The Kids Are All Right

Long absence, let’s get to it, another podcast recommendation.

One of my initial hopes for podcasting was that I would be able to find great resources on and about books. I was envisioning finding scores of, essentially, reading groups which discussed books and authors in depth.

Boy was I disappointed.

If I wanted to know everything imaginable about canceled sci-fi TV shows or over-hyped current TV shows I would have had better luck.

Then I stumbled upon two podcasts, both on the same subject, which saved me.

Pottercast is the Harry Potter podcast run by the fan site The Leaky Cauldron. Mellissa Anelli, John Noe, and Sue Upton produce an excellent podcast covering the books, movies, and various Potter news. This isn’t a skype conversation between friends… well, it is. But they also include interviews with people directly involved with the franchise including editors and publishers of the books, directors and actors from the movies, etc. Very good indepth discussions of the Potter world, focused mostly on where the series is now and looking forward to where the seventh book will take it.

The other podcast is Mugglecast, run by the staff of Mugglenet. These are 17 to 20 year olds who put together a really professional podcast. These kids rock. The discussion here is just as deep as their older comrades at Pottercast.

Both podcasts have HUGE followings. I’d be surprised if you hadn’t heard of them, but not surprised if you haven’t given them a listen. If you like the Potter books you owe it to yourself to check them out.

December 13, 2006. Podcast. Leave a comment.

Coming Attractions

Another quick link. Coming Attractions is an excellent weekly news website for upcoming releases of pulp reprints, memorabilia, and miscellany. A must visit site to keep abreast of what is new in the pulp comunity.

October 9, 2006. Pulp. Leave a comment.

The Mark of Zorro

The Mark of Zorro one sheet

Nearly everyone is familiar with the character of Zorro, however, most people come to the character through one of the many film adaptations or the Disney television show. Many don’t realise that the character was born in the pulps, All Story Weekly to be exact.

Johnston McCulley (1883-1958.) had his story “The Curse of Capistrano” serialized over a five week period beginning August 9th,1919. After the 1920 film staring Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. made Zorro a household name, the serialization was collected into a hardcover edition in 1924 and retitled “The Mark of Zorro”.

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September 30, 2006. Pulp. Leave a comment.

Not Lame Podcast

It’s December 2005 and I just got home with a brand new iPod Nano I won as a Christmas bonus at work. The first couple of days I filled the memory with CDs and mp3s off the computer, then I went to the iTunes store to see about audiobooks. Instead I got caught in the podcast section and decided to try a few out.

What to choose? What are my interests?

I doodle over to the search engine and type in “POWER POP”.

Not Lame Podcast is associated with the website Not Lame Records, a great place to waste 1 to 12 hours going through their catalog. If you aren’t sure what Power Pop is, head on over to the site and check out some of their artists. Not Lame is like the great small time record stores I used to frequent in college.

The podcast is produced by podcast legend (Is he really? He is to me anyway!) Brian Ibbott. Each show is a sampler of new or “new to you” music, all of which is available on the website. As Brian says every episode, it’s not really a commercial for the store, but it is an effective commercial for the bands. I now have CDs from several of the artists featured on the podcast: Michael Carpenter; The La’s; and Bleu, for instance. Artist I wouldn’t have know existed without the podcast.

Definitely check it out.

September 29, 2006. Podcast. Leave a comment.

ThePulp.Net

Not much of a post, just a link really. If you are already familiar with the Pulps then chances are you have already been to ThePulp.Net. If not take a look, or go back to see what they have added since you were there.

August 8, 2006. Pulp. Leave a comment.

Jawbone Radio

I’ll kick off this blog with a podcast recommendation.

Remember the feeling when you were in elementary school and you realized that today was the day the Scholastic books came in? The heightened anticipation of imminent MadLibs!

That’s the way I feel every time iTunes starts to download a new Jawbone Radio. Jawbone is that rare breed of “Couplecast” which is actually about a couple, not pandering to the lowest common denominator.

Edit 09/29/06…

I started this blog to figure out how WordPress worked so that I could set up a family blog for my young daughter. I never expected that the first post would actually get a response. See Len’s comment below. That’s the kind of guy he is. I started listening to Jawbone in December and missed the shows from 2005. I recently went back to download them all and stumbled on the episode where Len is miffed about the other Couplecasts out there. His thoughts mirror my thoughts exactly.

August 7, 2006. Podcast. 1 comment.