The Entertainment Shack

Nov 10 '10


Jun 3 '10

Jazz in the Park 2010

Milwaukee's Jazz in the Park kicked off with one of my favorite Jazz Trios: The Bad Plus. They put on an amazing show playing some of my favorites like "1972 Bronze Medalist" and their cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Here are a few photos:

The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

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May 15 '10

Favorites - 2010 Edition

This is an update to my previous favorites post. And this time I'm not limiting myself to 15 items!



I have around 500 artists with songs I've flagged 5 stars in iTunes, but these are the artists/groups that show up several times in my playlist:

Aceyalone, AIR, The Bad Plus, Beastie Boys, Beck, Benny Benassi, the bird and the bee, BitterSweet, Black Eyed Peas, Blue Man Group, Bonobo, Bright Eyes, Britney Spears, Broken Bells, Cake, Chumbawamba, Cinematic Orchestra, Claude Debussy, Coldplay, Daft Punk, Danger Mouse, DANGERDOOM, Dj Paul V, Eminem, EVE 6, Everclear, Eyedea & Abilities, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Franz Ferdinand, Geto Boys, Girl Talk, Goldfrapp, Groove Armada, Gustav Holst, I Voted for Kodos, Incubus, Iron & Wine, Jamiroquai, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Kasabian, Korn, Layo & Bushwacka!, Ldm101, Limp Bizkit, Lobsterdust, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, Matchbox Twenty, Michael Jackson, Missy Elliott, Moby, Mr. Scruff, Nine Inch Nails, Party Ben, Peace Orchestra, The Pharcyde, Pogo, Propellerheads, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Radiohead, Rafael Casal, Rage Against Machine, Richard Cheese, The Roots, Royksopp, Semisonic, The Shins, Smash Mouth, SoNos, St Germaine, Staind, Sufjan Stevens, Supreme Beings of Leisure, Tenacious D, Third Eye Blind, Underworld, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Zero 7


I unfortunately don't have as much time to read as I'd like, but these are some authors I've read a few books from that I've really enjoyed:

Bill Bryson, Anne Fadiman, Brian Greene, Dan Savage, Tom Clancy, Lewis Carroll, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton


These always have interesting, unique articles:

Newsweek, The Economist, Gq Magazine, Details Magazine, Wired Magazine, Esquire Magazine


Rated 5 stars in my Netflix profile. Out of about 400 movies I can remember seeing.

300, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Airplane!, American Beauty, The Animatrix, Apocalypto, Babel, Bang Bang You're Dead, Battle Royale, A Beautiful Mind, Behind Enemy Lines, Black Hawk Down, Bourne Trilogy, Boy A, Burn After Reading, Suicide Club, Catch Me If You Can, Chicago, Cell 211, City of God, Crash, The curious case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, District 9, The District!, Donnie Darko, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Elf, Everything Is Illuminated, Fight Club, Finding Nemo, Forrest Gump, The Game, The Garden, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Good Will Hunting, Hero, The History Boys, Hot Fuzz, The Incredibles, Innocence, Jurassic Park, Kill Bill, The Linguists, Little Miss Sunshine, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, Manufactured Landscapes, The Matrix, Memento, Minority Report, Mission Impossible Three, Mr and Ms Smith, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ocean's Trilogy, Office Space, Oldboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Paris, je t'aime, The Prestige, The Rage in Placid Lake, Saved!, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List, Shawshank Redemption, Shortbus, Silence Of The Lambs, Sin City, Smokin' Aces, Stranger than Fiction, Sunshine, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thank You for Smoking, There Will Be Blood, Titanic, Tokyo Sonata, V for Vendetta, Were the World Mine, Zombieland

TV Shows

30 Rock, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Chelsea Lately, The Colbert Report, Community, The Daily Show, Dexter, Doug, Fairly Odd Parents, Glee, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (BBC), Hell's Kitchen, House, Junkyard wars, Lost, Man vs. Wild, Mercy, Modern Family, Muppets Tonight, MythBusters, Nip/Tuck, The Office, Parks and Recreation, Party Down, Planet Earth, Queer as Folk, Rick and Steve, Rugrats, Skins, South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, This American Life, Trauma, Weeds, The West Wing


Lewis Black, Jeremy Hotz, Demetri Martin, Hal Sparks, Ellen Degeneres, Daniel Tosh, Jeff Dunham, Maria Bamford, Stephen Lynch, Mike Birbiglia, Ron White

Comic Strips

Bizarro, Dilbert, FoxTrot, Non Sequitur, User Friendly, Everybody Drunk But Me, Yourmometer

People I'd Like to Meet

Bill Gates, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Madonna, Ira Glass, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Shigeru Miyamoto, J.J. Abrams

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Sep 29 '09

Sufjan Stevens at The Majestic in Madison, WI

Sufjan Stevens

Last night I had the privilege of seeing Sufjan Stevens at a sold out concert of 600 people at The Majestic in Madison, WI. I knew it was going to be a great show the moment he stepped on stage in a blue "WISCONSIN" t-shirt, camouflage hat, and said: "Sup 'yall, I'm Suff-jan Stevens", making fun of a common mispronunciation of his name, and went right into playing my favorite song, Seven Swans.


