Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Music we're (still) listening to

A Mixtape from Ben Lee with songs featuring singers including Zooey Deschanel, Nina Persson (formerly of The Cardigans), Ian Ball, and Sean Lennon and Neil Finn, plus others.

Caro Emerald, "Back It Up"

The fancy version and the acoustic version of "Hey Love" by Quadron

New music from Milo Greene (They'll be playing with Foster the People on May 13 in Denver.)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Harvest time!

Tomato harvest from the plant on the balcony!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Obvious Child

If you've been hoping for more projects from Jenny Slate beyond Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, you'll be excited that "Obvious Child" has been turned from a short into a full-length film starring her.

During a preview screening in downtown Denver, the crowd laughed along at just about every joke in this comedy about abortion. Yes, a comedy about abortion.

This independent-minded film stands out for its frankness, uncensored comedy and honest, authentic feeling without trying too hard for punchlines. It's also at times sweet, touching and has touches of sadness. It's not just a one-dimensional movie, nor is it all crass, though there will probably be moments when you say, "I can't believe she just said that." The leads, Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy, are quite watchable.

This isn't necessarily a movie you have to see in the theater, but it certainly is more fun to watch with all your fellow moviegoers, so you can enjoy the jokes together. No matter what, watch this with a group.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Orchestra online

Songs, top dramas, shoe sales, car sales, stock trading and pizza ordering have all moved online, so why not live orchestra concerts too. The Detroit Symphony's concert tonight is available for live streaming, free, right here.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Need a snack?

Need an idea for a meat-astic snack? T happened to make this one with friends in the mountains, when we wanted a salty snack that would at least have an attempt at healthiness. It's that old-time favorite, bacon-wrapped asparagus. We did this one with an oven.

Brush some olive oil on the asparagus, cut into bite-size portions, sprinkle on some ground pepper, and wrap a few of the bite-size pieces of asparagus in bacon.

Throw in the oven at 400 degrees or so.

Ba-bam. Yum.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Veronica Mars (the movie!)

We caught a sneak peek of the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie last night, and it has plenty of treats sprinkled throughout for avid fans of the show who were left hanging when the show ended without tying up loose ends after a few seasons. The murder-mystery storyline is compelling enough to keep even Veronica Mars novices entertained enough.

The theater where we watched celebrated the screening by giving away marshmallow cupcakes to one lucky viewer.

We hadn't watched enough episodes of the TV show to get the marshmallow reference. In fact T hadn't seen the show at all. Nevertheless, the movie had some other funny jokes (that we won't spoil here) that poked fun at the movie's wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and star Kristen Bell's real life outside the show. (You'll see.) Fans who have seen every episode giggled with delight as familiar faces popped up on screen at our theater last night.  Veronica's trademark snark, the nutty characters of Neptune, Calif., and the dark and light moods of the TV show were all there in the movie.

It'll be interesting to see how many tickets the movie ends up selling.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


You've heard "Since Last Wednesday" by the Norwegian quintet Highasakite? Here's the acoustic version. They'll be stateside briefly for SXSW. Go, Norway.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

St. Louis vs Boston brass

A World Series appearance by the hometown team is usually something civic leaders cheer, but a St. Louis Symphony official worried the Cardinals' good fortune would affect ticket sales as people headed to the ballpark instead of the concert hall.

Hark! A marketing campaign is born! Take a look at how the brass of the Boston and St. Louis symphonies are having fun with the World Series with some trash talking.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's on our reading list

So many books, so little time. Here's a few we're reading / about to read / hoping to read soon.

Wild, Cheryl Strayed
This memoir by a woman who set out to hike the Pacific Crest trail after losing her mother and marriage was one our book club picked. A movie version is coming soon with Reese Witherspoon.

Moloka'i, Alan Brennert
We started reading this one for book club but got sidetracked, but we're going to read, daggammit. Especially because the first few pages were compelling, but we had to set this book aside to finish Wild.

Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country, William Philpot
KW told us to read this non-fiction book for fascinating tidbits like how I-70 nearly didn't exist and how there's a whole ghost town there underwater at Dillon Reservoir.

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
A Pulitzer Prize winner. We're trying to avoid hearing too much more about it before we turn the first page.

What do you recommend reading?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Naked and Famous

The crowd braved the cold, and Alisa of Naked and Famous braved a cold/flu for a show at the Fillmore in Denver last night. The Colourist started things off with a fun set that had the boys swooning for drummer/singer Maya. Then Naked Famous came out to perform with a full light show. The band said it can be tough being on the road touring a lot, but to feel the energy they get back from crowds like the one at the Fillmore makes it much easier. The night ended with Alisa saying, "This one's for you, Denver," as the encore ended with "Young Blood." Naked and Famous will be back in Denver 3/15 to play with Imagine Dragons.

adidas + snowboarding = ?

As snowboard season gets under way (A-Basin and Loveland have opened for the season, and Wolf Creek is operating on the weekends for now), we're curious to see whether adidas' entry into making and selling snowboard gear will take off.

Some longtime snowboarders are skeptical of a big brand like adidas getting into the snowboard game. Adidas is sponsoring pro riders like Jake Blauvelt to try to build cred.

Adidas has said it was going to go after core snowboarders in its first year of marketing, in part with advertising in snowboarding publications. They've managed to work their way into the editorial pages too.
The latest issue of Transworld Snowboarding includes adidas among its very limited number of "best boots you can buy" for both men and women. The issue also has a 10-page article on Blauvelt's new snowboard film, "Naturally," which adidas sponsored, and the issue has some full page ads for adidas. Also included on Transworld's best boot list: Nike.