Hugh McGuire

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

Category: audio

podcasting in quebec

La Presse has an article on the state of podcasting in Quebec, concluding, basically, it’s not too good. The focus is on Radio Canada’s offerings (called baladodifusions in Quebecois), and this sort of shocked me: la version podcast de Christiane Charette, une des émissions-phares de la Première Chaîne, est laissée à l’abandon. Personne ne l’a […]

nora’s spark #2

The fabulous Nora Young has just launched a new podcast (that also happens to be a CBC Radio* show), called Spark. Covering technology, art, society, it also aims to get more interactive feedback from the net. Comments, participation, stories and the like. As with all of Nora’s radio work, it’s good good stuff. The next […]

hatto the beautiful hoax

The New Yorker has a fascinating story, about the “discovery” of a 75 year old virtuoso, genius pianist, Joyce Hatto, that turns out to be a hoax. What’s so interesting – to me anyway – is how the internet – and brilliant grassroots marketing, fraudulent tho it was – created the myth bought by many […]

Saturday Mixed Tape: Rock Operas

The Who: Acid Queen (Tommy) Frank Zappa: Watermelon in Easter Hay (Joe’s Garage) Pink Floyd: In The Flesh (The Wall)

Sunday Mixed Tape: CBGBs

Sorry, this is a couple of days late… Hilly Kristal, owner of the famed CBGBs, where punk rock was born, died last week. In tribute: Talking Heads: Warning Sign (197?) Blondie: A Girl Should Know Better (1975) And, of course: The Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop (1977)

Nora’s Spark

Nora Young is my favourite CBC radio journalist – she mixes contemporary pop culture with intelligence in just the right doses. She’s been particularly interested lately in technologies – web-based and otherwise. She’s just launching a new show, called Spark: Spark is your guide to the Next Big Thing. On-air and online, join Nora Young […]

Friday Mixed Tape: Men and Pianos

Tom Waits: Take Me Home Randy Newman: I Think It’s Going To Rain Today Elton John: Tiny Dancer

friday mixed tape: my first tapes

When I was a kid I spent summers at my uncle’s farm in Ontario. All my cousins are older than me – and the youngest was Moira, so she spent the most time with me I guess. In 1980 I was 6 years old, and Moira was probably in her late teens, and I remember […]

friday mixed tape: for BELL CANADA

In honour of how unhappy I am with Bell Canada for cutting off my phone for a week, telling me twice it would be reconnected without reconnecting, charging me for a long distance plan I did not order, disabling my call answer, and requiring calls to 5 different departments (customer service, credit, technical and repairs, […]

friday mixed tape: ska

Get your porkpie hats, your stovepipe pants, skinny ties and a nice pair of heavy-frame glasses, and start skanking. Two-tone rules. The Specials: Gangsters Madness: One Step Beyond The Beat: Mirror in the Bathroom