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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!

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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!

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Favorite Late Summer Playlist

Playlist Thursday Orange

Presented here without comment.

“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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Recommended Listening: Johnny Marr, The Messenger

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The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, starring comedian David Cross, ran for two seasons on the IFC cable channel. An absurdist dark comedy centering on the cringe-inducing adventures of the hapless title character – a criminally clueless American “businessman” living in London – Todd Margaret was portrayed as a blundering child-man, the consequences of whose utterly havoc-wreaking decisions progress from comic inconveniences to bringing about full-on global annihilation. It was a great show. One of the best parts of tuning in each week was getting to hear the Todd Margaret theme song, “Life Is Sweet,” written and performed by former Smiths’ guitarist Johnny Marr. Featuring cascading waves of Marr’s signature, chiming guitars and an adhesive refrain whose Morrissey-esque, fatalist lyrics promised “Things are gonna get worse,” the song is two minutes of pure aural bliss. For ninety-nine cents, “Life Is Sweet” is the most-valued purchase I made from iTunes last year.

Other than “Life is Sweet” and his brief, cameo appearance on the most recent season of Portlandia, I haven’t been paying much attention to what Johnny Marr has been up to, because Modest Mouse is not my thing. So, I am currently all over Marr’s new album, The Messenger, which is just insanely great. For those seeking comfort in the familiar, The Messenger sounds infinitely more akin to Marr’s definitive work in The Smiths than his previous solo outing, 2003’s Boomslang (with his band The Healers, whose rhythm section was comprised of Zak Starkey and Alonza Bevan). A brilliant collection of diverse tunes that came off like a Mancunian version of Sly & The Family Stone, Boomslang, puzzlingly, found itself on the receiving end of almost universal critical backlash, and fans didn’t seem to know what to do with it either. That said, if Marr’s guitar playing in The Smiths is what drew you in and hooked you, you won’t be able to stop listening to The Messenger.

Showcasing as much as it does Marr’s “Class of One” resonant guitar tone, this is not to suggest that the guitarist doesn’t adequately stretch on The Messenger. More here than on any previous recording I’ve heard, Marr sneakily incorporates some of his widely varied influences. The intro to the album’s lead track, “The Right Thing” sounds like it could have been lifted off The Who’s Quadrophenia before it shifts into an exuberant, sixities-esque call-and-response anthem. People are always saying that such and such a song is “like a drug,” but in the case of “The Right Thing,” it’s like an aural shot of your favorite upper. If you can’t find your groove to this song, you’re probably dead from the neck up.

The super-adrenalized “I Want the Heart Beat” dabbles in a minor chord, almost industrial feel without ever loosening its roots in pure ‘80s dance pop. “Upstarts,” the album’s first single, reminds me of those classic, early singles by The Undertones, which is probably not an accident, because those guys were sort of the Kings of Post Punk/New Wave Protest Songs, and I’m sure Marr was /is a fan. “Lockdown” is a rich, sonic blast of classic British rock, with Marr experimenting with a bit of a Big Country meets Def Leppard-esque chord progression – very nice!

Both “European Me” and the somewhat mournful, Bryan Ferry-tinged title track harkens back to the best of The Smiths (“William It Was Really Nothing,” “Panic”) with Marr’s vocals, as drenched as they likely are in reverb, as appealing and charismatic as Bono’s most earnest, pre-Messiah complex work with U2. Later on, the way Marr builds a creeping mood of foreboding on “Say Demesne” makes me think he should be (his contribution to Inception notwithstanding) writing soundtracks for James Bond films. Geesuz god, what a versatile player!

What I really love about The Messenger, as a complete work, is that it takes no initial “breaking in” period before each song claims its own identity. There are twelve tracks on the CD and each one is amazing in its own way. Unless Tame Impala release an album this year, I am pretty sure The Messenger will top my list of favorites for 2013. Johnny Marr FTW!

Grade: A+