Re: HITRECORD Play Along

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.

Podcast Roundup III

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.

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Explosions In The Sky – All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

This instrumental post-rock album came out in 2007, but I only heard it after I saw Explosions In The Sky at ATP in 2009. I became obsessed with this album. It’s music to get lost in, rich and atmospheric. I used to put this album on when I was going to sleep. Though it’s sometimes loud and raucous, I still find it melodic and soothing. I keep returning to this album after nearly ten years, so I’m going to go ahead and recommend it to you. Find it in your preferred music format or platform.

Explosions In The Sky Bandcamp

HitRecord: Play Along #171

I’m hosting Play Along, HitRecord’s weekly remix challenge.

I hope it’s cool with them that I have embedded the video like this with a link to the challenge! If you have literally no idea what I’m talking about, go here and read my HitRecord explainer.

The project has a different host each month and each week the host issues new remix challenges. This is my first week at the helm, so I’m sure I’ll write some more about this in the weeks to come.

Podcast Roundup II

History Podcasts

Here’s my second podcast roundup. Yes, I’m sticking with the Roman numerals. This time I picked a theme, these podcasts are all history-related.

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Fix Facebook

I am a musician. That was primarily the reason I joined Facebook, it seemed like a good way to reach people and promote gigs. When I signed up, it said on the main page “Facebook is free, and always will be”. Continue reading Fix Facebook

Hello Internet

I have recommended other things with relatively little explanation. Sometimes a song doesn’t require much explanation, I’m recommending it because I think it’s a good song. But if I’m going to recommend listening to what could eventually amount to hundreds of hours of two dudes talking, I’d better tell you something about it up front. I’ll write a brief profile of the host and vice-host from a listener’s point of view.

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