It’s been a long while since I last blogged. Probably because I’ve been listening to podcasts for a year straight. I promise I’m going to get serious with this blog soon enough, but for now, something a bit more light hearted. In honour of my return, here are my recommendations for the podcasts that I’ve been absolutely bingeing on lately.
Anyone know knows me knows that I’m an absolute true crime buff. I eat up anything and everything true crime, then beg for more. Someone Knows Something has two seasons so far, each season focusing on a different unsolved cold case. Season 1 looks into the disappearance of toddler Adrien McNaughton, whilst Season 2 investigates the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard. It’s well presented, heartfelt, and at times, gripping. David Ridgen knows how to give great pod. Neither case has been solved, but they’re still fascinating stories, nonetheless.
If you like investigative journalism into unsolved cold cases that DOES lead to a break in the case after many years, then Up And Vanished is for you. Payne Lindsay leads us on an enthralling journey into the disappearance of beauty queen Tara Grinstead, and just recently there was a major break in the case, prompted possibly by the buzz in the small town she disappeared from, over this very podcast. Do yourself a favour, listen from the beginning and don’t spoil it for yourself by doing any Google searching. You won’t regret it.
If you like your true crime dark and funny, this is the place you wanna be. Cuddle up with the original Murderinos, and find your people. This one isn’t for everybody, but if you like a bit of murder-related dark humour, and always loved to talk about murder but never had anybody to talk about it to… this one’s for you. Comediennes Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark chat in an open and unabridged way about their favourite murders, and the result is something that keeps me hanging out for each new episode. My Favorite Murder has amassed a huge cult following over the last year, and just keeps getting bigger and better with a live tour happening across America, and talks of coming to do some live shows in Australia.
Heading away from true crime, I am also getting heavily into serialised fiction. Homecoming is a great place to start if you’re new to this, with a great story that’s just the right length, and has a nice twist at the end. It’s well produced and I honestly couldn’t stop listening. An added plus is that David Schwimmer lends his voice to the cast, as well as some other fantastic actors.
Now, you all know, from my previous Music Monday posts, about my utter love for Welcome To Night Vale. Alice Isn’t Dead is done by the same people, and it has the same gorgeous poetic darkness, but with a bit more scary and a bit less odd. Like Homecoming, it is not a huge long rambling story (although I hear another season is in the works), but it’s definitely something that draws you in and doesn’t let go until it’s had enough of you. These guys definitely have a unique approach to storytelling, and it definitely works for me.
If you like your serialised fiction longer and more involved, The Black Tapes is one I highly recommend. There’s loads of episodes out currently, so you can binge heavily, if you’re into that kind of thing. The Black Tapes is dark and spooky and really gets its fingers into your mind and doesn’t let go. Its sister podcasts TANIS and Rabbits are amazing too, TANIS however is quite involved so I’d recommend starting with The Black Tapes first to ease yourself into it. Rabbits has just started but already I’m hanging on every episode, so if you want something that you can follow weekly, I highly recommend that one too.
Alright, signing off for now, if you’ve never given podcasts a try before, I really really think that you should. You can listen through iTunes or any number of great Android apps (I use Podcast Addict and love it) or you can listen via each podcast’s website.
Toodle-Ooooooo… let me know YOUR fave podcasts here, so I can add to my huge long list of must-listens.