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"Blind" by The Sundays

Popspotting #143: “Favorite Covers” (Oct. 5, 2011)

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"Blind" by The SundaysWe return to music for this “Wildcard Wednesday” show. Taking inspiration from our friend and fellow old-school podcaster Brian Ibbott over at “Coverville” (included in our “top podcasts” show), we share five of our favorite cover songs.

Jen’s list:

  1. “Bizarre Love Triangle” by Frente (orig. New Order)
  2. “Wild Horses” by The Sundays (orig. Rolling Stones)
  3. “Hyperballad” by Twilight Singers (orig. Bjork)
  4. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles (orig. The Top Notes)
  5. “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan (orig. Prince)

Ryan’s list:

  1. “Baby Can I Hold You” by Ale’a (orig. Tracy Chapman)
  2. “Like Someone In Love” by Bjork (orig. Jimmy van Heusen)
  3. “Smooth Criminal” by Alien Ant Farm (orig. Michael Jackson)
  4. “Where is My Mind: by The Toadies (orig. Pixies)
  5. “Dear God” by Sarah McLachlan (orig. XTC)

These great takes on favorite songs by other favorite performers are just the tip of the iceberg, of course, and we’ll probably feature more great covers on a future music show. We’d love to hear about your favorite cover songs!

Foodspotting

Popspotting #138: Great Apps (Sept. 28, 2011)

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FoodspottingAs a follow-up to our June show highlighting Jen’s favorite photo apps, both of us share five apps that we can’t live without. While we’re iPhone users, almost all of these apps are available for Android smartphones, and most have web interfaces as well.

Jen’s top five are Vlix (video clips), Fruit Ninja (arcade game), GetGlue and GoMiso (media checkins), Foodspotting (food photos) and Shazam (song identification).

Ryan is a fan of Autostitch Panorama (panoramic photos), RunKeeper (fitness tracking), Glympse (live location sharing), Evernote (notekeeping), and Remember The Milk (task management).

Honorable mentions include Pandora, Tweetbot, and Google+.

And we should mention that if we had put this list together a month ago, we may have also included Photovine and Gowalla. But Google killed Photovine a couple of weeks ago, and Gowalla has completely changed direction from location checkins to local guides.

Of course, there are thousands of apps out there, and many gems we’ve probably never heard of. If there’s a killer app you use every day, please tell us about it!

Radiolab

Popspotting #133: “Top Five Podcasts Revisited” (Sept. 21, 2011)

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Radiolab

It was over five years ago when Jen last shared her “Top Five Favorite Podcasts.” Suffice it to say, a lot has changed since then… but some things haven’t! Today, we send shoutouts to a few of our fellow media makers… with the prominent caveat that we probably could never mention or list everyone we should. Both Jen and Ryan share separate lists, bringing you at least ten other podcasts you might want to check out. From tech shows to personal stories to public radio, there’s something for everyone.

Here were Jen’s picks:

And here were Ryan’s favorites:

Who was on our list in 2006? In addition to Coverville and Filmspotting, we highlighted:
Pulp Fiction - Square

Popspotting #128: “Needledrop Soundtracks” (Sept. 14, 2011)

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Pulp Fiction

We love movies. We love music. Why not combine the two? For Wildcard Wednesday, we start with your suggestion for a “favorite soundtracks” show, but with a slight twist. Instead of film scores (which we’re saving for later), today both of us share our “Top 5 Needledrop Soundtracks,” movie soundtracks that use popular music to set the scene.

We also covered a few runners-up that didn’t make the top five, but had to cut them from the podcast. They included “Romeo + Juliet,” “500 Days of Summer,” and “Forest Gump.” Of course, several other Tarantino films could have made the list, including “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill.”

waipio-valley

Popspotting #123: “Around the Big Island” (Sept. 7, 2011)

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We’re fortunate to call Hawaii our home. And as residents of a place that represents a great getaway for much of the world, we’re often asked for advice on places to go and things to see in the Aloha State. And as we start planning for our own regular “getaway” to the Big Island, we figured we’d take you along for the ride.

