Friday, August 29, 2008

Bonus Song

Pearl Jam with singer Eddie Vedder in concert ...Image via Wikipedia Joel Hopman gave me a great Eddie Vedder bootleg and it included this song, You're True. I love it. Eddie playing the ueke.

Btw - KennyKellog will be taking a Labor Day vacation. Enjoy the sun and we'll see you Tuesday morning.
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Friday Chill Music (August 29, 2008)

WILCO @ McCarren PoolImage by Kurt Christensen via Flickr Beautiful day in San Francisco and it seems as though everyone from Kellogg but the Kenna's and Ziser are in SF this weekend. Welcome to the Himmelsbachs, Beth Stevens, the Hamiltons and anyone I missed.

First up on Friday Chill Music is Theologians, by Jeff Tweedy. Love this song and Wilco has been in heavy rotation since they played Outside Lands last week.

Here is another Tweedy song that I love and just discovered, called Say You Miss Me

Finally, here is Cat Power singing Aretha, sing one for me (live)
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Cool article in the New Yorker titled "Superbugs" by Jerome Groopman for those of us interested in medical technology and healthcare.

Superbugs are short hand for the new breed of bacteria that are becoming resistant to traditional antibiotics. This is a huge problem but a big opportunity for medical technology companies. Shortly before I interned at Becton Dickinson in 2006, they acquired GeneOhm, a startup that screened for MRSA, a special kind of superbug. Congrats to BD for seeing the opportunity, acquiring the startup and accelerating the technology rollout. MRSA is just one kind of superbug, but it's a start.

In addition to diagnostics (GeneOhm), the world needs pharmaceuticals that can squash these bugs. The article runs through a few new treatments, but one get's the sense that even more are needed.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bankers vs. Consultants

Business School humor. If you don't get it, that's probably a good thing. Thanks for sending Holden.

First Class Cooking with Emily

A few months back, Novita, Ananda and Coles recommended First Class Cooking to me. First Class is a great cooking class put on by Emily Dellas. She's an entrepreneur who has built a business doing something she loves, cooking.

It's incredibly tough to get into one of her classes, they sell out about 15 minutes after she sends out the monthly schedule (via email). You need to get on her email list to have a hope. I barely got in, thanks to a quick email by Novita.

Emily holds the class in her apartment by the ballpark. Let's just say, when I grow up, I want an apartment like that. It's big, very airy, with a fully stocked kitchen and a huge window to look out onto the city. You're encouraged to bring wine (I did - Frog's Leap), but if you don't, K&L Wines is right there. I hear they're nice people at K&L. :)

It took about 2 hours to make dinner and everyone pitches in. I was an especially good meat cutter (as far as I know) and while you're cooking, you make new friends. Very cool. My group was about 12 people and we sat down for a delicious dinner when everything was ready.

The highlights for me was the Pork dish we made along with learning how to make my own Mayonnaise (I love mayo). I'm a layman here, so I don't even know what to call the fruit pie desert thing we made, but it was amazing to eat, and that's all that matters.

Check out First Class Cooking. It's fun and the food you make is fantastic.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Art of the Complete Game

Bruce Jenkins of the SF Chronicle wrote a great article on the Art of the Complete Game. This is a big deal in SF where the pitching phenom, Tim Lincecum, has a small frame but is so good, you never want to see him leave the game. Great debate between new era statistics driven folks and the old school baseball people.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Thanks to Graham Mudd's twitter stream for the amazing site, My favorite chart, "How Much I Got on It."


My Kellogg classmate, Victor Kucek, is building a really cool ticketing business called Tixem. If you have an event, he'll handle the ticketing, no matter how small it is, for free. Tixem has over $1B of tickets on sale. From Tony Bennett for your parents, to James Blunt for the Marina hipster, or a baseball game for your nephew.

Tixem has rolled out a Facebook App that let's you plan a fun night with friends, then buy the tickets. Pretty neat stuff.

Victor can help the little guy because he has built a technology system that has very little overhead. It's the new world people, and technology is making everything cheaper, including selling (& buying) tickets.

