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NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. These guys are going to have to change their name to Amplified Cactus after this performance.

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Tiny Desk Concert No. 200 : NPR

On March 5th NPR ran it’s 200th concert in it’s Tiny Desk Concert series. I ran across this treasure trove of live music shorts last year and meant to explore it further. Well, here they are at 200. What a great concept and NPR pulls it off nicely; each concert is  well executed and recorded with guitars and vocals coming across very close and warm. Here’s the link and the video for their 200th show, featuring the smoking hot voice of Laura Gibson.

Laura Gibson Plays Tiny Desk Concert No. 200 : NPR.

Edit:  Sorry, couldn’t get her video embedded. The NPR Youtube feed doesn’t have it up yet. Here’s another great one instead, Trombone Shorty, enjoy:

NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Works

NPR is now polling to see what the top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels are from it’s users.  It’s a great little poll I have a few issues with but you should definitely check it out and vote.

I just bristle at the fact works of Fantasy and works of Science Fiction are almost always lumped together in these types of lists by reporters who have not read extensively in either genre.  While I admit there are no less than a million ways these two genres can intermingled on the page, each genre is more than fully developed enough to justify keeping them separate.  For me I always enjoyed reading Fantasy novels but it was always for the pure pleasure.  It was the Science Fiction that I read which made me consider and question myself and the world around me.

Some authors (Philip K Dick for example) have such a depth and breadth of work I’m always hard put to vote for a single work to be recognized.  And there’s always the ‘classics’, the obvious choices which I was tasked to read in school rather than discovering them on my own.  So here’s my top ten list taken from the choices at NPR:

Neuromancer – Gibson

Man in the High Castle – Dick

Stainless Steel Rat (series) – Harrison (had to have one satiric entry on the list)

Dune – Herbert

Deathbird Stories – Ellison

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Verne

A Clockwork Orange – Burgess

Left Hand of Darkness – LeGuin

Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury

Solaris – Lem