Welcome To the What Now?

joe_SF_smallWhen not worrying about things that are completely out of my control, I enjoy whiling away the long New England winters watching copious amounts of television and reading. When not parenting, working or walking my dog I enjoy experimenting with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut X and Motion.

On the right, I will be periodically putting up or highlighting books that I am reading, the music I am listening to and any cool documentaries I have stumbled across. If you are looking for something new, different and maybe even inspiring check them out.

Folk/Americana

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

Although they don’t really fit in the category of either folk or Americana, I can not stop singing the praises of Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds. Specifically their latest album The Weather Below if you are looking to get the party started this is the record.
New York soul-funk outfit Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds were formed in 2008 by singer/songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe give them a listen.

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds have done it again! On thier fourth release, when some bands might just “phone it in” Arleigh and co. dig even deeper both lyrically and into thier groove and deliver my new favorite of 2015 “The Weather Below”. They grab you below the belt and keep you singing, dancing and smileing from start to finish.

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Books:

lets_pretendReady Player One
by Ernest Cline
For anyone that grew up in the 80’s and early 90’s playing video games, watching MTV and dreaming of adventure this book is a must read. Looks like a movie is already in the works, and the whole time I was reading the book I had a feeling it would be. An exciting and engaging look at a quasi post apocalyptic world that is not that different from our own.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

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Documentary

The Pruitt Igo Myth

Growing up in St. Louis I had heard of the Pruitt-Igo housing project my whole life, even though it was actually torn down several years before I was born. I usually watch several documentaries a week; however I found this documentary haunting and moving in a way few others are. For days afterword as I was going on about my day to day life I couldn’t get it out of my head. Superbly done.