Super Movie Bros.

Super Movie Bros.

Ren here with another review .

I am so thrilled to be reviewing this podcast. I am new to the podcast world and to superhero movies. This podcast isn’t ONLY for die hard fans of these films or action films. I am not that well versed in movies. What I LOVED was how much they explained stuff that as a casual viewer I just shrugged off. This alone makes me a new subscriber.

To be fair, I had my comic loving and action movie buffs listen to a few of their podcasts and I am told “They know what they’re talking about.” By a friend who has read so many comics and is a movie buff (I’m not kidding with this man’s prowess) so you can trust him. If you love movies? You will LOVE this podcast.

Dave and Jay are great hosts. On many episodes they talk beer. Another thing I know very little about, but now I feel I might be able to discuss beer! Thanks, guys! They talk about their personal lives which makes you feel like you are hanging out with friends. They even do movie cocktails with more hosts. I now have new drinks to make and impress my friends with them. This is a multi dimensional podcast.

The first episode I listened to do was the “Deadpool 2” episode. I was dragged to the movie. I had seen the original and was less than excited to see the sequel. I enjoyed the movie itself, but the review helped me to understand and remember things I forgot so that by the time they were done with everything I understood the movie better. As a listener, I appreciate that they tell you things without demeaning you or taking away from the less than movie buff listener.

The guys also review “Black Panther” I prefer the spoilers part of this review much more than the spoiler free part. As they dissect the movie and talk about future Marvel movies I am able to follow this easily and was enjoyable to my comic and Marvel fans.. Dave and Jay, make it fun to speculate on the movies and this movie is one of the better movies to speculate about with people who KNOW movies.

I listened to “Solo” movie review. The hosts completely bring you on a ride with them. the first part is spoiler free so you can find out facts and interesting points. The guys talk about stand outs and scenes without spoilers (which I will not include). The main selling point, aside from the cocktails on the monthly cocktails episodes, is the in depth explaining of things from comic, tv shows and other sources that I didn’t get while watching it. I know I will watch it again and have a much better understanding of the movie. Thanks, Super Movie Bros.

Poop Culture

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If you think this show is going to be all about the history of defecation and how humans have dealt with it through the years, or a modern interpretation of the societal views of “bathroom culture”, then you are very wrong. It’s weird, it’s random, and it’s hilarious. You never know exactly what you will get each episode, and you wouldn’t have it any other way! You feel like you are one of the guys shootin’ the shit in the garage, with a combination of pop culture, sports, and movies, as well as varying guests that provide engaging interviews. A variety show of snorts and giggles, these guys are seriously funny and deserve a listen.

 

Each episode is around an hour long, and has the feel of a morning radio talk show, but with hosts who actually enjoy each others’ company. A memorable episode I listened to spent the first 20 minutes discussing and sharing their own man-boobs with each other, and I will admit I was ugly laughing after a while. They are just funny, with serious cases of diarrhea-of-the-mouth. The show progresses at a good pace, with both provocative questions and joking interspersed throughout.

 

I started listening to episode 11 (Killer Pinatas) and was hooked. The audio is a bit spotty in these earlier episodes, but stick with it! The sound quality improves while the guys also start to feel more comfortable in their banter. Not to mention, the notoriety of the guests increases with the show. You hear from the creator of Sharknado, porn stars, and plastic surgeons; there is never a lack of variety!

 

Yes, sometimes there is poop. And a serious case of fart sounds, but should we expect anything different? In a dark and depressing world, Marc James, Rick Mancrush, and friends serve us steaming piles of laughs and jokes. And don’t worry, this show has been going strong since 2013 and appears to have plans to continue for many more years. There are over 120 episodes on iTunes alone, and even more on the website (www.poopculture.com); these guys will keep you laughing for hours to come!

The Vocal Fries

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Hello, all! This is my very first review on this blog, and there is no better first podcast to review than The Vocal Fries, a current favorite of mine.

At its core, The Vocal Fries is an informational linguistic podcast that seeks to broaden the world’s knowledge of how much linguistic discrimination affects our daily lives. If it sounds at all boring, I am here to tell you that it is one of the most relateable and timely topics that everyone should learn more about. Each episode ends with a simple call-to-action, one that I think we can all truly get on board with: “Don’t be an asshole!”