For today’s podcast, we start in the cool, lush rainforest neighborhood of Volcano Village. After taking you through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, we make our way down to Hilo Town, then head north along the Hamakua Coast. Finally it’s up through Waimea, skipping Kona to head north to Hawi on the northern end of the island.

If you want to see photos from our last trip, including several spots we mention on our show, check out our gallery on Flickr.

As hard as it was, we didn’t spend any time in Hilo for today’s audio tour. We could easily dedicate a separate episode (or two) to our favorite “city by the bay.” And we might, provided you enjoyed taking this trip with us!

Jen's Top Albums

Popspotting #118: “Life-Changing Albums” (Aug. 31, 2011)

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Jen's Top AlbumsIf you weren’t quite sure, this week’s Wildcard Wednesday should definitively confirm that music countdowns are Jen’s favorite topic.

Though not quite ready to commit to naming her top five albums of all time (a followup to last week’s list on the book side), she shares the five albums that changed her life, and a little of the story behind each. And there’s a wide range of sounds, from classic crooner to hard rock to lush Hawaiian.

We’d love to hear what albums served as the soundtrack to the greatest moments and epiphanies in your life, and of course any embarrassing stories that go with them.

Jen’s picks are:

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Popspotting #113: “Favorite Books” (Aug. 24, 2011)

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For Wildcard Wednesday, it’s back to books, as Jen shares her top five books of all time (for now, subject to change). She also shares an update on what she’s reading now… including a wildly popular young adult fantasy series that she’s perhaps the last person on Earth to read.

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (1952)
  • Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (1961)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (1847)
  • Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (2000)
  • A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving (1989)

Jen is always hungry for book recommendations, so please do tell… what is your favorite novel of all time?

1972 Gran Torino | Photo by Neokrisys

Popspotting #108: “Songs of 1972” (Aug. 17, 2011)

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1972 Gran Torino | Photo by Neokrisys

You want more music shows? You’ll get more music shows! As Jen celebrates yet another 29th birthday, we arbitrarily choose the year 1972 to highlight with a top five list. Then, we share some music recommendations from our listeners. Here’s the playlist:

  • Sylvia’s Mother (Dr. Hook)
  • I Saw the Light (Todd Rundgren)
  • Coconut (Harry Nilsson)
  • School’s Out (Alice Cooper)
  • Still In Love With You (Al Green)

Plus:

  • Barton Hollow (The Civil Wars)
  • John Prine (Illegal Smile)
  • Dark Blue (Jack’s Mannequin)

We’d love to feature more picks from our listeners, so please don’t hesitate to share your favorite tunes and artists! Just keep sending them in… we’ll figure out a theme later.

Photo by Neokrisys.

cosplay

Popspotting #103: “San Diego Comic-Con Flashback” (Aug. 10, 2011)

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Ballroom 20

It’s impossible to cover nearly a week of travel and pop culture craziness in fifteen minutes. Turns out it’s also impossible to do it in half an hour. Our longest podcast yet still doesn’t completely convey our glee (no pun intended) as we look back at our fourth Comic-Con, and at our first family vacation to San Diego.

Ryan shares some of the adventures he and eldest daughter Katie had at the San Diego Convention Center, and Jen recounts the kid-friendly sights and sounds of the surrounding city. We talk about where we went, what we ate, and what we saw, touching briefly on the preview screenings for “Alcatraz,” “Person of Interest,” and “Terra Nova” (and snickering at “The Secret Circle”).

If you’ve never been, we encourage you to consider attending your first “Geek Prom.” Thanks to the trainwreck that was this year’s advance registration setup, you have a better chance at 2012 passes than anyone’s had in a long time.

Natalie Ai Kamauu

Popspotting #90: Hawaiian Music Artists (July 13, 2011)

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Natalie Ai KamauuYou want more music? You’ve got more music. This week, Jen highlights five Hawaiian music artists that have caught her ear lately. Fresh from the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards), we look at some younger acts with a bright future in Hawaiian music:

Of course, there are as many different kinds of Hawaiian music as there are colors in a rainbow. And the local music scene is always changing and evolving. It probably won’t be long until our next Hawaiian music show… but we’re betting you won’t mind.

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