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Video Clip of The Week: Literature, “Kites”

Here at The Gig, we enjoy two things especially: those things being a jangly pop song accompanied by a psychedelic video. So it is that with Philadelphia-based quartet Literature we have a win-win situation!

I hate to say it, but Summer is (kind of) officially over at this point, so a great thing about “Kites” is that it extends the feeling of summer just a little longer with its chime-y guitars and dreamy vocals over engaging visuals of flowers and geometric designs washed together in a kaleidoscopic fashion. Trippy.

Literature — which is at least an original name, if not the most exciting in the world — recently released their sophomore album, Chorus via Slumberland Records available now on iTunes. Based on evidence presented here, I would imagine it is worth checking out. Enjoy!

Literature Band

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Podcast Your Stuff and Broadcast Your Mind

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What is Podcasting?

Podcasting can be used to broadcast many things, such as serial episodes, company profiles, news bulletins and other periodic or non-periodic audio-visual presentations or document files. In short, you can broadcast and receive anything that is on your mind! With podcasting, the possibilities of the kinds of things that can be shared are endless. You can share or download daily sitcoms, company presentations, weekly horoscopes, your favorite sports updates and interviews, live performances and what not.

Software like iTunes, available via Apple products such as the iPod, is a rapidly-spreading application that supports podcast. Now days, it is a regular feature in countries where bandwidth limitation is not an issue. Podcast can be used to view weekly interview series with a new person being interviewed every week. You just need to download the application of the particular program to receive regular updates of the same.

How Podcasting has Revolutionized Technology

Podcast allows the user to both send and receive clippings. Another important application used earlier was Radio Userland. Radio Userland also allowed live tours to be broadcast. Important experiments and discoveries, such as those of NASA, can also be telecast. The best thing about podcasting is that, unlike webcasting, things do not need to be streamed online all the time, and can be downloaded for future viewing, so that most of the things you need to view from the world of entertainment – news, sports and television – can now be easily viewed. But that’s not all; Podcasting can also be used for a variety of teaching and educational purposes.

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Teachers can record their lectures for fixed durations of time and podcast them to each and every student. There are many advantages of using this strategy. Firstly, it allows the teacher flexibility and time-independence; and if anything goes wrong, cuts and re-takes are allowed. Secondly, a student, who may be there in a different part of the world can access (or rather attend) the session. And if they are in different time zones, they do not have to wake up and spoil their night as the podcast can easily be saved, downloaded and accessed at any time.

Another major advantage of podcasting in teaching is that, since the clipping or presentation has been saved, the student can look up the lecture again and again, unlike conventional teaching, where the teacher just takes one class for a topic or a lesson, gives a limited amount of time to clarify any doubts and if the student is not good at retaining things, he or she might forget vital things taught in the class.

Students can also podcast their doubts or feedback and give the teacher enough time to emphasize the common issues as well as solve each student’s doubts individually. One might argue on whether so much dependency on technology is good or not, but the thing is when most of the things in today’s world are dependent on technology, and god knows what the scene will be some five years on, why not make the learning process simple as well? This way, students will also get to learn how to use podcast and similar technology to make things simpler for them.

Other Uses of Podcasting: The Possibilities Are Endless

A variety of content like cooking shows, marketing promos, political speeches, health awareness campaigns, and tours of places you can just dream of visiting can be telecast through podcasting. Podcasting also allows many new and independent aspirants or entrepreneurs to showcase their talent and popularize themselves, and make a way into other people’s pockets.

There are numerous uses of podcasting and it is for you to decide how it can be helpful for you. A very important feature in podcasting though is podcast editing. For software like Apple’s iTunes, the Garage Band is one of the applications that can be used for Podcast Editing. It is like an audio-visual workstation, which allows the users to edit pre-recorded or self-recorded podcasts at any time to help them make it innovative and creative. Also, if they want, the user can make the files in such a manner that only the person for whom it is meant can understand what is going on. Garage Band allows the user to create templates, add musical touches, record audio at different resolutions and mix waveforms. Volume levels can be balanced and altered to serve the purpose of the podcast.

If you have something useful on your mind, podcast it and let others know!

Video Clip of The Week: Howler, “Don’t Wanna”

Minneapolis-based rock quartet Howler is the kind of band that gives me hope for the future of music, and that is just too rare these days. Melodic garage punk with a solid “Just Be Yourself” message is how I’d describe this outstanding track, “Don’t Wanna” from the band’s second album, World Of Joy (due for release on March 25, 2014). And while I’m sure this was entirely unintentional, this tune calls to mind a wildly nostalgic amalgam of The Las “There She Goes” and Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” that works aurally on every level.

World Of Joy is available for pre-order through Rough Trade at This Link and iTunes at This Link. Enjoy!

