March 24, 2016
By Grabthar's Hammer, What Actors, in which the crew discusses actors playing actors in Galaxy Quest and beyond. Special guest Barry "The Kid" Kidd, bassist of The Noise FM and the only actor we know, chimes in from the 2nd row bench as we cruise down I-35 in a van rapidly falling apart en route to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. We're talking acting archetypes, movies with actors playing actors, and just now realizing that Galaxy Quest and Three Amigos are the same movie.
Had we edited this episode sooner, it would have been a great promotional tool for SXSW concert appearances by our bands The Noise FM and Archie Powell & The Exports. Ah well, better late than never.
Mark your calendars for Sci-Fi Spectacular 2016 at Patio Theater in Chicago! We're sponsoring a screening of Galaxy Quest and will be recording a live podcast! Galaxy Quest, Big Trouble in Little China, Westworld, Blade Runner and more!
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Bucket of Blood Books and Records (3182 N. Elston)
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February 23, 2016
By Grabthar's Hammer, What Galaxy Questions, in which the crew sits down to answer our listeners' most important questions. We're talking Beryllium Spheres (who knew they were a real thing?), alien technology and weaponry, Tony Shalhoub's Tarantino-esque character arc, and whether Galaxy Quest and The Fifth Element exist in the same universe.
Ask us YOUR questions via twitter, email, Instagram or Facebook and we'll be sure to answer them in an upcoming episode!
Get tickets NOW for the Sci-Fi Spectacular 2016 taking place Saturday, April 9 at Patio Theater in Chicago. By Grabthar's Hammer, What A Podcast will be introducing a Galaxy Quest screening and conducting a LIVE podcast taping! And stick around for screenings of Blade Runner, Big Trouble In Little China, Westworld, and more!
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January 28, 2016
By Grabthar's Hammer, What A Podcast gives tribute to recently deceased and beloved theater and film actor, Mr. Alan Rickman. From his villainous breakout roles as Die Hard's Hans Gruber and Robin Hood's The Sheriff of Nottingham, to his charming turns in Sense and Sensibility and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Alan Rickman captivated audiences with his Shakespearean charisma and mesmerizing voice.
By Grabthar's Hammer once again celebrate Rickman's hilarious turn as Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest. The crew also somehow stumbles upon an analogy between Rickman's resurgence as a fan-favorite for a new generation as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and the band Green Day's equally interesting career trajectory. Hans Gruber is to Dookie as Severus Snape is to American Idiot. A bit of a stretch? You betcha.
By Grabthar's Hammer, you shall be remembered, Alan Rickman.
January 14, 2016
Fresh off a viewing of Galaxy Quest the crew sits down to discuss new observations, possible beryllium sphere plotholes, and weird overdubs. The fellas offer a heartfelt apology to Tim "The Tool Man" Allen, who upon further review, was not actually responsible for the extermination of the entire Thermian race. We also welcome to the show first time Galaxy Quest viewers PJ Thompson and Dennis "The Menace" Arkesteyn for a much needed new perspective on Galaxy Quest, a movie we are clearly no longer able to view objectively.
December 24, 2015
By Grabthar's Hammer... What Love Actually, in which we welcome guests Laura and Ryan Lynch to the show to discuss just a few of the Galaxy Quest cast's many holiday movies. Our homing missiles glance off Tim Allen's The Santa Clause and Christmas With The Kranks, Die Hard, Super Star Wars, and Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters, before targeting Alan Rickman in Love Actually.
November 24, 2015
By Grabthar's Hammer... What A Trekkie, in which we welcome our colleague and Star Trek fan Matthew Brown to the show to discuss just a few of Galaxy Quest's many Star Trek references, all of which have gone right over Alex and Austin's heads. We learn about William Shatner's grumpy reluctance to embrace his Star Trek legacy. We also touch on how Galaxy Quest tends to understate Tim Allen's responsibility for the destruction of the entire Thermian race.
Recorded live from a patio in Brooklyn, New York.
November 12, 2015
By Grabthar's Hammer... What A TV Series, in which we break the exclusive news (several months late) of a new Galaxy Quest television series being developed for Amazon Prime. We speculate wildly about the TV show's possible story and new cast: RJ would like to see Guy Fleegman (Sam Rockwell) in the captain's chair, Austin crosses his fingers for Chris Pratt, and Alex proposes casting the entire cast of the 1990's sitcom Wings as the new Galaxy Quest crew. If all else fails, just bring back Tim Allen.
October 29, 2015
Episode 4 of By Grabthar's Hammer... What A Podcast, in which we, as 3 touring musicians, record an episode in the van while traversing upstate New York. We're doing 70mph with warped rotors and screeching brake pads, but that's not stopping us from talking about Tim Allen's gorgeous Pure Michigan advertisements and how well Home Improvement has aged over time.
October 22, 2015
Episode 3 of By Grabthar's Hammer... What A Podcast, in which we welcome our colleague and resident interspecies sexpert Mike Ewing to the show to discuss the grotesquely romantic relationship between Tech Sgt. Chen and Thermian Laliari. Can a human and a squid alien find true love? Can they reproduce? We have no idea. But if anyone can prove that love knows no bounds, it's Tony Shalhoub.
October 15, 2015
Episode 2 of By Grabthar's Hammer... What A Podcast, in which 3 grown-ass men discuss Galaxy Quest Star Tim Allen's hilarious film and TV roles as well as his not-as-funny stint in prison for cocaine possession. You'll hear all about Tim Allen's early life, his work on Home Improvement, and reflections on those hypnotizing Pure Michigan ads. The boys also talk about all of Tim Allen's movies. Except for Joe Somebody. No one talks about Joe Somebody.