Quick Bite: PLAYLIST ★★★★★
This is the latest in a new-ish series of shorter reviews I’m calling Audible Feast Quick Bites. A shorter post format allows me to write more reviews and especially share more indie shows with you. Like this one! (Although this is a pretty long Quick Bite 🙂 )
What’s the show about?
PLAYLIST features a revolving door of three guest podcasters who join Josh Hallmark of the Our Americana Podcast Network (Our Americana, The Karen and Ellen Letters, PLAYLIST, and #2PodsADay) to discuss their favorite songs on a theme. Each podcaster sends Hallmark two songs ahead of time, which he then weaves into an episode for discussion with the entire panel. Episodes are typically about an hour long and chock full of the actual music being discussed.
What’s great about it?
I really look forward to seeing what the themes are going to be. Hallmark’s and the panelists’ creativity shines in their selections.
I love how each episode of PLAYLIST starts with one of the songs, no intro – just the song. It immediately sets the tone for the theme of the show. I have also really enjoyed that Hallmark has peppered in some repeat panelists here and there, and polled his audience about who they’d like to hear more from. It doesn’t matter if you know who the panelists are – but you’ll undoubtedly want to check out some of their shows after listening. There is very little self-promotion from each host, which is refreshing.
As was discussed in episode 9 (and possibly others), I love how the description of why a song is meaningful to one panelist might make another panelist completely change their mind about the song. But that doesn’t always happen, and I really appreciate that panelists are willing to tell each other they couldn’t stand each other’s picks – that makes the show so authentic.
There are excellent show notes which I refer to often – I’m always asking “what’s that song again?” And – the panelists are usually really funny and relatable, which makes me feel like I’m at a party with friends. My people.
A small helping of constructive feedback never hurt anyone …
I would like to see a little more diversity of panelists, so we continue to hear a broad spectrum of song selections influenced by diverse life experiences. I love the geographical flavor Hallmark has brought to season one and look forward to an expanding panel, plus some of the regular panelists returning. The sound levels are occasionally mismatched too, but that’s a very minor gripe; I’m sure it’s very hard to balance four speakers who are talking via Skype.
I look forward to hearing several things when I see a new episode of PLAYLIST. The panelists have been funny, silly, thoughtful, and honest; the song selections are almost always a surprise to me when I hear the theme of the show; and I love getting to know people virtually through a song and what it means to them. This one is a great relaxing listen that usually doesn’t get too deep and is very entertaining. Give it a try!
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Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (4 / 5)
I’ve learned about a lot of new songs and artists from listening to PLAYLIST.
Pop Culture Value (5 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
Flow & Production Value (4.5 / 5)
Humor (5 / 5)
Investigation (2 / 5)
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (4 / 5)
Bonus Stars ★
PLAYLIST gets a bonus star because as Hallmark has done with all of his other shows, there is a terrifically active social media community for the show. Hallmark smartly engages well with his audience – I love filling out the weekly poll of which song was my favorite from the episode and answering the prompts about other songs I would have included on the theme. It makes me want to be on the panel really badly! Kudos on engaging the community, Josh!
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (5 / 5)
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