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