Category Archives: Music

All things related to music: reviews, concerts, birthdays, etc.

RIP: Al Jarreau

We heard the sad news as we pulled into our driveway yesterday. It made me regret never getting around to seeing Al perform too. He was quite a fixture of Milwaukee pride around Summerfest and the city’s somewhat conservative Jazz cliques. … Continue reading

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RIP: Masaya Nakamura & John Wetton

A sad double whammy against two people who were a staple of my life in 1982, especially how awesome that Summer was. First up is Mr. Nakamura, the person behind Pac Man and its parent company Namco. The sequel Ms. Pac … Continue reading

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Christmas present for a friend

My co-worker/friend Kathy is a DJ and a hoot. So for Christmas I scored some pieces from the Lego Store (namely the records and microphone), looked up some designs/pictures on the Internet of other designs and made a DJ stand for … Continue reading

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RIP Sharon Jones

A darned shame too. I thought she was in better health after the first bout with cancer and there was a new album out. I came across her material with the Dap Kings during my days doing volunteer shows via … Continue reading

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RIP Pete Burns

Pete will always be known as the lead singer/mascot for the band Dead or Alive with their hits “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record),” “Lover Come Back To Me,” “I Wanna Be Your Toy,” “Brand New Lover” and “Something … Continue reading

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Weird Al Yankovic

I’m finally getting off my duff on the Weird One’s birthday (he’s 57 today) after seeing him in concert for the third this July…and having my brief FaceTime with him. This Summer we saw him again on a second take … Continue reading

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Barenaked Ladies machine

The new(er) Pinballz has this machine which is also the name of BNL’s latest album. I do recommend Silverball even if you hated their earlier work, BNL has evolved unlike Coldplay. I don’t think the game actually works. The field is … Continue reading

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Italian #40: Guido d’Arezzo

Guido d’Arezzo is the person given the credit for inventing modern music notation that is widely followed. His two most famous creations are the staff, aka the five bars the notes are written on so you know which notes they are. … Continue reading

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John Carpenter

Now to catch up on concerts and brushes with greatness which in two cases will be combined! First off…John Carpenter! Somara and I got to see him perform his music this June at the Moody Theater. It was a retrospective … Continue reading

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“Weird Al” is my co-pilot!

A recently released action figure who comes with two heads; his pre-1999 look and his current look; one interchangeable hand; to hold a microphone instead. I currently have him sitting on my work server to keep it company while I’m … Continue reading

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