Pizza Bae

Have you noticed that Pizza has the same social appeal that going for a drink or coffee has?

Going to pizza is just as big of a deal as anything else, if not more. You can really tell if you are going to get along with someone, or if you can be best friends forever by what they put on their pizza. How many times have you been at a party and decide to order pizza? Or decide you need to go to the grocery store for a frozen pizza? Pizza is the foundation that keeps us together!

Let me tell you a story. I base friendships on pizza.

So, I got a job and the people I worked with were the best coworkers ever. They were and are my family. So much so that when my boss quit, one after another we followed him. I spent hours in vehicles and at houses with these people. We took shots of Jameson when I was sad. We went to have pizza and beer at the favorite pizza place on Tuesdays for two-dollar slices and pints.

I found out that pepperoni and pineapple was Anthony’s favorite pizza. I also found out that Jessica’s grandma and my mom were friends when they were teenagers. I feel like these people are my family. It was meant to be. And it all started with pizza.

I worked with these people for years, and they became the best people. I miss them every single day.

Right before I left, the three of us decided to get tattoos together. One, because we all love tattoos. Two, because we loved each other, and three because Pizza.

Literally, I love these people as much as pizza. And that’s a lot.

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Ads, or Sads

The days where we would find our ads on billboards, in magazines and newspapers are rapidly changing. Yes, those ads are still there, but the impact is very different. These days we rely on the internet, TV, and even over the airwaves for most of our information. The way that things are received has vastly changed over the years, and like most things, advertising is making its way to the front lines to be what’s new and different.

A lot of us these days don’t want to pay for cable TV. We live off of Netflix and Hulu, and never really have to watch commercials anymore. I have found the downside to this. I never know what movies are coming out anymore. New TV shows start, and I have no idea. Things get canceled, move networks, or time slots, and I am so in the dark. Given, there is very little that I watch on a weekly basis anymore since the real TV has gone away from my life (except Law and Order SVU because I will never give up on that) It just feels like I’m always missing something. Which is so stupid and weird. Media shouldn’t have that impact on my life, yet it does.

With all the things internet these days, we don’t miss out on much. We are usually up to speed on everything that is going on in the world… if you look for it.

It’s a pretty cool thing when you go to a Showplace cinema here in Evansville, Indiana and see an awesome commercial shot by a media company here, in Evansville. Something about that makes you feel at home, in your home town.

Blackstrap Media is clearly passionate about Evansville, it’s people and making great content, even if it takes them out of Evansville. It will always be about the hometown feel, and that’s something that not a lot of agencies such as this can say.  Small-town feel with ultimate big ideas.

You don’t have to be the biggest with the most money, you just have to have that flair. Hometown feel, or whatever your specialty is.

Life Is Too Short to Drink Bad Coffee

Evansville is really stepping up its caffeine count. With all the local coffee shops bringing their best games with craft coffee, chains don’t stand a chance. Soon enough, a Dunkin' Donuts is going to open up on first Ave. Which, like anything else new to this town, will be a boom for a hot minute, and then get chilly like that iced latte.

Being that I am from Washington State, I may be one of the biggest coffee snobs in Evansville. I miss Starbucks at every corner, random coffee stands that make red bull Italian sodas, and awesome one of a kind coffee that you can’t get anywhere else. Every single day of my life I drank a Starbucks, a caramel latte, a red bull Italian soda, or something even more tasty than I can explain.

This is why I am so happy that places like Wired and White Swan exist. At this point in my life, I can’ t drink as much coffee as I would like to, but I know that the normal population relies on it to survive. Also, as someone that works super weird hours, drives all the time, and can be found drinking beer on the clock, I know how important that two o’clock pick me up is.

People who put passion into anything make it better. People who put passion into coffee, well... that’s just straight up love. Drinking coffee is much like drinking beer. It can be an awesome social experience, or something you completely keep to yourself. It can be something you taste, and savor, or something you just smash down for the feeling. Makes sense as to why there are so many coffee beers now, doesn’t it?

Coffee is the glue that holds people together, and now it’s changing the face of Evansville, and keeping a community together. Making it grow, introducing people to a new type of coffee, and helping them realize there is always time to stop and smell the beans.

Super excited for White Swan to be a part of the Franklin Street family, and we will keep our eyes open for what else percolates.

Get it? Percolates?

You Know You Got Soul

If you had a chance to ask your favorite musician a question, do you know what you would ask them? Like, if you could ask them anything, find out something extremely personal, or something random, what would it be? What if you got to make an entire book devoted to your favorite artist? Even better, they asked you to do it.

This week’s guest, Aaron Tanner, gets to do with his life. He gets to take his passion for music, and make it apart of his day job. How jealous are we? Being able to do both the thing you love, the thing you are good at, and the thing that is your job all at once is something everyone strives for.

I started thinking about artists that I would love to work with, or for. I’ve always been into music, growing up with a hippy mom and listening to Beatles, Monkees, and Neil Diamond. I have a very eclectic music taste. The bands I love, I love hard. I go to concerts, buy albums, band tees/hoodies. I’m a fan. I mean, if having an NSYNC pillow doesn’t tell you anything about my dedication I don’t know what does.

I’m overly obsessed with Hall and Oates, Justin Timberlake, Drake… the usual suspects. What I absolutely love is finding those artists that are known, but not everyone knows them. Two dudes come to mind. Noah Gundersen and Jason Manns. Both amazing musicians. One from Washington state just like me, one from Bowling Green Virginia. I have ones’ lyrics tattooed on my arm, and the other in the works for another piece. Both of these dudes are very important to me, and honestly have been a solid help with my mental health.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to be able to sit down with them, and make something creative with them. Talk to them like they are normal people and not people who helped me through the darkest times of my twenties. It’s fascinating that people have the opportunity to tell their stories via song, and can touch so many feels all at once.

