One of the things that changed for me in the year 2011 was not so much that I discovered podcasts, but that I really became a fan of podcasts. Sadly, I have a really hard time finding new music that I like, and honestly sometimes I just want to hear conversation instead of music and podcasting fits that need perfectly! So in the spirit of listing everything imaginable I give you my top 5 podcasts (shows) in order for the year 2011!
5. Hollywood Babble-On
Hollywood Babble-On features Ralph Garmin and Kevin Smith each week bitching about random crap that goes on in Hollywood. Whats great about this podcast is it really just plays out like a raunchy live celebrity and pop culture blog. Garmin's impersonations of Hollywoods A through D list is second to none (in most cases I prefer the Garmin version of the celebrity more than the actual person he is impersonating, especially with Bowie). I really love this show because its a great way for me to keep on "news" that I like to pretend I don't care about and at the same time listen to comedic ripping of celebs that I could not give less of a shit about. Recommended Episode:Episode 43:Comic-Con Theater
4.ESPN Football Today
This show is my bread and butter during the week. Timely football related news with a crew of hosts that don't annoy me, I wish ESPN could anchor more shows this way. Ross M-Dub and Jay all give relavnet information for the most part, which I appreciate as a fan in a number of picks and fantasy leagues. Football today also has a different feel to it than most football shows, more down to earth and easy to relate to. There isn't an overabundance of things I can say except that this is hands down the best NFL podcast that I have come across and I look forward to continuing to listen in 2021. This is the only podcast I won't recommend an episode for because it is so current that going and listening to an old episode would be kind of pointless.
3.The Joystiq Show
I listen to about 4-5 different podcasts each week about video games, what sets the Jostiq podcast miles ahead of all the others in the field is that it is so much more objective. The Joystiq Show is the only media source that I came across during the holiday season that didn't simply just love up on all the AAA titles with out reason. Perfect example of this, Batman Arkham City, when this game launched every media source seemed to have absolutely 0 criticism on this game. The Joystiq Show was the only source I found that was still able to praise the game but do it in an objective way and still add some criticisms to the game and even point out some of its flaws, as minor as they might be. The Joystiq show is also great during the months when there just isn't as much to report on and instead delivering a more retro approach to a podcast and giving a few episodes that will more or less take you down memory lane and make you nostalgic for the good ol days of gaming. Recommended Episode: Episode 12 The Desert Bus to Skyrim
2. The Nerdist Podcast
One of the funniest thing about this show is that every episode starts with some sort of audio problem and closes with Chris Hardwick (yeah the singled out guy, I know right) saying "enjoy your burrito" than explaining to the guest on the show that they say enjoy your burrito to close the show. One those cases where redundancy can be fun. Aside from being genuinely entertaining and hitting on topics that as a nerd I normally find interesting the real strength of The Nerdist is to land guests on to the show that are nothing short of awesome. Hardwick also has a great interview style, very much like some of the better late night hosts, he seems to be very laid back with the guests on the show and it works well. Recommended Episode: Dave Attel Interview
Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier being frigging hilarious. Smodcast is just glad out enjoyable, week in and week out to the point were if they take a week off it almost bums my week out from the start. Smodcast, for a long time, was the only podcast I made a point of listening to and it still reigns at the top as far as radio style programs I want to listen to. There was a point this summer where I got the joy of mowing my lawn and listening to the Harry Potter "what to do with Voldermont" episode where my neighbors were literally watching me walk around on my lawn laughing to my self with headphones in. Recommended Episode: Episode 180: Harry Scotter and The Deaftly Swallows Part 2