Saturday, June 28, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
I took a little tour of the All At Once Community area to see a little more on how Jack was using the tour to help promote the awareness of things to do to be better to the environment and a little more Green, if you know what I mean. There were some interesting topics including one group who had all the information on which candidates voted which way on all the different environmental bills. They didn't try to sway your vote, just inform you of the issues and how people voted. They were trying to register voters as well which is always good when you have a big mixed crowd at a show.
Some of the other groups talked about growing food and reusing materials as compost. How to compost in general and how to basically be able to sustain without relying on outside resources. That was interesting to hear. Surfrider was there to talk about ocean polution, especially plastic shopping bags and plastic bottles. From all my years of surfing the beaches in San Diego and fishing off the coast in boats, I can tell you there is a lot of junk and runoff waste that goes into the ocean. I'm surprised that we haven't killed everything off. There were more things to see as well. Check out surfrider and become a member even if you don't live near the coast http://www.surfrider.org/
The one thing that dissappointed me about the venue, was that Live Nation was using #6 plastic cups that were clear and could have easily used #1 plastic cuos to recycle. Outside of the All At Once Community there really wasn't much awareness for the environment. People were throwing #6 Plasitic cups in the recycle bins which can't even be recycled. People outside were also throwing their cans and bottles in the trash bins, not the recycle bins. That kind of stuff annoyed me.
We did carpool ourselves, 6 all came out and I felt good that we did our part, but we still parked in the regular spot because the area they had for carpoolers of 4 or more in a car was filled up.
Mason Jennings came out about 7:30 - 7:45pm not really sure. He put on a good performance, but didn't find him to be an outstanding singer. I thought he was just an average folk type guy. That's my "Idol" judging.
I was thinking Money Mark was supposed to come out and play, but around 9pm or so, Jack came out and started playing. So not sure if Money Mark played earlier or outside, but all I saw him do was a song with Jack during the show. - Update 07/01/2008 - Money Mark did come out and jam prior to my arrival at the show. With Traffic and walking, I guess I missed it.
Jack started off with Hope, Taylor, Flake and really sounded good. We were up in the grass and even there he sounds clear as can be. We certainly couldn't see him. but the screens were up and you could catch a bit from those. I would have thought Alpine would have had bigger screens, but they did the trick.
Jack seemed really in tune with the crowd, playing is usually mellow surfer way and really was awesome. Some of my favorites of the night were Upside Down into Bubble Toes. Also I was digging Banna Pancakes and Good People. He did Times Like These, but I need to figure out where in the set it went.
Overall it was a great time and Jack once again put on an amazing show and really was impressive. I would really love to see him and Ben Harper get back together for a couple of shows, switching off and jamming, playing some together. That would be sweet.
If you get a chance, Jack will be back out touring in August. For those in the UK he's heading over in July. Check out http://www.jackjohnsonmusic.com/ for all the info on tours, news and the All At Once Community. Also check out his myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/jackjohnsonmusic to catch a little audio if haven't heard his music before.
Setlist(to the best of my knowledge):
Jack Johnson Alpine Valley, East Trow, WI 6-21-08
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Not to go into too much history, but Jakob is the youngest of four children born to Bob Dylan and his ex-wife Sara Dylan. So the talent runs deep in the blood.
The new and first Solo album that Jakob has put out was produced by Rick Rubin. Rubin is certainly a fantastic person to work with. He did all those great Johnny Cash sessions that produced the American Recordings as well as the “Unearthed” box set. Of course he’s done a lot more stuff with everyone from The Beastie Boys, Dixie Chicks all the way to Neil Diamond. So getting time with Rick Rubin certainly means you are going to be getting some of your best stuff brought out of you.
This new project of Jakob’s has 10 songs on it and many are straight acoustic sessions. Many of the song have a similar sound, but it’s a good one. I like the acoustic feel and how it brings out how good Jakob’s voice sounds. It’s certainly not a Bob Dylan acoustic cd, it’s Jakob’s own sound.
