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This is not your parents’ holiday music

charlie brown

Sick of the same old Christmas music.  Fader Magazine is hosting a cool holiday mix from Pocketknife. You can listen it to it and dowload  it here

Then burn it to a cd and have some holiday cheer.

Download: Pocketknife, Live From The Peppermint Palace

The Knife, “Reindeer”
Treacherous Three, “X-Mas Rap (X-Rated Version”
Ying Yang Twins, “Ho! Ho!”
The Who, “Christmas (Hockney Peacockney Edit)”
Sufjan Stevens, “Put the Lights on the Tree (Pocketknife’s Radioshack Remix)”
Hall and Oates, “Jingle Bell Rock”
Tittsworth, “Titts’ mas Time (2007 Edit)”
Vince Guaraldi, “Linus & Lucy (Pocketknife’s Hark, the Holler Remix)”
Luke, “Ho Hoe Hoes”
The Beach Boys, “Little Saint Nick”
Ringo Starr, “Come On Christmas, Christmas Come On”
Material, Nona Hendryx “It’s A Holiday”
Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus Is Comin To Town”
The Muppets, “Christmas Is Coming (Pocketknife’s Stackin Ha’pennies Remix)”
Slumber Party, “J.C. Is Born (Pocketknife’s Little Town Remix)”
Belle & Sebastian, “Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto (James Brown cover)”
DJ Nephet, “Jingle Juke”
Was (Not Was), “Christmas Time in the Motor City (Hockney Peacockney Edit)”

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Flashback Video: Holiday Edition

Run DMC

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis

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Daptone Remixed and Free

This is from a post from my other blog Rhythmlabonline.com. Grab some free and great music from Scion and Daptone records:

Daptone

One of the top labels of the year, Daptone Records just dropped a cd of remixes with a little help from Scion (damn Scion is doing some cool stuff, makes me wanna go buy a car from them). Just in time for the holidays, you can grab them all for free. You heard right FREE! There are some great remixes. Click here for a direct link for the download.

1. The Budos Band – Chicago Falcon (The Washington Sq. Lads Remix) feat. Mark Ronson & Wale
2. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Keep On Looking (Kenny Dope Remix)
3. The Daktaris – Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti (Mad Professor Remix)
4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Stranded In Your Love (Cool Calm Pete – Sweet Nothing Mix)
5. The Sugarman Three & Co. – Take It As It Come feat. Charles Bradley (Afrodisiac Soundsystem Remix)
6. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? (Ticklah Remix)
7. The Budos Band – T.I.B.W.F. (Hank Shocklee Remix)
8. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – My Man Is A Mean Man (DJ Spinna Remix)
9. The Sugarman Three & Co. – Bosco’s Blues (Bull Jun Remix) feat. Large Professor

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Give the Gift of “Garbage”

naturemill

This has been the year of  being green, and the holidays are no different.  How about giving that special someone and indoor composter.  Instead of letting those leftover spoil, you can create compost.  A company called NatureMill out of California(where else) created such an appliance.

The units are small enough to fit in regular kitchen cabinets, can process up to 120 lbs (55 kg) of organic waste per month, and use just 10 watts of energy. Composting takes place inside a sealed inner chamber. Air is drawn into the chamber by a small fan, and a mixbar and heater keep the process moving along at the correct temperature. A red light indicates when the cure tray needs to be emptied—about once every two weeks—and the end-product is rich compost fertilizer.

The units sell for USD 299–399. An outdoor version (USD 399) takes care of pet droppings, too: “for up to 2 large dogs, or 4 cats, rabbits, hamsters, snakes or other small animals.” NatureMills ships worldwide, but international shipping is costly. The company is building a global network of dealers. Time to contact them if you import or sell eco/household/kitchen products.   (via Springwise)

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I End My Beef with Brad Pitt…for now

Brad Pitt

For over a few years, I have had a beef with Brad Pitt. Why? Besides that he thinks he sexier than me (please). Some of you know I am an architect and I paid my dues to become one. However, Mr. Pitt decided he liked architecture and so hooked up with Frank Gehry and worked on some cool projects. No schooling, no all-nighters, no professors making you feel like crawling in a fetal position after tearing your presentation to shreds and Brad Pitt works on amazing projects with no formal training because he is a famous actor. So you see why I am a little miffed.

Well it seems that Mr. Pitt wants to make amends with me. He is now taking the lead on rebuilding the 9th ward in New Orleans. The most affected by Hurricane Katrina. While most of the country thinks that most of New Orleans is recovering, this section has been all but forgotten.

Brad Pitt is heading up this organization called Make It Right Nola. It is organization that will help build sustainable homes for families of the 9th Ward.

Inspired by the courage and hope of the residents he met, Pitt resolved to do whatever he could to help them rebuild. Just as importantly, he wanted to help recreate and nurture the unique culture and spirit of the Lower 9th Ward, which symbolizes the soul of New Orleans. He understood instinctively that a New Orleans rebuilt without the Lower 9th Ward would never be whole.

He began by working with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition aimed at generating ideas about how to rebuild sustainably. Pitt worked with local community leaders as well as experts from around the world to develop viable ideas for the Lower 9th Ward. That successful project inspired Pitt’s new focus: Make It Right.

The Mission of Make It Right is clear: It is to be a catalyst for redevelopment of the Lower 9th Ward, by building a neighborhood comprised of safe and healthy homes that are inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking, with an emphasis on a high quality of design, while preserving the spirit of the community’s culture. The goal is to accomplish this quickly, so that the first residents can begin returning to their homes as soon as possible.

There are some amazing designs that are all sustainable. There are various architects from all over the world that are working on this project including two of my favorites: Adjaye Architects out of London and Morphosis out of California plus five New Orleans based architects. Check out these designs from some of the architects.

adjaye
Design from Adjaye Architects

Morphosis
Design from Morphosis

Mr. Pitt is asking for donations to help build these homes. You can even sponsor a home. This is a great program, and for that, I end my beef with Brad Pitt….for now.

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Scrap Black Friday and don’t Buy Anything.

bndI find Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving pretty surreal with all the advertising. It is a definite attack on my senses.  It almost has become a holiday on its own. In my opinion, I think it has corrupted what Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays truly mean. Don’t get me wrong, I love buying some new fangle device, or some music. However, this can get a little extreme.  Take a look at this  video from last year and previous years where people get trampled in a store to grab some toys that are on sale.Adbusters  put together a campaign called Buy Nothing Day which happens today.   The Premise is simple; don’t buy anything today.  They have Public Service Announcement for their campaign which MTV won’t air because it is a little to extreme for their airwaves.

MTV, the channel that markets itself to hip youth, has decreed that our Buy Nothing Day public service spot “goes further than we are willing to accept on our channels”. Gangsta rap and sexualized, semi-naked school girls are okay, but apparently not a burping pig talking about consumption. If you object to this sort of corporate censorship, why not send them a message now?

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Hunting for Cool Gift Ideas

hunting

The holiday season is upon us, and trying to find that right gift for that someone might be difficult.  It is even harder when you have a budget.  We can’t all buy from the Niemen Marcus Christmas Book.

This is is where Cool Hunting’s 2007 Gift Guide comes in.  A former Site of the Day, Cool Hunting has searched all over the web for the coolest gift ideas.   They break the guide into variety of categories and prices.  Just check out this teaching drum set for kids.

drumset

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