On the Dial
Brett: I'm a podcast newbie, but recently stumbled upon this podcast called "Talk Easy" (with Sam Fragosa) based in SF. They recently did a podcast with Mac DeMarco. Mac's music isn't my favorite, but like how most people feel, he's so likeable. He's been deemed the "gap-toothed prince of indie rock" and he has mastered the "slacker" vibe. This particular podcast reveals Mac to be way more complex. I really enjoyed listening to it.
DeMarco's "Salad Days" album propelled his career. At the end of the album, Mac straight up gives his home address out to listeners and tells them to stop by for coffee. Tons and tons of people (kids) kept (and keep) showing up at his house in Rockaway Beach in Queens. I think it's really funny and interesting. If he's not there (on tour) people leave stuff at his house.
Eric: Since Brett brought up podcasts, I thought I'd recommend this episode of Radiolab called "Super Cool."
When we started reporting a fantastic, surreal story about one very cold night, more than 70 years ago, in northern Russia, we had no idea we'd end up thinking about cosmology. Or dropping toy horses in test tubes of water. Or talking about bacteria. Or arguing, for a year.
It's a creepy and cool episode that attempts to discern whether a story told by journalist Cuzio Malaparte during the Siege of Leningrad about hundreds of horses stampeding during a forest fire into Lake Ladoga and instantly freezing, could be true.