If you like Andrew Bird’s music, you’re going to love I Want to See Pulaski at Night. The latest EP from Bird is a beautifully structured mini-album filled with swooning violin riffs and endless loops. The opening track, “Ethio Invention no. 1″ sounds like there’s a whole orchestra behind him but if you know Bird, you’ll know it’s just him with… Read more →
To celebrate the opening weekend of The LEGO Movie, I am reviewing a LEGO set I recently picked up. Everyone’s familiar with the more traditional mini-figure and block LEGO sets but the LEGO Technic line of models provides a different, more active experience. What I mean by active is that this model moves! The LEGO Technic 42011 “Race Car” features a… Read more →
After I built a kick-ass gaming PC last year, I vowed never to go back to a console again but one genre of games has given me second thoughts: racing simulators. While there are plenty of PC racing games, they just don’t appeal to me. You have your hyper-simulators like Simraceway to your arcade racers like Need for Speed: Rivals but neither… Read more →
I am a lucky man to possess this box set. Only 1000 people got their hands on this amazing package of music, stationary, and other goodies. I have to thank my girlfriend, Anne, for picking this up for me for our five year anniversary. So what comes in the package? Two 180g LPs pressed perfectly and dead center (I can’t… Read more →
Holy crap I’ve done it again. I’ve neglected updating this blog with new record reviews but I’ve realized why. Every time I’m ready to review a record, I’m overcome with a sense of dread about giving the “Music” part of the review a rating. It’s nerve wracking to be a music critic since no matter what you write, there’s someone… Read more →
Today is the annual Record Store Day, a day and event that brings exclusive albums, singles, and more. It’s a great way to show your support for your local record store so get out there and buy some records! The list of exclusives is long but Distinctive Rhythm Instrumentals by The Dave Brubek Trio, HWUL Raw Cuts, Vol. 2 by Gary Clark… Read more →
After a seven year hiatus, Justin Timberlake finally released a new album, The 20/20 Experience. He must have heard the cries after a PSA pleaded him to make music again. With such a gap in between albums, there is more hype about The 20/20 Experience than any other recent album release in recent memory, although the new Daft Punk album may give it… Read more →
Atoms for Peace is an experimental electronic/rock group comprised of super-star musicians. Radiohead’s Thom Yorke heads the band with vocals, guitar, and piano. Other members of Atoms for Peace include Flea (bassist for the Read Hot Chili Peppers), Nigel Godrich (Radiohead producer), Joey Waronker (drummer for Beck and R.E.M.), and Mauro Refosco (Brazilian percussionist). There was a lot of hype leading… Read more →
Look what just arrived at the office! The Schiit Magni will be part of my work audio setup as it’s the perfect size and powerful enough to drive just about any dynamic headphone. It will work perfectly with my AKG K550. I had been using my Grado RA-1 for the past year at work but that amp ate 9V batteries… Read more →
Boy, has it been a long time. As you’ve probably noticed, the last update I’ve had on this blog was almost 10 months ago! Why? Well, starting a new job is pretty stressful, plus, I’ve been preoccupied with building a PC for the past couple of months. Plus, being a tech editor makes you burnt out after a long day… Read more →
Finally wrote up my reasons for ditching my iPhone for a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. You can read about it here.
Don’t forget that tomorrow is Record Store Day! Come out to participating record stores and pick up exclusive releases from many different artists. There’s even an app for iPhone and Android for the event. Keep vinyl alive and support your favorite artists!