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Boston Representing!

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 18:35:53 +0000

Wow.  This was an amazing weekend for the Boston A Cappella Scene. For me it started with the Five O’Clock Shadow 20th anniversary reunion. 20 years is a long time in this community. A really long time.  Rockapella existed, but hadn’t yet started their sting with Carmen Sandiego.  The House Jacks would be formed a […]

Acapodcast #65: Seven minutes to say goodbye.

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 18:37:18 +0000

65 isn't a hugely significant number. Its a common speed limit on highways. And it's the nominal age of retirement. Neither has terribly much to do with a cappella. But they are both indicative of limits, changes, and endings

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Acapodcast #64

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:16:09 +0000

No bones, I’m a big fan of the music from the late 80’s and early 90’s. It’s when I started making my own music collection, and when I started listening to a cappella music extensively… so for show #64 it seemed the perfect time to do an 80’s focus. Specifically on 1988. Get it? 64=8*8? […]

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Acapodcast #63, Beatles Collection

Sat, 22 May 2010 19:11:04 +0000

Who doesn’t love The Beatles?  One of the most loved, respected, and covered artists of all time, they helped define a new movement in music, and even today there are fans, critics, and imitators.  I’ve pulled together ten of the best A Cappella covers of Beatles songs for this episode.  If you like it, let […]

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Play Ball!

Sat, 15 May 2010 20:17:40 +0000

One of the best things an a cappella group can do is to sing the national anthem at a ball game.  I don’t care what group you are, what country you are singing for, or what kind of game it is at.  You could be a high school group at your cousins jai-lai game in […]

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Congrats to the 2010 ICCA winners!

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 04:48:49 +0000

Mouth Off already spilled the beans on their Twitter feed, but here’s a brief rundown of the results of tonight’s ICCA showdown: 3rd place: UGA Accidentals 2nd place: Berklee Pitch Slapped 1st place: SoCal VoCals In addition, the VoCals won best choreography (well deserved!), and best solo went to a gentleman from UGA, and best […]

Like the old college days…

Sat, 24 Apr 2010 16:28:47 +0000

I’m writing this from the megabus to NYC. I’m riding down today to catch the ICCA finals at the Alice Tully Hall. If you see me there, come up and say hi! After the show, I’ll be catching the 1:30am megabus back to Boston because I’m stage managing a show that goes up tomorrow night… […]

Nominated for an ACA!

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:39:22 +0000

The Acapodcast has been nominated for an A Cappella Community Award (ACA) in the Favorite Podcast category!  The ACA’s are the people’s choice awards for A Cappella.  You can see all the nominees in all the categories at and CASA members can vote on their picks for the ACAs.  Even being nominated in a […]

SpringSing 2010 – Voices United For A Cause

Tue, 02 Mar 2010 02:54:30 +0000

I’d like to tell everyone about a very special a cappella festival coming up.  It’s called SpringSing, and it’s a weekend full of classes, workshops, concerts, and opportunities to meet some fabulous people.  And even better, it’s all done in the name of charity.  The Team Burns Charity Foundation organizes the whole event and the […]

A Cappella Pinball Wizard by a Ukelele Playing Octet at the Royal Albert Hall

Sun, 21 Feb 2010 17:14:56 +0000

Thanks to my friend Diana for sending me this one.  This is too good not to share!

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Acapodcast #62

Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:56:42 +0000

* The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Town Criers * I Wish - The Jewel Tones * Keep Breathing - Luminescence * Miss Independent - Luminescence * Sound of Silence - Town Criers * This Island Earth - The 18 Wheelers

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Acapodcast #61

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 01:41:02 +0000

Wow, 2010 already!  Well, 2009 was a banner year for a cappella, with so many incredible albums, so much positive media attention, and it seemed like every time I turned around, somebody was stepping it up to the next level.  I’m going to tell you right now that 2010 is promising more of that.  I […]

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I love the Aca Community

Fri, 08 Jan 2010 22:31:14 +0000

The A Cappella comunity is one of the best communities I can think of.  Our shared passion brings people from around the globe into near instant friendships.  Yesterday, it was announced that Boston vocal rock band Ball In The House would be cancelling Saturday’s scheduled show (two days later) because of a sudden and sad […]

Last day to download Help! for free!

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 19:10:42 +0000

I’ve been spreading the word by Twitter, Facebook, and in person, but in case you’ve missed out on any of those, let me repeat it here… Today is the last day to get a free download of Overboard’s latest album Help! which is an all Beatles album. Not only is this awesome a cappella, and […]

Acapodcast #60, 2009 Holiday Special

Sun, 13 Dec 2009 04:33:10 +0000

It’s the most magical time of the year, when for many of us it is the season of snow, of friends and family, of food, gifts, and joy.  This year I’ve compiled 23 tracks to share with you, over an hour of music.  Know that I appreciate each and every listener, and I am pleased […]

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Are you in the Philly/Wilmington region this weekend?

Tue, 01 Dec 2009 13:33:41 +0000

I’ve just been tipped off to what promises to be one amazing concert this Saturday night at 8pm, in Arden Delaware. It will feature four different groups from four different schools, including: The Del-Tones from University of Delaware Off The Beat from University of Pennsylvania The Deaftones from Westminster Choir College Tigertones from Princeton University […]

Acapodcast #59

Sat, 07 Nov 2009 22:34:27 +0000

It seems like almost all of the A Cappella hoi oligoi are off at SoJam, but that doesn’t mean that us plebs can’t enjoy some great tunes!  Press the little ‘Play’ button at the bottom of the post to hear Show #59, or click here to download it! Track Title Artist Album Original Artist Waiting […]

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Acapodcast #58

Tue, 13 Oct 2009 02:19:44 +0000

Roses - Penny Loafers 8th World Wonder - Seven Days Long is the Dark - The Interpreters I've Got Rhythm / Fascinating Rhythm - Clockwork Should I - Ball In The House Memory - Penny Loafers

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AcappellaFest is coming!

