As you know, to get through the day or when I'm bicycling, I like to listen to people talking about music and technology. I don't really like listening to the other music podcasts, which are essentially playlists or mixes by DJs.
We also do our own podcast called W♥M Radio, which is a mixture of the staff here talking about music with occasional interviews. We are recording #137, hopefully, this Sunday. I am bias, of course, but I like our little radio show.
Anyway, all of these podcasts are FREE, so there's no excuse to not try these out.
CABINET OF WONDERS
Today (May 25), NPR is debuting "Cabinet of Wonders", a six-episode hour long radio program hosted by John Wesley Harding. I actually really like him, I think he's quite clever … and, of course, I cannot get enough of his accent.
It's a variety program, which sounds like it was recorded live in front of an audience. In the first episode, "A Starbucks... Where The Starbuck Used To Be", Harding performs that title song and introduced all his guests with … rhymes. Wow, right? Like some sort of rhyming demon.
Guests include author Haley Tanner, musicians Punch Brothers, author Sarah Vowell, comedian Eugene Mirman, etc. You can see the guests aren't necessary music-related.
Anyway, I had a pretty hard time finding out the RSS feed, so if you want to grab it, it's located at npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510300.
THE HIVECAST WITH MATT PINFIELD
With Episode #2 just launched, Matt Pinfield sits down with Jack White. I actually haven't listened to the latest interview, but I did listen to #1 with Mark Ronson. It was kind of fun to hear this British guy reflects on how he grew up with old soul records and his brother/sister relationship with Amy Winehouse.
I laughed when I heard Ronson explains how Winehouse was brutally honest. He'll play her a song and 3 seconds in, she's like "Turn it off, don't make me listen to this anymore."
NOTE: Ronson mentioned This Day In Music app, which I reviewed.
If you can't get enough of Pinfield's know-it-all brain, you should listen to us chat about music.
Tired of the BBC blocking all the good podcasts because you don't live in the UK? Thankfully, the Guardian's doing an excellent job on their podcasts.
Music Weekly is the Guardian take on music by hosts Alexis Petridis and Kieran Yates (with regular staff rotations). They do random band interviews, talk about the news, and the production is very professional (lots of music excerpts).
The latest episode "Gravenhurst's favourite folk – and a fistful of festivals" (May 25th), is about the festival season. They talk to Sam Richards, the editor of the Guide's 2012 festival special.
I don't know what a "Murfie" is, but it looks like a record store based out Madison, Wisonsin. They just celebrated their one-year anniversary.
They have a podcast, and I did listen to the latest one, "Interview with Enabler". While metal/hardcore isn't really my cup of tea, I was more bothered by the "cell phone" audio recording. Just to make sure, I listened to "Interview with Charlie Parr", and he also had that "cell phone" audio quality. It just doesn't sound good. But hey, interviewer Kayla sounded wonderful.
I browsed through their podcast, it seems they only do them every so-often, like once a month.
ONSTAGE AND BACKSTAGE
Book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group just launched their Onstage and Backstage podcast. The show will feature authors and celebrity guests discussing the performing arts. The podcast covers theatre, film, television, bands, classical music, opera, and today's music industry.
I grabbed the latest episode, "A (Profound) Guide to Beethoven's Chamber Music!" to check out. I can tell by the stutters of "uh" and "ums" that Victor Lederer, author of Beethoven's Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide, doesn't do public speaking (or he was super nervous).
It's still a new podcast, so it can only improve… but I do recommend some editing in post.