What I’m Listening To: Podcasts #3

I love me a podcast as you know. I love making them and I love listening to them.

Say It Five Times podcast has been quiet for a while now. In fact, we have decided to stop doing it for now and probably forever. Not for any reason other than I had too much on at the time and I started to not enjoy it, which was the opposite of its purpose.

On reflection, it wasn’t exactly what I wanted either so I very much hope to be looking into refining and picking it up again in the New Year. Right now I’m thinking this will be with a fresh new name, outlook and mission statement. I’ll go into this in way more detail when I know more but for now watch this space, ‘cos I’ll be back and so will at least one of my co-hosts – and yes, we will still be more or less horror themed.

Eek!

In the meantime, here’s a little run down of what I’m listening to on my travels to and from work.

The Black Tapes

The Black Tapes Podcast is a serialized docudrama about one journalist’s search for truth, her subject’s mysterious past, and the literal and figurative ghosts that haunt them both. Do you believe?

There’s something really likeable about host Alex Reagan and honestly, this podcast has brought me a lot of joy over the last couple of weeks. It is seriously spooky and there have been times I’ve been listening in the dark and then really wished I wasn’t.

Currently focused on the “black tapes” of paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand, which contain supposedly unsolved supernatural (or not) phenomena – and the personal life of the enigmatic man himself, whose wife went missing under mysterious circumstances – it’s seriously addictive.

You can learn more about the fictional series here.

Homecoming

Homecoming centres on a caseworker at an experimental facility, her ambitious supervisor, and a soldier eager to re-join civilian life — presented in an enigmatic collage of telephone calls, therapy sessions, and overheard conversations.

I accidentally stumbled across this one and stayed for Catherine Keener’s wonderfully familiar voice. I’m only one episode or so in so far but it’s a compelling story.

Heidi Bergman is a full-time waitress who has returned home to care for her mother whose health is failing. She used to be a caseworker for Homecoming though, a program designed to help soldiers who have returned from tour re-acclimatise back into their former lives. When she is approached at her new place of work, it all kicks off again – or so I’m expecting. Other voice talent includes Oscar Isaac and David Schwimmer – and this six part radio series has also since been made into an Prime Original TV show starring Julia Roberts.

You can learn more about the fictional series here.

The Losers’ Club

The Losers’ Club is a weekly podcast for Constant Readers of Stephen King to dig deep into his oeuvre and the myriad TV, film, print, and stage adaptations of his work.

Gee, I wonder what this one has to offer me, a horror geek and Stephen King obsessive (but not purist)? LOL.

Again I haven’t listened to all the episodes but the ones I have I have thoroughly enjoyed. The most recent episode for me was an examination of Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep and was very detailed. Although my recent review was mostly positive, having had time to let the dust settle and listen to a couple of other opinions, I agree with a lot of what the hosts here say about what does and doesn’t work well.

So I Got to Thinking

A hilarious new podcast from bestselling author and journalist Juno Dawson and the editor of QX Magazine Dylan B Jones. Each week, the friends (and sexperts) rewatch the classic HBO sitcom Sex and the City and then attempt to answer Carrie Bradshaw’s soul-searching, and occasionally ridiculous, questions for the modern day.

Juno Dawson lives in Brighton and I really want to meet her. I love that this podcast re-examines beloved episodes of SATC from the start, pondering the earnest questions Miss Bradshaw herself is considering in each. With questions such as “Can woman have sex like men?” and “Is there a war between Singles and Couples?”, do they stand up in 2019?

Well the answer so far is sort of yes and kind of no, exactly as you’d expect. The episodes are really fun to revisit, particularly as an avid SATC fan and in the hands of these two brilliant hosts, it’s one of my current favourites. The good news is that there are tonnes of episodes still to be explored so this should go on for a long time. I also really appreciate the LGBT lens in which the hosts examine certain scenarios given their own life experiences.