One other cool thing, he's giving Kenny Kellogg readers a 15% discount. Just type in "Kellogg" into the discount code line during the transaction portion, and you save 15%. Don't thank me, thank Victor, and buy some tickets from him.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bejing Olympic Images

Check the Boston Globe's image recap for the Bejing Olympics. Absolutely loved it. (btw, the versions here don't do the pics justice. Click through)

My other favorite was this one. The "Bird's Nest" is so cool.

Tocqueville Gold Fund Letter to Shareholders

{{Potd/2005-05-14 (en)}}Image via Wikipedia Mutual funds are a great way to invest because they bring a lot of diversification. You have to be careful with expense ratios though because fees or expenses can really eat at your return. One of my mutual funds, the Tocqueville Gold Fund has a decent expense ratio at 1.38% but the portfolio manager, John Hathaway consistently beats the benchmark, so I think he's worth it.

I bring this up because I think Hathaway is one of the smartest precious metal investors out there and I keep a chunk of money with him. I just got done reading his semi-annual letter to the shareholders and wanted to post it for you. Keep in mind it was written in April 08, but it's worth the read and is still very applicable.

Tocqueville Gold Fund Letter to Shareholders (scroll to page 10 of the PDF)
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Mick Dropping Knowledge

I always enjoy Mick LaSalle's movie critiques in the SF Chronicle. I even dial into his podcast once in a while. Though I would share a little post he did on his blog. It's a little cheesy, but hey, so am I.

Here's a small excerpt:
The great and persistent mistake of middle age is to look in the places where splendor used to be and, not finding it, conclude that splendor is disappearing.

And the great and persistent mistake of old age is to look around and think there's no splendor in the world because you don't understand the disguise that splendor happens to be wearing in the present era.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Coffee Shops

I'm a huge coffee shop fan. i love to work in them, because it makes even work, social. I spent a lot of time in Think Coffee, in NYC, this weekend. Great place and it has the added benefit of NYU students there. They bring a lot of energy and makes me feel like I'm back in Berkeley.

Think is one of my favorite cafe's ever. My two favorites in SF are the Grove and Apollo Coffee (my new, favorite place because of a friendly owner and good wifi).

What are your favorite places? Seriously.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Reblog: Mason/Dixon Pop Line

Loved this graphic depicting the difference in words used to describe a "soda", or "pop". I found it on Paul Kedrosky's Blog, which I very much enjoy.

The graphic reminded me of Danika Van Beek, who had the most lovable Midwestern accent I encountered at Kellogg. Just the word, "pop" or "paap" from her would make me smile.

Danika and Chris Addy are getting married today and I won't be able to make it. Wedding conflict is a bitch. I'm sad I'm not there, but I know they will have a great time.

Heres to you Danika & Addy, and to your wedding. I'll toast you with "paap" now, and champagne next time I see you.

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Bejing Marathoner

Quick Friday afternoon post on a New Yorker article called "Running to Bejing" by Peter Hessler. The article is on Ryan Hall, the U.S.'s gold medal hope in the Bejing Olympics. Some fantastic insights into training for a marathon, the business of running, and a great profile on an interesting young man.

Spaghetti Cat & More

Posting will be a little lite this weekend as I partake in Toepke's wedding. In the meantime, enjoy the Spaghetti Cat, courtesy of Kelli Aitchison, who can be found here.

I'll buy a round of hi-fives for anyone who posts other silly animal acts caught on film in the comments section. Something from this genre.

Friday Chill Music (Aug 22, 2008)

It's all about My Morning Jacket and Jim James (their lead singer). They'll be coming to SF in mid-September at the Greek theatre.

First up is the new video for "Touch Me..."

According to Stereogum, it was inspired by the new movie for "Where the Wild Things Are." It looks pretty cool. Thanks for sending this in J. Cohn.

Next up is a solo set Jim James did at the Newport Festival. The guy's voice is just unbelievable. He plays a bunch of the new MMJ in addition to the usual suspects. However, it's just him, acoustic and it's stunning. Enjoy.

