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The Blue Muse
5 things I hated about the movie Gravity

5 things I hated about the movie Gravity

Accurate description of Gravity: A 90 minuteanxiety attack. Thank you "Funny or Die" for thesealternate title movie posters.I won the Oscar party pool by voting Gravity across the board (except Best Actress, there was no chance, Sandy). After actually ...

Alison Toon
Guess where I was last week?

Apr 1, 2014
Guess where I was last week?

It's obvious where I've been, from the books I'm reading. A good trip always generates good reading material... and new recipes to try!  The recipe books by Greg and Lucy Malouf are beautiful, and worth buying for the photos as well as the fo...

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Woman on Water
Rumors of a New Rock Garden Kayak

Mar 17, 2014
Rumors of a New Rock Garden Kayak

The rumors that Jackson Kayak has a new rock garden kayak are true.  Last week, we got to take the first ones out for a 3 day demo and video shoot on the waters of Mendocino County.  The boat is called the Karma Unlimited RG.  We ended u...

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Alison Toon
William Control, new album “The Neuromancer” out April 4th. And it’s good. Very good.

Mar 15, 2014
William Control, new album “The Neuromancer” out April 4th. And it’s good. Very good.

The WBTBWB show left me feeling a little overdosed on screamo-hard-metal-death-post-whatever-whatever-WHATEVER-the-heck-too-much-screaming-too-little-singing-applecore, and so for the past two weeks I've been listening to more melodic and tuneful vocals: Zucchero's "La Sesión Cubana", the Gipsy King's "Savor Flamenco", I'Octane's beautiful new reggae album "My Journey", and to...

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Alison Toon
Bands help fund music scholarships for kids with help from Soundz of NorCal: Clockwork Hero, The Three Way, Pushing The Son and Skin of Saints

Mar 9, 2014
Bands help fund music scholarships for kids with help from Soundz of NorCal: Clockwork Hero, The Three Way, Pushing The Son and Skin of Saints

I was lucky enough to grow up in a place, and at a time, when music, art and theatre/drama were part of fundamental education. That, and being taught to read at a very early age, provided me with the tools to be "me", no matter what. Today, this educat...

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Alison Toon
Honour Crest, Lions Lions, and The Iliad and the Odyssey

Mar 3, 2014
Honour Crest, Lions Lions, and The Iliad and the Odyssey

Three more bands, so full of energy that I swear they spent as much time in mid-air as they did grounded; I don't know how they play, let alone sing, while jumping like that, but they do.The Iliad and the OdysseyThe Iliad and the Odyssey; young and loc...

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Alison Toon
Of Butter, and of silly band names (e.g., “We Butter The Bread With Butter”)

Mar 3, 2014
Of Butter, and of silly band names (e.g., “We Butter The Bread With Butter”)

Right now, there are so many bands around with names that consist of Verb-The-Noun (insert random Verb and random Noun around "the" and you'll understand--there must be an app for that already surely because there seems to be a blatant lack of creativi...

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Alison Toon
Zucchero’s “La Sesión Cubana” out in the USA. At last!!! And a USA tour too!

Mar 2, 2014
Zucchero’s “La Sesión Cubana” out in the USA. At last!!!  And a USA tour too!

I was in the right place, at the right time, to see Zucchero performing songs from this Cuban-inspired album in Grenoble, France, in June last year. Here's the review: http://alison-toon.blogspot.com/2013/06/zucchero-summumgrenoble2013-lr-9000.html

ALISON TOON: Zucchero &emdash; Zucchero live 2013
Zucchero, at the Summum, Grenoble, France, June 2013
The...

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Alison Toon
Another New York gem… Lorenzo Laroc and riding the subway

Feb 28, 2014
Another New York gem… Lorenzo Laroc and riding the subway

There are many things I dislike about New York; the knife-wielding icy wind, the slush pits at the corner of the cold streets, people who push pregnant women and women-with-children out of the way on their rush to be a step ahead... but there are lots ...

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Alison Toon
Escape the Fate, Eve to Adam, New Year’s Day, Track Fighter and Awoken Shadows… all in one show!

Feb 17, 2014
Escape the Fate, Eve to Adam, New Year’s Day, Track Fighter and Awoken Shadows… all in one show!

Two of these bands, I'd seen before: Escape the Fate at Aftershock Festival in 2012, and Sacramento's own Track Fighter when they supported Trapt later the same year. The other bands were new to me.Escape the FateHeadliners Escape The Fate put on a won...

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