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:42:40 +0000

Pardon me while I crawl out of my bunker for a few moments to tell you about AcappellaFest!  Now in it’s third year, AcappellaFest is the MidWest’s -finest- A Cappella event.  And this year, it’s too big for any one city to contain!  It’ll be in Detroit on October 17th, and in Chicago the following […]

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Silence is golden, right?

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 23:16:19 +0000

Sorry for the unannounced summer break. Believe it or not, I’ve had a show mostly cooked and ready to record since the end of July,but it is crunch time at work, and on top of that I’m moving to a new town. (Wifey got a job, yay!) Seems I spend too much time apologizing for […]

Spidey Sense is tingling…

Thu, 30 Jul 2009 11:44:12 +0000

So while reading Ars Technica this morning I came across this article letting me know that Podcasting has now been patented. Until VoloMedia comes knocking on my door it won’t be dampening my efforts in any way, but, man-oh-man, I hope this one gets torpedoed quickly. Nothing could kill off the vibrant podcast world faster.

Mouth Off review “…Sings Without Music, Vol. 2”

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 13:25:17 +0000

If you -still- don’t own “…Sings Without Music, Vol. 2” from Firedrill! then you should go listen to the latest episode of Mouth Off (and subscribe to their podcast) because they give an excellent overview of the album and why you should own a copy. The best line from the review? When they tell everyone […]

The Acapodcast #57, Michael Jackson Tribute Show

Sat, 11 Jul 2009 15:30:00 +0000

See the show notes at for full track listing and details

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Jerry Lawson and The GrooveBarbers!

Thu, 09 Jul 2009 21:48:22 +0000

Now HERE’S a show that promises to be one to pay attention to!  Jerry Lawson (formerly of The Persuasions) along with Sean Altman (formerly of Rockapella) and the rest of The GrooveBarbers will be together on one stage.  Jerry and Sean are long time friends, and they’ve decided to sing together in the city that […]

Acapodcast #56

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 03:53:02 +0000

* Easy Lover - Firedrill! (opb Phil Collins) * Slice of Heaven - Suade (opb Dave Dobbyn) * Over the Rainbow - Canvas (opb Judy Garland) * Ain't No Sunshine - Jabberwocks (opb Bill Withers / D'Angelo) * Steal Your Heart - Suade * Completely - The House Jacks * Different For Girls - Ice Haloes (opb Joe Jackson) * I'd Do Anything For Love - Jabberwocks (opb Meat Loaf) * What A Fool Believes - Firedrill! (opb Doobie Brothers) * Simpsons Theme - Canvas (composed by Danny Elfman)

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Firedrill!’s new album is now available for preorder!

Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:23:16 +0000

Boston based Firedrill! has just announced they are taking pre-orders for their new album, “…Sings Without Music, Vol. II”.  Already this promises to be a totally kicka** album.  In addition, there is a release party happening in Boston/Cambridge’s Johnny D’s.  If you’re within a 100-mile radius it’d be well worth your time to come on […]

iTunes link for No Strings Attached

Sat, 13 Jun 2009 22:17:08 +0000

Christoph from No Strings Attached kindly let me know that you can pick up their album on iTunes. Now you needn’t navigate through their German retailer. Instead, click right here!

Acapodcast #55

Sun, 31 May 2009 23:59:32 +0000

* Who Are You - Tufts Beelzebubs * Don't Stop Me Now - Brandeis University Voicemale * Hamburg, Meine Perle - No Strings Attached * On My Way - Slapdash Graduate * Sonny Came Home - Too Cheap For Instruments * Debra - Tufts Beelzebubs

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Acapodcast #54

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 16:35:07 +0000

A long time in the making, 54 is chock full of awards and competitions goodness! Let's try something a little different. Here is what you'll hear on show #54: Wall of Sound - Naturally 7 - Sing V : Groovus Where's the Love? (opb Hanson) - Brandeis University Voicemale - Where's the Album? - The EP Papercut (opb Linkin Park) - The Chorallaries of MIT - Positive Chorallation Zombie (opb The Cranberries) - Wellesley College Tupelos - Rouge All For You (opb Sister Hazel) - Missouri State Beartones - Off the Ground Ne'ilah - Six13 - Voume III : Yesh Chadash

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Now on Twitter!

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:39:42 +0000

The Acapodcast is now on twitter.  Come on over and say hi!

Acapodcast #53

Sat, 21 Feb 2009 17:38:57 +0000

It's here! It's finally here! I know, we're all excited like kids at a birthday party, right? It's a birthday of sorts for the Acapodcast, as we now enter the 4th year officially. Incidentally, this also means it is now officially the longest running a cappella podcast on the internet, now matter how you count it. So to celebrate, let's listen to: * UNCG Spartones - Overture from Prince of Thieves Overture (Composed by Michael Kamen) * Metropolitones - Faith (opb George Michael) * Brown Jabberwocks - Don't You Worry About a Thing (opb Stevie Wonder) * DVN - Stray Cat Strut (opb Stray Cats) * Penny Loafers - Bed of Lies (opb Matchbox 20) * MIT Logs - Blowers Daughter (opb Damien Rice) * Van Canto - Fear of the Dark (opb Iron Maiden) That's right, seven kick butt tracks! All wrapped up in Show #53 for your aural pleasure! Don't forget to go check out the Liquid 5th bundle, three great albums, and some of the money goes to charity.

