:) Hi everyone :)

I’ve started a podcast - hopefully a better way to keep in communication with you all and share good vibes. I don’t know if I’ll be continuing it but if you like it send me a message! So far so good. Feel free to stream/download on my soundcloud. Love you all! 

Lauren Rose 

When we jumped into this show, we didn’t have a template to work off of. So we figured out a lot of it as we went along. I think that’s one of the strengths of the show and what makes it look like nothing else and feel like nothing else that’s on TV. I remember Dave Porter said, when we were pretty far into it, ‘You know, the first six episodes are all a little bit like pilots because the tone shift, as Jimmy is trying to figure out who he is, is so different.’ Episode 1 isn’t anything like episode 2, which isn’t anything like 3, 4, 5 or 6. They all feel so different, and it’s because the show has the rhythm of a character who is trying on a bunch of different kinds of hats. So the show has to change with Jimmy.
—  Jenn Carroll, assistant to Vince Gilligan on the Better Talk Saul podcast

Brandon Flowers was interviewed on Billboard Magazine’s Pop Shop podcast while he was in New York for his appearance on ‘The Tonight Show…’ and performance at Webster Hall.

Brandon’s interview is roughly ten minutes long and he provides a fair amount of background on the recording process and his motivations for releasing his second LP, ‘The Desired Effect’.

'Where is the Instagram for Audio?'

by Zack Zarrillo

Emily White writing for Cuepoint:

Any podcast fan knows the frustration of trying to get a friend to listen to a show or episode you know they will love with no success. Sharing a podcast is nothing like gchatting a funny clip of Broad City or sending a great New Yorker longread from my Pocket queue via email to a friend.

Despite the success of a certain SNL-parody level of fame podcast, podcasts aren’t “suddenly back” — they’ve just been steadily growing in audience, ad dollars, fundraising, networks and acquisitions. And sort of in technology — but not as much as I’d like as a listener.

White shares my frustrations well. As a show about nothing, Seinfeld doesn’t seem compelling, but it’s my favorite television show of all time. I’m often asked what my favorite podcasts are. Roderick on the Line is my go-to answer, but it’s the wrong podcast to introduce to someone who has never listened to a podcast before. Why? Well, it’s kind of like Seinfeld, but we all know what TV is. We’ve all seen an episode of TV.

I think White’s question, “Where is the Instagram for audio?” does the article a bit of a disservice considering the current landscape of podcasts and how the medium is served via RSS. However, the points within it are mostly, if not all, spot on.

Tonight me and jrodwaffles sit down and discuss Steven Universe, the show by former Adventure Time writer Rebecca Sugar. In it we discuss character development, lgbt issues, visual metaphors, how to make shows for both kids and adults, and generally geek out about everything. It’s all very professional.

SPOILERS AND MILD ADULT LANGUAGE INVOLVED.

This week, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers stops by the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss his great new single “Can’t Deny My Love,” his upcoming solo record, his old-school inspirations and his destructive approach to creating a new sound for himself. Before that, Jason and Keith pour one out for Zayn Malik, who officially left One Direction.

Episode No. 177 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Michelle White and Hannah Segrave.

This week, The Menil Collection opens “Barnett Newman: The Late Work.” The exhibition examines work Newman made after "Stations of the Cross," which he completed in 1965, and the end of his life, in 1970. The exhibition includes a presentation of paintings on which Newman was working when he died. The exhibition will be on view at the Menil through August 2. The excellent exhibition catalogue is published by the Menil and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $44.

The exhibition was curated by Menil conservator Bradford A. Epley and by White, who is the first guest on this week’s program. Her previous exhibitions include recent standout drawings surveys of Richard Serra and Lee Bontecou.

On the second segment, Hannah Segrave discusses her "The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa’s Scenes of Witchcraft," which is on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art through June 14. The exhibition features Rosa’s four Scenes of Witchcraft paintings, each of which is in Cleveland’s collection, and explores how they engage with then-contemporary interests in magic, satire, literary traditions and more. Segrave is a PhD candidate at the University of Delaware specializing in Baroque art and in particular on Rosa.

How to listen to this week’s show: Listen to or download this week’s program above, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:

New Episode on Sunday - Michael Shayne

Brett Halliday’s Michael Shayne first appeared in print in 1939, and he went on to crack cases in novels, films, television, and radio. Years before Jeff Chandler delivered an ultra-hard boiled take on the private eye, Shayne appeared on radio in a series that blended mystery with light comedy in a tone closer to the earliest Shayne stories. Wally Maher (of The Line-Up, Let George Do It, and more) starred as Shayne in Michael Shayne, Private Detective with celebrated radio actress Cathy Lewis as his smart, sexy assistant Phyllis Knight. We’ll hear the duo in “The Return to Huxley College,” originally aired on Mutual on November 5, 1946. Hear all the action in Episode 105 - Come Back, Shayne, available Sunday, March 29th!

Click here to subscribe to the “Down These Mean Streets” podcast in iTunes.

And, in case you missed it, click here for last week’s episode featuring Mr. and Mrs. North.

Food for thought

“The natural quietness of our minds is constantly disturbed by the chattering of our ego-selves”… “It means that we don’t live in the present, because we’re always either planning for and anticipating the future or remembering the past ‘wandering about in times that do not belong to us and never thinking of the one that does’ as Blaise Pascal wrote” - Steve Taylor (read the article here)

I’ve been reading a lot about silence obviously due to my making a podcast about it and I just read a really interesting article that practically mirrors what my podcast is about - our mental distraction and how we aren’t often living in the present moment. We’re distracted either thinking about the past or the future. What am I gonna make for dinner? I am dreading that bill coming in. I am so annoyed at what that ignorant person on the train did yesterday… 

I found the above Pascal quote really interesting. So I looked him up. And he was alive in the 1600′s- which kind of surprised me. I guess all this time I’ve been thinking that our mental noise is kind of modern, call me naive but I just assumed life was simpler back then. Without the screens and hashtagging and bombardment of digital crap. But it seems even back in the 1600′s they weren’t appreciating the present moment.

I found another interesting quote by him: “All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone”. This reminds me of another article I read by Alex Ross (here) that says “Silence makes us uncomfortable.  We may even argue that it bores us to embrace that silence.  But what really bothers us is ourselves: we don’t know what to do with ourselves, or what to think, or even who we are. Eventually we find that it’s not the silence we’re uncomfortable with, but ourselves.”

You might not agree. But it’s fascinating. Why else do we distract ourselves with all the noise? If you get home and shove the TV on or the radio, it might be interesting to ask yourself why. 

God I love this stuff. And if you do too- I can’t wait for you guys to hear my podcast.

Recent question: What podcasts do I listen to? 

So I fully admit I might be super boring on this front, as these are mostly talk-type / public radio shows. But I listen to The Savage Lovecast, The Slate Political Gabfest, Radiolab, Freakonomics, The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Planet Money, The Jellyvision Show and occasionally something like Bizarre States or Wits.

Always open to new recommendations. Anyone?