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All Hallows Eve
October 19, 2014 10:32 PM PDT
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Every year around the first of October, I start compiling another batch of songs for the Halloween podcast.

After scouring through a massive folder filled with tracks that barely missed the cut from previous mixes, I completed the final track sequencing a couple days ago. While I was in the process of adding the tracks into Audacity today, it crashed right before I was about to add the last song. Damn computers! I had been working on this for over 2 hours, and had lost my entire project. While I felt like throwing in the towel, I powered through and recreated the entire mix in Audacity, though this time I saved my changes every time I added a track. I guess this is all part of the creative process, but it certainly threw a monkey-wrench in my day.

Those of you who recall my mix from last year, will be glad to know that this year's mix is almost as creepy as that one. While I have thrown in a few novelty songs to balance out the flow, I still wouldn't encourage you to listen to this mix with the lights off.

Please listen responsibly, and remember to pay close attention to the danger lurking just around the corner. Oh, and let me know what you think of the mix by leaving a comment.

I Hear a New World Vol.22
May 31, 2014 06:38 PM PDT
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After a long period of silence, I am happy to say that I am back again. Sadly, events beyond my control have prevented me from compiling and recording a new podcast in the past few months, but I feel that this podcast will more than make up for my absence.

Today's podcast is mostly inspired by the eclectic radio shows featured on the new Portland radio station X-Ray.fm. Since its inception a couple months ago, I have been listening to a few of these shows on a regular basis. Afterwards, I usually find myself scouring through my hard drive looking for songs, extemporaneously compiling mixes on the fly that would be perfect for this podcast. The range of tunes on this edition of I Hear a New World run the gamut from free-jazz funk, folk-jazz, hip-hop, psychedelic, electro-acoustic, whacked-out country, instrumental funk, etc. If you are down with this one, you will most likely enjoy the new direction in sound that I will be taking in the future. I already have 3 more mixes compiled that will hopefully be posted soon.

If you would like a track list, please visit Eclectic Grooves at http://eclectic-grooves.blogspot.com.

Until next time, I hope you hear some new tunes here that bring a smile to your face.

I Hear a New World Vol.21
February 16, 2014 10:24 AM PST
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It's been a long time since I posted a new I Hear a New World podcast on here, but this one has been in the works for awhile. This episode was compiled a few months ago, and it was recorded through my computer since my turntable is not currently hooked up to my stereo due to a change in my entertainment center setup. I was inspired to create this mix of tunes one evening when I was just listening to random tunes while surfing the web. As I went from folder to folder on my computer, I began to see the podcast take shape right before my eyes. In fact, you could even imagine listening to this one without the song identification between the songs.

As far as content, you can expect a heady mix of jazz, hip-hop, soul, shoegaze and international sounds.

In any event, I hope that you find something here amongst this batch of tunes that makes your ears smile!

Blood Curdling Sounds of the Night
October 27, 2013 07:24 PM PDT
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Last night, while working diligently at finishing this mix before the weekend was over, I found myself struggling with the reality that I couldn't make this year's mix be everything to all people. When my girlfriend inquired as to how things were going, I told her that I was having difficulties with trying to round it out with songs that were less scary and more suitable for a general audience. She smiled and said "I bet there are some people out there who would really appreciate a scary Halloween mix". Thankfully, my girlfriend was able to steer me in the right direction with her infinite wisdom.

From here, all the pieces started to gradually fall into place. I worked on narrowing the amount of songs from over forty to around twenty, and I finished putting the intro together this morning. On previous mixes, I have provided the listener with some respite from the horror in the form of a campy horror trailer or a melodic doo-wop song about visiting a cemetery in the middle of the night. This time around, you will not be so fortunate to receive a break from the terror that awaits you. Aside from a couple rockabilly and garage rock songs, this is one of the most spine-tingling, blood curdling mixes that you are likely to hear on the internet.

Please make sure to lock all of your doors, and don't listen to this with the lights out as the darkness that creeps in might make you lose your mind.

For anyone who wants a track listing for this mix, please drop me a line in the comments, or visit my blog at http://eclectic-grooves.blogspot.com.

Happy Halloween!

I Hear a New World Vol.20- Trippin' Through Your Mind Vol.1
May 12, 2013 10:31 AM PDT
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As usual, this episiode of I Hear a New World has been brewing in my head for quite awhile. What started out as a simple idea has expanded into a complex project that has dominated many of my days and nights over the last couple months. Regular visitors may recall that I did a podcast featuring a hodgepodge of psychedelic funk way back in 2008. While this one has smatterings of funk, it's sole purpose is to take the listener on a guided trip through the mind of someone tripping on LSD, regardless of the style of music. It is the result of countless hours of listening to many different shades of psychedelic music from all over the world, weeding them out one by one and finally tweaking the flow of the mix until it sounded perfect to my ears.

