For Celtic Thursday, Ceili Moss
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
If I had to describe the work of this band in just two words, I would use “refreshingly different”. If I had to assign them to a genre, which I hate doing, I might go with avant-garde. Galaxxies describes themselves as “experimental, alternative/indie pop music”. Regardless of how one would describe them in terms of genre, their music is great. While it could certainly fit into the genres mentioned, I think the most important thing to say about their style and music is that it has a unique and wonderful sound.
Galaxxies is a Canadian duo that has no shortage of creativity. They also take full control of every aspect of their work’s realization. Garrett Gengler is involved in every step of the project including web design, video and cover art. Marcile Wilmot is the other half of the project and she takes writing credits and brings her Jamaican upbringing to the table as well. It shows in their music, their album art and even their well done covers.
The Galaxxies EP is a great five song collection. Each of the tracks are unique and different. All of the track are well produced and share only the commonality of being great music. Frankly, it was difficult to decide on what tracks to include in this podcast. I went with Galaxies, Love Ain’t True, and Slow Time.
Alternative Singer-Songwriter, Megan Landry
In my opinion this young lady has some serious talent. I had a difficult time deciding what tracks to choose for this podcast. The reason being is that they are all excellent.
Those of you who read my reviews and follow my podcasts know that I am not a fan of genre. She spins herself as alternative. While that may be the best genre for her, I feel she does and excellent job of blending styles. I don’t consider all of her work “alternative”. She does some material I would call blues, pop, etc., The important point is that her work is varied in a great way. He songs do not all sound the same.
She writes some great lyrics, adds appropriate music and wonderful vocals. I was very impressed by the wonderful backing vocals on Wallpaper. Also, she seems very talented with video as well, check out the video at the end of this post.
Megan is very good at setting the mood of a song (and video). While it is one thing to make good music, it is much better to make music that moves the listener emotionally. It is nice to see young talent doing more than just pushing out pop tunes. (Not that there is anything wrong with that.) I noticed that other reviewers often refer to her as an “Ottawa teen”. She might fit that description based on years but she is certainly much more mature than such as a singer and songwriter.
Megan has also done some work to bring awareness to bullying. (Check out the related articles below.) Her song Stronger is about that. She has made headlines for some time now and I expect her to continue doing so.
I promise you that if you check out her music you will find something you will love.
You can find out more about this wonderful artist at:
- Great Ottawa Music Videos (part 5): Megan Landry (blogs.ottawacitizen.com)
- Anti-Bullying Song Stronger by Megan Landry (standupagainstbullyingguy.wordpress.com)
- Ottawa teen’s ‘Stronger’ anti-bullying anthem becomes online hit (o.canada.com)
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This is an edited version of our weekly news podcast. We have divided the news into sections and decided to break them out as individual podcast as well as the complete show. Please feel free to give us feedback.
- Space X Rocket Self Destructs
- Living Organisms Clinging to Space Station
- Lawn Darting Mars
- First Metamaterial Super Conductor
- NASA Makes Major Breakthrough in 3D Printing
- First Solar Powered Cirumnavigational Flight Attempted
- A USB Condum
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Break From Reality Games at Gen Con 2014
This is an interview with Eric Salyers, the president and founder of Break From Reality Games. They were one of hundreds of vendors at this year’s Gen Con and one of fifty participating in the Cheese Weasel ConQuest. Listen in as we talk about their games and their most awesome game mat series, GripMat.
The company made quite an appearance at the con with a booth larger than most of the other vendors. They had a good number of games available and their awesome game mats in many patterns and styles.
They also had some fuzzy things that make neat noises when you touch them. Among the games we discussed or mentioned were: Ricochet Rock Jockeys, Damage Report, Disaster Looms and CEO & Corporations. The one I found most interesting was the last mentioned because, unusual for a space game, there is no combat but still a very competitive game.
Government Related News on Tech Net News and Opinion
Brian thought it might be a good idea to break the news up into more organized groups. After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like a great idea. It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it easier on the post edit.
So, if it is received well, we shall not only publish the full news show, but edited segments to better serve the listeners. Feel free to comment or email us with feedback. This edited edition is all about government related news.
2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion – Gaming News
Brian thought it might be a good idea to try to break the news up into more organized groups. After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like a great idea. It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it easier on the post edit.
The stories in this edited news cast shall focus on gaming. We feel the more choices we give the listeners, the happier they will be. Please comment, use our on-site form or email us with your opinion. Hopefully you shall enjoy this new, more structured, format.
2014.08.25 – Tech Net News and Opinion
Brian thought it might be a good idea to try and break the news up into more organized groups. After only one show’s worth of hindsight, I would have to agree that it seems like a great idea. It certainly seems to encourage more conversation from the chat room and I already know it made it much easier on the post edit.
We opened with some Sarah Donner. They were live tracks recorded with her permission at this year’s 2014 Gen Con. The tracks were Going Under and Fossil Girl You can find out more about her at:
Podcaster, Musician, Cartoonist and an Awesome Dude – The Great Luke Ski
Before we even get started, I am not biased… I just have good taste and recognize amazing talent. I have been a fan of this man an his work for as long as I have been a DJ who spins indie music. I don’t think I am exaggerating, below are a few reasons why:
This Week We Start with a Long Rant and End with a Long Track
We started off with a few from the Monterey International Pop Fest. They were:
- Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth
- Otis Redding – Shake
- The Mamas and The Pappas – California Dreamin
Being Blackbeard A Podcast about Crossbones
I am not into Crossbones at all. That said, I doubt I will be much into this podcast.
However, I have e-known Phil Johnson for years. I am certain that this is going to be a great podcast. He is a talented man and a professional performer. Add to it, he got a few of his comedy friends to co-host the show. He does comedy music, serious music, stand up comedy and his work is always great and high quality. That and the fact that it is already getting 5 star reviews on iTunes.