Hope to see you at Outside Lands.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Outside Lands

Ladies and Gentleman, Outside Lands, a new, huge music festival is coming to SF this weekend. Personally, I'm at a wedding in NYC but I'm flying back for Sunday's show. True story. Here is the schedule for the festival. Check it out and map out your concert going experience. Here is my schedule:
  1. Bon Iver: 3:10 PM
  2. Drive By Truckers 3:55 PM (maybe a little Andrew Bird if I can squeeze him in)
  3. Rogue Wave 5:50 PM
  4. Wilco 6:30 PM
  5. Jack Johnson 7:40 PM
If you're a Kenny K reader and will be there, let's meet up. My Twitter handle is "scottorn" and you can follow me here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rainn the Rocker

Great NPR interview of Rainn Wilson, better known as Dwight in the Office. He seems like a really genuine person. Sounds like he was one of those "overnight successes" that takes 10 years to make. It's a great interview and you'll like him even more after listening to it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Scary chart on the Chinese stock markets recent performance. A lot of people are losing a lot of money. Don't forget, China is the US's largest (maybe 2nd largest to Japan) creditor. When your creditors are under stress, you begin to feel the stress. Would China ever stop buying our bonds (which keeps are interest rates low) and put the money into their own economy? Or maybe try to prop up their stock market by using that money to buy broad indexes?

I don't know what they'll do, but that is a code red chart and spells danger for everyone dependent on China.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Globalization, Even in Hoops

DALLAS - MAY 1:  Owner of the Dallas Mavericks...Image by Getty Images via Daylife Mark Cuban nails why the NBA should be encouraging players to go over to Europe. Can you imagine if Lebron played 1 year for $50M in Greece or Italy? How much merchandise would he sell? How many Nike shoes? How popular would the game become in Europe?

If I could own a single asset these days, it would be a premier sports team. Sports are one of the few things that people want to watch in real time which means that they will sit through advertising. If you own a team in one of the top leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, English Premier League, etc) you have a monopoly on the best players, as long as you continue to pay them. Furthermore, players want to play against the best, so you have a built in network effect.

The only thing that can upset the apple cart, is if billionaire owners try to upset the network effect. They'd have to justify enormous salaries to the Lebron's of the world, but with merchandising, tv rights in a new continent, a huge ego boost and a strong euro, they're beginning to get to that point.

The NBA needs to follow Cuban's advice on players, but also needs to put franchises in Europe, and Asia too. That will keep the monopoly in tact and make these people buku bucks.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Yes to Jon

Is Jon Stewart the most Trusted Man in America? Yes.

The NY Times had a great article on Jon Stewart and the Show. Amazing quote:

When Americans were asked in a 2007 poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press to name the journalist they most admired, Mr. Stewart, the fake news anchor, came in at No. 4, tied with the real news anchors Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw of NBC, Dan Rather of CBS and Anderson Cooper of CNN.

Ads Imitate Life?

Thanks to Brian Sterz for sending on this NY Times article on the Debt Trap and examples of the Ads that cheered Americans on to record debt levels. I always enjoy the debate on whether Art Imitates Life, or vice versa, and I think the same thing could be said for Advertisements. Did these ads really influence us, or had we already bought in, and they just reinforced our behavior. Regardless, the Ads are fun to go through and reminisce about the good old days, when you could

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Georgia On My Mind

I've been wondering what's going on with this whole Russia vs. Georgia thing. NPR's Fresh Air had a great podcast on the subject. It's a super complex issue and like most things in that part of the world, is the continuation of conflict and struggle from a very long time ago.

This is an hour very well spent. Check out James Traub on Fresh Air.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Olympic Moments

I'm freaking crazy over Michael Phelps. I got nervous at dinner last night as my compadres and compadrettes talked about his swim later in the night. Thankfully he won and only has two more to go. Can't wait to follow along.

In the Olympic Spirit, Heg posted this "5 Most Chilling Olympic Moments." There are some good ones, but somehow Billy Mills didn't make the list. If you have seen the movie Running Brave, you know what I'm talking about. Amazing story of a Native American making the Olympics through a lot of adversity and then doing this on the big stage:

Here is a great clip from the movie. I dare you not to get goosebumps.

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Friday Chill Music (August 15, 2008)

I need to spread the M. Ward gospel a bit. I think Post-War is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, and the title song (Post-War) is awesome for it's dreaminess and chillness. Probably a better group of songs to post on a rainy Friday in December, but as I write this very late Thursday night, the fog is consuming SF, and this seems more than appropriate.