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Mic Outage

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 02:23:14 +0000

I recorded show #53, but had to throw it out. Turns out the fuzziness heard on #52 wasn’t just a result of a loose capsule in the Mic. I’ll be replacing the trusty microphone soon, and re-recording. I know I’m 2 weeks overdue already, and I really want to get this episode out while parts […]

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Where’s the show?

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 19:59:55 +0000

I really wanted to have the first new show of the year up this weekend.  Unfortunately, I’m just now getting back on my feet from having come down with one of the traditional winter illnesses, and the voice isn’t quite there yet.  I’ve got things all lined up jsut waiting on me… Hang tight loyal […]

Acapodcast #52

Sat, 20 Dec 2008 23:56:10 +0000

* We Wish You A Merry Christmas - Metropolitones * Happy Christmas - Overboard * That Time Of Year - Four Shadow * Christmas Angel - Jim Goodrich * Noël Nouvelet - Anúna * Silent Night - Take 6 * The Little Drummer Boy - Pikkardiyska Tertsia * Away In A Manger / Beautiful Savior - Go Fish * Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Blenders * The First Noël - Anúna * Little Drummer Boy - The Swingle Singers * Ave Maria - The Stanford Fleet Street Singers * Christmas Time Is Here - Metropolitones * The Twelve Carols of Christmas - Washington U Pikers * River - Overboard * O Come All Ye Faithful - Take 6 * Tyxa nich - Pikkardiyska Tertsia * 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - The Blenders * Christmas @ Home Medley - OnCue * Deck The Halls - Jim Goodrich * The Wexford Carol - Anúna * White Christmas - The Swingle Singers * Auld Lang Syne - Overboard * Auld Lang Syne - Pikkardiyska Tertsia

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But I don’t use Flickr…

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 21:53:04 +0000

Brian Ibbott over at Coverville ( The all-covers podcast.  Including a cappella covers.) received a meme that he sent my way, about posting the sixth photo on the sixth page of your Flickr photo stream.  I’m using Picasa instead, but in the spirit, I dug up a music related picture to share with you. The […]

Acapodcast #51

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 19:31:32 +0000

* Greenleafs - Talk To Me (Keri Noble) * Van Canto - The Bard's Song (Blind Guardian) * 2E Acappella - Cupid's Chokehold (Gym Class Heroes) * Chromatics - Shoulders of Giants * The Connotations - When I Am King (Great Big Sea) * Greenleafs - Better Man (Pearl Jam)

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Acapodcast #50

Sat, 01 Nov 2008 22:45:43 +0000

Here is what you chose: * Five O'Clock Shadow - What's It All About * Clockwork - Creep (orig. Radiohead) * Six Appeal - Toxic (orig. Brittney Spears) * Da Vinci's Notebook - Title Of The Song * BaSix - Purple Rain (orig. Prince) * MeasureXMeasure - You Don't Treat Me No Good (orig. Sonia Dada?) * Voicemale - Walking In Memphis (orig. Marc Cohn) * Mosaic Whispers - Bring Me To Life (orig. Evanescense) * Duwende - Young Leaders Of Tomorrow * Testimony - Breathe Me (orig. Sia) Again, as an experiment, all the older shows are moving to $2 paid donation model. You won't have to change a thing to keep receiving the great podcast you know and love, but if you want to go back more than a few episodes, those won't be directly available for download. Please, let me know what you think of this. I want to be able to continue bringing you the greatest contemporary a cappella music, and I don't want to ransom it, or say you have to pay for new episodes. If you don't want to pay a dime, that's fine, you can keep listening to the full show, no problem. And I know this hurts new listeners more than it does old listeners, and I'm sorry for that. Thanks for your understanding, and your donations.

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Acapodcast #49

Sun, 14 Sep 2008 18:13:20 +0000

Here's what's in the show: * Dissipated Eight - Satellite (orig. Dave Matthews Band) * Route 66 - Demo Medley * An Octave Above - Sample Medley * Down 4 The Count - Shut Up (orig. Black Eyed Peas) * Amalgamates - Killing Me Softly (orig. Roberta Flack/Fugees) * Dissipated Eight - Two Step (orig. Dave Matthews Band)

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Acapodcast #48

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 03:10:09 +0000

My is it hot out! And with tracks like these, it's only going to get hotter! Not to keep you waiting, here's the cure for your a cappella fever, Episode #48 ! Heard on this episode: * Stanford Testimony - Breathe Me (orig. Sia) * OnCue - Mirage * OnCue - Lull In My Life (Gordon & Revel, performed by dozens) * UMass Dynamics - Runaway (Orig. Jamiroqui) * UMass Dynamics - Apologize (Orig. One Republic) * Deep Treble - 3 songs Also, go check out AC100 and the BACS! Stay cool, and I'll see you around...

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Acapodcast #47

Fri, 23 May 2008 04:24:09 +0000

I said last time that I would have to give up regular updates, and post new episodes as I could. Here I am posting a month after the last show, as if to prove my point. But this is a special show. This show has just as much music as usual, but it has way more interview. And because I was interviewing Deke Sharon and the members of The House Jacks, all of the tracks on this episode are by them. Here's what you'll hear on show #47: * Bam! * Believe * The Only One I Want Around * All You Need Is Love * Summertime * No Ride

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Acapodcast #46

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 22:35:11 +0000

In this long awaited episode, you'll hear: * The Magnets - All The Wrong Reasons * USC SoCal VoCals - Slumber (Gabriel Mann) * UnderCover - Your Daddy Don't Know (Toronto/New Pornographers) * Hyannis Sound - Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel) * Tufts Beelzebubs - Linger (The Cranberries) * The Magnets - In Love Since Then

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Acapodcast #45

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 02:34:41 +0000

We’re in the middle of Harmony Sweeps season, a series of regional competitions, with the winners of each region going on to a knock-down drag-out winner-take-all vocal throwdown in San Rafael, California.  Many regionals took place in March, and there are more regionals happening across the month of Apri.  This year the final battle of […]

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Fri, 07 Mar 2008 18:32:25 +0000

Here’s the second ECAS ‘radio’ Advert.  Smooth, isn’t it?  Go to the show! ECASAd2

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Are *you* going to The Summit?

