Monday, November 30, 2009

Media Mania

I've been wanting to do a post for a while that shares some of the sources of info that I've been enjoying lately. I feel like I spend so much time taking in info through blogs and podcasts and whatnot that I have a whole bunch of recommendations.

So obviously there are all these links to the right that are pretty cool. Hologram City, Mafia Hunt, and Psychic Sunset are awesome for far out images and travels down some deep aesthetic rabbit holes. This Recording is always good in the way that if you let a bunch of creative writer or journalist majors write about whatever they want - well who else can you count on to write about both Gossip Girl and Richard Brautigan. And I now feel a little less lame for listening to the new Julian Casablancas album on repeat.

But really the blog that began it all for me was Jezebel...which is probably why they drag in the most hits. Although it doesn't bill itself as a feminist blog but rather as "celebrity, sex, and fashion for women" I really feel like this blog wouldn't be nearly as successful without its feminist viewpoint. Slate tried to make a similar "ladies blog" but it sucks because they wanted to be all even handed and allow some misguided and misogynist crap in there. Anyhow, I first got into Jezebel when they wrote something about how it was not a blog for women who thought New York was going to be like Sex and The City but rather for women who knew that sneakers were a better way to get around than stilettos and who thought drinking cosmos was lame.
Also its home to Pot Psychology -the sex advice column where those dispelling the wisdom are always well baked.

However, there are a bunch of awesome blogs with an outright feminist viewpoint like Feministing and Feministe. These gals are helping chart the path for a more contemporary understanding of feminism.

Oh by the way, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre also has a new blog that's pretty awesome. And WomenArts has a list of feminist art related blogs. Contemporary Art Daily is really reliable for seeing whats going on with art world wide.
I don't read that many music blogs but my boyfriend got me into this one called Reign in Blonde that bills itself as "Two tall, blonde chicks who bring the metal". Just read this post about Dave Navarro's descent into MILF , its hilarious.

Jezebel and Feministing introduced me to Racialicious which does an awesome job writing about as they put it "the intersection of race and pop culture". I just read this piece they crossposted which left me with a bunch to think about. Since I don't have as much time to read the internet anymore I've been really into downloading podcasts of Addicted To Race which is also created by Racialicious founder Carmen Van Kerckhove. This has become one of my favorite podcasts to listen to at work, since its both fun and I feel like I'm gaining a framework of understanding and speaking about race that is far more up to date than the outdated methods we usually encounter. The podcast also introduced me to the blogs Threadbared and Sociological Images which explores fashion(Threadbared) and images (Soc. Images) in a politically and socially aware way.

Here are some other podcasts that rule if you're into that sort of thing.... You can find all of these on the itunes podcast section.

Avant-Garde All The Time -The poetry foundation has this one thats run by the founding editor of ubuweb. They just put up their Women Of The Avant Garde 2 podcast! Basically this podcast is always cool and never lame.

The Barnard Center for Research on Women- Occasionally dry but occasionally awesome with lecturers like Angela Davis.

Best of The Left Podcast - When you don't have tv or time to watch tv, this podcast has the best clips from the week, twice a week, of the most liberal shows out there - like Rachel Maddow, Colbert Report, Daily Show, etc.

Democracy Now- Well Duh. This is good for all of us that think NPR sold out.

The Moth Podcast - Storytelling in front of a live audience. Awesome stories like an ex-editor of French Vogue telling about her haunted Paris apartment or journalist Kira Salek talking about her naive journeys through war torn Africa.

New Yorker Fiction
- Once a month one of the famed New Yorker fiction writers picks a piece from the archive and reads and then discusses it with the New Yorker editor. Joyce Carol Oates reads Eudora Welty, Tobias Wolff reads Denis Johnson, Mary Gaitskill reads Nabokov. This podcast is amazing.

Fresh Air with Terry Gross- Terry is the real deal, no one can do it like her.

The Sound of Young America- Host Jessie Thorn has amazing guests. Rockers like Jello Biafra and Ian MacKaye or comedians like original SNL writer Annie Beatts (listen to that one its amazing) and Louis CK. He even has graphic designer Chip Kidd and trippy puppeteer Marty Kroft. He lets Andrew WK talk for way too long about doing salvia and fills in a lot of time with awesome stand up by comedians you both know and don't know.

Savage Love Podcast- I think everyone I work with has gone through a phase of listening to too much of Dan Savage's sex advice podcast. Its really funny and usually ridiculous but occasionally heartfelt. Most podcasts are made for the radio generation, aka old people, but this one is one of the few awesome ones young people can get into.

This American Life - This is an institution, the best one in every category. They're redoing their archive but I used to be able to listen to 3 or 4 in a row at work and I'd be laughing and crying and going though every emotion out there.

The How Stuff Works Podcasts- Ok there are three that they put out that I listen to regularly. Stuff You Should Know is good - 2 dudes explaining how stuff like hangovers or rigor mortis work. Then there's Stuff You Missed In History Class with two awesome girls who explain things like the real tale of Count Dracula or Joan of Arc. How Stuff Works also puts out a podcast called Stuff Mom Never Told You that has some feminist leanings and covers helpful stuff like IUDs and the gray zones in determining gender through science.

So there is a smattering of stuff for y'all. I think I probably unloaded too much info at once but its all pretty awesome so check it out when you can. Please leave me comments of recommendations for podcasts or blogs that you guys like!
Oh and also fun new blog of the day - Bart's Blackboard- where you can see all the funny stuff Bart Simpson ever wrote on the school blackboard.

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