Tuesday, February 26, 2008

[music] makes the world go 'round...

Being blessed as I am with the attention span of a gnat, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I spend about half the time I’m supposed to devote to Kant and Kuhn searching for new music or impossible to find songs that I heard once about six years ago. Lucky for me the internet is around.

When in search of new music I head for pure volume.

Pure volume took over where the now defunct mp3.com left off, giving both signed and unsigned bands a chance to be seen and heard. Bands can make a page and give as much or as little information about themselves as they want, most add music, and some even link to their personal websites or their iTunes site. Best of all the search feature is easy to use and there are a plethora of charts, videos, tour dates, and new album listings, making browsing effortless.

Or maybe you’ve been looking for an album by an unsigned/foreign/long broken up band? Check out Shopindi.com.

I know, I know, it sounds like the only thing you’ll be finding on a place called shopindi is the bright eyes demo or something, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but despite appearances you can find pretty much anything in any genre in here, and the prices are really reasonable.

If finding the name of the CD is a bigger problem than finding the actual CD itself try allmusic.

It’s not perfect, and sometimes you have to finesse the data you put in to get the information you want, but in general allmusic is the most comprehensive music encyclopedia I’ve found online. Think IMDb meets music. With the ability to search by artist, song, album, and classical work you’re almost guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for.

No matter how entertaining the name, orange soda and blackberry wine will never lead to good things. Don't go down that road.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Texas' Truck Stop Drinks: Lesson #1

Babies, Texas done gone and mixed her up some alkyhol. And because she is a generous type, she's going to share the recipe with you. Now, keep in mind, this is a drink only for the classiest among you; it is an elementary recipe, but one guaranteed to rattle your tastebuds. Get prepared for episode one of Truck Stop Bartender, featuring...

The Paternity Test! (working title)

Oh, yeaaaahhh.....

Alls you gotta do is take one part Orange Fanta and slap it in the face with one part Mogen David (or a substitute of comparable quality) Blackberry Wine and bam, baby. There it is. I'll be taking name suggestions.

+ = awesome.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Congratulations! It's a ballot!

We here at TCKiT know that if there's one thing the American public loves, it's responsibility. No, seriously - you better love it. And if you don't, you better take two shots of rojo, paste on your best botox smile, and tell it you think you're ready to move in together. Because baby, it's time.

That said, check out the following three links to get a better handle on the gorgeous little bundle of HANDLE IT that's about to come screaming into the world exactly 9 months from right now.

Start with VA Joe's Candidate Calculator to get a handle on who you even like.

Answer a series of (fairly) simple questions and get at least an idea of who you'd like, custom made while you wait!

Then hop on over to MPR's Select A Candidate to get a second opinion. (Yes, that's MPR, not NPR, you pedantic jackholes.)

After you are done there, hit up 270 to Win, where you can get an immediate visual and check to see if your pony (party) is ahead.

And last, but not least on this wondrous journey to the voting booth, be sure to give a little gander to CNN.com, and check out each candidate's scorecard. Not that I'd promo them on my site. Just saying. In case you want to know. And if you find you get too frustrated and need a little perspective on the whole damn thing, just hit up The Onion for some delicious satire and a little election humor.

Oh. And here's some free shit:

Skitch is currently my #1 favorite free application and probably my #2 most frequently used, after iChat. It is awesome, small, and streamlined. So download it, play with it (if you've got a Mac), and hit me up if it's still a private beta and you need an invite.