September is here which means Autumn is just round the corner. I don’t know about anyone else but this time of the year always seems more like a fresh start than those new year resolutions you kind of/ hardly ever stick to in the gloom of January. It’s no doubt the start of the new school year that has been drilled into my brain over the years but who didn’t not like getting a shiny new pencil case and book bag ready for the new term?
Now that the lighter nights are getting shorter and everyone is coming back from their holidays, it’s time to knuckle down and find the headspace to tackle the upcoming months. This week at Fieldwork we have been discussing our favourite podcasts and what we enjoy to listen to on our commute to work. Instead of all this stuff getting lost on our Slack channel we have decided to make a monthly podcast ‘playlist.’
From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall. This episode of This American Life was the catalyst of my love for podcasts after listening to it for the first time during my second year at university. I remember being mind blown by this episode and often share it with my friends. Who doesn’t love a good coincidence story!
If you like This American Life then no doubt 99% Invisible will be up your street. It’s a show about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. This episode is about how Portlanders have a tradition when visiting their airport: taking a picture of their feet. It’s not to show off their shoes, but rather, what’s under them. They are documenting the famous PDX airport carpet. Sounds weird right? It’s one of my favourite episodes!
Song Exploder is a fantastic podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. The best episode to start with is the interview with Jimmy Tamborello, aka one half of The Postal Service (the other half being Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie). Jimmy breaks down “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight,” and talks about his instruments, his influences, and how he accidentally made a loop out of Jenny Lewis’s backing vocals. A great listen for any music nerd.
The last podcast on my list is Open Air, a podcast I just discovered last weekend that celebrates creativity and innovation. I was drawn to this particular episode as it interviews Luke Beard, the Co Founder of the beautiful photography publishing site Exposure. I have followed Luke’s career online for quite some time now as I was a big fan of his Lyric A Day project a few years ago on Tumblr.