So, in the interests of content generation and also implementing ideas that have been kicking around my head for years, I present the first installment in The Loadout. Basically, for any given category of nerd shit, what nerd shit am I fucking with? And what better way to start than the one that changes the least often - podcasts.
I subscribe to too many podcasts. Which does not mean I listen to too many. I used to listen to a lot more, back when I had a bus commute in the Before Times. And I used to listen to a few more back before I got too blind to drive and no longer have car alone time to knock some out. And I used to listen to a tiny bit more before my headphones broke. Why haven’t I replaced them? Because I almost never use them and my taste in headphones (Bluetooth over the neck bone conduction) is, while not crazy expensive, expensive enough to wait for a sale and forget that I’m waiting for a sale and just not pull the trigger.
What this means is that I have priorities for the times that I do get to listen to podcasts. So this Loadout will be grouped by priority.and ordered within that group also by priority.
TOP PRIORITY PODCASTS:
These are the podcasts that get listened to as soon as they drop, or as soon as the podcast higher in this list is done. The current top four:
1: GET PLAYED
This podcast started as How Did This Get Played, a How Did This Get Made spinoff about bad video games. This year, after realizing what a mistake it was to force themselves to play a shitty game every single week for a couple of years, they changed the format to a looser, more general gaming podcast. But that’s not important. What’s important, like most of the podcasts I listen to, is the conversation and interplay between three to four (this is a pattern you’ll see in this list that I’m honestly just realizing now) ucomedic hosts. In this case, Heather Anne Campbell, Nick Wiger, and Matt Appodaca. Fun, funny, and since it drops on Monday’s it’s a great work-week starter.
Oh, look, it’s three comedic hosts chatting and fucking around. In this case, Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkis, and Scott Aukerman. There is no topic. Just three comedy friends bouncing from topic to topic, riff to riff, introduction to introduction, and pop song chunk tied loosely into something someone just said to pop song chunk tied loosely into something someone just said. I don’t always stick around for the final third, but that’s entirely my tolerance for improv party games and not their ability to be entertaining at them.
3: ALL FANTASY EVERYTHING
Three comedy buddies (Ian Karmel, David Gborie, Sean Jordan) and sometimes a guest “fantasy draft” pop culture by picking their five favorite of whatever that week’s topic is, but if one person picks something nobody else can also pick it.
Again, it’s mostly a three to four comedy people shooting the shit podcast with a loose structure, which is kind of my jam
4: TIGHTS AND FIGHTS
This is my wrestling podcast of choice, and while it’s not the unmitigated joy it was in its heyday a few years back, I can’t imagine a better progressive discussion of pro wrestling.
MEDIUM PRIORITY PODCASTS:
These are the podcasts I listen to most every episode of, but it’s when I get to it. When I’ve knocked out all the top tier ones and I have a day or two extra before another one drops, I catch up on these.
5: HOW DID THIS GET MADE
The classic, long-running bad movie podcast. Not much to say, really - if you don’t at least know it exists and what the premise is, you’re not into this kind of podcast.
6: DOUG LOVES MOVIES
Another classic - been around forever, been though some changes in the pandemic era, but still a constantly entertaining hour of conversation and weird movie-based trivia and parlor games.
7: WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS
The weird outlier in my loadout. Mike Eagle does a long-form, multi-episode interview with a legendary hip hop figure each season. It’s fascinating, and I learn a lot, but the finite nature of it means that logistically, as long as I finish each season at some point before the next one starts, I don’t fall behind. So it moves down the priority list.
These are podcasts I only listen to in specific circumstances.
Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkis tackle huge nerd genre properties, viewing them mostly for the first time because they’re not into huge nerd genre properties. They’re currently working their way through the MCU. This one I listen to with Cathy so it’s just when we’re in the car together.
9: MIKE EAGLE’S PATREON RSS FEED
Songs, demos, and short personal update podcasts drop in from time to time and I get to ‘em when I get to ‘em.
10: DUMB PEOPLe TOWN
I really like Dan Van Kirk, mostly from his appearances on Doug Loves Movies. He and the Sklars talk about dumb news stories with a guest. It’s OK, but I’m burned out on certain aspects of it so I’m at the point where I only keep the episode if I know the guest and even then it drops down the priority list pretty far.