Category Archives: Music

Razzle Dazzle – Audio-Technica Bijoué Speaker

Sound in a Jewel Box. The Audio-Technica Speaker.

Plug your iPhone/MP3 Player for instant gratification

Portable speakers influenced by fashion and precious stones. The Bijoué speaker by Japan’s Audio-Technica sport an inspired jeweled top, equipped with a mirror on the inside, is offered in six different colors. Lightweight, powered by two AAA batteries, the speaker provides over 30 hours of playtime. Check it out at Geek Stuff 4 U. Available for $49 USD.

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WiFi Your Sound – Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver

Bluetooth your playlist with Belkin's Music Receiver

Plug into your speakers or home sound system and play music wirelessly.

It’s the simple things that make me happy. Take a look at Belkin’s Bluetooth Music Receiver. Plug the small device into your speakers or home stereo system and you can play your iPod/iPhone playlist wirelessly. This is great for an office solution. Situate a pair of speakers in another place in the room and choose the music from your iPhone while sitting at your desk. Eliminate the space clutter of speakers and add the convenience of our wifi tech savvy world. The gadget can be purchased directly from Belkin for $49.

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Speakerboxx – Logitech’s Squeezebox Radio

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

You don’t have to listen to your mp3s on your computer anymore. Try this great radio set from Logitech, the Swiss company providing digital products for your computer and more. The digital stereo plays internet radio, subscription music service like Rhapsody and Napster, plus all of your digital music files. The Squeezebox connects to the internet through a port connection or wi-fi network, and includes an auxiliary plug for your iPod. Now you can listen to kcrw.org and then shift to Pandora with a turn of a knob. It’s a small package measuring 5.1” x 8.7” x 5”,but promises to boost a robust sound. It’s basically perfect for the desktop. Show your music some respect and listen to it on a dedicated radio like this.

The Squeezebox Radio is $199 and can be ordered directly at www.logitech.com.

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MSFW – Mayer Hawthorne

Music for the office - Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement

Music Safe For Work - Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement

My recent New Music Tuesday find inspired me to write this post and a new series of entries for the near future. Some of my friends think I have good taste in music, but I must admit to the indulgence of some horrific pop and dance grooves. Despite the occasional Christina remix and various one-hit wonders, I do alright finding some great talent. When I need to crank out a deadline, I need my music to be another background layer to compliment my work space. It’s great for ambiance and can easily be cranked up for drowning out the annoying boss. MSFW – Music Safe/Suitable For Work is a recommendation of some artists that you might overlook or not have the pleasure of hearing on mainstream radio.

I just downloaded the debut album from Ann Arbor-native Mayer Hawthorne that comes equipped with a true modern reinterpretation of old school Detroit soul. The 29-year old artist plays all of the album’s instruments as well as sing, sounding much like his childhood influences including Smokey, Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes. We’ve seen a resurgence in this retro-style of music, but you can’t deny this man his gift to create something so pure and enjoyable. It reminds me of the late 70s when my older cousins would use me as a decoy to take my aunt’s Monte Carlo and go cruise Whittier Blvd. What were my parents thinking?

I think you’ll really appreciate his music and love playing the download at the office.

For more info about Mayer Hawthorne, check out his record label, Stones Throw.

Below you’ll find two embedded videos of one of his tracks. Pick up his new release on iTunes.

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