Music


One Christmas at a Time

John Roderick & Jonathan Coulton have come together to make a great album of Christmas music. The record is 10 tracks long, and features all-new tracks; there aren’t any of your run-of-the-mill Christmas hymns on this thing. It’s a lot … (More)

Fender Squier Usb Stratocaster Guitar

Before the USB Stratocaster Guitar, hooking up a guitar to a Mac or iOS device required a USB-ready break-out box, but no more. This $200 axe includes a regular 1/4-inch passive output, but also a Mini-B USB port, so plugging … (More)

‘The Carpenter’ by the Avett Brothers

If you’re looking for some smooth, heart-felt folk music that deals with the darker side of things. The band is no stranger to heartache, and that really comes across on this record. From front-to-back, it’s thoughtful and sober, with the … (More)

Pre-order: Babel (Deluxe Edition) by Mumford & Sons

Everyone’s favorite English folk rock band has a new album coming out September 25. Named Babel, it’s available for pre-order on iTunes now. If the tracks scattered across YouTube are any indication, this album should be a instant hit with … (More)

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Soundtrack

If you enjoy epic and instrumental soundtracks, you’ll enjoy the latest work by Hans Zimmer: the original motion picture soundtrack for The Dark Knight Rises. Zimmer, who is the leader of the film music division at DreamWorks studios, has composed … (More)

The JHS Panther, Analog Delay Pedal

I’m a drummer, so I don’t know too much when it comes to guitar pedals, but I do know that analog provides a very different tone and effect than digital. And so this brand-new analog delay pedal, the Panther, is … (More)

“The Reckoning” Album by NEEDTOBREATHE

This new-to-me band, NEEDTOBREATHE is led by two brothers whose father was a preacher. The lyrics and melodies sound like a southern gospel rock band and are full of heart and soul. The music is engaging and teases you to … (More)

Michael Bublé Christmas Album

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Christmas Music. I generally prefer instrumental, jazz renditions of classic Christmas carols. But Michael Bublé’s new Christmas album is pretty great, too. We’ve been listening to it pretty regularly for the past … (More)

Coldplay, “Mylo Xyloto”

Mylo Xyloto is the brand-new album by Coldplay. Literally, it just came out today. I’m downloading it as I type this sentence. (Also available on the Amazon MP3 store.)

MuteMath, “Odd Soul”

Long have I been a fan of MuteMath. These guys write great music that packs tons of punch. Their most-recent album, Odd Soul, is Mutemath at their finest. Fun, energetic, thoughtful, artistic, and crazy. (Also available on Amazon MP3 Store.)

Switchfoot, “Vice Verses” Album

I’ve long been a fan of the genuine music that Switchfoot makes. They’re classy and they rock. Their latest album, Vice Verses, is fantastic. I’ve been listening to it at least once a day (Preferably very loudly) since it came … (More)

A Fantastic Bluetooth Speaker: The Jawbone Jambox

The Jawbone Jambox is a Bluetooth speaker rig that packs a surprising amount of punch. When I first turned mine on I was shocked at the clarity and fullness that such a small speaker box could produce. It connects to … (More)

Cardboard FM Radio and MP3 Player

An inexpensive FM radio with a cardboard casing that also has an auxiliary input for your MP3 player of choice? Awesome. This thing would be ideal for use in the garage, outside, at the beach, camping, or as part of … (More)

The Social Network Soundtrack

So long as we’re talking about music today, here’s another recommended album: The Social Network soundtrack. I spend most of my working day writing at my desk. And writing is, for me, a mostly quiet endeavor. Too much noise or … (More)

“Torches” by Foster the People

Oddly enough this album was recommended to me by the record store employee in this Rdio promo video. And the truth is I really do like the new Foster the People album. Maybe you will, too. (Torches is also available … (More)

“Young Love” Album by Mat Kearney

Mat Kearney’s music is the sort you keep hitting Play on. His 2011 album, Young Love has fun and up-beat beats, with clean and classy lyrics. Mat’s music makes the perfect companion for late-night projects and August road trips alike. … (More)

Sony MDR7506 Professional Headphones

The Sony 7506 headphones are about as good as a headphone can come for the price. For less than a C-Note you get a studio-quality headphone that will last for a lifetime. Whether you’re recording a podcast or the next … (More)

M-Audio Studiophile Monitor Speakers

These bad boys are the perfect companion to sit side-by-side with that big computer monitor of yours. Who cares if you’re mixing an album or blasting your iTunes library, the point is it’ll sound good and you won’t make your … (More)

Tron Legacy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

I don’t know what’s better: the movie, or the soundtrack. Okay, actually yes I do know: the soundtrack. Sometimes I wonder if they decided to make the movie just so Daft Punk could write the soundtrack. But no matter the … (More)