The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Other Finds | Posted on 08-05-2009

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perks2The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a cult coming of age book written by Stephen Chbosky published in 1999. It’s definitely among my favourite books of all time and I wish I’d discovered it earlier in my life. It’s the story of a 15/16 year old boy during his first year of high school. 

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is written in an interesting format in that it is made up of a series of letters written by an anonymous boy to an anonymous reader. The book opens with this…

 

Mars Argo

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 02-05-2009

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Mars ArgoMars Argo are a duo. The two members, Mars Argo and Titanic Sinclair first met online and later moved to Chicago. They’re currently recording an album and they’ve already 
got a few great tracks on their muxtape page. The songs have a comfortably morose sound. Mars Argo also run an interesting blog called grocerybag.tv where they post their 
videos and pictures.

http://marsargo.muxtape.com

Skream – Dubstep

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 28-04-2009

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SkreamDubstep is an electronic genre with roots in garage. It emerged in the early 2000’s but is still considered to be an “underground” genre. Dubstep is defined by its syncopated sparse rhythms, deep rolling bass lines and dark sound. Those who don’t get dubstep will probably just write it off as boring but in my opinion, it’s one of the most interesting genres.

Skream, is widely regarded as the most prominent dubstep producer. He released a full album ‘Skream!’ in 2006 and has brought out a bundle of tracks on singles, EP’s and on dubstep compilation albums. Skream! is a great album and the songs varying greatly whilst still keeping the same dubstep feel. 

There are also many dubstep podcasts available through itunes for free. Dub War NYC has so far produced 7 podcasts, each around an hour long. http://www.dubstep.fm is also a site with loads of free dubstep material.

DailyBooth

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Other Finds | Posted on 25-04-2009

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dailybooth“Over time, your face changes. Your face shows emotion, your face shows age, your face shows thought your face shows everything. Capture these little daily moments in a frame, day by day. See and share your evolution, your emotions, your thoughts.”

I’ve been using DailyBooth for almost two months now. It’s a tightly knit online community and one of the friendliest I’ve known. DailyBooth was fully launched on 13/02/09 and it still only has a couple of thousand users. The idea of the site is that you take a picture of yourself using your webcam/upload from camera each day and create a backlog. It’s format is fairly similar to twitter in that users can follow one another and then comment on each others daily photos with text or other pictures. DailyBooth is probably my favourite website and it’s well worth looking into it if you aren’t a part of it already.

Triple J

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 24-04-2009

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Triple JTriple J is a national Australian radio station first started in 1975 mainly aimed at a youthful audience (defined as those between 12 and 25). Music played on the station is generally more alternative than commercial stations with a heavy emphasis on new and Australian music. During the day, there’s usually a healthy selection of modern indie tracks from artists such as Sigur Rós who I’d never expect to hear on a national radio station. They play quite a variety on the station ranging from metal, to hip hop and from house to punk in their speciality night programs. 

To get it in iTunes, visit http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/ and click ‘listen’. Then chose mp3 stream in the pop-up that appears. On a mac, an m3u file is downloaded and this can be opened in iTunes.