What’s weird is that these guys are normal people. With lives, and normal everyday tasks. I’ve been feet from one of them and still couldn’t get my nerves up to talk to him. I strive to be that person to ask questions, to get out of my bubble and tell them how much their music means to me.

So, I ask again. What would you ask your favorite musician? Anything at all? Or everything?

Everything.

Oh, hi. Hello.

In case you don’t know me, I am Devon. A transplant of Spokane, Washington living in Evansville. This is my story.

I’m not going to bore you, just give you some facts about me that you may not know, so you can know me a little bit better.

I’m the one behind the blogs at DQYD. I’m married to Drew, and we have a puppy named Hazel Jean.

I am a craft beer rep, and actually the only female craft beer rep in the Evansville area. Further out too, I’m sure.

I am an introverted extrovert. I love meeting new people and making friends, even though making friends at thirty-one is ridiculously hard.

I have two independently published comic books.

I love hard, I don’t know any other way.

I’m addicted to Law and Order- mainly SVU.

Favorite Podcast besides DQYD has got to be These are Their Stories- about Law and Order.

I think my daydream is to open my own brewery and write comics on the side. In Seattle, or Spokane.

I miss the Pacific Northwest.

Drew and I were married in a brewery.

Drew is only my second relationship ever, and I knew from the very beginning that he was my person.

I moved across the country for a boy, and I wouldn’t change that for the world.

That’s me in a nutshell.

If you ever want to be friends, say hello, or talk about beer, feel free to get in touch!

So happy you want to read my stuff. Stay tuned, here at DQYD, we are just getting started.

Basketball Jones

If you are a 90s kid, you know about the movie Space Jam. I mean, if you are a human with a pulse you know about Space Jam. The wonderful movie starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny was one of the high points of a lot of our grade school years. Everyone who watched that movie was going to be a basketball star. It was the epitome of goals. 

 

When you are growing up, and you have that one thing you want to do so bad, you don’t really think about the logistics of it all. Like, maybe the fact that you have to actually be able to play basketball to become that star. Or, that if you want to become a doctor you must endure seven years of college. Little kids don’t sweat the small stuff. 

 

Didn’t your parents tell you that you could be whatever you wanted to be? If you put your mind to it, the possibilities are endless. Parents are just so into letting you be what you want when you are little. They for one, don’t want to crush your dreams, and two, actually think anything is possible. I mean, of course when I was six and I wanted to run a recycling center, my mom wasn’t going to tell me that was silly. She let me play make believe, and I got to be the boss of my own place. (I also went through a school bus driver faze pretty hard)

 

Once you hit that stage of adulthood, you start to realize some of your dreams are not achievable. Maybe it’s going to cost your life in student loans, make you move to a new place, change how you feel about that profession. Maybe you just can’t. You know what? THAT’S OK. 

 

Occasionally life gets in the way, whether it’s with an injury, heartbreak, money, or the lack of passion. But you know what’s cool? You can still be involved one way or another. Maybe you love basketball, but can’t play anymore, so you pick up Draft Kings and are still involved in the thing you love. 

 

Don’t crush your own dreams, and for this one minute… Listen to your parents.

It Keeps You Running

Do you ever wonder why musicians decided to become musicians?

Why did Kurt Cobain pick up a guitar, or Justin Timberlake decide to join NSYNC?

Was it just because they knew they had talent, or are there deeper reasons?

Sometimes as people, we just know what we are going to do in our lives. We may not be great success stories, but we know where we would like to be. Maybe your dream is to be a stay at home parent. Raise kids, and be there for every precious moment of life. That is all you have ever wanted to do, and you know you are going to do it. Success is to each its own. You can’t measure it by comparing you with someone else, or comparing situations. You can absolutely be a successful stay at home parent.

If only everyone could pick up a microphone and have Adeles voice come through. Some of us aren’t talented musically, but oh so wish we could be. Sometimes, finding out bits and bobs about the artists and how they have failed actually makes us feel better. For example, the Beatles first demo tape got rejected because “guitar bands are on their way out.” Brutal. It’s not that knowing that info makes you super happy inside, it’s more that us as normal people can relate. Some people don’t find success right away, or even at a young age.

Backstories are a great way to learn about your favorite artist, as well as see how they started. What was that thing that got them to get into the business, to make it their life? Come Hell or High-water, you know they will be playing shows as long as they can.

What’s that thing that makes you tick? Why did you decide to do what you are doing in your life? If you go through life without passion, are you really wanting to stick with what you do?

DQYD Top 5: Beats

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Corey. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Corey is a musician, so we set out to make our top 5 lists to focus on music.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Sampled Artists/Bands

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Pick 5: Billy Squier

For all purposes Billy Squier is a bit of a vanilla artist that disappeared when he was unable to integrate into the video era. He gained a touch of modern rejuvenation however when he became a drum break favorite to the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z. He's got 99 problems but being samples aint one.

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Pick 4: Steve Miller Band

Corey touted this band as "rockabilly for space" which is straight on the money. Their unique blend of guitar, key and drums makes them perfect for beat makers to find samples. Parts of "Fly like an eagle" can be found in maybe 50 mainstream songs.

Pick 3: John Bonham

I'm guilty myself of only knowing Led Zepplin as a band my parent's dug and had records of. After learning how much Massive Attack sampled them however I found myself falling into a hole of listening to and enjoying them. Who knew mom had such great taste.

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Pick 2: Clyde Stubblefield

Mostly know as James Brown's underpaid drummer, Clyde has had his drumming sampled an estimated 20,000 times. He unfortunately is the best example of an artist being hurt financially for what they offered the industry. 

