Music Podcast Review : The Unsigned EDM Podcast

The Unsigned EDM Music Podcast Logo

Full disclosure – the Unsigned EDM Podcast is my new show!!

If you’re unfamiliar with what EDM is, it’s basically an umbrella term for all electronic music, covering drum and bass, house, techno etc.  Generally dance music podcasts tend to only feature one aspect of EDM (for example the excellent Dirtybeats podcast), but the Unsigned EDM Podcast aims to cover all of these genres in each episode, which is an hour on the 1st of each month.

So that’s the EDM bit explained, what about the ‘unsigned’ part?!  I have previously highlighted Indiestry and Straight To Your Head which present unsigned or up and coming indie bands, and I felt that there should be something similar for electronic artists.  I have solicited submissions and the tracks made by ‘bedroom’ producers that I have received easily rival the big names in the EDM world.

Here is a short sampler…

So if you’re a fan of electronic music of any kind, you will find something in this show for you – and even if you think you don’t like this type of music, give it a go, you might be pleasantly surprised!!

Find it at the website, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Stitcher or subscribe via LibSyn!


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Music Podcast Review : Straight To Your Head

Straight To Your Head music podcast

The Straight To Your Head music podcast features guitar music in all it’s forms from unknown bands.  The song selection is excellent – host Peter Storry states that he has a high quality barrier before something gets played on the podcast and it definitely shows.  There are very rarely any duff tracks played on this podcast, the tracks are always of an extremely high quality, it’s great stuff!  I mentioned in the Indiestry review that there weren’t many guitar based shows out there, so it’s fantastic to have discovered another one, and even better for it to be of such a high standard!

If you look at the music podcast reviews on this site, there’s a bias towards electronic music but I’ve always listened to all types of music in my life.  I used to read the NME and Melody Maker cover to cover each week and knew who was hot or not but over the years other aspects of life have taken over(!) and that connection to the indie-rock scene has faded away for me, and as most of the bands that I see on MTV and in the charts seem fairly uninteresting, a service like this is essential – picking out the best acts from the noise of all the thousands of unsigned bands out there!  It’s similar to what I am doing with this website trying to highlight independent podcasts, and it’s actually also been part of the inspiration for a new project of mine doing the same to create a podcast for unsigned EDM artists!

The show has a very high production standard and Peter is an excellent host –  the music is the forefront of the content, professionally linked by Peter throughout, with band contact information and bios.  It can be difficult to describe what makes a presenter engaging, as it can be an undefinable X factor (sorry for bringing thoughts of Simon Cowell into a review of a ‘real’ music show!), but Peter definitely has it, whatever it is!

Find at the website, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter


You can hear a podcast related to this review below and you can also subscribe via the Podcast page.  Huge thank you to The Feud for allowing me to use one of their fantastic tracks in this week’s show!


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Film Podcast Review : A History Of Misunderstanding

History Of Misunderstanding Movie Podcast

A History Of Misunderstanding bills itself as ‘a semi-comedic podcast about films’, which is not quite right for two reasons :-

  1. it’s much funnier than ‘semi’-comedic – the sometimes blunt comments are laugh out loud (but not for the easily offended)!, and
  2. more of this reason in a moment…

Hosts Smokey and Steven have an excellent taste in films, they talk about all sorts of genres including foreign language films and movies from all eras.  The discussion on the films is very natural and amusing as well as providing plenty of thoughtful insights.  There are also bonus episodes in the feed including Smokey’s solo show reviewing a film in 5 minutes, as well as Mrs. Smokey’s Film School.  This latter series features Smokey and Mrs. Smokey introducing each other to films the other one has never seen.  It’s interesting listening to them try not to disparage each other’s beloved movies!  Introducing a partner to a favourite film is something we’ve all experienced – believe it it not but I found out recently that despite reaching her mid thirties Mrs. GoodPodcasts had never seen Back To The Future!