No Sleep Podcast

The No Sleep Podcast is an anthology horror fiction podcast. WARNING: This is a horror fiction podcast. It is intended for mature adults, not the faint of heart. Join us at your own risk…

One of the things I love to do the most but have had to stop as my nightmares got a bit too much is to read No Sleep stories on Reddit. This is the audio version of doing just that and I am treading very lightly for the aforementioned reason.

There are too many episodes to go through by name but there’s bound to be something that taps into your personal fears and keeps you awake at night, why not give it a go?

There’s a helpful guide to getting started with No Sleep here.


And in addition to the five new blogs mentioned above, I am still finding time to slot in the regulars. I can’t let those slip for every new young buck that comes into view.

Also listening to: My Dad Wrote a PornoThe Guilty FeministCriminalHow Did This Get Made?The Evolution of Horror

What are your favourite podcasts?

Top Five: Podcasts

I’ve decided to start a new Top Five series to encapsulate a handful of things I like (and dislike) at a time. Also because I’m very lazy and this is a foolproof way to structure content without busting a nut.

I’m a massive fan of the podcast medium as I’ve mentioned countless times before. I even produce and co-host my own (below). These are the five currently on rotation.

Oh, and I’m a creature of comfort ultimately so you’ve probably read mention of some of these before. Sue me.


Evolution of Horror

TEOH is responsible for my ever increasing horror watch list – and for freaking me out more than once while I’ve been listening on my own in the darkness. I’ve talked about it previously in my Spooky Podcasts post.

This is my most listened to podcast for several reasons. First, the content is perfection. Exploring the history of horror movies in sub-genres, so far we’ve explored Ghosts, Slashers, Folk Horror and Zombies (my least favourite but still entertaining). The next category has just been announced and it’s the Occult – which I can’t wait to dip in.

Secondly, host Mike Muncer is adorable. Given the fact he covers some truly horrifying films, there’s something quite wholesome about him and I love it. He is a great presenter who is always engaged in the topics covered and knows how to bring out the best in his guests. Horror geeks are my favourite which is another reason I’ll always be listening – I can talk to my friend Matt about it in great detail after each episode.

Best recent episodes:

Shag Married Annoyed

The only non-horror podcast on the list. Comedian Chris Ramsey and his wife Rosie talk about their everyday lives and list the beef they have with each other every week. While the comedy is a bit broader than I normally enjoy (ooooh snob!), both hosts are likeable – and it’s nice to have something fun and normal to listen to in between all the murder and crime.

Rosie is the stand out for me. Her laugh cracks me up.

Best recent episodes:

Say It Five Times Horror Podcast

Call me biased – because I totally am. I’ve included this because it’s the newish podcast I record with my friends, Matt and Sam. We’re only three episodes old but I’m having a blast.

So far we’ve had a few technical difficulties which has meant we got off to a slow start but we’ve found a way to make it work – and I think you can tell there’s a dramatic difference between our first and latest episode, in sound quality and the way we’ve relaxed into each other as co-presenters.

On SIFT, Matt and I talk about the horror films we love and try to ‘educate’ Sam, the horror novice. Each week we take a turn picking the movie – and of course my first choice was the movie that inspired the name – the wonderful Candyman.

Best recent episodes:

The Boo Crew

This has some really cool interviews on it – and I’ve enjoyed every one of the episodes I’ve listened to so far. I gave it a mention in my recent book post and have been rinsing it ever since. The actual BC consists of horror-loving friends Trevor, Lauren, Leone, Austin – and a revolving door of reoccurring guest presenters.

The Crew talk about horror movies and bring on some of the best talent in the movie industry including, most recently, Juliette Lewis to talk about her extensive movie CV and Pet Sematary directors, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch.

It’s an excellent soundtrack to walk to and from work to. Trust me.

Best recent episodes:

Double Murder Podcast

I’m really new to Double Murder and have hardly listened to any of it yet – but that’s okay. It’s already charmed me with it’s Remake Vs Original selection – and talks about lots of the films I really love.

