A Good Ol’ Top Ten

Hey, hi, hello.

It’s been a minute. If for some reason you don’t know/didn’t notice my absence/whatever, I’m gonna fill you in on what’s been up and where I’ve been. If you want to skip over this, scroll on down, I won’t be offended.

So, on May 30th, I was involved in a pretty nasty car accident. I’m very thankful that it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, but it’s been a very hard time. The other driver was okay, thankfully. However, my car was totaled and my left (and dominant) hand was broken. The metacarpals that lead to my ring and pinkie fingers had not only been pushed back due to the airbag deploying, but also twisted due to the way the steering wheel jerked. It did require surgery, where I have three screws in one bone and had a metal pin sticking out of another. (I do have pics of this, if you’re interested…I also kept the pin).

When I had the pin removed a couple of weeks ago, my surgeon wasn’t too optimistic, because my hand just refused to heal. The bone just would not even begin to heal. So although I got to carry on without a splint, I still had a very annoying brace I had to keep wearing, and further, a ton of anxiety over what the hell I would do if my hand didn’t heal. I work in a copy center part time, and pursue my career as a cosmetologist the rest of the time. I’m left handed. I need this hand.

So it was a huge relief this morning, getting my x-ray, finally seeing some signs of healing, finally being cleared to get back into my normal habits and day to day life, finally being allowed to do what I love most – writing. Although I still don’t have a car, and we are still fighting with both insurance companies (thankfully, the other driver did accept full responsibility, so that did help a little), and I’m still not sure if I’ll be able to start school in the fall (tuition is due August 10th, and this accident put me way behind on preparation – hit me up for my PayPal lol), and I have to call my lawyer about twenty two times a week, I’m so thankful that I can finally get back to somewhat normal, and start to move forward from this.

That said, I do want to make sure a lot of kudos goes to all of the other writers here, who have gone out of their way to make things easier for me. I also want to thank all of you in the podcasting community who checked in on me, who prayed or sent positive vibes my way.

So, with that out of the way, I’m going to get into the top ten shows that kept me company since all I was allowed to do for the last six weeks was sit here and not move, essentially. Some of these may be familiar, some of them may not be, but these are the shows I listened to the most.

Let’s do this.

1. Parcast

So, Parcast isn’t actually an individual podcast, but an audio network with a host of different shows that I’ve been listening to for a while. I believe there are twelve shows in total, and I’ve listened and love all of them. If you want a deeper look into history, criminals, serial killers, cults, conspiracies, and things that just can’t be explained, check out Parcast and browse the different shows that are available. The audio quality is so good, and the information is accurate, and I cannot recommend this network enough.

2. Southern Gothic

Southern Gothic has been one of my favorite listens lately, because these are stories about places that are familiar to me – I live in the south, and I know so much about these places. I love hearing the creepy history of this region being shared, because there are some eerie things around here. Brandon doesn’t disappoint. (Also, great voice, not even gonna lie).

3. Disaster Artists: The Post-Apocalyptic Podcast

Disaster Artists is, and I quote, “The Survival Podcast for people who take movies too seriously.” Essentially, they discuss doomsday scenarios and talk about movies that involve some sort of disaster – natural or otherwise. They also have a cute tongue-in-cheek nod to The Nostalgia Critic on YouTube – “We survive the apocalypse so you don’t have to.” It’s such a fun listen, with episodes covering topics such as earthquakes, nuclear war, Jurassic Park, super-volcanoes, zombies, and so many other topics.

4. Swinging Through Spider-Man

This podcast debuted back at the end of November, and I immediately fell in love. I don’t know a damn thing about Spider-Man, but with this show you really don’t have to. Brad and James read through The Amazing Spider-Man by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (rest in peace, my dude). James and Brad have been a bit sporadic with episodes lately, because from what I gather they’ve been working on some cool shit, but they’re getting back into the swing of things (pun fully intended). What I love most about this podcast (aside from these hilarious guys with absolutely amazing accents) is that it’s very familiar to another podcast I love so much, Shark Liver Oil. I love any podcast that goes through page by page/chapter by chapter of written media. Hells yeah.

