Short Hiatus

28 05 2009

Dudes and dudettes,

Earbudz is on a short hiatus this week while my paying day job takes over my life. I’ll be back next week with tons of fun.

Peace, love, unicorns and sprinkles,



Blink 182

20 05 2009

I realize that it’s a tiny bit lame, but I can’t help it – I’m really excited that Blink is back!

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Pandora Profits In Recession

20 05 2009

What company goes from almost ten years of no profit, to turning a good profit in the midst of the worst recession of our lifetime? Why, Pandora of course! The interactive radio site’s founder, Tim Westergren, told Bloomberg on Monday that Pandora could make as much as $40 mil in revenue this year and will become profitable for the first time in company history next year. This will be in large part to an iPhone app that brings in something like 20,000 new users a day. I’m guessing Westergren will be sending the Steve’s an extra large fruit basket this Christmas.

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Aloha Mr. Hudson!

19 05 2009


Kanye West has teamed up with British singer/songwriter, Mr. Hudson, for Mr. H’s forthcoming album (8.9.09 release), Straight No Chaser.  Kanye guests on the song, Supernova, which has been released for your aural pleasure here.

Supernova is a good enough song to make me want to hear the entire album.  From what I can gather, it’s not too much of a departure from what Mr. Hudson has done in the past, nor is it too much of a departure from the sound of other, bigger British bands (like, ahem, Coldplay).  I thought that a little touch of Kanye magic would bring a bit more out of it, but it’s still a catchy tune.  Go ahead and give it a listen.  You’ll enjoy.

For more information on Mr. Hudson, you can check out his myspace page here.  He’s quite the dapper looking gentleman, if I do say so myself.

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Asher Roth: Asleep In The Bread Aisle

19 05 2009


First and foremost, for everyone out there knockin’ this suburban white boy for trying to be a rapper, stuff your gobs. Asher Roth is no Vanilla Ice. The guy can seriously rhyme. He’s not trying to act like he grew up in the ghetto, he’s just rapping about what he knows – college, chicks, beer, and pot. Sweeeeeeeeet.

I mean, Roth has been all over the place, so I’m sure none of this is news to you, my wicked intelligent readers. I’m just here to say that if you haven’t already purchased Roth’s album, Asleep In The Bread Aisle, you should do it now. It’s fun – plain and simple. You can give him a quick listen here at his myspace page.

Also, I REALLY like any hip-hop artist who posts a picture like this of themselves on their myspace page.


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Summer Playlist Fun!

18 05 2009

Hello friends! Just in time for summer and nice weather, I’ve got a new weekly post for you. Introducing (drum roll please)…. Summer Playlist Fun! Every Monday, earbudz will bring you a new playlist from one of our super cool friends. And a few from our dorky friends. These playlists are based on what people are listening to now, and I’m hoping that it will give you all some new options for your ears!  Click the titles to listen to each song.

Our inaugural playlist comes from my favorite blogger, favorite comic artist, fellow Battlestar Galactica fan, and basically one of the coolest guys I know – Justin! Please enjoy Justin’s playlist, or else we might laugh at you behind your back and call you names like douchebag.

1. Do The Rump: The Black Keys – I love the idea of skinny white boys singing the blues, and doing it well.

2. Making Me Nervous: Brad Sucks – This song just happened to catch my ear on Pandora. Plus, I have a friend named Brad who sucks so there’s that.

3. Believe (Moon Version): The Bravery – I liked the original version but then I heard this and decided that it’s creepy/Halloweenie qualities make it even better.

4. Indivisible: The Dirtbombs – Reminds me of a chorus some goons would sing from an old timey cartoon, like Popeye.

5. Black Gloves: Goose – To paraphrase another fan; beer and Goose are two of the best things to come out of Belgium.

6. Save Ginny Weasley from Dean Thomas: Harry and the Potters – I’m a huge Potter fan but never thought the music scene could be any good. I was so wrong. But, I’m not a fan of Draco and the Malfoys for various reasons.

7. Running the World: Jarvis Cocker – Possibly one of the best songs ever, released by one of the coolest guys ever.

8. Skeleton Song: Kate Nash – I love this song, but I also really like when pretty English girls sing just about anything.

9. Not Fair: Lily Allen – This is the song that Liz Phair would record if she was 22 again, and English. Also, please refer to my answer to number 8.

10. Staring at the Sun: TV On The Radio – Music really helps get my creative juices flowing but rarely does a song, or band, have such a direct impact on my work as this song did. It actually made me decide to kill a character in a story, for no other reason than the fact that I decided it was emotionally necessary to the story.

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Hey Champ

18 05 2009

m_7deac57e603d4fa1b910a1988fcddae2If you’ve never heard of Chicago’s Hey Champ, you need to check them out now. And when I say now, I mean, stop reading this post and go!

Hey Champ just came off of a tour with The Sounds and are playing a few shows in the Chicago area until they hit the main stage at Lollapalooza in August. I love these guys. The music is commanding, in a way. It’s the kind of music that you listen to while you’re alone and doing nothing so that it can wash over you and take over every sense. Click here for Hey Champ’s myspace page.

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