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Category: TV and Film
The premise of Boxcutters is simple: it’s a show about all things television. Hosts Josh, Brett, and John broadcast from Australia and have a lot of fun reporting the latest gossip in television, and their humor bleeds into the content. Well placed segments in the show help listeners better absorb the content and assist in the flow of the podcast. Segments include News, Letters to Boxcutters, Quiz, and Pork. We’d love to see “Grasping at Straws” become a regular segment as well. Deserving of attention is the creativity used to lead into each part of the podcast. These transitions are concise, comedic, and attention-getting. After small talk, the hosts jump into an analysis of the television show of topic. What may be most refreshing about Boxcutters is the focus on television media that includes other countries’ television programs. This is quite the contrast to the saturated market of “TV and Film” podcasts from an all American point of view. The problem found with Boxcutters is technical; there are several RSS feeds. We were not able to receive the most recent episodes when using the iTunes feed. As of this writing, we had to acquire the RSS field found on Boxcutter’s site.
Something Live has a very interesting and unusual premise for the podcast. Host P.J. Shapiro records and mixes live music from The Cantab Lounge in Massachussetts. By recording, P.J. is archiving music that would be lost to history and provides exposure for bands that may never be discovered in mainstream music. The sound quality is well produced and a wonderful alternative to recording from a fixed microphone which would result in distortion, barrage of ambient noise and other complications. The result of P.J.’s recording via inputs into a mixer is music we can enjoy and is pleasant to listen to. We liked that Shapiro informs listeners about the song the band is playing in addition to explaining where listeners can find more information about the artists. P.J. includes interviews with musicians who frequently discuss the challenges of playing live. Music styles include Blues, Folk, Acoustic and more. The weakness found in Something Live is the heavy inconsistency and minuscule selection of episodes.
Angry and Cliff Podcast is hosted by Mr. Angry, Cliff, and guests such as Fat Jim and Ickle. While the guest hosts vary in their ability to blend with the main hosts, Mr. Angry and Cliff demonstrate an incredible ability to play off one another. The English based comedy is quick on whit, and the podcast has some of the best transitional segments we have heard. We liked the “This Day in History” segment and the excellent job of editing. All in all, this is a very funny show packed into 30 minute episodes.