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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

In Case You Were Wondering

I simply didn't have the time to keep this up.
But I have now joined the ranks of professional writer (well blogger... but I just like the sound of writer better.)

I'm a contributing writer at, the AOL tech and gadget blog, and I have a music blog sponsored by B5 Media clumsily called Big Apple Music Scene.

Check me out at both.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Happy Birthday VHS!

30 years ago today JVC released the 1st VCR and the accompanying VHS format.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

You've gotta be kidding me right?

Rolling Stone is reporting that The Knack are suing Run DMC for lifting the riff to "My Sharona" for use in "It's Tricky".

Now are The Knack really this broke? or have they been living under a rock for the last 20 years...

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Not too much to get excited about from the music world this week.

I'm From Barcelona release their critically aclaimed debut LP Let Me Introduce You to My Friends. I'm From Barcelona attempts to fill that void that may be left by not having enough cutesy irony laced indie pop in your diet... I however am afraid this may give me diabetes.

Beyonce's confusingly titled new album, B'day, comes out today. It's sure to be chock full of hot producers & Jigga guest spots, but is it going to be more "Crazy in Love" or more "Gift from Virgo".

90's rock stalwarts cum supergroup Audioslave drop their 3rd load entitled Revelations. It's been pretty unanimously agreed upon that this is better than their sophmore effort Out of Exile, but not quite as good as their self titled debut... which places it somewhere between 'quite awful' and 'tragedy on par with 9/11'.

Pinkback releases what is sure to be a fans only affair titled Nautical Antiques: Selection of B-Sides Outtakes. While I have nothing against Pinback, infact I quite enjoy them sometimes, the idea of a b-sides collection from a band whos albums are often inconsistent is a little bothersome.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Crocodile Hunter Dies

Steve Irwin, also know as the Crocodile Hunter has died after suffering a stingray barb to the chest. A conservationist, pop culture icon, husband and father, Steve Irwin's death will certainly be felt by many. Lets just hope they don't try to turn this into a pay-per-view special.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Top 5 Songs to Flee from the Police to

Pearl Jam – Go

Sure it’s a little cheesy sounding. 'Go' is a muscle car anthem for Gen-X, but it’s an undeniable pulse raiser. The spiraling guitar lines and wailing solos are the perfect backdrop for a high speed car chase down urban roads. Ones preferably filled with unwitting pedestrians and plenty of other cars to hit.

buy it at insound!

Rage Against the Machine – Know Your Enemy

Nowadays it's hard to believe that this once sounded different and daring, but I promise you it did. 'Know Your Enemy' is Rage at their most hard core punk inspired and their most aggressively defiant. The chugging riffs are alternately frantic feet on the pavement and punches in the face. Antiauthoritarianism at its rap-metal best.

buy it at insound!

Miles Davis – Spanish Key

Now wait! I know what you’re thinking, “Miles Davis??? Has he lost his fucking mind?” I promise you, children, I have not. Go swiftly to your parent’s CD rack… or your cool uncle's… or perhaps iTunes… but go get Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, and cue up 'Spanish Key' (bonus points if it’s on vinyl). Turn up the volume to an almost deafening level. That bass line? It's the sound of a racing heart and the horns are chaotic desperate gasps for breath. Between the 2:15 and 3:15 mark the song picks up a frantic claustrophobic pace. This song begs to be placed behind foot bound chase sequence.

buy it at insound!

The Walkmen – The Rat

If you have an inexhaustible reservoir of energy -- and the lungs of an Olympic runner -- then perhaps this is the song for your run from the police. If you can keep up with the constant, almost unsustainable tempo, it's guaranteed that no donut eating cop will ever catch you. However, if you’re not in shape, the Roadrunner pace of the song may cause your heart to explode.

buy it at insound!

Beastie Boys – Sabotage

Perhaps it’s the Chips-esque video that really solidifies this as number one. You can’t hear it without picturing cop mustaches and muscle cars. It’s a classic, considered by many to be the best video ever, while others think it's only the second best video ever. But the song certainly deserves to be here on its own merits. The sprinting chorded bass line is the anchor for the high adrenaline of the choppily played punk guitar and screaming testosterone of the yell-rapped vocals. The defiant lyrics are really secondary to the packaging but they certainly only bolster my argument that you couldn’t do any better than this song for the soundtrack to you flight from the authorities.

buy it at insound!