Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Month of Weekly Discoveries

I've found some gems these last few weeks, what I haven't found is a lot of time to blog about them. But here goes.

I'm finding a really do a have a thing for Australian rap music. My latest find: Out of the Blue by Joelistics. It's a great song with solid story telling. Love it.

The Russian Cosmonaut story, which is supposedly based on Yuri Gagarin's first flight, is an excellent bit of storytelling. Alas, the story is almost certainly not true, but why let the truth get in the way of a good story?

Witt Lowry's Last Letter is wicked powerful stuff. It captures the loss of of a loved one to cancer in such a raw and powerful way. Amazing.

On the non-music side of things, do you need this $2.00 USB powered light? That's the question this video tries to answer. I can tell you on good authority that you do. I picked one up a few months ago (well before I saw the video), found it works perfectly as a travel night light. It's super compact and I'm already bringing along USB wall adapters. I plugin the adapter and light int our hotel room's bathroom and I've got just the right amount of light for a 3am potty trip. As the video shows, there are plenty of other uses for these lights, so definitely pick one up and see what you can do with it.

I know it's cheesy, but I just can't help but enjoy listening to Paramore's The Only Exception.

I'm Pickle Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick!. See, it's songs like this one that pretty much ensure I'll never be allowed to work in an office again. Unless these days it's considered normal operating procedure to program and belt out I'm Pickle Rick! at the top of your lungs. Pantless. Yeah, didn't think so.

Hey sis, you can do this with your violin, right? That's some pretty impressive fiddling, if I do say so myself.

In my mind it's official: Passenger is no longer a one hit wonder. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to their entire new album, which I have to say caught me by surprise. If I had to pick one song that I really enjoyed, it would be The Boy Who Cried Wolf. The song is an unexpected and clever take on the tale that gives the song its name. Great stuff and worth a listen.

For the first 50 seconds of Breathe by Lauv I thought it was an OK tune. And then bam! at 51 seconds I was hooked. And just like that, I became a fan of Lauv, whoever that is. Well played Lauv, well played.

The top comment on Chris Stapleton's Tiny Desk Concert says it all: Sooo, apparently I like country after all... . And that's your challenge, listen to Chris and try not to become a fan of country music. His voice. His style. His songs that tell such powerful stories.

Finally, here are two clips that bring the laughs. The first one is a clever twist on what it's like to dine with a vegan, and the second one, well the title says it all: A young man takes his date to an Indian restaurant. To his horror, she goes off-menu in Hindi.. The second one especially is a great piece of hilarious storytelling.





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