JDHTWO

You've stumbled across the varied surface of the interwebs and you've arrived at my corner. I'm a husband and father. I'm a dog lover, personal finance geek and a theologian. I'm an extroverted-and-likes-friends person. I live in Pittsburgh, PA. I play drums and you're likely here due to Good Night, States.
pewresearch:

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to strike down limits on overall campaign contributions by individuals landed on front pages across the country, but the public was paying attention to other stories.

What strikes me is that the first three items directly influence FAR less Americans than the last three items.

pewresearch:

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to strike down limits on overall campaign contributions by individuals landed on front pages across the country, but the public was paying attention to other stories.

What strikes me is that the first three items directly influence FAR less Americans than the last three items.

mattpondpa:

In anticipation of our Emblems 10 Year Anniversary Tour, here’s an acoustic version of ‘KC’. Hope you dig. Don’t forget to pick up tickets for the tour, they’re going fast in most markets! Dates/tix: http://www.mattpondpa.com/tourdates/

5/1/14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
5/2/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
5/3/14 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/4/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
5/5/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/6/14 Cambridge, MA @ the Sinclair
5/8/14 Toronto, ON @ the Mod Club
5/9/14 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
5/10/14 St. Louis, MO @ the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
5/12/14 St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
5/13/14 Kansas City, MO @ the Record Bar
5/14/14 Omaha, NE @ the Waiting Room
5/16/14 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
5/17/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
5/19/14 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
5/20/14 Seattle, WA @ the Tractor Tavern
5/22/14 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
5/23/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theatre
5/24/14 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
5/25/14 Phoenix, AZ @ the Crescent Ballroom
5/27/14 Austin, TX @ Red 7

God. What a perfect album.

arizonanature:

Should we do another book contest? Sure, why not.
Published by Arizona Highways Magazine, Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps: A Travel Guide to History is an excellent resource for desert explorers. 
Ghost town authority Philip Varney brings the Old West to life with intriguing anecdotes and a gallery of rare old-time photographs. Regional maps, detailed travel information, and a full-color photographic portfolio describe each site and make this fascinating history of Arizona a reliable travel guide as well. 
To win, simply follow Arizona Nature and reblog this post! Winner will be announced on April 1st!
(PS - this book is out of my personal collection and I almost didn’t want to post it…it’s super interesting!)

Um, yeah.

arizonanature:

Should we do another book contest? Sure, why not.

Published by Arizona Highways Magazine, Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Camps: A Travel Guide to History is an excellent resource for desert explorers. 

Ghost town authority Philip Varney brings the Old West to life with intriguing anecdotes and a gallery of rare old-time photographs. Regional maps, detailed travel information, and a full-color photographic portfolio describe each site and make this fascinating history of Arizona a reliable travel guide as well. 

To win, simply follow Arizona Nature and reblog this post! Winner will be announced on April 1st!

(PS - this book is out of my personal collection and I almost didn’t want to post it…it’s super interesting!)

Um, yeah.

Band attempts to fund tour by posting silent album on Spotify

austinkleon:

Last week, they uploaded a 10-track album of complete silence called Sleepify to Spotify. As frontman Jack Stratton explains, if someones put Sleepify on repeat before they go to bed, just 800 listens will generate $4. While that doesn’t sound like much, if enough people stream the album, eventually, the band’s tour will be completely funded. What’s more, if this crazy idea actually does work the band will use Spotify’s data to pinpoint where they should tour. The band plans promises each concert will be free.”

(via Alexis Madrigal)

austinkleon:


Future Islands on Letterman
Man, I love Future Islands. You MUST watch their Letterman performance. (Afterwards, Dave says, “I’ll take all of that you’ve got!”) I had no idea they had a new record coming out. Can’t wait to see them at SXSW. (Thx @annfriedman for the gif — her email newsletter is great.)


Wow. Inspiring.

austinkleon:

Future Islands on Letterman

Man, I love Future Islands. You MUST watch their Letterman performance. (Afterwards, Dave says, “I’ll take all of that you’ve got!”) I had no idea they had a new record coming out. Can’t wait to see them at SXSW. (Thx @annfriedman for the gif — her email newsletter is great.)

Wow. Inspiring.

Sat night jamz with a fixed Yamaha PM-180 courtesy of TRVR Handwired.

lukebrindley:

My song, “Heaven”, was just chosen as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. I recorded this quick video of it. It’s a chill, folky number. Enjoy!

For all you guitarists, this version is in open C (CGCGCE)

Heaven

Words and music by Luke Brindley
Produced by Chip Johnson

Don’t need no trumpets or no pearly gates
Tell Saint Peter put the guest book away
Crystal lakes and streets of gold
Life together is better than stories we been told
Yeah I know my hearts true home
Ain’t nothing I can own
When I’m with you and you and you alone
Might as well be heaven

Blanket on the beach - your body next to mine
Tan skin glowing in the bonfire shine
Strumming a song - sipping strawberry wine
We’re simple and free and it feels just fine
Swear I heard those angel choirs sing
When she said she’d wear my ring
Wanted that girl more than anything
Feels a lot like heaven

Ain’t no telling how I’ll go when it’s my time
Peacefully in sleep or face a firing line
Hand me my guitar as they lay me down
Have my kids and wife and friends gather round
Maybe when we’re released
No more sorrow - just wholeness and peace
I think I’ve had my own taste of that feast
Feels a lot like…

I’ve never felt at home
In this world of flesh and blood and bone
Maybe the love I’ve known and the grace I’ve been shown
Is just a glimpse of heaven