Archive for the category “Audiophile”

Music Pick – Alabama Shakes

UPDATE 2: Get your FREE copy of “Hold On” this week on iTunes!

UPDATE: From Paste, watch the Alabama Shakes Play Conan.

billAlabama Shakes perform “Hold On” at Pegasus Record in Florence, Alabama for “Live from the Shoals” on August 21, 2011. I would really like to see the lead singer get together with Jack White and perform something!

FiiO – for that extra ompf you need for good headphones

tomI picked up this little FiiO headphone amplifier a few months back and have been very happy with the results.  I have a pair of Sennheiser Headphones that just aren’t powered properly with my iPhone/iPod.

This little device gives my music that added umpf, adding more treble and deeper, richer bass.  The device, which is about the size of an iPod Shuffle is charged via USB and so far a single charge lasts about 10-12 hours.

One word of caution, the FiiO can seriously add to the volume of your headphones, so don’t crank it up.   Probably not a good gift for the teens, unless they have some serious restraint…

FiiO Website

Purchase on Amazon FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier: Electronics.

Libratone – Wireless AirPlay speaker for your iPad, iPhone, iPod and Computer

tomPretty pricey, but would integrate well into a high-maintenance living room decor….



Libratone – Wireless AirPlay speaker for your iPad, iPhone, iPod and Computer.


They Still Call Me Daddy: Let’s do the iPod Shuffle

They Still Call Me Daddy: Let’s do the iPod Shuffle.

tomA fun little game, post the first five songs that come up on your iPod when you use the shuffle setting.  The results may reveal more than you’re willing to share (guilty pleasures, show tunes, babs, barry…).


tomNew solo album coming, first song just released, click on the widget below to give his new tune a spin.

Motion-Tracked Drum Sticks

tomInteresting use of motion sensors, attached to the tips of the drummer’s drum sticks.

Watch A Drum Solo As Recorded With Motion-Tracked Sticks | Co.Design: business + innovation + design.

Ride a musical roller coaster

tomCool visualization

ZKO Rollercoaster // GREAT EMOTIONS on Vimeo on Vimeo

They Still Call Me Daddy: I can’t stop listening to this song

They Still Call Me Daddy: I can’t stop listening to this song.

tomthese guys should probably spring for some more instruments…. great song, but I don’t think it’s available in the U.S.?

They still Call Me Daddy is a co-workers blog, we’ll be linking up to from time to time…

Journey does Xanadu?

tomSay it ain’t so Steve Perry?  South Detroit is just Xanadu?

What Is the Great Mistake Lurking in ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’? — Vulture.

billI have to agree though, “Just a city boy, born and raised in West Detroit” doesn’t work for me either.


Preview of the Shins new song.


Love the reel-to-reel player, just like the one that I used to listen to back in the 70’s.

The Shins Reel-to-Reel player

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