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I recently discovered that NPR has quite an extensive rock/pop/folk music section on their website. This includes the weekly show All Songs Considered, which I haven't listened to much but seems sorta like a more-NPR-sounding version of Sound Opinions.

But the really cool part is that they have downloadable recordings of full concerts, including:
(The) Gossip
... among others that I'm still exploring.

Oh yeah, and NPR provides podcast links to all this music, in seemingly endless permutations.

(By the way, Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney is part of the NPR music staff, which is especially amusing when she's covering the Gossip show as a reporter/fan and Beth Ditto gives her a shout-out from stage as an inspiration.)

Oh, and just because this song came on after I listened to the Gossip show, I have to add that no matter what the haters say, Courtney Love rocks.
Mood:: 'bouncy' bouncy
Music:: Courtney Love - Mono
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 05:37pm on 29/10/2008 under ,

I've been a fan of podcasts for nearly four years now. If you don't already know, those are online radio shows with subscription feeds. I add the RSS/XML feed URL to my "podcatching" program, and my computer automatically downloads MP3s of shows as they're released; then I periodically copy them over to whatever is the most convenient player. Over the past few years the medium has become more well-known (mostly thanks to support in iTunes), and the selection of shows has changed, mostly increasing but of course some of my old favorites have either stopped or severely curtailed their frequency.

At first I tried to grab the latest shows every morning, and listen to them at work. Now I have a better system, partly thanks to working at home. I first separate the podcasts into two major categories, music and talk (there are some gray areas though, as seen below). For the music podcasts, I grab up to two weeks' worth of shows at a time (depending on how far behind I am), and mix those in with random songs from my personal collection so that I never go more than about 60-90 minutes without getting a few songs I already know I like; this way I get a good mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar. Then with the talk podcasts, every Monday I update a CD-RW with the new shows from the past week, then listen to those in the car throughout the week. Often I'll add a few episodes of a new show, to check out in any extra time at the end of the week.

Individual Songs )
Music Shows )
Music/Talk )
Talk )
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 07:48pm on 05/06/2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
This week we gained possession of a pair of 8GB iPod Touches, through a surprisingly generous rebate program.

The iPod Touch is unlike any previous iPods, but is very similar to the iPhone. It's basically an iPhone without the phone, camera, or bluetooth. That doesn't sound like it leaves much, but what it leaves is high-resolution video iPod functionality, plus wi-fi networking, built on top of a miniature Mac OS X complete with web browser, email client, and other programs.

Apple's firmware doesn't allow adding apps that aren't already there, other than using web apps designed for the iPhone/iTouch platform. (A new firmware version coming soon will open this up a bit, but not by much.) However, people have figured out ways of fixing ("jailbreaking") the firmware to allow installing third-party apps, and there's even a de-facto standard packaging/installing system to make it easy to get and install programs.

A Linux guy gets started with iPod Touch )
Jailbreak for the good stuff )
Some added applications )
Music! )
Video )

So yeah, quite the fun toy here.....
Mood:: 'geeky' geeky
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 05:49pm on 11/04/2008 under , , , ,
I've been listening to the Pat Radio podcast, which is a weekly show focusing on the Columbus music scene. The show's theme song is called "OH/IO (Washington Beach Party)" (by Magic City). That song title is apparently a reference to a neighborhood just northeast of OSU. (Which in turn was apparently derived from Grand Theft Auto.)

Granted, this label for the neighborhood was apparently just coined five years ago, but considering I used to live near there I'm surprised I hadn't heard it before. Have you heard that neighborhood called Washington Beach?
There's a video for the song! )

(BTW, another music-oriented podcast I've just started listening to is Sound Opinions, a public radio show out of Chicago. The show with Bob Mould got me hooked.)
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 08:08pm on 19/12/2007 under , , , , , , ,
Background: Sometime in the murky mists of time (the 70s and 80s), Ohio State University had a student-run radio station, WOSR. I don't know why it died, but when I got to OSU in the early 90s the only radio there was the staff-run classical/NPR station. At one point I was on the far periphery of a movement to get student-run and community-oriented radio back to OSU, but the best they managed was some internships at WCBE, the other (more community-oriented and musical, but also NPR-ish) public radio station in town. FCC rules and the crowded central Ohio radio spectrum prevented them from achieving their goals. Eventually a different group managed to get student-run "radio" on the campus cable system and then streaming Internet radio; after being called Underground.fm and KBUX, apparently it's now known as Ohio.fm.

Anyway, since I last paid much attention, broadcast radio have become somewhat less important as Internet radio and podcasts have become possible. But the FCC also finally changed their rules to allow low-power FM stations; this was a major goal of the early 90s group.

So today I learned about WCRS, a low-power community-oriented station being started by Simply Living, which is a local sustainability-oriented community group. Among other programming, WCRS will broadcast a local music podcast, which is how I found out about the station.

