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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Star Trek Kick

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I've been on a Star Trek kick recently. I think part of it is I have the opportunity to see Wrath of Khan in the theater. Just rewatching the films reminds me how unique and interesting the series is. Plus it's ultimately just a good old fashion adventure show, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sound Designing for The Looking Glass

I had a great lunch today!! Not only was the food terrific, but I came away with some incredible ideas for my podcast series, 'The Looking Glass'. First some background. For the past few months I've been slightly dissatisfied with my podcast series. Ultimately, I've seen it as an "over-glorified" interview series. Yes I still thought it was good, but I feel like there was nothing that helped it stand out. When people listen, I really want them to know that they are listening to a project that I worked on.

Which brings me to my lunch today. I had lunch with the man who literally created the college radio station I over see, WXAV 88.3FM. His name is Chuck, and he's worked for Oprah, the Super Bowl, the Today Show. He is legit in every single way possible, and is also one of the nicest people you can meet. I brought this up to him, and he mentioned that I should look into creating some sound designing elements.

Basically what I'm looking at doing is utilizing some type of SFX or musical inter log to serve as a transition between topics. He also encouraged me to allow the person to tell their story as much as possible. So I should look at ways of using less narration. It's gotten me really excited about working on the project again, and I can't wait to begin work on the future episodes.

BTW I wrote this blog while listening to the new LCD SoundSystem album. It's fantastic, and I highly recommend you go and check it out. The name of the album is American Dream. Thus far, my favorite track is Oh Baby.

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Relevant Superman Story

I was online earlier today and found this old Superman radio drama online that is incredibly relevant to the events of the past few weeks. The story arch aired originally in 1948 on the Mutual Broadcasting Network, and it's about Superman fighting the racist organization known as the 'Knights of the White Carnation'.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Jonathan Goldstein Interview

I meant to share this earlier, but below you will find my interview with Jonathan Goldstein. I've been reflecting on this interview for the past few weeks, and I think it turned out well. I'm always looking for ways to challenge myself, and I think this interview was a challenge for me.

I'm thinking of re-purposing this interview for my podcast series "The Looking Glass". Maybe I'll experiment with how I will present it for that series to make it different from the straight interview for WXAV. But I digress.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Interview with Jonathan Goldstein

So tomorrow (Wednesday August 16th) is going to be a really cool day for me. At 2pmCST on WXAV 88.3FM and, I will be airing my interview with Jonathan Goldstein. Goldstein is currently hosting a series from Gimlet Media called "Heavyweight", and is the former host of of my all time favorite podcast "WireTap".

To say this is a big deal for me is really an understatement. Goldstein is, without a doubt, my favorite audio storyteller/podcast, and I've been a fan of his work for about eight years now. I love the way he crafts and organzies his stories. They are told in a way that I find incredibly engaging, and I wish I was half as talented as he is.

It's weird reflecting on this, but when I interviewed him a week ago, I was really nervous. I mean, here's a guy who I would listen to when I ate my breakfast. And for a few moments, he knew who I was! It was a really cool honor, and I think the interview turned out well.

I'll be airing it as a special edition for my podcast series 'The Looking Glass' in the coming weeks as well, and I'll be sure to share a link here.

Monday, July 31, 2017

My 25 Favorite Albums Recap

Well I've just finished my 25 favorite albums of all time list. It was a lot of fun putting the list together. If there was one thing I would do different, it would be the layout of my articles. I think I could of done it much better job with it, and made it easier to read. Because of the weird layout, I am reprinting the list below in a standard layout below.

