Monday, April 13, 2015

The Ottawa Senators Are In The Playoffs - A Playlist

I haven't made very many "traditional" blog posts in a long time (in fact, here's the last one!), but it is something I'd like to return to.  (By "traditional", I mean posts that aren't just show notes for a podcast episode.)  So if you were expecting a new episode when you clicked a link to, I apologize - I haven't recorded anything (yet).  Further apologies if you were not expecting to read about SportsPuck on a music blog.

On Saturday April 11, 2015, the Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff berth in the NHL; for those who don't follow hockey, this is an extremely big deal for a couple of reasons: 1) The Senators were 14 points OUT of a playoff spot in February, and clinched a spot in the last game of the season.  2) This is the first team in modern NHL history to do this.

So obviously, I am quite pumped.  At one point on Saturday, I was thinking that I was feeling really good - as if I had had a few drinks and was feeling a buzz.  I actually had NOT had anything to drink during the game, because it was a 12:30pm Eastern start.   But I was just really excited and happy - I was expecting the team to be out of the playoffs at the start of the season, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Given that it is now officially Spring (it's not Spring until you've got your team in the playoffs and can drive with the windows down), I present to you an accompanying playlist for your listening pleasure.  I set out looking for some hard rock songs, but there are others in there that simply fit the profile of "this would be cool to listen to while driving around town".  Others I picked because of lyrical content that fit the context of the situation.

All tracks are available from Jamendo.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

#84 - Three Out of Four Ain't Bad

A short episode today, fueled by an Amsterdam Brewery 9% Imperial Stout and 3 out of 4 wins in Curling this week.  Featured songs include a recommendation from a fellow Redditor, an Ottawa band I just discovered this weekend, and a new tune from Great White Buffalo - all that music and some cool things the Free Music Archive is doing.  Tune in and enjoy!


Free Music Archive - Who Will Remaster The Masters?
Free Music Archive - Masters Remastered
Free Music Archive - MicroSongsong contest

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sunday, January 25, 2015

#82 - Mid-Winter Podcast

Time for another (short) podcast!  Most the songs on this list are new releases, plus I have the latest official single from I Am Not Lefthanded.  I talk about Serial Podcast again, the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and Project 52.

Song List

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

#81 - Best of 2014

Kicking off 2015 with a somewhat lazy look at 2014; most of these tracks were taken from Jamendo’s Best of 2014 playlist, with a few exceptions.  I’m going to try to keep up with the podcast on a more regular basis in 2015 as well.  In today’s episode I mostly talked about random things.  Apologies for some of the music hiccups!  My intention today was just to get a podcast released.  Stay tuned to the end of the episode & hear some podcast recommendations.

Song List


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

State of the Commons Report

Now Playing: This is Killing Me by Haunt

I found this report via the Free Music Archive.  It's called the State of the Commons report, and basically highlights the strives forward that we've seen for Creative Commons licensing since 2006.

The first level of the report is a pretty neat looking infograph; there are printable versions in various formats (PDF, PNG, JPG - you name it) so if you were interested in printing it off and hanging it somewhere, you could.  In it, the highlights include the increase of licenses from about 50 million in 2006 to a whopping 882 million in 2014.  That is huge!

There is also a link to the much longer, wordier report - which to date I admit I haven't read.  It looks like there is some solid information in there though, so I fully intend to read it (I am a copyright junkie, after all).  If you're at all interested in copyright and Creative Commons, I think it's in your best interests to read the full report.

Overall the Creative Commons put together a very informative, extensive report that should be shared everywhere.  Here's to even MORE licenses in 2015!