Saturday, January 31, 2009


My buddy Dan Hoffer has started a neat Angel & Entrepeneur network called MBAngels. The idea is that recent MBA grads will pitch their ideas to Angel investors from their alumni base. Angel funding is a really difficult, and sometimes inefficient process, so anything that makes this better has a real shot. Plus, Alumni are more inclined to help recent grads with whom they share common experiences. If you can break the ice with a few stories about the good old days at Henry's with a CAL Alum or the share a late night story from the Keg at Northwestern, it helps create an instant connection.

Dan is a serial entrepeneur having started I can't wait to see how this idea plays out.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Bonus Music

Because you deserve it, here's a little old school Rilo Kiley.

Friday Chill Music (1/30/09)

Welcome back to Friday Chill Music at Kenny Kellogg. It's my favorite time of the week, where I'm taking care of business and doing it to some cool tunes.

First up, via Matt Ziser's Facebook Feed comes this excellent song (and video) by Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson - Buriedfed

Next is "the Making of 'Middle Cyclone' from Neko Case." It's a bit of a documentary on Neko Case's new album. 

The Gonzo Gal posted Neko's People Gotta Lot of Nerve.

One of my all-time favorite Pearl Jam songs, Crown of Thorns. Actually, as Eddie notes in the clip, it pre-dates the formation of Pearl Jam, and actually comes from Mother Love Bone, a band that guitarists Stone Gossard & Jeff Ament were in. The band broke up because the frontman overdosed on drugs. If you listen carefully in the kitchen scene from Say Anything with John Cusack, you can hear this song playing in the background. I love the bluesy, Mike McCready solo and the emotion in Vedder's voice.

Finally, here's a great song I discovered this week at I AM FUEL, YOU ARE FRIENDS. The song is by the Band of Annuals and is called Something True. I've been playing it non-stop on my ipod. Warning: it's Mas Sensitivo.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Two Word Titles

I'm messing around with a cool new Tumblr group called Two Word Titles. Basically, you upload an offbeat picture, and then supply a two word title. People try to top your two word title in the comments section. There are a lot of creative people posting, so it should be pretty funny. If you'd like to be one of those creative people, let me know and I'll invite you to the group.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

reblog: Scariest Chart Ever

via Todd Sullivan on Seeking Alpha

Oregon State's Coach Moved by Standing "O"

Thanks to Scott Fausel for sending along this link to a post on Bear Talk about the standing ovation that CAL fans gave Oregon State coach Craig Robinson last Thursday.

I commented on it via Twitter at the time but this post captures the spirit better.
“All of a sudden, the clapping doesn’t subside and I don’t see their team coming out and I realized they’re clapping for me,” said Robinson, who is brother-in-law to new president Barack Obama. “I got to tell you, I was completely taken by surprise. It was almost as emotional as being at the inauguration. That kind of outpouring, I’m not used to.

“It says a lot about the student body, it says a lot about the fans at Cal. I was quite moved. Listen, I was as choked up as I’ve ever been. I had to fight back the emotions because we had a game to play. When I tell you I was taken by surprise and moved, I can’t explain it because I’ve never been a part of something like that.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Great Rant

I couldn't agree with this rant by Loose Lips Sink Ships more.

Jenkins on Kent

Bruce Jenkins with a great anecdote on Jeff Kent and the SF Giants during their Game 6 2002 World Series collapse. From Kent:

"It was the quietest locker room ever; you could hear guys' belts hitting the floor. I should have done something. I should have thrown some helmets, said some things, done something to remind us that we were still just one game from winning the thing. Even if it meant picking a fight with Barry Bonds."
Come again? "Not because I wanted to fight him, but because we needed to stir things up, start preparing for Game 7, take everyone's mind off what just happened. And Barry would have known exactly what I was doing."

Monday, January 26, 2009

Andrew Bird Video

If you haven't seen Andrew Bird in concert you'll want to check out this video on Field Access Blog. If you have seen him in concert, you'll most definitely want to check out this video.

Sir Links-A-Lot (January 26, 2008)

Metropolitan Museum Knight ArmorImage by josevnz via FlickrRounding up all the great articles I've read recently in an overdue Sir Links-A-Lot column.