5. Hell and High Horror

Hell and High Horror is hosted by Austyn and Repy, and is part of the Murder.ly network, which I absolutely love. Almost all of the shows on Murder.ly I love dearly. Hell and High Horror is a podcast I actually discovered through Tumblr, and I was hooked immediately. Austyn and Repy are so funny, and each episode provides a perfect amount of spooks and humor. They cover true crime and the paranormal, which is always appreciated. I just love it so much.

6. Conspiring To Argue

This isn’t a surprise. Everyone who knows me knows that I can’t shut up about this podcast. I love everything about this show. I love the parallels between JJ and Ted and Scully and Mulder. I love the humor. I love the references to The Simpsons and Futurama. I love the extensive research that shines through while JJ gives background information on whatever topic they’re discussing that episode. I’ve even come around to Ted’s beer reviews. But mostly, I love when they ring the bell and the debate begins. I just love this show. (Also, I heard that JJ and his wife recently welcomed another little human into the world. Congratulations to you both!)

7. Fiercely Altered Perspective

Ah, The Fap Pod. My internet parents. I love them. Quinn’s job and also a recent battle with a storm and a trampoline has left my iconic internet parents unable to post a new episode in a while, but I don’t mind listening to old episodes again. I always catch something I missed the first time I listened, whether it’s a bit of information that ties things together or Quinn’s amazingly terrible puns. Ember is equally hilarious, and I just cannot rave about them enough. Ember and Quinn are so well aware that sometimes the only way to cope with the dark stuff is with humor, but they also are so accurate with the information they share about some of these cases. I applaud them for the heavy topics they cover, because sometimes it’s…a lot. They’re also part of the Murder.ly network, which again, I loooooooove.

8. Good Nightmare

I may seem biased because Sarah is my best friend, but I promise that’s not it. I genuinely enjoy listening to each episode. Sarah’s voice is so calming, and the topics she talks about are so near and dear to me. The episodes are short but sweet, and one of my favorite things to listen to before I sleep. She covers the origin stories for fairytales, unsolved mysteries, haunted locations, and more. It’s so strange to be able to enjoy and relax to a podcast that centers on all the creepy and unsettling things, but I do. This is another podcast that I never, ever shut up about. I just love it.

9. Corpus Delicti

Another Murder.ly show, and also hosted by some ladies with some good ol’ southern charm. Also, fellow Alabamians. Hello. Lindsay and Jenn cover a lot of true crime cases in great detail, but much like The Fap Pod, they sprinkle in humor in order to “laugh to keep from crying,” which I respect. I’ve listened to each episode several times and I just really love this show. And that’s all I have to say about that (Forrest Gump style).

10. The Apocalypse Survival Guide

This pod was recommended to me after I mentioned liking Disaster Artists, and I’m glad it was. It’s similar, but it’s done in a very interesting way. The idea is that they cover apocalypse scenarios from A-Z. They’ll choose a scenario, and talk about it the way it is depicted in movies. I’ve found this show to be both light-hearted and funny while also being informative and intriguing. Drew and Frank are just so funny, and I’ve really enjoyed listening to all of season one, and the first episode of season two was just posted yesterday. I just love everything about it. I’m in a big apocalypse/disaster mood lately, so this show has been really amazing in keeping me occupied. It’s quickly become one of my favorites.

 

I have so many other shows I’d love to talk about, but I’m going to wrap it up with those ten for now, because they have been the ones I’ve listened to the most. I’ll be coming back with more actual reviews soon. I just wanted to get this out here to you guys and work my hand a little bit. I’ll be back soon.

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. 

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 Last Ovation Review – Zimbellina

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The Last Ovation Review 

This podcast is hosted by Melissa and is about the lives and deaths of famous celebrities. It spans over various decades, with a range of older icons and more recent deaths.

The episodes go through the lives of the celebrity, so it doesn’t just focus on the death of the person but celebrates their lives as well. It delves into their past and the pasts of anyone involved in the celebrity’s death, for example in the Rebecca Schaeffer episode, her killer, Robert, is also talked about in depth.

The episodes are not very long, anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes which are perfect for a commute or small binges. Or, if you’re like me, it makes it easy to binge entire seasons.

The episodes are very well researched and thorough especially considering the length of the episode. There’s a lot of information in each episode. The sound quality is very good and the host’s voice is soothing and easy to listen to. There is a lovely use of background music, not too little and not too much and just at the right time to help accentuate what is being said. Additionally some episodes have snippets of interviews or songs which enriches the story being told.

