My Favorite Things: 2021

Another year, another swath of media to devour, process, and regurgitate in the form of bulleted lists.

My Favorite Things: 2020

As is tradition, here is a distillation of my favorite media—formatted into digestable bulleted lists for posterity.

My Favorite Things 2018: Everything

My lists are all short this year and I have a long holiday break to enjoy, so I’m going to combine this year’s My Favorite Things posts into one. I hope that’s cool. MusicI gave fewer releases...

Podcast Recommendation: The Undersiders

A new podcasting publisher has popped up called Engle and their first show is a hit. The Undersiders is a series about the intersections between the burgeoning hip-hop movement and the sale of drugs at mass. The show is produced...

BF 27: Young, Dumb, and Rebel Scum

Back again for a look at the Solo teaser trailers. In the twenty-seventh episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob take a "quick" look at the Han Solo teasers aired during the Super Bowl.Find the show on Twitter and...

BF 26: Things That I Buy: A Holiday Special

In 2013 A friend introduced me to Old Best Friends’s ‘Keep In Touch,’ an EP that changed my world. Over the next year Mike Comite and I became friends. In 2015, we started a podcast called Bantha Fodder. We’...

BF 25: I Just Word Vomited All Over You

Well, another Star Wars movie has arrived and I had some thoughts. This is the best place to get my initial reaction this year. In the twenty-fifth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob take their time on The Last...

BF 24: Fan Edit The Word Diet (DigModiFicaTion Part 3)

In the final episode of our trilogy of fan-edit appreciation, we talk to fan editor DigModiFicaTion about Rise Of The Rebellion and Heir To The Force. Dig is a cool dude. We hope he doesn't find a reason to fan-edit...

BF 23: The Force Touches Him (DigModiFicaTion Part 2)

I tricked Mike into watching the Star Wars movies more often under the pretense of fan edits. This is part two. In the twenty-third episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob continue their fan-edit fiesta with DigModiFicaTion's Rise Of The...

BF 22: Cheese Is Integral (DigModiFicaTion Part 1)

I tricked Mike into watching the Star Wars movies more often under the pretense of fan edits. This is part one. In the twenty-second episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob check out Heir To The Force, DigModiFicaTion's edit of...

BF 21: How's That For Choobies

A year later, Mike finished the book! In the twenty-first episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob discuss Bloodline by Claudia Gray.Find the show on Twitter and at banthafodder.fm....

BF 20: A Sith Smoothie

Mike and I did one of our world famous trailer breakdowns. Enjoy! In the Twentieth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob exhume, penetrate, and disclose the secrets of The Last Jedi teaser that debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando...

BF 19: Jars of Sand

Mike and I run through everything we possibly can from Celebration 2017 and make plans to go to the next one. In the nineteenth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob discuss Star Wars Celebration 2017! From The Last Jedi...

BF 18: No Sequel, Kid

Mike and I watched a documentary about those actors you don't remember from Star Wars and what they are doing now. In the eighteenth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob do some Star Wars news catch-up and talk about...

BF 17: Luke Will Have Lines

The title for Episode VIII is out, so Mike and I started picking apart what it could mean. We make a few plot predictions and talk about our favorite moments in our first year as Star Wars podcasters. Thank you...

VBR #23: 'Personal Mario Arcade Machine', with guest James Cassar

James and I recorded an episode of Variable Bitrate together in Chicago. Unfortunately, it was shit. Time constraints and the weariness of walking and talking for 3 hours around Navy Pier didn't allow us to do the thing justice. I...

BF 16: She Does Not Rebel

We both saw Rogue One, one more than the other. We pretty much talk about that. This is a great starter episode for anyone who hasn't checked out the show so far. In the sixteenth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike...

BF 15: The Night After Jedha: A Holiday Special

Bantha Fodder is celebrating the holidays the only way they know how, with dorky references to background characters in their favorite science fiction franchise. In the fifteenth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob are up late waiting for Santa...

BF 14: Aim Higher, Please!

Mike and I love messing with the format, trying new production techniques, and finding fun things to do with the podcast. I think we really stumbled upon something great this time. In the fourteenth episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and...

VBR #20: 'On My Bus, Nobody Goes To Sleep', with guest Danny Samet

Danny is the NICEST guy! He's also well traveled, committed, and hardworking. Ladies? Danny Samet has toured with bands like Say Anything, Two Door Cinema Club, Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, The Academy Is, and so many more. In just 5...

BF 13: I Have A Bad Feeling About This

Increase the auxiliary thrusters and divert forward shield power to the hyperdrive, we're podcasting with a higher frequency! No promises, of course, but this is one of two episode we recorded last week to make up for our long gap....

VBR #17: 'Dude, Not Ballin', with guest Mike "Gunz" Gunzelman

It took a while, but I finally got Gunz on the show. After a few weeks of rain delays and train crashes, the Idobi posterboy gives us the dish on his career in broadcast journalism. Mike Gunzelman aka Gunz is...

BF 12: Comic Books Have Crawls

It's been a few weeks, but here we are, waxing poetic about the greatest science fiction saga of all time yet again. In the 12th episode of Bantha Fodder, Mike and Jacob talk about traditions. Specifically "the crawl" and time...

VBR #16: 'I Would Just Like Band Pages', with guest Tyler Sharp

I almost took a job at AltPress out of high school, there have been times I regretted going a different route, but knowing what I know now, I'm glad I didn't make the move to Cleveland. I love Alternative Press....

Gimlet Media's Mystery Show deemed "unsustainable"

Gimlet Media's Starlee Kine (as well as her entire staff) got the boot before production had wrapped on Mystery Show's second season. While working on an episode, actually. Starlee Kine, via the Mystery Show Facebook: I’d been having trouble...

Podcast Recommendation: Heavyweight

Of all the new shows this year, Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight is easily the one most worth trying. 1 Show description via Gimlet Media: A podcast about journeying back to the moment when everything went wrong. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein....

Creative Consultation #01: Adapt

My guest last week had to cancel on me due to an on-the-job conflict. This left me with no guest for the first time since starting this show 16 weeks ago. Determined to keep the feed alive every single week,...

VBR #15: 'It's Hard For Helpers', with guest Sheridan Allen

Just when I think the podcast is becoming easier to produce on a weekly basis, it isn't. In actuality, this episode was very easy to produce. It has the shortest run time, has one of the best speakers I've interviewed...

VBR #14: 'Have A Nice Package Together', with guest Nate Sirotta

Nate Sirotta of Impulse Artists sat down with me this week to share some great tips surrounding PR. Whether you're in a band, write for a blog, or have an interest in doing publicity yourself, this is a great episode....