One Final Toss for the Dooze - reminded me of my dog, Browser, who has passed. My step dad found her on the side of the freeway in a cardboard box. He took her home, trained her (stepdad was in SF Police Dog Unit) and she became our dog. She had giant eye brows, was pretty small and was a total mutt but she was a tough old bird. Her specialty was taking on coyotes and mailmen. I miss her.

Once people have taken [an avalanche safety] course, they are MORE LIKELY to be killed in an avalanche than those who have not taken the course.

Zappos Knows How to Kick It - thanks to Lauren Novita for sending this article which is a playbook on how to build great corporate culture and how to deal with a tough layoff. My favorite little snippet, "Any employee can give any other employee a $50 bonus for a job well done." Now, that is trust in your employees and deploying money to back up all the warm and fuzzy talk.

My favorite LuvvBugg post of the week includes a senator...

I'm late on this, but the White House has changed its communication policy.

Matt Belloni's interview of Anna Friel in Esquire was great. Esquire has some screwed up format for viewing their articles online, so it's really hard to find, but go to page 90 and you'll see it and the pictures, which are really good too. 

Zero in Japan vs. Zero in America - fantastic article on the differences in the US & Japanese banking systems, and this is not good news for the US.

My Inauguration Story by Roseanne Cash. Heart warming story that I highly reccomend.

Banker's pay is/was out of control from Paul Kedrosky.

We can't all be Keynesians at once from Paul Kedrosky - meaning we all can't inflate our currencies and issue mountains of debt...because someone needs to buy that debt.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hollrr About Great Products/Services

My Kellogg compadre and all around good friend, David Hegarty, kicked off a new blog called "Hollrr" to highlight great new products and services from startups and other small companies. I know from experience that these folks put their heart and soul into whatever they build, a little publicity goes a long way. Check out Hollrr and if the local breakfast spot earns some more attention or that new online service has reached "can't live without" status, then send Hegarty a note and he'll highlight it.

Re-Thinking Lion Conservation

Lion - Louisville ZooImage via WikipediaI always enjoy reading California Magazine, the alumni magazine for UC Berkeley. This month's article Lion King profiled Laurence Frank, a carnivore biologist with UC, and advances an interesting theory on Lion conservation.

Basically, Frank wants to stabilize the quickly deteriorating population via hunting. It seems counter-intuitive, but his argumnent is that local tribesman don't have an economic interest in the Lion population. In fact, they actually poison lions because the big cats prey on the cattle herds. However, hunting would bring in lot's of money and ensuring that a good chunk of it lands in the tribesman's pockets would motivate them to protect lions. It's an interesting idea. Regardless, something needs to be done, as there are only about 30,000 lions left in West Africa...
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sparta Science

Phil Wagner, a friend of mine for 10+ years, has started a really cool high performance training center in Menlo Park, CA called Sparta Science. Phil is a doctor, which greatly sets him apart from most trainers, and has worked as a trainer for UCLA Football and the Philadelphia Flyers. Phil was also a high level rugby player so he knows what it takes to be one of the best. He works with famous pro athletes all the way down to high potential high school athletes.

I got the tour of his training facility last month and its really high tech. I also got to hang out with some of his athletes. Phil has created a really cool culture at Sparta Science, where there is peer pressure to not only do well in sports, but for high school kids, there's a peer pressure to do well academically. I got the vibe that the kids looked at Phil like an older brother.

Anyways, I'm happy for Phil that he has started such a great business and that they are doing well and he's helping a lot of people. Phil was featured in Tom Billups Rugby column and he has a weekly column in the Palo Alto Daily News called Sparta Point.

Beauty Bug

Loved this pic from Mike's Right Brain

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Bonus Songs

I found the missing song from Belloni's Best of 08' - Holy by Love As Laughter and posted it on LuvvBugg if you want to hear it.

Also, @GrahamMudd posted a friday song of the week on Twitter.

Finally, I really like Andrew Bird's new album and this song is pretty cool.
Andrew Bird - Anonanimal

Have a great weekend.

Even More British Humor

Jeremy Hartman writes in with this scene from the Death Star Canteen. Funniest thing I've seen in a long time.

Friday Chill Music (1/23/09): Belloni's Best of 08'

Every year Matt Belloni puts together his favorite songs of the year. I eagerly wait for his selections and then assemble them on a mix CD. As I write this, I'm listening to Belloni's Best of 08' and it's great. I've taken the liberty of putting all the songs but one on a Favtape, so you can listen to them. was kind enough to write a few words on each selection. Matt is not a music critic, he only plays one on TV. The list is meant to be taken in the spirit of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity mixes, as in not too seriously.

