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Testing Live Webcasts NOW! Take a Listen!

We have some old episodes of Rod Milam's radio program, "The Show", from 1994-1996 in St. Louis, Missouri on KDHX Community Radio going on right now on The Global Loop Live.

We're testing things out for the next big live webcast and future live programming, so we'd like for all of you to check it out from Noon to 19:00 (Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, November 11.

A big mix of all sorts of music for more than 6 hours!

Let us know below how it's going and how you like it, OK?


News Brief: The Final Flight of The Space Shuttle "Discovery"

This is the 2nd time this year that TGL has headed Kennedy Space Center in central Florida in the United States to try to witness the launch of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is closing out the era of the space shuttle that began flying into space back in April of 1981.  The original final launch date for the shuttle Discovery was back in mid-September.  However, the launch was moved 6 weeks later for technical reasons.

We headed back to Florida to try to catch it again for TGL followers, but...


As of this posting, the launch is now due to happen on Thursday, November 4th in the afternoon.  But the launch window of this shuttle so that it can meet up with the International Space Station (ISS) and deliver more crew members will only last 2 more days.  If the launch is delay beyond that, then the next opportunity for Discovery to meet the ISS will be in December.  Check back to us to find out when the Disovery makes it off the ground and on orbit.


Five Minutes Of Zen In Canada

We were recently in Toronto, Canada following up on some stories.  We figured that we'd add to our collection of sunrise videos and find a good spot along Lake Ontario to shoot the skyline of Canada's largest city at dawn.

We got it good, and we just wanted to share it with you, eh?

As for the music with this, we hadn't heard Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" in a long time. It seemed to be chill enough to match the mood of the morning and to remind us that we are about to debut a new season for this year.

So here's the Toronto skyline at daybreak.  1 hour, 21 minutes, and 51 seconds compressed into 5 minutes and 3 seconds.  Happy Fall...Enjoy...



Beating In The Heat Below Ground (w/ VIDEO)

Public transportation is great.  We whole-heartedly support it here at The Global Loop.

1) It's better for the environment.

2) You actually feel more connected to your community.

3) It's generally cheaper to use than personal vehicles, no matter where in the world it's deployed.


Double Decker (London, UK)Le Métro (Paris, France) The Subway (New York, USA)

The Metrolink (St. Louis, USA)






It's a good thing.  But it can have its drawbacks too.

On a hot summer day, like this past Friday (98F/37C), a trip on the New York City subway system will assault 4 out of 5 of your senses.  You'll feel it for sure with touch because the heat and humidity outside have been warming the stations for weeks now and it feels like you're just hanging around in a tandoor oven.  Add your own sweat to the perspiration and funk of your fellow straphangers and your sense of smell gets a healthy and unwelcome workout as well.  And at night, what would hot body odor be without the stink from the garbage in overflowing trash cans?  Nothing...without the additional old litter on the tracks serving as hurdles for the rats on the tracks to dive over and around.  Sense of sight...don't think we forgot you.

But these things only seem to be at their worst in the middle of the summer.

On a good day, only your sense of hearing will be guaranteed to be confronted.  It's always loud down there and New Yorkers know it.  Some stations are worse than others.  Some trains are worse than others.  But they all have noise.  New Yorkers suck it up and take it as part of the price of admission.  They know a lot of it can't be helped.  Big skinny tubes...under the ground.  They get it.

3 Guys = 3X NoisyHowever, most residents don't like to put up with additional ruckus.  Noise made by people yelling with their friends, others asking for money for their "basketball team", or the playing of crappy music by even crappier musicians on the platform are not a welcome part of their ride.

With the music, tourists at the tourist centric stations really seem to like to see all of the performances though.  Part of that could be because they don't have subways or performers like this where they come from.  Part of that is also probably because they've never heard those particular performers before since they don't live in the city.  Either way, they tend to applaud many shows and give money accordingly.

Loud, but NYers impressed seeing a piano on a platformBut a good New Yorker has a particularly jaded sort of attitude when it comes to subway performers.  They've been there, done that.  They've seen better at another station.  They knew a guy 15 years ago that did the same thing but he was eating a slice of pizza at the same time while playing. "Whatever.  That's no big deal," will be the nicest thing they'll say for the most part.  (And don't even ask what they're thinking.  They're too cool for school.)

Now when you add the aural bombardement of buskers to the visual, tactal, and olfactory buffet of over-stimulation of the summer, most New Yorkers just want to shut themselves out from the surrounding hubbub so that they can get where they're going.  They'd also prefer to get there without going crazy or they might end up doing something crazier like licking one of the support columns so that they could work in taste (and cooties) to complete the sensory Pick 5 for their ride.  iPods and books are de rigeur so that riders can focus on that one thing and block out anything else other than the arrival of their train.


I am not from New York originally, but I've been here long enough to be a non-native New Yorker.  On Friday night at about 10:30, I was New Yorkered out as I decended into the N, R, Q subway station at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue across from Bloomingdales:

Backpack...check.  iPhone..check.  Music on...check.  "Get me home" attitude...check.

Since I work at The Global Loop, I try to always keep an eye and ear out for things that followers around the world don't know about and would find interesting.  But that night, I wasn't looking for anything but the N train.  It was too hot for me to care about sharing.

