The world can be a terrible place sometimes and with the election this week, it seems like a black hole. I have decided to make a list of audio dramas that have carved out a little haven for happiness. So without further ado, let’s get on with the list:
StarTripper!! by The Whisperforge, has been recommended by me before (read the recommendation). It follows Feston Pyxis as he goes on a road trip through the galaxy. I think Ely had the best description of StarTripper!! when she compared it to Saturday morning cartoons (Read Ely’s list here). Feston and his ship’s AI, PROXY, are delighting in everything that the universe has to offer. If you need a bit of space shenanigans and some feel-good feelings, then you don’t want to miss out on StarTripper!!
Another podcast that has been recommended before is Tropical Moon (read it here). This is a great podcast to listen to if you want to get lost in a fantastical world for 20 minutes. Tropical Moon has the feeling of a grown-up Dr. Seuss book, and I loved when the teacher would read Dr. Seuss. If you desire to lose yourself for a short while, then listen to Tropical Moon.
After a lab accident, Trip Timeskipper is sent spiraling through time. He gets into all sorts of trouble while trying to make his way back home. There are some hilarious one-liners and the sound design is wonderful. I actually have the outro music as my alarm tone and it fits perfectly because I am always running out of time. You don’t want to miss out on Time Trip! especially since the Just Press Playhouse is working on season 2. Also, I recommended Time Trip! previously, and you can read it here.
Going Lowbrow currently only has one episode, but it is HILARIOUS. I have listened to it a dozen times, and will probably do so a dozen more. Going Lowbrow is a screwball queer fairytale musical that follows Prince Gabriel after he and his mother hide in plain sight after the king was killed in an uprising. It reminds me a bit of Monty Python, cue eyeroll because that’s like saying that it reminds me of The Simpsons. But it is just wacky and over-the-top. I cannot wait for future episodes.
You should know by now that I love Alba Salix and its creators. I mean I wrote a recommendation and interviewed them (read the interview and recommendation). It’s just so darn funny and has a top-notch sound designer. There’s also so much in the world of Alba Salix. You can listen to Alba Salix, Axe & Crown, or The End of Time and Other Bothers. If you are ever having a bad day, I guarantee that the incompetence of Magnus and the sassiness of Alba will be there to save the day. I cannot recommend them enough because they are bringing light into this dark, dark world.
If you like sweetness that can rot your teeth, then look no further than Kaleidotrope. It is a queer rom-com that follows two radio co-hosts who give advice to callers, it usually involves a romantic trope. Now, I have to admit that rom-coms are a guilty pleasure of mine. You bet your ass I will be crying by the end, even if I know exactly what is going to happen. The stories are simple, but damn if I am not a sucker for fluff. I recommend this podcast if you can’t help but love those romance tropes that made up most of the 90s film industry.
Love and Luck is a queer romance with just a dash of magic thrown in. I actually cannot binge this podcast because it is too sweet at times. It follows Jason and Kane as their relationship grows and their interactions with each other and their community. It’s so delightful, and you are told at the very beginning that the good guys win, no one dies, and that all the queer people are loved and valued. So if you need something where you know you will only get warm and happy vibes, then you need to listen to Love and Luck.
I actually debated whether I should include It Makes a Sound in this list, since it is a bit on the sad side. But I couldn’t help but feel good when listening to it. It follows Deirdre Gardner and her rediscovery of Wim Faros. I really connected to Deirdre in a way. She is taking care of her mother, who has Alzheimers/dementia. It is really hard to see someone you love, become a completely different person. Deirdre is able to connect with her mother through the music of Wim Faros and see the person she once was. It is a really good podcast, but one that might not bring the warm fuzzies to you, as it does to me.
Now, I have recommended 20 Sided Stories before (read here), but this time I am recommending a specific season. “Victoria 1890” is my favorite season. It is the favorite of many because of Matildia Buchanan, voiced by Kate Pursely, the badass lady. The campaign itself is hilarious, but Matildia steals the show and is ready to either sleep with or kill every man she meets, sometimes it’s both.
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