KNIFEPOINT HORROR PODCAST– This sporadic Horror audio podcast, KNIFEPOINT AUDIO, is a gem. These no-preamble, largely unadorned narrative tales of unease and the weird and eldritch, deliver some of the strangest and most captivatingly written and performed audio dramas on the net.
Very reminiscent of the best of Old Time Radio, particularly shows like the excellent BEYOND MIDNIGHT and the classic LIGHTS OUT, When it’s great, KNIFEPOINT AUDIO Is very great. Three standout and highly recommended episodes are THE CORPSE and POSSESSION and PRESENCE.
All three will make believers out of you, not in the supernatural but in the PODCAST! Highly Recommended!
Looking back over the ten year history of this blog I’ve praised my share of podcasts, and seen quite a few shuffle off this mortal coil.
2015 seemed to be a volatile year, with many of my long standing podcast favorites either no longer releasing episodes on a regular schedule or hanging up their mics.
Among some of the great ones that seem to be on hiatus or done are:
- HORROR ETC
All of these shows are and were great, and will be missed. And join other great departed podcasts such as:
- INDIE SPINNER RACK
- GEEK SYNDICATE
- MONDO MOVIE
- FREQUENCY OF FEAR
But I completely understand, these podcast and blogs, while dearly loved, require HUGE expenditures of time and energy, and sometimes… life gets in the way. And considering most of these podcasts are not a revenue stream, it is understandable that when the effort exceeds the rewards… it’s time to stop doing it. What is amazing is that some of these shows have gone as long as they have.
All that said, you may or may not still find old episodes online. I recommend grabbing them if you can. SIDEBAR particularly interviewed some great artists, and for those interviews to be not easily accessible, seems… a loss.
INDIE SPINNER RACK had the best interviews with both Alan Moore (One of the greatest and most influential writers in the comics/graphic novel medium – it is a crime that companies, marvel and dc, are releasing books missing his name , and shorn of his insightful interviews. the reasons for this are both well documented and trivial. yes, alan moore can be something of a bridge burner, but his brilliance makes him worth the effort to mend those fences. when he passes off this mortal coil, as we all must, no one wants to be remembered as the company that stole his characters, and froze him out of work. pay alan moore and get him at least authorizing director’s cut versions or writer approved versions of his most celebrated works. it’s one of the reasons i will not part with my swamp thing paperbacks, it is because later introductions are devoid of his introductions, which are as entertaining and informative as his stories. )
and Stephen Bissette (Who remains to this day, with his run on swamp thing, one of the greatest and most influential artists to work in the medium).
So the above are the podcasts lost in 2015. Here are some select podcasts enjoyed in 2015:
Head over to the German Music Magazine GROOVE and pick up two of the best mix tapes of 2015:
DECONSTRUCTING COMICS – anytime you get the chance to hear Stephen Bissette speak, take it. Not only one of the great superstar artists of the 80s with his game changing work on Swamp Thing, but simply an informed, erudite speaker on a number of topics.. including the history of horror and cinema. This Sept 2015 podcast is a recommended listen. They also have an episode of huge interest to any fan of either Edgar Allen Poe or Richard Corben. They also offer a Transformers episode that offers reviews on recent transformer comics.
THE DOLLAR BIN (Also a show that appears to be on indefinite hiatus) had a couple intriguing episodes in 2015, one covering HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, and one with Golden Age artist Allen Bellman:
And if these guys really are done producing new shows, some of their classic shows that you want to get, while avaiilable, are:
I grew up on Steve Englehart comics and you don’t get today’s sophisticated comics, without first going through him. One of the first to help transition comics from kids entertainment to college and beyond entertainment.
Not one, but two interviews with one of the most elusive, and one of the most talented and innovative writers in comics, Christopher Priest (His SPIDERMAN VS WOLVERINE remains one of the joys of my collection, as well as his excellent run on BLACK PANTHER and QUANTUM AND WOODY).
A Bob McLeod interview (Made important because Bob McLeod’s work on the NEW MUTANTS is burned into my brain. That fight with the New Mutants and the Sentinels in a mall, blew my mind as a kid. And as an adult, those images still define for me what great artwork and storytelling should be.)
So quite a few of my favorite podcasts slowed down or completely stopped in 2015. However when one door closes another, as they say, opens.