M. Ward - Post-War

Another awesome song is Eyes on the Prize, which is really soothing and chill. For some reason, it reminds me of sitting on the beach in Hawaii.

M. Ward - Eyes On The Prize

Another good one is Magic Trick. It's happy and sounds interesting.

M. Ward - Magic Trick (Live on MPR 9-5-2006)

Finally, this song. I think I've posted it a couple of times over the last year, but once you listen to it, you'll forgive me.

M Ward, Jim James & Conor Oberst - Girl Of The North Country (Bob Dylan)

Sir Links-A-Lot (8/15/08)

More links from a member of King Arthur's Knights of the Blogosphere (that was really cheesy).

If you read Kenny K, I mean ever read Kenny K, please read this article on Twitter. It's not spectacular but Twitter is a phenomena that you need to be aware of and try.

Is Obama the End of Black Politics, the NY Times asks (a week after the New Yorker springs the subject) and Kenny K covers it here. Thanks for sending Beth. I'm not really sure about the answer to the question, but I think the analogy to Irish or Italian political machines disappearing into the broader collective is interesting.

Personally, I don't find it surprising that "Black" politicians didn't recognize the disruptive force that Obama would become. I believe (alert, my opinion) that politicians are essentially risk averse, so you can't expect them to recognize an "Innovators Dilemma" situation and capitalize on it. Second, once they did recognize what Obama was, they defaulted to seeing him as a threat to their power position instead of working with him. This is what every giant corporation does when it sees an Innovator Dilemma situation. The Clintons were safe for the old guard because they had the relationships, and with the Clinton's, those politicians dictated what was going to get done. This is the equivalent of milking profit streams in the corporate world, pretending like the new guy won't eat your lunch. Simple as that.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

OakTree's Memo

I loved, loved I tell you, the Oaktree Capital memo that Taylor Meyer (making his Kenny K debut) sent over to me last week. Within hours, I received it from Hegs and a couple other friends too. Who says we need newspapers. When people like Howard Marks, a incredibly successful investor, go on the record through their own memos, the investing world becomes a better place. The way financial scoops are usually broken is through hardcore investigative work by value oriented mutual or hedge funds like Oaktree, who then tip off a reporter, who then verifies the information.

My favorite clip:
Capitalism can produce great results, but participants have to be allowed to both win and lose. If they aren’t, they come to believe the only possible outcomes are winning or, at worst, breaking even. Good business decisions can be made only if the hope for gain is balanced by the fear of loss. The latter must not be eliminated. The system must be allowed to work. Of course, this has to be balanced against the desire to prevent catastrophes, necessitating some very difficult choices.

Anyhoo, this is a "must read". Please site down and read it. Marks took the time to write it, and the investing world only becomes a better place, if people like us read it.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cuban & The Cubs

Internet Billionaire & Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, who writes a great blog incidentally, has been positioning himself to buy the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He has been a terrific owner in the NBA, turning around the Mavericks, but doesn't do well with authority and is so rich, he doesn't worry about the fines. Still, he made his billions in new media and presumably has big plans for the Cubs and MLB in general. This will be a monster deal, for something in the neighborhood of $1.4B. Cubs fans like my buddy Walton, are besides themselves. The Cubs are going to be big time and no one in the national league will be able to stop them.

So what's the issue? Well Peter Gammons mentions in this column (which may require a subscription) the conventional wisdom that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will rig the bidding process and make sure his friend, John Canning of Madison Dearborn, wins the bid. I definitely thought that would happen. However, as I think about it now, I think Cuban has a real shot because of the dynamics at play with the Cubs parent company.

Last year, Sam Zell, a huge power broker did an LBO of the Tribune Company, which owns a bunch of papers and the Cubs, among other things. Well, the newspaper business isn't so great these days, and Zell leveraged the deal (tons of debt) like crazy, so there is very little margin of error for the whole company. Zell must absolutely maximize the Cubs sale, or he may be forced to take the Tribune Company into bankruptcy because the newspaper business alone can't support all the debt.

