The Sisters Grimm

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The Sisters Grimm is hosted by Holly and Morgan who look at true crime, horror and all things creepy. 

 

The intro music draws you in from the get-go, featuring clips from court cases and horror films that are recognisable to any true crime enthusiast or horror fan. It sets the mood for the podcast as a whole.

 

Morgan and Holly have surprisingly soothing voices which takes the edge off some of the more gory details from films and crime cases, and makes for really easy listening! They have over 50 episodes available which run from an hour to an hour and a half each, so you will be hard pressed to run out before they bring you more. This is a very easy podcast to binge, listen to while you work or on your commute.

 

The presentation is candid, humourous, but focused. The hosts don’t go on long and winding tangents, but speak freely about the topics at hand while making sure to include as much detail as possible. This gives the show a really friendly vibe in the sense that you feel like you’re right there with them, chatting about some of your favourite things.

 

Speaking of favourites, the first episode I listened to was on the SAW movies. These films never get old for me, I tend to marathon them every couple of years. It’s the puzzles that are appealing, not the violence, I swear. Maybe. It could be both! Holly and Morgan talked through all the traps and the convoluted timeline for each of the films, from the very beginning to the end. Did you know that some of the films were supposed to have events happening concurrently? No? Me, neither! They talk about what they would have tried in order to escape the traps, how the story-line got all the more ridiculous as the films progressed and some traps the SAW community have come up with on forums.

 

I’d recommend starting your listening journey with an episode that piques your interest, grab a topic that speaks to you and dive in! Alternatively, Listen from start to finish to watch the podcast’s and hosts’ growth!

 

This is one more review to add to the many five-star ratings and reviews the show already has, all very well deserved. Looking forward to working my way through all the current episodes!

 

Have you listened? Let us know where you started!

 

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Miles and Crawford Variety Hour

Hey guys, Ren here with a podcast review.

I am in love with this podcast! Two amazing women run this podcast. Miles and Crawford take on the topics that many people do not talk about. They use language, terms and words that are needed. They pull no punches. Miles and Crawford have their opinions and share them openly. They have viewpoints they can and do defend.

As a woman, I found this podcast refreshing. Our hostesses tackle everything from women specific medical issues, ICE and politics. They handle these topics with candor and a bit of a comedy (when appropriate). They don’t insult the audience, but they will call people out on there bs.

Onto the episodes I listened to (though I listened to more but picked these)

The first one I listened to and fell in love with was the episode where Miles interviews Rachel Miller. Now, excuse me but this episode changed my life. The ladies discussed many things close to my heart among them domestic violence and being a mom. I laughed with them, nodded a lot and even teared up as these women talked about their lives and past.

How did they change your life? They both talked about how working with and managing teens is a responsibility and not awful. I have a job where I am working with teens more and more, I suffer with the relating to them. I adore kids of all ages, but teens are a whole other species. When they talked of teaching them about respect, time management and taking the time to be there for them it clicked. My favorite book is “On Becoming a Person” by Carl Rogers and he tells us to meet people where they are and that was my motto. I forgot that until these ladies reminded me. Thank YOU!

They talk politics in one podcast and I learned to see things from more angles and to listen. I won’t get into that in this review because I want you to listen and to learn too. Their discussion shows respects and that we as women are complicated beautiful people. The talk about #metoo #timesup and #himtoo had me thinking about my views and positions for a few days. I love when that happens.

This podcast isn’t just doom and gloom. I hope I didn’t make it seem that way. I had quite a few huge laughs about cats, kids and drinking. Listening to Miles and Crawford is a bit like sitting down with your best girlfriends and talking about anything and everything in a non-judgement zone. Go listen!

Bloody Murder

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Bloody Murder, as you can probably tell from the name, is a true crime podcast. What you may not know if you haven’t yet listened, is how brilliant they are.