1. "Float," Flogging Molly - This would have made any of my lists. But with the world going to hell in 2008, I'd vote this odd beer-swilling anthem the song of the year. Drink, that's all you can do.

2. "Constructive Summer," The Hold Steady - I've heard them described as the bar band in heaven. Sounds about right. I didn't love this album as much as "Boys and Girls in America," but I dare you to have a bad time while the Hold Steady are playing.

3. "DLZ," TV On the Radio - I wish I was 1% as cool as these guys. Or maybe I wish that this song started playing every time I got off the elevator at work.

4. "Man-sized Wreath," R.E.M. - Who would've guessed I'd enjoy an REM album as much as anything released in 2008. They're the Mickey Rourke of guitar bands, and I welcome them back to relevance. Same sound, and Michael Stipe's voice and lyrics have gotten far more interesting with age. Great line: "If nature abhors a vacuum, then what's between your ears."

5. "Run to Your Grave," The Mae Shi - We caught the very end of their set at SXSW and I was surprised to find myself humming this song the next morning. Then I downloaded it and realized it's the catchiest track of the year.

6. "Weekend Wars," MGMT - Hard to believe this album came out in '08. A bunch of great songs, like "Kids" and "Time to Pretend," but this one gets my vote probably because I'm not sick of it yet.

7. "Surprise," Gnarls Barkley - This should be the theme song if (or, rather, when) they do a "Hawaii 5-0" remake. Are you listening, Ben?

8. "L.E.S. Artistes," Santogold - Santi White worked in A&R for a label then went and made her own record with an amazing single. It's interesting that this doesn't happen as often in the arts as it does in other areas of business.

9. "M79," Vampire Weekend - Fine, ladle on as much shit as you'd like. I don't care that it was probably blasted from the roof of every frat house on Warring, this album (and this song, probably its most maligned) are great.

10. "Ragged Wood," Fleet Foxes - I'm not a big My Morning Jacket fan, so if there's ever a steel cage grudgematch to crown a mainstream alt-folk jam band champion of the world (and, Lord willing, there will be...and NBC will televise it), I'll be rooting for Fleet Foxes.

11."I Was Made for You," She & Him - Orn, either I'm becoming more sensitive in my advancing age or I've started enjoying Sunday Morning-esque albums in an ironical way. I'd like to think good music transcends heartlessness.

12. "Holy," Love as Laughter - Good rec from my friend Mark, Sam Jayne is a great indie frontman. These are the kind of songs Jack Johnson thinks he's writing.

13. "My Medicine," Snoop Dogg - A national treasure. Even singing country. Especially singing country.

14. "Jai Ho," A.R. Rahman (and friends) - A perk of my job is that studios sometimes send me the soundtracks to their movies. I listen to them all on the drive home (I highly recommend navigating traffic to the over-the-top intense score from "The Dark Knight") and that's usually the extent of my interest. But the "Slumdog Millionaire" soundtrack I kept. A.R. Rahman is the John Williams of Bollywood, and the "Slumdog" music perfectly matches the propulsive energy that people are responding to in the film. So much so that when the train station erupts into this dance number at the end, it makes total sense.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

More on the Brits

The Walm has told me many times that the Brits just love to queue. You can walk down a street and London and find 5 Brits just standing there, with 4 of them thinking they are in line for something. You don't beleive me? You have to see it in the wild.

Anyways, it turns out that queueing is hazardous for your health if you are on a boat going down in the middle of the ocean. Great article on why more Britons Than Americans Died on the Titanic. I miss London a lot.

What Does a Cat's Signature Look Like?

I received an email from a Mr. Furio Bain earlier this week. It was amazingly well written, articulate and divulged shocking information on his love life. A great read all around. The best part though, was that Furio has a signature on his email.

Furio Charo Bain
Indoor Cat | Born 10/15/2006
90 Putnam Ave, #4 | Cambridge, MA 02139 | USA
Home Number: 617-354-5059
Check out my page on Catster

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Saving the World

Amazing clip on Gordon Brown and David Cameron from Paul Kedrosky. God I love British politics.

