My name is John H Maloney and I'm a writer, musician & podcaster based in New Jersey.

I decided to start the rec list as a way to extend the constant stream of recommendations that I've been posting on social media for years. I've recently realized that media curation is a passion of mine and now I want to try reach a larger audience. Every week I'll be posting recommendations for movies, music, anime, podcasts, Youtube channels, books, tv shows and any other media I find & feel compelled to share.

In addition to writing the rec list, I'm also the co-host and producer of a b-movie & cult movie review podcast called Zombie Take-Out.
http://www.zombietakeout.com/
You can find out about all of my projects, past and present, at
http://johnhmaloney.net/

Youtube/Weird Fruit Explorer

Youtube/Weird Fruit Explorer

Jared Rydelek has a very unconventional hobby that he documents on his Youtube channel; he reviews unusual fruit, often traveling around the world to do so, for his series Weird Fruit Explorer. From fairly well-known fruits like kumquat & the infamous durian to far more obscure ones like santol & chocolate pudding fruit and even fruits from plants that aren't known for their fruits like nutmeg & ginger, Rydelek describes them all in a way that make it easy for the viewer to imagine their flavor, often analogizing them to more common fruits. Also, his day job, performing as a contortionist, fire eater & sword swallower, gives Rydelek the opportunity to travel to several exotic locations to find fruit and he often films his reviews in those places as well.

In addition to Weird Fruit Explorer, Rydelek features two other series' on his channel: Jared's Junk Food Reviews & That's Not Coffee. In Jared's Junk Food Reviews, he tries the junk food available in different places around the world and reviews it just as thoroughly as the fruit that he covers in his main series. These videos also document Rydelek's quest to find Pepsi Blue. By the way, I should point out that they start with very dissonant electronic music, so you might want to turn down the volume before clicking. That's Not Coffee is a monthly series in which Rydelek and his friends Albo, Stuart & Lex prepare and review various coffee substitutes ... including soy bean, rice & spelt ... in an effort to find one that's just as satisfying as the real thing. Spoiler Alert: They have yet to succeed.

I'll leave you with the latest episode of Weird Fruit Explorer and, of course, a link to Rydelek's Youtube channel.

If there's a movie, band, podcast or any other media that you'd like me to check out for possible inclusion on the rec list, please contact me and let me know about it.

 

Anime/FLCL

Anime/FLCL

Movie/Free Troma Films

Movie/Free Troma Films