The death’s are treated with respect, it doesn’t feel lurid or sensationalist to listen to. There’s also a fun little trivia section at the end of the episode as a palette cleanser which lifts your spirits after hearing about the person’s death.

Standout episode: Bruce and Brandon Lee – This episode was a longer episode since it covered both father and son, Bruce and Brandon Lee. Both of these deaths were sudden and under slightly mysterious circumstances which has led to a lot of conspiracy theories. However, Melissa goes through the life of both Bruce and Brandon Lee and explains their deaths plainly and without sensationalising them. Both deaths are tragic but Melissa treats the actors with great respect and tells their stories very well. Greatly recommended if you are interested in learning more about either of these men.

The podcast covers a great range of celebrities, with season 1 covering movie stars and season 2 focusing on musicians. People from all parts of fame are represented and it covers a wide range of people so there’s something here for everyone. This podcast was thoroughly enjoyable to binge and will become part of my regular rotation.

5/5 shining stars

– Zimbellina

The Human Circus Review – Zimbellina

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Firstly a confession. I know nothing about Medieval history. I don’t know anything about the geography, the travelling, the religion, the countries, the wars or any of it. This I am rapidly remedying through this podcast, The Human Circus.

The Human Circus dives deep into medieval history through key historical figures over loose seasons. The starting ‘season’ has 4 episodes whereas their second one has 7. The seasons run as long as it takes to tell the story of that key figure. With each season different aspects are spoken about but the podcast entails all those things that I don’t know anything about. Trade is very important, especially for travellers so there’s a lot of trade talk and stories about travelling through different countries. It’s very interesting to witness whole countries come and go through the eyes of different people.

The podcaster, Devon Field, uses a lot of sources and knowledge about a lot of different things. He also uses primary sources which I liked a lot because it shows how invested Field is in getting the information right. He also has a lovely voice, it’s melodious and soothing. The voice work is excellent and very easy to listen to. It’s not boring and you’re interested in everything he has to say.

This podcast is jam packed full of information. It’s a huge, interesting infodump of all you need to gain an understanding of what was happening in the world in medieval times. This is done through focusing on one person and their travels, but a lot is explained and talked about through slight tangents. Mainly it focuses on famous travellers and looks at the world through their eyes, going into meetings with allies and enemies that each traveller experiences.

Religion, trade, economy, wars, clothes, royalty and the movement of key players of the medieval years are all talked about in great depth, which is difficult to do seeing as there is a lot of history to talk about here and the episodes are around the 40 minute mark. But this is just enough time to get a good amount of information exchanged without boring the listener or going on too many tangents.

So far the people covered have been Johann Schiltberger, Thomas Pallam with the current season being about Marco and the Polos.

Standout Episode: To See the Mongols 1: Giovanni Carpine Goes East. This focuses on the Mongols expanse into the rest of the world. in 1241 Latin Christiandom was having a crisis and the Mongols seemed to be knocking on their door. They had defeated and then united all their rivals, destroying empires and then absorbing them or leaving them totally desiccated. They defeat everyone and they were coming for Europe. But then, suddenly, they’re gone. With the use of hindsight we can see some issues which led them to withdraw, the main one being that their Kahn had died and a new Kahn needed to be chosen, but the weather played a part too. So in this breathing space steps Giovanni Carpine.

I’ll let you get the rest of the story from the episode but it’s an interesting one. I’m happy to have discovered this podcast so I can fill the hole in my head about medieval history. Additionally, I found out this podcast is part of The Recorded History Network which has a lot of interesting history podcasts on it that I’m going to binge as well. Too many podcasts, not enough time!

5/5 sailing stars!

Who’s Right?

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I’ve referred to them as “the 4chan of podcasts” a million or so times. As a disclaimer, because I want to make this perfectly clear, this podcast is not for everyone. If you are easily offended, this isn’t the show for you. But if you’re like me and can spend hours browsing 4chan and Reddit without batting an eye, then you may wanna check them out.