Pick 1: Gregory C Coleman

Touted as the "most sampled drummer of all time", Coleman made a name for himself drumming for greats such as Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding.  The Winstons drummer isnt only responsible for hip hop songs by Salt N Peppa and NWA, the fucking intro to Futurama is even built around some of his percussion samples. Cool!

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Farrin's Top 5 Beats

Pick 5: When the Levee Breaks - Led Zeppelin

When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin is such a fat groove that the drums could probably make a levee break. Listen to this power!

Pick 4: Air Tonight - Phil Collins

Don’t hate me, but I haven’t really listened to too much of Phil Collin’s work, but the groove from In the Air Tonight is a must on this list. 

 

Pick 3: Footsteps in the Dark - Isley Brothers

There’s no way I couldn’t put this one on my list, Isley brothers - Footsteps in the Dark. Just listen to Thundercat’s Them Changes or Ice Cube’s Today was a Good Day and you’ll see why 

Pick 2: YYZ - Rush

As a bass player myself, we know that drummers are our backbones and we’re they’re muscle (and sometimes the other way around too) and what better group than Rush and their song YYZ to show that off. Neil Pert, take a bow son. 

Pick 1: Superstitions - Stevie Wonder

One of my favorite songs of all time, Stevie Wonder’s Superstitious has, to me, the most memorable drum beat of all time! Fun fact, Jeff Beck was jamming/drumming with Stevie to create the beat, then Stevie recorded himself for the album.

 

Drew's Top 5 Percussion Instruments

Pick 5: Cowbell

You know what? For number 5, let's just get the obligatory cowbell reference out of the way.

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Pick 4: Tabla

I find this instrument really interesting. The variety of sounds these simply looking hand drums can make were surprising to me when I first heard them played. 

Pick 3: Drum Kit

A staple in just about every band out there. The drum kit in undoubtedly one of the best percussion instruments out there 

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Pick 2: Hang Drum

I've only recently discovered that these things exist, but I've already went way down the rabbit hole. It's crazy how much work goes into making one of these instruments, but the sounds they create are beautiful. 

Pick 1: Piano

Is there any kind of music that this instrument can't do? (Spoiler: No)
Let's face it: It's hard to beat the piano.

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Fast and the Furious

When it comes to racing you can poll a crowd, and what they know about it will be drawn from two specific places, Fast and Furious and Nascar. Maybe that one guy who says BMX.Those are the two most obvious racing topics in modern pop culture, so they are obviously at the top of the list. When you stop and think for a minute, boxcar derby may pop up, and that one Disney Channel original movie that starred Frankie Muniz.

Googling racing brings up 100s of results, and I’ll be the first to admit I had no idea. It’s interesting to find out there are so many layers on one thing, especially when you had no idea about it in the first place.

Racing is actually the perfect word for the year 2017. We are near the end of it, and there has been a huge sigh of relief. Maybe 2018 will be better. Maybe better choices will be made. No promises, but we can hope that the world won’t go to shit in 2018. We did have our problems. Presidential candidate who won, wars on sexual harassment in Hollywood, leading to sexual harassment everywhere. Shootings, mass shootings, unnecessary violence. Wars on women rights that can send us back 50 years… It’s been a show to say the least.

Everyone has been so preoccupied with moving towards 2018, they aren’t enjoying this year for the good parts. Awesome things happened this year, and we have to remember that. 2017 is the year that is going to go down in fire, yes. Remember the #METOO movement, and how that helped women tell their stories and be brave? The people who have opened their houses for survivors of natural disasters? The fact that more and more people are opening up about their mental health and seeing therapists and getting help?

2017 had good points too. We want to race to the next year, but with these few days we have left, let’s not forget the good parts.

2018 is coming, and lord knows it’s got to be better.

DQYD Top 5: Racing

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Chris. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Chris is a race car driver, so we set out to make our top 5 lists to focus on racing.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Racing Movies

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Pick 5: The Cannonball Run

Based on a real life event that protested the once established 55mph speed limit, Cannon Ball run stands the test of time (at least with me) due to the eccentric characters and fun stunts. Burt Reynolds has to be the coolest dude once upon a time.

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Pick 4: Talledega Nights

ILike most, you probably feel a little Will Farrell fatigue. This movie however shines as once of his favorites with me. Preying just the appropriate amount with racing stereotypes there is still a charming homage to the sport under all of the Mountain Dew jokes.

Pick 3: Death Race 2000

Lets be clear, I mean the Stallone version not the shitty Jason Statham one. As a kid, I looooved Wacky Races and this movie reminds me so much of that (if some of the cars would've been covered in spikes or shot fire).

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Pick 2: Days of Thunder

Its so easy to hate Tom Cruise. Not because he's a bad actor but because he's a crazy weirdo. With that said the 80's was a time where he was hitting theatrical home runs. Days of Thunder had excellent montages, hatable villains, and a comeback story to make everybody cheer at the end.

Pick 1: Speed Racer

Fight. Me. Bro. Anime to film has had lackluster results, but I will stand by that this movie had excellent results. Its bright, action packed, and even nailed the niche verbal cadence of the show. I think this movie may be one of the first I can remember mainly getting a bad wrap because the internet loves choosing random things to hate. Go watch it again!

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Farrin's Top 5

Pick 5: Drift Racing

I'm sure we all have seen a Fast and the Furious movie at some point, and probably many of us didn't see Tokyo Drift, but that brings us to our first stop, drift racing. Don't try this at home unless you're playing Mario Kart (I did...it didn't end well). The key is to slide around turns but still win your race.

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Pick 4: Trailer Racing

Trailer Racing sounds really odd. You just need a hitch and a trailer and you're qualified. According to the rules, on the hitch, you can have your mobile home, a boat, or whatever else you happen to be towing along.

