Preceded by a short rant about remixing and copyright…
I have a few strongly-held opinions on copyright. I support the idea of some kind of mechanism to provide artists with monetary compensation for their labours. We all need money to live. But as a creator, I also want to be free to remix and explore the work of others through my own work. It all hinges on ‘fair use’, a concept whose interpretation has been stretched on both sides of the debate.
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Repeal the 8th Edition
I usually don’t do the soapbox thing. Try to find an explicitly political statement elsewhere on this website. You probably won’t be able to. I don’t want to virtue signal. I don’t want to exacerbate the already-septic tribal wounds. But I very often recommend podcasts, and I don’t see any reason not to recommend what I’ve been listening to this week. Some of it relates to the propaganda I’ve been seeing all around me for months, dead babies on lamp posts and whatnot. For those of you outside Ireland, I’ll explain.
Continue reading Podcast Round-Up IV
The album GIVE ME A SINE came out in 2015, but I’ve only just got around to making a video for the song Bang Goes The TV. It’s a video mashup. I hope you like it. Please subscribe to my new YouTube channel (you may be the very first) and share the video on social media. Maybe then I won’t die in abject poverty. Buy the album while you’re at it.
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Conan O’Brien was filming a special in Israel when he encountered a group of activists. In this video, they are trying to convince him to use his show to get the Palestinian plight across. With Conan having such a large audience, the activists think he can make a real difference to educate Americans on this issue, and to counter the pro-Israeli (anti-Palestinian) propaganda in the American media. The activists are assertive, even forceful, the video title on YouTube is Conan O’Brien confronted by pro-Palestine activists *full video*. I don’t know if I would characterise it as a confrontation, or even a Conanfrontation (see what I did there?), but it certainly seemed like a tense encounter. I found it very interesting to watch, I think Conan handled it with grace.
I admired the people speaking to him, particularly the American woman who said… We can’t have free people anywhere in the world if anybody is oppressed. It’s going to take the liberation of all people, so it is my responsibility as a human to now educate myself about all oppressed people everywhere… I’m not Palestinian. I’m not here to save Palestine or to resolve the problems or to even speak for my Palestinian brothers and sisters. All I can do is do my part by saying Palestine, Palestine, Palestine, something’s happening, something is happening and tell them the truth about what I’ve seen with my own eyes.
After watching this video, I looked for the official version uploaded by Team Coco. I was unable to find it. Maybe it’s not available in my region. If I find it later I’ll replace the freebooted version. But I think this is worth watching.
I’ve switched out the domain name now. I think it makes sense to use the acronym due to the unwieldiness of the long-form band name (refer to my previous blog post Names Names Names). I will release the new album with the acronym TDNTav as well. Just to keep it all uniform, there’s new social media accounts @TDNTav. Lately I haven’t been that active on social media, but I will be when the new album is closer to completion. Like and follow now for updates when shiny new things are unveiled.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about HitRecord’s Play Along challenge. It’s a weekly remix challenge with a different host every few weeks, and I was the host for most of April. After my last Play Along video, I uploaded an anthology of my time at the helm. It begins with the second half of Play Along Week #170. It might be kind of interesting watching a few weeks edited together, seeing the new sample revealed each week and then immediately hearing how people remixed it.
I have to admit, the production value was pretty patchy, especially that first week. I did that talking to camera bit pretty late, after learning day-of that I had to do the video. But it gets better. I think I really got my act together in the last two weeks with the motion graphics and presentation. You live, you learn. I hope it’s okay with the folks over at HitRecord that I occasionally embed videos here to show people all the cool stuff that happens over there. If this video makes you curious, you should check out the Play Along Project at Hitrecord.org, that’s where it all happens.
Podcasts Hosted by Comedians
I didn’t want to say Comedy Podcasts because podcasts hosted by comedians are not necessarily going to have the punchline density of a stand-up show. I would call (one of my previous recommendations) The Bugle a comedy podcast, because it features pre-written material, often performed in a live comedy setting. But most podcasts are not live shows, and comedians are essentially troubled people, so going off-script can get very dark.
Continue reading Podcast Roundup III