Podcasts have fast turned into my go-to medium of choice when needing aural accompaniment whilst travelling, so here’s a list of some of my favourite podcasts I’m subscribed to. (After a mere ten posts, this is the blogs first listicle. Sad, I know, but it was going to happen sooner rather than later.)
IGN Podcasts – IGN have a great offering of gaming podcasts which are a mainstay of my Podcasts app homepage. Shows such as Podcast Beyond, Podcast Unlocked and Game Scoop! combine extensive video-game knowledge and humour which is a winning recipe. Episodes are released throughout the week.
Giant Bombast – Should need no introduction. Probably the podcast I look forward to most each week, the Giant Bombcast is >3 hours of video game discussion interspersed with wildly off-topic discussions, and it’s these off-piste meanders which podcast so successful and unique. New episodes every Tuesday.
Honourable Mentions – Rebel FM, The Geekbox, Match 3, Quality Control, The Indoor Kids.
The Football Ramble – An independent football podcast which instead of focusing principally on analysis and statistics prefers to look at the game from a more entertaining and unique viewpoint. The four hosts each bring an individual personality to the affair and the chemistry that have helps makes The Football Ramble the best football podcast available. New episodes weekly.
Arsecast Extra – For any Arsenal fan, this is a must. Hosted by Andrew Mangan of Arseblog fame, the podcast discusses Arsenal news, analyses matches and often goes wildly off-topic to great effect. Episodes every Monday and Friday.
Honourable Mentions – The Tuesday Club, Football Weekly, Arse2Mouse Podcasts.
Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review – The BBC’s flagship film show, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode bring lengthy and insightful discussion of the latest releases. Kermode’s criticism is sound, and the podcast is worth subscribing to just to hear his scathing attacks on appalling films (see his Sex And The City 2 review). Episodes release every Friday.
Empire Podcast – Similar in format to the BBC show, this podcast from the folks at Empire magazine discuss the films released that week and interview a whole host of a-listers as they go. Differing to the BBC show, the Empire Podcast features a broader range of voices and opinions, offering differing, which adds to the discussion and provides another level of interest and debate when it comes to some of the bigger pop culture releases.
Honourable Mentions – Keepin’ it Reel!, The Geekbox.
Lore – Hosted by Aaron Mahnke, Lore is a show which revolves around real life horror stories, and unpacks the truth within them. The production design is immaculate, and some of the episodes are truly terrifying. As the shows tagline reads, sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
The Comedy Button – A weekly show hosted by various members of the video-game industry, The Comedy Button is an hour of silly nonsense which has come to be one of the funniest podcasts I subscribe to.
The Last Podcast On The Left – This podcast dives into gritty and gross tales about serial killers, mass murderers and the most notably instances of inhumanity in history, all the while deconstructing each story with an inimitable style of humour.
Honourable Mentions – We Have Concerns, 99% Invisible, Criminal, Mystery Show, This American Life, Off The Record.
So there we have it, a whistle stop tour of podcasts which you should almost certainly be checking out. There are some truly unique voices to be heard in the medium of podcasts and with each passing year it seems like the quality of shows is just going up and up. Let’s hope this trend continues.