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b3science exclusive: The Giving Tree Band

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The Giving Tree Band – Which One (exclusive download!)
The Giving Tree Band – Eventually (exclusive download!)

The Giving Tree Band are a Chicago based bluegrass group well deserving of their growing attention amongst bluegrass and indie folk enthusiasts. Not only do they write great songs, they have a particular eco-friendly dedication. For example, The Giving Tree Band recorded their new album Great Possessions in a solar powered studio, using recycled instruments, wearing clothing made out of recycled materials, with only bikes for transportation, and are releasing the album on CD’s made out of recycled materials… Blahblahblahscience got the chance to catch up with Giving Tree’ banjo player Todd Fink to chat music, lifestyle and of course science fiction:

b3sci: Todd – what’s your favorite sci-fi flick?
Todd: The original Star Wars Trilogy. I love the Force, Light Sabers and lifestyle of the Jedi. In fact I seek to become one after my time in the band… you know, bands are basically the closest thing we have to the Jedi nowadays..

b3sci: If the way of the Jedi is the ideal lifestyle, then how would you describe the way of The Giving Tree Band?
Todd: Our band offers people a way to live. All the greats… The Dead, Sex Pistols, Ramones… the genre of music doesn’t matter, they all offered a lifestyle. The Giving Tree Band seeks to inspire and educate the public and artists about a healthy lifestyle, but with a business sensibility. Every single person is unique and has their own unique qualities… which can be connected on a variety of different levels.

b3sci: epic!
Todd: Really, we just seek to remind people what they know about themselves and what they aspire to be.

b3sci: so why then is music your inspiration?
Todd: I feel like playing music was inherited. My father played the piano and my mother is a HUGE concert fan. In fact I was named after Todd Rundgren, it seemed to just become natural that I play.

b3sci: So who musically inspires you?
Todd: I have been inspired by British jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, in particularly by his attitude and lifestyle. He stood up and said no to alcohol and drugs and is the only one from that Miles Davis Bitches Brew era still performing. Music was his drug. I am also inspired by Stravinsky, especially the way he was able to break his day up into specific times and dedicate them to music. Inspiration today? Artists like Fleet Foxes come to mind, with less of an influence but more of an appreciation for what they do musically… the rock and roll with folk elements.

b3sci: Todd, The Giving Tree Band are kickin. Thanks man!
Todd: Peace!

Great Possessions is due out August 18, 2009. Get Giving Tree Band music here. Learn more and listen more here.

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reviewed by
05-25-09

It’s Memorial Day, I’m Baking Cookies, WHO WANTS IT?

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it’s memorial day, i’m baking cookies.

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keeping it classic with the original tollhouse recipe. lebron james, for three:

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

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Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.

SLICE AND BAKE COOKIE VARIATION:
PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

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reviewed by
05-25-09

PLAY BOTH VIDEOS AT THE SAME TIME: Dan Deacon – “Crystal Cat” vs. Jason Mraz “I’m Yours”

you are your own DJ. you can mix the volume levels, start/pause times, fade one song in while fading the other out.

get down like donkey kong!

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reviewed by
05-24-09

B3SCI MIXTAPES: 90’s Hip Hop

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summer! awwww yeah!

01. The Pharcyde – Passing Me By
02. Camp Lo – Luchini
03. Black Moon – Buck ‘Em Down
04. AZ – Gimme Your’s
05. Jeru the Damaja – Me or the Papes
06. Jamal – Fades ‘Em All (Pete Rock Remix)
07. De La Soul – Stakes Is High
08. Naughty by Nature – Jamboree
09. Dream Warriors – California Dreamin’
10. Souls of Mischief – 93 til’ Infinity
11. Fugees – Ready or Not

reviewed by
05-24-09

big o vs. the world

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Oasis – Headshrinker

I laughed the other day, reminded of an altercation i had with one of my roommates years back.. he had tried to make the case that every oasis song WAS in fact a Beatles song. intrigued, i bet him he was wrong. i played him a few oasis songs and asked which Beatles tunes they were?? he had no idea, but wouldn’t budge… a brawl soon followed. hit up “headshrinker” and my bet still stands… $100 to anybody who can unlock the Beatles song within

