Audible Clutter

Audible Clutter

By Michelle Denise Norton
Pop culture and politics through our very personal LGBTQ Gen X lens. Gayle and Michelle met at Northwestern University in 1988 and fell in love. Neither of us had much of a clue about what being gay meant. Since then we've moved to Central Pennsylvania, helped raise a little brother, married, started our own theatrical collective, and gone on many many movie dates. Listen in as we mash gay and Gen X with 21st century.
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Birds Of A Prey And An International Sensation
We talk about Birds Of Prey, Margot Robbie, Harley Quinn, Cathy Yan And then we gush about Parasite's well deserved Oscar wins, Miky Lee, and Korea's reach into entertainment.
21:31
February 10, 2020
Weather, the Impeachment Enters A New Phase, and What the Heck Is A Caucus
We talk about the beautiful skies of Weathering With You, the ugly truths of Impeachment, and some quirks of local politics.
24:41
January 29, 2020
The Impeachment Trial Has Come Upon Us, Plus Batwoman Is Really Cool
We give you our Impeachment trial perspective, and then talk heroes, Crisis On Infinite Earths, Batwoman and being out for the public good.
20:57
January 22, 2020
Oscars So Dudes and Some Movies We Actually Watched
We react to the Oscar nominations (too many dudes, J Lo was robbed, what the heck Hollywood), talk about movies we did see in 2019 and enjoy. We also review Like A Boss.
17:39
January 14, 2020
Warren, War, and Fire
Gayle listens to an Elizabeth Warren speech for the first time, we discuss Julián Castro's Warren endorsement, and the marginalized communities they are both fighting for. Then we talk Iran, war, and assassinations. And we finish up with how and why we all need to help a burning Australia like the American Rescue Crafters Connect network.
23:53
January 8, 2020
Breaking the gremlin rules in 2020
Michelle is breaking the gremlin rules and painting after midnight on New Year's Eve. Add a couple of bonus movie reviews in and our hopes for 2020.
19:46
January 1, 2020
michelle vs kylo ren
We talk about the final Star Wars movie, with rants from Michelle about the horrors of Kylo Ren and why that character is so not necessary to the story along with discussions of how bad JJ Abrams is as a storyteller.
24:26
December 25, 2019
#ImpeachmentEve
We review the case for Donald Trump's impeachment, call out the GOP for the lying cowards that they are, and suggest you join a rally on Tuesday, December 17th to insist the no one is above the law.
17:30
December 17, 2019
Spirits and Stirling
We discuss the gay in Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas. And we recommend another violin virtuoso (we like them), this one with a Christmas album. Bonus: Gayle rants about the Golden Globes lack of women nominees.
18:10
December 10, 2019
Moving and Music
We talk about how much fun we're having moving, Thanksgiving, indigenous peoples, Michelle's art, our experience with this amazing concert of music censored by the Third Reich, why you shouldn't give Nazis a platform, and why you should support local artists.
20:25
December 4, 2019
Bring It On, Bosley
We tell you why you should go see Charlie's Angels and then segue from Elizabeth Banks to two of our favorite sports movies: Pitch Perfect and Bring It On. We then finish up with an Impeachment watching tip.
18:18
November 19, 2019
The Quaffle Waffle And Other Wonders Of The Season
We have untied the ribbon, torn the wrapping paper, and opened the lid on the Christmas season, starting with a three movie weekend. And then we finish off with an Impeachment Season pep talk.
19:00
November 11, 2019
November 11, 2019
00:36
November 11, 2019
Humanning with elections and the wonder that is Black Violin
It's election night and we're ranting about local election snafus, and then we're raving about the joy, skill and wonder that is Black Violin. Enjoy!
22:39
November 6, 2019
Gayle vs Gettysburg and other scary stories
Hear our creepy Gettysburg story, other favorite scares, what makes a spooky movie spooky, and the truth about Sherlock Holmes: He wasn't the first fictional modern detective.
21:56
October 28, 2019
The #DemDebates, The Debacle That Is Trump, and Why The Addams Family Will Cheer You Up
Gayle lashes into the President's increasing list of crimes, we talk about the Democratic LGBTQ Town Hall and the latest debate, and finish off with an semi musical ode to The Addams Family.
24:01
October 16, 2019
Hard and Soft: Batwoman's Sharp Edges and The Surprising Fluffiness of Manga Heroes
We walk about the sharpness of Batwoman's first episode, then switch to some softer tones: the gender role bending fun of Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun and Way Of The House Husband.
22:37
October 8, 2019
Ellington, We Hardly Know You. Shame On Us.
Turns out the song Michelle is currently obsessed with was written by Duke Ellington. So we dive into Ellington's genius and why if you don't know much about him, you're missing out.
