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5 podcasts to download today (part 2)

Oh podcasts, listening to you keeps me company as I drive the M3 to work. Those long journeys can be so dull, but since listening to podcasts and audio books it’s changed my life. Before I’d listen to the radio or music and I’d be constantly flicking or waiting until the next song and time would drag. Nowadays I can be happily listening to a podcast, only to be disappointed when I arrive at work and have to turn it off.

So this post is a follow up to the first, with 5 more podcasts to download and listen to today. The best part? There are even more podcasts I love and I feel like some kind of addictive collector, asking people and seeking new listens all the time!


5 podcasts to download today - featuring Elise Gets Crafty, Blogtacular, Pomcast, Mortified and Adam Buxton. This Little Space of Mine


My Dad Wrote a Porno

The title is a giveaway, but this podcast is definitely not for everyone. Also be prepared to laugh a lot and wretch at some of the details. The premise of this podcast is that Jamie Morton found out his dad wrote an erotic novel about the adventures of Belinda Blumenthal and how she succeeds in the world of ‘business’. Jamie is sharing the story chapter by chapter with friends James Cooper and Alice Levine. It is a highlight of my week and now the 2nd series has finished my Monday just isn’t the same!

Find out more and listen to the podcast here.

Happier

I love Gretchen Ruben, I’ve read her books and back in the summer I was delighted to find she has a podcast (in fact she’s had it for quite a while!) with her sister, Elizabeth Craft. The podcast is all about about how to be happier, with every day steps and practical tips from a wealth of sources, that we can all learn something from. Episodes are around 40 minutes and there’s something really comfy about this podcast; I love the insight Gretchen and Elizabeth give us into their lives and I completely and utterly binged on the podcast when I first found it.

Find out more and listen to the podcast here.

Switched on Pop

This podcast is all about pop – or popular music – and the ins and outs of a song and what makes it a hit (or not). Hosted by Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding, these two know their stuff and I’ve found it really interesting to hear them talk about and break down the composition and lyrics of songs I’ve probably listened to hundreds of times and never really thought about. They reference on their website how they help listeners find “a-ha” moments in the music and it’s so true! Episodes have included Taylor Swift, Adele, Drake, Sia and so many more. Great podcast if you love your pop music as much as I do!

Find out more and listen to the podcast here.

Ctrl Alt Delete

From the book with the same name, Ctrl Alt Delete is hosted by writer Emma Gannon. A new listen for me, Emma interviews guests who have stories to tell about growing up online and how the internet and social media plays a part in their lives. Emma always comes across as friendly and you feel like you’re in the room when she’s interviewing guests. I find listening to Ctrl Alt Delete always inspires me to keep doing what I’m doing, and to not be afraid to be me. The episodes with Elizabeth Gilbert, Dawn O’Porter and Mara Wilson have been three highlights so far so far.

Find out more and listen to the podcast here.

A Playful Day

Last but by no means least comes A Playful Day, my weekly hug from creative pal Kate. Kate explores a specific subject area and how it links to creativity in each season of her podcast, with the latest being family. It’s an emotive listen at times, but one that warms my heart and makes me feel less alone when the chips are down and inspires to make and challenge myself creatively when the chips are up (is that a thing? it should be). You know you enjoy a podcast when you look forward to the next episode; A Playful Day fits that bill.

Find out more and listen to the podcast here.

So what are you listening to? If you have a podcast you’re loving, let me know!

Thanks for reading.

Leanne x

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5 podcasts to download today

When it comes to podcasts I feel like I’m so incredibly late to the party. Everyone has been listening to them for years, right? I’ve always seen podcasts I like the look of, but never been sure how to listen to them. It sounds so silly, I know! I hear of iTunes and think, well what about Android users? Then towards the end of last year my boyfriend starting getting into podcasts on his Android, told me what to download (and a few podcasts to listen to) and off I went. I use Podcast Addict; it’s great.

So now I love them; they make my journey to and from work more enjoyable (and the journey goes quicker!) and I listen while I’m cooking, crafting etc. They provide good company too, when music just isn’t what I want.


5 podcasts to download today - featuring Elise Gets Crafty, Blogtacular, Pomcast, Mortified and Adam Buxton. This Little Space of Mine


In today’s post I wanted to share and shout about 5 podcasts I’ve been listening to and enjoying – in case you’re like me and a) are late to the podcast party or b) would like to find new listens.

Elise Gets Crafty

Oh boy, I love this podcast. I started with the episode where the creator of 1 second every day shared his story and haven’t looked back. In each weekly episode, Elise discusses blogging, business and creativity – with a new guest each time. Even if you’re not ‘into’ any of those things, there’s a lot of inspiration to be found around working practices, keeping organised and looking after yourself. Elise finds genuinely interesting people to speak to (who you can resonate with), gets insight from them I haven’t heard in other podcasts and keeps it enjoyable – most podcasts are around 35 minutes too, so it doesn’t drag. Listening to an episode on my drive to work feels like it’s kick starting my day in a positive way, so I highly recommend a listen. Also, and this is how late I am to the party, Elise is the creator of Get to Work Book; in planner land this product seems to be growing and growing in popularity.