So if you're in Columbus, see if you can pick up WCRS on 102.1 or 98.3 FM. It looks like they're still in the early stages of building a schedule, so I don't know how interesting it'll be to listen to (or how far the signal goes), but it's worth keeping an eye on. It looks like they started small, with 11am-1pm Mon-Fri broadcasts, but the podcast is on at 6pm Wednesdays.
Mood:: 'curious' curious
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 06:31pm on 24/10/2007 under ,
Lately I've been trying to catch up on the podcasts I'm most interested in, since I'd gotten about eight months behind. One of my favorites (and one of the first I ever found) is Insomnia Radio, featuring indie rock (and anything related) and focusing on the music rather than (like too many podcasts) the host. Over the past couple years he's been branching out to invite and encourage people in many different cities to start podcasts under the Insomnia Radio umbrella, primarily focusing on music of their local region. So for example there's Insomnia Radio New York, Insomnia Radio Cincinnati, and so on, as well as a few genre-based shows.

Yesterday (now up to April's podcasts) I learned that there's now Insomnia Radio Turkey!

There are only five episodes so far, with 4-5 songs each, and there were many months between episodes #4 and #5, but I enjoyed listening to them all.
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 12:10am on 16/01/2006 under ,
A year ago I discovered podcasts, around the time (within a couple months) that a lot of good podcasts were getting started. 2005 saw an explosion in podcasting, with various podcast alliances starting (some of them fading and splintering into new ones), many musicians and record labels getting involved, and the beginning of commercialization helping push things along. There was a podcasting convention in November. Podcasts are now getting played on both broadcast and satellite radio. Eventually even Apple recognized the phenomenon, even if their featured-podcast list is almost entirely shows that don't originate as podcasts.

Just a few months ago I could keep up with all the happenings. I can't keep up with it all anymore. (And not just because I'm two weeks behind in my listening.)

But wait, what's a podcast? )

Podsafe music )

Podcasts I listen to these days - now with descriptions )
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 06:44pm on 15/12/2005 under ,
I've gotten really behind on podcasts since Thanksgiving, so in the last couple days I've been working on catching up. I'm still two weeks behind though.

One of my favorite podcasts is Julien Smith's In Over Your Head, out of Montreal. It's ostensibly a music podcast, exposing me to types of music that I normally wouldn't listen to (hip-hop, electronica, maybe some some sort of ambient Euro-pop, and other stuff I can't quite define). But the thing that really keeps me listening is his rants and stream-of-consciousness talk between the music.

One thing he's talked about is a vegan restaurant in Montreal that apparently takes pretentiousness to a new extreme. (You may think Dragonfly Neo-V is pretentious, but I think this one has it beat.) Read more... )

The 5-minute rant starts 5 minutes into episode 93. (At around 29 minutes he mentions that there's another vegan restaurant in Montreal that's sort of the feel-good-hippie version.)
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 12:45pm on 23/09/2005 under ,
The monthly Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is radidly becoming one of my top favorite podcasts. It tends to be both more traditional-sounding and more whimsical than the Celtic Music News Podcast, as well as a bit less talkative. Much of it ends up reminding me a lot of what I might hear at a Renaissance fair. (The CMN Podcast, on the other hand, leans more toward the influence of Celtic rock, and sometimes the Celtic connection is a little tenuous there.)

The first edition of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast introduced me to the Wild Kitty. ("No, nay never (meow meow meow meow), no nay never no more (meow meow), will I be a wild kitty (meow), no never, no more.") In the latest, oversized 90-minute edition, we learn that there's a whole CD, Irish Drinking Music for Cat Lovers coming soon, and we hear "Lord of the Pounce".

Today we also get "The Ballad of Joss", to the tune of "Hero of Canton" / "The Man They Call Jayne" / "The Ballad of Jayne" / "Jayne's Theme" (the true title seems to be somewhat obscure). And did you know that there's a podcast dedicated to Firefly?

We also get an Emerald Rose song from their brand-new album. Emerald Rose is a Pagan/Celtic band that we heard and met at PSG, so it was odd to hear that familiar voice on a podcast. It was another "Hey, I sorta know that guy singing!" moment.

There's lots of other good stuff, but those were the highlights for me.

Update: Turns out the guy behind this podcast and the cat songs is on LiveJournal: [livejournal.com profile] marcgunn
Music:: Marc Gunn & The Dubliners' Tabby Cats - "Wild Kitty"
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 01:56pm on 18/09/2005 under , , ,
I just found out that last night there was a 5-hour concert, organized by Wynton Marsalis and broadcast on some PBS and NPR stations, dedicated to benefiting hurricane relief efforts. Go over to NPR's page about it for RealAudio (or Windows Media audio) links for each hour, plus a few highlights they've selected. I haven't listened to much yet, other than a Robin Williams segment, but apparently there were some great speeches along with some great music. Too bad there's no MP3 for listening offline.

Meanwhile in a not-so-highbrow part of town, the Louisianan southern-rock band Dash Rip Rock started an occasional podcast a few months ago, and the latest show includes tales of Katrina evacuees and survivors, and some of their music related in various ways to the hurricane and flood.
Music:: Dash Rip Rock - "Delta Dawn"


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