Fri, 07 Mar 2008 18:29:10 +0000

I’m talking about the East Coast A Cappella Summit of course.  I can’t make it to ECAS this year, but I had a blast last year, and this year’s looks to be even better.  If you do go, how about taking a few notes (ha, get it?) for me and letting me know how it […]

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Acapodcast #44

Thu, 28 Feb 2008 21:39:01 +0000

Shalom! It’s a Jewish A Cappella special episode. Six songs from some very talented menschen. Also names full of puns and references. Six13 (there are 613 commandments in the Torah), Shabbatones (from Shabbaton), Shircago (Shir means song), Kaskeset (‘Fish Scales’, a Kosher/Music joke), and Manginah (“Melody”). Six13 – Son UPenn Shabbatones – Ani Shelach (Neshama […]

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Acapodcast #43, 2.10.08

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 03:14:23 +0000

* The Faux Paz - It's My Life (No Doubt) * The Beelzebubs - Come Sail Away (Styx) * Duwende - Electrify * baSix - Star People (George Michael) * Mosaic Whispers - Meaning (Gavin DeGraw) * Jewel Tones - Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)

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Scheduled Maintenance notice

Thu, 07 Feb 2008 01:46:30 +0000

Hey all you Acapodcast fans, your host here.  I was going to have a show out tomorrow, the regular Thursday night, but I’m knocked out right now by a cold I think I picked up at last weekend’s Superbowl party.  (American Football Championship for the international crowd)  So I’ll push that out this coming weekend.  […]

Acapodcast #42, 1.24.08

Thu, 24 Jan 2008 21:32:16 +0000

* Duwende - Come Back * Penny Loafers - Fair * Duke Out Of the Blue - Call Me When You're Sober * Jonathan Coulton - When You Go * UMBC Mama's Boys - Eli the Barrow Boy * Duwende - Young Leaders of Tomorrow

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Acapodcast #41, 12.20.07, Christmas Special

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 04:25:39 +0000

Five O'Clock Shadow - It's Christmas The Blenders - The First Noel Tonic Sol-fa - Happy Holiday OnCue - Snow Angels Basix - Last Christmas The Coats - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Four Shadow - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Jim Goodrich - The Wassail Song OnCue - Let It Snow The Blenders - Tiny Little Christmas M-Pact - Caroling Caroling GrooveBarbers - We Need A Little Christmas Blue Jupiter - Scattered Flurries Kol Halayla - It's Hard To Be A Jew On Christmas The Coats - Let There Be Peace On Earth Four Shadow - All I Want For Christmas Is You M-Pact - Snowfall Five O'Clock Shadow - Little Drummer Boy Tonic Sol-fa - King Of Glory GrooveBarbers - Secret Santa moosebutter - Mr. Grinch Basix - This Christmas Jim Goodrich - We Three Kings The Persuasions - Joy To The World The Whiffenpoofs - The Christmas Song

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Acapodcast #40, 11.21.07

Thu, 22 Nov 2007 00:01:06 +0000

After the last episode, I got so much feedback asking for more, more, more! So here it is, another eight tracks of well known, often done, classic, or common a cappella tunes! Put your ears on this: * T Minus 5 - The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Linda/Weavers/Kingston Trio/Nylons) * Low Key - Let Go (Frou Frou) * Basix - Come Together (Beatles) * Chorallaries - Don't Know Why (Norah Jones) * Blue Jupiter - Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) * measureXmeasure - Only You (Yazoo) * Spur Of The Moment - Everywhere (Michelle Branch) * Gentleman Callers - Good Ol' A Cappella (The Nylons?) Thanks again to those who wrote in, those who donated, and all of you for listening. Send suggestions for the winter holiday show!

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Acapodcast #39, 10.31.07

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 03:27:09 +0000

Halloween is a scary time! And these songs are like scary zombies, you just can't kill them! They keep coming back out of the grave to eat your brain! * Semi-Charmed Life - Invisible Men (Third Eye Blind) * Hotel California - Penny Loafers (Eagles) * She Blinded Me With Science - Toxic Audio (Thomas Dolby) * Bring Me To Life - Mosaic Whispers (Evanescence) * Fix You - Off The Beat (Coldplay) * Big Yellow Taxi - Hyannis Sound (Joni Mitchell) * In Your Eyes - In Sync (Peter Gabriel) * Kiss From A Rose - InPulse (Seal) Listen to Episode 39, and if you're still alive in the morning, let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Acapodcast #38, 10.18.07

Thu, 18 Oct 2007 21:55:14 +0000

Good communication is the key to so many things, no? We all know this, but a reminder every now and again is a good thing. You can communicate with me by sending me e-mail, posting a comment on any episode, by filling out the contact form on the left, or any other crazy method you like, so long as it is received. Today's show features song titles about reaching out and touching someone... * Silence - Off The Beat (Delerium/Sarah McLachlan) * Hear You Me - Penny Loafers (Jimmy Eat World) * She Talks - The Coats * Nynex Suite - Spur Of The Moment (Tommy Tutone/Yaz/No Doubt) * When No-one Calls - Sock * Call Me - Da Vinci's Notebook (Blondie) In a few short weeks it will be Halloween, and the scariest a cappella I can think of is yet another cover that every group out there has already done. There's a lot of them out there, but I want you to communicate with me and tell me what some of the most overdone songs are in the a cappella world.

