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caster blaster

i crush on ira glass as much as the next person, but he’s kinda slid down the list, and glynn washington is moving up.

my conversational skills might be lacking because i talk as much about stuff i hear in podcasts as about stuff that happens in real life. if you all listened to those same podcasts we can all talk about stuff that’s not from real life together.

my stitcher app tells me i’ve listened to 734 episodes and 279 hours. and that’s all when i’m not listening to game of thronesi feel like i have to justify this by telling you that i’m not just sitting around listening to this stuff. it’s all done while i get ready in the morning and when i work on the longarm quilting machine.

my podcast listening life started with the basics like”this american life,” “stuff you should know” and “the moth” and expanded from there. these days i prefer to use stitcher, which let’s you create favorites lists and stream the podcasts, rather than subscribing in itunes. that way i don’t have to deal with the clutter of all those files, and it’s just so easy to manage and reliable. here is what currently satiates my constant need to be info-fed. seriously, it’s bad. it’s like audio-information is the new lullaby.

fave podcasts
Culture Gabfest – 3 topics from pop culture each week
Snap Judgement – “storytelling. with a beat.” pretty much.
Radiolab – anything vaguely scienceish, or curious, as they’d say.
Freakonomics – anything, from an economics bent. hinges on curosity like radiolab.
Lexicon Valley – on language, more exploratory than prescriptive
99% Invisible – design & architecture related
Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me – news via quiz show with funny people, perhaps mo rocca if you’re lucky.
How To Do Everything – 2 of the wait wait producers being clever and answering questions about how to do stuff.

not quite fave podcasts
wnyc’s soundcheck
studio 360
apm: marketplace
on the media
stuff you missed in history class

none of this stuff is very out there, maybe you already listen to all of it. and there aren’t really sewing/quilting or music podcasts on here, which is odd since those are the things i spend so much of my time and thought on. as it turns out those feel kind of tedious to listen to. maybe my absorption style of that kind of info is too frenetic.

so, one person who reads this blog, what podcasts am i missing out on?

btw, this is what i’m listening to today.



on a day when i feel pretty useless i remind myself that today i did get interviewed for a magazine, take an order from a well-known designer, and get a pattern design approved for publication.

nothing’s stopping.
including the listening to new Lo-Fi-Fnk, The Last Summer, and hand embroidering at least a little bit every day.


i am not the only one who has a crush on neville longbottom.

but for the record, i always loved him. not just when he got all hot.

the kills – future starts slow


stuff i did

went to this.

 it’s enough to make you shave half your head like a fan girl.

watched this.

someone told me to but who was it? i can’t remember, but thanks anyway, and call me so we can talk about it. i’m a sucker for the repressed dramatics of british period tv. plus, it’s set in 1912 which makes for amazing costumes compared to all those tired regency gowns.

listened to this.

and got sad. i always thought james murphy just looked like an unassuming dad, and that’s how i came to think of him–the elder voice of reason for a musical generation. don’t laugh.
also i can’t imagine all he’s gonna do now is dj. speculation?
btw there was a little twin peaks theme going on there at the end of the show, which reminds me. i need a designer to collaborate on a twin peaks themed embroidery project…

and there’s this.
lcd soundsystem – live alone (franz ferdinand cover)

and for a little variation…
made this.

named him jaime elefante at amy’s suggestion. made with fabric from the parisville collection by tula pink. obsessed.

guess that’s enough for now.

but who’s the poor man’s bon jovi?

me: bon jovi is the poor man’s bruce springsteen.

mom: bruce springsteen IS for the poor man.

me: no, i mean if you couldn’t have bruce springsteen, you’ll take bon jovi.

mom: why wouldn’t you have bruce springsteen?

not sure if she was messing with me or just real real tired.

stuff to love this week

those suburbs ppl

the grammy’s attempt to stay relevant last week apparently had lots of people really confused and pissed off.  which results in having me really really entertained.

you will be so happy too if you visit and don’t miss the rant about kanye jumping on the “arcadia” bandwagon. he’s already had bon iver, so the question is just, would arcade fire ever say yes to kanye?

we all know the grammy’s are totally pointless, but still, arcade fire so deserves the win.

through the night

been using Cut Copy‘s new album Zonoscope like a drug these last few days.

and now my most favoritest dj has gotten his hands on them:
Cut Copy – Take Me Over (Mylo Remix)

speaking of mylo, excuse me? howabout this for making you wish his next album would be out asap.
Robyn – Don’t F*ing Tell Me What To Do (Mylo & Sharooz Mix)

thanks 2010, for renewing my faith in wasting a ridiculous amount of time and money on music

