Archive for December, 2008

Nate Wade Love

Posted in customer service with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2008 by JD

My wife and I bought a new car last summer and after a full 10 hour day of car shopping (my wife was 9 months pregnant at the time mind you, so some of you will appreciate what that means) we decided to to with the Subaru Legacy we drove at Nate Wade Subaru. Why Mr Wade over the others? Customer service folks…customer service.

A relaxed, friendly neighborhood environment and an absolutely no pressure sales experience is what did it for us. The salesman knew his stuff and every employee there made us feel like a member of the family.

I took the car in for its first oil change, and even after 4 months, nothing has changed. The dorky cousin was back for a visit and they once again made me feel right at home.
The first oil change was free and they threw in a valve stem cover to replace the one I had already lost. I found a free bottle of touch-up paint in the car when I got in to drive away. Plus, the coffee I had while there was great!! Not the usual crap you get for free which has probably been sitting out for days.

Way to Nate Wade… Kudos to you.

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RA: Resident Advisor Top 100

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2008 by JD

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The Resident Advisor community has voted and come up with their list of the Top 100 DJ’s of 2008.
Anyone that know RA will not be surprised to see that unlike the “other” Top 100 DJ Poll, the top 10 is not stuffed full of Trance DJ’s. This poll is actually full of DJ’s pushing the boundaries of the electronic genre and really making the case to be called true artists on turntables. 

Many of you might argue when you see both Sasha and Digweed in the Top 10, but have you heard anything these two have done lately? These guys have been around since well before MP3’s were even a twinkle in someone’s eye and they are still pushing the limits and finding new ways to do what they do.  Just try and tell me the opening bassline on Digweed’s newest in the Transitions series didn’t make your jaw drop.

While you are checking out all 100 DJ’s, be sure to check out RA’s list of top albums, live acts, remixes and compilations as well.  There is a reason anyone who truly knows electronic music checks RA on a daily basis, these folks serve up the best of the genre and are all about finding the newest, ground breaking stuff out there.

Rockabye Baby…..Really??

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2008 by JD

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Before our baby was born, I was on the hunt for music to play to the tiny lady while still swimming around inside my wife’s stomach (yes, I know babies don’t really grow in stomachs).  I found an article somewhere about the Rockabye Baby series of discs, which consists of some of the more popular songs from mainly alternative and/or rock bands re-recorded as lullabies.

I downloaded a couple songs from each of a few albums to give them a listen, not knowing exactly what to expect.  What did I find?? These albums are crazy good. …and not just for kids.  I find myself listening to them even when my daughter is not around. Whoever came up with this idea is a damned genius. They are basically just lo-fi instrumental versions of hits from some of the best bands out there now and from back in music history.  You can choose from Metallica, Coldplay, Tool, The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Bjork….etc, etc.  Click on the link above to see all 25 albums available.  My favorite by far is the Radiohead album.  It’s almost as if these songs were originally written with the intent to be lullabies.

Don’t have a baby? It doesn’t matter, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Make Noise,

VoN

March Hare – “Carol of the Bells”

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2008 by JD

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Tis the season, so I thought I’d share a very cool version of one of my all  time favorite Christmas songs. I could stand an entire Christmas album done in the same vein as this song, it’d probably never leave my iPod. Enjoy!
March Hare – Carol of the Bells

Make noise,

VoN