Sunday, 29 January 2012

Episode #209 Shownotes

I am furious at the moment.

Without any warning the site where I host my podcasting files,, has suspended my account and I am not the only one. It seems that my fellow music podcasters Erk, Pete Cogle and Rowley Cutler have also had their accounts suspended as well as many, many other users who I don't personally know. It appears that accounts who don't have advertising deals with Mevio had their accounts suspended on Friday without warning or explanation. E-mails to Mevio customer service have gone ignored. I've never been a big supporter or fan of Mevio, but used them simply because it was the simplest way to get free hosting. They've now lost me as a user and I shall be using to host my files from now on.

For once a pretty decent selection of videos this week. The one by Burning Shapes is particularly good.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Ourobouros Podcast #209 - JoePa

1. Burning Shapes - Silence Amplified
2. The House Of The Last Lantern - Hermit
3. Diffuzion - Dbd (While U Can)
4. Gates Of Dawn - Neolovers
5. She Makes War - I Am
6. My Satellite - Mirrors

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Pretty Thoughts' by FUR

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Episode #208 Shownotes

A very late first episode of 2012, for which I apologize. Sometimes you have the best intentions and things still get delayed.

It's fair to say I'm conflicted about the character of Moriarty.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the portrayal that Andrew Scott provides in this latest TV adaptation. As I mentioned in the show, his interpretation is one of the best I've seen. If you view him as The Joker then it works brilliantly.
My issue stems from the character himself. He has come down through history as one of the best arch villains in literature, if not the original arch villain, yet he only ever appeared in one short story. When Doyle got tired of his creation he needed a believable mechanism for Holmes' death and a character like Moriarty who was equal but opposite was the best way to do it.
In every adaptation of Holmes since we have always had Moriarty. I believe it's part of the superhero archetype where every hero needs a nemesis. In my eyes the character of Moriarty is given far too much importance and credence in the Holmesian universe. It diminishes the ingenious nature of Holmes' deductive method if in the background you've always got a moustache-twirling villain.

I'm going to stick my neck out now and make some predictions for series 3 of Sherlock.

1) Dr Watson will by the end of the series be married, although it's quite possible that he'll be married before the start of the third series. His wife will possibly be named Mary Morstan (Although I personally wouldn't like this as it means they're unlikely to do The Sign of Four). As an outside bet he'll be in a relationship with Molly.

2) The first story that gets adapted in series three will be The Empty House, which is the first story that Holmes returned in. It will feature Colonel Sebastian Moran, who will be a military sniper. It's quite possible that the assasin we saw at the end of this series will be revealed to be Moran.

3) Assuming Dr Watson isn't already married to Mary Morstan before the series starts, one of the stories that gets adapted will be The Sign of Four. It will be interesting to see how the story of Indian colonialism gets changed.

Only one poor-quality live video and one uninspired produced video this week.

Ourobouros Podcast #208 - Grand High Moff

1. Eyes/Lips - Fast Lane
2. The Dirty Love - Girl Won't Dance
3. Jordan Reyne - Wait (I Run Too Slow)
4. The Ladies Of Sport - School Bus
5. Hannah Schneider - Raindrops
6. Dragonfly Lingo - Circles

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Pretty Thoughts' by FUR

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Ourobouros Podcast Best Videos of 2011 Shownotes

Once again I bring you my choices for the ten best videos that were played on the Ourobouros Podcast in 2011. A nice mix of cheap, inventive videos and beautifully shot higher budget videos.

Despite the fact there are three videos from LA in this years list, there's still a wide variety of locations around the world that these videos come from.

These videos are not in any 1-10 order, they were played in the order that they featured on the Ourobouros Podcast.

Here's some brief reasons why I selected these videos as my best of the year

'Rabbits In A Hurry' by Superpitcher

From: Cologne, Germany
Director: Marco Dos Santos
Appears On: Episode #167

I love the way this video creates an atmosphere of loneliness and also it's simplicity. I also admire the skill it takes to make Paris seem completely abandoned.

'You're So Pony' by Beth Thornley
From: Los Angeles, California
Director: Liz Manashil
Appears On: Episode #170

This is just a fun video with a quirky idea. You've got to love a video that just breaks down into a choreographed dance sequence too.

'Polar Rapid' by 1995

From: Auckland, New Zealand
Director: Michael Humphrey
Appears On: Episode #176

My favourite type of music video is one that didn't cost a lot of money, but still has a brilliantly simple concept. This is one of the best examples of that philosophy I've ever seen. I love the way you have to imagine what each person is seeing and even wonder if they're all watching the same thing.

