As you may have read I picked up the universal "podcatching" iOS "Downcast" at the weekend. It was a toss-up between it and "Instacast" but "Downcast" won because it was universal... which means it takes pride of place on both my iPhone and iPad.
It's a fab app that caters for all my podcasting needs. My only criticism of the app is that I wish it had some sort of cloud syncing capability that enabled me to work seamlessly between devices... I guess I'm getting fussing in my old age, huh?
I downloaded a number of podcasts to listen to and I've been like proverbial fat kid in a sweetie shop ever since.
For music related content, I subscribed to the following:
A Strangely Isolated Place
Benjamin Dauer recommended ASIP to me and I am glad he did because the podcast presents wonderful longform mixes of my kind of music... described by the blurb as "ambient, chill, IDM, shoegaze, psychedelic, nugaze, drone and electronica". The quality control is very high and the content I've heard to date has been impressive.
This podcast, hosted by Jim Butler, focuses on ambient electronic music and I find it is great to listen to while photoshopping. It has an immersive other-worldly feel to it.
This is another podcast recommended by Ben. It focuses on ambient soundscapes and makes for an engaging and immersive listening experience.
There is cutting edge and there is bleeding edge... and then there is "Headphone Commute". The mixes they present vary across genre but have a consistent level of quality. Want to hear something new..? go to Headphone Commute first.
National Public Radio - All Songs Considered and their live concerts
NPR is an American treasure and their "All Songs Considered" an example of first class programming. So far I have enjoyed a Moby concert from the recent Moogfest and have some interesting programming to catch up on.
In addition to the above music-related programming I also downloads the following talk-based shows:
The Something Beautiful Podcast
SBP is the podcast I co-host where we (JD, Travis, Stewart, Johnny & myself) help our interviewees unpack and discuss their faith journeys. We've been going for three + years and it can be tough but it is also fun and a great way to listen and learn from others.
The HP Podcraft
I am a big fan of HPLovecraft and this podcast features a discussion on his various works. It is geeky but I enjoy it and find the observations raised fascinating and enlightening.
I get considerable blessing from the sermons presented at Mosaic in Los Angeles. Erwin McManus is a gifted author and theologian... and his team are all similarly gifted. This podcast is church for me... and I heartily recommend it.
That's what's in my Downcast at the moment. Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what ones? Any you'd recommend?
I forgot This American Life ... a show my friend JD Blundell turned me onto. The show describes itself as follows:
"The radio show and TV show follow the same format. There’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There’s lots more to the show, but it’s sort of hard to describe."I love stories of everyday people... its kind of the point of my own podcast and its also why I dig this show.