I feel like it’s going to become a constant companion to The Evolution of Horror into the Summer when I’m walking around more. Proving spooky isn’t just for Halloween…

Episodes I’m most looking forward to:


What are you listening to?

Spooky Podcasts

The other night I stayed behind at work to do some overtime. I was seeing a movie with Glynn at 8.30 anyway, so it made sense just to stay at work until I could go and meet him, and get paid for the privilege.

Well, throughout the afternoon we’d been talking (my team mates and I) about the best ghost stories we’ve ever heard. Heather told a story about a gypsy stalking a woman via google maps and I nearly shit my pants. By the time they left me alone for the day, my skin was crawling so I thought I’d treat myself while I worked the remainder of the shift.

I put on the Evolution of Horror podcast and skipped to the Slender Man episode. SM is one of my favourite folk tales and I often fall down a rabbit hole reading stories about him on Creepypasta, so it was a no brainer. As the episode unfolded I learned more about a web series called Marble Hornets that tells the story of a couple of protagonists being stalked by a Slender-like figure.

My friend Matt has recently been watching it and trying to get me in on it. As it started to get darker and darker in the office, with all the lights around my pod automatically going off , I started to freak myself the fuck out. Every small noise became the footsteps of Slender Man walking towards me. Every slight chill was his breath on the back of my neck.

God, I love that feeling.

So to my favourite creepy podcasts for those times you just need to feel scared. In no particular order, a couple of fitting little listens to enjoy in the lead up to Halloween.

Evolution of Horror

Presenter Mike examines the way horror films have changed and evolved over the last hundred years – with a little help from his guests. I’m new to this podcast but I bloody love it. This week I’ve been working my way steadily through the folk horror episodes but there are also ghosts and slasher movies in the back catalog to look forward to. Rumour has it zombie movies are next. Basically this is a must-listen for any horror fan which will give you a new appreciation for the films you already love and inspire you to get on to the ones you haven’t.

Best episodes so far: Folk Pt. 11: Kill List (2011), Sightseers (2012) & A Field in England (2013), Folk Pt. 13: Slender Man (2018) & Viral Folk Horror

You can find Evolution of Horror on any podcast app, just type in the name and GO.

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The Last Podcast on the Left

This one is heavy on the jokes and at times that can take you out of the episode. The rapport of the three presenters (Ben Kissel, Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski) is fun but can also be jarring for that reason. However, they do examine truly interesting subject matter, from fairies to the suicide of Kurt Cobain, to the ongoing feud and subsequent deaths of Biggie & Tupac. Pretty much everything you can think of has been covered and if it hasn’t, you can be confident it will probably crop up at some point.

Best episodes so far: Episodes 279 & 280: The Enfield Poltergeist (fucking TERRIFYING)

Sword & Scale

This is the best true crime podcast I’ve heard so far with stories that go in deep on horrible crimes committed by ‘ordinary’ people. The tag line “The worst monsters are real” has never rung truer.

Best episodes so far: All of them

What are you listening to?

Weekly Digest

This week I’m digging:

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Marcella

IMDB Synopsis

Marcella Backland left the Metropolitan Police for the sake of her family, only to have her husband leave her. She returns to her job on the murder squad, investigating a case that seems disturbingly familiar to her.

Fucking hell. This show is great, Anna Friel is brilliant and men are the worst, obviously.

There are a lot of characters to keep track of and therefore a lot of suspects but it’s a compelling British crime thriller that keeps you on the edge. Particularly Marcella herself who could be good, could be bad but regardless is still someone you’re totally on-board with at all times.

Recommend.

Moleskine® Film Journal

I was recently given this amazingly thoughtful gift by my friend, Damon for my birthday. (Picture above, not mine).