You can pick this one up on iTunes for $7.99 which is a really good deal and worth looking into. It’s a good one and worth picking up for sure. I just pulled out an old Wallflowers cd just to jam to a little more Jakob Dylan. Enjoy!
1. Evil Is Alive And Well
2. Valley Of The Low Sun
3. All Day And All Night
4. Everybody Pays As They Go
5. Will It Grow
6. I Told You I Couldn't Stop
7. War Is Kind
8. Something Good This Way Comes
9. On Up The Mountain
10. This End Of The Telescope
Monday, June 09, 2008
1. Life In Technicolor
2. Cemeteries Of London
5. Lovers In Japan/Reign Of Love
7. Viva La Vida
8. Violet Hill
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Death And All His Friends
Thursday, June 05, 2008
The timing of the experiment was right at the end of the Salmon run and giving the participants about a good solid month of real winter to deal with. So the key was to stock up on food, firewood and all provisions early as possible as you don't know when the weather will turn on you. Water for some was tought to come by because all the sources froze up and it takes a long time and effort to melt ice and snow for water. They each had a canning system and needed to try to put away as much food as possible. It worked for some and not others. Two of the groups were taken on Moose hunts and Two were taken on Mountain Goat Hunts. So they were given opportunities to get other some meat. The Goat groups both took one home and for the Moose, no such luck. I lived in New Hampshire and tried like hell to find a Moose, they really like to stay in tough locations and are really elusive. I'm not suprised that no Moose were taken down by the volunteers. They did try hard.
The four locations and volunteers were as follows:
Icy Bay, Camp Riou Point(description taken from Discovery.com): Sediment-laden water from the mainland surrounding Icy Bay has built the thick, soggy sands of Riou Point's beaches. The sand is littered with hundreds of uprooted trees and driftwood, ideal for firewood or making furniture. A freshwater stream, which can provide water year-round, is about a half-mile down the beach.
An old fish shack located near the mouth of the bay will be home to the Wise family. The shack is near a pristine beach that will take the brunt of the vicious Icy Bay storms.
The volunteers are from Kansas City, KS(Near The OP where I Live), Dennis Wise is a retired GM worker, who spends some of his spare time hanging out at the Bass Pro shop in Olathe, KS(pronounced O-Lay-Tha) doing canoe and kayak demonstrations and loves to fish. Where else would you want to hang out except maybe at Cabela's :-)
Along with Dennis are his two daughters, Jennifer, 21 and her sister Carolyn, 23, a student at Witchata State University. Both certainly had their issues to work out with each other and with their father. They really seemed to come to gether by the end.They were certainly a fun group to watch, because at the start Dad was giving all the direction and pissing off the kids. By the end they worked together and got things done. I'm sure the editing process had a lot to do with our preception of the family, but I certainly was glad to see them all come along and help get things done.
I don't know if the cameras were just potraying the kids to be a pain in the ass at the start, but between eating all the food at the start wasn't really smart. But maybe they just have been spoiled, who knows. But 3 months will change them.
They unfortunately didn't get the Moose on the hunt, but they did catch a great supply of Salmon and canned it right so even if it drove them crazy, they had the food to survive.
I think it really helped to have the knowledge Dennis did of basic carpenter tasks and of course indoor plumbing. My vote is that if it were only the sisters out in the wilderness they would have been in trouble long ago - like wilking into the cabin. But with Dennis along, they put it together and did a great job.
I really hope that they will be doing some sort of speaking engagement in Kansas, maybe at Pro Bass Shop, Cabela's or Backwoods. It would be interesting to hear their perspective on things and not just what we saw edited on TV.
Camp Back Bay(description taken from Discovery.com): At the back of Icy Bay sits what's known as a "wall tent," a classic shelter used for decades in the Alaskan wilderness. This sturdy, 200-square-foot tent is built on a wooden platform and outfitted with a wood-burning stove to battle Icy Bay's cold, wet conditions. Jeff Frederick and Elizabeth Widmeyer will live in this wall tent.
