Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: audio

public broadcasting & podcasting

I’ve been listening to tons of great public broadcasting on And here’s a different view about why “good” public broadcasting is important: with the web, and podcasts, the CBC becomes a calling card for Canada. Ditto Deutsche-Welle for Germany and ARN for Australia etc. The broadcaster becomes a marketing tool and a builder of […]

friday mixed tape: oscar & the piano

Montreal jazz legend Oscar Peterson died this week. Oscar Peterson & Count Basie: Slow Blues (198? ?) Brilliant, as Oscar and the Count compete to see who can leave more space for the other genius to fill the room with music; and you have to love the spooning pianos. Oscar Peterson: Noreen’s Nocturne (1969) Oscar […]

friday mixed tape: gravel-voiced divas

Kim Carnes: Bette Davis Eyes (1981) This one held up pretty well, I’d say. Fleetwood Mac (Stevie Nicks): Dreams (1977) From the incomparable Stevie Nicks. (Ike &) Tina Turner: Medley (1966?) This must have just blown the socks off of the kids in this studio. Tina got more gravelly, and more divaish in later life, […]

friday mixed tape: bursting into colour

Whatever you want to say about the sixties, looking back it was a time of the kind of change I don’t think we’ve seen since. All that came before was called into question, and things that came after were different on a scale that has not been approached again. Sometime around 1980, we went into […]

friday mixed tape: the final frontier

This week, in celebration of the launch of, (and the earideas audio challenge) songs about lifting off. Peter Schilling: Major Tom (1983) So of course the real song to put here is Bowie’s Space Oddity, where Major Tom first made his appearance. But the Schilling reinterpretation was a big favourite of mine as a […]

friday mixed tape: sesame street

Some of the great tracks from the kid’s show. NOTE: I just put up … for those of you who don’t want to have to wade through the rest of my yammering, and just want pure music video goodness. Sesame Street: Lowercase N If I had a rock band, I would cover this song […]

Schopenhauer & LibriVox on Youtube

As far as I know, this is the first youtube vid using LibriVox audio. This is DE. Wittkower reading Schopenhauer’s Studies in Pessimism. Music is Richard Wagner’s Rheingold. I’m not sure the providence of the images.

friday mixed tape: get on up

Bring on the funk. Stevie Wonder: Superstition (1972) One of the best openings in rock n roll. (And check out Stevie playing this tune on Sesame Street) Curtis Mayfield: Freddie’s Dead (1972) A very jazzed out version of Freddie’s Dead from the all-Mayfield soundtrack to the blacksploitation classic, Superfly. James Brown: Get Up (I Feel […]

friday mixed tape: book rock

Some tunes about books. The Cure: Killing an Arab (1979/80) Amazing footage of the pre-make-up-and-crazy-hair Cure, in an intimate live show, singing a raw and moving version of the tune, based on Albert Camus’ existential/absurdist book, L’Etranger (the Stranger). This song is not an anti-arab song, it’s a song about Camus’ Mersault, a young pied […]

congrats to CBC radio!

Because I love good radio, I get very angry with CBC for their bad radio, of which the examples are abundant. However…I must offer a big public congrats to them for two new shows: Spark, a great show about tech and trends hosteb by the so very excellent Nora Young; and Search Engine, another fine […]