Carrie and Megan are both trained linguistics with a long history of work in the academic field. However, their back and forth banter is not one of unintelligible academia, but rather of two friends sharing a topic they are passionate about. Being from two different countries and backgrounds, one American and one Canadian, their input is both varied and inclusive of global issues. Each and every episode is very easy to follow and understand, and the topics they cover are utterly fascinating. I will say that this is my first time delving into the fascinating world of linguistics and I have already found myself subscribing to more podcasts on the topic simply because of Carrie and Megan’s work. Language is such a unifying force throughout the world, and linguistic discrimination is unfortunately just as widespread (and I had NO idea!!).

In their first episode, they tackle what is called “vocal fry”, a term used in linguistics to describe a particular speaking pattern that is very common but often more recognizable in women. Because of the association with women, it has become a taboo in industries that require voice usage, such as radio hosts, news anchors, and actors, that honestly has no grounding in fact. A person is not of lesser intelligence simple because of the way they speak, despite what you hear and see in the media.

Starting with this topic, Carrie and Megan systematically proceed to dismantle everything I thought I had known about language and the way we speak and interact with other humans. From swearing to southern accents, grammar nazis to French-speaking Canadians, even a very well done and respectful episode on the usage of the singular they/them as a pronoun identity, these women make you completely rethink how you interpret the way others speak. Each episode includes a guest, sometimes other academics but often not, who have specialization in a particular type of linguistic discrimination. Carrie and Megan lead the guest through very thoughtful and interesting questions and ensure that everything is easily understood and explained while also joking about and throwing in some of their own personal anecdotes.

Some particularly fascinating episodes that I would suggest starting with (although they are all great):

Episode 1 – Uppity Women

Episode 4 – Grammar Not-zi

Episode 9 – ChicaNO? ChicanYES!

Episode 18 – Don’t be an Accenthole

If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of language and how it can positively and negatively affect the world around us, I would absolutely start listening to The Vocal Fries. It is so important, especially in the current political climate of anger and hate, to understand how our words and judgments can affect others. We can work to dispel hurtful judgments that can have real-world implications for so many people every day, and in doing so can contribute positivity and politeness.

That does it for The Vocal Fries, as always check them out on iTunes and follow their twitter for future updates: @VocalFriesPod

Remember: Don’t be an asshole!

– Sarah

Fiercely Altered Perspective Podcast

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I just spent four minutes choking on Cool Ranch Doritos so that’s where I am tonight. What’s up.

Tonight I’m talking about the only podcast I officially endorse (with my absolute zero endorsement power), Fiercely Altered Perspective. I’m all about my Iconic Internet Parents™.

Fiercely Altered Perspective (also known as “The Fap Pod”) is a podcast that discusses all of the darker things about life, from true crime to mythology to aliens. This, of course, is my favorite kind of pod; the kind that is a conglomerate of all of my favorite screwed up curiosities. As of tonight, there are 17 total episodes (not including Patreon exclusives) that are all incredibly amazing.

First, let’s talk about our hosts. If you’re a fan of Color Me Dead, you’ll recognize a familiar voice. Ember previously was a co-host of this podcast, and while I deeply miss hearing her there, I am so glad that she and her husband Quinn created this pod. These two have such an amazing dynamic, feeding off of each other to create an atmosphere that is both dark and humorous, informative and entertaining.

I am always intrigued by pods who manage to bring humor to dark topics in a way that isn’t exploitative and disrespectful. Quinn and Ember do that. They are fairly verbal with their disclaimers that they do use humor to cope with the things they talk about, but they manage to find humor without being distasteful in regards to the cases and I appreciate that.

Another thing that I greatly appreciate about Quinn and Ember is that they are willing to show their anger, pain, and vulnerability (as evident in Episode 17: Precious Doe). They have so much empathy and emotion, they’re so deeply invested, and that is so refreshing. Some podcasts that cover similar cases just give you the information and call it a day, and while that can be just fine, I want to feel a connection to the hosts; I want to know that they’re experiencing the same/similar emotions I am while hearing this information. Ember and Quinn don’t leave you questioning how they feel about it; they’re open and honest about their thoughts, even with their vulnerability, even when it’s uncomfortable. That’s so admirable to me, feeling like I can connect with these people in this way.