20:34
September 30, 2019
Vicious Politics: Trump and Terrace House
We open with a discussion of Donald Trump, the Ukraine, and the need to impeach, as well as the SAFE Act and keeping our elections free of foreign influences. In good news, we talk the recent GLAAD LGBTQ Forum. And then, in our second half, we introduce the newest series of Terrace House and discuss why we continue to be addicted to this Japanese reality tv show. VROOM ; )
25:07
September 24, 2019
From New York City to Northern Ireland: Women To Watch Out For
We're talking about the movie Hustlers, with incredible performances by JLo, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles and the rest of the cast, and how great it is to see a movie about strippers told ENTIRELY from the female view. And then we tell you about our latest tv binge obsession, which is so hysterical that sometimes we can't breathe for laughing.
23:09
September 17, 2019
Did You See CNN?
We watched most of this week's CNN Climate Town Halls with the top 10 Democratic candidates. We tell you who impressed us, which ideas sparked, and what future the candidates are trying to build. Bonus: Michelle goes on a China rant.
24:33
September 8, 2019
The Anti Clutter Queen and the reigning Kings Of Strange and Horrible Things
We talk moving and why Marie Kondo's the anti clutter queen. Then we review Season 3 of Stranger Things. Is channelling teen sex horror movies a good thing? What would you do at the mall? Find out what we see as the strengths and weaknesses of this latest season of spooky 80's throwback fun. Pop open a New Coke and listen.
22:59
September 2, 2019
Rants and rants and rainforests
Fires in the Amazon, the insanity of Microsoft, Springsteen in the movies and lots more!
29:54
August 27, 2019
So Anyway...Stranger Things
We talk two seasons of Stranger Things, all the excellences, Winona Ryder, cool girls, and science. We also talk Jay Inslee and why we're evolving and rebranding. Listen in.
21:43
August 16, 2019
We Will Not Be Afraid
Right now in America, life too often is an assault of eventa that are either tragic or infuriating. We talk about some of the scary things going on in the world and how America is coping or not coping, and how the government is letting the country down. But we're also looking for the bright spots, like the fact that our favorite band is on tour here now. So do something positive, make connections with people, DO NOT LIVE YOUR LIVES IN FEAR.
30:42
August 5, 2019
#FridayForFuture: Greenland and Green Lands
It's been the hottest month ever and Greenland is melting. So we talk about that.
06:49
August 2, 2019
gremlin rules
Michelle isn't supposed to be creating art after midnight, but she's doing it anyway.
27:13
July 23, 2019
#FridaysForFuture: @EWarren Has A Plan For That
This week, Elizabeth Warren announced a plan to accelerate the switch to clean tech by putting the market to work. And while we're talking Senator Warren and plans, she has one for your national park too. Listen in.
06:56
July 15, 2019
Busing: A White Southerner's Experience
With busing in the news, Gayle gives her perspective as someone who was bused as a child, and Michelle points out that there weren't any black kids in the AP classes in Gayle's downtown high school. One of those interesting discussions ensues.
56:35
July 9, 2019
#FridaysForFuture, Episode 6: Let's Plant
Trillions of trees! Countries, cities, counties and just people can change the world just by planting trees and other native greenery. Find out who. And how.
07:35
July 6, 2019
#FridaysForFuture: Fashion
Nike has announced a climate plan, Extinction Rebellion has called for a year long fashion boycott, and we have a few ideas for action.
06:35
June 29, 2019
Moods After Midnight
We talk Women's World Cup, Legend of Korra and the women of Avatar: The Last Airbender, what''re our favorite franchises, what JK Rowling did wrong, and what does franchise mean. We also denounce the inhumane concentration camps on the US southern border.
45:27
June 25, 2019
#FridaysForFuture, Episode 4: Don't Be Judgey, We're All In This Together
We talk Greenland, science, weather, plastic straw bans, and ICE raids. So listen up, Wildcats ; )
06:26
June 21, 2019
#FridaysForFuture, Episode 3: White House vs Science: Don't Let Them Hide The Facts
In which we call out the Climate Denier In Chief, after the White House suppressed research by refusing to let the State Department enter scientific testimony into the Congressional Record.
05:59
June 14, 2019
Monday Night Football: Naming Cats, Women's World Cup, and other Monday thoughts
Wide ranging conversation from Shakespeare to the I.T. Crowd, with segues on football, Godzilla, and the tendency of straight white dudes to drift into the center of the frame.
