Archive for September, 2008

Another great magazine my dad has subscribed for me is “Smithsonian” and naturally is published by the Smithsonian Institute.  To be honest, I get it every month and most of the time do not get to reading the entire thing. i.e The issue on Egypt I saved to read before my trip…well I’ve been back for 9 months and it’s still sitting there.  In a recent purge I found the January, 2008 issue which lists 28 places you should see before you die.  I found the list interesting and the fact that each place was written about by a person who had been there.  Enjoy the list!


1.  Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

2.  Pompeii,  near modern Naples and Caserta in the Italian region of Campania

3.  Tikal, Guatemala

4.  Petra, Western Jordan

5.  Pyramids of Giza, Egypt – Hey I’ve been there

Me petting the Sphinx

Me petting the Sphinx

6.  Taj Mahal, Agra, India

7.  Easter Island, Chile – southeastern Pacific Ocean

8.  The Great Wall, China

9.  Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) – Alaska, the Yukon or anywhere else above about 60 degrees latitude.                   -AKA: Another reason to go to Canada

10.  Serengeti – Span across Northern Tanzania then west toward Lake Victoria, east to the Ngorongoro                                highlands and North into Kenya.

11.  Iguazu Falls – are waterfalls of the Iguazu River located on the border of Brazilian state of Paraná and   the Argentine province ofMisiones.     

12.  Machu Picchu – Urubamba Valley, Peru

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

13.  The Louvre – Paris, France

14.  Zen Garden of Kyoto – Temple of the Peaceful Dragon, Kyoto, Japan

15.  Uffizi Gallery – Florence, Italy

16. Fallingwater – Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania – www.fallingwater.org

17.  Yangtze River – China

18.  Antarctica

19.  Mount Kilimanjaro – Tanzania, East Africa

20.  Grand Canyon – Nevada

21.  Pagan, Myanmar (formally Burma)

22.  Parthenon – Athens, Greece

23.  Angkor Wat – Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat Temple

24.  Ephesus, Turkey

25.  Venice, Italy

26.  Amazon Rain Forest – South America

27.  Great Barrier Reef – Australia’s northeast coast

28.  Galapagos Islands – West of Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean

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TV on the Radio

TV on the Radio

Over the weekend, I did head to San Francisco for the Treasure Island Music Festival.  I will be posting a complete review of the entire festival but for now…..this is all about one band which completely surprised me. 

To be honest, I was not a fan of this band before this past weekend.  I have many, many friends who love them and have given me all their released CD’s which I never listen to ever. To say I wasn’t really excited to see them would be an understatement.  Especially since they were third to last for the day and I had been standing for hours.

BUT, TV on the Radio surprised the hell out of me.  They were great and I can say this with only semi-knowing one of their songs.  For most people, watching a band and not being familiar with their music can make for a very long and boring set.  But TV had amazing energy and drew you into their songs, almost daring you not to pay attention to them.  Needless to say, I have been converted.  Today they are releasing their new album, Dear Science, which they played 3 songs from on Saturday.  All were great and I recommend you check them out.  If you have the chance to see them live; go!   It will be worth it.

To Buy:


Tv on the Radio

 TV on the Radio

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This weekend I am off to San Francisco to the Treasure Island Music Festival and I cannot be more excited.  I’ve never been before and it’s more than just music.  They have artists, great interesting shopping areas, and actual treasure hunts.  Plus the festival is completely green with zero-emission shuttle buses, biodeisel generators, recycling, and a solar powered stage.  I will definitely be blogging about it all when I get back on Monday.  

The bands I’m most excited to hear/see include:  CSS, Justice, TV on the Radio, Goldfrapp, Chester French, Vampire Weekend, The Kills and of course, most of all Tegan and Sara.  If you’re in the area I believe there are still tickets available and they are really reasonable.  Info below:


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Tegan (L) and Sara (R)

Tegan (L) and Sara (R)

Twins: Yes

Canadian: Yes

Most intelligent song writers I’ve heard in a long time: Yes!!!!!

I love pop music.  I confess that, yes I have heard a Britney song on the radio and jammed out, but when conflicted, upset, looking for answers do I turn to Britney?  Oh good Lord no.

A few months ago, I met a potential “someone” and inquired as to what was on their ipod.  Person’s response: “Tegan and Sara”.  I turned to Jessi and mouth, “What’s a Tegan or a Sara?”  Looking equally confused, Jessi shrugged her shoulders and I, like a pro :/, played it off.  Fastforward a month.  I’m watching a Degrassi rerun, Go Canada!, and a video comes on for “The Con.”  Grabbing my attention,  I watched the whole video only to be surprised that it was a “Tegan and Sara” song.  I rewound that sucker, thank you Tivo, and watched it again. 

Months, videos, websites, CD’s, articles, interviews, and 1 concert later I’m still a huge fan which is odd for me because usually ADD sets in and I’m on to another artist  in a week or two.  But these two women sucked me into their songs.  One day you’ll listen to a song and it will mean one thing to you and the next a completely different meaning will come to you.  The writing is that fantastic, intelligent, clever, and honest.   Their lyrics ring true to just about every stage of any relationship you’ve ever had and I dare you to not be able to find a song which perfectly pertains to you.   Plus, unlike many artists today both write, sing, and producer their albums. 

