A couple months ago I wrote about podcasts I listen to and mentioned that I’d post more as I found them. Well now I’ve got some catching up to do, so here’s the new acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts.

Celtic Folk Podcast is a great Celtic and traditional podcast by Al Mann. Though they have been a little infrequent this summer Al plays a great selection of music. Subscribe via iTunes

The Cleveland Celtic Podcast plays a bit more contemporary selection of Celtic music. Wendy Donahue plays some great Celtic rock and other contemporary selections in the Celtic genre. Subscribe via iTunes

Marc Gunn’s Pub Songs Podcast comes from the same guy who publishes the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast and features some of Marc’s favorite pub songs and often a selection which pushes the limits of the pub song genre. Though short, this podcast is well worth subscribing to. Subscribe via iTunes

It’s A Frog’s Life Acoustic Podcast is a relative newcomer to the podcasting scene by Graham Holland. Graham focuses on music from Liverpool where he lives and across the UK. If you gravitate toward British folk this is a great podcast for you. Subscribe via iTunes

The best part about all these podcasts (other than them being free) is there is very little overlap between them. Each one plays a different variety of music from different areas.

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It seems that WGN-TV in Chicago did a video for Morning Sidekick’s parody song “My Cubicle” and even mentioned Life After Coffee on the air!

Unfortunately their site makes it nearly impossible to link directly to the video, but if you go to their morning news page you can find it in the Morning News Video section titled “Surfin’ the Net, My Cubicle Parody”.

The video is fairly boring, but somehow fits a song about how boring it is to work in cubicles. I’m not even sure the people in the video knew they were being shot.

Thanks to espressoshots (a reader) for commenting that this site made the news!

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Matt WahlWhen you visit Matt Wahl’s website you will first see the words “Music Is Fun!”, a sentiment that is clearly a part of all of his music. Fun. Like beers with a friend, a day at the beach, a fantasy about being a rock ‘n’ roll star and stories about your buddy who always does something dumb when he’s had a few drinks.

Matt’s latest album “The Fun Side of Life” is filled with fun and true stories about life. The album starts with the song “Lighten Up”, an upbeat tune which perfectly sets the mood of the album. “Lighten Up” is followed by the song “The Answer is Faith”, one of the strongest tracks on the album which features a nice driving piano line and some great guitar work. “A Fun Song About Good Stuff” shows a little of Matt’s country side with a song that is perfectly described by it’s title.

With “Another Place, Another Time” and “I Never Took the Time” we hear the slower side of Matt. Both make me think of Jim Croche’s slower songs. The sound is echoed in “A Brilliant Song” where Matt pokes fun at the “metaphorical nonsense” that runs rampant in popular music.

“Hold My Beer…Watch This!” is a fun romp through indiscretion. With a very catchy tune this song is an ode to the most common last words spoken in Matt’s native Wisconsin. This is the most fun song on “The Fun Side of Life” and will… repeat will get stuck in your head after the first listening.

The Fun Side of Life“The Fun Side of Life” closes with the title track, a nice ballad of what we all want from life. No worries, no competition, loving our jobs, having a good time; call it idyllic, but this song is about what we are all looking for. “The Fun Side of Life” will take you back to the best times you’ve had and remind you how important it is to have more of them.

Some might consider Matt Wahl’s lyrics too simple, even pedestrian, I prefer accessible. No fancy over-your-head language or double meaning, just fun, true words about the world we live in. Matt follows in the tradition of Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croche and Gordon Lightfoot by offering what I would consider modern “folk music”. Music for and about people…real people.

For the complete track list and generous samples from “The Fun Side of Life” check out Matt’s CD page. The Fun Side of Life is available from CD Baby and also available on iTunes. If you like it I highly recommend checking out Matt’s other albums.

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News has broken today of the death of Roger Keith “Syd” Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd. He died last Friday (July 7, 2006) at his home in Cambridgeshire, England of diabetes-related illness.

Syd will be remembered for his contributions to the psychedelic rock genre and for founding the world’s greatest rock band.

For more reading about Syd, check out the Wikipedia article on Syd for some good biographical info on him.

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Cube FarmAt the request of a reader I have written up the lyrics (as best I can) to the cubicle song parody of James Blunt’s song “You’re Beautiful”.

Listen to the song (complements of MorningSidekick.com).

“My Cubicle”
Lyrics by: Morning Sidekick
Performed by: Jym Britton
Parody on “You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt

My job is stupid my day’s a bore,
Inside this office from eight to four
Nothin’ ever happens my life is pretty bland,
Pretending that I’m working, pray I don’t get canned.

My Cubicle, My cubicle
It’s One of Sixty two
It’s my small space in a crowded place
Just a six-by-six foot booth
And I hate it that’s the truth

Well, I give a sigh as the boss walks by,
no one ever talks to me or looks me in the eye.
And I really should work but instead I just sit here and surf the Internet.

In My Cubicle, My cubicle
It doesn’t have a view.
It’s my small space in a crowded place
I sit in solitude.
And sometimes I sit here nude.

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