The Zutons (2006)

Mark Ronson & Amy Winehouse (2007)

The one thing I can't seem to figure out is how Ronson scored top billing when it's obvious that Winehouse makes this song worth revisiting...

Amy Winehouse Live

take THAT, Steve Winwood and 80's television.


Monster Maker

Sharkey and C-Rayz Walz are... Monster Maker
(click to download album)

01 Birth Of Ratto Di Laboratorio
02 This Ol' Twisted World
03 My Way
04 Pain To The Picture
05 Jumping Off At The Jumpoff
06 Electric Avenue
07 Might She Shoot
08 We Speak Animal
09 Forgotten
10 Loss Of Niche ft. Zooks
11 The Moment Before Crazy ft. Vast Aire
12 Slim Chances

I know that I am getting a late pass on this disc, but chances are you haven't given it a spin yet either. Check out the official site for more info and a taste of the concept.


Airline Sacrifices; this time the goat gets it.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.

Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircrafts, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.

The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights," said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

Local media last week blamed the company's woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu deities.

Through the extraordinary investigative prowess of my friend Bryan (catch him with Detachment Kit), I am able to present a second hand Arabic technical service bulletin full of recondite information.


Good Life

I'll admit a small spot in the guilty pleasures zone of my heart that enjoys just a lil' T-Pain every so often. What can I say? I'm not made of stone. Kanye has released a video for the third single from Graduation, and it's a song that I have been listening to every day on my way to work for the past month or so. There's still time to help Ye crush fiddy, so go BUY that album (downloaders, I'm looking at you).


Find Your Way Home

Roma di Luna will be celebrating the release of their new album entitled "Find Your Way Home" at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN. They will be joined by local singer/songwriter JoAnna James, as the Cedar Cultural Center kicks off their season with this FREE, All-Ages event scheduled for September 6th.

416 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis MN
7:00pm Doors | 7:30pm Music

Roma di Luna is an acoustic duo whose music recalls early 20th century folk and country set to modern times. As husband and wife, Alexei and Channy Casselle co-write songs that are plaintive, sometimes dark yet “hauntingly soothing” noted for “simple instrumentation along with piercing, emotively beautiful vocals.” The songs are presented in a stark manner, keeping them true to the influence of Americana roots. Lyrics soaked with confessions and hard truths pay homage to the storytellers and spiritual revelations of the folk and gospel tradition.

Alexei Moon Casselle is better known in the underground hip-hop scene as an MC under the alias Crescent Moon as a former member of Oddjobs and current member of Kill the Vultures, occasionally touring with Atmosphere as Slug’s hype-man. Channy Moon Casselle is a classically trained violinist who has played with various bluegrass groups and has already blossomed into a talented singer/songwriter.

Roma di Luna first emerged on the scene through weekly busking performances at the downtown Minneapolis farmer’s market beginning in 2004. They played traditional numbers from Alan Lomax songbooks on a corner next to meat vendors and vegetable farmers, eventually working more of their original songs into their spirited sets. Their first visit to the recording studio in Spring 2006 resulted in the track “These Tears Ain’t Mine” which was featured on the Twin Town High 2006 compilation CD and has gone on to garner a local buzz and regular airplay on local radio.

aline_aux_usa provides the video feed from a show at the 400 Bar.

Roma di Luna releases are available on iTunes
JoAnna James can be found online at CD Baby


Crouching Aircraft Factory Hidden Airplane Terminal

During World War II the Army Corps of Engineers needed to hide the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant and Terminal to protect it from a Japanese air attack. The entire area was covered with camouflage netting and trompe l'oeil to make it look like a rural subdivision from the air.



Historical Perspective
Los Angeles metropolitan area during WWII


No Reservations Cleveland Comic Book

The Travel Channel recently aired an episode of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations featuring Harvey Pekar. Flip through the No Reservations Cleveland shoot comic book to read Tony's take before and after meeting Pekar. Then read Pekar's take on the 'No Reservations' shoot. Enjoy!

Prologue by Anthony Bourdain

Epilogue by Anthony Bourdain

The Shoot of No Reservations by Harvey Pekar


Murray's Revenge

MURS and 9th Wonder bring us Murray's Revenge: the video. Speaking from personal knowledge, this man really does love video games. I thoroughly enjoy the classic Nintendo reset moment before the seccond verse jumps.