So some podcasts I started listening to in 2015, and have added to my subscriptions are:
- THE COMICS ALTERNATIVE- Their monthly preview episodes helped me all last year put in my monthly comics order
- INKSTUDS- Interviews with Comic Book Creators… some really indispensable interviews.
- READING LIVES- Interviews with Writers… LOVE IT.
- WTF- I think without argument the most listened to and successful podcast, with guests from comedians, musicians, actors, and now a sitting president, Marc Maron out of his garage has created podcast as both high art, and passionate conversation.
- FILMSPOTTING:SVU- Reviews for the streaming age
- GILBERT GODFREY PODCAST – I do not find Gilbert Gottfried funny, but his knowledge and love for classic film and television, means he interviews people I want to hear, and he has had some GREAT gustd this year. Thankfully co-host Frank is there to get the podcast back on track when Gilbert starts amusing himself and no one else
- FAT MAN ON BATMAN- Kevin Smith’s love for the creative process and all things Batman… is an addictive listen
- HOUSE TO ASTONISH – A comic book podcast from across the pond
AND WRAPPING UP MY 2015 REVIEW, WANT TO GIVE ACCOLADES TO SOME OF MY FAVORITE, AND LONGEST RUNNING PODCASTS THAT ARE STILL GOING STRONG. ALL AWARD WINNING PODCASTS (they all won my Welles Award a few years back, and in my mind have been award winners every year since):
- CGS – Comic Geek Speak -one of the oldest podcasts, and with great losses, and welcome additions, still an eagerly awaited listen
- 11′ OCLOCK- One of the most informative and jam-packed and fun of any podcast. The chemistry these three have… works.
- B-MOVIE CAST – Love this podcast on classic, crazy, genre cinema. Wonderful chemistry between the hosts.
Well folks, that is the podcast scene here as 2015 ends and 2016 takes the stage. Please use this list to see what was special about those shows we lost, and to jump aboard and support those we still have.
Thanks for reading and be well!
PODCAST OF THE DAY: FATMAN on BATMAN 45
Okay combine the writings of living legend Alan Moore at his best, with the impassioned reading of Kevin Smith and you have something excellent to accompany you through an hour or two of work.
Smith has an excellent voice for radio/podcasts, and using it to recite one of Moore’s most imaginative tales, makes this podcast a must listen.
Whether or not you have any interest in comics, Kevin Smith’s passion for the subject, and masterful reading is just addictive and entertaining. Highly recommended!
‘It wasn’t shellshock
it was more
a poetical horror
were as Bad
As their Guys’
–Grant Morrison on FMOBM #26 and 27
Podcast of the Day
SModcast 259_ The Walrus and The Carpenter
I’m not a Kevin Smith fan, which is to say I don’t dislike his work, I’m just not particularly interested in it.
I probably like him more as a Comic Book Writer than a filmmaker, so that said his various podcasts, imbued with his Clerks/film sensibilities humor, generally isn’t my cup of tea.
But there are two recent episodes in his podcast stream that I need to give kudos to, and one of them is episode 259 of SMODCAST titled… THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER.
Stick with it past the frat boy opening, and once he gets into the titular story you will think either one of two things, either this is stupid and turn it off, or (the surprising reaction I had) that this is achingly laugh out loud funny.
Listen for yourself and decide, and I’d be curious what your reaction turns out to be. 🙂
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Well as I still acclimate to this freshly minted 2013, I thought it was a good time to look back at 2012 and reflect on my own personal favorite and new discoveries of 2012. So here is my list in no particular order:
Kashi Raisin Bran Breakfast Cereal
The Walters Art Gallery
Texas Roadhouse in Durham, NC
The Charlotte, NC skyline
11oclock Comics Podcast
And in a rare case of the popular choice actually being my choice, THE AVENGERS was my favorite movie theater experience of the year
James Jean Rebus
Dark Horse Creepy Presents BERNIE WRIGHTSON
Dark Horse Creepy Presents RICHARD CORBEN
Numerous writers, among them Derrick Ferguson and Richard Gavin
Rich Yancey’s MONSTRUMOLOGIST series audio books
Joe Hill’s Short Story POP ART (from the collection 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS) stands out as one of my favorite, if not THE favorite, short story reads of 2012