Tue, 9 February 2016
Wherein I poke my head out from my bunker and find out just how cold it really is.
This episode exists mostly to prove I can still speak. At times I almost succeed.
There's some talk about small towns and theft and life and death. It's 2016 now. Nice to still be doing this.
(If you want to donate toward the hosting fees, it'd be appreciated. There's another episode in the can right now I haven't had time to edit. There will be others. Schedule remains up in the air because of this whole itinerant thing. Our PayPal is, as always, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Direct download: Episode_102_-_Stealing_Time.mp3
-- posted at: 12:10am PDT
Thu, 31 December 2015
A special episode where Kaleb Horton, cultural writer, having reviewed the film for Vice, gathers some special guests and goes deep on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. For legal reasons, during the review, he insists the film be referred to by its correct title: Space Fight.
Happy New Year.
Direct download: Space_Fight.mp3
-- posted at: 5:13pm PDT
Thu, 17 December 2015
Hi. Still remember me?
Anyway, the show's not gone, I was just more itinerant than usual. Didn't have a desk and a quiet room very often.
This is a long episode, partially as penance and partially because I really, really missed doing it. I talk about all the misadventures I got up to in Southern California, fatigue, spiritual dread, all my fun themes you've come to know and tolerate. I also cover my favorite music and movies of the year, and generally talk about as much as I'm capable of talking about anything I'm capable of talking about anymore. I get into the Vanity Fair pieces and all that too.
I changed the artist tag on the mp3. It's not Horton/Murphy anymore. It's just me, Kaleb Horton. Not a selfish move, I just realized there's no scenario where this thing ever has a steady co-host again. A wistful thing to realize, but hey. Gotta be honest with yourself. If that means you can't find it on iTunes or something gets screwed up somewhere for any reason, please let me know.
The show needs hosting money. If you feel like donating, and it would sure be nice if you did, then I'll definitely do more episodes, wherever I wind up and whoever I wind up with, even if it's nobody. My PayPal is email@example.com, as always. It'd be much appreciated.
Here are some articles I did since I was gone. There are more, but I'm tired. I interviewed Dave Alvin and Joey Harris and Nathan Fielder and went ghost hunting and generally didn't sleep enough.
On The Existential Beauty of Peanuts.
On Nathan For You.
On Country Dick Montana and The Beat Farmers.
On Ghost Hunting.
On Music in 2015.
That's it. I'll be back in 2016. Episode 100 will be left blank until I rescue Big Jim Murphy from the coal mine.
Direct download: Episode_101_-_Distance.mp3
-- posted at: 1:07am PDT
Tue, 20 October 2015
I talk about the hunt for, and subsequent interview with, the guy who found that new photo of Billy the Kid.
Also, I talk about embarrassing music, and the Kmart muzak tapes I wrote that piece about. It's a long one. That's penance for my absence.
On Kmart Muzak.
On Doomsday Hucksters.
On Billy The Kid.
Direct download: Episode_99_-_Ripped_Up_History.mp3
-- posted at: 5:51pm PDT
Sat, 19 September 2015
A story about an event that did not take place that devolves into a lot of midnight grimness about things not done. Don't listen to this during the day, kids.
There's some stuff in there about Donald Trump toward the end, and Apple computers, and modernity, and stuff about boats I suppose. I'm going to try to do an episode with a guest next time.
As always, this show operates on minimum wage. Donate to the PayPal, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you're rich and love to sustain illusions.
Some articles I wrote in the last week or two:
A review of Darlene Love's new album.
A look at the GOP debate that did not involve watching it.
A dystopian thing about Facebook.
A piece for Vice.
Another piece for Vice.
A prose piece about fire.
Direct download: Episode_98_-_Things_That_Dont_Happen.mp3
-- posted at: 9:06pm PDT
Sat, 5 September 2015
The show returns after almost three months in the wilderness. Lots of informative discussion about every lousy search term that has ever gotten any Google traction, from Kanye West to whatever the other ones are.
As always, I'm broke. If you like the show, the best way to help it is to throw money at it. It'd definitely make me try to do the show more. I have a PayPal: email@example.com. I promise to spend most of it on [ADD WHIMSICAL JOKE HERE THAT LOWERS THE STAKES OF ASKING FOR MONEY].
P.S. I'm looking for a good way to take Skype guests that doesn't involve other people sending me audio which I then have to stitch in manually. That's too much of a time suck. Please email me through the usual channels if there's a good way to do that on Windows.
Direct download: Episode_97_-_Where_Was_I.mp3
-- posted at: 2:38pm PDT
Tue, 9 June 2015
Sketch: Kaleb meets a celebrity.
Show: Some talk about the Entourage article that blew up the internet for five seconds, some ramblin' stories, and some talk about David Letterman and B.B. King.
Direct download: Episode_96_-_Dreams.mp3
-- posted at: 6:27pm PDT
Fri, 22 May 2015
Sketch: Kaleb and James team up to commit the perfect murder. Features a cameo from somebody on Twitter who I won't name, strictly to be discreet for the time being.
Show: Kaleb talks about the boy's latest vices, L.A., the middle of nowhere, and existential collapse. Also, a dramatic reading of his very real and very funny Big Bang Theory spec, which CBS still refuses to acknowledge. You can read the whole thing over here.
Direct download: Episode_95_-_Vanity.mp3
-- posted at: 8:28pm PDT
Sun, 10 May 2015
Sketch: James plays a stuffy professor and Kaleb plays an impossibly wise student with a seemingly limitless supply of truth and virtue.
Show: Kaleb goes on an 8 hour drive and tells all the road stories he can remember. He also tells a sad story about Donald Trump and the reduced expectations that come with age.
Direct download: Episode_94_-_Road_Stories.mp3
-- posted at: 1:01am PDT
Sun, 26 April 2015
Sketch: Big Jim Murphy makes his triumphant return to the scripted portion of the program in a scene where Kaleb hops a train. He's running from somebody. But who, right? Who's he running from? That's the suspense that drives the scene, see.
Show: No matter how self-loathing I may get in my moments of darkness, I am figuring out how to keep it funny as a one-man act, and I aim to get there one of these days. But in the meantime I'll settle for being a cut-rate picaresque leading man.
I talk about drought. About the central valley and the whole working-class California thing. I talk about William Shatner somehow. I talk about rambling off to an assortment of small towns. I talk about Mark Twain and Bret Harte - the dead guy, not the wrestler - and Rip Van Winkle and all this other old stuff, because I'm being suffocated by my books. Someday my books will kill me.
Direct download: Episode_93_-_Slipshod_Salvation.mp3
-- posted at: 2:16am PDT