33:05
June 11, 2019
#FridaysForFuture, Episode 2: DNC vs. The Obvious
Tom Perez, champion of hedging your bets vs. Jay Inslee, champion of the planet: in which we call out Tom Perez and the Democratic National Committee for refusing to commit to a #ClimateDebate. Gayle comes out swinging Σ੧(❛□❛✿)
05:22
June 7, 2019
#FridaysForFuture, Episode 1
A quick weekly check in with the state of the planet, climate change news, and ways to help. This week we talk about Greta Thunberg, student strikes, single use plastics, Star Trek, and the Green New Deal.
06:48
May 31, 2019
Booksmart's the best, baby...
We discuss Olivia Wilde's charming, wild, and winning teen sex comedy, Booksmart, all the reasons you should see it ,and why it's the next classic teen comedy.
32:49
May 27, 2019
Marvel, DC, And Elizabeth Warren
We talk with Michelle's brother Joe about comic books, comic book movies, gay representation, Sunday serial comics, and the electability of Elizabeth Warren - Joe, you're still wrong. Enjoy.
1:03:37
May 12, 2019
Marveling at it all
Spoilers abound! Michelle and Gayle talk about all of the Marvel Comic Universe movies, including Avengers: Endgame (hint: really not thrilled). We rant about RDJ dominance, give shoutouts to our favorite Avenger performances, and admit what moments moved us to tears (and laughter). Also: Gayle tracks down a rat.
44:49
April 28, 2019
Beau In The House
Michelle's youngest brother Beau is in town for the weekend so we record a podcast while setting up Settlers Of Catan. Conversation ranges from Brexit to Gayle getting a dose of life advice from the Nortons. Trigger warnings: language, cutting references, politics, Hitler.
47:52
April 1, 2019
Dress Rehearsal Of the Upstart Arts production of The Importance Of Being Earnest.
Welcome to our dress rehearsal. Warning, there are a few glitches and a brief moment of profanity. Enjoy!
1:53:19
March 15, 2019
Marvelous Women: Elena Alvarez, Rita Moreno, Brie Larson now topping our list.
We talk One Day At A Time (fourth season please Netflix), gay teenagers now, our first date, Rita Moreno's continuing appeal, Captain Marvel, straight out lies toxic dudes tell, the many stregths of Brie Larson, and why we've renamed Avengers: Endgame Captain Marvel 2.
32:56
March 12, 2019
#Oscars
We love watching the Oscars. Here's what we hated and loved from this year's broadcast and the moments you shouldn't miss. Plus, Gayle's Oscar acceptance speech.
42:01
February 25, 2019
We Watch RENT For The First Time
We watch the Fox Almost Live production of RENT, after years of avoiding it and WOW. So many awesome things, plus a discussion of how Mimi deserved a better story arc leading to a segue on plot tropes that really need to go.
36:21
February 10, 2019
mood: Carmilla And Poetry With A Bite
We talk with our first guest, Taylor Ramage, about her book of blackout poetry from the pages of Carmilla, the novella featuring the first female vampire in English literature. The three of us also talk mood: Carmilla and how the modern web series update captures it so well. You'll be en-thralled ;-)
40:44
February 3, 2019
The One Where Gen X aka Gen Cryptid Exists
Are we slacker, disaffected cynics? Listen and find out. Other questions answered: Do we have a favorite John Hughes movie? What cultural event do biggest Gen X news events lists leave out? Which movie character influenced Michelle's sense of style? What is Gayle's favorite movie franchise?
40:28
January 21, 2019
Mera's In The Movie Too or Aquaman and other adventures in failed movie advertising
Now that female superheroes are in the movies, put 'em in the advertising too. In this episode, we review the Aquaman movie, talk about why Mera should have been on the poster, and ramble through our favorite superhero movies.
34:39
January 7, 2019
Episode 2: Make Your Own Holidays
Our second episode, from mid November. Gayle and Michelle talk making your own holidays, family holidays and being gay, and why you should expect an Oscars podcast episode in 2019.
36:32
December 31, 2018
Terrace House Goes Bi
We couldn't stop watching Terrace House -- and then this addictive Japanese reality show added a guy who was figuring out if he's bi. Want to know why that's such a big deal? Give it a listen!
33:50
December 24, 2018
Episode 1: Bohemian Rhapsody
In our first podcast episode, Gayle and Michelle introduce themselves, talk Bohemian Rhapsody, performing for an audience, androgyny, Robert Mapplethorpe, and the music we liked in our teen years (spoiler: we have very little overlap). Enjoy!
27:33
December 19, 2018
Episode 3: The Trouble With Tumblr
On December 17th, Michelle participated in the Tumblr Log Off to protest the removing of adult content on Tumblr. So we talk about Tumblr, censorship, the LGBTQ community, comics, manga, fandoms, art, how stupid algorithm filters are, et alia.
35:14
December 17, 2018