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Acapodcast #37, 9.28.07

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 22:45:39 +0000

This time around on the Acapodcast, I play some recent submissions and suggestions, and some old favorites. The underlying theme for this show is that of renewing my love affair with A Cappella music. I've been sepnding the past few weeks listening to my other loves, but I've come back, baby! * Eric Gwin - Alive * Spiralmouth - Even Though * Brown Jabberwocks - 7 (Prince) * M-Pact - Fantasy (Earth, Wind, and Fire) * Wheaton College Gentlemen Callers - Only One (James Taylor) * Eric Gwin - Next Time You Come Around Hey, Voices Only 2007 is finally available! Go pick up a copy!

Acapodcast #36, 09.13.07

Thu, 13 Sep 2007 21:38:23 +0000

It's been too long. I'm sorry, my friends. Times have been tough on me, with a lot of my life turning itself on its ear. I've celebrated a birthday, I'm going through the transition to a new job, and worst of all, I'm mourning the breakup with my own vocal group. That said, shame on me for making you all wait so long to get some Back To School a cappella goodness! Here's what's on the show this time: * Northwestern Purple Haze - Proud (Heather Small) * UCSB Naked Voices - Earth Song (Michael Jackson) * UMD Faux Paz - Other Side Of The World (KT Tunstall) * Marblehead Jewel Tones - In My Life (The Beatles) * Ledyard Chamber Choir - We Are * Northwestern Purple Haze - All These Things That I've Done (The Killers) So yeah, ending a 3 year relationship with a group is a hard thing to swallow. Send me your favorite a cappella tracks, and remind me of what I fell in love with in the first place!

Acapodcast #35, 8.18.07

Sat, 18 Aug 2007 20:18:41 +0000

Back on track and moving ahead with full steam, I have a tasty helping of hot a cappella here for you, from some well established groups and some up and coming artists. These groups all have one thing in common: they're soon to be performing at an a cappella festival. T Minus 5 and Navi Redd will be at A Cappellastock, in Ogden, Utah, and Vocal Chaos, ElmoThumm, and Almost Recess will be at AcappellaFest, in Schaumberg, Illinois. This just confirms my suspicions that the midwest is the new hotbed of a cappella music. Here's what's on show #35: * T Minus 5 - American Woman * Vocal Chaos - Good Things (BoDeans) * Navi Redd - Klippies * ElmoThumm - Shooting Star * Almost Recess - Maria * T Minus 5 - One Voice Congratulations to Matt Dunn for winning the episode #33 contest; Matt, be sure to e-mail me. To everyone, thanks for listening, and after a short vacation I'll be back in September with the back to school special!

In case you’re wondering…

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 03:19:46 +0000

Episode #35 will be out shortly, just not on Thursday night per usual.  Sometimes affairs of state come before affairs of state, as Mel Brooks once said.  Look for it this weekend, and stay tuned!

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Acapodcast #34, 8.02.07

Thu, 02 Aug 2007 22:01:51 +0000

I'm incredibly excited to be able to bring you a couple of tracks from former Persuasions lead man Jerry Lawson! He's now singing with a quartet called Talk of The Town, and they have a classic doo wop smoothness. * Jerry Lawson & Talk of The Town - Islands In The Stream (Bee Gees/Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton) * T Minus 5 - Low Rider (War) * Down 4 The Count - No More Blues (Carlos Antonio Jobim) * Great Big Sea -The River Driver (Traditional) * Copley Cats - Time and Tide (Basia) * Jerry Lawson & Talk of The Town - Persuasions Melody

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Acapodcast #33, 7.19.07

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 17:27:44 +0000

Things are starting to heat up around here, and the pressure is on! Crunchtime is around the corner, so I may take a week or two off down the road, but for now, we've got great music! This time on the show you'll hear: * The Sirens - Pride (In The Name Of Love) [U2] * Similar Jones - So It Seems * Four Shadow - Summer Sunday * House Jacks - Light Of Stars * InPulse - Life Is A Highway [Tom Cochrane] * The Sirens - TV Medley [Various]

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Acapodcast #32, 07.05.2007

Thu, 05 Jul 2007 22:04:48 +0000

I hope my stateside listeners had a good Independence Day, and that the rest of the world will understand that this episode is in honor of the typically great nation (although, not always great) that I was born into. * America The Beautiful - Academy Singers (Bates/Ward) * American Girls - Chorallaries (Counting Crows) * Walking in Memphis - Voicemale (Marc Cohn) * Rhode Island is Famous For You - Clockwork (Blossom Dearie) * Route 66 - The Coats (Troup/Cole) * Star Spangled Banner - Gentleman Callers (Key/Anonymous) My thanks go out to the many men and women who have served over the years to protect what was made on July 4th, 1776. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see some more fireworks!

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Acapodcast #31, 6.21.07

Thu, 21 Jun 2007 21:41:57 +0000

Whew! Time flies by when you have deadlines, doesn't it? Two weeks can just slip by sometimes. Good thing for you I'm on top of things, and have a new episode ready to go. Here's what you'll find in this episode of the Acapodcast: * Similar Jones - Future Love Paradise (Seal) * No Strings Attached - Baby Love (Mother's Finest) * No Strings Attached - This Love (Maroon 5) * Chromatics - Noctilucent Cloud * No Better Cause - Times Like These * Similar Jones - Brick House

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Acapodcast #30, 06.07.07

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 00:57:35 +0000

Summer is here! Summer means barbecues and beaches and suntans, and vacations. I'm not on vacation yet; I'm here, hard at work bringing you the best a cappella around. Here's what you'll find tucked inside sunny episode 30: * Hyannis Sound - The Boys of Summer * Blue Jupiter - Lil' Red Riding Hood * Slapdash Graduate - Counting Blue Cars * Brown Jabberwocks - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood * KickShaw - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band * Hyannis Sound - Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

