Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Starting Off 2016 Spicy

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

The blog is kicking off 2016 a little sexy, a little spicy.  I have mentioned that I often get pitched products to feature on this blog and with Valentine’s Day around the corner I received a whole bunch.  This one caught my eye, Spicy Subscriptions, is a monthly service that delivers a curated box of romantic items straight to peoples’ doorsteps that allows them to experience being intimate on a regular basis. They sent me this sample box, and as you can see in the photo below it is full of fun stuff. Their goal is to help people improve their love lives, whether they are in relationships or they are single. They aim to bring cutting edge products to subscribers to help them explore the excitement that they otherwise may not. The best part is the service is professional and discrete.

I thought I would share the love this Valentine’s Day and give this awesome Spice Box away to one of my lovely blog readers, so send me an email to jack@jackandstench.com with “Spice Box” in the subject line before noon 1/28/16 and I will randomly pick one to email to win the above box.   To learn about different box options and pricing click here!

 

While my Valentine’s Day may not be spicy, I am still looking forward to it.  I have heard it called a “Hallmark Holiday,” but I’m not a V-Day hater… I can’t find anything wrong with a day that is designed to remind special people in your life that they are loved.  My Valentine’s, Lucy and Bing, have discovered the excitement of See’s Candy, so heart shaped boxes of soft-centers will be what I’m giving this year!

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This year has been tough on music fans (and we’re not even a month deep!)  Lemmy, Glenn Frey and David Bowie all music legends in their own genres, all gone this first month of 2016.  Bowie hit me particularly hard, I have always been such a huge fan.  The amazing thing about being a musician (or any artist for that matter) is that your work is immortal…  We may have lost the man, but we will have the songs forever.  I have found a lot of solace in introducing my kids to the incredible music these artists left behind…  Giving it new life.

David Bowie's Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

David Bowie’s Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

I normally post the new music I’m digging at the end of the blog, but I thought for this one I would share a tribute Passenger did for Bowie.

Rock On,  Jack

One More For 2015

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
Our Star

Our Star

Merry Christmas (Or Happy Whatever Holiday you celebrate!!!!)   The image above is our star, we made it about 5 years ago when we had our own (post-divorce) Christmas tree and it has survived all these years… And every year I love it more and more.  When it was made our lives were in chaos and money was even tighter than it is now, so we used our artistic talents.  It is always on top of our tree and every year it is my favorite thing to bring out.  It (in my opinion) is the true spirit of Christmas, made with love and representative of our family.  We don’t have many actual traditions, but this star will be one for as long as it lasts.

Homemade shark ornament

Homemade shark ornament

I wanted to take a moment to not only wish your family the happiest of holidays and an awesome new year….  But thank you for sticking with me all these years! It has been a long time since I mattered to mainstream media, but I love that you guys have stuck with the blog and podcast.  I hope you know how much you all mean to me… I look forward to boring you with more pods and blogs in 2016!

#BringTheStink

#BringTheStink

I know I have told you before I won’t promote products I don’t believe in, so I was curious if this one would actually make the blog.  I received an email saying there was a new product that would remove the “stink” from clothes without ruining them… Oddly enough, I have a Levi’s jacket  that I love, but always had a weird smell (I think from the dye they used), I have washed it a bunch of times and it still stunk. (You can ask Lucy if you don’t believe me, I made her confirm it still smelled!)  The email said: The new Febreze In-Wash Laundry Odor Eliminator is the first laundry additive that works with your detergent to target and cling onto odor molecules in the wash and flush them down the drain with the dirty water.  I didn’t think it would work… But it did, so it gets the Dadjack Thumbs Up, I highly recommend it!

OK, this really works!!!!

OK, this really works!!!!

Most people say “My Mom Rocks,” but they don’t literally mean it…. Well, My Mom Rocks!  Bing’s class invited her into their class to play guitar and lead a holiday song sing-a-long… She showed up with an electric guitar and blew them away!  They now call her “Cool Grandma.”  I only wish she would have gone along with my Sister and I when we tried to turn her into a Youtube sensation as “Heavy Metal Grandma.”  We wanted her to cover some super hard rock songs (which she could totally do!) and we would have posted the videos (years ago) and she would have been a viral hit… apparently she is only comfortable rocking third grade class rooms! ;)

Jingle Bell Rock!

