Keep your ears happy so you’re not like this dude in Bernardi Roig’s “Listening Exercises #1.”
You’re in the studio, you’re working hard, you’re making magic but your ears are so bored. We interview a lot of artists and we know what’s up. You guys love podcasts. We don’t blame you. Even non-artists love podcasts. Everyone loves podcasts! (If you don’t, you should give it a try! The first time is weird but you get used to it and learn to enjoy it eventually!)
Studio Beat is for everyone interested in practise and process–the makers, the lookers, the dreamers. We appreciate ideas and the story behind them–that’s why we rustled up a list of podcasts for you to check out.
Rachel’s list reflects her deep love of art. She’s a painter and in her studio, she’s listening to podcasts about art, design and colour. Jess made a list of love and laughter. She’s interested in how people became who they are and what to advise people making love to goats. Our photographers added some podcasts to the mix that range between music and paternal comfort. Check out our list and let us know if there’s something we’re missing.
As a self-proclaimed art information junkie, my podcast list mostly contains arts-related content. I love interviewing the artists we visit. Listening to the recordings while transcribing is like a personal and private podcast that Jess and I only get the privilege of listening to, and it’s a real treat. When I’m in my studio painting, the audio that accompanies me while I work in my space is really important. A wide array of music is a significant part of my studio practice, but when I’m in the mood for some outside perspectives, and frankly maybe the sounds of someone’s voice after a long duration of solitary work, this is what I listen to.
ARTonAIR’s The Interview Show
The Interview Show is hosted by Will Corwin, a multi-media artist, who approaches artists about their practice and engages in a well-researched but relaxed conversation about their history of making work and participating in the art community. Obviously this show is right up my ally. He’s interviewed the likes of Martin Craig-Martin, Shirin Neshat, and Chris Martin amongst many other impressive artists. I recommend as an introduction Joe Fig, an artist who makes replicas of famous artists’ studios (obviously a huge inspiration for us at Studio Beat) Check it out: here.
99% Invisible is a radio show by Roman Mars that focuses on design history and issues. The podcast is accompanied by blog posts with photographs that relate to the content. My favourite feature, Derelict Dome, discusses the utopian architecture of Buckminister Fuller, specifically looking at his development of the geodesic dome through researching, investigating and visiting an abandoned dome he built in Woods Hole in 1953 for a high-end restaurant. I highly recommend 99% Invisible, it won’t disappoint.
Hammer Museum records panel discussions, artists presentations, lectures and conversations between artists and academics. This large archive covers a vast amount of topics. Personally, I gravitate to the Hammer Conversations because it’s often conducted between two artists and I find them the most accessible and interesting. The podcast allows the personalities of artists to be revealed, allows artists to challenge one another and the language used is refreshing and relatable. I recommend the conversation between artist John Baldessari and critic Christopher Knight.
Radiolab isn’t necessarily art-related, it combines stories, humour and science, but a good friend of mine Nora Rodriguez turned me on to one particular podcast while we were sharing a studio in Ireland. It’s called Colours and for almost any artist who is interested in perception and colours specifically, I think this podcast should be mandatory listening. It’s entertaining, quick paced and keeps you awake. Give it a shot. I also recommend the podcast The Perfect Yellow.
I can’t work with podcasts because that’s crazy. I write in a silence or with weird electro Songza playlists called “Haunted House” or “Beach Grooves” or whatever. When I’m not writing, I’m listening to podcasts all the damn time. My specific areas of interest include laughter, weirdos and sex. My favourite podcast, Loveline, combines all three and really hits the spot.
I love interviewing artists during our Studio Visits because everyone is a beautiful little snowflake. People are so complicated and layered and strange. It’s the coolest. Transcribing interviews is like a podcast where I have to type really quickly at the same time. If you’re interested in interesting people, my podcast line up might interest you.
Loveline (archives 1996-2005)
This is the best thing ever. Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew are a natural duo full of insightful and jocular wisdom. If you’ve ever asked me for advice, I’m probably just repeating something I heard them say. From the goat episode to the famous sex phone operator Holocaust call, this era of Loveline is unrivalled in my heart. You can download episodes starting in 1996 from iTunes, but there’s a complete list on The Loveline Tapes. Start with the top 100 episodes and work your way down. Anything with Kathy Griffen is quality programming.
Between Loveline and Savage Lovecast, I’ve heard every love and sex question in the whole world. The two podcasts balance each other out because Dr. Drew is pretty uptight and Dan Savage is loosey goosey. Dan also keeps me up to date on gay rights through political opening rants.
For the failed stand-up comedian in all of us, there’s Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. He gets serious interviews out of funny people like Louis CK, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Silverman, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon and everyone else in the whole world because he’s interviewed everyone.
We let our photographers chime in because they’re people too.
This American Life was an unanimous suggestion from everyone putting in work at Studio Beat. It’s also at the top of every podcast chart. If you don’t like this, you’re insane. The stories are eclectic and Ira Glass’ voice is like a warm bubble bath for your brain. You learn things that you didn’t even think you ever needed to know and then you can bring them up at the bar and sound like an interesting person even though you’re not really.
The Moth has people from all walks of life get up on stage and share a story from their lives — sometimes it’s a remarkable story, or just remarkably told. This podcast has been around since 1997 so they must be doing something right.
Tired of all the yapping? This podcast is full of music that host Bob Boilen promises you’ll fall in love with. He offers seasonal previews, recaps, festival highlights and exclusives. All Songs Considered does the heavy lifting and all you have to do is sit back and listen.
Let Alec Baldwin’s soothing and fatherly voice invade your skull. In Here’s the Thing, he interviews celebrities, trading stories back and forth. It’s a wide range of guests from David Letterman to Lena Dunham. That being said, you’re mostly in it for Alec.