 

Pick 3: Lawnmower Racing

I remember as a child, I thought a riding mower was a cool thing to drive. 2 mows later, not so much. But Lawnmower racing...now that's a completely different thing. Just go to your local hardware store with some friends, pick up a few riders, and vrooom, off you go!

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Pick 2: Swamp Buggy Racing

Florida is full of "interesting" things, one of those being Swamp buggy racing. Watch out for gators as you motor your way around the messy swamps of the panhandle.

Pick 1: LeMons Racing

For the number one spot, anyone can participate. LeMons racing (hmm...like a lemon car?) is available to anyone who has a beater, a couple of friends, just a little bit of mechanical know-how, and 7-24 hours to kill. These junker races seem like they could possibly be fun.

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Drew's Top 5 Racing Games

I have to admit: Racing games aren't really my thing. However, there are a handful that I played when I was younger that really resonate with me on a nostalgic level. So.. you know... don't hate on my garbage choices.

Pick 5: Al Unser Jr.'s Road to the Top

When I think back to the SNES days, Road to the Top is one of the first games that always comes to mind. My older brother and I spent countless hours racing everything from go-karts to snowmobiles. Maybe not the best game ever made, but the nostalgia factor alone puts it in my top 5.

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Pick 4: Wave Race 64

Jet. Ski. Racing. Enough said.
10-11 year old Drew loved this game because he thought jet skis were super cool.

Pick 3: NASCAR Racing

This is probably the strangest pick on my list, seeing as how I don't care for NASCAR, nor have I ever cared for NASCAR. However, the steering wheel w/pedals accessory made this a very playable game for me in the time before I could actually drive. Admittedly, most of my time spent playing this game was used to intentionally cause the most horrific wrecks possible, just to watch the carnage on review later.

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Pick 2: Gran Turismo 4

This one is probably the only non-gimmick racing game that I've ever really been into, and the only of the Gran Turismo series that I've played. While I was never very good at it, I still had a lot of fun.

Pick 1: Mario Kart (Any)

Mario Kart has been around for so long, and for one very good reason: It rocks. Have you ever asked someone to play Mario Kart and gotten a "Hell no, I hate that game"?
Unless you're a dirty liar, the answer to that is "No". 

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No Pressure, No Diamonds

“Life’s tough, get a helmet” 

Eric Matthews may have had the best piece of advice given to Corey Matthews in Boy Meets World. Obviously, that kid went through everything including growing up, getting his first kiss, underage drinking, and being a virgin until marriage. Corey was always between a rock and a hard place. Shawn would put him in the worst situations where he would have to lie. He was always getting into it with the school bully. Even Topanga was a bit crazy and broke up with him because she loved him. I mean, this kid went through it all. He never forgot those words from his dopey older brother, and persevered.

You can’t get through life on ice skates. It takes work to be who you are. To be human. To be decent. It doesn’t matter if it is in your personal or professional life. You have to do work.

There are those people who are handed everything. It seems that they have to work very little and good just happens. You sit by, and watch. Stunned. How can all this be happening to them, and I can’t catch a break?

Life throws you curve balls. One day you are making minimum wage at a retail job, and the next you are making more money than you know what to do with at a desk. How do you handle that? With ease, thankfully? Adjusting to change is a weird thing. How you react is actually what defines you.

You can’t always get what you want. Maybe you had something great, and you lost it. A relationship, job, car, money, or even yourself. How do you get that back? Do you even want it back?

All these metaphors for life. All these little antidotes to give you something to say when you can’t explain why something happens. When you need that extra bit of hope that something will go right, or why something goes wrong. All these metaphors can’t replace the work that you have to put in to get what you want.

Take that risk, go back to school, quit your job, move across the country. Whatever it takes to get you towards that goal, do it. It’s going to be hard, you are going to struggle. You have to work for what you want, and never forget that.

Just like it says on Nathans basement wall, "No Pressure, No Diamonds.”

Living Local

We all want to do our part, and make ourselves be as “local” as possible. We shop small, eat at the non-chain restaurants, and drink our coffee at mom and pop shops. What are we exactly? We get called Yuppies, and hipsters, almost as it’s derogatory.

Honestly though, we are Community.

There are local movements we support, and may not even know it.

Drink Local supports craft beer, and drinking it locally. Supporting beer from your home state/town, and that small business that brews that beer. These days you can find a Drink Local shirt with every state on it, and can support it just about anywhere you go.

Shop Small supports small business, and even has Small Business Saturday, making a specific Saturday for you to stay away from the big box stores and grab up locally made one of a kind goods.

There is nothing wrong with supporting your community, for wanting to make it better. You want it to grow and thrive. It’s even better when you get a bunch of like-minded people together to take on a project to uplift the community, like Evansville has with E is for Everyone.

Personally, I have a really big connection with living local. Everything I love about my hometown is that it is a staple there, and only there. I am extremely homesick for that community, for my living local. I’ve been gone almost two years, and I’m extremely grateful for small similarities between the River Cities.

The city is what you make it. We are just getting into our prime here. There is so much more to come, and it is really exciting. Let’s keep this community alive. Let us live local.

DQYD Top 5: Close to Home

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Heather. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Heather is an entrepreneur and owner of the local shop: River City, so we set out to make our top 5 lists very Evansville-based.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Historic Evansville Locations

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Pick 5: USS LST 325

Recently getting a cameo in the new Call of Duty, the World War 2 naval ship resides peacefully in the city it was built. 

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Pick 4: Angel Mounds

It's easy for cities to forget what was there before a single building was constructed and luckily Evansville has held on to a piece of that history. Located on the southeast side of town is a Native American museum with many reconstructed buildings and items from what stood there in the past.

Pick 3: Willard Library

Every city has a potentially haunted library in the middle of it, right? 