The film journal is part of the Passion Journal range that allows you to log information about your hobbies (there’s wine, gardening, books). I’d already decided that keeping a log of the films we watch for the podcast was what I wanted to do – you know, actually writing down the name of actors and directors could do wonders for content. So this came at the best time. Here you can record comments on the films, give them a rating out of 5 stars, etc. It’s very cool.

Thanks again, Damon!

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Podcasting Again

Speaking of the podcast, after a December hiatus James and I are back in the studio. If by studio, I mean James’ front room, on the sofa (which is what I definitely mean).

I’ve really missed having the structure of watching films to talk about and having the podcast as my main (with this blog) creative outlet. You sometimes don’t realise how much you love and need these things until you stop doing them, even temporarily.

So we’re back in the game, determined to tighten things up and be more organised. I’m going to be better about taking notes (see above) – and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

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The Women of the Golden Globes

Goddesses, the lot of them. And yes, I could say a lot more than that but what have I got worth adding? Let them speak for themselves.

What are you digging this week?

What I’m Listening To: Podcasts #2

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Podcasts, am I right? Where would the waking day be without them?

I’m lucky enough to have a decent bus ride to work these days and that allows me some lovely listening time.

It’s been a little while since I did one of these run downs and when I wrote this I was still a newb to the podcast world. Now it’s my favourite medium and I’m one half of a podcasting duo (whodda thunkit?).

So a year on this is what I’m listening to:

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Hello Friend

I mentioned Hello Friend not long ago while talking about a book I’ve been digging (and shamefully am still reading). Hello Friend’s host and creator, Bethany Rutter had on Alice, a bookseller whose book recommendations have so far not let me down.

I follow both Bethany and Alice on Twitter because I have good taste in interesting women, what can I say? And Hello Friend is unmissable because Bethany has interesting friends too, and each episode takes time out to have a leisurely chat with one of them about how they met and whatever topics they fancy. I love the simple idea, the conversations (which can go deep and are often close to my own heart) – and Bethany’s voice.

Definitely in the top three of my faves for listening to on the bus.

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S-Town

This is a truly bizarre and unique story from the makers of Serial, the first podcast I ever listened to. The less you know about it going in the better I think.

Let’s just say, should you choose to have a listen you’ll quickly be sucked into the world of one very intriguing real-life character and one you just couldn’t make up. There’s nowt so queer as folk as they say, and they’d be right.

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Made of Human Podcast

Sofie Hagen is a Danish comedian and another cool feminist woman I follow on Twitter (and everywhere possible).

Made of Human is about talking to, again, fun and wise people – and getting their take on life and specifically how to be human. It’s extremely satisfying and helpful to know that you’re not alone when you’ve left the house with your maxi dress back to front and you’re not doing human particularly well yourself.

I highly recommend Sofie’s comedy as well, though I haven’t yet got to see her live. I will change this soon.

Radio Gorepress

Introduced to me by own podcast partner, I really like this because it’s just horror geeks talking about films I’ve watched/would watch with very normal reactions. They could be me and James and that’s comforting somehow.

So far my favourite episodes have been about Lords of Salem and Green Room.

Special Mentions

Shout out to Sword & Scale which still never fails to make my skin crawl and my stomach turn. Honestly, it’s very good about trigger warnings but some of it is haunting. A definite one for murder fans.

My boo Becky recently mentioned a new podcast she’s been listening to called My Favourite Murder so this is now on my playlist. Basically two girls talk about their favourite murders. Becks says it reminds her of me and I think that says a lot…

So, what are you listening to? May I recommend a good one for movie lovers?

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downloadBlogtober has been really fun so far but some days I’m filled with a special kind of panic if I’ve failed to pre-plan a post. It’s funny though, how you can start out a day with no idea and then be inspired by anything: a conversation with colleagues, a news report.

I was going to focus on a few feelings I have about some current news stories but you know what? It’s been a good, creative week and I’m not down for thinking negatively right now. Quite the opposite in fact.

