got that wheeling feeling today, and discovered The Hype Machine
70, gray, windy, rainy
Picked up a hitchhiker on the way up 79 toward Wheeling this morning. It was raining, lousy weather for hitching. As usual, I got to enjoy some interesting road stories. This guy, Wayne, unfortunately is common snakebait. He told many a story of waking up under a bridge and snakebit. Also told some stories of poison, poisoning of the sewer system in Baltimore to rid the town of snakes apparently, poisoning of wine left in various places where homeless people were known to go in Philly, pest poisoning that inadvertently caused creation of cyanide gas. Wayne is having a snakey and poison-ridden life, poor dude. I dropped him off at the truckstop at Dallas Pike, he said he was heading back to Wichita to get his food stamps card straightened out. Was tired of eating poisoned soup kitchen food, dontcha know.
On the way home from Wheeling I listened to several podcasts I'd downloaded on my PDA, including TWiT105. I've probably said it here before, but in case I haven't, I'm all about podcasts, but it's the old radio guys that keep me coming back. I like the theory behind warts-and-all everyman's audio. But the reality is that a pleasant radio voice wielded by a pro who knows how to avoid um's and uh's and keep the pace and flow in the pocket, he keeps me listening. Even stellar content has a fairly short window of opportunity for me without well-produced quality audio.
So it's Leo who never fails me. And TWiT 105, like most of the previous 104, turned me on to some cool stuff including The Hype Machine. I'm just now starting to see the broad possibilities for this thing, but suffice it to say that it's a special kind of mp3 search engine that uses blogs as its sources. And lets you build RSS feeds from your searches. For example, search for an artist you like. Not only will you get a list of links to blog posts that include tracks by that artist, but also perhaps covers of that artist's songs or covers by that artist. Feed it into your iTunes, or Bloglines or whatever. Download the tracks if you want. Listen to them instantly in the site's tight little player. It's freakin sweet, I tell you. One of the first things I discovered, much to my delight, was this Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs cover of Rick James' Superfreak. Oh yes, joyful reader, click and enjoy this nugget, it's on the house.