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My Favourite Podcasts 2012

December 12, 2012

Podcast Headphones

I love podcasts.  I spend most of my free time listening to them, and now the rest of that time is spent making podcasts…yup!

I’m going to start with a caveat: I am not including This American Life, RadioLab, Planet Money or On The Media in this list…because they collectively would hold the #1 spot, and many people regularly include them in their own lists…so recognize that I like these shows. Freakonomics and The Moth also sit at a close tie for 1.5…again…you know these…so…

In no specific order:

No-Budget Nightmares

On Podomatic and iTunes.  Consistently the show I most look forward to.  I LOVE low-budget flicks, and so do these guys.  Even if the movie is awful, the episode ABOUT the movie is amazing (Hip-Hop Locos and Barely Legal Lesbian Vampires is still among my favourites).  Moe and Doug have a great rapport, reminding me a bit of the chemistry between Hometown Tales’ Gene and Bryan.

Here’s The Thing

On iTunes and WNYC.  Alec Baldwin…talking to interesting people.  How could you NOT love them.  The Fred Armisen, Billy Joel and David Letterman episodes are especially amazing.

Lexicon Valley

On iTunes and Slate.  Bob Garfield from On The Media joins Mike Vuolo of Slate to discuss words, grammar and the english language.  Bob gets to let his hair down MUCH lower than he can on OTM, and Mike is a perfect foil for Bob’s oft-times cynical repartee.  You are entertained, and learn.  What I like most is that there is often an attempt to bring the subject matter some history, which many of us forget language has!

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old

On Smodcast and iTunes.  OK…I admit it…I’m a Kevin Smith fan.  I was obsessed with Clerks when it first came out.  I have a Clerks hockey jersey from the original video release promo (the local video store knew I was obsessed).  This is an intervention podcast, where Kevin helps keep Jason Mewes on the straight and narrow…by telling dirty sex stories, cautionary tales, and going on hilariously filthy tangents.  NOT for the weak of heart, or spirit.  Definitely for the Gen-X and Why’ers who grew up loving the foul mouthed Jay and silently-wise Silent Bob.

99% Invisible

Web and iTunes.  Genius.  Seriously.  This show has the capacity to change not just podcasts but radio as we know it.  Roman Mars talks design and architecture.  If I describe episode by episode you will probably think I’m crazy (the rules of flag design, giving names to all the areas in an urban space that have none, a big purple building) but I’ve never been so hypnotized by a show before.  RadioLab meets University Lecture after taking gentle hallucinogens.

Honorary Mention: Hometown Tales

Website and iTunes.  I love this podcast, but they’ve updated two or three times in the last year.  I’m SO glad I chose to write in when I did…one of the last ‘proper’ episodes they did (#350, possibly that last ‘proper’ episode actually) they read my hometown tales and I had a mention on the show.  I listened to this show backwards, from newest to oldest, which was an amazing experience I should write about in another blog.  If there were two guys I would want to have a beer with and talk about ‘everything’ it would be Gene and Bryan.  I’m not sure if the show is dead or just ‘temporarily inactive’ so I include it here…a show I would listen to as often as they post…so hopefully they post again!

I guess here I’ll drop in a quick note about the podcasts I do myself!  I in NO way compare mine with these, but the shows above are partly the reason I got into podcasting (and in the case of No-Budget Nightmares, the door I used to get in!)

FUZZY NOTES: My most popular show, about the music made by furries.  If you don’t know what furries are, they’re the lovable oft-misunderstood fandom of people who associate themselves with animals.  Some like to dress in costumes (most people do not, despite what the media likes to say!) and some draw art…and some do music!  I felt that there was a need for a hub for furry music, so I made one!  Over 500 downloads a week and growing, it seems to be working!

SOMETHING WEIRD THIS WAY COMES: It’s irregularly updated at this point, but I’d like to change that in the new year.  Originally a podcast about low-budget films…now about the music of low-budget films.  Here’s a link to the inaugural episode of the ‘music’ format where I play songs from the various films Moe and I had discussed in the first eight episodes of the original ‘series.’

DALE SPEAKING PODCAST: My work podcast, a show about music, musicians and the music industry from what we hope is a unique perspective!  We talk about the music industry and artists in Canada and try to identify tips, tricks and trends!