10 Dec 2008 : Column 527

Mr. David Cameron (Witney) (Con): … I am going to ask the Prime Minister again about the need to get banks lending to businesses. Putting taxpayers’ money into the banks was something supported by all parts of the House in order, yes, to rescue the banking system, but as the Governor of the Bank of England says, the purpose of recapitalisation was not

    “merely to protect the banks”,

but to ensure that

    “the flow of lending to the real economy could continue at normal rates”.

Does the Prime Minister accept that on those terms, his recapitalisation has failed? When is he going to change it?

The Prime Minister: The first point of recapitalisation was to save banks that would otherwise have collapsed. We not only saved the world— [Laughter . ]—saved the banks and led the way— [ Interruption. ] We not only saved the banks— [ Interruption. ]

Mr. Speaker: Order.

Tumblr Love Story

Just an amazing Tumblr Love Story that David Hegarty sent in. Maybe if KennyKellogg moves to Tumblr, my dating situation will improve? :)

"Everyone has their tumblr crush, but few of us are crazy enough to not only pursue it, but also move nearly 5000 miles in the process."
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Bruce Jenkins is Blogging at 3 Dot Blog

Bruce Jenkins, one of my favorite sports writers ever, has begun blogging at the 3-Dot Blog. I've read two of his books, A Good Man (about Pete Newell) and Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins (about his father, a famous composer). Jenkins covers the NBA, MLB, Tennis and Surfing all unbelievably well and his Three Dot Lounge Column every Saturday morning is a must read. Here are a couple snippets on the NBA out of his latest blog post.

On Kobe vs. Lebron:
"Most NBA players haven't given up their claim on Kobe as the best player in the league. That comes on the strength of three NBA championships and a litany of last-second shots in the great tradition of Jordan and Jerry West. But the torch is being passed, ever so gradually, and Kobe knows that. He badly wants at least one more title as LeBron makes his ascent. Who knows, in two years the Cavaliers could be an elite, title-winning team -- or James will have joined some budding powerhouse in the 2010 free-agent market."

On the Celtics:
"You bet the Celtics are annoyed at the widespread ascent of Cleveland's status. They have to be thinking, "We're the ones with the rings. What the hell have the Cavs done?" More than anything, there's a backlash against the Celtics' severe trash-talking, primarily from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Personally, I enjoy the Celtics' attitude. They're not settling for just one title; they've come out with a vengeance, a little mean streak."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yes We Can

I got caught up in all the Obama excitement and have decided to launch my own campaign. I've decided to lose some weight. YES WE CAN!

Thanks to Becker for writing in about

Monday, January 19, 2009

AVM Walk in San Francisco - May 3

My friends Shalon and Kim (Jacyln's Mom) on AVM Survivors, a patient to patient support group for people with AVM, told me about the AVM Foundation's annual walk and fundraiser in San Francisco. It will be on May 3rd on Chrissy Field. Please put that on your calendar and join me there. Here is the discussion about the walk on AVM Survivors for more information.

Shalon is working on t-shirts and organizing a get-together the day before, but at the very least, it would be great to have your participation!

Ride Ataxia

Many of you know that I started a patient to patient support group called LivingWithAtaxia with my buddy Ben Munoz. One of the guys on the network, David "Spinner" Henry, and his friend Kyle Bryant, are putting together a benefit ride called Ride Ataxia. The ride leaves Portland on March 16 and arrives in Seattle 4 days later. The goal is to raise awareness and cash for Ataxia. It's a great activity for a great cause. Hopefully you can participate!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

More Bon Iver

Great interview & review of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon in last week's New Yorker. It's an exceptionally written piece. I'm becoming a huge fan of Sasha Frere-Jones. Below is a quotes that caught my eye. Truthfully though, the last paragraph is magical, I just didn't want to spoil the ride for you.

In the dark space of Bowery Ballroom—a room that is not small—it felt like several hundred of us were sitting in Vernon’s head. The intimacy of his songs was matched by a focussed performance that collapsed the space around us. And then, after the demanding and cathartic “Skinny Love,” Vernon retuned his guitar and chatted us up, saying, “How are you guys?,” as if he’d pulled up in his truck to help us move a few pieces of furniture. That personality—“a pretty present person” is how he put it to me—only makes it easier to open up to the music.

