Welcome to Show 107!
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This week, we start with a bit of news and breakfast with the No Prisoners, No Mercy team. Then we welcome Nathan “EmCeeKhan” Baumbach from Ironman mode.com joins us to talk about videogames, and more (and we are still convinced he is either a fugitive superhero).
- The Last Star fighter real life application…sort of
- Mass Effect 3 and the BBB
- Sony paddles upstream
- Glenn Miller
- Geeks are cool/Will Wheaton
- Star Trek Online – what has changed? What has not?
- Star Wars the Old Republic vs Star Wars Galaxies
The Sound of EmCeeKhan: http://mcclaud.wordpress.com/
This Pizza Changes Everything: http://kotaku.com/5901817/the-dominos-ipad-game-could-transform-the-way-we-order-pizza-and-get-jobs
Mass Effect 3 and the BBB: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2012/04/did-bioware-actually-lie-about-the-ending-to-mass-effect-3.ars
Who is Glenn Miller?
Glenn Miller, for those of you who may not have seen the 1959 version of “The Glenn Miller Story” starring was one of the dominant forces during the big band era. He is sometimes described as “An American Jazz Musician” but his sound was so much more – but contrary to what The Glenn Miller Story would have us believe, his definitive sound came from a much different place:
“While with the Noble band, he composed “Miller’s Tune” which later became “Moonlight Serenade”. And while there, he also discovered the Miller sound, a trumpet playing along with the sax section but an octave higher. This was fine as long as Pee Wee Irwin played the trumpet but when he left the Noble band, Glenn could not find another trumpet player to do the same. So he assigned the job in desperation to Johnny Mince to play it on his b-flat clarinet instead. But it wasn’t until Glenn had his second band and hired Willie Schwartz to play clarinet that the “Miller sound” came to full function. By the way, the Miller sound didn’t develop because the trumpet player spilt his lip as was stated in the “Glenn Miller Story” movie. This movie, by the way, was full of many inaccuracies but it did portray one accurate fact: Glenn and wife Helen were completely in love with each other.” - Glenn Miller, The Man Behind His Music, Broser, Ray Krysl (http://www.dixieswing.com/vol8.pdf)
Glenn Miller did have his detractors while he was alive. They believed that the band’s endless rehearsals and according to critic Amy Lee in Metronome magazine, “letter-perfect playing”, diminished any feeling from performances.” (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Miller)
Here is what he had to say:
“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.”
“I haven’t got a great jazz band and I don’t want one. Some of the critics, Down Beat’s among them, point their fingers at us and charge us with forsaking real jazz . . . It’s all in what you define as ‘real jazz.’ It happens that to our ears harmony comes first. A dozen colored bands have a better beat than mine. Our band stresses harmony.” – Glenn Miller
In 1942, at the height of his popularity, Glenn Miller joined the Army and was later transferred to the Army Air Force.
On December 15, 1944, Miller was to fly from the United Kingdom to Paris, France, to play for the soldiers there. His plane departed for Paris and disappeared while flying over the English Channel. There have been many claims at discovering his true ending – some plausible, some totally unbelievable. His official status remains missing in action.