The Organist

The Organist

Published by: KCRW
111 Episodes | First Released: Feb 1 '13
Take a weird, thoughtful and pleasurable journey into literature, music, art, philosophy, the internet, language, and history with McSweeney's and KCRW. This unconventional arts-and-culture magazine features contributors and guests like Miranda...
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GrindermanJJ
Nov 25 '19
Rating:   10
Possibly the best

Sure saying it’s the best is weird and diminutive but while I’m no professional podcast consumer even considering I have no ability to love even a moment in silence meaning I’ve been listening to NPR then Podcasts non stop since the age of 6, the Organist scratches that itches better than the rest. Listen, if you don’t dig, well then I’m sorry, you’re boring and while that’s ok, it’s a rough life.

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Yo dawg yo.
Oct 29 '19
Rating:   10
Beautiful

Best podcast around. But it doesn’t seem right to call it that. It’s not nearly as formulaic, condescending, and boring as the typical podcast.

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sio.m
Feb 14 '19
Rating:   10
One of the good ones

This is a gem in the ruff. The show is true audio art — a real rarity in podcast landscape that is cluttered with over-produced, ad-filled, true crime trash.

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callie sieh
Sep 20 '18
Rating:   10
i dig it

each thursday night, i go down to my basement, which has a dirt floor. i dig dirt from the hole i started digging months ago. the hole is finally big enough for me crouch within and comfortably rest my chin on the dirt floor. safe and comfortable in the dark and quiet basement, i am alone. next to my face, which rests on the basement floor, a device sits in the dirt. i crouch in the dirt hole until the following thursday, when, in the morning, i lift my chin from the soft dirt and ask the device if The Organist has been updated. if The Organist has been updated, I climb out of the hole i dug in the dirt floor of my basement and slither upstairs for 20 or so minutes of enjoyment. 5 stars

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♫♩
Aug 28 '18
Rating:   10
don’t miss it

this is almost certainly one of the best podcasts in the entire world.

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piano tape
Aug 11 '18
Rating:   10
Two Years with Franz

Two Years with Franz is one of the best pieces of nonfiction audio I have ever listened to. It is perfectly constructed and edited. There is even an autobiographical documentary element to the story, which I am normally averse to, but the producer Bianca Giaever weaves it in a way that is still respectful and focused on the subject of the story.This is an amazing resonating memorial to the life and work of Franz Wright. This is an amazing memorial to the life and work of Franz Wright.

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Overpanic
Aug 9 '18
Rating:   10
Episode 51

Orson Wells whispered into my ear: "You will never be a writer. You will never write anything. Never!" And I just was stunned, and I looked at him, and I said, I said, "You don't know me! You don't know who I really am, you don't know if I will or will not write." And he goes, "No, it's just my responsibility to tell you that - because those are your odds." He said, "Those are your odds in Hollywood." I look up and find myself at the corner of my street. To my left is a gang of women, musical instruments held aloft, smoking cigarettes and standing and leaning in the kind of posture you usually only see in magazines. I briefly wonder if I'm witnessing performance art, before turning to the other corner and heading to the ATM. The loud buzzing of the overhead light is drowning out the sound of my phone, and I take a break from listening to put it in my breast pocket. I withdraw my usual amount of money, one-hundred and sixty dollars, making sure to jiggle the card reader and cover the last digits of my credit card when I insert it in the slot. Of course I use my wallet to shield the keypad as I enter my pin, but the thought occurs to me that if there was someone watching, they might be clever enough to discern my pin from the initial placement of my fingers on the buttons. I make a mental note to consider my hand placement the next time I withdraw money. I take the cash without counting it; who would even believe me if I said that the machine had miscounted? Certainly not the bank. I place the cash in my wallet, behind the small collection of folded up receipts that I'd accumulated since the last time I cleaned it out, and place it back in my rear right pocket. Walking away from the buzzing of the electric light, I find myself faced with the hip gang again. They haven't moved. Instruments still held in their arms, they smoked in a graceful lean. Suddenly struck shy, I find myself utterly unable to speak to, or even make eye contact with that group of smoking statues as I walked by. I run a quick venn diagram in my mind of the topics that we each would be interested in having a discussion about; the overlap is such a small sliver, shining in the darkness, and as I peer inside of it I find myself drawn inside a warm, all-encompasing light. It surrounds me, and before I know what's happened I'm back at my desk, writing this review. I place my headphones on, and begin where I left off on the Organist podcast. And I said, I said, "You don't know me! You don't know who I really am, you don't know if I will or will not write." And he goes, "No, it's just my responsibility to tell you that - because those are your odds." He said, "Those are your odds in Hollywood."

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appleandy3
Jul 19 '18
Rating:   10
V V Good

V V V Good

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Nonicknamesleft123456789
Jul 16 '18
Rating:   10
Life is short, but we have this podcast

Because life is short, too short, I recommend listening to this podcast.

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MEisKIT
Jul 15 '18
Rating:   8
Neat!

This stuff is great

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bttnvl
Jul 14 '18
Rating:   10
Awesome

It takes me a lot to thoroughly invest myself in a podcast, but this one makes it so easy. Fun and enlightening!

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veronica_kab
Jul 14 '18
Rating:   10
So good!

Love

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