And I could go on and on all day about them, but there are a few more things I want to cover.

The content of the episodes is so thoroughly researched (if there’s a book about it, I’m sure Ember owns it). When you listen to this podcast, you know that you’re getting accurate information, researched extensively and outlined in a cohesive manner. Multi-part episodes ensure that topics are being covered wholly and that details aren’t being glossed over due to time restraints. The attention to detail, the amount of work they put into each episode, I swear it is astounding. I love them.

The last thing I want to talk about is their social media presence, because theirs is strong. Between Twitter and the Facebook group they have gained such a strong presence & a great rapport with their listeners. I always try to keep tabs on how interactive podcasters are with their listeners, and this pod passes the test. There is also a Facebook pagean Instagram, and Quinn has his own Twitter as well.

They use their social media presence for so many wonderful things, including raising awareness and advocacy, connecting with other podcasts, learning more about their listeners, and sending me bad dad jokes (thanks, Quinn).

The Fap Pod has 30 reviews on iTunes, which gives them a perfect 5-stars. They’re also available on Stitcher, murder.ly, player.fm, just to name a few. There is also a merch store, where you can find that really awesome black t-shirt with the lime green comic sans (my idea, and I bought it, and I love it, don’t judge). There’s also a Patreon (linked above) where you can throw some money behind them monthly and get some pretty cool stuff.

Take some time out of your day to listen to this pod, because it truly is more than just a podcast – Quinn and Ember have created a community, and it’s a very kind and uplifting place, even in the face of the dark things they discuss. Chat with Ember and Quinn, share your thoughts (perspectives) on some of the things they talk about. They’re a lot of fun to talk to.

Finally, I just want to say a quick thank you to Ember and Quinn for kind of being my backbone recently, always popping up when I’m feeling incredibly down, and always being kind and patient with me when I’m being…too much, for lack of better description. Ember, thanks for talking with me through all the dumb life stuff. Quinn, thanks for your kindness and amazingly terrible hilarious jokes.

Thank you both for being so dedicated to your pod, to each other, and to your listeners. We’re incredibly thankful for you.

And since this is just shy of 900 words, I’m just gonna go ahead and let you know I also just choked on Nacho Cheese Doritos as well. Nice. 

Empty Review – Zimbellina

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Empty is a sci fi audio drama which starts off with a few audio diaries of various staff of astronauts. They are working on colonising a totally new galaxy. The universe is too crowded so they’re opening up the options to outside the galaxy. Our ship is coming after some colonising ships have already been sent so this ship is not the first. 

We go through a few different peoples diaries about readying the ship for landing outside the galaxy. It’s a slow intro into the main meat of the story. It builds up slowly, teasing different aspects of the show to come. Each audio diary is only about 2 minutes long, and there are 6 of these. The last being the log of a robot which is an interesting look at what goes on in a robot’s brain. This is a good way to give the listener a piece of what the meat of the audio drama is about. It’s interesting, I guess it’s like previews or teasers but done in an new and fresh way. 

After these the show starts with a two parter, with the astronauts coming out of cryosleep. They all have no memories of themselves and slowly discover things about themselves and each other. The narrative jumps from person to person as they learn more about themselves. 

The unfolding of the story is intriguing and keeps you invested in the characters and story line. The audio is perfect and the voice actors are great. You get totally invested in the story quickly and there are mysteries to be solved from the very beginning. The sound effects are excellent as well, very realistic. I think the robot is my favourite character. He calls the others ‘meat’ and tries to kill people yet can’t because of his directives so asks one of the crew members “Will you kill yourself for me?” Bwhahaha. Love it. 

Something has obviously happened to the ship as robots have been destroyed, files are missing and there was some kind of fire. This leads to a discovery that the universe they’re heading into is empty. It was meant to have been colonised before they got there. 

I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in this world. The world building is excellent and gives just enough information to leave you wanting more. Can’t get enough of this audio drama. So far they’ve released probably half of the first season I assume so there’s lots more to be discovered! But enough already to get a good binge going. 

5/5 lonely stars 

The 1000 Followers Contest!