Jingle Bell Rock!

Grandma rocking Bing's class

Grandma rocking Bing’s class

Happy Holidays! YOU RULE, Jack

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Tradition

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Hickory Farms Goodness

Hickory Farms Goodness

There is no denying we are in the holiday season… We’ve already plowed through that turkey with means next stop is Christmas, Chanukah or what ever holiday you celebrate! As a blogger you get bombarded this time of year with products to review and recommend for gift giving, for the most most part I pass.  Even when I was on radio I would not endorse any product or service I didn’t totally believe in…  But when I saw an email from Hickory Farms I was instantly interested.  It instantly reminded me what a big part of the holidays Hickory Farms was for me.  My Mom was a single Mother, raising 2 kids and it wasn’t always easy and she had to work very hard to support us… She always made sure we had awesome holidays and birthdays.  I remember we would usually go to the mall together at some point leading up to Christmas (back in the 80′s the Glendale Galleria was our closest mall) and my sister and I would always hit the Hickory Farms store and sample the sausages and cheeses and inevitably someone would gift us a sampler at some point over the holiday season and we would break it out New Years Eve.  Trying to stay up to midnight, enjoying the sampling of meats, cheeses, crackers and nuts.  Food can hold awesome memories and thinking back on those late night, end of the year snacks are good times.

To sweeten the deal Hickory Farms sent me a sampler (I’m waiting to enjoy it with my kids on New Years Eve)… and even better they are doing something really nice! Hickory Farms continues to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, working to end childhood hunger in America. For each Signature Party Planner Gift Box sold during holiday season, Hickory Farms will donate $5 to the effort, and customers can make donations of their own at the time of purchase.  To date, Hickory Farms has contributed more than $4 million to the campaign.  And Hickory Farms has a proud tradition of supporting the military and offers complimentary shipping on select gifts to military addresses around the world throughout the year.  So have some yummy eats and help feed hungry kids this holiday season!

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As we wrap up the year I thought I would share some of my favorite music from 2015 with you (Some are on the label I work for, some are not… they are all good!)

Family Of The Year released their self-titled album this year and it is really great.  Below is the video for “Carry Me,” but check out “Make You Mine” too.

Kurt Vile was a member of The War On Drugs, but decided he liked making solo albums better… And his newest is great, here’s the first single “Pretty Pimpin.”

 Blur returned this year and didn’t miss a step, here’s “Ong Ong.”

 New Order also put out new music this year, Music Complete is as good an album as they have ever made.  Check out “Restless”

Hermitude are well known in their Australian homeland, but are just breaking out here.  You can hear“The Buzz” on a Samsung Commercial , below check out “Searchlight.”

Florence + The Machine consistently put out great music and this years How Big How Blue How Beautiful was no different. The whole album is a must listen, but here’s a taste with “Ship To Wreck.”

Father John Misty made every cool kids list this year… and even though I’m not cool he made my list too! Enjoy “Bored In The USA.”

Boy & Bear are Australian and Awesome, their new album Limit Of Love expands off of last years Harlequin Dream.  Here’s the very fun video for “Walk The Wire.”

B0rns were one of my favorite discoveries of 2015, Dopamine throws back to the past while adding something new.  Here’s the first single “Electric Love.”

That’s all I’ll drop on you now, maybe I’ll get one more music post in before the end of the year!

And before I go do the podcast I thought I would share one quick, easy recipe for extra yummy Peanut Butter Ball Cookies:

1 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter

1/2 Cup Melted Butter

2 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar

1/2 Cup M&M’s

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until evenly mixed.

Form into small balls and set on wax paper on a cookie sheet.

Chill in fridge for 20 minutes

either enjoy or cover with melted chocolate and re-chill.

Save one (or three) for me!