'Automatic' by Everything Is Made In China

From: Moscow, Russia
Director: Ilya Kolesnikov
Appears On: Episode #176

A dreamy video with a simple concept and an unusual visual style. Using a bed as a metaphor for a relationship without resorting to sex is a wonderful idea and makes you contemplate the spaces we live in and how we use them.

'The Space In Between' by How To Destroy Angels

From: Los Angeles, California
Director: Rupert Sanders
Appears On: Episode #177

Probably the biggest budgeted video I've ever highlighted in one of these review shows. That's what you get when Trent Reznor is in the band. A dark, disturbing video that drowns you in uncomfortable images.

'Can We Go Wrong' by Hesta Prynn

From: New York, New York
Director: Randy Scott Slavin
Appears On: Episode #181

Who doesn't love a human stop-motion video? I certainly love them and this is a really fun example. It also finds time to reference Simon and Missile Command in a hyperactive, colourful experience.

'Damn That River' by The Evidence

From: Calgary, Canada
Director: Douglas Thomson
Appears On: Episode #183

A beautifully shot video with a simple concept. The juxtaposition of a modern, punky band dressing clean cut and emulating the '50s reminds me somewhat of the video to 'In Bloom' by Nirvana. This juxtaposition is also highlighted by the fact the '50s Housewife' clearly has a large tattoo on her shoulder.

'Fever Dreaming' by No Age

From: Los Angeles, California
Director: Patrick Daughters
Appears On: Episode #184

A brilliantly simple, if strange, idea that blows your mind one you get the concept. I really admire the technical achievement of this video.

'The Difference' by Snovonne

From: Hannover, Germany
Director: Snovonne
Appears On: Episode #187

There are videos that perfectly fit the track they're made for, and this is a really good example. The track is a fractured, operatic epic and the artist herself directs a fractured, operatic video.

'The Night' by Principe Valiente

From: Stockholm, Sweden
Director: Henning Cronheim
Appears On: Episode #205

I'm still not 100% sure about the message of this video, but it's one of the most gorgeously shot independent music videos I've ever seen.

As ever it was very difficult to whittle the list down to a final 10. I also followed my rule that bands who are not together anymore were excluded. Honourable mentions go to:

'Closer' by AromaHue Directed by Michal Jagiello
'Why Am I The Only One Laughing' by Blah Blah Blah Directed by Kasia Koniar
'Trigger Finger Itch' by Midnight Spin Directed by Kevin Igoe Miller
'Neon For You' by My First Earthquake (RIP) Directed by Brad Robertson
'The Emancipation' by Tricil Directed by Franck Trebillac & Marc Broussely

Ourobouros Podcast Best Videos of 2011

The 10 best videos for tracks played in 2011

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

2011 Review Shownotes

It's hard to believe that this is the fifth time I've compiled one of these reviews. It only feels like yesterday when I started this show. The release of this show has been slightly delayed by the many end-of-the-year podcasts I had to produce or contribute to. Sorry if you were eagerly anticipating it. Not that anybody was...

As usual not every track I loved could make the final top 10 cut. Honourable mentions go to:

'My Friends And I' by 2-L8 [Played Episode #174]
'No Age For Saints' by Hermes [Played Episode #182]
'Mico Macaco' by Intercontinental Music Lab [Played Episode #207]
'Dustchild (Remember My Name)' by La Res [Played Episode #185]
'Keep Dancing And Shut Up' by VTG [Played Episode #188]

Ourobouros Podcast - 2011 Review

1. Symphony Of Science - Ode To The Brain [Played Episode #205]
2. Vicky - Feel Good [Played Episode #197]
3. The Diction - Call It Revenge [Played Episode #195]
4. Evan Russell Saffer - Chemical Marketplace [Played Episode #179]
5. Falcon - Say Goodbye [Played Episode #169]
6. FUR - Pretty Thoughts [Played Episode #176]
7. Plastic People - In A Manner Of Speaking [Played Episode #179]
8. She Makes War - No Fireworks [Played Episode #204]
9. The Retro Trade - It's Alright [Played Episode #177]
10. Cry Wolf - The Home We Made [Played Episode #190]

The Intro Music is an excerpt from 'Pretty Thoughts' by FUR

All songs used with permission or are available under Creative Commons licenses.