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Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Playlist: Night Drive

The Friday Playlist makes a triumphant return!  At least, a return.  Sorry for missing out on a few weeks folks.  Sometimes I just don't get inspired to write something for the playlist, or get too busy to find a playlist in the first place.  I didn't want to skip anything this week, so I went searching through Jamendo's Playlist page.

At first I was tempted to go with the 'Best of September' playlist - but I think I pilfered from that list a little two podcasts ago.  (In other news, I can't wait for a Best of October 2016 podcast!)  The next playlist I saw caught my attention: the Night Commute playlist.

Here's the description:
You workday is over, now the night is all yours! Whatever plans you have, get pumped on the way with this catchy playlist filled with #electronic, #hiphop and #funk!  
I thought for a weekend, this might be a fitting playlist to act as a soundtrack to your shenanigans.  It's pretty strong, and features artists such as Rag and Bones, The Madpix Project, Boogie Belgique (a favourite discovery of mine for 2016), The Funkastic Grooves (great name!), and AJC & The Envelope Pushers.  Countries from all over the world are represented here, as well as various music styles.  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Playlist: The College Mix CD

I found this CD in a box in the basement, full of other CDs.  It stands out to me only because of one track - a remix that my brother introduced me to.  I don't even know how he found it, or how I subsequently downloaded it.  Or whether I still have it.  It's definitely not on Spotify.

In any case, here's the original track listing as I wrote it - who knows when?  Probably sometime between 2004 and 2008.  There are some heavy influences from EA Sports video games, as well as what I was listening to at the time.

As you can see, it's a bit of a mash of everything.  I've taken the liberty of revising the playlist and honing it into something - well, something better.

  1. Beck - Hot Wax
  2. Treble Charger - Brand New Low
  3. Gob - I Hear You Calling
  4. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
  5. The Guess Who - American Woman
  6. The Darkness - Is It Just Me
  7. CCR - Fortunate One
  8. To My Surprise - Get It To Go
  9. Our Lady Peace - Not Afraid
  10. Sarah Harmer - Silver Road
  11. Maroon 5 - This Love (Kanye West Remix)
  12. Steriogram - Walkie Talkie Man
I cut a bunch of the tracks, and re-ordered a few of them.  I've got a better playlist coming next week.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Playlist - Podcast Edition

Rather than come up with another playlist with music, I thought I'd share some podcasts that I enjoy.  This specific list is a recommendation for a road trip - I've tried to time it out to about 4 hours, but episode lengths are never exact.  I've also unintentionally tied the shows together with a bit of a theme, but that wasn't the plan from the start.

We'll start our road trip with something light.  We don't want to get on the road with heavy discussion, or something too long.  We're going to ease into this trip by starting with an episode of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text (iTunes).

Most episodes clock in around 25-30 minutes, so the length is perfect.  HPST (acronym in progress) is a podcast that takes a deep dive into the text of Harry Potter and analyzes it using various techniques used when studying religious texts.  But don't worry - the hosts Vanessa and Casper have light banter and great chemistry, and relate Harry Potter to every day struggles.  No bible-thumpers here.

NExt, we stay with the light theme and move to Good Job Brain (iTunes).  This is a trivia podcast that explores strange and often bizarre but interesting facts in a number of different ways.  These shows are usually an hour and change - so you'll have learned something new by the time you get to your first rest stop.

Moving on, we come to Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast (iTunes).  A little deepr than the last two, but more similar to Harry Potter and the Sacred Text, Ken and John watch every iteration of Trek and examine its messages, morals and meanings.  They approach it earnestly, but they know how to make a joke too.

Paired with Mission Log is Transporter Room 3 (iTunes) - another Trek podcast, but made by two true fans.  They're not afraid to take the piss out of Trek.  Oh, and this one is most definitely NSFW.

I think we're just about at the end of our trip.  I think we'll keep things light and finish with an episode of Make Dad Read Comics (iTunes).  Patrick makes his Dad read a different ocmic every week - with mixed results.  This also ends up being a very touching show when you hear father and son connecting every week.

