I’m Baaaaack!

Posted in Random on July 29, 2011 by JD

Or am I?
I’ve been a bit busy being a dad, moving to a new state, starting a new job and other stuff that’s really not all that time consuming.

I see that I’ve been gaining popularity while away, my blog had 1 visitor this week, which is a 100% increase from the week before (way to go SEO!)

Stay tuned….

A New Venture

Posted in Random with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by JD

One thing i’ve always wanted to find is a local vegetarian website or blog for Salt Lake City packed with all sorts of info about being and eating veg in SLC. I’ve never found one, so a couple tweeps of mine (@spookyvegan & @heydebhenry) with the same thing in mind decided to start our own.

If you are veg, thinking about becoming veg, traveling to SLC and looking for healthy veg -friendly places to eat, or just want to read a blog with 3 random veg’s rambling about stuff….come check us out!

vegSLC.com

Make Noise!

I and Love and The Avett Brothers

Posted in music, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2009 by JD

avetts_1_2I know, I know, it has taken me way too long to sit down and finally write a review of the Avett’s newest release. After 8 albums or so (not including live ones), the Avetts were “discovered” by producer extraordinaire Rick Rubin, who threw them in the studio and put his magic touch on their punk-grass sound.  A 3 song EP was released a few months back and gave fans their first taste of new Avett’s in about 2 years, and  of what was to come when the full album is released.  I think it is safe to say that many fans had the same reaction as I to the new Rick Rubinized Avetts…… “Track 1 – I and Love and You: okay, some piano,  the cello a bit more pronounced, overall a great mellow opening song.  On to the next tune – Kickdrum Heart: “Uhhhhhh……ummmmm…..what the hell is this? Did iTunes mess up and download the wrong band? No, these voices definitely belong to the brothers.”  Track 3 – Laundry Room:  “Okay, we’re getting back to the Avett’s I know, even a good old fashioned ho-down right at the end of the track.”   So the hooping and hollering aren’t really there and some other band’s song got downloaded by accident, but I’m looking forward to the full-length.

Judging by what I was reading online and by the 3 song EP, many fans were apprehensive as to what they would hear when I and Love and You finally came out.  I have to admit that I did not download the album the day it came out.  I was about a week late and was getting bummed out, as one of the terms I was hearing used quite a bit about this new album is “sell-outs”.  I was imagining and entire album of Kick Drum Heart.   A week after it’s release, I finally added it to my iPod and listened to it completely through several times to get a good feel for it and really hear it…and all I have to say is, “Are you f*cking kidding me?!?!” I and Love and You is nothing short of amazing!! This album shows even more what truly gifted musicians the Avett’s are.  Sure it’s more produced and more polished, but how in the hell does that mean sell-out?  If there is any band out there who deserves getting “discovered” by a mega-producer, getting major distribution and becoming huge, it is the Avetts!! They have stayed true to who they are and their music is still amazing.  It might not be the knee slapping, jug band, stomping on the porch music that the annoying fans refer to when they scream out “play some old stuff” at their live shows, but it shows an amazing progression and true growth as musicians, and the heart of what they have always been is  still there.  The banjo is a bit less prevalent but still there, and the piano has definitely come out a bit more in many songs.

Three highlights from this album for me:

  • I and Love and You
  • Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise (this is one of 2 goosebump, tear to my eye songs on this album)
  • The Perfect Space (this is the other)

I and Love and the Avett Brothers! Nothing disappointing about this album in the least bit.
And as I’ve said before, if you ever get the chance to see these boys live…..DO NOT MISS IT!!!
One of the most amazing and crazy live shows you will ever see. My wife had never been to a show until this past summer, never really even listened to them much….the show (one of the mellower ones even) is now “the best show she has ever seen” and she hasn’t stopped listening to them since.

Make Noise!!

No More Excuses

Posted in green, Raves with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by JD

madsen I’m guilty of it….I’ll just drive to the store, even though it is only blocks away, because I need to buy more than will fit in my bag (even though I have a large Chrome messenger bag).

