I rarely have time for stuff besides music and work these days. Always working on something for the website it seems. However, I try and take a little break for lunch, and on weekends, to relax and spend time with the wife. Also, if we've got time at night (depending on when we're both done with the jobs) we like to watch some TV on DVD or a movie - usually in the background while we're working on something else, sometimes to just zone out with a good beer. She's usually doing art, I'm usually harassing people to get the new website up. Anyway, between a few spare moments for lunch (usually eaten at my desk) and these few moments of relaxation at night ... I've finally been able to check out a few new TV shows that I've really enjoyed. And, welp, I felt like sharing.
A friend recommended "The Devil in the White City" and I started reading it this weekend. So far, it's really good. Just thought I'd post a book recommendation, I'll post more as I work my way though it (when I have time that is). Check it out on Amazon.
I like to read -- unfortunately I get to read far less for pleasure than I'd like. Between catching up on happenings around the web (RSS is my lifeblood) and staying up to date / reading business books ... there's not a whole lot of time left for pleasure reading. However, I've caught a few moments in the past few weeks to start reading some of Dennis Lehane's Private Eye books (the characters from the awesome movie "Gone Baby Gone") and have been really enjoying them.
I finished reading "The 50th Law" last night. It's probably my least favorite by Robert Greene (if you haven't read his other three, I definitely recommend them) - but that was more because it was clearly written for a broader audience than his past. That's not to say the information and message was not great, it was more that it felt a little ... shallow at times. Lacking the depth I am used to from his other books. That said, I thought the message of fearlessness and how to look at life - exhilarating. As an entrepreneur, many of the mindsets and thought processes described in the book were ones I, myself, have had, struggled with, and contemplated over the years. So it was really motivating to read. It was actually a quick read - and while I'd recommend his 48 Laws of Power first; this is a book worth checking out. The parallels with 50 cent and the music world were a nice bonus.
In another issue of "Jason Recommends Something Most People Probably Wouldn't Expect Because It's Not Pop-Punk" ... I am enjoying the new Foster the People album. If you want something to just "have fun with" or whatever - this is what I'd put on.
Absolutely engulfed in the new Bon Iver album. Didn't expect to fall for it in this way, this quickly. But I did and love it. Very ethereal, dynamic, and absolutely beautiful. So, while today I work on some new artist profile stuff, this will be playing through my headphones. I definitely recommend checking it out. It's different - but give it a try. Different can be very good.
I'll post some screen shots of the artist profile stuff in a little banana.
Edit 10 minutes later: Weird, I was eating a banana when I typed this and my brain used that word instead of "bit." I need to finish my coffee before blogging apparently.
Just started reading "The 50th law" by Robert Greene. It follows 50 Cent through his dealings in the business/music world, and discusses power from a historical and contemporary standpoint. Literally just started it, but so far I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I'll post more thoughts when I'm done.
Really enjoying this album at the moment ... it's just got something about it that's speaking to me. Not my usual recommendation, but if I only gave you the usual, what good would I be? Rdio is premiering it, which means even without an account you should be able to stream it below. Give it a spin.
I put together a playlist of some songs from the albums I think are definitely worth checking out today. Anything else you think is definitely worth giving a listen to? Leave me a comment and let me know.
You may have thought with all the blogs about the future website changes, I stopped checking out new music. That's just not how I roll. So, a bunch more recommendations will be coming your way as well. Looking for something new to listen to? Grab the new Daybreaker EP The Northbound Trains. This thing fucking rules. Best EP I've heard yet this year.
Thank you to whoever recommended The Vaccines to me. The album is a whole lot of fun and I'm really enjoying it at the moment. Check it out if you're looking for a new band to get into. Ok, just a quick blog update before I get back to working on the new version of the website. Finalizing how the pull-down menus look today. I am extremely particular.
The Rdio application for OSX is insane. I have only opened iTunes to play some songs Rdio doesn't have yet (Thursday, Man Orch, you know ...) but beyond that: I'm in love. If they ever put in an option to merge my computer tunes with this -- it will be the only program I'd need for music. Hell, it would be such a killer app I'd buy other products (Roku, sonos, etc.) just so I could use Rdio. Ok, how do I invest in these guys? Get the app here.
I'm working on search stuff on the new AP.net today. I've got it working about 300% faster than before, and only need to fix up a few more small things before I can cross it off my list.
Listen to: "Make It Stop (September's Children)" by Rise Against.
There are a few moments when you're listening to The Format's "Dog Problems" where the lyrics make you think, "God, going through that must have been so painful to inspire that line" or "yep, I know how that feels." That was the last album that lyrically made me ache. I think there are moments on "Simple Math" that rival that feeling.