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  1. Ten Minute Podcast

    Friday, March 30, 2012

    Heyheyhey.  Idea!  I'm going to review Ten Minute Podcast in


    Great right?  Lemme type out the categories (and the links, because c'mon, give me a chance) and let's see how far I can get. 

    Will Sasso (MADtv, The Three Stooges)!
    Chris D'Elia (Whitney, Glory Daze)!
     and Bryan Callen (The Hangover, The Hangover Part II)!

    Together, they made a podcast!  For some reason that I am not entirely sure of at the moment.  Freshly made this February, the fellas have been steadily building up an archive of funny blather for you to listen to.

    Bryan Callen:  One's got long hair, the other no hair, they're my friends for life-
    Chris D'Elia:  -what does the hair have to do with it-
    Bryan Callen:  Chris wears glasses even though he doesn't need them~
                    - Bryan Callen "singing" the end song.
    Relevant Links:
    Main site!
    iPod for the downloadin'!

    Average Episode Length: For once, a podcast appears to be taking the act of mentioning its length in the title seriously (looking at you Paul & Storm).  Dead on ten minutes! 

    Music:  There is an intro song, and a nonspecific end song.

    Content RatingExplicit and tagged as such in iTunes.  The topics can jump to places you don't expect, so if you're some sort of 1920s school marm, this might be 2 HAWT TO HANDLE.  The rest of us will be fine.
    Bryan Callen:  You are Samoan.
    Will Sasso:  I'm not Samoan.

    Unintentionally Good Thing: Bryan Callen singing along to the end song music.

    Unintentionally Bad Thing:  This podcast is focused like an arrow.  That has no feathers on the end to guide its flight.  And it's made of Jell-o instead of wood.  Aaaand instead of an arrowhead, there's a marshmallow Peeps somehow adhered to the Jell-o.


    Time!  Okay, well, there you go!  Ten Minute Podcast sure is a podcast, and this sure was a review. 



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  2. Down in Front

    Saturday, March 17, 2012

    One of my favorite things about audio podcasts is their ability to allow me to multitask while enjoying them.  I can do chores, drive, work, shower (iPod outside the shower), and pretend that I'm actually writing and not looking at Tumblr all while listening to a podcast!  They're great that way!  It's a very peanut butter and jelly arrangement.

    So, how could I be more excited than when my friend let me know about a podcast where you:
    A) Listen to a podcast
    B) Watch a movie at the same time?

    Lads and lassies, may I bring to the fore of this discussion, Down in Front.  Intelligent movie commentary, fellas that make with the jokes, insightful discussions, how can you go wrong?

    Relevant Links:
    Main Site!
    [This is the spot where other links would go to make your perusal of the podcast as easy as possible, but the Down in Front website is great and has everything I'd typically link to right on top of the front page.  Woo!]

    Average Episode Length:  Long.  Like, for-realz long.  All of the episodes I've downloaded so far have been 2+ hours!  How do you like THAT for quantity?

    Each episode of Down in Front concerns itself with a single movie.  The movie is discussed by a rotating cast of hosts the lend their expertise to the conversation.  As a listener, you can either listen to their discussion on its own OR sync the Down in Front  podcast with the movie, and enjoy the symbiotic relationship!

    [Okay, it would be closer to a commensal relationship.  Happy, Ms. Science?]

    This provides an amazing excuse for you to not only watch a movie you love, not only subject your friends and loved ones to watching it again for the thousandth time, but to watch a movie you love with your friends and loves ones (possibly bribed with the promise of never having to watch it again) and listening to other people who watched the movie talk about it!

    If one would like, one may even pretend the hosts are talking directly to you.  Attempts can be made to join the conversation at varying rates of success. 

    Content RatingExplicit!  Considering many of the movies they select are rated R, let that guide your expectations for profanity.  In what I've listened to the hosts are not crude, but much of what they're watching has "adult themes" so, hey, it might crop up. 

    Music:  Nah, not really.  Just the lightest touch at the intro.

    Release Schedule:  Weekly, with most episodes releasing on Monday.

    Unintentionally Good Part:  They have an episode for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" which is one of the best movies ever made and yes I will fight you on this

    Unintentionally Bad Part:  Some of the reviewers either dislike or are indifferent to Avatar:  the Last Airbender, which is one of the best shows ever made and yes I will fight you on this.  Their opinion differs from mine on this single, unimportant facet of life so that makes them wrong. 

    At the very, very least, Down in Front will provide you with a bevy of opinions on movies that you have seen.  Perhaps you will agree with them.  PERHAPS YOU WON'T?!?!  Then you are free to find your favorite forum (or visit the Down in Front forum) and mash your little hands against your keyboard and share your opinion with THE WORLD.

    Bonus FeaturesDown in Front also features a "shorter" version of their podcast called The Intermission.  This podcast is more of the "potpourri" style where the hosts bring stories from their lives to the table.   Looks like the topics can vary wildly in The Intermission, so just think of it as your own, personal lottery of things you might want to listen to!
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  3. Big Pop Fun

    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    You know that cool uncle you have?  The one that always remembers to bring your a souvenir when he visits, and let you "drive" his truck when you were seven?  Turns out that's Tom Wilson, and he has a podcast called Big Pop Fun

    First:  Tom Wilson is the actor that portrayed Biff in Back to the Future (among other roles).  Take a moment, soak it in, say the quotes that you've memorized.  We good?  A'ight.
    I'm Tom, your sometimes far-less-than perfect guide through the magical sleigh ride of entertainment.
    Relevant Links:
    Release Schedule:  Weekly, with a new podcast each Friday.

    Average Episode Length:  Hell, I dunno... like, 50 minutes?  How's that fit ya?

    Music:  A cute little intro with a good, uh, introduction.  Yeah, that sounds right.  Not a lot to speak of otherwise.  

    Content Rating:  Clean.  Even if Tom Wilson did choose to swear, his voice is so charming you wouldn't mind.
    [People are] always curious, especially as an actor.  "What do you do? What are you doing tomorrow?"  and you say, "Well, I'm preparing for auditions and I'm writing but I'm semi-retired so I decide what I'm going to do.  It's semi-retirement and I may just go to the basement and start carving duck decoys."
    Tom Wilson has lived the kind of life that results in a catalog of interesting stories and wouldn't you like to hear a few?  Of course you would!  That's the main point of Big Pop Fun and what makes it so enjoyable.  The whole formula of the thing is:
     Listener (you) + a Folk What Talk Good (Tom Wilson) =  Rad Podcast (Big Pop Fun)
    I won't even ask you to show your work.  On occasion Tom will invite a friend to the podcast and record their conversations, which generate more interesting stories to listen to!  There's a lot of discussion of the ins and outs of show business, recollections of the past, funny celebrity moments, and anecdotes, anecdotes, anecdotes.   
    Unintentionally Good Part:  Strictly speaking, this doesn't have much to do with the podcast itself (scandal!), but you really need to check out Tom Wilson's art.  He's a pop culture icon, painting pop culture icons, which boils down to lots of awesome drawings of retro toys.  Very cool!
    Unintentionally Bad Part:  For a show called "Big Pop Fun," things can get surprisingly heavy in the conversations that take place.  Like, so depressing that I have actually had to take off my headphone and look at my iPod in disbelief at what I was hearing.  Woof, man.  These sad topics can sneak up on you when you're not expecting them and may bum you out.
    Tom Wilson has that earnest way of speaking that always engages me in a podcast, and I think you should give Big Pop Fun a try.  Get to it! 
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