Volunteers were Jeff Fredrick, 35 from around NYC and Elizabeth Widmeyer, 23 also from the NYC area.
Jeff is a former mountain rescue volunteer and works as a hydrologist and does environmental consulting in the New York City area.
Elizabeth is a waste water engineer and loves to be outdoors. She spent 75 days hiking, camping, fishing and surviving in the Austrailian Outback. Quite an adventurer I would say.
Jeff and Elizabeth have been dating for a short period of time and this certainly may not be the best way to test your future. Then again, it may be the best way to test whether you can stand to be with each other for a long period of time with out others around. It's like moving to a new city where you know no one at all - actually it's not, but that can be challenging as well and I've done that.So these two go the raw end of the deal, a tent. No cabin for comfort or protection against the creatures of the night. A big old tent. I personally would have told the producers they were nuts. Things didn't go so well for these two. No luck hunting Moose, they only caught a few fish and half the fish they caught was lost in the canning process. To top things off, Jeff's father, who had been ill, took a turn for the worst.
These two had it the hardest of all the groups I would say. They had a lot going on coming into this and you could see a lot of tension build because it seemed like Jeff was really outspoken and tried to basically run things. There were times where I think Elizabeth should have spoke up or stuck a foot up Jeff's ass. Still after all they went through, it seems as though they came together in the end. Seeing the reunion show will tell if the test helped or hurt.
Location: Upper Chitina River Valley, Camp Flower Lake(taken from discovery.com): Roughly two miles from the river in a densely forested area lies Flower Lake. A log cabin overlooks the pristine lake and will be home to Tim, Allan and Jasmine. This area is a favorite hangout of a herd of wild buffalo as well as grizzly bears, moose and wolves.
These three really had a test of personalities. Tim was so laid back, but still had strong opinions of things, where Allen was outspoken, hyper and seemed to think he had the answer to many things. At least that's my take from seeing the segments aired. Jasmine, kind of went with the flow, but seemed to pull her own weight as well in getting things done. She dressed the kill. collected wood, organized and carried as large of a pack it seemed.
These guys were challenged from the start because the personalities. They went out and cut wood, but didn't always cut right and broke their handle on the big saw. Overall they did pretty well getting set up. They are dropped off 10 miles out with a compass and need to find the cabin. From there they are on their way.
Each group has a load of food and equiptment at the cabins. Non of it has protein, but will be needed to sustain. Rice, beans and all that crap will be waiting them.
These guys went through some crazy times on this adventure. They went out and got fish and Tim took down a Mountain Goat. So the food esentials went well for them.
For what ever crazy reason these guys got a bug up their ass and decided to hike up the glacier to visit the last group we will talk about in a minute. They planned on a 3-4 day adventure and showed up about 8 days later. Not the best planning and navagation for these guys. They ended up staying the rest of the trip and leaving the rest of their stuff back at the lake cabin. To me these guys were a little too dangerous to be left out in the woods. Still in the end they made it and all was well.
Camp Hawkins Glacier(taken from Discovery.com): Three thousand feet above the river valley is a trapper's cabin built in the 1950s near Hawkins Glacier; this will be home to Bernice and Greg Pierson. This area is full of rocky terrain, breathtaking views and unique landscapes. The proximity of the glacier will allow Greg and Bernice to use it as a freezer as well as a freshwater source.
Bernice Pierson, 34, works as a personal clothier, but is also an adventure racer. Greg Pierson, 36, is a self-employed concrete mason.
Greg & Bernice have been married for 12 years and live in Huntington Breach, CA, just up the way from my old stomping grounds. Coming from that climate and elevation, they really will be challenged in the process.
Up on the Glacier they are living in a 200 Square Foot cabin, which certainly can be a little closed in. Greg seemed to have issues from the start. On the way up he was hurting and having trouble. It took him 2 days to get a Goat, but he did get one. He was probably a good 30-40 pounds overweight and out of shape on top of not having aclimated to the higher elevation.
