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Marc Gunn – The Maid Went to the Mill

To Kick Off Celtic Thursday – The Maid and the Mill

Marc Gunn is well liked by us here at indienation.fm for many good reasons.  He does great music, he shares it, he supports Celtic music and, most relevant to this post, he came up with the idea of #CelticThursdays.  The idea is simple.  Use the hash tag #CelticThurday to promote Celtic music every Thursday.  Brian, our news and tech director, liked the idea so much that he found over 15 hours of Celtic music and reprogramed the bot to play Celtic music every Thursday from 10 AM to 10 PM DST.  So to kick off the event for today, check out Marc Gunn’s video The Maid and the Mill.

To find out more about Celtic music and how to support it check out his celticmusic.org site.

 

Sarah Donner – Geek and Feline Powered

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She has Kittens and is not Afraid to Use Them

An Interview with Sarah Donner
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Sarah Donner – Live at Gen Con 2014

If the musicians at Gen Con have anything in common, it could only be that they are all unique.  Sarah Donner is one fine example of such, having her own special feline, geek, funny personal style, twist and brand.  Not only does she do songs about cats,  but specifically about Schrödinger’s and, check out her latest video at the end of the interview notes, which is Tesla themed.  Seriously how could geeks like us not love this stuff?

Not only did we manage to catch up with Sarah Donner for an interview but she was also nice enough to let us record her live.   Keep it tuned here for when we release all the Gen Con stuff.  Also, if you ever get word that she is playing near you, be sure and go see her as you will not be disappointed. I was lucky enough to catch up with Sarah at a coffee shop across the street from the con. Listen it to as we talk and hit on the following and more?

Join us as she tells us about:

  • When she started playing
  • “Angsty female songs”
  • How she uses comedy
  • of course, cats, science, geek and other inspirations and influences
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book
  • How many albums so far
  • Being on the road
  • Her thoughts on the new media order
  • What would she call her genre
  • Who does she think she sounds like
  • Our thoughts on genre
  • Her advice to those who desire to do what she does

You can find out more about Sarah at:

Sarah has recently done a video with the help of The Oatmeal.  It is Tesla themed and the cause is to help to fund raise a Tesla Museum.

An Interview with Apryl Night, Medieval and Renaissance Musician

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Apryl Knight

Apryl Knight

Apryl Knight

Apryl is a classically trained pianist who began playing music at age 3. She plays many instruments and has a serious love for music Medieval and Renaissance era music. According to her about page
Apryl Knight brings years of experience and enthusiasm to all of her performances. She has been playing music since she was 3 years old, starting with piano and voice, then flute, and continuing to add expertise in other instruments until it would be impossible to list them all here. Some of the instruments she plays include bowed psaltery, flute, pennywhistle, bodhran, guitar, pianonomicon, and voice. She also dances, winning awards for her bellydancing and performing with gfire and Desert Passion Middle Eastern Dance Company. When not performing, she teaches piano and music theory.

I was lucky enough to catch up with Apryl at Gen Con 2014. Listen in as we discuss:

  • Her musical backgroud
  • Where to find her on the Internet
  • The instruments she plays
  • Her influences
  • Her interest in women who wrote in the era
  • Her thoughts on the new media order
  • The Tolstin Troubadours
  • Her albums
  • Her advice to aspiring musicians

You can find Apryl Knight on the web at:

2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.22 – Tech Net News and Opinion

Tech Net News and Opinion

Monday Night News

We opened this week’s show with Titanic and Cape Cod Girls from the album Choice Cuts by Water Street Bridge. You can find out more about this band by listening to the interview at the end of the newscast or by checking out the individual posting of the interview on Indie Nation. Join Brian and Lumpy as they discuss some Walking Dead spoilers and rumors, Google news in general, drones vs Star Wars and more in tech and science news. We would also like to remind the listeners that we encourage listener participation through chat, comments and you are welcome to actually join us on the air.  To find out how to join us on the air, contact us via our chat room on the Listen Page.

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Walking Dead News

  • First off, the season premier is 12 October
  • Season 5 Episode 2 – Another character from the comic, Father Gabriel.
    •  Carol is supposedly back at the end of the premier
  • FYI – Lumpy did check, Walking Dead Season  Marathon begins on 6 October
  • The Air Herald reports that there will be a spin off
  • There is talk about Beth, it seem that a trailer gave that and a few other things away

Closing Tunes

We closed with a few more tracks from Water Street Bridge:

  • Pay Me/Iko
  • Zombie Jamboree
  • Lumpy’s Interview with them at Gen Con 2014

An Interview with Water Street Bridge at Gen Con

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An Interview with Water Street Bridge at Gen Con

Water Street Bridge

Water Street Bridge

Water Street Bridge is a three person band from the Midwest. The members are Jon Baade, James Kuehl, and Richard Miller. They were one of the many acts performing at Gen Con 2014. To be honest, I had not heard of them before the event. However, I am darn glad I did. They do really good music.

Their music is refreshingly different and energetic. They also have a nice visual aspect to their performances because of the instruments and wardrobe they use. Finally, as people they are just fun to be around. (I really got a kick out of Jon photo bombing a few folks at the con.)

I think it is also very clear that these three men honestly love what they do.  You can sense their passion when they perform and even feel it when you chat with them at their merchandise table.

Listen in as we talk about:

  • How the band formed
  • Their musical influences
  • How to find our where they are playing
  • Why they are hard to figure out exactly what kind of music
  • What kind of instruments they play
  • How many releases they have
  • The story behind the skull shakers
  • Their advice to aspiring musicians

You can find Water Street Bridge on the web at:

2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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2014.09.15 – Tech Net News and Opinion

This is the recording of our weekly news show.  In this episode we discuss some Celtic music news, Android news, Chrome OS app news, net neutrality, Minecraft, Microsoft, writing on maps from the era of Columbus, and more.

