In this episode, I talk about my lack of interest in American car culture or the Beach Boys; I discuss the nostalgia episode of the Digital Human podcast and why I hate nostalgic thinking; I talk about how I misplayed my hand in podcasting and how Serial points to my growing detachment from the mainstream of the medium; I talked about how I hope Reel Reviews publishes a new episode (and he did shortly after this!); I discuss how high production pushes me away from most mainstream podcasts; I float an idea for a side-project collecting references to “when podcasting sucked” and call for action; I talk about what a screw-up I am (and the posting of this episode is further proof).
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Two notable things from today’s podcast listening:
1) You can tell I’m making progress when a single day’s listening includes three episodes of Nathan Lowell’s dailyish podcast tommw.
2) Holy crapping crap! New episode of Michael Geoghegan’s Reel Reviews Radio! This has been on my Xmas request list to the podcast world every year for the last 4 or 5 years and now I got it. Thank you, Michael! I do believe that he might have set the record for longest time between podcast episodes at 5 years, 10 months. Check the paperwork on that.
Tomorrow I’m going to do something I very rarely do. I’m going to sit down and record an episode of the EGC Podcast before I go to work, crackly morning voice and all. This is because I got a wild hair up my ass on August 20, 2004 and recorded the first episode of what became my podcast. I referred to it as an “audioblog” for a while and only stopped because some of the guys who were doing audioblogs before that time were such dicks about the term that I chose to abandon it to them altogether. The audiobloggers tended to record short pieces from crackly unlistenable cell phone connections, and my primary inspiration was the first few episode of Adam Curry’s Daily Source Code. I wanted to do more of a production with music and playing audio quotes of other shows and so on. Sure, the audiobloggers were doing what they were doing before I was but their esthetic and goals were so far from mine I never felt any kinship with them. Also, they were really prickly and not much fun.
To this day, I still have XML URLs in my subscription list that I signed up for in the first 3 months of podcasting. Michael Butler’s Rock and Roll Geek Show, IT Conversations, Michael Geoghegan’s Reel Reviews, Georgia Popplewell’s Caribbean Free Radio. Some publish as regularly today as they ever did, some haven’t had episodes in years. Doesn’t matter, I’m still there when and if something comes down.
My goals have changed and my output radically lessened, but I’m still two feet squarely in the podcast camp. Since the first time I bought a portable MP3 player, I haven’t listened to the radio in my car except as a transmitter for my podcasts. All Things Considered is what I listen to only if it is physically impossible to listen to Deliberate Noise or Tom Vs. the Flash or The Hour of Slack or WTF Pod. Even then if my player battery dies I generally choose the sound of my tires on asphalt over that of NPR. Six years of listening to podcasts has changed my tastes irrevocably and turned me off of the faux populism of This American Life. I can’t even stand the way people talk in that weird, stilted affectation on public radio.
I’ve been doing this for six years and I’ll keep going for the foreseeable future. As the fifth podcaster in the world, that only means something while I keep going. No one cares about the pioneers who quit doing it. They are just historical footnotes.
Thanks to everyone who stuck with me this whole time, those who came in somewhere in the middle and continued, and even those who gave up on me. I’m appreciative for every second of attention all of you gave me, for however long it was, whatever your reaction. Thank you for the gift of your time and I hope to keep repaying that for as long as I can.
Here is the Bittorrent link and direct MP3 download for the EGC clambake for March 4, 2006.
I play my favorite song from the Changelings; I talk about my chat with Damon Young and when musicians are grateful to have their music in podcasts vs suing your nuts off for playing them; I talk about getting interviewed a few times last week for the “Slusher Overexposure Tour 2006”; I play a song by Steve Newman; I talk about watching the Wild Bunch and listening to the Reel Reviews Cinephile show about it; I’m still knocked out by how funny the Better Bad News mockery of me is, enough that I play a segment of it; I play the song to end all songs by Beau Hall and giggle my ass on out of the show.
To clarify something I said in a flip manner in the show, I don’t mean that my sponsors are owned by right wing nut jobs specifically. I mean that companies have a strong tendency to be owned by right wingers, whether by cause or effect I have no way of knowing.
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I’ve had The Wild Bunch taped on my DVR since June and I frequently think about sitting down and watching it. The only thing is that I want to give it my full attention, and most of my TV watching is about 60% attention with my laptop in hand. Lately, there is no chance so I’ve just been thinking about watching but skipping, over and over. This morning, I heard on Reel Reviews that his next cinephile series show will be on The Wild Bunch. Sometime in the next few weeks I need to find 2 and a half hours of uninterrupted attention to dump into that movie so I’m prepared for Mikey G’s insight.