I recommend to everyone that you listen through an album, first for musical arrangement and then a second time just listening to the lyrics.   A few of their songs have a different musical style to them, which can take some a bit to love, but once you hear the lyrics, the songs come together and you are hooked. 

As if their music were not enough, the sisters are extremely funny.  Not slap stick Dane Cook funny but more sarcastic, a bit self-deprecating, tease each other funny.  Their on stage banter has become, to some, more famous than their music.  So much so, the duo have plans to release a DVD of a collection of their best stories. 

BTW Did I mention that they’ve released a Juno winning DVD, made a making of DVD to go accompany their latest album, “The Con”, done several online Behind the Scenes type series, as well as created and directed their own music videos?  Oh and they’re just turning 28, have been in the “industry” for 10 years,  have 5 studio albums with a new one releasing in 2009, and they are back touring starting this coming weekend.  **See their myspace page for details.

Take a moment, check them out.  I promise you will not be disappointed. 

 www.teganandsara.com – Official Website

www.teganandsarabanter.com – Best site beside youtube for banter


Yesterday, the video for “Call It Off” ( a personal favorite) was released.  Link below:


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Now I realize this is a magazine normally read by our parents or in doctor’s visiting rooms but my dad gifted me a subscription and sometimes I find the most interesting articles.  For instance the info I’m going to share with you. 

The October Issue is devoted to getting great deals on anything.  The piece begins with the story of a family who decided that they would spend on $100 for an entire month – this excludes mortgages, electricity bills etc.  It includes all other frivolous expenses including excessive grocery shopping.  By the end of the month the family had saved $2000 and their family bonds were even stronger.  BTW included in the spending was gas.  I personally only really drive from work to home and back but with the cost of gas being $4.00/gallon here this costs me $250 a month.  Hellooo Prius.

Back to topic:  Next RD lists many, many websites where you can find rebates, coupons, free shipping etc.  I’ve included some of them below.  Try them out.  Let me know what you think.

Another great article is on the new book, “Wisdom” By: Andrew Zuckerman.  

“The greatest gift from one generation to the next?  It’s wisdom gained from experience.  Award-winning photographer Andrew Zuckerman traveled to seven countries, flew 65,000 miles, and drove 5,000 more, all in a quest to ask 50 distinguished individuals ages 65 years and older what they would like others to know.”


Desmond TuTu, Jane Goodall, Clint Eastwood, Lella and Massimo Vignelli, Nelson Mandela, Jacques Pepin, Judi Dench, Buzz Aldrin, Madeline Albright, Alan Arkin, Frank Gehry, Henry Kissinger, Dave Brubeck, and many more.  

Here’s one passage I found interesting:

“Each one of us can make a contribution.  Too frequently we think we have to do spectacular things.  Yet if we remember that the sea is actually made up of drops of water and each drop counts, each one of us can do our little bit where we are.  Those little bits can come together and almost overwhelm the world.  Each one of us can be an oasis of peace.”

“Happiness is when I see others happy.  Happiness is a shared thing.”

-Desmond Tutu




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Musical Love

I really hope you aren’t those kinds of kids who only listen to KIIS FM.

Take a journey with me for one minute. To a far away land. To the Balkans…

Straight out of New York they have a sound as if they were born on the farm in the former Yugoslavia. The three founders of the band are all Israeli, two of them have roots to the Balkans and the MC is Yemenite.

The band was in Los Angeles two nights ago, September 9th, at the El Rey there and they did not disappoint. Their eclectic style brings out every kind of musical admirer. The Hippie, the jock, the foreigner and the nerd all came out to see one of the greatest live acts around today. The show is energetic and powerful. No matter how much of a wall flowers you may be, while at this concert, your feet will do things you never knew they could do.

If they come to your city, do your best to make it to this exceptionally unique experience. Here are their tour dates.

Sep 9 2008 8:00P
El Rey Los Angeles, California
Sep 10 2008 8:00P
The Filmore San Fransisco, California
Sep 12 2008 8:00P
Dante’s Portland, Oregon
Sep 13 2008 8:00P
Neumos Seattle, Washington
Sep 14 2008 7:00P
Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 15 2008 8:00P
Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois
Sep 17 2008 8:00P
Black Cat Washington DC
Sep 18 2008 9:00P
Highline Ballroom NYC, New York
Oct 9 2008 8:00P
Nancy Jazz Pulsations NANCY
Oct 10 2008 8:00P
Brise Glace ANNECY
Oct 11 2008 8:00P
Festival de Marne PARIS- CHOISY-LE-ROI
Oct 12 2008 8:00P
Oct 13 2008 8:00P
Korjaamo Cultural Center HELSINKI
Oct 15 2008 8:00P
Oct 16 2008 8:00P
Oct 17 2008 8:00P
Oct 18 2008 8:00P
Les Nuits Européennes STRASBOURG

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J’s Hotness

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