June 11th, 2014

Hey listeners.

As I mentioned last week, today you’re going to learn what ASMR is. I first heard of it from the NPR program ‘This American Life‘ (which I have to admit is a huge inspiration for Blind Date.) And much like today’s guest, I was shocked to learn this sensation I’ve experienced all my life had a name…and others felt it too.

So, to start, ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. ASMR is a tingling sensation some individuals feel that usually starts at the crown of the head, trickles down the spine, and for some throughout the body. This usually results in a calm, relaxing state which varies in intensity from person to person. ASMR ‘triggers’ can be aural, touch, or visual based. Most triggers seem to be something that brings a sense of comfort to the individual, but the specifics differ on an individual basis. Many people do seem to share the trigger of whispering.

And in this day of instant communication, the online community surrounding ASMR has grown rapidly, Youtube being the center of it. There are hundreds of videos made by what is referred to as ‘ASMRists’, which are essentially video makers who set out to invoke ASMR in others. I was fortunate enough to Skype with one of the larger voices within that community, Ilse Blansert. Ilse is an ASMRist hailing from Canada with three very popular Youtube channels, the most well known being ‘The Water Whispers‘. Ilse is heavily involved in ASMR awareness to the point that she’s devoted full time to it.

Ilse and the rest of the community are continuing their efforts to spread the word through an ASMR tour and International ASMR day, on account of there isn’t a lot of research being done on this subject; mostly due to the fact ASMR proves difficult to measure.

You find out more about Ilse and her efforts at her website. Above is one of her videos (my personal favorite).

Here are other ASMR related links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autonomous_sensory_meridian_response

https://www.facebook.com/ASMRisland

http://www.whispercommunity.com/

https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAsmrDay

Enjoy.

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November 27th, 2013

Hello listeners. I’m sure you’re all prepping for the holidays these next coming weeks. As you’re traveling all over to see family and friends, why not bring a little Blind Date to keep you company? Podcast is available in the iTunes store (for free!!).

Today I bring you a small sample of the Baltimore Maryland art scene. A couple of weeks ago I interviewed Samuel T. Herring, vocalist and primary songwriter for the three piece Future Islands. Future Islands’ output is made up of highly narrative synth driven music accompanied by Sam’s very commanding, and at times soulful, vocals. Before Future Islands Sam dabbled in visual arts, writing, and with his first band Art Lord and the Self Portraits.

In our discussion, Sam talks about writers he admires, the past couple of Future Islands albums, what’s next, and a solo hip hop mixtape he’s been working on. If you’re at all interested, it would behoove you to give it a listen. Above is a video of Sam & crew performing ‘ In The Fall’.

For more info, visit the Future Islands webpage here.

Cheers.

It’s that time of the year again

Happy Holidays listeners. We seem to be getting into those colder months again; it takes me by surprise every year. Speaking of which, I have some special things lined for you this holiday season. This Wednesday I’m giving you guys a glimpse into the Baltimore art scene. Baltimore is bustling with creative folks such as Future Islands, Dan Deacon, the rest of the Wham City crew, and of course most famously, cult film director John Waters. Earlier this week, I spoke to Samuel Herring of Future Islands over Skype; and he was incredibly generous with all the inner workings of his creativity. I can’t wait for you guys to hear it. Above is a video of the Future Islands track ‘Tin Man’.

Over the course of the week, I also spoke to some of Louisville’s up and coming musical talents; Mark Kramer of Tender Mercy, and the duo known as Twin Limb. So much great music happening all over the place. I have a lot on my plate as far as editing is concerned, so I’m going to leave you guys for now.

Till Wednesday…

 

 

October 23, 2013

'Sirius A and Pups' by Alexia Serpentini

‘Sirius A and Pups’ by Alexia Serpentini

Hello there listeners.

Are you ready for this!? Special extended episode! I won’t judge you if you can’t take it all in with one sitting. That’s why you should subscribe to the podcast!! Anytime, anywhere, straight through, or take your time…at your convenience. Available in iTunes store.

Today’s episode of Blind Date features a good friend, the always warm, the always inspirational, Alexia Serpentini. I forget sometimes how similar we are, as well as how similar our goals are. It’s via Skype, so the sound quality is little funky. Such is Skype.

Alexia received two BFAs from the University of Louisville; one in 2D and one in 3D art. Currently she is a MA Creative Cities Candidate at King’s College London, in the United Kingdom.  Her focus is Post-Conflict Cultural Policy Development in the Middle East, Egyptian Cultural Regulation. Alexia has done work such as glass sculpture, film, photography, installation, and experiential pieces.

We touch on things such as education, creative solutions to socio-political matters, and briefly on my motivations for Blind Date. Figures an interview with Alexia would turn out different.

See samples of her work either at cargocollective.com/alexiaserpentini, or on November 11th, at the first ever Blind Date hosted event.

LIVE. In person. Artists. Musicians. Film.

Click through the following links for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/646093162088300/

https://www.facebook.com/blinddateart

blinddateart.wordpress.com

cliftoncenter.org

I hope to see you there!

Busy B. B.

Evening listeners

Just got back from an awesome weekend in Chicago! Tapas, art at MCA, discussing mythology with random strangers, and my very first trip to IKEA (meshing my home decor aesthetic with my wife’s proved a lot harder than I thought.) Along with that, been making/taking calls and emailing preparing for my first Blind Date event. Not to mention out there interviewing, day jobbing, and other general life rituals…chore, hygiene, living.

Coming up this Wednesday is a Skype interview I had with Alexia Serpentini. Alexia and I chatted for over an hour, but worry not, I cut it down a little. We kind of torn down the ‘fourth wall’ so to speak, and at one point, it almost seems like I’m the one getting interview. Blind Date seems to get more open and honest each week I do it. It’s interesting how different podcast can be from what I did with radio…in positive ways. Sometimes it’s nice to just be yourself, having a real conversation. Anyway, I feel like you’ll gain much insight into Alexia’s character after this interview. Her strength as an artist. Her strength as a person. She’s an incredibly thoughtful individual who strives to connect with, and help, others.

Please, don’t miss this one.

Thank you.

September 11th, 2013

Photo by SarahKatherineDavis.com

Photo by SarahKatherineDavis.com

Better late than never…right, listeners?

Today’s episode consists of a Skype interview I had with Christina Smith. Under the moniker Christina Rae, she has performed at various locations (at home & abroad) and released her first collection of songs (the EP, Grey Sea, which is available now on Bandcamp!)

Christina Smith is a young folksy singer-songwriter from Louisville, living in Chicago. She writes about love, loss, and life experiences the majority of us are all too familiar with.

To get ahold of her new EP, Grey Sea, click away at this link: https://christinarae.bandcamp.com/

You can find more of Christina’s work on her personal Youtube channel. A link below is provided for your convenience.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyBWOrev0MEZYFpWtnsB4AA

She is also available on Facebook, as well as the interview housed in the player below…ooooor as a podcast which is now available on iTunes.

Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

Xoxo

Next up…

Below is a music video featuring next week’s guest…Christina Rae. Christina Rae Smith is an emotionally charged singer-songwriter from Louisville Ky, studying in Chicago. The song featured in the video is titled ‘Old Soul’. If this peaks your interest, make sure to find your way to the interview Wednesday afternoon.