” podcast to talk about the Rock the Brazos New Year’s Eve gala and much more with co-hosts Omar L. Gallaga (left) and Tolly Moseley (center). Credit: Alyssa Vidales / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

But you know should know that actor Taylor Kitsch is not Tim Riggins the character and he has not slowed down since the beloved NBC TV show ended, appearing in movies and television projects including “Lone Survivor,” “The Normal Heart,” HBO’s “True Detective” and the big-budget sci-fi film “John Carter.” The Austin resident was kind enough to come in to our studio for a podcast and video to promote a cause dear to his heart, the African Children’s Choir, the subject of the third New Year’s Eve benefit in Austin. This year, it’s called “Rock the Brazos” and Taylor talks in the podcast about why he started the charity event (which includes performers Rob Thomas and the group Water and Rust), and why you should be there.

Also on the show this week:

  • In our Short Shot, we discuss the current state of TV / movie revivals such as “Fuller House,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files.” Does Taylor think “Friday Night Lights” should return someday? Find out on the show.
  • In a special video segment, Taylor compares his Canadian upbringing with his life in Texas, letting us know if he prefers hockey over football, poutine over nachos and more.
  • Joe Gross joins us for A Chaser on why those of us burned by the “Star Wars” prequels are now so excited for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
  • And in A Toast, we recommend a Amazon’s sublime second season of “Transparent,” a documentary about the “Houdini of Florida” that Taylor Kitsch hopes to develop into a feature film he’ll star in, and “Jessica Jones,” which Tolly is continuing to dive into.

How to listen:

Download the MP3 version here. (34 min.)

Download the beautifully enhanced AAC version. (34 min.)

And here’s the RSS to subscribe to the podcast. (We’re also on iTunes!)

Or listen on SoundCloud. (Also embedded up at the top of this post)

Show rundown:

0:00 Intro
1:06 Segment 1: Taylor Kitsch on African Children’s Choir and Texas living
18:27 Short Shot: What do we think about TV/movie revivals?
23:10 Short Shot: A Chaser with Joe Gross on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” anticipation
28:15 A Toast (Recommendations)
33:11 Outtro and how to reach us

Show notes:

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Statesman Shots #60: Brian Gaar on building a comedy career and Moontower Fest

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Are you ready to hear the stories behind the laughter?

American-Statesman business writer and stand-up comic Brian Gaar joins the podcast this week. He discusses his upcoming performances at Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival and the challenges of being a working comedian. Credit: Omar L. Gallaga / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
American-Statesman business writer and stand-up comic Brian Gaar joins the podcast this week. He discusses his upcoming performances at Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival and the challenges of being a working comedian. Credit: Omar L. Gallaga / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

On this week’s “Statesman Shots” podcast, American-Statesman business writer and successful stand-up comic Brian Gaar joins us to talk about his recent video special, “Jokes I Wrote At Work,” and his upcoming appearances at Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest, where he’ll open for comedian Patton Oswalt. Brian talks about what it’s like to perform at a comedy fest like Moontower, how he deals with hecklers and what went into filming his first one-hour special, which is available on Vimeo.

Also on this week’s episode:

  • Does Austin need a new mascot? In a video Short Shot segment, we pitch our ideas to the city, including Toni the Organic Tofu, Hater the Austin Gopher and Ray Benson (because he’s an East Coaster who moved here and dresses like a cowboy). Seriously, Austin, let’s put this proposal before the City Council!
  • In this age of instant streaming video and festival overload, how is it possible to be bored? Do popular new apps Meerkat and Periscope suggest we still desire random channel flipping as entertainment?
  • Joe Gross discusses “Delicious Foods,” a new book by James Hannaham, in a Chaser segment.
  • And in “A Toast,” we recommend the excellent graphic novel “Here” by Richard McGuire, the Austin Web series “Pretty Awful” and Don Hertzfeldt’s animated short “World of Tomorrow,” which left us reeling after Joe Gross told us about it last week and we watched it ourselves.

Come laugh with us!

How to listen:

Download the MP3 version here. (45 min.)

Download the beautifully enhanced AAC version here. (45 min.)

And here’s the RSS to subscribe to the podcast. (We’re also on iTunes!)

Or listen on SoundCloud:

Show rundown:

0:00 Intro
2:12 Segment 1: Brian Gaar on Moontower Comedy Fest and building a comedy career
17:24 Short Shot: Austin needs a new mascot: here are 3 suggestions.
20:20 Segment 2: How is boredom possible with everything available online?
31:59 A Chaser: Joe Gross on “Delicious Foods” by James Hannaham.
37:33 Short Shot: A Toast (Recommendations)
42:23 Outtro and how to reach us

Show notes:

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