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Recent Spins

Posted: September 12th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I’ve been keeping my ipod busy the last few weeks, and I’m really impressed with a few of the albums I’ve picked up recently, as well as a few perennial favorites that always seem to be within reach.

Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs

Ray Lamontagne’s back, and he’s brought with him a band and a twangy-er sound. His “God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise” is a further step toward a real folky/country sound for an already wispy, folky voice that’s been so good in the past. This one took hold after a few listens, because frankly, the band takes a little bit of time to get used to, as does the late-nineteenth century persona he’s adapted in the writing. He’s all over the map on this one, referencing a plains-wide cattle drive in the title track and the vaudeville shows of old in “Like Rock And Roll Radio.” My favorite, though, is “New York City’s Killing Me,” a plea to get back to, well, the country after a stay in the noise of New York.


A Radiohead/Jay-Z mashup. Nuff said. Except to say this: I have a few Jay-Z mashups, including the Grey album, and this is by far my favorite.
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6 Top Notch NHL Commercials

Posted: May 5th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

The NHL hasn’t done much right in the past few years, from replacing ESPN with Versus to implementing the shootout to supporting bankrupt teams in non-traditional markets. But one thing they always seem to nail are commercials come playoff time. Here are my favorite campaigns:

History Will Be Made:

This year’s campaign focuses on the moments in the past that have made history. The campaign, aside from offering a nostalgic feel, have been updated throughout these playoffs, capturing new moments that will never be forgotten .

Every Second Counts:
The NHL Playoffs are the longest, hardest tournament in sports. No other trophy requires of its champions so much endurance, pain, and sweat.

The Coach:
The NHL Network ran these promos a few seasons ago, poking fun at the complexities of the sport.

Is This The Year:
Famous photos come to life as the NHL asks players “Is This The Year?” This particular promo features Sidney Crosby, following a loss in the Stanley Cup Finals the year before at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. He and the Penguins went on to defeat the Red Wings in a rematch that year.

NHL Players Are Just Like You:

This was one of my favorite campaigns. The NHL has attempted a few lines of humorous commercials, with this one topping the rest.

Cup Raise:

And finally, my favorite. It’s every hockey player’s dream to raise the Cup above his head. It’s something they all pretend when they’re kids, and only few get to do in real life…

{That one makes me all fuzzy inside}

Links: Mike Doughty, A Stadium Implosion & A Seinfeld Movie?

Posted: April 29th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Lots of videos coming at you today.

First up, if you’ve never heard Mike Doughty, you should check him out. Not only does the music rock, but the live show is cool. Most of his shows feature “The Question Jar,” a veritable grab bag of life’s most profound (or not) questions, which fans fill out before the show and he answers while on stage. Check out a the Question Jar answers from a recent San Francisco show (some NSFW language):


Next, we have a pretty killer camera shot that I’m not sure anyone has ever seen: it’s from inside the imploding Texas Stadium, the former home of the Dallas Cowboys. It’s a 360 degree look at what happens when a stadium is blown up… from the inside. Why hasn’t someone thought to do this sooner?

Click this link to check it out… and make sure you aim the camera straight up at the 30 second mark for what one of the commenters calls an “OH SH*T” moment!


And lastly today, we have the trailer for what could have been a serious movie based on Seinfeld. Check it out:

Links I Think You'll Like

Posted: April 18th, 2010 | Author: | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

One of the things Twitter has been so powerful in doing is sharing content across the Internet.  Yeah, it’s great to carry on conversations with friends, or listen to John Mayer make his funny jokes after midnight, but the links and news stories and youtube videos and funny photos and on and on that I’ve caught because of Twitter is astounding. Here are some links I’ve stumbled upon that I think are shareworthy, in no particular order:

First up, the annual “Forbes Fictional 15,” calculating the 15 richest fictional characters in the world… of imaginary characters.

Global markets are rapidly recovering from the 2008 financial crisis, and so are the fortunes of the fictitious. There are six new characters on the 2010 edition of Fictional 15, our annual ranking of fiction’s richest, with an average net worth of $7.3 billion.


The name says it all with this one. It’s an “epic and honest mobile home commercial.” Nuff said.
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