Saying So Long For Now

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With the start of the new year, I felt it was time to not stretch myself so thin. My time as the editor for Whatever A Spider Can has come to an end and I’m going to put HiFi Noise on pause for now, as well. It’s not that I’ll no longer be writing, but I wanted to narrow my focus and this site never did quite as well as I was hoping when I first started it.

I’ll still be writing over at Chorus.fm and will continue to contribute to various Fansided websites. I didn’t want to take a break from writing completely, but I want to write better quality articles and not have a quota hanging over my head each month.

HiFi Noise will be back at some point, but I’m not sure when just yet. I hope you all have a fantastic 2019.

Monday Musings: Modern Vinyl Podcast, Mac Power Users, and Now, Now

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Monday Musings is back with a couple podcasts and a new album to check out from Now, Now. Check it all out below.

The MV Podcast 209: I Will Possess Your Pod

The MV guys are joined by Britton Rozzelle to dive into Narrow Stairs by Death Cab For Cutie and this episode is an entertaining one. Maybe I should go revisit that album now.

Mac Power Users #430: Catching up with Marco Arment

I use Marco Arment’s app, Overcast, to listen to the numerous podcasts that I subscribe to and he touches on the app in this episode. It’s also a good listen on the state of the various MacBooks.

Now, Now – Saved

Head over to NPR First Listen to check out the new Now, Now album. I don’t need to say much more than that about it.

Monday Musings: Instagram and Recode Decode

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I just have a couple things for Monday Musings today. Instagram has some new code that informs a few new features and Nell Scovell had a nice appearance on Recode Decode.

Instagram code reveals upcoming music feature

TechCrunch was tipped off to the hidden music icons and code from readerIshan Agarwal. Instagram declined to comment. But Instagram later confirmed three other big features first reported by TechCrunch and spotted by Agarwal that it initially refused to discuss: Focus mode for shooting portraits, QR-scannable Nametags for following people, and video calling which got an official debut at F8.

Instagram recently added integration with Spotify and while I’m not a Spotify user, it’s a cool thing to see. Of course, it isn’t perfect, but what about social media is these days? It’ll be interesting to see what Instagram plans next with music, regardless, though.

Nell Scovell wrote a movie based on ‘Lean In’ — but Hollywood tried to turn it into ‘Bridesmaids’

I really need to get Scovell’s book, Just the Funny PartsUntil I do, her podcast appearances have been able to tide me over. This one is no exception.

Monday Musings: Celebration Rock, Carrie Coon joins Infinity War

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Monday Musings is back this week. I only have a couple things for now. Celebration Rock hit it’s 100th episode and Carrie Coon was added to the cast of Avengers: Infinity War. Check them out!

Celebration Rock’s 100th episode

Steven Hyden had Rob Sheffield join him for the 100th episode of Celebration Rock. As always, it’s a fun conversation between the two. If you’re looking for a good music podcast to check out this week, look no further.

Carrie Coon joins the cast of Avengers: Infinity War

Carrie Coon will play Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War, directors Joe and Anthony Russo revealed in an interview with Radio Times.

The character is a member of the Black Order, a group of ruthless aliens that serve Thanos in his villainous quest. She is arguably the most deadly of her group, and was created by comic book writer Jonathan Hickman and debuted along with her colleagues in 2013’s New Avengers No. 8 during the “Infinity Stone” storyline.

Carrie Coon was fantastic in The Leftovers and season three of Fargo. I’m looking forward to seeing her in the MCU, especially as a villain. Marvel is going bigger than they’ve ever gone with Infinity War and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out.

Monday Musings: Celebration Rock Returns and More Podcasts

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Monday Musings returns with podcasts on podcasts for you. Celebration Rock returned today  and Vox is launching a new show. Check them out below.

Celebration Rock dropped two new episodes. The first is with Brian Fallon and the second is with Jeff Rosenstock. Steven Hyden discusses albums that Bruce Springsteen released in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Brian Fallon joins to discuss 1973’s Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. and The Wild, The Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle.

