I think, therefore I harm
Looking for good music for Xmas, but you’re tired of hearing boring carols you’ve been forced to listen to year after year since time immemorial? Well, DJ Dcass just gave us the Christmas Special I was hoping for.
I am not a fan of commercial radio. I only let it play in my car on the rare occasions I really want to please my employees. Most of the time, I listen to a local talk radio which keeps me updated on news and current issues. If I feel like listening for music, I bring my own. But even that gets boring over time, as there is only that much music that I own. But a few months ago, I discovered Soul Shenanigans and got hooked.
The show never gets boring. It’s two-hour weekly show that is only broadcast over the Internet. No advertisement. I don’t know what the guy behind the show eats for breakfast, but it must be something that sounds good, and never twice the same thing. I’ve yet to hear a song that was played before. He plays songs from all over the world, mostly funk, punk, soul and such, and when he picks famous artists he seems to pick the lesser known songs from these. To be frank, the most songs I had ever heard before in any one show was three, and none of these were songs I had heard often.
The show is live from Ireland every Thursday. You can get it from Radio23 — pronounced Radio Twenny-Tree —
though note that you must have a Flash enabled device. [Radio 23 uses Flash to play right from the website, or you can click the old radio to play an MP3 stream on any player.] You can also catch it on ErrorFM, which defaults to Flash but offers a few alternative methods to suit your software or mobile device of choice. [I was informed that ErrorFM went out of business on December 1st.]
Every Thursday at 20:00 UTC
USA: noon PST / 3pm EST
Because of the time of the show relative to my timezone, I can rarely get the live broadcast. However a podcast (just a 2-hour MP3) is published a few hours after the show, which can be listened to from the website or downloaded. This one requires Flash too, but they just released an app for Apple devices, with an Android version coming soon. Most weeks, I just copy the podcast to an USB stick and listen to it in the car on long drives. The downloaded MP3 file is somewhat large (160 to 175 MB on average), but this is the cost for impressive audio quality. I mean, I play it very loud on my high-end (and expensive) speaker system and it sounds just like a CD. You can subscribe and be notified when a new podcast is published.
Follow Soul Shenanigans on Google+, maybe he will be thrilled by the surprising new followers and actually begin using it. Or be a sheep and follow him on Facebook and Twitter, where I was told he is more active.