Parts 4 and 5: The Last Podcast on the Left and But You Cain’t Use My Phone

Last Podcast on the Left

I’ve listened to The Last Podcast on the Left for a few years now, because a bunch of funny, schlubby douchebags talking about witches, ghosts and serial killers is and always will be my jam.

A lot of this year’s Last Podcasts have focused on contemporary, era-defining events that I remember happening, and the standouts for me have been the Columbine and 9/11 episodes. It’s been interesting to hear the Last Podcasters – who’s style is usually snarky but irreverent, never taking any of this stuff too seriously – talking about these things that happened with a sense of gravitas.

The ‘found sound’ of the fireman’s alarm in the first 9/11 episode will stay with me for a while.

The follow up ‘conspiracy theory’ episodes are a good palette cleanser, too.

Other podcasts I loved this year: The Read, The Allusionist; RuPaul’s What’s the Tee? (the Henry Rollins episode is a corker); Pop Rocket.

Erykah Badu – But You Cain’t Use My Phone

11 tracks – some of them songs, some of them scraps of songs, a couple of them covers, and a monologue about bees that ends with a meta-punchline — all of them about phones, including ‘Cell U Lar’, Ms Badu’s funnier, funkier cover of ‘Hotline Bling’. This has been a year of Instagram pop – pop with a filter on it, softening everything, blurring the edges so everything looks cool and acceptable – and But You Cain’t Use My Phone trucking up with a sense of humour was the best antidote to see in a new year.

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