Jeff Rosenstock joins to discuss Born To Run, which is the first big album of Springsteen’s career.

Vox’s new daily podcast, Today, Explained, launches February 19

Take us along on your evening commute Monday through Friday (not on the weekends) and our promise to you is that by the time you get home — or to happy hour — you’ll not only understand the biggest events happening in the world, you’ll be able to explain them to your family and friends.

Vox is launching Today, Explained next week. It sounds similar to The Daily, which I honestly haven’t checked out. However, I might check out both soon just to see how either fits into my podcast listening habits. This sounds like a good way to keep up on the news that maybe I don’t necessarily want to read during the week.

Monday Musings: Black Lightning, Constantine, and More

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Monday Musings is back with a superhero-filled edition. We have Black Lightning, Constantine, and more. Check it out below.

Cress Williams on Nerdist Podcast 

Cress Williams (Black Lightning, Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights) talks to Chris and Jonah about growing up in Orange County, deciding to get in better physical shape and how he got the role of Black Lightning. They also talk about the world of the CW superheroes, getting over addiction and they talk about the character of Black Lightning and what to expect from the tv show!

Cress Williams had a chat with Chris Hardwick about Black Lightning. They talk about more than just the show, though, and it’s a great conversation. I highly recommend checking this out.

Constantine on Legends of Tomorrow

Constantine is making an appearance on Legends of Tomorrow and I’m excited for it. Peronsally, I really enjoyed the show and was hoping it would get a longer run than it did.

Grant Morrison’s Batman run

After ordering the remaining comics I needed to complete my collection of Grant Morrison’s Batman run, I finally started reading through it. I’ve made my way through Batman and Son, Batman R.I.P., and Batman: Time and the Batman so far. The run is really interesting so far and I’ll hit the Batman & Robin trades soon. For Batman fans, I recommend checking out Morrison’s run.

Monday Musings: Morning Podcasts

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This morning, I made my way through some podcasts that I either downloaded over the weekend or had downloaded overnight. Nerdist, Recode Decode, and The Science of Social Media all put out some great episodes recently, so definitely check them out.

Michael Rosenbaum on Nerdist

Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville, Guardians of the Galaxy II) chats with Chris about how he got into acting, where he and Chris met and recently starting a podcast. They also talk about being comfortable with who you are, Michael tells a story about auditioning and shaving his head for the role of Lex Luthor!

This was a wonderful conversation with a lot of good insight.

Patty McCord on Recode Decode

Patty McCord joined Kara Swisher on the latest Recode Decode. She’s the former chief talent officer at Netflix. There’s a lot of great information in this episode about company culture.

The Science of Social Media

Buffer’s podcast offer bite-sized input on social media. I’ve mentioned it before and it continues to be a good listen. The latest episode runs down some social mistakes.

Holiday Gift Guide

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I put together a holiday gift guide for anyone who might need some help finding some nerdy gifts for family or friends. Some of these are personal recommendations, but some are also just things I’d have on my own wish list.

Books

Any of the books by Alan Sepinwall

I’ve only read Breaking Bad 101 so far, but I own his other two books. It’s just a matter of me getting around to watching Mad Men and maybe a couple other shows before reading them. He’s a writer I follow frequently now and he always has some great takes on TV.

Basketball (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

Shea Serrano released this book a couple months ago and it’s a fun read. Arturo Torres returned to add some wonderful images. If you’re looking for something fun for a basketball fan, this should be on your list. However, it’s certainly not for kids.

Meet Me in the Bathroom by Lizzy Goodman

As someone who has never been part of the NY music scene, I found this to be quite the interesting read. A lot of time and effort clearly went into piecing this book together with some great interviews.

