#ICYMI On Music’s Biggest Night, Here are Five Important Podcasts That Will Change Your Life

I double dog dare you, on ‘music’s biggest night’ (AKA the …yawn… Grammys) to check out some podcasts I’ve recently become addicted to. They are all related to music and/or pop culture in some way, because, well.

Generation Gap ~ this is the brainchild of Josh Accardo and Maureen Van Zandt. Spoiler Alert, I’ve known Maureen (AKA @MVZaGoGo) for nigh on twenty years, but the podcast is relatively new. Her partner in crime, Josh (AKA @JoshAccardo) is a comic and filmmaker who, I believe, tours the country and makes people spit out their drinks in laughter at clubs. You can subscribe to the weekly podcast where recent segments have included Role Reversal — in which they each take a role unlike their own real lives, for instance Maureen as a millennial and Josh as a boomer discuss the new fad of eating Tide Pods; hear them delve into the mysterious story about Madonna’s recent commercial airline flight where she flew coach and reportedly bade the plane stop for two hours (official reason: a ‘fuel stop’) so she could reportedly deplane somewhere near Lisbon; and enjoy earworms from the late 60’s like Brenton Wood’s Oogum Boogum). You can’t not pay attention to this podcast, if you care about being able to hold discussions with strangers at cocktail parties. Or in line at your bank or the post office. Or with your best friend or significant other while you’re both quaffing prosecco and watching the afore-mentioned Grammys.

The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn — how to begin. This airs weekly on terrestrial radio and is also available as a subscribable podcast. Ben is a treasure; he gets straight into my skull and somehow extracts the very songs I want to hear for a magical hour each week. It’s uncanny! Per the show blurb: it’s a weekly, hour-long eclectic mix of music featuring rock, blues, jazz, folk,soul, R&B, country, bossanova, movie soundtracks, easy listening and more, all peppered with his twisted musicological slant. And it is all that, and more. H/T Sheva Golkow for her stellar guidance in letting me know about this gem. Now it’s a glittering bauble I simply must consume each week. If I don’t, I get very sad and out of sorts. Pair it with a glass of Merlot, or a Heineken.

My Favorite Murder~hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, my favorite psychotic darling duet, they will scare the bejesus outta you for, like, an hour and a half, entertaining you with true crime stories you’ve likely never heard of but draw you in, in classic rubbernecking fashion. Try and turn this show off; you cannot; for realz. Just try it. I’ll wait. The most recent episode is called Proclensity and discusses both the murder of Christa Worthington and the case of Typhoid Mary. Before Karen and Georgia get into the crazy, they’ll wax on about stuff that crosses their transom like how the 1980’s “Where Did I Come From?” book series contains illustrations that resemble George Costanza’s parents. What can I say — it’s your new addiction, pop open a beer and settle in. No Grammys for you tonight. Get out that box of chocolate truffles you’ve been saving for a rainy day. You’ll be eating every one of them, eyes bugging out in horror.

Poptarts, with redoubtable BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts, is truly the bees knees. This, per their blurb, is a twice-monthly podcast that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they’ve recently enjoyed, and either praise or pan each experience. Here’s how I fell into this endless tunnel of delight; I saw that they interviewed the curators of Brooklyn’s Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum about the movie I, Tonya. So of course I had to listen. This literally sent me out into the 20-degree night on New Years Eve to see the film. New Years in New York. Yes, that’s how powerful these folks are. They’ve also covered Cardi B, Lady Bird, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, and the Golden Globes. Don’t miss this — it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in the best possible way. Get some popcorn. Or some pop tarts.

By the Book is another glittering ear candy gem. According to their blurb, By The Book is half reality show, half self-help podcast, and one wild social experiment. Comedian Jolenta Greenberg and her skeptical friend Kristen Meinzer live by the rules of a different self-help book each episode to figure out which ones might actually be life changing. I was sucked in by their episode “The Little Book of Hygge” about the Danish art of being cozy. Per the episode description: Can you capture the essence of being warm in bed while it’s snowing outside and feel that way all the time? Jolenta and Kristen are hoping to do just that. So light copious amounts of candles, put on a chunky sweater, and cuddle up in a hand-knit blanket because things are about to get ultra-hygge. Turn this baby on, and you’ll forget it’s ‘music’s biggest night’ and curl up next to your iPhone or your Samsung Galaxy and bliss out. As you should, it’s freaking January. Make some hot chocolate….with peppermint schnapps.

More #ICYMI will be coming soon! From the demented, deranged, delicious mind of Holly Cara Price.