Quitting Time

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I couldn’t find out if this girl ever ended up working for Queen Latifah.

Freedom!

I quit my job. I’ve been gone for like three weeks. And it’s been great. Great because I don’t have to deal with any of the insane BS that I used to put up with. I’m still getting texts like once a week from people asking me how to do stuff, but each day the memories of the mall fade away a little more…

In place of my job, I’ve been working at my internship four days a week. It is definitely weird to be on a 9-5, 10-6 schedule. And I basically sit all day, which sucks. But I also learn things!

I’m interning for the news department of a radio station.

Things that I like:
engineering
interviewing
audio editing
photography

Things that I want to be better at:
engineering
writing
contacting people
MOS (man on the street) interviews

Also, I still like this video. Mostly because I like the song.

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Summer is cooling off a little. We have had a few days where I could actually stand to be outside!

What an intense wedding. I kind of want to loop the chorus and just sing it over and over.

Makes me want to roller skate in a poodle skirt.

The background sounds are hypnotic, in a good way.

Fantastic song, so many good lines.  Heard it on Sons of Anarchy, poor Opie!

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I feel like music comes in cycles.  New stuff is hits the airwaves, it starts to get played occasionally, OMG people love it, it reaches peak popularity, and then its beaten to death like a INSERT WITTICISM HERE.

I think we are in phase one of that cycle because I have been hearing a lot of new music recently!

These guys are so cool, I would have guessed they were Australian.

“I will not pretend I’m to good for this song.  I will not pretend I’m too good for this song.” -My new mantra

Love this song! Plus the word “wallowing” needs to make a comeback.

“Without joy, joy, joy, and the rain” Love this line.

2 Fresh 2 Furious

 

This short film, produced by Ira Glass and written and directed by Mike Birbiglia, was part of the This American Life: LIVE SHOW. The live show will be rebroadcast in select theaters May 15th.

I always knew Terry Gross was hardcore.

 

 

David Guetta Samples RENT? Police?

 

Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia has 57,470,870 views on youtube right now.  Holy moly, that is insane.  I love the song and music video and I’m happy to report that they are starting to play it on the radio (at least, just starting in America).

I think Sia deserves a little more credit than “featuring,” but whatevs.  On wikipedia it said that Katy Perry was offered the song first, but she turned it down (um, why?), and then Mary J Blige recorded a demo version that leaked. I like Mary J Blige, but I think Sia sounds better for this song. On the other hand, I can understand the words better in Mary J’s version.

 

Today when I was listening to the song, the intro really reminded me of something. All of a sudden, it hit me. RENT. Any rentheads out there? The guitar at the beginning sounds similar (imho) to One Song Glory.

 

Wikipedia referenced a review of the song comparing the opening guitar to Every Breath I Take by The Police. Good point!

I think every single version of this song has at least one comment calling it the “facebook anthem.”

So, I am asking the universe for a mash up of these songs.  Actually, on second thought, that might turn out to be a hot mess.  Either way, I will def be listening to some more Sia, with or without David Guetta.

Prairie Home Companion

Garrison Keillor is an author, radio personality, and humorist.  He hosts A Prairie Home Companion, a live weekly (sometimes touring) radio variety show that you can catch Sundays on NPR or you can download the podcast on itunes. Keillor has a lovely voice for radio. I have read two of his books, Homegrown Democrat and Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon, both were good, and he occasionally writes columns for the Chicago Tribune.

A Prairie Home Companion consists of music, usually gospelly/folksy, jokes and fake commercials, and a couple of regular features.

Here is a funny song/bit about cellphone addiction. The clips starts with the song and then plays the rest of this week’s episode.

The most popular feature is about Lake Wobegon, a fictional town in Minnesota, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” The stories about the town are often humorous, some of the humor coming from a Midwestern spin on common situations. They are laugh out loud funny, but the pacing is that of a story rather than stand-up.

 

Another feature is Guy Noir: Private Eye, which parodies film noir and early radio dramas.  Guy Noir’s cases are unusual and the sound effects (produced live by Fred Newman) play a big role.

 

The movie A Prairie Home Companion (with Kevin Klein, Linsday Lohan, and Meryl Streep!) is funny, whimsical, and a bit odd. The movie (surprise surprise) is about a live radio variety show (of the same name) that is about to close and the characters that Keillor uses in the real-life show are real people in the film’s radio show (if that makes sense).

 

For road trips, I recommend downloading a bunch of episodes because they are long and there is a nice variety of musical guests.  Super family friendly!

Hello World!

Welcome!  Radio and podcasts get me through the day, from being bored at work to waiting in traffic.  Even on the weekends, I need some sound to get me through.

And the categories are:

MUSIC: new, old, famous, undiscovered

COMEDY: stand-up, skits, funny people talking about themselves

KNOWLEDGE: politics, science, food, everything

I love share what I find. Hence, a blog.  With links, videos, sound bites, pictures, and what ever else I post.

Stay tuned!