In keeping with the continuity, I have opted to record this as a single mix with no interruptions to discuss the track sequence. I feel that it is more important to listen to this mix in its entirety without knowing what tracks are being played. With that being said, anyone who would like to receive a tracklist can drop me a line at http://eclectic-grooves.blogspot.com. You may notice that I have tacked on a Vol.1 to the end of the title, so you would be correct in thinking that there will at least be a second volume to this series. Please let me know what you think of this mix. Until next time...

Note: I am not in any way advocating the use of LSD, and I can't be held responsible for what happens to you if you decide to trip while listening to this mix.

I Hear a New World Vol.19
February 17, 2013 12:16 PM PST
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On this edition of I Hear a New World, I have deviated from the usual Stacks of Wax format to make way for some of the newer records that I have been listening to lately. Since times have been hard, I haven't been able to purchase enough new vinyl to keep the podcasts interesting. Until there is a shift in my financial situation, I will be doing podcasts from albums that I have on my hard drive.

Artists featured on this edition include My Bloody Valentine, Los Destellos, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Thee Oh Sees. This set of songs have a psychedelic funk vibe with some garage rock, experimental and jazz rounding out the proceedings.

For those of you who would like to help, please consider making a small donation to my Paypal page at http://ihearanewworld.podomatic.com/. Every dollar earned from this will go straight into buying records that will be played on future podcasts, purchasing equipment that wil make the podcasts sound better and ordering a Podomatic Pro package to ensure that I have enough storage space to keep podcasts up for a longer period of time.

Please subscribe to my podcast, and like it on Facebook and Twitter if you enjoy what you hear.

If you would like to see the setlist, it will be featured at http://eclectic-grooves.blogspot.com.

Until next time...

Stacks of Wax Vol.18
January 13, 2013 11:05 AM PST
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This episode of I Hear a New World was recorded before Christmas, but due to working tirelessly to complete the "Favorite Albums of 2012" list, it was shelved until now. It features a hodgepodge of psychedelic, garage and jazz with a little soul and blues to round out the mix nicely. Artists featured on this edition include Unknown Mortal Orchestra, David Bowie, Albert Collins and Eddie Harris.

I hope you enjoy this podcast, and your thoughts and comments are encouraged and greatly appreciated!

Creeptacular Spookfest
October 21, 2012 02:11 PM PDT
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Every year towards the end of October, I start getting that itch to dig into my haunted vault of spook-tacular gems to compile a new Halloween podcast. This year, I managed to get the podcast completed ahead of time so that you can all enjoy it during the week before Halloween. As usual, this mix is definitely not for the faint-hearted, so I strongly suggest that you don't listen to this in the dark on a stormy evening. I can't be held responsible for what might happen to you while listening to this mix, so please proceed with caution, and do remember to close all the windows and lock the doors.

If there is a next time, I will see you on the other side...

I Hear a New World Vol.7
October 02, 2012 09:23 PM PDT

Back when I used to have more time on my hands, I listened to music for hours in a row, and in turn created eclectic mixes on the fly by manically scouring through the plethora of files residing on my two external hard drives. For the most part, it was delayed so long because I neglected to store the songs in its own folder, which meant that I had to search my two external hard drives for the files. At some point, I just decided to download a few of them from Soulseek, as I was unable to recall where I had moved them. Even though this mix has been shelved since sometime in 2007, I feel that it deserves to be heard in all its glory. I have several eclectic mixes that were created in this same fashion that will eventually make their way onto a future podcast.

This one features a heavy dose of blues and soul, along with a little bit of garage, funk, psychedelic and folk. For a complete tracklist, please check out http://eclectic-grooves.blogspot.com.

I hope you enjoy this podcast, and your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated!

Stacks of Wax Vol.16
September 15, 2012 10:15 AM PDT
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This edition of I Hear a New World starts off slow with the sounds of a train seguing into a road-worn-instrumental, but it gradually builds up to a boil by the middle of the set with a mix of garage, R&B and noise, only to close with a stellar jazz tune. Artists featured on this edition of the show are Long John Hunter, Billy Mure, Ngozi Family, Mahavishnu Orchestra and The Hospitals.

For those of you who would like to have a tracklist for this episode, please visit http://eclectic-grooves.blogspot.com.

I hope you enjoy this episode of I Hear a New World, and I would love to hear what you thought of the show.

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