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.
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