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Acapodcast #29, 5.24.07

Thu, 24 May 2007 19:40:07 +0000

Here are the tracks from Episode #29 of the Acapodcast: * Zulal - Hars Em Gnoom * Navi Redd - Johhny Glegg Medley * Harmonytryx - O Sifuni Mungu * Navan - Letontu Litokum Abulos * PennYo - Amazing Grace * Zulal - Sareri Hovin Mernem

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Pardon our appearance…

Thu, 17 May 2007 15:28:56 +0000

Pardon the changes on the site right now, particularly the sidebars. An update to WordPress has knocked out some of the content, and forced me to expose some of the underbelly of the site. renovations are in progress to rectify this. Edit: Content restored through manual processes.  Anything you still can’t cope with is therefore […]

Acapodcast #28, 5.10.07

Thu, 10 May 2007 22:56:29 +0000

No interviews or themes this time around, just good, solid a cappella. * measureXmeasure - You Don't Treat Me So Good * UMass Amherst Dynamics - Breakfast at Tiffany's * 2Praise - Child of the Great I Am * WUSTL Mosaic Whispers - Take Me To The River * RPI Rusty Pipes - Comfortably Numb * measureXmeasure - Don't Let Your Heart

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Acapodcast #27, 4.26.07

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 23:06:35 +0000

I talk a bit more in this episode than usual, but that's because there are some serious topics to be brought up. The music is as good as ever though. * Virginia Tech - Hey Jealousy * InPulse - Your Body Is A Wonderland * Off The Beat - Superman * Darkside Voices - Us And Them * InPulse - Fat Bottom Girls

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Acapodcast #26, Bruce Leddy Interview

Thu, 12 Apr 2007 22:32:36 +0000

On this show I'm lucky enough to have an exclusive phone interview with Bruce Leddy, writer, producer, and director of the independent film Sing Now, Or Forever Hold Your Peace, which opens in select theaters on April 27th. During the interview, I play some of the songs from the movie. Here's what you'll hear: * Tufts Beelzebubs - Take Me Home (orig. by Phil Collins) * MIT Logarhythyms - No Such Thing (orig. by John Mayer) * Sing Now Cast - The More I See You (orig. sung by Nat King Cole) * Oxford University Out Of The Blue - Trouble (orig. by Coldplay) * UVA Academical Village People - Kate (orig. by Ben Folds Five) * Sing Now Cast - Working in a Coalmine (orig. by Lee Dorsey)

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Acapodcast #25, 3.29.07

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 02:03:37 +0000

Last weekend I drove from Boston to D.C. to attend the East Coast Acappella Summit. Most of this show is about the journey to the summit and my time there, so there are only four songs this time around. Songs by: * The Richter Scales - I Hate A Cappella * The Blanks - Somewhere Over The Rainbow * Men In Black - Don't Be A Baby, Baby * The Chromatics - Habitable Zone I also bring up the topic of moving the podcast to AcaTunes. I'd love to hear from you about this, especially if you support it, I don't think those against it need a reminder to have their voice heard.

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Acapodast #24, 3.15.07

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 23:11:08 +0000

In this episode, I talk about my introduction to contemporary acappella, St. Patrick's Day, and the East Coast Acappella Summit, which you should ALL be going to, right?? I'll be there, and you should be there to come say hi to me. I think I'll hold a contest. If you come up to me at ECAS and mention this contest, I'll put your name into a drawing for a free piece of Acapodcast logowear from the Acapodcast Cafepress Store! In between all my yammering, you'll also hear great tunes by: * Four Shadow - It's Alright * Wheaton College Gentleman Callers - Running to Stand Still * The Bobs - White Room * Da Vinci's Notebook - Another Irish Drinking Song * Hyannis Sound - Parting Blessing * Four Shadow - Blankets and Pie

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Acapodcast #23, 2.22.07

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 23:54:04 +0000

This time on The Acapodcast, I've got some recent award winners, plus a new CD release track. There's also a few groups that I've had on the show before, and if you weren't familiar with them before, you are now! Here's the lineup for Episode #23: * Cluster - Cement * Ball In The House - Trust Me * Da Vinci's Notebook - Traffic Jam * Ledyard HS Chamber Choir - MLK * Spiralmouth - No Career * Cluster - DuckTales Theme Song

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The Acapodcast #22, 2.8.07

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 23:25:25 +0000

Check out who is on the show this time: * Hyannis Sound - 1000 Miles * Invisible Men - Pink * UPenn Dischord - Breathe (2 A.M.) * Firedrill! - Lie On Lie * Slapdash Graduate - Rain * Hyannis Sound - Don't Cry

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The Acapodcast #21, 1.25.07

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 22:48:38 +0000

It's the one year anniversary of The Acapodcast! Thanks to all of you who have made it possible. Rather than dwell on it and make a big deal of it, instead I plow ahead with more of what has made the show what it is: great music. I'd like to push on for another twenty episodes this year. And greetings to all the new listeners from Coverville, you've picked a great time to come on board. Here is the lineup for show #21: * BaSix - Smooth Operator * The Richter Scales - I Got Mail * The Exboyfriends - The Flash Gordon Theme Song * UPenn Dischord - Both Hands * UCLA Scattertones- Mr. Brightside * BaSix - Purple Rain (with guests from the Herning Boys Choir) I would also like to point people to some of the fabulous photos of UPenn's Penny Loafers in China, to mention that the deadline to enter this year's Harmony Sweepstakes has been extended to the end of January, and to wish Rudy Cardenas from m-pact good luck. He's made it into the most recent season of American Idol! I'll be back in two weeks with more great music!

