Philips Pocket Memo Review


Interested individuals that wish to have the ultimate fidelity in their recordings would do well to purchase a Philips Pocket Memo; the $500 price point ensures that important meetings, calls, and thoughts can be archived and kept for eternity. The sheer amount of functionality that the Pocket Memo possesses makes it a must-buy for students, doctors, lawyers, and administrators alike. Philips has ensured that despite all of these inclusions, the Pocket Memo is something that is unobtrusive and is tremendously portable.

I believe that the write-protection options present (Philips SpeechExec) in the Philips Pocket Memo allows for an increase in a productivity with a sharp decrease in corporate espionage. The individual as well as the business can reap the rewards of these security functions, while the value of the Pocket Memo increases with its form. The Pocket Memo is ergonomic and intuitive to use, meaning that even the older age-skewing employee will be able to successfully operate the device. The memory present in this dictation recorder is enough to archive months, if not years, of regular meetings. Furthermore, each recording is archived in an easy to access fashion; one will not need to root around their recordings for a specific day’s worth of files. Finally, the dock allows the device to stay pristine and well charged, an additional carrying sack means that the Pocket Memo will not be damaged in a suitcase, pocket, or car.

Visit the Philips website and see whether the Pocket Memo is the best purchase. With a sharp design, incredible clarity in recording, and a battery that far outstrips similar instruments, I feel that the Pocket Memo is perfect for business and personal use alike; it is the gold standard of recording devices.

Rating: 10/10
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Philips Pocket Memo Review / $500 MSRP /

War Flowers DVD Review


Christina Ricci, Tom Beringer, and Jason Gedrick (from TV’s Dexter, Luck) star in War Flowers, a film set during the American Civil War. Despite being separated by 150 years, the emotions that are held by the movie’s characters will resound loudly to anyone that has loved their family or struggled for something better. Ricci’s love conundrum – seemingly losing her husband during the hostilities, a new figure of masculinity comes into the picture – will have viewers wondering what will ultimately happen.  Viewers will be transported to a more simple time without fail; the cast and crew do a tremendous job in making every utterance, costume, and set period-accurate.

Quite possibly the strongest effort on War Flowers is turned in by Brian Balzerini (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Kill the Irishman). Balzerini’s Private Perry may have a small role but tears up the scenery, portending big things for the fresh-faced actor.

The video quality of this DVD is excellent, ensuring that there are vibrant skintones while keeping the costuming and set design draw viewers in. The audio mix utilized in this DVD is similarly strong, ensuring that any bit of dialogue is properly captured. Individuals that are interested in purchasing a copy of War Flowers would do well to purchase a copy of the movie from online retailers, which are offering the film for around $10.

Rating: 8.7/10

War Flowers DVD Review / 2013 Green Apple Entertainment / 98 Minutes /

A Return to The Cool (Album review of Tim Easton’s, Not Cool)


A Return to The Cool (Album review of Tim Easton’s, Not Cool)

by Owen M.S. Coughlin, Jr.

            In the world of music and art as a whole, there is, for whatever reason, a tendency to try to put artists into a certain kind of box, based on the perceived genre under which their work falls. It’s sort of like, “well these guys rock hard but they are very emo, so this is punk rock; that’s all it is.” In the eyes’ of many artists, being stuffed into a specific kind of box like this is bothersome, and borderline disrespectful.

On Tim Easton’s 8th solo album, Not Cool, he calmly defies anyone who would seek to place his music in a box. The twenty-eight minute, ten song album runs the gambit of rock and roll—there are points where there is a distinctly classic feel, descents into the groovy realm of swamp music, catchy folk choruses, and even a couple points where Easton soulfully delivers his listeners into the world of soft rock. Basically, Not Cool clearly exhibits that Easton is simply a rocker—and that, I think, is the smallest box anyone can successfully stuff him in.

Admittedly, this was my first time listening to Easton’s music, but I had no trouble feeling at home from the jump. The album’s first track, “Don’t Lie” starts with a mysterious riff from the electric guitar before Easton jumps in with his acoustic—the foot tapping begins immediately, before Easton sings, “I came home, just the other night, the house felt like some-body was fight-ing; one last question I ask of you, tell me why you do the things that you do, and don’t lie.”

The song, as a whole, has a great rhythm, as Easton seemingly addresses a lover, asking her not to lie to him, as she seems to have been doing for some time.