At least that's what I thought.

After swiping my MetroCard and heading down the stairs to the Queens bound trains, over the Green Day I was listenting to in my headphones, I could tell that there was someone playing plastic composite buckets on my platform.  "Great," I thought.  "All I needed after a hot day walking around Manhattan is some terrible bucket guy pounding beats that I don't want to hear while I probably wait 20 minutes for the next train."

I then did what would be counter-intuitive to most non-New Yorkers.  I made more noise and I turned up my iPhone volume more so that I wouldn't have to hear the drumming.

Luckily, that wasn't enough to drown out what was going on down there.  I wasn't just hearing random pounding.  I was hearing actual music.

I de-earbuded, stood with the totally local crowd of people waiting for the train, shut off my music and turned the video recorder on my iPhone to this scene:



Now that whole scene was impressive.

Not only was the drumming exceptional, but it was notable that 1) non-tourist New Yorkers were gathering to listen, 2) no one seemed annoyed, 3) some applause was actually given, 4) people were giving these folks money.

Right after they stopped playing, the N train came.  I threw 2 bucks in their bucket and saw that the guy's name was Larry Wright and the woman playing with him was his wife.  I was in a rush, so I couldn't ask him any questions.  But the sheet of paper near his money bucket said he might have some videos up on YouTube.

After getting back home, I went on YouTube and found out that Larry Wright has had a bunch of videos taken of him over the years.  And if Wikipedia is to be believed, then as far back as 1990, a 14 year old Larry impressed his mother and neighborhood by taking the buckets out of the garbage and performing on the street.  He basically created the entire phenomenon of bucket drumming.

Well excuse me.  No wonder I felt compelled to stop along with some other commuters.  This guy WAS something to notice.

We'll go back to the subways of NYC sometime to try to get an interview with Larry because this information about him needs to get confirmed and explored some more.  Check more of his work on YouTube since the site that he had listed as his doens't seem to work.  You'll be totally blown away.


One Of New York's Finest Having A Fine Time Watching Fútbol

The crowd at Casa Galicia watching the World Cup Final in Astoria, Queens, New York was really having a good time.  They may have shown a bit more enthusiasm than a regular day in the Big Apple, but nothing was even close to getting out of control. However, if someone had thought about doing something out of line, it wouldn't have been a  very good idea. Montserrat located the new First Deputy Police Commissioner for New York City (and native Spaniard) Rafael Piñeiro mingling in with the crowd.

During half time, Montse found out about his very New Yorker-like immigrant background, his thoughts about the fans around him, the game and tactics so far, and his predictions for the outcome for the game and US soccer.


Commissioner Piñeiro left no doubt about his allegiances for the competing teams and his score prediction came true late into the second overtime period. Los Fanáticos De La Roja were literally dancing in the street after it was all over.  (31st Avenue to be more precise.)  We can't report that he was among the revelers, but we will be posting more video and still pictures from the raucous, but civil celebration.


Jazz in St. Louis and a Sunrise over New Orleans

We're working on fully fleshed out music videos from our live broadcast of the Peter Martin Music: Live! concert back on April 2nd.  For those of you that saw it all, there was just a lot of talent and fun on display at the hands of Peter Martin (piano), Jeremy Davenport (vocals/trumpet), Christopher Thomas (bass), and Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums).

As a teaser for some great music video to come, we've put together a very simple bit of video from the city of New Orleans and the music performance of the Hoagy Carmichael song "New Orleans" from the spring concert.




As a "music video", this isn't much at all.  It's simple. The footage is of sunrise taken from the 45th floor of the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans. 1 hour and 20 minutes of video has been compressed down to 8 minutes and 29 seconds to fit the length of the song.  We think it'll be a key part to what will come of the final version of the video for this song.

Enjoy the sunrise and the performance, and let us know what you think.


Our New Special Correspondent Covers the World Cup 2010 Final from New York City

We'd like to welcome our new special correspondent, Montserrat Serra-Janner, to The Global Loop.  Originally from Barcelona, Spain, she's called New York City in the United States her home for most of the past decade.

A proud Spaniard to the end, we called on Montse to step out of her usual role in finance and to step into the role of a multilingual (Catalan, Castilian Spanish, English, French, Brazilian Portuguese), and openly biased reporter at a large gathering of her compatriots and Spanish supporters at a viewing of the 2010 World Cup final against The Netherlands on July 11th in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Casa Galicia in the über culturally diverse Astoria, Queens section of New York City served as host for well over 350 fanáticos del fútbol on a hot Sunday afternoon.  Since our site's name isn't Paul The Octopus, we, of course, didn't know if Spain was going to win or not; however, we were determined to get and post the story come what may.

To the delight of Montse and the multitude of other supporters of La Roja on site, there was no need to test our new presenter under sad soccer circumstances.  She got to sweat out the overtime drama and celebrate with the throng as it spilled out of the building and into the middle of 31st Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets and talk to folks before and after the game.

We'll have stills and video from many different angles from the venue, so come back often and spread the word about this link.  The Global Loop and Montserrat were there to provide all of you with a look inside of what was going in The Big Apple while the big game was going down in South Africa.  Post your comments below and ask your questions too.

¡Bienvenidos otra vez a Montse!