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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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.  

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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...

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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...