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Posted on November 30, 2002
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Music TopicBand of the Day! This is the friend of mine that I alluded to
a few days ago. I was lucky enough to see him in Portland last week,
my rock and roll buddy Jonny X, leader of the band Jonny X and the Groadies. I like
his band, which is kind of techno-midi-metal in the Ministry mold. I
once saw this band play a basement gig at which I was at least 12
years older than the next oldest person. One of my early acts in
building the WREK automation system was to insert the Groadies song
“Gravedigger” into the system. In fact, during their last (and only)
nationwide tour, we had a house full of Groadies spending the
night. You can get one of their songs at their download page.

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Posted on November 30, 2002
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More public radio stuff. I browsed around and was looking at the site
for This American
Life
. I really think I want to buy the comic
book about the making of the show
. It’s drawn by Jessica Abel of
Artbabe comics. I’ve always
enjoyed the program which is always good and frequently
brilliant. However, my issue with it is that it can be so
hyper-intellectual that it gets soulless. I think that it often is all
ego and no id. Still good. I started listening about five years ago,
shortly after we moved to Portland. In all that time, though, I’ve
never been a regular real-time listener. Luckily they now have every
episode available by RA streaming. One of the shows I particularly
liked since it fits with my fascination with Lucha Libre is the
episode entitled Leave the
Mask On
. Segment three is a story recorded in Mexico with some
Luchadores, including one who was unmasked and thus could never
wrestle again. I find this stuff very moving.

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Posted on November 30, 2002
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We were listening to Prairie Home
Companion
this evening, the first time in a while. It made for a calm
pleasant evening, sitting in the living room whilst listening to
it. We saw the show performed while we lived in Portland, and it was
quite an experience. For me, the best part of the show is always “The
news from Lake Woebegon.” They are so often melancholy and wistful,
and that point where the monologue ends and then there are 6 or 8
minutes left of the show always leaves me kind of sad because it is
all over.

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Posted on November 30, 2002
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Here is an interesting site, one that collects together
public radio information from stations that stream
. So, for
example, I love Ellen Kushner’s Sound and Spirit
but no station around here carries it. By looking it up at
publicradiofan.com, I see a number of stations that carry it tomorrow
and stream their air sound. Awesome!

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Posted on November 30, 2002
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I got this one from DiverseBooks.com: An interview
with Charles
Stross
at Revolution SF. I met
Charlie 10 years ago at a wedding and waited a looooong time to
actually read some of his work. I really enjoyed the first two Manfred
Macx stories and am looking to buy his collection
Toast if I can ever find the damn thing. For more
Stross, here is his weblog.

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