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NL RECOMMENDATIONS: Summer podcast listening

Even though podcasts have been around for the better part of a decade, it feels like they’ve only recently been breaking through to the mainstream. It’s an app that’s been sitting on your phone since the day you bought it – but rarely used.

In short, a podcast is like a radio show that you can download right onto your phone or media player. You can get the latest episodes from your favourite legit radio shows, but there’s also a sea of specifically made podcasts to enjoy. We’ve picked six of the best to get you started on that long car trip or bus ride.

Serial

The breakout hit of the podcast word; Serial was a cultural phenomenon in 2014 – accumulating over 80 millions downloads and winning a Peabody Award.

Season 1 of Serial explores the real-life murder of Haw Min Lee in Baltimore, Maryland. A non-fiction drama that unfolds week after week in new and exciting ways. It’s engaging right from the very start, and impossible not to binge on.

WTF With Marc Maron

Over 800 episodes, Marc Maron has interviewed everyone from comedian Bill Burr to sitting president Barack Obama. Maron was an early adaptor to the Podcast game, running weekly episodes since 2009.

It’s Maron’s uncanny interview ability that makes this such an inviting listen; every episode feels like a casual conversation, disarming the guests into revealing more that you would in the average press junket. Find your favourite celebrity and dive right in.

My Brother, My Brother & Me

“Can I keep a horse in my house?”
“Are the hinges on Blu-Ray boxes getting weaker, or am I getting stronger?”
“How do I cure my addiction to Donkey Basketball?”

These are the questions that the McElroy brothers answer on a weekly basis. My Brother, My Brother, and Me is a weekly comedy advice show – with three brothers and agony aunts that take problems from listened and the Yahoo! Answers service and turn them alchemy like into wisdom.

Using each question as a launching pad into improv scenarios means the podcast doesn’t get bogged down in repeated inside jokes. Even through the brothers are nearly 400 episodes deep, you can jump in anywhere and enjoy the goofs.

Song Exploder

Have you ever wondered exactly how a song comes together? Not just the inspiration behind the words, but the choices behind every sound you hear? Then look no further than Song Exploder.

Featuring everyone from Courtney Barnett to Metallica; the podcast uses interviews with the artists and isolated tracks to delve into the creation of a song. It’s tightly edited; leaving only the most important and interesting bits.

Hottest 100s & 1000s

Four Australian music nerds listen to, review, and discuss every song to ever make it into triple j’s Hottest 100 Countdown. Starting at #100 in 1993, the boys have signed themselves up for 2,400 song discussions and counting.

Now in it’s fourth year, the podcast has covered everything; stone-cold classics, underrated gems, and plenty of “how did this get in?” moments. The four voices certainly know their stuff, and have a great chemistry. Ya jokin this shoulda been higher on your listen list already

Bang On

Myf Warhurst & Zan Rowe have a podcast where they chat to each other. That’s all you really need to know right? Two of the most respected women in the australian music industry getting together and having a yarn.

Bang On is still a podcast in it’s infancy; but the chemistry was present from the very first upload. It feels warm and intimate in a way that feels like catching up with old friends. Myf & Zan run through a few topics each week; discussing everything from Paul McCartney to Parliament House.

A Podcast About The Thing YOU Love

One of podcastings greatest strengths is that anybody can do it; which means there are literally thousands of podcasts out there to enjoy. There are lots that cover music, film, and politics – but there’s also a podcast for every niche out there. Do you want to hear interviews with Professional Wrestlers? What about a podcast about The Bachelor Australia? Two buddies talking about pens, and pen-related accessories? There’s a whole world out there to explore

Written by Spencer Scott

Spencer is a singer/songwriter from Newcastle. He's also a Triple J Unearthed Super User and writes for many national publications.

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