Podcasts of the Week Ending September 8


StarTalk :: The Stars that Guide Us

Discussion of the traditions of celestial navigation used by Polynesian voyagers to traverse wide expanses of the Pacific Ocean.

To The Best of Our Knowledge :: What’s Wrong With Work?

Work is bunk.  Find out why employment is meaningless and “work ethic” is just there to control us, along with some more human alternatives.

Hidden Brain :: Bullshit Jobs

Another podcast goes in depth on how meaningless work is wearing us down.  I sense a theme.

Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Jingles

Catchy tunes have been used to sell things since the early days of radio.  This episode also offers a good deep dive into the phenomena of earworms and how to defeat them.

Hub History :: War, Plague, and the World Series

I’ve long been fascinated by the great number of significant events that happened in Boston around 1918-1919.  This episode is an interview with Skip Desjardins who wrote a book about what in just September 1918.

99% Invisible :: The First Straw

Drinking straws have been in the news lately as they’re being banned for being a pollutant.  This episode explores the origin of straws, their beneficial purposes, and possible alternatives to straws.

99% Invisible :: Double Standards

Yes, a double dose of 99 P.I. this week! This episode discusses blepharoplasty, a controversial cosmetic surgery which makes the eyes of people of Asian descent look more “Western.”

Decoder Ring :: The Paper Doll Club

Paper dolls are a toy that has fallen out of popularity with children, but there are sizable communities of adults who collect and design paper dolls, and a surprising connection with queer identity.

Risk! :: Man at Hawaii

Risk! host Kevin Allison tells the story of how his Catholic high school missionary trip lead him to become a storyteller.

Ten Favorite Songs of 2012


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2012.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

I originally covered 2012 with a Year in Review post.

Bright Whites – Kishi Bashi

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Caliban’s Dream –  Underworld

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Cartao Postal – Souljazz Orchestra

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Default – Django Django

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Dirty Money –  Antibalas

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Goatman – Goat

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Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It – Stars

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Look at This – A Tribe Called Red

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Oblivion – Grimes

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Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

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And here are five songs from 2012 worthy of an honorable mention:

Akale Wube –  Debo Band

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Dog Physics – Plaid Dragon

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Gun Has No Trigger – Dirty Projectors

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Here Again – Quantic and Alice Russell

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Please Forgive My Heart – Bobby Womack

And there you have 40 years music and over 400 songs that helped define my life!

Stay tuned for the best songs of 2013.

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Song of the Week: “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” by Stars


I’m introducing a new feature to the Panorama of the Mountains blog, a “song of the week” post.   I’m going to try to highlight one current song a week that I like and want to share with others.   My hope having recently turned 39 is to keep up with current music trends rather than lolling about in nostalgia.

The debut song for this feature is “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” by the band Stars.

I like the epic 80s-style synthpop vibe and the female vocalist who sings toward the end is reminiscent of Kate Bush.

This of course brings up the problem of liking new music only  because it sounds like old music.  It seems that much of the current music I like is reminiscent of 80s era punk and New Wave or 60s/70 soul in some revival or another.  If you’re reading this and know of music that is truly unique and representative of the 2012, let me know in the comments.