I’m impressed by local influences. I think it was in due time that the economy needed a resurgence of local economy. When everything’s started to become uniform because of uniform globalization by corporations, you lose ingenuity and creativity through standardization. A lot of big words, yeah, but everyone starts from somewhere. Living in Austin for three years, you start to acknowledge the culture it organically inhabits. Local coffee roasters and shops, butchers, chefs, bicycle shops and entrepreneurs are all greatly supported by the citizens of the city.

This was all conjured up just from sitting in a local butcher shop, which is also a sandwich place but also built in its very own coffee shop with a local brand starting its first local standalone shop. Humble beginnings.

You can see that there’s a great divide in the city between honoring what the city is and also the modernization of it as well. The staple of South Congress and South Lamar are soon to have condo buildings and concrete plazas of renovated Austin staples to better serve a growing population of people. It’s exciting to see because it causes a new energy but it also changed the landscape of the city. Just like people talk about New York and Brooklyn not being what it once was, it’s the gentrification of modern cities. It boosts economies but landmarks then become historical versus just being something that IS the city.

Sometimes I wish I inherited a craft or learned one at a young age. People who are just great at what they do are inspiring. But I guess the same goes for people who work hard to get where they are. If you do both, that’s just a super hero power that all people should strive to have.

So moral of this story: Buying local equals super hero powers. Haha, what?

Off to the bike shop next door now.



Roots. Justin Vernon.

The influences they have on each others style in this jam session is seriously in the pocket of a fusion classic.  This is stuff you have to be there in the moment to witness.  It’s kind of what you would find in a late night jam session in a dimly lit piano bar/open mic night. I’ve witnessed something like this in Nashville. I’ve yet to find a moment like that in Austin, but it would be sweet to find one in NY, SF, Chicago or LA. I guess it doesn’t really matter where it happens but more of the opportunity to witness something like this live.  Chills for day. Music is something else.




New Order – Substance 1987 has sort of a matrix motif to it. Do you take the red pill or the blue pill? What if you take both? What’s cool is that you can hear a lot of where modern music is steamed from in this album. Electronica is almost meticulously analyzed layer by layer when you sit and pay attention to the tracks. Listening to it on vinyl has a homogenous feel to it because that’s how it was originally distributed. As pop as it is, Bizarre Love Triangle, even though it’s not my favorite track, is one of the best produced tracks I’ve ever listened to in my lifetime. The simple melody, the catchy lyrics and the production of the arrangement is beyond its years and not to mention complex. There are so many segments to that track. The build up to the break down. I mean, c’mon.

Do I prefer the red bill or the blue pill? Depends on any given day. They are equally compromised of favorites and rarely listened tracks. Red pill has more commonly played but the songs you care for are on the blue.

Now that you’re in a state of wtf is this guy talking about, I’ll just say I’ve probably mentioned this album a dozen times and still yet to see its predecessor. There’s great music out there but I’m waiting to hear that album that is the next portal to the evolution in music.

Bike-Friendly Companies


So I would like to say that I helped put the Houston bike scene on the social map with PedalHouston.  It’s been a fun project to work with and I definitely need to get back on the ball with it just because I want to keep it relevant and current with the status of the growth in Houston.   Which in that area has been significantly growing faster than I had imagined thanks to the help of a city council that supports the idea of a cycling lifestyle city, especially inner city.

With that said, I’ve always had a fantasy of the Heights Bike trail turning into a flourishing trail business.  What I mean by that is I always imagined small cafes and eateries building alongside the trail promoting business by bike.  Take the trail and stop in for a morning coffee or an afternoon lunch during your ride.  It will become more busy bike traffic for people trying to get through there but it also promotes that lifestyle more.  It’s not necessarily a great business model from just getting cyclists but they can have e front end for walk-in customers and a back end facing the trail that gears the cyclists coming through.  I’d like to see and maybe it’ll catch on the longer these trails get around the city.  I think it’s cool that there are implanted city arteries of bike trails to get in and out onto main routes and that it connect to downtown and hopefully the UH campus.

There needs to be a coexistence between cyclists and motor vehicles.  I really believe that it helps the pedestrian levels increase that also helps with crime rates and safety of areas because it’s almost safety in numbers.  The more people walking around, the less likely to have creepers or whatnot.  It’s why places like NY or Austin that you can walk around town without feeling creeped out if you see a random person walking the streets and wonder what they’re up to.

Maybe I’m just blowing smoke but I feel like it should happen. I’m game for more businesses to focus towards the bike scene.  Also, when you see bike racks full, it DOES get people’s attention.  It makes them want to stop in and see what’s going on and why so many people rode in to that spot.

2013 FPSF Schedule

    Conflicts of Interest
  • Calvin Harris vs Postal Service:  Postal Service wins. You never know when you’ll see them again.
  • Of Monsters and Men vs Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: If you want to have Little Talks you go with OMAM or jump around with a buncha sweaty people, you Macklemore it up.
  • Passion Pit vs The Heat and the Heart: Passion Pit.

Nevermind, I guess I made my mind up.