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.

Pretend Radio

Hey guys! Ren here with another podcast review:

This week I have had the pleasure of listening to “Pretend Radio”. This podcast is amazing. It combines two of my favorite things: True Crime and Documentaries. Our fearless host, Javier, goes out of his way to be fair and thorough with his topics. He also does a wide array of topics. Now, let’s talk about some episodes!

His first episode I listened to is his first. This episode is part of a three part series about a self-proclaimed Prophet entitled “The Prophet”. Javier talked with someone who “escaped” the religion which has several hallmarks of a cult. The story was sad and frightening, but our host handled it with care and intelligence. The last part he talked with and played sound bites of people still in the religion. Javier even tried to talk to the Prophetess herself. Sadly, she didn’t acquiesce to his requests.

After enjoying those episodes immensely I tuned into his latest podcast episode, “The Jolly Roger Social Club”. I cannot put into words what a wild ride that story is to listen to and realize it’s a true story. Tune in for yourself. It is shocking tale of criminality run wild. I think you’ll be on the edge of your seats when you realize what exactly happened.

The next podcast episode is another multi episode podcast this time a two parter…”The Gambler”. If “Jolly Roger” makes you wonder about the world today, this one will break your heart. This story had me cheering for a child that suffered such a horrible experience then crying about this amazing story ended. I wanted to hug the woman who was used and basically abused. You will smile and probably cry, but it’s worth it.

I normally only list three episodes(I listen to many more). In this instance I am making an exception for “The Reporter”. This episode is about the on-air shooting of a reporter, her camera person and the person she was interviewing. You may remember this story as it was all over the news when it happened.

Javier worked with the shooter years before he decided to kill two people and wound another on air and using Facebook as a way to share his own story of murder. This episode is the one that made me realize that our host cares about all his stories. This was a personal story, yet he was professional and let the listener come along as he tried to reconcile the man he knew with the one who killed two people and then himself. Javier didn’t take advantage nor did it feel like he was using this episode to get reviews or downloads. As a listener, I felt he was trying to bring a new angle to this story.

All in all, this is an amazing podcast that I highly recommend. The episodes are usually around twenty minutes so it’s easy to binge and catch up!

Dark Poutine

Dark Poutine

Hey guys, Ren here with another review!

This week I have had the extremely good luck to get to review “Dark Poutine”. This is a podcast about Canada’s not so nice side. True Crime Stories From…Canada. There is a wide range of murders in Canada covered by this podcast. As an American, I know of very few crimes in Canada so it was so interesting to learn about the true crime scene in Canada.

The hosts research these cases and what sets them apart is the reaction of the host not telling the story. It is things we, the audience, are probably thinking and saying to ourselves. It adds an extra bit of depth to the story. Another thing that sets them apart is the fact that the crime in their hometown of Vancouver may have a connection to one or both of our wonderful podcast hosts.

One of the episodes was a very personal story in line with the “MeToo” movement. I found the host telling his story brave and amazing. Thank you for sharing that with us, Sir. I don’t have adequate words to tell you how much this means to so many survivors out there. I won’t say more about this episode or the story behind it.

I also listened to Part 1 and 2 of “The Happy Face Killer”. This concerned a man who was born in Canada, moved to The United States and later became a serial killer. They even give us a book suggestion to read further about this creepy man who would murder women all over as his job as a professional truck driver allowed him to travel. I enjoy how they make comments we are all probably thinking about these killers.

Other things: I learned Stanley Park is named for the same man that Lord Stanley’s Cup is named for! I can now pronounce Poutine! And that Canada is our nicer neighbor to the North they also have some pretty sick people killing other people.

Give Mike the creator and host along with his friend Scott a chance. It’s a good podcast and a good binge when you need a show to binge.

http://www.darkpoutine.com

Two Doods Reviews

Two Doods Reviews is a podcast by Jave and Andy and started in January 2018. They met due to a mutual love of home brewing and brewed together under the name, “Punch Drunk Brewing”. Additionally, both of them have a mutual interest in music, Jave having a long career within the radio station industry, and Andy being a musician.

 

Their podcast topics revolve around the topics such as beer, spirits, music, and cigars. Episode length is normally around 20-30 minutes, however interviews are generally longer and average about 45 minutes. Both Jave and Andy have a fantastic energy and their casual banter, joking attitude, and their enthusiasm for the topics is something I really like about this podcast and really drew me in every episode.

 

The first episodes listened to where some of the Top 5 “Week in Review” episodes. In these episodes, they have Jave’s partner Allison on the show, in addition to their friend Jill, which is something I quite like and they are quite humorous and add a lot to the conversation. Some of the topics included, The Superbowl, The man who invented Space Mountain, and in another episode they talked about a guy who passed a lie detector test about going back in time from the year 2030 and he had allegedly told people what life was going to be like in the future. I like these episodes because it’s all a bit mixed in terms of discussion and it covers interesting topics and current events that I may not otherwise be aware of.

 

The second episode I listened to was their interview with WWE Superstar, Chris Jericho, about his band Fozzy and his new album, “Judas”. Admittedly, I am not super familiar with Chris as I don’t watch wrestling, his music career. However I really enjoyed this episode because the interview was a thorough and really interesting insight into Chris’s band and the new album. They played through each track and talked through each song with Chris, each time discussing the meanings behind the titles and lyrics, as well as the stylistic choices behind the tracks. Jave and Andy are generally just so passionate, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about the rock genre and it really adds to this episode and analyzing the elements that are in the album. If you’re a fan of rock music, or a fan of Chris Jericho, I really recommend this episode.

 

The final episode I listened to was the Virginia City, Nevada Bloody Mary Tour. As a fan of spirits and cocktails, I just had to listen to this one. This tour is based on a tri-pub tour based in Virginia City. It is a fun episode because you not only get to go along for the ride as the guys go and try out the different Bloody Mary’s on their barhopping adventure, but you also get tastes of historical insights about the establishments and their historical backgrounds, as well as about Virginia City and its mining history.

 

All in all, I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who is specifically into beer, spirits, rock music, and cigars. I think it’s funny and well done and they have done a great job on this podcast. They also do YouTube reviews and it can be found on their channel.

 

 

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

Relevantly irrelevant

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

The Vocal Fries

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