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Pick 2: Reitz Home

From tours to small jazz parties, this house is the surest way to get transferred back into the early 1900's there is.

Pick 1: Bosse Field

Not even a baseball fan and I can sense the "magic" of Bosse field. Oh and scenes from "A League of Their Own" were filmed here. Just don't ask Madonna what she thought of our city.

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Farrin's Top 5 Favorite Evansville Bars

Evansville has a plethora of libation stations, and I’m going to pick my top 5.

Pick 5: Peephole

Small in space, but great in personality, the Peephole will help you wet your whistle on the cheap. While you’re at it, get a grilled cheese and some tots!

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Pick 4: Gerst Haus

Evansville’s German roots are in full feature at the Gersthaus (Gerst Bavarian Haus). If you want some sauerkraut, bratwurst, and a good beer, trinken bei Gersthaus!

 

Pick 3: Fidel's

One of the more unique and equally delicious restaurants, Walton’s, holds in its high towers the wonderful whiskey bar, Fidel’s. So classy up there! And it gets better, they have shuffleboard!...TRY TO BEAT ME NATHAN!

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Pick 2: Lamasco/Bokeh Lounge

I couldn’t decide on which place I wanted to be at number two, so I picked Lamasco and Bokeh Lounge. They both have awesome live music and a fantastic atmosphere, so you can’t go wrong with either!

Pick 1: Mo's House

My number one drinking hole in Evansville shouldn’t be called a hole at all, but a place of pure fun, Mo’s House! Back in the day it was was Haynie’s Corner Pub which was a blast, but Mo came in and turned it up to 11! It’s cozy, it’s live, it’s fun, and the staff is the bomb!

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(Honorable mention has to go to High Score Saloon! It’s not open officially yet as of this post, but come on, it’s a barcade!)

 

Drew's Top 5 Evansville Resturaunts

Food is something we all do, and here in Evansville, we do it well. Condensing a list of my favorite local eateries down to just 5 was harder than I thought it'd be. Food & drink run very parallel with each other, and in the end, I ended up leaving two fantastic local places off the list (Walton's & Gerst Haus) purely to split away from Farrin's top 5.

Pick 5: Franklin street pizza factory

Who doesn't like pizza? Communists, that's who. While there are no shortages of pizza places in Evansville, FPF has some seriously good eats

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Pick 4: Pangea Kitchen

If you haven't been to Pangea yet, do yourself a favor and go there now.  With a menu full of tastes from around the world, there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

Pick 3: The Hornet's Nest

The Hornet's nest was a name that I'd heard again and again throughout the years. Only recently did I actually make my way out there to see if it lived up to the hype. All I have to say is: Driving out to the middle of nowhere never tasted so good.

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Pick 2: Turoni's

What, you thought Turoni's wasn't going to be on the list? C'mon, son! 
Turoni's is one of the most iconic eateries in the area, and one of the first places that I'll recommend to anyone asking for good places to eat.

Pick 1: Charlie's Mongolian bbq/big bang

Basically, whenever there's a meal choice left up to me, you better believe that I'm going to one of these two places nine out of ten times. There's just something about building every component of your meal and watching it get cooked in front of you that I love.

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DQYD Top 5: Comedy

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Gavin. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Gavin is a comedian, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based on comedic themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 SNL Cast Members

As a child, SNL was one of the first things I was truly obsessed with. Mainly watching reruns, it was my window into a different time. Most of my early recognition of the celebrity and politics of yesteryear was forged through that satirical show. Though it certainly has peaks and valleys, the following people are some along the way to ensure I keep coming back.

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Pick 5: Jason Sudeikis

Jason is one of those rare actors that can be just as believable as the ever failing protagonist as he is the slimy, macho antagonist. It was this range that allowed him to play such a versatile role on the show.

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Pick 4: Eddie Murphy

Just in case you forgot how cool Eddie Murphy used to be, watch him during his SNL days. His unique level of energy should be bottled and sold to those trying to impress on job interviews and first dates.

Pick 3: Dan Aykroyd

If this was based on movies, I'd have gone with Bill Murray or Chevy Case in this spot, but there is no denying Dan's prowess in the world of improv. 

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Pick 2: Tina Fey

Perhaps an even bigger deal behind the scenes, Tina's sharp wit and self deprecating sense of humor make her one of my favorites of all time.

Pick 1: Will Ferrell

Based on his wide range of regular characters alone makes Will one of my favorites of all time. He set the bar so high for the weekend show that it may never be reached again.

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Farrin's Top 5 Performance Venues

Pick 5: Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall is one of the UK's most popular venues for performers of all types with performers of all types. Maybe one of the most memorable include Pink Floyd’s epic cannon shooting, gorilla suit wearing, life time ban concert. 

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Pick 4: Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall makes number four, being one of New York’s most popular landmarks. Many a performance has taken place here, and it’s known as the home for the Rockettes precision dance group. 

 

Pick 3: Carnegie Hall

One of the classics in performance venues, Carnegie Hall has to make the list. The venue has over 250 performances a year and is ranked as one of the most prestigious venues in the world.

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Pick 2: Madison Square Garden

Staying in NY for number 2, we’re talking about the most well know garden in the US...Madison Square Garden! Besides basketball, huge artists and performers have graced the stage with memorable events. One of my personal favs being Victor Wooten debuting his new Midi Synth Bass

Pick 1: The Apollo

Since Gavin’s episode is about comedy, why not talk about The Apollo. Known for its amazing performances and and deep roots in the African American community, the Apollo should definitely make any top performance venue list. If you don’t perform well, expect a shower of tomatoes and and hook pulling you off the stage.