1. The Beatles: Rubber Soul
2. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
3. John Lennon: The Plastic Ono Band
4. Arcade Fire: Funeral
5. Coldplay: Viva la Vida or Death and All of His Friends
6. William Elliot Whitmore: Field Songs
7. Moby: Wait For Me
8. Punch Brothers: The Phosphorescent Blues
9. Nirvana: In Utero

10. Nick Drake: Pink Moon
11. Paul McCartney: Flaming Pie
12. Bloc Party: Silent Alarm
13. St. Vincent: St. Vincent
14. The Living End: The Living End
15. Radiohead: In Rainbows
16. The Postal Service: Give Up
17. System of a Down: Toxicity 
18. Ringo Starr: Ringorama
19. Norah Jones: The Fall 
20. Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Comes Around
21. Beck: Guero
22. Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against the Machine
23. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
24. The Garden State Soundtrack
25. Newvillager: Newvillager 

The Top 5 Favorite Albums of All Time

5. Coldplay: Viva la Vida or Death and All of His Friends
I still remember hearing Viva la Vida for the first time like it was yesterday. One of my closest friends from college was working at a Best Buy, and he called me to see if I wanted a copy of Viva la Vida on Vinyl. His store had a copy, and he would hold it for me if I wanted it. I was in my car before he even finished that sentence, racing over to racing to his store to pick it up.  After purchasing I saw that it came with a CD copy, so I opened it, and popped it into my car stereo. It was like a smack in the face of beauty. Hearing Life in Technicolor for the first time is a moment etched into my mind forever. I think I listened to that record, and nothing else for like three weeks straight when it was first released.  I think it is still their best album ever, and it's my favorite. The music videos that accompanied this record are beautiful too. Especially the one for Strawberry Swing.

4. Arcade Fire: Funeral
Much like William Elliott Whitmore's Field Songs, it is very difficult for me to put into words as to how much I love Arcade Fire's debut album Funeral. Funeral is the soundtrack to my college years, or as I like to call them, the best years of my life. I was first introduced to Arcade Fire by one of my closest friends from college. She pulled me into the student newspaper's office, looked me straight in the face and said "Listen to this album, it will change your life". She was right. Arcade Fire was the "smart" band that I would advocate for throughout my college tenure. Everyone I met needed to know why they were so great. They captured the feeling of the mid-00s and college for me perfectly.

3. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band
In my humble opinion, John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band is the most pissed off, angry album I have every heard. Recorded shortly after the Beatles breakup, and while participating in Primal Scream Therapy, Lennon goes on the attack, and nothing is spared from his wrath. He attacks his parents, the music industry, God, and his ex-bandmates. The only person spared from his wrath is his wife Yoko Ono. This is a very therapeutic album for me. When I am at my most pissed off, I listen to this album, and I feel the angry subside. I think that is one of the things that I love and admire the most about Lennon. He verbalized things I would never say out loud. It is so cool, and something I wish I could. But there is only one John Lennon for a reason.

2. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
John Lennon is my favorite Beatle of all time, but George Harrison created the greatest solo Beatles album of all time. The epic All Things Must Pass was released in 1970, and featured all of Harrison's backlog of songs that were either rejected by The Beatles, or were never brought to their attention. Which utterly blows my mind. All Things Must Pass is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. It is never boring, and it showcases Harrison's genius and equal to Lennon/McCartney. It made George a superstar, and well-deserved too. Every autumn, I listen to this album. I love it, and is a perfect record.

1. The Beatles: Rubber Soul 

Finally we have reached my number 1, and of course its a Beatles record!!! The Beatles are my favorite band of all time, and it makes perfect sense for them to have the number one spot. For my money, Rubber Soul is the perfect illustration as to why the Beatles are the greatest band of all time. It is a perfect middle years album. It showcases the Beatles at their pop music height with such songs as: Drive My Car or You Won't See Me. But it also shows where they will be going in the future in regards to song and music experimentation. This can be seen with such songs as: Norwegian Wood, Nowhere Man, and In My Life. All of this is perfectly blended together into a my favorite album of all time. And the amazing thing, Rubber Soul is the second album the Beatles released in 1965. That is unbelievable when you think of that. And though not on the official album, We Can Work it Out was released around the same time as Rubber Soul, and is a perfect representation of this time period in Beatles history.