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Taylor Made for Profits

There has been a ton of chatter over the last several days since Taylor Swift et al decided to pull her catalog from Spotify. Some are pointing a finger at Spotify for paying out at too low a rate, others saying that Swift & Co. are simply trying to force fans to purchase more profitable downloads or CDs. But […]

30th Anniversary Land Cruiser 70

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Land Cruiser 70, Toyota is bringing back a slightly updated version of one of my favorite cars. Sadly, it’s only for one year and sadder yet it will only be available in Japan. Maybe Subaru will bring back the ’77 BRAT, with it’s insane rear facing jump seats, in […]

600 Words on ‘Beyoncé’

1) A front line artist selling 600,000+ US albums in 72 hrs, with no album set up whatsoever, is really healthy in 2013. I don’t care if you’re Beyoncé and the bar is set really high, she reached a good number of fans. That many people opening up iTunes over the weekend to buy an album […]

Six Months Later

Our son is six months old this week. The road here has felt much like one paved with cobblestones. Besides the madness/bliss/exhaustion that is caring for a baby, my father died in October, we started the process of buying a more child friendly house in November, which is about to wrap up this week (more […]

On Becoming a Father

It’s been 9 days since our son was born. Things are finally starting to settle down slightly, a bit of a rhythm is taking shape. He’s currently sleeping in the swing next to me so I thought I’d use the opportunity to write something about the birth experience. Becoming a father is truly incredible. There’s […]

Summer Reading

I thought if I put together a list of the books I want to read (in addition to creating a physical pile, a printed and bound roadblock of sorts, in the middle of the small path that leads to my side of the bed) it might help motivate me to work through them at a quicker […]

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The Importance of the Album

I spent the better part of my evening last night working through an August 1967 issue of Crawdaddy I’d picked up at Amoeba before meeting my wife for dinner. The cover feature was an 8 page interview with Paul Rothchild, who talks at length about recording the then just released first Doors LP*. Rothchild rambles […]

Michael Jackson’s shower bench sold for $4,480 at auction

Julien’s Auctions held a sale in December that included much of the contents of the giant Holmby Hills estate Michael Jackson had been renting at the time of his death. Included in the auction was a shower bench that had been customized by Michael with several stick figure drawings. The winning bid for the bench […]

Deadstock Mid-Century ‘Slot Loading’ Car Turntable

Never mounted or installed and allegedly in the original box, which I wish they had included photos of in the listing. Not sure what year this dates to, the seller described it as being from the ’50s/60s’. I’ve seen versions of the in-car record player where it was installed in the glove box area, but […]