On my way to work this morning I was listening to a Jill Sobule interview on one of my favorite podcasts, Sound Opinions. I loosely describe Sound Opinions as the Siskel & Ebert of music in that the two hosts--Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot--are music critics who write for the two Chicago dailies, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Here's how they describe the podcast:
Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, the world's only rock and roll talk show.
The Jill Sobule interview is show #178 and she's joined in-studio by one of my favorite comedians, Julia Sweeney. Jill is the singer-songwriter who originally came out with the song "I Kissed a Girl" over a decade before Kate Perry. To raise money to make her latest album, she bypassed record labels and went directly to her fans to raise the funds to cover production costs. She talks about it in her interview.
Another podcast that makes me smile when I'm stuck in traffic is The Moth Podcast. Taped in New York and Los Angeles, The Moth features some of today's most entertaining authors and performers on stage recounting personal stories from their lives that can be, at times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, or both.
If you aren't familiar with either of these podcasts, check 'em out.
What do you guys listen to? Any recommendations?