Having been married for 12 years, there isn't much to worry about the challenges of living together in closed quarters. But it will take a toll on both of them over the 3 month period. There was one point where cabin fever was really setting in. Greg talked once about seeing some lady at the foot of the bed and then she walked over to the stove. I think I would have headed for the hills at that point. I thought seeing talking monkies when I lost about 4 pints of blood and loads of drugs in me was a trip, seeing things without any of that would put me over the edge.
These guys got a goat and it did make Bernice sick and put her down for a couple days, but she did recover. They did well working together and and really held tight even with all the time in the cabin. The last month was certainly the toughest. The water was frozen and they had to work hard to get water.
They had a bit of a suprise when the Flower Lake 3 showed up at their door. Now they had 3 more people living in their 200 square feet. I personally would have sent the 3 of them back to Flower Lake, but they were kind souls and let them stay right to the end. The rationed food and did what they had to.
Greg and Bernice win the good soul award. I couldn't have done it, especially not with 5 in that little cabin. All in all it was a tough hike out for the crew, but they made it to the drop and headed home to the comforts of toilets and beds and all that good stuff.
I plan to watch the reunion show this week coming up to see how it all went for them and if they had any more insight to things we didn't see on camera and just how amazing it was. Could I do it? I would say yes, but I would want to do a little training before heading out. I might out to Colorado and hike Longs Peak and a couple others. Get my altitude time in as well as work on the survival skills if needed. I have hike mountains in California and they have kicked my ass, but I never gave up once. So for me I would love to be challenged to live in any of those conditions for 3 months and see how it pans out for me. Plus I could do with some more Mountain Hardware gear. I live for their stuff, jackets, gloves, hats, pants, tents and all. Check out their stuff at http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Home.aspx?cc=en-US you can find it at all good retail shops like REI, Adventure 16 and Backwoods.
The show only has a wrap up next week, but check out all the good stuff on the website http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/alaska/alaska-week.html there are journals and backgrounds on the people. I'm sure they will run the series again on a marathon as well as put it out on DVD at some point like they have will Deadliest Catch, Man vs Wild & Everest:Beyond the Limits.
Great stuff check it out if you can, it's well worth the watch. I'm going to do a little research and see if Dennis Wise might be doing any slideshows or talks in Kansas City at any of the local outdoor gear shops, maybe even the one he teaches at Pro Bass Shop. Keeping my fingers crossed and maybe someday I'll get up their myself.
The people during this taping were obviously protected and had some back up in case things went wrong. I would encourage you all to read some of the great books out there on Alaska and what can happen. One book I've always found interesting was Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer. The book is great and if you read it, it will make the movie that much better to see. You get a better sense of how Chris lived and the mistakes he made.
Were the volunteers really ever in trouble? Well producer Brian Catalina gives us a little insight on that. "All the volunteers and crew were given homing beacons called EPIRBS so that if they got lost in a whiteout or got disoriented — easy in Alaska — we could find them. The wilderness experts also had high-caliber hunting rifles as emergency protection against predators like bears or wolves. When the volunteers trekked far from their shelters, the experts accompanied at a distance to protect them and the crew. Bear attacks were our biggest worry and a justifiable one, especially in places like Icy Bay, which has one of the largest concentrations of brown bears in Alaska."
Check out the website for sure, lots of great stuff to see and read. http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/alaska/alaska-week.html
USA network's Burn Notice Season One will be out on DVD June 17th. If you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend picking up the series and watching it before the second season hits the air on July 10th.
The storie starts out with Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) wakes up in Miami only to find out that there has been a burn notice put on him. When you're a spy, getting a burn notice means that you've been officially deemed unreliable by your covert brethren, and that you're no longer wanted in the spy community. So you stay in Miami or pay the consequences.
Michael's goal is to use all of his resources available to find out who did this to him and in the mean time take on some odd jobs to get some cash and help some people out.