2010 doesn’t feel finished without some sort of “most heard songs in 2010 mix.” after all, i am one to get fixated and put em on repeat, and the year is defined in those moods. so here.

you might notice a bit of a bias toward:
what i can love that old people also might not hate (half of my listening is done in my shop)
bands with boys i have crushes on
not minding if something wasn’t released in 2010
cee lo

and now, in alphabetical order, more than milk’s most heard songs in 2010:
(download the whole mix here)

1901 (L’Aiglon Remix) – Phoenix
because it’s nice to remember you love phoenix
10 Mile Stereo – Beach House
because you have to fall asleep to something
Alley Cats – Hot Chip
because dance music can still be tender
Artsy Remix – EdIT
because it’s like you’ve heard it before
Atlas (The Time and Space Remix) – Fanfarlo
because someone soundtracking twilight really knows what they’re doing
Bang Bang Bang – Mark Ronson & The Business INTL
because you just can’t help it
Best Friend – The Drums
because easy music can be good too
Blue Blood Blues – The Dead Weather
because jack white 4eva
Boyfriend – Best Coast
because they’d make real good girlfriends for the drums
Brackett, W9 – Bon Iver
because gahhh
Buffalo – The Phoenix Foundation
because new zealanders make music too
Chacerera – Jenny & Johnny
because jenny lewis still writes about depression the best
Crash Years – The New Pornographers
because i secretly hope an old lady will ask me who’s playing
Cry Baby – Cee Lo Green
because nobody makes breakup songs like this anymore
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem
because james murphy knows the proper arc of a dance song. make it break!
Dream About Changing – Sally Seltmann
because aw she’s shy
Dreamin’ – Feldberg
because what is up with her voice?
Excuses – Morning Benders
because of nerds and despite reese’s commercials
Faded High – Gayngs
because Justin Vernon should start 5 more bands
Faker – Miike Snow
because everyone’s a faker
Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
because i still don’t understand how ima robot became this
I Can Talk (Moulinex Remix)
because more remixes!
I Think UR A Contra – Vampire Weekend
because they’ll never play it live since it’s the 13 yr old’s least favorite
Islands – The XX
because it makes your brain feel goooood
Just Dial My Number – Jeremy Jay
because we always need more music safe for the general public
Kitty Cat – Jim Noir
because it’s like sesame street 1979
Lewis Takes Action – Owen Pallett
because if i was an orchestra teacher i’d make the kids play this
Love Me – Justin Bieber
because just try it! you’ll like it. the cardigans better get good checks for this
Madder Red – Yeasayer
because we sung this in the car. a lot.
Marchin In – Lo-Fi-Fnk
because LFF official leak day is like Christmas
Marrow – St. Vincent
because it’s pretty AND creepy
Maybe so, Maybe no – Mayer Hawthorne
because hello, boyfriend
Modern Man – Arcade Fire
because i couldn’t choose all 16
Night by Night – Chromeo
because hello, other boyfriend
No Dice – Beirut
because it should probably go in my movie
None of Dem – Robyn ft. Röyksopp
because of scandinavians
Odessa – Caribou
because i never got further than track 1
On Melancholy Hill – Gorillaz
because they still got it
ONE – Yeasayer
because this video was on repeat for abt 2 months
Open Up The Sky – Shy Child
because, oh i give up
Pyromilitia – Theophilus London
because he snagged ezra koenig just right
Qui Est Cette Fille? – Yelle
because my french girl pop idol covering my swedish girl pop idol is what?!?
Roslyn – Bon Iver & St. Vincent
because it killlls
Satisfied – Cee Lo Green
because for this his daughter probably did deserve that super sweet 16
Shyness – Thieves Like Us
because had to make it a theme
Solo – Chew Lips
because something about it hurts your ears but you like it
Something Good Can Work (Ted & Francis Remix)
because I CAN’T STOP
Take It Easy – Surfer Blood
because faux surfer music became so not lame
Temazcal – Monsters of Folk
because of jess who, thank goodness, reminds me about stuff like this
Thou Shalt Always Kill – Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip
because someone had to listen to this every single time he brushed his teeth
Throwing Stones – Shout Out Louds
because we haven’t reached our swedish quota
Too Much – Sufjan Stevens
because i’m pretty ok with sufjan’s use of technology
Two Weeks (Fred Falke Extended Mix) – Grizzly Bear
because it can make everything all better
We Don’t Want Your Body – Stars
because you can giggle secretly
What Part of Forever – Cee Lo Green
because you’ll cry. and at least this one came from a different album than his rest
World Sick – Broken Social Scene
because i’ll forgive them for making me forget i ever saw them live

thanks, 2010, for making me feel like i loved music enough to keep more than milk alive.