Rock On, Jack

 

Expert

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Fun on the 4th

Fun on the 4th

If I had to guess right now I would say that Lucy will be an expert on sharks and Bing on super cars when they grow up…  But there is a long time between now and then.  When I was my kids age I was into Queen and riding my bmx bike… At 44 I still love cycling and music, but I am no expert.  The topic I have become the go-to guy on is divorce… That would have never been my guess for what my expertise would be when I was a kid…  My parents were divorced, and although theirs was amicable, it wasn’t one of my favorite topics.  I really don’t mind… In fact it has kind of put a positive spin on the otherwise super negative aspect of my life.  It makes me feel great to lend advice and help people when they are going through that difficult, emotionally draining event in their life.  But if you had told 8 year old Jacky that he would be your divorce expert he would have said “No way” …  And then rode away on his bmx bike listening to “We Are The Champions.”

Fireworks by the coasters

Fireworks by the coasters

4th of July was awesome, we ended up spending the day with family swimming at my sister’s house and then catching fireworks and coasters at Magic Mountain.  I really expected it to be crazy crowded at the amusement park… but surprisingly it was not!  We ended up getting to ride a bunch of rides, including Twisted Colossus, and watched stuff blow-up! It was a good day!

Boom!

Boom!

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Getting thrown by Aunt Angela

Getting thrown by Aunt Angela

Always happy in the pool

Always happy in the pool

I drive a lot, a little over 20,000 miles a year, which means my car goes through normal wear and tear.  I hate going to the repair shop, I always feel like they are trying to screw me (and because of my limited knowledge of cars if they are I won’t know it.)   Recently I needed new struts and as I was researching how much I should pay I came across YourMechanic.com .  It is a website where you tell them what work you need done, they give you a price and then send a mechanic to your work or home to make the repairs.  I was unsure about this, but I read a bunch of online reviews (and the price quoted was $200 less than a local shop had quoted me) and decided to give it a try.  Well it went exactly as promised and the work was done (right in my driveway) as promised, correctly and quickly.  So I would recommend checking it out, I will use them again for sure.

Car repairs by YourMechanic.com

Car repairs by YourMechanic.com

I don’t have cable… or satellite…  I have a digital antenna.  That means I get all the networks (in Hi-Def) and a bunch of weird channels… our newest find is Buzzr.  Buzzr shows old game shows like Press Your Luck, What’s Your Line, Tattle Tales, Match Game, Price Is Right, Family Feud and others.  These are all shows I watched and loved as a kid… But I never thought my kids would dig them.  Both kids have started watching all the time, Bing is a huge Press Your Luck fan (No Whammies!!!!  He even watched the special about the guy who figured out the system and took the show for 100k) and Lucy likes To Tell The Truth.  One of the funniest aspects of them getting into these old shows is the questions the consolation prizes spawn… For example, Bing wanted to know why there was colored toilet paper? I hadn’t thought about that in years, they used to sell toilet paper in different colors… something an 8 and 11 year old have never seen! It’s been fun reliving these old shows with the kids!

Music I like this week:

BOY – “We Were Here”

The Weekend – “Can’t Feel My Face”

Major Lazer & DJ Snake – “Lean On (Featuring Mo)”

Father John Misty – “The Suburbs” (Arcade Fire Cover)

 

Rock On, Jack

The Best Holiday Of The Year

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
Happy 4th of July!!!!

Happy 4th of July!!!!

I know I have said it here before, but 4th Of July is the best holiday of the year… It is all about sun, fun and fireworks, what more could you want!?!?  Needless to say I am excited for my favorite to roll around again… I will be doing all those things I just mentioned, swimming, BBQ and watching stuff explode!  The kind people at Adlen’s Sundials sent me a summer fun pack to enjoy over the holiday.  They claim: “with Adlens Sundials  you can see up close, into the distance and all around you, at the turn of a dial. These sunglasses can instantly go from poolside readers to longer distance glasses, perfect for a game of beach volleyball or tennis!”…  I tested them out and they are pretty awesome, especially if you’re a little older like me! You can just twist until what you’re looking at is in focus, that simple.  I highly recommend these for reading around the pool… and then maybe actually taking a dip!

Adlen's Sundials

Adlen’s Sundials

Bing and I were out at the races last weekend… The Indy Car races!  This was our second race this year and we both really enjoyed it (despite the Florida like humidity!!!)  It is so amazing to get to share things the kids are super interested in with them (And sometimes terrifying seeing as Lucy is into sharks!) Again keep an eye out for email deals, Bing and I were able to get a pair of race tickets, pit/garage passes and scanner rental for a really great price!

