Monday Music #13 Happy New Years

I’m not off to a great start this new year as I’m already late with this weeks Monday Music post. So without further delay, my pick for this week is from Tamacun Rodrigo and Gabriela. They’re a great acoustic guitar duo from Mexico. I’ve been listening to them for a few years off and on again. Tamacun is a very popular track, namely it was played in AMC’s show Breaking Bad. Regardless, the duo are amazing and they should be the ones breaking in the Continue reading →

Monday Music #12 Boards of Canada

I’m a week behind, but I’m blaming the holidays for missing last week’s Monday Music. Last week the weather in Chicago and nearby suburbs was oddly warm, wet and cloudy. But today, we have a mix of rain and snow (aka sleet) and the clouds looming overhead make for a fairly gloomy day thus far. Today’s music is from Boards of Canada, which I’ve mentioned before in a previous Monday Music which seems a bit redundant, but I really do enjoy their music for these kind of gloomy/grey (gray?) days. Continue reading →

Monday Music #11 Daft Punk

This weekend, I noticed a new documentary on Showtime: Daft Punk Unchained. It never occurred to me that I’ve been listening to them for over 15 years. Their more recent work – Random Access Memories and the Tron Legacy Soundtrack are both amazing in and beyond their own genre. I was blown away from the Tron Legacy Soundtrack as they managed to nail the blending of electronic music as the backdrop of a major motion film. For this Monday’s Music, I’m selecting two of their works. One from Continue reading →

The epic fail of Microsoft, Verizon and dead on arrival Lumia 950/950XL

It’s Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 and in the United States, we still have this stupid arrangement within the mobile phone industry with infrastructure cartels also known as carriers. On the other end of the mobile industry is the mobile phone manufacturers. Somewhere the two meet and that’s where consumers get the “privilege” to live – in this contorted hell between carriers and manufacturers. From mid-2013 to December 2015, I was a Microsoft Lumia 928 user. The 928 is a phone which is specific only to Verizon (just because they’re Continue reading →

Monday Music #10 Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland died last week on Thursday, December 3rd. I really loved Stone Temple Pilots their music and lyrics. They were really a staple CD (remember those?) I often listened to. It’s a shame Scott had terrible addiction that took his life. He will be missed – or at the very least, his performances and works will be missed. For today’s Monday Music, I’m going with STP today in memory of Scott.  

Microsoft Band 2 Review

I’ve been using the Microsoft Band 2 for a few weeks now and I can say I’m thrilled with it. In comparison to the original Band, it’s significantly better by leaps and bounds. If you’re in the market for a health tracker/watch, the Band 2 is my best recommendation. It’s probably everything the first gen should have been, but Microsoft had to learn hard but valuable lessons having gone through the first version. I have not tried the Apple iWatch nor the Samsung Gear S2 – so to Continue reading →

Monday Music #9 Holiday Edition

The week of Thanksgiving in the US ends with Black Friday and the following week starts with Cyber Monday. Along with these consumer-based traditions, I typically dig into the holiday playlist. Vince Guaraldi with Charlie Brown is a staple holiday jazz classic for me.  

Monday Music #8 Thanksgiving edition

Today’s music isn’t music but rather a comedy act from Stan Freberg. It’s hard for me to not think about Stan Freberg during this time of year as it’s Thanksgiving week in the US. Ever since I was a young boy, my father always played (and continues to play) Stan Freberg’s The United States of America for Thanksgiving. It’s a funny sketch on the history of the United States and in particular, Thanksgiving. I’m fond of three particular tracks. If there is (or was) a list of historical satire Continue reading →

Monday Music #7

Today, I’m starting off with yet another soundtrack from the film Broken Flowers. It’s a gem of a movie with Bill Murray as the lead and a superb complementary cast (Jessica Lange, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Sharon Stone and Jeffrey Wright) that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention. The style of the movie is very intriguing so if you’re looking for something on the stranger side but interesting I’d recommend seeing Broken Flowers. I’m not too familiar with Jim Jarmusch’s work other than this film. I won’t go into the Continue reading →