As a life-long fan of music, I’ve always measured the strength of a song based upon whether or not it causes me to find my head bobbing or foot tapping, and there is no shortage of this throughout the album. What I enjoyed most about the collection of songs: Easton keeps things very simple and down to earth, as he lyricizes the common themes of love, the betrayals of lovers, the life of a rolling stone and the comforts of home. In fact, the only time when there seems to be any level of severe complexity to his lyrics is on the 6th track, “Four Queens.” The song is moved forward by the three musical instruments most commonly heard on the album: the electric and acoustic guitars, and a skillfully-employed harmonica. Throughout the song, Easton sings about four different types of women, represented by the four breeds of Queens found in a deck of playing cards; my favorite lyric: “aw, the Queen of Clubs, just can’t get clean.” Symbolism in this song is apparent, as a woman who can’t stay out of a club or bar rarely adheres to a strict schedule of sobriety. Sidenote: I listened to this album for the first time with my girlfriend, and there was some noticeable rump-shaking on her part during this track.

The two songs which follow “Four Queens,” move a bit away from the undercurrent of troubled love and discuss the difficulties of the life of a man on the road. The eighth track, “Gallatin Pike Blues,” begins with the lyric “If this stray dog keeps on howling, I believe I’m gonna lose my mind,” and moves forward from there with talk of courage and cowardice, amplified, at one point, by a haunting yet beautiful violin solo. The song is swampy and plucky, and it could only have been composed by a man, or group of men, who have spent much of their lives traveling the world.

The ninth song (and the album’s title track), “Not Cool,” is the only truly soft and somber ballad in the collection. It makes the album’s final return to the theme of painful relations between lovers, as Easton croons, “How could you put me in harm’s way if the reasons were not true?” which he follows with a chorus that repeats the two simple but dragged out words : “not cooool, not cooo-ooo-ooo-ool.” The only instruments heard on this song are an acoustic guitar and the piano, and it’s the type of ballad that anyone who has ever been sold down the river can easily relate to. Innovatively, I never imagined I would hear such a soothing rock chorus that simply repeated the words, “not cool.”

Apparently unwilling to end the album on such a downcast note, the music closes with a wordless song called “Knock Out Roses (For Levon),” which presents a sound that mixes southern, porch hospitality with the essence of the rolling countrysides of Ireland, where Easton lived for a time. The album, as a whole, obsesses over the betrayals the lyricist has suffered at the hands of women, but it manages to stay upbeat through it all. This, I think, could only be done by a man who can look back at a woman squandering his care for her and simply say, “yeah, that was not cool.”

Even though the album has a certain classic feel at times, it never sounds dated, and that is a real accomplishment. All in all, being only twenty-eight minutes long, I think it’s a musical creation that deserves the open ears of all breeds of people. And even though Easton settled on the title of Not Cool, in a world that’s “a mess, but ya just can’t let it break ya,” this album is about as cool as they come.


Global superstar Miley Cyrus is to release new album titled “Bangerz” on October 8th. Collaborating with renowned producers and songwriters such as Mike Will, Pharrell, Future, and, this album marks a creative evolution for Miley. “Bangerz” is currently available for pre-order. Those who pre-order “Bangerz” at iTunes will get an instant grat track of “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop”. Additionally both “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball” are available for purchase at all digital retails providers.

“Wrecking Ball” the second single from “Bangerz” already hit the #1 spot at on the iTunes Top Songs Chart. Cyrus currently has two tracks in the Top 5 on the iTunes Top Songs Chart and “Bangerz” is currently in the Top 5 on the iTunes Albums Chart.

The first single “We Can’t Stop” was released on June 3rd and immediately shot to #1 on iTunes in the US and 23 other countries. The single has climbed to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold over 2 million tracks in the US alone. “We Can’t Stop” also became Cyrus’ first #1 single in the UK. In addition, the video for “We Can’t Stop” broke VEVO’s record for most views in a 24 hour period, and in only 37 days became the fastest video to reach 100 million views across VEVO.

Miley Cyrus is a world renowned entertainer with record breaking success in film, television and music. She is a multiplatinum recording artist and has sold over 12 million albums and 20 million tracks in the US alone.

Twitter: @mileycyrus

Protective cases

There are a number of distinct reasons why individuals would want Wheeled Shipping Cases. They may own technology that is pricy, or is incredibly delicate. Regardless of the reason, purchasing a case to protect these valuable items is a smart idea. Purchasing a durable case with wheels ensures that individuals will be able to transport their goods through airports and on the road, while not having to spend the money to replace these items. No matter what type of instrument or computer one has, there are companies that will ensure safe transport of these types of items. No matter whether you are an artist, a musician, or a business-minded person, wheeled shipping cases are a tremendously smart idea. I know that when I go on the road that destruction or mutilation of my laptop and tools for my business is one of my key worries. If you yourself or some of your friends have items that are worth more than about $100, I would strongly suggest that you search out your local retailer of shipping cases and see if they have the sizes that you would need. Check online for companies – there are some that will stay competitive price-wise even if they have to ship.

