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Tech Geek News – The New Space Race

POSTED ON March 13th  - POSTED IN Entertainment, NASA, news, Technology
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Greetings Listeners, Readers and Participants,

Welcome to our first attempt at “doing news live… sorta”.  Jeff and I have been wanting to get some news on this station for a while.  We thought it might be fun to try and do a show while streaming the process live and trying to get some chat/VOIP interaction. We start out with a bit of a rant and and digression.  William Shatner recorded a special wake up call for the Discovery and crew.  A wake up based on the intro to the original Star Trek series… It was all the rage and all the blogs picked it up.  Wait till you hear all the tunes Captain Kirk beat out.

Lunar X Competition Adds 7 More Contestants

The new space race is well under way.  It has been announced that the contest has added 7 more teams to the finals, bringing the total up to almost 30 contestants.  The teams consist of an eclectic mix of private companies, university teams and even a “mystery team” .    For the 29 entered teams the rules are pretty simple but the task is very hard.  The Google Lunar X Prize of 30 Million dollars will be awarded to the first team that privately launches a space craft, lands it on the moon, has it rove at least 500 meters and, of course,  sends data back to Earth.  The contest was first announced in 2007 and is expected to have a victor by 2015. (Lumpy had an entry idea that was rejected… it involved a very large catapult and snookie… we don’t think he would have won but it had high entertainment value.) For more news, click continue reading

Christmas Cast One – Instrumentals

POSTED ON December 26th  - POSTED IN Christmas, Featured Podcast, Holiday, independent music, music, Podcasts
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I have been a very busy boy gathering up Christmas Music.  I decided to do a few Christmas podcast. I am pleased that the amount of Christmas music  has increased dramatically in the past few years.  You will hear from many independent musicians in this one hourish show.  Nice to see a niche actually developing in the new media order.

I thought it would be nice to do different styles in each show so here we go.  This one will feature an eclectic mix of instrumentals. I only play one song with any real singing in it. While the music, mostly,  is traditional and familiar, the styles are eclectic. So get your yule on with stuff from harps, pianos, synthesizers, and who knows what else. Merry Christmas!

You can find many of these awesome independent artists over at Mevio’s Music Alley. If the artist has a page at Music Alley, the “(MMA)” will link you there.

  • Kicking it back to the old skewl days of computer music, 8 Bit Peoples who are also available at The Internet Archive
    • The First Blip Blop Noel
    • Let It Snow
    • Xmas Songs (Plastic Sputnik Arcade Punk Remix)
  • A Couple I did on some of my MIDI instruments;
    • Away in a Manger
    • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    • Oh Christmas Tree
  • A Few from Kevin MacLeod
    • Bethlehem
    • Angels We Have Heard on High
    • What Child is This?
  • How about some metal? Christmas at the Devil’s House (MMA)
    • Greensleeves
    • We Three Kings
  • Derek K. Miller (MMA)
    • Greensleeves
    • We Three kings
  • Two Harps (MMA)
    • God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen
    • What Child is This?
    • We Three Kings
  • Hairy Larry also available at Internet Archive (MMA)
    • Hark the Herald Angel Sings
    • O Come All Ye Faithful
    • O Little Town of Bethleham
  • The Oilville Christmas Dynasty
    • Oilville Christmas Dynasty – I’ll Be Alone Christmas Time (The only song this show with lyrics)
    • The High Balls – A Fistful of We Three Kings
    • Funbunny – The Little Bunny Boy
  • I closed with John Stebbe with a nice jazzy version of Silent Night

Thanks for listening, feel free to comment, and, of course, Merry Christmas.  Remember you can also leave feedback at our Google Voice number 818-81-INDIE.

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Merry Christmas!

2010.10.22 – Indie Soup – Dedicated to Cleta – Part Two

POSTED ON October 28th  - POSTED IN music, Podcasts, Public Service

This is part two of a show dedicated to, Cleta, our freind and community member who has sadly taken ill.  You can find part one here.  Again, if you wish to leave her a get well message, dial 818-81-INDIE and we will get it to her.

Here are the show notes;

You can also find many, almost all actually, of the artists played on this show at Mevio’s Music Alley and can explore even more indiependent atist at the Indie Nation Artist Page. Again, if you wish to leave her a get well message, dial 818-81-INDIE and we will get it to her.

Featured Podcast – Indie Soup – Sumertime, Summery and Summer

POSTED ON June 27th  - POSTED IN Featured Podcast, Podcasts

Below are the show notes from the Indie Soup Broadcast that originally streamed on 23 June, 2010. You can find our more about Indie Soup at their blog or simply listen in every Wednesday from 6-8 PM EST right here here on Indie Nation.

I kept more of the banter at the beginning of the show. Michelle and I were testing out the way we can jack the stream using an IRC bot. Iscifitv did a rawking job and the bot works but listen in.. it worked just a tad bit quicker than I anticipated. heh.

Tonight’s episode of Indie Soup, the first show after Summer Solstice, is themed “Summer Summertime or Summery” and, unlike last week, it seems like I am not the only person associated with Indie Nation that has electrical power. Tonight it seems that it is my turn, however, to view the storm and tornado watch boxes drift closer to my location. Such is the down-side of summer.

Thanks for listening and remember you can follow us on twiter @1nd1esoup, @lumpy or @meshelly420 or call us at (818) 81-INDIE. Feedback is always welcome.

2010.06.06 – Pick of the Day – Gavin Salkeld – Our In House Music Producer

POSTED ON June 12th  - POSTED IN independent music, Pick of the Day, Podcasts
Gavin Salkeld

Our In House Music Producer

Yeah, I am still behind but gaining on all of these picks of the day that stacked up on my hard drive due to the gremlin attack on the server. Such is and so be, those of us who like this type of thing keep pluggin’ away at it. Rome wasn’t built in a day nor shall the best indie Internet station on the planet. Come to think of it, I don’t think the Romans had to deal with electrical substations taking out their servers. Trust me though, Indie Nation would be worse off if it were not for today’s pick. Gavin Salkeld is, for lack of a better term, our “In House Music Producer”. He is the guy who provides us with the kewl music you hear in our IDs and slogans. Personally, I consider Gavin a great e-friend who has done much to help not only my endeavors as a podcaster but all of at the station as well. He has done everything from being on The Lumpcast, to producing a special 20 minute mix of a film score he was working on and, he even hijacked my show for me on one occasion. Now, I must say that this post is in no way shape or form some type of “payback”. In fact, the exact opposite is true. Gavin is staff here because he does excellent music, understands music production, excels at studio work, is an awesome talent as a composer, and is an independent artist in both film and music. Seriously, do you think I would ask someone to be staff that I thought was sucky at such things? The reason this man is my pick for the day is the same reason he is staff. He is a very awesome independent artist and his final cuts rawk. Truth be told, Indie Nation could not exist with out artists like Gavin. We are proud to have him on board as staff. We would also like to thank him and all the other musicians, past, present and future who embrace the new media order and creative commons. Otherwise we would just be dead air.


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