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The Acapodcast #20, 12.21.06

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 16:51:43 +0000

Almost a whole year, and 20 episodes have come and gone. This will be the last episode of 2006. When I return in 2007, it’ll be the one year anniversary of The Acapodcast. It’s the holiday season, and here in the United States, you can hear Christmas music being played everywhere. My gift to you […]

The Acapodcast #19, 11.30.06

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 00:20:17 +0000

The Acapodcast sells out? No! But it is an all commercial episode! Even people who have never heard the term A Cappella before have heard one of these commercials before: * Hi Fidelity - Roto Rooter * Groovebarbers - Astelin Nasal Spray * Blue Jupiter - Oreo Cookies * Rockapella - Folgers Coffee * Duwende - 1-800-OK-CABLE * Ball In The House - Cool Whip

The Acapodcast #18, 11.16.06

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 00:05:21 +0000

Here are the tracks on this episode: * Naked Voices - Such Great Heights * Off The Beat - Sugar, We're Going Down * Firedrill! - Sledgehammer * Scattertones - There There * Duwende - Movin' On * Naked Voices - River of Dreams

The Acapodcast #17, 10.26.06

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 22:26:04 +0000

In this episode: * Da Vinci's Notebook - Title of the Song * Georgetown Saxatones - With or Without You * MAUF - Power To The People (live) * Blue Jupiter - Green Shaggy Carpet Ride * Penny Loafers - Semi-Charmed Kind Of Life * Da Vinci's Notebook - Call Me

Acapodcast #16, 10.08.06

Sun, 08 Oct 2006 22:23:04 +0000

Well, it's been a month now, and this episode is later than I ever intended. I wish I'd gotten it out sooner. So it goes. On this episode you will hear: * Blue Jupiter - Time After Time * The Moon Rays - Sophomore Werewolf in Love * Ball In the House - Ashmont (You're Gone) * Appalachian Association of sacred Harp Singers - Africa * L-Squared - Spam * Blue Jupiter - Sir Duke

Jack Black, one man A Cappella group?

Sat, 09 Sep 2006 13:06:42 +0000

To see a bit of looping and acappella in the mainstream, check out this commercial that Jack Black did for Nickelodeon!

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The Acapodcast #15, 9.7.06

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 22:50:55 +0000

# UPenn Penny Loafers - Missing # Virginia Tech Juxtaposition - Get Set # Brown Derbies - Road To Nowhere # MIT Chorallaries - Wherever You Will Go # Tufts Amalgamates - Africa # UPenn Penny Loafers - Send Me On My Way

The Acapodcast #14, 8.17.06

Thu, 17 Aug 2006 14:59:04 +0000

Episode 14 is out, and following the old schedule (or Classic Schedule for those who didn't like New Coke). I've suddenly got a backlog of great artists to bring out over the next few shows, so there is no shortage of material in the episodes to come! Here are the songs you can find in this episode:

* Toxic Audio - Turn the Beat Around

* Navan - Griogal Cridh'

* The Liquid Hotplates - Somebody Told Me

* Paul and Storm - 10 Finger Johnny

* Tufts Beelzebubs - Shape of My Heart

* Toxic Audio - Paperback Writer

The Acapodcast #13, 8.3.06

Thu, 03 Aug 2006 23:20:19 +0000

In this episode:

* Six Appeal - Hella Good

* Slapdash Graduate - Come Home

* Brandeis' Spur of the Moment - Wish I Was There

* Harmonytryx - Homeless

* UCLA ScatterTones - Since U Been Gone

* Six Appeal - Toxic

New Episode #12!

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 14:17:29 +0000

Apologies to those of you who get this twice. I had to rerecord most of it, but I've posted up a new recording of Episode #12! Episode #13 is in the works right now! Want your group to be part of it? E-mail me at!

Acapodcast #12, 7.13.06

Wed, 26 Jul 2006 21:41:36 +0000

Episode 12 features these artists: *M-pact - Have A Talk With God *Ball In The House - I'll Be There *Cadence - Sunshine *The Penny Loafers - Boulevard of Broken Dreams *APC Rhythm - Lifetime *M-pact - I Thought You Cared For Me In addition, there's a new layout to the website. Check it out!


Sat, 15 Jul 2006 15:35:30 +0000

I’d like to apologize to all the listeners of Episode 12 for the apparent technical difficults towards the end of the show. I’d like to make a big apology to APC Rhythm, because it seems like a large chunk of their track was lost to silence. I’d also like to apologize for the sudden loss […]

Website updates!

Tue, 11 Jul 2006 17:46:55 +0000

Well, in a fit of pique, I've overhauled The Acapodcast Website!  Be sure to let me know what you think.  In addition to the visual face lift, there's some new behind the scenes parts.  It ought to make it easier for me to put up new information here.  For starters, there is a new arrangement […]

Acapodcast #11, 06.22.2006

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 22:41:04 +0000

In this episode: •Mauf - House of Love •Alti e Bassi - Staying Alive •Navi Redd - Common People •The Flying Pickets - Do It •Alti e Bassi - Con Il Nastro Rosa •Mauf - Freedom Additionally, I talk about Toxic Audio's first CD, and CASA.ORG

Acapodcast #10, 6.08.06

Thu, 08 Jun 2006 22:19:00 +0000

It's a super-sized spectacular! And not the kind that comes from a drive through and helps you gain weight.... This show is nearly an hour long... it took me a little longer than usual to put it together, so I don't have full show notes with links and comments up yet (tomorrow, fingers crossed), but here's the list of tracks played on the show: * Take 6 - Human Body / I L-O-V-E U * Flying Pickets - Fast Car * Duwende - Temporary Nadia * Spur of the Moment - Seven Bridges Road * In Sync [Now called The Shirley Tempos] - Runaway * Voicemale - Neon * Duwende - I Fall * House Jacks - This Man's Pride * Flying Pickets - Every Day is a Winding Road * House Jacks - What's For Real * Take 6 - Spread Love / That's The Law I'd like to hear back from everyone on what you thought of the two new segments as well. --- Thanks.