Doug and Anthony are…interesting. They are two self-proclaimed assholes who, according to several of their episodes, don’t care as long as they make themselves laugh. It’s an interesting concept to have a podcast that doesn’t really have any sense of direction. They kind of just talk about random stuff, whatever they find funny at the moment. Topics include news stories with incredibly strange headlines, personal anecdotes from their day to day lives, their opinions on current events, Twitter feuds, and dark humor.

It is one of the most unique podcasts I’ve listened to…ever.

Like I said, Doug and Anthony are self-proclaimed assholes. But they’re also…not that bad. They’ve always been really…kind?…to me, and pretty encouraging when they see I’ve been struggling. They have a messed up sense of humor, but I’d argue that they’re probably good guys. Or maybe the show is just funny. Either way, I like them.

And I’m not the only one. They have over 4,000 followers on Twitter and several five-star reviews on iTunes. They’re a podcast that people from all walks of life listen to, and I’ve never listened to a pod that has made me laugh as hard as these guys do.

Like I said, it really isn’t for everyone. But if you can stomach it, give them a listen. You may be surprised at how much you actually like it (I know I was).

Anthony, Doug – keep doing what you do, guys. Thanks for always being hella cool. You’re doing a damn good job at keeping me laughing, and for that I thank you.

Conspiring To Argue (The Actual Review)

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Can one be back on her bullshit if she was never off her bullshit? Yikes.

If this looks familiar, it’s because I’ve already written a post about CTA, but I did you guys a favor. Instead of putting all of my emotions plus the actual review in one post (which would have been at least 17,000 words long), I split it into two. So, hello, here we are.

Conspiring To Argue is comprised of two guys in Iowa who like to…argue. Yeah, that’s basically the jist of it. They take conspiracy theories, and argue them. But I have a bag of pretzels, too much energy, and a long night ahead of me anyway, so let’s talk about why it works.

JJ and Ted (formerly known as but also still referred to as Nic) have an interesting premise for this show in the sense that it is an actual argument – they aren’t just speculating theories. They are taking a stance and bringing forth facts to back up what they believe. They each have a certain presence of conviction that they bring to the show.

So, here’s a breakdown of the show.

Most episodes begin with a few minutes of these two talking about whatever is going on in their lives, which I must admit is my favorite part. These two are just so funny in their interactions, it honestly feels like you’re there laughing along with some old friends. That’s part of the allure to this show for me.

They move into alternative titles for the episode, which are (usually) always funny and clever. Then, they’ll start breaking down the content.

JJ, despite being a horrible speller & barely being able to navigate speaking, is immaculate in his research. He breaks it down into a chronological timeline that not only makes sense, but is accurate and easy to follow. I’d love to give Nic some credit for this as well, but he’s pretty notorious for doing anything but researching.  Bless him. So JJ breaks down the backstory and then, assuming it isn’t a multi-part episode, they ring the bell. UFC/WCW Michael Buffer style, my guys.

Lately, Nic has been doing a beer review around this time. But because I’ve pretended this long that I hate it, I’m going to ignore it. Occasionally they throw in “best of the rest” which is, essentially, just them briefly discussing theories that neither of them buy in to. It doesn’t always fall right before the argument. It’s one of those segments that they kinda just throw in whenever they remember to do it. It’s also a really good time.

JJ and Nic have a very Fox Mulder-Dana Scully relationship on the show. JJ usually takes the stance of what’s been accepted as the truth, where Nic typically stands for the conspiracy. These two guys have such an interesting dynamic, and they have such good chemistry together as hosts, so it’s always so much fun to listen to them argue their sides. It can get super intense sometimes too, which makes it even more fun. They keep your attention by presenting the information in a way that makes both sides sound equally plausible and appealing.

They wrap up the show with shout-outs to podcasts that they’re listening to, appreciation for their listeners, and anything else they feel is important. This is another favorite for me, because I love discovering new pods to listen to and they both listen to stuff that I also really enjoy.

Their social media presence is strong. Well, JJ’s is anyway. Nic is a bit more elusive sometimes. You can follow the podcast on Twitter, find them on Facebook, and contribute to their show by checking out their Patreon. They’re available on pretty much every podcasting platform I could find.

They have 30 reviews on iTunes, giving them a perfect five star rating. It’s well earned, honestly. They’re really great guys with a really good show. It’s definitely a good show for people who are fans of Thinking Sideways and Last Podcast On The Left. Go check ’em out!