The first season of this show was fantastic and I really can't wait to see the second season. The cast of characters is great. Bruce Campbell plays a washed up old agent named Sam Axe, who still is involved and sometimes can even be trusted my Michael. Campbell is awesome in his role and really makes the show. Another one of the great charachters is Fiona Glenanne played by Gabrielle Anwar. She has some affiliation with the IRA and has certain specialties like explosives and picking locks, fun stuff like that. She and Michael are former lovers and she's back to find out why he left her the way he did. It keeps great tension throughout the show. She is the best thing to watch on the show if you're a dude. SEXY! Sharon Gless of Cagney and Lacey fame plays Michael's mother, who is pretty clueless and a real pain in the butt. She is so funny in her role. Like I said, they really put a great line-up together for this show.
The whole season leads Michael a little closer to what he's looking for, just keeping it a little out of his reach. The stories are good and the charachters are great. This really is a must see.
The first season is 11 Episodes. Really 10 with a 2 hour finally, but they put this all together on a 4 DVD set along with a bunch of cool extras and commentary to watch as well. I would certainly pick this one up, watch it and get your DVR ready to tag Season 2 on July 10th. It's awesome.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
This album brings out a really nice sound. Aimee has a beautiful voice and it really shines through on this album. Songs like Stranger into Starman have a nice mix of piano and strings. Over all all the songs are a bit different, and carry well with each other. There's a good mix of piano, strings, some synth music, drums, pretty much a little of everything. The final song "Ballantines" is a duet with Sean Hayes complete with barroom piano and trombone section.
The iTunes version comes with with 2 acoustic versions of songs on the cd as well as Lullaby, which is called a B-side song. It's a bit of a alt-country type song. Quite a nice finish to the album.
I really have enjoyed listening to her Live at St. Ann's Warehouse CD from the CD/DVD combo set from June of 2004. I would recommend picking that one up as well if you are ording the new cd.
2. Stranger Into Starman
3. Looking For Nothing
5. Borrowing Time
6. It's Over
7. Thirty One Today
8. Great Beyond
9. Medicine Wheel
10. Columbus Ave.
11. Little Tornado
12. True Believer
14. Freeway (iTunes exclusive accoustic version)
15. Great Beyond (iTunes exclusive accoustic version)
16. Lullaby (iTunes exclusive B-side)
This is really a great cd and worth picking up. You can get it at iTunes with the bonus songs or pick it up on Amazon as always. For more news, tour dates and information about Aimee Mann stop by her web page and have a look http://www.aimeemann.com/
Monday, June 02, 2008
1. The Fool
2. Dance With Me
3. No Baby I
4. My Two Feet
6. She Loves The Sunset
7. This Beautiful Thing
8. I Will Remain
9. Early Morning
10. The Easy Way
11. Here s To The Halcyon
12. Color Of A Lonely Heart Is Blue
13. The One
I've been listening to this one non-stop since the day it came out and it just keeps getting better. Be sure to go out and support the band and see them on their summer tour and check out their website for more information at www.old97s.com.
I have to say the Bush years are still the best ones out there. I remember seeing Bush back when Sixteen Stone just came out. They were an electrifying band and really had it together. I really thought we would see them take off into big things.
Rossdale's new cd is really good. Can't Stop the World is a good start really showing the typical Rossdale vocal, going from mellow to kicking in to a good beat. From there you have a mix of tunes on this one. Some Rockin', Some Ballads, but overall a really good sound and it's good to hear him putting out new music.
This album was produced by Bob Rock and has Rossdale working with drummer Josh Freese, guitarist Chris Traynor (also formerly of Bush), bassist Paul Bushnell and keyboardist Jamie Muhoberac.
For updates on his tour and other news, go to http://www.gavinrossdale.com/ he's doing some Mid-West dates in the US in July and maybe we will see that expanding a little.
1. Can't Stop The World
3. Forever May You Run
4. The Skin I'm In
6. Future World
7. Love Remains The Same
8. If You're Not With Us You Are Against Us
9. This Is Happiness
10. Another Night In The Hills
11. The Trouble I'm In
12. Beauty In The Beast
13. This Place Is On Fire
Well worth spending the $9.99 to pick this one up from either iTunes or Amazon.