MF: OK, this is not at all new, but I was just … Schitt’s Creek kind of got me through the pandemic. I was late to it, it took a little while to get into it, but it just is the greatest show ever. It’s so funny. It made me so happy and I wish I had never watched it so I could start at the beginning and rewatch it again, and I’m so envious of people who have not watched it yet and can just jump in.
LG: Yes. Hard endorse. Also I’m liking that we’re keeping on theme here with real estate because they lose their home and then they’re in the motel. Did you watch this Netflix special where they went behind the scenes at the end of season six?
MF: No, I haven’t. Oh, I still have something left to watch.
LG: Yes. It is so good. Tears, yes. You have to watch that.
MF: All right, that’s awesome.
LG: Eliot, what’s your recommendation?
EB: Also not terribly new but I recently listened to the podcast Fiasco, which is by a friend, the season on Iran Contra, which I knew nothing about and is totally fascinating. Where essentially we were … I’m already going to mess this up. We were trading money for arms involving Iran and contras in Latin America, and Oliver North and Reagan and a whole bunch of fun Senate hearings that … This huge scandal but really sort of slipped through without too much damage.
LG: And what’s the name of that podcast again? Fiasco you said?
EB: Fiasco. Yeah, disclosure it’s by a friend, Leon Neyfakh, who did Slow Burn at Slate.
LG: Oh, Slow Burn’s really good. Must be really good.
MC: Somewhere in a closet I have a Shred ‘Em Ollie bumper sticker. If you remember everything was shredded.
LG: Mike, what’s your recommendation?
MC: So, I want to recommend a streaming music platform, it’s called Mixcloud. I thought that everybody had heard of this but I’ve been telling people about it and I’ve discovered that a lot of my friends have not heard of it. So, I’m going to recommend it here on the show. You may know SoundCloud as a place where DJs were putting their mixes up for a lot of years, so if you’re into electronic music or you listen to DJs who post a lot of jazz and hip hop and reggae and stuff, you would for a long time find a lot of that on SoundCloud. In recent years, SoundCloud has shifted its business model to be more about people who create original work and less about people who post mixes and DJs and stuff like that. So, a lot of DJs have moved over to Mixcloud.
Mixcloud has been around almost as long as SoundCloud, but its platform is geared towards people who make mixes. And there’s just a wealth of amazing stuff on there. If you like hip hop, if you like acid jazz, if you like 1960s soul, if you like rock steady, if you like psy trance Burning Man music, it’s all on there. You can follow the tags to find people that you like, you follow them, you see what they’re listening to. You get new recommendations. It’s a global community so there’s a lot of stuff from Europe and Latin America and Asia. It’s really wonderful.
It’s a platform, it’s free to listen. There are paid tiers, but you get a lot of out of it for free. So, that’s my recommendation. If you’re looking for some adventures in sonic hour long journeys, check out Mixcloud. Lauren, what is your recommendation?