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Podcasts that I need to survive: horror and crime

The title may seem melodramatic, but it’s not far off. A few years ago, I went on record as disliking podcasts over 20 minutes in response to a post on the Rue Morgue Podcast’s site. They attempted an attitude adjustment by speeding up a portion of the response to my critique to save my precious fucking time and hilarity ensued. Mostly because Dark Mark hated it so much. A few years later, I switched jobs and dialed back a lot of my extra-curricular activities. Seemingly unrelated, but compare a ten minute commute to an hour on a city bus. Twice a day. And I can’t read books while in motion. Suddenly, the podcasts I had been into only casually became an almost daily routine on my ride. It’s easy to listen to an episode, or most of one, on the way in and the rest or another on the way home. I can listen aloud in the office after hours too, so I sometimes find an episode in between music.

The commute though, would be mind-numbing without them. After rifling through likely hundreds of crime, horror, writing and paranormal podcasts, I have a short list. Not only are these really fun and informative shows, I think they are incredibly important shows every horror fan should check out.

So. The 20 minute thing? I take it back.

I’d be a far more aggravated person on public transit without them, so I thank you. Therefore, the public at large thanks you. My twitter followers who don’t want to hear about Uggs, side-eyes, mouth-sounds, drunk people and creepers thanks you.

I know it is hard work. Thank you.

This is Horror – Hosted by Michael Wilson (Owner and Managing Editor at This Is Horror) and Deputy Editor Dan Howarth, this is the premiere horror fiction podcast. I was into this early. Probably around the suggested episode. The one that really hooked me was a review of the Best in British Fantasy as their opinions were honest and at times damning. They both had a lot of questions about the state of the genre, the intentions of publishers and the future of authors in the hands of both. Since then, the podcast has focused on in-depth interviews, news and recently, short dark fiction read by authors. If you like dark fiction, noir and horror by authors like Joe Hill, Stephen Graham Jones, Jack Ketchum and David Moody, try this.

Suggested episode? Lords of Salem. Even though I had reviewed the book on typicalbooks, I have only watched the film recently, so I should give this one another spin.

(Honourable mention goes to The Wicked Library. My alma-mater in the realm of having my work read in a fiction podcast, and only fitting I would align these two. )

Faculty of Horror – Hosted by Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West I have been there for roll call since the first class. Since I had followed Rue Morgue and other mutual haunts, I saw links and such around the web early on. This is horror film review from steadfast horror fans who are both seasoned writers and academics. Coming from these backgrounds lends a slightly more serious tone to this well planned and intensely informative podcast. My horror-academia friends must have a listen. This means you, Amy Vosper, Derek Newman-Stille, Sean Moreland and Aalya Ahmad.

Suggested episode? I Thought There’d Be Stars (The Cabin in the Woods). This is their most recent, though they cover classics, cult picks and new releases so there is not one episode without an A+. Another runner-up was the Black Swan and Drag Me To Hell episode. Further, they have been recently named the (not official as I had thought) feature podcast on Rue Morgue~ very fitting, so congratulations!

Bind Torture Kast – Hosted by Chris Ligrest with co-hosts Luke Ramer and Steve Taiclet, this is my hands-down number one super best most favorite podcast of all time, amen. This entire blog is basically an excuse to make you go listen to it*. From NEKRomantik to Martyrs, Aftermath to High Tension, they have hit on so many underground or extreme horror titles it’s a veritable honey bucket of fucked up film fandom. Then, of course, are the steaming handfuls of films I’d have not heard of otherwise (Septic Man, Sleep Tight). Selected news, calendar releases and the best music selection I’ve ever heard on air; what’s not to love. I discovered this while I was working in housekeeping at a hotel and between trying to get the high score in a little game I called P5 (finding piss, puke, pubes, plasma, and poop and all in one room) I’d listen when I could. For atmosphere.

Suggested episode? This is an impossible decision. If you want a gentle introduction (well, as gentle as this gets…) Baxter. It’s also pretty recent, so you can scan back through a very impressive body of work, as it is basically a weekly gig with over 70 episodes to date. If you know my interests well, try their review of Lucifer Valentine’s documentary I need to see entitled Black Metal Veins and scan way back to episode four on NEKRomantik.  Follow Bind Torture Kast on fakebook. and stitcher and itunes too.

Last Podcast on the Left – Hosted by Ben Kissel, Henry Zebrowski, and Marcus Parks don’t let the word comedy here fool you. Yes, it is a comedy podcast. A Very Dark (read: VERY DARK) comedy podcast about serial killers for the most part. And Hitler. And Axe Murder – which is the most straight up comedy one I’ve heard so far – and just about any twisted conspiracy theory or violent crime you can imagine. (Runner up goes to Darkness Radio, True Crime Tuesdays)

Suggested episode? Playing with the Dead. Necromancy, necrophilia and the connections between the two. Because we might as well get the deal-breaker out of the way, right? They are weekly as well, and have over 170 episodes to date. This one is pretty recent, as well as another favourite on Fred and Rosemary West.

BONUS ROUND – Two of these podcasts are very likely not suitable for mixed company or your place of employ. NSFW. Two are fairly benign. Try to guess which ones!

It’s not all about gore, kids. Each one of these is a darling of mine because of consistency, worlds of information, eclectic interests of mine, and of course dark and well-researched subject matter. The presentation, programming and personalities contained herein are honest and entertaining, which is all you can hope for. I suppose it would be weird to not mention my own (half of a) podcast Dead Air with Wes ‘Dead Air’ Knipe, as we strive for the same kind of mandate. You’ve seen links here, fakebook, twitter and anywhere else I can post them, so no need for me to be redundant.

