Hello and welcome to my linkin' blog. My name is Andrew (a.k.a. Sauce) and I am a 35-year-old Southern guy with a love of film, music, art, theater, food, technology and The Muppets. Since I was already in the habit of emailing a lot of my friends and family with nuggets of the web, this format allows me to do just that. Read it or not, there's always gonna be something here that piques my interest that I felt was worth sharing with y'all.
Less than 12 hours ago, LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to expand his interactive Reading Rainbow program beyond a popular app to all children, so that they can access the same resources on the web, as well as in the classroom. It was an ambitious goal… $1 million. And that goal was raised in less than 7 hours. The campaign is still active and, as of the time of this posting, is rapidly approaching $1.4 million with over 31,000 supporters. There are a variety of perks for those who choose to donate, even as little as $5. You have until July 2nd to help. Please watch the video and consider giving to this worthy cause.
I came across this brief performance earlier this afternoon. This Irish musician’s vocals remind me a little bit of Jeff Buckley and also Antony And The Johnsons (sans Hegarty’s vibrato), but this video was enough to make me seek out his music on iTunes. So far, he’s released two 4-song EPs with a live track on each. Hopefully, you like what you hear as well!
D.D Dumbo: Looping Sounds In An Austin Alleyway - In this video, the emerging Australian musician shows off his talent for blending sounds using looping pedals to create richly-layered music that blends a variety of genres.
Leithauser is the lead singer for indie rock band The Walkmen, who are on an “extreme hiatus” as of November 29, 2013. His debut solo album BLACK HOURS will be released on June 3rd. I heard the album in full earlier this week and it’s good stuff, so here’s a chance to hear some of the tracks performed live.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, David Byrne’s indie record label Luaka Bop has released an album of songs performed by Nigerian electro-funk artist William Onyeabor. The music was originally recorded and released in the late 70’s and early 80’s before being licensed by Byrne. Onyeabor is now a born-again Christian and refuses to speak about his music or himself. In this video, Byrne and some guests cover one of Onyeabor’s lively tunes. Get ready to dance!
THE ANGRIEST MAN IN BROOKLYN - If you ever wondered what became of Phil Alden Robinson, the writer/director behind FIELD OF DREAMS, SNEAKERS, and director of THE SUM OF ALL FEARS, this is his newest film. Hopefully, it turns out better than this schmaltzy trailer sells it.