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The Thinking Man – Are they really just going to eat us?

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I saw this video clip a few weeks back and tried to park it in the back of my brain.  It keeps pushing back to the front.  As an optimist who generally sees the positive side of progress, the ramifications of this clip are somewhat troubling.  Man has made a consumer-friendly, flesh-eating robot. Even if you are skeptical about this example, a quick Google search will turn up stories about government funding of battlefield robots design to operate on biomass.   …

Akron/Family – Mash-up Video – Philadelphia 3.4.11

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Friday evenings Akron/Family show was tremendous! Watch the video mash-up from The Blockley as these freak folk rock monsters throw-down a heavy dose of their goodness…

Introducing Patrick Lawler – Cinematographer

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In an effort to shed some light on the great creative energy going in this world I want to introduce you to Patrick Lawler and his work.  I was lucky enough to run across this 23 year old cinematographer and avid music lover from California and was blown away by the originality in his body of work.  His films demonstrate how a creative individual with the know-how and guts to try their own thing can create mind-blowing results.  Lawler offered …

Kayce Studies – Ayahuasca: Chapter II

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Ayahuasca: Chapter II By: Aaron Kayce Rick Ashby was devastated by the news that A Glimpse of The Feather’s plane had vanished over the ocean.  As far as anyone knew, he was the last person alive to have any sort of significant conversation with lead singer/rock god Jackson Rush.  This fact laid heavy on Ashby, a badge of honor and also a burden.  His Rolling Stone feature became the definitive A Glimpse of The Feather story and within a week …

SXSW Prep in Philly on Friday, March 4th

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Hey folks, this coming Friday March 4th Philly goes off with a sweet mix of freak folk rock and electro pop shows in such close proximity of each other that you can make an evening of it bouncing in-between both like your own mini warm-up for SXSW.  Start the evening with a trio of bands at the North Star Bar in the cities art museum hind quarter region. At 9pm An American Chinese kicks things off with music that may …

Doc Rock: A Novel Concept…..Artwork with your music

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The late 60’s and early 70’s were rife with concept albums.  These are albums in which all the songs contained are somehow connected by a unifying theme. Many premiere bands of the day such as Yes, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Who and others joined in the fray.   This month I’d like to focus on Jethro Tull, another band that were not about to be left out of the concept album mix.  1972’s Thick as a Brick was this band’s offering …

Dr. Dog – Live at the Electric Factory – 2.11.11

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Dr. Dog at home again finally!!!!  A superb show homecoming at Philly’s Electric Factory.  The video below is a mash-up of the evening featuring bits from: I Only Wear Blue, The Way the Lazy Do, Shadow People, Heart It Races and Jackie Wants A Black Eye.

The Thinking Man – Singularity

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Surely you’ve heard of “Moore’s Law”.  It’s the moniker given to the trend in computer processor power that keeps our computer technology getting faster and more powerful, while the costs stay about the same.   Exponential growth is a powerful force. Some people believe that the concept of Moore’s Law can be applied across a range of scientific and technological disciplines and that this exponential growth of technology has frighteningly huge ramifications.  One of these people is Ray Kurzweil, a self-described …

Girl Talk – Mash-up Video from 2.4.11 Electric Factory

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Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk hit Philly this past Friday evening and threw a monster party in that old girl the Electric Factory.  Check out some of the highlights in the video below 

Preview – Greensky Bluegrass, Cornmeal, USPS – Feb 10th Sullivan Hall

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Every now and then a show so sweet comes along that it becomes necessary to set off flares and sound the alarm.  On Feb 10th Brooklyn’s Sullivan Hall slices off a triple bill of bluegrass, folk and Americana music in what is sure to be a grand evening of live music.  I’ve caught both Greensky Bluegrass and Cornmeal before and can vouch for their abilities to sway the crowd bringing some serious wear and tear to dance floors everywhere.  Special …