So back to point 2) from above, I’ve often mentioned about how certain podcasts are examples of how podcasts should be made, but this show is a great example of how podcastING should be conducted – while this is primarily a movie show, it is also a podcast recommendation show as the guys devote a decent chunk of each episode to talking about shows they have enjoyed and their communications with other podcasters.  It is fantastic that the recommendations include other film podcasts – any thought of competition is completely disregarded, it is all very much about creating a spirit of community, of support, of us all being in this together!

Let’s face it most of us are never going to earn any money from podcasting, we’re doing it for a love of whatever subject we’ve chosen – the reward (more so than listening statistics) is hearing from people who listen to our ramblings, so for Smokey and Steven to take the time on their own show to talk about others, as well as promoting them on their Twitter account, is fantastic.

So as well as a great taste in movies and providing entertaining chat, these fully-comedic guys should be held up as an example to the podcaster community!

Find them at the website, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter


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Film Podcast Review : The Q Filmcast Podcast

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Comedy Podcast Review : 4AM CAB

4AM CAB Comedy Podcast

This is one of the shows that highlight what podcasting is all about – rather than wait to get a comedy sitcom/sketch show commissioned by ‘official’ radio (particularly one such as this with sometime dark undertones which could prove problematic!) the makers have taken matters into their own hands and gone ahead and produced it themselves.

It is a kind of difficult show to describe – to say that it is a comedy sketch show somehow doesn’t feel enough.  You wouldn’t know that this wasn’t a commercially available programme – there are multiple actors, extremely high production values, and an excellent standard of writing.  It has elements of sitcom as well as sketch comedy, and underpinning the whole thing is a consistent quality of audio production – music mixed with sound effects, vocal treatments etc.  There is an (almost) anything goes approach to the tone of the show, it can veer into some dark territory sometimes but skilfully never oversteps the mark.  The material is not just written by the production team, but is also sourced from general submissions on the website – this must provide a wealth of material, and the subsequent filtering means that each show is a finely honed 20 or so minutes of comedy.

It is currently on series 3, and as the main driving force Lee Wilson claims to have been made a nervous wreck due to the pressures of producing this show, a) you owe it to him to listen to it if you haven’t yet, and b) he needn’t be a nervous wreck as the show is very funny, I wish there were more like it!

Find it at the website, iTunes, Facebook and Twitter


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Film Podcast Review : How Is This Movie

How Is This Movie film podcast

I love How Is This Movie – while there are great film podcasts out there (see the film category for some examples!) that focus on current or retro film reviews together with top 3s etc., it is very very refreshing to find a show that talks around the subject of film, looking at topics such as streaming services & the demise of the video store to analysis of film certification and discussion of films & politics with the infamous Hollywood blacklist.

As well as general film subjects, they do also discuss specific films, for example they looked at the Star Wars saga and a recent episode examined Back To The Future, but they always come at it from a slightly different angle to other shows – you can tell that a huge amount of research has been undertaken, and a conscious effort has been made to approach the subject in a new way.

It is clear that the main host, Dana Buckler, doesn’t mind the work involved in researching the show – his love for movies is writ large throughout the shows and his general presentation style makes each episode fly by, you’re in safe hands here!  On some shows Dana is joined by co-host Jonathan Geneva, and on these episodes they take it in turns to tell aspects of the subject of that show.  The interplay between them is excellent and while they don’t play on it too much there is also a slight age gap that gives added depth to the conversation – for example the episode on Batman illustrates the perspective of Dana, who was in line to watch Michael Keaton don the cowl in ’89 (as was I!) compared to Jonathan who found it slightly later and therefore watched it without being surrounded by all of the Bat-hype of the time!

So this show isn’t necessarily the place to come for reviews of the movies currently packing out the multiplexes, this is for film fans wanting to expand their awareness of general movie issues, film history and to discover new information about much loved classics.  Highly recommended.

Find it on the web, Twitter, Facebook and iTunes


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Comedy Podcast Review : Succotash

Succotash comedy podcast

Who doesn’t love a laugh?!?!  If you’re a comedy podcasts fan then you should listen to the Succotash Comedy Podcast Podcast with Marc Hershon.  Marc is an enthusiastic supporter of comedy podcasts, and together with associate producer Tyson Saner they fill each episode with clips from a broad spectrum of shows, uncovering some real gems along the way.  The podcasts that are highlighted cover a broad range of comedy programmes, from shows that are more obviously comedy featuring sketches and comedy improvisation (such as GoodPodcasts favourites Inverse Delirium, John Dredge, ManBuyCow and 4am Cab) to the shows that are more free-wheeling, featuring amusing general discussions between hosts, for example What A Pair Of Trousers, Adam & JP and Screams & Moans.