 

Tara and Barney bring you lesser known cases from Australia and around the world in episodes around an hour each. The production value is fantastic and the introduction music and clips draw you right in, setting a great and chilling atmosphere before Tara and Barney pop in to bring you all the deets. This is a comedy true crime podcast which pokes fun at the stranger aspects of cases, while always maintaining respect for the victims and their families’.

 

Bloody Murder have already racked up well over 6,000 fans so if you’re in two minds about whether to listen, that should tell you enough! They are also finalists for the Best Comedy and Popular Vote awards in the Australian Podcast Awards. Congrats guys!

 

They have a massive amount of five-star reviews, well earned, and just released their 97th episode. That’s right. NINETY-SEVEN EPISODES. You will not be left wanting for content with this lot! If you enjoy marathoning podcasts at work, they’ve got your whole week covered.

 

Have a listen and let us know what you think, I’m personally loving it. The weird and unheard of cases mixed with some light humour means that it’s not too overwhelming to listen to and easy listening while you’re working, relaxing or if you need a pick me up.

 

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Rebel Hearts

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Rebel Hearts is a podcast hosted by Sam Mazza, a cutie-pie with a great sense of humor, taste in music, and absolute hair goals. Rebel Hearts centers around music; specifically women in music, the challenges they face as women in the industry (and as women in general). She goes into detail about the issues of sexism, bi-erasure, mental health, and sexual harassment. She also reviews music, includes guests, does the occasional interview, and features music from bands in every episode.

My stumbling across Rebel Hearts was completely accidental but obviously meant to happen. It started because I followed her on Twitter. I didn’t realize Sam hosted a podcast. I just thought, “Hey, this person is also in the Paramore fandom, so I should follow her.” It was cosmic alignment; as soon as I saw her post about her podcast, I was hooked. I’ve listened to every episode at least three times over, basking in the sense of camaraderie that comes from knowing that someone out there is equally passionate about women in the music industry as I am (Sam is just better at conveying how she feels than I am).

Episode 47, her interview with Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou, is different from a lot of her episodes but really holds a special place in my heart. One of my favorite bands growing up has been mewithoutYou, and it was so special to hear him really break down what being in a band for so long is like, as well as the breakdown of the lyrics of “No Friend,” which he worked on in collaboration with Paramore. I was so excited for her, all through listening to the episode, for getting to meet and interview someone who is so important not only to thousands of fans, but also to a band that we are both huge fans of.

I also feel a huge emotional connection to episodes 45 and 46, where she and her friend Cait (a badass who is also hair-goals; I’ll link her YouTube channel below) talk about their experiences in Nashville during the weekend of Art + Friends, the show in which Paramore bid farewell to the After Laughter era. (Most of you know I was there too. I almost met Sam, almost, but I definitely will next time). It’s so amazing to hear these two best friends share these experiences with us; these are memories they will have forever, and they chose to share some of their Nashville stories with the rest of the world.

Rebel Hearts is a podcast that is really geared towards weeding out the problematic stuff that women in the music industry still face, even in 2018, but it’s also an amazing way to discover new music and hear album reviews. Sam makes every episode feel personal, and it’s always so exciting when I see a new episode has been released. Rebel Hearts has quickly become one of the podcasts that truly inspires me, calms me when I get worked up (because hello, anxiety, my old friend), and captures my attention from start to finish.

I cannot stress enough how absolutely fabulous this podcast is. Nor can I stress how absolutely ballin’ it is that Rebel Hearts has its own zine, which you can find in the online store where you can also buy apparel, pins, and other promotional materials. I will link that below, as well.

I love the dedication that Sam has to this podcast, and I love how well thought out every episode seems to be. Whether it’s a song by song review, a discussion on the heavier topics, an interview with a badass musician, or just obsessing over new music, Sam truly delivers quality content.