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05-24-09

THROWBACK SATURDAYS: Jim Coleman – “Cloudy Days”

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Jim Coleman – Cloudy Days

track from 60’s detroit soul singer jim coleman. incredible harmonies.

reviewed by
05-23-09

Mars Volta – Since We’ve Been Wrong

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Mars Volta – Since We’ve Been Wrong

never previously got to into this band… mostly because i hadn’t heard them do a song like this. “Since We’ve Been Wrong” is the first US single off the bands fifth studio album Octahedron, due June 23.

buy

Rating: 8

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reviewed by
05-23-09

screaming fucking bloody mess

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Sex Pistols – Bodies

fuck it all and fuck her fucking brrraT SHE dont want a baby who looks like that I DONT WANT A BABY WHO LOOKS LIKE THAT

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rating: 11

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reviewed by
05-22-09

The Twilight Sad – “Reflection of the Television”

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The Twilight Sad – Reflection of the Television

“there’s people downstairs!” brogues twilight sad frontman james graham. you can just feel something heavy about this record…..the feel/dynamic of expansion/unfurling vs. collapse/narrowing/dwindling. that feel, though, isn’t in the vocal is it (still great)? or even in the rhythm section (fuckin awesome)? you could maybe argue the guitar (brilliant) is at least partially responsible? i’m not sure what exactly is propelling the song’s dynamic in this way (maybe this). i don’t think its necessarily one thing or a combination of one things, its a _________ that is far more ________.

buy twilight sad music

rating: 7.2

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reviewed by
05-22-09

Kasabian – “Fire” and “Vlad The Impaler”

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Kasabian – Fire (radio edit)
Kasabian – Vlad The Impaler

Gorillaz producer Dan The Automator earns his briefcases of $$$ on Kasabians 3rd album The West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum due June 8. Their single “Fire”, a proper rock and roll anthem, and “Vlad The Impaler” hint towards a killer record

Kasabian have a string of live dates in the UK early summer with Oasis and emerging act The Enemy. They should come to the states… orrr better I should go to the UK. fuck why don’t we all go to the UK?

buy

rating: 8.5

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reviewed by
05-22-09

Radiohead – “Five Step” (Dave Brubeck Overdub)

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Radiohead – Five Step (Dave Brubeck Overdub)

My name is Moses Odukai, and I am a Nigerian prince currently residing in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. I am writing to seek your assistance in a very urgent matter.

buy radiohead music!

rating: 7.8

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reviewed by
05-21-09

Doves live @ the Wiltern Theater LA 5.15.09

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The Doves four album career has been a solid one that not many bands can boast… especially bands from the last 10 years. Droning melodic pleasure, this trio’s sonic atmosphere is comprised of a distinctive and soulful rock and roll that tugs at your ears the way your favorite food tugs at your taste buds.

The Williams brothers, Jez and Andy, Jimi Goodwin, and their unofficial fourth member keyboardist Martin Rebelski, induced a packed house at the Wiltern Theater this past Friday in LA. They kicked off their set with the steady crescendo of their single “Jetstream”, hinting their set may be heavy with songs off their new ‘return to their roots’esque’ release Kingdom Of Rust. Luckily it was, and favorites included the albums title track and single potential rocker “Winter Hill”.

Other highlights… “Catch the Sun” still sounded as good as the first day I heard it and they nailed “The Outsiders” and “Snowden” with particularly spot on vocals. In between jokes about sexy “slap bass” and our beloved James Brown, Doves delivered their set in fine tune.

The critically acclaimed trio has scored 2 #1 albums in the UK with The Last Broadcast and Some Cities, and their new release Kingdom Of Rust has reached number 2. They’ve shared bills with the likes of New Order, Travis, Muse, Roger Daltry, Suede, Low, Oasis, Elbow, The Strokes, Coldplay and U2. Still with this track record, in the US Doves find themselves in the same unfortunate rut of limited commercial success that befalls so many great British bands. It’s not their fault though, it’s no secret that the States are the bermuda triangle of British rock and roll. Freak phenomena aside music enthusiasts everywhere will continue to optimistically anticipate whatever the consistantly great Doves have to offer..

Doves – The Last Broadcast
Doves – The Man Who Told Everything

buy DOVES

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05-21-09