A little known fact is that if you see me walking down the street with my headphones on and my thumb hovering over the wheel of my iPod I’m most likely listening to a talk/radio podcast, not music.
I don’t spend a lot of time reading tons of magazines, and lord knows that I’m hardly ever near a radio (the only radio station I listen to is 1010 Wins in the morning while getting ready for work), so I get a lot of my news about business, music, and entertainment through podcasts.
I was inspired by Daniel’s list of top podcasts, so here are a handful of my absolute favorite programs to download and listen to:
THE TIMES ONLINE MUSIC PODCAST
Nope, not the New York Times, but rather The Times (UK). It was only a week ago that I discovered their excellent music interview podcast, and I look forward to every new instalment. Basically it’s a simple recording of 30-40 minutes of a Times editor having a chat with a musical group.
The reason I love it so much is that I only read a handful of interviews with bands each month, so I miss out on learning about bands I’m not 100% interested in. I’ve found listening to this podcast to be really informative and allowed me the chance to learn more about bands I might not necessarily have read a written piece on–and also learned some cool things about some of my favorite bands and artists. Past guests include the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Editors, Ryan Adams, and Embrace.
Oh, want to hear my favorite joke of the week? My friend Karen said, “Have you heard the new Embrace album? It’s SO GOOD!” I replied, “Chris Martin must be so psyched to rip it off.”
Learn more/ subscribe: Times Online Music Podcast
KCRW: MUSIC EXCHANGE
Who wouldn’t love a short podcast done by leading indie radio DJs Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 1) and Nic Harcourt (KCRW)? It’s usually under 10 minutes long, but it’s a great bite-sized way to learn about the latest and greatest emerging bands.
Learn more/ subscribe: KCRW: Music Exchange Podcast
I’m not a super-tech geek but perhaps I have a secret desire to be one. Digg Nation is my way of keeping up with the most popular web/ gaming/ technology stories that are gaining buzz on the internet each week on the social news site Digg.com. It’s done by two dudes, Alex and Kevin, and they are very funny, use the term “smokin’,” and love beer. Oh and it doesn’t hurt that Kevin Rose has pretty good taste in music.
Learn more/ subscribe: Digg Nation
NPR: WAIT, WAIT, DON’T TELL ME
It’s NPR’s hour-long quiz show program that focuses on the latest news stories hosted by Peter Sagal. Every humor-filled episode features three guest panelists, a celebrity guest contestant and call-in contestants. It’s always a hoot and you can accidentally learn something about current events that doesn’t involve Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, or Paris Hilton…most of the time.
Learn more/ subscribe: NPR: Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me
These are only a few of the 30-something (yup!) podcasts I subscribe to. What are some of your favorite programs?
MUSIC OF THE MOMENT: Anything by Fall Out Boy; “Boys of Summer,” The Ataris; Broken Boy Soldiers, The Raconteurs