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  1. #26
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    2012: THE YEAR IN PODCASTS!

    Look at this shit. I'm resurrecting the thread and starting page 2 at the same time. TRULY THE STARS ARE ALIGNING!

    So 2012 was the year I discovered podcasts, or maybe it was late 2011, but whatever. WTF with Marc Maron was my gateway drug, and now I listen to 1 or 2 podcasts per day, usually while going for my evening stroll. Over the past year I've listened to a whole heaping bunch of Comedy Bang! Bang!, WTF, This American Life, Nerdist, Indoor Kids, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, as well as every single episode of How Did This Get Made.

    But my fave podcast of the last year, hands down, has been Professor Blastoff. It's a show where three friends (and Aaron) delve into matters of science, philisophy, engineering, theology, etc. I've listened to every episode and I can tell you, without a doubt, that I have learned almost nothing. But I've had a lot of laughs. And only a little bit of heartbreak. The heartbreak mostly came in the form of everything horrible that happened to host Tig Notaro over the summer(pneumonia, c. diff, mother dying, long-term relationship breakup, a double-dose of breast-cancer. you don't wanna hear about it. but if you do, check out the album Live.) The other Blastronauts deserve a mention as well. David is the one who has the most genuine insight and clever things to say about whatever the topic of a given episode is, and Kyle is just straight up one of the funniest guys in the podcasting world. That guy has a neverending series of mad riddles, highly accurate impersonations, and deeply embarrasing personal stories up his sleave. Anyway, if anyone wants to check it out, the Twins episode is a good place to start (though in this one it's David who does the sharing of embarrasing stories).

    WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM PODCASTING IN 2013?

    Scott Aukerman's brave new vision to combine podcasts with video in order to create a brand new form of entertainment!

  2. #27
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    PODCAST PODDATE (that's podcast lingo for update)

    What's everyone listening to these days?

    My fave bad-movie podcast How Did This Get Made has reduced the number of episodes they release from once every 2 weeks to once per month, since Paul and June care more about their dumb newborn baby than ME! >:| So I've had a look around for other movie podcasts and found a couple new faves. The Flophouse and James Bonding. The James Bonding guys go through and critique every Bond movie ever, starting from the first and last entries, and working their way towards the middle. For first time listeners I'd recommend one of the eps that Paul F Tompkins is on, those are a blast. The Flophouse is a more general bad movie podcast, and it is hilarious, even more so than HDTGM I dare say. Start with any episode other than one of the first 10. Elliott wasn't a part of the show back then, and that guy is essential to the mix that makes this show great.

  3. #28
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    The old ones are returning!

    Yeah, half the things I listen to have slowed their output of late.
    Moviemoan got kicked off blip, then got kicked off youtube and soundcloud in short order and gave up, making only a couple of casts a year now.

    Monstertalk is still going intermittently, but hit trouble when one of the regular co hosts accused the other sexual assault and harrassment, the other then counter sued back So it's down to mainly Blake now. But he was the main driving force.

    I recently discovered the Tetrapodcats, most of which goes completely over my head into Viv's territory, but is amusing to listen to.

    And Sawbones is all about the hilarious and disturbing history of medicine.

  4. #29
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    What! I love Monstertalk, and it's always sounded to me like he hosts have had good chemistry, so that is shocking and saddening news.

  5. #30
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    Sawbones is good. Thanks for the tip, Muz.

    What I've been listening to:

    Serial - I guess other American Life listeners here might've also started listening to this spin-off? Anyway, for those not in the know, this show is a murder investigation, 15 years after the murder took place. A muslim teen boy by the name Adnan got life in prison for murdering his highschool ex girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. But did he really do it? Sarah Koenig starts looking into the case, interviewing Adnan, and others involved, and trying to uncover the truth. It's a thrilling series because of how evenly balanced the evidence for and against Adnan seems to be stacked. One episode will reveal things that'll have you thinking the persecutor's whole case looks flawed, then the next episode something will come up that makes Adnan look very suspicious. And some episodes are just sorta spin-offs where they look into stuff that happened on the sidelines, leads that end up going nowhere but are nonetheless interesting.

    The Flophouse - I didn't praise this enough in my last post. I love this show. The hosts are simply on fire, every single episode. When it comes to bad movie podcasts, this one has dethroned HDTGM? as my fave.

    And in the "Wonderfully-titled shows about very specific and nerdy subjects" department:

    The X Files Files - Kumail Nanjiani(from the Indoor Kids podcast/stand up comedy/some TV shows) and guests watch every X Files episode, in order, and dissect them in detail. They're nearing the end of season 2 now.

    H. P. Podcraft - Same thing as the X Files Files, but about Lovecraft stories. I've only listened to the one about Shadow over Innsmouth yet, but it was good. The hosts are a bunch of well-read guys, and not just when it comes to Lovecraft. They bring up a lot of subtle details about the stories and connect details with other Lovecraft stories that I'd totally missed.

