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January 31, 2014


I’ve always been fascinated by the plight of the passenger pigeon ever since my mom told me about them when I was a kid. So when I heard that Joel Greenberg, a Chicago author and natural history researcher was speaking at the Wagner Free Science Institute of Science five minutes from my house I had to go.

passenger pigeon

Above is a stuffed passenger pigeon from the lecture, on loan from the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

John James Audubon rode the 55 miles from Henderson, Kentucky, to Louisville one day in autumn 1813, and through the whole long day, he rode under a sky darkened from horizon to horizon by a cloud of passenger pigeons. He estimated that more than a billion birds had passed over him. In 1866, a cloud of birds passed into southern Ontario. It was a mile wide, 300 miles long, and took 14 hours to pass a single point.

A single nesting area could cover 50 square miles, with nests covering every branch of every tree.

Mind blown.

You’re in luck since you missed the talk. You can listen to yesterday’s interview with Greenberg on WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.

Greenberg’s Passenger Pigeon Project

Greenberg’s Book: A Feathered River Across the Sky



January 31, 2014

Colemine Records: Big Things In A Small Funky Package

December 18, 2013

Thanks to FleaMarketFunk I now love Colemine Records out of Ohio.

Flea Market Funk


If there is one record label that has quietly slid into place under the radar of indie labels out there over the past five years, it is Colemine Records out of Ohio. Founded by teacher and musician/ producer Terry Cole, Colemine has been releasing some really great 45s from bands you never heard of. Don’t worry, you will hear from them, this label is on the move. People are starting to take notice, and a recent gig by Cut Chemist highlighted a 45 Afro Beat release from Jungle Fire, a member of the Colemine stable. No small feat to get into that guy’s record box. This Midwest little giant has been championed by a multitude of DJs who have been playing theirs 45s since the beginning (including this author and DJ). Colemine Records has gathered quite a following in the world of Modern Funk & Soul 45s, and has been…

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Pile Up

August 28, 2013

track racing crash

Stuff’s been piling up in the mailbox- gobs of dancefloor-friendly-funky bassline indie synthpop.

From England:

This is my high school buddy’s son’s band. Pretty great for a couple of high school kids from Cleveland:

Blood Orange on Domino Records:

Fresh free Philly stuff from the Young Robots label:

Soon-to-be-released LP from Orlando:

2012 Boogie ala Dam Funk:

From Belgium:


Clean Air

August 27, 2013

Mazda cabin filter before and after copy

This isn’t a before & after of the engine filter but the cabin (inside) air filter from the Mazda5 I bought new in ’08. It’s only got 50k miles and it isn’t really driven in extreme conditions, so I wasn’t really expecting such a dirty filter when I decided to change it this weekend.

Chances are yours hasn’t ever been changed, and chances are really good that there’s a youtube video showing you exactly how to do it, so get to it mr. lazy.


Bobby Bland Dies at 83

June 25, 2013

Boy what a bummer. Here’s a post I devoted to the underrated soul man back in 2011. The tracks are still up so have a listen. Here’s his bio on the New York Times.



May 1, 2013

The entire campus is saturated with the aroma of flowers. I could live like this year-round!