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Apr 8 '09

New on my blogroll: Music

Added two new blogs to my blogroll. Two local music blogs by people that have similar tastes as me (anything that's not top 40): 88.9 Radio Milwaukee Soundboard and UW-Madison's Wisconsin Union Directorate Music Committee.

If you're looking for other ways to discover music, try podcasts: IndieFeed and All Songs Considered are two really good ones.

Not entirely sure why I'm adding more blogs, because as it is I can't keep up with the 72 ones I already read, but I get to discover cool new music like this:

Wiley - Wearing My Rolex (What Would We do)

I hope to post a more in-depth entry on some new music I discovered, but you'll have to do with random YouTube embeds for now.

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Jun 22 '08

Carillon Bell Tower at UW-Madison

I had the unique opportunity to go up into the Carillon Bell Tower at UW-Madison today-- and guess what-- there is actually a man up there playing the bells. Yeah, I have always been told that there was a man up there, but for some reason thought it was a myth and the bells were actually computerized.

 Carillon Bell Tower at UW-Madison

His name is Lyle Anderson, and if you catch him on the right day at the right time, he'll let you come up and watch him play. I wish I would have taken a video so you could see how fast he works the foot pedals and levers. I posted a video of him playing the bells on YouTube. You can even allegedly hand him any sheet music written for piano, and if you're nice enough, he'll play it for you. Additionally, there are stairs that go up to the top where the bells are-- but I may now be partially deaf from that experience.

 Carillon Bell Tower at UW-Madison  Carillon Bell Tower at UW-Madison

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Mar 8 '08

Stuck in my Head

I've been a little under the weather lately and not able to update. I have a backlog of links to share with you all, and I'll start catching up tomorrow. I'm also working on another "recently discovered" music posts. In the meantime, I would like to share these two songs which are currently stuck in my head:


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Feb 22 '08

Girl Talk in Madison

I went to see Gregg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk) at the Memorial Union yesterday. Girl Talk is a mash-up DJ. Unlike your typical DJ which uses cross fades (or horrible DJs that don't even use that), Girl Talk beat matches the ends and beginning of songs, so there isn't a single second of 'down time' between them. He also layers songs on top of each other, making comparisons you wouldn't even think of (Ying Yang Twins vs The Verve)

Girl Talk
(My camera battery died, so thanks to Kennis for this pic)


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Nov 24 '07

Recent Music Finds

Album Covers

I love music. I listen to a lot of different music. Between the iTunes radio stations,, and Pandora Radio I discover a couple new artists I like every week.

Below are some recent finds. "Recent" as in I recently discovered it... the songs might be old. Hopefully you hear something new that you like. If you do, I encourage you go buy the music from iTunes or


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Sep 3 '07

Dave Matthews

Hello. I'm still alive. Moving apartments left me without internet for a couple weeks, but I should be back to posting regularly. What has happened since my last post? Not much, working a lot. Survived another round of flooding, although not as bad as last year. Sold t-shirts at Dave Matthews up in Alpine Valley. That was a lot of fun. Got to catch the middle of the show both nights. Caught a few pictures (below) and video clip.


Class starts tomorrow. I'm actually pretty excited.

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Apr 11 '07

Blue Man Group

On an impulse, I went to the Blue Man Group in Madison today. It was only three blocks away from my apartment, so it was hard to resist.

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Feb 7 '07


Jan 27 '07

My Favorites (2006)

I have sat down and finally compiled some lists I have been trying to for a long time: Favorite books, TV shows, movies, and musical artists. Not necessarily things from 2006, but just what I like at this point in life. The items in the lists are in no particular order (that would have been too hard). I hope to reevaluate these in a year and see how my tastes have changed.


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Jul 25 '06

Illinois by Sufjan Stevens

Illinois by Sufjan Stevens


The fact that I'm writing this review at all should indicate this CD is good. I rarely purchase CDs as the iTunes Radio stations and Pandora usually meet my needs.

The indie-pop style music is absolutely beautiful, with its several layers of instruments played mostly by Sufjan himself thanks to the wonders of technology today. The sharp contrasts of volume and instrumental complexity along with the deep and relatable lyrics in his song "Chicago" is what got me hooked on Sufjan. It's the first song of his I heard and I encourage you all to take a listen (then buy the album).

From his relatable and more serious lyrics about life and death like to his more up-beat and nonsense lyrics, there is something for everyone. This is a great CD to pop in when reading a book, taking a drive, or just relaxing on the porch. I'm going to purchase his "Michigan" album as well, and am looking forward to whatever state he sings about next.

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