Some of the excellent audio stories/interviews from the first season of Strangers
, the latest project from Lea Thau, creator of The Moth Podcast (mp3s): The Teacher who Couldn't Read (part 1
and part 2
); Big Jim and Smokey Joe
(NSFW - A Hollywood waitress, a former bomber pilot, and a retired railroad engineer from the Midwest take the trip of a lifetime); And Justice for All
(A booker for court TV shares highs and lows from the merry-go-round of daytime justice) [more inside]
Let's slide over to KCRW for an interview with Sly Stone
, who, happily, is continuing his gradual reemergence
into the public eye. Then howsabout we rewind to 1974, just a few months after the incredible Fresh
was released, for another (albeit odd and somewhat awkward) interview on the Mike Douglas Show
. And yeah, Sly Stone, we definitely want you to stay
. [more inside]
"I've said all along, we are in this together." John Simson, executive director of SoundExchange
- the royalty collecting arm of the RIAA - extends an olive branch through 2008 that will cap the advance payments internet broadcasters will have to cough up at $2500 per year.
This comes in the wake of the Day of Silence,
(it was June 26, did anyone notice?
) spearheaded by Los Angeles-based terrestrial/online radio station KCRW
(home of the brilliant Morning Becomes Eclectic
) and SaveNetRadio,
during which some of the biggest names in online radio - include Live365, NPR
- went dark for 24 hours, airing a one-hour broadcast twice during that day on the history of flat fees in public broadcasting. [direct .mp3, 38mb]
Under the much-maligned changes made by our government's Copyright Royalty Board, the top six internet radio stations would have had to pay 47 percent of their total revenue (anticipated to be around $37.5 mil.) to the RIAA, starting this July.
The Internet Radio Equality Act [summary, in its entire pdf glory]
has been introduced to the House of Representatives, seeking to permanently reverse this decision.
UCLA's Awaken A Capella
does some strange, beautiful things with the power of combined human voices. From Ave Maria
to Mr Roboto
, their oeuvre spans the spectrum. More clips, including Like a Prayer and Walk Like an Egyptian, available on their MySpace
page. Their version of Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek," available through KCRW's daily podcast
, is sublime.
Sonic Youth on KCRW.
A nice video of in-studio taping.
Screw Howard Stern
. But Save Sandra Tsing Loh
The radio culture wars have claimed an unlikely victim, and an unlikely victimizer (America's favorite NPR station, KCRW).
metropolis, on kcrw
(previously mentioned here
) is a radio show i've been listening to since 1996.
it's on most weeknights from 7:00 to 10:00 for those lucky enough to be within broadcast range, for the rest of us it can be found at here
starting 7:30 pm (realplayer, mp3 or windows media).
if you like electronic music (i hate the limitations of that label) check it out. jason bentley mixes records and hosts the show (among other things
) and does an excellent job of combining new music, out-of-the-way stuff and interviews .
it's not hyperbole to say that this show changed my life by introducing me to the music of ltj bukem
(warning: flash, frames, bad design, all manner of horrors)
morning radio show, Morning Becomes Eclectic
has some of the best live in studio performances from a broad range of excellent musicians. And better yet, all of the performances are archived and streamed online. Recently they have had Flaming Lips
. Some of my favorites from the past are the Coldplay show
(as well as a solo appearance by singer Chris Martin
and DJ Shadow
. I know there are plenty of other resources similar to this, but I think it's hard to find a better collection than this for live recordings. (Search the archives here