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Last night I found out Circa Survive will be making their way back to the Cabooze in Minneapolis for their fall headlining tour. Actually I was told they were coming this Friday by my friend Laina, who turned my on to Circa Survive in the first place, thus my trust in her word. However, I was quite disappointed to find out the show isn’t until after my birthday in October. Oh well, something to look forward to.

Another thing I found out, Circa is releasing a new record next month!

I just finished pre-ordering it off their website. The record is called “Violent Waves” and I got the first single ‘Suitcase’ for free with the purchase (although I think they’re giving it out for free anyways). I’m a cheap ass and bought the digital version for five bucks but the CD is only $10. I guess they dropped the label thing and put the whole record together themselves, which means less money out of your pocket and more money in theirs: brilliant!

I also had to throw in this rad t-shirt with the cover of the new album on it.



This writer is too young to remember a time before Ticketmaster became a global giant and processing fees became the lay of the land if you want tickets to well, anything. I’m sure at the time uniformed ticketing agency as a super beneficial idea: more security, more efficiency, further reach. It must have been a good feeling the first few years to buy a ticket for a show anywhere in the country at your local box office. But then the fees took chokehold…

I have always wondered what “processing” really went into these heavy fees for paper tickets. I can still recall the first time I had my concert ticket bar code scanned at the Blink-182 dollar tour back in the day. This was my first rational for these fees; it seemed very tech savvy and kept my ticket unripped and intact.

This year modern festivals are taking tech tickets a step further with the introduction of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Smartlock, Fabrikbands. My friends recently came back from this years Summer Camp Festival in Illinois and showed me these new tech bands for the first time. These new wristbands look and feel like a cloth bracelet yet have a small microchip of sorts in the clasp that can be scanned at the front door by the ticket taker. I just got my wristbands for River Edge Festival in Saint Paul and was happy to see they’re using the new technology.



I’ve about had it with this musician being above everyone else. Prince is a talented musician, many people will agree with that, but the time has come for him to come down from his high horse. Music is about sharing, and one of the ways to share is to perform covers of songs. Prince continues to be a stick in the mud when it comes to that kind of thing.

There are many things to admire in this video. A 9 year old girl playing the piano with that much fluidity makes me envious. Not only is she playing well, but it is apparently a song she has written. I say apparently since I did not see her actually write it on the paper. The singing, as far as I’m concerned, is the downfall. It’s not her fault, though. I blame the glut of pop stars who do nothing more than try to show off how much they can treat their vocal chords like a trampoline. Music and melody have taken a back seat to vocal warbling.

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Up until this moment, I was never a very big Frank Sinatra fan. I knew of his name and was familiar with some his most famous hits such as “New York, New York” and “My Way,” but that was about it. It wasn’t until recently where I bought a compilation album of his and decided to see what all the fuss was over. After listening to a few songs, I understand. His sense of timing with lyrics and the swing that came from it is unlike a lot of other singers I’ve heard in the past. Now I understand why so many people play his music even today.

I’m taking a road trip to Minnesota to visit some family for the weekend, and it’s a lengthy drive, 7 hours worth. To make the time go by faster, I like to listen to music like most people, but my music selections are a little unusual. When traveling, I prefer to listen to music from movies with car chases such as:

  1. the truck chase scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
  2. the main theme from “Back to the Future”
  3. The music from “Speed”

Yeah, I’m a little bit of a geek but it is fun to drive with that music spurring me on.