I don’t know about you, but I almost never go into the iTunes store anymore. The podcast section deeply buried, and the category I usually look at, “Arts: Literature”, is full podfaded shows. And when the podcasts listed are up-to-date they are often podcasts about TV shows, or if they are book based they are dominated by a long parade of sparkly vampire, boy wizard, or starving-teenager-in-dystopia book series based podcasts.
So like I said I’ve nearly given up on iTunes as a source of podcast discovery.
But, late last year I started following a blog that does weekly podcast reviews, The Onion’s AV Club Podmass.
The way the site works, it’s basically a weekly roundup of review of about a dozen podcasts with sassy descriptions of new episodes.
I think we need a lot more blogs like this.
Here’s how The Onion AV Club’s Podmass describes itself:
Since the iPod debuted in 2001, it has gone from portable music player to a medium in itself: Podcasts, like blogs, have indelibly shaped the media landscape in less than a decade. The A.V. Club listens to a lot of them, so this week we introduce Podmass, our weekly round-up of the podcasts we follow.
Here’s how it will work: Each week, we’ll recommend the best of those we listened to, as well as quick write-ups of everything else. Because of the deadlines required to post on Friday, our coverage week goes Thursday through Wednesday. Every few weeks we’ll visit a fringe podcast, get a recommendation from a podcaster we like, as well as listen to something completely new to us. (If you have podcast suggestions, e-mail us at [email protected])
The only thing missing from the reviews are links to the MP3s themselves. I would HuffDuff a lot more of the shows I’ve spotted there if they were deep linking.
I haven’t posted about Podmass previously because their focus is almost entirely on comedic podcasts. Most weeks see a review of about ten standup comic personality podcasts. There’s also a a sprinkling of history, or non-fiction subjected shows thrown in as well – but they’re not ones I usually love.
The good news is that their |LATEST POST| includes a familiar program. Check it out:
19 Nocturne Boulevard
Julie Hoverson is a writer and producer who lets her dark side show in this anthology audio-drama series. Many episodes of 19 Nocturne Boulevard are horror stories, including some quality adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft, but the show can include comedy, sci-fi, romance or whatever genre Hoverson feels like producing that month. The writing and the sound effects shine brightest in these productions, but the voice acting is made up of a mix of professionals and brand-new talent, which can produce a mixed result. The episode “Little Boxes” is a creepy tale of some store clerks who agree to sell a new product that could save their business, with disastrous results. The story is elegant in its simplicity and a good example of how music and sound effects can set a gloomy and foreboding mood. This is the perfect show for anyone who needs a good scare to motivate their morning jog. [AJ]
And if you go digging you’ll see Julie Davis’ Forgotten Classics was reviewed back in September!
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