On Tuesday, my podcast partner and I recorded a couple of new shows, one of which features our very first guest spot and it was so awesome I positively skipped home afterwards. (Not really, but I got a cab with a smile on my face). The next day and this morning, I’ve been carrying myself like Snow White, followed by woodland animals, smiling at everyone and just in love with life.

I’m in a weird position in work in that I’m flailing a bit creatively. I love my team and what I do, but it’s not an inspired role a lot of a time and I was starting to wain. In some ways the new injection of fun projects – the podcast and my blog, the collab with Jillian – have combated the stagnancy.

The podcasting in particular feels like an achievement. My friend and I talked about maybe trying something and now we’re actually doing it. Making plans and getting them down. It feels important and I feel more alert than I have in a long time. I have a new lease of life, and it feels fucking amazing.

I genuinely can’t wait to see where we go next.

What have you guys been up to? ❤

Ps. If you want to check out the podcast for yourself, our episodes are right here.

Self Promotion, Yo

Good morning!

This might not be the official home of All Out of Bubblegum, however, it is my blog and I’ll self-promote if I want to.

I’m so stoked to share the first ever episode – the smancy sounding “Pilot” – below.

Sure, we have a ways to go in terms of some of the technical side of things. We have to rein ourselves in and stop going out quite so far on the tangents. I must at least write down the name of directors, who are not ‘That Guy that did That Thing”. And the fidgeting! The tapping of the mugs and the pens must cease.

But beyond that, I couldn’t be prouder. I’m certain James feels the same way.

We’re currently working on our branding, on our website and some of the small things we’d like to change so expect to see some changes coming up shortly! Until then – enjoy ❤

And a very happy weekend to you all! ❤

All Out of Bubblegum Podcast: Coming Soon!

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Behind the scenes

So, I had the best day yesterday and could barely sleep last night because of my excitement!

I’m talking podcast, of course (and might be talking about it a lot for the foreseeable future, so sue me). Anyway, yesterday afternoon we got the pilot episode down – and then some.

Turns out the opposite of what I thought would be an issue was the issue: talking too much. We got about 2 and a half hours of waffle down, for an hour-long show. It’s so hard to stick to the plan when there are so many tangents to explore.

I think it’s great stuff – once we’d both got over the horror of listening to our own voices – we were really pleased with how it sounded. Very natural, and hopefully fun for others.

I will be linking to absolutely everything we do from here, no doubt so I do hope you’ll come and check us out.

It’s a work in progress at the moment, but there’ll also be an accompanying blog, which you can find here.

While we (well James) cleans up the first episode, adds an intro and music, here’s a little glimpse at your hosts:

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Me (obvs) and James: magic makers (hopefully)

Don’t worry, we’ll get some more professional ‘official’ shots.

Happy Humpday all! Hope you’re having a good week too ❤

Checking In, Catching Up

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Hello!

I don’t really know what I’ve been doing lately and although I’ve been posting regularly, I do feel as though I’ve been coasting along on here somewhat. Was that my plan when I asked for guest posts, I wonder?

(Yes).

Not really! I guess I’ve just been more of a doer lately, which is virtually unheard of in my world. I’m a huge fan of procrastination as well as navel gazing, and that combination, friends, leads to almost nothing getting done.

I mean, it’s not like I’ve achieved much, I haven’t worked out where white dog poo went or anything groundbreaking, but I am working on stuff. You know about The Podcast, I’ve been thinking about that a lot and doing my homework, which is basically watching films. (It’s great).

We’ve been brainstorming names and that, frankly, has been the hardest part (so far). We have a shortlist though and are nearly there. We’re recording our Pilot episode on 6th September which is so close you can almost touch it!

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What else has been going on?

I devoured BBC 3’s Fleabag in one day (excellent btw and I think it’s supremely lazy to label its writer/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge as ‘the British Lena Dunham’ just because she’s not frightened to talk about sex), got too much sun, hung out with some gorgeous fellow gingers. You know, all the usual things.

