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Free Nellie McKay download (“One’s On the Way”)

9th Jun 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

As performed on Mountain Stage, Nellie McKay just made available a free mp3 download of “One’s on the Way” (right click & “save as”)…  it is available as a call for support of WV Free – Advocates for Reproductive Health & Justice.

“One’s On the Way” is is a previously unreleased track.  You can pick up Nellie’s latest album, Home Sweet Mobile Home, at the Amazons.

As far as future not-for-profit collaborations from Nellie, she’s contributing to a Farm Animal Benefit CD (to be released in September).  It will feature new music from Moby, Yoko Ono, Matisyahu, members of the Buzzcocks and more.  It’s called Home On the Range and is put out by CFEI & Planet CD NYC.

‘Home On The Range’ is a benefit compilation CD presented by the 501(c)(3) non profit organization CFEI. All proceeds from the sale of this CD are donated to a collective of farm animal sanctuaries including Woodstock Sanctuary, Happy Trails, Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Animal Acres and Kindred Spirits. These organizations rescue, feed, provide safe shelter and care for abused and neglected farm animals.

The benefit CD features eco-friendly packaging and includes “Compassion 101”, an exclusive accompanying educational booklet and resource guide. Simply by purchasing this music you are helping protect the lives of thousands of cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, turkeys, horses and rabbits. Home On The Range will be available in selected retail stores as well as a download via iTunes and Amazon.

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~Dan – np: ReptetDo This!

Pendulum Wars

18th May 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Saw this the other day on the youtubes… wicked cool…

Ah, the science of pendulums.

~Dan – np: Radiohead  – Airbag EP

Help Japan earthquake victims!

11th Mar 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

If you have the means to help the victims of the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami, please do so.  At this stage, donations of money is likely the best way to help those in need.  Make sure you are giving to a reputable charity.  In times of need, wolves come out. I’d recommend a well-known, global charity such as the Red Cross.

http://www.redcross.org/

Related sidenote: The sludge metal band The Melvins played Australia & New Zealand and a serious earthquake hit.  They are now in Japan.  Please donate to the Red Cross and the Stop the Melvins from Bringing Earthquakes Fund.  This band must be stopped… before it’s too late.

~Dan

PS- just kidding about the dangers of the Melvins, obviously.  Long live King Buzzo & Co.  They are doing well after Quake 2 in about a month.  Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and those displaced in Australia, New Zealand and Japan in these disasters.

King’s X – Charlie Sheen (from 2000)

1st Mar 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Props to Jeff Kent for tweeting about this… I present to you, King’s XCharlie Sheen” from 2000’s Please Come Home Mr Bulbous:

“I don’t want to hate you for what you’re not sorry for…”

Nik Bartsch’s Ronin review to be posted later today, PROMISE.

~Dan – np: Damien JuradoSaint Bartlett

“how hangovers work” (via howstuffworks)

1st Jan 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

New music news on Monday from one of my faves… but in case you drank too much last night (like I did), this info may be very helpful for hangover remedies…

Food and Drink Remedies – Fact or Fiction?

Hangover remedies include everything from “a hair of the dog that bit you” (drinking a little more alcohol the next morning), to burnt toast and black coffee to an over-the-counter product like Chaser. Which of all the endless theoretical remedies actually have truth behind them?

Hair of the Dog

Contrary to popular belief, more of the “hair of the dog that bit you” only delays the inevitable. One of the reasons hangovers are so unpleasant is the liver is still processing the toxins left over from alcohol metabolism. Drinking more alcohol can make the symptoms seem to lessen at first but will only make the situation worse once the liver breaks the alcohol down, because it will have even more toxins to deal with.

Conclusion:

  • FICTION – Remedy

Burnt Toast

At first, the burnt toast remedy may seem that it’s actually based on scientific fact. The culprit behind this fictional cure is the carbon in the charred bread. Carbon can act like a filter in the body. While it’s true that activated charcoal (which is a treated form of carbon) is used to treat some types of poisonings, it’s not currently used to treat alcohol poisoning (something that is vastly different from a regular hangover).

The carbon/charcoal found on burnt toast is not the same as activated charcoal.

Conclusion:

  • FICTION – Prevention and Remedy

Black Coffee

Coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which is a stimulant and therefore helps fight fatigue. But when the caffeine wears off, a drinker may be even more tired than before. Coffee can help alleviate a pounding head because caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it reduces the size of blood vessels. This counteracts the effect of the alcohol, which makes them swell, making the head hurt in the first place. Unfortunately, caffeine is also a diuretic like alcohol and can make a drinker even more dehydrated than before, thereby increasing the severity of the hangover. Overall, coffee isn’t a good hangover cure.

Conclusion:

  • FICTION – Remedy

Fried or Fatty Foods

Although eating fried or fatty foods the morning after will probably only irritate a drinker’s stomach further, eating them before drinking can actually be helpful. Putting anything in the stomach prior to indulging in alcohol helps prevent a hangover, but fatty foods in particular stick to the stomach lining longer and therefore slow down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. While that might make it take longer to feel the alcohol’s effects, it also gives the body more time to process the byproducts and will increase a drinker’s chances of feeling decent in the morning. So much so, in fact, that a Mediterranean folk tactic is to take a spoonful of olive oil before drinking alcohol. Eating lighter food such as a fruit smoothie will provide energy and alleviate some symptoms by replenishing the electrolytes the body lost from dehydration.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Prevention
  • FICTION – Remedy

Eggs

Eating eggs the morning after provides energy like any other food, which is the primary benefit. But eggs do also contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver’s easily depleted glutathione. Therefore, eggs can potentially help mop up the left-over toxins.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Remedy

Bananas

Eating bananas the morning after a night of heavy drinking provides lost electrolytes like any food would, but it also specifically replenishes the potassium lost to alcohol’s diuretic effect. Other potassium-rich foods such as kiwi fruit or sports drinks work just as well.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Remedy

Water

Replenishing the body’s water supply after a night of drinking combats dehydration, and it also helps dilute the leftover byproducts in the stomach. Adding salt and sugar to water helps replace the sodium and glycogen lost the night before. Non-caffeinated, non-carbonated sports drinks can achieve the same effect.

As a prevention method, drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage slows down drinking, providing more time for the body to deal with the alcohol (the body can only process about three-quarters of an ounce of alcohol in an hour). Drinking a few glasses of water before going to bed helps fight dehydration after the body finishes breaking down the alcohol.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Prevention and Remedy

Fruit Juice

­The fructose — fruit sugar — in fruit juice helps to naturally increase the body’s energy. Studies have proven that it also increases the rate at which the body gets rid of toxins such as those left over from alcohol metabolism. Fruit juice is also a good idea the morning after because it’s high in vitamins and nutrients that were depleted the night before because of alcohol’s diuretic effect. Vitamin supplements high in vitamins C and B are also effective.

Conclusion:

  • FACT – Remedy

Source: Perry, Lacy.  “How Hangovers Work”  12 October 2004.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/drugs-alcohol/hangover.htm&gt;  02 January 2011.

Eggs, bananas, water, fruit juice… go!

~Dan – np: nine inch nailsthe downward spiral

Happy New Year – 2011!

31st Dec 10 (Fri) 1 comment
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Dec 2010 Blizzard Timelapse

27th Dec 10 (Mon) Leave a comment
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