The Tumbledown

The Tumbledown is sinkhole's pop/culture podcast, hosted by Brendon Barnes. Every episode, Brendon chats with sinkhole editors, contributors, and other interesting people about what they're hyped about, down on, interested in, or just otherwise thinking about.

The Tumbledown #4 - Guided by Taste

October 18th, 2017

Brendon Barnes talks to musician/copywriter/writer-writer Dante Lima this week about the magic of Tom Petty, who died earlier this month. Dante's work has appeared in Vice and elsewhere. Our in-and-out music this week comes from the self-titled debut album of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It's a song called "The Wild One, Forever."

The Tumbledown #3 - White Jake, Black Jake

September 30th, 2017

This week Brendon previews some hot, hot interview content coming soon to the Culture section of before speaking with Professor Elizabeth J. West about her article, "How World War I sparked the artistic movement that transformed black America." This article originally appeared on The Conversation and was republished on sinkhole in September. Professor West also drops a music recommendation: Sona Jobarteh, a multi-instrumentalist and singer from England by way of The Gambia. Jobarteh is a renowned kora player. Her song, "Gambia," is the featured in-and-out music this week.

The Tumbledown #2 - Mr. Backlash

Paul Joseph's article can be found here. Psy's 8th album can be found here.

September 23rd, 2017

Brendon talks to sinkhole Managing Editor Madison Bernath about Roseanne, her latest pop culture deep dive. Then, sinkhole Editor/Founder Eric Fershtman calls in to discuss the new PBS documentary, The Vietnam War, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The in-and-out music this week comes from Psy's 8th album, 4x2=8, and Nina Simone's "Backlash Blues."

The Tumbledown #1 - PRETTYMUCH makes consent (extra) fun

Willie Hutch's album The Mack can be found here.

September 16th, 2017

In our first episode, Culture Editor Brendon Barnes chats with Rachel Kolman, sinkhole's Contributing Editor about Simon Cowell's new pop project, a 5-piece dance group called PRETTYMUCH. They just dropped a new video and it will 1997 all over your face if you let it. Our in-and-out music this week is from Willie Hutch, an underrated Motown genius who died in 2005. These cuts are from The Mack from 1973.