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Winter pre-order update #5 March 31, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Personal.
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Gregg Karukas’ “GK” arrived today.  I’m ripping it to the computer right now.  It features two tracks with a “Contractually Anonymous” saxophonist.  I think I know who it is, but I won’t speculate here.

Meanwhile, I’m loving Chuck Loeb’s “Between 2 Worlds.”  “Let’s Go” is my favorite track so far.  I like it as much as I did in my last post.  Equally enjoyable are “Mittens,” “Let’s Play,” and the title track.


Winter pre-order update #4 March 25, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Personal.
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Chuck Loeb’s “Between Two Worlds” arrived 90 minutes ago.  I’m about to rip the tracks to one of my external hard drives and I’ll get to listening to it tomorrow.  I have heard the first track – “Let’s Go” – while filling out track information before ripping.  It sounds great.  Who needs keyboards?  (It’s a keyboard-less album.)  And if that’s any indication, I’m going to like this album.

Winter pre-order update #3 March 12, 2009

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The Rippingtons’ “Modern Art” arrived in the mail on Tuesday and I spent yesterday and today listening to it.  I love it!  “Jet Set” is my favorite track so far.

Paul Jackson Jr.’s and Darren Rahn’s albums were good, too.

Latest TPiR double showcase winner March 11, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Game Shows, Media, TV.
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For third time in a month, and the fourth time in three months, a contestant on “The Price is Right” wins both showcases in the Showcase round.  Today, the lucky contestant was Lorna Baker.

Lorna was the fourth of the first four contestants to come on down at the top of the show, and the fourth contestant to make it on stage, winning a Traeger Lil’ Pig grill in One Bid.  Once on stage, she played Freeze Frame and won Wesley Allen bed with a Laura Ashley mattress.

In the Showcase Showdown, she spun 1.00 on the Big Wheel, winning $1,000, but nothing more in her bonus spin.

In the Showcase round, Lorna passed the first showcase to the runner-up, Catherine.  The first showcase consisted of a Kitty Hawk Kites kiteboarding kit, a Segway scooter, and a Toyota Prius hybrid car.  The second showcase contained Broyhill’s Affinity living room collection, Noritake dinnerware, a private chef from Big City Chefs, and a trip to Brussels, Belgium!  (Sorry, I morphed into announcer Rich Fields for a second.)

Lorna’s bid for that second showcase was $17,250.  The actual retail price…$17,333!  With a difference of $83, $4 less than Zachary Newton’s difference two weeks ago, Lorna Baker won both showcases.  In all, she won $56,150 in cash and prizes.  What a day.

Video of today’s show can be found here.  Skip to 16:55 to see One Bid and Freeze Frame, 28:34 for the Showcase Showdown, and 31:23 for the Showcase round.

Winter pre-order update #2 March 1, 2009

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Personal.
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I made three more pre-orders today.
Gregg Karukas, “GK” (3/31)
Marc Antoine & Paul Brown, “Foreign Exchange” (4/7)
Bernie Williams, “Moving Forward” (4/14)

I also ordered saxophonist Darren Rahn’s “Talk of the Town” album, which was released two weeks ago, and guitarist Paul Jackson Jr.’s “Lay It Back,” which came out on October 7.

I listened to Jeff Kashiwa’s “Back In The Day” and Pieces Of A Dream’s “Soul Intent” Wednesday through Friday.  They were fairly good, but as always, it’ll take a few more plays for the songs to grow on me.