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Hello, pals! It’s time we talk about this nifty little contest/giveaway that we are hosting since we have crossed the 1000 follower threshold!

First, on behalf of all of us, we are so humbled and grateful that you have chosen us to be your champions, to promote you and praise you and stand beside you! It is so nice to feel at home in this community. 99.9% of you have been so amazing, interactive, and encouraging! We have gained friendships and experiences that have changed our lives. We thank you for that.

As a way of giving back, we are hosting a giveaway. This isn’t open to just podcasters, but to all of our readers & followers. The kinks for all the prizes haven’t been completely worked out yet, but what I know for a fact you will receive:

For podcasters: You will at least win a blog review that is at least 1000 words, a $50 gift-card, a shout-out tweet from us that will be promoted so that your name is really getting out there, as well as a Facebook post that is promoted (at no cost to you! Wow!!! Great deal!!!!)

If you aren’t a podcaster: You will at least win a $50 gift card and an item of merch of your choice from any podcast you choose.

And honestly, the rules are pretty simple. Incredibly simple, in fact.

THE RULES!!!!

  1. Follow all of our Twitter accounts. (promotethepodsdaniquinnjamesflipflops214zimbellinawarbabyyydumbravioli)
  2. Like our Facebook page
  3. Join our Facebook group
  4. Follow our Instagram
  5. DM me on my personal (dumbravioli) screenshots of proof that you’ve followed/liked/joined. If you unfollow, unlike, or leave the group, you will be disqualified.
  6. Be interactive with us! On our personals, on our main account, and through Facebook and Instagram. I keep track of the ones who are most interactive.
  7. Email us (promotethepodcasts@gmail.com) or DM me your favorite blog review that we’ve written and why. (If you are a podcaster we have reviewed, it cannot be your own review).
  8. If you do all of this, you will be added into a randomizer. When the contest ends, we will pick a winner that way.

The contest starts as soon as this is posted, and will end on June 10th at 10:00pm CST.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me on twitter, or via email.

Good luck, pals!!!

 

The Blood Crow Stories Review – Zimbellina

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The Blood Crow Stories

SS Utopia

Max, a college student doing a history thesis on Dr Wiseman and the SS Utopia, a cruise ship which could become a submarine. So he’s doing a podcast which combines his notes and the recordings from the ship. He says something is happening on the tapes which shows something intriguing and maybe even dangerous which is perplexing and troubling him. Which is why he makes the podcast. 

The ship hired Dr Harold Wiseman to do a study on the inhabitants of the ship to see if they got any signs of going ‘stir crazy’ or getting cabin fever. He asks a range of people to record their interactions and thoughts on tapes which Max plays for the listener and talks about in his thesis. The SS Utopia project was shut down after the ship sank but the recordings were luckily in a safe so they were kept usable. 

6 recorders were handed out on the first week of the study. Each person is tasked with recording their thoughts and to report about their life on the ship and Dr Wiseman wants to see how the psyche is affected by living on the ship. The first is handed to Tommy, who is married to Mary and rich. Penny is the next to be given a recorder, she’s on the ship without her husband because he wanted to stay on land in case he was wanted for the war. Number 3 goes to a stowaway, one of the builders of the ship. Then Fiona the artist comes in and Leo who farms on the ship, which provides the fresh food for the ship. Lastly is Nora who wants to share the life of a poor/middle class perspective. 

Max feels these recordings which are like diaries for public consumption much like social media now. He wants to share this strange mystery he hears as he keeps going through the tapes. The mystery leads him down a dangerous path. 

The sound production is excellent, with the tapes sounding thoroughly authentic to the period of time it was meant to be recorded in. The story moves at a good pace and is very interesting and intriguing. It’s fun to follow the ships passengers as well as the other mystery of the recordings. 

Blackchapel

The second season is a totally different story, a western story told through the eyes of a men and women who are out in the west and they go on a journey to various towns trying to solve a true crime mystery. They’re in the middle of this story and I highly recommend is although I did like season 1 a bit more. But it’s still an interesting story which brings in new, intriguing characters and shows that the producers and writers of this audio drama know what they’re doing even across genres. 

This audio drama is definitely recommended to anyone who likes twisty stories with interesting plot lines and strange happenings. It’s one of my favourites. 

5/5 sunken stars