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Nerdist Podcast: Moby
Episode 457: Nerdist Podcast
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Nerdist Podcast: Moby

Moby sits down with Chris and Jonah to talk about becoming sober (losing the “sorry, I was super drunk” excuse), sampling, raves, inter-genre overlap in the music industry, L.A. architecture, partying, and a deep conversation about compartmentalizing and human cognition!

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  1. fannypack says:

    I loved this episode so much I listened to it twice, please have Moby on again!

  2. Aaron says:

    Moby’s song “Flower” has been a constant on my every-changing workout mix for a decade now. It’s crazy how much I love that song!

  3. stan says:

    Vegan farts are the worst thing ever. Even worse than egg farts, broccoli farts or brussel sprout farts. Moby was surprisingly delightful, articulate and thoughtful. If he did his own regular podcast, I’d listen to it. Especially if it was focused only on talking about farts.

  4. Eric says:

    For someone who travels, it’s really strange to hear Jonah regularly praise… Los Angeles… LA is a dump! So is NYC! Everything good in either place can be found anywhere by now, but with considerably more intelligent people & natural beauty, and without the same formulaic art and monotonous weather & barbaric aggressive tribal idiots discussed at length in this thread. The countries two biggest cities are just that, sprawl-ridden filthy overpopulated hellholes. Finding themselves repositioned at the bottom of the sea would be the best thing for them, and the rest of the country.

    It’s why everyone who comes there does so for the $, and those of us from there have mostly left for the considerably nicer states for a better quality of life.

  5. Eric Cattani says:

    Love the sponsor. Eric Jonrosh is my favorite author. Been reading him since I was seven…

  6. Soon says:

    Those fake guitar videos sounds like the ones mentioned here:

    Needs more show notes to be certain.

  7. ericmci2 says:

    Jonah seems to have this defensive reaction about L.A. in which he often exclaims- “Yeah but it’s the same in New York”
    It’s not.
    Sure they are both cities and that’s where the comparison ends.
    In Ny we Do Not talk about the 101 or the intricate subway route we took to work.
    We just do it.
    And if we do drive it Is Not 2 hours at almost any of the worst times.
    It’s a much smaller are- Manhattan is small.
    And most people are on the subway as opposed to Everyone driving in LA.
    They just aren’t comparable cities in function.
    They aren’t.

  8. beatfarmer says:

    (((((((((((( ))))))))))))

  9. Michael says:

    Forbidden Planet, just moved a half block further down broadway last summer. It’s not closed, in fact it’s bigger.

  10. michelle says:

    Chris, you beat yourself up so much about that Harrison Ford interview honey, stop. It was fine. If there was any aspect that was uncomfortable, it was all internal for you and I didnt feel it
    read in the interview at all. Which is a testament to how well you conducted the interview. I enjoyed hearing the Harrison Ford interview. It was him, pure and unfiltered. Would any of us want it any other way?

  11. chris hardwick says:

    @Rich: not interested in your misinformation. you are boring and typical for the internet. Moby is not a scientologist. He’s christian. got a big crucifix tattoo on his neck and everything. one 2 sec google search would have told you that. by all means, though, keep making decisions and judging people based on hearsay and zero research. it goes GREAT with the holiday season. But the bigger message here is NEVER listen to anyone who doesn’t think exactly like you do. Tool.

    Is it obvious that people who adopt arrogance based on falsehoods because of their own lazy judgemental bullshittery get under my skin? Ok good. I was afraid I hadn’t made that clear enough.

  12. Pete says:

    Ach. Just because all of our perspective is “distorted” doesn’t mean we have “no understanding of what the universe might be”. That’s a logical fallacy of absolutes taken to extremes that phi students & religious quacks walk into a lot. Just because you don’t know everything in the universe at this very instant, doesn’t mean you know absolutely nothing at all or ever will and reality is whatever you imagine it to be.

    As well, in more and more areas of studying the universe, quantum & astrophysics for instance, the universe has afforded us the ability to calculate our distortions and compensate for them, giving us an increasingly accurate and testable/verifiable understanding of the parts of the universe we can observe and many parts we can’t.

  13. Alex says:

    After hearing this, it makes sense that Moby got punched in the face outside a club in Boston. Anyone that X’s up claiming they’re straight edge, goes to a Minor Threat show, then gets drunk after, has it coming for sure.

  14. Aaron Smith says:

    Best episode yet.

    “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt

  15. Nil says:

    He is? Had to google it but can´t find any source at all, where/when did he say he was? Last year in his blog he didn´t know much about the “church” at all:

  16. Rich says:

    Scientologist. Not interested in listening.

  17. Johnny says:

    One of these clowns?… :/

    This guy needs a hobby. The sick things he’s studying into will get him nowhere just like all the other clowns before him.

  18. Jonathan De Vita says:

    Is this podcast transcribed anywhere?

  19. Vincent S says:

    Oh, Hey it’s Jim Rash! 😛

  20. JetpackBlues says:

    Heady, fun conversation! This episode seems like a primer for someone who doesn’t know Moby and also, hopefully, opens the door for him to come back.

    Moby’s impression of his manager made him sound like Dr. Henry Killinger. And I bet he could pull off a great Dr. T. S. Venture….

  21. Chris says:

    I remember this one concert in Chicago when Moby was supposed to play with a bunch of other bands. When the host of the show came on stage and said that Moby wasn’t going to show up everyone cheered, and even moreso when he said Local H was going to play instead.

  22. What Happened To The Quemments says:

    I love Jim Rash!

  23. Stephen says:

    Fantastic episode. Although I’ll never look at Snuffaluffagus the same way again