Artemis by Andy Weir

Andy Weir has done it again. This book is a must-read for the sci-fi fan in your life. If you’ve ever wondered what life on the moon could potentially look like, now is your chance to read about what actually sounds like a plausible way that could happen. Not to mention there’s an entire great story on top of the wonderful world building.

Comics

Batman by Tom King

Tom King has taken Batman and run with the character in a compelling way. Only the first volume is linked here, but I highly recommend all of the trades so far.

Super Sons by Peter J. Tomasi

Damian Wayne and Jonathan Kent go on super adventures together. Need I say more?

Descender by Jeff Lemire

This comic isn’t from this year, but I just recently read it and it’s a great story. I only had the chance to read the first volumes, but I plan to read the others as soon as I can grab copies of them.

Music

Apple Music 

At this very moment, Apple Music is offering 3 months of the service for free. It’s my music streaming service of choice and I highly recommend checking it out. Even if this may be more of a gift to yourself than it would be for others, it still counts, right?

Chris Stapleton – From A Room 

Chris Stapleton released two albums this year and both are great listens. If you know a country music fan, consider grabbing them both volumes of From A Room. 

Paramore – After Laughter

After Laughter is certainly making my AOTY list. Paramore just sounds like they had a ton of fun with this album and it’s solid start to finish.

Tech

Anker SoundBuds Slim+

I just bought these for myself because my earbuds broke on me and I wasn’t a huge fan of the replacement ones I started using that were just around the house. These are my first pair of Bluetooth earbuds and I’m loving them so far. Yes, it’s another thing to charge, but I don’t mind that.

Blue Yeti Microphone

For anyone who may be looking to start a podcast, this is a decent starter microphone. It will run you around $90 give or take. I still have one as a backup mic after upgrading my set up.

Misc.

Baron Fig Notebooks

I have a Baron Fig Confidant that I love using. I also have some of their Vanguard pocket notebooks that are great for jotting down your daily to-do list.

Writer Emergency Pack

This is one of the items on the list that I don’t own. I’ve been seeing it around quite a bit lately and it looks like a great tool for any writer to have.

Star Wars Legos

With The Last Jedi coming up soon, of course there was going to be at least one Star Wars recommendation in here. I’ve been contemplating buying a few of the smaller sets, but I honestly have no idea where I’d even have room to display any of them.

I hope you find at least something on here useful when buying gifts!

Monday Musings: Cyber Monday Deals

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Monday Musings is back with some Cyber Monday deals. We have some music, movies, and more to check out.

Star Wars trilogy on DVD/Blu-ray

The Star Wars trilogy is available for $20 on DVD and Blu-ray. The prequels are also up for $20. Get your Star Wars fix if you don’t already own the films.

Modern Vinyl deal thread

Modern Vinyl put up a great thread on various deals from a ton of great record labels and stores. Go grab yourself some good music today.It says Black Friday deals, but the Cyber Monday ones are there, too.

Wreck It Records digital sale

I put up a Cyber Monday sale for my label today. Some releases are “name your price,” but for those that aren’t, you can grab them for 50% with code “CYBER” over on Bandcamp.

Other Amazon Deals

Just hop on over to the Cyber Monday page on Amazon to check out tons of other deals.

Monday Musings: SI’s 2018 Mock Draft

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Monday Musings is back, but things are a little different today. I only want to spotlight one article because Sports Illustrated already started some coverage for the NBA draft next year.

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2018 Mock Draft: First Round Predictions

The aim of our mocks is to project what the first round of the draft might look like if the season ended today, based on which players are trending. Our Big Board (coming next week) will serve as a more definitive, fluid prospect ranking based on our own evaluations. Given it’s November, take the projected order of teams with a grain of salt—we’re simply working off the standings. We won’t waste our time on team needs or best fit at this stage.

Sports Illustrated has some great insight into the college players who could be going in the first round. If you’re like me and can’t find the time to keep up with prospects, give this a read and see who your team could possibly draft next year.

You can find all previous editions of Monday Musings here.