Wednesday, January 31, 2007

How to prevent brain mush and feed your soul

My book-reading has been greatly restricted, ever since I signed up for the free magazine subscriptions that Best Buy offered for the mere purchase of a DVD last year. I chose Entertainment Weekly(which I read the least), Sports Illustrated, and Time. I'm about a month behind as far as catching up on my Time magazine reading.

If I ever do get caught up with my magazine reading, I plan to check out some classic literature. I am definitely ignorant when it comes to Shakespeare. This article, found on the Arts Journal blog, makes a convincing argument to read Shakespeare.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Free Bananas Blog

The song "Galvanize" by Chemical Brothers has been stuck in my head ever since I started seeing those Budweiser beer commercials prominently featuring the song. In doing some research on the song, I learned that the song uses samples from Najat Aatabu's Just Tell Me the Truth, which led my Google search to the Free Bananas blog.

Click HERE for the direct link to the post with the tracklist and MP3 file link for a Middle Eastern-themed DJ set that includes both Galvanize and Just Tell Me The Truth.

Links to various NAMM 2007 Coverage Sites

Sonic State's Winter NAMM 2007 Coverage

Batmosphere Blog

Namm Oddities

I'll either update this Permalink or just add more NAMM coverage posts. The problem with much of the Internet coverage of NAMM is that they are oriented towards guitars, keyboards, and computers - it is harder to find coverage of new products for those who play bowed strings, brass, woodwind, and other instrumentation not typical of the rock genre.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Antonio Gates interview from The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

This is an entertaining interview (about 6 minutes long) featuring Antonio Gates of the Chargers