NPN Podcast Sampler Episode

hat I have prepared for you is a gift that I will call the "Royal Sampler Volume One."  It contains short clips from all the podcasts featured at The Now Playing Network, as well as extended highlights from Supporting Characters & Director's Club from over the years.  You also get a brief glimpse into some of my interviewing skills with various guests over the years.  There's also some kind of unusual collage towards the end.

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Podcasts In 2016

I find a lot of gratification through a different kind of active listening:  podcast indulgence.  Sometimes I wake up to the sound of a podcast, sometimes I go to bed listening.  I even bought waterproof earbuds to listen to podcasts as I swim and shower.  Does this make me an addict?  No, but it is one of my favorite forms of entertainment imaginable.  I think back to the mid-2000s when I worked at a cubicle, listening to Filmspotting in its inception or The Ricky Gervais Show or The Dawn & Drew Show.  I had to download an episode, add it to ITunes, transfer it to my IPod (!) and then spend ten hours working and listening.  It lifted my depression and disgust with the job at the time.  Cut to a decade later and now I am treated to so many voices each and every day, that it becomes akin to a friendship. 

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My Favorite Records of 2016

Halvorson’s cyclical precision lends an air of suspense to the start of her title composition; perhaps the finest moment is Fujiwara’s lengthy drum rumination in the latter portion. Formanek’s “Tail of the Sad Dog” begins in a more abstract place compared to the majority of this set and never really diverts from the outward bound trail; contrasting, Fujiwara’s multi-tiered “The Cardinal and the Weathervane” opens with inviting bass tugs before taking on an almost prog-metal turn spiked with hints of Fripp.

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