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Drew's Top 5 Favorite 00s Comedy Movies

Holy crap, this list was hard for me to narrow down. Comedy is hands-down my favorite genre, so five was nowhere near enough to accurately represent all of the amazing movies out there. For my sanity, I had to narrow it down to the 2000s movies that I've watched the most. Maybe we'll have another comedian on sometime, and I can hit on a different decade...

Pick 5: Super Troopers

I'm a big fan of most everything the Broken Lizard crew put out, but Super Troopers was my introduction, and still sits as m

Pick 4: Superbad

In my eyes, this is still the closest depiction of high school life that has been made. 

Pick 3: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

The movie where I first saw Jason Segel as the lead. A supporting cast of great actors really brings this one together.

Pick 2: Grandma's Boy

I remember being pumped when I saw the trailer for this movie. A comedy about a bunch of people working in the video game industry? Sign me up! 

Pick 1: I Love You, Man

I love pretty much anything with awkward charm of Paul Rudd. Throw in some Jason Segel, and you've got yourself a pretty great movie.

 

Taking Risks From Your Bucket List

So many people have that bucket list, that list of things you want to do before you die. They can range from getting married and having kids to, ya know, skydiving. 
Let’s focus on the fact that skydiving is actually one of the top things from a bucket list. That is not an exaggeration. When you google it, skydiving pops up as number three. Why do you think this is? The rush of adarelenine? The fact that people can say they want to and then most of them end up never doing it? 
People can put some ridiculous stuff on their lists. For a personal example, I have meeting both Bruce Willis and playing drums with Tommy Lee, as well as getting shot. The probability of any of those things happening are really freaking low, but they are still there. 
Bucket list items are those things that you feel like you absolutely want to do before you leave the earth, but know that you most likely won’t get to do them, so why not reach. Not everyone can be on the Make A Wish list.
When it comes down to it, some people just have more guts than others, some people actually want to check things off this list, and can make that happen. 
Oddly enough, Sheridan kinda did that. She faced her fears, and jumped out of an airplane, just well, because. She was bored, she wanted to, and it was on her bucket list. 
We should all take a page out of her book. Do something daring, and just because. Take a risk. 
 

DQYD Top 5: Thrills & Chills

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Sheridan. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Sheridan is a sky diver, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based extreme sport & thrill seeking themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Fun Things That Will Most Certainly Kill You if Done Incorrectly

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Pick 5: Chicken

Whether it was racing towards a cliff, or even each other, a "friendly" game of chicken was how many teens proved their manliness in the 40's and 50's after consuming too many pops. This is what happens we didn't have video games to satiate our competitive side.

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Pick 4: Rock Climbing

Rock climbing can be beyond safe. When proper equipment, supervision and tested routes are used, a great time can be had. Replace just one thing in that sentence however, and you're in for a bad time

Pick 3: Wrestling

Watch any wrestling program on TV these days and it'll lead with "Don't try this at home". This is because thousands of people a year injure themselves by doing things like diving onto tables, and more importantly, each other. Let the professionals handle it and fight that urge to powerbomb your budz. 

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Pick 2: Extreme Camping

Maybe camping in woods bores you? Maybe you want to visit a desert? Maybe you want to take a hallucinogenic and find yourself. Maybe you underestimated how much water you'd need. Maybe you cant find your way back. MAYBE ITS SUPER COLD AT NIGHT. MAYBE YOU GOT BIT BY A POISONOUS SNAKE...Maybe just keep it to safe places with your friends, mkay.

Pick 1: Slacklining (Tight Rope)

As a man with absolutely no balance, the idea of crossing a large gap where I can easily fall terrifies me. With this said, what better way to feel like the protagonist from Assassin's Creed than traversing buildings via a small rope.

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Farrin's Top 5 Thrill Seeking Hobbies

Sheridan had us shaking in our boots with her adrenaline pumping 13k foot jumps and so this week, we’re talking other extreme hobbies. Check out these five thrill seeking hobbies.

Pick 5: Base Jumping

Base Jumping is just as terrifying as skydiving to me, but with lower heights. With that said it’s still dangerous as all get out and will be sure to get you pumped up!

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Pick 4: Dune Bashin

Want to do something a bit more extreme than “muddin’?” Dune Bashing might be up your alley. Get a SUV, a really good Roll Cage, and find some big sandy dunes, and you’re in for a treat!

 

Pick 3: Storm Chasing

Waaaay back in the day as a young lad, I used to be frightened of tornados, so you can imagine I wouldn’t dream of being a storm chaser. These people are crazy to get close enough to a tornado. But they produce some of the coolest videos you’ll find on the web/Weather Channel.

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Pick 2: Shark Diving

Deep dark seas, colorful coral, and super sized sharks brings us to our number 2, diving with sharks. You will not find me anywhere near this hobby. One word, nope.

Pick 1: Wingsuit Flying

At number 1, here’s  another take a flight, wingsuit flying. Get your squirrel on, and jump into the fresh air, navigating with subtle movements of your body. Just be careful landing!

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Drew's Top 5 Common Fears

Some of us were listening to Sheridan talk about her love of jumping out of a perfectly good plane, and were 100% on board. Others immediately had nope-alarms were going off in their heads. It got me thinking about the various phobias that people have, and so I consolidated a list of common fears.

Pick 5: Claustrophobia

The fear of enclosed spaces. This is probably the one on the list that hits the closest to home for me. While a packed elevator doesn't overly bother me, the thought of getting stuck in a small space is very anxiety-inducing.

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Pick 4: Acrophobia

The fear of heights. A healthy fear of heights is definitely a good thing. However, for some, the picture to the left is enough to make their stomach lurch.

Pick 3: Arachnophobia

Spiders. Cute, cuddly, eight-legged nightmare fuel. Spiders are very anxiety-inducing to many people.

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Pick 2: Necrophobia

Fear of death is a natural thing. Especially since there's no way to truly what happens after you pass away until you do. 