Zell is so powerful, that I think he can go over Selig's head to people like Congressman and Senators, who might decide to play hardball with MLB's anti-trust exemption, or maybe bring up the steroid controversy again, or maybe the ugliness with scouts taking kickbacks to sign Latin American players (also covered in Gammons article). Baseball has a lot of buried bodies, and if Zell doesn't think he is maximizing his greatest asset at the Tribune Company because of Selig's backroom politics, he's going to make some noise. How fitting the wave of technology that made Cuban a billionaire, is now squeezing the newspapers so badly, that it will actually help him achieve yet another life goal, to own the Cubs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fleck on Fannie

Bill Fleckenstein wrote a great article on the Fannie Mae situation. He calls all the Management teams, like Fannie's whose CEO alone cashed out over $40M for example, a bunch of "Crybaby Capitalists."

Fannie's Management team disregarded a memo from a risk officer in 2004, stating that they were buying junk mortgages and those mortgages posed a serious threat to the financial system. The lesson is to drive you company as hard as possible to reach growth objectives, cash out as much stock as possible along the way, and then look to the taxpayers for a bailout.

Paris vs. McCain

So bad, in so many ways, it's actually funny.

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

Monday, August 11, 2008


This is why I love the Olympics.

Updated: Ooops, I thought I was posting the 4 x 100 swimming relay. Scroll down in this widget. It was a phenomenal race!

Exclusive Summer Olympics news & widgets at NBC!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Oh Gmail

Oh Gmail, you know me so well. And yes, after a huge weekend in Scottdale, I'm craving pizza right now.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Maher Interview

Matt Belloni did a great interview of Bill Maher for the Hollywood Reporter. I'm a Maher fan and love his show on HBO.

There are some interesting thoughts in the piece. One of my favorites is this one on Obama and McAin:

"Obama is going to beat him by more than people think. People will see him with Obama in the debates and he will not look good. And things are bad now. "

I think this is totally underestimated right now. People want to be led by somebody who embodies their best qualities, and looks are one of those qualities that comes into play. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying it will happen.

On another note, I love Maher's rants on the Drug industry. He actually has some decent points but he also get's pretty weird and conspiracy theorist. I try not to think about some of this when he is making good points on politics. :)

Friday, August 8, 2008

Friday Chill Music (Aug 8, 2008)

Kenny Kellogg headquarters are bumping and a feild trip to Scottsdale is in the works this weekend, so this is going to be quick (that's what she said).

M Ward - Duet for Guitars #3

M Ward, Jim James & Conor Oberst - Girl Of The North Country (Bob Dylan)

Counting Crows - Caravan (Van Morrison cover)

Eddie covering Cat Stevens Trouble

Eddie Covering James Taylor's Millworker

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bra Humor

From the Walm. thought this was funny. :)

Rock Stars

Thanks to John Hamilton for sending in this clip of Wilco at Lollapalooza last weekend in Chicago. Two things: 1) I wish I would have been there, but I'll see them in 2 weeks at Outside Lands, 2) This is what a rock concert and rock stars should look like.

They're performing Spiders...

Spiders are singing in the salty breeze
Spiders are filling out tax returns
Spinning out webs of deductions and melodies
On a private beach in Michigan

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sir Links-A-Lot (August 6, 2008)

Been collecting some interesting links over the last few days. Check it.

Cool article in the NY Times on dating and love for those in their early 20's. It's a fantastic article written by Joel Walkowski, a USC student. Very insightful and well written.

A nice Alameda Judge is going to save us from those ridiculous contract cancellation fees wireless carriers charge us. If there weren't automatic contract renewals when you change your pricing plan and huge cancellation fees, I would be talking to you on an iPhone. the best product in the market. Shouldn't the best product win? (thanks EB for sending)
Ever been in a foreign country and need a couch to crash on? Well my new friend Dan Hoffer started a couch surfing site, It seems like a great way to meet new people and get a cheap place to stay. Check it out.
Cool article on the founders of Bonobos, a new kind of pants company. The pants fit the "stocky" type of guy, yours included. I'm waiting for the price point to come down, but I've heard rave reviews from Alex Bain (where I found this article too).

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Smiley & Obama

Very interesting New Yorker piece on Tavis Smiley, a political leader in the African American community, and his lack of support for Obama. According to the article, Smiley has been very slow to embrace Obama and has remained fairly critical. I've seen Smiley on Bill Maher's show and generally like him there.