Here come the flag!

Here come the flag!

America!

America!

Bing thought this super car was super cool!

Bing thought this super car was super cool!

My little photographer

My little photographer

In the garage

In the garage

Lounging as the cars whiz by

Lounging as the cars whiz by

Me and Bing at the MAV TV 500

Me and Bing at the MAV TV 500

Race time!

Race time!

They averaged 210 MPH

They averaged 210 MPH

I know much of L.A. gets annoyed when the President comes to town… I personally think it is pretty cool to get to see the POTUS in town (although I have never actually seen him, I have viewed his limo entourage drive by my house and Marine One fly over.)  A week or two ago I caught him flying by the Hollywood Sign from my office window and I thought the phto was kind of cool so I thought I would share it again here.

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I’m going to keep this short… We all have 4th of July celebrating to get to!  Here’s some music I’m digging this week:

Kaleo – “All The Pretty Girls”

Calexico – “Falling From The Sky”

Failure – “Hot Traveler”

In The Valley Below – “Peaches”

Have a Wonderful/Safe Fourth Of July!!!!!!

Rock On, Jack

 

 

 

 

 

Summer… Finally!

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Bi(n)g Cat

Bi(n)g Cat

This weekend it finally felt like summer… Now I know other cities have way more to complain about weather wise, but it has been a really cool spring, so it was nice to finally have a hot weekend!  The kids and I took full advantage of the warm weather and it got me thinking that I should share some of my ideas for free time fun.

Bing powered lift

Bing powered lift

We decided to check out the Los Angeles Discovery Cube this weekend.   We have been to the Orange County Discovery Cube and really loved it so we were excited to visit the newer L.A. version.  It’s way closer to us in Burbank, located in the Hansen Dam complex with a large amount of free parking.  The building is large with plenty of room to get hands on with the exhibits… The problem is that there is way less to do than the O.C. version.  Geared to the 10 and under crowd, we were able to see and do everything in just over a hour and there wasn’t much Bing felt like revisiting.  Right now (until 6/30) they have a special $10 admission price (it increases to about $16 for adults, $13 kids when the deal expires, you can get a family season pass for around $99)… at the special rate it is worth checking out, but if you are paying full price make the journey to Orange County and get your moneys worth.

Making mountains

Making mountains

Playing the super market game... We were caught on their "winners camera"

Playing the super market game… We were caught on their “winners camera”

Windy fun

Windy fun

Let me warn you, this idea is not healthy… But fun isn’t always healthy ;)   I noticed this weekend that there is a place were everyone is happy… The doughnut shop!  It’s a fun adventure (especially if you have a shop walking or cycling distance from your house) to have a breakfast at the local doughnut shop.  It’s affordable (usually not more than $10 for 3 of us) and it brings a smile to the kids face.  Also it gives you some time to sit together and chat… Bing and I like to discuss the cars we see drive by as we sit outside and down chocolate sprinkle covered goodness!

Go nuts for doughnuts

Go nuts for doughnuts

 

I know this tip may not be popular… But sign up for spam!  What I mean is join the mailing lists of local places you enjoy.  I signed up for AMF Bowlings mailing list and now I get tipped off to all the deals… A week or two ago they had 2-hours of bowling with shoe rental for $10 per person!  Bing and I bowled 7 games… Or to absolute bowling exhaustion!  They had fun music, black lights and disco balls spinning and a full menu of food and drink if you decide you’re hungry.  We also get specials from Sky High and Groupon is great for local activities at a discount.  Also don’t forget restaurants, kids faves Souplantation and Hometown Buffet both have email clubs that offer discounts on a weekly basis.

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This past weekend Bing got it in his head that he wanted to have a picnic… This was a great idea!  First it offered us the chance to prepare the meal together.  We planned and then made our meal… with Bing doing most of the work.  We made some sandwiches, poured some nuts into a container, grabbed some chips and drinks and put them into a reusable shopping bag.  A football and beach mat were the only additional items we needed!  We walked to a local park (which is more of a field) and set up.  It was an amazing evening of food and play outside away from TV and tablets.  Even if it’s just in the backyard, a picnic is a great way to have some together time.