Pentagram Concert Review – Austin, TX – 8/2

On Friday, August 2nd, doom metal pioneers Pentragram ripped through a set of the classics at Emo’s East in Austin,Texas. I expected the crowd to be bigger but the show seemed poorly promoted in the city. On the upside, attendance wasn’t too bad and those who came out had a blast. The moment wild man singer, Bobby Liebling, took stage, the crowd roared. He grinned and posed, loving every minute. The band which has seen many lineup changes over the years rushed right into fan favorite, “Sign of The Wolf” and didn’t hesitate to play “Forever My Queen” early in the set as well.

Black clad and long haired fans cheered and sang along to every syllable. “Be Forewarned” came towards the end of the metallic and grooving set with no filler in between. Bobby Liebling and the guys definitely seemed to be enjoying themselves and the atmosphere was celebratory. There is no denying that Pentagram are legends in the netherworld of heavy and extreme music. Pentagram is a band that has been plagued by trials and tribulations but Bobby Liebling is still kicking and hard at that. I didn’t know what to expect going into a Pentagram show. All of the members are new except the long-standing Bobby Liebling. It wasn’t the 1971 lineup but then again I didn’t expect it to be. The 2013 lineup is strong and can still outdo most members of the metal community with ease.



(Pictures by Lizzbeth Tamburri, all rights reserved)

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The Blow Monkeys Feels Like a New Morning CD Review

It’s been about six years since The Blow Monkeys – once one of the brightest spots on the 80’s New Wave movement – reunited and the band has certainly been making up for lost time. Feels Like a New Morning marks the band’s fourth release since getting back on the bike and while they have certainly settled into a much more mellow vibe, they have likely aged right alongside their core fans.

It’s clear the band pretty much stopped listening to new music around the time they first called it quits in 1990. This latest record is pretty uneven, vacillating between some decent songs (“Said Too Much” and “Icarus in Flames”) and just plain boring ditties (“Chained” and “Feels Like a New Morning”).

The CD also comes with a solo acoustic record from frontman Dr. Robert playing 10 unplugged versions of the band’s better known songs like “Digging Your Scene,” “It Doesn’t have to Be This Way” and “Springtime for the World”. Of the two, the solo disc is the one worth keeping.

The Blow Monkeys Feels Like a New Morning CD /2 CDs/ Cherry Red Records/2013


The Good Wife The Fourth Season DVD Review

There are some critically-lauded TV shows that just leave you scratching your head at their appeal (Hemlock Grove? The Killing?). The Good Wife is not one of them. 



With refreshingly creative characters and impressive writing, it’s pretty easy to see why The Good Wife continues to be a favorite outlet for many. Part legal drama and part political series, the show is a mirror of our current and past political scandals, based in part on a number of real life sex trysts (from Eliot Spitzer to John Edwards). Given the ongoing parade of perverts (looking at you Weiner), the show is particularly timely four season into its run. Though there are great characters though out, Julianna Margulies as Alicia, the politician’s wife who went back to work as an attorney after her husband headed to jail, and Alan Cumming as Eli Gold, the political strategist and crisis manager, are two of the best characters on TV right now. 

The Good Wife The Fourth Season DVD Review /6 DVDs/15 hrs. and 15 mins./Paramount/2013



Queens of Noise The Real Story of The Runaways Book Review

Cherie Curry’s updated 2010 memoir Neon Angel was a compelling, sometimes traumatic look at her childhood and her time with the influential all-girl teen rock band The Runaways. But it was just that, her take on the band.

Queens of Noise is an even-handed look at the band, and those surrounding them, specifically the group’s manager and brainchild (depending on who you ask) Kim Fowley. Written by journalism professor and longtime pop music writer Evelyn McDonnell, the book takes an exhaustive look at the band, from the core original members (Currie, Joan Jett, Sandy West, Lita Ford and Jackie Fox) and the various replacement bassists that came just before and after Fox’s tenure with the group. She objectively covers the group, warts and all, and does an incredible job of balancing everyone’s interpretations of the band’s brief but often contentious life. As the book demonstrates, even if everyone was in the same room, the details of the events that happened vary greatly, (the most obvious example is the often told story about Fowley calling several underage band members into a bedroom to witness “sex lessons” he was administering to another girl). The only thing just about everyone can agree on is that Fowley was a sleaze, but depending on who’s telling the story he was either harmlessly weird or viciously dangerous.

The book does tend to get weighted down from time to time in too much detail and minutia, particularly in describing the history of the towns the ladies grew up in, but it’s a small flaw and one that’s easy to overlook. The band has been given the opportunity to reunite several times over the years since their implosion in 1979 – most recently at the premier of The Runaways movie based on Neon Angel – but it looks like that’s a reunion that will never happen. This book is a decent consolation.

Queens of Noise: the real Story of The Runaways by Evelyn McDonnell/Hardcover/360 pages/Da Capo Press