On iTunes, Rebel Hearts has a perfect five stars. You can follow Sam on Twitter to keep up with the podcast. The website has links to other social media, as well as Soundcloud and Spotify, but the show should be available wherever you listen to podcasts. The Rebel Hearts store has tons of really cheaply priced merchandise that is amazing quality. I do recommend ordering all of the zines, which come with a cute lil set of stickers and an episode guide. They’re just so beautiful, I cannot actually deal.

As mentioned, here is Cait’s YouTube channel. Sam and Cait are best friends, so I highly recommend supporting both, because they are both absolute sweethearts. I know we’re not a YouTube review blog, but I do want to quickly say that like Sam, Cait produces quality content and is highly entertaining. And she’s adorable. Win-win.

I think that may be all I have to say for the moment, but I really wanted to get this out there because I just adore Sam so much, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to get to know this amazing podcast.

And remember: On Wednesdays, we listen to Rebel Hearts. 

A Life Update + Current Faves

Hello, my friends!

I’m popping in real quick to just kind of…talk about what’s going on with me, personally, and why I have been very back and forth with my presence here. I have been dealing with a lot, a whole lot, and I’ve been working very hard to just kind of keep myself together. So let’s talk about that.

October is an exceptionally hard month for me. The 5th marked the nine year anniversary of my dad passing. The 15th marked two years since my grandfather passed. It’s very hard to cope with missing those you love very, very, very much. I do very well to cope with things as they come, but every year, these things hit me very hard.

I am also still dealing with the after-effects of my wreck, the surgery, and the pain. My hand does hurt fairly constantly; since I am a hairstylist, that makes things very difficult. I’m also struggling very much financially. Trying to maneuver the legal action we plan to take has become very taxing and emotionally draining. I just want all of this to be over.

Another new factor of my life is that I’m in my first semester of college. Yay, education! I am a full time student (granted, all of my classes are online, but still) and a vast majority of my free time (a.k.a. when I am not working) is spent working on school work. Except for this moment, when I should be studying for a history quiz tomorrow…eh. I deserve a break.

I have just been working very hard to make sure that I am keeping up in my day to day life; I am struggling a lot with my mental health at the moment (like always, it seems) and have been focusing on just making sure I’m as well prepared for anything as I can currently be. So thank you all for your patience with me, and just know I haven’t forgotten you guys. I feel guilty for not posting any new reviews lately, so I’m just going to take a quick moment to kind of go through my top favorites right now.

Super Critical Podcast

This podcast is one of my favorites. The tagline is “Overthinking Nuclear Pop-Culture.” Episodes center around movies, TV episodes, and other media that are related to the use of nuclear weapons. Tim Westmyer does an amazing job at breaking down media scene by scene and analyzing what’s going on. He always has amazingly brilliant guests on, as well, which makes it even more enjoyable in an incredibly, existentially horrifying way. There’s usually a new episode every month. I highly, highly recommend this podcast if you’re into movies about nuclear war – especially the episode on Threads, episode #16. Follow Tim’s podcast page on Twitter here.

Book YeAh

Book YeAh is a fairly new podcast that centers around young adult novels, which is kinda my jam. They have about six episodes so far, but I highly recommend. It genuinely feels like I’m sitting with a group of friends and talking books when I listen to this, and I am living for it. You can follow Book YeAh on Twitter here.

All Bad Things

No shocker here, you all know I’m obsessed with this podcast right now. (View previous review here.) I am morbidly obsessed with tragic accidents and things that go wrong. Their attention to detail is amazing, David’s humor is amazing, my being able to relate to Rachel because she’s a millennial is amazing. I just genuinely love this podcast and cannot stop listening to it. You can follow All Bad Things on Twitter here.

Those Conspiracy Guys

I love conspiracies. We all know I am all about some conspiracies. And, subsequently, I love podcasts about conspiracies. This one is extra good because it’s Irish. Also, it’s a good combination of paranormal, true crime, extra-terrestrial, and the unexplained. I love this podcast, it’s absolutely hilarious, but it’s also incredibly intriguing. You can follow Those Conspiracy Guys on Twitter here.