I also really enjoyed the podcast interview of the writer, Kelefa Sanneh.

The article and podcast raise an interesting question, how do African American politicians and media personalities who have built a career out of "representing people of color," coexist with a President Obama (this is of course premature). If Obama wins, doesn't he automatically become the ranking voice on these issues? Are the power positions of these politicians compromised? I'm not sure what the fallout will be, if any because he needs to be elected, but this seems like a classic business question: Do I try to ride the disruptive force or fight it?

It seems to me that you would want to align yourself with Obama (the disruptive force), and benefit from his wave of popularity, at least in the short term. Instead, Smiley has chosen to try and differentiate himself and fight the disruption. This is a make or break move for him.

Monday, August 4, 2008


I've been burning through the first season of Mad Men. It's the best show I've seen since the Wire, and you, loyal Kenny Kellogg reader know how much I loved that. I have one more Season 1 DVD and then I'm off to Season 2, which is being recorded by the old Tivo. Here is Tim Goodman's review of Season 2. Very fired up.

Anywhoo, Tim Goodman had the idea of asking, What Would Don Draper Do? Don is the lead character of Mad Men. One of Goodman's readers whipped up some great pics and combined it with Don's best lines. This one caught my eye.

Da' Mayor

Willie Brown was the mayor of SF for 8 years before Gavin Newsome came along. He was affectionately called (or called himself) "Da Mayor" to reflect his ethnic roots. He was a funny guys, always dressed well, was accused for his share of shadiness but generally represented SF well. Before Mayor of SF, he controlled the Assembly of the State of California for 20+ years. The guy is a legit politician and has seen it all.

I love his new column in the SF Chronicle because he drops some serious knowledge on what the insiders are thinking and since he isn't running for anything anymore, he doesn't mince words. Cool column Sunday on Feinstein's effect on the California Governor race and also some pretty observant comments on the Friday night scene in downtown SF.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Life. Support. Music.

My friend, Ben Munoz, recommended this movie, Life. Support. Music. by way of his Facebook feed. The trailer is below and it's well done. The lead in to the movie is below as well. I'll find a way to see it and so should you. Poke around on the website. It looks like a cool story.

In August 2004, Jason Crigler, one of New York City’s most sought-after guitarists, suffered a brain hemorrhage during a concert in Manhattan. That night at the hospital, the doctors told Jason’s family—if he makes it through the night, there won’t be much left of him.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Government's Reaction to Inflation

One of the big dangers of inflation, once it starts working it's way through the financial system, is everyone starts coming up a little short in their budgets. Everyone, especially the Government. So what do people do, seek alternative revenue sources, right? Of course, but is that really the goal of government? Should they be seeking to maximize revenue? That's what's happening all over the place.

There were two articles in the Chronicle today on the subject. The first is how parking tickets are now $60! $60!!! One of the people interviewed makes a great point,

Scott Simpson of SF: "Look, I understand San Francisco is in a jam financially," he said. "But you can't make it so painful that people don't want to do impulse shopping in the city. Eventually, that's going to hurt the merchants."

So government reaches for more money, cause they need it, but what is the result? In the short-term the government makes more money, but the retailers lose some business and consumers have less money to spend.

The city is also increasing the fee on newspaper racks. Of course, this is a front page issue for the Chronicle, but it's just another example of the city reaching, effectively increasing tax rates, because of inflationary pressures.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday Chill Music (Aug 1, 2008)

Let's get into it folks. It's summer and there are happy hours and birthday parties to get to tonight and sun to be consumed.

The Fleet Foxes are in a neck and neck tie with Bon Iver as my favorite new bands of 08'. They're very different, with the Fleet Foxes having more of a My Morning Jacket vibe and I always detect a hint of Zepplin, because the drums I think. Haven't figured it out, but here you go with one of my favorites:

Fleet Foxes - Your Protector

Bon Iver is just straight chill music. Skinny Love, Blindsided and this song, Re: Stacks are phenomenal.

Bon Iver - Re: Stacks

Here is a great cut from the Wilco covers post I did last week. So fired up to see Wilco at Outside Lands.

Wilco - Thirteen (Big Star)

And because it's sunny and a nice day out there, enjoy this one:

Wilco - I'm Into Something Good (Herman's Hermits)