Pick 1: Glossophobia

The fear of public speaking comes in at the number one spot... over death. It makes a fair bit of sense, though. I can verify that when you're in front of a group of people and you botch your presentation, death is often preferable.

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Thankful

What are you thankful for?

Well, here goes.

Thankful that I had a great relationship with my mom, and that I got to spend as much time with her as I did.

Thankful that my dad got to walk me down the aisle at my wedding.

Thankful for a best friend who forgives and understands that moving across the country made it impossible for me to attend her wedding.

Also, thankful for Friday facetime dates with said best friend.

Thankful that I have finally found my core group of friends here, and they are the best people.

Thankful for good beer.

Thankful for the guy in front of me who paid for my Starbucks.

Thankful for my husband. He’s a dick, but I love him more than I ever thought I’d love anyone.

Thankful for mental health professionals.

Thankful for Bruce Willis, and his perfect everything.

Thankful for laughter.

Thankful for the musical talent of Noah Gunderson.

Thankful that one of the same guys that catered Ryan Lewis’ wedding catered mine. He’s my brother.

Thankful for my personal athletic trainer when I have random pains. She’s my sister.

Thankful for family, old, and new. I have in-laws, and new brothers.

Thankful for this podcast, and these dudes letting me write pointless random articles every week.

I have been a writer in a professional sense for a few years, and this is something that I have noticed is that as my life gets busier, the time for my passion gets smaller. Somehow, I get to write these articles, and it reminds me I am a writer, no matter how short, silly, or weird. That’s what I am, that’s what I do, and I’d like to think that I’m pretty alright at it.

I’m thankful for my passion.

DQYD Top 5: Thanksgiving

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our Friendsgiving episode. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, we sat down to a series of good cop & bad cop questions, and we set out to make our top 5 lists based Thanksgiving themes, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Filler

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Pick 5: Goonies

What better thing to bring a group of friends closer than searching for lost pirate gold? The Goonies were lovable because we saw a group of losers each support each other despite their flaws and setbacks (besides the time they made their portly friend dance topless if he wanted to come hang)

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Pick 4: Ghostbusters

They say going into business together is more intimate than marrying someone. If that's true, I feel so bad for the others for having to put up with Venkman. I also realize that I am DQYD's Venkman.

Pick 3: Friends

Thought they'd get the number one spot, did ya? Oh they would have if it wasn't for Ross's slimy ass. 

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Pick 2: Scrubs

Sometimes suffering through work builds the best kind of friendships. JD and Turk represent the high water mark for bromances everywhere.

Pick 1: How I Met Your Mother

This show, unlike any other, makes me miss my friends if I haven't seen them in a while, or have hit an antisocial spell. Not because "x is just like Barney", or because we have a slap challenge, but because this show represents the wonderful thing about friendship. It is always changing, evolving and most importantly, growing.

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Farrin's Top 5 Alternative Thanksgiving foods

Not feeling a Turkey this T-Give, or maybe you don't even eat meat? Try out some of these alternative Thanksgiving meals!

Pick 5: Paleo Stuffing

Try this stuffing out that is Paleo friendly, or for those that want to just eat a ton of meat, Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing! Ground Pork, bacon, celery, yellow sweet potatos and a hole host of other fillings will keep you stuffed for a long time.

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Pick 4: Vegan Wraps

Vegan Thanksgiving Wraps are a great way to get some of those fall flavors for all your friends and family. Bust out the sweet potatoes, chickpeas, some wraps and all the spices for this veggie main dish option!

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Pick 3: Pizza

Pizza is great any time, with Thanksgiving being no exception! Try this Thanksgiving pizza out that is loaded with cranberry chutney, turkey, and gorgonzola cheese. Plus, there's an apple pie in the middle of the thing!

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Pick 2: Burrito

Burrito lovers rejoice! Take your everyday Chipotle style burrito, but this time add Turkey, Cranberry Salsa, and cornbread stuffing!

Pick 1: Burger

Need a burger instead of the normal turkey sammies, try this Thanksgiving Stuffed Turkey burger! Equipped with cranberries, brie cheese, and stuffing instead of normal bread crumbs.

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Drew's Top 5 Tradiditional Thanksgiving Foods

Happy Turkey Day, everyone! With the holiday fast approaching, Thanksgiving foods have definitely been on my mind lately. While it's not what the holiday is truly about, I definitely know that I'm not alone in adding these foods to the list of things that I'm thankful for!

Pick 5: Cranberries

Sauced or canned, cranberries are a fantastic side item for any Thanksgiving feast.

I *do* have a preference to the sauced version, and highly recommend taking the extra time to make it, if you've never had it before. It's totally worth it!

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Pick 4: Potatoes

Baked, roasted, au gratin, smashed (with or without skins), mashed.. regular and/or sweet potatoes are extremely versatile and delicious.

My personal favorite is mashed sweet potatoes. 

Pick 3: Green Bean Casserole

Who doesn't love green beans? Terrorists, that's who. Not to mention green beans cooked in a mushroom gravy, and topped with sauteed or, my favorite, french-fried onions.

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Pick 2: Cornbread

I'll just come out and say it: If you don't like cornbread, you're a monster.

I'm personally partial to the sweeter version over the true southern style that many have grown up with. 

Pick 1: Turkey

This one's a no-brainer, and one that I think everyone can get behind. With a myriad of seasonings and cooking styles, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who isn't a fan.

To me, turkey is, and always will be, the quintessential main dish of choice for any Thanksgiving. 

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Electronic Music and the Art of Tommy Lee

Most people know of Tommy Lee as the rock and roll drummer from Motley Crue. The dude who married Pam Anderson, who has a Starbucks in his house, and has an infamous sex tape.