 We opened with two from  Ceil Moss

  • As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
  • Lies a Lurrighan

You can find this band at:

An Interview with The Celtfather, Marc Gunn

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Marc Gunn, Rythym and Folk

 Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014


Marc Gunn at Gen Con 2014

Marc Gunn has been on my playlist even before the station existed. He was one of the first artist I contacted to get permission to play when I was the only DJ spinning indie music on a mainstream Internet station. (RIP Geeksradio.fm)  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to finally catch up with this wonderful kilted man.

Regrettably, and I still don’t get why, I don’t come through well on the recording. (Maybe it was where I was sitting, the crowd noise drowns me out.)  Nonetheless, the important part, Mr. Marc Gunn, is very audible. Listen in as we talk about:

  • Drinking songs
  • How long he has been doing Gen Con
  • Why he love Gen Con
  • How he got into his craft
  • His influences
  • Some of the gigs for him at Gen Con
  • His thoughts on the New Media Order
  • His advice for one who wants to do what he does

You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:

Marc is a HUGE supporter of the Celtic music scene, check out this list of donations by him at his website.

Marc also loves to travel and acts as a tour guide. Check out Celtic Invasion.

To close, I would like to personally thank Mr. Gunn for his time. Not only is he one of my favorite podsafe artists, I have always had admiration for how he supports his art form. I must also mention that he and I had more conversation after the interview and he continued with additional recommendations, all of which I have since explored and feel are of great worth. Hopefully, I can catch up with him again in the near future.

 

A Cat Themed Concert

Meow – Marc Gunn to do a Cat Themed Concert

I am snot sure when this hit my feed reader but I noticed it this morning.  Marc Gunn, who you will hear much about today for it is Celtic Thursday, describes his music as “rhythm and folk” and themed around Sci Fi, hobbits, cats and Star Wars.  He also does lots of drinking songs.  Marc has an announcement

I have seen Marc  perform live. I  can tell you that it should be a great show.  He is just a great entertainer. Be sure to get your tickets.

Ceili Moss

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For Celtic Thursday, Ceili Moss

Celtic harp

Celtic harp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an edited shorter version of our live news show from Monday, 15 September, 2014. We tend to focus on tech, net news, and games. We are still a music oriented station. We always open and close with indie music. This post  is just the beginning and end of our news show.

 We opened the news with Ceil Moss:

  • As Far as the Eye Can See from the album of the same name
  • Lies a Lurrighan

Today is Celtic Thursday

A Great Idea #CelticThursday

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English: Marc Gunn performing at the New Deal cafe in Greenbelt, MD in July of 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently Marc Gunn, The Celtfather, did a podcast expressing concern about a Celtic Emergency.  He has some concerns over the current state of Celtic music.  He feels that public awareness of the art has declined.  Marc is a great guy and a huge supporter of Celtic Music.  Not only does he promote it, he puts his money where his mouth is.

On the podcast linked above, the Celtfather suggested an awesome idea.  That would be to make today #CelticThursday on social media.  Basically he is asking everyone to Tweet, Facebook post and use every other form of social media to promote Celtic music. Use the hash tag #CelticThursday.  We here at Indie Nation feel that is great idea and are asking all our readers, listeners and followers to take part.

Also, on more recent Celtic Geek, he mentioned that this month is Kilted  to Kick Cancer Month.  So, to increase prostate cancer awareness, donate and don your kilt.

Also, get Tweeting and help Mr. Gunn help Celtic music.

You can find Marc Gunn on the web at:

Latimer House Releases 7″ Red Vinyl Single

Alternative, Blues, Rock, Punk, Pop and  More – Call it Latimer House

Latimer House - BirdCage Walk

Latimer House – BirdCage Walk

While the headline is about a single, that is just the starting point.  I urge you to buy the single but don’t to stop there. Get the full album as well.  Birdcage Walk and Until Then are both great tunes but how much can I tell about only two songs?

Let us talk about the album for a bit.  Once you check out the album, you will still want the single because the B side is not on the album AND Birdcage Walk is a remix. Personally, I like it when the singles are not the same material you get when you buy an album. You can find all the band’s work discussed in this review at their Bandcamp page.

Let me start by saying that I had brief doubts about this album when I gave it my first listen.  It was one of those experiences where it was a bit different and not exactly what I expected.  When I discovered the band, they were described as “pop”.  While pop may work, they are much more eclectic than just pop. Putting labels on music may help with marketing and sales but it threw me momentarily.  The overall experience was one of being unexpectedly pleased.  It was better than I expected.

For example, at first, I cared not for This is Pop with simple very popish rhythms and melodies.  It was just too popish but…  two minutes into the tune, I began to appreciate the sarcasm of the delivery. By the end of the tune, I was loving it. (The video is also very good as well.) In my opinion, it is the best choice of the ten to kick the album off with for it quickly sets the tone… the listener should expect something slightly different, not over the top , crazy different but like a novel new flavor added to coffee, something pleasantly refreshing and not part of one’s daily routine.

The band drives much of their music with guitar rhythms but it is all the interplay that gives them a sound with a bit of an attitude.  They syncopate well and in their own style.  It is a refreshing break from typical.  While I don’t like genres and don’t fully agree that they are pop, I totally believe they should be popular because they are producing great music.

While the ten song collection does fit the descriptions above, it is much more than that.  The musicians do a great job of combining material familiar to the listener while spicing it with novel and unique sounds, rhythms and melodies.  It is just great music.  Toss it into that genre.

This is not just another alternative band.  This is not just a pop album.  This is not going to be the best album you ever bought.  However, it a collection of worth which you will enjoy. This is a solid collection of songs that makes one want to follow the band.

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