March 2nd, 2007

Pods i&i Cast

This is the post that will never get posted unless I just post it. Been sitting on it and adding to it for too long. So here it is, incomplete as it will have to be, as I seem to discover a new podcast or mix series or audio-show-thing every few days or so. So much music out there, it’s totally wonderful — and a little overwhelming. This is an attempt to recommend what have promised to be (and in many cases deliver) regular sources — indeed, series — of well-considered musical sequences.

Not only, I’m afraid, will this list no doubt be missing some things I actually do DL and dig, the annotations will have to be tantalizingly brief. & I should note that not all of these are subscribable, and they certainly need not be listened to on a “pod”; some are updated more than others, some are practically defunct; also, I’ve loosely grouped — and in some cases brutally shoehorned — all the “casts” into general categories, and in no particular order. If you see something missing here 4 which I should be checking, do leave a comment. But enough disclaiming —

Whirl-music (i.e., wide-ranging stylistically and geographically, if usually electronic, natch)

>> blogariddims — readers of this humble blog have been well-intro’d to this series by now; props to droid for running a tight ship (subscribe)

>> masala — global beats via MTL; up to the time, fairly ecumenical, if, oui, ghettocentric (subscribe)

>> spannered — they’ve only put out one oddcast so far, but they’ve got nuff amazing mixes up over there

>> blentcast — mr.blentwell‘s relatively rare but rarely disappointing cast series remains up for the download, and you can even subscribe to all that gets posted @ that deep mix emporium if you wanna

>> murkcast — only two so far, but both strong and interesting, expressing contemporary europe’s egyptian/gypsy roots/routes (subscribe)

>> dr.auratheft — can’t talk about something like europe’s global character as expressed in a mix without mentioning the ongoing expositions and interventions of the venerable siebe thissen

>> sambacana — in a similar vein, maga bo‘s impressive, exhaustive, exciting series manages to do a mighty fine job representing the sprawling, spiraling musical world of brazil, especially, but not exclusively, urban electronic styles; listen and learn —

>> bomb brooklyn — criss-crossed cut-edge beats, deep’n’dirty sorta steez, dubstep to glitch-tech (subscribe)

>> gnawledge — outernational hip-hop and other out-there excursions and excursions out there, none of which sounds as redundant as that description (subscribe)

>> b-series — DJ C’s electric eclectic mix series (subscribe)


>> algoriddim — roots-n-culture artist-centric reggae radio shows straight outta chi-town; curatorial in orientation but not too constrained by such concerns (subscribe)

>> radio scratch — that’s right, a podcast (and a website) devoted entirely, lovingly, profusely to lee ‘scratch’ perry, dub magician/musician/technician extraordinaire extraterrestrial: deeeep! (subscribe)

>> baroquedub — electronic dubwise currents w/ global sweep; based in NZ, but moving to UK (subscribe)

>> blackmagicplastic — mostly reggae, some other stuff; check the i’s blog to get a sense of what shows up on the ‘cast (subscribe)


>> control to chaos — series by t.vanVeen and fishhead focusing on “renegade & liminal genres,” which usually sounds like techno and ambient to me (with some outliers), which is good (subscribe)

>> process series — curated by rayna modyfier, an eclectic, if technocentric, mix series by some reflective DJs, producers, & music bloggers, incl tomas.p & catchdiesel

>> nick nice — an (increasingly?) mashdup series, but dude used to drop the bestest house anthems and classic/deep cuts every satrday night in madison, WI back when i was an outright gradschool dancing fool, so i’m waiting for re-ups of some old “butter” sets, yup (subscribe)

>> ravegression — what the title says pretty much: electrro/techno/&other(post)disco dance dance (subscribe)

(love to find some good minimal, etc., mixxage if anyone can recommend)


>> theory of everything — benjamen walker’s disturbing & disturbingly funny radio show, blurring all kinds of lines and, mebbe just mebbe, helping us all to tell the truth a lil bit better

>> radiolab — quite the entertaining show: meticulously and playfully edited & offering accessible discussions of science and philosophy with eccentric experts; i highly recommend the “musical language” episode and anything involving oliver sacks (subscribe for season 2; season 1 available as streaming audio)

>> this american life — an obvious choice, but what can i say, i like ira glass, and i think he presents a pretty interesting picture of american life week in and week out (tho it is a little weird how many contributors put on their best “ira glass voice” when producing their own segments); plus, it’s made in chicago, and i like to support the locals, knamean (subscribe)

(┬┐alguien conoce a algunas podcasts buenas en espa├▒ol?)

Finally, I should maybe mention that I too have a podcast. If you hadn’t noticed, that’s because I’ve only put out one likkle mix so far, the Boston Smashacre. But I’ve got a massive mix coming soon, so stay tuned (subscribe) —

— and do leave any recs that come to mind. Got nuff to listen to, indeed, but always lookin for more.


  • 1. i  |  March 3rd, 2007 at 6:34 am

    cool. thanks for the link. i’m glad someone’s listening… i’m honored to be listed among the others on yer list. there’s some pros on there. got a new new mix on the way at blackmagicplastic… fortuitous timing. i look forward to hearing all of these i haven’t checked out before. peace from oakland, ca.

  • 2. Dan  |  March 3rd, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    Wow…what a great list. Thanks for compiling this and posting it.
    Raspekt from Chi-town.

  • 3. modyfier  |  March 3rd, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    in response to your rfi on “(love to find some good minimal, etc., mixxage if anyone can recommend)”…i’ve recently been exploring travis castillo: … (and if you feel like genre-leaping, leap-frog like on lily pads, there’s loads of other stuff, too)…and thanks for this list and i’m honored, as well, to be included! thanks!

  • 4. claxx  |  March 4th, 2007 at 12:32 am

    heavy list! thanks

  • 5. Dan  |  March 4th, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Oh, and an addition:

    While I don’t care for some of the regular podcasts from Jesse Jarnow, there have been some great guest podcasters, including one from the great Lee Scratch Perry, and if you scroll down, there are some gems in there. If you’re into jazz, the Bob Belden stuff is great.

  • 6. wayneandwax  |  March 4th, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks to all — keep on clickin’n’castin !

    And thx for the recs, Rayna and Dan — lots of good lookin stuff at those spots. I need more podspace. 60 gigs is clearly not enough.

  • 7. algoriddim  |  March 6th, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for linking to me.

    I’m looking forward to exploring all your other recommendations!

  • 8. » T&hellip  |  March 23rd, 2007 at 8:39 pm

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