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Labor Day Party Playlist

This post is brought to you by Rdio - Unlimited Music. Everywhere With only a few solid weekends left before the end of the summer, it's about time to start planning the Labor Day party to end all Labor Day parties. Unless you live in a tropical climate, it's all pretty much downhill after Labor Day in terms of ... continue reading
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Work Playlist

This post is brought to you by Rdio - Unlimited Music. Everywhere With some help from our friends at Rdio, we got you through Lollapalooza and some Summer day drinking with enough tunes to spare. Hosting a weekend shindig (be it a trip to the beach or a BBQ) and attending Lollapalooza don't come cheap and everyone ... continue reading
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Nice Laundry Sock Drawer Makeover SPONSORED

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Brossard Handmade Guitar Picks

At some point in every growing boy's life he dreams of being a rockstar. Maybe you actually made it and you're reading this from an incredibly posh tour bus, but the odds are your axe is hung up on the wall for display purposes and occasional noodling when the mood strikes. Even though we traded in that dream for a ... continue reading
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Summer Playlist

This post is brought to you by Rdio - Unlimited Music. Everywhere Finally coming down from the musical high that was Lollapalooza (check out the Lollapalooza Playlist for some highlights), it's time for some much deserved recovery. Maybe we'll spend some time at the beach or have a BBQ, but we're looking for some ... continue reading
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Lollapalooza Playlist

This post is brought to you by Rdio - Unlimited Music. Everywhere. Radio as we know it is on its deathbed, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. All of the music you hear on traditional radio gets picked by record companies and faceless media execs based on what they think is marketable (but not necessarily good). ... continue reading
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Beastie Boys Action Figures

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Voyage-Air Guitar

Despite its name, this is not some instructional air guitar video that will train you in the skills of shredding to some AC/DC in your tighty-whities on top of the bed. It is luckily something far, far better for the real guitar player out there. Normally traveling with your guitar meant either buying a little body ... continue reading
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Spotify

Doesn't it always seem like those Europeans get everything first?! No wait, that's the Japanese and by everything we were thinking tech gear and oddly flavored snacks. One thing those guys over the pond and beyond (side note - good name for a pond store) did have was the awesome power of Spotify. Now that we're getting ... continue reading
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Jay Z and Kanye West: Watch the Throne

When we go hard as a motherf*@ker, it normally results in a day off of work to recover from a mild case of alcohol poisoning, nurse our wounds and potentially pray to the porcelain gods. When Jay Z and Kanye go H.A.M. together, legends are born. We're not trying to downplay anyone's (including our own) ability to get ... continue reading
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Record Label Coasters

Buying new furniture is expensive (even IKEA adds up), so protect the stuff you already have by listening to what your mom told you all those years ago and using a coaster. The protective barrier between your beer and your table doesn't have to be a piece of flimsy cardboard or glass, it can also be mean vinyl. In ... continue reading
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Foo Fighters: Back And Forth

There aren't a ton of modern day rock bands that warrant a candid documentary of their career.  You go back a few decades and you could rattle off plenty of them but nowadays can you honestly say you want to sit through two hours on the history of Nickelback or Stone Sour?  Of the handful we'd be interested in, Foo ... continue reading
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5 Iconoclasts and their Moment

This post is brought to you by Saab. At Saab, we believe in independent thinking. It’s in everything we do. Learn more here. Over the eons, the arc of human history has been bent towards a new future by many things: the invention of the wheel, the signing of the Magna Carta, the Renaissance, the ... continue reading
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Rome – Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi

Danger Mouse does more collaborations than Akon and Diddy/P. Diddy/Puff Daddy/Swag (really?) combined, but unlike the latter two most of the stuff Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) does kicks ass. The latest offering may be the most out there yet (which is saying a lot if you ever listened to his stuff with Sparklehorse ... continue reading
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Music Beta by Google

We turn to Google for a lot of our online needs - email, maps of backyards and at times because we're feeling lucky.  Now, from the company that offers its employees free haircuts (probably not the most important thing about them) comes Music Beta.  The long talked about project is ready for you to check out and, ... continue reading
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Foo Fighters Wasting Light

Unless you're that guy that still "steals" music, there's no good reason not to buy the new Foo Fighters album Wasting Light. You've been listening to Foo for more than a decade and pretending to be Dave Grohl in Rock Band until you lose your voice for almost as long. It doesn't matter if you're a "Monkey Wrench" or ... continue reading
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