Each episode also features its own sections including the regular ‘Bursts Of Durst’ where comedian Will Durst offers commentary on a range of subjects, and a look at the Top 10 Most Active Shows in the Stitcher comedy podcast list – note that podcasts may move down as well as up!!  Succotash also regularly features interviews with comedy podcast producers such as Monica Hamburg from the Dazed & Convicted podcast.

If you have a comedy podcast and haven’t yet been featured, don’t sit there grumbling as you’ve only yourself to blame – even though they trawl the comedy podcast lists themselves to source clips, there’s only so much time in the day, so they are very active on social media inviting podcasters to submit their own clips to potentially be featured on the show.

It feels a bit odd that this is a podcast recommendation for a podcast recommendation show, but Marc is an excellent host, the clips are varied and as I tend not to feature the non-scripted kind of shows on this site, I’ve no hesitation in recommending that you subscribe to Succotash to hear a huge range of comedy podcasts!

Find it on the web, iTunes, Twitter and Facebook


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Hip-Hop Music Podcast Review : Air Adam

Air Adam Hip Hop Music Podcast

I love a wide variety of music, and that isn’t something that is necessarily represented on this site – most of the music shows I’ve tipped are electronic dance music of one form or another, but I also like all forms of guitar music (for example the music played on the excellent Indiestry podcast) amongst classical music, the blues, and all sorts of other songs of all genres going back many years.  The post I wrote on music podcasts goes some way to highlighting that variety, but there was one glaring omission that has always bugged me – hip hop!

Over the years that I’ve been listening to podcasts I’ve often tried to find a good hip-hop/rap one but have always been found left wanting, and I’m not sure why – I may be wrong but I always thought that the legend of hip-hop was born and bred via home production of mix tapes, street-corner improvisation and underground rap battles.  Surely the ‘free-for-all’ attitude of podcasts means that it is the ideal place for aspiring DJs, producers and MCs to ply their trade?!

So it was a relief to finally find the Air Adam podcast – a music podcast focusing on rap & hip-hop, along with a bit of soul & funk.  Manchester (UK) based Adam is firmly entrenched in the hip-hop scene, producing his own tracks and DJing at events as well as being an accomplished photographer, documenting the Manchester hip-hop scene as well as other photography styles.  Air Adam should have a word with the Northern Soul people to show them about the northern hip hop scene – thankfully it’s not just all boys with guitars!

While it was a relief to find a hip-hop show, it was even more of a relief that it is an excellent one – there is a diverse selection of tracks within the genre from better known tracks to more obscure songs, mixed well and presented with a nice laid-back vibe.  Some of the best show notes I’ve ever seen too!

Find it on the main website, LibSyn and Twitter


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Podcast Head To Head : James Bond Podcasts

PodClash – Battle Of The Bonds!

This post has gone through a few iterations!  Initially it was going to just be a review of James Bonding, however I then became aware of two other James Bond podcasts – James Bond Radio and The Q Branch – so the idea became to have a ‘Bond-off’ between the three.  However Q Branch seems to have gone quiet so instead, much as people debate who is the best Bond, we are going to have a head-to-head to decide the best Bond podcast!

James Bonding podcastJames Bonding is a podcast on the Nerdist network hosted by Matt Gourley and Matt Mira.  Each episode they, along with a fellow comedian guest, review an entry in the James Bond film series.  Cleverly they are flipping between eras, starting with the first film (“Dr. No”) then the last (“Skyfall”) then back to “Thunderball” then forwards again to “Quantum Of Solace” and so on.  This rather handily avoids the problem of having multiple podcast episodes in a row getting through the sometimes embarrassing Roger Moore period towards the wrinkly end as well as the appalling Pierce Brosnan films that could have very easily killed the series!

