Bob Dylan - 'Something' - Remaster Project

With Bob Dylan, cover versions are usually a hit or a miss - especially when live. There isn't much in-between. One of his best, I've always thought, was his take on The Beatles' 'Something' in 2002 at Madison Square Garden in New York. He truly does the George Harrison-penned tune justice, and it's one of his finer cover performances.

My problem, however, has always been that the recordings weren't all that great. There are two known recordings on YouTube. One is pretty popular, the other isn't. So, I decided to spend some time one evening creating the 'ultimate' cut of the performance.

Podcasting: Ditching Skype For Mumble

In the last year, I’ve been a guest on a few different podcasts and I’ve been hosting my own, The Jukebox. During this time, I’ve podcasted with collaborators using an array of applications: Skype, Blab, Google Hangouts, and Team Viewer - to name a few. With each of these, however, technical difficulties came in spades. Even Skype, the consumer standard, is often bogged down by high-latency and technical difficulties. So, I set out to find a viable, quality alternative.

An Open Letter To College Student Political Nerds - Join Me!

If you’ve landed on this page, it’s because you’re a college student with a passion for politics and an ability to write or an ability to report. (Perhaps both?) It’s because you care about the rat race and have a desire for your voice to be heard amidst an incredulous crowd of commentators this political season. The endeavor that I’m inviting you to may very well be a platform where that can happen.

It's Been Two Years Now - The AHS Shooting

A year ago this weekend, I went back on CPR (Colorado Public Radio) to talk about the one year anniversary of the Arapahoe High School shooting. Now, another year has gone by. I’m not going to pen too long post, because I’d just be repeating what I’ve written each year for the last two years. It’s absolutely surreal that it’s been two years since that day. Something like that sticks with you, even if you’re like me and you brush it off.

The Arapahoe High School Shooting: One Year Later

The Arapahoe High School Shooting: One Year Later

As this Saturday rapidly approaches, I look back to the Arapahoe High School shooting one year later. After the event, I published an article, ‘From Inside the Walls of Arapahoe,’ which was my attempt to add an intelligent, nonpolitical, and honest voice to the flurry of emotional testimonials and a storm of story-hungry reporters with microphones and no regard for personal space. That article was picked up by numerous major news sources and I had the opportunity to be a positive voice amidst the commotion. One year later, I approach the situation again, this time in a more opinionated sphere, now having the information gathered from the police report and aftermath of the tragedy.

Remembering Lou Reed - A Personal Journey

Remembering Lou Reed - A Personal Journey

I write this months after his passing, because the impact of it is still fresh in my mind, and I don’t believe it will ever fade. The music and lyrics of Lou Reed are those that I cherish, and will continue to hold onto for my entire life, more so than any other musical artist. His genius is survived by his lyrics that transcend generations; they will remain powerful long after you and I have come and gone from this world, and new problems arise and fall within it. I’ll share his music with my children, and hopefully, they will as well. The impact of songs like “Sweet Jane” will remain the same now when I’m eighteen, as when I’m turning eighty.

From Inside The Walls of Arapahoe High School - The December 13th Shooting

From Inside The Walls of Arapahoe High School - The December 13th Shooting

Today, I was sitting in my fifth hour psychology class when it happened. At first, it sounded like someone had dropped a heavy book. Then the sound came again. It took my class a moment to realize that gunshots had been fired less than a hundred feet from where we were. Our teacher immediately locked the door, turned down the lights, and had everyone get on one wall. Pepper Spray in hand, she crouched at the door lying in wait for any possible threat. God bless her.

Pete Seeger - Remembering the Great American Hero

Pete Seeger - Remembering the Great American Hero

The American political spirit doesn’t only embody the Elephant and the Donkey - a common misconception in modern politics. It’s a disturbing thought for me, that my generation has essentially flattened the political spectrum into a black and white, or rather, red and blue set of ideals. One dare not lean too far left for fear of being deemed an un-American communist, and one should not be so bold as to lean too far right, for then they’re Bible-thumping, Ayn Rand-toting radicals. The American spirit of politics is lost in modern politics, because predetermined party lines blur the line of what it means to be an American, instead focusing efforts on pointing out why the opposition isn’t. Let’s back it up now, to Pete Seeger. Say, nearly eighty years.

Bob Dylan's 'Little White Wonder' - Preservation Project - Download

Bob Dylan's 'Little White Wonder' - Preservation Project - Download

In 1975, an Italian label by the name of Buhay Records released ‘Bob Dylan Vol. 3 - The Little White Wonder.’ The third and final piece of this bootleg set has become a staple of the Bob Dylan bootlegging community, taking its namesake from an earlier Dylan boot, ‘The Great White Wonder.’ I’ve attempted to preserve and maintain this piece of musical history.

Why The Anti-Spotify Argument Holds No Water

Why The Anti-Spotify Argument Holds No Water

This week the Black Keys released a new album, titled ‘Turn Blue.’ Now, I lost interest in the band after their last outing, ‘El Camino’ because I felt they removed themselves too far from their roots, and the music was a bit too pop-like to me. However, with ‘Turn Blue’, I decided I’d give the band another shot, because after recently hearing a couple tracks from the album, it felt a bit more bluesy and right up my alley. When I went to go listen to the band on Spotify, though, ‘Turn Blue’ was excluded from their discography, which isn’t too much of a surprise, considering the band also excluded ‘El Camino’ from the catalog. That’s when I began to think on the whole musical artist vs. Spotify argument, and it really holds no water.