Here is a video interview on New Yorker's site of Vernon and here is the song, The Wolves that the article talks about at the end. For good measure, I'm throwing in Re: Stacks, another one of my favorites.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I'm messing around with Tumblr again, thinking I might move Kenny Kellogg there. It's so intuitive and easy.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Friday Chill Music (Jan 16, 2009)

M.Image via WikipediaM. Ward is one of the best discoveries I made in 08' - via the help of friends like Preuss, Kenna and Ziser. I timed my new fascination really well because M. Ward is releasing a new album very soon, and NPR is streaming it live. You can stream the album here. Thanks to Matt Ziser for sending this in and thanks to Greg Mercer of Field Access Blog for this commentary:

"There's a Neil Young cover in there (Oh Lonesome Me) that i've always thought was the most depressing breakup song ever.  i think M. Ward took it to a whole another level though."
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Memo from Shoulder

Hilarious Twitter from Dick Costolo's Ask First, Shoot Questions Later:

dickc: memo from my left shoulder: "stap xurcizing now! we meen it, me n left nee r thru. we have nervz n we will uze thum aginst yu. Mor Advul !"

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

James in NYC

Quentin Richardson of the New York Knicks, sho...Image via Wikipedia
From the Sports Guy on Lebron James going to NYC in 2010 when he becomes a free agent...
Q: If Jerome James swapped numbers with Quentin Richardson, how long would it take for his No. 23 to become the best-selling NBA jersey?
-Ty, Huntsville, Ala.
SG: Two days. And it's amazing the Knicks haven't thought of this yet.
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From 37Signals...

"People think entrepreneurs are risk-loving. Really what you find is successful entrepreneurs hate risk, because the founding of the enterprise is already so risky that what they do is take their early resources, the small amounts of capital that they have, whatever assets they have, and they deploy those resources systematically, eliminating the largest risk first, the second-largest risk, and so on, and so on." -- Jeff Bezos, Amazon, Inc.

Fuck You Penguin

Run, don't walk, to Fuck You Penguin. Amazing site.

"A blog where I tell cute animals what's what."

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Great Posts

There has been a ton of quality posts from people I follow so I thought I would share them with you:

Mike Walton's link. Mike is VP of Marketing at Jott, a company I really like, and he flagged a couple really interesting posts related to 1) Fremium Business Models and things like churn, Average Revenue per Customer, etc, 2) Designing Quality User Interfaces, and 3) Gladwell's post about work and curiosity which I couldn't agree more with.

Charles Hudson's thoughts on Free Powered Business Models. Charles is a friend of mine who is an incredible networker, very thoughtful in the advice he gives and is a "go to" guy around gaming and virtual goods. It feels like he has upped his post frequency, so definitely start checking him out.

Fred Wilson's post o Hype Machine being the "Rolling Stone of our Time." I couldn't agree more. I use Hype Machine everyday. It's intuitive, finds all the best music, including live stuff which is what I really like, and its Zeitgeist is to definitive word on what was great in any give year.

Own Your Zip Code by Seth Godin is fantastic.

My Morning Jacket at the Garden

My Morning Jacket performing in Dallas, Texas ...Image via WikipediaI'm late on this, but My Morning Jacket posted their entire New Year's Eve at Madison Square Garden. Found it via Fred Wilson's blog.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Man Date

I'm going to need to see this. Thanks to Matt Belloni for alerting us...

Cash is Trash (or Not)

Below is a quote from a must read piece by Bronte Capital on Monetary Policy in Japan and the US. I'll only add that I'm despite all their best efforts, I'm not sure they'll be able to ignite inflation. This is the central tension in the market right now. Should we be holding onto our cash, or holding it?

The excerpt (read the whole thing):

"You have to convince that cash-is-trash.

How do you do this? Well the first answer is just print money.

And that is what the Bank of Japan (BOJ) did – and what central banks around the world are still doing. And it doesn't work. The reason that it doesn't work is that people are more than happy to hold the money idle in enormous quantity. It yields 3-5% post tax real after all.

Just printing money is not enough. You need a real shock.

The Ben Bernanke suggestion – and he really did suggest this: load up a helicopter and throw it out the window over downtown Tokyo. If that doesn't work continue doing it until you get inflation."