The Acapodcast will be back on June 8th!

Sun, 28 May 2006 13:15:46 +0000

Your ever dedicated host is going to be on vacation this week, so I’m shifting the entire podcast back a week. But I promise a spectacular Episode #10 on June 8th!  I’m lining up a super-sized show full of hot new music. Let me know if you want your group to be a part of […]

The Acapodcast #9, 5.18.06

Thu, 18 May 2006 23:01:49 +0000

Artists found on Show #9: •Harmonytryx - His Mother's Legacy •Hi Fidelity - They Go Wild/Why Do They Always Say No •THEM - Ain't No Sunshine •The Blanks - Superman •Sean Altman - I'm Waiting •Harmonytryx - Sunday Morning Yellow Sky

The Acapodcast #8, 5.4.06

Fri, 05 May 2006 23:02:03 +0000

Acapodcast Show Notes for Show #8: Groups on this show: * Hi Fidelity - I'm Beginning To Like It * Sock - Emotional Baggage Handler * Navi Redd - Two Beds And A Coffee Machine * No Better Cause - She Took Me Away * Coats - Rockin' Me * Hi Fidelity - Blackbird Parody Also: Call for Artwork and Donations, Go listen to the Deke Sharon interview at AcappellaU, Congratulations to BYU Vocal Point for winning the ICCA's, Dead iPod, Nebraskapella, and more!

Show #8 will be LATE

Thu, 04 May 2006 15:20:03 +0000

This is just to let everyone know that due to some changes in my ‘recording studio’ my recording setup is all unplugged and scattered for a day or two, so this week’s show will be late. I actually record from my office in the after-hours, but due to renovation work, the gear is all unplugged […]

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Even less a consumer, even more a producer…

Mon, 01 May 2006 18:32:13 +0000

Just in time for me to start putting this week’s show together… Last week my iPod died.  I had a 40GB black and white model that I sent back to apple twice for hard drive failures, both times under warrantee.  And now it has gone a third time, but outside of the window of opportunity.  […]

The Acapodcast #7, 4.20.06 – Harmony Sweeps!

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 22:57:10 +0000

On this very special Harmony Sweepstakes 2006 episode of the Acapodcast: •Firedrill! - Just The Two Of Us •Clockwork Singers - Moment's Notice •Clockwork Singers - Creep •Curious Gage - Breathe •Curious Gage - Anatomy •'Round Midnight - Sweet And Lovely •'Round Midnight - Twinkle, Twinkle •Firedrill! - Can't Stop Thinking 'Bout You

The Acapodcast #6, 04-06-06

Thu, 06 Apr 2006 22:39:44 +0000

On This Episode:
•The Exboyfriends - Blinded By The Light
•Sean Altman - Miserable Destiny
•10fm - I Fell The Earth Move
•MIT Chorallaries - Flood/It's My Life
•Out of the Blue - Every Other Time
•The Exboyfriends - Who Are You

See the full shownotes at for discussions about the show, the artists, to leave comments, or to get more information.

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Acapodcast #5, 3-23-06

Fri, 24 Mar 2006 00:07:43 +0000

Last week I put out a call for submissions, and you came back to me in force! I've heard from several listeners who submitted their tracks, and I'm going to put some of them on this week. Thanks go out to everyone who sent songs in. You rock! And to prove it, listen to these great songs! • No Better Cause - Immeasurable • Trasa - Vintern Rasat • PennYo - Ai Bia Jia Eh Ngia (Fight to Win) • LADS - Star Wars Memorabilia • The Exboyfriends - 25 or 6 to 4 • No Better Cause - Don't Tell Me

The Acapodcast #4, 3-9-06

Thu, 09 Mar 2006 22:32:39 +0000

This week on the Acapodcast: • The Coats - I Can See Clearly • 10fm - Something On Paper • Five O'Clock Shadow - What's It All About • Spiralmouth - Hush • Cadence - Feelin' Groovy • The Coats - Evenflow

Acapodcast #3

Thu, 23 Feb 2006 23:27:32 +0000

See the website at at for full and complete shownotes, as well as additional information. On this episode: •Swingle Singers - Also Sprach Zarathustra •The Coats - The Ebb and the Flow •The Nylons - Let It Be •Moosebutter - Star Wars •The Bobs - Elwood Decker •Swingle Singers - James Bond Medley

Acapodcast #2

Thu, 09 Feb 2006 23:23:53 +0000

See the website at for full show notes and more information. On this Episode: •The Bobs - Bee Bop I Love You •Cadence - Perfect Kiss •The House Jacks - Still By My Side •Sock - Roofrack •Five O'Clock Shadow - Hold Me For A While •U. of Oregon's On The Rocks - Something Like That

The Acapodcast, January 26th, 2006

Thu, 26 Jan 2006 21:29:11 +0000

See the website at for full show notes and more information. Artists featured on this, the first episode: •Spiralmouth - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin •Swingle Singers - Three-Part Invention •Five O'Clock Shadow - Far Away •Cadence - Don't Fix What's Broken •Sean Altman - Julie Gone •Spiralmouth - Nothing is Written

The Acapodcast is back!

Fri, 06 Jan 2006 22:09:21 +0000

After being on hiatus for several months, the Acapodcast is back! We’ve got some new gear, some new groups, and some new setups (like this shiny new URL)! I hope to have some more good news in just a little bit. First, my thanks to Kevin Williams, who started the Acapodcast, and got things going. […]