Find out more and listen to Elise Gets Crafty here.

Pomcast

Pomcast is a knitting podcast that comes from the team at Pom Pom Quarterly magazine. Above anything else, it’s just a fun podcast that always makes me smile and want to hang out with Lydia and Sophie at the pub (obviously while knitting!). The funny thing is, those ladies are what I call ‘grown up’ knitters; they knit with ‘proper’ yarn that costs more than your average Stylecraft ball of yarn. I’m not a ‘grown up’ knitter, but sure would like to be one day, but that difference doesn’t make the podcasts any less enjoyable to listen to. They regularly interview designers and fellow knitters, plus squeeze in details of what they’ve been making and random chit chat. It’s one of those podcasts where I get excited for the next episode to arrive.

Find out more and listen to Pomcast here.

Blogtacular

You may remember me talking about Blogtacular before (see here); it’s a place for “place for bloggers whose hearts beat with creativity to come together to meet, share and inspire” and, alongside their annual blogger conference, they’ve recently branched out into the land of podcasts. Kat kicked things off with Marte Marie Forsberg, who I heard talk at Blogtacular and have found her hugely inspiring ever since. The podcast is very much aimed at creatives and those with their own business (or business day dreams!) and love to be crafty in whatever shape that may be. A friendly and fun podcast, I look forward to hearing more guests.

Find out more and listen to Blogtacular here.

Adam Buxton

If you’re looking for something away from being creative, Adam Buxton‘s podcast is the one for you. I never listened to the Adam and Joe show on the BBC or XFM (though the back catalogue is available), but this podcast is great fun and there’s something dry and enjoyable and his humour. Adam has so far interviewed the likes of Louis Theroux, Rob Brydon and my favourite, Caitlin Moran. The topics he discusses captivate me and keep me interested, plus there are various skits and funny anecdotes. The show is currently on a break, but I really hope it returns soon. In the meantime there are 12 episodes to keep you entertained.

Find out more and listen to Adam Buxton here.

Mortified

And finally, for something completely different, how about Mortified? The Mortified Podcast is “angst written”; in a live-stand up environment guests share their childhood writings – so diaries, poems etc. Can you imagine sharing your teenage diary?! The horror! For that reason it’s a fun, light hearted podcast that I often listen to while I’m at work; it’s great to have on in the background for company. The laughter sometimes grates on me, but all in all this podcast makes me laugh; the people who share their stories are so brave!

Find out more and listen to Mortified here.

So what are you listening to? Whenever someone says the word podcast in conversation I’m all excited and asking what they’re listening to (the novelty hasn’t worn off!). So if you have a podcast you’re loving, let me know! Equally, if you listen to one of the above, let me know what you think, I hope you like them.

Thanks for reading.

Leanne x

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Leanne’s playlist – Indie girl


Leanne's playlist - Feisty - This Little Space of Mine


It’s playlist time! I love this one because it came about from hearing one song on the radio – An Honest Mistake by The Bravery. Instantly I was taken back to around 2005 when I was at uni, buying NME magazine, going to Fez club at uni for ‘Indie night’, finding new music watching The O.C. and camping in the rain at Reading Festival. It’s amazing how one song can bring it all back; this collection of songs reminds me so much of that time in my life. Do you remember that time too?

This playlist has been listened to many times as I’ve been packing and I’m sure will be heard as we unpack too! I hope you enjoy it – there are some corkers in there…

You can listen to the playlist through Spotify over here, alternatively see the full playlist below.

  1. Dirty Pretty Things – Bang Bang You’re Dead
  2. The Cribs – Hey Scenesters!
  3. We Are Scientists – The Great Escape
  4. Maximo Park – Apply Some Pressure
  5. Babyshambles – Delivery
  6. Bloc Party – Banquet
  7. The Bravery – An Honest Mistake
  8. The Futureheads – Decent Days and Nights
  9. Hot Hot Heat – Goodnight Goodnight
  10. The Subways – Oh Yeah
  11. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
  12. Razorlight – Golden Touch
  13. Arctic Monkeys – When The Sun Goes Down
  14. Kasabian – L.S.F
  15. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
  16. The Automatic – Monster
  17. The Killers – Somebody Told Me
  18. Editors – Munich
  19. The Kooks – Naive
  20. The Coral – Dreaming of You

For next month’s playlist it’s over to you; I’d love to know what kind of music you’d like to see? It can be a theme, or an artist or a song you’d like me to make a playlist around. Leave a comment below or drop me a tweet – I’m quite excited for this challenge so I’d love to have you involved!


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Leanne’s playlist – Spring


Leanne's playlist - Feisty - This Little Space of Mine


It’s playlist time! Thank you for the lovely feedback about my ‘Feisty’ playlist last month; it looks like I have some pop fan readers! Watch out for more pop soon.

This month I’m celebrating both spring and my upcoming trip to California with a collection of happy, hazy, chilled spring songs. This playlist is longer than normal but it’s a great one for shuffle and perfect for both lazy weekends pottering around at home and for working too.

You can listen to the playlist through Spotify over here, alternatively see the full playlist below.

