There are 660,000 podcasts and 28 million podcast episodes. Here are 5 worth your time.
The latest season of KCRW’s Lost Notes has been a revelatory, introspective collection of stories taking a look back at the forgotten voices from 20th century music history. Recent episodes have looked at the legacy and volatile personal history of guitarist John Fahey, an appreciation of electronic music visionary Suzanne Ciani, and an incredibly personal and moving letter of thanks to Cat Power.
Demi Adejuyigbe is one of the funniest, most talented comedians working today. Listen to one episode of Punch Up The Jam, music/comedy podcast he hosts with Miel Bredouw, who is also extremely funny, and you’ll understand what I mean. Demi and Miel spend an episode dissecting a song picked by their guest, using it as a jumping off point for fun tangents and weird asides (it is a comedy podcast after all). Each episode is closed by a ridiculous “punched up” version of the track, an absurdist demonstration of Demi’s massive talents as a musician and comedian.
The guys who brought you Missing Richard Simmons and Surviving Y2K are back with another limited series podcast that dives deep into a weird corner of pop culture. This season takes a hard look at the creation, explosion in popularity, and legacy of Fox’s COPS, a pioneering piece of reality television that, upon any thought or reflection, doubled as a hugely exploitative piece of propaganda. Wild stuff!
Anyone who likes music seems to have an opinion about Weezer. They’re either misunderstood weirdos whose creative drop-off is wildly overstated or washed up embarrassments that haven’t released anything worth a damn in the 21st century. Matt Apodaca’s What’s With These Homies Talkin’ About Weezer invites members of both camps to dissect the band’s discography one album at a time, with a sort of brutal honesty/dedicated fandom that’s quite frankly pretty admirable!
Man it’s been 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission and it might still be the biggest, most impressive thing humanity’s ever accomplished. In honor of the moon landing’s massive anniversary, the BBC put together a comprehensive retrospective of the mission, featuring interviews with folks who were actually there. Hear from NASA programmers, engineers, and members of the mission itself about the planning and execution of this incredible achievement.
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