Howler Band

Favorite Late Summer Playlist

Playlist Thursday Orange

Presented here without commentary.

“All The Young Dudes,”  Mott The Hoople

“Fade Into You,” Mazzy Star

“Suedehead,” Morrissey

“Kickstart My Heart,” Motley Crue

“Ceremony,” New Order

“Hair Of The Dog,” Nazreth

“Love Hurts,” Nazreth

“About A Girl,” Nirvana

“On a Plain,” Nirvana

“Drain You,” Nirvana

“Spirit in the Sky,” Norman Greenbaum

“I Can’t Wait,” Nu Shooz

“Roll With It,” Oasis

“She’s Electric,” Oasis

“Superman’s Dead,” Our Lady Peace

“Crazy,” Patsy Cline

“My Love,” Paul McCartney

“Kicks,” Paul Revere & The Raiders

“Black,” Pearl Jam

“Always On My Mind,” Pet Shop Boys

“Set Adrift On Memory Bliss,” PM Dawn

“Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand,” Primitive Radio Gods

“Go With The Flow,” Queens Of The Stone Age

“Radio Free Europe,”  R.E.M.

“Karma Police,”  Radiohead

“Everything In Its Right Place ,”  Radiohead

“Summer Breeze,”  Seals & Croft

“Stand!,”  Sly & The Family Stone

“Hot Fun In The Summertime,” Sly & The Family Stone

“1979,” Smashing Pumpkins

“Outshined,” Soundgarden

“The Day I Tried To Live,” Soundgarden

“In The Meantime,” Spacehog

“Connected,” Stereo MC’s

“I Wanna Be Adored,” Stone Roses

“Meant To Live,” Switchfoot

“Across The Universe,”  The Beatles

“Things We Said Today,”  The Beatles

“Do You Want To Know A Secret,” The Beatles

“Cry Baby Cry,” The Beatles

“How Deep Is Your Love,” Bee Gees

“Eight Miles High,” The Byrds

“Pictures Of You,” The Cure

“There She Goes,” The La’s

“Just Like Honey,” The Jesus and Mary Chain

* Playlist Originally Created by Mark Tortora and Edited by Gail

Video Clip of The Week: “Nunca” By Trails and Ways

Aw man, what a great, breezy, feel-good video to soundtrack a summer in the city. Based out of Oakland, CA, the mixed gender quarter, Trails and Ways, refer to their music as “Bossanova Dream Pop” – which, yeah, I dig it. The group’s just released Trilingual EP, (on Non Market Records, available on iTunes ) draws from band members’ experiences living in Brazil and Spain, and features lyrics sung in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have an amazing sound and I really love the vibe of this clip for the song “Nunca,” which shows kids surfing, skating, hanging at what looks to me like Venice Beach and making street art. Trails and Ways are currently on tour so maybe they are coming to your town. Check out their tour dates at This Link. In the meantime, Trails and Ways’ “Nunca” is your song and your video for the Summer of 2013!

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David Bowie Celebrates 66th Birthday, Announces New Album!

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From Ultimate Classic Rock Dot Com:

David Bowie will release a brand new studio album, The Next Day, in March, 2013. It will be the recently reclusive rocker’s first new record since 2003′s Reality. Bowie wasted no time this morning (January 8th) kicking off his 66th birthday celebration, launching a new website mere minutes after midnight ET with the announcement and the release of a video for the record’s first single, “Where Are We Now?”

The video for the melancholy, restrained piano-based ballad features the faces of Bowie and a woman superimposed on the heads of a pair of mannequins dressed in fur bodysuits in an artist’s loft. Near the end we get our first non-paparazzi look at the always fashion-forward rock star in years, and it seems his new sartorial statement is… jeans and a t-shirt? Who cares, Bowie’s back! Maybe it was casual Friday.

As his site explains, David Bowie The Next Day will be released on March 8 in Australia, March 12 in the U.S.A. and March 11 everywhere else. A 14-track standard edition and a 17-track deluxe version of the album are currently available for pre-order on iTunes, and you can pick up the new single there as well.

David Bowie The Next Day Track List:
1. ‘The Next Day’
2. ‘Dirty Boys’
3. ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’
4. ‘Love is Lost’
5. ‘Where Are We Now?’
6. ‘Valentine’s Day’
7. ‘If You Can See Me’
8. ‘I’d Rather Be High’
9. ‘Boss of Me’
10. ‘Dancing Out of Space’
11. ‘How Does the Grass Grow?’
12. ‘(You Will) Set the World on Fire’
13. ‘You Feel So Lonely You Could Die’
14. ‘Heat’

Deluxe Version Bonus Tracks:
15. ‘So She’
16. ‘I’ll Take You There’
17. ‘Plan’