Podcasts are ace. I only discovered them just before I went to Australia when I upgraded my iPod, but they keep me company while travelling and introduce me to new music. Here then are some good podcasts I enjoy:
The BBC make available a pile of podcasts (although I do wish they’d podcast “Just A Minute”). I listen to:
- Tom Robinson Presents, full-length tracks from unsigned bands. Yeah OK there’s some crap, but by and large it’s listenable to and introduces me to some artists I’d never have found otherwise.
- The Radio 4 Friday Night Comedy podcast. News Quiz and The Now Show. Excellent.
- CBeebies: The Best Bits gets accumulated over weeks to provide a soundtrack to an otherwise dull car journey (supplemented with recordings of the CBeebies Hour on R7).
- Excess Baggage and The Media Show can alleviate a boring journey as well.
“Enough of this BBC stuff! Give us the independents!” I hear you cry. Oh alright then:
- Well, as far as comedy goes I quite like The Collings and Herrin Podcasts – it can be a bit tedious at times but by and large it’s quite humorous.
- My father introduced me to Contrast Podcast, songs along a similar theme chosen by different folks. Again, introducing me to music I wouldn’t otherwise have heard.
- Charlie And The Chillout Factory provides a soundtrack which goes well with a hangover.
- Funky House London Podcast conversely can provide a soundtrack to the night before – most excellent.
I do tend to prefer the musical ones – of which there are a shortage I think due to licensing issues, especially the BBC ones which show promise; I mean, I’d love to have a full version of Paul Jones’ Blues Explosion or Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone but you only get about a minute or so of each song.
Anyone got any favourite podcasts they like, other than the BBC ones?