No more excuses folks, enter Madsen cargo bikes.  You can probably carry as much in/on these bad boys as you can fit in the trunk of a compact car; plus, you’re getting some exercise, don’t need to find a parking spot on a busy Saturday and are not emitting any carbon emissions. And another awesome thing…..they are a local company, made right here in good old Utah.

I had the chance to check out a Madsen during the Bike Bonanza at Gallivan Plaza this past spring, and I can honestly say that they are the highest of quality and workmanship.  No, I don’t own one….yet, but plan on getting one this next spring (if I don’t win one first).

Make Noise!

Madsen Cycles Cargo Bikes

Ballad of Love and ummm…..yeah, lots more love.

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2009 by JD

264890506_b67b1b2997_oThere has not been a show this summer that I have been more excited about than the Avett Brothers at Red Butte Gardens.  If you have never seen these guys live, you have no idea what you are missing….and in such an amazing venue!!  There is no folk / bluegrass group out there more punk rock than these guys.  Wait…..what?

Go to the show and you’ll see what I mean.

The show isn’t sold out and they may not have the biggest following of the bands to play before them at Red Butte, but their following has a voracious appetite for them and their music, and to say they get a bit crazy at their shows is an understatement.

Heartless Bastards open up tonight (another band I have been wowed by lately).
Grab a bottle of the strongest stuff you can find and some fine cheeses (it is Red Butte after all) and come on up for a show you will not soon forget.

Make Noise!

Summer Essentials – Chris Isaak “Baja Sessions”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by JD

album-baja-sessions Okay, so some of you might want to fight me by making this a Summer Essential, but honestly…..have you really ever listened to Chris Isaak? If this guy’s music doesn’t scream SUMMER TIME, then I don’t know what does (other than the previous Summer Essentials of course). Judging by the name alone, “Baja Sessions”, and the very much overall resort-esque theme to each song, I am damn sure he wrote this as a soundtrack to summer.

The laid back guitar on the first track, “Pretty Girls Don’t Cry”, makes this the perfect “chillin’ in a hammock with a cold beer” song.  Forward to track 3, “Only the Lonely” and you’ve immediately got a great cover of another perfect chill song. On “Two Hearts”, Chris shows exactly why all the ladies swoon when he takes the stage. Ohhh Chris, that sultry voice and those falseto high notes. melt melt swoon swoon….

Keep in mind, this is not exactly backyard BBQ music. You put this on and your guests will be snoozing soon or probably finding excuses to leave the most un-lively party ever.  “Baja Sessions” is hammock music, or hanging with close friends on the patio with some cocktails.

If you are looking for the ultimate summer concert experience and are in Salt Lake City, be sure to get tickets to see him live at Red Butte Gardens on August 14th. Bring a magnum of a nice white or rose wine and some friends to see Mr Summer himself at the ultimate summer venue.

Make Noise!

Summer Essentials – “The Very Best of…”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by JD

TootsP1982Knock Just when you were probably thinking I had something against “island” music played by actual inhabitants of the islands, I spring this one on you.  Anyone who knows me and knows my taste in music knows that I am really not a fan of reggae, in fact I used to dislike it so much I’d leave the room if it was on.  Then along came my wife who introduces me to Toots, one of the original reggae “masters”, and in my opinion, the man who funkified Reggae.  My eyes were opened and now every summer out comes “The Very Best of Toots & The Maytals”.  When Toots comes from the speakers at any party, you know it is time to do some major chillin’.

Since this is a Greatest hits album it is hard to choose only a few songs to add to your ultimate summer playlist, but tops in my book are “Funky Kingston“; which, if you watched TLC’s Miami Ink, you will remember as their opening theme song.  I love the vocal flow of  “Pomps & Pride“, it has the ability to put a smile on my face every time I hear it. A tough choice for the third song you need to add would be a song you have probably heard Hundreds of times, but probably not this original version. “Pressure Drop” was probably made most famous by The Specials, but was originally recorded by Toots & The Maytals in 1969.

So there you go, probably the only “real” reggae album you will see on this list, so take it all in if you are a fan of Reggae.  Some people say Reggae IS summer music, but when all you listen to is Reggae all summer long, it definitely gets old.

Make some summer noise!!