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    2 more podcasts I just realized I haven't recommended yet

    Polygon's Quality Control - Interviews with game reviewers, that digs into the process of reviewing a game. I really like the host as well, he's laidback and effortlessly funny, but it wasn't until just now that I realized he's the same guy from the Sawbones podcast, Justin McElroy!

    Hardcore History - I do not consider myself a history buff at all, yet I've ended up listening to every one of these 3-4 hour long episodes, a few of them twice even. Dan Carlin tells some great stories in this show, with a slant towards the darker side of our collective history. It's called "Harcore History" for a reason, and it's because the types of stories that come up here makes stuff from Game of Thrones look tame. This is about the dark, fucked up shit that can happen when nations, religions, and ideologies collide. Good starting point for new listeners might be one of the one-off episodes The Prophets of Doom (about the Anabaptists in Munster) or The American Peril(about when The New World showed itself as a force to be reckoned with for the first time, in the American-Spanish war).

  7. #32
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    Serial is great. I was a little worried, and probably they were too, about how well it'd do. The podcast world seemed to be going more newsy and shorter unless its about games. Long form, in depth stuff wasn't so optimistic.
    But it's the number one podcast on the planet so I guess it's going well.

  8. #33
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    It's the number one podcast on AV Club's Readers' year-end Best Podcasts of the Year list as well!

    1. Serial
    2. The Flop House
    3. 99% Invisible
    4. U Talkiní U2 To Me?
    5. We Hate Movies
    6. No Such Thing As A Fish
    7. Judge John Hodgman
    8. Comedy Bang! Bang!
    9. Andy Daly Podcast Project
    10. Filmspotting

    I have listened a lot to 1, 2, 4, 8, and 9 on this list this year, which makes me one of the cool kids! Aaaaahhhhhh, so this is what it feels like to be in the zeitgeist.

  9. #34
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    Feel like I've come full circle with podcasts somehow. I'm back to listening to what got me into them in the first place, Professor Blastoff and WTF with Marc Maron. Maron's interview with Nick Frost was great. I've always just thought of him as that second guy in all the Simon Pegg movies, but that guy's lived, man. He's got some stories to tell. Highly recommended!

  10. #35
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    the thread where I shout podcast recommendations into the void

    The Canon - filmcritics Devin Faraci and Amy Nicholson discuss/argue about whether movies like Goodfellas, Inception, Jerry Maguire are great enough to be included in The Canon Of The All Time Greatest Movies. Sometimes they have face-offs: should Star Wars or Empire be included in the canon? Alien or Aliens? Both of the hosts are great, even when I 100% disagree with their view they argue so passionately and with so much insight it's hard not to see their points. Wonderful show for filmbuffs. Check it out!

  11. #36
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    Hanging around the Serial reddit has been good for one thing at least. Loads of new podcasts.

    Life of The Law. A bit like This American Life with a legal slant.

    Backstory. Transect slices of US history on various topics. Myths, facts and legacies Really good stuff this one.


    You Must Remember This
    . The golden age of Hollywood in fact and fiction. I started on this one mainly because of the current series on Charles Manson. Very polished stuff.

    Thinking Sideways
    . Often epic retellings of every unsolved mystery and weird story you can think of, with summaries of the various theories. Pretty cool, although I've heard people say they don't like the hosts. But I think they're a cool bunch.

    On The Media
    a couple of venerable hacks go in depth on what's been going on in the press lately.

    Risky Business
    ; pretty hard core current affairs podcast for the world of computer and information security matters.

  12. #37
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    Listened to the first 2 Charles Manson episodes yesterday. Holy shit what a story.

    Here's another one you might like, Muz: Snap Judgement.

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    Turns out I did not remember the You Must Remember This podcast. Until last week, that is, when I went back and listened to the 10 remaining episodes of the Charles Manson story. It drags a bit in the later episodes which focus more on Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski tho. Facinating individuals though they are, as with any true crime story the killers are always more interesting than the victims, and it's especially hard to upstage rock star-wannabe/hippie-guru/saviour of the white race/second coming of Christ/serial killer Charles Manson and his followers at the sex ranch.

    Amazing story, and very well-told by Karina Longworth. The intro gives me shivers every time.

    A couple videogame podcasts I've been listening to lately:
    A Life Well Wasted - Interviews with the people who make and play games. Only 7 episodes were made, over 4 years, but they are very polished and high-quality.
    Idle Thumbs - I bounced off this one a few years back but recently decided to give it a second chance and ended up loving it. Great show, great hosts. Also worth pointing out is the Idle Thumbs Database where, through some sort of arkane Internet Magic, you can listen to only the parts of all the episodes that deal with a certain game or topic.

  14. #39
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    Look at that, AV Club picked their favourite podcast episodes of the year, and YMRT's Charles Manson ep. 9 took home the price in the Most Likely To Infect Your Nightmares category!

    Also, through the comments section I learn that the U Talkin U2 To Me podcast managed to get U2 to sit down for an interview! Hopefully the hosts didn't shy away from asking the tough questions, like "Hey Bono what's your fuckstyle?" and "Can I have a free t-shirt?". Need to listen to this tonight.

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    It's back!

