Unsolicited podcast recommendations

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I’ve been writing about podcasts on this blog since 2010! But I don’t think I ever shared what podcasts I actually listen to. So here’s my unsolicited list of podcasts I currently listen to. None of the podcasts are obscure, but I think it’s an eclectic mix.

I’m breaking down the list into regular listens (I pretty much listen to every single episode) and occasional plays. All links go to their respective Overcast page.

Regular listens

  • Reply All
    • Great show “about the internet,” but always with a compelling human-interest angle. They’ve done a lot of shows related to phone scams lately.
  • All Song Considered
    • I find a new band to love in every episode.
  • Heavyweight
    • This is the new show from Jonathan Goldstein, who used to host Wiretap. This show is amazing. The last episode reunited a biker who got hit by a car, and the driver of the car.
  • Intelligence Squared US
    • Debate show in the Oxford style. Good for flexing those arguing muscles.
  • Left, Right & Center
    • Weekly political discussion/debate. Don’t think I’ve missed an episode of this podcast in 10+ years.
  • On the Media
    • The name says it all, doesn’t it?
  • Startup
    • Show about people trying to start something new.

Occasional plays

Music podcasts

These podcasts post one song/weekday. Great way to find new artists to follow. They’re also great for road trips. Just make a new playlist with a few songs, podcast, few more songs, etc.

What did I miss?

Saintsenca {new music}

SaintsenecaLove this new album from Columbus, OH band Saintseneca.

The bass on this track reminds me of David Bazan/Pedro the lion—deep, loud, and melodic. Other tracks on the album feature guitar riffs that echo the New Pornographers. All good things, for the record.

Saintseneca — “The Awefull Truth”


Photo courtesy Treefort Music Fest {flickr}.

Oh man, the future.

This song is so funny.

Social networking replaced by social interaction, virtual reality becomes sub reality, people make money off of being good in their life in a virtual game.
(Oh man, the future!)
Humans have evolved into humans with way less hair, more brain power, and weaker bodies
We become what we thought to be aliens and we realize that we are the aliens
(Oh the future!)

De Lux – “Oh Man the Future”

I might actually give Pink Floyd a chance after listening to this.

SOAK was just THIRTEEN years old when she wrote one of the songs on her new album, Before We Forgot How to Dream {itunes}. She’s nineteen now. And man this album is good. Oh, and her name is Bridie Monds-Watson. And she’s from Ireland.

Pink Floyd was one of her big inspirations, in addition to Bon Iver; two things I learned during her stint as a guest DJ on All Songs Considered earlier this week. It’s a really good conversation, with lots of good songs interspersed in between. She discusses her influences and favorite songs growing up, which wasn’t that long ago.

All Songs has guest DJs regularly, but this one really resonated with me. Most of the time I just skip around and listen to the songs the guest artist picks. But I really wanted to listen to this one all the way through. Maybe it’s because her voice is so enchanting. But I also think it’s because she’s so young and that her influences aren’t far behind her. Here’s one of my favorite songs from the album. But there are so many good ones. Definitely check it out.

SOAK — “Reckless Behavior”

New music {Son Lux}

Son Lux

Love this new album {spotify}. From a review by NPR’s Mike Katzif:

For years, Ryan Lott, the innovative beat-making composer and sonic mastermind of Son Lux, has sat at the intersection of pop and classical, creating imaginative and complex music for every medium. The classically trained musician has scored for modern dance, TV ads and film — including last year’s The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby and the upcoming Paper Towns. Lott is also no stranger to collaboration: He’s worked with a wide array of artists, from Beyoncé producer Boots to composers like Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw and Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry. As part of the supergroup Sisyphus, he’s even created electronic hip-hop alongside Sufjan Stevens and rapper Serengeti.

Son Lux — “Flights” {mp3}

 

Image courtesy Olivier Bourgi; used under Creative Commons.