Ion Audio Tailgater Portable PA System for iPod

My wife bought me the Ion Audio Tailgater Portable PA System for iPod for Christmas. Wow! It looks like a guitar amp, but it's really a kick-ass, portable party machine.

The Tailgater has an iPod dock, gets about 12 hours of playtime when fully charged and includes two jacks, so you can plug in microphones or an instrument.

We've used the Tailgater on the beach and at parties as a karaoke machine.

I have plans to buy a bike trailer so I can use the Tailgater as a mobile DJ station. You've got to admit, it would sure beat this guy's rig:

The Tailgater was a great deal at $279.99 when it was first released. Now that it's only $130.30 on Amazon with FREE shipping, you really can't beat it.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Warfield - February 19, 2011

godspeed you! black emperor

After talking my friend David into going with me to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Warfield Saturday night, I found someone with extra tickets on Craigslist and we made our way downtown.

The live music business might be in a slump, but you wouldn't have known it. When we arrived at The Warfield, we were surprised to find ourselves at the end of a very long line wrapping around Market Street. Inside there were more lines - at the merchandise table and at the bars. Already, it felt like we were at a happening, that musical memories were about to be made.


A night of majestic, epic instrumentals began with a low level drone as film projectors displayed the word "HOPE" in blinking, messy scrawl on a large screen above the stage.


Josiah Hughes does a good job of capturing what a Godspeed You! Black Emperor concert feels like in his review of their Vancouver show last week:
In the same way that Godspeed You! Black Emperor communicates their apocalypse-laden message of hope without words, words too fall short of doing their live presentation justice. A wall of amps, several guitarists, two bass players, a drummer, a percussionist and a violinist allowed the eight members on stage to explore dense sonics that varied from ear-bleeding cacophony to pin-dropping guitar segues within each 20-minute suite.

You would have been hard pressed to find evidence of a seven-year absence in Godspeed's ebbing and flowing set, as they explored massive crescendos and delicate transitions with unified dynamics. Also missing were any signs that their sound was dated, with the group's shimmering but voiceless anthems translating well in the current musical climate.
Suffice it to say, words don't do their music justice, so I won't bother. See for yourself.

[These clips were recorded during two shows at Great American Music Hall the following nights, but give you a good idea of the sound and fury of their live performance.]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Hope Drone @ GAMH 02/21/2011


Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Storm @ GAMH in SF

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Friendly Fire @ Great American Music Hall SF

Radiohead - "Lotus Flower"

The new Radiohead album, "The King Of Limbs," is now available for download. The first video features youknowwho dancing like only he can.

Big Boi vs The Black Keys - "The Brothers of Chico Dusty"

What if Big Boi and The Black Keys fucked and had a baby? It would sound something like this.

Cee-Lo Green - "Fuck You"

The mad genius vocalist behind the distinctive sounds of Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob -- Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, aka Cee Lo Green, aka The Lady Killer -- strikes again with this ridiculously catchy song about losing in love.

The best lyric has to be:
Now look here, I'm sorry I can't afford a Ferrari
But that don't mean I can't get you there
I guess she's an Xbox and I'm more Atari
But the way you play your game ain't fair
If radio and music listening weren't so fragmented, this song would have easily been Cee Lo's second "song of the summer."

Cee Lo released a radio-friendly, G-rated version of the track, too, but alas, "Forget You" just doesn't pack the lyrical wallop that "Fuck You" does.