  1. Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp
  2. Haim – Days are Gone
  3. Sky Ferreira – Everything is Embarrassing
  4. Dan Croll – In / Out
  5. Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna
  6. CHVRCHES – Lies
  7. Slow Club – Complete Surrender
  8. Phantogram – Don’t Move
  9. Cults – I Can Hardly Make You Mine
  10. Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
  11. Dog is Dead – Do The Right Thing
  12. Halsey – Ghost
  13. Sir Sly – Gold
  14. Peace – Wraith
  15. RAC, Kele, MNDR – Let Go
  16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  17. Wild Belle – Take Me Away
  18. HAERTS – Wings
  19. Bombay Bicycle Club – Feel
  20. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  21. Bloc Party – So Here We Are
  22. Arcade Fire – Afterlife
  23. Noosa – Fear of Love
  24. Foxes – The Unknown
  25. Little Dragon – Little Man
  26. The Kills – Future Starts Slow
  27. Little Green Cars – Harper Lee
  28. Pacific Air – Float
  29. Crystal Fighters – Follow
  30. BEGINNERS – Who Knows
  31. Empire of the Sun – Alive
  32. Femme – Fever Boy
  33. Hunter Hunted – End of the World
  34. Kate Boy – Northern Lights
  35. Kimbra – Cameo Lover
  36. Two Door Cinema Club – You Are Not Stubborn
  37. St. Vincent – Cruel
  38. Shinies – Taste

Don’t forget you can follow me over on Spotify What music are you enjoying at the moment? I love album recommendations, so send them on. I’m loving ‘older’ music right now; Elton John and Michael Jackson topping the list.


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Leanne’s playlist – Feisty


Leanne's playlist - Feisty - This Little Space of Mine


Today I’m sharing my second playlist – what did you think of the first? I love making playlists and this one is definitely my current favourite (much to my boyfriend’s annoyance!)

Thinking about putting together this playlist I thought I’d go for a tongue-in-cheek ‘Feisty’ theme; combining my love for a bit of trashy pop and the whole Valentine’s thing going on this month. Think TLC, Destiny’s Child and Justin Timberlake etc. It reminds me of being a teenager and all those afternoons after school when my sister and I were hooked on watching MTV – does anyone remember MTV Select, Videotrash and Making the Video?

  1. TLC – Girl Talk
  2. Brandy & Monica – The Boy is Mine
  3. Mya – Case of the Ex
  4. Christina Milian – AM to PM
  5. Pink – There You Go
  6. Jennifer Lopez – Love Don’t Cost a Thing
  7. Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills
  8. Usher – You Remind Me
  9. Eve & Gwen Stefani – Let Me Blow Ya Mind
  10. TLC – No Scrubs
  11. Destiny’s Child – Fancy
  12. Aaliyah – Try Again
  13. Faith Evans – Love Like This
  14. Justin Timberlake – Cry Me a River

You can listen to the playlist through Spotify over here, alternatively the list above gives you the full playlist. It’s all very lighthearted (No Scrubs is still a big song!), so turn it on, turn it up and enjoy some good old-fashioned pop music. I hope you like it!

Don’t forget you can follow me over on Spotify What music are you enjoying at the moment? I love album recommendations, so send them on. I’m loving Sia at the moment.


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Leanne’s playlist – January brights


Leanne's playlist - January brights - This Little Space of Mine


For years now I’ve loved making playlists for friends, family and me – for long journeys, holidays, get well soons etc. I remember as a child we’d always make a holiday tape; my Dad, Mum, sister and I would take it in turns to pick a song and it’d then be recorded onto a cassette tape – Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ and Eddie and Charles’ ‘Would I lie to you?’ would always make an appearance.

So today I’m bringing my love of music to my blog, through ‘Leanne’s playlist’! It’s a brand new concept for me, but I’m hoping I can share some songs and introduce you to some new music and perhaps artists you wouldn’t normally listen to. I’ve gone for a ‘January brights’ theme – 15 songs for you to put on while you work, relax, clean, entertain etc. It’s just an hour long and, as I’m a Spotify’er (is that a thing?!) you can also access the playlist here.

  1. Sam Smith – Like I Can
  2. James Bay – Hold Back the River
  3. Band of Skulls – I Know What I Am
  4. La Roux – Uptight Downton
  5. Pnau – With you Forever
  6. Jungle – Time
  7. Hello Bye Bye – Good Time
  8. Jessie Ware – You & I (Forever)
  9. Nick Mulvey – Fever to the Form
  10. Coldplay – Magic
  11. MØ – Fire Rides
  12. Peter and Kerry – One Thing
  13. Alpine – Gasoline
  14. The Chemical Brothers – Marvo Ging
  15. UNKLE – The Answer

Perhaps you’re looking for a playlist to listen to while you work? Or perhaps you want to try some new music in 2015? Whatever the reason I really hope you enjoy this – I’d love to hear if you like it/dislike it.

Enjoy and don’t forget you can follow me over on Spotify to catch a glimpse of other music I’m listening to. What music are you enjoying at the moment? I love album recommendations, so send them on…


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