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2016.01.03 – POD – A Hobbit Song for the Birthday of J. R. R. Tolkien

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2016.01.03 – A Day to Toast the Birthday of J. R. R. Tolkien

Featuring Music from Marc Gunn

 
The title page, of the book "The Silmaril...

The title page, of the book “The Silmarillion” by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited and published by his son Christopher Tolkien. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this date in 1892 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born. Most know him as, J.R.R Tolkien, the creator of Middle Earth, Gollum, and Bilbo Baggins. An alternate world fabulously crafted, spinning tales, an adventure that has entertained generation. The Hobbit has been selling books since 1937. The legendary works have become movies, inspired games and music.

Today, those who wish to honor Professor Tolkien, as asked by The Tolkien Society, will stand and offer a toast by saying “The professor!” at 9 o’clock today. The society also has a page where you can find out where others are toasting and to let others know where you will toast.

Since today is a day to toast the creator of hobbits, I thought Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits by Marc Gunn would be a fitting song to close with. You can find Marc at the links below.

Also of note, there is another day associated with J.R.R. Tolkien. That is “Tolkien Reading Day“, annually on March 25th. Fans are encouraged to get together and read their favorite Tolkien passages.

Looking for Christmas Music?

Here Are a Few Places to Find Christmas Music

Merry Christmas All,

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While many of my fellow Americans are enjoying our usually warm December weather, it is not for me. I want the ground white, especially on Christmas. I am doing what I can to get myself in the spirit. I already pulled out my CD of Bing’s White Christmas and am now listening to The Celtic Music Podcast. It is working and I thought I would share some of the places I find Christmas music. The links I am about to share should give you more than enough music to get you though both the eve and the day.

I also found this Scott Weiland Winter Wonderland video over at Open Culture and thought I would share it here.

We hope you have a safe and happy holiday season and new year.

Thanks for listening and reading. Feel free to comment and please remember to support the indie artists by buying their merchandise, seeing them live and/or simply spreading the word.

The FuMP Hits 1000 Releases with “1000 FuMPs”

1000 FuMPs – The 1000th Release by The FuMP

The Funny Music Project

The Funny Music Project

The FuMP are one of my favorites. They have helped us much by sharing their music. I am very happy to an awesome announcement about The Funny Music Project. They have just released their 1000th song, 1000 FuMPs.

Disclaimer and WarningThe podcast and music discussed in this post contain explicit lyrics and are NSFW (Not Safe For Work). If this type of freedom of expression might offend you, we suggest you exercise your freedom of choice and navigate to another post.

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.

 

Marc Gunn – Firefly Drinking Songs

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Marc Gunn is Doing an Online Firefly Drinking Songs Concert

Marc Gunn is a very talented “Rhythm and Folk” musician who does music themed around hobbits, Star Wars, cat, Sci-Fi and other geeky topics including Firefly.  I was able to interview him and see him perform live at this year’s Gen Con.  I feel he puts on a very entertaining show.

You can get your “pay what you want” ticket at his website.  The date of the event is October 19.

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

English: Marc Gunn performing at the New Deal ...

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:

2014.08.18 – Tech Net News and Opinion

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Tech Net News and Opinion

 

Picture of Gen Con Indy 2008 in Indianapolis, ...

Picture of Gen Con Indy 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to this week’s episode of Tech Net News and Opinion.  The week we shall discuss Gen Con 2014, a man not quite legally dead, some Chicago politics, whether satire and fake news need a tag, facial recognition abuse by the police,  a dumb criminal using Siri, a recent court decision regarding piracy and ex parte, Linux in Munich, music, technology, a new card reader,”oragamic” solar panels, and smart tattoos.

If you have never been to a Gen Con, Lumpy will spend almost one-quarter of the show playing some of the artists who performed there and talking about his experience.  Lumpy has never attended a Gen Con before.  There are a few things he knows for sure:

  • He had a great time
  • He got many interviews
  • He learned much
  • He has every intention of returning in 2015
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