What do you think?  Any opinions on these shows?  Hate my shows and blog?  Talk to me!  Either here or in Twitter @Potoroo.

Fuzzy Notes Podcast – Music By Furries!

November 26, 2012

It’s done!  It’s finally done!  After a series of weeks with second-guessing, procrastination, starts and stops and restarts, it’s finished!

I had been wanting to record a podcast featuring music by furries for awhile, mainly since there’s a void when it comes to furry music.  Well, not a total void.  There are groups here, a site or two there, individual indie labels and artist sites.  But overall there is no well-known central hub where artists are featured, discussed, interviewed, and showcased.  So, I wanted to change that!

I guess it was a good idea, since there have been almost 300 listens in about 72 hours since the podcast was uploaded!

Featured in this particular episode are Matthew Ebel, TheBlackParrot, The Dead Pixel, Look Left, Colson and Kwipper and a lot of rambling from me…sorry, first episode!  Here are links with more info and the episode!

Podomatic: http://fuzzynotes.podomatic.com

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/fuzzy-notes!/id581600769

Let me know what you think, and if you like it, please rate and leave a comment wherever you listen 😀

Something Weird Podcast – It’s About The Music, Baby!

November 2, 2012

Hey all!

I have linked the ‘Something Weird This Way Comes’ podcast here in the past, a show co-hosted by me and Moe Porne that discussed low and no-budget, b-flicks, genre and camp and exploitation films.  The thing is…Moe does the same thing in an amazing show called No-Budget Nightmares, alongside the effervescent Canuck Doug Tilley (…sorry…TILLEY now…just Tilley).

If I’ve learned something in my line of work…working two of the same thing just means you’re in competition with yourself.

…maybe not so much with podcasts…needless to say, we figured the show could use a reboot and format change.

So here it is!  Something Weird is now about the music now, baby!  The music of the movies I love…the weird flicks, the ones so bad that they’re good.

Check it out on Podomatic (and soon on iTunes…hell, just head there an subscribe anyways!!)  I would embed a player here…but apparently WordPress doesn’t like it when you try and do that!

I’d love to hear what you think!  Either comment here, or get in touch on Twitter @Potoroo!

“Something Weird This Way Comes” Episode 2 – ‘The Beast That Killed Women’

January 17, 2012

Hospital Smoking: A Lost Art

As some of you may know, I run a summer camp for geeks.  This summer camp has a stereotype attached to it that people get naked, run around, and wear funny costumes.  Ironically, the most recent movie we have reviewed for ‘Something Weird This Way Comes’ is about people who go to camp…get naked…and are terrorized by (you guessed it) a guy in a stupid costume.

Now…I defend myself by saying that we don’t get naked (unless showering) and the costumes are not stupid:

He's climbing an f'ing tower, how is that stupid????

The film, ‘The Beast That Killed Women,’ is about a nudist camp, has a guy in a gorilla suit, and a fair amount of naked ladies chatting about what’s going on around them in echoey rooms.  I say fair amount because they, apparently, dress up for parties (at the nudist camp), sleeping (at the nudist camp) and anything other than wandering the woods aimlessly, having picnics, or jumping into pools.

The men…they mostly wear shorts.

To hear the podcast about this fantastic film, click here!

We also have a Facebook Page devoted to the podcast, that you can check out if you enjoy it!  Like us if you like it!

Anywhoo, thought I’d update you on my comings and goings!  More music info to come soon!

Something Weird This Way Comes – Episode One

January 4, 2012

Heya folks!  I apologize for being gone for the holidays…I’ve been LAZY!  Well, a bit lazy.  I did a podcast!

If you’re a fan of B-Movies, Camp and Exploitation Flicks then you may be interested in catching this podcast, ‘Something Weird This Way Comes,’ featuring me and an awesome dude named Moe (check out his ‘Drunk on VHS‘ show, available on iTunes!)  Our first episode is about the 1957 giant grasshopper classic ‘The Beginning of the End‘!  Please give it a listen, and if you like it share it around!!

Once I learn how to embed a player I will, until then, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR PODOMATIC PAGE!

Now, coming soon will be my 2011 Year in Review series, and new info as it comes my way!  I’m still around, just sleeping…a lot…yah!

Tell me what you think please!  I’d love to hear what you think! 😀