Love the Jawbone Jambox

Remember the days when you’d go over to your friend’s house to listen to some music and they’d crank up the tunes on their sound system that filled half the room.  There was a rack of equipment and massive speakers everywhere.    The system made the music sound a live in a way that you never before thought possible.

I’m by no means an audiophile.  I’m sure those larger systems have merit but just never made sense for me to make that kind of investment.

Recently, more of my friends had been buying a the Jawbone Jambox to play music.  It’s a little portable box that you put on a table.  It connects wirelessly with  your iPhone or iPad and makes the music sound incredible.  To me, it sounds as good as those MASSIVE stereo systems.   We use it in the office at Tech Cocktail.

Lauren got me a Jawbone Jambox for my  birthday.  We use it everyday, like when we’re having coffee on the back porch every morning.   Most big stories (like Best Buy) you can find it for $129, which is totally reasonable for what you’re getting.

If you’re looking for an external speaker, I’d highly recommend the Jawbone Jambox.  Here’s the video…

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Singer/Songwriter & Close Friend Benjamin Hofer Releasing His Debut Album “Family History”

fhcoverSinger/songwriter and my long time friend Benjamin Hofer is releasing his debut solo album, “Family History” on April 6th.  A week ago, Ben gave me a pre-release stream of the album and I’ve been listening to it non-stop. Ben is an incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and musician.   His folk style fits right into that genre of music that I love to listen to all day long.

As the title would imply, the theme of the songs revolve around telling a family history.  I was emailing with Ben about the album.  He mentioned that the theme kind of emerged as he realized family was really apart of every song that he had written.   The last song on the album, “Huron, SD,” is based on the story of his paternal grandfather.

Head over to his website and hear his first single off the album “Man’s Own Heart.”

Ben funded the $5k to produce the album by doing a campaign on Kickstarter.  I’m so pumped to have been able to support Ben and the production of the album.  Ben’s been talking about wanting to do this album for a while. I’m so excited to see it come to fruition.

Previously, Ben had released an EP by himself called “Three Songs.”  You can download all three songs on his website.  Additionally, when he lived in Florida, he was part of band called the The Northernness, which released a self-titled album.

If you live in the Washington, DC area, I’d recommend checking out the “Family History” Album Release party at the Scooby Doo Mansion on Saturday, April 6th at 7:30pm.  There he’ll be accompanied by a full band, including special guests Wendell Kimbrough and David Parker, who are both featured on the album.  Tickets are only $10.

When Will All My Music Just Live In The Cloud?

Per usual, it’s Christmas Eve and my dad and I went out to pick up a last few things.  My mom stayed home and cooked all kinds of delicious amazingness.

While we were out, we stopped at Circuit City and Barnes & Nobled, I noted the extent which they still had CDs out for people to buy  all the latest music.  With the extent that iTunes is dominating as a music retailer and iPods are flying off the shelves, this all kind of surprised me.

Last week, as I was walking around DC, I was using the Pandora App on my iPhone (iTunes Link).  It got me thinking.   At what point will we even move past digital downloads for how we get and store our music?  Why can’t all our music live in the cloud?

Why do I need to download my music to a device?  I’d pay money to just be able to access the music and stream it from wherever I want as long as I want.  Maybe it could be a dime per song.

With the current digital download economy, isn’t the biggest concern piracy?  If all the music lives in the cloud, would it still be a concern?

If all my music lived in the cloud, would we have to worry about how big the hard drive was on our portable devices?

JamLegend – Rock out with this game that’s Guitar Hero meets Scrabulous

Music is definitely a major part of my life. Whether it’s bobbing my head with my headphones plugged into my iPhone or when I’m at a concert and dancing to the band jamming out, I’m wanting to feel it and understand it. There is something human… honest about the emotion that expressed in music. You want to feel that emotion and connect with the music

While I’ve never played the game Guitar Hero, I understand the idea and how it allows me to sit in the shoes of the guitarist and feel what they feel.

JamLegend is a game that was created by my friends Andrew, Arjun, and Ryan. It takes the notion of Guitar Hero, you playing with the song, and brings it to your computer in a free and very accessible/fun way. It allows me to connect to the music.

In the game, you’ll see the notes flying down the screen and then you have play along using the number keys and the guitar frets and the enter key as the strumming.  You can play it by yourself or you can play against your friends.

I’ll admit at first I was very skeptical but then they gave me an invite and I started playing. Friday night at the airport on my way back to DC the time flew by because I was rocking out playing JamLegend the entire time.  I was/am hooked.

The current music library is limited to about 20+ songs but I’m confident more will come soon.  Right now it’s just independent artists… I’m kind of hoping that they just stick with independent artists. If you check out their Web site, bands can actually work with them to get their music signed up.

Getting your music into this game seems like it’d be a boon for a band.  The game is going to be a HUGE success and right now you have the possibility of getting in on the ground floor and getting maximum exposure.  Plus when I was done playing the different songs I was thinking to myself, “I should buy this album.”

So… check out JamLegend. Request to get into the private beta or be really nice to me and ask me for one of my few invites.  I know you’ll love it and connect with music in an renewed way.