Hey True Believers! While I’m still waiting for some first payments to come in before I can begin editing some things, I’ve been writing a lot more. Either stories, reviews, cover letters (hint hint to employers) or anything that takes my fancy. Now, when I write I usually have a movie on in the background or play some music to keep me inspired. And of course when I’m NOT writing I like listening to stuff.
So here’s what I’ve been listening to lately.
1. WMBR 88.9 FM
MIT’s radio station. Brilliant. That’s all there is to it. I can listen to this station for hours on end, and have. It has the most eclectic mix I’ve ever heard on a radio station and is a welcome distraction from the crap radio that is produced here in Toronto (with the exception of CBC Radio 3 which I think might be getting shut down soon). There are many shows on there and all of them are good. At the time of writing this, the show Musical Dope is on (“I play what I like and tell you why it’s good.“), but I personally can’t stop listening to The Intercontinental hosted by Jesse Kaminsky, a man who knows his International music. Listen to WMBR and you’ll discover types of music you didn’t even know existed.
“Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Each episode is an investigation – a patchwork of people, sounds, stories all centered around one big idea. Radiolab comes out in seasons of 5 shows, and today is heard around the country on over 150 stations. “
I’ve made a habit of trying to listen to this show every morning. It is just an incredibly smart show that helps answer the questions behind things like memory, laughter, space, sperm and race! The combination of the one hour regular show and the 15 minute podcasts make for some powerful doses of knowledge. Also it has the most amazing sound design I’ve heard on a show. Just wonderful. Listen, learn and love.
Knowledge is half the power!
This show was introduced to me through Erika Moen’s site (she was a guest on it) and pretty much guarantees a few minutes of laughter out of me. It stars Profoctor Davey and his Puppet Harvard graduate cohost Bongo McTweedlepant as they try (and fail) to answer questions sent in by children. Puppet guests include Wolfman Mozart, Count F*ckula, Matronly Margaret, Appy-pop The Peppy Pink Pill, Herman the Oral Hygiene Zombie and Homeless Vetren Ghost of Bob Dylan, it’s clear to show that this isn’t a kids program.