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Humpday Playlist

Ok, I know, I’m the worst. It’s been forever since I’ve posted, there hasn’t been a podcast in months. I’m sorry I gave up so easily, I guess my ex-girlfriends were right when they said I have no stamina.

But whatever, I’m here now and I’m going to force the things I like onto you because that’s the kind of person I am. Also I get excited about the things I like and I want to share them with people. So, with that in mind I’d like to welcome you to what I hope will become a regular weekly thing that I do called the “Humpday Playlist”. Every Wednesday I’ll look over everything I’ve been listening to, reading, watching and playing and provide a list of stuff that I think is Super Cool©.

This is hardly a new idea, tonnes of places do exactly this sort of thing but I’ve been off the wagon for a while so I thought I’d ease myself into it. Be gentle.

Stuff these in your ear-holes

I don’t get a lot of time to listen to music these days. That’s not because I’m super busy with work or have a lot of social gatherings taking up my time, quite the opposite really. I probably have the most free time of anybody you know, unless you happen to know someone who’s three. The big “problem” – and it’s not a problem at all, this is a really dumb thing to complain about – is that I listen to too many podcast. I listen to them when I have breakfast, when I shower, when I’m at the gym, pretty much at any time that doesn’t require me to directly interact with other people and I still can’t keep on top of them. I finally cleared my unplayed podcast list yesterday morning only to look at my phone in the afternoon and find roughly 7 hours of new podcasts had downloaded while I was napping. But, in the brief time between these events I did manage to listen to some Fresh Beats.

K.Flay, one of my favourite rap-persons, released a new EP yesterday called What If It Is. I’m no music critic and I barely know my breakbeats from my…microphone controllers(?) but whatever, What If It Is is awesome and you should pay some money for it instead of pirating everything like some filthy criminal.

Actually that’s it, that’s all the music I’ve managed to listen to in the last week. Well I guess I should point you in the direction of all these damn podcasts that are eating my life. 

First up My Brother, My Brother and Me is an advice show for the modern era hosted by the three McElroy brothers: Travis, Justin and Griffin. They answer questions submitted by listeners as well as from Yahoo! Answers. They’re hilarious and most of the questions lead into deep riffs about anything ranging from proper dating etiquette to horse emotions. Check out their sampler, it’s good stuff.

I also listen to Sawbones: a Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine which is exactly what it sounds like. Dr Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin (again! What can I say, I like the McElroys. They do good work) explore just the weirdest, worst, grossest ways we’ve tried to fix people throughout history.

Finally, check out Comic Dorksit a show where a bunch of dudes talk about comics.

I have about 15 more podcasts I listen to on a regular basis but this should keep you busy for now.

A feast for your peepers

Comedian Chris Hardwick played the original Stacee Jaxx in the Rock of Ages stage show. While he was hosting a Comic-Con panel for Tom Cruise’s new movie, magic happened.

Rev3Games has a new video series hosted by Max Scoville called Max Scoville’s Study Hall. Each week they take a topic that relates to video games and make recommendations for other media that’s related to the topic for you to check out. I’ve got a tonne of music, movie and book recommendations from the show. You should check it out.

There’s a fantastic feature over on Polygon about blind games and accessibility and over at The Dissolve there’s a discussion about moviegoing in the digital age that’s well worth a look.

What now?

I think that’s about it for today. I decided to fire this blog back up a few days ago and this really just came together because I found myself with nothing else to do. Hopefully in the next week I’ll have a codified format for this sort of thing. Also expect a giant feature on digital board games in the next few days, maybe Friday.

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Eclectic Dynamite Podcast 13-11-2012

This week we talk about FTL: Faster Than Light, Mark of the Ninja and how awesome Neil deGrasse Tyson is.

We also stumble our way through the US election (I’m so sorry), talk about some other stuff, I dunno, you’ll work it out.

Oh we also answer a tonne of emails.

Well three emails.

It’s a lot for us!


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Eclectic Dynamite’s Not-Quite-Halloween Spooktacular!

Get your spook on. Or something. PICTURE: Wikimedia Commons / Chowbok

We missed the actual Halloween by a few days but that’s not going to stop us talking about some of our favourite Halloween appropriate games, movies and books.

There’s still some regular news of both the SPAAAACE and regular varieties too.

If you want to subscribe on iTunes, you can do so here.


Horror Movie – Skyhooks

Who Do You Voodoo – Josef “J7” Lord & Christopher H. Knight

Do The Bruce Campbell – MC Lars

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Eclectic Dynamite 27-10-2012


Oh boy, it has been a while and we apologise for that. But get back into the swing of things and listen to Ed and Jack talk about Borderlands 2, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, terrible passwords, great books and more.

Also Jack plugs his uncle’s book, Rainwind, available now from Amazon for only $4.99 (so cheap!).



