So, one of the initial reasons behind this blog was to post interesting stuff I came across on the internet. Hence the name “Internet with me!” I haven’t really been that dutiful when it comes to this, and the blog has therefore devolved into mere movie recommendations and reblogging of photos.
So this will be the first in a series of podcast recommendations. Podcasts have become a real interest of mine, ever since I first delved into those murky, often confusing waters in 2005. That was the heyday of podcasting, a place without any comedians or celebrities, but only nerds armed with microphones and bandwidth.
One of the first podcasts I listened regularly to was the interview show The Sound Of Young America, hosted by Jesse Thorn. It grabbed me immediatly, both because of its guests and subject matter and because of Thorn’s humor and interview style. The Sound is still going strong, with new episodes every week, but that is not Thorn’s only project. He has become a sort of podcast mogul, with the Maximum Fun empire of podcasts, run through his website.
There a number of podcasts are released. Some created and hosted by Thorn and others are shows that had impressed him that he wants to support.
The first podcast I wanted to discuss in this feature is his comedy talk show Jordan Jesse Go! It is in my opinion the high point of a style of podcasts which has become very prominant in the scene. In that genre of podcast two white guys in their twenties discuss pop culture and their lives. These sorts of shows can be both truly entertaining or truly horrible and JJGo completely falls in the former category. Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris, the shows hosts have been friends since collage and therefore have a easy rapport with each other, they also happen to be very funny. Their comedy is mostly very silly, so when the turn vulgar (which happens rarely compared to other shows of its ilk) it is appearant that it comes from a place of pure silly-ness. They are never mean-spirited, misogynistic, homophobic or racist, which is also somewhat of a rarity in this style of podcasts.
But another thing that makes their podcast stand out is the fact that they often get great guests to fool around with them. People such as: Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Daly, Andy Richter, John Hodgman, Sarah Vowell, Jimmy Pardo, Martin Starr, Rob Corddry, Dana Gould, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Paul Rust and many many more.
A new dose of JJGo is one of my favorite things of each week, and this may sound stupid, but I truly feel that the show has helped me. I can never be truly sad or lonely when I listen to these guys discuss important and unimportant stuff. This was most clear to me when I moved from Iceland to Sweden. In the first few months I knew no one and couldn’t really speak the language. JJGo was one of the shows that I always relished listening to, because it sounded not unlike a funnier version of the types of conversations I would have with my friends.
The show can be found in the iTunes music store and at the website Maximum Fun, where you can also find other great podcasts that I will surely write about in the coming weeks.
Do yourself a favor and listen. I don’t think you’ll regret it.