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Vox Pop on Radio 23

January 13, 2010

Cherie Blackfeather’s radio show – Vox Pop – not only asks you to say what you think; it also asks you to think about what you think about.
Her show is a free-roaming vox-populi that can take the listener down some unexpected roads.  She travels down the streets of Portland, Oregon and asks people some unexpected questions, usually along a given theme. The show is likely to shift gears, as her often conversational interview style is just as likely to illicit as many questions from her subjects as she asks them. One show – which was derailed slightly by the intrusive background soundtrack supplied by the barristos in the cafe it was held in – shifted focus temporarily into what was the nature of public space and when did noise interfere with it. It even sparked a thought-provoking conversation with the cafe workers that was non-confrontational and revealing of their perspective.
Because Cherie presents herself to interviewees sans agenda, she gets some really interesting candid conversations, and that’s rare in our highly subjective-laden mediascape.
Vox Pop is an engaging program that takes you on a stroll to someplace completely unexpected on every episode.

Cherie Blackfeather’s Vox Pop appears every Wednesday at 12pm (PST) on Radio 23, which streams worldwide at


Hugh Hopper 1945 – 2009

June 8, 2009

Hugh Colin Hopper (born 29 April 1945, Whitstable, Kent, England, grown up in Canterbury; died 7 June 2009) was a progressive rock / (fusion) jazz bass guitarist and composer. He has been a prominent member of the Canterbury scene.

Hopper’s role with Soft Machine was initially as the group’s road manager, but he already composed for their first album The Soft Machine and played bass on one of its tracks. In 1969 he was recruited to be the group’s bassist for their second album, Volume Two and, with Mike Ratledge and Robert Wyatt, he took part in a recording session for a solo album of Syd Barrett’s (formerly of Pink Floyd, with whom the early Soft Machine had regularly gigged [2]). Hopper continued with the Softs, playing bass and contributing numerous compositions, until 1973. During his tenure the group evolved from a psychedelic pop group to an instrumental jazz-rock fusion band. In 1972, shortly before leaving Soft Machine, he recorded the first record under his own name, 1984 (named after George Orwell’s novel). This was a decidedly non-commercial record featuring lengthy solo pieces using tape loops as well as shorter pieces with a group.

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Bob Moog Day

May 23, 2009

Bob Moog would have been 75 today.
One of my first ever virtual fan letters I ever sent someone when I first got onto the web was to Bob Moog. I received a reply a week later that I am pretty certain was from him and not from an assistant, webmaster, etc. (I like to think so anyway).

Bob’s innovations transformed music forever. He was also a humble man who made it clear that he was just one in a long line of inventors and researchers.
The documentary on him, Moog is fascinating and I highly recommend it.

You can also visit The Bob Moog Foundation’s blog here.


Music Down the Tubes

March 24, 2009
As Rights Clash on YouTube, Some Music Vanishes
In early December, Juliet Weybret, a high school sophomore and aspiring rock star from Lodi, Calif., recorded a video of herself playing the piano and singing “Winter Wonderland,” and she posted it on YouTube.
Weeks later, she received an e-mail message from YouTube: her video was being removed “as a result of a third-party notification by the Warner Music Group,” which owns the copyright to the Christmas carol.
Hers is not an isolated case.. Countless other amateurs have been ensnared in a dispute between Warner Music and YouTube, which is owned by Google.
The conflict centers on how much Warner should be paid for the use of its copyrighted works — its music videos — but has grown to include other material produced by amateurs that may also run afoul of copyright law.
“Thousands of videos disappeared,” said Fred von Lohmann, staff lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group that asked affected YouTube users to contact it.
“Either they turned off the audio, or they pulled the video.”

A spokesman for Warner Music said that YouTube’s system for identifying copyrighted material does not distinguish between professionally made music videos and amateur material that may include
copyrighted works.

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WSU Vancouver’s The KOUG is on the air

March 4, 2009

Sort of. It’s streaming over the internet, which is a start:

KOUG Radio: We are as random as you are.

We are the student radio station of Washington State University in Vancouver. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year via online streaming audio. You can listen to our live stream by clicking here.

To listen to KOUG, you will need to install RealPlayer or VLC media player. Both are free.

I listened to a good chunk of it yesterday and it was pretty entertaining.
Heck, the DJ even took my requests via chat!
Check them out!


iPod Dead at Last

February 28, 2009
The little iPod that wouldn't die

The little iPod that finally died

Yep, it finally kicked the bucket. Read about the many trials and tribulations here. I’m not an ideal Apple customer, by any means. By all rights I should’ve dutifully thrown my old iPod over my shoulder and bought a new one every time a new model came out, right? Or bought a Touch.
No. I’m a bit of a techno-Luddite in a way – and a poor one at that. As it was, I bought mine from my pal Ralph with our usual currency: El Super Burritos*. The iPod cost me 24 El Supers, which worked out to around 80 USD, circa 2006.
But it’s really dead this time. My usual resuscitation regimen of getting it to display the ‘sad iPod’ icon and then unplugging it until the battery wore down didn’t work this time or even multiple attempts. Usually after that, it would come miraculously back to life as if nothing’s happened.
I’ve gotten an amazing amount of play time out of it. Like I said earlier, it not only played all night for years, but was almost always shuffling away in my considerable commute time.
Quite a bargain, I’d say.
Don’t know if I’ll buy another anytime soon. They’re pretty damn expensive for a toy and I hear the new ones aren’t very reliable. Who knows, though? Perhaps Ralph will want a new one and the promise of a steady flow of El Supers.

*The El Super Burrito is a demonically delicious and addictive offering exclusive to the taco stand Super Taco Express. It’s a caloric behemoth filled with beans, meat (get the chicken) salsa, cilantro and a big chile relleno in the center. It’s the all-day, all purpose burrito.


So Much Holiday Radio For All Us Snowed-in Folks

December 24, 2008

There’s so many great terrestrial and internet radio going on between now and Christmas that you now have an excuse to hook your computer to your stereo and let some talented folks spin some holiday cheer for you well into New Years.

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