I’m a Memory – Sara Watkins

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Humble Music Bundle

You really can’t go wrong with any of these artists. / Photo Credit: Humble Bundle

So not long ago I wrote a post urging you all to check out the Humble Indie Bundle and support charity as well as independent game makers.

Well I’m going to do that again, except this time I’m going to urge you to check out the first ever Humble Music Bundle. It’s the same “pay what you want” model that all the Humble Bundles work from and you get to choose exactly how much money goes to the artists, the charity and to the folks at Humble Bundle.

If you pay below the average amount you get five albums from They Might Be Giants, Christopher Tin, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Jonathan Coulton and godfather of Nerdcore hip-hop: MC Frontalot. If you pay anything above the average amount (which at the time of writing is only $8.07) you also get an OK Go album.

I know we all live in a world where you could get all of this for free but it’s all for a good cause and $8.07 is a pittance for over five and a half hours of music

Oh also the music is all DRM free and for you audiophiles out there you can download FLAC files of all the albums too so stress less…crazy audiophiles.

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Eclectic Dynamite 29-06-2012

In this week’s ep we talk about cameras, tumblrs and all those other things the kids love. Also Oz Comic-con, Mass Effect 3 and more about the robot apocalypse.

Also if you’re extra nice, Jack might read you some of his poetry…how about that, eh!?


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Eclectic Dynamite Podcast Episode 3

It’s been two weeks but we finally have a new episode for you to wrap your ears around.

We talk about Diablo 3, Spotify, and DC’s gay superhero (that linked article also clarifies an issue brought up in the ep in regards to the superhero’s son and gives us our first correction for next weeks episode).

You can also look forward to some horrible impressions and some post-credits music. We’re just too good to you!

Also, sorry that James is a bit quiet this week, we’re working on it.

Go! Listen! Now! Below!

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An interview with Hanson

So my friend writes for the music blog Tone Deaf and got to interview Hanson. Yes, that Hanson.


Check out the interview here.

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So Spotify is pretty great

Update: I have been pointed toward this picture about what Spotify and services like it mean for the musicians. In my excitement about giant libraries of streaming music I forgot about the artists that create that music. I don’t know where these figures have come from so so take it with a grains of salf.

Remember kids, if you can buy directly from the artist, always do so!

It has been a week since Spotify launched in Australia. One week of “free” music streaming and sharing and I’ve got to say that it’s pretty great.

The service

You’re offered three subscription options: Free, Unlimited ($6.99 per month) and Premium ($11.99 per month).

Spotify’s basic service only gives you access to the desktop client and social features and is free in kind of the same way that television is free. You get the access to the songs but ads are peppered in every so often. It’s clear that the free service is really only their to tempt you into paying money for the Unlimited or Premium options. Considering the relatively low price of the service they could have just done away with the Free model all together but at least they give you the option to try before you buy.

The Unlimited plan removes the ads and offers you the radio mode which creates random “radio stations” (read: playlists) based on genre or band selection. However, the sound quality in both Free and Unlimited is kept at 160 kbps.

The radio station is a great way of stumbling upon new artists

Finally we have Spotify Premium, which is really where the party is at. Sound quality is boosted to 320 kpbs, you get access to the mobile apps and there’s an offline mode for playing your favourite playlists without an internet connection.

The mobile app is really what makes Spotify worthwhile. Having access to 15 million+ tracks wherever you are is supremely cool. Considering only having access to that library through your desktop is incredibly limiting, especially in 2012, it really seems like the Premium services is the way to go and I’m sure that’s exactly why the app feature is left for the most expensive tier. The folks at Spotify ain’t dummies.

Social networking is very “in” this year

The other big feature that they love to talk up is the social aspect of the service. Spotify is completely integrated with Facebook. You can share playlists, find friends and let people know what you’re listening to at any given moment. You can also subscribe to various playlists so they are automatically updated whenever the author of the list makes any changes. This seems like the perfect place for musicians to share playlists of their own. I’d love to find out that the One Direction kids are actually super into screamo.

I’m not necessarily a huge fan of Facebook integration, I certainly don’t need to know what dumb celebrity articles that girl I knew in primary school is reading but this is actually a useful way of sharing music. It’s also an entirely optional feature so who really cares, right?


It’s certainly not perfect, I’ve already discovered several songs that I’ve been unable to find on the service, forcing me to go elsewhere and throw down a few dollars. Obviously you also don’t get to keep the songs you listen to, this is a streaming service after all. If songs ever end up being removed from the service then it’s just tough luck. However, Spotify has been around for a while (even though it has only recently arrived on our shores)  and appears to be going from strength-to-strength.

I’ve tried other streaming services not available in Australia through VPNs and other forms of online trickery and Spotify’s service doesn’t seem particularly unique. Also keep in mind that it has only been available for a week, maybe after extended use its problems will become more obvious. However, it does offer an established, quality, legitimate music streaming service that lets me laugh at your taste in music. And really, what more could you ask for?

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