US 3 – Cantaloop

25 09 2008

This is one used to my jam in like 6th grade!

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Laura Viers – Saltbreakers

25 09 2008

On Saltbreakers, singer/songwriter Laura Veirs’ 2007 Nonesuch Records release, she further hones her craft of creating catchy, melodic, and ethereal songs after her breakthrough album, Year Of Meteors. Much like the album’s cover, the songs on Saltbreakers move along like a leisurely midnight boat ride on a calm sea, but are far from boring. After hearing the first few tracks on the album it becomes apparent that she isn’t after super stardom nor is she chasing after indie street cred, but rather just an artist expressing herself as best she can.

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It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

25 09 2008

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is by far one of the most original and funny shows that I’ve seen in a long time. According to IMDB, the show’s slogan is “It’s Seinfeld on crack” which I think is a fairly accurate description. Much like Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s characters are obliviously terrible and self-centered people, but the premises for the shows are far darker than anything Seinfeld and Larry David could ever dream up.

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Totally Rad Show

25 09 2008

The Totally Rad Show, or T.R.S., is yet another Internet video project led by Alex Albrecht. On the weekly show, Albrecht, along with two co-hosts, cover upcoming movies and video game releases as well as get nostalgic by making iron-on T-Shirts and revisiting childhood games like freeze tag. I have to admit the first time I checked out the show during it’s first few episodes I wasn’t a fan. However, after seeing how good Project Lore and of course Diggnation were, I figured I had to have been mistaken and after watching a few recent episodes I was hooked.

The shows are about an hour long but manage to move along at a pretty good pace and remain entertaining the whole time. The dialog is natural and witty and each host is both insightful and knowledgeable about what they review. I recently loaded up my iPod with about 7 or so new episodes and it definitely came in handy during a few long waits for the first train out of Tokyo.

The Totally Rad Show’s website is here, the iTunes link is here, and they even have a guild in World Of Warcraft on the Executus server.





Foxy Tunes

25 09 2008

Foxy Tunes is a simple and popular Firefox extension that allows you to control any media player like iTunes or WinAmp among many others, right from the bottom right-hand corner of your browser without having to maximize your media player. The program has all of the expected features like skip, volume, etc. but it also has FoxyTunes Planet which takes you a site that has a combination of Wikipedia excerpts, YouTube videos, and much more. If you’re running Firefox and still haven’t tried out any extensions yet, Foxy Tunes is a great one to start out with.





Cool Hunting

25 09 2008

Cool Hunting is a video podcast which features short and artfully shot profiles on mostly obscure left-field artists who work in a variety of mediums from wood to music and even fruit. Over the 2 years it’s been running, the people at Cool Hunting seem to have developed a true knack for discovering intriguing artists and knowing just how to present their story. As an artist myself, it’s inspiring to both see the finished work they created as well as to hear what was on their minds when they created it.

Although completely immersed in a New York-hipster aesthetic, in some cases the cinematography and editing is almost if not more appealing than the subjects they cover. Rather than having the interviewee reveal their entire story, they play around with silence instead which is far more effective and refreshing. They will typically only say a few sentences in between long shots of the larger picture of the story.

Here is one of my favorite Cool Hunting videos about 8-bit music.

The musical beds for the videos however are not always so appealing. Occasionally the music is brilliantly composed, but the majority of the time it’s just bland and generic downtempo electronica that is far too artsy for it’s own good. Nonetheless, their stories on musicians and bands are always memorable.

Cool Hunting can be found in iTunes and their site is here.





Dalebert Sephelp’s Help Yourself

25 09 2008

Delbert Sephelp’s podcast entitled “Help Yourself” is perhaps the strangest thing I’ve ever heard from the world of podcasting. Dalebert is a fake therapist and self-help guru who released only 10 short episodes which came to a conclusion in late 2006.

Each episode features his borderline mentally disabled and insanely pitched voice as he discusses non-sequiturs such as Lance Bass’ last name, Christmas, and learning Spanish. Aside from his voice itself, one of the other highlights of the show are his unique turns of phrase like “High-anus” and “Mexi-hookup.” It’s fairly safe to assume that no new episodes will be posted anytime soon, but I’d recommend downloading the shows that are available before they disappear. There are videos available, but I think he works better in the audio medium.

The website is here and the iTunes link is here.