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Our Favorite Music Podcasts

1 (1)As the medium continues to grow in popularity, several musical podcasts in particular have distinguished themselves from the herd. Here the people at PledgeMusic share a few of their staff favorites.

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This article originally appeared on PledgeMusic News

‘Tis the season for podcasts. As the growth of the storytelling medium rises year over year with the mainstream popularity of programs like Serial, we’re thrilled to talk about some of our favorite musical podcasts, both old and new. We recently polled the PledgeMusic staff for their favorite musical podcasts in the hopes of helping all of us find the best places to check out new stories and songs.

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99% Invisible
Episode Rec: #141, Three Records from Sundown
“99% Invisible is a podcast about design, but it often references and covers stories in music, too. This episode is a re-air of a piece about Nick Drake, his records that failed in the late ’60s-early ’70s, and the timeless form his music took on in the years that followed. His is a sad story, but this episode gracefully lays out the details about the mysterious singer, as well as how we learn about and connect with artists after their passing.” [Katie Sharp]

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Complete Music Update (CMU) Podcast
“It’s a weekly discussion of events and news from music business in previous week. Out of all the podcasts I listen to, this is a clear winner. Chris Cooke and Andy Malt do an excellent job of highlighting the major industry news from the past week and condensing it into an interesting overview. Examples of recent topics covered include Apple’s motivations for an Android App, MegaUpload law case and the unlikely but really happening reunion of Busted. They also make news like the European Commission’s Digital Single Market review humorous!” [Anna Mason]

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KCRW Today’s Top Tune
“One of my favorite ways to discover new music.” [Mike Fordham]

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NPR All Songs Considered
“The staff routinely brings in some incredible music from tiny local acts to legendary artists. Their coverage during SXSW & CMJ are requisite reading for any music fan.” [Mike Fordham]

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Resident Advisor
Episode Rec: RA.211 Nicolas Jaar
“Weekly mixes from some of the most prominent, emerging and important artists from the world of electronic music. What’s not to love?” [Luke Arthur]

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Soul Music
“Don’t be fooled by the titular wordplay. This podcast by BBC Radio 4 focuses on music that reaches your soul, with serious emotional heft — from biblical hymns like ‘The Lord is My Shepherd’ to Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” No matter the subject, it’s always a welcome listen to look at the emotional layers and frames of meaning for various listeners, especially with such familiar songs." [Matt Conner]

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Sound Opinions
“It’s refreshing to hear music news and new album reviews from two veteran music journos, particularly ones well suited to debate.” [Mike Fordham]

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 That’s Not Metal
“It’s an irreverent and fully independent take on the state of rock and metal in the 21st Century. No bullshit taken and no punches pulled.” [Mike Hemsley]

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