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Al Davis is the Best

"-- Al Davis spoke at length with Kevin Gilbride, but the Raiders want to make it clear that Davis didn't initiate that chat, Gilbride did. It's a new thing. Apparently Gilbride is interviewing prospective owners for a team he will coach. He intends to interview several team owners before making his decision on which owner to hire. Due to the Rooney Rule, Gilbride will have to interview at least one minority owner. Which will be hard, since Georgia Frontiere is dead."

-- Scott Ostler's always excellent sunday column from SFGate

Bon Iver is Back

Matt Ziser pointed out that Bon Iver has some new tunes posted at their MySpace page. I highly reccomend. Enjoy.

Letter to Citi

Interesting take on the mortgage market fiasco by a Kellogg Professor, Jonathan Parker...

Dear Citigroup,
In these turbulent times who doesn’t need additional capital to get through these cold winter months? Because of your strong record of providing banking services to me, I would like to offer you a special opportunity to raise capital and gain liquidity in one easy step.  This offer is available only to you, and it is only available for a short time.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Afternoon Tunes

Katie from I'm All Ears was kind enough to send this version of Tweedy covering Radiohead's Fake Plastic Trees. Great Friday afternoon tunes. Here is the story at Spin.

Friday Chill Music (January 9, 2009)

The first Friday Chill Music of the Year coincides with my birthday. I'm the big 32 today and it feels good, despite this pesky cold. Seeing as it is my birthday, I'm going to give myself a day off and reference John Hamilton's epic Forever 33 playlist. I've embedded it here, but check out his blog for the scouting report on each song. Terrific list. I'll point out that Electric Feel & Cath are two songs I discovered last week, and they are awesome. In fact, Electric Feel is today's song on LuvvBuggBlog. Smokin' from Shootin' and Acid Tongue are two other favorites. Explore the playlist and read the great scouting report.

33Forever Top 33

Papilicious & BJ on the Drums

Couple pieces of business to discuss. First, Papi (aka Yeadon) has moved his blog to the friendlier and simpler Tumblr platform. It's called Papilicious, a reference to his Kellogg nickname. check it out.

Second, Andrew Miller's brother, BJ, is in a sweet band called Health. Their song Crimewave was covered and made the HypeMachine's Top 50. Pretty cool stuff. The drums are awesome BJ.

Here's the cover: Crystal Castles - Crimewave (Lazrtag Remix)

Here's the orginal.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Wire: Rap Version

Thanks to Scotty Fausel for writing in with this. Gosh, I miss the Wire. Note: if you haven't watched the show, 1) what are you waiting for, and 2) this will spoil some stuff.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jott & Wordle

Really cool visualization done by Mike Walton via Wordle. Mike works at Jott, and somehow got Wordle to index all of his voice and text messages to produce a picture of the most frequently used words below.

Wordle: Jott

Monday, January 5, 2009

Winning Them Over, One at a Time

Andrew Bird's new album, Noble Beast, comes out soon, and according to the Gonzo Gal, it is streaming on a loop at NPR. Matt Belloni was kind enough to send over this NY Magazine piece on Bird. It's a good read and this quote caught my attention:

"[Bird] never records melodies or even writes them down. He assumes that if they’re worth remembering, he’ll remember them. The longer they remain lodged in his head, the more likely it is that they will eventually be fashioned into a song. “It’s like I’m my own Top 40 radio station, playing the things that get under my skin,” Bird says. “The ones that really stick are the hits.”"

Bird drips with musical talent and after seeing him life at Northwestern and hearing him explain his music, this quote doesn't surprise me at all. His music is really complex and it takes me a long time to find a way in, but once I do, and I always do, look out. It's not easy though and often times I put down his music for a while and then return to it. I return to it looking for the basic personal satisfaction that comes with listening to music, but I also return because I know how hard he works on it and how hard it was for him to "make it."

A lot of that is covered in the NY Mag piece, but I still remember the look on his face when I saw him in Chicago a few years back. The Riviera, I think, was sold out, it was clear he had "arrived" and when he walked on stage he took a few moments to soak it all in. Then he leaned into the microphone, and in his quiet voice he said, "I used to live a few blocks down the road, and ride my bike by here everyday. Thank you for coming to see me play here. It's a dream come true..."

And with that he started an amazing show. I'm one of those fans that he won over one at a time, and it keeps me coming back.


It's sunrise at Kenny Kellogg headquarters. We're back and ready for another great year. Let's start with the basics, an amazing picture of the Golden Gate at sunrise.