Reminder: Next live webcast is tonight at 10 p.m. EDT

Singer-songwriter Christian Beach is scheduled to join us for tonight’s live webcast of Technology and the Arts at 10 p.m. EDT. Feel free to watch at or on the Technology and the Arts YouTube channel.

Christian Beach’s CD Release Party @ The Saint, 4/10/09

Christian Beach

Christian Beach

Mark your calendars for April 10…not only is it my wonderful girlfriend’s birthday, but my friend Christian Beach will be celebrating the recent release of his self-titled CD with a show at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ.

I will once again be part of Christian’s backing band, helping out on organ and accordion, as he performs the entire 12-song CD in tracklist order. Christian will be hitting the stage around 10 p.m. and tickets are just $10.

If you are in the area and are available that night, please feel free to come to the show. If you want to get a taste of Christian’s music, visit his new web site at or visit him on MySpace at

The CD can be purchased via or  iTunes.

Christian Beach
The Saint
601 Main St.
Asbury Park, NJ


“Christian Beach” CD now available on CD Baby

NOTE: This post was originally published on Brian Kelley’s Tandem With the Random blog on February 4, 2009.

Christian Beachs CD now available on CD Baby

Christian Beach's CD now available on CD Baby

It’s finally here…the self-titled, solo CD from my good friend, singer-songwriter Christian Beach!

“Christian Beach” is now available for sale at, where you can also listen to 30-second samples of each of the album’s 12 tracks.

And here’s a fun fact for you: I designed the CD artwork around a photo by Charlie Pranio, which means I just did layout and selected an appropriate font.

Anyway, if you want to check out Christian Beach live, he has a few shows coming up:

Sat., Feb. 7, 2009
5:00 p.m.
The Strand Theater
Lakewood, NJ
with band

Sun., March 8, 2009
8:00 p.m.
Rosie’s Cafe Presents at the Atonement Lutheran Church Hall
Asbury Park, NJ

Sat., March 28, 2009
8:45 p.m.
S.S. Cape May Music Conference Showcase
Congress Hall – The Brown Room Lounge
Cape May, NJ

Fri., April 10, 2009
10:00 p.m.
“Christian Beach” CD Release Party @ The Saint
Asbury Park, NJ
with band

Thurs., April 23, 2009
8:00 p.m.
Triumph Brewing Co.
Princeton, NJ

Thurs., May 21, 2009
8:00 p.m.
Triumph Brewing Co.
Princeton, NJ

For information about Christian Beach, visit

Fox Elipsus…the Technology and the Arts Interview

Hey, folks…remember when we ended the podcast back in December, we said that we wouldn’t abandon this place entirely? Well, we meant that.

Case in point, above this text is a video interview I did with singer-songwriter Fox Elipsus. Those of you on MySpace and Facebook have probably received a friend request from him at some point…but that’s because social networking sites are his primary way of reaching his fans. Fox records his CDs at his home studio, promotes his music through MySpace and Facebook, and is currently on an extensive tour of bookstores and cafes in the United States in support of his latest double CD, “Momentum.”

So…enjoy the interview…and be on the lookout for an audio-only version on the ol’ blog and podcast feed…coming soon!

Oh, and I want to make a special mention about Bill…one of Fox’s fans who has given him a place to stay the past few days while in the NJ/PA area. Bill also has very good taste in music…anybody who thinks highly of Francis Dunnery, Midge Ure and Roland Orzabal has my utmost respect.

– BK

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #38

Comcast Center Video Wall

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some interesting news, web sites and online resources we have come across recently, including the Trons, a robot band out of New Zealand, and the immense visual treat that is “The Wall” at Philadelphia’s new Comcast Center skyscraper. Plus, we discuss the latest cinematic gem from Pixar, “Wall-E”…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 7 MB. Time: 14 min, 4 sec.

Related Links:

  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.

