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