If there is anything out there you feel is on par with these, let me know, I think you may be hard pressed to find shows of this caliber or beyond.

* okay, not really. I had meant to post a follow-up to my “Why I Don’t Listen To Your Horror Podcast” article that was lost in the great server suicide of 2013 along with blog posts dating back to 2004 from my first blog, LiveJournal, MySpace, a defunct Tumblr, two incarnations of wordpress and a horror film review page I had on GeoCities in 1995. Sad, I know.

tl;dr? Thank you to the people who make these shows happen, and if you are looking for something to listen to, follow all the links in this post.

Halloween 2014 – Dead Air and kitty ears

Last night and this week has held some of the most fun halloweek shenanigans. After winning an amazing prize pack at the Wonder Geeks Activate! Treehouse of Terror burlesque night for my Wednesday Addams costume, I ended up at Swizzles where they were spinning some industrial tunes once again. Quel suprise!

[Note: last day to get a free copy of Pray Lied Eve!]

Last night was Zombie Strippers at Babylon, with maniacal musical guests Patron Saint of Plagues. Rubber Steve was there in his darlingly deviant Stabby the Clown gear you may recall from zombie walk (check Ottawa Horror for photos)  where we did the time warp again and he won a super prize for his costume too! Award winning costumes, right here, baby. Eat your heart out. At the WGA show, I won eyeball salt and pepper shakers, a massive zombie shirt that I will be sewing into a cute dress and bottle opener from Ottawa Horror and Zombieinfo.com with a load of  Hello Horror art by my favourite artist Adam Tupper. So, as Halloween proper begins, I’m  enjoying the hell out of my cheap-ass kitty ears over breakfast.Yup. That’s a no make-up selfie taken moments ago. We wake up early here at typicallydia.com… then it’s  Nightmare Before Christmas until the sun sets. Can’t  wait to creep on all the photos that will be posted over the next week, as this is truly ghouly the most wonderful time of the year 🙂 For now, I am pleased to urge you to check out today’s episode of Dead Air, where Wes tells the tale of how the show came to be. Happy Halloween, everybloody!

 

Ten Albums

I was nominated on facebook to post ten albums that shaped me in some way. As I thought on it, I figured i would post it here as well. Music is woven so deep into my life, daily activities and childhood, it is hard to pick ten since albums released this year continue to shape me. So, here are ten that I have bought and re-bought or at least know every note of.

1.  killer – alice cooper

My parents had this on vinyl. It was already worn to hell by the time I got to it, and I am lucky they weren’t sick of it by then. Even my grandmother liked this one, but her favorite was ‘The Ballad of Dwight Frye” off Love It To Death while i was a “Dead Babies” fan.

2. the wall – pink floyd

When my uncle saw I was enthralled with this pick from his vinyl collection, he had me read all the lyrics. Then, he made it clear that if i had any questions that I should ask. The subject matter wasn’t something that should fester in a ten year old girls mind, so he made himself available as a sounding board. This was the first album he acted as mentor with, for which I am eternally grateful. I only wish more kids had gatekeepers like this. The kind that leave the gates wide open.

3. The land of rape and honey – ministry

This was the first CD I bought. My father had picked up an amp, speakers, a cassette component and CD player so I would leave his stereo alone and keep my noise in my room. My mom took us out, and bought me a few CDs. After getting a few things I had on cassette and vinyl, I bought this–my first industrial band–which i still love.

4. vital idol – billy idol

This would likely rank as my parent’s guilty pleasure. They have really great taste in music, and this somehow felt like bubble gum pop in our house. Pretty damn good selection for pop! The video for White Wedding was played over and over, and this cassette found a home in the family car as a perfect ‘best of’ album.

5. bad habits – the monks

This was the first album of my parents I wanted to have as my own. I asked for it but was denied. It featured the most interesting cover and ridiculous lyrics, and in hindsight was just ridiculous music. I was singing ‘Drugs in my Pocket’ in grade four and a teacher heard. He got a real big kick out of me that day.

6. master of puppets – metallica

This was the first album pushed on me by a boy. I became an instant fan and bought a copy for myself. This also was the beginning of music being pushed on me by boys. Why do they do that? No idea, but i suppose it is nice to have something in common, something to share. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) still runs through my head as often as Battery.

7. feed us a fetus – dayglo abortions

I heard this through my friend Kim who in turn had heard it through her older brother. It made me wish I had an older brother, since they never pushed music on you but just had it around for the taking. My parents hated it, hell, everyone’s parents hated it I guess. Years later, I find out one of my uncles is a big fan when he expressed slight jealousy that i finally got to see them play.

8. the downward spiral – nine inch nails

is this not on nearly every list? it had a profound effect on how i thought about music, and how quickly the underground could rise up and consume the thoughts of even the most staunch jock. after seeing a black tape ribbon encased trent do “Wish” on muchmusic, i was intrigued, but i had no idea how attached i would get to his music with TDS. broken and fixed were already in heavy rotation and, well, the downward spiral matched my personality better by the time it came out.

9. eliminator – zz top

yup. billy gibbons. i heard this album so many times, i think every note was etched on my brain. close friends covered nearly every song to near perfection and it was pretty much on the radio non stop. still is, if you listen to that kind of radio still.

10. who made who – ac/dc

stephen king and hard rock? yes please! by the time this album came out i was already well on my way to being some kind of deviant, so watching Maximum Overdrive with this as the soundtrack was some kind of dark heaven for me. Still is, really, thought it’s not an album I own anymore. DT is my favourite song, mostly because of the images from the film.