A couple of Christian Beach videos for you, featuring Brian on organ (top video) and on accordion (bottom video).

Christian Beach – “Great Ideas”
Live at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, 7/1/2008
(Video courtesy of NJIronMom)

Christian Beach – “Way Back Home”
Live at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, 7/1/2008
(Video courtesy of NJIronMom)

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #37

In this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we share some thoughts on Metallica’s latest Internet controversy, the BBC’s plans to create an online archive of its entire 81 years of existence and Viacom’s move to put episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report on Plus, we discuss independent music label collective Merlin and its emergence as a virtual fifth major label…and more! Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 13 MB. Time: 26 min., 20 sec. File size: 6 MB. Time: 11 min., 37 sec.

Related Links:

  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.

Live at The Brickwall Tavern Annex, 6/21/08

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #28

HydrogenIn this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we discuss the Qtrax debacle and Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo! Plus, we’ll take a look at whiteboard application, instant messaging site, and Library of Congress images on Flickr. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 13 MB. Time: 26 min., 20 sec.

Related Links:

And, as promised, here is the YouTube video I found of Christian Beach peforming “Poet of the Great Plains” at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como, NJ, on Feb. 2, 2008. I enter the frame every now and then playing tambourine and organ. Enjoy!

“Poet of the Great Plains” © 2007 C.J. Beach

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #26

James KakaliosIn this installment of the Technology and the Arts podcast, we will again hear from Barbara Mink, founding director of the Light in Winter Festival taking place January 18-20 in Ithaca, N.Y. Plus, we will discuss live streaming Flash video on and, the David Byrne interview with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, an interactive fashion exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latest buzz on eMusic and Apple, and more. Hosts: Brian Kelley and John LeMasney. File size: 18 MB. Time: 37 min., 42 sec.

Featured Story:

  • Light in Winter FestivalBarbara Mink, director and founder of the Light in Winter Festival in Ithaca, N.Y., returns to talk about this annual event celebrating the synergies of science and the arts. This year’s event takes place January 18-20, 2008. (Pictured above: James Kakalios, University of Minnesota professor of physics and author of “The Physics of Superheroes,” will be taking part in a program titled “Imagined Identities” at the Light in Winter festival.)

Related Links:

  • – John LeMasney’s tumble log.
  • – Brian Kelley’s tumble log.
  • John talks about a big e-mail project at Rider University in which all users are moving over to Yahoo-owned Zimbra.
  • John also spent some time over the holiday break with friends at Triumph Brewing Company in Princeton, N.J. While there, he found some new beers to enjoy.
  • John also congratulated the Princeton Public Library’s Janie Hermann for a recent article featuring her in the US 1 newspaper. John will again be taking part in PPL’s Tuesday Tech Talk series in 2008.
  • Brian will be returning to the stage when he plays organ and — believe it or not — accordion for his friend Christian Beach. The show takes place at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, on Feb. 2, 2008. UPDATE: Oops! Just found out from Christian that the show is actually taking place at Paul’s Tavern in Lake Como (formerly South Belmar), NJ.
  • Brian also will be seeing synthesizer legend Howard Jones perform acoustically at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre in Blackwood, NJ, on Jan. 18.
  • John is excited about the new “embed” feature available for Google Presentations.
  • Stream live Flash video across the Web with or
  • Check out the photographic political commentary of Allison Jackson at
  • John is excited about the prospects of a Netflix set-top box.
  • Brian and John both discuss a recent interview of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke conducted by David Byrne of Talking Heads fame (check out the accompanying photo)…and, on a related note, “Weird Al” Yankovic asks why he hardly sees any money from digital download sales of his music. Also, sales of CDs tanked during the 2007 holiday season.
  • Brian discusses an interactive, participatory fashion exhibit he came across on a recent trip to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Check out blog.mode: addressing fashion.
  • eMusic is in the news. The No. 2 online music retailer after iTunes may have some indie labels threatening to leave the service. However, eMusic has also struck a deal with AT&T to allow wireless customers to download songs directly to their handheld devices…AND download free copies of the same songs to their PCs.
  • With Macworld days away, Apple is in the news. First, the company reportedly will begin renting DVDs from Fox through the iTunes Store. Also, there is a rumor going around that Apple will be launching its own music label…with Jay-Z at the helm! (But take that rumor with a grain of salt.)
  • Check out the Technology and the Arts Events page.