No picnic basket required

No picnic basket required

Playing a little old fashioned catch

Playing a little old fashioned catch

My final tip for this post is to check your cards… Kids get random gift cards throughout the year and sometimes they get put aside and forgotten about.  Turn those old cards into adventures.  This weekend Bing decided to use the Baskin-Robbins   gift card Grandma and Wendy had given him… So we combined the cool treat with a bike ride.  We pedaled around the neighborhood before routing to the local B-R and having a “Hey I’m a big boy who rode his bike in the street” celebration sundae!

OK, those are my summertime tips for now… but I’m sure as the warm weather continues I’ll have more.

And since I’m posting, Here’s some music I’m digging right now:

Hermitude – “Through The Roof”

 

Cold War Kids – “First”

Third Eye Blind – “Everything Is Easy”

Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness – “Cecilia And The Satellite”

Rock on, Jack

For The Record

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

I find myself with some unexpected free time this afternoon… Bing has a stomach bug so we are cooped up at home.  As he drifts in and out of sleep next to me on the couch I thought I would catch up on this blog (I have been really bad about updating this year!)

Like most people now-a-days I don’t have limitless expendable income, so what little I have usually goes to doing something fun with the kids (one of our latest finds is Sky High Trampoline Park, we really enjoy it)  A month or two back we went to the movies and on our way back to the car we stopped in Urban Outfitters , the kids love to browse all the unusual and wacky stuff they have.  Bing was drawn to a row of record players… Yes, old school, black vinyl playing, needle having record players.  He had never seen one before, so I gave him a quick run through on how it worked and he listened to the demo record they had on it for a bit through UrbanEars earphones (which I actually own a pair of thanks to TuneIn Radio, I wear them on my walks, they are awesome!) and we moved on.

In the weeks after that Urban Outfitters visit Bing had asked multiple times to get a record player, I told him maybe thinking it was just a passing fancy.  Well after weeks of constantly asking I decided to burn some of that limited expendable income on a record player.  I ended up picking up a simple Crosley Chalkboard Cruiser Turntable System (although there are many other equally affordable models on Amazon – Record Players)

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We started with some records from the label I work for (perk of the job) and both kids really enjoyed it.  Then one afternoon just Bing and I were hanging out so I took him to the local record store (Yep, we still have one – Atomic Records).  When we walked in I was instantly taken back to when I was around his age and I would spend my time in record stores browsing vinyl, tapes and later CDs.  He had never seen anything like it, in Bing’s lifetime music has always been digital… You typed what you wanted into a computer and the page containing it appeared.  He wasn’t sure how it all worked?  I showed him how it was organized, how you flip through the bins of records searching for the one you really want… maybe have been searching out for years (at least that’s how it was when I used to do it, now you just go on ebay).  He was instantly engaged, he would call out an artist and I would guide him in the right direction… It was really a special moment for me to see him so excited over something that I enjoy so much.  We ended up getting Elvis, Bing Crosby and Harry Belafonte.

The beginning of our music history lesson

The beginning of our music history lesson

I have quickly learned that this record player has been a gateway to getting the kids to listen to music they would otherwise never give a chance… And not at an outrageous cost.  Our record player is basic at best, so no need to buy vinyl that is in excellent condition, we cruise the dollar bin and find slightly worn classics that sound fine through the tiny speakers on our Crosley .  And the kids are now experiencing music that is opening their eyes to new things… I have to say one of the best wastes of my disposable income in a long time! ;)

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Here are the best of vinyl (So Far!) as picked by Lucy and Bing:  Queen – The Game , Madi DiazPhantom, Harry Belafonte – Calypso , Barry Manilow – Live and The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour.

Rock On, Jack

 

 

Tis The Season….

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

For getting outside!  I think most people who do not live in Los Angeles believe the summer is the best of our seasons… But us locals know that the winter is amazing for enjoying the outdoors.  (Sure the beaches are much cooler, so swimming is out… But the winter sunsets are far more amazing!)  With the cooler weather comes awesome hiking opportunities.  Yesterday I joined Angela and Ethan for a hike in Simi Valley.  Rocky Peak is easily accessed with parking right off the 118 Freeway and offers easy short hikes, as well as harder longer climbs.  There were many cool rock formations and awesome views of not just Simi Valley but the entire San Fernando Valley as well.

