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April 2017

Listen, Watch, Read: April 9th, 2017

LISTENING

I know I usually always mention all- or majority-female bands, because those are pretty much the only bands I listen to, but this week I started listening to Meatbodies after they popped up on my Spotify Daily Mix. It’s pretty rad stuff. Reminds me of Wolfmother among other things. Just real solid guitar rock. Check out their most recent appearance on KEXP.

(I’m also really digging Angel Olsen’s cover of The Motels “Total Control” on KEXP. Hope she plays it at Pitchfork 2017.)

WATCHING

I started re-watching episodes of Portlandia on Netflix to help me go to sleep and it’s reminded me how hilarious that show is. Not all the acts land, but overall it’s stood up really well. They’ve started writing season 8, but I’ve yet to see all of season 7 (no IFC subscription) and thus will have to wait for a release on Netflix. I’m trying to pick my favorite season, and I’m not sure I can.

READING

I went to an illustrators show at the Emporium in Chicago Tuesday night and picked up a lot of cool prints and two comics from Andrea Bell, an illustrator and comic artist, Fair Voyage and Rose From The Dead. She described the former as an adventure with two female protagonists and the latter as a girl saves boy story, so obviously I was sold! I read Rose From The Dead this week and it was a cute little inventive story with gorgeous artwork. Going to read Fair Voyage next!

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Listen, Watch, Read: April 2nd, 2017

LISTENING

The Bright Sessions. I think I mentioned ars Paradoxica in an earlier blog post. Well I actually started listening to The Bright Sessions before ars Paradoxica. The two podcasts are produced by the same group of artists and there was a brief cross-over episode of ars Paradoxica that involved a Bright Sessions character. Anyway, the Bright Sessions is just as good as ars Paradoxica, albeit slightly different. In ars Paradoxica, settings change and there’s a large cast of characters from the get go. The Bright Sessions started off rather small feeling but has since grown. It’s about a psychologist who provides therapy for the “strange and unusual,” a euphemism for people who have powers, like time-travel and mind-reading. The writing and acting on the show are very well done. Very quickly, I became attached to these characters, even the less righteous ones. I would highly recommend to any audio fiction lovers out there.

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Listen, Watch, Read: March 26th, 2017

LISTENING

I don’t even want to acknowledge the existence of this podcast, but here goes: Rabbits. It’s by the people who made podcasts for Pacific Northwest Stories, but this new iteration is called Public Radio Alliance for some reason. I honestly have no idea. The Black Tapes, Tanis, and now Rabbits all fall under the list of audio fiction I hate-listen to. You know the expression hate-watch, which is used to describe a show you watch just so you can shit on it. This is how I feel about these podcasts. I know that sounds mean, and I’ll explain why. They’re so gimmicky. Like, there are aspects to the writing and production that are. The style of the show is like investigative podcasting a la serial and they pretend that it’s all real (which is what a lot of audio fiction podcasts do) but there’s something about the way it’s written (perhaps all the rhetorical questions that have answers but the hosts aren’t willing to actually try and produce an answer because that would mean losing some mystery to the show). IDK. All I know it I’m an audio fiction addict and so I will continue to listen when the well of other audio fiction runs dry.

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