What people don’t know about him is that he has a place in the electronic music community.

He started on tour with Deadmau5 and has been kicking ass in EDM since 2004.

Tommy has a huge range of musical talent, from playing the drums, playing the guitar, and the man can even sing. To do all of those things you have to have a good ear, and he has one of the best. His solo albums have included bits and pieces of his love for electronics, and his side projects, including Methods of Mayhem incorporate all the hardcore rock and metal with the dash of EDM.

I know, Tommy Lee isn’t the best electronic artist out there, and I know he is one that people wouldn’t put down as an example, but let me tell you why I did.

I’ve been a Motley Crue fan for as long as I can remember. I’m an 80s-hair metal junky, and the Crue started it all for me. I’ve seen them in concert at least four times including their final tour. I have the best memories with friends, and my mom that include the Crue. The reason I am in Evansville is basically because of Motley Crue, and it’s even more so ironic since my husband hates them.

Murphy’s Horizon said something about music being love. It represents love, it is a feeling, and not just the feeling all at once. I loved that. He brings his love into his music, using his girlfriend as his muse and making something so personal and beautiful into an amazing beat.  Listening to someone who is so young talk about loving their craft so much is pretty humbling and refreshing.

That is what sparked my choice. I adore Tommy Lee. I adore the memories I have, the music he plays, and I don’t give a cuss about what anyone else thinks.

Isn’t that exactly what electronic music is about?

Weird, isn’t it?

DQYD Top 5: Musicality

This week's "DQYD Top 5"  is inspired by our guest Murphy's Horizon. If you haven't listened to the episode yet, Murphy's Horizon is an electronic musician, so we set out to make our top 5 lists based musical themes.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to add your own top 5 lists!

 

Nathan's Top 5 Concert Setups

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Pick 5: Datsik - The Vortex

Electronic musicians have really stepped their stage presentation up in the last few years. Dubstep artist Datsik surrounds himself with a vortex that helps set the tone for each track by constantly changing. Fire represents an aggressive score while a video of space may indicate a more cerebral song. 

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Pick 4: Kanye - The Floating Stage

Okay. So Kanye is obviously taking the messiah gimmick a little far. With that said the fact his stage literally comes to you makes it a little better if you could only afford some whack seats.

Pick 3: Lady GaGa - Castle Set

One of the most expensive sets ever is what Lady GaGa's used for the "Born This Way" tour. What better way to put in a show than include an entire castle? I have to imagine it was a bitch to set up night in and night out.

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Pick 2: U2 - 360 Set

Confession. Fuck U2. Now that I can move forward, their 360 set while looking like an alien taking over a football stadium is pretty neat. It's constructed so everyone is able to enjoy the show equally (despite Bono being Bono).

Pick 1: Run the Jewels - Floating Hands

Its simple. Its fitting. Its rad. Something about having the band's logo hanging from the sky with the entire crowd mimicking it is just the coolest to me. I feel like if the hand fell and smashed a few people down below the show wouldn't even miss a beat.

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Farrin's Top 5 Music festivals

I’ve played some mini festivals in the past but these 5 music festivals are the real deal.
 

Pick 5: Moogfest

Moogfest is dedicated to one of the absolute pioneers to the dance/trance/house/edm and modern music in general that may be overlooked by the listener, Bob Moog. This festival will be sure to give you a mix of just about any genre that uses Bob’s synths.

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Pick 4: Bonnaroo

Close to us Midwesterners, Bonnaroo is an obvious choice for one of the top music festivals. Grab your tent, balloons, and friends and head on down the Manchester, TN for a blast for a time.

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Pick 3: Electric Daisy Carnival

Electric Daisy Carnival is sure to keep you entertained and in the clouds (by whatever means you like) with a mix of some of the top DJs in the land. Make sure to bring a lot of water and your choice of energy drink.

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Pick 2: Jazzfest

A festival I’ve always wanted to go to, New Orleans’s Jazz & Heritage Festival (Jazzfest) is one of the best in the US. From Chili Peppers to Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young to Trombone Shorty, you can’t miss this festival!

Pick 1: Lollapalooza

The Windy City hosts one of the US’s biggest festivals, Lollapalooza. Tons and tons of artists come to grace your ears with 120 dB of musical glory!

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Bonus Pick: Coachella

Bonus... you can’t forget about Coachella obviously!

 

Drew's Top 5 Electronic Music Genres

I'm about to upset electronic music fans everywhere, but I'm a basic bitch when it comes to electronic music.

Pick 5: Electropop

Let me preface the choice with saying that a solid 90% of the electropop genre isn't for me. Like many of the genres, there's a pretty broad range of music that falls under the genre tag.
My likes in this genre are more in the realm of Bag Raiders, Passion Pit, and Empire of the Sun. It's hard to not tap your foot along with the upbeat... uh.. beats that this genre has to offer.

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Pick 4: IDM

Intelligent dance music, ironically, isn't usually very... "dancy". IDM typically has a complex and somewhat abstract sampling sounds that doesn't really make you want to do anything but just listen to it.

Pick 3: Ambient

This is probably one of the most aptly-named genres out there. The music in this genre lacks a beat, and just a persistent sound that's just simply “there”. It’s fantastic for setting a mood, or just relaxing and zoning out for a bit. 

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Pick 2: Chiptune

Ever listened to a videogame soundtrack? Chiptune music brings you the classic 8-bit sounds that many of us enjoyed as children. This one has a dash of everything, ranging from new soundtracks to indie videogames, to standalone music, and (my personal favorite) 8-bit recreations of Radiohead albums.

Pick 1: Downtempo

This is hands-down my favorite genre from the electronic music world. It shares some similarities with the ambient genre, being on the slower/more relaxed side of the spectrum, but with more of an emphasis on beats. 

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