Tagged: Podcast

Thing I like: QWERPline!

I listen to a bunch of podcasts and watch a lot of video media, and for some reason I’ve just wound up being a big fan of stuff from Canada. One thing I really like from Canada is this, Qwerpline, a surreal deep-cover comedy podcast about the local radio broadcast from Scenic Nsburg!

It’s hard to explain what Qwerpline is without just showing you, so here’s a playlist of all of it! I can say that as far as it goes, the first episode sets the tone for the whole series, and with only a little bit of adjustment, things are largely going to follow that. If you find the first episode makes you laugh? Check out the rest, it follows that arc. It’s got an itunes page if that’s what you’d like, too.

In other news, good grief, I’m kinda mad about how hard it is to find an official page to link to for Qwerpline? It’s really hard! I get it – the Loading Ready Run crew are kind of up to their eyeballs in things to make, which means it’s just easier to use Twitch or Youtube to sort your production? But it’d be nice to be able to point someone to Qwerpline’s page and just, y’know, say, ‘check that out!’

Rewatch Podcasts

The problem of connecting to a media piece for me is that a lot of the time I have to draw on my own experiences to give that media context. I have to partake in a lot of media to build up a corpus of how the media around me should be, and I’ll always have that slightly weird, wonky upbringing about what in that media resonates with me.

I think my current gold standard for Rewatch media is The Magnum Rewatch Podcast, by Loading Ready Run. The Greatest Podcast In The History Of Our Sport is a somewhat related but not perfectly connected piece of media. What happens in these two pieces is two people to whom the media has some meaningful resonance, share the experience of that media. They become storytellers, taking the media and telling you what in that media echoes importantly to them, and share it.

In the Magnum Rewatch, this is a pair of filmmakers, who have interest in edits and comedy, and who have a much more modern perspective on media, passing their opinions on Magnum PI. They point out plot holes and nice edits and they describe the narratives, boiling them down and doing fact checking/background information on how the show got made. I really enjoy that, but part of what makes me enjoy that is these two people talking about the continuity and characterisation of the people they care about

This is similarly true about The Greatest Podcast – it’s a pair of people who really understand how the media works, talking about it, rather than in a single large piece of continuity, they pull it apart and examine the threads in time. Each stage includes adding context, with some episodes building towards a larger context, and some episodes being more one-off things.

This is why I think you – yes you – should do a rewatch podcast.

I don’t like Undertale. I love talking to my friend who loves Undertale about Undertale. I love sitting around and listening to her as she explains what she saw in the characters, the things in the series she really liked. I liked her talking about what, in the universe, worked for her and what didn’t, because of her perspective and experience. And that was fun and I enjoyed doing it.

There are services like MixCloud, which will host your podcast for you. There’s Audacity, which you can record and edit your podcast with. And there’s this .dll here, where you can export your media to mp3.

If you have a thing you love, a series you know some stuff about – why not sit down, and record, in a few pieces, chunks of audio of you – and maybe a friend? – talking about the thing you like? You can rewatch it, re-experience this thing you love, and in so doing, talk to people who get to know you and get to know what you care about in this piece, as they understand the thing you care about.

There’s another reason to try this: It’s a project with a lifespan. If you want to do this, it can be an episode, or three or four episodes. You can pick a short show, or maybe even just a movie! You can talk about things in a series you love that don’t make sense. You can talk about how you like the relationships in that show. You can talk about how a videogame made you feel. And then, when you’ve done it, you can say, at the end I did a thing.

Thing I Enjoy: TGP

THE GREATEST PODCAST logoSo here’s a link to The Greatest Podcast In The History Of Our Sport, or TGP from hereon in. I’m listening to the first episode as I write this but I want to put this out here, not because I’m friends with the people who make it (I am). I want to promote this work because this is a thing I like even in a purely academic concept.

I need to come clean about something: I’m not ‘a wrestling guy.’ I don’t watch wrestling, because investing in doing so is effort and I tend to lose track of such things. But I did watch Wrestling in a very limited way when I was younger, and it was enough to teach me the basics of the lingo.

I therefore, basically, know nothing about WCW.

Specifically, TGP is a podcast that seeks to recount the history of an interesting catastrophe. It’s a history told from the perspective of people who are invested and care about the subject matter, not a dry dissection, but the storytelling of people who are coming to you from a strange land, and explaining to you as best they can in your own language.

I’m hoping that I’ll have a lot to learn in this podcast, and I’ll enjoy hearing it told. I expect I’m going to hear some stories that mean a lot to people, stories done well, stories done badly. Sometimes I don’t have quite the context for who these people are, but that’s part of the story. The narrative is built in the podcast.

Basically, TGP is a history podcast. It’s not going to tell me about the Luftwaffe or the Swedish economy: It’s about the history of an entertainment giant, and it’s being told from the perspective of two fascinated observers, standing in the crater after the fires have died down going Well shit, brah, ain’t that a fuckin’ thing.

Tune in! You might learn something fascinating. It might be familiar, but it’s still interesting, even if it’s new to you!


The DLC Podcast – Week 2

Nothing up yet. Seems Jeb’s having major router troubles, and Fox here is sick, turning half her sentences into sputtering coughs. Much love to both and much care. On the other hand, we may have ourselves some snazzy chiptune bumpers to work with soon.

The DLC Podcast – Week 1

This year, Jeb and I are trying to put together a podcast, ideally a weekly one, where we talk about games. We like that sort of thing. It’s also proving to have some technical hurdles we didn’t have time to iron out in the ending of last year.

Still, I want to make sure every week I work on something, so this week’s efforts were the creation of websites and twitter accounts for the content. Not ready for showsies, but it’s there, it’s started. And Episode 0 was recorded, which was… mostly opposed by Thor, the god of Thunder, messing everything up.