Podcast Rec :: Giving it Up for Less

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Meet my new best friend, Lauren Ash*.

 

Do you watch Superstore? Do you know the character Dina? THAT”s her, and she’s awesome.

 

The tagline is “the podcast about oversharing” and it sure delivers. This is one of those shows where you listen and feel like you’re sitting in the room chatting with friends. 

 

Her guests are often people she knows, but occasionally she invites people that she knows of, but doesn’t know personally yet and it’s fun to ‘watch’ them become friends.

 

Each episode has a theme, like Middle School Traumas, Pet Owner Fails, Hellish Holidays, etc.

 

She’s just the coolest. She talks fast, loves Prosecco and is hilarious.

 

*I know I can’t be best friends with her because her bestie is Leslie Seiler, but a gal can dream.

 

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Discovery :: Overcoats

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Overcoats is a New York-based electronic-pop duo consisting of singer-songwriters Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. They met on their first day of freshman year at Wesleyan University where they sat next to each other in an ‘Intro to Anthropology’ class. Their debut album, YOUNG, was released in 2017. Their latest album, The Fight came out in March of 2020.

When asked to describe their music the answer is: “It’s like Radiohead, but cool.”
I don’t know if Radiohead is what I think of when I hear them, but what I do hear are beautiful voices harmonizing wonderfully together. Think First Aid Kit without the country twang, maybe a titch of HAIM thrown in. The first song I heard of theirs was Leave the Light On and it remains one of my favorites.

When asked what is their favorite city to play in, they say: “We love all the cities equally. (Minneapolis)”. I hope someday to see them play here if the world ever opens up and it’s safe to go downtown again.

Here’s a cool article about them from American Songwriter magazine

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Podcast Red :: Bloody Murder

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Bloody Murder is both true crime and comedy. Join hosts Tara Sariban and Barney Black as they cover murder stories with humor and their great Australian accents. 

They cover Australian cases mostly, but they do also cover other cases from around the world. I like it because these are generally cases I’ve never heard of before.

This isn’t laugh-a-minute funny, (not that it should be) because they’re really telling the stories, but they do interject funny stories of their own throughout.

 

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Discovery :: Katzenjammer

Katzenjammer

katz·en·jam·mer
nounINFORMAL•DATED
confusion; uproar.
a hangover; a severe headache resulting from a hangover.
plural noun: katzenjammers

However, my Alexa pronounces it: KAHTZ-en-yahmmah – which appears to be the German pronunciation. In German, it means Cats Wail (or Caterwaul)

 

Per Wikipedia: “Katzenjammer was an English-language Norwegian band from Oslo, formed in 2005. The band consists of Anne Marit Bergheim, Solveig Heilo and Turid Jørgensen. Former band member Marianne Sveen left the band in the beginning of 2016.”


The band Katzenjammer is not a NEW discovery but when you abandon your blog for 15 years you discover artists the whole time, without posting about them. You will hear them if you listen to my Amazon music playlist, Ladies Night. Linked over there —>

Even though they’re no longer active, I wanted to feature them because I still listen to their music on a regular basis.

I discovered this group around 2008 when a music friend (from the old Ecto mailing list) who lives in Norway suggested it to me. I was immediately smitten. The first song I heard was “Ain’t No Thang” and I saw the video. I just wanted to be in that boat with them singing and having a grand old time.

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So I searched out their other stuff and I’m happy to report that it’s all amazing. I particularly like this video for A Bar In Amsterdam. Their “regular” videos are great too, but they’re definitely a LIVE type band so watching them on stage is a treat.

I’m still amazed that they didn’t get super popular here in the US. I’m convinced that it’s just that they don’t have the right exposure. Go listen and if you like them, spread the word! However, I don’t know how much good it will do since they’re not still active. 

 

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Podcast Rec :: Everything is Alive

Everything is Alive

This one is a little wacky and I love it. The premise is that in each episode an inanimate object is interviewed about their experiences. The interviewer (and producer) is Ian Chillag and he’s great.

If you ever wanted to know how a can of pop (soda, for you non-mid-westerners) feels when it sits forgotten in the back of the fridge, this is for you. 

I’m one of those empaths who feels like everything has feelings even if it’s not alive, so this is right up my alley. I have been known to say “excuse me” when I bump into a chair.

Also being a bit of a theater nerd, I love the improvisational feel of it. 

 

Favorite episodes:

Louis, Can of Soda

Maeve, Lampost

Lilian, Song (this is one is my absolute fave, so far)

 

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