Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 2015 Update

Still not much blogging going on here. The term blogging is a pejorative, I do believe. "Blogger" can be associated with a person with too much time on their hands (?), a whiny nerd, basement-dweller, etc.
So, what's going on with me? Here's the short version: I met a dude through work and he expressed an interest in taking on a roommate. After some time, I needed a room (rather than waste money on establishing  utilities, obligating myself to a sentence of 6-12 months in Florida, having my brother skip town without paying rent, etc). Now, the room I am renting is in a condo, on a man-made island, surrounded by Canadians in their retirement. Also, the condo is part of the roommate's job: he gets this place as part of his employment. Roommate steals thousands from his job, gets caught, manufactures story that I did it, files report with Sheriff's Department and... of course it all backfires. I am now in condo alone, as roommate fled the state and will likely fcuk-off to his impoverished country of origin (Laos). I have no written rental agreement, but I have certainly established residency (I get mail / my paycheck here, etc).
For now, I am sitting here, waiting for some kind of legal notice urging me to move along. Every day, I approach my computer with a prayer on my breath, appealing to God for the Internet connection to be on, fearing it to be shut off for non-payment.  I have no control over the utilities. 
So, yeah, my adventure to Florida continues to be fraught with drama, money-issues, excessive heat and humidity, white-trash culture, sour fussy-faced North-Eastern Americans that lay on their horn for any reason, terrible customer service, grocery workers moving in slow-motion, complaining / miserly Canadians, happy vacationers, delicious Cuban sandwiches, excellent t.v., wonderful libraries, an odd absence of illegal aliens, a welcome absence of gang member types, and I could go on. I will leave my disappointment in my "family" out, for now. Just know, they suck. They are too busy getting stoned or fading away on pain-killers and douchy e-cigs to read this anyway.
Thanks for reading, folks! It'll be all about music someday soon. We are resurrecting Faction-6, so please add the site to your favs.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

2015 is Here... and so am I

I have been rather infrequent with this blog's updates since moving to Florida in November, 2013. I can point to moving around a bit as a big reason. A necessary need to focus on surviving, rather than hobbies also altered my output. I now have a persistent, blazing fast connection and a new computer. There has been a shift to streaming music and that has impacted my desire to blog (you can discover new music on your own now... who needs my suggestions when there are tags like "postpunk" and "synthpop"?).

Lola Dutronic was played on an early podcast I did and I am glad to see more from them. This one reminds me of Hooverphonic a bit:


Some fine synthpop from Finland. It's not all polished and slick. I really like this quality. It's as if you can hear the effort that went into creating the song. This one has so many aspects of synthpop (except the name "Uncle Tan" which is short for Taneli, but anything "uncle" sounds creepy to Americans)








Saturday, November 29, 2014

Like Sugar mp3 Updates Part 1

I am updating the links to my Like Sugar PopCasts (now on Google Drive; you can download the .mp3 or use a plug-in to stream the shows).

Like Sugar - PopCast 1

Like Sugar - PopCast 2

Like Sugar - PopCast 3

Like Sugar - PopCast 4

Like Sugar - PopCast 5 (January 2008)

Like Sugar - PopCast 6

Like Sugar - PopCast 7


Like Sugar - PopCast 8

Like Sugar - PopCast 9

Like Sugar - PopCast 10

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ramblin' Man

I moved again. I am now 3 miles more North and about a six minute walk to the beach. This is a short-term location and I will travel onward by the end of the year. It's kind of neat to live in Treasure Island (for the 10 year old in me).

As I keep saying, I post my music discoveries and recommendations on Twitter often. It's simply easier and reaches a larger audience on more devices. So, I am @djtalbot if you want to keep up with me. I check Soundcloud everyday... and a large percentage of my finds are via that service. I am also DJTalbot there.

I'm not sure of the fate of my podcasts. With so many playlists out there, it may be the end of podcasting for me. Maybe if I was not moving around so much, I'd put some together. It's fun to line up tracks and mix them to play in complimentary keys and beats per minute. Plain old playlists do not offer that!

Here's a romantic synthpop album from this Summer. With tracks titled "Graveyards Eyes" and "Your Love Is A Criminal", you know this is the kind of soaring, dark synthpop that wants you on the dance-floor all by yourself. Fans of And One, De/Vision, Felix Marc and Depeche Mode will find this a pleasant listen. Turn up the bass for a better experience.




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Legendary House Cats

Once in a while, something important is released. A work from the heart and soul of a musician. This is certainly one of them! John Girgus (ex-Aberdeen, Languis, Non Ultra Joy) should be on your radar. For indie-poppers, dreampoppers, and C-86 kids.(link here if not loading in your browser / I don't understand Blogger after 7+ years: http://thelegendaryhousecats.bandcamp.com/album/first-light-ep)