July 2008

Mercury Music Prize nominee Laura Marling is learning to swim – Times Online

I downloaded Laura Marling’s EP My Manic and I last April and got the CD Alas I Cannot Swim earlier this month. She’s a singer/songwriter of incredible talent. She has a seemingly simple folk style and her lyrics are complex – especially for an 18-year-old. Her talent has not gone unnoticed. She’s been nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize in the UK.

Check out the video below and her music on iTunes or at her official site.

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Home – SnagFilms

Check out SnagFilms.com if you want to watch films online – all perfectly legal. This site has lots of documentaries and independent films.

I’m watching “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?”. Here is the synopsis:

Frank Popper’s engaging documentary follows the 2004 campaign of Jeff Smith, a young political science instructor at Washington University who runs for the seat vacated by retiring congressman Dick Gephardt. Pitted against state Rep. Russ Carnahan, the scion of a powerful political family, Smith proves that an unknown with no money can make a difference, forging a campaign that ultimately poses a serious challenge to Carnahan.

It’s a really interesting film.

There are lots of other films on this site so go see what interests you.

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A Blues Family, Kicking Out Homemade Jamz : NPR Music

Of course NPR discovers the most interesting talent out there. Here is The Homemade Jamz Blue Band, a family of young blues musicians that will knock your socks off.  Check out the shiny guitars – made form mufflers, no less.  Click the link to hear the interview and a great song. I don’t want to tell you too much more because you should check out the story for yourself.

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Toyota to launch solar-powered Prius | Crave, the gadget blog – CNET

I’ve been aching to have a Prius ever since they came out. I had to get a new car when the first model came out but it had a small trunk (boot) so it was out of the question. The hatch is great but I can’t justify a new car for a few more years. I hope that by the time I’m ready, they will have the solar stuff doing more than running the AC but I’ll take that, too. Heck, i live in DC – I really need my AC!

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