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    Rezzing this thread mainly because I'm listening to the latest episode of The Canon where Jonah Ray just summed up the creative process of making a movie, or anything really, in the most beautiful way I've ever heard.

    The thing about any creative endeavour is that you think of an idea, and that's as perfect as it's ever gonna get. You start to write that idea, you've already started fucking it up. Then you shoot it, and now it's fucked up even more because now there's more people involved. And then you gotta edit it and now you gotta rely on some asshole who's gonna fuck it up even more. And then people are gonna watch it, and they're not gonna watch it in the right way, and they're now fucking it up even more for themselves, and you have no control.

    Fucking amen.

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    actually I dont agree with that, sometimes I have had an idea, and then made it real, like writing it or recording it or such, and it becomes a greater entity than you ever imagined.
    Its the not having control thing that bothers people. Sometimes you have to let go.

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    Ok, maybe saying it gets "fucked up" is a bit strong, but I definitely relate to the feeling that the thing changes with each step towards it's completion. It's "purity" diminishing little by little. I don't collaborate much so in my case it isn't other people who mess it up, but more what works and makes sense outside of my own head. Out of the 3 games I've released, none have ended up looking like what I imagined before I started them. Stilt Fella was gonna have fully 3D gameplay, but actually controlling a physics simulated character on stilts in 3 dimensions turned out to be nigh on impossible, so I had to constrain the gameplay to 2 dimensions, and it was still a hard game to control. Trajectory went through a lot of changes but I never quite captured the feeling I wanted when I first thought of it. And Paradise's planned procedurally generated landscape that changed every time you started a new game quickly got scrapped in favor of a pre-made gameworld when I realized I was gonna need way more than 2 weeks for something like that.
    Last edited by henke; 15th Jun 2016 at 14:07.

  20. #45
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    Quote Originally Posted by PigLick View Post
    ...sometimes I have had an idea, and then made it real, like writing it or recording it or such, and it becomes a greater entity than you ever imagined.
    That's... Very nice. Color me jealous. I've had a few pieces here and there work out better than I expected (sometimes I think about somehow making an entire game just around Glade Raid's fire system), but nothing on the scale of a full work.

    For me it's less of a "long continuous series of f' ups" and more of an "iterative struggle to make reality conform closer and closer to imagination".

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    melancholy listenable, this is my jam atm, totally imagine rainswept streets, barely lit by flickering lamposts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5ua6mi3gw8
    gotta wait for the last bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyrian View Post
    For me it's less of a "long continuous series of f' ups" and more of an "iterative struggle to make reality conform closer and closer to imagination".
    My idea on creative projects is a bell curve. There are so many factors, any one of which has a chance to derail things, to say nothing of the combination. Most projects fall on the slope, they're sliding but they're not complete disasters, somewhere between what's ideal and what's possible. A few of them end up in development hell on the outer edges of the curve when misfortunes seem to just stack on top of each other & conspire against it. And a precious few end up gloriously right at the top of the bell, where everything just fell into place and nothing was able to knock it out of place. But you can only control your own contribution.

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    POLITICAL PODCAST PILE-UP

    I'm not big on politics, but recent events have made it... hard to look away. So I've been listening to a lot of political podcasts lately, and I wanted to share my favourites.

    Serious:
    Common Sense - Easily my fave! This one is by Dan Carlin, more famous for his Hardcore History podcast. Hearing him talk about issues of the day is often just as captivating as his history podcast is.
    United States of Anxiety - Interviews with regular Americans, both Republicans and Democrats. This one only ran for 8 episodes last fall, leading up to the election, but it's great stuff. Very illuminating. I pretty much just move in leftie circles (like TTLG), so it's nice to hear when conservatives can speak their frank opinions on issues without having to feel defensive about their stances.
    Katie Couric - Interviews with a lot of politicians and insiders. Only listened to a few eps of this one, but I liked what I heard.
    Fake The Nation - hosted by comedian Negin Farsad and featuring mostly comedians as guests, this one almost belongs in the lower category. But while the tone is generally lighter than in the previously-listed podcasts, they do discuss serious issues in an earnest way, and occasionally even feature guests who are more conservative or centrist.

    Satirical:
    Hard Nation - The official pitch tells it better than I can: "From the right, it’s Mark Hard, and from the left it’s Pete Hard! Join the Hard Brothers (Mike Still and Paul Welsh) for a bare-knuckle political brawl that will leave you with an America-shaped bruise on your brain." The episode where Mike Mitchell plays Bill Clinton is a good one. Go ahead and start there.
    The Bugle - John Oliver used to be on this one, but then he had to give up on the podcasting dream and get a proper day-job. These days it's just Andy Zaltzman and a rotating panel of guests. The episodes with Wyatt Cenac are probably the best ones.

  24. #49
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    Been digging quite a bit at this New Retro Wave thing. Particularly Trevor Something. Got a cool Depeche Mode vibe going on there.


  25. #50
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    Ducky, we have a separate thread for music. This one is for podcasts.

    I don't blame you. I blame Muzman for his vague thread-titling.

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