Category Archives: The Newness

The Discovered: Welcome To Night Vale, Angry Old Man, The Inverse Delirium, Junk Food Dinner

We all have one. We all have a hang-out style podcast talking about “nerd stuff” or  “pop culture” or “what we did this week” or the worst one “remember that old girlfriend you had?” No, we don’t! Only you two do and the rest of us don’t care and just stopped listening. All of us indie podcasters are guilty of such mediocre to shit-poor content from time to time. Hell, a lot of mainstream ones are guilty of this.

Some of us indie folk are doing interesting things with the podcast format though. We discovered a few in recent months that inspire us to be more creative with our own.nightvalelogo-web

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE

Alright so if you listen to podcasts you know what this is already. Probably the biggest indie podcast story in 2013 that doesn’t involve an entrepreneurial cast.  As a podcaster or writer it’ll make you say to yourself “Why didn’t I start this!?” But but after listening long enough you realize you’re nowhere close to being talented enough to pull off writing it. Fictional community updates for the small desert town called Night Vale. It may take a couple listens but eventually you get the creepy awsomeness. Latest WTNV episode.

ANGRY OLD MAN PODCAST

You may not believe it after listening but this is just one man doing all the voices. Set in a trailer park, the characters walk in and out of each others lives. Sometimes I get caught up in trying to imagine how much editing must go into making an episode and forget to listen to the content. Mostly improvised, but it still manages to tell a complete story and carry over storylines to other episodes. Latest AOMP episode.

THE INVERSE DELIRIUM

Using other podcasters to act out audio-sketches. Super cool. Expertly produced by Geoffrey Welchman. Always a funny and interesting listen. We secretly sit around and hope for a invite one day. Latest TID episode.

JUNK FOOD DINNER

I’ve never been much of a cult film fan but this podcast motivates me to be one. The hosts watch and review three or four cultish films from the past or near present. They give super nerd-core breakdowns of the films without being pretentious or inserting too much unrelated material – my favorite kind of fancast/review style podcast. Latest JFD episode.

I really enjoy indie casters playing with the format and branching out from the normal podcast style. Let us know if you find one worthy.

-Mike

The Newness: Alcohollywood, Fortnight on the Internets and Toxic Twins Happy Hour

“The Newness” is a new segment for the Dorktown blog. We take a look (or a listen, actually) to some podcasts we haven’t noticed much before. Here are a few. toxictwins

TOXIC TWINS HAPPY HOUR

It’s always a little tough to be listening with too serious of a ear to a podcast in its first few episodes. But, it’s also fun to get in on the ground floor. That’s what I’m doing with Toxic Twins Happy Hour. It’s starting out as a beer and music podcast, we’ll see if hosts Reid and Rob stay on that path. I hope they do because I love both topics and like how they do it in a relaxed style. I even can forgive the fact that they are not in the same studio while they record because it still sounds good. They use the Google Hangout method instead of the classic podcaster method of Skype – it seems Google Hangouts sound better than Skype ‘casts but that may be isolated to Toxic Twins. Either way it’s metal.

FORTNIGHT ON THE INTERNETS

Oh man. Where has this one been!? This is what a modern era podcast is all about. Great mix of new music, Internet news and just plain coolness. Alpine and Alison sound pro (and I suspect Alison may be a former radio-er from the sound of it) but they don’t overdue the pro-style and still keep it podcast-real. Looking forward to more episodes.

ALCOHOLLYWOOD

Drinking games and movie breakdowns. Thumbs up to that shit. These boys pick a movie, or take suggestions from listeners. They watch it, review it and develop a drinking game exclusive to the movie. Didn’t like how much they tore up Mallrats and Kevin Smith (he certainly isn’t perfect – especially as a Director) but maybe they don’t get Kev. But it’s cool, I still respect them. Smooth content and they keep you entertained with their nerdness. Drink it in and listen up.

Alright, well now I have to get back to finding more unkown-to-us podcasts to post about. Email us if you have one you think we should add to our Stitcher.