James Bond Radio PodcastKeeping the British end up is James Bond Radio hosted by Tom Seers and Chris Wright.  Where James Bonding bases each episode almost exclusively on discussions of the films, James Bond Radio has much more of a variety, with different episodes featuring discussion of current Bond news, interviews, episodes devoted to gadgets etc., as well as similarly in depth film reviews.

Both shows absolutely LOVE James Bond but that is not to say that that love is blind, they are equally aware that some of the films have their crap moments, and that the politics of the series are sometimes somewhat questionable!  They both also know the films inside out as well as being able to provide extensive cast & crew details, ‘making of’ trivia, along with potential alternate theme music, anecdotes and personal reminiscences.

As I mentioned at the beginning, the idea was to find the best Bond podcast in the same way that people debate the best Bond actor.  Of course though, the debate on the best Bond actor is continually ongoing as different people like different Bonds – and without sitting on the fence too much, these podcasts are both good in different ways!  However I can’t just sit on the fence though so if you put a Walther PPK to my head, my favourite is James Bond Radio.

As well as the variety in content that I mentioned earlier, the discussion in James Bond Radio is also natural and amusing without trying too hard, whereas James Bonding, featuring as it does professional comedians with a improvisation background, can sometimes disappear down rabbit holes with the result being that the shows can be overlong – there can be too much of a good thing!  Also, when James Bonding play film/music clips and then talk over them the audio can become quite jumbled.

Pick an episode of each show to start with and see whose approach you prefer – but be warned that your spare time will evaporate as the enthusiasm and love that all of these guys have for the series will compel you to either buy or get the box-set off the shelf and watch/listen along!

Check out James Bond Radio on the Web, Twitter, Facebook and iTunes

Check out James Bonding on the Web, iTunes and Twitter.


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Podcast Review : A Better Life

A Better Life Podcast

The host of the ‘A Better Life’ podcast, Michael Ross, is the living embodiment of the principals that he espouses in this newcomer to the self-help podcast scene.  He has turned his life around from going off the rails as a younger man and it is this life experience that he draws on in these shows – his personal anecdotes help to lend credence to the self improvement tips that are being suggested.  Michael is an enthusiastic host, with an energy that fizzes through the airwaves – one of his mantras each episode is about taking action on the suggestions being made rather than just passively listening, and with a motivational host such as this one, you’ll have to be pretty lazy not to want to take up that advice!!

As well as Michael’s personal tales, the 20-30 minute shows also offer up other quotes and stories along with some scientific principals (don’t worry, they’re not too complicated!) that add colour and round out the points being made.  Finally there are some clear, practical tips and advice that, as mentioned, really should be listened to and actioned upon!

Check it out on the Web (have patience, the site is a bit slow to load), Facebook, Twitter and iTunes


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Problems with Apple’s Podcasts App?  Here’s the alternative!

Apple Podcasts App

So there’s been another iTunes and accompanying Podcasts app update, and as usual it’s swiftly followed by a slew of complaints from users that it’s crashing, messed up their podcasts, and it’s coupled with another batch of embarrassing reviews in the App Store.

Apple are renowned for making products that ‘just work’.  Well the abysmal Podcasts app disproves that theory quite comprehensively.  I had endless issues with the Apple app, from it racing through my cellular data usage even though all such settings were off, to causing a sync with iTunes to freeze every time it reached the podcasts part.  For some mysterious reason, this piece of software does not seem to be subject to the usual Apple quality controls!

 

Downcast App

Downcast on the other hand does ‘just work’.  You can easily search for new shows either by browsing charts (with the added option of looking at charts from ALL countries, not just your native setting), searching manually or by adding in a specific RSS feed yourself.  You can create podcast lists, configure all sorts of updating/organisational settings, show notes appear with clickable links…the list of positives goes on and on and I’ve never had any problems using it.

 

This isn’t meant to be a review or a ‘how to’ for Downcast, it’s just a simple piece of friendly advice from one podcast fan to others – if you listen to podcasts on an iPhone and you’ve been persevering with the Apple Podcasts app, STOP!  Use Downcast instead, you won’t regret it!