The start of the Rocky Peak Trail

The start of the Rocky Peak Trail

It was a bit hot when we went, I recommend picking a cool day and bringing plenty of water.  Dogs are welcome on leash (Bring water for them too!) We didn’t see a ton of wildlife, but the ravens did put on a show for us (see photos and bottom of the post!)  But it really doesn’t matter where you go, the Santa Monica Mountains to the Angeles National Forest and everywhere in between or around, it’s a great time to get outside!

I know it is also the time for gift giving and I found something pretty cool.  At work a few of the ladies get Birch Box each month and they are always excited to see what it contains (For those of you who don’t know, it is a monthly subscription service that delivers a custom assortment of beauty products)…  But what if you’re kind of a nerdy and really don’t care about a shampoo that claims to moisturize while energizing your scalp!?!? Well check out Loot Crate … It is Birch Box for game geeks!  Each month you get a box delivered full of cool geek and game themed stuff all for about $14.  They offer gift subscriptions of a single box, 3  or 6 months… I think I’m going to get Bing a subscription for Christmas, it’s a cool gift that gives longer than just December.  Click here to check it out!

Musically I feel like I have been listening to some older stuff lately, although there are a few new releases I have been into.  I’ll start with Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness (Not on the label I work for!) His new self titled album was just recently released and I really like it.  You might remember Andrew from his former projects: Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin (If you have a chance, click here to check out the awesome The Resolution… One of my favorite all time songs.)  He has grown up a lot on this most recent project, much of it deals with his past and his new daughter, Cecilia… Which leads me to the track I wanted to share with you, the first single off the record, Cecilia and the Satellite

 

I’m also really digging the new Cold War Kids album Hold My Home. (Not on the label I work at)    Not a new band, in fact they have a bunch of amazing songs (Give them a listen on Spotify when you have a moment).  Here’s the first single from the new album – All This Could Be Yours


And finally, Scars On 45 (On Nettwerk, the label I work for) Safety In Numbers.  I have been lucky enough to spend time with these guys (and one gal) and they are awesome, I have honestly never met a bunch of rock stars who treat everyone else like they are the rock stars!  The first song off this record is Crazy For You.

OK, I’ll wrap it up with some photos from our hike.

Rock On, Jack

Ethan and Emma ready themselves for the hike up the hill.

Ethan and Emma ready themselves for the hike up the hill.

Looking out over Simi Valley

Looking out over Simi Valley

Beware!

Beware!

Exploring under the rocks

Exploring under the rocks

Mountain Angela

Mountain Angela

High above Simi Valley

High above Simi Valley

Angela making her way up the trail (with the San Fernando Valley behind her)

Angela making her way up the trail (with the San Fernando Valley behind her)

Photo break

Photo break

Emma on the trail

Emma on the trail

Taking in the view

Taking in the view

Flying by the moon

Flying by the moon

Moon spending the day out

Moon spending the day out

Ravens

Ravens

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Soaring over the valley

Soaring over the valley

Ravens giving us a show

Ravens giving us a show

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Emma happy to be at the top of the trail!

Emma happy to be at the top of the trail!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Is Here!

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

And the heat is on!  I’m not going to lie… I like it!

It was weird, this morning I dropped Lucy off for a sleepover at her friends…  That is my baby, who now is going on sleepovers!  It is cliche to say “they grow-up so fast”… But it’s true!  Being unemployed so much over the past 6 or so years was both a curse and a blessing, on one hand it was very stressful, on the other it afforded me a lot of extra time with the kids when they were little.  I’m so glad I made good use of that time volunteering at school, going on outings and just spending time with both of them.

I really am enjoying my new job, there are lots of new challenges.  I wish I was picking it up a little faster, but I’m trying really hard, so hopefully it will start to click soon!  Everyone there has been super helpful and supportive.  It reminds me of Star 98.7 when I started there… A small group of really talented people who enjoy what they are doing and the people they do it with.  It’s also an exciting time to be at the label, a few of our artists are on the climb.

(Full disclosure: Both of the artists below are on the record label I work for, so my opinion might be a tad biased…  But I think they’re really good!)