Happy Friday!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Playlist: The Tragically Hip

Just before I started writing this, I hadn't yet put together or found a playlist.  I was going through my head trying to think of what kind of special list I could throw together from Jamendo, or if I could find one.  But then I read this review of the final Ottawa concert for The Tragically Hip.  I did not attend the concert, nor will I be attending the concert in Kingston tomorrow (but will attempt to watch or listen, if I can).  But I've seen pictures of the event last night, and paired with this review...I think those fans witnessed a once in a lifetime musical event.

Now, I haven't had the chance to put together a playlist on Spotify.  But this is what my playlist will be for most of the weekend, I think.

This is the set list for the Ottawa concert last night.  Can't wait to see what's in store tomorrow.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Playlist: Crap From the Past

One of these days, I will actually put a playlist together for you.  But until that day comes, enjoy something "curated" by someone else.

This week, it's Crap From the Past host Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber.  CFTP airs Fridays from 10:30pm to Midnight on KFAI Minneapolis.  I used to listen every week, but sometimes you can't find 90 minutes every week, you know?

Anyway, the man is a virtual encyclopedia of Top 40 knowledge from the 70's and 80's, and picks some great tunes.  The first song of this show from July 29th is pure gold.

July 29, 2016: You + Me = Disco

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friday Playlist: Olympic Games: Rio 2016

Happy Friday everyone!  Hope this weekend will treat you right.  

I'm here with another #FridayPlaylist for you; this time around it IS some Creative Commons Music!  With the 2016 Summer Games starting today, I found a cool playlist for you.  Here's the description: 
The whole world has laid eyes on Rio with the Olympic Games! Here is a selection of our favorite artists from #Brazil: such a wonderful country of sport, culture and music!
It opens with a pretty chill opening instrumental track followed by a great alternative rock track, and is pretty much filled with a ton of great Creative Commons artists all from Brazil!  Hope you enjoy it.  You can download the music and listen here: https://www.jamendo.com/playlist/500204773/olympic-games-rio-2016   

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Playlist: The Café

Another mainstream music playlist for you - I promise, these won't all be like that!  It's just so easy to share Spotify playlists, and I like all music, so this is what you're getting.  If this isn't your bag, I recommend checking out http://www.freemusicarchive.org or http://www.jamendo.com - they have some excellent curated Creative Commons infused playlists.

The Café - July 24 2016 

I was listening to a local radio station on Sunday, where they air a program called The Café.  Here's the description of the show from their website:
Every Sunday from 9am to 12pm, we invite you to a sonic brunch at The Café where you can aurally dine on 3 hours of music that matters.Escape the mundane fare of countdowns and the steady diet of song repetitions. The music is always fresh and there’s a permanent reservation for you. The Café, where we always sing a different song.
Generally speaking the music is pretty laid back and more on the folks-y side of the Alternative Spectrum.  This particular playlist starts and ends with some heavier tunes (I decided to add some songs outside of the Café hours that I liked), but overall has a nice flow and steady tempo to it.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Playlist: The Strumbellas ON THE ROAD (Spotify)

I happened to catch this tweet from The Strumbellas in my feed this morning; it came at a good time - I didn't feel like starting a new podcast, and I needed to listen to something.  Also, I was browsing some old blog posts this morning in search of some old podcasts and remembered that I used to write a LOT of posts back in the day!  I want to get back to that.

So consider this an official recommendation.  I really like The Strumbellas.  My first introduction to them was their fantastic album "We Still Move on the Dance Floors", which has one of the best album artwork I've seen in a long time.  I made it my phone wallpaper for a bit (and may again soon after this post!).  I first heard it in the summer, and because of that, I associate their music and that style to the season when the first heat wave strikes.  Just something about the music that just fits.

Please go check out their playlist on Spotify: The Strumbellas ON THE ROAD.  It's got an excellent selection of songs curated by the band that are mostly in a similar style of what The Strumbellas play.  There are some artists on there that are new to me!

I definitely recommend it for a good summer drive.

PS - this won't be the last Friday Playlist either :)