Which Murderer?

Along with conspiracies, I love true crime. Before I really got into podcasts, I thought true crime podcasts were the only kinds of podcasts that existed. I love Which Murderer? because it takes an intriguing look at murderers, their lives and deaths, and their victims. The hosts, Holly and Gemma, pick two murderers, share that information, and then kind of battle it out and debate which one they would preferred to be murdered by. I think the premise is so interesting, and I haven’t seen it before, so I immediately fell in love. You can follow Which Murderer? on Twitter here.

That’s gonna do it for me tonight. I hope you guys are all doing well. Thank you all so much for your patience! Love you all so much.

Yikes! The Podcast

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Yikes! The Podcast is a weekly podcast that talks about “failure in every possible category”. From weird Tinder profiles, to the absolute asshat that was Elliot Rodger.

 

Maddy has a super sweet, upbeat, honest and candid disposition which immediately captures the listeners heart. Maddy is active on Twitter at @Yikes_podcast and is very easy to talk to/get along with if you consider reaching out after listening!

 

My personal favourite episodes, as a true crime buff, were the five installments on Elliot Rodger, the ultimate failure. Now, if you do enjoy true crime, you’ve likely heard about the atrocities he committed but they are only the END of his story. Maddy reads and breaks down Elliot’s massive manifesto to  try to pinpoint the exact moment he became who he was. You get the entire “before” story. It’s definitely much more digestible in podcast form.

 

Every single one of us can relate to experiencing failure or slip ups or set backs. Yikes! Shows you that not only is failure absolutely okay, it is possible to overcome it and let it help you grow. You know, unless like Elliot, you choose not to learn.

 

If you’re looking for a lighter topic, I really enjoyed the Tinder Edition, where we get to swipe left and right with Maddy as she goes through profiles of both gorgeous, intelligent women, and men looking for extramarital affairs, as well as people who have weirdly cropped profile photos. When I say weird, I mean weird. How much can YOU tell about a man from a picture of his ear?

 

Maddy also includes songs at the ends of her episodes which are so unique and beautifully sung by her. They’re a good comfort and pick-me-up after some challenging but entertaining topics.

 

Episodes are each about 20 minutes, so they’re the sweet spot for not-too-long-not-too-short. Great for a ride to work, waiting at the doctors or whenever you get the urge to listen!

 

I definitely recommend giving Yikes! a listen the next time you’re looking for something new.

 

People Are Wild

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How and where do I even start?

 

People Are Wild is a podcast hosted by Kim, a traveling ER nurse with a hell of a lot of stories to tell. You’d be surprised (or maybe not?) what people get stuck where.

 

People Are Wild goes from 0-10 in a minute. You laugh and cringe through some episodes, others you find yourself taking notes on what NOT to do when you get bitten by a snake (I.e. don’t bring it into the ER with you!), and next thing you know, you’re in tears, feeling all the feels and pretending you just have really bad allergies to… your stapler… because you’re at work and you were not prepared.

 

Kim is incredibly well spoken, kind, charming (in the non-serial killer way), funny and intelligent. You’ll find it hard not to binge listen to multiple episodes in a day which would seem overwhelming given some of the topics but, honestly, it’s so engrossing that you won’t want to stop.

 

As you can expect, Kim has a bunch of five star ratings, and from what I can tell her listeners are from all walks of life. ER nurses, true crime fans, people looking to educate themselves, and others looking to be entertained. Whatever your desire, you’ll likely have it filled by this podcast.

 

Episodes are usually 30 minutes to around an hour long, so you’re set for your daily commute or a long work day.

 

Kim is active on Twitter at @peoplearewild and she just got back from Burning Man, so I’m hoping for some war stories to come! She is very interactive on Twitter and always has good advice or a quirky tale so I recommend both subscribing to the podcast and following her Twitter.

 

Comment below with your wildest ER tales or your favourite episode!