Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Genius

Came across a pretty cool news story today. NPR had a story on a couple of the winners of the "genius grant." The MacArthur foundation gave away 25 genius grants (500,000 bones) to people of all sorts of occupations. The winners were chosen for their creativity and their efforts to "make our world a better place." There were doctors, scientists, artists...

So NPR featured one of the winners named Walter Kitundu who is a "multimedia artist" who builds and creates hybrid instruments out of old turntables, stings and other stuff.

Making an instrument of my own thats completely unique has been something that I have wanted to try for a very long time, so i found this story particularly intriguing. This guy is freaking nuts.

Here is my favorite instrument.

Its called the "Rain Activated Acoustic Phonograph"

"Installed curbside on streets with an incline, this instrument uses runoff rainwater for power. When it rains soft music plays all over the city. The music also arrives during the spring thaw, accompanying the water's return to the sea. Neighborhood residents get to decide on the music."

He's made quite a few other instruments that are equally as cool, check em out on his website. He also has some videos of him demonstrating these.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hot Jamzzzzz

Nothing gets my feet moving and my booty shaking like a groovy beat. Ladies and gentlemen let me introduce to you Mr. Ronald Jenkees...

I dont know if this guy is mildly autistic or not, (his bio says "Before you ask, I'm a perfectly normal and healthy guy, just a little geeky and different") he is definitely very eccentric to say the least. But basically, this guy has a couple of synthesizers and creates these insane beats. I have never seen someone play a keyboard like this guy. Enjoy...im off to guitar center to go play me some keyboards.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Oh baby

Just bought myself a couple of tickets to see this man...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

So Smooth

There are a lot of things that I am very thankful for. One of these things is that Andersons can grow pretty good beards. I have always taken pride in the beards that I can grow, and my complete lack of bald spots (on top of my head is beginning to become a different story).

Anyways, a couple weeks ago I treated myself to something that I had never experienced before. A hot towel shave. A few years ago after I came back from ecuador with a full beard, my buddy dan and I had talked about going to an old smokey barbershop and getting a hot towel shave with warm shaving cream and one of those oldschool straight razors. Well it turns out that no one does that anymore. Safety reasons I guess. I literally called every single barber shop in the city asking if they did old fashioned shaves and they all said they didnt. Then finnally we found a place...

Its called Sole Patch Barbershop. Yes kind of a lame name but its a really cool place. Funny thing is though before they opened Sole Patch, it use to be an old barbershop where "Bud the barber" would give me a Bull Cut and ask me about my girlfriends.

After deciding whether or not I should do it once i heard a hot towel shave was $25 I decided that I only live once so why not. (This is our year TJ!!!!!). So Aaron, Carter Posladek, Carter's friend and I met up at Sole Patch and dished out 25 bones for the BEST SHAVE OF OUR LIVES.

One pass with the grain, 2 passes against the grain
Aaron's delicate face soaking in various oils and minerals
The basement lounge where you can hang out and play guitars before your haircut or shave

$25+$5 tip...

Worth every penny