Summer’s been quite a bright one, some days just have been too much. I never signed up for actual sunshine, come on. Where’s Autumn?

Anyway, good stuff is coming. I’m getting back in the groove, hopefully you’ll see some of it soon. Guest Posts will start up again too – and all will be right with the world. I promise.

How are you guys? Good week?

Exciting Things!

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I’ve not been feeling myself for a while now.

I mean, everything’s good. Better than good in fact. I have my health, I have an income, and I’m young (ish) and in love. What more does a girl need really, besides her family and loved ones around?

Things to look forward to, is what!

I’ve been wracking my brains about what my next creative ‘thing’ could be, that one activity I’m so passionate about that it will jog me out of this malaise and into some sort of action. Something worth buying and starting a new notebook for, basically.

(You might be like, what? So is your blog not enough for you? It is. I love my blog, I love reviewing films and talking about loving oneself. I guess what I really want is more of what I love, you get me?).

So there I was thinking, how do I get the spark reignited? Do I bite the bullet and run away to New York where I’ll most likely meet a rag-tag bunch of street artists who will adopt me as a sort of den mother, keeping me around because I make awesome tea and stroke their heads when they’re feeling lost and anxious? (Rent basically, with hopefully less smack).

I say it’s because of the tea but one day my true talent will, of course, be revealed to my new ‘family’ and then I’ll truly be one of them, the beating heart some might say. What that talent is going to be is so far undecided, I’m thinking singing or acting but it more probable being very good at making Plasticine models, organising drawers or listening.

Anyway, as I sat there considering packing a bag and burning a hole in my credit card, something cool virtually dropped into my lap!

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Radio Goo Goo

I’m currently in the pre-production stages of making a podcast with my friend James, who asked me to collaborate on a series with him. How cool is that? You might remember my brief foray into podcasting last year in which funnily enough I lamented not having a partner-in-crime and how much I wanted one and now, I’ve got a great one!

We’ve been peripheral friends for years, since we met at a company BBQ where he worked with my husband. James, it’s worth noting (and maybe why I like him so much) was the first of Glynn’s colleagues to remember my name (it seems unbelievably hard to most people) and I really appreciated that. We’ve a few mutual friends in common beyond that and usually bump into each other either in the street or at the newishly established Brighton Comic Con. So I’m also looking forward to getting to know my friend better, we have a lot of similar opinions and tastes which is always fun.

Our podcast hasn’t got a name yet but I think we both have complementary ideas of what we want. It will mostly be film, TV and popular culture based, basically we’ll talk to each other as we do naturally about the films we love which won’t really be blockbuster films, although I will cover the DC universe from a Wonder Woman/Justice League perspective (because WW is my JAM).

We’ll talk about shows like Stranger Things (2016) and films like The Invitation (2015), The Wolfpack (2015) (which I’m forever mentioning on here). Even (arguably) the worst film of all time The Room (2003) will get a shout out I’m sure (it was my recent homework assignment and needless to say, there’s a lot to love).

All in all our first episode is shaping up to be a good one and I promise it will not only sound better than my solo attempts (James has the technical kit and the know-how to record it properly), I will also be less dithery because I now have someone to bounce off. I’m really excited about this and honestly, you never know where it might lead. Radio show anyone?

I will share a lot here, so if you’re interested please do keep up with us. In the future when we’re more established and confident, I think we’ll be having guests on, could that be you?

I’m also secretly (not anymore) holding out for Ben Wheatley to stumble across us and want to be interviewed, as he lives in Brighton and we’ll probably cover his films. (ILY Ben!).

I’m still going to New York though. One day.

What are you most looking forward to in the last half of 2016?

And also, any podcast name suggestions will be gratefully received as I’m kind of stumped! Pop your thoughts on a postcard ❤

Please note: This project will compliment Jillian & Christa’s Great Blog Collab, never hinder it. If you were wondering.