Pandora Presents at the Urban Saloon

At the risk of repeating myself, Brian and I had a lot of fun on Wednesday night at the Urban Saloon in Philadelphia talking with Pandora users at the Pandora Presents get together.

Pandora, ( ) for those of you who might not know, is an online music service that allows you to log in and create ‘radio stations’ that you program to your own tastes.

In Pandora, in each station, you start with a song, and as a song finishes, another song starts. You thumbs-up songs that you like, and you thumbs-down songs that you don’t.  Each vote shapes the musical taste in your radio station. By voting, you also inform the Music Genome Project about someone who likes songs a, b, and f, but not g, j, or t.

The more users who vote, the more likely that the music that Pandora suggests for you to listen to (tuned by you and influenced by others who tune their stations in similar ways) is enjoyable, interesting, and surprising.

They also allow people to advertise their stations to others, and create multiple stations, so I might have a lemasney approved jazz station, a rock based holiday songs station, and a drum and bass club mix. Or, I could just find others’ existing shared stations that meet those needs.

They also just recently added classical music to the stations, so the music is becoming more and more diverse, just the way we like it.
It’s a fun way to listen to music, a great way to find new sounds that you are likely to enjoy, and a great form of social collective work that influences on both an individual and a group level.

Special thanks to Kevin Seal, the host of the evening, and Chris McGrew, for stopping by to converse with Technology and the Arts. Go, Griddle!

Show Notes for Technology and the Arts Podcast #13

Life in Bear Country book coverMarsha Loftis, creator, producer and narrator of the Madie: Life in Bear Country podcast, is interviewed. Other topics of discussion include the passing of television’s “Mr. Wizard,” the ease and efficiency of Google Docs & Spreadsheets, an artist who has taken a picture of himself (almost) every day for 20 years, and the soon-to-be-released Apple iPhone. Hosts: Brian Kelley, John LeMasney. File size: 13.3 MB. Time: 29 min., 00 sec.

Featured Link

  • Madie: Life in Bear Country – This blog/podcast is the brainchild of Marsha Loftis, a working mother of five children married to a member of the U.S. Air Force who lives in Arizona. It is a podcast done in a serialized journal format, which chronicles the life of Madie and her friends as they try to survive in a world without adults.

Other links related to this episode:

  • For this podcast, John joins us via telephone from his vacation in Ocean City, N.J.
  • Brian talks about the upcoming season finale of “Doctor Who” over in the UK, some old recordings of his that he has stumbled across, and his upcoming “one night only” return to the stage as a keyboardist for good friend, Christian Beach, for a July 13 show at The Saint in Asbury Park, N.J.
  • John talks about using Google Docs & Spreadsheets as a vital tool for the graduate course he is taking.
  • In sad news, Don Herbert — TV’s “Mr. Wizard” — passed away recently at age 89.
  • Artist Karl Baden recently held an exhibit in Boston of nearly 7,300 photographs of himself taken every day from February 23, 1987, through February 23, 2007 (well, except for one day when he forgot to do it). He has sold about 350 of the contact print-size photos for $10 each.
  • And, it’s almost time for the iPhone, which gets released to the masses in the United States at 6 p.m. in each time zone on Friday, June 29.
  • To get ready for a star-spangled Fourth of July edition of the Technology and the Arts podcast, check out the “Venus Rises” science-fiction vidcast. VR’s creator/writer/director J.G. Birdsall will be our guest for that show.