The Jake Shimabukuro Experience or the best $40 I ever spent

I just got back from a concert of the amazing Jake Shimabukuro. The stage was set with a chair, microphone and a pair of monitors. An intimate feeling stage with an amazing musician…yes I am gushing like a school girl. His technique is phenomenal and the control of his humble 2 octave four stringed instrument is nothing short of magical. From whisper quiet notes to thundering passages Jake coaxed beautiful sounds that entranced his audience. I have not been to a concert for many years and have lost touch with the reason music is so transcendal. The live experience blows away any recording. Cd, Vinyl, Digital its all an effort to reproduce the live immediacy and sound, but always falls short. In short I spent $40 for tickets and $20 for merchandise. Money which I consider well spent and I am so cheap my wife makes fun of me. Best of all my favorite Aloha shirt got signed and I got a CD that won’t be released until next month.
jake-and-me
jake-signing

In These Troubled Economic Times

ok so maybe I listen to too much BOL but I thought  maybe I can post to help people save some dough cause I am SO cheap ask my wife she one joked that she saw a puff of dust when I opened my wallet once.

STOP buying tv shows on iTunes stream them from hulu  or joost (I like hulu) or check out the individual networks.  That does not even include all the free podcast around, NPR and PRI are some favs of my tweets. Itunes university has some really interesting stuff check it out. For music try out pandora or Last FM (My choice) or MTV music.  There is some great stuff out there, be creative use google to find you some cheap content. I found some great tunes on Jamendo and they are free! Here are two of my favorites on Jamendo

http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/19039

http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/tryad

One thing I won’t recommend is going and torrenting stuff. There are enough LEGAL ways to find content.