Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

Merlin Mann

January 16, 2009

I tend to forget that this blog isn’t just about hip hop and street wear. It’s about nerdy things too, but most of the time there’s usually breaking news of some new remix with Lupe, or new crazy shoe release, or some limited edition Bape ear muffs that for some reason or another I feel obligated to post about. To make up for it, let’s get extra geeky and talk about someone I personally am a huge fan of.

Merlin Mann is a renaissance geek. He is a Macbreak Weekly regular, GTD extraordinaire and all around funny guy. His 43 Folders website is chocked full of productivity tips and tricks. His lists on 5ives are fantastic. He does The Merlin Show, That Phone Guy, Kung Fu Grippe blog, popularizer of the Hipster PDA. Oh and he’s working on a book too.

Let’s not forget that he, along with Lonely Sandwich and Scott Simpson, do arguably one of the funniest podcasts on the internet called You Look Nice Today. And if you had to follow just one person on Twitter it should without a doubt be standing8, but if you could follow two people, the second person you should be following is Merlin.


Here’s an interview with Merlin by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits:

Inbox Zero presentation at Google:

Time & Attention presentation at Google:

There, that should be enough geekiness for the time being.


Gordon Gartrell Radio Episode 2

June 3, 2008

Gordon Gartrell Radio Episode 2 is upon us folks. More fresh music and more hilarity with DJ Brainchild and Phonte. Taking a quick look over the playlist, it seems they’re continuing on with bringing different things to the table. Some Tony! Toni! Tone!, some Pharcyde mixed with some Crucial Conflict and some Kool & The Gang for good measure. Enjoy.

Here’s the complete playlist:

“I Couldn’t Keep It To Myself” by Tony! Toni! Tone!
“We” by A Race of Angels
“Sex God” Feat. some nigga(DJ Spinna Remix) by Brand New Heavies
“Refreshin’” by Smoke E Digglera
“Believe” by Afta-1
“Aaragon” by Samon Kawamura
“Planetary Picknick” by Comfort Fit
“Robin Hood Theory” by Declaime and Georgia Anne Muldrow
“Stop My Way” Feat. Mic of the Legendary K.O. by Nicolay and Kay
“A Matter of Fact” by Giovanca
“Before” Feat. Clara Hill by Atjazz
“Red Carpet” by R. Kelly
“The Questions” by Common
“Work It Out” by Q-Tip
“So Good” Feat. Common (Instrumental) by Skillz
“So Good” (feat. Kev Brown) (Instrumental) by D. Huston
“Somethin That Means Somethin” (Instrumental) by The Pharcyde
“Glowing” by Pete Rock
“Fat Asia” by Waajeed
“I Like To Trick” by Ray-J
“Got Me Hooked” by 1 O.A.K. and Trackademicks
“Hay” by Crucial Conflict
“You Don’ Have To Change” by Kool and The Gang
“Yes To The Lord” by The Stovall Sisters

Get Gordon Gartrell Radio Episode 2 here.

Gordon Gartrell Radio

May 16, 2008

Yessir! Phonte and DJ Brainchild have started a weekly podcast called Gordon Gartrell Radio where they play music and discuss world topics, cooking recipes and gardening tips. The inaugural episode Phonte covers a wide array of interesting subjects from laughing at retarded people(Iron Mic Freestyle Battle) to Hilary Clinton swagger jacking. Gordon Gartrell Radio covers it all.

I love Phonte, I love Little Brother, I love the Gordon Gartrell episode of The Cosby Show and now I love Gordon Gartrell Radio. They play a nice mix of things past and present to get you through your day. I totally trust and respect their choices based solely on the fact that Brainchild plays both “I’m Gonna Miss You” by Milli Vanilli and “Get On The Dance Floor” by Poly in their very first episode. That deserves praise.

Wow, the Gordon Gartrell episode of The Cosby Show is so amazingly classic. I remember when Denise calls Vanessa into the room to keep her company cause she’s nervous about making the fake Gordon Gartrell shirt and then you hear Theo yell “DENISE!!!” Seeing the shirt Denise made and how one sleeve was longer than the other. Wow, that image is forever funny in my mind. Sometimes if I notice one of my friends get a new shirt, I say “It’s dope” and ask: “What is it? Gordon Gartrell?” 9 times out of 10 they’re looking at me with a puzzled look on their face while they watch me laugh uproariously for the next 5 minutes.

Get the first episode of Gordon Gartrell Radio here.

The word “Gordon Gartrell” was used a total of 10 times during this post.


May 3, 2008

I was looking for a good video game podcast to listen to. I had had enough of Cagcast and visited 1up and thought the sound of a podcast concerning old video games alluring. Gave it a try, loved it and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

I’ve had many a favorite podcasts that I’ve listened to but I have to say that 1up’s Retronauts is my absolute favorite. Retronauts is a podcast which focuses on old video games and consoles. The show has had over 40 episodes of vintage gaming goodness and have covered everything from the history of Mega Man and Secret of Mana series to the death of the arcade and past video game music. The show is hosted by 1up editor Jeremy Parrish with Retronaut regulars Scott Sharkey and Wired Magazine’s Chris Kohler. The show also features a rotating lineup of various 1up editors such as James Mielke, Shane Bettenhausen and Ray Barnholdt.

This show is easily one of the geekiest podcasts I subscribe to. The amount of gaming knowledge that is on display when you listen to the show is unbelievable. No fact is too obscure. The show has gotten me back into games from my past and games I never got around to playing and is the reason I occasionally do a Retro Games post. If you prefer old school games over the new fancy crap that’s out nowadays(of course I’m only saying that because I don’t have a next gen console and will probably change my view the second I get one), then give it a listen.

My Top 5 Favorite Retronauts Episodes:

5. Episode 37: Super Smash Bros. – I don’t particularly like this game but I love this episode. It’s two hours of hilarious banter over the uber fan service of SSB.
4. Episode 22: Neo Geo – I never knew anyone with a Neo Geo console growing up. To me, it was the console of myth. A console that only existed in the import game advertisement page in all the old video game mags. It was nice to finally hear first hand experience on people who owned it.
3. Episode 23: Secret of Mana – A history through the Mana series from its glorious beginnings to its shit ass present day versions. I love this episode because they talk about one of my favorite games of all time, Seiken Densetsu 3. A game which I had the import of and beat without knowing how to read a word of Japanese. I always have to mention that whenever talk about this game.
2. Episode 30: Chrono Trigger – Revisiting one of the greatest RPG’s to ever grace a console. One of the funniest episodes to date.
1. Episode 37: Sega Saturn – This is the show that started it all for me. The amount of importing game knowledge of these guys blow my mind.