Here’s Passenger performing at the Pink Pop Festival to over 30,000 people

I’m amazed you don’t hear this one every time you turn on the  radio yet, it’s Boy “Little Numbers”

And those are just a couple examples, we also have up and coming artists Savoir Adore, The Paper Kites, Lily Kershaw, Hey Ocean and a bunch more.

OK, enough about work.  We were outside playing the other day and Bing grabbed a toy out of the garage and wandered off… When I looked it was the Ultra Stomp Rocket.  This could be the best toy ever!  It costs less than $15 ($12 something at Target), it requires no set up (pull it out of the box and play) and the kids love it.  We have had this thing for over 5 years and both kids still play with it all the time… And we play with it together!  They love to go to the park and see how high I can make it fly and they try to catch it.  So if you’re looking for a gift for a child in the 3 (although it is recommended for kids 5 and over… Bing has been playing with it since he was 2) to 11 range this one gets 5 “Rock On’s” from me (I just came up with that… thumbs and stars have been taken, so I will rate things on a 1 (Don’t bother) to 5 (amazing) “Rock On” scale.)

And just to show I’m not totally brain-washed by my new gig… Here’s some other great music I’m digging right now (none of which is on Nettwerk Records.)

I find myself walking around singing this one

I’m going to go see this guy in September at the Roxy!  One of my all time favorites.

This one has been out for a little while, but I just think it’s amazing.  Reminds me of Echo & The Bunnymen.

As always, Thank you guys for hanging in with me for all these years… Through marriages, multiple jobs, podcasts and all the other various craziness!!!  You Rule!

Rock On, Jack

More Summer, Less Bummer

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Burbank Sunset #1

 

I’m not exactly sure why, but I am looking forward to this summer.  It feels to me that things are getting better (I read all the negative posts online about the end of the world and the destruction of America… which I firmly think are crap), although I have not secured a better job yet, I have noticed way more opportunities available (and have applied to a bunch! Wish me luck!)

The kids and I have no firm vacation plans as of right now, but we always seem to find fun stuff to do.  A few weeks ago we took the subway to USC for the book fair which was fun… Los Angeles is a huge city, there are many adventures to have right in our backyard.  I want to take them to Grand Park (which is right off the subway) when it warms up, there are some great fountains for them to play in.  Bing has been hounding me to visit the Vasquez Rocks, we see them when we travel to my work events and he really wants to explore them.  They always love the La Brea Tar Pits, we’ve been about a dozen times and they never get board.  ( A really good deal is to get a membership to The Natural History Museum, it not only gets you into the NHM but the Tar Pits too!)  And then there are all the fairs and festivals that take place all over the city.

My Sister signed us up for a 5K walk for the California Wildlife Center this past weekend.  Lucy did an amazing job, finishing with ease (I know 3.2 miles isn’t crazy long, but for a 9 year old it’s pretty far!), I am very proud of her.  Bing made it half way… Not bad for a little guy! (He rode the 2nd half back on my shoulders… Surprising, I wasn’t sore the next day.)  The walk was actually on the beach, the weather wasn’t the best, but it was still nice to trek the sand of Malibu.

Burbank Sunset #2

In pod news, we crossed the 1500 hour mark this week… Yes, that is over 62 days of straight podcasts (If you were to listen to them all in a row… which I do not recommend!) It hasn’t always been easy, but I am proud of Stench and myself to sticking with it and equally proud of all the great people who have stuck with us!  Thank you so much to all the Pod Peeps… You Rule.

I thought I’d share some new music that I’ve been listening to, this one Brian at work turned me onto, It’s called “Let Her Go” by Passenger… The whole album is pretty good, if you get a chance check it out on Spotify:

 

You might recognize this one from the credit card commercial it was in, it is actually a really great song! “Into The Wild” by LP:

David Usher has new music out and it is really good, but since I’m pretty sure most of you aren’t familiar with him I thought I’d share my favorite song from him “St Lawrence River” (click here to check out his new stuff!):

If you get a chance check out my Instagram gallery, I post there almost daily!

Burbank Sunset #3

 

Alright, that’s it for now.  Just wanted to post, I haven’t in a while!

Rock On, Jack