Mute Math – 2009 Memphis concert

If you’re wanting to see a good live show in a small venue, you’ve got less than a month to catch a MuteMath show in the States (tickets and dates on official site). I went to their Memphis show on Sunday 10/25/09 at the New Daisy with my friend Jason (who first introduced me to their self-titled CD).  This was my third time to see Mute Math in as many years and they never fail to provide perfect sonic vibrance. Arpit Mehta has a good review the LA show, so I’ll add a multimedia roundup to those thoughts.

LA 10/10/09 by Max Roper
LA 10/10/09 by Max Roper

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What more can you say about Led Zeppelin?

First of all, let me apologize to my subscribers for the flood of entries this week. I’ll likely return to my post-a-week-or-two instead of three posts in as many days. Onto the topic at hand: I was recently asked what more I could say about Led Zeppelin. It turns out that new material, in one form or another, is released every year to their fans (the latest being Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band).

In case you weren’t aware, is named after Led Zeppelin. It has been a while since I’ve featured them, though, so I thought I’d give my latest thoughts and also create both a YouTube video and Grooveshark audio playlist of their work over the years—press play now. Why am I such a huge fan of this band? Read more What more can you say about Led Zeppelin?

An unforgettable event

<UPDATE> Event postponed until further notice, but you can still donate on the ABHF website. Planit Nashville actually has an even bigger bash planned for the future instead!</UPDATE>

The more I think about it, the closer I get to attending the  “$30 for 30” charitable event and birthday party on October 24th (I’m supposed to be in Memphis that weekend). Amber is one of the best event planners in the Nashville area and she’s one of the best people I know on top of that! There are certain people in this world who have such a loving aura around them, and Amber is one of them.

The party will be in Lebanon, but it’s worth the trip, even if you think you won’t know many people there. Most importantly, though, it’s for a good cause: The Anna Brooke Hurdle Foundation and a portion to the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center. For more about ABHF and the event, go to the Planit Nashville website. Even if you can’t attend, please consider donating.

$30 for 30

America’s Best Idea

I just wrapped up what I’d like to call my birthday week in which I spent most evenings watching the premiere of The National Parks documentary on PBS. Last Sunday, I recommended that people donate to the Park Service in place of gifts to me. After watching the final episode (the 6th, each 2hrs long), I couldn’t resist reminding you why the parks are “America’s Best Idea”.

Reworked Denali from McKinley Princess
Reworked Denali from McKinley Princess

The final episode does a great job of summing up the purpose and history of the parks. If you only have time to watch one episode, watch this one (and/or the first one). These are not just the sweeping landscapes of America; they also consist of historical monuments where Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream speech” and where Japanese-Americans were interned during WWII. The National Park System preserves America’s irreplacable links to the past.

This is where we were
This is what we’ve loved
And now it’s in your hands
– Terry Tempest Williams

All six parts will be available streaming online through Friday. The DVDs will be released on Tuesday, currently $64.99 on Amazon (35% off). If you’re feeling more philanthropic, consider replacing your next meal out with a donation to the parks instead. In addition to the link on my Facebook, you can also donate directly to the National Park Foundation.

Naked Fat Girl Extravaganza

Glamour magazine released a photo of a normal looking woman in their September issue. Anyone larger than a six is considered “plus-size” in the fashion industry. Initially unnamed, Lizzi Miller was known as the “woman on p. 194” to the thousands of readers who wrote in with comments like “This beautiful woman has a real stomach and did I even see a few stretch marks? This is how my belly looks after giving birth to my two amazing kids! This photo made me want to shout from the rooftops.” I realize that it’s not new to have these features, but it sounds like Glamour is committed to modeling more normal looking people. I couldn’t resist borrowing from Kate Harding on who calls it the naked fat girl extravaganza.

The "woman on p. 194"
The "woman on p. 194"

Found this story via Ellen, one of my favorite celebrities. Watch the clip: