The Slow Reader – Episode 1

I mentioned yesterday that I started a new podcast called The Slow Reader. Here’s the first episode! I will probably keep posting these whenever they’re released. You can find it also on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and Stitcher.

The Slow Reader Podcast

I have been talking this year about finally starting and following through with a project; at first that was going to be a writing project, but I ended up deciding on starting a new podcast.

I present to you: The Slow Reader – A Podcast About Books. It’s basically an audio version of my GoodReads updates. Right now the first two episodes are scheduled, and should be a bi-weekly podcast. They’re short, but I think eventually I’ll get into a groove and expand on the length a little bit. I know that I rushed my delivery a lot in these first two episodes.

The trailer is available today; the first episode will be out tomorrow (Thursday). Right now the podcast is only live on Google Play, but it should be available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify as well. I’ll probably submit it to Stitcher soon.

Enjoy the trailer for now!

Listen on Google Play Music

Weekly Airwave – Semmuel – All I Need Is You

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves



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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 



This week's track: All I need is You by Semmuel.  This track features some dark synth sounds and I think fits right alongside today's Top 40 songs.  Semmuel is a hip hop / R&B artist based out of the U-S.  From Jamendo: his music career began in 2017 when he signed with Graphic Entertainment Music, and eventually released a solo song "Athena" in June of that year - it was featured as Jamendo's artist of the month. 



Be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for more podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time.

Managing my Podcast Lists

For the last year and a half I’ve found it very difficult to keep up with my podcast listening; for quite a while now I’ve been “behind” my list for many shows – in most cases, by several months’ worth of content.

What I find difficult is that the shows that are current – which means, based on either sports or current events or current TV shows – tend to get priority when I choose to listen to something. This pushes ‘evergreen’ content – that is, it’s relevant no matter when I listen – further down the list.

This is completely a “me” problem and at first, it did bother me; but I’ve come up with a new approach to listening that really takes care of the perceived problem.

Culling Shows

The first thing I’ve taken to doing is to simply stop listening to shows that don’t hold my attention anymore. If I haven’t listened to it in 3 months, is it likely that I’m going to listen to it anytime soon? Still, there are shows I consider to be “high value” that I’m staying subscribed to. I know that I’ll get to those episodes one day soon.

But I have become a little more ruthless in the process. I’ve cut shows that I used to listen to regularly. I used to feel a little guilty when unsubscribing, but that’s not the case anymore. If I want to make the time to listen to podcasts, sometimes that means cutting out the stuff that is either A) too long or B) uninteresting. Or a combination of both.

Dropping Individual Episodes

The other thing I’ve started doing is dropping individual episodes if they don’t look appealing based on the description. Since I don’t have the same amount of listening time as I used to, I don’t need to worry about “running out” of episodes to listen to (this used to be an issue for me).

This is actually a pretty major change for me. I used to be pretty compulsive about listening to every single episode of a show, but as I’ve learned recently, it’s not always important to catch each one. It’s sort of like the old days of TV – sometimes you missed recording on your VCR, so you didn’t catch that week’s show. In episodic times, not the end of the world.

It’s not perfect – I still have ~100 episodes to listen to – but it helps my peace of mind.

Weekly Airwave – Boomerang by Honeychrome

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves


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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 



This week's track: Boomerang by HoneyChrome.  Boomerang is a great pop track, released in 2018 by an American artist, based on Brooklyn N-Y-C.  I find it really reminiscent of early 2000's pop, with a bit of eighties flair mixed in.  It's a fun, short track and well worth following to see what he comes out with for 2019!



Be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for more podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time.

On Writing

Not referring to Stephen King’s book here (a book I plan on coming back to this year, actually). A few weeks ago I had this great idea pop into my head for a short story. Then a few things in life happened, and I haven’t really thought about it much.

The idea is still there – I haven’t given up on it exactly. I actually transformed it from one idea into something else in my little notes, I’m just not writing it. I find that I’m back into a reading & podcast groove that is taking me away from the writing head space.

Still, I have it tucked away for future use. It’s part of my 2019 goals to start and complete a piece of writing, so this falls under the “started” pile.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a writing prompt I found earlier in the year that I’m no longer going to use. It comes from the Writing Excuses podcast:

You are about to cut into a cake…and it speaks.

Have fun with that!

Weekly Airwave – Games by Tony Petersen

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves


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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 

This week's track: Games by Tony Petersen.  This is a light folk track, from the album A Soft Place to Land (2018).  Petersen is an American artist, playing guitar from age 15 and has performed across America since high school.  This is a solo track but is a member of a band called The Social Animals.

Enjoy Games from Tony Petersen - and be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time.

61st Grammy Awards Ceremony – Best New Artist

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

I don't normally think about the Grammy awards, but an email flipped my way earlier this week caught my eye.  It was about the Best New Artist category - something I feel is relevant to the blog / podcast, even though we're talking about major record labels. 

Here's the list of nominees for the category (courtesy of www.grammy.com):

  1. Chloe X Halle
  2. Luke Combs
  3. Greta Van Fleet
  4. H.E.R.
  5. Dua Lipa
  6. Margo Price
  7. Bebe Rexha
  8. Jorja Smith
Some of these artists I'm familiar with, but others I hadn't, so I listened to all of the singles provided on the Grammy's nomination page.  If I had a vote, I would go with Margo Price.  But it's not up to me and I don't think I have the best pulse on public opinion.  

That job falls on research and marketing companies - such as SEMrush, an online marketing company.  They studied Canadian google searches to figure out the most popular new artists in Canada - here's what they came up with.
Graph courtesy SEMrush  - Full-size: https://imgur.com/a/BAQBu1n

It turns out the most popular artist - in Canada - was Dua Lipa, followed by Greta Van Fleet.  You can see the search numbers in the handy graph.  Interesting to note the huge drop-off from third place - you can assume that pop & rock music are really popular among Canadians, and while country is pretty hot, it drops off pretty significantly.  

If I had to guess at the actual winner - I think it probably will be Dua Lipa.  I like Greta Van Fleet, but I think her genre is not the hottest nor is it too original (The Sheepdogs previously filled this space in the genre, but then again - they didn't break through to the Grammy's).


Weekly Airwave – Undercovery – Neon Niteclub

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves



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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.   

This week's track: Undercover by Neon Niteclub.  This group reminds me a ton of Canada's own Chromeo.  Neon Niteclub is from the US, and describe themselves as "80s pop with a modern twist".  Undercover comes from the 2018 album Blue Electric Eyes (be sure to check out that track as well).  You can find their music on jamendo dot com or neon niteclub dot bandcamp dot com. 

Hope you enjoy Undercover - be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time. 

Weekly Airwave – By Your Side – Cartel ft. Mallz & Deron Alek

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves


Cartel ft. Mallz & Deron Alek - By Your Side

https://www.jamendo.com/track/1593685/by-your-side-by-mallz-and-deron-alek

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 

This week's track: By Your Side by Cartel ft. Mallz & Deron Alek.  By Your Side is an exclusive track on Jamendo.com, another hip hop track just as good if not better than last week's track from Tab. 

The description of the track:

The problem of being "friends with benefits" is that eventually, someone catches feelings and wants to become more than what they are. Mallz and Deron Alek speak on just such a situation over a track by Hoodgrown Productions.  

Have a listen to the track - let me know what you think.  Be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for podcasts and more music reviews.  See you next time.